By NEMS Daily Journal
GRAND JUNCTION, Tenn. – The running of the 2011 National Championship for Field Trialing Bird Dogs concluded late last week, with a total of 40 dogs competing over two weeks.
The championship was claimed by Touch’s Whiteout. Co-owned by Keith Wright of Covington, Ind., and Ike Todd, of Somerville, Tenn.
Touch’s Whiteout did his work in the 11th brace, which ran on the morning of Feb. 19. Performing for the judges on a day that saw overcast skies and 55-degree temperatures, Touch’s Whiteout had six finds in judgment, a strong finish and a seventh find after time.
The winning effort had to withstand a strong showing by Gamemaker in the 18th brace. Owned by Fred Corder of Corinth and handled by Rienzi’s Randy Downs, Gamemaker had six finds and finished the three-hour test.
Hosted by Ames Plantation, the event is held every year in February.
This year marked its 112th running.