The final morning began warm with the temperature around 65 degrees. The humidity was lower and the feeling was that it would be a good morning to run a dog. The skies were mainly cloudy and there was a light wind coming from the south.
I have been remiss in not talking about the wonderful grounds that this Championship was contested over. The field trial grounds which are owned and maintained by the Sportsman Association near Grove Spring, MO offer some of the nicest grounds available to show high class bird dogs. The big meadows with clearly defined edges can make a dog look very good. There are areas of higher grassy cover, many of which have had intelligent use of mowing to give edges, through which a dog must go with you through. There are deep draws in which a dog can be misplaced and areas which are heavily wooded. The grounds are a very good test of a bird dog. The dogs were run over three -- one hour courses, ran continuously. The course flowed well and gave handlers many opportunities to showcase their canine athletes.
We were very fortunate to have two judges of the caliber that we had. Stan Noble and Howard Burback filled the judicial saddles. They are very knowledgeable, attentive, and positive in their evaluation of the dogs. We thank them for their hard work.
I also want to take a moment to thank our sponsors for this event. Purina has long been the chief sponsor of this event. Their commitment to supporting field trials, both financially and thorough their superior products are very much appreciated. SportDog has provided their fine products for all the placed dogs. Garmin/Tri-Tronics supplied a collar to the winner. Dogs Unlimited donated a one hundred dollar gift certificate to the winning dog. These organizations represent the top tier of their business and we are fortunate to have their support.
- NFC/NGDC/FC Brillows Big Wild Western (Willie) GWP, handler Jim West
- Thrillems Dust devil (DD) Pointer, handler Mark Devos
Wiley recorded a stylish, intense find at 58 minutes; he had earlier had a non-productive. His was a good, forward race. He finished the hour well.
DD displayed a nice, mainly forward race that would be marred with a couple of absences. She had two finds with all in order. She also had a non-productive. She finished her time well.
- Banjo XVII (Banjo) Brittany, handler Dale Pool
- Brillows Sureshot Hardknock Doc (Doc) GWP, handler Jim West
Banjo started off well, going to through the cover. He had a find at 24 minutes, with enough movement that his day was done.
Doc started fast and to the front. He had a good stop to flush at 14 minutes but he released himself to end his bid.
- FC/AFC Dash Away, Pointer, Owner - Spero Manson, Handler - Steve Bailey
- NAFC/FC Iskote Animikee, Irish Setter, Owner - Spero Manson, Handler - Steve Bailey
- NGDC/DC/AFC JB’s Asker Bout Birds MH, Vizsla, Owners - Joanne and Chet Beckley, Handler - Joanne Beckley
- Penny’s Wiki Wiki Another Wai Tai Please, Vizsla, Owners - Chad Chapman and Nancy Browne, Handler - Chad Chapman
Best of Breeds
- Brittany: FC Just Call Me Lucky Ned Pepper Owner/Handler - Franklin Campbell
- Weim: NFC/FC/AFC Snake Breaks Lutz Deluna Reiteraim , Owner/Handler - Rodney Moon
- GSP: FC Eshod’s Uprising, Owners – Ed and Trudy Moody, Handler - Ray Douse
- GWP: NFC/NGDC/FC Brillows Wild Western, Owner – Rhonda Hauloos, Handler - Jim west
- Irish Setter: NAFC/FC Iskote Animikee, Irish Setter, Owner - Spero Manson, Handler - Steve Bailey
- Pointer: FC/AFC Dash Away, Pointer, Owner - Spero Manson, Handler - Steve Bailey
- Vizsla: NGDC/DC/AFC JB’s Asker Bout Birds MH, Vizsla, Owners - Joanne and Chet Beckley