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Field Trial Report

Region 17 Amateur Shooting Dog Championship

By Stan Wint | Dec 03, 2019
Region 17 Amateur Shooting Dog Championship Winners. From front left: Hale’s Kickstarter with Jay Lewis and Topp’s First J R with Dave Merritt. Standing: Dr. Jeff Hale, Judges Dr. Stan Wint and David Payne, and Luke Topp.

Elk City, Kan. — The Region 17 (AFTCA) Amateur Shooting Dog Championship was hosted by the Sunflower State Field Trial Club at Bill Westfall’s Ranch outside of Elk City, Kan.

Thirty-five dogs, 27 pointers, six setters, one German Shorthair and one Gordon setter, were drawn for the October 25 start, contestants coming from Nebraska, Arkansas, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Iowa.

Dr. Jeff Hale’s very attractive white and black ticked pointer male Hale’s Kickstarter merged from the 10th brace as champion. Kickstarter had a good find at 6, ran an excellent forward race and finished strong to the front at time.

Luke Topp’s charge Topp’s First J R, white and black pointer male, ran on the second course in the second brace and had a good find on the top of the hill at 7. He backed Greg Gibson’s setter female Minute, handled by Bob Lais, at 25 and finished well to be named runner- up.

Bird-finding was at a premium but several dogs presented birds to the gun and challenged for championship honors.

Dr. Pat Mclnteer’s multiple champion Nemaha Boot had a very commendable performance with one find. Jeff Hale’s Upfront’s Southern Star did a nice job with two finds. Buck Neil’s Gunna Be a Rockstar had good bird work. And all were seriously considered.

Django, handled by Todd Babbel, Ready’s First Pitch, handled by Kevin White, and Bitterark’s Royal Hoz, handled by Frank Schoenborn, all had excellent races and just needed a bird contact to be in the money.

Bill Westfall not only allowed us to hold the Championship on his ranch, but also came with his Kawasaki mule. He and Garvin Collins assisted the dog wagon driver Randy Wilson picking up and ferrying dogs around the course. Ivan Breckenridge did a great job cooking lunch and dinner every day and made sure everyone was full and well nourished.

Luke Topp and Harold Gearhart did all the heavy lifting with regards to planting birds and laying out courses.

The judges for this Championship were David Paine of Pryor, Okla., and Stan Wint of Gardner, Kan. Their decision was well received.

All of Region 17 appreciates the opportunity to hold their Championship on these fine grounds.

The Sunflower State Field Trial Club would like to thank everyone for their participation and those who helped make this event successful.

Elk City, Kan., October 25

Judges: David Payne and Dr. Stan Wint

REGION 17 AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG CHAMPIONSHIP

[One-Hour Heats] — 27 Pointers, 6 Setters, 1 German Shorthair

and 1 Gordon Setter

Winner—HALE’S KICKSTARTER, 1653074, pointer male, by Westfall’s Jumpstarter—Button’s War Dance Kim. Dr. Jeff Hale, owner and handler.

Runner-Up—TOPP’S FIRST J R, 1672426, pointer male, by Merrihill’s Bravo—Aaron’s Mae Be Good. Luke Topp, owner and handler.

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