2014 National Amateur Championship

The 2014 National Amateur Championship was run at the beautiful Pyramid State Park near Pinckneyville, IL commencing December 1.  Tremendous thanks to President/Chairman George Reichert (with much assistance from his wife Arlene), Field Trial Chairman Pat Hempel, and Secretary Jan Johnson for a well run event. Ralph Botti and Alice Stewart judged the trial.

Congratulations to Danelle Oliver and 2014 NAFC Ferndelle's Flying Cloud of HCR MH AJP AXP ("Acey", 2X NAFC Beggarbush Clipper x HCK Ivey's Joyous Chaser MH), owned by Danelle and Lawrence Oliver, bred by Mark Nix.  Danelle and Acey also received the Don Cande award for the best looking female dog in the competition.

ESSFTA members also placed second (Bill Cosgrove with FC AFC Ivanhoe's Mr. Tuxedo) and fourth (John Hall with FC AFC Apple Creek's Miss Liberty), as well as earning a Certificate of Merit (Skip Smith with AFC Sunrise Zach of Farview).  Congratulations, gentlemen.

For full information and coverage of the event (thanks, Mary Kemper!), visit ESSFT.com.

Congratulations to Jim Keller!

For handling the first AND second place dogs at the 2014 National Open Championship, as well as handling the 2014 National Open High Point dog, NAFC FC AFC CNAFC CFC CAFC Flushingwing Annie, and winning the Hogan Award as the high point professional handler.  What a year for you, Jim, and for Wildwind Kennels, well done!

2015 Bird Dog Hall of Fame Inductees

Congratulations to the 2015 Hall of Fame inductees:

Mr. John Isaacs

FC AFC CFC Ru-Char's Jr. Regent

The Induction Ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. on February 7, 2015 at the Bird Dog Hall of Fame in Grand Junction, TN.  The two Hall of Fame field trials to celebrate the annual inductions will run February 4-7, 2015.  Premiums and other information will be posted at www.essft.com as it becomes available.

2014 NAC merchandise

Please support the 2014 National Amateur Championship, and look great doing it!  You'll find the 2014 merchandise offering information here.  Please note that merchandise is being made to order only, and orders must be submitted by November 14 in order to be available at the trial.

For more information about the 2014 National Amateur Championship, visit the NAC page at essft.com (as always, thanks, Mary!!).  Hope to see lots of you there.