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Field Trial Report

Southwest Missouri Open Shooting Dog Championship

By Ken Schmidt | Mar 06, 2018
Nemaha Boot Winner of the Southwest Missouri Open Shooting Dog Championship

Grovespring, Mo. — First let me express my apologies for the delay in the report. I was under the impression the report had been sent. I left on a trip to Australia immediately after the trial ended and did not follow up as I should have. Again my apologies to winners as well as all contestants.

The Southwest Missouri Open Shooting Dog Championship commenced on October 23, on its home venue of the Sportsmen’s Association field trial grounds, Grovespring, Mo. With a fall release of 1500 birds and a feeding program to help establish good healthy coveys plenty of bird work was in the future of this trial.

A cast of 18 Derbies led off this championship program commencing on Monday morning.  The judicial pair of Chris Livingston of Vandalia, Mo., and Howard Burbach of Pleasant Hill, Mo., presided over the Derbies as well as the Championship. Chris is an outstanding competitor in the amateur ranks, and bringing many quality dogs in the trial arena through his Frontline breeding program he has much knowledge in knowing what qualities a championship performer must display. Howard has judged all breeds and types of trials and has the knowledge and expertise to be objective in finding that performance which fits the category of a championship performance. He is much sought after in the judicial saddle, and we were very fortunate to have Howard as well as Chris to oversee this competition.

In the Open Derby, Pat McInteer of Falls City, Neb., came with his Nemaha Freeloader which ran in the third brace and did an outstanding job for his owner-handler to secure first place in a field of very strong competition. Placing second and running in the last brace was Grand Woodlands Dallas, owned by Bob Angen and handled by Shawn Kinkelaar. This young setter sired by Shadow Oak Bo shows a lot of class and speed and surely will be part of the future. Third was Oak Ridge Platinum, owned by Ron Prewitt, handled by Shawn Kinkelaar. “Dan”, sired by Caladen’s Rail Hawk, also showed outstanding potential.


In the Open Shooting Dog Championship, Dr. McInteer again came to the line in the fifth brace with another of his fine young competitors, five-year-old white and orange pointer male Nemaha Boot, sired by a longtime contender Nemaha City Slicker. Boot has all the qualities that one would look for in a champion performer. Boot ran a forward intelligent race, stylish on the ground as well as on his birds. He searched in all the right places in the quest for the elusive quail. His efforts were rewarded with four finds and a back with all in order spaced evenly throughout the hour. As the saying goes, Boot did not just raise the bar, he set the bar for the competition at this trial.

Challenging the winner in classic fashion was white and orange ticked pointer male White Knight’s Prophecy, sired by Sir Eaton and owned by Richard Steckley of Blackwater, Mo. Chuck Stretz handled his charge challenging the winner in all aspects of style, qualty bird work and overall performance. He carded two finds and a very stylish back for Stretz in a very strong challenge to the winner. A performance truly deserving of the runner-up position.

Other performers which attracted the attention of the judges were: Bangert’s Red Baron, handled by Brian Gingrich; Chelsea’s Thunder Bolt, handled by Shawn Kinkelaar; Supernatural, handled by Virgil Moore. In addition I would like to thank other handlers Harold Gearhart and Andy Daugherty for their entries.

Also in the thank you department a team of assistants. George Schmidt manned the dog wagon without fail; Hank Jansen marshalled and restocked birds; George Hill assisted in all duties; Jim Jackman planted birds each morning. A team of dedicated helpers makes for a great trial. Thanks also to Purina for their sponsorship not only for this trial but for their ongoing support in general, the 20th Century fund for their support of the venue at Grovespring.

Last but not least, the continuining support of the Lee H. Cruse Trust which provides additional purse money for this Championship. Lee’s legacy lives on in the support he continues to give to a sport which he loved. He was truly a champion of champions in the sport we all love.

Grovespring, Mo., October 23

Judges: Howard Burbach and Chris Livingston

OPEN DERBY — 16 Pointers and 2 Setters

1st—NEMAHA FREELOADER, 1668951, pointer male, by Nemaha Free Style—Wiggins Snow Rebel. Dr. Pat McInteer, owner and handler.

2d—GRAND WOODLANDS DALLAS, 1668375, setter female, by Shadow Oak Bo—Get Back Lola. Bob Angen, owner; Shawn Kinkelaar, handler.

3d—OAK RIDGE PLATINUM, 1673779, pointer male, by Caladen’s Rail Hawk—Yankee Trace Soldier. Ron Prewitt, owner; Shawn Kinkelaar, handler.

SOUTHWEST MISSOURI OPEN SHOOTING DOG CHAMPIONSHIP [One-Hour Heats] — 28 Pointers, 5 Setters and 6 Vizslas

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

Runner-Up—WHITE KNIGHT’S PROPHECY, 1652117, pointer male, by Sir Eaton—Katrina Wind. Dr. Richard Steckley, owner; Chuck Stretz, handler.

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