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Special Bulletin

National Amateur Invitational Championship

By Jim Atchison | Dec 06, 2018

Grand Junction, Tenn. — Another successful National Amateur Invitational Championship was concluded December 5 at celebrated Ames Plantation in Grand Junction, Tenn.

Judges for this 2018 renewal were Gary McKibben of Hernando, Miss., and David Williams of Beech Bluff, Tenn. David is the current AFTCA president.

They named Touch’s Fire Dancer the winner. The five-year-old white and liver pointer female is owned and was handled by Keith A.Wright of Covington, Ind., who also won this stake in 2017 with Touch’s Smooth Rider. Fire Dancer had three finds the first day, two the second and two in the championship callback series.

Runner-up was Dialed In, five-year-old white and orange pointer female owned and handled by Jim Pendergest of Lexington, Ky. Dialed In was credited with three finds and a back the first day, one find the second day and one in the finals where she also backed her bracemate Fire Dancer.

Also called back for the finals were Mohawk Mill Image, pointer male owned and handled by Gary Winall of Powhatan, Va., and pointer male S F Bandwagon for owner Larry Smith of Pleasant Hill, Ia. On standby were Phillips Off Line, owned by Nathan Phillips but handled by Mike Small of Evansville, Ind., and Touch’s Smooth Rider, Keith Wright’s 2017 winner.

Weather over the two and a half days was favorable, chilly mornings warming into the 40s. The grounds overall were in good condition.

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