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Message from the Director
by Frank O’Leary
As the 2018 Western Region Testing Season wraps up the Board of Directors are looking forward to 2019. We are asking that each member do the same. Please notify the Board of your testing needs for 2019. We need to know:
- What dogs you will have to test
- What tests (Derby, SOLMS, VGP) you plan on entering
- Where you live
Once we have this information we will develop the 2019 WR Testing Schedule. The Board will do its best to schedule tests where we have the best concentration to dogs for each test. If each of you provides the information that we need you have the best chance to have the desired tests near to our location. Remember, in order to schedule a test at any location we need to know:
- There are dogs near that location that want to participate
- There is a test site that is appropriate for that test
- We have a person or persons that can coordinate the test
- We can secure judges for the test
Please provide the requested information to me as soon as possible.
October 11th – 13th the Dr. Kleemann Prüfung will take place in Viöl, Germany. Hosted by Klub Kurzhaar Schleswig/Holstein. Hubertus Kreiger, who has judged for us here in the Western Region, is President of the Klub Kurzhaar Schleswig-Holstein. There will be a representative delegation from North America. Francois Aldrich will be judging in both the Zuchtschau and the Field & Water work. Jim Deppen and Frank & Marianne O’Leary will have dogs participating in the KS. We will have pictures and news from the event for the next issue of the WR Newsletter.
With hunting season around the corner I am sure everyone is getting their dogs ready, and their selves. We hope everyone has a good and safe season.
Western Regional Director
by Tyler Smith
Muddy Road Outﬁtters is a sought after testing venue, as the testing grounds are Pristine. We were lucky enough to get this venue on this weekend. This day would hold its challenges however. The ﬁrst day of the test turned out to be a real hot one with little wind. It was 91 degrees by 11 am. The day began as dogs took the ﬁeld for search and pointing. Five dogs were entered to the Solms. Every dog seemed well prepared for this portion of the test with all passing and moving to the next subjects. Daenen Scott and Agatha vom Hochland put on a real show when they took the ﬁeld for search, Agatha searched with real purpose covering the ground extremely well side to side using what little wind was available this day earning her a 4h in search.
The duck and rabbit drags are where the real challenges came from. The drag ﬁelds were perfect, 6-8” alfalfa with a crisp morning dew still on them. Despite the great drag ﬁelds only four of the five dogs passed the duck drag and two of the reaming four passed the rabbit drag. The judges did everything in their power to give the dogs the best shot at passing the drags. The judges were a great help and resource to all handlers and dogs. The water work was a real treat for the reaming two dogs that got to it. Both the remaining two dogs passed the test successfully. Well done to everyone who showed up and gave it their best attempts!!
Day 1, September 7th, Results
1. Ungaro vom Trocken Bach , Tyler Smith. Prize 1 & V
2. Caesar vom Großen Meer, John Michael Dezscz. No Prize!
3. Adele vom Hochland, Mike Madsen. No Prize!
4. Jewel vom Adlerberg, Conley Lindsey. No Prize!
5. Agatha vom Hochland. Daenen Scott. Prize 1 & SG!
Day 2, September 8th
The second day went much better weather wise. As with most desert climates it changed overnight and stayed super cool until about 1:00 AM. This aided for a great day of testing. Five dogs were entered for this test (3 Solms and 2 AZP). The ﬁeld search and pointing was a sight to behold. Thomas Konchar and Bear von den Sieben Söhnen were top of the charts with pointing as they located and found many wild roosters on the property earning them a 4h in Pointing. The next dog and handler that was a stand out in the ﬁeld was Jeffery Tims and Arrow vom Hochland. Jeff and Arrow took the ﬁeld with vigor and put on a search that had everyone in awe. The dog used the wind correctly with a high head moving across cover side to side as a team with Jeff earning Arrow a 4h in search. The drag conditions were ideal as the weather stayed in the 70’s until 11 am. We even got just a light dusting of rain before the drags took place. Every dog made it through the Duck drag with ease. Four of the five dogs passed the rabbit drag. One dog was a sure stand out on the drag work and if there was a 4h for drag work it would have gone to Mike Albert and Briar von den Sieben Söhnen. That dog put on a clinic working her drags.
by Scott Jacob
My life started out with my Father putting me out on a sheep camp my first year I was born in 1972, and my mother having to wash my diapers in the nearby creek at the camp. I think growing up early in the outdoors has always made me feel at home with nature. I grew up in a small town of approximately 10,000 people in American Fork, Utah. My grandfather at times took me at 3 years of age up to his sheep camps around Avintaquin. My only recollection of those times were hearing noises at night in the camp while thinking a Bear is outside with all the noise and watching my grandfather go outside to check on his sheep. At 5, my favorite horse (black, AQHA) my grandfather owned was named “Smokey.” Back then horses were hauled up in the bed of the trucks. My love for animals (horses and dogs) grew more from then.
It wasn’t until I was six that I discovered the love of hunting. My father who grew up with sheep dogs never owned an upland bird hunting dog until later and relied on his younger brothers to flush and retrieve birds. Without knowing what kind of dog companion that was ideal for hunting, I first grew up with beagles and cocker spaniels. Without the special difference of greatness and skill, I just enjoyed just being out with my Father and siblings.
One Spring year (1982) my uncle had sought out new hunting dogs and acquired my first experience behind a shorthair. He was named, King. He was solid white with a liver head. I found out later that King’s sire was close to 100 pounds out in California. Hunting behind King for the first time was like no other experience as he was a hunting machine in his prime. After producing a dozen pheasants in an early evening my Father and I were convinced we need to get a shorthair. For me as a young teenager having lots of chores, I thought, “Yes!
No more pulling out burrs out of a dog’s coat.” The following year we found a new litter out in Lehi, Utah that my Father had negotiated bought my first shorthair female pup. She was supposed to go to New York, but the original buyer fell through. It was love at first sight and we named her Patches Daisey True Blue Jacob. We of course were hoping to have puppies with King only to find out later that she was sister (different litter). At age 14, I finally had my first GSP and wanted to train and learn everything I could. I strived hours on end working to train her to be obedient. I remember it took me 2 hours to teach her the sit command. Luckily, my Father knew the best training for her was to let her learn how to hunt wild pheasants. I remember her first experience pointing and searching. It proved to be the best secret to her success by hunting wild game as she was great at taking out cats in our backyard and hunting upland birds with ease.
Reminder to Hunters
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