A high-powered English Setter called “Jake” stylishly came away with five covey finds to win the 2015 National Shoot to Retriever Association (NSTRA) Trial of Champions. Handler Greg Wood of Shelbyville, Kentucky, attributes the 7-year-old blue-belton male’s strong performance in the three-hour stake to his “never-ending desire to find birds.” Outperforming over 192 dogs, representing five breeds, Tomoka’s Smoking Gun stood out in chilly, rainy conditions with his efficient, ground-covering stride and keen nose. Sired by 18XNSTRA CH Tomoka’s Smoking JR, Jake was co-bred by Wes Barr of Abilene, Texas, and Wood, who co-owns the dog with Jim Kirkman of Angier, North Carolina. Jake, the 2014 NSTRA Dog of the Year, is powered by Purina® Pro Plan® SPORT Performance 30/20 Chicken & Rice Formula.
Published July 2015