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FIELD TRIAL JUDGES

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Don Driggers

Don Driggers

Don began his association with Retrievers in 1978 when he purchased a Golden Retriever, which he trained through his Derby career. He attended his first National Amateur Field Trial in Maine in 1979 where Dennis Bath won the stake with Cadillac Mack. Since that time, he was hooked and has devoted much of his life to the Retriever sport. He has judged a large number of major and minor stakes, including the National Championship stake in 1994 in St. Louis, MO and the National Amateur Championship stake in 2006 in Klamath Falls, Oregon. He presently sits on the Board of Directors of the Labrador Retriever Club and is an active member of the Talbot Retriever Club, the Shrewsbury River Retriever Club, and the South Jersey Retriever Club. He works many local and National Amateur trials. Don has trained three dogs to champion status—FC AFC Twin D’s One Tough Hombre, FC AFC Corey Chad’s Blue North Axle and AFC Wind River’s Most Wanted (Felon). Felon completed the 2007 National Amateur in Castle Rock, UT. He has qualified for ten National Amateurs with three different dogs and completed one National Amateur. His private life is totally devoted to Retrievers, including helping others train their dogs and giving judges clinics from North Carolina to Maine. He is presently the president of the National Bird Dog Museum and Field Trial Hall of Fame. He works tirelessly to preserve the history of the Retriever sport at the museum. Don is a lawyer at Turp, Coates, Essl & Driggers in Highstown, NJ and resides in Oxford, MD.

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Sammie Thompson

Open All Age 2017 Field Trial

Sammie Thompson

Sammie has always had goldens and started with her first competition dog in 2003. Whitney was shown in the breed ring, competed in obedience, rally and hunt tests and a few field trials. Since then she has concentrated more on field trials and competed both goldens and labs in all levels. She trains and runs her own dogs with the help of her partner Justin. She has titled her dogs in qualifying and all age levels and run several National Amateurs and Opens. She considers herself a true addict to training and trialing dogs.

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Charles Hayden

Amateur All Age 2017 Field Trial

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While growing up in Washington D.C. area, Charlie’s experience with dogs was limited to duck hunting with his grandmother’s Chesapeakes, the dogs who accompanied him and his uncles while hunting on the family farm. It was not until 1982 that he was able to own his first Labrador. He was quickly enamored of the skills of field trail dogs, a love that has only increased with the years.

Charlie is a life member of the Labrador Retriever Club, Inc. and has been a member of local clubs, serving as president of Maryland Retriever Club. His gift to the sport he enjoys is not as a club officer but as a worker. Charlie is the person setting up the tests before daylight and taking them down after dark, throwing birds, planting blinds, being marshal, cutting brush, and tirelessly completing all those chores necessary for a successful trial or training day while finding time to run his own dogs.

Charlie began judging in the late 1980s and is now in the 50/69 point range. He has judged specialty trials for Chesapeakes, Goldens, and Flat Coats. He judged the Master National in 1996. He judged the National Open Championship in 2008. He enjoys judging assignments in places he’s never been as well as familiar locations. He comes home from every judging assignment with wonderful stories about great dogs, interesting people, and memorable surroundings.

Charlie has owned many special dogs. He has been fortunate to own two very special dogs. The first was FC/AFC Pleasant River Blue Wing, MH, CD (1998-2009). Blue was Charlie’s first dog to earn a title; she was the first to take him to a National Championship. She earned 47½ all age points and in the process she taught him humility and pride. The second is FC/AFC Lil Mac’s Black River Rabbit, MH, CDX, RA. Bunny and Charlie together have had great success: Bunny took him to many National trials, earned a Double Header in 2008, earned 101 ½ all-age points, and qualified for the National Amateur in 2014.

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Monte French

Qualifying

 I have been involved in the retriever world for the past eight years. My first dog, Sadie, was a pointing lab who came to us as a hunting dog but we soon discovered the world of hunt test. So goes my time and money. Sadie and I would gain our senior hunter title and later won an owner-handler qualifier. I have judged several junior and senior hunt test which I find most enjoyable.

So, if hunt test were not enough my efforts redirected to field trials with the purchase of Jessie. Jessie has been very sucessful gaining his FC title. He also was a 2016 National Open finalist. He won an open and amateur the same weekend. I currently have 5 labs with 4 running all age stakes. I had alot of help from many different sources all of which I appreciate greatly. Most of my training knowledge has come from working/training with BlackRiver Retrievers. Alan Plesants and Malcom Sykes have been most helpful. After several years of training and running trials I decided it was time to step up and judge. To date I have judged derbys, Q's and amateurs. I look forward to judging the Golden 'Q' with fun, challenging test and creating an enjoyable atmosphere in doing so. GOOD LUCK TO ALL !!

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Ron Reed

Qualifying

Ron Reed

Ronald Reed ( Ron) retired professional firefighter and Battalion Chief. I got into purebred dogs via my wife, Ginny. we started married life with an Afghan hound named Rags eventually we transitioned to Chesapeake Bay Retrievers. Started judging hunt tests around 1986. Had the honor of Judging the Master National in 1998 in Carnation, WA. I have put AKC hunt test titles on dogs at all levels. I am an avid hunter, I have hunted ducks, geese, and pheasants from Alberta, Canada thru the Dakotas, Iowa, and states along the eastern shore of the US. I have had the fortune of being able to train with some of the best amateur and professional retriever trainers and on some of the best training grounds in the country. I have judged hunt tests for many of the retriever specialties. I'm a minor stake judge for field trials. belong to several retriever clubs and enjoy training with all my training groups. Good luck to all handlers and dogs.

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Justin Aimone

Derby 2017 Field Trial

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Justin started showing and competing horses when he was quite young. He is also an avid duck hunter. He has been training and running dogs in field work since the early 2000’s and started in hunt tests. About 10 years ago he became more involved in field trial training and has concentrated on that sport since that time. He spends his free time training and competing his own dogs with his partner Sammie. He has titled his labs in both qualifying and all age levels and has run several National Amateurs.

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 Ginnie Pastor

 Derby 2017 Field Trial

Ginnie Pastor

It will be an honor to judge the Derby at the 2017 GRCA National Specialty, and in a way, it completes a circle for me. The first field trial I ever saw was at the National Specialty in Delaware in 1996, and was I AWESTRUCK watching the Open water blind. I had NO IDEA teamwork like that was possible! From our first golden retriever (1989) to the most recent pup we've bred, the "total golden" has always been our mission at Morningstar. Starting down the slippery slope with an obedience class at the local shelter, we soon discovered hunting tests and WC/X, and also dabbled in the breed ring, tracking, agility, therapy work, and recently, dock diving. Generations later, we are still honing our ideal, based on good health, working temperament, and longevity. Many thanks to GRCA for the vision and commitment to both form and function of our versatile breed, and to the local clubs and their hard-working members who provide these wonderful opportunities for us all.

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Phyllis McGinn

Amateur All Age

Phyllis McGinn

In 1989 my husband purchased a black lab puppy for a hunting dog. Six months later, seeing an article in the local paper that the Talbot Retriever Club was having a training day and owners and dogs were welcome; I took our out of control boy. There I met a great group of Retriever enthusiasts and was hooked. With the help of Butch Chambers and other club members I turned that "wild hooligan' into a Master Hunter at the age of 3. Since then I've gone on to run field trials and have judged many major and minor stakes throughout the country. I was one of the three chief marshals at the National Amateur in Stowe, VT and chairman of the Hostess Committee for the National Amateur in Michigan and chaired the Hostess Committee for the National in Dover, Delaware. I am presently the Secretary/Treasurer of the Talbot Retriever Club, past Secretary/Treasurer of the Shrewsbury River Retriever Club, past President of the South Jersey Retriever Club. I presently sit on the Board of Directors of the Talbot Retriever Club, Women's Retriever Club and Shrewsbury River Retriever Club. I'd like to add a little story. Running my very first Master stake with the "wild hooligan" mentioned above; needless to say I was very nervous. You sat your dog outside the holding blind and you sat on a bucket in the holding blind where you were to blow a duck call that was hanging on the blind to start the scenario of marks going off. I went to blow the call....nothing, tried again....nothing. The one judge whispered to me "turn it around". All went well and we passed our first Master. The judges, Ann Strathern and Linda Furr. Many years ago a dear friend gave me the best training advise which I will pass on to you. "Only you can decide what is best for you and your dog". Good luck everyone, enjoy the specialty. I reside in Oxford, Maryland and have two married daughters and three grandchildren living nearby.

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Open All-Age Don Driggers Oxford, MD
Open All-Age Sammie Thompson Stroudsburg, PA
Amateur All-Age Charles Hayden Davidsonville, MD
Amateur All-Age Phyllis McGinn Oxford, MD
Qualifying Monte French Midlothian, VA
Qualifying Ron Reed New Cumberland, PA
Derby Justin Aimone Middletown, NJ
Derby Ginnie Pastor Warwick, NJ

 

 

 

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