National Specialty entries close 10/15/2014!

Just a reminder to anyone who has not yet entered the 2014 ESSFTA National Specialty at Purina Farms, Gray Summit, MO, entries close on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at 12 noon, Central Time!   We have conformation with regular and non-regular classes, of course, as well as sweeps and veteran sweeps, brace, Junior Showmanship, two obedience trials, two rally trials and team obedience.  You can enter online at

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Come join us and enjoy!!!

Sue Ellen Healy
National Specialty Chair

Field Trial Hall of Fame Selection Process

Field trialers:  please take a few minutes to review the attached document outlining the selection process for persons and dogs.  Your input is needed to make sure that worthy individuals, human and canine, are brought to the attention of the committee for consideration.  Thank you in advance for your participation in this process.  If you haven't yet visited Grand Junction to see the Hall of Fame, it's definitely worth the trip!

Announcing Winners of 2013 Multi-Titlist and Special Recognition

Pass the word! The Multi-Titlist and Special Recognition Award Winners for 2013 have been posted to the ESSFTA website. If you know any of the winners, please CONGRATULATE them on their wonderful achievement.

You can see the list by going to the Annual Awards page, then clicking the different awards for 2013.

Award winners—please review your dog and address information. To ensure proper engraving and delivery, email corrections by **Aug 15** to Awards will be shipped directly to you by August 30.

The Multi-Titlist and Special Recognition Awards are the most popular annual awards for parent club members. If you and your dog would like to win one this coming year, please see the award criteria at

Kathy Pierce
ESSFTA Awards Committee

Supplement to Pro to Am Proposal

UPDATE:  Please e-mail your input and questionnaires to

The Board of Governors would like to clarify a possible misunderstanding regarding the recent PROPOSAL AND QUESTIONNAIRE that was distributed to clubs and members via email, Announce, ESSFTA website and website.  It has been brought to our attention that many in the field trial community feel that we are being mandated to change this rule by the AKC.  While it is NOT a mandate that we must allow a process for a Pro to regain his Amateur status, doing so would make the spaniel FT game more consistent with the other sporting breeds.

If you have already submitted your questionnaire to Skip Smith, you may change it by sending either a new form to Skip (see previous post), or simply sending an email with an additional comment.  If you have NOT submitted your questionnaire, please fill one out and feel free to add your comments to either Question #1 or Question #5 the statement that you are opposed to making any changes to the rule.