2023 NBHA Sharptail Champion Crowned

The 2023-2024 NBHA Sharptail Championship came to a close with father-daughter duo of Mike Crouse and Mary Sue Schalk of Crouse Kennels in Dixon, Kentucky naming Rod Lein's pointer female Over The Hill Merry as this years champion whom he also handled to this title. Runner-Up Champion honors was found the way of Northwoods Sir Gordon who is owned and handled by Mr. Ben McKean.

Companion stakes results are as followed:

NBHA Sharptail Derby Placements
1st - Outcast Siren Song, O/John Clough, H/James Kleve
2nd - Dauntless Rogue, O/Bert Benshoof, H/Jordan Pharris
3rd - Jewett's Creek Beauty, O/Jeff Sullivan, H/Rod Lein

NBHA Sharptail Puppy Results
1st - Northwoods Eddie Setter O/H - Ben McKean
2nd - Mud Lake Money Maven O/H - Hannah Peterson
Honorable Mention - Cazadors Spirit Lake Forbes O/ Ryan Kappes, H/ Hannah Peterson

The National Bird Hunters Association would like to thank first and foremost, the aforementioned astute judging panel for not only their time, but their attentive focus to each and every entry while utilizing their own horsepower and weathering sometimes trying weather conditions.

The associative partnership between the NBHA and the Chippewa Valley Grouse Dog Association is the most critical component of this championship and it would not be possible without the entire CVGDA team and their countless efforts and long hours engineering, coordinating, accommodating, and officiating what has become one of the most most coveted walking field trial championships on the calendar.

But of course there are two other components to any trial that if absent, make any event near impossible to hold, and those are sponsors and participants. The NBHA roster of sponsors are not only reliable, loyal patrons of the NBHA mission, but continually continue and increase support from all different types of angles. The NBHA cannot be prouder of its affiliation with our sponsors and hold them in the highest regards in the space they hold. We'd ask that you loyally support these sponsors that support the NBHA as followed:

Purina Pro Plan
Mule Brand Clothing & Apparel
Gundog Supply
OnX Hunt
Gundog Central
Park Cities Quail Coalition

And lastly, the NBHA cannot thank this year's participants enough for making their entries, driving countless hours, walking many miles, and sometimes enduring testing weather conditions to once again make this championship a resounding success. The NBHA patrons are unique, dedicated, hard working, and good people who all share in the common goal of field trial promotion, conservations, sportsmanship, and enjoyment and their continued support of the NBHA does not go unnoticed.

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