NA-JGV Board Information
Chairman of NA-JGV
I would like to tell everyone how excited I am to be part of this new club, North America Jagdgebrauchshundverein EDV Nr 1125. This brief explanation may help you understand why . . .
After purchasing my first Drahthaar in 1990, and running him through the VJP, HZP, Hegewald, VGP with Bringsel, VBR, BTR, 20 Hour Blood Track, and Breed Show, I quickly realized the value of training and testing one’s hunting dog through this venue. Those evaluation requirements made us a competent hunting team, and helped us achieve success on our upland and waterfowl hunting adventures across the United States, Canada, Mexico and Germany. Since that first incredible experience with my dog, I became a committed disciple of the German Testing System.
During the past 26 years I have been a member of VDD-GNA, a JGHV VR for 19 years, and a VDD ZR for 16 years. Throughout this time I judged at Performance Tests and Breed Shows, often acting as Senior Judge or Test Director, for VDD-GNA, JGHV, DL and DK Groups. These judging commitments took me throughout much of the United States from Texas to Alaska, Washington State to New Jersey, plus Canada, and Germany.
In addition to my judging obligations, I trained and handled dogs in approximately 70 Tests, hosted almost as many (VJP’s, HZP’s, VGP’s, BTR’s, Breed Shows), and organized at least 250 training days. I’ve also worked hard to develop a comprehensive breeding program, and since registering my kennel, produced 19 litters totaling 157 pups, with 90% of those being tested.
My hunting adventures, and experience through the years with not only VDD-GNA, but other testing and breed clubs, have taught me a great deal about the unique environments in various regions of the country in which our memberships live, train and hunt. I bring this knowledge, along with my unwavering devotion to our dogs and the German Hunting System, to NA-JGV 1125. Alongside the other Board Members, I hope to keep this Club focused on it’s two main priorities. The first of which is to help support hunters and their dogs through the JGHV Testing System to become an accomplished and ethic hunting team. The second priority is to educate and develop new association judges, and provide continuing education to established judges, so all dogs are evaluated in a consistent manner in accordance with the German Testing Regulations.
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!
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.
Test Director/Director of Judge Development
I was raised on a dairy farm in Northern Wisconsin, hunting and fishing for as long as I can remember. I currently live in Potlatch, ID where I continue to pursue my passion for hunting. I have been an active member in several of the German Clubs in the U.S. for the past 20 years. I have held several positions with these clubs at both regional and national levels. I am currently a JGHV Verbandsrichter, DKV Formwertrichter and a VDH specialist breed judge (DK) as well as the Director of Judge Development for the NADKC. I have handled DKs through all levels of JGHV and DKV testing. I am extremely dedicated to the German versatile hunting dogs, standardized hunting tests and the performance based breeding system that produce these quality dogs.