Thrill Me, a Pointer, Wins National Open Shooting Dog Championship
A consistent, stylish 4-year-old white-and-orange female Pointer lovingly known as “Pea” delivered her best performance to win the 2019 National Open Shooting Dog Championship in February at Sedgefields Lakes Plantation in Union Springs, Alabama. Living up to her name, Thrill Me gave goosebumps to breeder-handler Tommy Rice of Pavo, Georgia, and owner Keith Finlayson of Tallahassee, Florida. Humbled to have won the legendary championship, Rice credits Pea for being “pretty and honest on birds and running a good ground race.” A standout on the circuit, Pea won the 2018 Masters Championship and the 2019 Bama Quail Classic. Rice, who went pro four years ago, and Finlayson, who has been involved in shooting dog stakes for two years, became partners when Finlayson bought Thrill Me and her littermate brother, Just Thrillin, as first-year dogs. Their sire, Just Irresistible, produced the 2018 National Open Shooting Dog Champion, Miller’s Unfinished Business, and their paternal great-grandsire, Funseeker’s Rebel, won the 2007 National Field Trial Championship at Ames Plantation. Their dam, Snow Thrill, is the first field trial dog Rice trained and campaigned, and she was sired by Lester’s Snowatch, the 2009 National Field Trial Champion. Pea is fed Purina Pro Plan SPORT Performance 30/20 Chicken & Rice Formula.