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 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 trophy meant to honor Dan Langhans will be awarded to the top dog in the country each year. 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.