Orca impressed the HPR Championship judges with her flair as she worked alongside Mick Canham, beating off competition from some of the best working dogs from the HPR breeds.
Mick Canham said: “I am really pleased that Orca has won the HPR Championship. She became a field trial champion just under a year ago and since then has not competed in competition but has undertaken grouse working days and just 12 weeks ago had a litter of puppies. She was competing against many very talented dogs at the championship so competition was fierce, but she has good natural instincts and a flair for using them, which worked well for both of us.”
Owner of the winning bitch, Mick Canham, is presented with his trophy by Lord Masham of the Swinton Estate (Andy Biggar Photography/KC Picture Library).
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “The HPR Championship is designed specifically to test the dogs’ quartering, hunting and retrieving skills at a championship level, and offers the chance for owners of HPR breeds to demonstrate the working skills of their dogs in a competitive setting.
“The championship saw some of the best and most talented dogs within the HPR breeds, dogs that are very much fit for function and eager to work hard for their handlers. A big congratulations goes out to all the winning dogs, particularly Orca and her owner, Mick Canham.”
If winning the HPR Championship was not enough for Orca and Mick, the pointer was also named Guns’ Choice at the competition.
The winners of the Kennel Club HPR Championship were:
FT Ch Jhebron’s Nephrite of Stubblemere, German shorthaired pointer, owned and handled by Mick Canham.
FT Ch Trudvang Balder, German wirehaired pointer, owned and handled by Chris Gray.
Wamilanghaar Cara, German longhaired pointer, owned and handled by Rob Gould.
Kerride Henry, Hungarian wirehaired vizsla, owned and handled by Aidrian Blackledge.
Diploma of Merit
Deepthatch Pocona, German shorthaired pointer, owned and handled by Ruby Field.