NBHA 2021 Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony

National Bird Hunters Association held their Annual Meeting on July 24, at the Marriott Courtyard in Collierville, TN. Following the meeting, a shuttle bus provide transportation to the Bird Dog Museum at Grand Junction, TN. Awards Ceremony recognizing last year Dog and Handler of the Year winners, NBHA Hall of Fame Inductee’s, along with an auction and raffle was held.
Pictured from left to right, NBHA Secretary Tim Penn, Ed Marron, and Patty Hensley holding a print of Open Shooting dog winner Pure Confidence, NBHA President Ken Sauer, Lori Bleeker and John Bleeker

NBHA 2021 Annual meeting was called to order at 9:00 AM by President Ken Sauer.

Secretary Tim Penn proceeded with the roll call of Officers and State Directors. Officers present were President Ken Sauer, Secretary Tim Penn, Treasurer Ray Brown, 1st Vice President Greg Blair, and Futurity Director Jim Ogle. State Directors were Arkansas’ Glenn Cumbie; Illinois , Jeff Hainline; Kentucky, Gary Vitali; and Missouri, Jim Ogle.

Annual Meeting minutes from 2020 were sent electronically prior to the meeting on June 13th to the Board for review. Motion was made by Greg Blair and Seconded by Gary Vitali to accept the minutes. Board Approved.


Last year's meeting minutes were reviewed and approved. Officers then gave their yearly reports.

Election of officers and current officers are listed
Current President - Ken Sauer, Alvord, TX
Current 1st VP - Greg Blair, Menomonee Falls, WI
Re-elected 2nd VP - Jacob Starnes, Derby, KS
Elected 3rd VP – Joseph Hopkins, London, KY
Current Secretary - Tim Penn, Edina, MO
Current Treasurer - Ray Brown, Dothan, AL
Current Futurity Director - Jim Ogle, Jasper, MO

Championship assignments are listed by date.

National Amateur Inv. Championship November 19-21 Knoxville, IA
National Amateur Championship December 2-5 Grovesprings, MO
Southern Regional Championship January 29-31 AG Preserve, GA
National Open Inv/Breeders Championship February 8-13 Grovesprings, MO
Futurity & Puppy Classic February 8-13 Grovesprings, MO
Western Regional Championship February 18-20 Atlanta, KS
Central Regional Championship February 25-27 Berea, KY
National Open Championship March 3-7 Dancyville, TN
Midwest Regional Championship March, 18-21 Williamsburg, MO
National Open Free-For-All Championship March, 22-27 Camp Robinson, AR
Northern Regional Championship Mar 31- April 3 Baraboo, WI
Eastern Regional Championship to be announced,


Award ceremony was held at the Bird Dog Museum starting at 5:00 PM. Tonya Brotherton once again provided an outstanding spread of horderves and refreshments. Many of the guest made their way throughout the museum looking at the historical displays.

Dog and Handler of the Year awards were given out to the winners.

2020-2021 Dog and Handler of the Year award Winners

Dog of the Year

OPEN SHOOTING DOG
Winner – Pure Confidence
Owner – Black Meadow Kennels
Runner-up – Sulphur Bend Woodman
Owner – Emmet Sasser

OPEN DERBY
Winner – Jimfork’s Hawkeye Buck
Owner – Kenny Snow
Runner-up – Blair’s Calvary Mountain
Owner – Greg Blair

OPEN PUPPY
Winner – Indian Creek Sprout
Owner – Jillian Stuhr
Runner-up – Sasser’s Jim Beam
Owner – Tom Woods

AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG
Winner – Craig’s Runin Roxie
Owner – Craig Hiatt
Runner-up – Penrosa Behrdevil
Owner – Tim Penn

AMATEUR DERBY
Winner – Blair’s Calvary Mountain
Owner – Greg Blair
Runner-up – Firebug
Owner – Chuck Maxson

AMATEUR PUPPY
Winner – Carpenter’s Touch Of Class
Owner – Kevin Carpenter
Runner-up – Carpenter’s Blue Moon
Owner – Will Carpenter


Handler of the Year Winners

OPEN SHOOTING DOG
Winner – Garry Malzone
Runner-up – Emmet Sasser

OPEN DERBY
Winner – Kenny Snow
Runner-up – Tom Waite

OPEN PUPPY
Winner – Garry Malzone
Runner-up – Kenny Snow

AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG
Winner – Tim Penn
Runner-up – Craig Hiatt

AMATEUR DERBY
Winner – Chuck Maxson
Runner- up – Greg Blair

AMATEUR PUPPY
Winner – Kevin Carpenter
Runner-up – Will Carpenter

Overall Winner

OPEN HANDLER OF THE YEAR –---Garry Malzone
AMATEUR HANDLER OF THE YEAR – -Brent Hoehns



NBHA finalized the evening with the Hall of Fame inductees. NBHA HOF inductee dog is Hobb's Silver Belle, PF owned by Keith and Jan Foreman of Sulfer, OK. There are two people that were inducted to the NBHA HOF, Glenn Cumbie of Fort Smith, AR and the late Larry Carpenter, of Clarksburg, MO

National Bird Hunters Association would like to thank their sponsors who supported the organization this past field trial season. They are Purina Pro Plan, Garmin, Gun Dog Supply, Mule Brand Clothing, and Gun Dog Central.

A special note is that we want to Thank all who participated and supported the NBHA and the field trial family.

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