Alabama Open Shooting Dog Championship
A single, beautifully rendered find punctuated a smooth, forward hour by six-year-old pointer male Nonami's Bobby Jones, meeting judicial criteria to earn the 2011 Alabama Open Shooting Dog title at Sedgefields Plantation on March 14. Ray Pearce handled the winner for owner Ted Turner of Nonami Plantation at Albany, Georgia. Doug Ray piloted three-year-old pointer male Cassique's Boss to the runner-up spot for owners Fred and Bernice Rowan of Atlanta, Georgia.
The newly formed Sedgefields Field Trial Club hosted the titular event, which commenced on March 10 with a roster of 44 pointers and 5 setters. It was a change of venue for the popular stake, now permanently based on these historic grounds outside Union Springs, Alabama, where owner Raymond Harbert has recovered much of the original property in his effort to restore the plantation to the glory days of bobwhites and bird dogs.
Judges were Billy "Scope" Renfroe of Union Springs and John Fuller of Cherokee Plantation outside Tallahassee, Florida. Of interest is the fact that Renfroe and Fuller both grew up bird hunting on Sedgefields, where Fuller's grandfather, Hall-of-Famer George L. Hardin, Jr., was the manager for many years.
From the Reporter Barbara Teare