NBHA Midwest Regional Championship results

Midwest Regional Championship winners (l to r) Jillian Stuhr with Champion Indian Creek Sprout and Tim Penn with Runner-up Champion Griff's Express. In the back, Garry Malzone, Judge Craig Hiatt, Judge Danny Draffen, Justin Crook, and Brian Stockrahm.

Do to a conflict in the original schedule the NBHA Midwest Regional Championship was held and completed at the Whetstone C. A. near Williamsburg, MO on March 23. The grounds were in great condition, those attending would agree that these grounds will allow a dog to naturally hunt the cover and show the good qualities that judges are looking for in their winners. Whetstone area manager Ben Diekman and his team of dedicated workers have continued to improve the area for quail habitat, thus making for some excellent grounds to run dogs on.

Co-chairs for rescheduling this trial was Tim Penn and Kevin Western. Task of hosting this trial wasn’t all that difficult but it did have some challenges. With a Thursday start and short notice we were short some of our usual workers. Along with the threat of rain in the forecast it was a concern on just how muddy and difficult that the course could become. Mother nature seemed to be on our side as it stayed cloudy, dry and cool all day, making for excellent conditions to work dog in. A special thanks to Ralph Niemeyer for bringing his side by side and providing a dog wagon throughout the trial to help the trial run more efficiently.

Judicial team for this event was Dan Draffen of Bunceton, MO and Craig Hiatt of Edgeton, MO. Both men compete with shooting dogs regurally and both have achieved the honors of reaching the championship winners table with their dogs. We were very fortunate to have them serve as our Judges for this event and their decisions were well received by all.

This years winners emerged from the 3rd brace with Indian Creek Sprout being named Champion for her owner Jillian Stuhr and handler Garry Malzone. “Sprout” settled in from the start with a smooth and forward application and always to the front. She had two beautiful finds and a back to show that she was the complete package of a Champion shooting dog. Brace mate Griff’s Express owned by Mike Griffin and handled by Justin Crook was named the Runner-up Champion, “Griff” had scored on three finds, his race was very comparable to the winners, and his manners and class was very pleasing to the judges. This was an exciting brace to watch with both dogs performing at a high level.

Other dogs that finished the hour with quality performances was Indian Creek Courageous Cat from the 4th brace and Pure Confidence in the 6th brace. Both of these contendures were handled by Garry Malzone. On this day they fell short of making the winners table.

NBHA would like to acknowledge our sponsors who make these trials a success Purina Pro Plan, Garmin, Gun Dog Supply, Onx, and Mule Brand Clothes. We could not have a successful trial without the support of these great sponsors. Their participation and sponsorship of the NBHA is greatly appreciated.

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