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Touch's Knight Rider — February 8, 2010-August 13, 2017

By Keith A. Wright | Nov 10, 2017
Touch's Knight Rider

Covington, Ind. — Ch. Touch’s Knight Rider was found dead on his kennel floor August 13. An autopsy later revealed that bloat, or perhaps as it is more commonly referred to, “twisted gut,” as the culprit.

Ike Todd picked “Bill” out of a puppy pen at Joe Don House’s place in Clinton, Ky., and brought him home in the summer of 2010. He went to Ike’s summer camp in North Dakota in a fine crop of coming Derbies.

National Ch. Miller’s Dialing In, R-U Ch. Touch’s Pond Dam, Ch. Touch’s Game Point, Ch. Touch’s Match Point, and Ch. Touch’s Knight Rider were all going through that learning experience together.

Taking nothing away from those champions it was Knight Rider that we wanted to keep and run for ourselves and raise litters from.

Knight Rider was a dog that Ike and I both enjoyed running. He was extremely consistent in his performances. He never beat himself. He was handsome, both on the chain and on his game.

He would go on to have a great career in the open and amateur ranks. He took the top spot in trials such as the National Derby Invitational Championship, the Georgia Quail Championship, the Kentucky Quail Classic, the Pelican Open All-Age, the Sullivan Open All- Age, runner-up in the Region 4 and Region 6 Amateur Championships,  and the title in the Region 2 Amateur All-Age Championship, the Rend Lake Amateur and a host of seconds and thirds in the open and amateur ranks. He gave a valiant effort in his first of two runs at Ames Plantation in the 2013 National Championship.

He has produced both champions and runner-up champions. One of those, Touch’s Smooth Rider, is here at my home kennel as I write this. Knight Rider’s record stands at 25 total wins, and the sire of 26 winners with a total of 76 placements.

We will always remember and honor his great accomplishments and strive to produce more like him.

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