American Field

Special Bulletin

Masters Open Shooting Dog Championship

By Steve Standley | Mar 12, 2020

Albany, Ga. — The Masters Open Shooting Dog Championship concluded on March 2 after 20 of the best shooting dogs in the country plied their trade across Wildfair and Nonami Plantations just south of Albany, Ga.

Chelsea’s Thunder Bolt, coming eight-year-old white and liver pointer male, claimed the championship crown as handler Shawn Kinkelaar directed the 9-find effort. Owners Dr. Tom Jackson of Columbus, Ind., and George Hickox of Thomasville, Ga., were in their saddles to witness Bolt’s 19th championship win.

The runner-up laurels went to Miller’s Unfinished Business, owned by Benjy and Teresa Griffith of Macon, Ga., and handled by Joel Norman. This six-year-old white and orange pointer male has won this Championship two times prior to this trial. Business offered six finds and a single unproductive during his hour afield.

Judges were Mike Jackson of Battle Ground, Ind., and Ray Pearce of Albany, Ga. Both of the gentlemen bring a wealth of experience with them. Calm demeanors, a sense of fairness, and highly focused attention assured impartial assessments of these high-class competitors.

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