19 'Enthusiastic Dogs and Hunters' at WKC Test

The Westminster Kennel Club held its fourth annual Licensed Hunting Test for Pointing Breeds on Sunday, Sept. 25, at Tamarack Game Preserve in Amenia, NY. Returning to the activity that led to the formation of the club in the 1870s, Westminster hosted 19 dogs in the competition, with eight dogs earning qualifying scores.

"We had a beautiful day and enthusiastic dogs and hunters," said Hunting Test Committee Chairman Steven M. Bedford, "I imagine that things were not all that different from those early days of Westminster."

Of the eight dogs earning qualifying scores, one of them, En Parker J of Hickory Run, a Brittany owned by John and Lorrie Sorenson, finished its Master Hunter title. Three Senior Hunters four Junior Hunters earned qualifying scores, also.

Westminster was begun as a gentlemen's sporting club, with its primary activity being bird hunting with pointing breeds. Beginning in the late 1800s, Westminster gradually began to shift its focus to the dog show ring. There, they could show their own dogs and also help dog fanciers exhibit their own dogs for the world to see. But at the same time, the original intent of the club's forefathers was firmly evident: protect and promote the purebred dog and its abilities to do what it was bred to do.

In 1986, the American Kennel Club created a Hunting Test and in 2008 Westminster became the first all breed club to host a Hunting Test.


Entries: 19. Judges: Andrew Campbell, Bronx, NY and Debra Freidus, Harwinton, CT, Master/Senior Hunting; Frank Luksa, Jr., Windsor, NJ and Lauren Friedman, Milford, CT, Junior Hunting.

MASTER HUNTER: En Parker J of Hickory Run, Brittany, owned and handled by John Sorenson (to finish his Master Hunter).

SENIOR HUNTER: Mondai's Soar' Precious Tawny Heart JH, Vizsla, owned and handled by Deborah Field; Bajo's Teddy Redboy JH, Vizsla, owned by Lance and Susan Morrow, handled by John Boyles; Ch. Suzu N Aristotle's Sisi JH, Vizsla, owned by Susan and Yugo Nakamura, handled by Jim Dillon.

JUNIOR HUNTER: Cookieland X-Files of Blackthorne, Pointer, owned and handled by Debra Freidus; Chocolate Pixie's Candy, German Shorthaired Pointer, owned by Bob and Janet Breen, handled by Bob Breen; Halcyon Rock Ridge Vertex JH, Gordon Setter, owned by Phil Bodganovitch and Laura Bedford, handled by Phil Bogdanovitch; Barba Bagnata Compimento Del Sogno RN, Spinone Italiano, owned by Ann Harvers and Tamara Morgan, handled by Ann Harvers.


Photos by Laura Bedford

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