2021 National Championship Competitor Profiles
The following contestant profiles were compiled by Steeple Bell. We appreciate his effort to provide the interesting "backstory" on this year's competitors.
Ascension first came before the public in 2018 as the runner-up of the National Pheasant Championship while owned by Matt Pendergest and Norris Sims and handled by Luke Eisenhart. Now with a new owner, Ted Roach, and handler, Steve Hurdle, Ace has very recently qualified for his rookie run here. Ace took a first place in January of this year at the Pelican State Open All-Age and shortly followed that winning the Alabama Championship. This six year old, white, liver, and ticked pointer dog was bred by Jim Pendergest. Ace is by Reloaded out of Dialed In.
Coldwater Thunder returns for her fourth year, though she has qualified five times. She was scratched last year, but in her previous runs she has always completed the three hours. She is the only bitch to qualify this year, and returns with a third place in the Hell Creek (Miss) Open All-age and followed that with a win of the Mississippi Open Championship. This seven year old, white, liver, and ticked pointer bitch was sired by Coldwater Warrior and is out of Thunder Bess. Lulu is owned by Doug Arthur, Billy Blackwell, and David and Rachel Russell. She was bred by Gary McKibben and will be handled by Steve Hurdle.
Dream Chaser is a four year old, white, liver, and ticked pointer dog who will be making his first run in National Championship competition. He comes here having won first places in the Stillwater Open All-Age last season, and the Kansas Prairie Open All-Age this season. He was bred by David Hendricks and is by Pleasant Run Bob out of House's Wild Bess Again. Chaser is owned by Brad H. Calkins and will be handled by Andy Daugherty.
Dunn’s Tried N True
The venerable veteran, Dunn's Tried N True returns for his seventh run on Ames Plantation's three hour courses. He has completed a three hour run in four of his six previous years, winning the title of National Champion in 2019. He has re-qualified this year with a second place at the Kentucky Quail Classic and a runner-up champion at the Quail Championship Invitational. Jack is a white and orange, eight year old pointer dog owned by Will and Rita Dunn. He is by National Champion Miller's Dialing In out of White Royal Pain, and was bred by Chris George. Jack is handled by Luke Eisenhart.
Game Wardon, scion of former contestant Caladen's Rail Hawk out of Game Creek, will be handled by his owner and breeder Dr. Fred Corder. He re-qualified for this, his third year with placements while on Luke Eisenhart's string: a runner-up at the Masters Open Quail Championship, a win of the Tarheel Open Championship, and a third at the Kentucky Quail Classic. Bill is a white, liver, and ticked pointer dog who is slightly less than five years old.
Lester’s Georgia Time
Lester's Georgia Time began his career on the string of the late Robin Gates, and ran here in 2019 under his whistle. This is his second year to qualify, and he is now handled by Mark McLean. Joe has re-qualified winning the North Carolina Quail Championship. He is owned by Jim Clark and Baker Hubbard. The elder of the three brothers who are contestants this year, they are by Ransom out of Beane's Line Dancer and this first litter was bred by Ronnie Beane. Joe is a six year old, white, orange, and ticked pointer dog.
Lester's Jazzman is a veteran contestant returning for his seventh year. In his past runs here, he has completed the three hours every other year, so he is due to do so again this year. Sam has re-qualified with a first at the SoLaTex Cajun Classic. He is by the National Champion Lester's Snowatch out of High Point Jesse, and was bred by W. M. Harkins. Sam is a nine year old, white, orange, and ticked pointer dog owned by Dan Hensley and handled by Randy Anderson.
Lester's Shockwave re-qualified for his second run here early last spring with a third place at the Lynn Taylor Classic and followed that with a first place at the Rend Lake Open All-Age. This past fall he has notched a number of additional placements: a second place at the Kentucky Lake Open All-Age; firsts at the Lee County (Georgia) and Hell Creek (Miss) Open All-Age trials; and a win of the All-America Quail Championship. And Bud is just three years old. He is one of the three brothers who are by Ransom out of Beane's Line Dancer, and this repeat breeding was made by Derek Bonner. This white, orange, and ticked pointer dog is owned by Tommy and Bonnie Hamilton, and handled by Gary Lester.
Lester’s Storm Surge
Lester's Storm Surge will be making his rookie year run having qualified with a first at the Lynn Taylor Classic (Carroll County) and a win of the Missouri Open Championship last spring. He has twice been a runner-up at the Continental trials, in the 2019 Derby Championship and in the 2020 All-Age Championship. One of the three brothers who are by Ransom out of Beane's Line Dancer from the repeat breeding made by Derek Bonner, he is a three year old, white, orange, and ticked pointer dog. Chip is owned by Tommy and Bonnie Hamilton, and is handled by Gary Lester.
Lowrider Frank is returning for his second year having re-qualified with a first at the Inola Open All-Age and a win of the Southland Championship. He was picked up early last year having made two finds by the 1:46 mark. Frank is an eight year old, white and liver pointer dog owned by Dr. Jim Mills and Steve Lightle. He is by Miller's Happy Jack out of Fairchase Jiggs and was bred by Tom Woods. Allen Vincent is the handler for Lowrider Frank.
Marques Armed Robber
Marques Armed Robber returns for his second year. Last year he didn't have a good time, getting picked up after a second unproductive. He has re-qualified with several wins: a second at the Bill Andrews Memorial Open All-Age, a first at the North Carolina Open All-Age, and a win at the National Free-For-All Championship. Sam is by Reloaded and out of Dialed In, and was bred by Jim Pendergest. Sam is owned by John and Sue Ivester who have had a dog on the Ames Manor's porch in the past, Marques Gold Rush back in 2000. Robert (Lefty) Henry is Sam's handler.
Jamie Daniels will be handling Miller's Blindsider for his rookie year. He has qualified by winning the National Derby Championship in 2018 and the Masters Open Quail Championship last spring. He has also twice been a runner-up champion; at the Florida in 2019 and the Southeastern in 2020. Sam is by Just Irresistible out of Miller's Bring The Heat, and was bred by Fran and Jack Miller. This four year old, white, orange, and ticked pointer dog is owned by Nick Berrong.
S F Stetson
S F Stetson is a rookie contestant handled by Larry Huffman. He has qualified with two first placements: at the 2019 Prairie Open All-Age and this year's Hobart Ames Memorial Open All-Age. Hank is owned and was bred by Larry Smith, who also owned his sire S F Bandwagon (a dog which Larry Huffman handled here last year), and his dam S F Rushhour. Hank is a four year old, white, orange, and ticked pointer dog.
Touch's Blackout has re-qualified for his third run this year with a new owner, John and Jackie Harkins. His re-qualifying placements have both come this January with a third at the Hobart Ames Memorial Open All-Age and a runner-up at the Alabama Championship. Duke is an eight year old, white, orange, and ticked pointer dog who was bred by Gary Baird. He is by the 2011 National Champion Touch's Whiteout out of B C Angelina. Randy Anderson will be Duke's handler.
Touch’s Gallatin Fire
Touch's Gallatin Fire was one of the first dogs to re-qualify, winning the West Tennessee Open All-Age this time last year. He has since garnered a third place at the Lee County (Georgia) Open All-Age. This will be the third year for Bob to run at Ames Plantation, he has been picked up early in each of his previous runs. Touch's Gallatin Fire is by House's Ring Of Fire and out of Touch's Sandy. He was bred by Keith Wright. Bob is a five year old, white, orange, and ticked pointer dog owned by Alex and Brianna Rickert and handled by Mark McLean.
Touch’s Malcolm Story
Touch's Malcolm Story is returning for his second year with first places in the Dixie Classic and Blackbelt (Ala) Open All-Age to re-qualify. He was picked up early in last year's competition. Big is a five year old, white, orange, and ticked pointer dog. He is sired by Touch's Knight Rider and is out of Blackhawk's Sunflower, and was bred by Keith Wright. Touch's Malcolm Story is owned by Alex and Brianna Rickert and handled by Mark McLean.
Touch’s Red Rider
This will be the second year for Touch's Red Rider to run at the National Championship. He was lost at :44 after having two finds last year. Red has re-qualified last spring with a third place at the Dixie Classic followed shortly after with a win at the Southeastern Championship. Red is a white, orange, and ticked pointer dog who will be just days shy of his seventh birthday during this year's competition. He is by Touch's Knight Rider out of Whippoorwill GMA and was bred by Keith Wright. Red is owned by S. Tucker Johnson and handled by Luke Eisenhart.
Westfall’s River Ice
Westfall's River Ice re-qualified last spring with a second place in the Missouri Open All-Age, and since then he has garnered two first places: at the Stillwater Open All-Age and the North Dakota Classic. This will be the fourth year to run at Ames Plantation for this white, black, and ticked pointer dog, who will be just shy of seven years old. Bud is owned by Brad Calkins and is handled by Andy Daugherty. He was sired by Westfall's Black Ice and is out of Westfall's Quick Gold. William P. Westfall was his breeder.
Westfall’s True Grit
Westfall's True Grit re-qualified early last spring with a third place at the West Tennessee Open All-Age and followed that with a first at the Heartland Open All-Age in March. This past Fall Jack has taken two more placements, thirds at the Kansas Prairie Open All-Age and Stillwater Open All-Age. Jack is a six year old, white, liver, and ticked pointer dog who is owned, and was bred by Ryan Westfall. He is by Erin's Braveheart out of Westfall's Irish Bell. Andy Daugherty will be handling Jack for his fourth attempt at this title.
Whippoorwill Forever Wild
Whippoorwill Forever Wild returns for his second year with a new owner, Phil Witter. He was picked up early last year midway through his three hours with just one find. He has re-qualified for this year with a second place at the Alberta Classic. Tip is one of the youngest of the nine former contestants to have been from the Whippoorwill Wild Agin - Sparkles knick bred by Bob Wathall. He is now seven years old. Tip is a white, liver, and ticked pointer dog who will be handled by Matt Cochran.
Whippoorwill Justified won the title of National Champion on the first year that he ran. This will be Patch's fifth year to re-qualify since then. He was withdrawn last year, but he has made commendable runs in the previous years. He has re-qualified weeks ago at the Prairie Open All-Age with a first place there. Ronnie Spears is the owner of this eight year old, white, liver, and ticked pointer dog who is handled by Larry Huffman. Lest anyone forget, he is from the Whippoorwill Wild Agin - Sparkles knick bred by Bob Wathall.