2012 Dixie Trace Banquet Report and Photos

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The Dixie Trace Field Trial Association invites you to come to one or more of our trials this year. See for yourself some of the nation’s top competitive field trial dogs perform over country that inspires you to saddle up and ride the front.

2012 Dixie Trace Field Trial Association Awards Banquet
By: Steve StandleyThe Grand Island Club in Albany Georgia was the venue for the June 2, 2012 Dixie Trace Field Trial Association (“DTFTA”) annual meeting and awards banquet. Beside the business at hand, the banquet was a time for celebration of the top performers in our Association as well as a time for fellowship among some 90 devotees. Founded in 2004 the Dixie Trace Field Trial Association has grown to 19 member clubs. The Association’s stated purpose is to elevate and ensure the quality of field trials in the Southeast.
After the business meeting a cocktail hour was enjoyed by all at hand. The banquet committee headed by Lynn Heard pulled out all the stops to create a fun and all-inclusive evening. The committee consists of Lynn and Buck Heard, Laura and Larron Copeland, Neil Walker, Morgan Brewer, Kate and Paul DeLoach, Polly Jackson, Martha Hallford, Mary Ann Alexander, and Alan and Ann York. Lynn and Polly picked fresh magnolia leaves and blossoms for the table settings. Colorful stadium cups designed by Shann Nichols, Branding Solutions, featuring the Dixie Trace logo on one side and banquet sponsor Purina’s logo on the other side were filled with treats. Some 36 door prizes were given away at random times throughout the evening to add to a festive atmosphere.The DTFTA enjoys the support of numerous valued sponsors. Thanks go out to Bennett’s Feed and Seed (Albany), Plantation Supply (Smithfield), Ivey’s Outdoor and Farm Supply (Albany), Insurance Market (Dawson) and Nestlé Purina (St. Louis). Door prize donors were B & B Tack, Backwoods Outdoors, Plantation Supply, Baell Mercantile, Gun Dog Supply, Tricounty Ag, Larry Kirkland and Pine Hollow Kennel, Joan Labree, Karen and Bruce Norton, Pat Lamantia and Jim Smith with Nestlé Purina, Moultrie Vet Supply, Kate DeLoach, Joyce Blalock of Crossmark, Mike Moses of Momex Foods.New this year was a raffle for three very valuable prizes. Tri-Tronics, represented by Warner Smith, donated a Pro 500 G3 EXP training collar. Wildlife artist Steve Kyles of DiLane Plantation brought a stunning display of his work. He offered a framed and matted custom portrait of the raffle winner’s favorite dog. Noted trainer Fred Rayl offered one month of free dog training to a lucky winner. The support of these businesses and individuals is most important to our Association. We appreciate each and every one of them and strongly encourage the support of their enterprises. Please take time to thank them when you see them.Beautiful Oxford biscuit jars, footed bowls, platters and a large pitcher, all of quality crystal were the Recognition of Merit Awards. Each was deeply etched with our DTFTA logo, the winning dog’s name, the owner and the handler. Recipients of these prized trophies are sure to display them in a place of honor and to enjoy them for years to come.The DTFTA is fortunate to have wonderful grounds for a field trial dog to be shown. The owners of these plantations, farms, and hunting properties share their special places with us to enable bird dog history to be made. These important properties are integral to the high standards sought by the Dixie Trace Field Trial Association. In a time of shrinking field trial venues across the nation, we are most appreciative of our landowners.Two Albany television stations came out and filmed during our banquet. Fox 31 videoed scenes from the banquet and asked pertinent questions afterward to add to their report. WALB, Channel 10 came and filmed a segment with Jason Williams, who handled Street Sense, the DTFTA High Point Dog of the Year, for owner Harold Johnson. Both reports were aired and can only help to elevate the profile of the sporting dog enthusiast.The Dixie Trace Field Trial Association invites you to come to one or more of our trials this year. See for yourself some of the nation’s top competitive field trial dogs perform over country that inspires you to saddle up and ride the front.

2012 OPEN SHOOTING DOG OF THE YEAR
STREET SENSE
Handler Jason Williams/Owner Harold Johnson

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2012 RUNNER UP OPEN SHOOTING DOG OF THE YEAR
CALICO’S CATCH N RELEASE
Handler George Tracy/Owners Calico Kennels, Chris and Heather Palmer

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 2012 OPEN ALL-AGE DOG OF THE YEAR
LESTER’S COBRA
Handler and Owner/Larron Copeland

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 2012 RUNNER UP OPEN ALL-AGE DOG OF THE YEAR
SHOWTIME CHARLIE CHAN
Handler and Owner//Larron Copeland

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2012 OPEN DERBY OF THE YEAR
SHOWTIME BUD LITE
Handler and Owner/Larron Copeland

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2012 AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG OF THE YEAR
BROWN’S TOM TOM
Handler Tom Brigman/Owner Andrew Brown

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 2012 RUNNER UP AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG OF THE YEAR
NEELY’S HOT PEPPER
Handler and Owner/John Neely

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 2012 AMATEUR ALL-AGE DOG OF THE YEAR
LAND LINE
Handler and Owner/Eddie Sholar

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2012 RUNNER UP AMATEUR ALL-AGE DOG OF THE YEAR
LESTER’S COBRA
Handler and Owner/Larron Copeland

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2012 AMATEUR DERBYOF THE YEAR
THREE RIVERS
Handler John Neely/Owner N. G. “Butch” Houston, III

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 2012 SHOOTING DOG HANDLER OF THE YEAR
SHAWN KINKELAAR

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2012 ALL-AGE HANDLER OF THE YEAR
LARRON COPELAND

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 2012DERBYHANDLER OF THE YEAR
FRAN MILLER

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 2012 HIGH POINT DOG OF THE YEAR
STREET SENSE
Handler Jason Williams/Owner Harold Johnson

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  1. Marilyn Whitford on

    Dear Outdoorsmen,
    I was involved in field trialing 35 years ago and want to get back into coming to the trials just to observe this beautiful sport and to be outdoors. I’m looking on the website for the 2012-2013 schedule of events but I’m not finding it…Am I too early in my enthusiasm???
    When might I see the schedule so I can put the dates on my calendar?

    • thank you. The URL for the calendar is https://www.dixietrace.org/events/
      It is also the one of the links on the home page. I am updating the site so that page might have been down while you were looking. The first trial in our association is Oct 25th.
      Hopefully this helps!
      Thanks,
      Rob