Cascade German Wirehair Named 'Que' Wins 2019 National Amateur Championship
In his first season as a fully trained bird dog, a 2 ½-year-old male named “Que” got down to business with three chukar finds, including two covey finds, to win the 2019 German Wirehaired Pointer Club of America (GWPCA) National Amateur Championship. Proud owner-handler Jeff Calkins of Baker City, Oregon, says, “This is a goal I have been working toward for quite a while. It was very exciting to win.” Calkins also handled NAFC Cascade First Law, as Que is formally known, to his win at the 2018 GWPCA National Field Futurity. Whelped from a 15-year-old frozen semen litter sired by 2XNAFC DC AFC Cascade Jagd Freund, Que represents the fourth generation of National Amateur Champion Wirehairs bred by Calkins’ father, Ray Calkins, DVM, of Wilsonville, Oregon. The recipient of the 2017 GWPCA Outstanding Sportsmanship Award and the 2014 AKC Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance Events, Dr. Calkins began his Cascade line in 1979. A high-achieving male out of that litter, NFC NAFC DC Cascade Rogue MH, who is Que’s great-grandsire, became the foundation male, producing 3XNFC NAFC DC AFC Cascade Ike MH, Que’s grandsire. Que was powered to his win by Purina Pro Plan SPORT Performance 30/20 Chicken & Rice Formula dog food.