2018 National Championship Competitor Profiles
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Duprez, Bill and Jim Hamilton, Field Norris, and David Raines.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Gelhaus. Al’s sire is Wiggins River Wild (by Whippoorwill Wild Agin ex Wiggins Miss Sammie) and his dam is Wiggins Miss Reba.
Mega Blackhawk's Projeny
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.