The National Field Trial Championship Ames Plantation - Grand Junction, TN
Schedule of Events 2011
Feb. 9 -13, 2011 The English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association’s
(AKC Parent Club of the Breed)
6th Annual Hall of Fame Classic Field Trial
Location: La Grange, TN
(Approximately three miles from BDF Facilities in Grand Junction)
Sat. Feb. 12, 2011
Field Trial Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, BDF FTHoF Room
Starting the morning session at 9:00 a.m. CST
Luncheon at 11:30 a.m.
Afternoon Session begins at 2:00 p.m.
Sun. Feb 13, 2011
The Bird Dog Foundation Board of Directors meeting 8:00 a.m. Location: The Bird Dog Foundation’s Wm. F. Brown Memorial Library, Grand Junction, TN
Sun. Feb. 13, 2011
6:00 p.m.: National Championship Kickoff Banquet , Sponsored by EUKANUBA
Location: The Bird Dog Foundation, Grand Junction, TN
5:00 p.m. Social Hour preceding Banquet
Mon. Feb. 14, 2011
8:00 a.m. CST: start of The National Field Trial Championship
Ames Plantation - Grand Junction, TN
Please visit www.amesplantation.org or call their office at
(901) 878-1067, for confirmation of this date as Field Trials depend on weather conditions.
Thur. Feb. 17
2011 National Field Trial Championship Social and Catfish supper.
Sponsors: ANHEUSER-BUSCH, PURINA, and others
Begins at 5:30 p.m. CST
Location: The Bird Dog Foundation’s Auditorium
Grand Junction, TN
For more information call: 731-764-2058
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.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
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