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2013 Inductee – Hackamore “Hey Joe”

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Owner/Handler: Dan Sojka
1593 Champion Points
Legendary Status Champion
80x Champion
9 Super Major Championships
7 Major Championships

In 2002, when most of the guys in the country were just introducing themselves to each other at the 1st Annual “The Players Championship” in Ridgeway, MO, this little black and white Springer spaniel was barely two-years-old. Players like Ken Neese and Casey Powell had never met before. Guys like Randy Polley, Mike Wallace and Jerry Rainwater didn’t know Craig Steinbach or Bernie Birkenholz, and it was Mark Sweeney’s first event. This was not only an exciting time for the players in the game, it was an exciting time for the new, young dogs that were introducing themselves versus the veteran dogs like Ali, Gus, Fletch, Riggs, Lordy, Ebony, Trapper, Lexus, JJ, Yukon, and Stash.

Hey Joe won that Super Major event in the Sunday run-off with a couple 2-minute clean runs combined. He went on to win that same event the next two years as well, and he did it with the same incredible fast-sweeping, heart-pounding motion that he put into every run. Pure speed and agility with lightning quick flushes that gave his owner, Dan Sojka, not much time to panic … but many heart pounding heart attacks! It forced Dan to practice shooting far away birds and have the 50-yard “crosser” shot in his bag to be competitive over his very fast quartering dog.

Hackamore “Hey Joe” made the game exciting to watch. He was on the edge and he gave his whole heart in every run! Today Hey Joe enters the BDC Hall of Fame with 1,593 Champion points, winning 9 Super Majors, one being a BDC National title, and 7 Majors. Hey Joe was an incredible, energetic, athlete who never gave up. A very special dog who will forever be remembered.

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National Bird Dog Circuit

16 hours 51 minutes ago

It is impossible to forget a dog that has given someone so many special memories. Ken and Mary Sweeney and their girl, JayDee, are no exception to this. Ken knew early on that he had something special in JayDee and loved to compete with her. He especially enjoyed the privilege of competing with her alongside Mark. Unfortunately their time was cut short as JayDee succumbed to liver cancer. JayDee earned 173 Champion Points in her short career, she was the 2014 Amateur Dog of the Year, and she was also the 2014 National Puppy Champion. She was paving the way to a very promising career. She was a special dog in the BDC and an even more special dog to the Sweeney's. Please keep them in your thoughts as they mourn this loss. RIP Sweet JayDee.

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