Result: ABHA Central Region Championship
Location: Berea, Kentucky
Post Date: Dec 22, 2022
Submitted By: Ronnie Rogers
The Championship and companion stakes were well attended with 64 entries total and dogs from 8 different states. Conditions were extremely dry and unseasonably hot. A lot of water had to be carried! The grounds are in very good shape and food plots doing great, early rains help make for thick cover and lots of quail food!
The staff doing a great job of managing grounds for trials, thanks! A big thank you to all that helped make it a successful trial. Thanks Justin Crook, Adam Thomas, Bill Brown, Brian Stockrahm, Marla Stockrahm, James Cleve, and Scott Luther for pitching in and helping wherever needed! Special shout out to Ken Delong who drove from Michigan to run two dogs and jump right back on road to host a trial there! Thanks to my Daphne Rogers for keeping me supplied with food and drinks, all the while keeping me straight! Without our sponsors SportDog and Value-pak it would not have been possible, thanks. Please support them, SportDog makes great training collar and their customer support is fantastic, Value-pak makes a variety of great dog foods at great prices so try some!
Our championship judges were great, they rode hard and gave undivided attention to each entry. Thanks Donnie Duckworth, from Morganfield, Ky., and Shane Duckworth, Fredericktown, Mo. They are accomplished horsemen and avid bird hunters. Their decisions were well received and everyone appreciated how they handled heir assignment!
We would like to thank Justin Crook for help judging the puppies and amateur shooting dog, he always helps, thanks. Adam Thomas and James Cleve did a great job of looking at horseback stakes they were very attentive and results were well received. Thanks again James for hurrying from way up north, running some derbies and judging, much appreciated.
The championship was run in hot and dry conditions, never seen these grounds this dry in 35 years! Taking the championship and never looking back Georgia Born Windstorm, blew through the country always to the front and going forward. This beautiful mostly white pointer handled with purpose for Miss Margie Ridings from Cumming, Ga. Along the hour he had 4 great finds with one being a true limb find that sealed the championship! Congratulations to Miss Ridings.
Runner-up was the local product and always competitive setter male All Out. He has graced the winners circle many times in ABHA championships, for his owners Joseph and Brittany Hopkins, with Joe as his handler. All Out running in first brace of morning garnished 7 good finds. He did this always to front with a very nice race, although not quite as forward as champion. Congratulations Joe! Couple dogs that pushed winners in Justin Crook string were JoJo's Dark Knight and Unfinished Business, Dark Knight had an excellent race with one good find and finished very strong in terrible heat, a really good performance for conditions. Unfinished Business did an excellent job with 5 finds and a beautiful stop to flush on a covey of birds, he could have finished a little stronger and that could have made a difference in outcome. Ken Delong's pointer Faith's Maximum Justice did a great job with 5 finds in first brace, and a nice forward race. Good to see he is fully recovered from ACL surgery last spring!
The walking derby showcased 3 really nice young setters. James Cleve piloted Terry Boatright's nice young setter to first with a spectacular ground eating big race. James also handled another young setter to second. She ran well and was very classy moving. Justin handled third place setter to a real nice race that faded in the heat a little at end. A real nice group of youngsters that will do good in future. The puppy stake was fantastic, eight beautiful young dogs showed their stuff. A pair of mixed females, setter and pointer ran in first brace and ran away with first two spots! They really turned it on and handled with great range, it was close with Terry's a little more consistent. This was Marla first time handling a dog at a trial and she looked like a pro at it, great job! Third went to another relatively new handler in Mike Edwards with his pointer male Top Gun. He was great on the ground making several casts to the front that were impressive especially later in the brace. Third place was pushed hard by Gary Vitali's setter with a lot of class and a hard charging race. One judge is quoted as saying as good group of puppies as he had seen anywhere! The future is bright!
Eight entries came to line in amateur walking shooting dog with three good performances. Herbie's Shasta La Vista scorched the ground for thirty minutes with 3 nice finds for handler Scott Luther, a beautiful dog to watch! Second went to Mike Fox winning Red Setter female Foxy Lady Sadie. She ran a huge race with one dug up find that was discovered as other handler and bracemate were flushing on same bird, amazing what happens at a field trial! Third went to consistent Coal Camp's Annie, littermate to first place dog, for handler Adam Thomas. She is absolutely gorgeous pointed!
Sunday brought cooler weather and the horseback portion of trial. The shooting dog stake brought out eighteen very competitive entries, along with a visit and participant from our old friends Ed and Dee Stevens of Ohio. Good to see Ed in Good health! Birds were at a premium again but few dogs found them. Justin secured first with always in the running setter male Pistol Pete. Like his name sake he turned a crowd pleasing performance and won easily! Ed's Penny female put down an awesome race to the front always snappy and going forward to capture second. Justin turned loose Fast Money and she did not disappoint easily moving into third.
The Final stake was derby and several nice performances especially first place P B Hurrin Hoosier for owner Brian Stockrahm and Justin handling. Great young dog with bright future. I would also like to say the help Brian did this weekend made trial possible. We are in his debt! Smooth Operator proved to be just that for Ed as this youngster got better and better as brace went on, a lot potential in him. Justin finished out placements with Powerhouse Big a young pointer that runs like his name, congratulations .
Thanks to all who pitched in to help and to owners and handlers.
Berea, Ky., October 6 - One Course
Judges: Donnie Duckworth and Shane Duckworth
ABHA CENTRAL REGION CHAMPIONSHIP [One-Hour Heats] - 2 Pointers, 3 Setters, 1 Brittany and 1 Irish Setter
Winner-GEORGIA BORN WINDSTORM, 1690185, pointer male, by Knight's White Light-Bone Collector. Margie Ridings, owner and handler.
Runner-Up-ALL OUT, 1658806, setter male, by All In-Walnut Hills Rocket Onpoint. Joseph & Brittany Hopkins, owners; Joseph Hopkins, handler.
TENNESSEE VALLEY FIELD TRIAL CLUB
ABHA OPEN DERBY - 2 Pointers and 4 Setters
1st-BOATRIGHT'S MAVERICK, 1694705, setter male, by Rufus Del Fuego-Outcast Starburst. Terry Boatright, owner; James C. Kleve, handler.
2d-STARDUST OUTPAST COCO, 1695076, setter female, by Woodville's Yukon Cornelius-Outcast Stardust. Sean F. Williams, owner; James C. Kleve, handler.
3d-JOJO'S QUICK JUSTICE, 1695122, setter male, by Swift Justice-Sharock's Tish. Christian Ogle, owner; Justin Crook, handler.
Judges: Justin Crook and William R. Rogers
ABHA OPEN PUPPY - 8 Pointers, 2 Setters and 1 Irish Setter
1st-BOATRIGHT'S MORNING STAR, 1700324, setter female, by Woodville's Yukon Cornelius-Outcast Star Breeze. Terry W. Boatright, owner and handler.
2d-P B HELLES BELLES, 1702138, pointer female, by Touch's Grey Street-Three Stripe's Anomaly. Brian Stockrahm, owner; Marla Stoc handler.
3d-PINEHILL ELHEW TOP GUN, 1699947, pointer male, by Pinehill Elhew Damascus Max-Pinehill Elhew Damascus Jan. Jamee M. Edwards, Sr., owner and handler.
ABHA AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG - 6 Setters and 2 Irish Setters
1st-HERBIE'S SHASTA LA VISTA, 1684251, setter female, by Full Blast-Herbie's Asta la Vista. Shannon Humphrey & Adam Thomas, owners; Scott Luther, handler.
2d-FOXY LADY SADIE, 1691626, Irish setter female, by Zansett Simply Red-Foxy's Lil Red Missy. Mike Fox, owner and handler.
3d-COAL CAMP'S ANNIE, 1687566, setter female, by Full Blast-Herbie's Asta La Vista. Jim Humphrey, owner; Adam Thomas, handler.
Judges: James Kleve and Adam Thomas
ABHA OPEN SHOOTING DOG - 13 Pointers and 5 Setters
1st-GUN'S PISTOL PETE, 1667396, setter male, by Barker's Big Coon-Carpenter's Daisy Duke. Colby Tackett, owner; Justin Crook, handler.
2d-R S SHINEY PENNEY, 1694807, pointer female, by Valiant-Reed's Winter Spirit. Ed & Dee Stevens & Rattle Snake Creek Kennel, owners; Ed Stevens, handler.
3d-FAST MONEY, 1681232, pointer female, by Stash The Cash-Lester's Speed Queen. C. W. & Patty Moore, owners; Justin Crook, handler.
Judges: James Cleve and Adam Thomas
ABHA OPEN DERBY - 4 Pointers and 2 Setters
1st-P B HURRIN HOOSIER, 1696778, pointer male, by Erin's Lone Star Law-Three Stiple's Bullseye. Brian Stockrahm, owner; Justin Crook, handler.
2d-SMOOTH OPERATOR, 1701773, pointer male, by Erin's Redrum-Erin's Rebel Maiden. Rattle Snake Creek Kennel, owner; Ed Stevens, handler.
3d-POWERHOUSE BIG, unreg., particulars not given. Sweet Hodges, owner; Justin Crook, handler.
ABHA Central Region Championship Winners (from left): Sam Ridings, Margie Ridings with Georgia Born Windstorm, Judge Shane Duckworth, Joe Hopkins with All Out, James Cleve, and Judge Donnie Duckworth.