A very special thanks to our volunteers


Saturday’s stalwart bird crew awaits the judge’s call.

Just a quick note to again thank you for your amazing support of our Fall Test.

Saturday was nice but Sunday was HOT and you all bore up with aplomb.

Once again, we hit all our marks. The judges waited for nothing and the handlers all complimented the Chapter on the show we put on.

We have a very solid membership core now, the best that I’ve seen in my five years with the Chapter. What’s also gratifying is the number of you who have moved past Natural Ability and are squaring up to the challenge of the Utility Test. The Chapter is here for you – we want to be sure you are learn the skills you need to train the dog you want. I hope that volunteering for the tests is giving you perspective on training that will pay dividends in the future.

Look for information soon on a chapter shoot. Please plan to attend our Christmas potluck and annual meeting in December to help us finalize our plans for 2017. And be ready to get a head start on your training in February in a covered county horse arena to be named later.

My sincere thanks to you again. The health of any organization is measured by its ability to attract the next generation. This club is very lucky indeed to count you as members.

Will be in touch soon.
Theo Stein
Rocky Mountain Chapter

Dan Sprague serves as distraction gunner as judges Jason Wade, Jeff Sowerby and Tom Swezey follow a pup into the field.



COBB LAKE SWA – Eighteen handlers enjoyed typical summer conditions ( hot)  and great cover August 20-21 during the Rocky Mountain Chapter’s Fall Test.  Scores are below.

The Chapter wants to thank the handlers who presented their dogs for evaluation as well as Senior Jason Wade, and judges Jason Sowerby, Tom Swezey and Brian Thoman for evaluating the handlers and their dogs.


NA Spruce Creek Jed’s Ellie May GR F Jed Tallman 112 / Pz I
Spanish Oaks Hot Brown Mess GS F Robert Barr 110 / Pz I
Madison Montana Gripfast GR F Andy Leslie 100 / Pz III
Standing Stones Kennel’s Adelaide GS F Mark Van Akkerman 95 / Pz III
Outlanders Noble Reflection GS F Sara Heesacker 112 / Pz I
Spruce Creek Jedi GR M Bryce Daviess 110 / Pz I
Snowbird’s Johnny Cash GR M Chris Tibbets 102 / Pz III
Northern Exposure Dark Passenger GS F Brian Thoman 106 / Pz II
Dierenfields Birdy Brady GR F James McCardle 95 / Pz III
Hun Hill Diggity Dog GR M Brett Crary 81 / NP
Jason Wade SR
Jeff Sowerby J1
Tom Swezey J2


UT Dutch Hollow J-Henry GS M Gary Gunterman 130 / NP
Bone Points Ukiah GR F Robert Schweikhardt 170 / NP
NA Griffen S Rangel GR M Bruning Rangel 87 / Pz III
Pitypang Ika VI F Aniko Solyom 98 / NP
Jackson’s Creek Whiskey Girl PP F Dale Parker 94 / Pz III
Herz’s Raise a Little Hell SM F Christopher Hirsch 90 / Pz III
Reece Mystiko Crocodile Rock GW F Stephanie Josey 102 / NP
El Oso Diablo GR F Seth Gallagher 112 / Pz I
Jason Wade Sr
Jeff Sowerby J1
Brian Thoman J2

RMC SUMMER BOARD MEETING – Wednesday August 10

To our members:

Thanks to you, it’s been an extraordinary year for the Chapter. Membership is up, attendance at our training days is way up, our volunteers have really stepped forward and we ventured outside our comfort zone and pulled off a successful Handler’s Clinic.

August is a busy month – we’ve got our final training day and Fall Test. Then, if you’re like me, thoughts turn to hunting. So this is a good time to take stock of where we are as a chapter and take up several new business items that  ought to be discussed in person and can’t wait until winter.

So please join us for an RMC board meeting August 10 at the Thornton Cabelas, located just east of I-125 at the W144th exit. We’ll meet in the community room in the northwest corner of the building. The meeting will start at 6 p.m.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend so we can set up seating appropriately.
Here’s our agenda
President’s report
VP’s report
Treasurer’s report
Training Director report
Test Secretary report
Old Business
Chapter gear and equipment needs
New Business
501(c)3 status
Fall Hunts
February 2017 training day
Training Clinic 2017
Other new business
If you can’t make it, no worries – we’ll send out minutes and an email updating you with any decisions we’ve made.
Hope to see you there
Theo Stein

August 13 – Final 2016 Training Day


Well, we’re one week from our final training day of the year and two weeks from our Fall Test, which is again predominantly Natural Ability dogs. Incredible how the year has flown by.

Since we’re not holding a mock test, we will try to make sure every NA dog in the Fall Test is able to practice the track, field and water. NA handlers should plan to buy at least 2 chukar, more if you want extra work. The Chapter will buy a few pheasants for the track exercise.

For UT handlers attending Training Day, we need to hear from you so we can try to focus on the skills you need to refine. Plan to buy 3 chukar and at least one duck, if you want to do water work.

As always, we’ll be gathering  at Cobb Lake SWA. Plan to be there at 7:00 a.m. to we can get started at 7:30.

Please RSVP to rmc.navhda@gmail.com to let us know if you’re coming, what level you’re training at, and the number and type of birds you’d like us to get for you – and whether you can lend a hand helping us run training day.

And if you’ve got a brand new puppy, please let us know that too!


Theo Stein
Rocky Mountain Chapter