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Chelsea’s Thunder Bolt Wins 2019 Running; Shag Time Scout is Runner-Up

Texas Open Shooting Dog Championship

By Virgil Moore | Dec 03, 2019
Championship Winners. From left: Judge Charlie Collier, Virgil Moore with Chelsea’s Thunder Bolt, Shawn Kinkelaar, Tom Woods with Shag Time Scout and Judge Tom Milam.

Ardmore, Okla. — The Texas Open Shooting Dog Championship was held November 10 at the Lake Murray field trial grounds in Ardmore, Okla.

We were pleased to have two outstanding judges for this renewal. Tom Milam of Elm Mott, Tex., and Charlie Collier of Corsicana, Tex., presided over the trial. These two men have a lot of knowledge and pay attention.

The late Mike McClanahan, the former backbone of the trial, was greatly missed. Stewards of the past Championships, Jack and Peg Herriage and Charlie Jackson, were also missed.

We all enjoyed Charlie’s daughter Kris O’Toole and Charlie’s granddaughter Kathleen Arizpe for a day of fine riding.

Everett Brannan was unable to attend, and we missed him handling the marshalling duties.

Chuck Forsyth drove the dog wagon; thanks so much for taking your time and supporting the trial. Linda Milam kept everyone in place and kept everyone fed.

A big thank you to Purina and SportDog for all they do for field trials and SportDog for making donations to the trial.


Named champion was Chelsea’s Thunder Bolt,  seven-year-old white and liver pointer male owned by Dr. Tom Jackson of Columbus, Ind., and George Hickox of Bismarck, N. D.

Thunder Bolt ran in the 5th brace. He ran an outstanding forward race and had three independent finds at 13, 39 and 50, all of which he handled with class and style. Thunder Bolt was handled by Shawn Kinkelaar.

This is Bolt’s 17th championship title and third time he has won the Texas Shooting Dog Championship title (2016, 2017 and 2019)!

Runner-up Shag Time Scout was also handled by Shawn Kinkelaar in the 4th brace. He is owned by Ron Prewitt of Hudson, Ill. Scout had a strong, consistent race with two good finds at 22 and 49.

Other notable dogs that caught the judges’ eyes were: World Class Chief with two finds at 20 and 55. Tug of War had a good find at 16 but an accident on a back.

In Swami’s Shadow was getting it done but made a wrong turn. L F Dyno Mike had a good find at 22 and a smooth race.

Ardmore, Okla., November 10

Judges: Charlie Collier and Tom Milam


26 Pointers and 4 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—SHAG TIME SCOUT, 1649458, setter male, by Ridge Creek Cody—Erin’s Skydancer. Ron Prewitt, owner; Shawn Kinkelaar, handler.


The Open Derby was an exciting stake. The winners showed potential in all aspects for future trial stars. They share a common thread. All are from the same litter bred by Richard A. Snipes, Jr. of Aspermont, Tex., by Chelsea’s Thunder Bolt ex S S S Jill.

Shawn Kinkelaar handled S S S Lightning to first. She had an excellent broke find and maintained her composure during a difficult flush. She ran a very showy race. S S S Petey, handled by Allen Vincent, placed second. He ran a smooth pleasing race with a good broke find. He’s a very attractive dog that looks good going and hunts as he does it. S S S Stormy showed us what’s she’s about. She’s a fast, snappy female that has lots of desire and wants to please. She had a broke find at 17 for handler Allen Vincent

OPEN DERBY — 14 Pointers

1st—S S S LIGHTNING, 1684478, female, by Chelsea’s Thunder Bolt—S S S Jill. R. A. Snipes, Jr., owner; Shawn Kinkelaar, handler.

2d—S S S PETEY,  1684453, male, by Chelsea’s Thunder Bolt—S S S Jill. R. A. Snipes, Jr., owner; Allen Vincent, handler.

3d—S S S STORMY, 1684479, female, by Chelsea’s Thunder Bolt—S S S Jill. R. A. Snipes, Jr., owner; Allen Vincent, handler.

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