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Chelsea’s Thunder Bolt Wins 2017 Running; Jacked Up Jasper is Runner-Up

Texas Open Shooting Dog Championship

By Virgil Moore | Jan 02, 2018
Chelsea's Thunder Bolt Winner of the Texas Open Shooting Dog Championship

Ardmore, Okla. — The Texas Open Shooting Championship was held November 11 at the Lake Murray field trial grounds in Ardmore, Okla.

We were pleased to have two outstanding judges in Tom Milam of Ross, Tex., and Dr. Bob Rankin of Edmond, Okla., preside for the trial. These two men have a lot of knowledge and pay attention.

Mike McClanahan was the trial chairman and had every detail taken care of.

We missed Jack and Peg Herriage, along with Ed and Jo Beverley, who were previously the backbones of this trial.

Everyone was pleased to see Charlie Jackson and his daughter Kris O’Toole in the gallery.

A special thanks to Darby Moore, Gary Young and Tyson Traw for attending and helping out.


Name champion was Chelsea’s Thunder Bolt, certainly not a new name in the winners’ circle. The five year old white and liver pointer male was the 2016-2017 Purina Top Shooting Dog Award winner, and returned this year in top form. Bolt ran in the second brace; he left no doubt in the judges’ decision. He ran an outstanding up-front race and had independent finds at 13, 31 and 53, all of which he handled with class and style.

Bolt was handled by Shawn Kinkelaar; the relationship he has with Bolt is amazing. His owners are Dr. Tom Jackson of Columbus, Ind., and George Hickox of Bismarck, N.D.

Runner-up laurels were earned by Jacked Up Jasper handled by Virgil Moore in the 10th brace. The five-year- old white and orange setter male had a smooth forward, consistent race. At 31 he made a nice cast on the treeline past the pond on course No. 1. When he didn’t appear at the end of the line Moore went to take a quick look. Jasper was pointed with great style and all was in order at the flush and shot. Jasper is owned by Larry Williamson of Ponca City, Okla.

Other notables that caught the judges’ eyes were: Broadway Hobo for Chuck Taylor, True Choice and R J’s Deicer for Kinkelaar, and After Party for Moore.

Ardmore, Okla., November 11

Judges: Tom Milam and Dr. Robert Rankin


17 Pointers and 5 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—JACKED UP JASPER, 1645583, setter male, by Horton’s Boomer Skip—Horton’s Ridge Jody. Larry Williamson, owner; Virgil Moore, handler.


The Derby was an exciting stake. Grand Woodlands Dallas showed us what’s she’s about. She’s a fast, snappy setter female that has lots of desire and wants to please. She had a find at 21 which earned her first. She was handled by Shawn Kinkelaar who also handled Pinehill Raging Raegan which had a natural front running race and looked good doing it. Kevin White handled his White Way Mona Lisa to third. Mona was braced with the second place dog and showed she’s one to keep an eye on.

OPEN DERBY — 9 Pointers and 1 Setter

1st—GRAND WOODLANDS DALLAS, 1668375, setter female, by Shadow Oak Bo—Get Back Lola. Bob Angen, owner; Shawn Kinkelaar, handler.

2d—PINEHILL RAGING REAGAN, 1670115, pointer female, by Pinehill Elhew Blackhawk—Pinehill Elhew Damascus Joy. Suzy & Tim Hagan & Bill Zimmerman, owners; Shawn Kinkelaar, handler.

3d—WHITE WAY MONA LISA, 1666037, pointer female, by Rock Acre Blackhawk—Black Icy Night. Kevin White, owner and handler.

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