TOP GUN SUPERSTAKES
For many years my greatest dream as a promoter of
foxhound field trials was to be able to give away a truly great prize at a
great field trial. Well, in 1998 while
serving as secretary of the All- American I thought the time was right and the
stage was set. We had over $30,000
stashed away and an executive committee that was willing to give me the okay to
buy a Honda Foreman 450, 4-wheeler, at that time the nicest 4-wheeler made, so
I bought one. I also, had a trailer made
to haul it. But guess what? The directors had a special meeting, voted to
have me sell the 4-wheeler, so that is just what I did. And this is what else I did; I made myself a
promise that I would someday out do anything that had ever been attempted at
the All-American. It only took seven
years to do it, but guess what? This
year at TOP GUN we gave away a new 4-wheel drive Ford F150 truck to a gentleman
names Norman Howard of Georgetown, South Carolina and about $9,000 in cash and
feed to the other nine hounds that placed in the top 10. Now if I never find another acorn, this old
Now that I have bragged enough, on to the story of
TOP GUN. My wife Ann and my ole buddy
Cole Moore left home on Thursday pulling the famous “lime green dog hauling
machine” owned by Donnie Cobb. Donnie
let us borrow his nice trailer that he had won last fall with his hound Cobb’s
Blackie (Teat’s Banjo-Efird’s Lil Bit).
Cobb’s Blackie is a super fast hound.
We needed the trailer to haul the 20+ Cole Moore hounds to the East
Coast. Now the Atlantic seaboard is
Of course we could hardly wait to get to
Stokes-Craven Ford to see the new truck and get all the logos in place. First we met with Perry Corbett, had lunch,
and went to the bank. Perry was the
local connection for us. He was
directly responsible for getting us the donation for the
Saturday morning we started entering hounds at
9:00am. All went well. We learned from the experience and we will do
even better next time. Numbers 1-99 were
by a drawing. All other numbers could be
reserved. At one point we had out over 600
numbers. We landed at 401- about
2/3s. Just about what
The banquet was held at the FE
Day one - Good running, good scores, lots of
excitement as we posted the scores as they came in. The Masterfox computer program allows for
this to be done. And I promise you, the hunters like it. Curt Causey was the high man and I heard
Donald Bryant to offer to buy the truck for more, much more, than the truck
cost to Curt if he won. Donald said he
just wanted to drive it around in the state of
Day two – Dirtwater Kennel of
Day three – Sticker Kennels all the way. 485 points. Richard Evans said this was a record for any one day at Low Country. For sure our best day at TOP GUN. About 1/3 more scores this day than any other day of the trial. Top hound after third day was Justin Sharpe with HOY Bushley Creek Rowdy II.
Day four – This was our rest day. Good bench show, lots of fun. Read the results below.
Day five – Would it be JW Magee. Would it be Paul West. Would it be Justin Sharpe. None of the above. It was EC(f)Ch.Howard’s Maggie owned by Norman Howard that would be driving away in the greatest prize ever given at any fox hunt in the history of plant earth.
Now thanks goes first and foremost to Richard Evans. Wow, what a job he did. The pen was great. The game was there. And he gave us a price that allowed us to have a great field trial. Thank you from every one person at TOP GUN.
Thanks to Pride Dog Feed and Mike Carr, The Hunters Horn and Terry Walker, Showtime and Randy McGovern, Hi-Tek Rations and Leonard Powell and John Cooler, Purina and Rod Carter, Eddy D. Wiley and Anne Gardner, Black Gold and John Allen, Sportmix and JOHN DOE, Sunshine and Bill and Mickey Kennedy, Custom Collars and Terrence Jackson. Thanks to our Master of Hounds-Charles Graham, Assistant Master of Hounds-Bobby Cleghorn, Bench Show Judge-Ken Ezell, Ringmaster-Ronnie McDonald, Field Judges-Becky Mitchell, Ralph Wolfe, Possum Cleghorn, Gerald Simmons, Dwight Allen, Lonnie Ward, Bobby Edwards, Carl McRoy, Bobby Bagley, Bay Lewis, Ray Owen, David Green, Joe Lewis, and Walter Cleaton.
Thank you Terri Evans for providing our food at the camp.
If I missed anyone, I am sorry.