Greene takes first and second at Northwest IPO Regional Championships

German Shepherd Fritz Niederheide, who took second place at the Northwest IPO Regional Championships, competes in the protection phase.

FALLBROOK – David Greene, the founder of Fallbrook-based Performance K9 Training, earned top ranks at the Northwest IPO Regional Championships held Sept. 17 in Hollister, California.

At the regional trial, Greene had the honor to campaign two dogs hailing from the Wolvesaenger USA Kennel De Lupus Saevus based in Prescott, AZ. Both dogs are German Shepherds co-owned by Susan White and Marco Osorio.

Greene landed first place with Aik vom Wolfssprung and secured second with Fritz Niederheide. In addition to scoring high in trial, Aik vom Wolfssprung also won high in protection and high in a scoring breed dog survey. In second place, Fritz Niederheide achieved the highest score in tracking.

Following those accolades, Greene was awarded the Jim Lempner Memorial Trophy for Excellence in Handling.

“It was a great regional trial, and I appreciate all the hard work everyone put into it in making the event such as success,” Greene said. “And the weekend would not have been possible without the support of Susan and Marco.”

White shared how she was beyond proud of Greene with his expertise in handling.

“These wins were especially meaningful as both dogs were imported last year with business partner Marco Osorio to be part of our breeding program,” she said.

Osorio also extended huge congratulations to Greene for his ongoing commitment to IPO while explaining the importance of the German Shepherd breed.

“I’ve dedicated over 25 years of my life to breeding and raising these wonderful animals producing multiple IPO 3 regional champions and Universal Siegers,” said Osorio. “Most recently Susan White and I had an opportunity to import Aik and Fritz in what has become a fun and exciting partnership. We are looking forward to watching David take both dogs to their full potential participating in national and international IPO events.”

Osorio was also quick to point out how Aik and Fritz will be incorporated into a breeding program that looks far beyond sport. A higher emphasis on social and environmental stability to achieve dogs proficient in search and rescue, law enforcement, service, and therapy work remains the goal.

Greene also thanked fellow dog trainer and friend, Joshua Zapparolli, for his help in the Regional trial preparations.

Looking ahead, Greene will compete in the 2017 USCA GSD National Championships in Indianapolis in November 2017.

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