Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet

The National Bird Hunters Association held its annual business meeting on the weekend of July 26 at the Hilton Garden Inn Nashville/Franklin Cool Springs, TN. On Friday the 26th the Welcome / Social gathering kicked off the weekend with a nice gathering of NBHA enthusiast enjoying cocktails and stories.

NBHA is very fortunate to have great sponsors who support the NBHA in our mission to be the leader in walking field trials. Purina Pro Plan, Garmin, Gun Dog Supply, Mule Brand Clothing and Gun Dog Central provides their generous support to the NBHA throughout the year.

Saturday morning at 8:00 the NBHA business meeting opened up by President Greg Blair, following a roll call of Executive Officers and State Directors. Minutes from previous years meeting were discussed and approved. Current slate of officers had their yearend reports read and financial reports were presented to the board and all were approved. Election of officers followed with three positions being filled by new officers. President elect is Bruce Mercer from Jonesboro, Georgia. 1st Vice President elect is Ken Black of Washington, Illinois. And 2nd Vice elect is Jacob Starnes of Derby Kansas. Re-elected as 3rd Vice President is Shane Bevel of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Current officers are Secretary Tim Penn of Edina, Missouri and Treasurer Ray Brown of Dothan, Alabama. Futurity Co-directors are Brian Casey of Belknap, Illinois and Bruce Mercer of Jonesboro, Georgia.

Following the election of officers, dates were set for this next trial season for all the major NBHA events, National and Regional Championships. Discussion was then heard on Rules and Regulations with all the changes being updated on the NBHA website. A new map of the country now shows the Regional structure and continuing growth of the NBHA organization.

Saturday evening banquet started with the introduction of a memorial plaque that will be placed in the NBHA Hall of Fame section of the Bird Dog Museum in honor Jim Duncan, our lost friend and supporter of the NBHA. Following the meal, the excitement grew with the many Sponsor products and donated items that were available for purchase by the silent auction or tickets in the bucket drawings. Thank you to our live auction items as Scott Miller purchased the English Cocker male pup that was donated by John Rex and Diane Gates. High Tailin’ It Setters, owner Jim Jorgensen purchased the setter stud service Woodsville’s Yukon Cornelius owned by Carl Owens. Dr. Stan Wint purchased the pointer stud service Dogwood Bill donated by Jamie Daniels. New to the banquet this year was the NBHA tee shirts and embroidered caps, they were a big hit and will continue to be available for purchase throughout the rest of the year through Mule Brand Clothes.

National Bird Hunters Association Hall of Fame inductee this year was Dr. Stan Wint of Gardner, Kansas. Stan served as a National officer, owned and campaigned his dogs throughout the NBHA, judged and chaired numerous trials and has been a valued promoter of the NBHA. Congratulations to Stan for achieving this honor.

Awards for the Dog of the Year and Handler of the Year were given out to the winner and runner-up in each category. We would like to congratulate all of the award winners this year and a thank you to each and every person who entered a NBHA trial. Top Open Shooting Dog winner was Indian Creek Bocephus, PM owned by Ed Marron of Ho Ho Kus, New Jersey. Ed was presented with his Open Shooting Dog of the Year award and a portrait of Indian Creek Bocephus. Top Amateur Shooting Dog was Hainline’s Silver Star, PF owned by Jeff Hainline of Bellevue, Illinois. Jeff was presented with his Amateur Shooting Dog of the Year award and a portrait of Hainline’s Silver Star.

Overall Handler of the Year award in each category is sponsored by Purina with a presentation of an embroidered jacket given to each winner in both the Open and Amateur category. This years Open Handler of the Year is Garry Malzone of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey and this year’s Amateur Handler of the Year is Kenny Snow of Muldrow, Oklahoma.

Dog and Handler of the year winners 2018 – 2019
OPEN SHOOTING DOG
Winner – Indian Creek Bocephus
Ed Marron
Runner-up – Hirollins Easy Money
Warren Parrott

OPEN DERBY
Winner – Indian Creek Alibi
Black Meadow Kennels
Runner-up – Belle Star
Stanley McCain

OPEN PUPPY
Winner – Montana Bullet
Gary Dowdy
Runner-up – Fast Money
C.W. Bud Moore

AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG
Winner – Hainlines Silver Star
Jeff Hainline
Runner-up – Rz Zuzu
Randall Zimmer

AMATEUR DERBY
Winner – Lets Go Crazy
Kenny Snow
Runner-up – Raspberry Beret
Kenny Snow

AMATEUR PUPPY
Winner – Carpenter’s Charlie P
Carpenter’s Kennels
Runner-up – Gabriel Tomoka’s Wing
Lisa Mitchell
AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG ([email protected])
Winner – Bugs N Dirt
Ross Wagner
Runner-up – Kenney’s Aces Wild
Charles Kenney




OPEN SHOOTING DOG HANDLER
Winner – Garry Malzone
Runner-up – Warren Parrott

OPEN DERBY HANDLER
Winner – Garry Malzone
Runner-up – David Emert
Oscar Whitt

OPEN PUPPY HANDLER
Winner – Justin Crook
Runner-up – Karl Forsberg

AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG HANDLER
Winner – Greg Blair
Runner-up – Kenny Snow
Chelsie Conroy

AMATEUR DERBY HANDLER
Winner – Kenny Snow
Runner-up – Scott Hauer

AMATEUR PUPPY HANDLER
Winner – Kenny Snow
Runner-up – Tim Kelly

AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG HANDLER
Winner – Lindsey Wagner
Runner-up – Charles Kenney


NBHA would like to thank all the participants, owners and handlers for the support this past field trial season. Next years meeting will be held in Memphis, TN with the awards and banquet ceremony in the Bird Dog Museum at Grand Junction, TN.

Plan your schedule to attend an NBHA Championship this season, the following events are listed by date. First NBHA championship event will be on November 21.
National Amateur CH. Pamlico, SC November 21-24
Southern Regional CH. Jet Pep Farms, AL December 12-14
Eastern Regional CH. Pamlico, SC December 19-22
National Free-For-All CH. Grovesprings, MO January 10-12
National Amateur Invitational CH. A.G. Preserve, GA January 16-20
National Open Inv./ Breeders CH. Poston’s, SC January 21-24
NBHA Futurity Poston’s, SC January 24-26
National Open CH. Coffee Gap, TN March 4-8
Central Regional CH. Boonville, AR March 12-15
Western Regional CH. Inola, OK March 19-22
Midwest Regional CH. Williamsburg, MO March 26-29
Northern Regional CH. Sauk Prairie, WI April 1-5

Special thank you goes out to our special guest who attended this year’s meeting and banquet, Dean Reinke of Purina Pro Plan, and Tonya Brotherton of the Bird Dog Museum.

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