A three year old German Longhaired Pointer from Andover in
Hampshire 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.
Wamilanghaar Tash, otherwise known as Tashi, impressed the judges
at the championship with his working flair alongside his owner
Howard Kirby, beating some of the UK's most talented working dogs
from the HPR breeds.
Howard said: "Tashi is one of those once in a lifetime dogs. We
became a partnership by accident as he had become a bit of a
handful for his owners as a companion dog and they felt he would be
better suited to a working home. When I collected him he was
fourteen months old and had done some basic training. It was
obvious from the outset to me that this fella seemed to have what
"He learned new things really quickly and although he's a real
power house he's very trainable. About six months into his pointing
work I remember thinking, 'this dog could go all the way'. It's
just fantastic to think that less than two years later he's
competing against the top HPRs in the country and won the Kennel
Club HPR Championship. I am quite simply delighted."
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "We are thrilled for
Howard and Tashi on their victory. The HPR Championship is
designed specifically to test the dogs' quartering, hunting and
retrieving skills at championship level, and is an opportunity for
owners of HPR breeds to demonstrate the working skills of their
dogs in a competitive setting.
"The venue provided a stunning backdrop for some of the most
talented dogs within the HPR community to show off their flair for
working despite the poor weather conditions and it was great to see
the strong relationships between dogs and owners being put to use
in the competition.
"We wish Howard and Tashi and all the other dogs and handlers who
competed in the championship, a long and successful future in the
The winners of the Kennel Club Hunt, Point and Retrieve
Championship 2014 were:
Wamilanghaar Tash, German Longhaired Pointer, owned and handled by
Peersofdale's Highlander, German Shorthaired Pointer, owned and
handled by Jane Herbert
To qualify to compete in the event, dogs had to have gained a
1stor 2ndplace 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 2014 means
awards gained since 14thNovember 2012.
More information on Kennel Club field trials and championships can
be found at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/fieldtrials.