2019 Information

Chelsea’s Thunderbolt wins the US Shooting Dog Invitational Championshiptwo years in a roll for handler Shawn Kinkelaar and owners Dr. Tom Jackson and George Hickox

Chelsea’s Thunderbolt decisively captured the title of 2019 US Shooting Dog Invitational Champion. The 6-year-old white and liver pointer male is owned by George Hickox and Dr. Tom Jackson. Bolt was handled by Shawn Kinkelaar through the three series event, scoring a total of nine finds and running strong, forward races in each of the series for a total of three and a half hours on the ground. This was a repeat win for Bolt, he and Shawn were also victorious here in 2018.

The US Shooting Dog Club did a marvelous job of hosting this event which ran at Camp Robinson, Conway, AR on February 16-18. The twelve great shooting dogs that ran were ranked between 1 and 15 in the Nation, making this Championship of Champions a jeweled crown.

The advertised judges, Allen Vincent, Collinsville. OK and Dr. Robert Rankin, Edmond. OK presided.

A full report on the Invitational is below

Bonnie Hidalgo
Conway, AR


Winner w judges

CH Chelsea’s Thunder Bolt with owners Dr. Tom Jackson, George Hickox, Eddy Taylor, scout Virgil Moore, handler Shawn Kinkelaar, judges Dr. Tom Rankin and Allen Vincent, reporter Bonnie Hidalgo

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14 X CH Chelsea’s Thunderbolt with owners Dr. Tom Jackson and George Hickox

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Shawn’s eight time winning the Invitational Championship!


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Judges for the 2019 Invitational Championship were professional handler Allen Vincent of Collinsville, OK and Dr. Bob Rankin of Edmond, OK.

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The reporter for the 2019 Invitational was Bonnie Hidalgo of Brighten, CO.  Bonnie also reported for the championship in 2017.


Dates and Format:

The Invitational Championship was held February 16 – 18, 2019 at the Camp Robinson Wildlife Management Area near Conway, AR. One hour heats were conducted on the first two days and 90-minute finals were held for call-back finalists.


Front:  Co-owner George Hickox (standing), Chelsea’s Thunder Bolt with handler Shawn Kinkelaar, and co-owner Dr. Tom Jackson; Way Better Rocky with handler Mike Tracy (owners: Carl & Collin Bishop and Muriel Primm); Miller’s Unfinished Business with handler Joel Norman (owner: Benjy Griffith); Thrill Me with handler Tommy Rice (owner: Keith Finlayson); Miller’s Miss Calamity Jane with Carl Bishop (handler: Mike Tracy, owner: Allen Linder); CS Cold Water Rex with handler Doug Ray (owner: Tony Gibson); Back:  Miller’s Vanilla Snow with Muriel Primm (handler: Mike Tracy, owners: Tommy & Bonnie Hamilton); In Swami’s Shadow with owner Bill Sand and Eddy Taylor (handler: Shawn Kinkelaar); Touch’s Diamate with Jason Sanders (hander Tommy Rice, owner: Austin Turley); Caladen’s Davinci with handler Jerry Raynor, (owner: Auddie Brown); LF Dynomike with owner Larry Williamson and hander Virgil Moore; Rebellita with John Neeley (hander Tommy Rice, owner: Austin Turley); reporter Bonnie Hidalgo, and judges Allen Vincent and Dr. Bob Rankin

Dogs, Handlers and Owners:

Congratulations to these fine contenders, owners, and handlers, based on the 2017/2018 Purina Top Shooting Dog Point System:

  • Chelsea’s Thunderbolt, #1, Owners: Dr. Tom Jackson and George Hickox, Handler: Shawn Kinkelaar, 2,792 points, Defending Champion
  • Way Better Rocky, #3, Owners: Carl & Collin Bishop and Muriel Primm, Handler: Mike Tracy, 1,610 points
  • Miller’s Unfinished Business, #4, Owner: Benjy Griffith, Handler: Joel Norman, 1,260 points
  • Thrill Me, #5, Owner: Keith Finlayson, Handler: Tommy Rice, 810 points
  • Miller’s Miss Calamity Jane, #6, Owner: Allen Linder, Hander:  George Tracy, 580 points
  • CS Cold Water Rex, #7, Owner: Tony Gibson, Handler: Doug Ray, 698 poin
  • Miller’s Vanilla Snow, #9, Owners: Tommy & Bonnie Hamilton, Handler: George Tracy, 615 points
  • In Swami’s Shadow, #11, Owner: Bill & Mary Ann Sand, Handler: Shawn Kinkelaar, 565 points
  • Touch’s Diamate, #12, Owner and Hander:  Austin Turley, 540 points
  • Caladen’s Davinci, #13, Owner: Auddie Brown, Handler: Jerry Raynor, 522 points
  • LF Dynomike, #14, Owner:  Larry Williamson, Hander: Virgil Moore, 505 points
  • Rebellita, #15, Owner and Handler: Austin Turley, 480 points



  • Sugarknoll Warpaint, #2, Owners: Allen Linder, Pete & Chris DelCollo, Handlers:  George and Mike Tracy, 2,289 points
  • Erin’s War Creek, #8, Owner: Allen Linder, Handler: George Tracy, 627 points
  • Conecuh’s Shoe Shine, #10, Owners: Tony & Becky Gibson, Handler: Doug Ray, 595 points


United States Shooting Dog Invitational Championship 2019

Participants with wins and point standings from previous season


Chelsea’s Thunder Bolt, “Bolt”, Defending Champion, #1, W & L, PM with 2,792 points

Handler: Shawn Kinkelaar – Effingham, IL

Owners: Dr. Tom Jackson – Columbus, IN, George Hickox – Pittsburg, PA

  • CH Texas OSD CH                                22
  • 3rd – Lone Star OSD CL                          19
  • CH Alabame OSD CH                           40
  • CH Jayhawk OSD CH                            42
  • CH US SD Invitational CH                    12 + 400\
  • CH Southeastern OSD CH                     61
  • CH Egyptian OSD CH                           41
  • CH Michigan OSD CH                          35


Waybetter Rocky, “Rocky”, #3, W & O, PM with 1,610 points

Handler: Mike Tracy – Glenville, PA

Owner: Carl & Collin Bishop – Punxsutawney, PA, Bill & Muriel Primm – Cream Ridge, NJ

  • ​2nd Fort Mill FTC                                   61
  • RU Northeastern OSD CH                     46
  • CH South Carolina OSD CH                 38
  • CH Eastern OSD CH                              35
  • 2nd North Carolina PD Assn                   71
  • 2nd Indiantown Gap Keystone OSD CL 38
  • CH Canadian OSD CH                           32
  • RU Michigan OSD CH                          35


Miller’s Unfinished Business, “Dan”, #4, W & O, PM with 1,260 points

Handler: Joel Norman – Leesburg, GA

Owner: Benjy Griffith – Macon, GA

  • 1st Mill Pond FTC / Jep Wade OSD       26
  • CH National OSD CH                            63


Thrill Me, “Pea”, #5, W & O, PF with 810 points

Handler: Tommy Rice – Pavo, GA

Owner: Keith Finlayson – Tallahassee, FL

  • CH masters OSD CH                              67


Miller’s Miss Calamity Jane, “Jane”, #6, W & O, PF 580 points

Hander:  Mike Tracy – Glenville, PA

Owner: Allen Linder – Livingston, TN

  • CH Georgia OSD CH                             58


CS Cold Water Rex, “Rex”, #7, W & O, PM with 698 points

Handler: Doug Ray – Waynesboro, GA

Owner: Tony Gibson – Union Springs, AL

  • RU Kentucky OSD CH                          36
  • 2nd Mill Pond FTC / Jep Wad OSD        26
  • CH Gulf Coast OSD CH                        44 


    Miller’s Vanilla Snow, “Sue”, #9, W & L, PF with 615 points

    Handler: Mike Tracy – Glenville, PA

    Owners: Tommy & Bonnie Hamilton – Springfield, KY

    • 2nd Conecuh Station FTC                       40
    • CH Northeaster OSD CH                       46
    • CH Keystone OSD CH                           37



    In Swami’s Shadow, “Dot”, #11, W & O, PF, with 565 points

    Handler: Shawn Kinkelaar – Effingham, IL

    Owner: Bill & Mary Ann Sand – Overland Park, KS

    • 1st Fleetwood OSD CL                           29
    • RU Atlantic Coast OSD CH                   55



    Touch’s Diamate, “Sam”, #12, W & L , PM, 540 points

    Handler: Tommy Rice – Pavo, GA

    Owner: Austin Turley – Mott, MT

    • CH Big Sky OSD CH                             28
    • CH Idaho OSD CH                                 26



    Caladen’s Davinci, “Leo”, #13, W & B & L, SM, with 522 points

    Handler: Jerry Raynor – Dunn, NC

    Owner: Auddie Brown – Kingstree, SC

    • 3rd Fort Mill FTC                                    61
    • RU North Carolina OSD CH                  59
    • RU Eastern OSD CH                              35



    LF Dynomike, “Mike”, #14, W & O, PM, with 505 points

    Handler: Virgil Moore – Canyon, TX

    Owner: Larry Williamson – Ponca City, OK

    • 2nd Lone Stare OSD CL                          19
    • CH Arkansas OSD CH                           41



    Rebellita, “Jane”, #15, W & L, PF, with 480 points

    Handler: Tommy Rice – Pavo, GA

    Owner: Austin Turley – Mott, MT

    • CH Montana OSD CH                            48

Order of running 1

Order of running 2

Order of running 3


Each year, the U.S Shooting Dog Invitational Championship is held at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission maintained Camp Robinson Wildlife Management Area near Conway, AR:

331 Clinton Road
Conway, AR  72032