20 Dogs Compete At Annual Westminster Hunting Test

The Westminster Kennel Club held its third annual Licensed Hunting Test for Pointing Breeds on Sunday, Sept. 26, at Tamarack Game Preserve in Millbrook, NY. Returning to the activity that led to the formation of the club in the 1870s, Westminster hosted 20 dogs in the competition, with seven dogs earning qualifying scores.

The Westminster Kennel Club was begun as a gentlemen's sporting club, with its primary activity being bird hunting with pointing breeds. In 1986, the American Kennel Club created a Hunting Test and Westminster hosted the first demonstration. No all breed club conducted a Hunting Test until 2008 when Westminster, the country's oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs, did the honors and opened the way for other all breed clubs to follow.


Master Hunter (6 dogs, 1 qualifier): Sarsean's Rockin' Z Nite Away, Brittany, owned by Daniel and Donna Cordero, handled by Daniel Cordero

Senior Hunter (4 dogs): no qualifiers

Junior Hunter (10 dogs, 6 qualifiers): Countess II Vom Jagkonig, German Wirehaired Pointer, owned by Henry J. Showah, Jr., handled by Henry Showah; Grayhart's Shear Genius, Weimaraner, owned by Linda and Walter Hartheimer, handled by Linda Hartheimer; Ch. Bajnok Prime Idea, German Shorthaired Pointer, owned by Bonita Kipp and Francois Bernier, handled by Francois Bernier; Swift River's Good Victory of Bretagne, Brittany, owned by Ione Kourides and Charles Zaroulis, handled by Daniel Cordero; Halcyon Verite, Gordon Setter, owned by Steven and Laura Bedford, handled by Laura Bedford; Latimer's Maysie Bo, Gordon Setter, owned by Ralph Schmid, handled by Ralph Schmid.

Judges: Gail K. Ryan, West Simsbury, CT and John Morris, Bristol, CT (Junior); Donald W. Bristol, Oakville, CT and Laura K. Bedford, New Hartford, CT (Master/Senior).


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