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Hale’s Southern Touch Wins 2019 Renewal; Purpleline Casper is Runner-Up

Midwest Open Shooting Dog Championship

By David Taylor | Apr 12, 2019
Championship Winners. From left:  Bryce Flaming, Camden Flaming, Shawn Kinkelaar, Eddy Taylor with Hale’s Southern Touch, Kirk Swanson, judge; Garvin Collins, Harold Gearhart with Purpleline Casper, Chuck Stretz and Jay Lewis, judge.

Elk City, Kan. — The 32nd running of the Midwest Open Shooting Dog Championship began March 11 and was completed March 14. The Championship and accompanying Derby were contested over courses on the Bill Westfall ranch near Elk City, Kan. Forty-one shooting dogs and fifteen Derbies competed in the trial.

Hale’s Southern Touch, pointer female in the ownership of Dr. Jeffrey Hale of Russellville, Ark., was named the 2019 champion. Touch was handled by Shawn Kinkelaar. Touch ran a consistent and classy forward race. Southern Touch had well located finds at 12, 20 and 47 and shared a find with her bracemate at 17. In each situation she displayed excellent style and manners.

This win was Shawn Kinkelaar’s eleventh win of the Midwest Shooting Dog Championship.

Purpleline Casper, the runner-up, ran a pleasing race for handler Chuck Stretz. Casper is owned by Dr. Richard Steckley of Wichita, Kan. The white and orange pointer male had finds at 30, 32 and 50 and backed his bracemate at 17. His find at 50 was a wild covey. In each case, his manners and style were excellent.

Several dogs mounted challenges to the eventual winners. Miller’s Miss Kitty, handled by Eddy Taylor, established a high standard in the first brace of the Championship, running a strong forward race and having a mannerly find near the half hour gate. She was carried until late in the trial.

Lancelot’s Tall Knight appeared in the sixth brace and scored on game four times. Knight was handled by Chuck Stretz. Chelsea’s Thunder Bolt ran in the seventh brace and had stylish finds at 14 and 28. Bolt stood at 34 with Kinkelaar calling flight of birds not seen officially.

Jacked Up Jasper, setter male handled by Virgil Moore, appeared in the 16th brace. He ran his usual strong race and had mannerly finds at 12 and 17 and honored flush at 50. Jasper was braced with the runner-up.

The judicial panel for this trial was composed of two very well known gentlemen — Jay Lewis of Ashland, Mo., and Kirk Swanson of Red Oak, Ia., both successful businessmen. Each trains his own dogs and competes successfully at the highest levels. The association appreciates their taking time from their busy schedules to judge this trial.


The Derby preceded the Championship. Fifteen juveniles were drawn for this stake. The judges selected three outstanding performances for placement.

The winner was South Forty Princess Di, owned by John Roswech of Chester, N. J., and handled by Shawn Kinkelaar. Di pointed a wild covey at 25 in light cover that required an extended flush. Her style and manners were outstanding. She ran a strong mature race hunting her objectives intelligently.

Second was Silver W Jill Z, owned by Debbie Ozner of Ochlocknee, Ga., and handled by Kinkelaar. Jill ran a bold race reaching to her objectives consistently resulting in a well mannered find at 7.

Chief Red Cloud, owned by Whitley Stephenson of Smithfield, N. C., placed third on the basis of his strong forward race. Chief was handled by Stacy Perkins.

Elk City, Kan., March 11

Judges: Jay Lewis and Kirk Swanson

OPEN DERBY — 15 Pointers

1st—SOUTH FORTY PRINCESS DI, 1682248, female, by Sinbad’s Bear—Miss Faye. John Roswech, owner; Shawn Kinkelaar, handler.

2d—SILVER W JILL Z, 1682062, female, by Ransom—Double Wild. Debbie Ozner, owner; Shawn Kinkelaar, handler.

3d—CHIEF RED CLOUD, 1678916, male, by Wiggins War Trace—Wiggins Snow Princess. Whitley Stephenson, owner; Stacy Perkins, handler.


The Championship began on Tuesday when Miller’s Miss Kitty’s performance with one find and a good forward race in the first brace remained at the top until very late in the trial. Holly Creek Lilly did not have birds and was taken up at 47.

Heavy rain and dangerous lightning made a delay necessary. The trial resumed with the second brace late Tuesday afternoon. In Swami’s Shadow did not finish the hour, and Grand River Mayday was scratched. In the third brace, Western Outta Sight and Dixie Delight suffered a breach of manners on a wild covey. The fourth brace ended early when both White Knight Prophecy, with one find but not pleasing Stretz, and bracemate Ridge Creek Lou were up early. The fifth brace ran in very windy conditions. Oakridge Platinum, running as a bye due to Waymaker Dandy being scratched, was taken up near the half hour mark.

No. 6 paired Lancelot’s Tall Knight and Dyno Mike. Knight challenged the winners with a pleasing race and four finds. Knight relaxed on his third find when an extended flush was necessary. Armadillo were out and Mike was in the harness early. Chelsea’s Thunder Bolt’s performance in the seventh brace challenged the winners, and Cold Creek Buck was scratched. The eighth brace ended early. Ninnescah Trumpeter had a find behind the new pond at 18 but was up soon after. Taylor requested the retrieval unit to locate Ice Breaker at 15. Objective suffered a breach of manners on a wild covey in the ninth brace, and Jayhawk Jailbreaker did not point game.

In the tenth brace, Ninnescah Ranger suffered a second unproductive, and Kinkelaar picked up Smuggler’s Society Buck. Two champion females were braced together in the eleventh brace. Upfront Northern Star and Pure Gossip had a divided find at 48. Gossip backed Star on a barren stand at 57. R J’s Deicer had birds at 28 in the following brace but suffered an error on a wild covey. Western Wild Rose was scratched. The thirteenth brace proved to be bad luck for Super Natural and Kate’s Magic. Natural had good bird work and then failed to back. Kate had two finds with everything in order but had a second unproductive.

Touch’s Rocketman was drawn to run as a bye dog in brace No. 21. When Cactus Jet was scratched, Touch’s Rocketman was moved up to brace No. 14. Kickstarter scored on a wild covey with good manners but the second wild covey was too great a temptation. Rocketman suffered a similar fate. Tangled Sheets, running in a strong wind, had an early find but then got out of pocket and Taylor picked her up. Grand River Bess moved while Perkins was flushing.

Purpleline Casper’s performance was reported as runner-up. Jacked Up Jasper had mannerly finds at 12 and 17. He stood at 45 but only a dead bird could be shown. At 50 Jasper had a mannerly stop to flush. Kinkelaar took the retrieval unit early to locate last year’s champion Zorra. Topp’s Hackberry Cesar Ice ran a pleasing race but had no birds.

The armadillo were out for brace No. 18 and both Tug of War and Mississippi Dan were taken up by their handlers.

Hale’s Southern Touch was reported as champion. Denton backed Touch twice and shared a find with her at 17 but moved while Perkins was flushing at 35.

In the 20th brace, Hackberry’s Danaka had a mannerly find but interest in armadillo ended her effort early. Kinkelaar was not satisfied with Ridge Creek Kate’s effort and took her up.


37 Pointers and 4 Setters

Winner—HALE’S SOUTHERN TOUCH, 1644260, pointer female, by Whippoorwill War Dance—Whippoorwill G M A. Jeffrey Hale, owner; Shawn Kinkelaar, handler.

Runner-Up—PURPLELINE CASPER, 1662271, pointer male, by Sir Eaton—Doc’s Touch of Gold. Dr. Richard Steckley, owner; Chuck Stretz, handler.


At the conclusion of the trial, Garvin Collins thanked the workers and judges. Before presenting the Adams Trophy, which honors Pat and Harold Adams, he asked for a moment of reflection in honor of Marilyn Taylor. Marilyn was secretary of the Midwest Field Trial Association at the time of her passing and had helped with this Championship for many years.

Courses for this Championship utilized a portion of the Bill Westfall Ranch near Elk City, Kan. The ranch is a working cattle ranch with over 800 head of Angus cows. The fields were filled with fat baby calves. The quail population continues to rebound on the ranch and work on wild birds was frequent during the trial. More than a dozen wild coveys were observed during the running. Bill Westfall and son Ryan are actively involved in all-age competition at the national level. Mr. Westfall has been a successful breeder, competitor, and patron of field trials for many years. The championship committee appreciates the Westfalls providing this nationally known venue for the Championship.

Purina, and its representative Greg Blair, continue to be supportive of this Championship and other activities of the Association. The championship committee is appreciative of this support and extends its thanks to Purina and Mr. Blair.

The championship dinner was provided by Ron Prewitt and Shawn Kinkelaar, the owner and handler of last year’s champion, pointer female Zorra.

The steak dinner has become a tradition and the committee extends its thanks to these two gentlemen.

Ranch manager Chuck Campfield and his son are gracious hosts and frequently check to see if everything is going smoothly. They provide a Mule to plant birds with and a trailer and truck to transport judges, handlers and trial officials to the starting point and return them to camp after the running.

Trial Chairman Bob Reynolds has provided leadership for the championship committee for many years. In addition to Bob this group includes Katherine Reynolds, Garvin Collins, David Taylor, Harold Gearhart, Ivan Breckenridge, and Randy Wilson.

D. T.

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