LEO A. DUNN

LEO A. DUNN – (1883 – 1984) Leo Dunn was a founding member and 2nd Vice President of the APC in 1938 and its President from 1939 through 1950.  As a boy of ten he had an Irish setter to grow up and learn to hunt with.  Later he turned to English setters but was to be a “pointer man” after a hunting trip to the South with a companion who had pointers that “were hide and bones but eagerly awaiting the new dawn to be out and away”.  He admired their ability to hunt and the “heart” to please their master.  Eng. Ch. Elstone Spring was imported for his hunting abilities, but after he won the dog show the night before the big field trial, everyone was amazed (except Leo) when the handsome dog also won the stake the next day.  He was a dual-purpose or “all-purpose” breeder for thirty years.  His “Elstone” prefix became famous in the show world from the 1930’s into the 1960’s, namely through littermates Ch. Elstone Citadel (a Hall Of Fame sire of 23 champions) and Ch. Elstone Happy Landings (one of HOF Mark Bryant’s foundation bitches) both sired by the famous lemon and white Irish import, Ch. Pennine Paramount of Prune’s Own owned by Mrs A. Biddle Duke (Priscilla “Prune” Ryan).  Other notable Elstone names remembered are Fashion Plate, Heritage, Stylish Hawk, Clipper, Mystic’s Son and his last pointer, Ch. Elstone Highbrow.  He imported Maesydd Mystic and owned Ch. Beacon’s Game Lad (Herewithem Yankee Doodle x Ch. Brown Blighter) who sired 18 champions.  In 1955 Leo was elected Honorary President Emeritus of the American Pointer Club.  He lived to be 101 years of age and although not an active member for decades, never lost interest in the breed.

 

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