A small group of HPR owners got together in 2003 for a training session at Culbin Forest, and so the Highland Group was formed. The monthly training classes started with mostly puppies all showing the usual signs of promise. As word of the group spread, people with older dogs came along and training sessions were split into groups according to ability and experience.
In our first year we held our first Interbranch Working Test with the Scottish Group. The bi-annual event was repeated in 2006.
The Highland Group covers probably one of the largest geographical areas in the country. Our members travel to Culbin Forest near Nairn for training sessions held on the first Sunday of each month. We also meet at Dalwhinnie and at the Lossiemouth Airbase to give our dogs experience on a variety of grounds. We have welcomed GSPC members who have been travelling in Scotland, and it is good to meet friends there and at events around the country. We also have links with Vesa Numminen, Secretary of the National German Shorthaired Pointer Club in Finland who visited the Highland Group in 2008.
In 2005 we helped with the first Spring Pointing Test at Drumochter. This successful event was repeated again in 2006. Highland Group dogs are always well represented and do very well. Mal Forth with Stubblemere Dark Wizard received the GSPC Pointing Test Trophy for 2005.
Members travel around the country to enter pointing tests and field trials. We have had considerable success and had our first two ‘Excellent’ awards in 2006. In 2005, Mick Canham did well, coming first at the All Aged Stake at Lauder in November with Stubblemere Lunar Eclipse. Mick also had first place in the GSPA All Aged Stake Field Trial at Beaufront Castle, again with Stubblemere Lunar Eclipse. These awards show the progress that this group has made in three years and reflect the knowledge and skill of our trainers and the commitment of our members.
The AGM is held each year in August and is followed by a social get-together. The Chairman and committee are elected and we discuss the future of the group. In 2006, the Der Rauber-Flambeau Memorial Trophy was presented by Robin and Jennifer Hall for the first time to the Highland Group dog and handler who achieved most during the past year.
For further information, contact our secretary Wendy Shaw – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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