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Archive: Tom Word

Patience on the Fly

John Marsh liked his work, mostly. At age sixty-three, he worked as assistant dog trainer and hunt manager on Hopscotch Plantation, a Southwest Georgia spread owned by Mark Mason, the great grandson of its assembler.… Read article

The Newcomer

He arrived at Columbus, North Dakota, unknown and driving a battered twelve-year-old pickup, pulling a two-horse trailer twice as old. He unloaded two hard-worked horses into a portable pipe corral and chained five nearly identical… Read article

The Puppy Man

  Carl Reed occupied a special place in the quail-plantation culture of Southwest Georgia and North Florida. He was known by all as The Puppy Man. Carl had been a gandy dancer on the Southern… Read article

The Scout

“Sam, you know I don’t take criminal cases anymore,” Ben Reach said as soon as his old pal began to lobby him. “This is different, Ben. The boy needs you.” “The boy” was Billy Culp,… Read article

Payback Time

Like all field-trial followers, Ben Reach knew personally most all the pros in the sport. The world of bird-dog competition was peopled by a small fraternity, widely scattered but in touch with one another through… Read article

The Bent Judge

Ben Reach had been asked often to judge the Yankee Trial, the owner’s trial of the Georgia-Florida Field Trial Club held on Washington’s Birthday since 1916 to establish bragging rights among the quail-plantation elites of… Read article

Eulogy for Andy

Andy was a field-trial dog All-age category Four-time champ In six short years In toughest competition Andy was a field-trial dog But much, much more than that He hunted quail For Ted and John The… Read article

The One ~ Part II

Here are some other trainer/dog combos submitted by our readers: Forrest Dean and Feagin’s Mohawk Pal J.L. Holloway and The Ace Carl Duffield and Commander’s Hightone Beau Dewey English and Lebanon Tim Ed Harrison and… Read article

The One ~ Part I

They leave early each July from a hundred places across the continent. They drive in a general direction, north — some due, some veering east or west — but all bound for prairie land, U.S.… Read article

Last Season ~ Final

Mossy Swamp Bill drew the first brace in the all-age. His bracemate was a full younger brother, a derby belonging to Ellen Koonce, who owned the plantation adjoining Mossy Swamp. Ellen had tried to hire… Read article


Running Dog


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