German Longhaired Pointer Wins Hunt, Point And Retrieve Championship

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 it takes.

"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 sport."

The winners of the Kennel Club Hunt, Point and Retrieve Championship 2014 were:

·         1st- Wamilanghaar Tash, German Longhaired Pointer, owned and handled by Howard Kirby

·         2nd- 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.

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