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Message from the Director
by Frank O’Leary
Western Regional Members,
The Western Region Spring Testing season gets under way on May 11th Derby in Walla Walla, WA. Jeff Martin, Jörg Kaltenegger, and Todd Synoground will be the Judging Team. In conjunction with the Derby we will be holding a Zuchtschau. We are fortunate to have not one but two Spezialzuchtrichter (SZR) to evaluate the dogs. Both Jeff Martin and Jörg Kaltenegger received their SRZ credentials at the 2016 Annual Meeting in Walla Walla. There are only four Spezialzuchtrichter in all of North America. The opportunity to receive the SZR credentials was made possible by the hard work of Christine Hammerer to coordinate the examination and the willingness of Michael Hammerer and Gerd Schad to travel to Walla Walla and administer the test to the candidates.
The Western Region will be holding a Fall Test in Conrad, MT, on September 19th – 22nd. The 19th and 20th we will have a VGP. The Judging Team will be Jeff Martin (Test Director), Mark Peasley, and James Seidl. At this time there is one spot available in the VGP. On September 21st – 22nd we will hold a Solms/AZP/Zuchtschau. The Judging Team will be Jörg Kaltenegger (Test Director), Mark Peasley, and James Seidl. As of this writing there is one spot available in the Solms/AZP. For additional information please contact Jerry Riewer, Test Coordinator, at 406-450-1214 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best to luck to all as you prepare for the Spring and Fall Tests. In Walla Walla we finally are having some days that resemble spring. The sun has been out and the weather is warming up.
Western Regional Director
Western Region Fall Test
in Conrad, MT
Sept. 19 & 22, 2019
For the first time the Western Region of the NADKC will be holding a test in the Big Sky country of Conrad, Montana.
On September 19th – 22nd. The 19th and 20th we will have a VGP. The Judging Team will be Jeff Martin (Test Director), Mark Peasley, and James Seidl. At this time there is one spot available in the VGP.
On September 21st – 22nd we will hold a Solms/AZP/Zuchtschau. The Judging Team will be Jörg Kaltenegger (Test Director), Mark Peasley, and James Seidl. As of this writing there is one spot available in the Solms/AZP. For additional information please contact Jerry Riewer, Test Coordinator, at 406-450-1214 or at email@example.com.
We anticipate that this will be a great event in a wonderful location. The testing field, water, and forest areas are all great and should provide an excellent opportunity for the dogs and leaders to be successful.
Jerry Riewer is the Owner/Operator of the Northgate Motel in Conrad, MT. The Northgate Motel will be the Headquarters for the event. IF you are interested in attending the event you are encouraged to contact the Northgate Motel at 406-278-3516.
by Jerry Riewer
I am Jerry Riewer from Conrad, Montana. My wife Debbie and I have two children who are grown and out of the house. We enjoy our two grandchildren, Duke age 5 and Aly age 4, who live close. Their father, my son-inlaw, Chad Patterson, is my hunting partner. We don’t get too many birds but we have a lot of fun. Duke also comes along and is a dog handler and goose caller.
Debbie and I own and operate the Northgate Motel in Conrad, Montana.
I have been a hunter for forty-three years and have enjoyed bird hunting with a dog for the last thirteen years. Bird hunting, with a dog, got started when a gentleman who was staying at the motel invited me to join him for a day in the field. He had a GSP that was going to have a litter of pups. We had a great day of hunting behind his dogs and I was hooked.
We enjoy our K-9 partners, Hoyte von Kings Crossing (Cairo) and my GSP Sadie who just turned 13. Cairo has been tested and passed the Derby and AZP.
We enjoy upland hunting, waterfowl. Rather than talking about the hunting aspect of Cairo I would like to share the "Pet" aspect of him. He is a part of my family and spends almost all day, every day, with me. When not hunting or trying to train, we do an early morning walk. Both of the dogs know that if I am not carrying a gun, or have my hunting clothes on, it’s just going to be an outing to see what they can see. Where we walk offers a variety of critters - geese, upland birds, and ducks in the ditch. As the weather warms up we may see a coyote or two and lately Grizzle Bear have been a concern.
I think one of the things I enjoy most about Cairo is the way he is around my Grandkids. He is about 75 pounds, and is like a bull in a china closet at times. When it comes to Duke and Ally, he is as gentle as can be. He lets them do the normal stuff, pull on his ears and tail. Both of the kids are fascinated by his teeth.
Duke is 5 and is giving him simple commands. Sit, kennel, and down. Cairo actually listens to him, sometimes better than me.
I have started my search for another DK pup, and looking forward to the kids being able to watch the pup grow and help Papa with some training.
I look forward to meeting more members of the Western Region. Come see us at the Northgate Motel in Conrad, Montana.
Best quote of the month:
When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.
by Franklin D. Roosevelt
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