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Chelsea’s Thunder Bolt Adds Another Title; Remy’s All In Wins Runner-Up

Jayhawk Open Shooting Dog Championship

By Ivan Breckenridge | May 08, 2018
Jayhawk Open Shooting Dog Championship Winners. From left: Judge Everett Brannan, Shawn Kinkelaar, Virgil Moore with Chelsea’s Thunder Bolt, Stacy Perkins with Remy’s All In and Judge Charlie Collier.

Elk City, Kan. — The Jayhawk Open Shooting Dog Championship began March 17 and was completed on March 20. The trial started 24 hours after the Midwest Open Shooting Dog Championship.

These two Championships ran on the Westfall Brothers Ranch west of Elk City, Kan. We thank Bill Westfall for letting us run on his grounds. This is a working cattle ranch with Chuck Campfield, ranch manager, and his son assisting. Both Bill and Chuck are great hosts.

The weather in Kansas has been very dry but there was still plenty of water in the creeks and ponds.

Judges Everett Brannan of Powderly, Tex., and Charlie Collier of Corsicana, Tex., did a great job watching the dogs. Their placements were well received.

Quail were turned loose daily and several wild coveys were pointed or ridden up. Birds are seemingly making a comeback on this ranch.

We had several dogs playing with armadillos that are moving north for some reason.

We want to thank Garvin Collins, Virgil Moore and Harold Gearhart for marshalling and opening gates, and Randy Wilson for running the dog wagon.

Our club tries to give a hot meal for lunch as these field trialers on horseback work up a good appetite. Smoked ham and beans with corn bread, made on a gas grill. The corn bread was delicious; if you don’t believe me, ask Stacy Perkins. The dinners at night are hamburger, brats, steaks, barbecue ribs, fish fry. The steaks were furnished by last year’s winner’s owners Michael Marietta and Bill Cignetti. The steaks were outstanding; the fish was prepared by Harold Gearhart. Bill Westfall was able to make it to the fish fry. He seemed to enjoy it as much as I did catching them. We all had a great time. All the food was furnished free by the club.

The Winners

Championship winner Chelsea’s Thunder Bolt ran on the second course, fifth brace of the stake. He ran a very strong, forward race throughout the hour. His first find was in the bottoms. The second find was on a wild covey after we started off the top of the north hill. Both finds had excellent style and manners.

Bolt finished on a great cast on east side of hedgerow. Shawn Kinkelaar had to ride to gather his dog at times. This is Bolt’s fourth championship win in his last six times down. He was last year’s Top Shooting Dog and just came from the United States Invitational Championship which he won.

Co-owner Dr. Tom Jackson of Columbus, Ind., was present to see Thunder Bolt run and it was great having him.

Runner-up Remy’s All In competed on the third course on the first day and ran like he owned it. The only find was at 57 and his style and manners were excellent. When Stacy turned him loose from the find, he had to ride fast to gather him. A nice job for both dogs.

The three Derby placements were judged on class race. We will be seeing more of these dogs in the future.

We cannot thank Bill Westfall enough for his hospitality.

We thank Nestlé Purina and Greg Blair for sponsoring our trial, supplying dog food and paying for the ad.

Last year we mailed out my wife’s cole slaw recipe to Peg Herriage. This year two more people wanted it, Dr. Tom Jackson and Chuck Stretz. Chuck Taylor said the trial is “worth coming to for the food.” Hope to see you all next year.

We would want to thank all the pros and owners for coming and the visit of Don and Linda Beauchamp on their way to the Red Setter Nationals.

Elk City, Kan., March 17

Judges: Everett Brannan and Charlie Collier


[One-Hour Heats] — 36 Pointers and 6 Setters

Winner—CHELSEA’S THUNDER BOLT, 1649213, pointer male, by Whippoorwill Wild Agin—Butler’s Jill. Dr. Tom Jackson & George Hickox, owners; Shawn Kinkelaar, handler.

Runner-Up—REMY’S ALL IN, 1663207, pointer male, by Whippoorwill Wild Agin—Butler’s Jill. Gordon & Karen Ramey, owners; Stacy Perkins, handler.

MARVIN MCDOWELL DERBY CLASSIC — 11 Pointers and 1 Setter

1st—SMUGGLER’S SOCIETY BUCK, 1673372, pointer male, by Touch’s Knight Rider—Whippoorwill Wild Music. Dr. Tom Jackson & Brian Hannash, owners; Shawn Kinkelaar, handler.

2d—TUG O’WAR, 1668963, pointer male, by Sugarknoll War Paint—Nehawka Amazin Sue. Mike McClanahan & Adam Hart, owners; Shawn Kinkelaar, handler.

3d—ROBERTS HILL BESS, 1670123, pointer female, by Miller’s Happy Jack—World Class Snow. Butch Roberts, owner; Stacy Perkins, handler.

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