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New York, NY – The 11th annual American Kennel Club (AKC) Pointing Breed Gun Dog Championships were held at the Branched Oak Field Trial Area in Raymond, NE, from April 26 through May 5, 2004.

Outdoor and sporting dog enthusiasts from across the country convene annually for this prestigious event that determines the top pointing breed gun dogs. The 2004 event --hosted by the Nebraska Field Trial Clubs Association and AKC Gun Dog Championship Association -- was attended by over 300 sportsmen and women. All participants competed on horseback on a course of over 1,300 acres of rugged Nebraska terrain.


The Retrieving Stake, which ran from April 26 - 30, was a 30-minute single course, with finds and retrieves required. The top 20 dogs were called back for a second series consisting of a 45-minute single course with a required retrieve. Judges Tim Schillereff, of Portland, OR and Francis Clasen of Garden Plains, KS spent five days in the saddle to select the top dogs from across the country. In the end, Field Champion (FC) Jacks To Win, a German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP) owned by John Swenson of Bardstown, KY and handled by Bryan Long of Maryville, MO took the top honors, with an excellent performance.

Retrieving Championship Placements

  • 1st: FC Jacks To Win - Owner: John Swenson, GSP, Handler: Bryan Long
  • 2nd: NFC/FC/AFC Moesgaards R B Rhythm 'N Blues - Owner: Ruth E. Blank, DVM, GSP, Handler: George Newcomb (this dog has won the event twice previously)
  • 3rd: FC Slick Dixies Tarkus - Owner: Heinz Ahlman, GSP, Handler: Eldon Hongo
  • 4th: Moesgaard's Ramblin Gin - Owner: Greg Keiser, GSP, Handler: Bryan Long


Top Breed Dogs: Retrieving Championship

The top dog from each breed represented at the event is as follows:

  • Brittany: Ed's McKissac of Possum Trot - Owner: Edward E. Palmer M.D., Handler: David King
  • GSP: FC Jacks To Win - Owner: John Swenson, Handler: Bryan Long


Best Amateur Handler

  • Bob Erbe


The Non-Retrieving Championship requires the dogs to perform over an hour-long course, to locate and point the game, and to hold their point until released by the handler. Judges for this event were Ray Gorman of Colebrook, NH and Roy Pelton of Sulphur Springs, TX. Both of these men rode hard for an average of ten hours a day to complete the 47 braces in just over four days. CC Papion, a GSP owned by Joe and Valerie Hanzel of Limerock, CA topped a field of 94 to win this prestigious title. Papion scored multiple finds during his strong forward race, finishing with plenty of power. Eldon Hondo, a professional trainer from Oroville, CA, handled him.

Non-Retrieving Championship Placements

  • 1 st: Field Champion CC Papion, a GSP owned by Joe and Valerie Hanzel of Limerock, CA. Handled by Eldon Hondo, from Oroville, CA.
  • 2 nd: FC/AFC Sadie Fair Lady, a Brittany, handled by Scott Johnson for owner Bill Oliver of Wichita, KS.
  • 3 rd: Scattergun’s Maggie, a GSP owned by Ed and Trudy Moody of New Smyrna Beach, FL. Maggie was trained and handled by Ray Dohse.
  • 4 th: CH KJ”s Mano War Chief, a Brittany, handled by Bob Burchett for owners Ken and Judy Windom from Cambridge, IA.
  • A Judges Award of Merit was awarded to Caden’s Jasper, GSP, handled by Dennis Brath for Dick Strang of Gurnee, IL.

Top Breed Dogs: Non-Retrieving Championship

The top dog from each breed represented at the event is as follows:

  • Brittany: FC/AFC Sadie Fair Kady - Owner: Bill Oliver, Brittany, Handler: Scott Johnson
  • GSP: FC CC Papion - Owner: Joe and Valerie Hanzel, GSP, Handler: G.F. Henry
  • Irish Setter: FC Sandcreek Stone Cold - Owner: Tim Hidalgo, Handler: Mary Hidalgo
  • Pointer: FC Sandcreek Ice Man - Owner: Tim Hidalgo, Handler: Tim Hidalgo
  • Weimaraner: Lightning Strikes on the Rise - Owner: W.J. & Patricia Kuehnhold and Gregory & Sharon Hartman, Handler: Tim Hidalgo
  • Gordon Setter: Timberfin Blazing Teal JH - Owner: Cynthia L. Findley, Handler: Cynthia L. Findley/Dano Morf
  • German Wirehaired Pointer: FC Side by Side Dazzler MH - Owner: Silke Alberts, Handler: Randall Berry or Owner

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