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Forty-Four Dogs Qualified to Start in 2019

National Championship Contestant Profiles

By Stephen Bell | Feb 05, 2019

Barshoe Five’N Dimer has qualified for his first year with two first place wins in Oklahoma, at the Inola Open All-Age and the Region 8 Championship Association’s Open All-Age, both stakes held on the McFarlin-Ingersoll Ranch near Inola, Okla.

“Nick” is a white, orange, and ticked six-year-old pointer male. He is a littermate to National Champion Whippoorwill Justified, from the Whippoorwill Wild Agin — Sparkles knick that was bred by Bob Walthall.

Nick will be handled by Allen Vincent for his Oklahoma owners Bob Gum and Lee R. West.

The knick between Whippoorwill Wild Agin and Sparkles has surpassed “famous” and is now in the realm of “legendary”. Nick is one of the seven  contestants which this mating has produced, and he will be running this year against his brothers Whippoorwill Justified, Whippoorwill Mayhem, and Skyfall. More about this breeding will be summarized under the profile of Whippoorwill Justified.

 

Coldwater Thunder will be competing at Ames for the third year. In “Lulu’s” past two runs, she performed admirably, completing the three hours each time.

This white, liver, and ticked pointer bitch has re-qualified for this year with a runner-up at the United States Open Quail Championship and a third place at the Hobart Ames Memorial Open All-Age Classic.

Lulu will turn five years old at the first of the trial. Her sire is Coldwater Warrior, and her dam, Thunder Bess, is a sister of Thunder Snowy which was a previous contestant here for Lulu’s Mississippi co-owner Doug Arthur (with Rachel Blackwell as the other co-owner). She was bred by Gary McKibben. Lulu will be handled again this year by Steve Hurdle.

Coldwater Thunder’s sire, Coldwater Warrior, competed here six times. His sire, Whippoorwill War Dance, competed here three times, and War Dance’s sire, National Champion Whippoorwill Wild Agin, competed five times, winning in his third year in 2008. Lulu’s dam, Thunder Bess, was by National Champion Lester’s Snowatch.

 

Cole Train will be just shy of seven years old for his fourth visit here. He is still yet to finish a three-hour run, but he has never gone without finding birds.

Cole re-qualified with a second place at the Kentucky Lake Open All-Age, and he has three previous championship wins on his record: the Missouri, the Kentucky, and the International Pheasant Championships.

The white, black, and ticked son of Lance’s Last Knight was bred by Ray Hamilton out of his Quinton’s Pretty Baby. Cole is owned by Dr. Fred Corder of Corinth, Miss. His handler this year will be Randy Downs.

Cole’s sire, Lance’s Last Knight, is a son of Erin’s Bad River and there are numerous other relatives from this line competing this year. His half-brother, Touch’s White Knight, will join him with three nephews (all sons of House’s Ring of Fire) — Touch’s Gallatin Fire, Touch’s Spaceman, and Touch’s Mega Mike.

Cole also has a coterie of close cousins in this year’s competition, all with Erin in their names, and also grandsons of Erin’s Bad River.

Cole’s dam, Quintin’s Pretty Baby, was the product of a half-brother/sister mating, both sharing the same dam, Quintin’s Rambling Kate, she was a mother-daughter descendant of Nell’s Rambling On.

 

Daniels Creek Whitehawk will be making his third appearance as a contestant and perhaps it will be “the charm”, for he has had hard luck in his two previous years. Last year (2018) he did not get to run due to an injury and his first year here he was picked up early after three unproductive points. He is nevertheless an accomplished chukar champion having won the Cascade Open, the Northwest, and the California Chukar Championship (twice). He has re-qualified for this year with a runner-up at the Northwest Chukar Championship.

“Rich” is a white, black, and ticked nine-year-old son of Rock Acre Blackhawk out of Brown’s Northern Light, with Frances Brown as breeder. Rich will again be handled by the Canadian Travis Gellhaus for his owner Terry Reinke of Longmont, Colo.

Rich’s dam, Brown’s Northern Light, was by Island Grove Brute out of Erin’s Rockin Robin who you might also remember as the dam of Erin’s Bad River. So plenty of cousins in this year’s competition from his maternal side.

His sire, Rock Acre Blackhawk, should now be familiar as he has produced nine contestants. Most of his paternal cousins are now a generation or more removed, but there are plenty here this year, too. Strut Nation is a nephew of Daniels Creek Whitehawk, and several of the Westfall named dogs are grand-nephews.

 

Dominator’s Rebel Heir will be qualified for the fourth year, but only the third year for him to run since the first year he qualified as a Derby and was held back. In his two previous runs he has finished the three hours with three or more finds.

Reb has four placements this year that will re-qualify him: seconds at the Blackbelt (Ala.) Classic, the Lynn Taylor (Carroll County) Classic, and the Kentucky Quail Classic, and a third at the Dixie Classic.

Georgia owner Jim Hamilton’s Dominator’s Rebel Heir is a five-year-old white, liver, and ticked pointer. He was bred by his handler, Jamie Daniels, and is by Rivertons Funseek’n Scooter out of Pearl Again. Reb has an impressive five championships on his past scorecard: the Continental, the Florida, the Missouri, and the Masters Quail Championship twice.

Reb’s dam, Pearl Again, was a daughter of Elhew Sinbad out of Cuivre River Daisy, she a daughter of Double Rebel Sonny and Swingabout; she goes back to the late John Criswell’s Swingalong bitch and back further up this line is John Gates’ Sugarplum.

Reb’s sire, Rivertons Funseek’n Scooter, was a son of the 2007 National Champion Funseeker’s Rebel.

 

Dunn’s Tried’N True returns this year with re-qualifying wins at two championships, the Southwestern and the National Free For-all-Championships (his ninth and tenth championship wins), a runner-up at the International Pheasant Championship, three first placements at the Kentucky Quail Classic, the Bill Andrews Open All-Age (Central Carolina), and the Sunshine FTC (Florida) Open All-Age, and a second place at the Dixie Classic.

It may seem that he’s been busy, but this is the norm for “Jack”, one of the most consistent winners on the circuit. This will be his fifth year to run for the National Championship and he has finished the three hours twice before.

Jack is a six-year-old white, orange, and ticked pointer male who was bred by Chris George. He is by the 2015 National Champion Miller’s Dialing In out of White Royal Pain. Jack is owned by Kentuckians Will and Rita Dunn and is handled by Luke Eisenhart.

For several past years, Jack has been the youngest of a three generation trio to compete here. His grandfather, Miller’s Happy Jack, has now retired, but his father, Miller’s Dialing In, will compete again this year. Please refer to Miller’s Dialing In’s profile for the paternal side of Jack’s breeding. Jack’s dam, White Royal Pain, was by South’s Late Night (a son of Miller’s White Powder) out of Henley’s Becky Lynn (a daughter of the 2004 National Champion Miller’s On Line). Both Miller’s On Line and Miller’s Happy Jack were contestants here for a near record nine years.

 

Erin’s Full Throttle has re-qualified for this year with two championship wins, the Kentucky Open and the North Carolina Quail Championships, and a runner-up at the Tar Heel Open Championship. “Dan” will turn eight years old during the competition. This is his third year to run here, and returns after an absence of two years. He was picked up early on his previous runs. Dan was bred by Sean Derrig and is by Erin’s Stoney River out of Erin’s Pretty Penny. Lefty Henry will be the handler for owner John Ivester.

Erin’s Full Throttle is one of seven grandsons of Erin’s Bad River that are contestants this year, and there are three further great-grandsons competing, too. Hall of Fame member Erin’s Bad River was the product of a brother/sister mating, by Erin’s Southern Pride out of Erin’s Rockin Robin, and their sire was the Hall of Fame member Erin’s Southern Justice. Dan’s dam, Erin’s Pretty Penny, has a pedigree full of grand, and great-grand children of Erin’s Southern Justice, too.

 

Erin’s Hidden Shamrock. A great many setter aficionados were disappointed last year when Erin’s Hidden Shamrock was withdrawn as a contestant due to an injury, but he re-qualified with a runner-up at the Southland Championship. This will be his third year to qualify and his second year to run here. Now seven years old, “Jack” has two championships and four runner-ups on his scorecard. He is owned, was bred by, and will be handled by Sean Derrig. This white, black, tan, and ticked setter dog is by Ridge Creek Cody out of Erin’s Skydancer.

A setter’s breeding is perhaps confusing to most of the pointer guys. Perhaps it is best to say that Jack’s four great-grandfathers are Wrong Way, Houston, Tekoa Mountain Patriot, and Havelock Blacksmith and leave it at that. It is an interesting combination that at least the setter guys will understand.

 

Erin’s Longmire returns this year with a second place at the Broomhill Open All-Age (Iron Nation) trial to re-qualify. This will be “Chip’s” second year to run. Last year he was picked up early after a little more than an hour’s run with not enough birds.

Chip is a six-year-old white, orange, and ticked pointer male who was bred by Sean Derrig. He is by Erin’s Whiskey River out of Erin’s Wild Rose. Chip is owned by Brad Calkins of Centennial, Colo., and will be handled by Robin Gates. He has one championship win, the Manitoba Championship, and one runner-up, the Dominion Chicken Championship, to his credits.

The contestants Erin’s Longmire and Erin’s Redrum are littermate brothers. Their dam, Erin’s Wild Rose, was a daughter of Elhew Sinbad out of

Wiggins River Duece. Erin’s Wild Rose has achieved the rare status as the dam of three National Championship contestants. Her third contestant, Erin’s Braveheart, was produced when she was bred to Erin’s Bad River, and Braveheart is the sire of another contestant this year, Westfall’s True Grit.

Chip’s sire, Erin’s Whiskey River, was a notable veteran contestant of recent years past. He ran here eight times. Erin’s Whiskey River was a son of Erin’s Bad River, so refer back up to the profile for Erin’s Full Throttle if you have already forgotten about him.

 

Erin’s Muddy River has re-qualified by winning the Dominion Chicken Championship for the second time, the first back in 2013. Most of “Pete’s” big wins have been on the prairies; he’s also won the Manitoba Championship and won a runner-up at the Saskat-chewan Chicken Championship. He will turn eight years old during the competition, which will be his fourth year.

Bred by Sean Derrig, Pete is by Erin’s Stoney River out of Thoman’s Miss Annie. The white, orange, and ticked pointer male will be handled by Robin Gates for his owner Tommy Hamilton of Springfield, Ky.

Pete is a half-brother to Erin’s Full Throttle. Both are sired by Erin’s Stoney River, a son of Erin’s Bad River out of Mohawk Mill Shamrock. She, too, was a daughter of Erin’s Southern Justice. Pete’s dam, Thoman’s Miss Annie, is a grand-daughter of Miller’s Silver Bullett so his breeding would be considered an outcross from the Erin’s line. [See more about Erin’s Muddy River in the above profile for Erin’s Full Throttle if your memory is failing].

Erin’s Redrum has re-qualified winning the All-America Prairie and the National Pheasant Championships this season. This will be his third year to run here. Last year he made a commendable attempt, finishing the three hours with three finds and two backs. He won the 2018 Continental Championship and runner-up in the Georgia Open Championship.

This white, orange, and ticked pointer male was bred by, and is owned by, and will be handled by Sean Derrig. “Rex” is by Erin’s Whiskey River out of Erin’s Wild Rose.

There isn’t much more to say here, except Erin’s Redrum shares the name of one of Ireland’s greatest steeplechase winners, Red Rum. Erin’s Redrum is a littermate to Erin’s Longmire (and is a grandson of Erin’s Bad River) so refer to the above profiles if you suffer from amnesia.

 

Erin’s Wild Justice has re-qualified with three championship wins this season: the United States Open Quail Championship, the Tar Heel Open Championship, and the Quail Championship Invitational. And if you have been counting, that makes his tally of nine championships so far.

“Dan” will be running for the elusive National Championship title for the fourth year after a year’s absence and has yet to finish three hours in any of his previous years. Erin’s Wild Justice is a seven-year-old white, liver, and ticked pointer dog. He was bred by Mike Moses and is by Whippoorwill Wild Agin out of Sparrowhawk. Dan is owned by Tennessean Allen Linder and will be handled by Luke Eisenhart.

Erin’s Wild Justice has several close cousins in this year’s competition, but those cousins don’t have Erin’s . . . names. So in addition to all the relatives on his father’s (Whippoorwill Wild Agin’s) side, Dan’s dam, Sparrowhawk, is from the famous knick of Rock Acre Blackhawk and Elhew Katie Lee that produced so many shooting dog champions including Westfall’s Black Ice, he the sire of three of this year’s contestants yet to be discussed: Westfall’s Black Ace, Westfall’s Black Thunder, and Westfall’s River Ice.

Game Bo, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, is one of the survivor dogs from the tragic fire on June 11, 2012 at Randy Downs’ kennels. Bo was just a pup then but he still has the scars if you look closely. This liver and white pointer male is owned and was bred by Dr. Fred Corder. He will be running for his second year having recently re-qualified with a third place at the Prairie Open All-Age. Last year he was picked up at 1:45 with only one find. This seven-year-old was sired by Rock Acre Rambo out of Regret C. Bo will be handled by Weldon Bennett.

Bo’s sire, Rock Acre Rambo, was one of Dr. Corder’s dogs who died in the tragic fire that also took Dr. Corder’s Hall of Fame dog Game Maker. Rock Acre Rambo was by Rock Acre Playmaker out of Miss Elhew Chillpill (by Rock Acre Blackhawk out of Elhew Katie Lee). Bo’s dam, Regret C, was also bred by Dr. Corder. She was by Amarige (another of Dr. Corder’s past contestants who ran for three years here) out of Silver Susie.

 

Game Wardon, Dr. Fred Corder’s newest home-bred contestant, qualified as a Derby, winning the Continental Derby and All-America Derby Championships This white, liver, and ticked pointer dog is just shy of three years old. He is by Caladen’s Rail Hawk out of Game Creek. “Bill” will be handled by Luke Eisenhart.

Caladen’s Rail Hawk is a son of Rock Acre Blackhawk and was a four time contestant here for Dr. Corder. Game Creek is by Decision Maker out of String and Lace (a daughter of Touch’s Hardtack). Decision Maker is a son of Dr. Corder’s other notable past contestant, Game Maker, which competed in the Grand Junction Classic seven years.

 

Hendrix’s Signature was born and bred, raised and handled by amateur Burke Hendrix. “Bud” will be making his rookie year appearance. First appearing on the major circuit radar back in 2015 with a runner-up at the National Pheasant Championship as a Derby, he got his first qualifying win at the Southwestern Championship in 2016. Bud’s second qualifying win was a first place at this past fall’s Tootsie Hurdle Open All-Age. He is now five years old. This white, liver, and ticked pointer dog was sired by Game Strut out of Hendrix’s Outlier.

Both of Bud’s parents have been previous contestants of the National Championship. Game Strut was by Strut out of Pineknoll’s Pepper; he ran here two years. Hendrix’s Outlier ran just one year here; she was by Whippoorwill War Dance out of Hendrix’s Sassy Tide. Bud is the fifth dog that the Hendrixs have qualified to run at the National Championship.

 

Lester’s Georgia Time, four-year-old pointer male, is the most recent contestant for veteran handler Robin Gates. “Joe” will be making his rookie year appearance. He has qualified by winning last year’s Florida Championship and this past summer’s Manitoba Championship. Joe is white, orange, and ticked, and is by Ransom out of Ronnie Beane’s Beane’s Line Dancer. Joe is owned by Baker Hubbard and Jim Clark.

Joe’s sire Ransom was from the first litter of the Whippoorwill Wild Agin — Sparkles knick. Beane’s Line Dancer is a daughter of House’s Line Up out of Burrow’s Sinbad Lady (by Elhew Sinbad out of Waubeek Rose). Joe is a half-brother of two time National Champion Lester’s Sunny Hill Jo, and a nephew to National Champion Whippoorwill Justified.

 

Lester’s Jazz Man is returning for his fifth year. Lester’s Jazz Man has a credible past record at the Ames Plantation. He has completed the three hours twice, has run more than two hours the other years, and has never gone birdless. Perhaps his best past performance was in 2017 with eight finds. “Sam” has re-qualified this year with a runner-up at the All-America Quail Championship. This seven-year-old white, orange, and ticked pointer male is owned by Oklahoman Dan Hensley. He was bred by W. M. Harkins and is by National Champion Lester’s Snowatch out of High Point Jesse. Sam will be handled by Randy Anderson.

Sam’s sire, Lester’s Snowatch, was the 2009 National Champion. There are nine contestants this year who are sons of former National Champions. There are four by Whippoorwill Wild Agin (including National Champion Whippoorwill Justified), one by Lester’s Snowatch, one by Touch’s Whiteout (who was by Lester’s Snowatch), one by Funseeker’s Rebel, and two by Miller’s Dialing In. Sam’s dam, High Point Jesse, is by Miller’s White Powder out of Native Missy, who was a daughter of Miller’s Silver Bullett.

 

Lester’s Sunny Hill Jo’s past performances here should be familiar. He has run twice and won twice. He has also won the Southeastern, Alabama, and National Free-for-All Championships. Jo is a six-year-old white, orange, and ticked pointer male. He is by Ransom out of Miller’s White Wall, and was bred by Chris George. Gary Lester will handle Jo, and he co-owns him with David Thompson.

No other three time winner of the National Championship has won in three consecutive years, so we will all hold our collective breath for such a new record this year. Jo’s sire, Ransom, was the sire of two other contestants this year, Lester’s Georgia Time and Whippoorwill Foto Op, and so far is the most notable stud to come from the Whippoorwill Wild Agin — Sparkles knick. Jo’s dam, Miller’s White Wall, is by Lester’s Snowatch out of L G White Lily (a sister of Phillips Silver Star, the dam of another National Champion, Miller’s Dialing In).

 

Miller’s Dialing In is the second most veteran in this year’s field of contestants. “Spec” is returning for the sixth time. This year with new owners, Sean and Deb Hauser of Iowa, and a new handler, Luke Eisenhart. He was only lightly campaigned this past season and a second place at the Bill Andrews (Central Carolina) Open All-Age was just enough to re-qualify him. In his past runs here he has finished the three hours twice, winning in 2015. This eight-year-old white, orange, and ticked pointer dog was bred by Nathan Phillips and formerly campaigned by Gary Lester. He is by Miller’s Happy Jack out of Phillips Silver Star.

Spec’s dam, Phillips Silver Star, (and her sister L G White Lily) is by White Powder Pete out of Hawk’s Silver Sue. His sire was Miller’s Happy Jack.

Miller’s Dialing In’s record shows five past championships: National Derby, All-America Quail, the Kentucky, the Southern, and the National Championship. He is a runner-up champion an additional six times which includes the Continental and the Florida.

 

Miller’s Speed Dial, Gary Lester’s rookie contestant, is also called Joe, but this time with an “e” (wonder how the dogs know the difference?). Miller’s Speed Dial is a three-year-old white and orange pointer dog who was bred by Wallace Sessions. He is by Miller’s Dialing In out of Old Road Lou.

Joe has qualified by winning the American Derby Invitational and the Kentucky Lake Open All-Age. He will be handled by his owner.

Miller’s Dialing In should be familiar to the reader, he was after all the previous profile. Old Road Lou is by Old Road Cody (a son of Easy Button) out of Joe Shadow’s Dixie (by Joe Shadow out of Clardy’s Suzanne).

Oakspring Big Time Warrior is returning for the fourth time and many will remember his nine find performance of last year. “Fred” has re-qualified this year with a runner-up at the Mid-America Championship and a third place at the D. E. Hawthorne Border Classic. Fred is a six-year-old white, orange and ticked pointer dog who is owned by Jeff Miller. He was bred by his handler, Allen Vincent, and is by Oakspring Big Time out of Barshoe Eclectic.

Fred’s sire, Oakspring Big Time, was from the first litter of the Whippoorwill Wild Agin — Sparkles matings. He died young. Fred’s dam, Barshoe Eclectic, has a pedigree that is eclectic, too. She is by Heyu Two Pete, a former contestant for Allen Vincent that ran here four times. He was by Erin’s Southern Justice. Barshoe Eclectic’s dam was Barshoe Epiphany, a daughter of Barshoe Hard Twist (from the Evolution lineage, a grandson of Redemption’s Reward) out of Barshoe Belligerent who was out of the notable producer Barshoe Fly.

 

Phillips Field Line returns for his second attempt at this title having re-qualified with a third place at the Cecil Proctor Open All-Age last spring. He had a hard time in his first year and was picked up early after two unproductives and an armadillo. “Jim” is a seven-year-old white, orange, and ticked pointer dog who was bred by Nathan Phillips. Jim is by R W Scarface out of Phillips Southern Star. He will be handled by Randy Anderson for his owner Don Stroble of Mechanicsburg, Pa.

Jim has relatives in this competition which may not be as obvious as the others. His sire, R W Scarface, is a brother of Wiggins River Duece, the dam of Erin’s Wild Rose (see Erin’s Longmire and Erin’s Redrum). They were by Wind N Rain who was from the Miller’s Silver Bullett — Wiggins Twist N Shout knick. Jim’s dam, Phillips Southern Star, was a daughter of Phillips Silver Star, the dam of National Champion Miller’s Dialing In (see also the profile for Lester’s Sunny Hill Jo).

 

Quickmarksman’s Tom Tekoa will return for his second run this year. Last year he was lost taking the right edge of the morning course breakaway which is always a tricky proposition. He has re-qualified for this year with a second place at the North Carolina Open All-Age. He was campaigned sparingly, only running in about a half a dozen trials this season. Tom was bred by his owner, Larry Earls of Blacksburg, S. C., and is by Quickmarksman’s Tekoa out of Quickmarksman’s Sue. Tom is a stout little white, orange, and ticked setter dog who is seven years old. He will be handled by Mike Hester who was instrumental in his training and field trial career.

Tom Tekoa was a home-bred dog, as were his parents. Larry told an interesting story about the beginning of his kennel which bears repeating again this year. The dog that started it all for him was a son of Tekoa Mountain Sunrise who didn’t have a tail. A vet had mistaken the litter of puppies for a litter of brittanys and had docked their tails. Larry was offered one of these pups for a hunting dog back then, and now Tom is his hunting dog several generations later.

 

S F Bandwagon has qualified for his rookie year with a win of the Western Open Championship this year, and his previous qualifying win was at the 2016 Heartland Open All-Age (he was runner-up at the Western Open Championship that same year). “Joe” was bred by David Uphoff and is by the 2007 National Champion Funseeker’s Rebel out of Deep Creek Rose. He will turn six years old during the competition. Joe is a white and orange pointer dog owned by Larry Smith who often handles him in both amateur and open competition, but for this year’s National he will be handled by Larry Huffman.

As a direct son of National Champion Funseeker’s Rebel, Joe would be an uncle to the two other Rebel bred contestants, True Confidence and Dominator’s Rebel Heir. Joe’s dam, Deep Creek Rose, is by Elhew Fibber McGee out of Elhew Americus, she a daughter of Deep Creek Kate. This mother-daughter line from the heart of Elhew Kennels comes down from Spunky Creek Amazon.

Shadow’s Next Exit has re-qualified with two runners-up at the Masters Open Quail and the Saskatchewan Open Chicken Championships. All of “Pat’s” qualifying placements have been at championships and he is now a three time champion, three time runner-up. Pat gets his “Shadow’s” name from his home, owner Butch Houston’s Shadow Oak Plantation. This five-year-old white, orange, and ticked pointer dog will be making his third appearance at the National Championship. Pat is by Exit Lane out of Weber’s Little Snowball, and was bred by Jason Loper — Osceola Kennels. Robin Gates will be handling Pat.

Pat’s sire, Exit Lane, is by Exit Wound (a son of the 2005 National Champion Cypress Gunpowder) out of Time Line Lane who was by Miller’s Date Line out of True Freedom Lane (a daughter of Miller’s White Powder). Pat’s dam, Weber’s Little Snowball, is by Weber’s Little Bullet (a brother of Wind N Rain, see the profile for Phillips Field Line for the relationship here) out of Bentley’s Snowy Bess who was a daughter of Lester’s Snowatch.

 

Skyfall is the handsome white and liver pointer dog from the Whippoorwill Wild Agin — Sparkles clan that is owned by their breeder Bob Walthall, with Thorpe McKenzie. “Pete” is seven years old and has re-qualified to run for his fifth time with a second place at the Hell Creek (Miss.) Open All-Age. Pete has won one past championship, the Alabama, and has an additional three runners-up to his credit.

Pete has three brothers in this year’s field of contestants, Barshoe Five’N Dimer, Whippoorwill Justified, and Whippoorwill Mayhem. All of the complete information about this breeding will be given under Whippoorwill Justified’s profile.

 

Sleepless In Sacramento has re-qualified this year winning three championships, the California Pheasant, the California Chukar, and the California Bird Dog Championships. This will be her fourth year to qualify, but only her third year to run (she qualified as a Derby and deferred that year). She is only five years old and now has six championship wins. This white and orange pointer bitch is owned by her breeders Jim and Cami Wolthuis of Sacramento, Cal. She is by I B Ironhorse out of Super Express Nash Begone. “Meg” will be handled by Sheldon Twer.

Meg is one of the two contestants who have won three championships in this past season; the other is Erin’s Wild Justice. Meg’s sire, I B Ironhorse, is by Wells Fargo First Dude (by Kelly’s Laser Eye ex Cache Creek Julia) out of Wells Fargo Mollie (by Pinehill Doc’s Trouble ex I B Abbigale). Kelly’s Laser Eye is by Yastrzemski out of I B Bean, and this sire line traces back to Paladin’s Royal Flush. Pinehill Doc’s Trouble traces back to Tiny Wahoo. Meg’s dam, Super Express Nash Begone, is by Super Express William out of Amazon Express Bullett. Super Express William was a former contestant here, and his lineage comes down from Elhew Mr. McGoo. Amazon Express Bullett was by Miller’s Silver Bullett out of Super Express Samantha, who was a great-granddaughter of Gwinn’s Little Gal. This mother-daughter line tracks back to the immortal Brenda Breeze.

 

Stardust Chaz re-qualified this year with a first place at the Sunflower Open All-Age Classic. He is the most senior setter contestant and is returning for his fifth year. He has completed a three hour run here in the past, but was lost last year. Chaz is a white, orange, and ticked setter dog who is now nine years old. He was bred by one of his owners, Scott Kermicle, and is by Wild Wing Warrior out of Stardust Coco. His other owners are John Sayre and Bob and Sarina Craig. Steve Hurdle will be handling Chaz.

When looking at the pedigrees of Chaz and Quickmarksman’s Tom Tekoa there is a remarkable similarity to be found even though they have no shared parents or grandparents. Both ultimately go back to Tekoa Mountain Sunrise, but they do so from lesser known descendants who were essentially bred to be hunting dogs. Chaz’s sire, Wild Wing Warrior, is by Covey Rise King (by Panovski’s Billy Boy, a 2x great-grandson of Tekoa Mountain Sunrise ex Stardust Baby, a daughter of Havelock Blacksmith) out of Nicky Stardust (by Long Ridge Dusty ex Wendy Stardust, both sired by Stardust Nick who was a grandson of Tekoa Mountain Sunrise). Chaz’s dam, Stardust Coco, is by Angie’s Dogwood Doc (by Diamond’s Tricky Dick, a great-grandson of Tekoa Mountain Sunrise ex Tricky Dick Beauty) out of Grouse Point Sport (by Mountain Sundrop, a grandson of Tekoa Mountain Sunrise ex Grouse Star Patches).

 

Strut Nation has re-qualified by winning the recent Georgia Quail Championship and this will be his third year to run at Ames Plantation.

“Jake” is the only dog to have qualified for both the National Championship and the National Open Shooting Dog Championship, and he will run in both if the drawing schedules permit. He is a white and orange pointer dog who is just a few days shy of five years old. He is by Game Strut out of High Value Special, and was bred by Tommy Davis. Jake will be handled by his amateur owner Scott Jordan of Minnesota.

Strut Nation’s records show him as a versatile competitor. He has won on the prairies at the United States Chicken — Northern States Championship and has won the sister Northern States Amateur Chicken Championship twice. He has won both the Georgia Derby Championship and the Georgia Quail Championship.

 

Touch’s Adams County is this year’s most veteran contestant. He returns for the seventh time, having re-qualified with a runner-up at the Manitoba Championship. “Bo” has completed the three hours twice before. This white, lemon, and ticked pointer dog will be a few days short of ten years old when he runs this year.

Bo was sired by House’s Line Up and is out of Line Of Beck. He was bred by T. Mason Ashburn, is owned by Ric Peterson, and will be handled by Randy Anderson.

Bo’s sire, House’s Line Up, is a son of Miller’s Date Line, a grandson of Miller’s White Powder, and a great-grandson of Miller’s Silver Bullett, which is the anointed lineage of the Miller’s . . . blue bloods. Bo’s dam, Line of Beck, is a daughter of Cherokee Gunfire out of a grand-daughter of Cherokee Gunfire. Bo’s record now stands at five championship wins with four runners-up.

 

Touch’s Blackout had six placements in the qualifying trials this season including a win at the Mid-America Championship. This will be his first year to run for this title. “Duke” is a six-year-old white, orange, and ticked pointer dog. He was sired by the 2011 National Champion Touch’s White Out out of B C Angelina, and was bred by Gary Baird. Duke is owned by Arizonan Ric Peterson and will be handled by Randy Anderson.

Duke’s sire, Touch’s White Out (a son of National Champion Lester’s Snowatch), died young and produced very few litters. Touch’s Blackout is the first of his offspring to run here, and may perhaps be the only one to do so. Duke’s dam, B C Angelina, was also a daughter of Lester’s Snowatch out of Beaucoup’s Daisy. Duke is closely related to two other contestants, the littermates Touch’s Spaceman and Touch’s Gallatin Fire whose dam was a daughter of Touch’s White Out.

 

Touch’s Gallatin Fire qualified as a Derby, winning the Georgia Derby Championship and the American Derby Invitational with Ike Todd handling him. In this season, his first as an all-age dog, he took a first place at the North Dakota Open All-Age Classic and recently was runner-up at the Georgia Quail Championship.

“Bob” is a three-year-old white, orange, and ticked pointer dog who was bred by Keith Wright. He is by House’s Ring Of Fire out of Touch’s Sandy. Bob is owned by Alex Rickert of Bozeman, Mont., and will be handled by Mark McLean.

Since Touch’s Gallatin Fire and Touch’s Spaceman are littermates, their breeding details will be given under Touch’s Spaceman’s profile. A sideline here would be to point out the remarkable success that Ike Todd has had in his puppy/Derby program. This year he has qualified two for the National Championship, Game Wardon and Touch’s Gallatin Fire, and last year he qualified Touch’s Mega Mike as a Derby, too.

 

Touch’s Game Point, eight-year-old white and orange pointer male owned by Tony Gibson of Union Springs, Ala., and Dr. Reuben Richardson of Montgomery, Ala., passed away suddenly on January 18, 2019. He will be missed.

 

Touch’s Mega Mike returns for his second year by winning the Blackbelt (Ala.) Open All-Age Classic and the Masters Open Quail Championship. His first year here was disappointing as he had to run in abysmal weather and was picked up early. Mike is a four-year-old white, orange, and ticked pointer dog owned by Eddie Sholar and Ted Dennard. He was bred by Keith Wright. Mike is by House’s Ring Of Fire out of Touch’s Blaylock Bess. He will be handled by Mark McLean.

Touch’s Mega Mike was last year’s winner of the Joe Hurdle Award and the Purina Top All-Age Dog Award.

He is one of the few dogs to have ever won that Purina Award without having won any of the bonus points trials.

Mike’s sire, House’s Ring Of Fire, ran two years at the National Championship prior to an injury which retired him to Keith Wright’s kitchen floor. House’s Ring Of Fire’s sire, Lance’s Last Knight, has so far been the most successful sire of any of the sons of Erin’s Bad River as he has sired five contestants here (including Cole Train and Touch’s White Knight who are contestants this year). Mike’s dam, Touch’s Blaylock Bess, is a daughter of Whippoorwill War Dance out of Whippoorwill G M A, who was a daughter of Game Maker. This mother-daughter line goes back to Bar Lane Dot.

 

Touch’s Spaceman qualified to run by winning the first two trials which he ran in as a first year all-age dog this past summer, the Broomhill (Iron Nation) Open All-Age and the Border International Chicken Championship. “Patch” is a three-year-old white, orange, and ticked pointer dog who is owned by Matt Griffith of Edmond, Okla., and will be handled by Randy Anderson. Patch is by House’s Ring Of Fire out of Touch’s Sandy and was bred by Keith Wright.

House’s Ring Of Fire, the sire of the littermates Touch’s Spaceman and Touch’s Gallatin Fire, was discussed above in the profile of their half-brother Touch’s Mega Mike. Perhaps Mike is a little more than a half-brother. Touch’s Sandy is by Touch’s White Out out of Touch’s Whippoorwill Road and she is a sister of Touch’s Blaylock Bess, the dam of Touch’s Mega Mike. Touch’s Spaceman was named for a song by the Dave Matthews Band, a favorite of Keith Wright and Ike Todd who were responsible for his upbringing.

 

Touch’s White Knight is a seven-year-old white, orange, and ticked  pointer dog that has re-qualified for his fourth year’s run with a first place at last spring’s Dixie Open All-Age Classic. His 2017 performance here was a memorable heartbreak when they asked for the retrieval unit at 2:58 after he had six finds. “Bo” is by Lance’s Last Knight out of Prairieland Lucy and was bred by Dwight Grace. He is owned by Eddie and Carole Sholar of Leesburg, Ga., and will be handled by Mark McLean. Bo is a four time champion and three time runner-up champion.

Bo is a half-brother to Cole Train, sharing the same sire, Lance’s Last Knight, and more about him can be found under the profiles for Touch’s Mega Mike and Cole Train. Bo’s dam, Prairieland Lucy, was a daughter of the 2001 National Champion Law’s High Noon out of Shelly Rae who was a daughter of Black Crude.

 

True Confidence has re-qualified to run for his fourth year and he has finished a three-hour run once before. “Bob” was the winner of the United States Chicken — Northern States Championship this past summer and has since garnered two runners-up, at the Southwestern Championship and the Quail Championship Invitational. Bob is a nine-year-old white and orange pointer dog who was bred by Robert J. Saari. He is by Two Acre Bulldog out of Bar P Annex. He will be handled by Luke Eisenhart for his owners Frank and Jean LaNasa of Minnesota.

Bob’s sire, Two Acre Bulldog, was by the 2007 National Champion Funseeker’s Rebel out of Rester’s Tiny Dancer. Bob’s dam, Bar P Annex, was by Bar P Shadow (a son of Shadow’s Mark) out of Bar P Xena (a daughter of Front N’Center). Bob is now a three time champion and six time runner-up.

 

T’s Nickleback has qualified for his rookie year at Ames by twice winning the Northwest Chukar Championship under his previous owner Talmage Smedley. He now resides in Texas with new owners Bruce Sooter and Steve Burns.

“Nick” is a six-year-old white, orange, and ticked setter dog who was bred by Richard Robertson. He is by Rapidan out of T’s Skyline Angel. He will be handled by Allen Vincent.

Nick’s sire, Rapidan, was a National Championship contestant back in 2015. Rapidan is by Stone Tavern Matrix out of Made In America. Nick’s dam, T’s Skyline Angel, is by Tekoa Mountain Outrage out of T’s Tango who was a daughter of T’s Gunrunner who was another former contestant and a son of Tekoa Mountain Sunrise.

 

Westfall’s Black Ace had four placements in the qualifying trials this past season. His second qualifying win came at the Heartland Open All-Age, a trial which he had also won the year before. Ace is an eight-year-old white, black, and ticked pointer dog who was bred by his owner William P. Westfall. Ace is by Westfall’s Black Ice out of Black Bama. He will be handled by Andy Daugherty.

It is interesting that Ace’s sire, Westfall’s Black Ice, and his grand-sire, Rock Acre Blackhawk, were both champions in the shooting dog circuit. Ace will be joined in this year’s competition by two of his half siblings, Westfall’s Black Thunder and Westfall’s River Ice. Ace’s dam, Black Bama, is by Easy Button out of Super Skirt.

 

Westfall’s Black Thunder is a rookie contestant who has qualified with two championship wins this season, at the Saskatchewan Open Chicken Championship and the Southland Open Championship. “Hawk” had his first qualifying win back in 2016 at the Kansas Prairie Open All-Age.

Westfall’s Black Thunder is from the first breeding of Westfall’s Black Ice and Westfall’s Quick Gold made by his owner Bill Westfall. Andy Daugherty will be handling this six-year-old white, black, and ticked pointer dog.

Westfall’s Black Ice was from the Rock Acre Blackhawk — Elhew Katie Lee knick that produced so many shooting dog champions and so far he has proven to be the best stud of that lot. Westfall’s Quick Gold is from a combination of Elhew and Fiddler ancestors. She is by Mount Nebo’s Lefty (by Rock N Roller out of Absolute Charm) and out of I B Fancy (by Highview Buddy out of I B Lonestar). A little further look at this pedigree shows that Rock N Roller was a son of Elhew Damascus, Highview Buddy was a son of Fiddlin Rocky Boy, and

I B Lonestar was by I B Fiddler out of My Judy’s Damascus (a daughter of Elhew Damascus). This makes her breeding somewhat close to the Fiddler ancestors of Rock Acre Blackhawk.

 

Westfall’s River Ice has re-qualified for his second year’s run with a first place at the Alberta Classic (Stoughton, Sask.) and second places at the Stillwater Open All-Age and the Inola Open All-Age. He was picked up early in his first run here last year. “Bud” is from the repeat breeding of Westfall’s Black Ice and Westfall’s Quick Gold which was made by his owner Bill Westfall of Liberty, Mo. This four-year-old white, black, and ticked pointer dog will be handled by Andy Daugherty.

It is interesting that the younger of these brothers (Westfall’s River Ice) was the first to qualify for the National Championship. Though the older sibling (Westfall’s Black Thunder) has a better scorecard, showing two championships and three runners-up. Westfall’s River Ice’s record shows just one championship, the Southland Open Championship last year.

 

Westfall’s True Grit was last year’s youngest contestant at Grand Junction and he was picked up early in his rookie year run. This year he has re-qualified by winning the Missouri Open Championship and the Missouri Open All-Age last spring, and he also took a runner-up at this past summer’s Border International Chicken Championship.

“Jack” is by Erin’s Braveheart out of Westfall’s Irish Bell, and was bred by his owner Ryan Westfall. Andy Daugherty will be handling this three time champion, three-year-old white, liver, and ticked pointer dog.

You may be excused if you don’t remember that Jack’s sire, Erin’s Braveheart, was mentioned in the profile for Erin’s Longmire, that was after all thirty or so profiles ago. Westfall’s Irish Bell is by Wiggins C C (by Wiggins River Crossing out of Wiggins Miss Maggie) out of River Ranch Belle (by Caladen’s Rail Hawk out of Caladen’s White Powder Rail). How she got an “Irish” name is a mystery.

Whippoorwill Foto Op has re-qualified for her fourth run with a second place at the Benton County (Miss.) Open All-Age. She has previously won the Mississippi and Alabama Championships.

“Jill” is a seven-year-old white, orange, and ticked pointer bitch. She was lost at the breakaway in her last year’s run. Jill is by Ransom out of Whippoorwill Wild Wing and was bred by Dr. Jack Huffman. She is handled by Larry Huffman for her owners Ken and Sue Blackman of Williston, Tenn.

[There are only three female contestants this year and all three are pointers. Two of these three are local gals and hail from Fayette County, Coldwater Thunder and Whippoorwill Foto Op. The details about Jill’s sire, Ransom, may be found in the profiles for Lester’s Sunny Hill Jo and Whippoorwill Justified. Jill’s dam, Whippoorwill Wild Wing, is a daughter of Rock Acre Blackhawk out of Wild Agin Sue, who was a sister of Whippoorwill Wild Agin from a repeat breeding.]

 

Whippoorwill Justified is the 2016 National Champion. He will return for his fourth run. He won in his first year’s run and finished the three hours last year with five finds.

“Patch” has six placements this past season; four are first places in the Lynn Taylor (Carroll County) Open All-Age Classic, the Buck-Tuck Open All-Age, the Benton County (Miss.) Open All-Age, and the Hobart Ames Memorial Open All-Age; two were runners-up at the Missouri and Mississippi Championships.

Patch is a six-year-old white, liver, and ticked pointer dog from the Whippoorwill Wild Agin — Sparkles knick bred by Bob Walthall. He is owned by Ronnie Spears of Jacksonville, Ark., and will be handled by Larry Huffman.

The Sparkles — Whippoorwill Wild Agin knick is one for the record books, but there are many records involved here.

This knick has produced eight all-age champions. They are: Whippoorwill Blue Blood, Whippoorwill Red Rage, Texas Wild Agin, and Ransom from the first litter; Skyfall and Dazzling from the second; Whippoorwill Justified from the third litter; Whippoorwill Mayhem from the fourth litter.

No other dam has come close to that.

Seven of them have been contestants here and that breaks the top dam’s record set by Wiggins Miss Sammie. And there may yet be more as Matt Cochran’s Whippoorwill Forever Wild won his first qualifying first place this year.

Whippoorwill Wild Agin and Whippoorwill Justified are the most recent father-son National Champions. It wasn’t that long ago that Lester’s Snowatch and Touch’s White Out had that distinction. Neither dogs is now living.

And all that is just for the first generation. In the second generation, we find a second National Champion, Lester’s Sunny Hill Jo, and three more qualified contestants, Lester’s Georgia Time, Whippoorwill Foto Op and Oakspring Big Time Warrior.

For the record, Whippoorwill Wild Agin is by Whippoorwill Wild Jack (by Whippoorwill Wild Card ex Bitter Delight) out of Whippoorwill Girl (by Bly Spy Master ex Silver Belle H). Sparkles is by Rock Acre Blackhawk (by Rock Acre Buckwheat ex Santo) out of Southern Sunflower (by Erin’s Southern Justice ex Elhew Sunflower).

Elhew Sunflower was one of the three Hall of Fame shooting dog daughters of the famous blue hen Hanna’s Elhew Lou.

Whippoorwill Mayhem  recently qualified with a first place win at the So-La-Tex Cajun Classic. “Mike’s” previous first place was back in 2016 when he won the American Derby Invitational Championship.

Mike is a five-year-old white, orange, and ticked pointer dog owned by Ric Peterson. He is another dog sired by Whippoorwill Wild Agin out of Sparkles, and bred by Bob Walthall.

Larry Huffman handles Whippoorwill Mayhem.

Mike will be running against his brothers Patch, Pete, and Nick.

More about these remarkable breedings is given under Patch’s (Whippoorwill Justified) profile.

Whippoorwill Wild Assault has qualified for his fourth year with two second places, at the Heartland Open All-Age and the Tootsie Hurdle Open All-Age, and a runner-up at the Southern Field Trial Championship. He has yet to complete a three-hour run here.

Whippoorwill Wild Assault is by Whippoorwill Wild Agin out of Boxwood Bang. Jim and Stephanie Bickers of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., are the owners of this eight-year-old white, orange, and ticked  pointer dog. Larry Huffman is “Salt’s” handler.

Salt’s dam, Boxwood Bang, is a daughter of Miller’s White Powder out of Holly Hunter, she by The Texas Air (aka Whippoorwill Pleasure) out of Good As Gold.

A final word about Salt’s sire, Whippoorwill Wild Agin. With this year’s field of contestants Whippoorwill Wild Agin moves up on the list of sires of the most National Championship contestants. Whippoorwill Wild Agin is now on record as the sire of thirteen contestants which places him in a tie for fourth place with Fast Delivery.

[Copyright © Stephen Bell]

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