The TarTan Field Trial on October 20 – 21 at Flaherty FTA was an extremely successful event, although most of our entries were received the last two days before the closing and we were worried we would not have enough dogs to run! When local professional trainer, Deb Goodie, heard we were really short of entries, she went out of her way to call and encourage entries through the larger field trial community and we had lots of puppy and derby entries – and a really big Amateur Walking Derby stake. We owe Deb many thanks for her support.
Except for a two hour fog delay on Saturday morning, we had wonderful field trial weather. Our excellent Line Marshals, Jane de Casteja and Linda Mason had everyone ready on the line on time and we were able to get all the dogs run. Many thanks to our judging panel: Jim D’Amico, Tom George, Cory Roy, Skip Schaeffer, Bob Showers, and Tom Tazza. Thanks again to Larry Clifford, who does a wonderful job as Secretary We had a large and enthusiastic committee of hard-working members: Candice Bell, Phil Bogdanovitch, Larry Clifford, Jane de Casteja, Robin Marshall, Pat Sanborn, and Ralph Schmid. Candice, Ralph and Robin manned the kitchen and we enjoyed many excellent edible donations from members.
Our once again excellent Judges’ Dinner feast on Saturday night was prepared by superb firehouse chef, Jim Blaschke and the lovely Brenda Scully. Pat Sanborn, Phil Bogdanovitch, Jim D’Amico and long time gallery rider, Shauna, planted birds. Our friend, frequent worker and supporter, John Bunker, together with his pointer bitch, managed, cleaned and disinfected (really!) the bird room. Larry was busy sweeping up and finishing up the last details long after most had departed. Phil Bogdanovitch apprentice judged the Open Limited Gun Dog stake and we were delighted to have a qualifying Junior Handler place fourth with his dad’s GSP in the Amateur Walking Derby.
Open Limited Gun Dog (15 all breed starters)
Judges: Charles “Skip” Schaeffer & Tom Tazza
Open Derby (13 all breed starters)
Judges: Jim D’Amico & Tom George
2. Tomar’s Cutloose (Showers)
Open Gun Dog (16 all breed starters)
Judges: Cory Roy & Charles “Skip” Schaeffer
4. Milomix Duane (Showers)
Open Puppy (8 all breed starters)
Judges: Tom George & Cory Roy
1. Belmors Bob (D’Amico)
4. Blackburn Gordon Hill McCord (de Casteja & De-
Amateur Gun Dog (9 all breed starters)
Judges: Tom George & Bob Showers
2. & 3. Withheld
Amateur Walking Derby (11 all breed starters)
Judges: Jim D’Amico & Cory Roy
4. GSP (Junior Handler)
~~Susan DeSilver, Chair