Vizsla Wins Two Breed National Championships & All-breed Open Shooting Dog Stake

7 ½-year-old male Vizsla named “Scout”

A powerful, far-ranging 7 ½-year-old male Vizsla named “Scout” (NFC NCH RUNCH 5XCH 4XRUCH FC Post Route Scout) has come into his prime as a formidable force in horseback field trials. In 2021, Scout won two Vizsla National Championships, a Runner-Up Vizsla Championship, an all-breed open shooting dog championship, and Runner-Up at a regional Vizsla shooting dog championship. 

“Scout has always been athletic, but he uses wisdom and experience more as he’s gotten older. He’s firing all cylinders,” says pro handler Brian Gingrich of Red Mesa Kennel in Prewitt, New Mexico, who has trained the big-running dog since his derby year.

Scout’s impressive back-to-back wins in November at the National Vizsla Association (NVA) National Quail Championship and Vizsla Club of America (VCA) Open National Field Championship run at Pyramid State Park in Pickneyville, Illinois, culminated a successful year. In September, Scout was Runner-Up Champion at the NVA Midwest Vizsla Shooting Dog Championship, and in March, he was Runner-Up Champion at the NVA National Championship. In January, he outperformed Pointers, Setters and German Shorthaired Pointers to win the Arizona Open Shooting Dog Championship. Scout is owned by James L. Gingrich of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Gingrich, a pro since 2009, counts Scout as his second top-winning Vizsla, with 12 championships earned. Scout’s sire, 2XNCH 2X NFC NAFC 10XCH 3XRUCH DC AFC CK Touchdown Guy, won 20 championships including the VCA Open National Field Championship in 2013 and 2017 and the NVA Open National Championship in 2014 and 2019.

Born Aug. 12, 2014, Scout was bred by Mark Sullivan of Paducah, Kentucky. The ambitious youngster started strong from the git-go winning the NVA National Derby Classic in 2016 and then the NVA Open National Championship in 2017, becoming only the second dog in breed history to win both events. 

“My goal is to bring out the power-driven, bird-finding ability of Vizslas to run competitively in shooting dog and all-age stakes,” Gingrich says. “Scout takes the game to a whole different level charging hard until he finds a bird.”

Scout is fed Purina Pro Plan SPORT Performance 30/20 Chicken & Rice.