Once a year our NAVHDA chapter puts on a fundraiser. This year was the 6th time we did this and it was very successful from a “having fun” and “fund raising” perspective. We had great volunteers, a great location and a perfect weather situation.
The breeds competing:
Pudlepointers, German shorthair pointers, German Wirehair pointers, Braquo Italianos, Draaharts, Kurzhaars, Black Lab and Braque du Bourbonnais.
Who was competing:
All but 2 dogs were NAVHDA tested with NA and UT prize 1, 2, 3 or Evaluation. There was One NAVHDA Versatile Champions and several dogs that attended the Invitational and where trained at that high of a level. Two dogs were multiple time BDC field trial Champions. The 2 dogs that had not been NAVHDA tested: one, Abby, was a National NAGDA champion and runner up on several occasions and the other, Scout, just took a 2nd place in the Youth Division and a 5th place in the Amateur Division at the NAGDA Nationals in April 2011.
Obviously, this was not a group of dogs to be taken lightly, very serious hunting and competitive dogs all around.
The handlers (including women) ranged in experience from very experienced professional or semi-professional trainers, tournament hunters and wild bird hunters. Many of the runs were won or lost due to how the dogs were handled, or how accurate the hunter's shots were.
The event was comprised of 3 trials, the top five competitors from each event are listed below:
I want to thank all of you who have participated and helped make this event a great success. So Cal. NAVHDA has raised a substantial amount of funds which will help us in everything we do from buying equipment to putting on Tests. For those of you that could not attend, you missed a really fun day and I hope to see you at the next event or training day.
I also want to thank my friends that came down from Fresno, Nick and Jonathan, to support our chapter and provided entertainment to most of us (LOL). These guys and their dogs are great competitors and a lot of fun to be around.
And lastly I want to thank Diane from Canidae who set up tent and gave us so many wonderful gifts. She told me in an email that this was a great group of people and dogs and that she enjoyed the events, the dogs and the people.
Cody waiting for her turn