Peter Lippincott Atkinson retired from a career as a philosophy professor and moved far away from the city to the New Mexico countryside. He enjoys art, is a musician, and is an accomplished hunting dog trainer. After decades of working with hunting dogs, Peter decided to try his hand with an IGP sport dog.
This was seven years ago. He researched and located his dog ‘Zipper’ and they set out on their IGP journey.
Whilst there are a few of quality training clubs in New Mexico that frequently bring in well known trainers for seminars, Peter had his sight on maximizing his new dogs potential. He tracked down one of the best American trainers in the US who happens to live in the next state. Dave Kroyer, a multi-time USA world team competitor, runs a training facility in Austin, Texas, more than 600 miles away from Peter’s home. This goal and program was not going to be easy. The goal of competing at a high level was going to take serious commitment in the form of frequent 1,200-mile round trips for training.
The logistics involved in their training was a factor in how fast they could progress . In IGP dog sport, how far you make it down the road is more matters more than the top speed achieved and this is true for Zip’s story. This is Zip’s last year competing and it has proven to be his finest. In 2022, at over seven years of age, Zip won the USCA South Central Region IGP Championship, followed it with 10th place at the 2022 AWMA IGP National Championship and now 13th at the 2022 AWMA Malinois IGP National Championship. Remember, this is Peter’s first IGP sport dog!
When there is passion, there is a way. Nothing worthwhile should come easy. It’s better that way.
Peter Atkinson & Chile Brigade’s C’Zipper at the 2022 AWMA Malinois IGP National Championship in Mt. Dora, Florida.