Hobart Ames Memorial Classic

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By Nancy Brannon; photos by Vera Courtney

The 69th renewal of the Hobart Ames Memorial Classic, Open All-Age and Derby, started Monday, January 10, 2022. Judges for this National Championship qualifying stake were Mike Jackson of Battle Ground, IN and Virgil Moore of Canyon, TX; Reporter, Jim Atchison of Caruthersville, MO. Braces were run on the National Championship courses at Ames Plantation, Grand Junction, TN.

There were 48 dogs running in the All-Age stake. On the first day a “cold morning with ‘bluebird skies’ greeted this morning’s riders in the 2022 Hobart Ames Memorial All-Age,” Vera Courtney wrote. Day two was a “brisk 27 degrees” with an “almost cloudless sky.”

Day three of the Hobart Ames Memorial All-Age was a “cool, 35 degrees with thin clouds for this morning’s breakaway,” Courtney reported. On January 13, it was another “cool 35 degrees for the kick off of the last day of All-Age dogs.”

There was, indeed, cold weather for the All-Age braces, but most days were mostly sunny and temperatures reached almost 50 degrees by Friday afternoon. Inclement weather held off until Saturday afternoon for the last braces of the Derby, when rain poured and temperatures dropped to the 30s. Snow came in the area later Saturday night.

Dr. Rick Carlisle of Ames Plantation said that “birds were at a premium during this trial.” In the All-Age Classic, there were 12 finds from 11 dogs. In the Derby Classic, there were eight finds from seven dogs in one and one-half days. This was in contrast to the Ames Amateur (Dec. 27, 2021), which saw 24 finds by the All-Age dogs and eight finds by the Derby dogs in eight 30-minute braces. At the AFTCA National Amateur All-Age Invitational (December 6, 2021), there were eleven finds on Monday, ten finds on Tuesday, and four finds in the call-back. “We have seen an influx of hawks in the area lately, so the birds are staying close in cover,” Carlisle said. “You fly, you die.”

All-Age Results:
First: Game Wardon, handled by Dr. Fred Corder, owner
Second: Papa Joe, handled by Mike Hester for owner Tremel Hester (his grandson)
Third: Hendrix’s Copperline, handled by Burke Hendrix, owner
The Hobart Ames Memorial Derby began on a “beautiful morning,” Friday, January 14, 2022 with 24 dogs contending for the honors (25 entered, but one had to withdraw). Mike Jackson also judged the Derby, along with Joey McAlexander, who is also the new President of the Hobart Ames Memorial Field Trial Club.The Derby was completed on Saturday Jan. 15, with the following winners:

Derby Results:
First: Haney’s Storm Warming, handler Ike Todd, owner Chris Cagle
Second: Knight’s Little John, handler Ike Todd, owner Scott Griffin
Third: Seek N In, handler/owner Will Dunn

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