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Jayhawk Thunder Wins Title; In Swami’s Shadow Named Runner-Up

Kentucky Open Shooting Dog Championship

By Pam Tucker, Secretary | Nov 30, 2018
Jayhawk Thunder Winner of the Kentucky Open Shooting Dog Championship

Berea, Ky. — The 2018 renewal  of the Kentucky Open Shooting Dog Championship  was evaluated by esteemed Judges William Smith of Moscow, Tenn., and Chris Rider of Smithfield, Pa.

Good fortune and planning a long time in advance made the Kentucky Field Trial Association and the 2018 Kentucky Open Shooting Dog Championship fortunate to have judges of this caliber and high regard.

Greg Blair of Purina sent pull-over windbreaker shirts for each judge along with other Purina items which were then embroidered with their names.

A buffet reception meal was served on Tuesday evening provided by last year’s winner’s owners, Tony and Becky Gibson, in honor of  Conecuh’s Shoe Shine.

The menu for the Purina dinner on Wednesday evening featured sirloin tips, mushrooms, and the fixings catered by Smokehouse Grill, Berea, Ky. Words of appreciation for Purina’s generosity and support can never adequately express thanks for Purina’s significant support  of  the Kentucky Field Trial Association and the sport of field trialing.

Greg Blair and Jim Smith, Purina representatives, attended the Kentucky Championship and we were honored to have them join us.

Haggis Saddlery provided two leather saddle bags and SportDog sent three dog collars that were given to the winner and runner-up. All items would be put to good use by these professional dog handlers who need them every day and can demonstrate the value of products to their trade.

The Winners

Earning the championship title was Jayhawk Thunder, seven-year-old white and orange pointer male handled by Matt Basilone for owner Steve Mayo of Vineland, N. J. Thunder ran the 7th brace and carded  four finds and three backs of bracemate Upfront Southern Star (Shawn Kinkelaar).

Taking off at the clubhouse (course No. 1) Jayhawk had a find at 6 and an unproductive at 12 at the sorghum hedgerow across from the first ditch past the concrete bridge. Another find at 18 at the hedgerow by the old barn, a back under the power line, a divided find when both dogs were found standing at the sow pond, then his third find at the road crossing, followed by  No. 4 across the road at the hedgerow feed strip on the left.

Runner-up was In Swami’s Shadow, six-year-old white and orange pointer female handled by  Shawn Kinkelaar for owners Bill and Mary Sand of East Moline, Ill. Shadow had a forward race with three finds. She has had big wins this season, including the Fleetwood Classic, and the Alabama Championship in 2016. She is qualified for the United States Invitational in 2019.

Three honorable mention placements were given, each awarded $100: Ridge Creek Kate (Kinkelaar) with one find and a good race; Roses Are Red (Tim Hammons) with three finds; Ravenwood Gemstone (Matt Basilone) with one find and a back.

Roses Are Red, red setter female, started out slow at first from the clubhouse takeoff and disappeared to be found on point at the end of the Dewey bottoms. She stretched out and was found on point again by the old barn that burned with a covey of 30 or more prereleased birds at the woodsline that came right up into her face. Rose’s third find was on the right on the 20th Century Fund Pass hill. She shortened up some on the back side of the course but finished strong.

Berea, Ky., October 30

Judges: Chris Rider and William Smith

KENTUCKY OPEN SHOOTING DOG CHAMPIONSHIP [One-Hour Heats] — 19 Pointers, 3 Setters and 3 Irish Setters

Winner—JAYHAWK THUNDER, 1628890, pointer male, by Covey Rise’s Offlee Amazin—Just Add Water. Steve Mayo, owner; Matt Basilone, handler.

Runner-Up—IN SWAMI’S SHADOW, 1647249, pointer female, by In The Shadow—Swami’s Sequel. Bill & Mary Sand, owners; Shawn Kinkelaar, handler.


The Open Derby had seven entries. Pointer female Silver W Jill Z, handled by Shawn Kinkelaar, placed first. Jill had two broke finds and a good race. This is her second Derby win this season, also the Sunflower Derby.

Jill is owned by Debbie Ozner of Ochlocknee, Ga. Jill was given a SportDog collar.

Second was Casey Creek Crystal Ice, Buster and Pam Tucker’s pointer female. Crystal had two finds, a forward race and a promising Derby performance. Crystal was handled by co-owner Buster Tucker. Placed third was South Fourty Princess Di, owned by John Roswech of Chester, N. J., and handled by Shawn Kinkelaar. Di had a good race but no birds.

First place awards given were a large silver engraved bird dog emblem tray from Hopper’s Jewelry, 70% of the 50% entry purse, a SportDog GPS/training collar, Purina dog food, sturdy leather saddle utility bag made by Haggis Saddlery, engraved credit on the permanent trophy, and the opportunity of being the winner of the 39th running of this prestigious trial.

Second place awards earned were 30% of the 50% purse, a silver engraved quail tray from Hopper’s Jewelry of Richmond, Ky., a sport dog training collar, Haggis Saddlery leather bag, and Purina dog food.

Entries were low this year, possibly due to conflicting times with other trials. All handlers who usually attend were missed and we hope they return next year.

Attendees found the grounds in great shape with more birds than ever due to KFTA’s dedication to the propagation and sustainability of quail on the Miller Welch WMA, Berea, Ky.

OPEN DERBY — 7 Pointers

1st—SILVER W JILL Z, 1682062, female, by Ransom—Double Wild. Debbie Ozner, owner; Shawn Kinkelaar, handler.

2d—CASEY CREEK CRYSTAL ICE, 1676908, female, by Casey Creek Icy Hot—Charlie’s Dream Girl. Buster & Pam Tucker, owners; Buster Tucker, handler.

3d—SOUTH FOURTY PRINCESS DI, unreg., female, by Sinbad’s Bear—Miss Faye. John Roswech, owner; Shawn Kinkelaar, handler.

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