With 10 more dogs competing than in its successful debut with a walking field trial last October, the East Tennessee Pointing Dog Association further enhanced its reputation with the March 16-18 trial near Spring City.
The event included 78 animals in eight stakes at the Gun Dog Development Grounds, and entrants represented nine states from as far away as New York and Missouri. Breeds taking part included English pointers, English setters, German shorthair pointers, Hungarian Vizlas, German wirehair pointers, Weimaraners, Brittanies and "even an Italian Spinone," according to Bill Barber, the club's field trial secretary.
"We had quite a number of calls from area outdoor enthusiasts who asked about the event and showed up to observe and watch the dogs run," Barber reported.
The competitive divisions included stakes for amateur handlers only and others that included both professional and amateur handlers.
Bandy's Little Jed, an English setter owned by Marshall Bandy, won the open derby and amateur walking puppy categories and was third in open puppy.
Barbara Zahn's "Tootsie" - a female Vizla trained by LaFayette pro Brenda Roe - won for open gun dog retrieving, and Richard Miller's "Abby" (short for "Abracadabra") was the open limited gun dog retrieving winner.
Chris and Alyssa Carnahan's Top Gun Tuxedo won in amateur gun dog retrieving and was second in open limited gun dog retrieving. Chocolate Pixie's Bones, owned by Kenneth Lynch, won in open puppy and was third in open derby, amateur derby and amateur walking puppy.
Rick Allman's Dixie was the amateur derby winner and finished fourth in open derby, and Peggy Sieve's Hot Shot's Auf Ziel "Zero" was the winning amateur limited gun dog and was fourth in both open and amateur gun dog retrieving.