Brittany Named 'Hank' Wins National Amateur All-Age Championship
An intense, hardworking 4-year-old orange-and-white male Brittany named “Hank” was named the 2018 American Brittany Club National Amateur All-Age Champion after stylishly pointing quail three times in the one-hour horseback stake. Handled by owner Mike Poehler of Hoffman Estates, Illinois, NAFC/FC/GAFC/AFC ANJ’s Ohio Hellion outperformed 45 dogs to earn the coveted title on Thanksgiving Day. “Hank stood out from the git-go as being very smart and having a good nose,” Poehler says. “He maintains his style on game with all four feet on the ground and his head held high.” Poehler credits his good friend and professional bird dog trainer Bob Burchett of Grovespring, Missouri, for training Hank and handling him to his first win at the Iowa Brittany Club Open All-Age stake at 22 months of age. Poehler, who has owned Brittanys since 1985 and competed in field trials since 2000, says it was always a dream to win the National Amateur. Bred by Dan Riedl of Valley City, Ohio, Hank is fueled by Purina Pro Plan SPORT Performance 30/20 Chicken & Rice Formula.