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Field Trial Report

Tallapoosa Field Trial Club

By Marty Robinson | Nov 14, 2020
Belle Star, First in the Open Shooting Dog Stake.

Carrollton, Ga. — The old adage that some things just get better with time couldn’t be more fitting when considering the Tallapoosa Field Trial Club and the annual trials the club puts on.

The Tallapoosa trial enjoys a legacy and reputation of being one of the most followed and supported field trials of any. We believe this is because of the standards that have been set in place for many years in which attention to every detail, even the smallest or most insignificant, is painstakingly thought out so the environment at our trials are enjoyed by everyone in attendance, from handlers to owners to spectators and everyone in between.

Make no mistake, the competition is fierce with multiple champions running at every trial but this fierceness gives way to the most sincere level of honest and clean sportsmanship. The genuine Southern hospitality shown by everyone assisting with the trial means no one’s needs will go unattended and sincere appreciation and respect for one another is always on full display.

When the trial was announced almost two months prior to the date of running, in short order, 94 dogs were called in. We knew right then we were in for a wonderful event.

Judge selection was obviously a key element and we had secured two fine men who would bring a level of knowledge and fairness for which this event is known. Wallace Reichert of Whitesburg, Ga., and Bobby Taylor of Winfield, Ala., accepted the invitation and we couldn’t have been more pleased. Unfortunately, during the running on Friday, Bobby became ill and after judging the Open Puppy and Open Derby, we had to call on Terry Amberson to jump onto the judicial saddle for the Open Shooting Dog Stake.

For the Amateur stakes, Bruce Mercer was tapped and gladly accepted the assignment. Bobby was feeling better after a while and we’re thankful for that.

During a time when judges are getting harder to find, we were very blessed for the caliber of judicial attention we had for this trial. Thank you, gentlemen, so much for your attention to each dog run and for your commitment to our great sport. It’s because of unselfish folks like each of you that we can continue to run field trials and run them adhering to the time-honored standards that our trial is known for.

This was our first Fall trial run under the banner of the newly formed Southern Bird Hunters Association which was founded in February, 2020 to play a vital role in securing a bright future for our beloved sport. This group is determined and has set out on a journey to put the focus back on weekend trials and an event that has its purpose of fair and fun competition makes all the difference in the world. To see families showing up, laughing together and with longtime friends while enjoying the great outdoors and our canine competitors is what it’s all about. Thanks to the outpouring of support for the SBHA and we encourage every field trial club that wants to be a part of this movement to join with us.

Obviously, field trial organizations can’t do what they do without generous sponsors. Again, the SBHA is blessed with the best slate of sponsors to be found. A huge “Thank You” to each of our sponsors: Eukanuba, SportDog, Kinetic, James O’Neal Dodge, Sportsman’s Pride, The Saddle Guy, Valu-Pak, Hillybilly Mudd, Gun Dog Supply, and Gun Dog Central.

Saying we’re blessed with awesome sponsors is an understatement. Each and everyone of these sponsors have been extremely supportive and all have a vested interest in the propagation of the field trial sport.

Our newest sponsor, Kinetic Performance Feed, had two representatives present for the event, Eric Byrd and Dave Dourson (Dave is one of the company owners).  Both Eric and Dave were engaging and very sharing with their products and knowledge. We always welcome any sponsor to attend our events in order to meet the best group of people in the sporting world, field trialers.

I would be terribly remiss to fail to thank the support crew of the Tallapoosa Club. This group comes together for every event to ensure attention is paid to every detail. Planning for an event always starts whenever the previous event ends as we ask the question, “What can we do to make the next one better?” My wife Linda, daughter and son-in-law Kevin and Whitney Berry, daughter Carley, brothers Danny and Randy Robinson, Club Secretary Stanley McCain, nephews Charlie Robinson and Keith Hicks and everyone attending who always find ways to pitch in to do whatever needs doing.

In closing, no field trial can run without the dogs, owners and handlers. Thank you to each participant. We cannot have this event without you and your continued patronage. I hope you were treated with the utmost respect, treated fairly and loved as the unique creation you are. Please always feel free to provide feedback to us if you ever have any thoughts or ideas that would allow us to improve our events.

This is truly one of the most wonderful sports of all time and we should each commit to doing everything we can to be sure our children and grandchildren have the opportunity to experience the splendor.

Thanks for another great event and we hope to see everyone in the spring.

Carrollton, Ga., October 23

Judges: Wallace Reichart and Bobby Taylor

SBHA OPEN PUPPY — 8 Pointers and 4 Setters

1st—RITA, unreg., pointer female, breeding not given. Emerson Thomas, owner and handler.

2d—GEORGIA BORN APACHE WIND, 1691160, pointer male, by Hirollins Gone And Doneit—Cock’n’fire Grace. Margie M. Ridings, owner and handler.

3d—BLUFF CITY SMOKE, 1688873, setter female, by Merritt’s Bear—A Tarheel Miss Bo. Buddy Smith, owner and handler.

SBHA OPEN DERBY — 7 Pointers, 4 Setters and 1 German Shorthair

1st—OUTSIDERS RIDING SHOTGUN, 1687371, setter male, by Dubose’s Remi—Blackwater Sky Hawk Josie. Donnie Dubose, owner and handler.

2d—BOLT’S DURAMAX, 1690620, pointer male, by Chelsea’s Thunder Bolt—Babe of Flint Ridge. John D. Gaines, owner; Justin Crook, handler.

3d—EMERT’S SHOW ME MOTU, 1687047, setter male, by Emert’s Show Me Mo—Emert’s Drivin Miss Daisy. Dave Emert, owner and handler.

Judges: Terry Amberson and Wallace Reichart

SBHA OPEN SHOOTING DOG — 17 Pointers, 2 Setters

and 2 German Shorthairs

1st—BELLE STAR, 1678805, pointer female, by Miller’s Speed Dial—Cold Creek Ms. Kay. Stanley McCain, owner; Marty Robinson, handler.

2d—PEACH TWIST, 1647053, pointer female, by Philliops White Twist—Attitude’s Blackhawk Barbie. Marty Robinson, owner and handler.

3d—EMERT’S SHOW ME MO, 1668349, setter male, by Brannigan’s Last Straw—Hytest Horizon. Dave Emert, owner and handler.


Judges: Bruce Mercer and Wallace Reichart


1st—OUTSIDERS RIDING SHOTGUN, 1687371, setter male, by Dubose’s Remi—Blackwater Sky Hawk Josie. Donnie Dubose, owner and handler.

2d—HEX, unreg., pointer male, by Rocky Ridge’s White Smoke—Wiggins Sin On Line. Chelsie Conroy, owner and handler.

3d—GEORGIA BORN BRAVEHEART, 1687806, pointer male, by Allegretto’s Ralphie—Caladen’s River Hawk. Samuel Ridings, owner and handler.

SBHA AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG — 12 Pointers, 3 Setters

and 7 German Shorthairs

1st—RUDY’S SKY HIGH BEN, 1688461, German Shorthair male, by Ridin High Rudy—R N’s Late Fee Tashia. Mitch Osborne, owner and handler.

2d—BURNING EDGE ALL IN, 1678451, pointer female, by Erin’s Kentucky Gambler—Burning Edge Julie. Karen Conroy, owner; Chelsie Conroy, handler.

3d—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.

SBHA AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG — 4 Pointers, 2 Setters

and 1 German Shorthair

1st—MOHAWK MILL BLAZEN LIZ, 1645674, pointer female, by Mohawk Mill Blaze—Burning Edge Silver. Karen Conroy, owner; Emerson Thomas, handler.

2d—HATCH, unreg., German Shorthair male, by Greg Keiser, owner; Dori Whitworth, handler.

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