- Breeders and owners of Tony Lama, #1 all time producing field dam
- Finished 30 FCs and AFCs
- Over 20 Futurity winners
by Shirley Hansen
Gorden got his first Weimaraner in the late 60’s through his brother Tom Hansen. They owned a tractor together, and one day Tom says, “You own half of a Weimaraner. I traded the tractor for FC Archibald Von Karlshugel.”
In 1973, Archie sired a litter of pups, and Gorden got Outdoors Nickajack. Gorden was a race horse fan and took the name from a racing horse. That is where the Outdoors Kennel name came from. Sam was a good dog; he ran with a good pattern and found lots of birds. He had a couple problems. He was cow hocked, liked to sit down on point and bit the hand that fed him. He did save Gorden’s niece one night when brother Tom was baby-sitting. Hope Hansen was about 7 months old and crawled out of the back yard. Sam grabbed her by the diaper and put his paw on her so she wouldn’t go any further. When Tom missed her, Sam barked to tell him where she was.
When Tom turned professional trainer in 1975, Gorden bought FC Sir Heidelberg Redhill from him. Gorden and I met about then and the second field trial I went to, Gorden was handling Sir in the Amateur and Ted Jarmie was judging. Sir went on point, the gunners shot the bird, Gorden sent him, Sir went on point again. They decided to shoot that bird. Gorden sent him. And he went on point on another bird. Ted made Gorden carry Sir out of the bird field. Sir was a big dog, but Gorden was younger and could handle it.
Gorden’s son bought a puppy named Kipbirtzel’s Texas Kid. Tex was a blue ribbon dog but due to football and girls, when Al Forsyth offered him a bunch of money for him, he sold the dog that became 2xNFC FC AFC Kipbirtzel’s Texas Kid.
We were married in 1977. For a wedding present, I got Sandcast Sir Rocky and Gorden got Sandcast Sandy Rose from Tom and Dessie Hansen. Rocky got puppy and derby points, and one broke dog point. He was on a trip with Tom when a horse ran through his stake outs and Rocky was gone. Gorden went to a Delmar Smith seminar and read a couple books, and we were ready to break our first dog. Poor Sandy, although I had trophies for shooting trap, I could not shoot a bird for Sandy. Sandy taught us a lot and eventually became a FC and AFC.
By now, Gorden had been riding a lot and handling some of Tom’s Amateur dogs and realized that he needed better dogs to compete with all breed dogs. One of the Tom’s clients wanted to sell his dog Laine’s Thor Von Timebomb. We knew he was a good dog and so we bought him. Now we needed a brood bitch. I tied Gorden on a quarter horse at the Nationals and let him bounce around for a few days, and decided he needed a Weinershnitzel puppy. Tom got him Outdoors Boots from Shirley Paulsen.
We ran Boots for a couple of years and broke her — one of the easiest dogs we ever broke, plus I got a little better at shooting birds! Boots would run all age or gun dog, anyone could handle her. We never did put in a beauty contest as she was a little sway backed; she reminded us of a potato with four toothpicks for legs.
We bred NFC AFC FC Laine’s Thor Von Timebomb to NFC AFC Outdoors Boots. She had four puppies, and we kept all four until they were two years old and decided that FC AFC Outdoors Tony Lama was the best of the Boots gang that we named Wrangler, Racona and Hondo.
Tony was well known on the West Coast by all breed people. We ran Tony in mostly all breed stakes, and there was hardly ever a horse in camp when she ran. Tony did not like the Nationals grounds in Ardmore, Oklahoma ever since her Futurity year when she was jumped on by another dog. Tony was top dog for 3 years in a row, one year she only ran in two Weimaraner only stakes. Tony won her last all age just before she turned 13 years old; it was a true all age.
We planned to breed Tony to Virgil Jennings dog, 2xNAFC FC AFC Tobie Von Sieger as Gorden had handled him at the Nationals and won the National Amateur two times with him, and it would have been three times if he hadn’t broke on his 9th shot. Due to circumstances, we bred Tony to Tobie’s son FC AFC Andick’s Big Time Jake three times, and produced good dogs out of every litter. FC AFC Outdoors Dakota, NFC FC AFC Outdoors Misty, FC Outdoors Tara, FC AFC Outdoors Rising Son, FC Outdoors Duffy, FC Andicks Outdoors Sam and FC AFC Outdoors Raya De Plata.
In the early 1980’s Gorden was appointed to the Board of Directors for the WCA. While on the Board, he went to quite a few shows and National Specialties, and Joan Valdez and Gorden decided to try for a Dual Champion. We tried two dogs, and then Joan said she had the dog for us, and sure enough DC Valmar’s Valiant Knight caught the judges’ eyes running with a high head and great style. Val was an easy dog to train and got 4th place at Nationals after Gorden only had him a couple months and braced with a bitch in season. When Gorden and I broke him, Gorden’s brother Tom told him Val needed retrieves on the backcourse to keep him going. It worked great on him.
We are at our summer camp in Wyoming right now, so we have no records or books to go through. We’re sure we’ve made some small mistakes as our memories are not what they used to be, but some of our highlights:
• We bred FC AFC Outdoors Shawnee two times, once to Outdoors Charlie and once to FC AFC Outdoors Rising Sun. We are proud to say all the puppies in both litters were Field Champions. That must be a first. There was only one pup in each litter, FC Outdoors Twister and FC Outdoors Bingo.
• Before turning professional trainers in 1998, we had a least one dog and up to three on the final top ten list every year but one for 21 years.
• We have had 30 FC and AFC’s counting our Brittany. The first Brittany we got to train our Weimaraners. We would go to Brittany trials and our dogs would trail them, they thought they were big rabbits!
• We have had two National Champions, NFC AFC FC Laine’s Thor Von Timbebomb and NFC AFC FC Outdoors Boots. Thor won all three Sectionals and National all in one year, handled by Tom Hansen. Thor liked to get lost, but always came back to camp and laid down on the first stake out he could find.
• We have won 20 Futurity trophies through the years. We always tried to breed to improve the Weimaraner, and we always tried to sell our pick of the litter to a dedicated Weimaraner person.
I have trained most of the puppies through the years and Gorden trained the broke dogs with a little help from me.
When we first started going to field trials, we had three teen-age boys, and there were lots of kids at the trials. We always made sure they had fun. Now you see very few kids at trials; I think that is sad. Here at summer camp, 4 year old PK Vincze rode my horse Chaser all day by herself for the first time. PK is the daughter of Niki and John Vincze, the owners of one of our special dogs FC Gould’s V3 Remington.
We really enjoy seeing dogs progress while training them. We bought a hunting dog with us that hadn’t been socialized or had never seen a bird. First time we walked by the bird cage he acted scared of birds. In less than 2 weeks time, he is pointing birds on his own and almost anyone can walk up to his stake out to pet him. It’s hard to believe that is the same dog.
Above: Photos by Gorden Hansen and Tom Hansen
Below: Memorial for WCA magazine designed by me. Large photo by Leslie Nicole, smaller photos by Alan Davison, Dick Wilbur and me