I just got word that Shadow Oak Bo, handled by Robin Gates, has just been named winner of the 2013 National Bird Dog Championship at Ames Plantation, which concluded today.
From the Ames synopsis of his brace:
Overnight drizzle added to the already wet terrain. Damp and 38 degrees at the start. Shadow Oak Bo tallied seven finds and also had three backs. Rivertons Funseek'n Scooter notched five and also had an unproductive. Both dogs finished the three hours.
Bo is owned by Butch Houston and Dr, John Dominy.
This is a huge boost for setters in general and should encourage more setters at the top levels of field trial competition. Congratulations are due to BO, his breeder, Buddy Smith, to Robin Gates, and to the owners.