The President's PerspectiveThe weekend of June 1-3 was a busy three days for the officers and directors of the National German Shorthaired Pointer Association, splitting meeting time between Memphis and the National Bird Dog Museum/Field Trial Hall of Fame in Grand Junction, Tenn.
• The entry form is downloadable from the official website: www.ngspa.org Select the category on the left side-bar titled: DOWNLOADABLE FORMS. Then choose: NGSPA Field Trial Entry Form. Print it out and complete it. One for each dog.
• It is suggested that owners and handlers you make up a master form for each dog and make an appropriate number of copies. Simply bring a copy for each dog to the field trial and turn them into the field trial secretary before the drawing, or mail them in advance.
• Many participants already have similar forms made up for their dogs for use when they run AKC trials. You may use the AKC form only if it includes the Field Trial Stud Book number.
• If a dog already has a DNA certificate number from the AKC, that number can be entered on the dog's FDSB record. Please call the Field Dog Stud Book for details on this process.
• If you need a DNA certification for a dog, simply request a DNA kit from the AKC or the American Field. It can take up to four weeks or longer to have DNA processed and certificate returned. Please do not procrastinate.
Contact information: AKC: order through the AKC Online Store, or by contacting the AKC: phone: 919-233-9767; fax: 919-816-4255; e-mail: email@example.com. Field Dog Stud Book Phone: (312) 663-9797 ext. 29; fax: (312) 663-5557, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Secondly we adopted a new set of qualifications for entering dogs in NGSPA Championships:
NEW RULES FOR CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFICATIONS
Qualifying NGSPA or American Field Events
Qualifying GSPC Events where Clubs are Affiliated with the NGSPA
Qualifying GSPC Events where Clubs are Not Affiliated with the NGSPA
Note that any GSPCA member Club that is also affiliated with the NGSPA (by paying annual dues of $50.00), receives a tremendous benefit. All dogs placing at their trials are qualified to enter NGSPA Championships.
OTHER DECISIONS OF NOTE
Jean Armbrust was recognized with a special plaque in appreciation of the many years of hard work and dedication she has given to the NGSPA and to the sport of Field Trialing.
There is a new committee in charge of the presentation at our GSP Museum at the Bird Dog Hall of Fame. It is being led by Hayley Killam. They are off to a running start and some great things are happening. We can all look forward to having a presentation of our special breed that is top-notch and worthy of a trip to Grand Junction, TN. once our initial plans are accomplished. Give us a year or two. We will keep you updated.
We discussed a number of ways to improve our National Field Trial at Booneville, Arkansas in March. We hope to see more new faces competing at this important event next year.