2024 Sedgefield Youth Field Trial Report

2024 Sedgefield Youth Field Trial Report

Feb 25th, 2024 | FT Results and Reports

By reporter Katie Bell Varner

This year’s annual Sedgefields Youth Field Trial ran on Saturday, February 17, 2024 at the Greenway Sportsman’s Club in Union Springs, Alabama. The trial is run over two beautiful courses that meander smoothly over the gorgeous hunting preserve owned by the Mike Green family.
A special thanks goes out to everyone who put in their time, energy, and money into making this youth trial possible. Bob Johnson with B&B Tack, Sylvester, Georgia and Mr. Craig Phillips from Phillips Feed, Seed and Fertilizer of Union Springs donated the winner’s prizes. Mark Lee, Larry Puckett, and Dawnie Shephard of Triple M Quail Farm donated plenty of quail. Ban Stewart expertly prepared a hot lunch that was served by Gaynelle Williams. Chris and Cindy Sellers generously paid the entry fees. Husband and wife team Lavon and Connie King traveled from Rockmart, Georgia to handle the difficult task of judging this highly contested trial. This trial is a handler of the year points trial for the Alabama Youth Field Trial Association, Dixie Trace Field Trial Association and the Southern Bird Hunters Association.

The first brace broke away at 10:00 AM under cloudy skies and cold temperatures. A brisk northerly wind set in for the day, but it did not deter the young handlers from putting down some impressive runs. Every handler finished their dogs with bird contact. The judges noted after the winners were called that it was a very hard trial to judge because each dog had such successful braces.

The Winners
First place was awarded to Doc handled by Ella Grace Montgomery. Doc, a heavily ticked black and white male pointer, laid down an impressive ground race highlighted by two clean covey finds and a back. All that witnessed Doc’s performance knew he was the dog to beat. Second place was awarded to Dot handled by Addison McDuffie. Dot is an almost all white female pointer. Dot also had multiple finds and a forward ground race. Third place was awarded to male pointer Rick handled by Reese Green. Rick handled nicely and had one solid find during his brace. The Top Dog in the Junior Division was Jack handled by Hayes Green. Jack stayed to the front and handled easily, ending his brace with two finds.

Photo above: pictured left to right.

Front Row: Ella Grace Montgomery with Doc. Addison McDuffie with Dot. Reese Green with Rick. Hayes Green with Jack and Shelby Street with Ted.
Back Row: Todd Montgomery, Darron Hendley, Mindy McDuffie, Hunter McDuffie, Justin Green, Trey King, Judge Connie King, Judge Lavon King and Bucky Street.