A publication of the North American Pudelpointer Society
January – March 2020 • Volume 2
1st Annual General Meeting
On the sunny eastern shore of Florida lies a 1350-acre hunting preserve known as Quail Hunting Florida or QHF. This would be the site of the first NAPS annual meeting. QHF was a tremendous host and location for this Pudelpointer enthusiasts’ event. It was February 22, 2020 and the weather was nearly perfect for the members that were able to make the journey. Sunny, with highs in the low 60’s and a light breeze. For the members who were unable to make the journey to the southeast corner of the United States, the board had set up a teleconference to maximize participation.
The day began with a light catered breakfast on Saturday morning. Members gathered and mulled about, socializing and talking dogs. Present were several dogs representing various kennels from across the country. These ranged in age from 8-week-old puppies to more seasoned veterans of the fields and marsh. Some new NAPS swag was introduced to the members by our President, Pat Saunders. Pat out did himself putting together an assortment of NAPS logo hats and t-shirts. The appreciation was quite evident as sales began quickly. The remaining swag has been added to our member store on the website. Members began to circulate the property; some training, some assisting with training. Shortly after, Dr. John Salassa gave a very interesting, informational and thought-provoking talk on the topic of coat and furnishing genetics. Afterwards, he led a nice Q&A session. Around noon, the members were corralled for a delicious catered lunch. The business meeting took place immediately after and was led by President Pat, where he directed each board member to their portion of the meeting’s announcements. Vice President Calvin Harpe spoke about the Board’s goals for the year 2020, Treasurer and Secretary Alycia Baird gave a full financial report, and Director of Marketing Chad Bumb spoke about all that has been accomplished with the website in the inaugural year and what’s to come for 2020. Additionally, I want to give a huge thank you to Alycia Baird and Chad Bumb. The technical skills they bring to the board are invaluable and very much appreciated. We did have a slight glitch during the meeting, but they were able to overcome the challenges in a very positive and professional manner to keep the meeting moving forward. The membership really showed their professionalism and respect as they spoke passionately on the discussion topics. Once the meeting was adjourned, Calvin Harpe led a brief training demonstration on steadiness using a program he had learned from Bob Farris.
Sunday was an extra day for the membership to gather and socialize. Some were up early for a hog hunt, while others chose to relax a bit longer. We were able to watch some very nice young dogs prepare for their upcoming UT duck searches. The grounds at QHF are impeccably managed. This duck search pond was newly dug and once the cover grows in, they will have a great place to train and test. Keep in mind that this portion of training in many areas of the South runs a huge risk as alligators are always a potential threat. Yet the staff at QHF are diligent in their efforts to maintain a safe training/testing environment for dogs and people.
You can find a recording of the annual business meeting on the member site under Annual Meeting Recap. Please don’t be shy. NAPS is seeking recommendations on a location for the 2021 annual meeting. I’m sure we would be welcomed back to QHF, but the board recognizes the need to move the location of the annual meeting in an attempt to better serve all members.
I am happy to announce that there are plans in the near future for NAPS to host both an eastern and western Pudelpointer event. Look for more details soon.
Thanks to all the folks that have joined in support of our breed. I invite all Pudelpointer owners to become involved for the future of the breed!
2019 Test Results
We have the final 2019 NAVHDA test results. Congratulations to all of our members who tested their dogs last year! We had 2 members pass the Invitational. Congratulations to Mark Olcott and Amanda Doak! In 2019, 49 of our members had dogs that tested and prized in the Natural Ability test and 14 had dogs that tested and prized in the Utility Test. Great job all! A complete list of all dogs tested by NAPS members can be found on the Statistics page of our website.
Overall in 2019, 295 pudelpointers were tested in Natural Ability with 168 earning a Prize 1, 7 were tested in the Utility Preparatory Test, 73 were tested in the Utility Test with 18 earning a prize 1 and qualifying for the 2020 Invitational, and 8 tested in the Invitational with 4 passing. There were more pudelpointers tested at invitational in 2019 than in any past year.
As always, we do our best to provide accurate statistics. However, if you find that we have missed something, please let us know so that we can make corrections. Additionally, if you have tested your dog using a testing system other than NAVHDA, please let us know and provide the results so that we can give you a shout out as well.
We have been trying to think of some information that our members might find interesting. If you have any ideas for statistics that you or others might find interesting, please let us know.
This quarter, we’ve charted the growing number of litters being produced every year. This data was compiled by using a count of the different whelp dates and sire/dam combinations of NAVHDA registered dogs. Data for 2019 is incomplete at this time but will be updated for the Q2 newsletter and on the website as soon as we have it. As you can see, the pudelpointer has experienced enormous growth and popularity in the past 5 or 6 years, making responsible breeding practices more important than ever.