Congratulations to the 2013 Field Trial Hall of Fame Inductees!

The 2013 induction ceremony will be held at the Bird Dog Museum on Saturday, February 9.  The following two individuals will be recognized for their contributions to the field trial sport:

Dean Reinke
Jack Williams

These two dogs will join their peers:

NFC Pondview's Left in the Light
NFC AFC Denalisunflos Bandita

Congratulations to all!  Hope to see another good turnout for the trials and the ceremony.

Tracking Test

A tracking test will be held Sunday, September 23rd, prior to the National Specialty in Gray Summit, MO.  The test will be held at the Sullivan airport, and begins at 8 a.m.  Eleven dogs are entered, nine of them Springers.  If you’re in the area, this is a great opportunity to watch some talented dogs and learn more about tracking.

A true Springer hero

A true Springer hero

Theo, an English Springer serving in Afghanistan, died with his handler last year: http://www.itv.com/news/2012-09-06/explosives-sniffer-dog-to-be-given-the-victoria-cross-for-animals/ Rest in peace, Theo, and Lance Corporal Liam Tasker.

Thanks to the Facebook Military Working Dogs page for the link.

The article states that Theo is to be awarded the Dickin Medal, which is given by the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals, a British charity. Interestingly enough, the first Dickin Medal recipients were three pigeons.  Image courtesy of Andrew 69, posted to the Wikimedia Commons.
Dickin Medal

National Specialty Counts Are Posted

National Specialty Counts Are Posted

The class counts are posted for the upcoming ESSFTA National Specialty: http://foytrentdogshows.com/forms/Counts_ESS_2012.pdf  Find the schedule of events and other information here:  http://www.essftanational.com.

The Purina Event Center is a fabulous facility, I'm sure you will all love it.

 

Good luck to all that are competing! Wishing everyone a wonderful time watching beautiful dogs, catching up with old friends, and making new ones.

Safe travels, all!

Welcome to the New ESSFTA Website!

Welcome to the New ESSFTA Website!

English Springer Spaniel Puppy

Welcome to the new ESSFTA website! MANY thanks to our incredible WordPress developers, WayLay Design. Wayne and Selina have been terrific to work with, and made the conversion process as simple for us as possible.While we celebrate going into the future, we must also recognize the efforts of those who came before. Without these people, our website would not have the great content it does, or have reached as many fans of the English Springer Spaniel. Our gratitude goes to Cheryl Sligar, Sandi Dremel, and Cindy McElligott for all of their many contributions.

We hope to bring fresh content to our site via our blog on a semi-frequent basis, as we find interesting topics and writers to share with you, so please come by to visit periodically. If you're a true fan of the breed, we would certainly welcome you as a member. See the "About Us" page for more information about ESSFTA or visit the "Get a Membership"page to access membership information and an application.

National Specialty Coming Up!

The 2012 ESSFTA National Specialty will be held September 22 through September 29 at the marvelous Purina Farms Event Center in Gray Summit, Missouri. A Welcome Party will be offered Tuesday evening, September 25.

Sweepstakes classes, to be judged by Sarah Kraft, will be held Wednesday, September 26. Conformation classes begin on Thursday, September 27 under judge Judy Vanderlip.  Agility, tracking, obedience, rally, a hunting test and junior showmanship will be part of the festivities as well, so any English Springer fan will find something of special interest through the week.  For more information, visit the National Specialty site, http://www.essftanational.com/.  Looks like entry deadlines are approaching quickly, so get your entries in and join the fun!