American Field

Trainers Report . . .

Aug 01, 2017
At the Williams Camp. From left: David Sisson, Jesse Williams, Harold Johnson, Cam Lanier, Bobby Hartwig and Steven Hutto.

Jason Williams left Blakely, Ga., the morning of July 10 and arrived in camp near McIntosh, S. D.,  the afternoon of July 11 after a long and “uneventful” trip north.

“Conditions were dry,” he said, “but improved greatly this week with four inches of rain.

“I’ve worked dogs several mornings, and there appears to be a good bird crop despite the earlier dry conditions.

“I have a good group of young dogs and things are progressing quickly.

“We’ve had a large group in camp this summer — David Sisson of Newton, Ga., my son Jesse Williams, Harold Johnson of Shorter, Ala., Cam Lanier the fifth of Auburn, Ala., veteran trainer Bobby Hartwig of Union Springs, Ala., and Steve Hutto, also from Union Springs.

“We are looking forward to a good summer,” he concluded.


Allen Vincent left Collinsville, Okla., for Columbus, N. D., in the early morning hours on July 10 and arrived there July 11.

“Josh Wall of Quitman, Ga., has accompanied us this year,” informed the Oklahoma professional.

“Local friend in Columbus, Race Jacobson, was on hand when we arrived to help unload and set up camp.  Larry and Piper Huffman arrived from Mississippi the next day.

“Cover is great, heavy enough to hold birds but not so heavy that we can’t see the dogs. The last five years were unseasonably wet, and even though we are dry, it is normal. We’re on the fringe of  the very, very dry conditions south of us.

“Birds are good, and today (July 25) we saw a number of young birds.

“Expecting Dr. Jim and Marion  Mills of  Searcy, Ark., in early to mid-August.

“The North Dakota Classics are set to start here in Columbus on September 5. Anticipate favorable conditions for the two all-age stakes and companion Derbies.”


Mark McLean reports from Columbus, N. D., that the trip north went well.

“Although very hot on the way here,” he said, “all the dogs and horses did well.

“In camp this year is Drew Tillery, from a plantation in the Albany area. Also here with us are Cody McLean and Tony Reynolds from Ecila Plantation.

“My wife, Dawn, also came along for her second trip north.

“Conditions look to be really good. Not quite as dry as south and west of here.

“We are looking forward to the trials and owners coming up.

“I’d like to thank all our customers who sent dogs with us this summer.”


Keith Hickam reports making the trip to his camp near Glencross, S. D., near Trail City, from Waco, Tex., in good shape.

“It was extremely dry when we first arrived,” said the Texas trainer, “but  we’ve had rain the past ten days and things are beginning to green up a bit.

“While birds are not as plentiful as what we’ve had in the past there is a sufficient number and it appears to be a late hatch.

“This is our eleventh year coming to the prairies, and my wife Denise is here with me providing plenty of help.”

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