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National Championship Contestants – 2020

By Stephen Bell | Feb 11, 2020

Here are the details about the dogs that as of January 27 have so far qualified to compete in the 2020 National Championship on Ames Plantation, Grand Junction, Tenn.

At the time of this writing, there is one trial still in progress, the Continental Championship, and one trial yet to run, the Alabama Open All-Age Championship.

Forty-three dogs have qualified to be nominated for the 2020 renewal, but not all will run, while another may be added. So this list may change.

I must acknowledge Amy Spencer and Mike Jordan without whose help this feature would not be possible.

Chinquapin Legacy. I sincerely apologize to his owners, Mr. E. L. Baker and John Baker, and handler, Slade Sikes.

“Paul” is a rookie contestant this year, having recently qualified by winning the Florida Open Championship. His earlier qualifying placement came this past fall with a first at the Sunshine (Florida) Club’s Open All-Age.

He was  runner-up at the Florida Championship before, back in 2018.

The four-year-old white and black pointer male is by Chinquapin Reward out of Hilltopper Solid Anne. Paul was bred by his owner, E. L. “Ted” Baker, one of his owners with John Baker, and is handled by Slade Sikes.

Both Paul’s sire and dam were sired by Solid Reward, a previous contestant at Ames that ran in four renewals.

Chinquapin Reward (sire) was a contestant in 2016 and 2017. Chinquapin Well Liz (dam) is by Chinquapin’s Bisco Bull out of Judy Shadow (by Flatwood Silver ex A Southern Lady).

Hilltopper Solid Anne’s dam, Alibi’s Penny, was by Pride’s Alibi (by Spy Hill Pride ex Fiddler’s Little Sun) out of Rayl’s Kate (by Tom Pace ex Pride’s Pretty Penny, she a daughter of Spy Hill Pride).

Coldwater Thunder. Returning for her fourth year, this white and liver pointer bitch has re-qualified with first places at the Sunflower Open All-Age and the Hobart Ames Memorial Open All-Age.

“Lulu” has completed her three hour runs for the past three years with considerable bird-finding skills. Now six years old, she was sired by Coldwater Warrior, a former contestant, and is out of Thunder Bess, the sister of the former contestant Thunder Snowy. She was bred by Gary McKibben.

Lulu has been owned by Doug Arthur since she was a puppy, and is now co-owned with Rachel Blackwell (daughter of Billy Blackwell, a former winner here, as an amateur, with Warhoot Rogue in 1996). She will be handled by Steve Hurdle.

Coldwater Thunder’s sire, Coldwater Warrior, was by Whippoorwill War Dance out of Coldwater Flirt. Another former contestant, Whippoorwill War Dance was by National Champion Whippoorwill Wild Agin out of Motif. The dam Motif also appears in another of this year’s contestant’s pedigrees, Valiant, and Whippoorwill War Dance appears in the pedigree of Touch’s Mega Mike. Lulu’s dam, Thunder Bess, is by National Champion Lester’s Snowatch out of Miller’s Go Rail (she gets her name from her owner Tony B. Miller. She was by Addition’s Go Boy out of Guard Rail’s Misty.

[There are simply too many shared relationships among the eighteen contestants which descend from Whippoorwill Wild Agin, thirteen contestants descended from Erin’s Bad River, and seven contestants which descend from Lester’s Snowatch to list all in these summaries.]

Dogwood Bill. The 2019 Continental Derby Champion is a rookie contestant that nearly qualified as a Derby, but taking the runner-up at the Georgia Derby. He completed his qualification with a first place at the Blackbelt Open All-Age this past fall, and garnered a second at the Bluegrass Quail Classic.

The white and orange pointer male has just turned three years old. His sire, True Confidence, is also a contestant this year.

Bill was bred by Clint Hutchison of Oakfield, Ga., and is out of Hutchinson’s Storm Chaser. He is owned by Dogwood Kennels (George and Cindy Watkins) of Boston, Ga., and will be handled by Jamie Daniels.

Dogwood Bill is from the “Rebel” family but since Dogwood Bill’s sire, True Confidence, is another contestant, refer to his profile for the details of his pedigree.

Bill’s dam, Hutchinson’s Storm Chaser, was sired by Lester’s Storm out of Fibber’s Elhew Oconee Bee. Lester’s Storm was by Lester’s Snowatch out of Miller’s Go Rail, making him a brother to Thunder Snowy and Thunder Bess (see the profile for Coldwater Thunder). Fibber’s Elhew Oconee Bee is a daughter of Elhew Fibber McGee out of Elhew Oconee Georgia, and this mother-daughter line winds its way back through many generations to Bar Lane Dot.

Dominator’s Rebel Heir. This is Reb’s fifth year to qualify, but his fourth year to run. He first qualified having won the 2016 Continental Championship as a Derby, but deferred his run here that first year. Since then he has won five other championships: the Masters Open Quail (twice), the Missouri Championship, the Florida, and the All-America Quail Championship (2019).

He has been runner-up at the Georgia Championship and the All-America Prairie Championship (twice, including 2019). He also took first place at the Missouri Open All-Age this past spring.

In each of his three past runs at Ames he has completed his three hours with three or more finds.

Jamie Daniels will be handling a dog which he bred. Reb is by Rivertons Funseek’n Scooter, a former contestant, and is out of Pearl Again. This white and liver pointer male is just shy of seven years old and is owned by J. W. “Jim” Hamilton, Jr. of Atlanta, Ga.

We find that Dominator’s Rebel Heir is another from the “Rebel” family as his name indicates. His sire, Rivertons Funseek’n Scooter, was by National Champion Funseeker’s Rebel out of Rivertons Blackeye Pea, she also a past contestant here (and from Miller’s Silver Bullett’s clan). His dam, Pearl Again, was a daughter of Elhew Sinbad (also a “Rebel”) out of Cuivre River Daisy and she was by Double Rebel Sonny out of Swingabout; making Reb the most thoroughly Rebel-bred dog among this year’s contestants.

Dominator’s Rebel Squire. “Hank” has qualified for his rookie year with two championship wins in Derby competition — the National Derby Championship and the All-America Derby Championship. He is a white and orange pointer male that will be slightly less than three years old when he runs.

His sire, Dominator’s Rebel Heir, is also a contestant this year. Hank was bred by Scott Turner and is out of Erin’s Little Rose. Hank is owned by and will be handled by Jamie Daniels.

Poor Hank, being the new kid on the block, his pedigree is going to get referenced elsewhere. His sire is a contestant (see Dominator’s Rebel Heir’s profile for those details).

Hank’s dam, Erin’s Little Rose, has two brothers which are contestants this year, Erin’s Longmire and Erin’s Redrum, so refer to Erin’s Longmire’s profile for this information.

Dunn’s Tried’N True. The returning seven-year-old National Champion (2019) will run for his sixth year. He has finished a three-hour run in three of his past five visits to Ames Plantation.

“Jack” is a white and orange pointer male, sired by another National Champion, Miller’s Dialing In. He was bred by Chris George (who was also the breeder of another recent National Champion) and is out of White Royal Pain. Jack was recently named runner-up in the Georgia Quail Championship, his fifth runner-up championship placement.

He has twelve championship wins to his credit. Jack is owned by Will and Rita Dunn of Lebanon, Ky., and is handled by Luke Eisenhart.

Benji Griffin was well known for driving the dog wagons, often with Too Bright, at the southern plantation field trials. He had been left disabled by polio as a child, but had a great love of our sport and the dogs. White Royal Pain was his dog when he passed away. Chris George became her owner afterward. She had not been field trial broke before then, and after working with her, he decided to breed her for her bird-finding abilities.

John Barksdale raised this litter for Chris while they were pups. White Royal Pain was by South’s Late Night (Miller’s White Powder ex Wiggins Miss Sammie) out of Henley’s Becky Lynn (Miller’s On Line ex Anticipation). More about Miller’s Dialing In can be found in his profile.

Erin’s Full Throttle. “Dan” is returning for his fourth year, having won the North Carolina Open Quail Championship and runner-up at the Tar Heel Championship, a repeat for both placements.

In his previous three runs at Ames, he has been picked up after an hour and a half each time with not enough birds.

This nine-year-old pointer male has a total of five open championships and four amateur championships (including this year’s Region 3 Amateur Championship at Hoffman, N. C.). He was bred by Chicagoan Sean Derrig and is by Erin’s Stoney River out of Erin’s Pretty Penny. Owned by stalwart John Ivester of Huntersville, N. C., he will be handled by Lefty Henry.

The sire of Erin’s Full Throttle was qualified as a contestant at Ames for only one year, back in 2011. Erin’s Stoney River was a son of Erin’s Bad River out of Mohawk Mill Shamrock. His dam, Erin’s Pretty Penny, was by Erin’s Tin Soldier out of Erin’s Southern Jewel. Though a well known dog and winner, Erin’s Tin Soldier never qualified to run here.

Erin’s Hidden Shamrock. “Jack” has re-qualified for this year with a win at the Kentucky Open Championship. This is his fourth year to qualify, but will be only his second year to run. He has not competed here for the past two years.

His first year to run was back in 2017 when he was lost at the 1:47 mark with no bird work.

Bred, owned, and handled by Sean Derrig, he is a handsome eight-year-old white, black, tan and ticked setter dog. His sire was Ridge Creek Cody, his dam was Erin’s Skydancer. In addition to this past year’s Kentucky, he has won two other championships, the United States Open and the International Pheasant, and has acquired five runner-up titles.

It is complicated to describe the pedigree of this or any setter contestant when few of their recent ancestors have been contestants here. Jack’s four great-grandfathers were Wrong Way, Houston, Tekoa Mountain Patriot, and Havelock Blacksmith; of these, only Tekoa Mountain Patriot has been a former contestant here (back in 2004 and again in 2008).

It has been said among the setter aficionados that Jack was purposefully bred to be an all-age dog, but with this admixture your scribe fails to describe that.

Erin’s Lonestar Law. Maeve Derrig’s newest contender, “Chief” is a white and orange pointer male less than three years old. He has qualified for his rookie year by winning last year’s Georgia Derby Championship and this year’s Southwestern Championship.

Chief is the son of another contestant this year, Erin’s Redrum, and is out of Daisy Bad River. He was bred by and will be handled by Maeve’s dad, Sean Derrig.

Chief is the son of another contestant, Erin’s Redrum (whose pedigree is detailed under his brother, Erin’s Longmire). Chief’s dam, Daisy Bad River, as her name indicates, is a daughter of Erin’s Bad River out of Blackhawk’s Star. Blackhawk’s Star came from the celebrated nick between Rock Acre Blackhawk and Elhew Katie Lee. The descendants of this nick are found among several other contestants’ pedigrees this year: Sparrowhawk (dam of Erin’s Wild Justice), Masterhawk (Valiant’s maternal grandfather), and Westfall’s Black Ice (the sire of Westfall’s River Ice and Westfall’s Black Ace).

Erin’s Longmire. “Chip” returns, having taken a runner-up in early fall 2019 at the Manitoba Championship, a trial which he had won back in 2017. This will be his third year to run at the National Championship.

Luke Eisenhart will handle Chip this year for his Colorado owner Brad Calkins. His past runs have been under Robin Gates’ whistle when he was picked up early each time.

Chip is a seven-year-old white and orange pointer male. He was sired by Erin’s Whiskey River (one of the “durable” former contestants) out of Erin’s Wild Rose, and bred by Sean Derrig.

The contestants Erin’s Longmire and Erin’s Redrum are littermate brothers (and Erin’s Redrum is the sire of Erin’s Chief). The brothers are by Erin’s Whiskey River out of Erin’s Wild Rose.

You may remember Erin’s Whiskey River (a son of Erin’s Bad River out of Erin’s Gypsy) as one of the more durable contestants. He ran here eight times.

Erin’s Wild Rose has the rare distinction of being the dam of three contestants here (these two brothers and Erin’s Brave Heart when bred to Erin’s Bad River). In addition to that, one should also note that her sister, Sweetbriar Sue, and her daughter, Erin’s Little Rosie, have each whelped a National Championship contestant. Erin’s Wild Rose was by Elhew Sinbad out of Wiggins River Deuce.

Erin’s Redrum. This is the fourth year for “Rex” to qualify, but only his third year to run here. He was last here in 2018 when he finished his three-hour heat with three finds and two backs. He has re-qualified by winning the National Pheasant and the United States Open Championships.

Rex was bred by, is owned by, and handled by Sean Derrig. Erin’s Redrum was sired by Erin’s Whiskey River out of Erin’s Wild Rose and is a littermate brother to another contestant, Erin’s Longmire. He is a seven-year-old white and orange pointer male.

Erin’s Redrum is a brother to the contestant Erin’s Longmire and to the dam of a contestant, Erin’s Little Rosie (dam of Dominator’s Rebel Squire). His pedigree details are discussed under the profile for Erin’s Longmire.

Erin’s Wild Justice. “Dan” is a nine-time champion, six-time runner-up champion white and liver pointer male. He has re-qualified for his fifth year winning two of those runners-up at the National Pheasant and Southeastern Open Championships. He was picked up around the hour and a half mark on each of his four previous runs. Dan is owned by Allen Linder and was bred by Mike Moses. He is by Whippoorwill Wild Agin out of Sparrowhawk, and is now nine years old. Dan will be handled by Luke Eisenhart.

Erin’s Wild Justice is a son of the 2008 National Champion Whippoorwill Wild Agin. Since there are sixteen contestants this year that show Whippoorwill Wild Agin in their pedigrees, let’s digress a moment to describe his ancestry. Whippoorwill Wild Agin was sired by Whippoorwill Wild Jack out of Whippoorwill Girl (she by Bly Spy Master out of Silver Belle H). Whippoorwill Wild Jack never ran at the National Championship, though he was the son of the 1999 National Champion Whippoorwill Wild Card (out of Bitter Delight). Whippoorwill Wild Card was a son of Miller’s Silver Bullett out of W W Sally, she a daughter of the 1983 National Champion El Sauz Doll.

[While we now choose to distinguish the “Whippoorwill” clan from the “Miller’s” clan (for the dogs descendant of Miller’s White Powder), there is little or no difference in their origins, both were sons of Miller’s Silver Bullett. And since Bly Spy Master and Erin’s Southern Justice share the same sire, the “Whippoorwill” clan is not unrelated to the dogs from Erin’s Bad River if you look back far enough.]

Game Wardon. Bred and owned by Dr. Fred Corder of Corinth, Miss., “Bill” has re-qualified for his second year, having won the International Pheasant Championship, which was his first all-age championship (2019); his other two championship titles were won as a Derby in 2018.

Bill was picked up early on his first run here. He will be handled by Luke Eisenhart this year. Bill is a white and liver pointer male that is slightly less than four years old. Bill was sired by Caladen’s Rail Hawk out of Game Creek.

Game Wardon’s pedigree shows a home brew of Dr. Corder’s dogs. His sire was Ross Callaway’s prospect dog Caladen’s Rail Hawk which Dr. Corder purchased and ran here four years. Game Wardon’s dam Game Creek was sired by Decision Maker out of String And Lace (a daughter of Touch’s Hardtack out of Tangier Pepper Grass).

Decision Maker was not a contestant here but his sire, Game Maker, was for seven years.

Idaho’s Lucky Duramax. A rookie contestant from the Pacific Northwest, Idaho’s Lucky Duramax has qualified with two championship titles; at the Pacific Coast Derby Championship and the Cascade Championship.

Max is owned by Rich McReynolds of Boise, Ida., and will be handled by Rich Heaton of Boise, Ida., who was also his breeder. This four-year-old white and orange pointer male was sired by Red Water Warrior and is out of Idaho’s Lucky Brandi.

The sire of Idaho’s Lucky Duramax, Red Water Warrior, was the product of a frozen semen breeding. Red Water Warrior is by Madras out of Red Water Strike. Both of these are also the products of frozen semen breedings, and both are sired by Silver Strike. Madras was a brother of Next Chapter which was the first dog to run at the National Championship that had been a product of a frozen mating. Next Chapter ran back in the year 2000. The sire of Idaho’s Lucky Brandi, Idaho’s Lucky Strike, was also a frozen semen son of Silver Strike out of Idaho’s Lucky Lady. Idaho’s Lucky Brandi’s dam, Honky Tonk Heartbreaker, is a five generation later mother-daughter descendant of Silver Strike Heiress, a naturally bred daughter of Silver Strike.

For those who may not remember, Silver Strike was a ten-time champion owned by Rush Campbell of Richland, Wash., which ran in the late 1970s and early 1980s on the West Coast.

Lester’s Jazz Man. “Sam” re-qualified with his recent win at the Alabama Open Championship.

This will be the sixth year for Sam to compete. He has completed the three-hour heat three times in the past years, with his 2017 run the most memorable when he had eight finds.

Sam took the runner-up spot at the Alabama trial in 2018.

Sam is a two-time winner (2015 and 2016) of the Oklahoma Open Championship, too.

This eight-year-old pointer male is by Lester’s Snowatch out of High Point Jesse, and was bred by W. M. Harkins of Auburn, Ala. The white and orange  pointer male is owned by Dan Hensley  of Claremore, Okla., and handled by Randy Anderson.

Sam’s sire is National Champion Lester’s Snowatch (2009), he by Miller’s Date Line (by Miller’s White Powder ex Wiggins Twist N Shout) out of Lester’s Leeza (she by Miraculous ex Townsend’s Little Jody).

Some may remember that Lester’s Leeza was a sister of Sir Lancelot, handler Hoyle Eaton’s former prominet winner, while others may remember that Wiggins Twist N Shout was a sister of National Champion Cypress Gunpowder.

High Point Jesse was by Miller’s White Powder out of Native Missy, which was a daughter of Miller’s Silver Bullett.

Lester’s Private Charter. “Chip’” has made a remarkable comeback just to qualify, having had major surgery for a punctured lung in November, 2018. He won the West Tennessee just months later in February, and his second qualifying win came as the Saskatchewan Open Chicken Champion this past August.

Chip is a four-year-old white and orange pointer male owned by Dr. Reuben Richardson of Doerun, Ga., and Bruce and Karen Norton of Norman Park, Ga. He was bred by Derek Bonner of Mooresboro, N. C., and is by Ransom out of Nilo Discovery. Chip will be handled by Mark McLean for his rookie year run.

Though the sire of Lester’s Private Charter was not a past contestant here, Ransom is a familiar name to most. Ransom is from the Whippoorwill Wild Agin — Sparkles nick. Lester’s Private Charter’s dam is Nilo Discovery, a daughter of Lester’s Snowatch out of Lester’s Game Winner (she by Game Maker out of Bitterroot’s Bridgette). It is interesting to note that Bitterroot’s Bridgette and Bitter Delight (the dam of Whippoorwill Wild Jack) were both daughters of Bitterroot, a son of Rebel Wrangler. Bitterroot’s Bridgette was out of Pendleton’s Gal making her a full sister to True Survivor, the sire of two former contestants: Survivor’s Little Bill and Survivor’s Real Deal.

Lester’s Shockwave. This year’s youngest contestant was qualified by the erstwhile scout Mark Haynes while Gary Lester was recovering from back surgery. “Bud” was placed first at the Hell Creek Open All-Age and Kentucky Lake Open All-Age, he had previously taken a runner-up at the All-America Derby Championship under Gary’s whistle. He was bred by Derek Bonner, a repeat breeding of Ransom with Beane’s Line Dancer, first made by Ronnie Beane. This white and orange pointer male is owned by Gary Lester who will handle him in this competition.

The first breeding of Ransom to Beane’s Line Dancer produced Lester’s Georgia Time, which was a rookie contestant last year which did not get a re-qualifying placement this year.

Lester’s Shockwave’s littermate brother, Lester’s Storm Surge, is currently half-qualified. Beane’s Line Dancer is a daughter of House’s Line Up out of Burrow’s Sinbad Lady (she by Elhew Sinbad out of Waubeek Rose). This mother-daughter line goes back to Swingalong.

Lester’s Sunny Hill Jo. The two-time winner of the National Championship (2017 nd 2018) is returning for his fourth year at seven years of age. He is a white and orange son of Ransom out of Miller’s White Wall bred by Chris George.

Jo has done well in endurance competitions winning, in addition to the National Championship twice, the National Free-for-All and a runner-up at the Quail Championship Invitational. Jo re-qualified for this year with a runner-up at the All-America Quail Championship. Gary Lester is a co-owner of Jo with David Thompson of Edmonton, Ky., and will be handling him again for this year’s run.

Ransom has a National Champion father (Whippoorwill Wild Agin), a National Champion brother (Whippoorwill Justified), and a two-time National Champion son (Lester’s Sunny Hill Jo). Miller’s Whitewall has a National Champion father (Lester’s Snowatch) and her dam, L G White Lily, is the sister of Phillips Silver Star, the dam of still another National Champion (Miller’s Dialing In). These two sisters are by White Powder Pete out of Hawk’s Silver Sue. And for those who are curious, the last three-time National Champion was 75 years ago.

Lone Tree’s Showbiz. “Al” is a six-year-old white and orange pointer male which has qualified for the second time. He ran last at the Ames Plantation back in 2018 and was picked up early then.

Bred by his owner Mitch Solt of Central City, Neb., he is by Wiggins River Wild out of Reba’s Red Patch. He has re-qualified for this year by winning the Northwest Chukar Championship again. He has also won the California Quail and National Chukar Championships, and taken runner-up at the Pacific Coast Open Championship.

Al is handled by Travis Gellhaus.

The sire of Lone Tree’s Showbiz is Wiggins River Wild which was by Whippoorwill Wild Agin out of Wiggins Miss Sammie; both of his parents should be familiar names. The dam of Lone Tree’s Showbiz is Reba’s Red Patch with less familiar “Elhew” parentage. She is by No Middle Ground (by Elhew Chinkapin out of Miss Fearless) out of Barilla’s Storm Damage (by Barilla’s Elhew Geronimo out of Barilla’s Moon Light, a daughter of Elhew Snakefoot) Lowrider Frank. The seven-year-old white and liver pointer male is making his rookie run here. He has, nevertheless, a long list of thirteen placements in the qualifying trials, reaching that cherished second first place in order to qualify at this past summer’s North Dakota Open All-Age.

“Al” was sired by the durable contestant Miller’s Happy Jack out of Fairchase Jiggs, and was bred by Oklahoman Tom Woods. Frank is owned by Dr. Jim Mills and Steve Lightle of Searcy, Ark., and is handled by Allen Vincent.

Lowrider Frank’s sire, Miller’s Happy Jack, should be familiar as the sire of National Champion Miller’s Dialing In and the grand-sire of National Champion Dunn’s Tried’n True.

Miller’s Happy Jack was by Lester’s Bandit out of Bryson’s Powder Twist, and was one of the most thoroughly blue-blooded member’s of the “Miller” clan.

Frank’s dam, on the other hand, was as thoroughly line bred to Fiddler as we have seen in any recent contestant. Fairchase Jiggs is by Sooner Tim out of Sooner Sissy. Sooner Tim is by Tri Boy (by Highview Tribute out of Highview’s Rockette) out of Highview Dottie (by Slight Advantage out of Roll On Kim). Sooner Sissy is by Sequoyah out of Sooner Bandit (by Fiddlin Rocky Boy out of Oklahoma Razmataz).

Marques Armed Robber. “Sam” is a five-year-old white and liver pointer male which has qualified for his rookie run here with a win of the Southern Field Trial Championship and a first place at the Bill Andrews Memorial Open All-Age (the Central Carolina). He is also an amateur champion winning the Region 14 at Mortlach this past summer. Sam was bred by Jim Pendergest, was originally named Armed, and is by Reloaded out of Dailed In. Lefty Henry will be handling Sam for his owners John and Sue Ivester.

Marques Armed Robber is a brother of the female contestant Pendy’s Good Grace which ran here in 2018. Their sire, Reloaded, is by House’s Line Up out of Drama Queen.

Their dam is Dialed In which is a daughter of the National Champion Miller’s Dialing In out of Rester’s Zumba Girl. Another former 2018 contestant, Shadow’s White Warrior, is a brother of Rester’s Zumba Girl. These two are by National Champion In The Shadow out of Rester’s Whistling Dixie. This mother-daughter line goes back to Barshoe Fly.

Mercer Mill Grand. “Don” is a six-year-old white and lemon pointer male that completed his qualification by winning the United States Chicken (Northern States) Championship this past summer. His previous qualifying win came back in 2016 at the North Dakota Open All-Age.

He was bred by Ray Hamilton of Calhoun City, Miss., and was sired by House’s White Hawk out of Quinton’s Blackeyed Sue.

Don is owned by Remy Trafelet, owner of the Mercer Mill Plantation of Oakfield, Ga. Don will be handled by Billy Wayne Morton.

Mercer Mill Grand was originally named Nosam’s Four Grand. He was brought up as a puppy by Mason Ashburn and Joe Don House. His sire, House’s White Hawk, is by House’s Line Up out of Blackhawk’s Sunflower. She is a sister of Sparkles; they are by Rock Acre Blackhawk out of Southern Sunflower.

Mercer Mill Grand’s dam, Quinton’s Blackeyed Sue, is a sister of Quinton’s Flying High, the dam of the former contestant House’s Buckwheat Hawk. They are by House’s White Ashes out of Quinton’s Pretty Baby and she was the dam of still another former contestant, Cole Train.

Miller’s Dialing In. The former 2015 National Champion, “Spec” has re-qualified for this year with a second place at the Dixie Open All-Age Classic last spring, which was his thirtieth placement in the qualifying trials in his nine year career. This is the seventh year for this white and orange ticked pointer male to qualify, but he did not run last year.

Spec was bred by Nathan Phillips and is now owned by Sean and Deb Hauser of Manchester, Ia. He is by Miller’s Happy Jack and out of Phillips Silver Star. Spec is now handled by Luke Eisenhart; he was handled by Gary Lester back in his 2015 National Championship win.

For a number of years the father, son, grandson combination of Miller’s Happy Jack, Miller’s Dialing In, and Dunn’s Tried’n True ran together as contestants here. Last year when Dunn’s Tried’n True was named the winner, Miller’s Happy Jack had retired and Miller’s Dialing In was not present. Only two of this year’s contestants were running here when Miller’s Dialing In won back in 2015, and one of those two was Dunn’s Tried’n True.

Two more descendants of Miller’s Dialing In are on this year’s roster: Miller’s Speed Dial and Marques Armed Robber, a grandson. More information about Miller’s Happy Jack can be found in the profile of Lowrider Frank, and Phillips Silver Star was also included in the profile of Lester’s Sunny Hill Jo.

Miller’s Speed Dial. “Joe” is returning for his second year, having made a commendable three-hour run last year. He has re-qualified for this year with a runner-up at the Southern Field Trial Championship.

He is a four-year-old son of National Champion Miller’s Dialing In out of Old Road Lou, she bred by Wallace Sessions. Joe is owned and handled by Gary Lester and is a white and orange pointer male.

Miller’s Speed Dial’s sire, Miller’s Dialing In, has a profile this year, but more information about his grandsire, Miller’s Happy Jack, is found under Valiant’s and Lowrider Frank’s profiles. Old Road Lou is by Old Road Cody (by Easy Button out of Live N Learn) and out of Joe Shadow’s Dixie (by Joe Shadow out of Clardy’s Suzanne).

S F Bandwagon. “Joe” has re-qualified for this year taking a runner-up at last spring’s Missouri Open Championship, and further winning the National Chukar Championship. This will be his rookie year run since he did not come last year.

Joe is a seven-year-old son of Funseeker’s Rebel out of Deep Creek Rose which was bred by David A. Uphoff of Manhattan, Kan. This white and orange pointer is handled by Larry Huffman and his owner is Larry Smith of Pleasant Hill, Ia.

S F Bandwagon is a son of the 2007 National Champion Funseeker’s Rebel, placing him among the “Rebel” clan, but his dam is a true blue “Elhew”. Deep Creek Rose is by Elhew Fibber McGee out of Elhew Americus (by Elhew Royalty out of Deep Creek Kate). This is the mother-daughter line of Elhew females that comes down from Spunky Creek Amazon.

Shadow’s Next Exit. A first at the Broomhill Open All-Age in 2019 has re-qualified “Pat” for this year. Now six years old, it will be his fourth year to run. He has three championship wins and three runners-up on his resume. This white and orange pointer male was sired by Exit Lane out of Weber’s Little Snowball, and was bred by Jason Loper of Osceola Kennels. Luke Eisenhart will be handling Pat this year for his owner N. G. “Butch” Houston of Nashville, Ga.

Shadow’s Next Exit is from the “Miller’s” clan, but not from the clan’s more well known members. Neither his sire, Exit Lane, nor his grandsire, Exit Wound, were contestants here, but Shadow’s Next Exit’s great-grandsire was the 2005 National Champion Cypress Gunpowder. His dam Weber’s Little Snowball was by Weber’s Little Bullett (by Miller’s Silver Bullett ex Wiggins Twist N Shout) out of Bently’s Snowy Bess (Lester’s Snowatch ex Miller’s Therapy). Another generation shows that Miller’s Therapy was a daughter of Therapy’s Little Bess which was the dam of Game Maker.

Sleepless In Sacramento. “Meg” has qualified for her fifth time, but since she did not run as a Derby, it will be her fourth visit. Meg re-qualified winning the California Open Championship and was named runner-up at the California Chukar Championship.

Meg has now won every one of the championships that California has to offer, and her record stands at seven championships and four runner-up championships. She is by I B Ironhorse out of Super Express Nash Begone and was bred by her owner Jim Wolthuis. Sheldon Twer handles this six-year-old white and orange pointer bitch.

Sleepless In Sacramento’s sire, I B Ironhorse, won the Western Open Championship when he was still a Derby. He is by Wells Fargo First Dude out of Wells Fargo Mollie which is a combination of descendants of Tiny Wahoo and Paladin’s Royal Flush. Meg’s dam, Super Express Nash Begone, is by Super Express William, a prior contestant here, and is out of Amazon Express Bullet (by Miller’s Silver Bullett ex Super Express Samantha).

Stardust Chaz. He is this year’s veteran setter contestant, returning for his sixth year at ten years old. In his previous runs he has completed his three hours once and has been picked up or lost for the remainder.

He has re-qualified with a third place at the Hell Creek (Miss.) Open All-Age.

The white, orange and ticked male is by Wildwing Warrior out of Stardust Coco and was bred by Scott Kermicle, one of his many owners who also include John Sayre, and Robert and Sarina Craig. Chaz is handled by Steve Hurdle.

Stardust Chaz’s sire, Wild Wing Warrior, is by Covey Rise King (by Panovski Billy Boy, a two-times 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 which was a grandson of Tekoa Mountain Sunrise). Chaz’s dam, Stardust Coco, is by Angie’s Dogwood Doc (a two-times great grandson of Tekoa Mountain Sunrise) out of Grouse Point Sport (a great granddaughter of Tekoa Mountain Sunrise).

Touch’s Blackout. “Duke” is a seven-year-old white and orange pointer male that will be returning for his second run here. Last year he was lost and was declared out of contention at 1:48.

Duke has re-qualified with a third place at the Broomhill Open All-Age.

He is a son of the National Champion Touch’s White Out out of B C Angelina, and was bred by Gary P. Baird of Murphysboro, Ill., and owned by Ric Peterson of Gilbert, Ariz., and Dancyville, Tenn., and will be handled by Randy Anderson.

Touch’s Blackout is a son of National Champion Touch’s White Out which died young and produced very few litters. Touch’s White Out was a son of National Champion Lester’s Snowatch. Touch’s Blackout’s dam,

B C Angelina, was also a product of Lester’s Snowatch, out of Beaucoup’s Daisy.

A close breeding of Lester’s Snowatch, especially with Touch’s White Out, is not that common to find. Duke is closely related to the brothers Touch’s Gallatin Fire and Touch’s Spaceman through their dam, which was also a daughter of Touch’s White Out.

Touch’s Gallatin Fire. “Bob” has re-qualified for his second year with a third place at the Sunshine (Florida) Open All-Age. He was picked up at 1:44 last year. He is a four-year-old white and orange pointer male bred by Keith Wright of Covington, Ind.

Bob is a son of House’s Ring Of Fire out of Touch’s Sandy. He is owned by Alex Rickert of Bozeman, Mont., and will be handled by Mark McLean.

Bob’s resume includes two championship wins as a Derby, and a runner-up at last year’s Georgia Quail Championship.

Touch’s Gallatin Fire did not get as quick a start in the field trial game as his brother, Touch’s Spaceman. He broke his leg as a puppy. His pedigree details will be shared in his brother’s profile.

Touch’s Grey Street. “Tim” recently qualified with a first at the Solatex Cajun Classic. His previous qualifying win was at the American Derby Invitational where he was named champion without a runner-up. He also earned a runner-up at the National Derby Championship. Tim also had four amateur all-age championship wins in 2019 (Regions 4, 5, 6 and 17).

Ike Todd was handling Tim during his Derby year. Tim is a three-year-old white and orange pointer male which was bred, owned, and now handled by Keith Wright. He is by Touch’s Knight Rider out of Touch’s White Assault.

Touch’s Grey Street’s sire, Touch’s Knight Rider, is by Lance’s Last Knight out of House’s Night Light. Touch’s Knight Rider was a contestant here from 2013 to 2015. Tim’s dam, Touch’s White Assault, is by Whippoorwill Wild Assault out of Whippoorwill Radiance. Whippoorwill Wild Assault is a contestant again this year, so refer to his profile for more information. Whippoorwill Radiance was a full sister of National Champion Whippoorwill Wild Agin (by Whippoorwill Wild Jack ex Whippoorwill Girl) which also competed here for three years.

Touch’s Malcolm Story. This rookie contestant has qualified taking firsts at the Dixie Open All-Age Classic last spring and the D. E. Hawthorne Open All-Age Border Classic this past summer. He was named Continental All-Age Champion January 29. “Big” is a four-year-old white and orange pointer male.

Big is a son of the former contestant Touch’s Knight Rider out of Blackhawk’s Sunflower, and was bred by Keith Wright. He is owned by Alex Rickert and will be handled by Mark McLean.

The sire of Touch’s Malcolm Story is Touch’s Knight Rider, a former contestant and the son of Lance’s Last Knight (son of Erin’s Bad River) out of House’s Night Light. His dam is Blackhawk’s Sunflower which is a sister of the more celebrated dam Sparkles. These girls are by Rock Acre Blackhawk out of Southern Sunflower (and more of their pedigree can be found in the profile of Whippoorwill Justified). It is interesting to note that Blackhawk’s Sunflower is also the paternal grandmother of Mercer Mill Grand.

What’s behind this name? Malcolm Story was Ike Todd’s great grandfather who once rode an Indian motorcycle from New York to Montana in the 1920s.

 

Touch’s Mega Mike has re-qualified for his third run with first places at the Bluegrass Quail Classic and the Lee County (Ga.) Open All-Age. He was recently named top qualifier at the Florida Championship.

Mike was picked up on each of his past runs, once in deplorable weather and last year at 2:06 with three finds.

Mike was bred by Keith Wright and was sired by House’s Ring Of Fire out of Touch’s Blaylock Bess. He is owned by Eddie Sholar and Ted Dennard, and will be handled by Mark Mclean Touch’s Mega Mike was sired by House’s Ring Of Fire (by Lance’s Last Knight ex Grace’s Snow). He has two half-brothers, Touch’s Gallatin Fire and Touch’s Spaceman (also sired by House’s Ring Of Fire), competing this year. Touch’s Mega Mike’s dam, Touch’s Blaylock Bess, adds more relationships. She is by Whippoorwill War Dance (see Coldwater Thunder’s profile) out of Whippoorwill G M A (she the dam of Touch’s Red Rider and the grand-dam of Touch’s Sandy which was the dam of his two half-brothers mentioned above). Touch’s Blaylock Bess also has a sister, Mega Ruby, which was the dam of still another former contestant, Mega Blackhawk’s Progeny.

Touch’s Red Rider. Red is a rookie contestant which has qualified with two championship wins: at this year’s All-America Prairie Championship and last year’s International Pheasant Championship. Red was bred by Keith Wright and is by Touch’s Knight Rider out of Whippoorwill G M A. This six-year-old white and orange pointer male is owned by S. Tucker Johnson of Hobe Sound, Fla., and handled by Tommy Davis.

Touch’s Red Rider is a half-brother of Touch’s Malcolm Story. They share the same sire, Touch’s Knight Rider, which is by Lance’s Last Knight (by Erin’s Bad River ex Wildfair’s Solution) out of House’s Night Light (by Miller’s Date Line ex House’s Penny Annie). Whippoorwill G M A is by Game Maker (by Rock Acre Buckwheat ex Therapy’s Little Bess) out of Whippoorwill Dixi Chic (by Whippoorwill Wild Card ex Whippoorwill Chris). This mother-daughter line comes down from Bar Lane Dot.

Touch’s Spaceman. “Patch” returns for his second year. He made a commendable three-hour run with five finds last year. He has re-qualified with a first at the Kentucky Quail Classic and a second at the Broomhill (Iron Nation) Open All-Age.

This four-year-old white and orange pointer male was bred by Keith Wright. Patch was sired by House’s Ring Of Fire and is out of Touch’s Sandy. He is owned by Matt Griffith of Edmond, Okla., and will be handled by Randy Anderson.

The littermate brothers Touch’s Spaceman and Touch’s Gallatin Fire are by House’s Ring Of Fire out of Touch’s Sandy. House’s Ring Of Fire is by Lance’s Last Knight (by Erin’s Bad River ex Wildfair’s Solution) out of Grace’s Snow (by Grace’s Sir Knight ex Grace’s Nilo Showgirl). Touch’s Sandy is by National Champion Touch’s White Out out of Touch’s Whippoorwill Road (by Whippoorwill Wild Agin ex Whippoorwill G M A).

Touch’s White Knight. “Bo” re-qualified last spring winning the Masters Open Quail Championship, which was his fifth championship title. This eight-year-old white and orange pointer male will be returning for his fifth year. He has been lost or picked up early in his previous four attempts.

Bo is by Lance’s Last Knight out of Prairieland Lucy and was bred by Dwight Grace. He is owned by Carole and Eddie Sholar of Leesburg, Ga., and will be handled by Mark McLean.

Touch’s White Knight’s sire, Lance’s Last Knight, has been discussed in

several other contestant profiles. Prairieland Lucy is a daughter of the 2001 National Champion Law’s High Noon out of Shelly Rae (by Black Crude out of Jerry’s Highwater Sue). This mother-daughter line traces back to Jerry’s Runaway Bandit.

True Confidence. “Bob” is the eldest contestant this year at nearly eleven years old. He will be returning for his fifth year having completed one previous three-hour run.

Bob has re-qualified this year winning the Southeastern Open All-Age Championship. He was runner-up at the Quail Championship Invitational.

Bred by Robert J. Saari of Crystal, Minn., he is by Two Acre Bulldog and out of Bar P Anex. This white and orange pointer male is owned by Frank and Jean LaNasa of Isanti, Minn., and handled by Luke Eisenhart.

The sire of True Confidence, Two Acre Bulldog, is a son of National Champion Funseeker’s Rebel out of Rester’s Tiny Dancer (by House’s Rainwater ex Barshoe Justice). His dam, Bar P Anex, was by Bar P Shadow (Shadow’s Mark ex Gateway Addie) out of Bar P Xena (by Front N’Center ex Hard Driving Bev).

Valiant. “Mack” is a seven-year-old rookie contestant. His first qualifying win came at the 2018 Oklahoma Open Championship. This year he has steamed up the courses winning each of the four championships in which he was entered: the Oklahoma, the Manitoba, the Southland, and the Quail Championship Invitational.

He recently took first places at the Pelican Open All-Age and the Prairie Open All-Age.

Mack was bred by Patricia Kammerlocher of Norman, Okla., and is by Miller’s Happy Jack and out of Tina’s Tear Drop. This white and liver pointer male is handled by Randy Anderson for owner Jay McKenzie of Eureka, Kan.

Adding Valiant and Lowrider Frank this year to the list of the National Championship contestants sired by Miller’s Happy Jack brings his total to five (National Champion Miller’s Dialing In, Miller’s Creative Cause, and Touch’s Game Point are the others).

Add a National Champion grandson (Dunn’s Tried’n True) and his history as a stud looks very respectable. Valiant’s dam, Tina’s Tear Drop, is by Masterhawk (by Rock Acre Blackhawk ex Elhew Katie Lee) out of Motif (by Nemaha Dime ex Bunny). This mother-daughter line traces back to Baconrind’s Sandy. The other contestant relationships from the Rock Acre Blackhawk—Elhew Katie Lee nick are discussed in the profile for Erin’s Lonestar Law.

Westfall’s Black Ace. This white and black ticked pointer male returns for his second year. He was picked up with unproductives last year.

Ace has re-qualified, taking a second place at the Inola Open All-Age last fall. He is by the shooting dog champion Westfall’s Black Ice and out of Black Bama. He was bred by his owner, William P. Westfall of Liberty, Mo. Andy Daugherty will be handling the nine-year-old Ace.

The sire of Westfall’s Black Ace (and half-brother contestant Westfall’s River Ice) is the shooting dog champion Westfall’s Black Ice. He is from the Rock Acre Blackhawk—Elhew Katie Lee nick. Westfall’s Black Ace’s dam, Black Bama, was by Easy Button out of Super Skirt. Easy Button was a son of Whippoorwill Wild Agin out of Gateway Liberty Bell.

Easy Button is also found in the pedigree of Miller’s Speed Dial. Super Skirt is a daughter of the former female contestant Short Skirt which ran here back in 2008; she, too, was a daughter of Gateway Liberty Bell. This mother-daughter line comes down from Nell’s Rambling On.

 

Westfall’s River Ice. “Bud” is a white, black and ticked pointer male just shy of six years old. He will be making his third attempt at the title this year, having been picked up early, with finds, in both of his previous runs.

Bud has re-qualified for this year with a second place at the Kansas Prairie Open All-Age and a third place at the Stillwater Open All-Age.

He is by Westfall’s Black Ice out of Westfall’s Quick Gold, and was bred by William P. Westfall. Bud is owned by Brad Calkins of Centennial, Colo., and handled by Andy Daugherty.

The sire of Westfall’s River Ice (and half-brother contestant Westfall’s Black Ace) is the shooting dog champion Westfall’s Black Ice. He is from the Rock Acre Blackhawk — Elhew Katie Lee nick. Westfall’s Quick Gold, the dam of Westfall’s River Ice, is by Mount Nebo’s Lefty (by Rock N Roller ex Absolute Charm) out of I B Fancy (by Highview Buddy ex I B Lonestar). this mother-daughter line comes down from Lady Button and traces back further to a well known producer of the old times, Juneaire Westfall’s True Grit. “Jack” has re-qualified for his third year with a second place at the Missouri Open All-Age. He has been picked up early and lost on his previous runs here.

In previous seasons Jack has claimed three championship titles: The Missouri, the Mid-America, and the Border International Chicken Championships.

This white and liver pointer is shy of five years old. He was bred by his owner, Ryan Westfall, and is by Erin’s Brave Heart and out of Westfall’s Irish Bell. Jack is handled by Andy Daugherty.

Westfall’s True Grit was sired by Erin’s Brave Heart, a former contestant which ran here in 2014 and 2015. Erin’s Brave Heart is by Erin’s Bad River out of Erin’s Wild Rose. Westfall’s True Grit’s dam, Westfall’s Irish Bell, is by Wiggins C C (by Wiggins River Crossing ex Wiggins Miss Maggie) out of River Ranch Belle (by Caladen’s Rail Hawk ex White Powder Rail).

Whippoorwill Forever Wild. “Tip” is a rookie contestant this year, having qualified by twice winning the Kansas Prairie Open All-Age.

The six-year-old white and liver pointer dog is the latest and perhaps the last of the offspring from the Whippoorwill Wild Agin — Sparkles nick to qualify to run here. He was bred by Bob Walthall, is now owned by Ric Peterson, and handled by Matt Cochran. This will be Matt’s rookie year to handle here, too.

One of the three contestants to come from the Whippoorwill Wild Agin — Sparkles nick, the pedigree details for Whippoorwill Forever Wild can be found under his brother’s, Whippoorwill Justified’s, profile.

Whippoorwill Justified. The former 2016 National Champion, “Patch” has re-qualified for 2020 by winning the Missouri Open Championship last spring. He garnered another first at the Lynn Taylor Open All-Age Classic (Carroll County) in the fall.

This white and liver pointer dog will be making his fifth appearance this year at seven years old. He won this championship the first year that he ran and finished a three-hour run in 2018. Patch is by Whippoorwill Wild Agin out of Sparkles, and was bred by Bob Walthall. He is owned by Ronnie Spears of Jacksonville, Ark., and handled by Larry Huffman.

The nick of Whippoorwill Wild Agin and Sparkles is without a doubt the most significant coupling ever in respect to producing qualified contestants for the National Championship.

There have been nine: Whippoorwill Blue Blood, Whippoorwill Red Rage, Texas Wild Agin, Skyfall, Dazzling, Whippoorwill Justified, Barshoe Five’N Dimer, Whippoorwill Mayhem, and Whippoorwill Forever Wild.

Seven of these contestants have won open all-age championships (all except Barshoe Five’N Dimer and Whippoorwill Forever Wild), and add Ransom from this nick which was a champion but did not qualify to run at the National. So that makes a total of eight open all-age champions. With Barshoe Five’N Dimer and Whippoorwill Forever Wild still in the game, that record may still increase.

The jury is still out for the second generation, but one must consider the production from Ransom here. He has sired another National Champion, Lester’s Sunny Hill Jo, and four additional qualified contestants: Lester’s Georgia Time, Lester’s Private Charter, Lester’s Shockwave, and Whippoorwill Foto Op. Another contestant from the second generation is Oakspring Bigtime Warrior which was sired by Oakspring Big Time, a member of the first litter which died young.

In preparing these profiles I spoke with Bob Walthall about Sparkles and her get. The true gentleman that he is showed when he wanted me to be sure that Pat Kammerlocher was given credit for being the breeder of Sparkles.

[A personal note: Bob Walthall related to me a story of missed opportunity. Mike Moses once came to select a female and Bob ran Sparkles and Sparrowhawk for him. Mike chose Sparrowhawk over Sparkles. Sparrowhawk has been a good producer, and you find her as the dam of Erin’s Wild Justice, but Mike must have done some hand-wringing over that missed opportunity.

[And that story is aside another missed opportunity for Mike. You see he was the first owner of a puppy, which he sold to Gary Lester while still an undeveloped puppy, and that puppy became two-time National Champion Lester’s Sunny Hill Jo. So Mike, don’t take it too hard, you’ve been shopping at the right places.]

Whippoorwill Mayhem. “Mike” is returning for his second year; he was lost early in his run last year. Mike has re-qualified with a third place at the D. E. Hawthorne Border Class in North Dakota last fall, and was recently named winner of the Mississippi Championship.

This white and orange pointer male is from the Whippoorwill Wild Agin — Sparkles nick, and was bred by Bob Walthall. Mike is six years old. He is owned by Ric Peterson and will be handled by Larry Huffman.

One of the three contestants to come from the Whippoorwill Wild Agin — Sparkles nick, the pedigree details for Whippoorwill Mayhem can be found under his brother’s, Whippoorwill Justified’s, profile.

Whippoorwill Wild Assault. “Salt” is returning for his fifth year, having been picked up in all of his previous runs here. He has re-qualified for this year with a second place at the Kentucky Lake Open All-Age.

This nine-year-old white and orange pointer male was bred by Dr. J. D. Huffman of Michigan City., Miss., and is by the former National Champion Whippoorwill Wild Agin and is out of Boxwood Bang.

Salt is owned by Jim and Stephanie Bickers of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and will be handled by Larry Huffman.

Whippoorwill Wild Assault’s sire is Whippoorwill Wild Agin and at this point in these profiles, little more can be said about him. Boxwood Bang is a daughter of Miller’s White Powder out of Holly Hunter. Holly Hunter was by The Texas Air (formerly known as Whippoorwill Pleasure) out of Good As Gold.

Some readers may remember that Boxwood Bang has a sister which was also the dam of a contestant; Boxwood Blast was the dam of the bitch Thunder House which ran here two years, 2010 and 2011.

[Copyright, 2020, by Stephen Bell.]

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