National Amateur Championship Stake
I. To the First Place dog:
A. The title of "National Amateur English Springer Spaniel Field Champion"
B. The title of "Amateur Field Champion"
C. The English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association National Amateur Challenge Trophy
D. Trophy for Permanent Possession
E. NFC/NAFC/CNFC Saighton's Scud National Amateur Challenge Trophy. To be retired by three wins by the same amateur handler.
F. The Talbot Radclidffe, Esquire Challenge Trophy. A perpetual trophy to be awarded annually to the breeder of the wininning dog.
G. Standard A.K.C. Rosette
II. To the Second, Third, and Fourth Placing Dogs:
A. Trophies for Permanent Possession
B. Standard A.K.C. Rosette
III. To the National Amateur High Point Dog:
A. Pro-Plan Performance Award to National Amateur High Point Dog
IV. Other Trophies
A. The Ladies Amateur Spaniel Handlers' Association National Amateur Challenge Trophy
B. FC/AFC/CFC Tridon Orion Ms American Pie Memorial Trophy. A trophy to be awarded by the Rocky Mountain Interclub and the English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association to the National High Point English Springer Spaniel in the Amateur Stakes. In memory of a great champion and a great companion.
C. Don Cande Memorial Trophy
D. Guns Award sponsored by essft.com
2015 - Dan Langhans Legacy Trophy -
Beginning in 2016 a trophy is offered in honor of Dan Langhans and his contributions to our sport.
We all know what a fierce competitor Dan was. It was amazing to watch him work tirelessly shaping the next dog or fixing a problem that cropped up in preparation for the next trial.
He would say dogs are like a tube of toothpaste. If you squeeze too hard on one end something pops out on the other. He had many lines like that he would use to guide people who were willing to listen.
Dan took great joy in walking up and grabbing another ribbon or watching the owner take the honors for a dog that he himself so expertly handled. He also took as much joy watching someone he mentored rise to the task and accept the blue ribbon.
When you come right down to it, it was all about the next great dog, no matter who was running it Dan's eyes would light up when witnessed a dog that could do it all. Take a tough situation and make it gold. The very characteristics that win nationals.
So it is for this reason that a troply meant to honor Dan Langhans will be awarded to the top dog in the country After all, isn't that what Dan was.
This trophy is to be awarded to the overall high point dog in the country It will be for the combined points acquired in both the open and amateur stakes during the qualifying period for the Nationals of that year. These points will be weighted based on the number of starters in each stake. The winning dog need not run in both stakes. This will allow the trophy to be accessible to all handlers. It will be a perpetual, traveling trophy that will be returned with the appropriate engraved plate honoring that year's winner for the next year. The trophy will be awarded at the latest English Springer Spaniel National of the year.