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Field Trial Report

Southeastern Open Shooting Dog Championship

By Joel Norman | Apr 17, 2018
Chelsea's Thunder Bolt Winner of the Southeastern Open Shooting Dog Championship

Leesburg, Ga. — The Southeastern  Open Shooting Dog Championship drew a strong field of 59 dogs. The trial began March 7 and was judged by John Outlaw of Warsaw, N. C., and Tom Brigman of Rose Hill, N. C.

The winner emerged in Chelsea’s Thunder Bolt, white and liver pointer male coming six years of age, co-owned by Dr. Tom Jackson of Columbus, Ind.,  and George Hickox of Bismarck, N. D., and handled by Shawn Kinkelaar.

Bolt earned this title with a strong race and four good finds. This was his fourth championship win this year and ninth in his career. Thunder Bolt was the Purina Top Shooting Dog Award winner for 2016-2017.

Named runner-up was Charitable Deed, four-year-old white and liver pointer female recently acquired by Keith Finlayson of Tallahassee, Fla.,  from handler Tommy Rice III. Deed ran a good forward race and was rewarded with three finds.

Thanks to the Griffith family for supporting the field trial sport. Also thanks to Senah Plantation staff for making things go smoothly.

Leesburg, Ga., March 7

Judges: Tom Brigman and John Outlaw


[One-Hour Heats] — 50 Pointers and 9 Setters

Winner—CHELSEA’S THUNDER BOLT, 1649213, pointer male, by Whippoorwill Wild Agin—Butler’s Jill. Dr. Tom Jackson & George Hickox, owners; Shawn Kinkelaar, handler.

Runner-Up—CHARITABLE DEED, 1658659, pointer female, by Three Rivers—B W Molly. Keith Finlayson, owner; Thomas Rice III, handler.

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