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Molly repeats as NSTRA Quail champ

Central Florida was once again the setting for the National Shoot to Retrieve Quail Championship held at the Central Florida Field Trialers trial grounds near Lake Wales, Fla.

Procuring the title for the second consecutive year was Kickapoo Molly's Revenge, a German Shorthair female owned and handled by Roger Parient, Lizton, Ind.

Molly was born in October 2000, her sire being Rockpoint Railway Jake and dam Carver's Kenda Can Do. Molly is an 11-time NSTRA champion, earning her first championship in 2003 at the Rockpoint Kennels Trial.

She earned her first placement on 2/2/02 at the Pike County Birddog Club. In 2007, Molly won the Purina Top Performance Award. She also won during qualification rounds at the 2005 TOC, 06 QI, 06 GN, and 08 QI. Molly has secured 202 lifetime points, of which 132 are first-place points.

The first runner-up was Bad News Booker, who is owned and handled by Chuck Payton from Lagrange, Ky., a member of the Indiana Region. Booker is an English Setter male from Pay Per View and McAlpins Tekoa Ginger.

Booker scored on five finds, four retrieves and a back totaling 1,061 points. Booker is from the third generation of Tomoka's Smokin Mike, a 15-time NSTRA Champion and fourth generation from Tricky Dick Jim. He is a seven-time NSTRA Champion with 142 lifetime points.

Second runner-up was Mohawk's Crude Dude, 3-year-old English Setter Male, owned by Bob Cunningham, Florida Region with grandson Steven Cunningham, handling. Dude is a 2-time NSTRA Champion with 43 lifetime points.

Dude is from Steven's dog, Mohawk's Tuff Stuff and Mohawk's Amy. The Cunningham's have been very successful with the Mohawk line of setters, dating back five generations to the infamous Ace's King. Dude's first placement was in November, 2007 at the Bear Kennel Trial in Illinois.

His first championship came one year later on November 28, 2008. In September, 2008 Dude placed in a qualification round of the Purina Endurance Classic. He also had a first place win during a qualification round and finished 4th runner-up at the 2009 Trial of Champions.

The third runner-up placement went to Angie's Dogwood Skipper, 8-year-old English Setter Male out of Maddock's Rocky and River Ridge Freckles, owned by Ed Murdock, SCR Region and handled by Nolan Huffman. Skipper is a 12 time NSTRA Champion with 230 lifetime points.

Judges for the championship event were Donny Parker (Arkansas), Shelley Dunn (Kentucky), Shaun Rydl (Midwest) Ron Becker (Illinois), Ron Huels (Illinois), and newcomer to the championship judging arena, James Carver (Florida). Bird handlers were Cory Perdue (Georgia) and Bo Marcum (Mo-Kan). Field marshals were Nancy Ashmore (Florida), Christy Hill (Virginia) and Stacy Holder (Wisconsin).