2008 GWPCA National Field Events

By Tom Maneely, AKC Field Representative

On October 6, 2008 the German Wirehaired Pointer Club of America held the group of events that makes up their National Championship at Branched Oak Dog trial Area near Raymond Nebraska. The headline events are of course the National Open and Amateur Championships but this event also included Two Hunt Tests, a Puppy and Derby Classic, their Field Futurity, and a water test.

The committee had done an excellent job in preparation for this event. Co-Chairs Art Armburst and Gary Wickwire and Secretary Liz Barrett-Dixon had all the bases covered. A great amount of the credit is shared by the committee of Tom Lococo, Laura Reeves, Susan Mueller, Greg Dixon, Harry Sayers, Bill Perkins, Rhonda Haukoos, and Bernee Brawn. This group had the many jobs that go into making a good event well delegated. There seemed to never be a need to find someone to do this job or that job. This is a sign of good leadership, good planning, and a ready team. This group took a National event and made it a Championship through their efforts.

Likewise the committee for the Hunt Test was equally up to the challenge. Consisting of Chuck Casanova, Chairman, Lori Sargent, Secretary, Harry Syers, Carolyn Isom, Bill Perkins, Jim Isom, Pete Gill, and Mike Gill they set up and ran a nice hunt test that tested the dogs fairly. Lori sergeant was unable to attend and committee members ably stepped in.

Along with a good committee to support the event you must have good judges. Once again the committee did its job well by asking Mary Karbiner of Bellevue TX and Daniel Long of Perryville OH to judge the Puppy, Futurity and the National Open Championship and Joe Luisi of Trenton NJ and Gene Moseley of Hempstead TX to officiate the Derby, the National Amateur, and the Water Test. Fairer, more attentive judges would be hard to find. Their efforts were rewarded with well received placements.

Judges for the Hunt Tests were on Monday Bill Cockrum and Don Bergmeyer. Tuesday was judged by Jack Higgins and Joe Fingerlin. All are well experienced Hunt Test judges with two of them having judged Hunt Tests as long as they have been ran. They fairly evaluated the dogs to the standard. Their decisions were also well received.

Another key factor in a quality event is the grounds. Branched Oak Dog Trial Area has long been known as having National quality courses. Greg Bailey and the crews of the Nebraska Game and Parks Department have done a great job in managing the area for both dog trials and as wildlife habitat. This is not always an easy mix but the NGP has done an excellent job of trying to make everybody happy. The grounds were in the best shape I can recall in over twenty plus years. There were areas of heavier grasses along with mowed areas that gave ample opportunities to show a dog. Game was plentiful with numerous coveys and untold numbers of singles produced throughout the event. The clubhouse and parking area is leased and maintained by the Nebraska Field Trial Association. Many improvements have been added over the years. Special thanks are due to Jack Higgins, John Slivicky, and Dean Taylor for their many hours put in on the grounds committee that cares for the area. Mowing, rocking, clubhouse care and all the extras that go into keeping the area in top shape are done and/or organized by these gentlemen.

An event of this quality is seldom possible without its generous sponsors. Once again Purina stepped up to the plate with contributions that included dog food for all the placements. Pat Lamantia was on hand for much of the running of both the field trial and the hunt test. Purina is the dog food chose of many amateur and professional trainers. Their generous support is truly appreciated.

Monday the event began with the first of two Hunt Tests and with the Derby Classic followed by the Water Test. Tuesday brought the second Hunt Test and the start Amateur Championship. Weather Monday was wet and cool followed by improving weather for the rest of the week. Numerous great performances were handed in and the results follow.

Field Trial Results

GWPCA Derby Classic
1st – Cascade Double Barrel
2nd – CH Sure Shot’s Sonora Gone Heywire
3rd – Whitetail’s Eli’s Brother
4th – Cascade Flying the Coop

GWPCA National Amateur Championship
1st – CH Ariel’s Justa Gotta Go Now
2nd – NFC DC Tumalo Joe
3rd – FC/AFC Cascade Maria
4th – Brillow’s Wild West Show

GWPCA National Field Futurity
1st – Backwoods Drama Queen
2nd – CH Sure Shot’s Sonora Gone Heywire
3rd – Scotian Lost Galaxy
4th – Cascade Double Barrel

GWPCA Puppy Classic
1st – Tumalo Timberjack
2nd – RLB Schnellberg’s Criminal Intent
3rd – Whitetail’s Fancy White Lightning
4th – Brillows Macks A Million

GWPCA National Championship
1st – NFC/DC Backwoods Sure Shot Marley
2nd – Overbaron’s Chix Dig Me
3rd – DC Griffith’s Willy Be Mine?
4th – FC/AFC Cascade Maria

GWPCA Water Test Qualifiers
Cascade Flying the Coop
Tumalo Timberjack
Cascade Seraphim
Ch. JayMar’s Little Miss Hot to Trot, JH
Inverness Hammerin Hank
Cascade Run Amok
Wingfield’s Chantilly Lace
Chocolate Eddy

Hunt Test Results – Monday
Master (4 starters)
Senior (4 starters)
Ch. Jaymar’s Little Miss Hot to Trot, JH

Junior (15 starters)
Inverness Odin
Hickory Knob’s Cherubim
SLH Wynnsome Larkspur Latte
Tuff Millenbruch
Cascade Run Amok
Crossroads Precious Paige
Darnelle’s Makin’ a Point
Cascade Seraphim

Hunt Test Results – Tuesday
Master (3 starters)
Senior (4 starters)
Chocolate Eddy
Ch. Jaymar’s Little Miss Hot to Trot, JH

Junior (15 starters)
Crossroads Precious Paige
Withetail’s Fancy White Lightning
Ch. Afterhours Just One Look
Cascade Run Amok
Tuff Millenbruch
Cascade Seraphim
Jed’s SF Blue Belle
SLH Wynnsome Larkspur Latte
Hickory Knob’s Cherubim
Crossroads Delightful Alli
Scotian Driven By What’s Inside

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