I’ve had the pleasure of training Springer Spaniels for nearly 3 decades now.
I acquired my first dog from Dan Langhans. Dan would go on to become my mentor and best friend. It was through his guidance that I have had the good fortune to compete with some fine dogs.
I have owned only a handful of dogs. Of those dogs, four have gone on to place in nationals, both open and amateur. Two of them have won Nationals. I know the thrill of winning and the disappointment when things wrong. I also know the dedication it takes to compete at this level. It’s a joy for me to witness the teamwork between a competitor and their dog.
I enjoy all aspects of the sport and would be honored to judge the next National Amateur Champion.
I wish the best of luck to all.
I’ve always hunted over Springers. When the time came for another dog, it was suggested that I attend a Springer field trial. To say the least, I was very impressed; and on that day, I walked away knowing I had to have one of those exciting little dogs. Little did I know it would be a life changing event.
Over the years I have had the privilege to judge 50+ Open Stakes in the US and Canada, along with 40+ Amateur Stakes here in the US. I have also been blessed to have been voted by my peers to judge 3 National Open Championships, 2 National Amateur Championships and 1 Canadian National Open Championship. Judging trials is my way of giving back to the sport we all love. Not only are you entrusted to use your experience and knowledge in selecting the best dogs for that particular event, you are also charged with protecting the integrity of the game.
I would be deeply honored to judge the 2017 National Amateur Championship.