German Wirehaired Pointer Wins Three Back-to-Back GWPCA National Championships
It was a near clean sweep for a 7 ½-year-old liver-and-white male German Wirehaired Pointer named “Quinn” (2XNFC NAFC DC GFC AFC Weidenhugel Quinn V Teddy) at the 2020 and 2021 German Wirehaired Pointer Club of America (GWPCA) National and National Amateur Championships. Making up for 2020’s canceled events due to COVID-19, the four field championships were held in late September to early October 2021 at Ionia, Michigan, with only a weekend between them. The hard-charging Wirehair won all but the 2021 National Amateur, where he placed second.
Handled by co-owner John Williams, an amateur competitor since 2002, and scouted by Joe Proulx, both of Bend, Oregon, Quinn also earned the Grand Field Champion (GFC) title for pointing breeds for his wins during the one-hour horseback championships.
“Quinn did an exceptional job running to the front and turning along the tree lines and the cover in heavy woodlands,” Williams says. “The course was much different than what Quinn is used to at home in the high desert on the eastern side of the Cascades. He had nice quail finds throughout the four championships.”
Bred by co-owners Cynthia Heiller, DVM, of Santa Rosa, California, and Kathleen Boyd of Oakley, California, Quinn was already a Bench Champion when Williams started working with him at about 2 years of age.
The late Randy Berry of Rio Vista, California, a renowned trainer, had seen Quinn in a trial for derby-age dogs and encouraged Williams to reach out to Dr. Heiller and Boyd to see if he could run Quinn in field trials. Berry, who trained Quinn and three generations of National Champions behind him, provided the professional expertise that led to Quinn’s success.
Whelped Nov. 13, 2013, Quinn was sired by NFC 2XNAFC DC AFC Tumalo Teddy out of CH Weidenhugel Hope V Joey SH. His maternal grandsire is 2XNFC DC AFC Tumalo Joe, and his paternal granddam is NAFC DC AFC Cascade Tumalo Tess. His paternal great-grandsire and maternal great-grandsire on both sides is NFC 3XNAFC DC AFC Rudolph’s Blitzen Von Duffin ROM Supreme.
“Quinn is a consistent performer in the field,” Williams says. “As the National Championship events progressed, he continued to get better with each stake. He worked the tree lines like an experienced Midwest field trial dog.”
Quinn is fed Purina Pro Plan SPORT Performance 30/20 Beef & Bison.