Fall Hunting Test - 2017

2017 Fall Hunting Tests Wrap Up Report - September 16 & 17

(Hunting Test Pictures)


Thank you to everyone who helped to make our Fall Hunting Tests a success. We are fortunate to be able to continue to have such a great turnout of GSPCI volunteers for the weekend. We apologize if anyone was inadvertently left out of the report.

After a relatively mild summer and a cool week, the weekend saw temperatures hovering in the low eighties. The hard work of Des Plaines SFWA staff paid off and the fields were groomed and in great shape. Saturday morning found the Chuck Horvath designed field ready to go, along with tubs filled to the brim with cool water, thanks to test chairman Sean Audy and committee members, Dave Wolfe and Frank Susi.  

Saturday’s judging team of Joel Petersen of Kenosha, WI and Rick Torres from Burlington, WI were in the saddle and ready to go right on time. The guys did a great job giving the dogs and handlers a chance to qualify while battling the heat. Sunday’s judging team of local stalwarts, Joe Delaney of Minooka, IL and GSPCI’s own Paul Kosowski of Lockport, IL put the dogs to the test with similar results as the day before.

Taking the reins as Volunteer Wrangler, Nathan Selep did a great job recruiting and scheduling our volunteers. Nathan is the latest in the long line of Selep Family volunteers. Dad, Steve is a staple at the line, greeting handlers and sharing bits of advice on the course. Older looking younger brother, Andy couldn’t make it for this test, but his gunning skills have knocked many a quail from the sky. And of course, holding everyone together with her smile and enthusiasm is mom, Christine.

Another GSPCI hunting test family is the Odells. Mom, Mary, also known as the Queen of the Parking Lot, keeps everyone updated and to the line on time. Her friendly personality is as much a part of our tests as the GSPCI banner on the fence. Dad, Steve prides himself in his skills as an Avian Placement Specialist and granddaughter Chloe helps in the parking lot and behind the control desk as needed. Assisting as marshals were Andy Caron and Chuck Graack.

Filling out our expert team of Avian Placement Specialists for the weekend were Frank Susi, Dave Wolfe, Ivan Bivolarov, Dennis Sibley, Chris Lewis, Christian Messmacher and Matthew Neill. Our APS are the heart and soul of our tests, taking pride with each quail lovingly placed for the dogs to find them.

Hunting Test Director and Captain of Guns, Frank Susi had gunning duties well covered with his team of Avian Artillery Specialists. The weekend’s AAPs featured John Morrison, Nathan Selep, Hank Freitag and Dave June. Frank’s crew did a great job for the handlers, and their extra efforts in the heat were appreciated by everyone.

While the dogs pounded the cover in search of birds, Hunting Test Secretary, Perry Dlugie, ably assisted by Justin Erserski, did his best to look busy and keep out of the way of everyone who were doing all the work. Covering his duties at the control desk were Tony Mattingly, Mike Moskal, Scott Ludwig and Chloe. Keeping them company and helping to welcome the handlers on Saturday was long time GSPCI member and teller of tall tales, Paul Kosowski.

As is the GSPCI tradition, Saturday night’s cook out was well attended. Assisted by Scott Ludwig, Patti Nowak and Alice Graack, club Treasurer and Grill Master, Al Haseman and brother, Brad put out a heapin’ helpn’ of steak, grilled chicken, pork chops and fixin’s that more that satisfied even the hungriest of handlers. The evening was made even more special as we shared in the celebration of Patti Nowak’s birthday. Thank you to everyone who contributed with side dishes and desserts.

Sunday’s test concluded with a flurry of activity in cleaning and packing. Sean Audy, Frank Susi, Al Haseman, and Dave Wolfe led the charge, hauling equipment in from the field and making sure everything was put in its proper place in the trailer. With his judging duties completed, Paul Kosowski stayed late on Sunday afternoon to make sure that GSPCI club President, Perry Dlugie did a proper job in sweeping out the building to put an official end to the weekend.

We sincerely thank all the handlers, volunteers and friends who stopped by to enjoy the weekend. We also thank Purina Pro Plan and Cabela’s for handler’s gifts and continued support of our club. We take great pride in putting on the best tests that we can and thank all of you for helping to make that happen. We look forward to seeing you at the spring tests on April 7th and 8th, 2018 . In the meantime, be sure to check the website for webmaster, John Singh’s pictures from the tests and updates on upcoming events. (Hunting Test Pictures)

Your 2017 GSPCI Fall Hunting Test Committee Members

Sean Audy, Perry Dlugie, Frank Susi, Jacob Schatz, Hank Freitag, Al Haseman,  Merri and Steve Odell, Steve Selep and Dave Wolfe

Hay Creek Kennel - Seminar with Sonny Piekarz (August 26)


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On Saturday, August 26th a follow up Hay Creek Kennel Seminar, with Sonny Piekarz was held on the East Grounds of the Des Plaines SFWA. Joined by his wife, Shannon, the seminar was once again very well received by all. After a quick review Sonny took the group to the field along with one of his nearly finished dogs. Demonstrating the cooperation, style and handling that Sonny’s training can lead to wetted everyone’s appetite for the rest of the day.

This being the second seminar for most of the handlers, we were able to spend more hands-on time with our dogs in the yard and in the field. A delicious lunch was once again prepared by Dennis Nowak with the assistance of wife, Patti and Alice Graack. Thank you to all the handlers who contributed to the meal by bringing along a side dish. Before the end of the day’s question and answer session the group was asked if they would be interested in spending a few days mentoring with Sonny up at his kennel in Gilman Wisconsin. A resounding YES, will lead to a road trip sometime next spring or summer. Thank you again to Sonny and Shannon and everyone who helped out on the 26th. For more information on Hay Creek Kennel see Sonny’s website at www.haycreekkennel.com, or www.facebook.com/HayCreekKennel.

XI Annual Dog Days of Summer Field Training

Our eleventh annual Dog Days of Summer Field Training sessions were once again well attended. Several current members were joined by 10 first year GSPCI handlers.

A huge thank you goes out to our volunteers who helped with instruction and gunning: Paul Kosowski, Chuck Horvath, Andy Caron, Dennis Nowak, Nathan Selep, Christine Policandriotes, Dennis Sibley,  Hank Frietag, John Offerman and Perry Dlugie

2017 Top Gun Competition Wrap Up Report

Great weather, great participation and great volunteers made for another great GSPCI event. With a sunny afternoon, high of nearly 70 degrees we couldn’t have asked for a nicer spring day for the 20 teams and over 30 participants including volunteers. With half of the entrants participating for the first time, the Top Gun Competition is on its way to becoming GSPCI’s most popular field event. Everyone had a great time with the format and while this was a competitive format, no one let that get in the way of having a fun time in the field.

2016 GSPCI Awards winners

See 2016 Award Winners

GSPCI members with dogs who, in the previous year, have earned a title or award from a nationally recognized association (for example AKC, UKC, NAVHDA, NSTRA, IABCA and many more) are eligible to receive a GSPCI Award Plaque. Award candidates must have been a member in good standing in the prior year, titles must be earned during that prior year, and the member must be a paid member for the current year to be eligible to receive Club Awards.

2017 Kick-off Wrap Up Report

2017 Kick-off Wrap Up Report

Sunday, March 12, 2017 - Hoffman Estates Cabela’s (Event Photos)

 A packed room of GSPCI families and guests got together on a sunny Sunday morning at the Hoffman Estates Cabela’s to attend the 2017 Kick Off Meeting.  It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces mixed in with children and grandchildren. We welcomed several new GSPCI members who joined at the meeting.

January 4, 2017 - General Meeting

Thank you to those who attended the general meeting on January 4th meeting at Home Run Inn.

New board members were introduced and our special guest speaker for the evening was Sharon Fitzpatrick - GSPCI member and German Shorthaired Pointer Club of America (www.gspca.org) Board Member. Sharon gave us an update on current news at GSPCA and discussed the benefits they provide to us as a club and as individual GSP owners. Sharon explained how the GSPCA acts as a guardian for our breed. They work to ensure that our favorite canine companions continue to meet the breed standard for conformation, health, field ability and temperament.

Presentation can be downloaded here GSPCA Presentation