English Cocker Spaniel Club of America Field Trial
Glencoe, Minnesota - May 18-20, 2007
By Wayne Bleazard, AKC Executive Field Representative
The English Cocker Spaniel Club of America held its field trial at the Major Avenue Hunt Club in Glencoe, Minn., with great success. The clubs have used this property for the last three years under the umbrella of the parent club. But next year it will be able to hold it under its own name. The sanctioned trial with the AKC was completed in February, which allows the club to apply for its own dates next year. The club had to change their date this year because of a conflict with the parent club.
The Major Avenue Hunt Club is an excellent place to hold a trial. There are ponds with cattails and high heavy grass which holds the birds very well. The pheasants were in very good shape and flew big and strong. The gunning was some of the best I have seen. Some of the gunning was done by gunners who came from the Minnesota Hunting Spaniel Association, which was of great help to the Cocker club.
The birds go fast and furious like the dogs. The dogs are judged on how fast and stylish they work the birds and must be steady to wing and shot. Then they must make the retrieve, which can be very difficult for these little dogs in the high cattails. The Cockers are very impressive and fun to watch.
Field trial Secretary Bethann Roettger kept things going at a good pace at this well-run event with the help of Trial Chairman Chris Dartt, club members and all of the contestants.
It was an excellent day for Chris Dartt on Friday when her dog Fallen Wings Sergeant Pepper SH won the Open All-Age. Chris was all smiles coming in from the third and final series for "Pepper" had done an outstanding job. With the win, Sergeant Pepper received his FC - a huge accomplishment for Chris and Pepper He also won the Gunners, award which is given to the dog at the trial that the gunners would like to hunt with the most.
Chris told us that Pepper had won this trial the year before and had several fourth places during the year. He is very consistent in his trialing, which shows good training and a very good dog.
Congratulations to Chris and Pepper.
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For more information on the English Cocker Spaniel Club of America, please go to ecsca.org.