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Field Trial Report

Region 8 Amateur Shooting Dog Championship

By Brandon Johnson | Jun 13, 2018
Championship Winner. From left: Dr. Robert Rankin, unidentified participant, Judge Everett Brannan, Dr. Jeff Hale with Hale’s Kickstarter, Judge Charlie Collier, Brandon Johnson, Steve Rutkowski, Dr. Buck Neil and Bob Gum.

Ardmore, Okla. — The 2018 version of the Region 8 Amateur Shooting Dog Championship and Derby was held at the Lake Murray Field Trial Grounds in Ardmore, Okla. Twenty-eight entries from all over creation came to Ardmore for their chance at the big prize, and twelve youngsters were entered in the Derby. Jim Hughes made the longest trip, all the way from Alabama!

We were blessed with great judges, Texans Charlie Collier and Everett Brannan. They were super; they watched all the dogs with great attention and were a joy to be around. Finding qualified judges has become the most difficult part of putting on a field trial. I encourage everyone who is interested in seeing the sport continue, give back to the sport by judging. Over the years these two have helped us and many other clubs judge trials and for that we are most grateful.


Our trial commenced with an Amateur Shooting Dog Derby which brought several talented young dogs before the judges. The winner, Gunna Be A Rockstar, was handled by owner Dr. Buck Neil. Rockstar is by Buck’s great champions Rockstar Andy and Good Times Girl. It is no surprise to anyone in this neck of the woods to see Buck in the winners’ circle. He does a great job with his dogs and is always well prepared and extremely difficult to beat. Second place went to Nemaha Free Loader, handled by owner Dr. Pat McInteer. Hall-of-Famer Dr. McInteer is also constantly in the winners’ picture, not just in Ardmore but all around the country. Third was Wiggins Super Sin, handled by owner Jason Super of Fort Worth, Tex. We were all “super” excited to see Jason get a piece of the action. He is a new trialer and we are always elated to see new people come and enjoy our wonderful sport. Jason and his dog did a great job!

The Region 8 Amateur Shooting Dog Championship year in and year out is consistently one of the most well attended trials in Region 8. The competition is always topnotch, never an easy win, and this year was no exception. Many great dogs were brought to the line. Many dogs had multiple finds. The bird program at Ardmore this year worked to perfection. I don’t believe I have seen a trial in Ardmore that had as much bird work as we did.

The winner was Hale’s Kickstarter, pointer male owned and handled by Dr. Jeff Hale of Russellville, Ark. He ran a wonderful shooting dog race and had two well placed finds, the second of which was outstanding. Dr. Hale had thought he left his dog behind at the turn after the RC park. After searching for a few minutes, he decided to continue to the front where he found the stylish pointer locked down with a great find straight to the front. It was without a doubt a championship performance; his win was well deserved.

Runner-up was Nemaha Night Hawk, pointer male owned and handled by Dr. Pat McInteer of Falls City, Neb. Night Hawk had a very nice shooting dog race with two finds and a back. He was beautiful around his game and was deserving of the runner-up placement.

Several dogs knocked on the door and were just out of contention. Hale’s Southern Touch (Dr. Jeff Hale) ran a beautiful race with two finds. “Bess” is a fabulous dog and has a knack of winning at Ardmore, having recently gotten a piece of the National Amateur Shooting Dog Championship here last spring.

Ben’s Desert Shadow (Steve Rutkowski) also had a great run with four excellent finds, highlighted by a find where three groups of birds got up in waves as Steve flushed. It was a sight to see as Ben stood impressively staunch as each wave descended over his head.

A great time was had at the Region 8 Championship. It would not have been possible without the help of the great team at Ardmore, led by Dr. Robert Rankin and Tom Milam. Bob Gum did an excellent job with the dog wagon. Tyson Traw and others were quick to help when called upon.

We thank Greg Blair and Purina for their continued support of field trials in general, and specifically the Region 8 Championships.

We look forward to seeing you next year at the Region 8 Amateur Shooting Dog  Championship.

Ardmore, Okla., January 12

Judges: Everett Brannon and Charlie Collier

AMATEUR DERBY— 11 Pointers and 1 Setter

1st—GUNNA BE A ROCKSTAR, 1677172, pointer male, by Rockstar Andy—Good Times Girl. Dr. Buck Neil, owner and handler.

2d—NEMAHA FREE LOADER, 1668951, pointer male, by Nemaha Free Style—Wiggins Snow Rebel. Dr. Pat McInteer, owner and handler.

3d—WIGGINS SUPER SIN, 1675016, pointer female, by Wiggins River Mack—Wiggins Sin No More. Jason Super, owner and handler.


[One-Hour Heats] — 23 Pointers and 5 Setters

Winner—HALE’S KICKSTARTER, 1654074, pointer male, by Westfall’s Jumpstarter—Bottom’s War Dance Kim. Dr. Jeffrey Hale, owner and handler.

Runner-Up—NEMAHA NIGHT HAWK, 1663865, pointer male, by Nemaha City Slicker—Ice’s Elhew Reba. Dr. Pat McInteer, owner and handler.

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