2011 25th NBHA Futurity

Throughout the week there are several side events that deserve mention. The previous year’s winner of the Puppy Classic hosts a dinner and happy hour. This year Wild Covey Kennel hosted a fish fry for a clubhouse full of hungry competitors and some special guests. Including Dean Reinke and Gailen Cooper of Purina and Jim Morehouse of Tri Tronics. Well known owner of National Champion Lester’s Snowatch, Gary Lester was a welcome visitor one and kept us entertained with his great stories. Chef Gebhardt and Jason Kemna fried catfish and French fries until everyone got their fill. There were unsubstantiated rumors that the cooks had a secret stash of crappie filets for their private consumption. Who knows? I can promise you however that it was a fine meal!

Last years Futurity winner Jim Castagna and handler Robert Ecker hosted a delicious BBQ dinner. After dinner Robert Ecker was presented with a portrait of last year’s winner Cas Tiny. Peggy Sibley once again did an awesome job of capturing the true beauty of a dog on standing game.

The Futurity standard is built around finding the best potential shooting dogs. The initial series commenced on Monday morning to clear skies and cooler temperatures with 15 of the best derbies in the country ready to show their abilities. Running young dogs can and will test your patience. Some of these dogs were mature beyond their tender age while others showed their youthful exuberance.

Judges are as important as any one single thing in the success of a great field trial. This panel was second to none in experience, knowledge, and ability. The Futurity and Puppy Classic were Dr. Charlie Sackett of Liberty, Mo and Mike Branscum of Nancy, Ky. Charlie is no stranger to this trial having trained and handled three futurity winners and besting a field of 61 in the 1998 NBHA Puppy Classic with the very special Ch. Easyflow Socialite. He has also selflessly given of his time judging many walking and horseback trials over the years. Mike is also no stranger to the NBHA and to field trials in general. He has won many trials and is best known for the great Ch. Branscum’s Nickel. Mike has also judged many walking and horseback trials.

After a full day of running the field would be trimmed to 6. Schwenksville Reggie for handler Robert Ecker emerged from the 1st brace with a nice ground performance. Penrosa Stoneyox for owner/handler Tim Penn had a wide and stylish race in the 2nd. XYZ for Ecker had a nice run in the 3rd with finds at 5 and 22. Miller’s Classy Lady for owner/handler Donald Terrell had a nice race with a find at 25. Rocky Hollow Firecracker ran a good race with a find at 25 and a nice back in the 4th. Hale’s Amy for Larry Wade ran a beautiful race with a great find at 26 in the 7th brace. The 1 hour callback braces were announced as:

1.Penrosa Stoneyox, SM, Tim Penn.
XYZ, PM, Robert Ecker.
2. Rocky Hollow Firecracker, PM, Brian Casey.
Hale’s Amy, PF, Larry Wade
3. Miller’s Classy Lady, PF, Donald Terrell.
Schwenksville Reggie, PM, Robert Ecker.

The 25th NBHA Futurity winner is Rocky Hollow Firecracker for owner/handler Brian Casey. Firecracker ran a smooth, forward race with finds at 6, 31, and 48. He had great style throughout and was in complete sync with Brian for the full hour. 2nd was Miller’s Classy Lady for Donald Terrell. Lady had a nicely handled race with stylish finds at 8, 24, and 51. 3rd was Hale’s Amy for Larry Wade had a back at 6 and finds at 35 and 50. Penrosa Stoneyox for Tim Penn was 4th with a huge race and 1 find at 45.

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