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Event: Round Pond Amateur Shooting Dog Classic
Result: Round Pond Field Trial Club

Location: Leslie, Georgia

Post Date: Mar 14, 2024

Submitted By: Cayla Key

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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 people in the bird dog world, Dan DiMambro and Hank Lewis. This great duo judiciously watched all the contenders during the whole trial. Their time and effort to come out and judge were 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 Tracy Swearingen and Joe Rentz for marshaling every brace and Clayton Cook for driving the bird buggy and keeping the coolers stocked with fresh beverages. I would also like to thank Purina and Greg Blair for all they do for our sport. Christy Swearingen and Debbie Hofer helped prepare all the meals. We would also like to thank Kuntry Mathis for coming out and putting on a great performance Saturday night. We would also like to thank the Walkers for allowing us to keep this trial going on their beautiful grounds. If it weren't for them, we wouldn't be able to put on this wonderful trial.

Calico's Country Strong, owned and handled by Alex Smith, was declared the winner with two outstanding finds. He had a find at 10 and 36. 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 him. Each step displayed strength, high style, and lots of class. He hunted diligently and pointed birds with a strong style and perfect manners. He also had a strong forward race and always stayed to the front of the gallery. The bar had been set at the end of his performance, and a true winner was on top.

Great River Yellowstone, owned and handled by Brian Sanchez, was declared second with three finds. He stood with great class and manners. He chalked up finds at 7 and 30. He also had a divided find at 13 with his bracemate Springflow's Backcountry (Catanzarite). He had a solid drive hunting with each step he took. He was all class with an overall nice performance throughout the hour. He had impeccable manners and stood beautifully. He also had a strong forward stance and never disappointed.

Tee's Sweet Emotion, owned and handled by Brian Sanchez, was declared third with six finds. He gave an outstanding performance on the ground. He put on an excellent race with finds at 5, 30, 32, 50, and 58. He also had a divided find at 24 with his bracemate Pearl (York). He displayed excellent manners. He had a good forward race and a strong ground race with amazing birdwork.

Thank you to everyone who came out and supported this trial, including all the handlers and scouts who participated. We couldn't have done it without you.

Leslie, Ga., January 17
Judges: Daniel DiMambro and Hank Lewis
AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG CLASSIC [One-Hour Heats] - 37 Pointers and 1 Setter

1st-CALICO'S COUNTRY STRONG, 1679850, pointer female, by Waybetter Rocky-Calico's Touch of Class. Calico Kennels, owner; Alex Smith, handler.
2d-GREAT RIVER YELLOWSTONE, 1688796, pointer male, by Fastforward's B K Gunner-Wiggins Miss Stella. Great River Kennel, owner; Brian Sanchez, handler.
3d-TEE'S SWEET EMOTION, 1699148, pointer male, by Touch's Red Rider-Tee's Funseekin Belle. Great River Kennel, owner; Brian Sanchez, handler.

2024 Annual Round Pond Youth Trial
This year's first annual Round Pond Youth Field Trial ran on Sunday, January 21, 2024. The trial is run over three beautiful courses that meander over the beautiful grounds of Round Pond Plantation.

A special thanks to everyone who put time, dedication, and energy into making this youth trial possible. We would also like to thank everyone who sponsored this trial. The Youth Field Trial Alliance (YFTA) provided the ribbons and drink holders for the winners. RK Livestock and Auto provided additional prizes for the winners. Gift certificates were given to each placement, provided by Lion Country Supply, along with an 8 x 10 photo mailed to each winner. Purina supplied the dog food. YFTA paid for lunch. Christy Swearingen and Debbie Hofer prepared a hot lunch that was served before the trial began. Luke Eisenhart generously paid the entry fees. Dan DiMambro and Hank Lewis handled the difficult task of judging this highly contested trial.

The first brace broke away at 1:30 p.m. under blue skies and a cool breeze. Each handler showed excitement and determination. The judges expressed how this was a very hard trial because all the handlers and dogs did such a wonderful job.

The Winners
First place was awarded to Twin Willow Troubadour, handled by Addison McDuffie. Twin Willow Troubadour laid down an impressive ground race highlighted by one find at 18 and a back at 5. At the end of his performance, the bar had been set, and a true winner was on top. Second place was awarded to Jake, handled by Harper Wiseman. Jake displayed high class with a strong forward ground race. Third place was awarded to Great River Yellowstone, handled by Matthew Sanchez. Great River Yellowstone handled nicely with finds at 6 and 12.