As the ink is drying on the 2018-2019 field trial season, I hope each of you made some unforgettable memories of good dogs, good horses, good food, good venues, good performances, most importantly good friends. All too often our dogs’ best efforts are witnessed only by ourselves, when the most cherished ones are shared with friends.
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.