The Transvaal Hunt Point
Retrieve Field Trial Club
THE HPR CLUB WAS STARTED SOME YEARS
BACK BY A GROUP OF ENTHUSIASTS WISHING TO DEVELOP
AND IMPROVE THE NATURAL ABILITIES OF THE BREEDS
WHICH HUNT, POINT AND RETRIEVE.
THE CLUB IS ESSENTIALLY FOR WORKING DOGS AND HOLDS
FIELD TRIALS AND WORKING TESTS WHICH ASSESS THE DOGS’
PERFORMANCE UNDER ACTUAL HUNTING CONDITIONS.
IT IS OUR AIM TO PRODUCE THE PERFECT HUNTING COMPANION
AND IN THIS WAY IMPROVE RESPONSIBLE HUNTING AND
A TRAINED HPR DOG AND HANDLER ARE ESSENTIAL TOWARDS
QUALITY BIRD HUNTING AND ARE A JOY TO BEHOLD.
THE VERSATILE GUNDOG
These versatile breeds include:
The German Shorthaired Pointer, Weimaraner, Vizsla,
German Wirehaired Pointer, Brittany Spaniel, Griffon,
Pudelpointer, Spinoni, German Longhaired Pointer and
the Munsterlander Pointer.
A trained dual-purpose dog is one of
truly versatile qualities. He is expected to eagerly
search and find game in the field and hold it to a
staunch point prior to flush, he is to remain steady
to wing and to shot. Then he is to retrieve on command
and is to deliver the game to hand.
In addition he must be quiet in a duck
blind and retrieve in water. All this takes time and
training to produce, but it can be a rewarding
experience for both dog and handler.
In the interests of responsible hunting,
the HPR club offers the services of trained dogs and
handlers to bird hunters. If you would like to make
use of these services, please contact the Club
In the weeks preceding the hunting
season the HPR Club holds a series of training
sessions for handlers and their dogs. These classes
are run at both basic and advanced levels and cover
all aspects of field work. Experienced trainers are on
hand to identify problem areas and suggest appropriate
remedies. All this is done in a fine outdoor spirit.
Members can compete in the dual-purpose
field trials hosted by the HPR Club. These trials are
so designed as to be as near as practically possible
to real hunting conditions. It is the ultimate means
of testing a hunting dog’s performance against that of
other outstanding dogs and should be the supreme goal
of every gundog owner. It is a matter of putting your
dog where your mouth is. In this environment the best
hunting dogs can be selected towards the improvement
of the breed.
The HPR field trials make use of wild birds in their
natural environment and are consequently held only
during the hunting season: One at the beginning of the
hunting season and the other at the end. At this
latter trial the selections for competition in the
World Championships is made.
NATURAL ABILITY TEST
The HPR Club will provide a Natural
Ability Certificate to each hunting dog that pass a
test on basic ability and hunting instincts. Such a
certificate will not only serve as proof for the owner
of his dog’s working abilities and thus improve its
value, but will at the same time provide information
to prospective buyers and breeders. This will lead to
the improvement of the breed and prospective buyers
and breeders will no longer have to rely on the
unsubstantiated claims of sometimes unscrupulous
It is a known fact that there are many gundogs which
are gundogs in name only due to generations of
breeding for show qualities only. Many a prospective
gundog owner have fallen into the trap of buying a
gundog without any of the basic hunting instincts.
Thus, only those hunting dogs with a Natural Ability
Certificate will be considered by the HPR Club for
recommendation or breeding. This will serve as an
incentive for every gundog owner to have your dog’s
abilities officially recognized. A must for every
serious gundog owner.
Our members come from all walks of life
and have in common their love for dogs, hunting,
conservation and the outdoor life. Being a small club
we all know each other by name although sometimes the
dog is remembered before its owner!
If after reading all this you are still
not sure about joining us - consider you dog and
The Secretary, HPR Club
P.O. Box 173
Slang Viljoen at 084 2020 184 (Chairman)
Gerhard Ebersohn (Vice Chair)
Louise Leech (Secretary) (firstname.lastname@example.org
Izelda Warne (Treasurer)