Weimaraner Wins NWA National Championship
A hard-running 7 ½-year-old Weimaraner named “Cage” (2XNFC NCH GFC FC Saga’s Major Cage) gained momentum during the one-hour 2021 National Weimaraner Association (NWA) National Championship. In the last 15 minutes of the horseback stake, the muscular male locked on point, statuesque and stunning, as a wild quail covey was flushed out of the cover. Cage won his third National Championship in March at Camp Robinson in Conway, Arkansas.
Handled by pro Diane Vater of Grand Marais, Michigan, and scouted by her husband, Chuck Cooper, Cage also earned the Grand Field Champion (GFC) title for pointing breeds during the one-hour stake. “As he’s matured, Cage has gotten stronger and is really smart and perceptive,” says Vater, the Weimaraner Club of America’s (WCA) 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.
Prior to the NWA National, Cage received Weimaraner Best of Breed honors for his performance at the AKC Pointing Breed Gundog Championship in February 2021 at Camp Robinson. A career highlight for the standout bird dog was winning the WCA National Field Championship in 2019 and 2020. Although other dogs have won two times, few have won in back-to-back years.
The high-achieving Weimaraner was bred by and is owned by Mary B. and Jeffrey Brown of Purcellville, Virginia. Cage represents their Saga Weimaraner bloodline begun 30 years ago. Whelped June 2, 2014, Cage was sired by NFC NAFC DC AFC Snake Break’s Saga V Reiteralm CD MH RDX SDX VX2 FROM HOF out of Waybac’s Skylar Saga. The Browns owned the sire, who won the WCA National Field Championship in 1999. Mary Brown handled “Saga” to his win at the 2002 WCA National Amateur Championship.
One thing all who know Cage agree on is his kind, gentle, calm ways when not doing fieldwork. “When he’s at home, he goes to work with me and is a therapy dog,” says Mary Brown. “He also loves to play with toys. He is a very easygoing dog.”