NGSPA BOARD ACTION MARCH 30, 2021
RE. COMPLAINT: April Raber vs. Joseph Amatulli
At its Annual Meeting on March 30, 2021, the Officers and Trustees of the National German
Shorthaired Pointer Association, Inc. (the Board) met in Executive Session to hear the complaint
made by April Raber against Joseph Amatulli.
The Board heard written and oral testimony from both parties and considered the written
statement of one judge who was the only other witness, and the written finding of the Field Trial
Chairman in support of the complainant’s accusation of Conduct Unbecoming a Gentleman.
During this phase of the hearing Dan DiMambro, a Trustee with a close relationship to the
accuser was allowed to attend the hearing upon agreeing to provide moral support to April by
his presence but to remain silent during the hearing.
After the oral and written testimony was heard the Board excused April Raber, Joseph Amatulli
and Dan DiMambro, and conducted its deliberation.
The unanimous decision of the Board was to uphold the complaint that Joseph Amatulli had
acted towards April Raber in a manner unbecoming a gentleman, and that he acted in a manner
contrary to good sportsmanship and detrimental to the best interests of field trials generally.
The Board approved banning Joseph Amatulli from holding any administrative capacity or
leadership role (including but not limited to field trial chairman, club secretary, club treasurer or
stake manager) in any NGSPA sanctioned event, including NGSPA dual sanctioned GSPCA
events, for a period of one year commencing June 1, 2021 and ending May 31, 2022.
The Board approved placing Joseph Amatulli on probation during his one-year conditional ban
and extending for another three years until May 31, 2025, during which any proven misconduct
may result in a permanent ban from any participation in any NGSPA sanctioned event.