NADKC Western Region
April 2019
In this issue
  • Message from the Director
    by Frank O'Leary
  • WR 2019 Test Schedule
  • Member Profile
    by Blake Bailey
  • NADKC 2019 Annual Meeting
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Board of Directors
Frank O'Leary, NADKC Western Regional Director
Joe Furia, Director
WR Board of Directors
Randall Cherry, Director
WR Board of Directors
Jeff Martin, Director
WR Board of Directors
Newsletter Editor
Marianne O'Leary
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Message from the Director
by Frank O’Leary  
Western Regional Members,
I was in Germany last month to pickup Maggie and bring her home.  The morning I left Walla Walla I received a call from Rita Bommers.  She asked if I had left home yet, which I hadn’t.  Rita advised me that I may want to adjust the clothes I was bring to Germany as it was in the mid 60’s there and would be for a couple more days.  That sounded good to me as I was looking at the 12” of snow in the yard and a current temperature of 17 degrees.  After making the necessary adjustments to my wardrobe I headed to Seattle in a snow storm that lasted until Yakima.  Sure enough when I arrived the next afternoon in Frankfurt it was 62 degrees and sunny. 
First stop on my trip was to visit Bommers in Dürboslar.  It is always special to spend time at Burg Dürboslar and visit with the Bommers.  It also enables me to pay my respects to Mr. Bommers. 
Next I traveled north and spent some time with Alex Lange.  Alex was the leader with the overall top young female at the Kleemann last fall owned by Poco Guzman, the President of the DK Club in Spain. 
Then I traveled a short distance to the home of Stefan and Maike Middeke where I delivered Uschka vom Trocken Bach for Gil Dueck to continue her education.
The next stop was at Holger Hensel home where Maggie KS vom Trocken Bach has spent the last year preparing for her success at the 2018 Kleemann.  Maggie has been in Germany since the completion of the KS to be bred to Etzel vom Thüringer Zipfel.  Holger and his family were very welcoming and we spend two days talking about the dogs and watching Holger train his young dogs.  Holger has many training techniques that I will be able to utilize, hopefully with the same success he enjoys.  We also had the opportunity to observe Lotta, Maggie’s Zuchtschau leader, preparing for an upcoming Dressage competition.  Lotta is a very accomplished and successful horsewoman.
The next stop was at Rüdiger Stilgenbauer, the owner of vom Klepelshagener Forst.  Rüdiger is a Professional Hunter on a revere of approximately 2,500 acres............  
Western Region Derby
in Walla Walla, WA
May 11 & 12, 2019
The Western Region Derby has been moved to Walla Walla, WA and the date changed to May 11th & 12th.  The Western Region looks forward to holding a Derby in High River in the future but for 2019 it was determined by the WR Board that Walla Walla would be a better option.
Jeff Martin will be the Test Director for the Derby.  Jörg Kaltenegger will be the Senior Judge and Todd Synoground will round out the judging team.
If you have not entered your dog in the Derby please contact Frank at 509-520-7483.  The fillable entry form is available by clicking here.
If you are participating in the Derby and would like to work your dog in the fields where your test is being held please contact Frank to schedule a time to make that possible.
Member Profile
by Blake Bailey
My name is Blake Bailey, and I currently live in Kaysville, Utah, just north of Salt Lake City.  I am married with three children.  I have enjoyed having my wife and children in the field with me, sharing the enjoyment I have found hunting and specifically dog work.  I am a project manager for a local commercial construction company.  I am the proud owner of Angus vom Hochland (Chief) and will be a DK owner for life.    
I have been lucky to have had a father and brother that have taken me along with them from a young age and have introduced me to the outdoors and hunting.  We have built memories that will last forever.  I grew up mainly big game hunting but would go after birds every once in a while, with our labs.  It wasn’t until two years ago that I had the desire to get back into the dog world and was introduced to DK’s by Tyler Smith of the Vom Hochland kennel.  I did extensive research on the DK breed and was very impressed by their versatility.  My brother and I both purchased male puppies from Tyler’s “A” litter.   From the start I was completely blown away with the puppies and with their natural abilities.  Tyler has been an incredible resource throughout the entire process.  He has helped us understand how to get the best out of our dogs as well as how to give the dogs our best in return.  I have truly enjoyed the many hours spent in the field with Tyler unlocking all of Chief’s potential.  
I would never have believed that I would be able to hunt in so many ways with one dog.  Owning Chief has enabled me to pursue new hunts that have been incredible.  In the short time I have had Chief he has been on pheasant, Hungarian partridge, chucker, quail, grouse, geese, and ducks.  Recently, I have found a lot of enjoyment in duck hunting.  I have spent countless hours trudging the swamps and marshlands with Chief in search of water and ducks.  Watching him bounce through the 10’ tall reeds in front of me is truly amazing and a testament to the drive and skill these dogs have.  My favorite hunt this year was a cold day on an Idaho river where we were able to shoot a four man limit of ducks.  I couldn’t get the smile off my face as I watched Chief .................. 
North American
Deutsch Kurzhaar Club
2019 Annual Membership Meeting
April 11-14, 2019
The Mid-Atlantic Region is hosting the 2019 NADKC Annual Meeting from April 11-14, 2019.
The following information is for your convenience for arranging your plans to stay in New Jersey.
We plan to start our fun weekend with a Meet and Greet at the host hotel, Holiday Inn, Budd Lake, New Jersey, on the evening of April 11th.
We have guaranteed room rates at the Holiday Inn, Budd Lake, New Jersey, Residence Inn, Mt. Olive, New Jersey and Extended Stay America, Mt. Olive. Holiday Inn and Residence Inn are close to each other and they share the parking lot.
Please see details below and ask for the NADKC rate.  Rooms are limited, so please make your reservations early. Please complete the meal form that is below on this page, or complete the meal form found on the NADC website to submit and pay for the event. If mailing the registration form send to 114 Wadsworth Ave, South Plainfield, NJ 07080. Make checks payable to NADKC. Registration and Meal form needs to be received ASAP.
If you are donating any auction/raffle items, please contact Dave Henderson ( or Rick Medina (
There will be several raffle items and hunts available for raffles. Details will follow.

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