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Field Trial Report

Virginia Amateur Field Trial Club

By Gene Hogge | May 10, 2018
Dialed In First in the Amateur All-Age Stake

Ahoskie, N. C. — On March 29-30, the Virginia Amateur Field Trial Club held its annual trial over the Cutawhiskey Farm of Dr. Aubrey Morgan in St. John, N. C.

Weather was on the warm side Thursday with a good breeze, and soggy on Friday with intermittent rain and cooler temperatures.

We were fortunate to secure the judging services of two veteran field trialers, Fred Potts of Laurinburg, N. C., and Dennis Snyder of Thomasville, N. C. They set a consistent pace and rode when they needed to. Their decisions were well received.

Cutawhiskey Farm offers a great venue to show a dog, with lots of agricultural edges to take in and piney woods to hunt through. Improvements continue to be made by limbing trees, burning, discing and planting food plots. CRP plots have been laid out for next year and they should help hold more birds. This year the quail count was up, with eight different coveys found, some pre-released and some wild.

Parke Brinkley has led the efforts to improve the grounds by conducting controlled burns, mowing, discing and planting food plots. Parke and his brother, Pearce, were present for the trial and we couldn’t have made it without them. Parke hosted dinner Wednesday evening, scouted for handlers in need, got dogs on the line and attended to any loose end that arose.

Pearce, an expert bird planter, kept a good supply of birds on the grounds in the right places. Both men spend a lot of their time making sure the property and equipment are well maintained. Their dedication to VAFTC is appreciated.

Barbel Fetkoter also does her share of work on the farm with her Kubota tractor. We enjoyed her daily lunches as she balanced her schedule between home and the trial. Had the weather cooperated on Friday, Dr. Morgan would have made an appearance. Hopefully, he’ll be in attendance next year.

Missing from the trial this year were Gary Winall and Ellen Clements. They were recovering from the devastating fire that destroyed Gary’s barn and claimed the lives of two promising young dogs, runner-up champion Mohawk Mill Glory and Arcanum’s Lady Pirate. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. We know they’ll be back stronger than ever.

This was the second year that Skip Brown served as trial chairman and he did a great job coordinating the many tasks that are required for a successful event. Not a detail was left unattended and the trial ran smoothly.

Sammy and Nida Giddens, with the help of Chris Carnahan, put on a sumptuous dinner at the end of the trial in honor of last year’s one-hour All-Age winner, I’m Southern Style. We appreciate their support and generosity.


In the one-hour Amateur All-Age, Dialed In, pointer female handled by Kentuckian Jim Pendergest, put down an edge-running all-age performance that was punctuated by two finds. She showed in the right places and completed her casts with determination, animation and style. Little scouting was needed. She is a beauty on the ground and won this stake convincingly.

Last year’s winner, I’m Southern Style, classy setter male handled by Sammy Giddens, was a solid second. After surviving his bracemate’s early breach of manners, he applied himself well, exhibiting breathtaking poses on his one find and a back. Third was Skip Brown’s setter female Z Z Top which had one beautiful find and a very good race. Steve Mills’ pointer Walnut Tree Fred put forth a great effort on the ground with five perfect finds that had his handler pleased. No. 6 did not please Steve as much as it pleased Fred.

The Amateur Derby was a good stake that was won by Steve Mills’ pointer Walnut Tree Jim which had a wide race and two good pieces of bird work.

Second was Raincrow Rip, pointer male owned by G. B. Hatcher and handled by Sammy Giddens, with an all-age ground effort. Arcanum’s Jake the Pirate, pointer male handled by Gene Hogge, under the joint ownership of Barbel Fetkoter and Gary Winall, had a good find on the breakaway, an unproductive on a pile of feathers and a front running race to take third.

Arcanum’s Black Magic, owned and handled by Gene Hogge, was named winner of the 30-minute All-Age with one find and a hard-hunting forward race.

Steve Mills was back with Walnut Tree Jim to win the Open Derby. His ground work was good and he had two finds. Sammy Giddens piloted the second and third place winners. Pointer male I’m the Sole Survivor had a strong ground effort and one good find under trying conditions. I’m Bud’s Next Generation had  a forward race and one very stylish find.

Ahoskie, N. C., March 29 — One Course

Judges: Fred Potts and Dennis Snyder

AMATEUR ALL-AGE [One-Hour Heats] — 6 Pointers and 6 Setters

1st—DIALED IN, 1655274, pointer female, by Miller’s Dialing In—Rester’s Zumba Girl. Jim Pendergest, owner and handler.

2d—I’M SOUTHERN STYLE, 1629365, setter male, by Try Me—Sand Dee. Hunter’s Creek Kennels, owner; Sammy Giddens, handler.

3d—Z Z TOP, 1629400, setter female, by Harbor City Hummer—Long Gone Zeena.  A. Q. Brown, owner and handler.

PARKE BRINKLEY AMATEUR DERBY — 5 Pointers and 2 Setters

1st—WALNUT TREE JIM, 1673153, pointer male, by Walnut Tree Fred—Home Boy’s Girl. Steve Mills, owner and handler.

2d—RAINCROW RIP, 1671421, pointer male, by  A Rebel Trump—Rebel’s Polly Sims. G. B. Hatcher, owner; Sammy Giddens, handler.

3d—ARCANUM’S JAKE THE PIRATE, 1672644, pointer male, by Mohawk Mill Pirate—Arcanum’s Funseekin Girl. Gary Winall & Barbel Fetkoter, owners; Gene Hogge, handler.

AMATEUR ALL-AGE — 1 Pointer and 1 Setter

[No placements awarded.]

OPEN DERBY — 6 Pointers and 1 Setter

1st—WALNUT TREE JIM, 1673153, pointer male, by Walnut Tree Fred—Home Boy’s Girl. Steve Mills, owner and handler.

2d—I’M THE SOLE SURVIVOR, 1671415, pointer male, by Isaac of Onslow—R B’s Bell. Hunter’s Creek Kennels, owner; Sammy Giddens, handler.

3d—I’M BUD’S NEXT GENERATION, 1668772, pointer male, by Great River Ice—I’m Bud’s Southern Lady. Hunter’s Creek Kennels, owner; Sammy Giddens, handler.

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