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.
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.
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.
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!