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Murphy’s Babe Wins Open Title; Texas She’s Got Legs Takes Amateur Crown

NGSPA Shooting Dog Invitational Championships

By Chris Bryant | Feb 07, 2019
Amateur Shooting Dog Invitational Lineup. In foreground, from left: Terry Zygalinski with B M B’s High Character, Hank Lewis with Hi N’s Hasty Matilda, Brandon Blum with B M B’s Madison Ave, Terry Bomer with Texas She’s Got Legs, Mike Patrick with Llano’s Hot Tamale, Chris Bryant with P W Jim Kath’s Kate, Kirk Loftin with P J Wildfire’s Little Lexi. Standing: Ric Peterson, judge; Keith Richardson with P W Mya’s Contender, Larry Loftin with Twin Creek’s Runnin Ruger, Peter Coppens with Llano’s Snowbird, Mark Verdoorn, Chase Verdoorn with Snowy River’s Full Strut, Jim Smith, Purina rep; Robin Lambourn with Lambourn’s Slick Shot and Randy Anderson, judge.

Gentry, Mo. — The 2018 Shooting Dog Invitational Championships were a challenge for everyone involved. We had to deal with six-eight inches of snow, freezing temperatures, crops, rain, mud and limited courses throughout the week-long event. We had to postpone the start by one day and lost the day between both events so one dog had to run five days in a row.

With all that being said the Invitational program was a huge success and continues to be among the most “prestigious” events in the German Shorthaired Pointer field trial world.

Only the top twelve dogs are invited to the Invitationals (Open  and Amateur). The format requires three days of running an hour each day to win. Day No. 1 the dogs are drawn randomly. On the second day, the dogs are braced so that the first braces from the first day run last and the last braces are run first. No dog has the same bracemate or runs on the same course. The third day the judges call back the top dogs they want to see run again.

The trial is designed to test the bird ability, biddability and the endurance of the best of our breed. After the third day of running, a champion is named.

This year we had to adjust the courses for numerous reasons but we ended up with some outstanding courses where the handlers could show their dogs to the front making a huge move but at the next turn the dog had to show it could handle. The rolling crop land and dense stands of woods made for some beautiful lines for the dogs to run. The courses challenged the character and tenacity of even the best of bird dogs.

We are grateful to Larry Smith and his lovely wife Linda for allowing us to run the Invitationals on their property. Larry campaigns pointers and he allows other championships to be run on his grounds but no other German Shorthaired pointer trials will be run on his grounds.

A huge thank you to all our sponsors that helped make this trial what it is. Jim Smith from Purina was on hand and they paid half of both Ross Young oil paintings, twelve large bags of product for each champion handler and auction, as well as gear for the judges. Also thanks to SportDog for the tracking and ecollars. Thanks to Ed Moody and Costa for four pairs of top-of-the-line polarized sunglasses for the auction.

There are many to thank who make this trial become one of the best events in the NGSPA. A huge thanks goes out to Keith and Bobbi Richardson for all their generosity and support for not just the Invitational but everything they do for our sport.

Triple J is the wrangler and he always brings some high quality horses for the judges and people to ride. Thanks to the Amish for planting birds in the dark from the horse drawn carts. Thanks to marshals Larry Smith and Laura Miller. A number of volunteers drove the dog wagon and Kubota including Jon Small, Jim Smith and Gary Cowell. Donna Gladstone and her lovely cousin cooked a warm and satisfying breakfast and lunch for us each day.

Russ Myers, who runs Coon dogs, hosted us each night at his beautiful lodge just down the road from Larry’s farm. Gentlemen wear suits and ties while the ladies dress fashionably for the nightly festivities. We enjoy appetizers, open bar and some of the finest wine out of Keith Richardson’s wine cellar. A first class dinner is prepared by Charmayne Hughes and Brownie is our auctioneer for the Calcuttas.

NGSPA Open Shooting Dog Invitational

The Open Shooting Dog Invitational was honored to have two very experienced and knowledgeable judges — Andy Crowell of Oriental, N. C., and Doug Meyer of Tonganoxie, Kan. Both have been competing and judging field trials for many years. We appreciate them taking the time to come help us.

After three days of running the judges described the champion as the “most consistent and exciting” dog that ran.

Murphy’s Babe, owned by Heath Kooima of Ireton, Ia., handled by Josh Nieman and scouted by Mike Patrick, was named the NGSPA Open Shooting Dog Invitational Champion.

On Day No. 1, Babe drew the first brace in the freezing cold temperatures and blowing snow. She ran the edges and showed her ground speed while making game throughout the hour. Babe finished the hour strong and was found standing at 59 with her head cranked to the sky showing off her style while her bracemate backed her. When time was called she had carded three nice finds and three divided finds.

Running in the sixth brace on day No. 2, Babe had another stellar performance with three nicely spaced finds, with the third find at 51 being “excellent”. She continued showing lots of power to the front, had good manners on her game.

Babe drew the first brace on the third day and went on a bird-finding spree early with three finds before the 22- minute mark. Babe made a huge, forward move through the trees and over the rolling hills and was found standing at 38 along a ditch line. The judges said this was the find of the stake and sealed the win for Babe! When all was said and done, Babe had five finds and a strong consistent forward race.

THE CALLBACKS

The judges called back six dogs for the third day and wanted them braced randomly.

B D K’s All That Jazz, owned by Kirk and Terry Bomer and handled by Terry, was in the third brace on day No. 1. Once she adjusted to the freezing cold and snow she settled in and had a nice race. Day No. 2 Jazz was in the fourth brace and had three finds while handling and covering the Missouri countryside with style.

Day No. 3 Jazz had three more finds, a back and had a real strong finish to the front. The judges loved the way she handled and covered the ground. She had a really nice three days on the ground.

Hi N’s Hasty Matilda, owned by Hank Lewis and handled by Dan DiMambro, was the 2018 Open Shooting Dog points leader coming into the Invitational. On the first day, Matilda was in the second brace and  showed why she was the 2018 points leader. She covered the ground and ran the lines as she put on a nice shooting dog race. She ended the hour with three finds, one of them was  ivided with her bracemate.

The second day Matilda was in the sixth brace. She had her wheels, also carding finds and a back.

Day No. 3, Matilda was in the second brace and had a couple nice limb finds that required a long ride to reach her. When all was said and done, Matilda had four finds and a back the third day.

M S R’s Lord of Dragonstone, callname Stan, owned by James and Sara Messer and handled by James Messer, was in the fifth brace the first day. Stan showed his bird-finding ability over the course of the hour as he had five finds and a back. Day No. 2 Stan was in brace No. 3 and had another solid day on the ground with four finds. He had a forward race that showed his wheels and good manners on his bird work.

The third day Stan was in brace No. 2 and demonstrated his bird-finding ability with three finds by the 30-minute mark and another three finds in the second half of the brace. Stan handled the relocation and running birds like a champion. He ended the day with six finds and a stop to flush.

Chicoree Jake’s Bonnie, owned by Fred Ryan and handled by Dan DiMambro, was in the fifth brace the first day. She had a solid race with a find and a divided find. Bonnie ran the countryside and made some impressive moves.

Day No. 2 Bonnie was in the first brace and had a couple really nice finds to start the day. She hustled around the course as she was making game. Bonnie was in brace No. 3 on the third day and had two more finds and a back.

P W Mya’s Contender, callname Connie, owned by Keith and Bobbi Richardson, handled by Rich Robertson, was in the sixth brace the first day. She had a commendable race going and two finds over the course of the hour. The judges said she ran a real “flashy and forward race”.

Day No. 2 Connie was in brace No. 2 and drew the bye dog. She ran an excellent race with six well-spaced finds  ncluding one to end the hour.

The third day Connie was in the third brace and started right where she left off after day No. 2. She had two finds before being lost to the front.

THE OTHER ENTRIES

Cuttin Wild’s Space Cowgirl, callname Lena, owned by Mike Patrick and handled by Josh Nieman, was in brace No. 3 on day No. 1 and scored five finds in the hour. The judges loved her quickness and power on the ground. Day No. 2 Lena had three nice finds but was a touch wild for the first half. She finished the hour strong and to the front.

P W Extraordinaire, callname Airee, owned by Keith and Bobbi Richardson and handled by Rich Robertson. Day No. 1 Airee was in brace No. 2 and had a fast, strong hour with six finds. She showed the power and ground game throughout the hour. Day No. 2 Airee was in brace No. 4 right after lunch. She continued to show her power and had two finds and a back. The judges liked her strong finish.

Llano’s Snowbird, callname Feather, owned by Joe and Chad Inderman and handled by Josh Nieman, was in the sixth brace the first day. She had one find but was gone most of the hour. Feather’s second day didn’t go much better. Handler asked for the retrieval unit at 30.

Riden High Rudy, owned by Ray Nelson and handled by Dan DiMambro, was in brace No. 4 the first day, braced with the bye dog. Rudy put on a show for the hour running the edges and finished the hour with eight finds. The second day Rudy was in brace No. 3 and recorded one find and was seldom seen.

Congratulations to Heath Kooima and Josh Nieman for winning the 2018 NGSPA Open Shooting Dog Invitational Championship with Babe!

Gentry, Mo., November 27 — One Course

Judges: Andy Crowell and Doug Meyer

NGSPA OPEN SHOOTING DOG INVITATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

[One-Hour Heats on Consecutive Days; One-Hour Finals] —

11 German Shorthairs

Winner—MURPHY’S BABE, 1650910, female, by Slicks Cuttin Wild—Murphy’s Cheap Trick. Heath Kooima, owner; Josh Nieman, handler.

NGSPA Amateur Shooting Dog Invitational

Our judges for the 2018 NGSPA Amateur Shooting Dog Invitational were Randy Anderson of Vinita, Okla., and Ric Peterson of Gilbert, Ariz. Both men knew what they were looking for as they watched the twelve outstanding amateur contenders navigate the three challenging courses. Their services were greatly appreciated.

THE WINNER

The Amateur Shooting Dog Invitational Champion was Texas She’s Got Legs, callname Ziva, owned by Kirk and Terry Bomer of Spring, Tex., and handled by Terry. Ziva exhibited three consistent hours in the field with multiple dead broke finds each hour. Terry was able to keep Ziva in the pocket and needed very little scouting.

On the first day Ziva competed in the first brace and was forward and had five dead broke stylish finds and a stop to flush. She was very biddable and had tons of intensity on her birds. She hunted and ran the course showing her maturity and forward power.

Ziva came back on the second day in the fifth brace and again had a strong race while handling on a string for Terry. She rimmed the bean fields hunting while having six perfectly mannered finds. Once again she was consistent with her race and needed little scouting as she stayed right in the pocket.

The third day  Ziva drew brace No. 2 and was braced with the defending champion Snowy River’s Full Strut. Ziva put forth another snappy race with great style on all her bird work. Ziva ran the edges of the corn field hunting and was always found to the front on point. She finished the hour with five stylish well-mannered finds.

The judges awarded Ziva the championship title. She was the most consistent dog over the three days. She was always forward, never left the pocket and had great manners on her birds.

We are all proud of the fact that Terry Bomer is the first female to win an NGSPA Invitational. Congratulations Terry!

THE CALLBACKS

The judges wanted to call back four dogs for the third day and they picked the running order.

Lambourn’s Slick Shot, callname Buckshot, owned and handled by Robin Lambourn, had a very impressive first day with three finds and a huge forward race.

Day No. 2 Buckshot had three nice broke finds and a back of Ruger. Buckshot was forward and showed his ground game was on point.

Day No. 3 Ruger and Buckshot were braced together and put on a great race. Buckshot once again had several nice finds but was gone too long for the judges’ liking.

Twin Creek’s Runnin Ruger, owned by Kirk and Larry Loftin and handled by Larry Loftin, had a very impressive three days of running. Day No. 1 Ruger was down in brace No. 2 and had three broke finds. Ruger ran the edges and dug into the grass hunting game for the entire hour.

The second day Ruger was in the sixth brace with Buckshot. Ruger had another constant hour with three broke finds and a big race. The judges noted his last find of the day was extremely impressive.

Day No. 3 Ruger was once again braced with Buckshot in the first brace and had several nice finds but a mishap on a relocation knocked Ruger out of the running.

On the first day, defending champion Snowy River’s Full Strut, owned by Mark and Chase Verdoorn and handled by Chase, was in the fourth brace right after lunch. Strut ran the lines while he searched for birds. He ended the day with one find and a nice forward race.

Strut drew the second brace on the second day and he showed why and how he won the Invitational last year. He put down a nice race with five finds and a stop to flush. He was consistent and to the front with tons of style.

Day No. 3 Strut was in the second brace and he started off strong, once again showing his maturity as he ran the edges and showed to the front. Strut had a nice forward race with several finds but with a questionable situation in the trees Strut was knocked out of contention.

Overall the judges wanted a dog that handled and needed very little scouting. The bird work had to be flawless and the dogs needed to show great style and intensity. Texas She’s Got Legs was named the champion after the three days of running.

THE OTHER ENTRIES

Hi N’s Hasty Matilda, owned and handled by Hank Lewis, was in brace No. 6 the first day. She showed a world of style and was extremely snappy on the ground. She had two finds but was gone at the end. The second day, in brace No. 2, handler picked her up.

Llano’s Snowbird, callname Feather, owned by Chad and Joe Inderman and handled by Mike Patrick, ran in the fifth brace the first day. She had one nice find before handler lost her to the front. The second day started much better for Feather and Mike in the third brace and Feather covered the countryside at Smith Farms. She had two nice finds before handler picked her up.

P J Wildfire’s Little Lexi, owned by Kirk and Larry Loftin and handled by Larry Loftin, was in brace No. 5. Lexi had three finds but was gone at the end.  Lexi was in the first brace the second day and put on a bird-finding show. She had eight stylish well-mannered finds, a nice forward smooth race but the hole she dug on day No. 1 was enough to keep her out of the callbacks.

B M B’s Madison Ave, callname Mattie, owned and handled by Brandon Blum, was in the sixth brace the first day and had seven finds while running the edges of the farm. The second day in the first brace Mattie adjusted to the Missouri cold and snow. She had seven more finds and two unproductives. She ran a forward race but wasn’t enough to crack the top four.

P W Jim Kath’s Kate, owned by Keith and Bobbi Richardson and handled by Keith Richardson, was in brace No. 4 on day No. 1 and was not seen much. Handler decided to pull the retrieval unit.

Llano’s Hot Tamale, callname Molly, owned by Chad and Joe Inderman and handled by Mike Patrick, competed in the third brace the first day and put on a show. She had four nice finds and the judges noted how snappy on the ground she was. The second day Molly was in brace No. 4 right after lunch. She had two nice finds before she was lost on point in the trees.

B M B’s High Character, callname Carrick, owned and handled by Terry Zygalinski, was in brace No. 4 on day No. 1. Carrick ran the edges and was putting down a true shooting dog run. He had five dead broke finds as he powered to the front. Carrick were in brace No. 4 right after lunch on day No. 2. Carrick disappeared after the breakaway.

P W Mya’s Contender, callname  onnie, owned by Keith and Bobbi Richardson and handled by Keith Richardson, was in the third brace on the first day. She ran a nice shooting dog race with four finds and one unproductive. The second day Connie was in brace No. 5 as she started off where she left off the first day. She had three more finds and an unproductive. She was broke and stylish on all her finds but showed a little fatigue as this was the fifth day in a row running for her.

Congratulations to Kirk, Terry and Texas She’s Got Legs for being named the 2018 NGSPA Amateur Shooting Dog Champion! And congratulations to Terry for becoming the first ever woman to win a NGSPA Invitational!

Judges: Randy Anderson and Ric Peterson

NGSPA AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG INVITATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

[One-Hour Heats on Consecutive Days; One-Hour Finals] —

12 German Shorthairs

Winner—TEXAS SHE’S GOT LEGS, 1659131, female, by Slicks Cuttin Wild—Texas Hoosier Girl. Kirk & Terry Bomer, owners; Terry Bomer, handler.

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