2024 Inaugural Running ~ Round Pond Youth Field Trial

2024 Inaugural Running ~ Round Pond Youth Field Trial

Jan 21st, 2024 | FT Results and Reports

Sunday, January 21, 2024
Round Pond Plantation, Leslie, GA

This first annual Round Pond Youth Field Trial ran on a particularly chilly Sunday. Despite that, an enthusiastic crowd of field trialers came and braved the cold. Seven handlers and eight dogs competed in four braces. The trial was run over three beautiful courses that meander over the extensive grounds of Round Pond Plantation.

A special thanks to everyone who put in time, dedication, and energy into making this youth trial possible beginning with applause for Christy Swearingen who spearheaded the event. The scheduled inaugural trial had to be canceled last winter due to thunderstorms and torrential rain but Christy’s enthusiasm and determination could not stifled!  A big thanks also to Round Pond’s Neil Walker.

We would also like to thank everyone who sponsored this trial. Youth Field Trial Alliance’s Claudia McNamee was pivotal in the trial’s conception. YFTA provided ribbons and Lion Country Supply $50 gift certificates to the winners as well as 8 x 10 photo prints that were mailed to each winning handler. The club received a 10 x 20 inch framable print of the entire crowd for the clubhouse. YFTA also contributed to the cost of lunch. Purina supplied dog food and other gave away items. Patty’s Custom Chaps and Canvas provided wonderful canvas drinks holders for the winners. RK Livestock & Auto provided additional prizes for the winners and gifts for all the participants. Christy and Debbie Hofer prepared a wonderful hot lunch that was served before the trial began. Luke Eisenhart generously paid the entry fees. Dan DiMambro and Hank Lewis handled the difficult task of judging this highly contested trial and the club thanks them for their time in the saddle.

The first brace broke away at 1:30 PM under blue skies and a cool breeze. Each handler showed excitement and determination handling their charges in the 20 minute braces. The judges expressed how this was a very hard trial to judge due to all the handlers and dogs doing such a wonderful job.

The Winners:
First place was awarded to Twin Willow Troubadour handled by Addison McDuffie, no stranger to the winner’s circle. Troubadour laid down an impressive ground race highlighted by one find at 18 and a back at 5. At the end of his performance the bar had been set and a true winner was on top. Second place was awarded to Bad Prairie’s Storm Force (Jake) handled by an up and coming young handler, Harper Wiseman. Harper is also an accomplished equestrian. Jake, displayed high class with a strong forward ground race. Third place was awarded to Great River Yellowstone handled by Matthew Sanchez. The attractive male pointer, Yellowstone handled nicely for his young handler with finds at 6 and 12.

Cayla Key, Reporter