2018 National Specialty Website is Live

2018 National Specialty Website is Live

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Please visit https://essftanational.com for information on the 2018 National Specialty, to be held August 31 through September 8, 2018 at the Purina Farms Event Center in Gray Summit, MO.

Agility - Friday, August 31 through Tuesday, September 4, 2018 

National Specialty - Wednesday, September 5 through Saturday, September 8, 2018

Nominations for Hall of Fame – Push

From: David Sandford, ESSFTA Field Vice President
The Hall of Fame Nominations Committee is in the process of collecting nominations.  The committee for selecting the February 2018 nominees consists of the following members:

Mhari Peschel
Jess Sekey
Mark Hairfield
Dan Lussen
Ray Cacchio
Robert Bullard
David Sanford

The link to the history, inductees and eligibility:


Nominations currently under considerations:

Field rule changes for 2017

From Field V.P. David Sanford:

I hope everyone is having a good fall.  I am looking forward to seeing many of you at the NAC and NOC in the next month.

The Board of Governors held a special meeting on October 24, 2016.  We have determined that based on the feedback from the trial community, the Judges Enhancement program should be postponed indefinitely, until we have had a chance for public comment and input for implementation.  This public input will resemble the survey used on the pro to amateur status change.  This means that the old apprentice program will remain in place until a new rule is approved.  The new rule stating there is a requirement for senior judges to attend a seminar, or run a dog, is also postponed.

The board discussed the challenges that clubs are experiencing finding judges under the current judging rule.  After much discussion, the board has determined that the judges should be able to judge three times in a calendar year. This removes the once in an interclub restriction that was previously in effect.  The goal of this change is to make finding judges easier, and hopefully reduce the overall expense of judges.

Good luck to everyone at nationals.

David Sanford
Field Vice President

2017 Bird Dog Hall of Fame Inductees

From Field V.P. David Sanford:

Congratulations to Gary Wilson and NCFC FC AFC Windmillwood Storm (Bruce) for being voted into the 2017 Hall of Fame.

The induction ceremony will once again be held in conjunction with the Hall of Fame trials near Grand Junction, TN in early February.