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Field Trial Report

Region 8 Amateur Shooting Dog Championship

By Brandon Johnson | May 16, 2019

Ardmore, Okla. — A great time was had by all at the Region 8 Amateur Shooting Dog Championship. We were faced with cold temperatures and overcast skies, but that is to be expected in Oklahoma this time of year! We were blessed to have Brandon Johnson of Guthrie, Okla., and Dr. Robert Rankin of Edmond, Okla., as our judges. They were treated to great performances by promising young Derbies and some of the best amateur shooting dogs in the country.

The Derby drew ten young prospects. Birds were plentiful and all of the dogs earning placements made their way around birds. Hale’s High Flyer had a wonderful broke find to go along with a spirited race. The pointer female is owned by Dr. Jeffrey Hale of Russell- ville, Ark. It appears Dr. Hale has another strong contender waiting in the wings. Griff’s Valiant Skipper, pointer male owned and handled by Mike Griffin of Stilwell, Okla., ran a great race and also had a nice piece of bird work. Mike also ran another young Derby that did a nice job and deserves an honorable mention. Third was My Way Home, a young puppy that looks like he will be a strong contender as he develops. He is owned and handled by Jon Humphrey of Claremore, Okla. Jon also ran a littermate to his male; young female True Discovery also did a splendid job.

The Region 8 Amateur Shooting Dog was won by Dr. Pat McInteer’s wonderful dog Nemaha Boot, white and orange pointer male that turned six years of age the day the stake started (January 12). Boot’s performance made this Championship very easy to judge. He dominated the field with four very classy finds. His ground game was equally as spectacular, always to the front and searching for game in all the right places.

Neither Dr. McInteer nor Nemaha Boot are strangers to championship performances. They are a great team and it was a pleasure to watch them master their craft.

Runner-up was Hale’s Kickstarter, five-year-old white and black pointer male that was the returning champion. He had another championship caliber performance this year as well. Kickstarter is owned and handled by Dr. Jeffrey Hale.

Interestingly Dr. McInteer and Dr. Hale were also champion and runner-up last year; however, in reverse order.

Kickstarter ran in the first brace of the trial. He is a very classy moving dog and it was a joy to watch him maneuver around the course. He was rewarded with a handsome find. His manners and style around the birds were impeccable, and he left little doubt that he was a contender from the very beginning. His breathtaking race and tremendous bird work were enough to withstand all challenges, less one.

Several other dogs that ran demonstrated championship qualities and are deserving of accolades. Bromance, pointer male owned and handled by Jon Humphrey, had a championship quality effort. He racked up two finds and a nice forward race. Nemaha Cinch, owned and handled by Dr. McInteer, also had a nice race and a solid piece of bird work, which left in contention much of the trial. Chase, setter male handled by Greg Sand, also put down a nice effort with three good finds.

All told more than half of the entries  had birds and many dogs had multiple finds. Other than the cold weather, the trial couldn’t have gone much better.

We were happy to have several young spectators join the gallery. Jason Reed brought his 14-year-old twins Clayton and Nicholas. They had the opportunity to watch their dad run a Derby and were a big hit among the patrons. Brandon Johnson brought his entire family to the trial. His wife Juli handled the cooking and rode every brace. Their sons, Brock, 10, and Bryce, 8, also rode every brace. They displayed great horsemanship and were a big hit with the other trialers.

Region 8 President Bob Gum handled the dog wagon duties and did a masterful job. The roads were slick, and we were limited in our access to the course, but he did a great job.

Thanks again to our judges, Brandon Johnson and Dr. Robert Rankin. Bob Gum, our wagon driver, and Juli Johnson for cooking. The trial was a resounding success and we look forward to seeing everyone next year.

Ardmore, Okla., January 12

Judges: Brandon Johnson and Dr. Robert Rankin

AMATEUR DERBY — 9 Pointers and 1 Setter

1st—HALE’S HIGH FLYER, 1676691, pointer female, by Hale’s Kickstarter—Hale’s Mae Do. Dr. Jeffrey A. Hale, owner and handler.

2d—GRIFF’S VALIANT SKIPPER, 1680109, pointer male, by Valiant—Jimfork’s Sinbad Lady. Mike Griffin, owner and handler.

3d—MY WAY HOME, 1682753, pointer male, by Westfall’s True Grit—Hear Her Roar. Jon Humphrey, owner and handler.

REGION 8 AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG CHAMPIONSHIP

[One-Hour Heats] — 17 Pointers and 3 Setters

Winner—NEMAHA BOOT, 1651910, pointer male, by Nemaha City Slicker—Nemaha Tinker Bell. Dr. Pat McInteer, owner and handler.

Runner-Up—HALE’S KICKSTARTER, 1654074, pointer male, by Westfall’s Jumpstarter—Button’s War Dance Kim. Dr. Jeffrey A. Hale, owner and handler.

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