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Event: Georgia Amateur Celebration
Result: Georgia Field Trial Association

Location: Waynesboro, Georgia

Post Date: Apr 24, 2023

Submitted By: Nell Mobley

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Georgia Amateur Celebration Shooting Dog Winners (front, from left): One Day La Bandita with Lane Hodges, Cottonwood Banjoe with Tim Ruff, and One Day Queen Bee with Darcy Hodges. (Behind, from left): Chad Chadwell, Nancy Brown, Nell Mobley, Randy Marsh, Steve Mills, Ben Lorenson (judge), Kyle Merrill (judge), Gary Futch, and Alan York.

I am pleased to report that we had a good entry of dogs in our Amateur Celebration sponsored by the Georgia Field Trial Association. The Celebration consists of three stakes: Shooting Dog, All-Age, and Derby.

To name the best performances, Ben Lorenson of Allendale, S. C., and Kyle Merrill of Corinna, Me., were riding in the saddles. They primarily run their Brittany breed. However, they knew what to look for in pointers, setters, and Vizslas. Ben and Kyle watched the performance of all dogs as they covered the course.

Pen-raised birds raised by Pat Johnson Game Birds were released before running, with additional ones replacing any that moved. Alan York and Ron Lambert assumed these duties. Serving as marshals were President Gary Futch and Randy Marsh.

Nineteen entries were drawn for the Shooting Dog stake. First place went to One Day La Bandita, owned and handled by Lane Hodges. This 4-year-old pointer female took to the course with hunting and pointing birds on her mind. She ran a classy forward race that maximized the course to its fullest potential. She had five pieces of bird work and a finish in the back green field that left no doubt in the judges' minds of an excellent overall performance.

Cottonwood Banjoe is a 5-year-old pointer male owned and handled by Tim Ruff. He was named second place. He had four well-spaced finds. His race was commendable for a shooting dog. When time was called, he could be seen to the front.

Third place went to One Day Queen Bee, owned and handled by Lane Hodges. Queen Bee is a littermate of One Day La Bandita, and her performance could be compared to her sister. She ran a big forward race that always showed her to the front. Queen Bee handled kindly and had one bird contact, earning her a spot in the winners' circle.

Others running in the Shooting Dog stake were Secret Agent Attitude (Marsh), Pele's Wiki Aloha Spirit (Chadwell), Dal (Adams), Jake (Lambert), Reve's Royal Hawaiian (Chadwell), Luxy (Cerofolini), Sugar Cane Express (Chadwell), Crouch's Red Bird Girl (Crouch), Rolex (Cerofolini), Reb (Adams), Mia's Hour of Kalua (Chadwell), Dominator's Kid Rock (Ruff), and One Day Lucky Strike (Hodges).

Walnut Tree Blue was awarded first place in the All-Age. Blue ran a very nice forward race, hunting in the right places. He had no bird contact and was judged on his groundwork. This pointer male is owned and handled by Steve Mills.

Chad Adams handled Bud Adams to be named in second place. This 3-year-old showed great potential with a forward race with finds at 20 and 30. He got lateral off to the side at 45 but corrected himself and finished the hour.

Beckworth's Wildfire WF was named first in the Derby competition for owner/handler Alan York. His race was forward with bird contact at 12, and a point at 15 was fruitless. His 30 minutes concluded in the dove field.

An excellent race was witnessed for Walnut Tree Buddy, handled and owned by Steve Mills. The judges made note of a promising future. Third-place honors went to Beckworth's Quick Fire, owned and handled by Alan York. Fire had bird contact in the dove field--an excellent job for a 1-year-old derby.

Others in competition were Montana Dream (Macke), Nicks (Crouch), Nell (Crouch), Jolene (Adams), and Crouch's Sunny Mill Jo (Crouch). I look forward to seeing everyone return in 2024. If you missed this running, hopefully, the Celebration will be on your agenda next
Waynesboro, Ga., February 10
Judges: Ben Lorenson and Kyle Merrill
GEORGIA CELEBRATION AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG [One-Hour Heats] - 15 Pointers and 4 Vizslas

1st--ONE DAY LA BANDITA, 1684577, pointer female, by Heard Hill's Memory Lane-Dubose's Snow White. Lane Hodges, owner and handler.
2d--COTTONWOOD BANJOE, 1675918, pointer male, by Cottonwood Bound Bandit-Class Act Kasey. Tim Ruff, owner and handler.
3d--ONE DAY QUEEN BEE, 1684579, pointer female, by Heard Hill's Memory Lane-Dubose's Snow White. Lane Hodges, owner and handler.

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Georgia Amateur All-Age Winners (front, from left): Walnut Tree Blue with Steve Mills and Stoney Run's Buddy with Chad Adams. (Behind, from left): Randy Marsh, Benn Lorenson (judge), Kyle Merrill (judge), Gary Futch, and Alan York.


1st--WALNUT TRUE BLUE, 1680850, male, by Walnut Tree Fred-Dialing Kate. Steve Mills, owner and handler.
2d--BUD ADAMS, 1702121, male, by Stone Run's Buddy-Muddy Belle Kate. Chad Adams, owner and handler.
AMATEUR DERBY - 10 Pointers
1st--BECKWORTH'S WILDFIRE WF, 1699937, female, by Touch's Mega Mike-Beckworth's Fired UP. Alan York, owner and handler.
2d--WALNUT TREE BUDDY, 1697324, male, by Walnut Tree Fred-Walnut Tree Buddy. Steve Mills, owner and handler.
3d--BECKWORTH'S QUICK FIRE, 1703237, female, by Lester's Shockwave-Pleasant Run Gal. Alan York, owner and handler.

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Georgia Amateur Derby Winners (front, from left): Beckworth's Wildfire with Alan York, Walnut Tree Buddy with Bill Adams, and Beckworth's Quick Fire with Brad Macke. (Behind, from left): Nell Mobley, Ron Lambert, Ben Lorenson (judge), Kyle Merrill (judge), and Gary Futch.