2020 GSPCA election

Karen NiffeneggerVice President: 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 Vice President can be nebulous, you get what you put into it. Whethesr it is coordinating with the Secretaries or being the President’s right hand man, I look forward to the challenge.  Each individual needs to make it their own while following the constitution and by-laws.

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. 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.  I discovered the local club a year later 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 and now as their Vice President and an Honorary Life Time member.                 

 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 11 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 17 years I have been attending at least the Amateur Championship and Futurity at the National Field Trial in Kansas.  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 the 5th 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 the GSPCA include:

  • Chairman of the basket raffle for the Health and Welfare Committee 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 on the board.   
  • 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 Vice President 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.   

Karen Niffenegger


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