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Field Trial Report

NBHA National Amateur Invitational Championship

By Christian Ogle | Feb 15, 2021
Wind Chaser, Winner of the NBHA National Amateur Invitational Championship.

Grovespring, Mo. — The 2020 National Amateur Invitational Championship was held December 4-5 at the Sportsmen’s Association venue in Grovespring, Mo. The grounds were immaculate. The creek crossings had new rock. The edges were inviting to the dogs. The pre-released birds were stretched out from beginning to end.

The weather was perfect for the dogs, handlers, and judges.

Our judges for the weekend. From Muldrow, Okla., was Kenny Snow. Justin Crook from Jasper, Mo., on short notice jumped in with a last minute family emergency for our other judge. Our prayers go out to the family. And Tim Penn from Edina, Mo. These three gentlemen gave their undivided attention to these dogs for both days of running.

QUALIFYING SERIES

December 4 at 8:05 a.m. Penrosa Behrdevil, pointer male owned and handled by Tim Penn, and Sulphur Bend Woodman, German shorthaired male owned and handled by Emmet Sasser, paired off. At the 10-minute mark Woody was found on point with Behr backing. With Woody needing a relocation, Behr continued on. No bird was produced. At 17 both dogs were pointing on separate birds. At 21 Behr pointed; Woody failed to back. He was picked up. Behr continued on with finds at 38 and 49. At 55 Behr was found pointing again but no bird could be produced.

At 9:23 a.m. Foggy Bottom Uncle Ted, setter male owned by Joe Zimmer, brother Randy Zimmer handling. Sasser's Emma, German shorthair female with owner handler Emmet Sasser began the second brace. Both dogs were pointing at the 12-minute mark on separate birds. Emma was clean on her bird. Ted had a running bird that took a couple relocations to produce. At 26 Emma was pointing; Ted came in behind but refused to back. He was picked up. Emma held steady with the bird being produced. At 38 Emma held a covey in Sycamore Bottom. We crossed the road with Emma hunting the country. She was found one last time standing at 54 minutes. The bird was produced with great manners  and all was in order.

We started our third brace at 10:31 a.m. Penrosa Hidncash, setter male with owner handler Tim Penn, and Blair’s Witch Project, setter male, owner handler Greg Blair. Seven minutes into the brace Guy was found on point with Cash backing. The bird was produced by Greg. The dogs were found again at 12 but "Guy" crept in and was picked up. Tim’s flushing attempt produced the bird. Cash was found again at 18 with all in order. Tim picked up Cash at 24 for manners.

No. 4. started at 11:15. Wind Chaser, pointer female and Brent Hoehns, and Diamond L Islander Girl, setter female with Bob England. "Sue" made first contact but was picked up at the 10-minute mark for manners. "Kate" put on a show for all before dinner with her 1st find at 14. At 25 Kate had a stop to flush on a covey but handler Brent decided to flush and produced a lone single that didn’t leave with the covey. She had another bird at 27, then an unproductive at 29. She continued to pick apart the grounds with a find at 36, then another stop to flush at 38. She finished the hour with two more finds, one at 46, the other at 54.With a smile on Dr. Hoehns' face, we headed to the clubhouse for lunch.

We returned to the field at 1:50 p.m. for the 5th brace. Craig’s Runnin Roxie, pointer female and Craig Hiatt, with bracemate, Palm Glade Blitz, German shorthair male with Lindsay Cuming. Blitz was first on the board with a bird at 7. He was then picked up at 14 because of manners. Roxie had a covey pinned at 17. She looked like a pro skirting the field edges. She produced her second bird at 27, her third at 31 and finally her last find at 42. She finished the hour strong and still hunting.

Our final brace of the day started at 2:58 p.m. with Dale Creek Gypsy Queen, setter female (Deb Dlobik), braced with Glover’s Van Halen, setter male (Jack Glover). The two paired off and flew from the breakaway. Van Halen was first to the bird but Bling pushed too tight and the flight of the birds were too much for the setter duo. They were both picked up at the 10-minute mark.

CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS

The four dogs called back were: Wind Chaser, pointer female, Sasser’s Emma, German shorthaired pointer female, Craig’s Runnin Roxie, pointer female, and Penrosa Behrdevil, pointer male.

Saturday morning at 10:17 a.m. the weather was perfect. First up were Brent Hoehns' Wind Chaser. "Kate" started where she left off the day before with seven pieces of spaced-out birdwork. She had three quick finds at 4, 8, and 12. She had  a stop to flush at the 20-minute mark. She continued picking the course apart, hunting all the right spots, with a find at 35 as we crossed the road into Sycamore bottom. Steady as they come, more birds were produced at 48 and 57. She had set the bar. Sasser’s Emma had a huge breakaway and was found to the front. We crossed the road and she took the right side finding a covey, but couldn’t keep her feet planted. She was picked up at the 21-minute mark.

Brace No. 2 consisted of two very nice pointers. Craig’s Runnin Roxie (Craig Hiatt) and Penrosa Behrdevil (Tim Penn). The breakaway was at 11:32 a.m. Roxie pointed at 11. Craig tried to relocate her but Roxie fell in with the group ahead and he had to take an unproductive. Behr was found pointing at 15.Tim flushed the bird and all was in order. Roxie was hunting the edge nicely and locked up at 25. Craig put the bird in the air and continued on. Roxie’s next contact was at 33, but she was picked up because of manners. With the course to himself, Behr hunted hard. At 44 Behr had an unproductive The 50-minute mark Behr was seen putting on the brakes for a stop to flush. Behr’s last find was at 58. Tim flushed but couldn’t produce a bird. He sent Behr on a relocation which was performed perfectly. Tim flushed the speedy little flyer for his last bird. Tim sent him out again and Behr still had the stamina to show what it was all about hunting the country.

The Missouri Bird Hunters and National Bird Hunters would like to congratulate the newly named Champion Wind Chaser,  owned and handled by Brent Hoehns  of Knoxville, Ia., and Runner up Penrosa Behrdevil, owner handler Tim Penn of Edina, Mo. Congratulations to you both.

Grovespring, Mo., December 4 — One Course

Judges: Justin Crook and Kenny Snow

NBHA NATIONAL AMATEUR INVITATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

[One-Hour Qualifying Heats; One-Hour Finals] — 12 Entries

Winner—WIND CHASER, 1676339, pointer female, by Lester’s Sunny Hill Jo—Miss Kitty Russell. Brent Hoehns, owner and handler.

Runner-Up—PENROSA BEHRDEVIL, 1676392, pointer male, by Lester’s Sunny Hill Jo—Miss Kitty Russell. Tim Penn, owner and handler.

COMPANION STAKES

The Derby consisted of eight dogs. First place was Luke Tewes' Irish setter male Brooks White Hot Blaze which set the bar immediately with bird work at 3, 12, 17, 18. Three of the four finds were steady to wing and shot. His last find was at 24 and held a nice covey steady to wing and shot. Second was Premier's Mystery Spot, owned and handled by Brent Hoehns. Spot had a covey find at 3 and another piece of work at 9, both steady to wing and shot. Third place all the way from South Carolina was Double L’s Half Strut Jake, owned and handled by Lindsay Cuming. Jake hunted the edges with precision and had finds at 2, 25, and 28. Lindsay has a nice up-and-comer with this dog.

The puppy class was a nice group of fourteen. They hit both ends of the age group with all showing the promise for next year’s Derby class. First place was Penelope Sasser with Sasser’s Rock Hill Farms Second was Emmet Sasser handling Sasser’s Jack Daniels. And third was Glover’s Flintstone, handled and owned by Jack Glover. The judges were very pleased with the talent shown by these puppies.

Lastly, thank you to our important sponsors which we could not have these field trials without. Thank you, Purina Pro Plan, for all your generous donations to the NBHA and the National Amateur Invitational Championship. You do so much for our organization.

Thank you, Garmin, for the donation of a new collar for our champion. Mule Brand Clothing gave a gift certificate to the champion. Gundog Supply gave gift certificates. Thank you Gundog Central.

And a huge thank you to the Sportsmen’s Association group. The grounds were awesome. Thank you again to the judges Kenny Snow Justin Crook and Tim Penn. Thank you to the Missouri Bird Hunters for doing all the behind-the-scene stuff that made this trial run so smoothly. Kevin Western, Kevin Carpenter, Joe and Randy Zimmer, Jack Glover. Thank you all. We had a great trial.

Judges: Tim Penn and Kenny Snow

NBHA AMATEUR DERBY — 8 Entries

1t—BROOK’S WHITE HOT BLAZE, 16 86462, Irish setter male, by Zansett Simply Red—Lincoln’s Steady Brook. Luke Tewes, owner and handler.

2d—PREMIER’S MYSTERY SPOT, 1689061,  pointer female, by Hirollins Talkin Smack—Premier’s Parolee. Brent Hoehns, owner and handler.

3d—DOUBLE L’S HALF STRUT JAKE, 1687400, German Shorthair male, by Snowy River’s Full Strut—Hi Tailyn Katara. Lindsay Cuming, owner and handler.

AMATEUR PUPPY — 14 Entries

1t—SASSER’S ROCKHILL FARMS, unreg., German Shorthair male, breeding not given. Penelope Sasser, owner and handler.

2d—SASSER’S JACK DANIELS, unreg., pointer male, breeding not given. Emmet Sasser, owner and handler.

3d—GLOVER’S FLINTSTONE, 1691597, setter male, by Islander—Kodiak Island Bird Dog. Jack Glover, owner and handler.

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