Kansas Bird Dogs

The 2018 Sunflower Open All Age Classic
Hell Creek WMA, Blue Mountain, MS.

Generously sponsored by Brad Kennedy & Sportsman's Pride
Starts Saturday, November 10, 2018 until Conclusion
National Championship Qualifier, Purina Points

OPEN DERBY (30 Min.), $175
Judges: Charlie Frank Bryan, Moscow, TN and William Smith, Moscow, TN

OPEN ALL AGE (1 Hour), $350 *
Judges: Charlie Frank Bryan, Moscow, TN and William Smith, Moscow, TN

*Includes $20 NFTCA fee

DRAWING ON Friday, November 9, 2017
6:30 PM @ Clubhouse
Entries to: Steve Hurdle, 662-471-0415 or Bud Moore, 620-750-0361

Derby, above left to right: -Jack Griffith, Steve Hurdle with Erin's Calvin Kline, William Smith (Judge), Ike Todd with Touch's American Doll, CW Bud Moore, Kory Reinhart with Touch's Folsom Blues, Charlie Frank Bryan (Judge).

Sunflower Open All Age Classic
Hell Creek W.M.A , Blue Mountain, Mississippi
November 19, 2018

All Age, above left to right: CW Bud Moore, Bob Craig, Charlie Frank Bryan (Judge), Pat Bryan, Brad Kennedy, Kory Reinhart with Stardust Chazz, Steve Hurdle, Derreck Bonner with Stash The Cash, Gary Lester, Weldon Bennett with Coldwater Odyssey, William Smith (Judge), Steg, Jack Griffeth.

Judges, left to right: Charlie Frank Bryan and William Smith. (Picture taken by Pat Bryan).

The weather dominated this renewal, as rain and mud factored into all the decisions. We did not run on Monday, as Hell Creek was flowing too high to have safe crossings. Mississippi mud is red, sticky, and permeates every surface it touches. It is also very hard to clean up!

The judges for this renewal were Charlie Frank Bryan, and William Smith. Both of Tennessee, and both closely tied to the National Championship. Both have ridden more miles following Birddogs, than most. Their decisions were well received, and logical.

The Derby started on Saturday, with an entry of 25 youngsters. At the end of the season, I believe you will find most of the top ten derbies will have run in this Sunflower Derby. A very high quality stake, with many winning performances. Erin’s Calvin Kline, Steve Hurdle, was found far in the country for a dug up find, to win. Ike Todd showed Touch’s American Doll, a fancy, hard-running female, steady on a find in the long bottoms to garner second, along with Touch’s Folsom Blues for Eddie Sholar, with a big race, and one find for third. Several others could have won most derby stakes.

We began the All Age, with the winning derby in the first brace, and fireworks went off immediately. Stardust Chazz in the third brace set the standard for the stake, and was not moved. Chazz is always consistent, in that he holds the front, and is a bird finder, and has a world of class.

Stash the Cash, young first year dog for Gary Lester, showed he is ready to be a contender. Always to the front, made scouting by Dereck Bonner an easy job. One stylish find in the pines rowing the bean fields was all it took to be second. Third went to Coldwater Odyssey handled by Weldon Bennett for the Agnews. His was a powerful race, capped with one find. All the winning dogs ran before the rains came, stayed, and made life miserable for all. Both man and beast suffered from the weather. Thanks to the State of Mississippi for the wonderful facilities, for Miss Patty for doing most of the work, and to all who came, pitched in, and made the most of a bad situation. The bird dog community is a great place to reside.