Chairman of NA-JGV
Tom Blakeney is a Navy Diver who retired following 28 years of service to his country. He took his first dog through an obedience class in 1977, and has been training dogs ever since. As a Service Member, constantly on the move, he became affiliated with more than a dozen different “Breed” and “Performance” dog clubs. He served as an Obedience Instructor and Training Director in most of these clubs. He has been a member of a JGHV affiliated club for over 10 years and has trained and successfully handled 3 dogs through VGP testing. He also handled a dog from his kennel “vom Natohaus” to a first place finish in the “2012 International Armbruster”. He has been a JGHV performance judge for four years, judging tests throughout the country. His training philosophy is to tailor training to the dogs personality, and never forget it should be about the dogs, not your ego!
Chairman of NA-JGV
Interim Vice Chairman
Dogs have always been part of my life. Since I was a kid, we always had one or more as pets. In 2012, my husband and I bought our first German Wirehair Pointer with the intention of adding upland hunting to our hobbies. Understanding that we needed some help with training, we discovered NAVHDA. Soon after joining our local chapter, I was introduced to the Deutsch Drahthaar and quickly got a pup of my own, Nattie vom Entenmoor. She is my heart dog, and the basis for my obsession with training and the German testing system. I took her through VGP and have since collected 4 more DDs. They have all completed VJP & HZP and I have taken some through Btr and VGP. The dogs and people I have had the opportunity to meet are a big part of why I like being involved with the system.
Given my obsession with the testing system, I decided to pursue the apprentice program and became a judge in December of 2021. That was a rewarding experience, and I am looking forward this next step! I have served as Treasurer for my local NAVHDA chapter and am currently serving as Secretary. I’ve been a member of NAVHDA and VDD-GNA since 2012 and I joined the NAJGV 1125 as soon as they formed. I am very excited to serve as the interim Vice Chairman for this club.
My biggest takeaway from all of this is that there are a lot of friendly, knowledgeable people in these clubs and there just as many ways to train. I am always finding new, better and/or different ways to train my dogs that help me get past a roadblock or just make the training more fun for me and my dogs. There is always another way to try and someone willing to help you!
Interim Vice Chairman
I’m excited about what this club can do for all the FCI breeds here in the United States.
I bring to my new position, years of being involved with the JGHV testing system by handling dogs myself in all 3 of the tests, VJP – HZP and VGP. As to date I have not successfully passed the VGP but will keep trying! I acquired my first Deutsch Drahthaar in 1996 and have been hooked on the German system ever since. Not only do I strongly believe in the testing system but we hold training days at our home and host tests every year. My husband and I regularly go to Germany and attend the Hegewald and most recently the KIM Bundes.
I and my husband Gene, are avid hunters and enjoy the versatility of the FCI breeds.
I look forward to serving on this new board and think we can be an asset to the rest of the JGHV clubs here in the United States!
Treasurer of NA-JGV
After owning German Wired-Haired Pointers for many years, my husband Larry and I decided to transition to Deutsch Drahthaars in 2001. We were both impressed with the consistent performance, as well as the coat and conformation, of the Drahts we had been seeing in our area. Realizing the admirable qualities we observed were the results of dogs being bred, trained, and testing within the German Testing Regulations, we decided to learn more and get involved with the organization.
After watching my husband train and test his dog, I bought my pup in 2003. I started attending organized training days and met lots of knowledgable people willing to help me, and I enjoyed the training more that I every thought possible. The following year, 2004, I ran my first pup successfully through VJP and HZP. Even since then, I’ve been hooked. The German system, the other club members we’ve met, the dogs, the testing, and the great hunting we enjoy as a result, are all a big part of our lives at this point. And it’s fair to say now, that upland bird hunting is my favorite, because I get to watch the dogs I’ve trained perform at a level that is very satisfying and productive.
Seeing the results that Testing has on hunting dogs, I’m anxious to get more involved and give back to the Club and people who gave us so much. I am really looking forward to serving on the NA-JGV Board.
Treasurer of NA-JGV
Director of Testing / Director of Judge Development
When I was a kid, I started doing chores for a neighbor that had German Wirehaired Pointers which he hunted, ran in AKC horseback trials and showed. I spent a great deal of time with him, training, helping whelp puppies, etc.
In 1970, at 10 years old, I got my first wirehair, Tailor. Tailor and I hunted ducks, geese, pheasant, quail and even squirrels and rabbits for 11 years.
In the following years I owned and hunted over 2 more GWP’s.
In 1988, with the last AKC wirehair I had, I got involved with the Hawkeye Chapter of NAVHDA and met some people with Deustch Drahthaar’s .
In 1990, I got my first German Registered dog, Moses vom Wildrucken. Though our testing never advanced past Natural Ability in both NAVHDA and the VDD, we hunted a lot. Mose passed away in July 2001.
In 2002, I imported Ebba vom Drostenberg from Germany and got very involved in training for VDD and NAVHDA tests. In 2004, I applied for and got the kennel name ‘vom Entenmoor’. The name translates to ‘from Ducks Marsh’, which is where we have the good fortune of living. I completed the apprentice judge program for the VDD in 2006 and was approved as a JGHV association judge in 2007, and a Blood Track judge in 2010. Bobbi and I are currently members of the VDD-GNA Heartland Chapter, NA-JGV, NADKC, and NAVHDA. We both serve as officers for Illowa NAVHDA. I have served as Director of testing, and Vice Chairman of the Heartland Chapter of GNA. I have successfully handled several dogs through VJP, HZP, VGP, BTR, and 20/40 Blood tracks.
While we live in a flood zone and have flooded out in 2008 and 2014, we feel extremely fortunate to live in such a beautiful area with access to fields, forest, and water We share our good fortune by hosting multiple JGHV and NAVHDA tests and regularly host training days for our puppy owners, friends, and these organizations. The saying goes ‘if we’re home, we’re training’.
Director of Testing