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Result: NBHA Futurity and Jerry D. Kilgore Puppy Classic

Location: Grovesprings, Missouri

Post Date: Mar 28, 2024

Submitted By: Christian Ogle

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Futurity winners joined by participants.

This year's Futurity and Jerry D. Kilgore Puppy Classic were held on the beautiful grounds of the Sportsman Association near Grovespring, Missouri. The weather was perfect for February.
Our Futurity numbers were down, and only 15 dogs were entered. This was expected with last year's Jerry Kilgore numbers down. On the other hand, the Jerry Kilgore Puppy Classic was one of the best I can remember; we had 27 dogs entered.

Our judges were Bob Burchett of Grovespring, Missouri, and Mike Poehler from Buffalo, Missouri. These two gentlemen rode two-and-a-half days for us. They didn't have it easy picking through these dogs. They followed our standards on these two classes to a T. I would like to thank them for stepping in and filling these spots because of issues with our original guys.

This year's help was above and beyond again. These Missouri guys are focused on their job and very good at it. We had breakfast every morning of biscuits, gravy, and eggs. Dogs were waiting on us at the starting line, and coffee and a snack were always within a holler. Lunch was always ready. Thank you, Kevin Western, Jack Glover, Joe Zimmer, Randy Zimmer, and Tim Penn. Terri and Company catered our handlers' dinner, paid for by last year's winner, Jack Glover, and the NBHA; Kristi Ogle delivered. Thank you again, Team Missouri.
Sponsors keep these trials going. Purina Pro Plan donated dog food we were able to auction off and gave ALL our winners food; Garmin gave our winners collars; Gun Dog Supply, Gundog Central, and Mule Brand Clothing gave gift certificates; and OnX sent winners a yearly membership.

Last year's Futurity judges, Greg Gibson and Jim Corpening, donated the judges' coats. If you are interested in sponsoring or donating to this trial, please contact me.
Although we drew 15 dogs, we only had 12 starters. These dogs ran on Friday afternoon, and with only six 30-minute braces, they finished easily. We called six dogs back for the hour final, which would be run on Sunday.

This year's callback dogs were Western's Second Chance, Miller Creek's Wild Spirit, Indian Creek 9" Nails, Miller Creek's Misbehavin', Penrosa Forbidden Eve, and Snow's High Voltage.
This year's Futurity winner was Kevin Western's male setter Western's Second Chance. "Nash" had a nice forward race. He handled great and was very easy on the eyes. He had three spaced-out broke finds. This dog has a ton of style and class.
Placing second would be Indian Creek 9" Nails, owned by Garry Malzone and Jillian Stuhr and handled by Garry. This male Setter also was super classy and very stylish. Jack had a nice forward race with two broke finds. He will be one to watch on the Malzone team in the future.
Third place went to a German Shorthaired female owned and handled by Matt Miller. Miller Creek's Misbehavin' had two broke finds and a back. This girl is energetic and fun to watch--great job on the ground and on her birds.

Grovespring, Mo., February 17
Judges: Bob Burchett and Mike Poehler
NBHA FUTURITY [Thirty-Minute Qualifying Heats; One-Hour Finals] - 12 Entries

1st-WESTERN'S SECOND CHANCE, 1701153, setter male, by Penrosa Hidncash-Shamrock's Tish. Kevin Lee Western, owner and handler.
2d-INDIAN CREEK 9" NAILS, 1703032, setter male, by Indian Creek Wingman-Erin's Deja Vu. Garry Malzone & Jillian Stuhr, owners; Garry Malzone, handler.
3d-MILLER CREEK'S MISBEBEHAVIN', 1706146, German Shorthair female, by Miller Creek's Wild Isthe Wind-Miller Creek's On The Horizon. Matt Miller, owner and handler.

Jerry D. Kilgore Puppy Classic
This year's Jerry Kilgore Puppy Classic had a super draw, with 24 of the 27 entered running. These puppies ran on Saturday and were fun to watch. Per our by-laws, no birds are liberated for this class. The judges really had to work at this one, constantly splitting hairs to get our top four placed dogs. This year's Top Dog was Ralph Niemeyer's English setter male, Pike's Autumn Peak, handled by William Wright.
Second place was awarded to Bandit Hill Bess, a pointer female owned and handled by Klaus Schmidt. Third place went to Indian Creek Tom Boy, a pointer female owned by Timothy and Amy Cauley and handled by Garry Malzone. Fourth place went to Woodsway's Stingin' Rain, a setter male owned and handled by Erin Pearson.
In closing, I have to thank you all again for all the teamwork involved. It is tough putting on three trials together, so we need a great team, of which I have the best. Thank you to all the breeders and individual dog owners who nominated these litters. The success of this trial is obvious. This is the first year I was able to pay back 100% to the owners, handlers, and breeders. Maybe this will entice a few more litter nominations and entries. Also, for future reference, if your dog competes in our Futurity, it will be eligible for the bonus money if it wins the Breeders' Invitational Championship.

NBHA JERRY D. KILGORE PUPPY CLASSIC - 14 Pointers and 14 Setters
1st-PIKE'S AUTUMN PEAK, 1706388, setter male, by LMD's Can't Touch This-Barado's First Lady. Ralph Niemeyer, owner; William Wright, handler.
2d-BANDIT HILL BESS, 1706165, pointer female, by Touch's Smooth Rider-West's Lucy. Klaus Schmidt, owner and handler.
3d-INDIAN CREEK TOM BOY, 1706075, pointer female, by Erin's Hollywood-Indian Creek Blackeyed Pea. Timoty & Amy Cauley, owners; Garry Malzone, handler.
4th-WOODSWAY'S STINGIN' RAIN, 1706022, setter male, by Woodsway's Dark Knight-Toccoa River Sugarfoot. Eryn Pearson, owner and handler.

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Jerry D. Kilgore Puppy Classic Winners joined by participants.