2018 National Championship Brace by Brace Synopsis

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Morning of 2.12.18
Release: 8:06 AM pictures
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Owner: Brad Kennedy

Handler: Steve Hurdle

Mega Blackhawk's Progeny

Hawk is running for the fourth time, this year with a new owner, Brad Kennedy. This seven year old son of Rockacre Blackhawk, out of Mega Ruby, was bred by one of his former owners, Bob Craig. He has re-qualified for this year’s run with a third place at the Sunflower OAA. He is a previous winner of the Saskatchewan Chicken Championship and a runner-up of the All-America Quail Championship. Steve Hurdle will still be handling this white and black pointer.
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Owner: Dr. Reuben Richardson & Tony Gibson

Handler: Mark McLean

Touch's Game Point

Buster returns for his fourth year having re-qualified by winning the Tarheel Championship. That was his second championship as he won the Continental in 2013. In his previous years here he has completed a three hour run. This seven year old, white, orange, and ticked pointer male is by Miller’s Happy Jack, out of B C Angelina, and was bred by Gary Baird. He will be handled by Mark McLean for his co-owners, Tony Gibson and Dr. Reuben Richardson.
Mega Blackhawk’s Progeny: Find at :31 on the east side of Turner Long Neck just north of Turner Road. Find at 1:07 at junction of No Man’s Land and the Lowlands Called flight of birds at 1:38 on the west end of Morgan. Birds were not officially seen. Find at 2:04 in Keegan Bottom before crossing Keegan’s Ditch Find at 2:25 west of Edward Clark Pasture. Finished the 3 hours. Touch’s Game Point: Find at :49 south of Govan Hill. Find at 1:40 in Tennessee Field just north of Avent Big Oak Asked for retrieval device at 2:23
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Afternoon of 2.12.18
Release: 1:16 PM pictures
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Owner: Sean Derrig

Handler: Sean Derrig

Erin's Redrum

Rex comes to the Ames Plantation this year as the most recent winner from the Dixie Plantation’s Continental Championship. He also recently acquired a runner-up at the Georgia Championship. Rex is a five year old, white, orange, and ticked pointer who is owned, handled, and was bred by Sean Derrig. Rex is by Erin’s Whiskey River (Sean’s daughter Maeve’s durable contestant here) out of Erin’s Wild Rose. This will be his second year to run here, he was picked up early with three finds in his first year.
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Owner: Dan Hensley

Handler: Randy Anderson

Lester's Jazz Man

Sam is a two time winner of the Oklahoma Championship who will be making his fourth run this year. He has finished the three hours twice before, and ran a little past the two hour mark the other year, all with considerable amounts bird work. Last year he had more finds than the winner. This year he returns having re-qualified with first places at the Cecil Proctor OAA and the Inola OAA, and this past week he took a runner-up at the Alabama Championship. Sam is by Lester’s Snowatch out of High Point Jesse, and was bred by W. M. Harkins. Randy Anderson will handle this six year old, white, orange, and ticked pointer for his owner Dan Hensley.
Erin's Redrum: Find at :11 south side Buster Graves just east of Jim Miller. Back at : 27. Back at :47. Unnproductive at :47. Divided Find at 1:43 east of Agronomy Shed. Find at 2:55 south end of Morgan Field in first food plot. 2:56 stop to flight. Lester's Jazz Man: Find at :27 north side of George Kemp East. Unproductive and a Back at :47. Divided Find at 1:43 east of Agronomy Shed. Pointed at 2:23 in food plot on Cox's Ridge. On relocation birds were officially seen while dog was moving and handler decided to pick up at 2:27.
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Morning of 2.13.18
Release: 8:04 AM pictures
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Owner: Jim Hamilton

Handler: Jamie Daniels

Dominators Rebel Heir

Reb returns for his sophomore year having made a successful three hour run last year. He qualified as a derby for the 2016 renewal but did not run. He has re-qualified with his second win of the Masters Open Quail Championship last spring. He has previously won the Continental, Florida, and Missouri Championships and taken runner-ups in the Georgia and All-America Prairie Championships. Reb is a white, liver, and ticked four year old pointer male who was bred and is handled by Jamie Daniels. He is by Riverton’s Funseekin Scooter out of Pearl Again. Jim Hamilton is his proud owner.
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Owner: Tommy Hamilton

Handler: Robin Gates

Erin's Muddy River

Pete is just shy of seven years old and will be making his third attempt at this title. He has been picked up early in his two previous runs. Pete has re-qualified with a third place in the Broomhill OAA, and his past championship wins have all been on the prairie; winner of the Manitoba and Saskatchewan Chicken Championships and runner-up at the Dominion Chicken Championship. He is by Erin’s Stoney River, out of Thoman’s Miss Annie, and bred by Sean Derrig. Robin Gates will be handling this white, orange, and ticked pointer for Tommy Hamilton.
Dominators Rebel Heir: Find at :29 in L B Avent Field on north edge in a soybean feed strip. UP at :53 on the north side of Govan Hill. Find at 1:04 east of Mary Scott Basin at entrance to the Low Lands. Find at 1:56 in Low Lands west of Edward Clark South. UP at 2:29 in old food plot in Edward Clark North. Finished the three hours. Erin’s Muddy River: Back at 1:04. Picked up at 1:14
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Afternoon of 2.13.18
Release: 1:16 PM pictures
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Owner: Don Stroble

Handler: Randy Anderson

Phillips Field Line

Jim is a rookie contestant with Randy Anderson. Jim qualified last spring with a first in the Region 8 Championship Association OAA, his other first was at the Alberta Classic back in 2015, and in the meanwhile he picked up two runner-ups at the Manitoba and Missouri Championships. Jim is a six year old, white, orange, and ticked pointer. He is by R W Scarface, out of Phillips Southern Star, and was bred by Nathan Phillips. Don Stroble is his owner.
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Owner: Rick Stallings

Handler: Steve Hurdle

Cassique's Boss

Boss is one of the veteran contestants, returning for his fifth year with two re-qualifying placements, both seconds, at the Prairie OAA and the Hell Creek OAA. Boss was sired by Elhew Fibber McGee and out of Tim Moore’s good bitch Magic Carpet. Boss has won two prior all-age championships, the Florida and the Mississippi, two prior shooting dog championships, the Alabama and the National Open, and numerous runner-ups. In his past performances, he has never gone without birds and he finished three hours his rookie year. This white, liver, and ticked ten year old pointer male is owned by Rick Stallings and will be handled by Steve Hurdle.
Phillips Field Line: Armadillo at :44 along the east side of the Chute. UP at :51 south of the Strawberry Patch food plot. UP at 1:26 in the southwest corner of Turkey Bottom. Picked up at 1:28. Cassique’s Boss: Find at 1:08 south of Prospect Church left of the course. Find at 1:18 at the south edge of the Lawrence Smith Barn Field. Picked up at 1:46.
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Morning of 2.14.18
Release: 8:06 AM pictures
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Owner: Ric Peterson

Handler: Randy Anderson

Touch's Adams County

Bo has re-qualified with a first at the Broomhill OAA and a win at the Oklahoma Championship (his fifth championship). He is just a few days shy of his ninth birthday and will be returning for his sixth run here. He has in past runs finished the three hours twice before. Bo is by House’s Line Up, out of Line of Beck, and was bred by T Mason Ashburn. This stout, white, lemon, and ticked pointer is owned by Ric Peterson and handled by Randy Anderson.
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Owner: Carl Bowman

Handler: Robin Gates

Shadow's White Warrior

Bo returns this, his second year as a champion having won at the Dominion, his first championship title. Last year he was picked up early with a commendable three finds under his belt. Bo is a seven year old, white, orange, and ticked son of the 2010 national champion In The Shadow, out of Rester’s Whistling Dixie, and was bred by Cecil Rester. Bo is owned by Carl Bowman, who also owned his sire, and will be handled by Robin Gates.
Touch’s Adams County: Last seen in Turner Long Neck at about :30. Was not returned to judgement. Shadow’s White Warrior: Find at :56 south of the old Dunn property. Find at 1:01 just west of National Championship Drive at Mary Scott crossing. Find at 1:18 in the strip of pines between National Championship North and South. Picked up at 1:41
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Morning of 2.15.18
Release: 8:04 AM pictures
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Owner: Doug Arthur & Rachel Blackwell

Handler: Steve Hurdle

Coldwater Thunder

Lulu, a white, liver, and ticked pointer bitch has re-qualified this year with two placements, both thirds, at the Benton County (Miss) OAA and the Kentucky Lake OAA. This will be her second year to run. In her first year’s run she finished the three hours with two finds. She is sired by Coldwater Warrior, and was bred by Gary McKibben. Her dam, Thunder Bess, is a sister to Thunder Snowy, a previous competitor here who is also owned by Doug Arthur. Lulu is co-owned by Doug with Rachel Blackwell. Lulu will celebrate her fourth birthday the night of the drawing for this year’s competition.
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Owner: Ken & Sue Blackman

Handler: Larry Huffman

Whippoorwill Foto Op

Jill has re-qualified for her third run with a second place at the Sunflower OAA. She has previously won the Mississippi and Alabama Championships. This six year old, white, orange, and ticked pointer bitch has not finished the three hours in her past two runs. Jill is by Ransom out of Whippoorwill Wild Wing and was bred by Dr Jack Huffman. She is handled by Larry Huffman for Ken and Sue Blackman.
Coldwater Thunder Find at :15 in the southwest corner of the Morgan Field at the south end of tree line. Find at :36 along the east edge of Turner Basin in a feed patch. Find at 1:22 in the pines between Championship north and south. Find at 1:46 at the north end of Morgan Swamp. Find at 2:25 on the east edge of Jim Braddic along woods edge. Point was called and handler reported flight of birds at 2:36 but birds were not officially seen. Coldwater Thunder finished the three hours. Whippoorwill Foto Op: Foto Op was last seen at :10 at Heartbreak Hill and was not returned to judgement.
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Afternoon of 2.15.18
Release: 1:20 PM pictures
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Owner: Jim & Stephanie Bickers

Handler: Larry Huffman

Whippoorwill Wild Assault

Salt is a seven year old, white, orange, and ticked pointer male. He has qualified for his third year with a first at the Kentucky Lake OAA and a runner-up in the Mississippi Championship. The past two years that he has run here, he has been picked up early without any birds, but the weather and the draw hasn’t been in his favor either. Salt is by Whippoorwill Wild Agin, out of Boxwood Bang (by Miller’s White Powder ex Holly Hunter), and was bred by Dr. Jack Huffman. Larry Huffman will be handling Salt for his owners Jim and Stephanie Bickers.
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Owner: Scott & Julie Jordan

Handler: Tommy Davis

Strut Nation

Jake will return for his second year’s run with a third place at the Heartland OAA, which was just enough to satisfy his owner, Scott Jordan who often runs him in amateur competition. Jake has not been as widely campaigned as many of the other contestants, though he has won two prior championships, the United States Chicken and Georgia Derby Championships. Last year Jake was picked up just shy of two hours with two finds, which was not enough for his handler to continue. Jake will turn four years old the day before the competition begins. He is a white and orange pointer male by Game Strut out of High Value Special, and was bred by Tommy Davis who will also handle him here.
Whippoorwill Wild Assault: No bird work; took retrieval device at 1:42. Strut Nation: No bird work; took retrieval device at :35.
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Morning of 2.16.18
Release: 8:25 AM pictures
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Owner: Ronnie Spears

Handler: Larry Huffman

Whippoorwill Justified

Patch is the returning 2016 national champion. This year he had to re-qualify and did so with three first places, the Hell Creek OAA, the Benton County (Miss) OAA, and the Pelican State OAA. Patch is five years old and the youngest of the Whippoorwill Wild Agin - Sparkles dogs to compete here, and this will be his third year to do so. He is handled by Larry Huffman for Ronnie Spears.
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Owner: Butch Houston

Handler: Robin Gates

Shadow's Next Exit

Pat returns this year having won the Saskatchewan Chicken Championship. Last year, his first - having qualified as a derby, he was lost from the course after two finds. Pat is a four year old, white, orange, and ticked pointer male who was sired by Exit Lane, out of Weber’s Little Snowball, and bred by Jason Loper - Osceola Kennels. He will be handled by Robin Gates for his owner, N G “Butch” Houston III.
Whippoorwill Justified: Divided find at :55 south of old Dunn property. Find at 1:10 on the east side of north field in Lowlands. Find at 1:28 in National Championship South on the west edge of the field at the ditch crossing into Turner Longneck. Find at 1:44 on the north end of Morgan Swamp. Find at 2:50 in a feed patch on the east side of Climmie Clark South. Justified finished the three hours. Shadow's Next Exit: Find at :18 on the south end of the Morgan Field. Divided find at :55 south of old Dunn property. A Back at 1:44 on the north end of Morgan Swamp. Tracker was requested at 2:22.
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Afternoon of 2.16.18
Release: 1:16 PM pictures
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Owner: Jim & Cami Wolthuis

Handler: Sheldon Twer

Sleepless in Sacramento

Meg will return for her second run at Ames Plantation’s title, she qualified to run in 2016 as a derby but was not entered, and last year she was lost at the two hour twenty mark. She has re-qualified for this year with the California Pheasant Championship and two runner-ups at the Cascade and Western Open Championships. Meg is a four year old, white and orange pointer bitch. She was bred by her owners, Jim and Cami Wolthius, and is by I B Ironhorse out of Super Express Nash Begone. Meg is handled by Sheldon Twer.
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Owner: Bob Walthall & Thorpe McKenzie

Handler: Steve Hurdle

Dazzling

May is from the second litter of the remarkable knick of Whippoorwill Wild Agin and Sparkles. She is now six years old and will be making her third appearance at Ames Plantation having re-qualified with two third places, the North Dakota Classic last summer and more recently at the Pelican State OAA. She has been picked up early in her previous lackluster runs here in 2015 and 2017. She is co-owned by her breeder Bob Walthall with Thorpe McKenzie. This white, orange, and ticked pointer bitch will be handled by Steve Hurdle.
Sleepless in Sacramento: Find at :18 next to gravel drive on the east end of Buster Graves. Asked for tracker at 1:23. Dazzling: Find at :35 at the top of Horshoe Hill on the west side at the woods edge. Picked up at 1:23.
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Afternoon of 2.17.18
Release: 1:25 PM pictures
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Owner: Brad Calkins

Handler: Robin Gates

Erin's Longmire

Chip is a rookie contestant who has qualified with wins on the prairie at the Manitoba Championship, and in the south at the Dixie OAA Classic. Isn’t that the combination of wins that the old timers talk about? This four year old, white, orange, and ticked son of Erin’s Whiskey River is out of Erin’s Wild Rose and bred by Sean Derrig. His littermate brother Erin’s Redrum is also a contestant this year. Chip is owned by Brad Calkins who has placed him in the capable hands of Robin Gates.
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Owner: Dr. Fred Corder

Handler: Dr. Fred Corder

Cole Train

Cole is just shy of six years old and is returning for his third run. He has re-qualified with a third at the Missouri OAA last spring, and he won the Missouri Championship the following week. That makes the third year for him to win a championship, having previously won the Kentucky and the International Pheasant Championships. This white, black, and ticked scion of Lance’s Last Knight was bred by Ray Hamilton out of his Quinton’s Pretty Baby. In his previous runs here he has found birds, perhaps not enough, but has yet to finish three hours. Cole is owned and handled by Dr. Fred Corder.
Erin's Longmire: A Find at :43 on the south edge of the Agronomy Unit north of Wolf Crossing. A Back at :59. Picked up at 1:22. Cole Train: A Find at :59 in the Watertruck Field at the dry pond levee. Tracker requested at 1:21.
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Morning of 2.19.18
Release: 8:00 AM pictures
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Owner: Will & Rita Dunn

Handler: Luke Eisenhart

Dunn's Tried 'N True

Jack has been a consistent winner in the qualifying circuit since he was the Purina Top Derby in 2015, winning at least one championship every year since. This year he returns having won the prestigious Quail Championship Invitational for the second time, along with having won the All-America Quail Championship, too. This will the fourth year to compete here for this five year old white and orange pointer male. He was picked up early with unproductives when he ran as a derby, but has completed the three hour run for the past two years with respectable bird scores. Jack is by Miller’s Dialing In out of White Royal Pain, and was bred by Chris George. Luke Eisenhart will be handling Jack for his owners Will and Rita Dunn.
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Owner: Eddie Sholar

Handler: Mark McLean

Touch's White Knight

Bo is a six year old, white, orange, and ticked pointer male who was knocking on the door in last year’s run. He had six finds when he was lost, the tracker requested at 2:58. This will be his third year to run here, having re-qualified with a second at the Kentucky Lake OAA and a third at the Sunshine (Fla) OAA. He has won endurance championships in the past, the National Free For All and the Quail Championship Invitational, along with the Masters and Border International Championships. Bo is by Lance’s Last Knight, out of Prairieland Lucy, and was bred by Dwight Grace. He is handled by Mark McLean for Eddie and Carole Sholar.
Dunn’s Tried ‘N True: Find at :14 along the south edge of the Supermarket Field. Find at :24 at the south end of Morgan in edge of cutover. Find at :39 in Turner Basin in bi-color patch. Find at 1:41 along the south edge of Morgan Field in the edge of cutover. Asked for the tracker at 2:18. Touch’s White Knight: No bird work. Asked for the tracker at :43.
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Afternoon of 2.19.18
Release: 1:15 PM pictures
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Owner: David Thimpson & Gary Lester

Handler: Gary Lester

Lester's Sunny Hill Jo

Jo was the 2017 National Champion and need not re-qualify, but he has had a good season this year, notably taking a runner-up at the Quail Championship Invitational. Returning for his second year, he is now five years old. Jo was sired by Ransom, out of Miller’s White Wall, and was bred by Chris George. This white, orange, and ticked pointer is co-owned by David Thompson and Gary Lester, who will again be his handler.
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Owner: Dr. James Santarelli

Handler: Andy Daugherty

Salem's Annie Oakley

This will be the third year for May to compete here. She has re-qualified with a first in the Alberta Classic, and for May that is par for the course. She has no second places in her past, all firsts, originally qualifying with three championships; the Dominion Chicken, the Texas, and the Missouri. May is a white, liver, and ticked pointer bitch who is just a couple of weeks shy of eight years old. She is by Smokey Knight, out of Good Knight Tramp, and was bred by Dr. Dan Bloom. May is owned by another doctor, Dr. James “Jim” Santarelli, and is handled by Andy Daugherty.
Lester's Sunny Hill Jo: A Find at 20 seconds in a feed patch at the breakaway. A Find at :31 in the Horseshoe on the west side. A Find at :44 on the east side of the Chute. A Find at :56 on the northeast corner of Tyler's Test. A Back at 1:14 at the entrance to the Lawrence Smith Barn Field. A Find at 1:44 on the south side of Tyler's Test east of the shed. An Unprodcutive at 1:56 in the cut over on the north side of the Jack Harris Cabin Field. A rabbit at 2:04 in the Jack Harris Cabin field. A Find at 2:16 on the east side of Cox's Ridge in bicolor. A Find at 2:18 on the west side of Cox's Ridge at the apex of hill. A Find at 2:22 on Cox's Ridge northeast of Carlisle Corner. A Find at 2:33 on Cox's Ridge before descending into Fason bottom. Finished the three hours. Salem's Annie Oakley: An Unproductive at :34 in Peter Pugh south of Cedar Hill. A Find at :51 north of Tyler's Test east of the shed. An Unproductive at 1:14 at the entrance to the Lawrence Smith Barn Field. Picked up at 1:16 after unsuccessful relocation.
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Morning of 2.20.18
Release: 8:01 AM pictures
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Owner: Matt Pendergest

Handler: Luke Eisenhart

Pendy's Good Grace

Grace is one of the two contestants this year that qualified as derbies. She won the Georgia and Pacific Coast Derby Championships, and was runner-up at the American Derby Invitational. She was the Purina Derby Awards winner last year. She is a three year old, white, orange, and ticked pointer bitch. Grace was sired by Reloaded, out of Dialed In, and bred by Jim Pendergest. She is owned by Matt Pendergest and handled by Luke Eisenhart.
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Owner: Curtis Futch, Will Deupree, Bill & Jim Hamilton, Field Norris and David Raines

Handler: Jamie Daniels

Dominators Dotted Line

Dot will be making her rookie run this year, but she has been on the radar of field trial followers since she just missed out qualifying last year when she was runner-up at the Florida Championship in a 79 dog stake (had there been 80 entries the runner-up placement would have been qualifying). This year she annexed a win at the Southeastern Championship which was an 82 dog stake. She is a seven year old, white, liver, and ticked pointer sired by Double Rebel Dominator out of Sinbad’s Diamond Lill and was bred by Rob Butler and Stanley Howton. Jamie Daniels will handle her for her cartel of owners: Curtis Futch, Will Deupree, Bill and Jim Hamilton, Field Norris, and David Raines.
Pendy’s Good Grace: Find at :58 in a feed patch at National Championship Drive across from Mary Scott. Find at 1:15 in strip of pines between National Championship north and south. Picked up at 1:35. Dominators Dotted Line: Unproductive at :29 on the east side of Turner Long Neck. Picked up at 1:20.
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Afternoon of 2.20.18
Release: 1:16 PM pictures
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Owner: Jeff Miller

Handler: Allen Vincent

Oakspring Big Time Warrior

Fred returns for his third year, having been picked up early here twice before, each time with not enough birds to be in contention. This six year old, white, orange, and ticked pointer re-qualified for this year with a third place at the Inola OAA. Fred is by Oakspring Big Time (he was from the first Whippoorwill Wild Agin-Sparkles litter) and out of Barshoe Eclectic. Fred was bred by Allen Vincent, who also handles him for his owner, Jeff Miller.
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Owner: Gary Lester

Handler: Gary Lester

Miller's Dialing In

Spec took a year off, but now he’s back. He re-qualified last spring with a second place in the West Tennessee OAA after a drought which left him un-qualified for last year’s championship. He has since taken a runner-up at the All-America Quail Championship. This will be the fifth year to run for this seven year old pointer. His prior performances include his win in 2015, and he has finished the three hours once before that. Spec is by Miller’s Happy Jack out of Phillips Silver Star, and was bred by Nathan Phillips. He will be handled by his owner, Gary Lester.
Oakspring Big Time Warrior: Find at :12 on the east end of Jim Miller at the entrance to Buster Graves. Find at :40 on the east side of Chute. Find at :49 north of Tyler's Test in bicolor patch. Find at :58 in the Water Truck Field on the west edge at the road to the cut over. Find at 1:12 in the Lawrence Smith Barn Field on woods edge. Find at 1:36 north of Tyler's Test south of the Strawberry Patch. Find at 1:43 north of Wolf Crossing at the agronomy edge. Find at 1:50 in the west end of Marshall Jack Harris north of Wolf Crossing. Find at 2:28 at the apex of Fason Ridge in sage grass. Finished the three hours. Miller's Dialing In: Find at 1:12 in the Lawrence Smith Barn Field on woods edge. Asked for tracker at 1:41.
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Afternoon of 2.21.18
Release: 12:33 PM pictures
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Owner: Eddie Shola & Ted Dennard

Handler: Mark McLean

Touch's Mega Mike

Mike is one of two contestants that qualified for this year as derbies. Mike was the winner of the National Derby Championship and the All-America Derby Championship while handled by Ike Todd. Since then Mike has done some considerable winning with Mark McLean handling him, four first places and two runner-up championships: the Dominion Chicken and Continental. This three year old, white, orange, and ticked pointer male is by House’s Ring of Fire, out of Touch’s Blaylock Bess, and was bred by Keith Wright. Mike is co-owned by Eddie Sholar and Ted Dennard.
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Owner: Brad Calkins

Handler: Andy Daugherty

Westfall's River Ice

Bud is a white, black, and ticked rookie contestant. He took a second place at the Cecil Proctor OAA as a derby last spring and has since qualified this fall with a first at the Kansas Prairie OAA and winning the Southland Championship. He is still shy of four years old. Bud is by Westfall’s Black Ice, out of Westfall’s Quick Gold, and was bred by Bill Westfall. Bud is owned by Brad Calkins and will be handled by Andy Daugherty.
Touch’s Mega Mike: Back at :16 on the north side of Buster Graves. UP at :34 at the west entrance to Peter Pugh. Find at :45 on the east side of the Chute. Picked up at :56 at the Strawberry Patch. Westfall’s River Ice: UP at :9 between Jim Miller and Jim Miller Hay Field. Find at :16 on the north side of Buster Graves. UP at :36 in Peter Pugh. Picked up at :38
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Morning of 2.22.18
Release: 8:07 AM pictures
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Owner: Terry Reinke

Handler: Travis Gellhaus

Daniels Creek Whitehawk

Rich is an eight year old, white, black, and ticked pointer male who comes from the west coast. He re-qualified last spring with a third at the Cecil Proctor OAA in Oklahoma , but the remainder of his qualifying placements were all out west and all in championships. This year he won the Cascade and California Chukar Championships and was runner-up in the California Quail Championship. Rich is a son of Rockacre Blackhawk out of Brown’s Northern Light, and was bred by Frances Brown. This is his second year to run here for handler Travis Gelhaus and owner Terry Reinke.
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Owner: Bruce & Karen Norton

Handler: Mark McLean

House's Buckwheat Hawk

Hawk is a five year old, white, liver, and ticked pointer male who will be making his second run this year. He was lost on the course last year. He has re-qualified with a second place at the Dixie Classic. He has previous championship wins, in the American Derby Invitational and runner-up at the Manitoba Championship. Hawk is by House’s White Hawk out of Quinton’s Flying High, and was bred by Keith Wright. He will be handled by Mark McLean for his owners Bruce and Karen Norton.
Daniels Creek Whitehawk, owned by Terry Reinke and handled by Travis Gellhaus, was regrettable withheld from the competition because of a previous injury. House’s Buckwheat Hawk did not have any birdwork and was picked up at 1:03
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Afternoon of 2.22.18
Release: 1:15 PM pictures
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Owner: Bob & Sarina Craig, Scott Kermicle and John Sayre

Handler: Steve Hurdle

Stardust Chaz

Chaz is our most senior setter contestant who has now qualified for his fourth year with a first at the Tootsie Hurdle OAA. In his previous three runs, he has completed the three hours once and the other two years he has been picked up just short of the two hour mark, each year with finds. Chaz is an eight year old, white, orange, and ticked setter male. He is by Wildwing Warrior, out of Stardust Coco, and was bred by Scott Kermicle. Scott is joined with John Sayre and Bob and Sarina Craig in Chaz’ ownership cartel. Chaz will be handled by Steve Hurdle.
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Owner: Dr. J.D. Huffman & Keith Wright

Handler: Larry Huffman

Whippoorwill Blue Blood

Blue re-qualified for his sixth year’s run this past spring with a first place in the Missouri OAA. In his five previous years he has yet to finish the three hours. Blue is the oldest contestant from the Whippoorwill Wild Agin - Sparkles knick, and this first litter was bred by Dr. Jack Huffman, who co-owns Blue with Keith Wright. Larry Huffman will be handling this nine year old, white and orange pointer.
Stardust Chaz: No bird work. Asked for tracker at :52. Whippoorwill Blue Blood: No bird work. Picked up at :52
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Morning of 2.23.18
Release: 8:03 AM pictures
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Owner: Frank & Jean LaNasa

Handler: Luke Eisenhart

True Confidence

Bob will return for his third year winning the National Pheasant Championship for a second time and a runner-up at the Missouri Championship. Last year he finished his three hours with 3 finds. Bob is an eight year old, white and orange pointer who is sired by Two Acre Bulldog, out of Bar P Annex, and was bred by Robert J Saari. Luke Eisenhart will handle Bob for his owners Frank and Jean LaNasa.
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Owner: Scott Griffin

Handler: Randy Anderson

Miller's Happy Jack

When Jack takes the breakaway this year, his ninth, he will join a select club of durable contestants. Only four other dogs have run nine or more years here. This ten year old, white orange, and ticked pointer has re-qualified with a runner-up at the Manitoba Championship last summer and is still a serious contender anytime, anywhere he runs. Jack was sired by Lester’s Bandit, his dam was Bryson’s Powder Twist, and he was bred by Alvin Bryson. Randy Anderson handles Jack for his owner Scott Griffin.
True Confidence: Find at :13 in A. T.’s House Place. Find at :26 on the south end of Morgan at cutover. Find at :52 in Turner Ditch south in feed patch. Picked up at 1:29. Miller’s Happy Jack: No bird work. Asked for tracker at :32.
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Afternoon of 2.23.18
Release: 1:04 PM pictures
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Owner: Dr. Fred Corder

Handler: Dr. Fred Corder

Game Bo

Bo is one of the surviving dogs from the tragic fire at Randy Down’s kennels, he was just a pup then but still has the scars if you look closely. This white and liver pointer will make his rookie appearance this year. He has qualified with wins at the West Tennessee OAA last spring and at the Prairie OAA recently. This six year old is owned, handled, and was bred by Dr. Fred Corder. Bo is by Rockacre Rambo out of Regret C.
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Owner: Ryan Westfall

Handler: Andy Daugherty

Westfall's True Grit

Westfall’s True Grit is the youngest contestant this year and he did not qualify as a derby, rather he won the first two trials he was entered in this past summer, both championships: the Border International and the Mid-America. Jack is still less than three years old, he has an April birthday. He is a white, liver, and ticked pointer male, sired by Erin’s Braveheart, out of Westfall’s Irish Bell, and bred by his owner, Ryan Westfall. Jack is handled by Andy Daugherty.
Game Bo: A Find at :33 on the east side of the Horseshoe west of Peter Pugh. Picked up at 1:45. Westfall's True Grit: An Unproductive at :54 on the north side of Tyler's Test. Picked up at :55.
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Morning of 2.24.18
Release: 8:00 AM pictures
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Owner: Larry Earls

Handler: Mike Hester

Quickmarksman's Tom Tekoa

Tom is the latest setter sensation, a rookie this year who recently qualified winning the Georgia Championship and prior, a first at the North Carolina OAA. Tom has also taken runner-up at the Tarheel Championship this fall. Tom was bred by and is owned by Larry Earls and will be handled by Mike Hester. This six year old, white orange, and ticked setter male is by Quickmarksman’s Tekoa out of Quickmarksman’s Sue, both parents also bred by Larry Earls, too.
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Owner: Bob Walthall & Thorpe McKenzie

Handler: Steve Hurdle

Skyfall

Pete returns for his fourth year having recently won the Alabama Championship for the second time. In his previous three runs here he has been picked up early or lost, each year without bird work. Pete is a handsome white and liver, six year old pointer from that famous knick of Whippoorwill Wild Agin and Sparkles. Pete’s litter was bred by Bob Walthall who co-owns Pete with Thorpe McKenzie. Pete will be handled by Steve Hurdle, who earlier this year handled him to runner-up at the United States Open Championship.
Quickmarksman's Tom Tekoa: No bird work. Lost at Heartbreak Hill. Handler took tracker at :23 at Ellington Road. Skyfall: No bird work. Lost at Heartbreak Hill. Handler took tracker at :23 at Ellington Road.
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Afternoon of 2.24.18
Release: 9:35 PM pictures
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Owner: Mitch Solt

Handler: Travis Gellhaus

Lone Tree's Showbiz

Al is a white, orange, and ticked pointer male who will be making his rookie appearance. Al has quite a record of qualifying wins this year with three championships, the California Quail, the National Chukar, and the Northwest Chukar, and one runner-up at the Pacific Coast Open. This four year old was bred by and is owned by Mitch Solt, and is handled by Travis Gellhaus. Al’s sire is Wiggins River Wild (by Whippoorwill Wild Agin ex Wiggins Miss Sammie) and his dam is Wiggins Miss Reba.
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Owner: Larry Lee

Handler: Robin Gates

Shadow's Full Throttle

Cutter is a white, liver, and ticked, seven year old pointer male who returns for his fourth year. In his previous year’s runs he has been picked up early or lost. This year Cutter has re-qualified with a second place at the Broomhill OAA. He is a former Continental Champion, and has subsequently taken a runner-up there and at the Masters Quail and Kentucky Championships. He is by Erin’s Stoney River, out of Twin Lakes Wishbone, and was bred by John Neely. Cutter is owned by Larry Lee and will be handled by Robin Gates.
Lone Tree's Showbiz: a Back at :45. Picked up at :47. Shadow's Full Throttle: A Find at :22 in the Mounting Block field in a soybean strip. A Find at :45 on the north end of the Chute. Asked for tracker at 1:04.