Southern National Championship
The 4th Annual American Bird Dog Classic Southern National Championship was held at Breezy Knoll Farm on March 31 & April 1, 2023. In excess of $7,500 in cash and prizes was awarded for the championship weekend.
A very special thank you to our sponsors:
Dr. Tim’s Premium All Natural Pet Foods
-40 lb bag of Dr. Tim’s Athletic Blend Glacier Formula Dry Dog Food for each dog entered
-certificate for dog box
Southern State Life Insurance Company
Red Haw Supply
-jackets and caps for each handler
Colored Pencil Artwork by Kate Hall
-2023 Calendars for top 3 placements & Bird Dog Cigar soaps for each handler
Thank you to our judges, Scott Townsend and Terrence Bailiff and to our field marshall/bird planter, Dion Bliss.
On Friday 36 dogs competed in Round 1. Friday’s winners were:
1st place - Joe with Clay Hall
2nd place - Scout with Nick Massey
3rd place - Mick with Jeff Gamble
The top 16 dogs advanced to Saturday. On Saturday, all rounds were a beat your bracemate format. Saturday’s competition began with round 2 consisting of 8 braces & 16 dogs, followed by round 3 with 4 braces & 8 dogs, then round 4 with 2 braces & 4 dogs, and finishing with a 5th round of two final dogs competing.
Congratulations to the final six 2023 American Bird Dog Classic Southern National Championship Winners!
Winner - Johnny with Sheri Gamble handler, Jeff Gamble owner
1st Runner Up - Mick with Jeff Gamble handler/owner
2nd Runner Up - George with Don Milligan handler, Bill Finchum owner
3rd Runner Up - Joe with Clay Hall handler/owner
4th Runner Up - Hope with Jim Rouse handler, Don Milligan owner
5th Runner Up - Bubba with Larry Mize handler/owner
Thank you to all participants and spectators for a great championship weekend! We hope everyone has a great summer, and we’ll see you back to start a new season of ABC trials this fall!