As written by American Pointing Labrador Association President

by Vic Rompa

Well it certainly has been an exciting first year for me as the President of the APLA.  My focus for 2014 was centered on 4 fundamentals:

  •  Fiscal Prudence
  •  Increase Participation/Membership
  •  Hunt Test Operations
  •  Expand the Judging Pool

These were not goals but strategic objectives that I felt we needed as an organization.

As we begin 2015 I thought it important to take the opportunity to share with you our performance against last year’s objectives.  Read more>


The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) continues to be on the cutting-edge of canine health research with the funding of Dr. Ben Hart’s landmark study which evaluates the health implications of early spay and neuter in dogs.

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