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The last time a setter won the National Field Trail Championship was in 1970, by a dog named Johnny Crockett. Since then pointers have dominated the annual event. Until now. This year’s event was just won by a setter named Shadow Oak Bo.

From this story in the Memphis Commercial Appeal:
A moment that many people thought would never happen again finally took place Friday afternoon when a setter was named winner of the National Championship for Field Trialing Bird Dogs at Ames Plantation for the first time in 43 years. Shadow Oak Bo, an English setter owned by Georgia residents Butch Houston and Dr. John Dorminy, had seven finds and three backs during his run on the morning course Feb. 13. Some argued that the dog may have had as many as 10 finds, but the judges settled on seven — and that was enough for the dog to slip by the rest of the field.

According to the story, in addition to the usual cash, prizes and fame, Bo’s owner also won a cool $17,000 for being the first setter to win it since Johnny Crockett. Congratulations to Shadow Oak Bo, and I bet someone’s stud fee is getting ready to skyrocket…