Since 2017, the Westminster Kennel Club has continued its support of performance events by offering the Westminster Kennel Club Cup, a perpetual trophy to commemorate the win of the AKC Pointing Breed Gun Dog Championship (Horseback division). The trophy is an antique Sterling Silver, horn-handled trophy cup, retained by the Westminster Kennel Club and displayed at the AKC Pointing Breed Gun Dog Championship. New in 2019, the club also offered The Westminster Trophy for the AKC Walking Gun Dog Championship. This trophy is a Sterling Silver, two-handled cup.
The AKC Pointing Breed Gun Dog Championships are the largest championship field events open to all pointing breeds in the country. Starting in 2019, two championships were contested over the rolling terrain of south-central Iowa at Union County Bird Dog Ranch, near Thayer, Iowa. The AKC Pointing Breed (Horseback) Gun Dog Champion and winner of the Westminster Kennel Club Cup was Patch, officially known as WFK Little Patch of Trouble, a female German Shorthaired Pointer handled by Dave Walker and owned by Susan Head. The AKC Pointing Breed (Walking) Gun Dog Champion and winner of The Westminster Trophy was Charlie, officially known as DC AFC Odyssey’s Perfect Traveler, a male German Shorthaired Pointer handled by Jon Hann and owned by Charles Parietti.
The 2021 AKC Gun Dog Championships are scheduled for February 25 at Camp Robinson in Conway, Arkansas. The Gun Dog Championship will be held first, followed by the Walking Gun Dog Championship.
Learn more about the AKC Pointing Breed Gun Dog Championships here