On July 1st 2009, Airedales were officially excepted into the AKC Upland Spaniel Tests. The first one available was this weekend. Several Airedalers entered but didn't get in. Fortunately my good friend Mark Werner from West Bend managed to get in on Sunday, and history was made! It was a great & exciting day for our Airedale breed! AND............................................THEY DID IT!!!
Two Airedales entered....two Airedales qualified!
Strongbow Tesa of Wingate qualified for her first leg in the Junior test.
Hollytroy Han Rules Wingate qualified for her first leg in the Senior test.
Tesa is out of Huntwood Hannah of Strongbow, and she is a Winston grand daughter.
Hannah is out of Barb Kamp's Liza (bred by Carole Kane) & Huntwood Maverick n'Hollytroy owned by Carole Kane. She is especially near & dear to my heart for I whelped and sold this litter for Carole & Susie Kipp.
Hooray for Tesa, Hannah and Mark for an awesome job! They certainly fit right in, showed they belonged there and received loads of compliments. They were without a doubt an outstanding ambassador for our breed at their first upland spaniel hunt test. I am so very proud of them, and I was thrilled to be able to be at this event watching history being made.
~An especially proud Grandma Sandi