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.
Congratulations, Connor and Peyton. You're a great team, and we look forward to your further accomplishments together!
Congratulations to Mike & April Leonetti and NAFC FC AFC Braveheart's Repeat The Streak! Mike handled Pete to the win in Ogden, Utah. Full listing of placements here, thanks as always to our friends at essft.com: http://www.essft.com/2012nac/callbacks.html
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.