2017 National Championship Competitor Profiles
The following contestant profiles were compiled by Steeple Bell and Amy Spencer. We appreciate their wonderful effort to provide the interesting "backstory" on this year's competitors.
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. This dam has produced a number of shooting dog champions. She is by Class Act Solution out of Bridges Lake Dot, and she too produced shooting dog champions. Boss 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.
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. Chinquapin Well Liz is a daughter of Chinquapin’s Bisco Bull (of Paladin’s descent) and out of Judy Shadow (a grand-daughter of Joe Shadow, she was the dam of Chinquapin’s Andy). 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.
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. Coldwater Warrior is a son of Whippoorwill War Dance out of Coldwater Flirt. Mattie is by Grishom’s Elhew Bud (a son of Elhew Phantom) and out of Coldwater Katey (who was also the dam of Coldwater Flirt when she was bred to Miller’s Date Line). 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.
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 (Whippoorwill War Dance ex Coldwater Flirt) out of Thunder Bess , a sister to Thunder Snowy who was a previous contestant here and also owned by Doug Arthur. Thunder Bess and Thunder Snowy are daughters of Lester’s Snowatch.
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. Lance’s Last Knight is a son of Erin’s Bad River and has sired a number of contestants here. Quinton’s Pretty Baby goes back to House’s Rain Cloud on the top of her pedigree and Nell’s Rambling On on the bottom. 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.
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. This dam is a daughter of Island Grove Brute out of Erin’s Rockin Robin.
Dazzling: May is the middle sister of the quartet of competitors who are from the Whippoorwill Wild Agin - Sparkles knick. To remind everyone about this knick, it has produced eight all age champions so far, five of which have qualified for the national championship. Four will run this year: Whippoorwill Blue Blood from the first litter, Dazzling and Skyfall from the second litter, and Whippoorwill Justified from a third litter. The other champions produced are: three from the first litter, Texas Wild Agin, the late Dr Guthries’ dog who re-qualified to run this year winning last spring’s Texas Open Ch. has now retired; Ransom, who was half qualified, now retired, and the sire of a few of this year’s contestants; Whippoorwill Red Rage who is also half qualified and now running in Andy Daugherty’s string; and finally Whippoorwill Mayhem from the fourth litter who was a derby champion and is also half qualified. Reviewing the line to national champion Whippoorwill Wild Agin we find that Miller’s Silver Bullet was the sire of national champion Whippoorwill Wild Card, who was the sire of Whippoorwill Wild Jack, who was the sire of Whippoorwill Wild Agin. Sparkles lineage is equally stellar; the famous blue hen Hanna’s Elhew Lou with Elhew Snakefoot produced Elhew Sunflower who when bred to Erin’s Southern Justice produced Southern Sunflower, who when bred to Rockacre Blackhawk produced Sparkles - and all three of those sires are in the Hall of Fame. Dazzling 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. May 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.
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 (who was by national champion Funseekerr’s Rebel out of a national championship contestant dam, Riverton’s Blackeye Pea) and out of Pearl Again (she was by Elhew Sinbad out of Cuivre River Daisy, who was by Double Rebel Sonny out of David Suitt’s notable producing dam Swingabout).
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 (she is by South’s Late Night out of Henley’s Becky Lynn - both grand children of Miller’s Silver Bullet), 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.
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 who was a granddaughter of Tekoa Mountain Patriot and Havelock Blacksmith). The last Amesian competitor of Jack’s 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.
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 dam shows a lot of Miller’s Silver Bullet and Miller’s Chief in her pedigree. Pete is an almost seven year old, white, orange, and ticked pointer male who 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.
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). Erin’s Wild Rose was by Elhew Sinbad out of Hoffman Hill Deuce and this breeding also produced another dam of a national championship contestant, Sweetbriar Sue (who produced Three Rivers who ran in 2014 too) 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.
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. Erin’s Bad River was the product of a brother-sister mating (by Erin’s Southern Pride ex Erin’s Rockin Robin - both by Erin”s Southern Justice ex Erin’s lacy J). Erin’s Gypsy was a product of the grand children of Miller’s Silver Bullet (she was by Thoman’s Silver Bud out of Thoman’s Silver Talon)
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 which produced numerous champions, mostly in the shooting dog venues). Dan is handled by Luke Eisenhart for his owner Allen Linder.
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. This dam is by House’s White Ashes (formerly known as Southern Prodigy) out of Quinton’s Pretty Baby (who was the dam of another contestant this year - Cole Train). Hawk is handled for Bruce and Karen Norton by Mark McLean. He is white, liver, and ticked.
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. She is another daughter of Cuivre River Daisy, this time with Just Wait as the sire (see more under Dominator’s Rebel Heir).
Lester's Jazzman: Sam is a returning contestant who has run 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 national champion Lester’s Snowatch and was out of High Point Jesse (she was by Miller’s White Powder out of Native Missy who was a daughter of Miller’s Silver Bullet and Native Class - these girls from the mother-daughter line that produced the national champion bitch Native Tango). Randy Anderson handles Sam for his owner, Dan Hensley.
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. (see the entry for Dazzling for more about Ransom, Miller’s White Wall is a daughter of national champion Lester’s Snowatch out of L G White Lily - she is the sister of Phillip’s Silver Star who produced national champion Miller’s Dialing In). Jo 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.
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 (she is a daughter of Whippoorwill War Dance out of Whippoorwill GMA - this mother-daughter line goes back to Bar Lane Dot). Steve Hurdle handles Hawk for his cartel of owners: Bob and Sarina Craig (his breeders), John Sayre, and D Raines Jordan.
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. This dam is by Muddy Water Ben (a brother of the memorable contestant here, Sir Lancelot) out of Kiestler’s Doll (who has a pedigree of mostly unfamiliar names, mostly bred by Hoyle Eaton, the mother-daughter line going back to a sister of Doctor I J). Bo is handled by Gary Lester, who was also his breeder.
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. Randy Anderson handles Jack for his owner, Scott Griffin. He was bred by Alvin Bryson and was sired by Lester’s Bandit and is out of Bryson’s Powder Twist. It is hard to express how thoroughly blue-blooded Jack is in the Miller’s… line. Every leg of his pedigree goes back to a son or daughter of Miller’s Silver Bullet. And there are no distant relationships here, rather the most familiar names as sires, Miller’s Date Line, Miller’s On Line, Miller’s White Powder, House’s Line Up, and House’s Rainwater, and the girls are all sisters of the famous dogs, too. (For example, his dam Bryson’s Powder Twist is a sister of Miller’s Date Line)
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 (he was from the first of the Whippoorwill Wild Agin - Sparkles litters, see the write up for Dazzling for more information) and is out of Barshoe Eclectic (she was by Hey Two Pete out of Barshoe Epiphany - this mother-daughter line belongs to the family of the famous producer Barshoe Fly). 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.
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 Shearhouse 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. Her pedigree shows an assemblage of descendants of Tekoa Mountain Sunrise, with three legs of the pedigree going back to Stardust Nick who was a son of Skidrow Joe. The remainder is made up of descendants of the Smith setters.
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 (a son of Sir Lancelot) out of Good Knight Tramp (who was a product of the brother-sister mating of Poncho and Silver Spectacular, they were by Jed Pinto out of Kodak Candy - this is a mixture of Miller’s Showcase, Whippoorwill’s Rebel, House’s Rain Cloud, and Dunn’s Fearless Bud). Andy Daugherty handles her for Jim Santarelli.
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 (she is by Twin Lakes Boss out of Twin Lakes, this mating shows close breeding to Bly Spy Master).
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 Jason Loper - Osceola Kennels, and was sired by Exit Lane out of Weber’s Little Snowball. Exit Lane is by Exit Wound (a son of national champion Cypress Gunpowder) out of Time Line Lane (by Miller’s Date Line out of True Freedom Lane, a daughter of Miller’s White Powder). Weber’s Little Snowball is by Weber’s Little Bullet out of, you guessed this, a Lester’s Snowatch bitch - Bentley’s Snowy Bess.
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. This dam is by House’s Line Up out of Rester’s Cajun Cookin, and from the mother-daughter line that goes back to Barshoe Barfly. Bo is handled by Robin Gates who also handled his father to his national championship win.
Skyfall: Pete is a five year old, white and liver pointer male from the knick of Whippoorwill Wild Agin and Sparkles (see the entry for his sister Dazzling for more information). 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.
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. Sheldon Twer is her handler. 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 (by Wells Fargo First Dude ex Wells Fargo Mollie) and was out of Super Express Nash Begone (Super Express William ex Amazon Express Bullett). Wells Fargo First Dude was a grandson of Yastremski. Amazon Express Bullett was a great-grand-daughter of Gwinn’s Little Gal.
Stardust Chazz: Chazz 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. Chazz 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 Chazz 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. Wild Wing Warrior is by Covey Rise King out of Nicky Stardust, he goes back to Double Dog Dare a son of Tekoa Mountain Sunrise, and she is the product of a half brother-sister mating from children of Stardust Nick. The dam Stardust Coco is by Angie’s Dogwood Doc (a grandson of Hamilton’s Blue Diamond) out of Grouse Point Star (a grand-daughter of Brick Church Sundrop).
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. Game Strut is a grandson of Rockacre Blackhawk, he was by Strut out of Pineknoll’s Pepper. High Value Special is a daughter of Elhew Sinbad and Hanna On Line. Scott Jordan, his owner, will be handling Jake.
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 (High Definition ex Barnhill Lacy) out of Skyview Iron Time (Grid Iron ex White Vanity), and was bred by Jason Patty. Jetsetter was a former contestant here back in 2009 and 2011. Dave Anderson owns this white, orange, and ticked, seven year old setter male.
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 Line Up and his dam was Line of Beck. This dam is by Cherokee Gunfire out of Fly Line who was a grand-daughter of Cherokee Gunfire. Randy Anderson handles Bo for Richard Peterson.
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 (by Lester’s Snowatch ex Beaucoup’s Daisy). Mark McLean is his handler.
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 for his owners, Eddie and Carole Sholar. He was sired by Lance’s Last Knight (by Erin’s Bad River ex Wildfair’s Solution) out of Prairieland Lucy (by national champion Law’s High Noon out of Shelly Rae, this mother-daughter line comes down from Jerry’s Runaway Bandit), and was bred by Dwight Grace.
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 (by national champion Funseeker’s Rebel out of Rester’s Tiny Dancer) out of Bar P Annex (by Bar P Shadow out of Bar P Xena, a daughter of Hard Driving Bev).
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 (by Miller’s Date Line ex Suits Me Gold Dust) out of Suits Me Playmate (an amateur champion bitch who was by Gold Rush’s Millenium out of Suits Me Tiny, Gold Rush’s Millenium was a son of the Y2K national champion Marque’s Gold Rush).
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. See the entry above for Dazzling for more information about this breeding.
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. Ransom was from the first litter of the Whippoorwill Wild Agin-Sparkles knick. Whippoorwill Wild Wing was a daughter of Rockacre Blackhawk and Wild Agin Sue who was a sister of Whippoorwill Wild Agin. This pedigree is basically a double up on the success of the Whippoorwill Wild Agin-Sparkles mating.
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 (see the entry for Dazzling above). His litter was bred by Bob Wathall. Ronnie Spears owns this white, liver, and ticked pointer male and Larry Huffman handles him.
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. This dam was a daughter of Miller’s White Powder and Holly Hunter. Larry Huffman will be handling Salt.
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 his previous years of competition, he has won four championships and has been runner-up twice. He is owned by Scott Griffin and Randy Anderson is his handler. Top is by Miller’s Total Eclipse out of Blue Collar Lady, and was bred by Wade Griffin. Miller’s Total Eclipse was a brother of Miller’s Date Line who was killed by a tornado while still young. Blue Collar Lady is a daughter of Sir Lancelot and Blue Collar Baby (a daughter of national champion Whippoorwill Wild Card).
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. To The Point was line bred to Tekoa Mountain Sunrise; he is by Tekoa Mountain Patriot (a grandson) out of Tekoa Mountain Lassy (a daughter). Iron Mistress is by Grid Iron out of Max’s Black Silk, a daughter of Pine Cone Max Jr. (Zorra’s pedigree is remarkably similar in it’s origins to the pedigree of Thunderbird Jaxinabox). Zorra is owned by Harold Meyer and handled by Sheldon Twer.