April 16, 2018
From the President’s Desk,
As our field trial year draws to an end, I hope that it has been enjoyable on many levels and successful on a personal level. As a commodity broker and speculator for 36 years, I have been able to justify my field trial expenses as the cost of sanity and an escape
Please make dinner reservations with Gail Inman of Purina and Hotel reservations with Peppermill Resort Spa Casino as soon as you can. This helps Gail with a head count on how many rooms needto be blocked and dinner plates for both the Friday night shooting dog banquet and Saturday night all age banquet. Thank you.
For room reservations ask for the group rate for Nestle Purina Bird Dog Awards, Group Code: CNSPR16
Having had a few inquiries about the recent recommendation for approval of the Garmin T-5, hopefully the following will clear up any confusion on this topic.
The Garmin T-5 has been approved by both the Field Dog Stud Book and the AFTCA for use in competition during the 2014-15 field trial season.
A new season will “officially” open Monday, August 18, 2014 with the commencing of the National Amateur Pheasant Shooting Dog Championship in Circle, Montana. A great entry of 48 was drawn for this stellar event! Updates and results will be available on the AFTCA website as available.
The last half of the current field trial season is well underway. We have had some severe weather to deal with all across the country this winter. As we move into late winter and spring events, no doubt weather related decisions will have to be made. I would suggest that erring on the side of safety is much preferred when issues arise relating to safe participation of all concerned.
With the field trial season approaching full swing, a review of some important procedures is appropriate as well as a few reminders.
After twenty-one plus years of service, Ms. Linda Hunt retired about two years ago. Believe it or not, she is still getting trial results and other AFTCA inquiries.
With the new website coming online, I will make periodic comments about AFTCA activity. They will be intended to keep the field trial community abreast of happenings within the organization.
First, let me say thanks to Torben Hansen, Frank LaNasa, Betty Shearhouse and Michael Shears for their tireless effort in helping put together the new AFTCA website.