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43 Dr. Kleemann Prüfung
October 11-14, 2018
by Frank O’Leary
The 43rd Kleemann was hosted by Klub Schleswig-Holstein in the city of Viöl, in the most northern part of Germany. The area was beautiful and the Klub needs to be complimented for doing an outstanding job of coordination and executive. This was the seventh Kleemann that we have been able to attend and without quest the most organized and executed.
In all there were 136 dogs entered in the event from all over the world. It was great to see old friends and to make new ones and no better time to do so then on Thursday, the morning of the Zuchtschau. Registration is taking place and everyone is there and there is time to visit and see people before everything gets busy in the afternoon. The headquarters for the event was what we would call a community center with an athletic field adjacent to it. It was a great facility and perfect venue for the center of activities.
Other than registration of the dogs, the most important things to do are getting your program, dinner tickets, get your Kleemann pin, identify what group you’re in and the meeting place and time. On Friday morning, the Judges wait for no one. Once the dogs and judges arrive at the meeting place they are gone and if you’re not with them you have no chance of finding them. Therefore, be there and be early.
After lunch the activity on the field increases with the rings being readied and the dogs starting to gather. At two o’clock the activities officially gets under way. There are four rings, two for Rüdes and two for Hündins. In Rüde ring #1 Francois Aldrich was a Formwertrichter with Gerd Schad and Heinrich Jaacks. Also working outside the Hündin ring Julie Griswold was checking teeth.
Two NADKC members had entries in the event. Jim Deppen, was leading his Rüde #113 – Szafir z Czarnego Dworu and Frank and Marianne O’Leary had Hündin #100 Maggie vom Trocken Bach. When the evaluations began it was ovious that it was going to be a tough day for many, as dog after dog lost their “V” and were graded as SG. Three dogs were actually given “G” and sent home.
Unfortunately, Jim’s boy was one of the casualties going from “V” to SG, much to his surprise and disappointment. However, as he stated he came for the KS title and that was still on the table. Click here to Continue Reading.......
NADKC Presidential Election
Each of you should have received your Electronic Ballot for the office of NADKC President. With the notice you received instructions on how to vote that may need some additional clarification. You received a personalized “Access Key” (your email address)) to be used when voting. However, when you vote you need both the “Access Key” and “Password”. They are the same, your email address.
Below are the Bio’s submitted by the candidates for publication in this newsletter:
Jim Deppen was born and raised outside of St. Louis, MO. He received a B.S. in Agriculture majoring in Reproductive Physiology and a minor in Genetics while attending the University of Mo.-Columbia. Post Graduate he worked for one of the largest Brangus cattle ranches in Mo. as an A.I. specialist.
During his freshman year Jim was introduced to the German Shorthaired Pointer breed through the owners of Monarch kennel and worked in the development, breeding and training of their dogs. He would soon begin his love affair for the GSP breed as he invested hours learning about their history, hunting ability, and unparalleled versatility. However, he was not convinced that the temperaments of these GSP were as stable as they should be. So he began to search abroad, and eventually in 1983 he made his first trip to Germany to learn firsthand what a DK was all about.
Upon his arrival he found just a few Germans that would even attempt to speak English as he wasn’t fluent in German, but through mutual passion, and desire to share their knowledge of this breed we know as the Deutsch Kurzhaar (DK). Jim has fostered a lifetime of friendships over the past 35 years in the breed bringing us to the present day where he currently breeds, and furthers the preservation of the DK under the Zwinger name of Deppe-Haus reg.
Jim not only was a founding member of the NADKC back in 1993 but he has maintained his affiliation with various DKV clubs throughout Germany. Currently he is a member of the Schleswig Holstein club, and a new club DK club International e.V. He maintains these memberships to insure he has current and timely knowledge of what is happening abroad and how it may impact the breed or course of the testing programs in Germany. Click here to Continue Reading...........
As one of the NADKC’s founding members, breeder, judge, and a member of numerous other DKV Clubs throughout Germany, I am committed to the Deutsch Kurzhaar. I believe in the testing and breeding standards that we insist on in this organization, and that the popularity of the Deutsch Kurzhaar. It can only grow and become stronger than in the United States.
I was lucky enough to know and learn from the late Claus Kiefer, former President of DKV, that it takes a group of people to make an organization successful and to make every effort to grow that organization in order to assure it’s continued expansion and success. My father loved the DK and believed in the NADKC like it was his family. This is not one persons club but everyone’s club.
Our board should strive to achieve a more user-friendly club, a club where the members can feel free to ask questions and have them answered. I have been graced to be surrounded by like-minded individuals that have that same willingness to see this happen.
I have always fought to have the best opportunities for our club in my past terms. This includes the option to work multiple times behind the live duck for our dogs; in Germany dogs only get to do this work once and the score is then transferred to all future tests. To have the NAKP a permanent test for North America. I also made sure our voices were heard in regards to artificial insemination. I worked at the presidents meetings to make sure that this passed for our club and all clubs of the DKV.
2019 WR Testing Schedule
The Western Region Board of Directors is putting together the 2019 Testing Schedule and needs your input. The schedule is only as good as the information we have when we determining where and when to have tests. Please submit your testing needs for 2019 at this time.
To make sure that we met the needs of our members we need to know what type of tests you need (Derby/Solms/VGP), your location, and the breeding of your dog (to avoid judging conflicts).
Tests are expensive to hold with the cost of Judges travel, Judges housing & meals, and birds so it is important that we plan our test efficiently. We want to meet the needs of our membership while controlling cost as much as possible.
Please submit your needs to: firstname.lastname@example.org
JUDGES AND JUDGING
The following are excerpts from Charles Morgan on Retrievers, first published 1968. Charlie won the National 3 times and was one of the foremost professional trainers of his time.
What makes a good judge? What are the qualities that make a person a good judge? It is hard to say, but I think a good judge has a talent for judging and the only way you can find it is to try him. The proof of the pudding is in the eating. He has got to prove himself. He might seem to have all the equipment to make a fine judge and turn out to be a poor one. He might not have many of the qualities that you think are necessary to a good judge, but he might turn out to have that special talent or gift which makes a helluva good judge.
I think it’s some indefinite thing in him that makes a good judge. Courage, fairness and experience are factors, but there is something beyond these qualities. I don’t know what it is but few have it. I asked a friend of mine to name the good judges he could think of. He thought and thought then came up with one name…. the judge he had won under the previous weekend.
I don’t think a man’s ability to judge always depends on how much experience he has had in training and handling dogs even though it’s a good start. Nor do I think it’s a question of honesty, because they are all honest. I don’t think you can pick a judge by how many times he has judged. Maybe he has judged a lot because, like Barkus, he was “willing”. In my 30 years of handling dogs I have never refused to run under any judge, but I do feel more at ease under certain judges. There have been times when I felt I was walking into the execution chamber.
I think when you run under a good judge you handle your dog’s better. You have a feeling of ease and a feeling of confidence and these feelings are necessary for to do a good job. A good judge wants to see good dog work, he wants to see your dog do good work and that is his attitude. When he goes out there to judge, he wants to see all the great qualities a dog has, a dog’s true abilities, and doesn’t blow some minor fault out of all proportion.
The better judges do overlook the minor things and really look for the big things… how well a dog marks, hunts and handles. The rules and regulations stress that.
It seems to me that when a judge drops a dog for a minor fault, he doesn’t have much confidence in his own ability to judge real dog work. He has to go to the minor details because to him they seem more definite. Click here to continue reading...
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