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Vandevort's Don (dog, liver/white, w: January 1, 1879, bred by Sir. W.A. Lithbridge, imported by R.T. Vandevort, AKC 2878)
Lethbridge's Doll (bitch, liver/white, w: September 17, 1877, breeder/owner Sir W. Lethbridge, EKC 9042)

Vandevort's Don
"Vandevort's Don"
-- "(Vandevort's) Don (2878)", Image scanned from Field Trial Record of Dogs in America with Other Authentic Statistics, 1874 (to July 1) 1907, by Maj. J.M. Taylor, Nicholson Printing Co., 1907.



AKC:
""2878 Don" -- Mr. R.T. Vandervort, Pittsburgh, Pa. Breeder, Sir W.A. Lithbridge, England. Whelped Jan. 1, 1879; liver and white; by "Bang (Price's)", out of "Peg"; "Bang" by "Bang", out of "Vesta"; "Peg" by "Drake", out of "Sal". Bench Shows: -- 2d Atlanta, 1881; 1st Pittsburgh, 1882. Field Trials: -- 2st Fairmont, 1882." -- AKC Studbook, 1878, Vol.I

EKC:
""9042 Doll" -- Sir W. Lethbridge's, Sandhill Park, Taunton; breeder, owner; whelped September 17th, 1877; colour, liver and white. Pedigree: By "Bang (739)" out of "owner's Peg", by "Drake (842)" out of "Sall (1286)". Bristol, 3rd." -- EKC Studbook, 1879, Vol.VII


"The first Pointer to win an important field trial was "Don", owned by R.T. Vandevort. Don won first place ($250 cash) in the Free-For-All stake of the National American Kennel Club's trials, which were run on prairie chickens at Fairmont, Minn., beginning September 4, 1882, eight years after the first field trial was held. In addition to the cash purse, "Vandevort's Don" won the Pennsylvania State Field Trials Association cup for the best dog in the stake owned in Pennsylvania and a special prize of $20 for the best Pointer in the stake." -- The Sportsman's Bookshelf, Volume XIII, Hunting Dogs and Their Uses: The Stackpole Company, Harrisburg, PA, 1951


""Vandevort's Don", brought over by R.T. Vandevort of Pittsburgh. "Don" was bred by Sir W.A. Lithbridge and was whelped January 1, 1879. He could not be called a handsome animal and perhaps on the bench would promptly be passed by for the more showy specimens, at least by judges who know nothing of pointers except as they appear in the sawdust ring. But "Don" was a well made dog in utility parts, which he proved on the prairies, where he was one of the great winners of his day. In a field of twenty-eight, he won first in the all-age stake of the National-American trials at Fairmount, Minn., in 1882. In November, 1883, he won second to the setter "Gath", in an all-age stake of the Eastern trials at High Point, N.C. There were forty-two starters in this stake, hence the win was of paramount importance. "Vandevort's Don" demonstrated, furthermore, that he was equally good on both kinds of game, for his first win was on prairie chickens, while the second was on quail." -- A.F. Hochwalt, 1923, The Modern Pointer


""Vandevort's Don" was by "Price's Bang", out of "Letheridge's Peg", by "Garth's Drake", out of "Sal", hence he was a Bang-Drake very close to its source. Unfortunately the public did not take to the dog and he was bred to very little, thus one of the best dogs that came to this country at that period was passed by in ignorance. His daughter "Amine", out of "Beulah", carried on his blood when bred to Croxteth by producing three winners ... The four winners of "Vandevort's Don" were: "Richmond", placed three times; "Drab", placed one time; "Don's Dot", placed one time, and "Force", placed one time. He was also the sire of "King Don", a dog which had quite a vogue in the Middle West during the eighties and nineties." -- A.F. Hochwalt, 1923, The Modern Pointer


""Vandevort's Don" was by "Price's Bang" out of "Letheridge's Peg", who was by "Garth's Drake" out of "Smith's Sal", she by "Smith's Major" out of "Nell". "Drake", as we have previously indicated, was by "Garth's Rap" out of "Garth's Moll", so this it will be seen that "Don" was of "Bang-Drake" breeding." -- Hochwalt, 1911






Vandevort's Don

Price's Bang
(liver/white, gold cheeks)
(w: 1870)

Price's Bang

Coham's Bang
(lemon/white)
Whitehouse's Hamlet
(lemon/white)
(w: 1861)

Whitehouse's Hamlet

Bird's Bob
(lemon/white)
(w: 1860)
Battock's Joker
("Battcock's Joker")
Lang's Fan
(w: 1855)
Whitehouse's Juno
(lemon/white)
(w: 1858)
Frank
Belle
Postan's Venus Bird's Bob
(lemon/white)
(w: 1860)
Battock's Joker
(Battcock's Joker)
Lang's Fan
(w: 1855)
Gilbert's Bloomer  
 
Price's Vesta Brockton's Bounce
(liver/white)
(w: 1861)
Duke of Newcastle's Bounce son of an Edge of Strelly dog purchase by the Duke of Portland at the 1844 sale of the Edge pointers
 
Juno
(assume Edge of Strelly line)
 
 
Francis' Belle Sancho Mentor

(from South Molton)
Juno
Dido

(bred near Newton Abbot)
 
 
Leatheridge Peg Garth's Drake
(liver/white)
(w: 1868)

Garth's Drake

Garth's Rap Comberbach's Don
(w: 1859)
Cornwall Legh's Mars
Comberbach's Moll
Garth's Jilt
("Lord Lichfield's Jilt")

(sold to Mr. Garth in 1862)

Lord Lichfield's Jasper
Lord Lichfield's Juno
Garth's Doll
("Doll I")
(w: 1864)
Ch. Newton's Ranger
(w: 1859)
Whichcote's Ranger
Foster's Ruth
Garth's Mite Derby's Duke
Derby's Daisy
Smith's Sall
("Sal")

(breeder, Mr. Thomas Smith, owner Mr. R.J. Lloyd Price)

Smith's Major
(lemon/white)
(w: 1862)

Smiths Major

Bird's Bob
(lemon/white)
(w: 1860)
Battock's Joker
("Battcock's Joker")
Lang's Fan
(w: 1855)
Gilbert's Bloomer  
 
Nell Coate's Mat  
 
a Llanover bitch  
 


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