Field Trial Memories

 

Currently our earliest Catalog is for the 23rd “Meeting” of the English Springer Field Trial Association. A field trial was held on Fisher’s Island, for both cockers and springers in October, 1946.
ESSFTA 1946

Exerpt from the First Annual National Championship for English Springer Spaniels, Herrin,ILLINOIS, DEC. 12-13-14, 1947

It is entirely fitting that the first National Championship Field Trial for
English Springer Spaniels should be sponsored by The English Springer Spaniel
Field Trial Association, the Parent Club of the Breed in the United States.
When this Association was’ formed in 1924 there were few Springers in
the United States and no field trials for the breed, Since that time, under the wise
and benevolent leadership of the Parent Association there are now many thousands
of Springers used as gun dogs each autumn and there were in 1946 some twenty’
two trials herd for the breed where championship points were awarded, Thus the
Springer Spaniel, youngest of all gun dog breeds in this country, has made rapid
strides and established itself as a leading contender for the title of all around gun
dog, under the leadership of the Parent Association,
This first National Field Trial meeting for English Springer Spaniels is ~
a sincere attempt to establish by equitable and sporting means the National Chaffi../ ~
pion dog or bitch in the United States, The only restriction on contestants for ~
the title being that they must have previously placed first, second, third or fourth
during the calendar year, in a Trial for the breed in this country where championship
points are awarded,
It is the purpose of this Trial to determine the best Springer of the year
under the usual and customary trial procedures” but ‘covering more trial days and
more series per dog, in order that consist ant, outstanding, dog work over the entire
trial may be demonstrated and the element of luck eliminated as nearly as possible
in the final judging of all contestants, Thus no trick or unusual tests WIll be allowed
and the dogs will be tested in a manner approximating a rough days, shoot
adjoining water as closely as is possible with planted game, There will be a minimum
of five land series and two water series and the winning and placing dogs will be required
to complete all series to receive an award, The trophy for the best amateur
handler in the trials will be awarded only in the event that the recipient is able =
to complete all series required of the winning and placing dogs.

1947 National Championship Field Trial. NationalOpen1947-1st
1948 National Championship Field Trial. NationalOpen1948-2nd
1963 the first national amateur championship was held. NationalAmat1963-1st
1964 the second national amateur championship. NationalAmat1964-2nd
2014 National Amateur Championship NationalAmat2014reduced
2014 National Open Championship NationalOpen2014reduced
2015 National Amateur Championship 2015 NAC
2015 National Open Championship2015 NOC
2016 National Amateur Championship 2016 NAC final
2016 National Open /championship 2016 NOC final

Sports Illustrated Article, 1955 SportsIlusNov-1955