NADKC Western Region
January 2014
In this issue
  • Message from
    NADKC WR Director
  • 2014 Testing Questionnaire
  • Willie Engelking Memorial Hunt
  • Member Profile
    Jeff Martin
  • Tips for a Rookie
    doing the VGP
  • New Member Profile
    Joe Furia
Upcoming Events

Annual Meeting
April 24 - 26, 2014
Hosted by GL Region

WR Derby/Zuchtschau
Date & Site TBD

WR Training Day
Date & Site TBD

WR Solms/Azp/
Date & Site TBD

Board of Directors

Frank O'Leary, NADKC Western Regional Director

Guido Dei, Director
WR Board of Directors

Wayne Davis, Director
WR Board of Directors

Jeff Martin, Director
WR Board of Directors
Newsletter Editors

Edie Stelkovics

Marianne O'Leary
Under Construction
Coming Soon

Happy New Year!!
Message from the Western Regional Director
By Frank O’Leary

As we embark on 2014 the Western Regional Board of Directors has made a commitment to operate the Region for the betterment of the membership and to improve communication within the Region.  To that end we will be seeking your input and listening to your thoughts and concerns.  Armed with that information we will attempt to make decisions that are in the best interest of the membership.  That said it is the responsibility of each member of the Western Region to share your thoughts and concerns with either myself or a member of the Board of Directors.  Remember this is our Club and we all need to work together to make it better.

The first step in improving communication is this newsletter.  We have asked Edie Stelkovics and Marianne O’Leary to handle this for the Region and it is our hope that the membership will enjoy it.  If you have a story of interest, training technique that you are willing to share, or great pictures please share your information with either Marianne or Edie.  Their contact information is at the end of the newsletter. 
2014 Western Region Testing Schedule

The WR Board of Directors, in an effort to better serve our members, wants your input regarding the testing dates for 2014.  If you have a dog or dogs to test this year please 

Willie Engelking Memorial Hunt
Hosted by Krull Lodge
By Luke Pennington
Thinking back, I guess I’ve always been pretty lucky when it comes to raffle drawings.  In 5th grade I won a trip to a winter lodge in Colorado.  I’ve won a couple of cool things at charity events.  But after experiencing a trip to Krull Lodge, it is safe to say that winning the raffle drawing for the Willie Engelking Memorial Hunt may have taken the cake. 

When I received the news that I had won, the first question that came to mind was, “Who do I take?”  I knew that my wife was going.  Even though she was 5 months pregnant, she likes to hunt behind the dogs and I was given a look of “Why are you even asking me if I want to go - of course I’m going!”  Next on the invite list was my Uncle Dan who I elk hunt with every year.  After hearing a description of the trip, he said he was honored to go.  And last, but not least, was Russ my brother-in-law.  We had been talking about hunting together for a while, and I thought this would be a great opportunity for us to finally make it a reality.  He’s a hard working family man who doesn’t take much time for himself, so I egged him on to take his hunter’s safety education course.  He committed, and was ultimately happy that he did. Continue Reading.....

Member Profile
By Jeff Martin

I have been a member of NADKC for the last 18 years since first coming to British Columbia, Canada.  Training dogs and other animals had been something I enjoyed from a very young age but it was professional winemaking that I chose as a career path.

This lead to traveling to many regions around the world in an effort “to improve  my game” and ultimately lead to me starting my own winery in the Okanagan Valley,  after what was initially going to be a two year working holiday with  my wife and two daughters back in 1994. 

Tips for Rookies doing the VGP
By Mike Kennedy

This story actually started with a conversation between myself and Randy Blanchard in April of 2012.  At that time my dog, Jurek von Kings Crossing a.k.a. Duke was 10 months old and entered in the May Derby test at Spokane, Washington. Randy lives in High River, Alberta on a beautiful 17 acre property adjacent to the Little Bow River.  Randy is retired from the business world and now living his dream of training retrieving dogs.  Randy has been training mostly Labrador Retrievers for over 30 years and competed in very high level trials all over North America.  He has access to very nice training grounds in addition to his own property.  He also knows all the drills and strategies to get a dog retrieving consistently, while keeping the dog’s happiness level high.  So, I asked Randy if he would assist me in getting Duke ready for the Solms test scheduled for fall 2012.  Randy said “What the heck is a Solms”?   

New Member Profile
By Joe Furia

My wife Katie and I have been married for two-and-a-half years, and are lucky enough to live in Portland, Oregon.  Within a 2 hour drive I can hunt elk, deer, antelope, bear, upland birds and waterfowl, and I can fish for salmon and steelhead year round.  There is not a week of the year I'm not fishing or hunting or at least preparing to hunt or fish. For the last 13 years I have only eaten my own wild game at home.  As the General Counsel and Senior Policy Director at The Freshwater Trust, my job involves restoring rivers, but my lifestyle and passion is clearly defined by putting meat on the table. 

If you have any stories or pictures to share
please contact Newsletter Editors Edie or Marianne