NBHA National Amateur Invitational Championship results

Congratulations to 2021 NBHA National Amateur Invitational Champion Beaucoup Creek Gus,handled by Don Heisner. Also congratulations to this years runner up, Thumper’s Anything But, owned and handled by Mike Duvall. A big thank you to judges Larry Bradley and Larry Smith.

Pictured from left is Betty Heisner, Judge Larry Bradley, Don Heisner with Champion Beaucoop Creek Gus, Tim Penn, Mike Duvall with Runner-up Champion Thumper's Anything But, Judge Larry Smith, and Jack Glover.

The 2021 running of the NBHA National Amateur Invitational Championship was run on the Dude
Hoehns/Wayne Langstraat farms near Columbia, Iowa on November 19-20. This area is rolling hills
country in the southern tier of Iowa. Hilltops with harvested corn, sidehills in the conservation reserve
program, and timber edged bottom lands make up the course. The weather was a brisk 25 degrees on
the first day of running, but warmed to the mid 40’s for much of the day, staying there for the rest of
the trial. This event brings 12 of the country's top amateur walking shooting dog’s together for a 1- hour
qualifying stake, followed by a 1-hour callback. An unfortunate injury to one competitor right before the
stake limited our entry to 11 dogs this year.

Judges for this year’s renewal were horseback German shorthaired pointer handler Larry Bradley of
Bennett, Iowa and renowned amateur all-age handler Larry Smith from Altoona, Iowa. The latter of the
“SF” prefix line of successful pointers. We appreciated both judges time and thoughtful attention to the
dogs. Their decisions were well received.

This year’s champion is Beaucoup Creek Gus, owned and handled by Don Heisner of Pinckneyville, Ill.
Gus is a son of Hall of Famer Shadow Oak Bo. He’s stylish, runs nicely, and put on a bird finding display
during the callbacks. Mike Duvall’s pointer female, Thumper's Anything But was named runner-up with
a nice forward race both days, coupled with frequent, stylish, clean bird work. Congratulations to both
these fine dogs and their owner/handlers!

The Running:

The black and white pointer, Thumper’s Anything But (Rylee)- Duvall was braced with Abbie Lakes All
Juiced Up (Juice) a German Shorthaired veteran handled by her owner Jill Piechowski. Rylee had a nice
find at 7 on our first bottom, backed nicely by the shorthair. Juice had a second stand on the opposite
end of the same bottom at 10. A lengthy flushing attempt proved unproductive. Both dogs got around
the course well, Rylee with a bit more aggressive race. Both dogs had a find at 52 in separate locations
along the course’s west creek. Both had birds well located with good manners.

The second brace included the setter male Penrosa Hidncash (Cash) handled by Tim Penn and Beaucoup
Creek Gus (Gus) also a setter male handled by Don Heisner. Both dogs broke away quickly with a
divided find on the first bottom at 11. Both dogs stylish with birds well located. Both dogs move in
similar fashion and were pleasing and to the front. Cash had a second find at 24 on the second bottom,
followed by a third find at 34 after making the loop below Foltz’s, all in order. At 38 Gus had a find
below the hairpin turn with Cash backing, both dogs showing good manners. Cash had a final find at 50
requiring a relocation attempt. Both dogs finished the hour.

The pointer female Wind Chaser (Kate) handled by Brent Hoehns was paired with Gunn’s Pistol Pete
(Pete), setter male handled by Colby Tacket. Kate was found standing in the back corner of the first
bottom at 11. All in order. She swapped ends at 18 on the second bottom for her second find. Pete was
found standing at 20. After a prolonged flushing attempt in thick cover, Colby produced for the nice
setter. Kate scored again on the North side of Foltz’s fence at 29. Both dogs were back to the front with
Kate being charged with an unproductive in thick multiflora rose below the hairpin turn. Pete backed
the barren stand nicely. Both dogs finished the hour with nice forward races.

After lunch, the fourth brace paired the pointer male Penrosa Behrdevil (Behr) handled by Tim Penn
with the Irish Setter male Brooks’ White Hot Blaze (Blaze) handled by Luke Tewes. Both dogs broke
away quickly with the red setter scoring at 3 off the breakaway path. 3 quail had grouped on the edge
of the path and Blaze handled the potentially disastrous situation like a pro. Both dogs were ahead,
Behr with a clean find early and another late in his brace. Unfortunately, he crossed a fairly deep creek
and was out of judgement for a significant amount of time in the middle of the brace. Blaze went on to
have a stylish find below Foltz’s corner and went on to finish with a strong forward race.

John Markham’s pointer male Three Kansan’s Takin a Chance (Chance) was braced with the German
Shorthaired female Piper handled by Oklahoman Weldon Gardner. Chance had a huge move off the
breakaway, ran to the back of the first bottom and pointed. We could see him from a very long way
away. He looked beautiful as Markham walked to the dog. As we approached, his bracemate came in
for the back and Chance unfortunately broke in on the bird. Piper stood the whole incident and
continued. Piper had an unproductive on the first draw behind Foltz's at 24. She had a nice dug in find
below the hairpin turn at 35, followed by a find at 51 on Wayne’s west levee. Crossing the road at 57
she had a stop to flush as she ran upwind of a small group of quail. She had stylish, clean bird work
throughout.

Black and white pointer female Premier’s Mystery Spot (Spot) ran as a bye in the final brace for Hoehns.
Spot had a find on the back of the first bottom at 12, all well-handled. Unfortunately, she took steps at
the flush on a second find below Foltz’s at 28 and was picked up.

The Callback:

The first brace of the callback included the Irish Setter, Brooks’ White Hot Blaze paired with Don
Heisner’s setter, Beaucoup Creek Gus. At 8 both dogs were found at the start of the first bottom
standing side by side. Nice manners and great style for a well-handled divided find. Both dogs were
found again standing together at 15 in the hidden corner on the first bottom, again all handled well.
Gus made a big move across the second bottom and established point at the far end of the field at 23.
Blaze came into the area and unfortunately the big Irish Setter failed to back and was picked up.
Heisner’s charge went on a bird finding spree with a fourth find below Foltz’s at 28 and a fifth find at 33
below the hairpin turn. All well located and handled well. After the turn the scout was sent south along
the timber line, but Gus was found standing proudly along Wayne’s levee on the north end. A nice
location no one else had found a bird at this weekend. Gus went ahead and finished nicely ahead on the
west end of Wayne’s bottom. An attractive forward race with solid bird work throughout.

The final callback brace paired Mike Duvall’s pointer female Thumper’s Anything But (Rylee)with Brent
Hoehns’ pointer female Wind Chaser (Kate). Both broke away strongly with Rylee having a nice find at
10. During a prolonged but successful flushing attempt by Duvall, Kate was found standing at 12, all in
order. Both dogs ahead moving nicely with Kate scoring again at 20 and 22 all well located. Rylee
stylishly backed the find at 22 nicely. Coming around Foltz’s turn, Rylee had a find at 27 on a bird near
the path, handled well. Kate then scored at 33 on a dug in find on the loop. Kate pointed below the
hairpin at 39, Hoehns accidentally flushing the bird after taking an unproductive and collaring his dog
out of the area. Kate had another find at 45 on Wayne’s levee, turning to mark flight. Both dogs were
ahead on Wayne’s bottom and had a divided find at the 50 minute mark, all in order. Kate’s bid ended
at 54 being seen under a bird. Rylee finished forward with a nice race, a back and three solid finds.

The companion stakes were low in entries, but high in quality. Jack Glover claimed both placements in
the derby stake with Glover’s Flintstone and Glover’s Pepper Shaker respectively. Both fancy setters,
with the edge in race and application going to the elder “Flint”. Jack Glover also won the puppy stake
with a 10 month old stylish, active, hard charging female- Glover's Liza Menelli. Colby Tacket’s fancy
setter male Highwayman rounded out the placements.

It’s impossible to put on any trial without a lot of support. We would like to thank Jeff Wallace for
planting birds. Thanks to Chris Bender for getting dogs to the line and watching the road for traffic.
John Roslien fixed sack lunches for the judges. Jimmy Giles was a big help running the sag wagon.
Unfortunately, I needed it!

Thanks to Kim Hoehns for putting on our judge’s dinner at the Columbia
Community Center. As always, thanks to the NBHA for sponsoring this event and to their advertisers,
Purina, Garmin, Gun Dog Supply, and Mule Clothing.

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