2012 Jerry Kilgore Puppy Classic

Jerry D. Kilgore NBHA Puppy Classic Picture: Front Row: Jerry Raynor with Hardrayn Hotrod, Brent Johnson with Casey’s Carolina Blue, Gary Malzone with Indian Creek Savannah, and Larry Wade with Decoy Lake’s Smoke.

Back Row: Tim Penn (Judge), Jerry D. Kilgore (Founder), Doyle Hardison, Tony and Cora King, and Charlie Sackett (Judge).

Eight capable young prospects toed the line for the running of the 2012 Jerry D. Kilgore Puppy Classic. This year’s contestants competed on Tuesday on the 30 minute Futurity qualifier course. Two amateur handlers Brent Johnson and Larry Wade strapped on their walking boots to compete against two professional handlers Jerry Raynor and Gary Malzone. This stake was not only relaxing but entertaining as these gentlemen joked with each other while trying to maneuver their young talents around the course. It is so great to see this kind of fellowship and camaraderie still around at field trials! As always, the founder of the stake, Mr. Jerry D. Kilgore, was on hand to keep everything running smoothly and handle the dog wagon duties. It is amazing that Jerry is stilled involved with the program he started in 1985. As Jerry would say, “There is nothing more betta” than to find his welcome attitude and to see his smiling face at the field trial grounds every morning.

The first brace of the puppy classic was a dandy featuring the first and second place dogs. Hardrayn Hotrod, a liver and white pointer male, for handler Jerry Raynor and owner Doyle Hardison earned first place honors with stylish 30 minute performance. Hotrod searched birdie objectives and handled the course like a veteran. He was stylish and fast on the ground and was strong throughout the 30 minute performance. Casey’s Carolina Blue for owner and handler Brent Johnson also made a very strong bid in the first brace. This young pointer male started slower but once he got going his application became reaching and equivalent to that of his brace mate. Blue was also fast and stylish on the ground capping his performance off with a very strong finish.

Third place in the Puppy Classic was earned by Indian Creek Savannah a white and orange pointer female handled by Gary Malzone for owner Jillian Stuhr. This classy female started wide and strong, decreased in range throughout the middle but finished well in the second brace of the stake. She applied herself nicely and went to the right objectives.

The fourth place finisher was Decoy Lakes Smoke a pointer male owned and handled by Larry Wade of Erwin, NC. It seems each year Larry continually brings nice puppies to this contest and this year was no exception. This young talent hunted the cover well, looked good going and put down solid performance.

It should be noted that McKinney’s Little Buster a pointer male owned by Mike McKinney and handle by Jerry Raynor ran an extreme all-age race always to the front. The judges saw this dog four times in thirty minutes dead to the front. Although this pup did not fit the judges shooting dog criteria, this pup should develop into an outstanding all-age prospect.

Special thanks to all breeders, owners, and handlers that continually support this puppy program. This program is the foundation of the Futurity process and is a necessary part of developing a quality derby dog. Also special thanks to our generous sponsors: Mr. Jerry Kilgore and First Place Awards, Avery Outdoors for their wonderful dog training products, Borntrager Leather for the custom made leather dog training products, Tri-Tronics for the great e-collars, Christie Enterprises and Purina Pro-Plan Dog Food. Without the donations of their products this stake would not be possible.

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