Larry Carpenter

Larry Carpenter was a big promoter and supporter of the NBHA and the Missouri Bird Hunters Association. Larry served as the first Missouri Bird Hunters Association Secretary when the NBHA was first chartered in Missouri in the early 1980s, he later became president following his secretary term in the 80’s. In the 90’s, quail hunting consumed Larry’s time from field trials. When the quail numbers declined in Missouri at the beginning of 2000’s, Larry found his way back to field trialing in the NBHA and with the Missouri Bird Hunters Association. Larry became Missouri Bird Hunters Association Vice President in 2010. Later he became the president of Missouri Bird Hunters Association and remained in that position until the time of his death.

When Larry started field trialing, his most consistent winner was his setter female Missouri's Maggie Mouse. She was attractive and her movement was eye catching to all who seen her. Larry was most noted for his success with Carpenter’s Kennels. His kennels produced many pups that have gone out and performed throughout the NBHA and the Field Trial community carrying the “Carpenter’s” prefix. Larry became one of the largest promoters and supporters of the NBHA Futurity program. Since 2007, Larry nominated over 40 litters with many of those puppies placing in that program. Larry won the Jerry Kilgore Puppy Classic in 2014 with his setter female Carpenter’s Island Girl.

Larry teamed up with Bob Barker of Inola, Oklahoma. Bob and Larry’s breeding partnership produced a setter litter that produced 3 champions; Barkers Blue Horizon, Barkers Big Coon, and Pokers Straight Jet Star.

Larry was the recipient of several NBHA Handler of the Year awards. Larry accumulated seven Handler of the Year awards and five Runner-up Handler of the Year awards. Larry produced NBHA Amateur Derby of the Year winner three times, Amateur Puppy of the Year winner two times.

Larry judged numerous NBHA trials in his early years, but following back surgery, he was unable to perform any judging duties. Larry was always able to help chair trials and do all the necessary work involved in running the trials. Larry donated not only countless hours of time, but also donated numerous puppies for auction at several of the NBHA national events. Larry was always willing to help answer questions and promote the NBHA organization. For the many countless hours he served as State officer, trial chairperson, mentor to the many puppy customers and new comers. It can be easily stated that, Larry Carpenter touched many lives in the NBHA and the Field Trial community.

Elected to the NBHA Hall of Fame 2020