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Field Trial Report

NBHA Western Regional Shooting Dog Championship

By Shane Bevel | Jun 04, 2018
Championship Winners. Front (l-r): Garry Malzone with Indian Creek Bocephus and Jillian Stuhr with Hifive’s Passin Time. Behind: Taylor Woods, Jeremy Gulick, Bill Osborne, John Gaines, Nick Carson, Tim Wright and Belinda Delaby.

Inola, Okla. — The NBHA Western Regional Championship was held for the second time at the McFarlin-Ingersoll Ranch in Inola, Okla., on March 9-10. The Tulsa Bird Dog Association hosted the Championship with help from ranch owner Win Ingersoll and, of course, the horseback fellows of the Oil Capital Field Trial Club.

Tulsa Bird Dog Association would like to thank our sponsors — Purina, Garmin, Gun Dog Supply, and Christie’s — for their support. A special thanks to Steve Heenan of Ponca City, Okla., owner of Ch. Big Trouble Duke which won the Western Regional in 2017, for sponsoring the handlers’ dinner on Friday night.

We would also like to thank, as always, the Ingersoll Family for their support and of course our own members for their tireless efforts to bring walking trials back to Oklahoma. Our effort has paid off and we are looking forward to a fantastic 2018-2019 NBHA season.

Being the only prairie championship course in the NBHA, the one hour walking 2.75 mile course at McFarlin-Ingersoll Ranch is always a tough place to find birds with cover galore and tons of acreage to cover. Dogs that wander aimlessly or do not run an impressive race have nowhere to hide and are quickly found out. The course runs through the ranch’s cattle operations and dogs need to adjust quickly to the presence of cattle. Atop the first hill, handlers must mind their dogs as the course takes a hard right through one of many gates on the property. After that the course is open with good cover to hunt on the left and right. As the gallery approaches the top of the second hill after working treelines along the banks, the scenery can not be beat with miles-long views back north and west including the field trial headquarters and ranch headquarters as well as several ponds and a large lake with the hills fading off into the horizon.

After cresting the hill, the gallery descends again through the native tall grass prairie to a creek line below where dogs are met with rows and rows of cover to check. A dog driven to cover can make an impressive move down this hill. Then a quick crossing of the often muddy creek bottom and it’s back uphill again to the top of the third rise where we swing to the right of the hay barn, the dogs grab a quick drink from a pond and we are off again up the final gradual hill.

The long steady climb up the open field is flanked on both sides with cover and to the right are large hills with tree motts that stand out against the blue horizon. To see a dog with enough power remaining to check those motts far at the top of the hill is truly a thing to behold and it rarely goes unrewarded.

THE WINNERS

It was exactly this that allowed Hifive’s Passin Time, pointer female, to stand out in the crowd of 16 excellent dogs from all over the region. After two well spaced finds and a pleasing race, she stood long and tall at the end of the course, waiting patiently for the arrival of her handler Garry Malzone. She ended with all in order and took home her championship title.

Runner-up Indian Creek Bocephus, pointer male also handled by Malzone, also had an excellent race and four nice finds, but could not match the performance or appeal of his kennelmate at the end of the day.

Congratulations to all who placed this year. We hope to see all of you back in Inola in the fall.

Inola, Okla., March 9 — One Course

Judges: Belinda Delaby and Kevin Guess

NBHA WESTERN REGIONAL SHOOTING DOG CHAMPIONSHIP [One-Hour Heats] — 10 Pointers and 6 Setters

Winner—HIFIVE’S PASSIN TIME, 1620422, pointer female, by Sugarknoll Buckshot—Hifive’s Pepper Ann. Ron Levitan, Jr., owner; Garry Malzone, handler.

Runner-Up—INDIAN CREEK BOCEPHUS, 1656742, pointer male, by Brown’s Tom Tom—Indian Creek Riptide. Edward Marron, owner; Garry Malzone, handler.

Judges: Nick Carson and Rebecca Dickey

NBHA OPEN DERBY — 8 Pointers and 2 Setters

1st—UNFINISHED BUSINESS, 1665852, pointer male, by Unabridged—Momo’s Rock Solid. J. D. Gaines, owner; Tom Woods, handler.

2d—GUN’S PISTOL PETE, 1667396, setter male, by Barker’s Big Coon—Carpenter’s Daisy Duke. Colby Tackett, owner and handler.

3d—YEE HAW BLACKHAWK DEE, 1678342, pointer female, by Rock Acre Blackhawk—Number Five Elhew Liverett. Yee Haw Kennels, owner; Tim Wright, handler.

Judges: Rebecca Dickey and Taylor Woods

NBHA OPEN PUPPY — 8 Pointers and 2 Setters

1st—LIPSTICK’N WHISKEY PROMISES, 1678389, setter female, by Lone Tree’s Rod Iron—Flying Standby. Jeff & Lawson Hampshire, owners; Jeff Hampshire, handler.

2d—WRIGHTWAY’S ROAD TO DAMASCUS, 1677913, pointer female, by Big Ike—Pinehill Elhew Becky. Tim & Kim Wright, owners; Tim Wright, handler.

3d—SKYVIEW ROYAL FLUSH, 1677813, setter female, by Shag Time Scout—Black Cloud’s Angel. Jason Patty, owner and handler.

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