A four year old German Shorthaired Pointer from Nairn in
Scotland has won the prestigious Kennel Club Hunt, Point and
Retrieve (HPR) Championship, supported by Skinner's pet foods, at
the Swinton Estate in North Yorkshire.
Field Trial Champion, Jhebron's Nephrite of Stubblemere, otherwise
known as Orca, impressed the judges at the championship with her
working flair alongside her owner Mick Canham, beating some of the
UK's most talented working dogs from the HPR breeds, and was also
named Guns' Choice at the competition.
Mick said: "I am really pleased that Orca has won the HPR
Championship. She became a Field Trial Champion just under a
year ago and since then has not competed in competition but
has undertaken grouse working days and just twelve weeks
ago had a litter of puppies. She was competing
against many very talented dogs at the Championship so
competition was fierce, but she has good natural instincts and a
flair for using them, which worked well for both of us."
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "The HPR Championship
is designed specifically to test the dogs' quartering, hunting and
retrieving skills at a championship level, and offers the chance
for owners of HPR breeds to demonstrate the working skills of their
dogs in a competitive setting.
"The championship saw some of the best and most talented dogs
within the HPR breeds, dogs that are very much fit for function and
eager to work hard for their handlers. A big congratulations
goes out to all the winning dogs, particularly Orca and her owner,
The winners of the Kennel Club Hunt, Point and Retrieve
- 1st - FT Ch Jhebron's Nephrite of Stubblemere, German
Shorthaired Pointer, owned and handled by Mick Canham
- 2nd - FT Ch Trudvang Balder, German Wirehaired Pointer, owned
and handled by Chris Gray
- 3rd - Wamilanghaar Cara, German Longhaired Pointer, owned and
handled by Rob Gould
- 4th - Kerride Henry, Hungarian Wire Haired Vizsla, owned and
handled by Aidrian Blackledge
- Diploma of Merit - Deepthatch Pocona, German Shorthaired
Pointer, owned and handled by Ruby Field.
To qualify to compete in the event, dogs had to have gained a
1st or 2nd place in an Open Hunt, Point and Retrieve Field Trial,
and the qualifying award must have been gained in the two preceding
seasons, which for the purposes of the HPR Championship means
awards gained since 14th November 2011.
More information on Kennel Club field trials and championships can
be found at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/fieldtrials