NADKC Western Region
August 2019
In this issue
  • Message from the Director
    by Frank O'Leary
  • WR 2019 CA Fall Test 
  • WR 2019 Fall Test MT
  • VGP 101
    by Ken Dinn & Gary Hodson
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Board of Directors
Frank O'Leary, NADKC Western Regional Director
Randall Cherry, Director
WR Board of Directors
Jeff Martin, Director
WR Board of Directors
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Message from the Director
by Frank O’Leary  
Western Regional Members,
December 31st I will complete my second term as the Western Regional Director.  When I ran for this position sixth years ago I stated that, if elected, I would be honored to serve.  Furthermore, I stated that if I was still enjoying being the Western Regional Director I would run for a second term which I did and was unopposed.   I stated at that time that I am a firm believer in term limits.  In my opinion two terms on this Board is the right number.  Therefore, this will be my last year as the Western Region Director.  It has been a privilege to serve the Western Region and the NADKC as the Western Regional Director.  All members of this Region can be proud of what we have accomplished over the last six years with our membership increasing by more than double, our monthly newsletter, expanded testing schedule, financial stability of the Region, and successfully hosting the 2016 Annual Meeting with over 70 people from around the North American and Germany in attendance.  The attendance at the 2016 Annual Meeting, in Walla Walla, more than doubled attendance numbers at previous WR hosted NADKC Annual Meeting.  Additionally, at the ’16 Annual Meeting we facilitated the final portion of the Formwertricher Apprentice examine process for four NADKC members allowing them to become Specialzuchtrichter’s (SZR), the only four in North America.  This was the first time this portion of the final examine had been conduct in North America, or for that matter outside of Germany. 
In the near future nominations will be opening for the Western Regional Director.  I would encourage anyone that is interested in serving in this capacity to consider running. 
The WR has added an additional fall test.  On November 9th we will be holding a Solms/AZP, in Denair, CA.  Denver Hodges is the test coordinator and can be reached at 209-485-0987 or at  At this time there is still room in this test for additional dogs.
In September the WR has will host a fall test in Conrad, MT.   On September 19th & 20th, we will be holding a VGP.  September 21st and 22nd we will be holding a Solms/AZP.  There will be a Zuchtschau  on Saturday, September 21st.  Jerry Riewer is the test coordinator and can be reached at 406-450-1214 or at  Currently there is space available for one VGP dog.  The Solms/AZP is full on Saturday but there is space available on Sunday. 
If you have indicated you will be participating in a fall test, please submit your entry ASAP.  If you have submitted your entry and realize you will be unable to participate please let the test coordinator know ASAP.
Best Regards,
Frank O’Leary
Western Regional Director
November 9, 2019
The Western Region will be holding a test in Denair, CA on November 9th.  This will be the first time there has been a WR test in CA since we lost Guido Dei in December of 2015.   
On November 9th the WR we will hold a Solms/AZP/Zuchtschau.  The Judging Team will be Jeff Martin (Test Director), Mark Peasley (Senior Judge), and t/b/d.  As of this writing there was one spot available in the Solms/AZP.  For additional information please Denver Hodges, Test Coordinator, at 209-485-0987 or at or Jeff Martin, Test Director at 250-809-6665 or at
We anticipate that this will be a great event in a good location.  The testing field and water areas are all reported to be good and should provide an excellent opportunity for the dogs and leaders to be successful. 
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 we will have a VGP.  The Judging Team will be Jörg Kaltenegger (Test Director), Jeff Martin (Senior Judge), Mark Peasley, and James Seidl.  At this time there is one spot available in the VGP.  As of this writing there is room for one additional VGP dog. 
On September 21st – 22nd we will hold a Solms/AZP/Zuchtschau.  The Judging Team will be Jeff Martin (Test Diredtor, Jörg Kaltenegger (Senior Judge), Mark Peasley, and James Seidl on Saturday the 21st.  On Sunday the 22nd Jeff Martin (Test Director), Jörg Kaltenegger (Senior Judge) and Mark Peasley.  At this time the Saturday Solms/AZP is full.  There is room on Sunday for additional dogs.  For additional information please contact Jerry Riewer, Test Coordinator, at 406-450-1214 or at
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.
VGP 101
Part 2: An Overview
By Ken Dinn and Gary Hodson
“This series of VGP training articles was produced by VDD Group Canada and appeared in their newsletter “Drahthaar News” in 2010-2011. It is reprinted with their permission.”
The fall tests are over and your young DD passed the HZP. Wonderful! Time to go hunting – a reward for you both for the time and effort you put into preparing for the test. It is also time to begin thinking about the VGP.
In our last article we stressed that training for and running the VGP is not all that difficult. Unfortunately the part that is hard is an area where many of us are weak as trainers – making a training plan and upholding our commitment to follow it. There are more elements to the VGP. Some of the elements depend on earlier training and must be trained in a specific sequence. Some of them can be trained simultaneously. Some subjects require conditioning the dog first. Many require the participation of a helper or some specialized training gear. There’s a lot to think about and organize if you are going to run in a VGP!
Unfortunately we can’t give you an exact plan to follow. There are too many variables unique to you and your DD. What we hope to do here is outline the factors you need to take into consideration when making your VGP training plan.
The training plan starts with a checklist. You need to be clear about what needs to be done by test day. To help you with this a list of all the subjects evaluated in the VGP is included at the end of this article along with how much value is assigned to each subject. For details about each of these subjects and exactly how they will be tested, look at the VGPO – the VGP Test Regulations.
Important Note: The VGPO booklet is available from Business Manager Dan McMillan and is MUST reading for all trainers/handlers. Too many members come to the VGP without a clear idea of exactly what is required and run into problems as a result. Read the regulations for each subject several times, and then put questions to experienced handlers and your breeder until you are clear on exactly what will happen and what is expected of you and the dog.
Some items on the checklist—particularly many of the field and water work subjects—your dog already knows from your preparation for the VJP and HZP. You won’t need to train them again, but you will need to routinely practice them. Just because your dog did them well a year ago does not mean it will do them well a year later without some refresher sessions. This practice needs to be part of your training plan. Neglecting this step could lead to the surprise of your life!
Some of the previously learned subjects will be evaluated at a higher level and thus require further training. For example: the dog must not only point but be steady to flush, shot and fall. With water work there is not only a search behind a live duck, but also a search without a duck being present, a more challenging task.
Much of the training will be on the subjects that are entirely new to you and your dog: the forest and obedience work. Many of these subjects are unique to the style of hunting practiced in Germany. As we address them in later articles we will try to give some context of where and how they are used so that you will understand why they are included in the test.
The sequence in which you proceed with your training will depend on such things as: ........
Best quote of the month:
“Good judgement comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgement”
by Will Rogers
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