Awards and Honors
2016 AKC Sporting Group Breeder of the Year
Dorothea (Dot) Vooris Simberlund, Fieldfine German Shorthaired Pointers
We are proud to announce this great honor of Sporting Group Breeder of the Year awarded to Dot Simberlund, founder of Fieldfine. She has been the backbone of our breed for close to 50 years!! Congratulations to Dot, Fieldfine, and the rest of the honorees for 2016.
Each year, The American Kennel Club recognizes and celebrates an outstanding purebred dog breeder with the Breeder of the Year Award. The award honors those breeders who have dedicated their lives to improving the health, temperament and quality of purebred dogs. At a special presentation held during the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship show, a breeder, or pair of breeders, is recognized in each of the 7 Groups. At the conclusion of the presentation, one of the 7 Group recipients is chosen as the Breeder of the Year.
--- Dorothea (Dot) Vooris Simberlund's love affair with German Shorthaired Pointers began in the mid-1960s with the founding of Fieldfine. Fieldfine's foundation stud dog, Am/Can Ch. FieldFines Count Rambard, hit number four on the breed’s Show Sire list, was a top sire for six years in a row, and was inducted into the German Shorthaired Pointer Club of America (GSPCA) Hall Of Fame. The Fieldfine program has produced more than 250 champions, top 10 winners, national specialty winners, top 20 dogs, national sweepstakes winners, futurity winners, multiple Best in Show dogs, and numerous top-producing sires and dams.
The most famous of these dogs is Ch. Fieldfine Back In Action JH CGC ROMXX, who was a multiple Best In Show winner and a four-time Best of Breed winner at the national specialty, a record. He is the only dog that has ever won Best in Sweepstakes, Best in Futurity and Best of Breed in the same year, and with 97 champion offspring, is currently number three on the breed’s top producing sire list.
Fieldfine has become a family affair, with five children, and now grandchildren, involved in the breed. Dot has loved the years she spent mentoring people about her breed, and she now considers them extended family. Fieldfine remains an internationally known name found in the pedigrees of many top German Shorthaired Pointer kennels around the word. Dot has also been honored for her vision and devotion with inclusion into the GSPCA Hall of Fame.
On Our Cover - Up front this month is four-time national-specialty winner GCH Fieldfine Back In Action, JH, CGC, ROMXX (Ace), a great champion and sire from Dot Vooris Simberlund’s line of Fieldfine German Shorthaired Pointers. In December 2016, Dot will be in Orlando to attend the AKC National Championship as one of seven finalists hoping to be named AKC Breeder of the Year.
Do you love this Tom Weigand photo of Ace as much as we do? If so, visit the Fieldfine Facebook page and let Dot know about it.