About the Futurity

30th Annual NBHA Futurity Winners


Spring 2014 - Whetstone Creek WMA



Each spring field trialers from across the country converge together for the NBHA Futurity and the National Open Invitational. The concept of this event was developed by Mr. Jerry Kilgore with some help by others in 1985. It is the oldest walking shooting dog futurity in the country with its inaugural running in 1987. The Futurity is a derby stake with a 30 minute qualifying series and a one hour callback final series to determine the winners. The Jerry Kilgore Puppy Classic was launched shortly after and has evolved into one of the better 30 minute puppy stakes anywhere. The National Open Invitational is open to dogs from Futurity nominated litters that have placed in a shooting dog or derby stake. Since their inception these time honored events have been a proving ground for many future champions and a launching point for young trialers and their dogs.

In 2008, Bobby and Mildred Taylor along with Mr. Kilgore handed the reins over to the very capable and motivated Tony King of Thompson, Mo. Tony has had tremendous success in both walking and horseback field trials over the past several years with his Wild Covey dogs. It is due to his focus, drive, and work ethic. In 2012 Tony decided it was time to write another chapter in his very successful field trial career by taking on the Chairman duties of the Missouri Open Championship as well as accepting a seat on the AFTCA board of trustees. He will be missed as Futurity Director but he will be available to help out when he can as well be a valuable voice when help is needed. His leadership has been a tremendous asset to the NBHA.

In 2012 a new page in the NBHA Futurity was turned. Kevin Western and Tim Penn, both of Northeast Missouri, took the helm of the NBHA Futurity. Kevin and Tim will be able expand on the tremendous ground work that Tony has laid out over the last four years with this program. They have been a part of the Futurity team for the last four years and have a tremendous working knowledge of how this event works and what it take to make it successful. They have been involved with running several Regional and National NBHA trials. They bring a very capable and energized team to the table. In addition to Kevin and Tim we have Chris Gebhart, Larry Carpenter, and Joe Zimmer on their team. These gentlemen bring years of experience and knowledge to the table. In addition there is Doug Meyer, the current NBHA national President. Doug is always willing to share his knowledge and leadership in any way he can. Last but certainly not least we were able to retain the services of Tony King as a consultant and voice for this event.

The 2013 renewal will not only see new faces it will have a new location. It will be held at the Whetstone Wildlife Management Area near Williamsburg Missouri. This location has been host to two NBHA National Amateur Championships. It brings a diverse mix of timber and field edges along with rolling hills to really capture and test a dogs hunting ability. The modern facilities are very good to host a trial of this magnitude.
Where would we be without the fine sponsors of Purina, Tri-Tronics, Christie and Gun Dog Supply, we thank you for your incredibly generous support of this event and the NBHA.

Since their inception these time honored events have been a proving ground for many future champions and a launching point for young and beginning field trialers from all over the country.

Please consider becoming part of the NBHA Futurity program by nominating a litter and running your puppies, derbies and shooting dogs against the nation’s best. Help us maintain the NBHA Futurity a prestigious event with a high level of competition that truly evaluates your breeding efforts. In return, we will work hard towards promoting and maintaining the NBHA Futurity and Jerry D. Kilgore Puppy Classic programs to ensure that it remains a critical and prominent portion of the field trial community.

The NBHA Futurity would like to thank all of our past patrons and encourage them to continue to support the NBHA Futurity programs. Please do not hesitate to contact any of the Futurity staff if you have any questions, comments or suggestions. Once again, we challenge you to become part of this special event.
The NBHA Futurity and Jerry Kilgore Puppy Classic have grown into one of the premier walking events in the country. It is a fun, family friendly, and well run event that just keeps getting better. Be sure to add it to your schedule next year. You won’t be disappointed!

NBHA Futurity Board