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Round Pond Amateur Shooting Dog Classic

Round Pond Field Trial Club

By Cayla Key | Feb 11, 2021
Springflow’s Backcountry P, Second in the Amateur Shooting Dog Classic.

Leslie, Ga. — The Round Pond Amateur Shooting Dog Classic was held in its usual time frame, the third weekend in January.

The judicial saddles were ridden by two well-known and very successful men in the bird dog world, Will Dunn of Lebanon, Ky., and Sean Hauser of Thomasville, Ga. This great duo judiciously watched all the contenders during the trial. Their time and effort to come out and judge was greatly appreciated.

Also, would like to thank Cayla Key for riding and reporting this trial.

Round Pond was in wonderful condition. There were plenty of bobwhite quail throughout the entire plantation. Tracy Swearingen and Neil Walker did a great job getting the grounds ready for this trial. Many thanks go out to the Swearingen family; Tracy marshaled every brace and Al Swearingen drove the bird buggy.

Thank you McArthur Heard for keeping the dirt roads closely monitored so all the horses and dogs were safe.

I would also like to thank Purina and Greg Blair for all that they do for our sport.

Christy Swearingen and Debbie Hofer helped prepare all of the meals. We also thank the Walkers for allowing us to to keep this trial going on their beautiful grounds. If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t be able to put on this wonderful trial.


Miller’s Upgraded Version, pointer male owned and handled by Jack and Fran Miller of Barwick, Ga., was declared winner with seven clean finds at 22, 24, 30, 39, 45, 55, and 58. He also backed his bracemate at 10.

His performance kept you high up in the saddle as he impressed everyone with each step he took. The judges never wanted to take their eyes off of him. Each step displayed strength, high style, and lots of class. He hunted diligently and pointed birds with a commendable style and perfect manners. He also had a strong forward race and always stayed to the front of the gallery. At the end of his performance the bar had been set and a true winner was on top.

Springflow’s Backcountry P, owned and handled by Chris Catanzarite  of  Scenery Hill, Pa., was declared second with six finds. At breakaway he chalked up a divided find with his bracemate at 8. He stood with great class and manners. He chalked up more finds at 13, 21, 28, 44, and 57. Springflow’s Country also had an unproductive at 52.

He had a solid drive hunting with each step he took. He was all class with an overall nice performance throughout his hour. He had impeccable manners and stood beautiful. He also had a strong forward stance and never disappointed.

Waybetter Billy, owned and handled by Tom Brigman was declared third with six finds. He  rendered an outstanding performance on the ground. He put on an excellent race with mannerly finds at 24, 32, 46, 49, 54, and 56. He had a strong, forward race and amazing bird work.

Thank you to everyone that came out and supported this trial. Thank you, all the handlers and scouts that came out to participant. We couldn’t do this without you all.

Leslie, Ga., January 14

Judges: Will Dunn and Sean Hauser


37 Pointers and 2 Setters

1st—MILLER’S UPGRADED VERSION, 1674987, pointer male, by Just Irresistible—Miller’s Bring the Heat. Fran & Jack Miller, owners; Fran Miller, handler.

2d—SPRINGFLOW’S BACKCOUNTRY P, 1673025, pointer male, by Coosawatchie Smooth Ride—Backcountry Bonnie. Rick Beinhauer & Chris Catanzarite, owners; Chris Catanzarite, handler.

3d—WAYBETTER BILLY, 1652782, pointer male, by Brown’s Tom Tom—Waybetter Reba. Thomas Brigman, owner and handler.


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