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Result: NBHA Northern Regional Championship

Location: Argyle, Wisconsin

Post Date: Jul 16, 2022

Submitted By: Greg Blair

The 2022 NBHA Northern Regional Championship was held again this year at the Yellowstone Wildlife Management Area, near Argyle, Wis. The grounds are very rolling with plenty of acreage to allow a dog to stretch their legs, yet be willing to stay with you. Mowing was done this past summer and provided more objectives and cover. The 12 O'clock FTC hosts a very welcoming, warm event and this year was no different. The field consisted of American Field/UKC and AKC Champions as well as major futurity winners. Thank you to each and every owner and handler who joined this Championship.

The running proved to go well and scenting conditions were very adequate due to ample moisture and brought on by an west/northwest wind. Numerous dogs finished the hour and the Champion - Dale Creek Tothe Max (Max) - came from the first brace with the Runner Up Champion - Top Fuel's Holy Hustler (Trudee) - arising from the fifth brace.

Champion Dale Creek Tothe Max, is owned by John Dlobik of Eagle, Wis., and handled by Tom Waite, of Dale Creek Gundogs out of Burlington, Wis. Max started his brace with an extreme limb find that produced birds and all was in order. After catching the front, the powerful male setter went on to card three more finds - all well spaced throughout the hour. Max stayed in touch with Waite and finished well to the front as time was called. He was only scouted to find him standing on his first find.

The runner-up Champion went to Top Fuel's Holy Hustler, a liver, female German Shorthaired Pointer. Trudee is owned and handled by Brian Lick. Brian is from New Richmond, WI. Brian and Trudee were in the fifth brace of the trial and laid down a sweeping ground application. On Trudee's first find, she was able to withstand pressure from her bracement which resulted in his pick up due to manners. She went on to have two more finds and one unproductive. Trudee was snappy handled with virtually no scouting.

The derby stake started, ran and ended in a snow 'squall' Three inches of wet slushy snow fell the entire three hours! Even through the elements many, many dogs showed great promise. This was a strong stake of 12 contenders. Derby placements were secured by three very nice, up and comers. Bud, a male Pointer, owned and handled by Adam Delude of Campbellsport, WI, took first and showed great handling and forward application. Flint, a male setter, owned and handled by Jack Glover of Missouri, gave Bud a run for his money. His powerful, smooth gait and ability to hit the right spots earned him a second place finish. Rounding out the placements was Zed, a pointer male, owned and handled by Bill Babe of Trevor, Wis. Zeb ran a race that was always in tune with the handler and stayed to the front and applied himself well. All three placements showed application and desire for the entire 30 minutes, even in nasty weather.

The 12 O'clock FTC would like to thank our national sponsors, Purina, Garmin, Mule Clothing, Onx Hunt, Gun Dog Supply and Gun Dog Central. We also would like to thank our dedicated dog wagon driver Ken Millikin, and bird planter John Dlobik for their time and hard work. It is greatly appreciated!
Argyle, Wis., April 1
Judges: Rich Boumeester and Brent Hoehns

Winner-DALE CREEK TOTHE MAX, 1673311, setter male, by Dale Creek Pirate-Dale Creek's Cajun Queen. John Dlobik, owner; Tom Waite, handler.
Runner-Up-TOP FUEL'S HOLY HUSTLER, 1678544, German Shorthair female, by J B Wagoners Lightning-B D K T's Badaboom. Brian Lick, owner and handler.
Judges: Greg Blair and Brent Hoehns
NBHA OPEN DERBY - 12 Entries

1st--ALLWOOD'S GREAT JOURNEY, 1691794, pointer male, by Touch's Diamante-Seranoa's On Guard Annie. Adam Delude, owner and handler.
2d-GLOVER'S FLINTSTONE, 1691597, setter male, by Islander-Kodiak Island Bird Dog. Jack Glover, owner and handler.
3d-DALE CREEK ZED BABE, unreg., setter male, by Blair's Witch Project-Dale Creek Cajun Queen. Bill Babe, owner and handler.


NBHA Northern Regional Championship Winners. From left: Deb Dlobik, Andrea Ward (scout), Ken Millikin, John Dlobik, Dr. Brent Hoehns (judge), Tom Waite with Dale Creek Tothe Max, Rich Boumeester (judge) John Jungbluth, Courtney Campeau, Adam Delude (scout) with Top Fuel's Holy Hustler, Mike Baker, Mike Baker's son, Brian Lick, Ed Liermann, Chris Fields, Sam Nutting.