Event: Pendy's Good Grace Wins Amateur All-Age
Result: North Carolina Field Trial Association
Location: Hoffman, North Carolina
Post Date: Apr 19, 2023
Submitted By: Thomas Stargell
The North Carolina Field Trial Association trial was held February 3-5 at the Bob Gordon Gamelands, known and revered as "Hoffman." The February weather cooperated, with temperatures in the high 40s and only one five-minute shower during the running. It was perfect field trial bird hunting weather.
Association President Ray Joye and spiritual guidance from the injured Johnny Atkinson assisted Trial Chairman Grayson Francis. Meals, clean up, and the trial kitchen were in the capable hands of Gretchen and John Adsit. The judicial saddles were manned by two popular professional dogmen, Tony Bingham and Jerry Raynor. Both rode hard and gave ample attention to all entries. All aspects of a well-run and enjoyable weekend were in place. Thanks to you all!
This was a well-attended trial, as proven by 35 dogs being drawn to run. The large All-Age field required the cancellation of the Derby. The judges complimented the quality of the dogs entered. Three dogs earned an honorable mention. Rocky River Loaded, owned by Ray Joye, ran with the trial winner in brace No. 11. At 20, he carded a covey find to go with his flashy ground performance. The other two dogs ran together in brace No. 4; Mohawk Mill Knight Hawk, handled by Gary Winall, and Walnut Tree Blue, handled by Steve Mills, had a divided find at 50 to go with their all-age ground race.
The three winners were all pure class, each a joy to watch. The first-place dog was Pendy's Good Grace, handled by Matt Pendergest in brace No. 11. Her two finds came at 15 and 45, and each exhibited her exquisite style and composure around her game. Her race was described as the absolute best of the stake.
Mohawk Mill Trail Warrior gained second-place honors for handler Gary Winall. His strong showing came in brace No. 8. His find came at 20, past Bruce Jacob's house. He had an unproductive at 25. His hour was a strong ground effort the entire time down.
The third-place dog was Knight's Little John for Scott Griffin in brace No. 14. His find at 15 presented a pretty picture with his style, his bracemate backing perfectly, and a covey pegged nicely right ahead. He showed a good race to cap his hour down.
The North Carolina Association would like to thank Purina and representative Greg Blair for their generous support. Equally so, sincere thanks go to the state of North Carolina for making the Hoffman grounds available for this great sport of field trialing.
Hoffman, N. C., February 3
Judges: Tony Bingham and Jerry Raynor
AMATEUR ALL-AGE [One-Hour Heats] - 34 Pointers and 2 Setters
1st--PENDY'S GOOD GRACE, 1664858, pointer female, by Reloaded-Dialed In. Matt Pendergest, owner and handler.
2d--MOHAWK MILL TRAIL WARRIOR, 1676193, pointer male, by Stoney Run's Buddy-Hirollins Fancy Lady. Gary Winall, owner and handler.
3d--KNIGHT'S LITTLE JOHN, 1697531, pointer male, by Lester's Storm Surge-Bonner's Platinum Doll. Scott Griffin, owner and handler.