Higgins Gundog Team Titles

Higgins Gundogs and their handlers share a unique relationship. Unlike conventionally trained dogs, a Higgins Gundog chooses to cooperate and understands that he needs the handler (shooter) in order to be successful. He consistently displays all of his natural drive, focus, intensity and steadiness while hunting and managing his birds.

The dog is only half the story. Higgins Gundog Handlers have demonstrated the ability to read and handle these unique dogs and, through thoughtful management, showcase all of their natural talent and cooperation.

The dogs and Handlers listed below have demonstrated excellence in our unique venue we call “Classic Hunting”. All have earned the coveted title of Higgins Gundogs (HGD) and Higgins Gundog Handlers (HGDH).


Handlers       Dogs       Breed
Dworak, Barry, HGDH       HGD, Gus Mudbone Augustus McCrae (Gus)        Vizsla
Winkel, Dave, HGDH       HGD, Griffonpoint Alter Ego (Bruno) & HGD Griffonpoint Fay Reese, (Reese)        Wirehaired Pointing Griffons
Illingworth, Steve, HGDH       HGD, Griffonpoint J’Gracie (Gracie)        Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Zimet, Martha, HGDH. M.A.       HGD, Kasamar Constant Craving NSD (Sophia)        Weimaraner
Barrett, Sandy, HGDH, M.S.       HGD, Ch Roclyn Half Pint, MH, CGC        Irish Setter
Belanger, Greg, HGDH       HGD, Harry        Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Davocato, Frank, HGDH       HGD, Jake        German Wirehaired Pointer
Esperance, Larry, HGDH       HGD, Wil        Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Fairlee, Liz, HGDH       HGD, Lyric        Blue Weimaraner
Lasich, Christina, HGDH, MD       HGD, Jewell        English Pointer (pound rescue)
Mann, Andrea, HGDH       HGD, Intl Ch Heathrow’s The Pelican Brief, MH, RN, CGC        English Setter
Mullin, Derrick, HGDH       HGD, Ch Roclyn Killian’s Red, MH, CAT, CGC        Irish Setter
Mullin, Jen, HGDH
Slingsby, Jeff, HGDH       HGD, Mardi        German Shorthaired Pointer
Stone, Douglas, Maj Gen, HGDH       HGD, Earl        Unknown (pound rescue)
Valente, Frank, HGDH       HGD, Koda        Vizsla
Voris, Ben, HGDH       HGD, Arrow        Wirehaired Pointing Griffon