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2017 Top Field Dogs

2017 Top Field Beagles - 2017 CKC Official Results

2017 Top Coursing Dogs - 2017 CKC Official Results

2017 Top Pointing Dogs - 2017 CKC Official Results

2017 Top Retrievers  - 2017 CKC Official Results

2017 Top Field Spaniels  - 2017 CKC Official Results

The CKC would like to congratulate all of its field competitors. In addition to the results for lure coursers, pointers, retrievers and field spaniels, the CKC has expanded its coverage, yet again, to include field Beagles! Among the oldest of dog sports, field trialling tests the dog’s natural hunting ability and gives owners the pleasure of witnessing the joy in their dogs as they do what they were bred to do.
 
We had a chat with the TOP DOGS in each field event, who shed some light on their most memorable victories and quirky anecdotes – here are their interviews:

#1 15” Field Beagle


Beagle-interview-stats.jpgFTCh. Awful Bawlin Extincter
Call name: “Extincter”
Owner/Handler: David Chafe
 
How long have you been involved in this sport? I started going to CKC events in 2000. I was generally a hunter, but my dogs were registered with the CKC so I started going to events.
 
What was your favourite moment of 2017? I had a good year in 2017. Extincter had four wins She was the Top Female in Newfoundland in 2016 and 2017. I also won the Purina All Canada Sire of the Year for the last three years with FTCh. Forest Ponds Slick, Extincter’s sire.
 
What is your dog’s greatest strength in the field? Extincter works hard in the field. She is very level headed and sticks close to her work. She has 14 first placements in her career.
 
What does your dog love to do when not working in the field? She spends time with her kennelmates. She is generally quiet until you pick up the leash and then it all changes.
 
What advice would you give someone new to Beagle field events? It is a good sport to challenge yourself and your dogs. There is a big difference being in the field and being the best in the field. If you pay attention and breed the best to the best, you will have success.

What drew you to this breed? My father had a love for Beagles. We have owned them since I was a child. We got our first registered Beagle in 1976 from Robert Ottman in Ontario.
 

#1 Lure Coursing Dog


Coursing-interview-Silver-Phase-photography.jpgFireworks Just Bernadette FChX
Call name: Cya
Whippet
Owner/Handler: Linda Smith
 
How long have you been involved in this sport? I started racing in the early ’80s so that would be almost 40 years!!
 
What was your favourite moment of 2017? I’m torn between her getting her Flyball Master (5,000 points) or lure coursing in Vernon, B.C., and finishing her Field Champion Excellent. She ran so well at each event.
 
What is your dog’s greatest strength in the field? Her effort! That ’lil girl puts 110% into trying and once she ‘gets it,’ look out. Her speed is amazing.
 
What does your dog love to do when not working in the field? Chase and chew at her Border Collie as they tear up the field together, chasing balls that my arm is worn out throwing.
 
What advice would you give someone new to lure coursing events? Take your time. Get them out to practices for sure. It builds their confidence and proves that your dog knows what to do and is safe to run with other dogs. The sport comes with enough possibility for injury, so do your best to mentally prepare and keep your dog in good physical condition. The Whippet has a natural drive to run. I see some in our sport that do not condition properly.
 
What drew you to this breed? I had scoped out the Greyhound, thinking of doing a rescue off the track. But after seeing a Whippet in the flesh at a dog show, that was it. I love the compact size, lack of coat upkeep and that instant acceleration they have that still to this day stirs my heart.
 

#1 Open Shooting Pointing Dog


Pointing-1-All-Age-interview.jpgFTCh. & AFTCh. Fastforwards BK Gunner
Call name: Gunner
Pointer
Owner/Handler: Sérgio Velez
 
How long have you been involved in this sport? 12 years.
 
What was your favourite moment of 2017? My favourite moment of 2017 was the success we had in wild-bird field trials with AFTCA. It was a big achievement against some very competitive dogs and handlers.
 
What is your dog’s greatest strength in the field? Gunner’s biggest strength in the field is his biddability and sense of teamwork.
 
What does your dog love to do when not working in the field? His favourite thing to do when he’s not working is to chill with me on the couch.
 
What advice would you give someone new to pointing field events? My biggest advice would be: Don’t let any bullies push you off the game. They will try and there’s plenty of them in this game that get supported to do so. Stay focus on the end result. Work hard and consistently.
 
What drew you to this breed? I was drawn to the breed’s personality and work ethic! Not only are they the best in the field but they’re also one of the most lovable and non-problematic breeds at home. 
 

#1 Amateur Shooting Pointing Dog


Pointing-1-Amateur-All-Age.jpgGHC Wind In The Willows FDX
Call name: Willow
Long-haired Weimaraner
Owner/Handler: Jason B. Haffner
 
How long have you been involved in this sport? I’ve been involved in field events for around five years.

What was your favourite moment of 2017? My favourite moment would have to be getting that first major win on our way to a field championship title.
 
What is your dog’s greatest strength in the field? Her greatest strength hands down is her consistency and confidence in the field. I never have to worry about her breaking her point, taking a step, or anything. She is an absolute rock.
 
What does your dog love to do when not working in the field? When we aren’t working in the field she loves to dog sled race with my boys. She always has to be working and have a purpose. She is definitely not a couch dog.
 
What advice would you give someone new to pointing field events? My advice would be to stick with it. I never had a placement my first year but I worked hard in the off season to perfect us as a team. If possible, ride or walk with as many braces as possible; you will learn so much from everybody else.
 
What drew you to this breed? I’ve been breeding these dogs for almost 16 years and love the fact that the longer coat is better suited to our Canadian climate. They love the snow, and no coats or booties is a bonus.
 

#1 Combined All-Age Retriever


Retriever-1-Combined-interview.jpgFTCh. & AFTCh. The Springwaters Mr Y Of Tamsu QFTR
Call name: Mister
Labrador Retriever
Owner/Handler: John Mairs
 
How long have you been involved in this sport? I entered my first field trial in 1975, got a green ribbon in Junior and have been hooked ever since.
 
What was your favourite moment of 2017? This was an emotional year. As things in my personal life changed, I realized I would not be able to make it to a lot of the trials. I consulted with my friend and pro Lorne Langevin of Elkim Kennel, he would handle Mister in Open and I entered into a co-ownership with Loraine Hare, friend and training partner of 25 years. First time she ran him he won. Thanks to them, Mister got to show his full potential.
 
What is your dog’s greatest strength in the field? Mister’s greatest attribute is being able to come up with birds in difficult setups.

What does your dog love to do when not working in the field? When not training in field, Mister loves spending time in doggie gym, racing through the forest trails with his friends and hanging out with me.
 
What advice would you give someone new to retriever field events? The best advice is to find a group of dedicated triallers and ask for help. Do your homework, try to learn everything you can about training and don’t be afraid to seek help from a professional. Learn to accept the highs and lows on trialing.
 
What drew you to this breed? I was drawn to the breed by watching The Gold Whistle at the Sportsmen’s Show in the late ’60s.
 

#1 Open All-Age Spaniel


Spaniel-1-Open-All-Age-Sailor-interview.jpgFTCh. Flushingwing Bluenose
Call name: Sailor
English Springer Spaniel
Owner/Handler: Ranald Simms
 
How long have you been involved in this sport? I started field trialling some 20 years ago when I met my mentor and now friend John Mitchell (Flushingwing Kennel). John’s wealth of experience, knowledge and natural skills has provided not only myself but many others the ability to compete at a very high level. His hard work and sacrifice should be commended.
 
What was your favourite moment of 2017? I had good fortune in 2017 to enjoy a couple memorable events. As I work away in the oil industry my schedule sometimes does not allow me to be home for field trials. The first was hearing of Sailor’s 2017 spring back-to-back wins being run/handled by John. Second was my first All-Age Open win handling him in the fall.
 
What is your dog’s greatest strength in the field? Sailor’s use of the wind and natural pattern, his drive and determination and the heart of a lion. His excellent nature and desire to please.
 
What does your dog love to do when not working in the field? There’s no simpler pleasure than having him follow me around the house/cottage all day and lay at the foot of the bed at night. He loves to chill, gnawing on his tartar buster.

What advice would you give someone new to spaniel field events? Do your research! Go to a reputable breeder. Get together with your local Spaniel field-trial club. They will help guide you through the training and trialling. Without question, be prepared for plenty of fresh air and enjoyment.
 
What drew you to this breed? The breed’s affectionate nature. They expect strangers to give them attention. Keen, smart, willingness to please, power and agility. They are such happy dogs that I swear they have the ability and inclination to smile – a lot!
 

#1 Amateur All-Age Spaniel


Spaniel-1-Amateur-All-Age.jpgFTCh. & AFTCh. Absolute’s Bladerunner Willow CGN, WS
Call name: Willow
English Cocker Spaniel
Owner/Handler: Timothy A. Bashforth
 
How long have you been involved in this sport? I competed in my first field trial (Puppy stake) in June 2012, and have been actively involved since then.
 
What was your favourite moment of 2017? Willow qualified and competed in both the Canadian National Open and the Canadian National Amateur Spaniel Field Trial Championships in 2017. Although we didn’t do great we enjoyed ourselves and got to witness some great dogs work and met a number of passionate and dedicated spaniel owners.
 
What is your dog’s greatest strength in the field? Willow is a very honest dog that will do everything she can to please. She is a very efficient bird finder with excellent tracking and retrieving skills – all attributes that help her excel in competition.
 
What does your dog love to do when not working in the field? Willow is content as long as she is with us. She loves to lay in the sunshine on the lawn in the summer; in the winter she’ll lay in the sunshine on the floor.
 
What advice would you give someone new to spaniel field events? English Cocker Spaniels are actually flushing dogs. I would encourage anyone to join a local dog club. I am lucky enough to have two clubs in the area and am a member of both. I have had some great mentors from both clubs that have guided me through the training process and encouraged me to try the field trials. I am extremely grateful for all of the help and advice that I have received and continue to receive.

What drew you to this breed? Willow is a pet first, hunting dog second and field-trial competitor third. When we purchased our first English Cocker we wanted a dog that was a bit smaller and calmer when in the house. As well I wanted a dog that would be eager to please and would work close when hunting. Our English Cocker Spaniels have proven to be an excellent choice and have more than met our expectations.
 
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