German Shorthaired Pointer Wins Hunt, Point And Retrieve Championship

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, Mick Canham."

The winners of the Kennel Club Hunt, Point and Retrieve Championship were:

  • 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.

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