American Field

Reflections on the 2021 Renewal

National Champion Coldwater Thunder

May 19, 2021

The career of the professional bird dog trainer-handler covers a wide gamut — the winners' circle, the disappointments, the friendships, the support of family, loyal owners and friends.

Steve Hurdle, handler of the 2021 National Champion, first posed the winner at Ames Plantation in February of 2006, the same day he suffered a near fatal cardiac episode.

Steve was back on the Manor House steps at Ames in February, 2012 with his second Grand Junction champion. Steve returned for a third time February 13, 2021 with the white and liver pointer female Coldwater Thunder, who celebrated her seventh birthday the day before on February 12.

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