GWPCA National Field Champions

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The first GWPCA sanctioned field trial was held in Ingleside, Illinois in 1963 and continued to be held in the mid-west until 1976 when the events began to rotate around the country. In the early 1980’s the club approached AKC to grant our National Field trial official Championship status. While the club members always referred to this event as the National, no official title was bestowed upon the winners. In 1982 we were granted permission to consider our event as our National Championship and allowed to give the title GWPCA National Champion to the winner. Today all dogs that win either our National Championship or National Amateur Championship carry the title NFC or NAFC on their AKC pedigrees.

In order to enter either Championship a GWP must have placed in an Open or Amateur Gun Dog stake at a licensed AKC field trial prior to entering. The Championships are judged on a “Best Dog Of The Day” standard, both Championships are retrieving stakes.

As the years have flown by, the event has grown in size and prestige. Today, our National field events include a Puppy Classic, a Derby Classic, the Futurity, a water test and the two Championships. What used to be run in a 3-day period, now typically takes a week to complete! As the National Championships have grown, they have never lost their original purpose. To bring together the best our breed has to offer both in dogs and in people. It’s a week where old friends and competitors come together to celebrate their devotion to our breed.

2019 – Payette, Idaho

NFC FC AFC Wired West True Grit UT1

Owner/Handler : Matt & Nichole Solt

2018 – Pennsylvania

NFC DC Whitetail’s Antebellum Southern Style MH

Breeder : Billy & Deb Darby
Owner : Larry Evans
Handler : Diane Vater

2017 – Solon Springs, Wisconsin

NFC Backwoods Cornelius

Breeder : Greg & Liz Dixon
Owner/Handler : Tom Lococco

2016 – Condon, Oregon

NFC CH Dual Shot’s Flying High MH

Breeder/Owner : Karla Hawkins
Handler : Meg Eden

2015 – Fort Robinson, Nebraska

NFC FC AFC Tumalo Teddy

Owner/Handler : John & Sandy Williams

2014 – Whittington, Illinois

NFC FC Brillow’s Wild West Show

Breeder/Owner : Rhonda Haukoos
Handler : Jim West

2013 – Nebraska

NFC FC Brillow’s Big Wild Western

Breeder/Owner : Rhonda Haukoos
Handler : Jim West

2012 – Jamestown, California

NFC NAFC FC AFC Tumalo Timberjack

Breeder : Brady Shannon
Owner/Handler : John & Sandy Williams

2011 – Michigan

NFC NAFC FC AFC Overbaron’s Chix Dig Me MH

Breeder : John & Ruth Schoonover, Gary Wickwire & Sandi Statter
Owner/Handler : Tony McGrane

2010 – Sunnyside, Washington

NFC DC Tumalo Joe

Breeder : Meg Eden & Ann Duffin
Owner/Handler : John & Sandy Williams

2009 – Pickneyville, Illinois

NFC FC Brillow’s Wild West Show

Breeder/Owner : Rhonda Haukoos
Handler : Jim West

2008 – Nebraska

NFC DC Backwood’s Sure Shot Marley

Breeder : Greg & Liz Dixon
Owner : Helen Shelley
Handler : Greg Dixon

2007 – Pickneyville, Illinois

NFC DC Tumalo Joe

Breeder : Meg Eden & Ann Duffin
Owner/Handler : John & Sandy Williams

2006 – California

NFC NAFC DC AFC Rudolph’s Blitzen Von Duffin

Breeder : Duffin
Owner : John & Sandy Williams
Handler : Randy Berry
Fourth time NFC & NAFC were won by same dog

2005 – Solon Springs, Wisconsin

NFC FC Backwoods Longshot

Breeder : Greg & Liz Dixon
Owner : Kalmes
Handler : Greg Dixon

2004 – Michigan

NFC FC AFC Wingmaster’s Bullet MH

Breeder : John Kegel
Owner/Handler : Tom Lococco

2003 – Nevada

NFC FC Backwoods Sure Shot Wilson

Breeder/Owner : Ron Wilson
Handler : Greg Dixon

2002 – Nebraska

NFC DC Backwood’s Sure Shot Marley

Breeder : Greg & Liz Dixon
Owner : Helen Shelley
Handler : Greg Dixon

2001 – Michigan

NFC DC AFC Sure Shot’s Hot Rocks MH

Breeder/Owner : Penny & Doug Ljungren
Handler : Doug Ljungren

2000 – Oregon

NFC FC AFC Sure Shot’s Slick Nickle

Breeder : Penny Ljungren
Owner/Handler : Mel Lee

1999 – Wisconsin

NFC DC AFC Navaho Sidekick MH

Breeder : Martin
Owner/Handler : Guy Rezzardi

1998 –

NFC DC AFC Schnellberg’s Gretta

Breeder : Schnellberg Kennels
Owner/Handler : Walt & Maureen Tait

1997 –

NFC DC Jay-Mars Blake’s Windczar SH

Breeder : Jay Collins
Owner : Jay Collins & Nikki Litwin
Handler : Linda Sanders

1996 –

NFC FC Uodibars Fanny Paltani

Breeder/Owner : Helen Shelley
Breeder/Handler : John Rabidou

1995 – Ionia, Michigan

NFC NAFC DC AFC Cascade Ike MH

Breeder : Lewis
Owner/Handler : Ray Calkins

1994 –

NFC NAFC DC AFC Cascade Ike MH

Breeder : Lewis
Owner/Handler : Ray Calkins
Third time NFC & NAFC were won by the same dog

1993 –

NFC NAFC FC AFC Marie Laveau von Steuben


Breeder : Randy Berry
Owner/Handler : John Schoonover

1992 – Lincoln, Nebraska

NFC FC Doty’s Whirlwind Sir Gabby

Breeder : John Rabidou
Owner : William J. Doty
Handler : John Rabidou

1991 – Sunnyside, Washington

NFC NAFC DC AFC Cascade Ike MH

Breeder : Lewis
Owner/Handler : Ray Calkins

1990 –

NFC NAFC DC AFC Selkirks Bounty Hunter

Owner : Bernee Brawn & Francis Sakiey
Handler : Dan Burjan
Second year that NFC & NAFC were won by the same dog

1989 – Albert Lea, Minnesota

NFC Dyke Ann’s Best Shot

Breeder : Marsh
Owner/Handler : Steven Ahlin

1988 – Assunpink, New Jersey

NFC FC Marsu’s Cascade Skipper

Owner : Sue Decker

1987 –

NFC FC Halb’s Regiment

Breeder : Ron Marquat
Owner : Tom McCoy
Handler : Ray Calkins

1986 – Phoenix, Arizona

NFC NAFC DC AFC Sure Shot’s Point Blank MH CD

Breeder/Owner : Penny& Doug Ljungren
Handler : Doug Ljungren

1985 – Lincoln, Nebraska

NFC NAFC DC Cascade Rogue MH

Breeder/Owner/Handler: Ray Calkins

1984 – Harpster, Ohio

NFC NAFC Halb’s Sure Shot

Breeder/Owner/Handler : Doug Ljungren
First year that the same dog won both the NFC & NAFC

1983 – Selah, Washington

NFC FC AFC Baron vom Schyrental

Owner/Handler : Mike Weatherton

1982 – Amboy, Illinois

First year where NFC and NAFC were official GWPCA titles

National Field Champion was withheld in 1982, but other placements were given.


Prior to 1982, GWPCA National Field Trials were held annually since 1963 however there were no GWPCA official NFC or NAFC titles. To include these dogs and history of the club, class winners prior to 1982 are listed below.

1981 (Fall) – Ottsville, Pennsylvania : Open Gun Dog class winner – Walkers Gye Wire
1981 (Spring) – Sun City, California : Open Gun Dog class winner – Flintlock’s Not Too Shabby, Open All Age class winner – DC Walker’s Blue Movie
1980 (Summer) – Kansasville, Wisconsin : Open Gun Dog & Open All Age class winner: DC AFC Bit of Sigrud
1980 (Spring) – Kansasville, Wisconsin : Open Gun Dog & Open All Age class winner: DC AFC Bit of Sigrud
1979 – Rio Vista, California : Open Gun Dog class winner: Ahlins Dyke Ann
1978 – Ionia, Michigan : Limited Gun Dog class winner – Sobies Sole Sacrifice, Open Gun Dog class winner – DC AFC Imp von Pommoregon
1977 – Green River Wildlife Area, Illinois : Open Gun Dog class winner – DC Imp von Pommoregon, Open Limited Gun Dog class winner – Ch Lutz zur Cadenburg
1976 – Rochester, Washington : Open Gun Dog & Open Limited Gun Dog class winner – Aras von Graferberg
1975 – Des Plaines, Illinois : Open Gun Dog class winner – Bur-Oak’s Trixie
1974 – Des Plaines, Illinois : Open Gun Dog class winner – Bur-Oak’s Trixie
1973 – Kansasville, Wisconsin : Open Gun Dog class winner: Haar Baron’s Miss Keli
1972 – Kansasville, Wisconsin : Open Gun Dog class winner: Haar Baron’s Miss Keli
1971 – Kansasville, Wisconsin : Open Gun Dog class winner – FC Haar Baron’s Jo
1970 – Kansasville, Wisconsin : Open Gun Dog class winner – CH Haar Baron’s Shean
1969 – Volo, Illinois :
1968 – Volo, Illinois : Open Gun Dog class winner – FC Haar Baron’s Jo
1967 – Volo, Illinois : Open Gun Dog class winner – Herr Schmardt’s von Gretel, Open All-Age class winner – CH Haar Baron’s Zep
1966 – Volo, Illinois : Open All-Age class winner – CH Haar Baron’s Gretchen
1965 – Volo, Illinois : Open All-Age class winner – FC Haar Baron’s Jo
1964 – Hebron, Illinois : Open All-Age class winner – Haar Baron’s Jo
1963 – Ingleside, Illinois : Open All-Age class winner – FC Mitchen of Lowenberg

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