Submitted by Darron Hendley
The 2019 Bama Quail Youth Field Trial was held Sunday, December 8th, 2019 on the Bama Quail Field Trial Grounds near Tuskegee, Alabama.
The members of the Bama Quail Field Trial Club have been graciously supporting this youth trial for over 17 years. This year was no different. Every dog had bird contact over the 3 consecutives 20-minute courses. That makes it a lot of fun for the youngsters! The ground was wet from the previous days rain. The air was cool and seasonable the first brace turned loose shortly after a healthy lunch prepared by Mrs. Jan Servais.
Judging this year’s stake was a Bullock County born couple now engaged to be married and residing near Blakely, Georgia, Murphy Renfroe and Bailey Peirce. They rode very attentively and made it fun and exiting for the kids. After the trial, they congratulated each of the youngsters for a job well done.
The young handlers included, Ella Grace Montgomery and Reese Green from Union Springs, Braden Renfroe from Banks, Alabama, Presley Graham from Shorter, Alabama, Taylor Roberts from Selma, Alabama and Addison McDuffie from Cecil, Alabama. A total of eleven dogs were entered.
Taking first place was a pretty pointer named Dot, handled by Addison McDuffie. Dot took second here last year. Addison’s dad scouted and her mother, Mindy, and grandparents Tommy “Da” Traylor and Kay “Ma” Traylor were present to cheer her on.
Second was award to Reese Green for Blaze. Reese was hot off a big win in the Southern Field Trial Club’s inaugural youth trial in Georgia.
Reese has a strong contingent backing her with dad Justin scouting and granddad Mike coaching! Third went to Pete, handled by Braden Renfroe Braden is an impressive 13-year-old that is showing a lot of interest in birddogs and horses. He is a good horseman and has a confident easy going way about him. We hope he keeps up his winning ways. Everyone had a good time.
All the families of these youngsters should be commended for their support and encouragement of these exceptional children.
In this age of technology and sedentary urban lifestyles, it is a rare treat to see a youngster that can ride a horse, shoot a gun and handle a dog all at the same time! We certainly hope they will help continue this great tradition.
Many thanks to everyone who helped with the trial. Tommy Traylor handled the dog wagon duties. Jack and Fran Miller of Thomasville, Georgia donated wonderful prizes for all the young handlers.
Their heavy-duty leather tack will last and be remembered for a lifetime. Jack and Fran never miss the opportunity to help out a kid’s trial! Billy Gholston of Fitzpatrick, Alabama hand made some very durable engraved leather pistol holsters as prizes for the kids. Thank you, Billy! Purina donated samples of ProPlan dog food that is greatly apprrecieated. The field trial community is forever indebted to the unselfish support Purina provides.
The Bama Quail Field Trial Club wishes to thank the family members and friends that encourage and support these young bird dog enthusiasts.
Each year a $1,000 College Scholarship is awarded in memory of Miss Hartley Carter to the youth handler that accumulates the most points in qualified Alabama youth trials.
Our annual fundraiser is during the National Amateur Free-for-All Championship starting February 22nd in Union Springs. We will have some great items to auction off.
If you would like to help promote youth field trials, please contact Darron Hendley at 334-300-5836.