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.
Congrats to this year’s Purina Amateur All-Age Award winner: Dialed In
Owner/Handler: Jim Pendergest
…and to this year’s Purina Amateur Shooting Dog Award winner: Waybetter Billy
Owner/Handler: Thomas Brigman Jr.
Congratulations to all the Winners of the 16 National Amateur Championships of the 2018-2019 Field Trial Season. Congrats extend also to the winners of all Amateur Regional Championships and those who won amateur stakes across the US, Canada and Japan!
The Field Trial Sportsmen’s Association grounds near Grovespring, Missouri are well known to all mid-western field trialers given the number of important trials — open, amateur, shooting dog and all-age — held on that venue throughout the season.
Southern Illinois Bird Hunters Association used 20th Century Fund monies awarded in 2018 to remove Autumn Olive trees from an area that spans approximately a half mile connecting two crop fields, part of the grounds utilized in field trials held on a portion of the 20,000 acre Pyramid State Park near Cutler, Illinois.
Most field trialers, particularly those in the mid south section of the country that comprises AFTCA Region 6 will remember the sad evening of April 26, 2014 when a large tornado cut a wide swath through central Arkansas causing tremendous damage to the grounds, kennels and other structures of the approx 2,700 acre Camp Robinson field trial venue in Mayflower.
CH: Rocking J’s Amy Owner/Handler: Jarry Walton
R-U: Kelly’s IB Butler Owner/Handler: Sean Kelly
The following AFTCA Clubs were awarded 20th Century Fund monies in 2018:
Georgia FTC – $1,000
Ames Amateur FTC – $1,000
Cedar Valley FTC – $500
Moran FTC – $1,000
West Texas FTC – $500
Virginia Amateur FTA – $1,000
CH: Brae Val Bearcat Laddy Owner/Handler: Gregor McCluskey
R-U: Stokely B Willie Owner: Anthony Bly, Handler: Jamie Leitch
Friday March 29, 2019
Exeter, Rhode Island
Judges: Steve Forrest, Leonard Sinclair
1a. Wild Apple White Lightening, PM, Kisieleski/Flewelling
1b. Stokely’s Frankie B, SM, Lloyd Murray
2a. Guardian, PM, Mike Flewelling
2b. Springbrook Maximus, PM, Russell Ogilvie