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COMMENTARY
POLICE CHAMPIONS LIGHT UP RENO
Chris Madsen

The 1999 International Police Dog Championships in Reno, Nevada November 3-7, 1999 will have its best field in years -- six Americans and six Germans for an unprecedented entry of twelve teams.

The WPO Sieger from Augsburg in '99 will be there, along with the bitch (yes, a bitch!) that won in '98, as well as our own USA's Greg Mominee and his dog which finished 7th in Germany this year.

Our WPO Judge Paul Hörmann owned and handled Andy v.d. Bildsaule -- a a winner of the German Police Championship and who is in many working dog pedigrees. Herr Hormann is a police dog handler and trainer from the Bavarian Police (Landes Bayern Polizei). He also breeds German Shepherd Dogs under the kennel name "vom Santa Maria." His dog after Andy, Ando v. Santa Maria, participated many times in the German Police Championship.

The Sieger from the '99 German Police Dog Championship, held in conjunction with the '99 BSP in Augsburg, was Haky v. Waldwinkel. He and his handler, Ulrich Gerling, will be competing in our Championship at Reno.

The Siegerin from the '98 German Police Dog Championship, Cora v. Kirchweihtal, and her handler Wolfgang Ort will also be there.

Greg Mominee from Michigan, USA, and his dog Alk v. Osterburg Quell, finished 7th this year in Germany and will be defending their USA Championship.

The plan is for the half the dogs to be in a flight for their obed/prot noontime on Friday, half on Saturday, and then all track Sunday morning. I hope you will come watch and support these guys...they not only train to work "on the street", but spend many hours training on their own to compete in such a competition. They all have used their own time off, money, etc. to be here. I was able to raise some sponsorship money to assist, but they deserve all the credit.


Copyright 1999 by Chris Madsen; ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


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