2017 National Championship: Brace by Brace Synopsis

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Morning of 2.13.17
Release: 8:02 AM pictures
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Owner: Allen R. Linder

Handler: Luke Eisenhart

Erin's Wild Justice

Erin's Wild Justice: Dan is a five year old, white, liver, and ticked pointer male who is making his third run in this competition. He has not been lucky here in the past, having been picked up birdless twice before, but he has accumulated quite a record elsewhere. He returns this year with wins at the National Pheasant Ch. and Georgia Quail Ch., and a runner-up at the Quail Championship Invitational. In total Dan has garnered six championship wins and four runner-ups in four field trial seasons. He was bred by Mike Moses, and is by Whippoorwill Wild Agin out of Sparrowhawk (she from the famous knick of Rockacre Blackhawk and Elhew Katie Lee). Dan is handled by Luke Eisenhart for his owner Allen Linder.
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Owner: Bob & Sarina Craig, John Sayre and D. Raines Jordan

Handler: Steve Hurdle

Mega Blackhawk's Progeny

Mega Blackhawk's Progeny: Hawk is a six year old, white and black pointer male. This will be his third year of competition, having run last year and in 2014. He was picked up early both years. He has re-qualified to run this season with a 3rd at the Hell Creek (Mississippi) OAA, and a runner-up at the All-America Quail Ch. He has one previous championship win, the 2013 Saskatchewan Open Chicken Ch. He is by Rockacre Blackhawk out of Mega Ruby. Steve Hurdle handles Hawk for his cartel of owners: Bob and Sarina Craig (his breeders), John Sayre, and D Raines Jordan.
Erin’s Wild Justice: Find at 1:06 in sage field south of old Dunn property. Find at 1:33 in Turner National South in food plot just north of Turner Road. Unproductive at 1:59 in No Man’s Land and picked up. Mega Blackhawk’s Progeny: Lost at Mary Scott out front at 1:07 and not returned to judgement.
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Afternoon of 2.13.17
Release: 1:08 PM pictures
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Owner: Ted Baker and John Baker

Handler: Slade Sikes

Chinquapin Reward

Chinquapin Reward: Pete is a six year old, white and black pointer male who returns this year for his second attempt for this title. Handled by Slade Sikes, he was picked up last year after a failed re-location at 1:02, having previously scored a find and a back. Bred by Fred C Robinson III, he is by Solid Reward out of Chinquapin Well Liz. This line descended from T Jack Robinson’s dog Evolution. Pete has twice won the Florida OAA Championship, in 2013 and 2016, for his owners Ted and John Baker. This year he has re-qualified to run here with a 1st at the Sunshine (Florida) FTC OAA.
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Owner: Ronnie Spears

Handler: Larry Huffman

Whippoorwill Justified

Whippoorwill Justified: Patch was last year’s national champion, and is the only former national champion returning this year. He is automatically re-qualified this year, still he took 1st at the Pelican State OAA and a 3rd at the Hobart Ames Memorial OAA this winter. Patch at four years old is the youngest of the Whippoorwill Wild Agin - Sparkles siblings. His litter was bred by Bob Wathall. Ronnie Spears owns this white, liver, and ticked pointer male and Larry Huffman handles him.
Chinquapin Reward: Unproductive at :27 on the east side of George Kemp East. Find at :34 in bicolor on west side of Peter Pugh. A back at :38. Asked for tracker at 2:18. Whippoorwill Justified: Find at :38 on Pond Dam at entrance to the chute on south end. Unproductive at 1:07 northwest of Prospect Church on food plot edge. Asked for tracker at 2:16.
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Morning of 2.14.17
Release: 8:08 AM pictures
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Owner: Butch Houston

Handler: Robin Gates

Shadow's Next Exit

Shadow's Next Exit: Pat is a three year old rookie contestant who qualified in his derby year. He was the 2016 Purina Top Derby Award winner, having won both the National Derby Ch. and the Continental Derby Ch., and a runner-up at the American Derby Invitational Ch. Robin Gates will handle this white with orange tick pointer male for his owner N G “Butch” Houston III. Pat was bred by JasonLoper - Osceola Kennels, and was sired by Exit Lane out of Weber’s Little Snowball.
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Owner: Dr. Reuben Richardson & Tony Gibson

Handler: Mark McLean

Touch's Game Point

Touch's Game Point: Buster returns this year with new owners, Dr Reuben Richardson and Tony Gibson. He is a six year old, white, orange, and ticked pointer male who will run again for the third time. He completed the three hours with birdwork in 2014, did not qualify in 2015, and last year he got off to a bad start and was picked up at the :20 mark after two unproductives. Buster has re-qualified this year with a 1st at the Blackbelt (Alabama) Classic and a 2nd at the Kentucky Lake OAA. He was the 2013 Continental Champion. Buster was bred by Gary P Baird, was sired by Miller’s Happy Jack, and his dam was B C Angelina. Mark McLean is his handler.
Shadow’s Next Exit: Divided find at :35 on the east side of Turner Basin. Find at :41 on the east end of Turner Ditch South at Turner bicolor. Tracker requested at 1:30 Touch’s Game Point: Divided find at :35 on the east side of Turner Basin. Find at :48 south of Govan Hill. Another find at :51 between Tom Hert and Govan Hill. Rabbit at 1:23 in Locust Turn. Tracker requested at 1:45
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Afternoon of 2.14.17
Release: 1:06 PM pictures
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Owner: Mary Devos

Handler: Jamie Daniels

Just Irresistable

Just Irresistable: Stud is a six year old, white, orange, and ticked pointer male who returns for his fourth year. He has been picked up the previous three years, each year with a progressively better performance than the year before. Stud has re-qualified for this year’s competition with a 2nd at the Kentucky Quail Classic and a 3rd at the Sunshine FTC (Florida) OAA. His scorecard shows two championship wins and two runner-ups in his previous four years of competition. Stud is owned by Mary Devos and handled by Jamie Daniels. He is sired by Riverton’s Funseekin Scooter out of Jack and Tracey Haines bitch Just Wait Bess.
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Owner: Terry Reinke

Handler: Travis Gelhaus

Daniels Creek Whitehawk

Daniels Creek Whitehawk: Rich is a rookie contestant who comes having won the California Chukar and Northwest Chukar Championships this season. While that may label him as a chukar specialist, he is also qualified and will compete in this year’s National Open Shooting Dog Championship. His Canadian handler, Travis Gelhaus will be busy, and his owner, Terry Reinke couldn’t be prouder as very few dogs have accomplished the ability to crossover in these venues. Rich is a seven year old, white, black, and ticked pointer male. He was bred by Francis Brown and was sired by Rockacre Blackhawk out of Brown’s Northern Light.
Just Irresistable: Unproductive at :13 southeast of Jim Miller Field followed by another at :54 northeast of Wolf Crossing. Tracker requested at 1:29 Daniels Creek Whitehawk: Three unproductives: at :13 southeast of Jim Miller Field, at :57 west of Strawberry Patch, and at 1:18 north of terraces north of Prospect Church. Picked up after re-location failed to produce birds.
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Morning of 2.15.17
Release: 8:00 AM pictures
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Owner: Doug Arthur & Rachel Blackwell

Handler: Steve Hurdle

Coldwater Thunder

Coldwater Thunder: Lulu is a white, liver, and ticked pointer bitch making her rookie appearance this year. Ever since her runner-up at the National Derby Championship last spring, she has been hot, scoring four first places in the qualifying trials this season: at the Sunflower OAA Classic, the Tootsie Hurdle OAA, the Buck Tuck OAA, and the Hobart Ames Memorial OAA. She will turn three years old the day before the drawing for this year’s National Championship. She will be handled by Steve Hurdle for her owners Doug Arthur and Rachel Blackwell. Bred by Gary McKibben, Lulu was sired by Coldwater Warrior out of Thunder Bess, a sister to Thunder Snowy who was a previous contestant here and also owned by Doug Arthur.
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Owner: Hal Meyer

Handler: Sheldon Twer

Zorra

Zorra: Zorra is a six year old, white and black setter bitch who has been sort of a sensation on the west coast. For the past three years, she has been working toward a California Championship grand slam. Of the five championships there, she has won the California Open Ch. twice, the California Pheasant Ch,, and the California Quail Ch.; and she has taken runner-ups in the other two, the California Chukar Ch. and the California Bird Dog Ch. twice. Zorra is on her third year of competition here. She was drawn and scratched in 2015, and was lost at 1:09 last year. She is by To The Point, out of Iron Mistress, and was bred by Jeff Gilbertson. Zorra is owned by Harold Meyer and handled by Sheldon Twer.
Coldwater Thunder: Find at :48 south of Govan Hill. Find at 1:15 in Turner National North northeast of pines. At 2:22 handler called point and flight of birds but the birds were not seen officially. Finished the 3 hours. Zorra: Suffered an unproductive at :29 in the east end of Turner House Place. Find at :35 on the northeast side of Turner Basin. Had a back at :48 and another find at :51 at Govan Hill east of the E. W. Harris cemetery. Tracker requested at 2:08.
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Afternoon of 2.15.17
Release: 1:09 PM pictures
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Owner: Howard Brooks and Cole & Katie Summerlin

Handler: Mark McLean

Coldwater Hammer

Coldwater Hammer: Joe has earned his debut at the National Championship by winning last year’s Georgia Quail Championship and this past summer’s Alberta OAA Classic. He is a white, orange, and ticked pointer male. He was sired by Coldwater Warrior, a previous contestant here, out of Gary McKibben’s bitch Mattie. Joe will be just shy of five years old at the time of the competition. He will be handled by Mark McLean for his owners, Mark’s daughter Katie, her husband Cole Summerlin and Howard Brooks.
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Owner: Jim Hamilton

Handler: Jamie Daniels

Dominators Rebel Heir

Dominators Rebel Heir: Reb is a three year old pointer male who kept us waiting to see him compete at the National Championship. He qualified last year as a derby winning two all age championships, the Master’s Open Quail Ch. and the Continental Ch., but did not run here. Reb has notched two more championships this past season, the Missouri Open Ch. and the Florida Open Ch., and two runner-ups, the Georgia Quail Ch. and the All-American Prairie Ch. This white, liver, and ticked “Rebel” dog is owned by J W Hamilton Jr. He was bred by, and is handled by Jamie Daniels. Reb was sired by Riverton’s Funseekin Scooter out of Pearl Again.
Coldwater Hammer: An unproductive at 1:54 in the food plot next to Ceasar's Ditch field. Picked up after relocation was not successful. Dominators Rebel Heir: A rabbit at 1:20 on the east side of Pine Hill. An unproductive at 1:29 on Pine Hill at the entrance to Marshall's Jack Harris Field. A find at 1:36 on the west side of Tyler's Test and a find at 1:40 in a food plot in the N.E. Agronomy Unit. A back at 1:54 in the food plot next to Ceasar's Ditch field. A find at 2:08 on Cox's Ridge east of the Old Dairy Alfalfa field. A find at 2:51 in the Morgan Field on the west side of the food plot. He finished the three hours.
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Morning of 2.16.17
Release: 8:00 AM pictures
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Owner: Rick Stallings

Handler: Steve Hurdle

Cassique's Boss

Cassique's Boss: Boss is the most senior of the seven contestants in Steve Hurdle’s string this year. He will be returning for his fourth year, having never gone birdless in this competition. Some may remember his 2014 run when he was a serious contender completing the three hours with four finds. Boss is a nine year old, white, liver, and ticked pointer male who was bred by Tim Moore. He is by Elhew Fibber McGee out of Magic Carpet. He is owned by Rick Stallings who has campaigned him to many victories, three championships and five runner-ups, both shooting dog and all age. Boss returns this year with four qualifying placements: 1st at the Lynn Taylor OAA Classic, runner-up champion at the United States Open Ch., 1st at the Fitch Farms - Galena Plantation OAA, and a 3rd at the Buck Tuck OAA.
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Owner: Will & Rita Dunn

Handler: Luke Eisenhart

Dunn's Tried 'n True

Dunn's Tried N True: Jack is a four year old, white and orange pointer male who will be making his third appearance here this year. He ran as a derby in 2015 and went birdless, picked up at the 1:36 mark, but was a seasoned competitor last year, completing the three hours with four finds. Jack, despite his name, is a blue-blood “Miller’s…” dog. Sired by national champion Miller’s Dialing In out of White Royal Pain, he was bred by Chris George. Luke Eisenhart has handled him for his owners, Will and Rita Dunn. Jack was a prodigious derby winning four derby championships and the Purina Top Derby Award in 2015. He has nearly equalled that success in this season’s competitions, winning the prestigious Quail Championship Invitational, the United States Open Ch., a 1st at the Lee County (Georgia) OAA, and a runner-up at the Florida Open Ch.
Cassique’s Boss: A find at :21 south of L. B. Avant House Place. Tracker requested at 1:14 Dunn’s Tried n’ True: A find at :39 at the east end of Turner Ditch South, south of Turner bicolor. Find at 1:12 in Lowland in the middle feed patch. Suffered an unproductive at 1:28 at Turner National South in feed patch near Turner Road. Gallery rode up the birds when dog was led out. Find at 1:57 in No Man’s Land in feed patch. Second unproductive at 2:28 in the Edward Clark North feed patch. Finished the three hours.
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Afternoon of 2.16.17
Release: 1:13 PM pictures
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Owner: Scott Griffin

Handler: Randy Anderson

Miller's Happy Jack

Miller's Happy Jack: Jack is the oldest pointer competitor and he is making his eighth run here this year. His most memorable past performance was perhaps in 2012 when he completed the three hours with six finds. He has re-qualified with a win of the Dominion Chicken Ch. and a runner-up at the Border International Chicken Ch. Jack has now won eight championships and nine runner-ups. Jack is nine years old, almost ten as he has a May birthday. He is white, orange and ticked. He was bred by Alvin Bryson and was sired by Lester’s Bandit and is out of Bryson’s Powder Twist. Randy Anderson handles Jack for his owner, Scott Griffin.
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Owner: Tommy Hamilton

Handler: Robin Gates

Erin's Muddy River

Erin's Muddy River: Pete is the third generation of the “Erin’s (fill in the blank) River” named dogs - his sire was Erin’s Stoney River and his grandsire was Erin’s Bad River. He was bred by Sean Derrig and is out of the bitch Thoman’s Miss Annie. This almost seven year old, white, orange, and ticked pointer male will be making his second appearance here. He was picked up at 1:48 last year with one find and a back. Having always done well on the prairies, his first qualifying win was at the Dominion Chicken Ch., he scored twice there this past summer with a runner-up at the Saskatchewan Chicken Ch. and a win of the Manitoba Ch. Pete is expertly handled for his owner, Tommy Hamilton, by Robin Gates.
Miller’s Happy Jack: Was not seen after breakaway. Tracker requested at :55 Erin’s Muddy River: A find at :17 at Buster Graves. Suffered an unproductive at :31 south of Peter Pugh between the Horseshoe and the Chute. Second unproductive at :48 on the west side of the Agronomy Unit. Picked up after relocation failed.
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Morning of 2.17.17
Release: 8:01 AM pictures
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Owner: Jim & Cami Wolthuis

Handler: Sheldon Twer

Sleepless in Sacramento

Sleepless in Sacramento: Meg is a three year old, white and orange pointer bitch who qualified last year but was not drawn because she was considered to be too young. She won the Pacific Coast Derby Ch. and the California Chukar Ch. in 2015, and she has re-qualified with a runner-up in the California Chukar Ch. this year. Meg is the first contestant to run here that hails from the Yastremski line of dogs who have been so successful on the west coast. She was bred and is owned by Jim and Cami Wolthius. Meg was sired by I B Ironhorse and was out of Super Express Nash Begone. Sheldon Twer is her handler.
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Owner: Bob Walthall & Thorpe McKenzie

Handler: Steve Hurdle

Dazzling

Dazzling: May is the middle sister of the quartet of competitors who are from the Whippoorwill Wild Agin - Sparkles knick. She is a five year old, white, orange, and ticked pointer bitch who was bred, and co-owned by Bob Wathall with Thorpe McKenzie. This is her second year of competition at Ames Plantation, she went bridless on a cold morning in the 2015 renewal. She returns this year garnering a runner-up at the U.S. Chicken Championship. She was the Purina Top Derby Award winner of 2014. May is ably handled by Steve Hurdle who brings a string of seven contestants this year.
Sleepless In Sacramento: Divided find at 1:18 on the north end of the Lowlands. Divided find at 1:28 in Turner National North on the north end of the pines. Tracker requested at 2:19 Dazzling: Find at :12 on the west end of Fason Ridge. Unproductive at :60 south of Govan Hill. Divided find at 1:18 on the north end of the Lowlands. Divided find at 1:28 in Turner National North on the north end of the pines. Suffered a second unproductive at 2:06 in the feed patch on the north end of Edward Clark South. Picked up after unsuccessful relocation.
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Afternoon of 2.17.17
Release: 1:07 PM pictures
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Owner: Frank & Jean LaNasa

Handler: Luke Eisenhart

True Confidence

True Confidence: Bob is a seven year old, white and orange pointer male who is returning for his second year. Last year he was picked up at 1:32 after an unproductive point, he had two prior clean finds. This year he has re-qualified with a 3rd at the Lee County (Georgia) OAA and was recently runner-up at the Georgia Quail Ch. Bob is campaigned by Frank and Jean LaNasa with Luke Eisenhart as his handler. He was bred by Robert J Saari and was sired by Two Acre Bulldog out of Bar P Annex.
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Owner: Dr. Fred Corder

Handler: Dr. Fred Corder

Cole Train

Cole Train: Cole has re-qualified for this year’s competition winning the Kentucky Open Championship. This white, black, and ticked pointer male will be just days shy of five years old. Cole is owned and handled by Dr. Fred Corder, an amateur, and they put down a respectable performance here last year. Braced with the winner, Cole had two finds prior to being lost at 1:33. Cole was bred by Ray Hamilton and was sired by Lance’s Last Knight and out of Quinton’s Pretty Baby. Cole’s past performances show him to be a versatile competitor, in addition to his many placements in the mid-south trials, he has won on the prairie and in the pheasant championships.
True Confidence: A find at :47 in food plot east of Wolf Crossing. A find at 1:35 on the northeast corner of Kerry's 7 Acres. A find at 2:28 on the south edge of a food plot in the Supermarket Field. Finished the three hours. Cole Train: Stop to flush at :13 in the first food plot in Buster Graves. A find at 1:17 going down hill into Turkey Bottom. Asked for tracker at 1:56.
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Morning of 2.18.17
Release: 8:02 AM pictures
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Owner: Scott Griffin

Handler: Randy Anderson

White Dollar

White Dollar: Top re-qualified for this, his fifth year, with a 2nd at the Broomhill OAA. He has done well here in the past four years, finishing the three hours once and he was down 2:45, 2:55, and 1:50 the others, scoring two or more pieces of birdwork each year. In previous years of competition, he has won four championships and has been runner-up twice. Top is by Miller’s Total Eclipse out of Blue Collar Lady, and was bred by Wade Griffin. He is owned by Scott Griffin and Randy Anderson is his handler.
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Owner: Steve Mills

Handler: Steve Mills

Walnut Tree Fred

Walnut Tree Fred: Fred hails from the mid-atlantic region and all of his qualifying wins have been made there. He returns for his second year with a 1st at the North Carolina FTA OAA. He was lost at last year’s national run, which was the first time he and his amateur owner/handler, Steve Mills had run on these grounds. Fred is a six year old, white, orange, and ticked pointer male. He was bred by Dr Don Lineberry, and was sired by Walnut Tree Highline out of Suits Me Playmate.
White Dollar: Tracker requested at 1:22 Walnut Tree Fred: Find at :39 in the feed patch at the entrance to Turner Ditch South. Find at 1:31 at the entrance to L. B. Avant Big Oak Field. Find at 2:23 on the north end of Edward Clark North east of the feed patch. Finished the three hours.
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Afternoon of 2.18.17
Release: 1:06 PM pictures
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Owner: Sean Derrig

Handler: Sean Derrig

Erin's Hidden Shamrock

Erin's Hidden Shamrock: Jack is a rookie contestant who is much anticipated by the setter fanciers for several reasons. One is that he is owned, handled, and was bred by Sean Derrig, who is known more for his pointer competitors. Another is that Jack was sired by Ridge Creek Cody (and out of Erin’s Skydancer). The last Amesian competitor of this sireline was Momoney who ran in 1912, a mere fifteen generations ago. Jack got his toes wet in qualifying competition with a third place at the West Tennessee OAA trial in 2015. He has since done well at the pheasant trials, winning the International Pheasant Ch. and taking a runner-up at the National Pheasant Ch. His second qualifying win was at the Benton County (Mississippi) OAA. This white, black, tan, and ticked setter male is just shy of five years old.
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Owner: Jim & Stephanie Bickers

Handler: Larry Huffman

Whippoorwill Wild Assault

Whippoorwill Wild Assault: Salt comes to this year’s contest with new owners, Jim and Stephanie Bickers. Salt is a six year old, white, orange, and ticked pointer male who is making his second run here. Last year he was picked up at 1:17 without any birdwork. Salt has recently re-qualified with a runner-up at the Mississippi Ch., he was not run much in this fall’s trials. Salt was bred by Dr Jack Huffman, was sired by Whippoorwill Wild Agin, and is out of the dam Boxwood Bang. Larry Huffman will be handling Salt.
Erin's Hidden Shamrock: No game contacts. Asked for tracker at 1:47. Whippoorwill Wild Assault: No game contacts. Picked up at 1:45.
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Morning of 2.20.17
Release: 8:03 AM pictures
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Owner: Dan Hensley

Handler: Randy Anderson

Lester's Jazz Man

Lester's Jazzman: Sam is a returning contestant who has ran well here before. In 2015 he finished the three hours with four finds, and in 2016 he was picked up at 2:13 with three finds. Sam is a five year old, white, orange, and ticked pointer male. He has re-qualified this year taking 1st at the Region 8 Championship Association’s OAA, another 1st at the Prairie OAA, and a win at the Oklahoma Open Ch (his second win of this championship). Bred by W M Harkins, Sam was sired by Lester’s Snowatch and was out of High Point Jesse. Randy Anderson handles Sam for his owner, Dan Hensley.
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Owner: Larry Lee

Handler: Robin Gates

Shadow's Full Throttle

Shadow's Full Throttle: Cutter returns for his third year having been picked up early the in his two years of prior competition here. He is a six year old, white, liver, and ticked pointer male. Cutter returns this year with two runner-up placements, at the Kentucky Open Ch. this fall and the Masters Open Quail Ch. last spring. His other championship wins were both at the Continental, as the winner in 2014 and runner-up in 2016. Cutter is handled by Robin Gates for his owner, Larry Lee. He was bred by John Neely, and is by Erin’s Stoney River out of Twin Lakes Wishbone.
Lester's Jazz Man: A find at :07 in the food plot in T Piece. A find at :43 on the east side of Turner Basin. An unproductive at :48 west of Turner Pines. Stop to flush at :54 on the south end of Turner Pines. A find at :56 in the southeast corner of first food plot in Turner Ditch South. A find at 1:29 in the first food plot on the east side in Lowlands. A find at 1:50 in Turner National South in a food plot at Turner Road. A find at 2:10 in Climmie Clark South north of Kyle's Barn. A find at 2:35 in Old Kegan Field west of Kegan Ditch. A find at 2:38 in Bicolor southwest of Jim Braddic. Completed the three hours. Shadow's Full Throttle: No game contacts. Asked for tracker at :45.
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Afternoon of 2.20.17
Release: 1:08 PM pictures
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Owner: Robert Craig, Scott Kermicle, John Sayre & D. Raines Jordan

Handler: Steve Hurdle

Stardust Chazz

Stardust Chaz: Chaz returns for his third year having run well on Ames Plantation in the past. He completed the three hours with three finds his first year, and last year he was picked up at 1:45 with two finds and a back. Chaz re-qualified with a 3rd at the SoLaTex Cajun Classic and a 2nd at the Fitch Farms - Galena Plantation OAA. His past record in the qualifiers shows a dozen or more placements, mostly second and thirds, so perhaps he is overdue to win a big one. Steve Hurdle handles Chaz for his team of owners, Scott Kermicle, Bob Craig, John Sayre, and D Raines Jordan. Scott Kermicle was his breeder, and he is by Wild Wing Warrior out of Stardust Coco.
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Owner: David Thompson

Handler: Gary Lester

Lester's Sunny Hill Jo

Lester’s Sunny Hill Jo: Jo is the latest contestant to enter the fray, winning the Alabama Ch. just a few days ago to qualify. His other placements in the qualifying trials are a 1st at the Kentucky Lake OAA and two 2nds at the Sunflower OAA Classic and the Hell Creek (Mississippi) OAA. This white, orange, and ticked rookie contestant is a four year old pointer male. He is by Ransom out of Miller’s White Wall. He was bred and brought up by Chris George and was handled to a runner-up at the American Derby Invitational Ch. by his co-owner David Thompson. His other co-owner, Gary Lester will be handling him in this competition.
Stardust Chaz: An unproductive at :20 in the Horseshoe at the east end of Buster Graves at Ames Road. A find at :59 in the middle field at the Demonstration Farm. A find at 1:25 on Pine Hill in the strip of woods on the east side. Picked up at 1:50. Lester's Sunny Hill Jo: A find at :35 east of the Horseshoe. A find at :51 at the old Agronomy Shed. A find at :58 in the north end of the Watertruck Field. An unproductive at 1:14 in the Dairy Pasture. A back at 1:25. A find at 1:53 south of Agronomy and north of Wolf Crossing. A find at 2:02 in the graveyard Piece. A find at 2:12 at the east end of the Jack Harris Cabin Field. A find at 2:21 in the South Caesar Ditch Field at the base of Cox's Ridge east side. Finished the three hours.
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Morning of 2.21.17
Release: 8:02 AM pictures
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Owner: Richard Peterson

Handler: Randy Anderson

Touch's Adams County

Touch's Adams County: Bo is a white and lemon pointer male who will turn eight years old during this year’s competition. This will be his fifth year to compete and he has always done well here. In the previous four years he has never gone without finding birds and has finished the three hours twice before, last year with five finds. Bo has re-qualified winning the Southland Ch., and taking two 3rd places, at the Pelican State OAA and the Prairie OAA. Bo was the Purina Top All Age dog of 2014, which also happened to be the only year in his career that he did not won a championship. He was bred by Mason Ashburn and was sired by House’s Lineup and his dam was Line of Beck. Randy Anderson handles Bo for Richard Peterson.
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Owner: Scott Jordan

Handler: Scott Jordan

Strut Nation

Strut Nation: Jake is a white and orange pointer male who has just turned three years old. This will be his rookie year to run at the Ames Plantation. He has qualified by winning the Georgia Derby Ch. last winter and the United States Chicken Ch. this past summer. Jake was bred by Tommy Davis, and is by Game Strut out of High Value Special. He will be handled by his owner, Scott Jordan.
Touch's Adams County: Find at Turner Ditch North at feed patch on the north side of field at :42. Find at 1:36 in the northwest corner of the Tennessee field at Turner Road. Picked up at 1:350. Strut Nation: Find at :48 in Turner Ditch South just east of the Turner Ditch crossing. Find at :52 south of Govan Hill. At 1:11 rabbit in the last Mary Scott field before the Lowlands. Back at 1:36. Picked up at 1:52.
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Afternoon of 2.21.17
Release: 1:02 PM pictures
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Owner: Bob Walthall & Thorpe McKenzie

Handler: Steve Hurdle

Skyfall

Skyfall: Pete is a five year old, white and liver pointer male from the knick of Whippoorwill Wild Agin and Sparkles. This will be his third year to run here. He was picked up early the past two years having run birdless. He has re-qualified for this year with a 1st at the Hell Creek (Mississippi) OAA, and all of his previous wins in qualifying competition have been in the south. Pete is handled by Steve Hurdle for his owners, Bob Wathall and Thorpe McKenzie. Bob Wathall is recorded as the breeder of this litter.
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Owner: Tommy Liesfeld

Handler: Gary Lester

Miller's Creative Cause

Miller's Creative Cause: Bo returns this year, his second, with a new owner, Tommy LIesfield. Last year he ran to 2:29 and was picked up after an unproductive, he had two prior finds. He has re-qualified this year with a 3rd at the Kentucky Lake OAA. Bo is a five year old, white, orange, and ticked pointer male. He is a son of this year’s veteran contestant, Miller’s Happy Jack, and is out of Muddy Water Kate. Bo is handled by Gary Lester, who was also his breeder.
Skyfall: An unproductive at 1:11 at Prospect Church. Called for the tracker at 1:30. Miller's Creative Cause: A find at :45 on the east side of the Chute. A find at :49 next to the big cedar at the Agronomy Unit. A back at 1:11 at Prospect Church. A find at 1:31 at the bottom of Pine Hill next to Turkey Bottom. A find at 1:50 on the west side of Kerry's Seven Acres. A find at 2:04 on the south side of the Agronomy Unit northwest of Wolf Crossing. A find at 2:19 at the west end of the Jack Harris Cabin Field. A find at 2:23 on the hillside coming off the Jack Harris Cabin Field. A find at 2:49 on the south side of Fason Ridge. Finished the three hours.
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Morning of 2.22.17
Release: 8:07 AM pictures
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Owner: Carl Bowman

Handler: Robin Gates

Shadow's White Warrior

Shadow's White Warrior: Bo is the first of the 2010 national champion In The Shadow’s get to qualify to run here. He is owned by Carl Bowman, who is In The Shadow’s owner. Bo is a six year old, white, orange, and ticked pointer male. Bo has qualified for his rookie year by winning the Broomhill OAA for the past two consecutive years. He was bred by Cecil Rester and is out of Rester’s Whistlin Dixie. Bo is handled by Robin Gates who also handled his father to his national championship win.
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Owner: Dave Anderson

Handler: Travis Gelhaus

Thunderbird Jaxinabox

Thunderbird Jaxinabox: Jax will return this year after a too long absence. He last ran here in 2013 and was lost at the :35 mark then. Handled this year by Travis Gelhaus, he has re-qualified by winning the Cascade OAA Ch. and taking a runner-up at the Northwest Chukar Ch. Jax was sired by Jetsetter out of Skyview Iron Time, and was bred by Jason Patty. Dave Anderson owns this white, orange, and ticked, seven year old setter male.
Shadow’s White Warrior: Find at :12 in the Morgan Field on the west side in corn stubble. Find at :56 north of Govan Hill. Find at 1:31 coming out of Locust Turn. Picked up at 1:49 Thunderbird Jaxinabox: No game contacts. Tracker requested at :31
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Afternoon of 2.22.17
Release: 1:03 PM pictures
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Owner: Bruce & Karen Norton

Handler: Mark McLean

House's Buckwheat Hawk

House's Buckwheat Hawk: Hawk is a four year old rookie contestant who has had an interesting journey to qualify here. He gained his first winning placement at the 2014 American Derby Invitational Ch., which is remarkable alone, since he had a November birthday. In 2015, he had a bridesmaid placement, runner-up at the Manitoba Ch. Finally this year he got that second qualifier with a 1st at the D E Hawthorne OAA Border Classic. Hawk was bred by Keith Wright and was sired by House’s Whitehawk (a son of Miller’s Dateline who died young) out of Quinton’s Flying High. Hawk is handled for Bruce and Karen Norton by Mark McLean. He is white, liver, and ticked.
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Owner: Maeve Derrig

Handler: Sean Derrig

Erin's Whiskey River

Erin's Whiskey River: Will is returning for his eighth attempt to sit on that porch. In his seven previous years, he has only gone birdless once, when he was lost in 2014, and he has completed the three hour run twice before. Will is now nine years old. He has re-qualified for this competition with a 1st at the Rend Lake OAA. His past record shows eight championship placements, five wins and three runner-ups. Will is a white, orange, and ticked pointer male who is owned by Sean Derrig’s daughter Maeve. He was sired by Erin’s Bad River and was out of Erin’s Gypsy. He was bred by Sean Derrig who will also handle him.
House’s Buckwheat Hawk: No game contacts. Requested tracker at 1:24 Erin’s Whiskey River: No game contacts. Requested tracker at 1:32
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Morning of 2.23.17
Release: 8:00 AM pictures
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Owner: J.D. Huffman & Keith Wright

Handler: Larry Huffman

Whippoorwill Blue Blood

Whippoorwill Blue Blood: Blue is the veteran member of the Whippoorwill Wild Agin - Sparkles siblings. He is seven years old and this will be his fifth year to compete here. He has been picked up early all four of his previous years, but has never gone without a find. He has re-qualified this year with two 2nd places, at the Benton County (Mississippi) OAA and the Prairie OAA. This white and orange pointer male is owned by Keith Wright and Dr Jack Huffman, who was the breeder of this first litter. He will be handled by Larry Huffman.
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Owner: Jeff Miller

Handler: Allen Vincent

Oakspring Bigtime Warrior

Oakspring Bigtime Warrior: Fred is handled and was bred by Allen Vincent, and owned by Jeff Miller. He was sired by Oakspring Big Time and is out of Barshoe Eclectic. Fred is a five year old, white, orange, and ticked pointer male who will be making his second attempt at this title. Last year he was picked up at 1:27 with one find and two backs. He has re-qualified for this year with a 1st at the Kentucky Quail Classic, a 2nd at the Inola OAA, and a 3rd at the D E Hawthorn OAA Border Classic.
Whippoorwill Blue Blood: No game contacts. Tracker requested at :29 Oakspring Bigtime Warrior: Find at :50 in Turner Ditch South at the ditch crossing. Picked up at 1:48
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Afternoon of 2.23.17
Release: 1:02 PM pictures
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Owner: Eddie & Carole Sholar

Handler: Mark McLean

Touch's White Knight

Touch's White Knight: Bo has had a winning streak in this year’s qualifying trials; winning the National Club’s Free For All Ch. and the Masters Open Quail Ch. last spring, winning the Border International Chicken Ch. on the prairies last summer, and recently was named the top qualifier at the Florida Ch. He is a five year old, white, orange, and ticked pointer male who will be returning for his second national championship run. Last year he was picked up after an unproductive. Mark McLean handles Bo forms owners, Eddie and Carole Sholar. He was sired by Lance’s Last Knight out of Prairieland Lucy, and was bred by Dwight Grace.
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Owner: Sean Derrig

Handler: Sean Derrig

Erin's Redrum

Erin's Redrum: Rex is a four year old pointer male who is owned, handled, and was bred by Sean Derrig. His sire, Erin’s Whiskey River, is also a contestant again this year, and his dam, Erin’s Wild Rose is familiar, too, since Erin’s Redrum is the second contestant that she has produced (her first was Erin’s Braveheart who ran in 2014). Rex has qualified for this year’s competition with a win of the Southland Ch. in 2015 and a first at the Missouri Open All Age last spring. Rex has run successfully in amateur trials and is a champion there also. Rex is a large dog, white, orange, and ticked.
Touch's White Knight: A find at :36 in a food plot in the Apple Tree Piece. A find at :54 on the north end of the Water Truck Field. A find at 1:05 in a food plot northeast of Prospect Church. A find at 1:27 in the Pine Hill Field next to Marshall's Jack Harris. A find at 1:39 in Kerry's 7 Acres. A find at 1:54 in a food plot on the north side in Jack Harris Cabin Field. Asked for tracker at 2:58. Erin's Redrum: A find at :17 east of the gravel drive in a food plot in Buster Graves. A find at 1:34 south of Wolf Crossing. A find at 1:46 north of the Chute at the Agronomy Unit. Picked up at 1:47.
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Morning of 2.24.17
Release: 8:02 AM pictures
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Owner: Jim Santarelli

Handler: Andy Daugherty

Salem's Annie Oakley

Salem's Annie Oakley: May will celebrate her seventh birthday during this year’s competition. She is a white, liver, and ticked pointer bitch who will be making her second run for this title. Last year she was picked up at 1:10 with one find. Only first places are seen in May’s qualifying record. This year she re-qualified with a 1st at the Inola Open AA, previously she qualified with wins at the Texas Open Ch., the Missouri Open Ch., and the Dominion Chicken Ch. May was bred by Dr. Dan Bloom, and is by Smokey Knight out of Good Knight Tramp. Andy Daugherty handles her for Jim Santarelli.
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Owner: Betty Shearouse

Handler: Steve Hurdle

Prodigy's Bonfire

Prodigy's Bonfire: Bonnie is a white, orange, and ticked setter bitch who is just a few days shy of seven years old. She is perhaps the most calamity prone of any of this years contestants. She survived a near fatal staph infection while a pup; being lost for five days and an encapsulated abscess prior to qualifying for the 2014 National Championship, when she was scratched the day of her run having come into heat for the first time. Since then she has had her handler retire and has suffered a broken radial carpal bone (broken ankle). She is one tough little girl who has re-qualified for this year with a 3rd at the Fitch Farms - Galena Plantation OAA, now with Steve Hurdle as her handler. Betty Shearouse is Bonnie’s owner. She was bred by Martin Smith and Wild Wing Kennels. She is by Wild Wing Warrior out of Wild Wing Ripper.
Salem’s Annie Oakley: No game contacts. Tracker requested at :29 Prodigy’s Bonfire: Find at :19 on south edge of the Morgan Field. Picked up at 1:05
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Afternoon of 2.24.17
Release: 1:01 PM pictures
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Owner: Ken Blackman & Heath Barnett

Handler: Larry Huffman

Whippoorwill Foto Op

Whippoorwill Foto Op: Jill is a five year old, white, orange, and ticked pointer bitch who is returning for her second year of competition at the Ames Plantation. Last year she was lost at the :56 mark. Jill won the Mississippi Ch. recently and took a 3rd place at last spring’s Missouri OAA to re-qualify for this year. She was bred by Dr Jack Huffman and is handled by his son Larry for her owners, Heath Barnett and Ken and Sue Blackman. Jill was sired by Ransom and was out of Whippoorwill Wild Wing.
Whippoorwill Foto Op: Find at :39 south of Cedar Hill near Peter Pugh. Tracker requested at 1:21.