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Notes From The Field

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04/01/2008: 2008 U.S. National Epagneul Breton Specialty Confirmation Show

This year's French Brittany Gun Dog Association's (FBGDA) National Specialty Conformation Show was held at the Holiday Inn Holidome in Salina, Kansas. We were honored to have the Honorable judge Regis Toulet from Ossun France judge our event. He judges shows, field trials, and is a qualified confirmer in France. Regis did a excellent job of educating the group by explaining his evaluation of the dogs to the handlers and the audience.

03/06/2008: UKC Finalizes Field Trial Rules Revision Project

The United Kennel Club, Inc. has finalized the project of updating the initial UKC Field Trial Rules which were enacted when the hunting program, based on the European methods and traditions of field trial evaluation of pointing dogs, was launched several years ago. The updated version of the Rules became effective on September 15, 2006. Copies of the new rules booklet, including the Rules and Regulations applicable to the TAN (Natural Ability Test) are now available from UKC and on the UKC web site.

02/03/2008: The Dog Trainer

He Who Traineth Well, Scoreth High.

01/30/2008: The UKC Pointing Dog Titles of Excellence and Their Relevance To The Steadiness Issue

Let’s face it, there are many little things that need to come together to pass, let alone be in contention to win a field trial. The traits that the judges are looking for in dogs as required by the rules are numerous. That being said, no other single trait has more impact on success (pass or placement) or failure (oooh, that word hurts) than the steadiness requirements.

01/22/2008: Heaven

A man and his dog were walking along a road. The man was enjoying the scenery, when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead. He remembered dying, and that the dog walking beside him had been dead for years. He wondered where the road was leading them.

12/14/2007: A Winter Grouse Hunt

A short story about my two bird hunting protege's, Owen and Mort, and one princess named Tess. We left in a snow storm on a late December Thursday to go up north and bird hunt for a couple days knowing full well that it wouldn't be good pointing dog conditions. But we felt sorry for the dogs as they hadn't been to the cabin in more than a month and it was a good excuse to go up and build a fire and drink beer and forget about Christmas shopping.

11/15/2007: The Couler’

In United Kennel Club (UKC) field trials, as in French field trials, there is a dog-trainer action called the Couler’ (coo-lay). The French to English Dictionary, in part, describes the couler’ as: to flow, to cast, easy going, follow through, and other related terms. This gives an idea of the couler’ in practice in the field trials.

04/18/2007: The UKC Pointing Dog Titles of Excellence and Their Relevance To The Steadiness Issue

Let’s face it, there are many little things that need to come together to pass, let alone be in contention to win a field trial. The traits that the judges are looking for in dogs as required by the rules are numerous. That being said, no other single trait has more impact on success (pass or placement) or failure (oooh, that word hurts) than the steadiness requirements.

04/18/2007: The UKC Pointing Dog Titles of Excellence and Their Relevance To The Steadiness Issue

Let’s face it, there are many little things that need to come together to pass, let alone be in contention to win a field trial. The traits that the judges are looking for in dogs as required by the rules are numerous. That being said, no other single trait has more impact on success (pass or placement) or failure (oooh, that word hurts) than the steadiness requirements.

09/08/2006: Vernon de L’Escarbot

Vernon de L’Escarbot was whelped at L’Escarbot Kennels May 31 2004 by Souris du Clapet aux Bartavelles. The sire was Toy de St. Lubin; both dogs are direct imports from France. “Vern” is an orange and white roan male standing 19 5\8 inches at the withers and weights 39 pounds.

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