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The Field Trial Hall of Fame

The specific interest in honoring the dogs and people who excelled in the field trial sport began in the late 1930's. Those involved knew that time and careful consideration would be needed in formulating the rules and regulations needed to bestow an honor of excellence on dogs and their owners, trainers and handlers.

In 1953, William  F. (Bill) Brown, editor of The American Field, compiled the necessary rules and regulations governing elections of the field trial dogs and their owners and trainers to a proposed Field Trial Hall of Fame. The list was published in Brown's Field Trials: History, Management and Judging Standards in the anticipation that hall of fame would be established.

In the June 19,1954 issue of The American Field, Brown announced that the Field Trial Hall of Fame had become a reality and nominations were taken.

Dogs were eligible based in their entire careers. People were nominated based in their service and the length of time devoted to the field trial sport. Nominations could be made in two categories.

1. Distinguished Bird Dogs deceased

2. Prominent Persons living or deceased

The first year to vote for inductees was 1954, and the election committee considered a popular vote of ten dogs and ten persons from the nomination ballot. Bird Dog enthusiasts elected five dogs and five people into the Field Trial Hall of Fame that year. In 1955, two dogs and two people were elected and inducted. This marked the beginning of a tradition that continues at the annual Field Trial Hall of Fame.

For more information on the history of the Sporting Dog Center and the Bird Dog Foundation, Inc., purchase a copy of  The Sporting Dog Center and the Official History of the Bird Dog Foundation, Inc.. This very informative book is available exclusively through the National Bird Dog Museum Gift Shop.

February 11, 2017 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Presentation of Plaques
Snapshots from the Presentation of Plaques

Left: Life Patron Membership Plaque for Richard Murphy.


Left to Right: Christine Lorenz (holding David J. Lorenz’s Patron Memorial plaque), Mhari Peschel (holding her Life Patron Membership plaque) & Dick Moore (holding his Life Patron Membership plaque).

   
Left: Jerry Albanese and Family with his Patron Memorial Membership plaque.
   
Right: Diana Kubitz, Carole Alff & Christina Strickling with Charles "Chuck" Alff’s Patron Memorial plaque.
   

Sarah Conyngham & Dave Marshall
with his Life Patron plaque.

L-R: Robert Fleury, Leslie Hunt (holding her Life Patron Memorial Plaque) & Henry Wierzbicki.

   

February 11, 2017 Field Trial Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Presentation of Plaques and Hall of Fame Scrolls

The morning sessions of the 2017 Field Trial Hall of Fame Inductions featured the English Cocker Spaniels, English Springer Spaniels and Retriever breed inductions. These were presided over by Tonya Brotherton, Executive Director of the Bird Dog Foundation , Inc., Master of Ceremonies and Mr. Don Driggers, President, The Bird Dog Foundation, Inc. The Honorable Curtis Lane, Mayor, City of Grand Junction and Karl Gunzar, Nestle Purina, were on hand to open the morning proceedings as well. Mr. David Fletcher, Secretary for the Bird Dog Foundation’s Board of Directors, oversaw the presentation of plaques and made recognition of attending living members and attending families of deceased members of the aforementioned breeds’ Field Trial Hall of Fame. A complete list of plaques presented during the day is as follows:

Plaques Presented at the February 11th, 2017 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony:

Brittany Breed Plaques Presented:

Richard Murphy, Life Patron
Charles Alff, Patron Memorial
Dave Marshall, Life Patron
Dr. Leslie Hunt, Life Patron

English Springer Spaniel Breed Plaques Presented:

David Lorenz, Patron Memorial
Dick Moore, Life Patron
Mhari Peschel, Life Patron
Bev Matthews, Life Patron

German Shorthaired Pointer Breed Plaques Presented:

Jerry Albanese, Patron Memorial

Pointer/Setter Breeds Plaques Presented:

Joseph Lordi, Life Patron
Mike Tracy, Life Patron
Muriel Primm, Life Patron
R. O. Berryhill, Life Patron
J.C. "Jay" Turner, Patron Memorial
Dwight Smith, Life Patron
Terrell Dixon, Patron Memorial
Mike Husenits, Life Patron
Robert "Bobby" McAlexander, Life Patron

 

English Cocker Spaniel Field Trial Hall of Fame Scroll Presentations were presided over by Bethann Wiley:  

English Cocker Spaniel Field Trial Hall of Fame
Distinguished Person:  
Albert Winslow, deceased
Derserving Dogs:  
Berol’s Petey’s Boy
   
Warrener’s Yellowhammer MH

Vicky Thomas & Paul McGagh

English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Hall of Fame Scroll Presentations were presided over by David Sanford:

English Springer Spaniels Field Trial Hall of Fame
Distinguished Person:  
Gary Wilson
Deserving Dog:  
Windmillwood Storm

Retriever Field Trial Hall of Fame Scroll Presentations presided over by Don Driggers:

Retriever Field Trial Hall of Fame
Distinguished Persons:  
Rick Van Bergen

Rick Van Bergen and Family

   
Judy Powers

Jim & Judy Powers

   
John Goettl

John & Missy Goettl

Deserving Dogs:  
Beorn’s Blazing Hydropsyche

Dr. William & Cynthia Howard, Owners Beorn’s Blazing Hydropsyche

   
MD’s Cotton Pick’n Cropper

Karen and Newt Cropper, Owners MD’s Cotton Pick’n Cropper


 
 

FIELD TRIAL HALL OF FAME AFTERNOON INDUCTION CEREMONY FOR BRITTANY, GSP, RED SETTER AND POINTER/SETTER BREEDS:

The afternoon sessions of the 2017 Field Trial Hall of Fame Inductions featured the Brittany, German Shorthaired Pointer, Red Setter and Pointer/Setter breed inductions. These were presided over by Tonya Brotherton, Executive Director of the Bird Dog Foundation , Inc., Master of Ceremonies and Mr. Don Driggers, President, The Bird Dog Foundation, Inc. The Honorable Curtis Lane, Mayor, City of Grand Junction and Karl Gunzar, Nestle Purina, were on hand to open the afternoon proceedings as well. Mr. David Fletcher, Secretary for the Bird Dog Foundation’s Board of Directors, oversaw the presentation of plaques and made recognition of attending living members and attending families of deceased members of the aforementioned breeds’ Field Trial Hall of Fame.
Brittany Field Trial Hall of Fame Scroll Presentations presided over by Rick Smith:
Brittany Field Trial Hall of Fame
Distinguished Person:  
Mary Jo Trimble

L-R: Bob Fleury, Pam Baird, Al Gorrow, Mary Jo and Ray Trimble.

Deserving Dogs:  
Shady’s Tia Maria

 L-R: Mary Crawford, Windy Schmidt, Marilynne Little, Paul Pollock,
Clem Little (Owner, seated) Jimmy Berneathy and Lisa Pollock.

Smarteyes-Joker

L-R: Owner, Steve Ralph (holding portrait) and Family

German Shorthaired Pointer Field Trial Hall of Fame Scroll Presentations were presided over by John Rabidou:
German Shorthaired Pointer Field Trial Hall of Fame
Distinguished Person:  
Peter Kainz

L-R: Mike Aldrich, Peter Kainz & John Rabidou

Deserving Dogs:  
Annie’s Little Stinker

Sarah & James Messer, Owners Annie’s Little Stinker

Chisholm Creek’s Cuttin’ Loose

Emily & Mark Wasserman, Owners Chisholm Creek’s Cuttin’ Loose

Red Setter Field Trial Hall of Fame Scroll Presentations were presided over by Allen Fazenbaker:
Red Setter Field Trial Hall of Fame
Distinguished Persons:  
Don Beauchamp

Linda & Don Beauchamp

Ernie Lewis

L-R: Ed Learmann, Deb Fazenbaker, Allen Fazenbaker, and Paul Ober

Deserving Dogs:  
Celtic’s Sua Sponte

L-R: Karl Ober, Mary Jo Ober, Paul Ober, Camille Tunnell, Michel Lombardo & Jared Tunnell

Pointer/Setter Field Trial Hall of Fame Scroll Presentations were presided over by Bernard Matthys:
Pointer and Setter Field Trial Hall of Fame
Distinguished Persons:  
David A. Fletcher

Daniel & Melissa Sellers, David & Carol Fletcher, Dr. Deb & Dave Fletcher, Jr.

Allen R. Linder
Deserving Dogs:  
Funseeker’s Rebel

L-R: Krissy & Nelson Fonseca, Mercy & Frank Fonseca, Dennis, Nicholas, Adrian & Adrianna Fonseca.

Great River Ice
 

Past Field Trial Hall of Fame Inductees

bulletPointer/Setter Hall of Fame
bulletRetriever Hall of Fame
bulletBrittany Hall of Fame
bulletRed Setter Hall of Fame
bulletSpringer Spaniel Hall of Fame
bulletEnglish Cocker Spaniel Hall of Fame
bulletGerman Shorthaired Pointer Hall of Fame
bulletNational Champions since 1896

Past Hall of Fame Inductee Ceremonies

 
 
 

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