2022 GSPCA election

Karen NauerVice President: Karen Nauer [email karen]

Thank you to the Nominating Committee for selecting me as the Vice President candidate.  I am honored and humbled to be selected.  Proactive interaction, communication and thinking out of the box with the GSPCA membership is critical to maintaining and growing membership in the GSPCA. I have years of experience in capturing key information and providing on the spot input as I am well versed in documenting and communicating results to others.

My passion for participation in dog events includes conformation, hunt tests, agility, and AKC Conformation judging – providing the depth and breadth of knowledge an officer should have to represent our diverse membership.   I am confident I have the skills to provide constructive feedback during BOD meetings and represent the interests of the breed and our GSPCA members.  My strong belief in regular communication about breed health issues as Chair of the H & W Committee with the GSPCA Board, GSPCA members, and use of our club’s tools such as the GSPCA Facebook page, website and Journal, make me well qualified for the task. 

I have been involved in the sport of purebred dogs for over forty years.  My mother raised and showed Bedlington Terriers before I was born and I started showing at a very young age.  My father purchased our first GSP in 1963 and I was hooked on GSPs from that day forward.  I earned my first AKC title in 1967 on a GSP – a Companion Dog (CD) title at the age of 11.  I have bred and personally finished many GSP Champions and Grand Champions many out of the Bred-By Class.  In conformation, as a breeder-owner-handler I have achieved multiple group placements, many Bred-By Groups Ones and a BIS.  My greatest accomplishment is breeding dogs who have earned multiple titles at the highest level including several Grand Champions, Master Hunters, OCTHs (Obedience Champions) MACHs (Master Agility Champion), PACHs (Preferred Agility Champion), Tracking and other performance titles proving the versatility of GSPs. I believe participation in conformation, field, performance, and companion dog events result in healthy dogs and happy owners.  I am passionate about the health of GSPs to excel in any venue chosen by their owner.

My family belonged to the GSP Club of America (GSPCA) for several years in the 1960s, and my husband and I joined the GSPCA in 1990.  I have been active in the GSPCA by being on the National Show Committee and now Chair (for the second time) of the Health & Welfare Committee.  I have attended and volunteered at many GSPCA NSSs and our dogs have received a variety of placements and awards.  I have been active in the GSP Club of Colorado since 1992, including, Show Chair, hunt test committee member, and as an organizer and judge at our club’s “Show ‘n Go” events. I have been a BOD member of the Colorado Springs Kennel Club, Vice President of the Denver Foothills Tracking Club. 

In my other life, I am retired from health care after 42 years.  I am a Registered Nurse with an MBA who worked in senior management and consulting the majority of my career.  I also enjoy hunting, gardening (very difficult with five GSPs), cooking and entertaining friends and family.

 

 

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