Scott Boomershine and his dog Johnny outlasted Ed Murdock and his dog Skipper to win the third annual Quail Forever/NSTRA National Championship.
On Jan. 14, the National Shoot To Retrieve Association event began at the Four Star Plantation outside the small Georgia town of Elberton.
It was bird-dog weather on Thursday and Friday mornings as temperatures started out in the mid-teens and rose to the mid-40s by noon.
The field of 128 dogs was cut to 16 by Saturday morning, and by lunch the event was down to the final eight, three Setters, two Pointers, two Shorthairs and one Brittany.
By 3 p.m, two setters and their handlers were left, Murdock and Skipper representing the Georgia Region and Boomershine and Johnny from the Illinois Region.
After an hour, Boomershire and Johhny were awarded the Championship, which includes a portrait to be painted of Johnny by renowned wildlife artist Bob Bertram.
This third annual trial was held according to National Shoot to Retrieve (NSTRA) Field Trial rules and used NSTRA trained and certified judges. The dogs were rewarded for their ability to point with intensity, retrieve with class, work hard to find the birds, listen to the handler and work with him/her, and honor another dog's point.
The event was open to any pointing breed dog registered with FDSB, AKC, CKC or NSTRA, and members in good standing with NSTRA and Quail Forever.