NBHA National Amateur Championship

NBHA National Amateur Championship concluded on December 15th with Judges Dr. Brent Hoehns and Jeff Wallace of Knoxville IA naming Blair's Witch Project SM as the 2018-19 Champion. "Guy" is owned and handled By Greg Blair of Menomonee Falls, WI. Runner-up Champion is Jaguar Za Czeshka SM owned and handled by Magda Lear of Louisville, KY. This years event had twenty five entries bidding for this Amateur Championship title.

Special thanks to the NBHA Sponsors for supporting this event, Purina Pro Plan, Garmin, Gun Dog Supply, and Mule Brand Clothing. Thanks to all who participated and to Larry Carpenter trial chairman and the Missouri State Bird Hunters Association members who helped with this event.

Greg Blair of Menomonee Fall, WI guided his 7 year old English Setter male Blair's Witch Project, "Guy" to this year's NBHA National Amateur Championship title. Braced with Tim Penn's setter Penrosa Stoneyox, "Stone" in the seventh brace, these two started the second day of running with a bang. Away quickly, Guy was found pointing with Stone backing at 8 and again at 12, both dogs stylish and rigid. Stone had his first find at 16 before the road crossing, standing well with Guy backing. Sent on both dogs were found pointing different groups of birds in the same draw at the 28 minute mark. Blair flushing quickly and taking Guy on. Penn persistent with an extended flushing attempt and relocation, finally flushing running birds in the heavy, thick cover. Dogs have now become separated because of the long relocation. Stone went on to have a nice find an the edge of Sycamore bottom field and a fourth find at time in Little vine loop field again with a prolonged flushing attempt handled well by the veteran campaigner. Blair's charge went on a tear, running the race of the stake. Quick and snappy, always forward and required a minimum of handling. Guy had three more well-spaced finds on the back course for a total of six finds. Still running strong, he was found forward, standing at time and picked up. A great race and deserving championship performance.

This year's Runner-up Champion is Jaguar Za Czeshka, setter male owned by Dylan Lear and handled by Magda Lear of Louisville, KY. Braced with the runner-up was Big Trouble Luke, a handsome pointer male owned and handled by Steve Heenan. Both dogs were away quickly starting from the club house. Jaguar was standing past the Cemetery, as judge and handler approached a nice covey had lifted from out in front of Jaguar, his manners were excellent, shot fired and he was sent on. Brought on Jaguar stretched out and made a nice cast finding his second find on the tree line before the road crossing, all in order. Duke had a nice stand before the road crossing with all in order. Both dogs were found standing in the bottom before Sycamore bottom field. Duke gave into temptation during the flushing attempt and was picked up. Lear's charge was steady, but taken on for an unproductive. Jaguar finished nicely. With a minimum of handling, he covered the edges, showed good range, stayed to the front and scored three more birds. All his finds were well located and handled with perfect manners. A total of five finds for his hour.

The Running

First brace started at 8:00 AM with Hainline's Rock N Roller, PM owned and handled by Jeff Hainline with Doc's Free Fall, PM owned and handled by Dr. John Ruetschi. Both dogs started off strong with Rock having a find by the Cemetery at 6. Free Fall was pointing at 13 in the creek bed and was looking good until the prerelease covey made their exit through the sky line and that ended the bid for Free Fall. Rock had another find at 14 all in order. Rock's day came to an end at 23 on his third find as he moved at the flight of the birds.

2nd brace following coffee and a treat, Beaucoub Creek Buck, SM, owned and handled by Don Heisner and Winkleman's Little Sugar, PF, owned and handled by Mike Duvall made their exit with their running shoes on. Going to the right places Sugar drew first blood with a find at 16 with Buck backing her. At 25 Sugar was found again with Buck backing, shot fired all in order for Sugar. Buck's handler elected to pick up Buck at this time. Sugar continued on with a big race she had finds at 32,48 and her last find at 53. She was a handful today.

3rd Brace had Ruth's High Flying Goose, PM owned by Mike and Ruth Roper and handled by Mike Roper he was braced with Crazy Train, PM; owned and handled by Kenny Snow. Goose or "Monkey" as his co-owner Ruth calls him had a find at 9 with Train having trouble on the back, his owner ask for the tracker. Goose continued on with a find at 25. At 33 Goose suffered a unproductive as Mike could not produce a bird. Goose went on and recorded finds at 47, 55, and 58 he finished his hour with a total of five finds.

Brace 4) was reported earlier with Runner-up Champion Jaguar Za Czeshka and Big Trouble Duke.

5th brace Beaucoub Creek Gus, SM; owned and handled by Don Heisner and Golden County Sizzle Sid, SM; owned and handled by Steve Donovan. Both dogs to the front early with Gus found on point at 7 all in order. Gus pointed again at 15 with Sid backing. Sid was found pointing at 21 but handler could not produce any birds. Gus meanwhile was on point on the other side of the field at 21 with all in order. Gus pointed again at 30 with Sid backing and then finished his hour with finds at 40 and again at 50

6th brace Crow Creek Deuce, PF; owned and handled by Ken Black and Doc's Right Wing, PM; owned and handled by Dr. John Ruetschi. Both dogs took in the big bottoms at breakaway and Wing had a nice find on a covey at 4, a nice piece of work. Deuce then scored at 7 with Wing backing. Both dogs continue on with Deuce pointing at 27 on one side of the field and Wing found pointing at 28 to the front. Deuce had her last find at 35. Wing was not pleasing his owner and was leashed at 37.

Brace #7 Champion Blair's Witch Project and Penrosa Stoneyox were previously reported.

8th brace had A Keystone Kid, SM; owned and handled by Keith Foreman and Hainline's Silver Star, PF; owned and handled by Jeff Hainline. Star was scratched prior to the running of the brace, so the Bye dog Royal Rocks Lotta Hardcash, PM; “Murph” owned and handled by Mike Roper was moved up. Murph scored first at 5 with Archie backing. Murph had his next find at 8 all in order. Archie had a good find at 21 all in order then scored again at 26 with Murph backing. Both dogs continued on and Archie had the next 2 finds at 35 and 40 with Murph backing at 40. Both dogs were pointing on opposite sides of the course at 44. Murph finished having finds at 51 and 55. Another good brace to watch.

9th brace Rz ZuZu, SF; owned and handled by Randy Zimmer and Milomix Paddy, SF; owned and handled by Bill Wright. This brace broke away with Paddy having a nice find at 9. Zu had a find at 12 with Paddy having trouble with the back and was up. Zu went ahead and had nice finds at 16, 17 with good manners. Zu’s last find at 34 ended her bid as she took steps at flight and was picked up.

10th brace Bevel's Royal Bayou, LSM; owned and handled by Shane Bevel and Outlaw Secret Agent, PM; owned and handled by Jim Crook. Bayou was scratched and Jim had become ill and was not able to travel from Alabama.

11th brace Crow Creek Sugarbaby, PF; owned and handled by Ken Black and Courageous Blue Shadow, SF; owned and handled by Keith Foreman. Both dogs were away strong and not seen until point called for Shadow at 12 with Sugar backing. Sugar had a find at 26 with good manners. Both dogs at 35 were up to end their time.

12th brace had El Camelot, PM; owner Danny Martin & Danny Draffen handler Danny Draffen and Thumper's Anything But PF, owner and handled by Mike Duvall. Both dogs had their express running shoes on as Thumper had a find at 22 and moved and was up. Cam was found pointing to the front at 25 a good find all in order. He had his next find at 34 and moved at flight.

Companion stakes

The Derby had a good field of 10 entries. First place dog was Wendy PF owned and handled by Kenny Snow. She had a strong race and a nice find. Second went to her litter mate Lisa also a PF owned and handled by Kenny Snow who had a good race and a find. Third went to Belle SF owner Carpenter's Kennels handled by Danny Draffen. She had a nice race and 1 find. This was a good competitive derby stake that shows the potential of becoming winning shooting dogs.

The Puppy had 6 dogs entered. First was Grits SM owned and handled by Jack Glover. He had a nice race and a nice find on a covey. Second was Goldie SF owned and handled by Jim Ogle and third was Charley Owner Carpenter's Kennels and handled Joe Zimmer

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