I have been showing dogs for over 45 years. I’ve had some very nice dogs that did well in the show ring and were quality hunting dogs. I’ve had a lot of champion show dogs for someone who does not breed. (I’ve been showing for well over 45 years.)
I’ve often thought that the peak of owning a breed like mine (German Shorthaired Pointers) was to finish a dog as both a show champion and a field champion. That is known as a Dual Champion. It means that the dog is a quality representative of the breed in the show ring and an outstanding bird dog. The field championship is particularly hard to win, since the dogs must beat field champions in order to earn points toward that title.
Today the dog in my avatar (known as Colt) finished his field championship to become a Dual Champion. I’ve alternated between excitement and tears. I can’t run around the ring like I used to, so one of his breeders showed him. That’s followed by the picture that I received from his field handler today.
Presenting Dual Champion Ehrenvogel Shots Fired at Elwing
The Ashland City connection was a different dog. He was a Pointer named BOB (Big Orange Boy). BOB was a very good bird dog, but didn’t have quite the run that is wanted in a field trial dog. He was, however, built for endurance and (even when not is peak condition) could run all day.
This dog has Texas roots. His breeders are from College Station and his sire is from Las Cruces.
A sincere and big, big congratulations! I won’t be able to say it first hand and give you a congratulatory hug, since baseball has been postponed and likely cancelled for the rest of this season. I hope you are able to see your dog compete first hand in the future, especially in the field. I’d much rather see a dog work than shoot a bird as I’ve gotten older. I wish you and your dog much future success. GHG!