In 2003, Keith & Michelle Barr decided to move from the Phoenix area to central Texas to start a bird hunting preserve and boarding kennel. At that point in time, they had a fantastic hunting golden retriever and a young vizsla puppy. So they decided that they needed to add some additional experience to the pack. Keith had always hunted with german shorthaired pointers and due to their fantastic hunting abilities and temperament - they were the target breed. With what can only be described as a "whole lot of dumb luck", they were able to purchase Garbonitas AZ Sonora Desert, aka Snow, and their love for the breed took off.
From 2003 to 2012, they continued to operate Spanish Oak Hunt Club & Kennel and increased their number of dogs even further to meet the demanding requirements of guiding hunts in the tougher than normal Texas heat and humidity. It didn't take long for them to start receiving requests by clients to have dogs "just like the ones they were hunting behind at SOHC". In 2005 Snow produced an outstanding litter of pups that went on to earn a NAVHDA Natural Ability Breeder Award, that gave them Mic pictured above. In 2007, Bailee produced a litter that also earned a NAVHDA Natural Ability Breeder Award, that gave them Anja and Diva (co-owned). And in 2011 Diva produced a litter that gave them their #1 goofball - Marco.
In 2005, SOHC hosted the first of many Lone Star NAVHDA testing events. They had an open spot in the test and some of the members talked Keith into running a 5 month old Mic in the Natural Ability test. He only earned a Prize III, but the value in the NAVHDA testing system was apparent to Keith, and soon he was hooked on the concept of versatility.
In 2008, they were fortunate enough to acquired Garbonita Fistful of Dynamite from Anita Weiss at Garbonita German Shorthaired Pointers. Zita turned out to be a game changer. She was that dog that everyone dreams they will get when they point to their puppy of choice and say "I'll take that one". She breezed through her Natural Ability test and her training into a finished dog proceeded at a rapid fire pace. As an example, her forced retrieve training went from her first day on the table to flawlessly going to the pile and delivering to hand in a mere 6 days. One problem - Texas was in the midst of a years long nasty drought - so water work would have to wait until Keith and Michelle sold Spanish Oak and moved to Tijeras, New Mexico in the fall of 2012. In the fall of 2013 Zita earned her Prize I in the Utility test.
In 2015, Zita gave them 4 beautiful pups in a breeding with Ch. Tomcats Topgun. One of those balls of fur captured their hearts and stayed on to represent the Spanish Oak line. That pup, aptly named Spanish Oaks Hot Brown Mess, aka Shea, turned out to be a lot like her mother with a bit of an edge. In fact, it is very hard to tell the two of them apart when they are in the field. Shea had a natural affinity for water, and whereas Zita would certainly go on a duck hunt, Shea absolutely loves the waterfowl game. Shea went on to get a prize I in Natural Ability in August 2016 and a prize I in Utility in October 2017. Another star, it seems, has been born. And that is where their story continues...........
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