Afterhours was first established in the early 70s.
Tina and Walt Whitmore met in the early 80s, Tina raised Boxers and Walt raised Brittney's. Tina began showing dogs in the early 70s and fell in love with the sport. Walt was an avid sportsman, hunting fur and feather. They both agreed that with their fresh start they needed a unique breed which was versatile in both the conformation ring and would excel in the field. After months of research, they decided the German Wirehaired Pointer was the ultimate breed. After acquiring their first GWP they fell in love with the breed. Since that time they have accomplished more than they ever anticipated. Throughout the years, Walt and Tina Whitmore are proud breeders of the top field and show GWP's, including NAVHDA UT Prize 1 (perfect score), multiple Best in Show dogs, many National and Regional Specialty winners, Master Hunters, Superior ROM's, and Top Producing Sires and Dams. Currently, Afterhours has the most CHIC'd dogs from any other breeder. CHIC means completed and passed all health screenings that are recommended by the GWPCA (German Wirehaired Pointer Club Of America).
Christi Schoessow Chism is the daughter of Tina Whitmore. She also shared the love of the breed with her parents. At a very young age, she traveled throughout the United States successfully competing against adults. When Christi got married she moved to Florida and started her family. When she moved to Florida she continued the legacy of Afterhours Kennels. She has three children Alexis, Allison, and Madison. At the age of 7, Alexis chose her GWP Cutie, they successfully competed against the top professionals. Alexis finished Cutie's Grand Championship at the age of eight. Cutie was the ninth GWP to earn her Grand Championship title. As Cutie was competing in the show ring she also earned her Canine Good Citizen (CGC) and her Junior Hunter (JH) titles, trained and handled by Alexis. At the 2011 National Specialty Alexis and Annie won Winners Bitch.
Christi Chism and Christine Whitmore are avid members of the Suncoast German Wirehaired Pointer Club, American Kennel Club, German Wirehaired Pointer Club Of America, etc.
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