Result: Alabama Amateur Field Trial
Location: Blue Mountain, Mississippi
Post Date: Feb 17, 2023
Submitted By: Tessa Hughes
James W. Page Memorial Amateur All-Age. From left: Judge Hunter Clark, Judge Lowry Strickland, Jim Pendergest with Dialed In, Matt Pendergest, Brad Kennedy, Mike Small with Phillips Linebacker, Greg Bain, and Mason Ashburn, 2nd place winner, Misty Morn Masked Man not pictured.
The 2022 Alabama Amateur Field Trial took place on December 1-4 at Blue Mountain, Mississippi, at the beautiful Hell Creek Wildlife Management Area grounds. We want to express our thanks to Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks for the tremendous work they do on these grounds to make them so hospitable for our sport. We very much appreciate the time and effort the state of Mississippi puts into its natural resources so that its citizens can enjoy the outdoors at sporting events like field trials.
The Club would also like to thank its sponsor, Sportsman's Pride Dog Food, for its generous and continued support of our sport, as well. The Club enjoyed delicious meals each day provided by club member, Melissa Bain, and this author was happy to pitch in, as well. Our Club is always a joint effort including the work contributed by various folks, including marshals Brad Kennedy, Joe Hughes, John Chandler Strickland, and our stake manager and secretary, Greg Bain. We also appreciate our club member who drove our dog wagon, Ronald Thrasher. We also want to thank our very capable judges for their time and effort: Club Member, Lowry Strickland of Holly Springs, Mississippi, and Hunter Clark of Bethel, Mississippi. We appreciate the time and careful attention each judge gave to the entries in front of them.
James R. Page Memorial Amateur All-Age
Dialed In swooped in to win this year's All-Age stake, out of a field of twenty strong contenders (19 pointers and one setter). This beautiful multi-champion white and orange pointer female, handled by Matt Pendergest, is a nine-year-old veteran, and she showed us all she still has what it takes, garnering this year's trophy with four elegant finds and a brilliant race on the first hour course Friday morning. Dialed In is a daughter of Miller's Dialing In.
Coincidentally, Dialed In's half-brother, Misty Morn Masked Man, pointer male, also out of the great Miller's Dialing In, won second place. Masked Man always does well at this trial, having retired the trophy last year after three consecutive first place wins. He is owned and handled by Joey McAlexander. He had three strong finds and a great race on the second hour Thursday afternoon to take his winnings.
Phillips Linebacker, pointer male, handled by Mike Small, and owned by Orrin Ingram and Nathan Phillips, took the third-place award. He ran on the second hour Friday morning to secure his placement, and had two handsome finds, a back and a strong forward race.
Blue Mountain, Miss., December 1
Judges: Hunter Clark and Lowry Strickland
JAMES W. PAGE MEMORIAL AMATEUR ALL-AGE [One-Hour Heats] - 19 Pointers and 1 Setter
1st-DIALED IN, 1655274, pointer female, by Miller's Dialing In-Rester's Zumba Girl. Jim Pendergest, owner; Matt Pendergest, handler.
2d-MISTY MORN MASKED MAN, 1667341, pointer male, by Miller's Dialing In-Mac's Inspiration. Joey McAlexander, owner and handler.
3d-PHILLIPS LINEBACKER, 1694579, pointer male, by Phillips Off Line-Phillips Silver Lady. Orrin Ingram & Nathan Phillips, owners; Mike Small,handler.
Our derby was well-attended this year, with 20 entries, 16 pointers and 4 setters. Southern Shadow Story, pointer female handled by Lance Servais, won first place. He ran a strong forward race during his 30-minute brace.
Lance Servais also took home the second-place trophy with his handsome pointer male, Southern Shadow Bootleg, who ran a big casting impressive race on the last half of the third hour brace across Hell Creek.
The very classy Nosam's Silver Star, owned and handled by T. Mason Ashburn, took third place, hunting hard and to the front and having one elegant find during her brace.
Amateur Derby. From left: Judge Lowry Strickland, Brad Kennedy, Lance Servais with Southern Shadow Story, Brody Taylor, Brian Peterson with Southern Shadow's Bootleg, Mabry Taylor, Greg and Melissa's Bain's granddaughter, and Judge Hunter Clark, third place winner Nosam's Silver Star not pictured.
AMATEUR DERBY - 16 Pointers and 4 Setters
1st-SOUTHERN SHADOWS STORY, 1700848, pointer female, by Touch's Malcolm Story-Beane's Sky Liner. Lance Servais, owner and handler.
2d-SOUTHERN SHADOWS BOOTLEG, 1700852, pointer male, by Lester's Prime Poison Lane-Southern Rite Lane. Lance Servais, owner and handler.
3d-NOSAM SILVER STAR, 1702033, pointer female, by Phillips Off Line-Nosam's Patchwork. T. Mason Ashburn, owner and handler.
Amateur Shooting Dog
Our shooting dog stake kicked off Saturday afternoon, with 18 entries, 13 pointers and 5 setters. Cocklebur Breaking Bad, pointer male handled by Bubba Spencer, took first place honors in our Shooting Dog stake, doing an outstanding job during his hour brace, having three finds, all of which he handled masterfully. He had the second hour course, and he ran a blistering race for the judges, putting on an excellent performance.
Second place honors went to J. Maple Jester, pointer female handled by Joe Hughes, and owned by Joe and this author. Jester did a good job during her hour, hanging out on the edges as she does, and having two pretty finds for her handler.
Third place went to Shearjoy's Land Kreuzer, setter male handled by Betty Shearouse. This setter had one elegant find during his hour and hunted consistently to the front.
AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG [One-Hour Heats] - 12 Pointers and 6 Setters
1st-COCKLEBUR BREAKING BAD, 1689927, pointer male, by Cocklebur King Tut-Cocklebur Regent Runaway. Bubba, Amy & Colt Spencer, owners; Bubba Spencer, handler.
2d-J MAPLE JESTER, 1675700, pointer female, by J Maple Jake-Coldwater Queen Kate. Joe & Tessa Hughes, owners; Joe Hughes, handler.
3d-SHEARJOY'S LANDKREUZER, 1693124, setter male, by Shearjoy's Unforgiven-Erin's Smooth Shammy. Betty Shearouse, owner and handler.
Amateur Shooting Dog. Second place winner Joe Hughes with J Maple Jester, other winners, 1st Place Cocklebur Breaking Bad, and 3rd Place Shearjoy LandKreuzer not pictured.