This year we returned to Ana lake in Tåssåsen in Lapland for our annual willow grouse hunt, where it all started for more than 10 years ago. We had an awesome week with good hunting, skilled dogs and decent shooting in company of good friends. Torbjörn and Thelma teamed up sucessfully and managed to bag nice amount of birds by themselves. Snaiper’s Missy was on her first grouse hunt and impressed us by handling the wild grouse in an excellent way.
Just back from the moors in UK traning grouse together with other passionate Weimaraner people. It was a privilege to be part of this event, an unforgettable weekend on beyond belief beautiful grounds, unbelivable density of grouse and fenomenal people to share it with! The event was initiated by Mr. Dario Martina and organised in cooperation with the Brittish Weimaraner Club to encourage handlers and owners of working Weimaraners to continue their work, meet up with other handlers and exhange experience. A big thank you to our hosts and game keepers that made it all possible!
Summer is good for traning for the coming hunting season, specially for waterworks, steadiness and retrieving. This weekend we were training for multi hunting test that prepairs the dogs for the waterwork, forest and field. The waterwork in the Swedish multi hunting test contains three blind retrieves on distance of 30-60 meters and a distraction shot with a thrown bird when the dog is on its way retrieving the second bird. The water was quite challenging with a lot of vegetation and small islands where you had to direct the dog over, around or to the island to find the blind retrieves. Great fun and good experience!
Myra (Northern Arrow’s Mackmyra), 1 yo, entered the first retrieving test for this season and scored full 10/10. Myra is imported from Finland, she is a daughter of our Luke and part of our Snaiper’s family. Thanks Linn and Christoffer for great work and good luck in the field trials!
Meet our US crew at the SWeiK’s annual training camp – Fury (Southpaw’s Ottercreek Furiosa) 10 months, Ray (Southpaw & Ottercreek Ray of Light) 3 years and Evert (Ottercreek & Southpaw Jack of All Birds), 11 months. The trial season started on the 7th of July with compulsory retrieving test, all approved with top grades and ready to start FT in autumn. Fury and Evert both 10/10 in youth class and Ray 10/10/9 in elite class. Many thanks Karin Ryberg and Karin D Ekh for the great work with your dogs and good luck in the field trials this fall!
Thelma was awarded with the “SWeiK highest score in Field trial 2018” and “Asti’s challenge” prize. Asti’s prize is to acknowledge allround and sound hunting dogs, awarded to the dog that has participated in at least three different disciplines with the highest score during the year. Thelma became both Swedish FT champion and beauty champion in 2018, was the FT challenge winner at Swedish Weimaranerclub championship, was awarded with the silver placement with the Swedish Team in Eurocup for Weimaraners, was merited with 3rd ECC a couple of times at International Field trials and got 1st prize in blood tracking. Thelma’s mother and great grandmother have been awarded with the same prize 2013 respective 2005. Asti herself is in Thelma’s pedigree 5 generations back. It is a great honor to be a part of her legacy and to receive this prestigious prize. So thankful!
Spring traning for Thelma, Ray and Myra on wild partridge in beautiful Croatia. Fantastic two weeks to train on 6000 hectar hunting grounds, changing weather and different type of grounds and crops gave the young dogs invaluable opportunity to develop as bird dogs. Myra, 9 months made big leaps, so much fun to follow how her search became more and more effective, using the wind wisely to find birds. She was still too eager to get to the birds and did not have time to point before flush, but she learned to respect another dogs point, backed her big sister Thelma several times and stayed steady in shot. Good nose and great drive – a good start!
Thelma and Torbjörn participated at St Hubertus competition, judge Mr. Amir Saidizand, World winner 2014. St Hubertus is a hunting competition where both hunter and his dog are evaluated as a team, with particular attention to dog-expertise and the technical aspects of hunting, emphasis on ethical and safe hunting manners. The hunter is evaluated for his fairness and hunting education, safety, ability and sportsmanship, the dog is evaluated for its relation to the hunter, its obedience and efficiency, the regularity of its quest, style, its marking, its respect for the game, its good nose and ability to find game. Thelma and Torbjörn scored 74/100 points and came second with only one point from winning! Great job considering this was the first time they teamed up together!
Under 2018 we have imported three new puppies to Snaiper’s kennel – Northern Arrow’s Mackmyra (Myra) Finland, Ottercreek & Southpaw Jack of All Brids (Evert), USA and Southpaw’s Ottercreek Furiosa (Fury) USA. I’m happy and grateful to have found such fantastic people to take care of our new stars, welcome Linn Berglund, Christoffer Grönlund, Adam Dschulnigg, Karin Ekh Dschulnigg and Karin Ryberg to our Snaiper’s family. The puppies are now 5-7 months old and the exciting journey to educated bird- and hunting dogs has already started. We hope that the pups will become good hunting companions and great family dogs and that in due time they also can contribute to the hunting weimaraner community in Sweden.
We finished 2018 with a pheasant hunt and were lucky enough to outsmart and bag some old roosters. Happy 2019!