Connor high point crop

Connor Wharton earned the 2012 National Amateur High Point award with AFC Pinecroft Princess Peyton (FC OGallaher's Taylor x FC AFC Expressway's Princess Polly). Connor is just 17, and Peyton just turned 3 in August. Connor and Peyton competed often against the 2010 National Amateur Champion, NAFC FC AFC CFC CAFC Flushing Wing Annie and her owner/handler, Fred Musone, not to mention his father Greg, and brother Spencer in the course of accumulating their wins and points. The Wharton family bred the litter Peyton came from, which so far has produced two other Amateur champions. Also impressive, Connor and Peyton finished the 2011 National Amateur, a notable accomplishment in itself, and particularly for a dog that then was just over two.

Connor Peyton trophies

Congratulations, Connor and Peyton. You're a great team, and we look forward to your further accomplishments together!

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: 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:  Find the schedule of events and other information here:

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!