AKC Pointing Breed Gun Dog Championships
April 26 - May 5, 2004
The eleventh annual AKC Pointing Breed Gun Dog Championships was held at the Branched Oak Field Trial Area - Raymond, Nebraska.
The host clubs, Nebraska Field Trial Clubs Association and AKC Gun Dog Championships Association, did an excellent job preparing and organizing the event. Assisting the clubs were memebers of the AKC Field Staff, led by Field Director Jerry Mann. The Chairman Tom Maneeley and Secretary Jean Armbrust had the event running smoothly.The Retreiving Stake, which ran from April 26 - 30, was a 30-minute single course, with finds and retreives required. The top 20 dogs were called back for a second series consisting of a 45-minute single course with a required retreive. Judges Tim Schillereff, Portland, OR and Francis Clasen, Garden Plains, KS spent five days in the saddle to select the top dogs from accross the country.
Click on image for caption and larger view. Winners photos are by Ken Marden.
The Retrieving Championship:
Retrieving Championship Placements
1st: FC Jacks To Win - Owner: John Swenson, GSP, Handler: Bryan LongTop Breed Dogs: Retrieving Championship
2nd: NFC/FC/AFC Moesgaards R B Rhythm 'N Blues - Owner: Ruth E. Blank, DVM, GSP, Handler: George Newcomb (this dog has won the event twice previously)
3rd: FC Slick Dixies Tarkus - Owner: Heinz Ahlman, GSP, Handler: Eldon Hongo
4th: Moesgaard's Ramblin Gin - Owner: Greg Keiser, GSP, Handler: Bryan Long
Brittany: Ed's McKissac of Possum Trot - Owner: Edward E. Palmer M.D., Handler: David KingBest Amateur Handler
GSP: FC Jacks To Win - Owner: John Swenson, GSP, Handler: Bryan Long
Bob ErbeThe Non-Retrieving Championship:
CC Papion a male German Shorthaired Pointer owned by Joe and Valerie Hanzel of Limerock, California topped a field of 94 to win this prestigious title. Pappion scored multiple finds during his strong forward race, finishing with plenty of power. Eldon Hondo, a professional trainer from Oroville, California, handled him. Second was Sadie Fair Lady, a Brittany female, handled by Scott Johnson for owner Bill Oliver of Wichita, Kansas. Third went to Scattergun's Maggie a GSP female owned by Ed and Trudy Moody of New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Maggie was trained and handled by Ray Dohse. Forth was KJ's Mano War Chief handled by Bob Burchett for owners Ken and Judy Windom from Cambridge, Iowa. A Judges Award or Merit was awarded to Caden's Jasper handled by Dennis Brath for Dick Strang.
Judges for this event were "Iron Man" Ray Gorman from New Hampshire and the indestructible Roy Pelton from Texas. Both of these men rode hard for an average of ten hours a day to complete the 47 braces in four and one half days. The weatherman was kind to them providing moderate temperatures and clear skies.
Non-Retrieving Championship Placements
1st: FC CC Papion - Owner: Joe and Valerie Hanzel, GSP, Handler: G.F. HenryTop Breed Dogs: Non-Retrieving Championship
2nd: FC/AFC Sadie Fair Kady - Owner: Bill Oliver, Brittany, Handler: Scott Johnson
3rd: FC Scattergun's Maggie - Owner: Ed and Trudy Moody, GSP, Handler: Ray Dohse
4th: Ch. KJ's Mano War Chief - Owner: Ken and Jane Windom, Brittany, Handler: Bob Burchett
JAM: Caden's Jasper - Owner: Dick Strang, GSP, Handler: Dennis Brath
It has been a tradition for the judges to name the top dog from each breed represented and they are as follows:
Brittany: FC/AFC Sadie Fair Kady - Owner: Bill Oliver, Brittany, Handler: Scott Johnson
GSP: FC CC Papion - Owner: Joe and Valerie Hanzel, GSP, Handler: G.F. Henry
Irish Setter: FC Sandcreek Stone Cold - Owner: Tim Hidalgo, Handler: Mary Hidalgo
Pointer: FC Sandcreek Ice Man - Owner: Tim Hidalgo, Handler: Tim Hidalgo
Weimaraner: Lightning Strikes on the Rise - Owner: W.J. & Patricia Kuehnhold and Gregory & Sharon Hartman, Handler: Tim Hidalgo
Gordon Setter: Timberfin Blazing Teal JH - Owner: Cynthia L. Findley, Handler: Cynthia L. Findley/ Dano Morf
GWP: FC Side by Side Dazzler MH - Owner: Silke Alberts, Handler: Randall Berry or Owner