Over a period of 3-4 years a small group of HPR enthusiasts were meeting in the midlands area to train their mix of HPR breeds either for the shooting field or the show ring. Most did both. This group increased in number with enquiries being received about where and with whom they trained until it became apparent that the group might be more that just a small happy band of individuals enjoying their dogs.The decision was made to make their ring craft class more official in order to raise the money to cover the cost of hiring a hall to organise an open meeting. This to establish whether there was a case for a proper society to be formed with the purpose of serving the needs of owners of our sub group of gundogs.
It took only 6 months to raise sufficient funds to pay for the hall and the advertising that the KC would require should the new society request recognition. That meeting took place on the 9th of November 2008. Details of which appear else where in this site. The rest will become history.
Di. Arrowsmith, Acting Chair (4th December 2009)
On 9th November 2008 a group of HPR enthusiasts came together in Staffordshire to discuss the formation of an Association to support, promote and protect the breeds, which Hunt, Point and Retrieve. It’s principal aim being to encourage the production of stock that fits the standard for its respective breed; is sound in mind and body and to fulfil its role as a working gundog.
The meeting was attended by 39 enthusiasts/owners across the board of HPR breeds. The vote in favour of the formation of a new club was carried by a majority vote. The title and initial objectives were approved by the majority present. A small steering Committee was appointed. Since that time, the HPRGA has held a numerous events including Spring Pointing Tests, Test of Working and Working Tests, Companion shows and educational seminars.
The HPRGA is now established and holds a number of events aimed at HPR enthusiasts throughout the year.
Aims and Objectives
Formed by HPR People for HPR People:
● To promote and protect in every way the subgroup of gundogs known as the breeds which Hunt, Point and Retrieve.
● To meet its breed standards and to fulfil their roles as working gundogs.
● To support breeding stock which is sound in mind and body.
● To present a united voice on HPR matters to the dog world, our governing bodies and all interested parties.
Help and Advice
We are often asked about the different activities that Hunt, Point, Retrieve Gundog owners can get involved in. With the events that the HPRGA organise we hope many of our members and HPR enthusiasts are able to get a ‘taster’ plus help and advice for the many activities that our function sub group can excel in.
If you have any questions, or have a request for us to include other information on this webpage then please do get in touch with any of our helpful committee members.
Most importantly – enjoy your dogs and we look forward to meeting you all at a show or working event in the near future.