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The specific interest in honoring the dogs and people who excelled in the field trial sport began in the late 1930's. Those involved knew that time and careful consideration would be needed in formulating the rules and regulations needed to bestow an honor of excellence on dogs and their owners, trainers and handlers.

In 1953, William  F. (Bill) Brown, editor of The American Field, compiled the necessary rules and regulations governing elections of the field trial dogs and their owners and trainers to a proposed Field Trial Hall of Fame. The list was published in Brown's Field Trials: History, Management and Judging Standards in the anticipation that hall of fame would be established.

In the June 19,1954 issue of The American Field, Brown announced that the Field Trial Hall of Fame had become a reality and nominations were taken.

Dogs were eligible based in their entire careers. People were nominated based in their service and the length of time devoted to the field trial sport. Nominations could be made in two categories.

1. Distinguished Bird Dogs deceased

2. Prominent Persons living or deceased

The first year to vote for inductees was 1954, and the election committee considered a popular vote of ten dogs and ten persons from the nomination ballot. Bird Dog enthusiasts elected five dogs and five people into the Field Trial Hall of Fame that year. In 1955, two dogs and two people were elected and inducted. This marked the beginning of a tradition that continues at the annual Field Trial Hall of Fame.

Old-Timer Hall of Fame Inductees

The Pioneers
These men were the original pioneers of this breed here in the United States.

  • Dr. Charles R Thornton from Missoula, MT (1925). He acquired an interest in the term All Purpose Dog. His Father told him as a young boy a dog is worth keeping only for what he can do. Thus, he decided to import for himself a few of these dogs. His first import, Senta B Hohenbruck, in whelp. The pups were born on July 4, 1925. There were 6 pups and these pups went on to produce the base stock of many of our dogs today.
  • Mr. Walter Mangold and Mr. Ernest Rojem, both WWI veterans (1931). Mangold served in the American armty and Rojem served in the German army. They met in Bennington, NE and became the best of friends. Both were interest int he German breed and decided to import a few to hunt with. Rojem had a brother, Peter, in Germany and he shipped the best that he could find. He shipped Claus B Schleswig and Jane v Grunen Adler. These dogs went on to consistently produce great dogs.
  • Mr. Joseph Burkhart from St Croix Falls, WI (1932). He was a German Game Keeper and had connections in German to buy and import the best that could be bred. He imported Arta v Hohreusch. He sold many purebred GSP's and took the time to teach people how to correctly line breed German Shorthaires to improve the breed. Treu v Waldwinkel and Fritz v Schwarenberg, both were sons of Arta and produced many great German Shorthaired Pointers.


The Fore-Fathers of the NGSPA

Those responsible for the formation and securing the by-laws and articles of incorporation, for spending timeless and tireless hours so that we could enjoy the fruits of those noblest endeavors.
  • Mr. Paul Sharp - The first Present to represent the NGSPA in all formal matters.
  • Mr. Van Van Divort - the first Secretary and devoted GSP Field Trialer. He made connections with Bill Brown of the American Field and got recognition for Championship stakes.
  • Mr. Lenard Hansen - the first Treasurer of the NGSPA - pushed hard to see that the National Championship was run at Kildare Plains, OH
  • Mr. Henry Weiss - The first Honorary Trustee - performed the duties of organizing local clubs to support the National organization. His financial support to cover the expenses of this new organization was paramount in keeping the organization on a sound and fiscal course

Dogs and People Inducted into the Hall of Fame

In the summer of 2005, the officers and trustees of the National German Shorthaired Pointer Association held their summer meeting in Memphis, TN. At that time, the Officers and Directors toured the Bird Dog Museum and Field Trial Hall of Fame. In 2006, discussion took place about establishment of a GSP Hall of Fame, and being a part of the established Field Trial Hall of Fame, leading to by-laws for that action in 2007. The Bylaws were approved by the Bird Dog Foundation Boards and the first inductions were made in 2008.

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