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Field Trial Report

Tallapoosa Field Trial Club

By Marty Robinson | Jul 02, 2020
Open Puppy Winners. Front (l-r): Hex with Chelsie Conroy and Greene’s Going Rogue with Tyler Greene. They are joined by trial officials and well-wishers.

Carrollton, Ga. — The Southern Bird Hunters Association was introduced to the field trial world in grand fashion with its inaugural running held by the Tallapoosa Field Trial Club on March 14-15 at Bear Creek Farms in Carrollton, Ga., owned by Marty and Linda Robinson.

The Tallapoosa Field Trial Club is in its 60th year of existence and if the club has learned one thing during these years it’s how to put on a memorable field trial and how to protect the virtues and legacies of this great sport.

This is also why the Southern Bird Hunters Association was formed.

The question has been asked by a few, Why start a new organization at this point when the sport seems to be in decline? My answer, why not?

Why not reinvigorate all the good things that are field trialing? Why not bring people together to enjoy the time-tested aspects and build on such a wonderful legacy? Why not understand that left alone to take a natural course of decay and decline, we can understand the natural cycle of organizations and decide to be just the group to not accept the normal cycle but we can be a group to say to the world; you want to enjoy the great outdoors? You want to be part of a group who will keep focus on true sportsmanship, community fairness and fun? You want to not accept the status quo and be a member of a dynamic group that puts professionalism over politics, clean competition over cancerous complaining, and being part of the solution rather than part of the problem?

That’s what Southern Bird Hunters is all about. We would love to have you join us!

As with all trials, the success is much determined long before the day of the trial. Much planning had gone into place weeks before our trial and the effort was richly rewarded with 69 entries for this two-day event.

The Tallapoosa Club has been working together for many years and the trial as always ran like clockwork. Birds were out early, the tractor pulling the gallery wagon was at the start well before daylight, coffee and hot biscuits awaited early arrivals in the clubhouse, horses were saddled, dog wagons warmed up and next thing you know, the trial had begun.

The judging was a tag-team effort but was never lacking in knowledge and attentiveness. The Open Puppy was judged by father and son team, Bruce and Kolby Mercer. One of our scheduled judges had a health emergency in the family and had to withdraw but as fate would have it, Joe and Tricia Rentz, who thought they were coming to ride  awhile as Tricia tried out a beautiful new colt, were surprised  when Joe was asked to “saddle up and let’s go to work”.

Joe, along with Bruce Mercer, judged the Amateur Derby. The Amateur Shooting Dog was judged by Terry Amberson  and myself, and the two Open Stakes (Derby and Shooting Dog) were judged by Daryl Thomas, Jr. and Chelsie Conroy.

There’s no way to adequately thank our judges for their dedication and willingness to share their time.

Our trial saw dogs come in from five states with many miles traveled and we can never thank our supporters enough.

I have to be one of the most blessed men alive to have such support from my entire family who come and give of their time and efforts every time we host to be sure each guest is made to feel welcome and every need is met.

We congratulate each of our winners as there were some very competitive stakes and some very good performances rendered.

We  thank everyone who came and supported the trial in any way. As we revitalize the vision of clean, wholesome competition and sportsmanship, I want to invite every bird dog enthusiast along with anyone who just loves being in the great outdoors from all over this great nation to come be a part. It’s so refreshing to see the smiles and hear the unique sounds of a field trial done right!

Carrollton, Ga., March 14

Judges: Bruce Mercer and Kolby Mercer

SBHA OPEN PUPPY — 14 Entries

1st—HEX, unreg., particulars not given. Chelsie Conroy, owner and handler.

2d—GREENE’S GOING ROGUE, 1686849, setter male, by Ridge Runner White Oak—Ridge Runner Red Fox. Tyler Greene, owner and handler.

3d—GEORGIA BORN CRUELLA DEVILL, 1687819, pointer female, by Allegretto’s Ralphie—Caladen’s River Hawk. Samuel Ridings, owner and handler.

Judges: Bruce Mercer and Joe Rentz


1st—TOUCH’S HIGH HOPES, 1684305, pointer female, by House’s Ring of Fire—Touch’s Blaylock Bess. Marty Robinson, owner and handler.

2d—WYNFIELD’S SOUTHERN LADY,  unreg., German Shorthair female, by Odyssey’s Saint Rocco—Wynfield’s Saddled Beauty. Mitch Osborne, owner and handler.

3d—HEITT’S GAME POINT, 1685890, pointer male, by Touch’s Game Point—Jamback’s Amazing Grace. Tim Heitt, owner and handler.

Judges: Terry Amberson and Marty Robinson

SBHA AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG — 9 Pointers, 4 Setters and
7 German Shorthairs

1st—G K’S RAMBLIN JOSIE, 1687304, German Shorthair female, by B M B’s High Character—Kane’s Young Un. Greg Heiser, owner and handler.

2d—BURNING EDGE HARD KNOX, 1671794, pointer male, by Browntown Wynot Hank—Long Valley Maggie. Karen Conroy, owner; Chelsie Conroy, handler.

3d—RUDY’S SKY HIGH BEN, 1688461, German Shorthair male, by Riden High Rudy—R N’s Late Fee Tashia. Mitch Osborne, owner and handler.

Judges: Chelsie Conroy and Daryl Thomas, Jr.


1st—BARTON’S GUNFIRE, 1679589, pointer male, by Jesse’s Cold Shoulder—Class Act Kasey. Jesse Brown, owner and handler.

2d—WYNFIELD’S SOUTHERN LADY, unreg., German Shorthair female, by Odyssey’s Saint Rocco—Wynfield’s Saddled Beauty. Mitch Osborne, owner and handler.

SBHA OPEN SHOOTING DOG — 8 Pointers, 3 Setters and
7 German Shorthairs

1st—G K’S RAMBLIN JOSIE, 1687304, German Shorthair female, by B M B’s High Character—Kane’s Young Un. Greg Keiser, owner and handler.

2d—PACK’IN A PUNCH, 1658465, pointer male, by Great River Ice—Piney Run Judy. Marty Robinson, owner and handler.

3d—JOE, unreg., particulars not given. Doug Miller, owner and handler.















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