2019 GSPCA election

Karen NiffeneggerCorresponding Secretary: Karen Niffenegger [email karen]

Hi, you should all be receiving a ballot in the mail for the elections of the German Shorthaired Pointer Club of America.  Please take the time to read through my bio.  The job of Corresponding Secretary can be demanding, especially coordinating with the Recording Secretary and the President, but I look forward to the challenge.  Each individual needs to make it their own while following the constitution and by-laws.  I think you will find I have been a very devoted GSPCA member and hard worker in any assignment I have taken on.  I have plenty of experience in serving this and other organizations. I can work with a variety of people individually and as a group.  Sometimes I say it as I see it, not to offend, just my honest opinion on a topic. Unfortunately, I cannot get to know all 1700 plus of the members but I want you all to know that I look forward to any and all communications from you about concerns that affect the GSPCA and German Shorthaired Pointers or even the upcoming March Madness Bracket. Thank you for your time. 

Karen Niffenegger – Candidate for Corresponding Secretary

I know a large precentage of members know me, but for those who do not I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the membership. I am Karen Niffenegger and my involvement with GSP’s started in 1987 when I wanted a dog for my active outdoor lifestyle and to hunt upland birds.  I found the perfect dog in the German Shorthaired Pointer. I purchased my first shorthair and joined the GSPCA that year.  In 1988 I discovered the local club and joined the GSPC of Oregon.  Since that time, it has been full speed ahead.  I was elected Secretary of the GSPC of Oregon in 1990 and served for 12 years. As a member of the club I have been Hunt Test Chairman and Secretary, Specialty Show Chairman and Field Trial Secretary.  I am also a member of the GSPC of Washington and have served on their Specialty Show and Field Trial committees. Some of my biggest accomplishments include:

  • Secretary of the AKC Gun Dog Championships with record entries in 1999.
  • Chairman of the 2002 AKC Gun Dog Championships.
  • GSPCA 2000 National Specialty Show Chairman. 
  • Served on the GSPCA NSS Executive Committee for 9 years
  • Elected to the GSPCA Board of Directors for 6 years as NW Director.  
  • Served as NFT catalog coordinator and production editor for the last 10 years.
  • Chairman of the GSPC Wa Specialty Show preceding the 2018 NSS. 
  • Served as Secretary for 16 years for local clubs.

As a devoted member of the GSPCA I have been attending the National Specialty since 1988 having missed only a few.  For the last 16 years I have been attending at least the Amateur Championship at the National Field Trial in Kansas.  During the 2007 National Amateur Gun Dog Championship in Tucson, Arizona I made it to the second series with my dog Jazz, who was ranked no 5 in the nation for Amateur Gun Dog in 2006. In 2008 I was runner up at the GSPCA NAGDC in Reno.  I have been consistently placing in field trials in the Northwest and became a licensed Field Trial judge in 1996.  Brian Hill, my husband and I own some of the top field trial dogs now competing in the Northwest.  This year I guided, Jesse, FC/AFC Foxgloves Spending a Buck to a ranked Am. Limited Gun Dog.   Not forgetting my show roots my co-owned male was ranked for 3 years in the top twenty both breed and all breed points a few years back. I am happy to say I have a new puppy that I plan to show this year.

Other projects that I have been involved with while serving on the GSPCA Board include:

  • Chairman of the basket raffle for the Canine Health Foundation at the National specialty for 7 years.
  • While on the board we initiated the Cone Degeneration genetic database for GSP’s. 
  • We established the qualifications for CHIC during my tenure. 
  • The GSPCA also provided funding for numerous research grants including Lupoid Dermatosis (LD).  
  • I have been working with the Juniors and feel they are so important to our club’s health and future.   I am looking forward to doing more for the juniors in both show and field. 

As the Corresponding Secretary of the GSPCA I hope to find some special projects to work on, including breed education for both the show and the field community. I also want the board to be responsive to the needs of the membership and I will help bring those concerns to the Board. What do you want this club to provide you as a member?  For any change to occur everyone has to communicate and work together.  You may have noticed the email blasts that you periodically get.  That was a process put in place while I was on the board.  Most of you know that I work hard in everything I do.  I will work hard as an officer of the club and as a board member.   I want to thank you for your time and consideration when voting this March and April.  I hope you can support me in this election. 

For the Love of Dogs,  

Karen Niffenegger


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