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Location: Greensboro, Alabama

Post Date: Apr 27, 2022

Submitted By: Fontaine Alison

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Charles Farquhar Memorial Amateur All-Age. Dragonfly with Jim Hughes, Dialed In with Jim Pendergest, Youpon's Gambling Sis with Schley Rutherford.

The Cahaba Bend Field Trial Club held their annual trial Jan. 20-23, 2022, in Greensboro, AL. The event drew 57 entries in three divisions. The trial is proud to offer one of the few Amateur All-Age stakes in the state. Dragonfly and Jim Hughes captured the All-Age title, one of several impressive wins the 7-year-old pointer has earned this season. Hauser's Rolling Thunder, owned by Sean Hauser and handled by Will Dunn, won the Open Derby, and Dragonfly had another outstanding run to win the Shooting Dog division.

The judges are perhaps owed the most thanks, as they don't have the option to sleep in or skip that last brace when the sun goes down and the wind picks up. Bill Mason and Jennifer McKemie of Moundville, Ala., braved unseasonably cold weather to judge the Amateur All Age dogs. Todd Montgomery of Union Springs, Ala., and Hunter McDuffie of Cecil, Ala., judged the Open Derby, and Montgomery was joined by Chris Koutras from Valley Grande, Ala., to judge the Shooting Dogs. Chris is new to Alabama, but not to field trialing; we were delighted to have him volunteer his time and expertise.

Despite wet weather at the start, the multi-course grounds of the M. Barnett Lawley Forever Wild Field Trial Area were in excellent condition, thanks to the care of retiring director Bill Mason, who has managed the field trial area since its inception. The club recognized his 37 years of service on the property with an informal retirement party at the Friday night dinner. (photo). We look forward to working with Brae Buckner, the new director.
John Henry Kitchens, our loyal dog wagon driver kept the things running smoothly and on time. His grandson Collier, now 5, assisted him for the third year.

As always, everyone enjoyed the hospitality for which the trial has long been known. Kitchen helpers Patty Sexton, and Olivia and Fontaine Alison had meals hot and ready each day. others contributed homemade specialties: Mrs. Laura Rutherford's chicken soup and Jennifer McKemie's chili warmed us up at lunch, and each meal was topped off with tempting desserts: Mrs. Mason's key lime cake and coconut cake, Olivia's pound cake, and pecan pies made from Mrs. Mary Epp's own recipe. Each night participants were treated to special dinners and open bar. Thursday Justin Howard grilled steaks, Friday Schley Rutherford cooked ribs, and on Saturday we had a catered dinner. No one goes hungry at Cahaba Bend!
Sponsors are key to a trial's success. Purina was again the main sponsor of the trial. Handlers of the winners were awarded with bags of their premier product, Pro Plan, which is used and trusted by so many owners of field trial champions. We also thank Greg Blair, our Purina rep, for his ongoing support.

The AFTCA 20th Century Fund has again given grant monies to the Cahaba Bend Club for seed and fertilizer for feed strips. This preparation contributes to the quality bird work we have at the M. Barnett Lawley Field Trial area.
Bubba Lindley of Edlinco, a food brokerage company, again donated Bud's Best Cookies for the dog wagon, and Anna Kitchens, an executive with Honey Baked Ham, donated box lunches for everyone on Saturday.

Southern Hunt Finery had a preview launch of their Whistlin Collar clothing line and donated t shirts to each handler personalized for the Cahaba Bend Field Trial.
We appreciate the continued support of these sponsors and all the volunteers who make the Cahaba Bend Field Trial possible.
Greensboro, Ala., January 20
Judges: Bill Mason and Jennifer McKemie
CHARLES FARQUHAR AMATEUR ALL-AGE [One-Hour Heats] - 20 Pointers

1st--DRAGONFLY, 1669453, male, by The Crowd Pleaser-Miller's Calamity Jane Lady. Jim Hughes, owner and handler.
2d-DIALED IN, 1655274, female, by Miller's Dialing In-Rester's Zumba Girl. Jim Pendergest, owner and handler.
3d-YAUPON'S GAMBLING SIS, 1691715, female, by Pride's Smoking Gambler-J Maple Sis. Schley Rutherford, owner and handler.
Judges: Hunter McDuffie and Todd Montgomery
OPEN DERBY - 16 Pointers

1st--HAUSER'S ROLLING THUNDER, 1690733, male, by Rocky Ridge's White Smoke-Gambler's All In. Sean Hauser, owner; Will Dunn, handler.
2d-RENTZ'S HIJACKED, 1696866, male, by Redland's Jacked Up-F F Bit O'Honey. Joe & Tricia Rentz & Claudia McNamee, owners; Joe Rentz, handler.
3d-PINEYWOOD'S LEGACY, 1689944, male, by Panther Creek Merlin-Pineywood's Belle Aire. Darron Hendley, owner and handler.
Judges: Chris Koutras and Todd Montgomery
AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG [One-Hour Heats] - 12 Pointers

1st-- DRAGONFLY, 1669453, male, by The Crowd Pleaser-Miller's Calamity Jane Lady. Jim Hughes, owner and handler.
2d-TWIN WILLOW PASSION, 1676712, female, by Lester's Prime Poison Lane-Sedgefields Silvertone. Addison McDuffie, owner; Hunter McDuffie, handler.
3d- YAUPON'S GAMBLING SIS, 1691715, female, by Pride's Smoking Gambler-J Maple Sis. Schley Rutherford, owner and handler.

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Dialed In Second in the Charles Farquhar Amateur All-Age Stake

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Bill Mason, longtime director of the field trial grounds, was surprised with an informal retirement party Friday night.

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Ruthann Epp and Hunter McDuffie show off the stylish Whistlin Collar hoodies by Southern Hunt Finery.

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John Henry Kitchens and grandson Collier Kitchens manned the dog wagon.