American Field

Flashback . . .

Sep 10, 2018

The National Pheasant Shooting Dog Championship will soon be underway (September 17), but we are turning back the clock some 55 years to 1963 and featuring five stalwarts of that bygone era. From left: Les Tichenor and Fred Hill, the judges for the 1963 renewal; Robert P. Habgood, Jr., president; Richard C. Shear, secretary, and J. H. Henderson, marshal. Winner that year was Potato Patch Sue, which also won the ringneck title in 1962. Owned by Dr. Alvin and Matilda Nitchman, Sue was handled by the Cranbury, N. J., dentist, who developed any number of premier shooting dogs, among them Magnum and Melita, Pork Roll and Smart. Pork Roll was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1994, Smart in 1989, and owner-handler Dr. Nitchman in 1980.

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