Hall of Fame


The Process


Anyone can nominate any person or dog that is qualified. A person is not limited to the number of nominations submitted. They must be submitted by September 1 to be considered for the current year. (Sept. 1, 2012 for 2012 HOF)


People must be sixty five years of age and living or dead. They need to have rendered outstanding service to the sport of field trialing, both at the local and national level for a long period of time. They need to have made significant contributions that have made a measurable difference in the sport of Field Trialing. A person that gives of their time and knowledge to help other persons know and understand the sport of Field Trialing. Activities such as judging, being a club official, breeder, handler, and/or a sustained record of breeding German Shorthaired Pointers which have contributed to the improvement of the GSP as a hunting breed.


Must be deceased. In order to be considered a resume that lists a candidate’s complete field trial record in all types of field trial events. A list of the candidate’s progeny’s field trial accomplishments. The dog’s candidacy should be dependent on his entire competitive career, and the quality of his or her offspring.


After all nominations have been received, the chairman will compile the data, determine if the candidates are qualified, and submit them to the election committee.

The election committee consists of 11 individuals from throughout the country. The chairman selects these people based on their knowledge and experience in GSP field trialing. The list is then submitted to the NGSPA Board for its approval. The elector’s term is three years unless asked to remain as an elector or the individual asks to be removed. An elector whose name or the name of a dog he or she owns is submitted must be off the committee for two years to be eligible for election to the GSPFDHF. The committee consists of 4 members of the NGSPA Board, 4 NGSPA Regional or Species Championship Chairman, one GSPCA Board appointee, and two people chosen at large.

Upon receiving the list of candidates, the committee member has a specified period of time to vote for two individuals and two dogs and return the ballot to the chairman. The votes are tabulated by the chairman who then advises the NGSPA President of the results. The individuals and owners of the dogs are then advised of their election to the GSP Field Trial Hall of Fame. A complete bio is then compiled and submitted to the appropriate publications and organizations for disclosure to the public.

The specific interest in honoring the dogs and people who excelled in the field trial sport began in the late 1930's. Those involved knew that time and careful consideration would be needed in formulating the rules and regulations needed to bestow an honor of excellence on dogs and their owners, trainers and handlers.

In 1953, William  F. (Bill) Brown, editor of The American Field, compiled the necessary rules and regulations governing elections of the field trial dogs and their owners and trainers to a proposed Field Trial Hall of Fame. The list was published in Brown's Field Trials: History, Management and Judging Standards in the anticipation that hall of fame would be established.

In the June 19,1954 issue of The American Field, Brown announced that the Field Trial Hall of Fame had become a reality and nominations were taken.

Dogs were eligible based in their entire careers. People were nominated based in their service and the length of time devoted to the field trial sport. Nominations could be made in two categories.

1. Distinguished Bird Dogs deceased
2. Prominent Persons living or deceased

The first year to vote for inductees was 1954, and the election committee considered a popular vote of ten dogs and ten persons from the nomination ballot. Bird Dog enthusiasts elected five dogs and five people into the Field Trial Hall of Fame that year. In 1955, two dogs and two people were elected and inducted. This marked the beginning of a tradition that continues at the annual Field Trial Hall of Fame.

Old-Timer Hall of Fame Inductees

The Pioneers
These men were the original pioneers of this breed here in the United States.

  • Dr. Charles R Thornton from Missoula, MT (1925). He acquired an interest in the term All Purpose Dog. His Father told him as a young boy a dog is worth keeping only for what he can do. Thus, he decided to import for himself a few of these dogs. His first import, Senta B Hohenbruck, in whelp. The pups were born on July 4, 1925. There were 6 pups and these pups went on to produce the base stock of many of our dogs today.
  • Mr. Walter Mangold and Mr. Ernest Rojem, both WWI veterans (1931). Mangold served in the American armty and Rojem served in the German army. They met in Bennington, NE and became the best of friends. Both were interest int he German breed and decided to import a few to hunt with. Rojem had a brother, Peter, in Germany and he shipped the best that he could find. He shipped Claus B Schleswig and Jane v Grunen Adler. These dogs went on to consistently produce great dogs.
  • Mr. Joseph Burkhart from St Croix Falls, WI (1932). He was a German Game Keeper and had connections in German to buy and import the best that could be bred. He imported Arta v Hohreusch. He sold many purebred GSP's and took the time to teach people how to correctly line breed German Shorthaires to improve the breed. Treu v Waldwinkel and Fritz v Schwarenberg, both were sons of Arta and produced many great German Shorthaired Pointers.
The Fore-Fathers of the NGSPA

Those responsible for the formation and securing the by-laws and articles of incorporation, for spending timeless and tireless hours so that we could enjoy the fruits of those noblest endeavors.

  • Mr. Paul Sharp - The first Present to represent the NGSPA in all formal matters.
  • Mr. Van Van Divort - the first Secretary and devoted GSP Field Trialer. He made connections with Bill Brown of the American Field and got recognition for Championship stakes.
  • Mr. Lenard Hansen - the first Treasurer of the NGSPA - pushed hard to see that the National Championship was run at Kildare Plains, OH
  • Mr. Henry Weiss - The first Honorary Trustee - performed the duties of organizing local clubs to support the National organization. His financial support to cover the expenses of this new organization was paramount in keeping the organization on a sound and fiscal course

People and Dogs Inducted into the Hall of Fame

In the summer of 2005, the officers and trustees of the National German Shorthaired Pointer Association held their summer meeting in Memphis, TN. At that time, the Officers and Directors toured the Bird Dog Museum and Field Trial Hall of Fame. In 2006, discussion took place about establishment of a GSP Hall of Fame, and being a part of the established Field Trial Hall of Fame, leading to by-laws for that action in 2007. The Bylaws were approved by the Bird Dog Foundation Boards and the first inductions were made in 2008.

Dave McGinnis Award

Charles Davie McGinnis

Dave McGinnis was born and raised in Canton, Illinois.  After high school, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and became an excellent marksman as well as a boxer who competed successfully in inter-service boxing events. 

After his service years, Dave moved to Washington State and worked for the Albertson food chain.  Through the influence of Paul Shoemaker, he started to train Labrador retrievers in his spare time.  As his interest and skill in retrievers increased, he befriended Paul’s brother, Dick, who had a kennel and training facility for pointing dogs.  Subsequently, Dick sold his kennel and business to Dave who then entered the pointing dog world.  Dave would subsequently relocate his kennels and business in Meridan, Idaho, in order to train on wild birds. 

Dave won the NGSPA National Championship in 1971 and 1972 with Patricia v Frulord, in 1975 with Ammertal’s Lancer D, and in 1980 and 1981 with Erlicher Abe.  He also garnered the runner-up spot in this event in 1971 with Erdenreich’s Major and in 1979 with Checkmate’s White Smoke.  He won the GSPCA National Championship with  Patricia v. Frulord in 1971, Frulord’s Tim in 1976, Checkmate’s White Smoke in 1981, and Erlicher Abe in 1982.  He won the GSPCA National Gun Dog Championship in 1979 with Uodibar’s Mouse and in 1982 with Lancer’s Royal Scout.  He finished numerous AKC Field Champions, won regularly in NGSPA one-hour stakes, and handled Shorthairs to a total of 23 National titles.

Dave attracted a strong cliental base through his personal charisma and excellent skills and record in dog training.  Dave was not a duplicitous person—if he liked you, you knew it; if he didn’t like you, it was equally clear.  That was simply his personality—one  his friends and supporters found refreshing and inspiring.

Dave McGinnis lived but 49 years, his life cut short by cancer at a time when his impact and positive influence on the Shorthair field trial world was ascending.  Dave’s life, his values, his work ethic, and his example impacted the lives of many.  He strove daily to do his best, never losing sight of life’s real goals and priorities—personal integrity, family and friends, hard work, and perseverance.

While many will recall Dave’s skill with horses and dogs, most will tell you that the endearing memory of Dave was his broad smile and twinkling eyes, set in a face weathered by constant exposure to the elements.  There was genuineness about Dave McGinnis who strove for perfection and whose word was his bond.

Award Recipients

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