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From Past American Fields, John Rex Gates


Judges and Judging

From the 1979 Christmas Issue, reprinted from two years earlier, esteemed all-age handler John Rex Gates discusses judges and judging:

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The Texas Squire, 1972 National Champion. The Edwin Brown pointer is posed by handler John Rex Gates. Standing are judges and officials, from left: Joe Hurdle of Holly Springs, Mississippi; Parke C. Brinkley of McLean, Virginia; James M. Bryan and Ruben H. Scott of Grand Junction, Tennessee; and W.A. Dumas of El Dorado, Arkansas. (from William F. Brown’s “Field Trials”)


John Rex Gates, Ames Plantation, Grand Junction, Tennessee, 2012

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