Retriever Field Trials
Fort Pitt Retriever Club Field Trial
Pymatuning Waterfowl Area, Penn. - June 1-3, 2008
By Milton S. Holcombe, AKC senior field representative

Talk about unusual Retriever Field Trials! The Fort Pitt Retriever Club trial started on June 1 and ran through June 3. What's so unusual about that? Well, June 1 fell on Sunday this year, so the trial ran Sunday through Tuesday. This was necessitated by the fact that the trial was held on the beautiful Pymatuning Waterfowl Area, which is a Pennsylvania state-owned property and is designated as a waterfowl nesting area. As such, the State does not allow usage until June 1, in order to avoid disturbing nesting ducks and geese.

The Sunday-through-Tuesday structure affected the entries somewhat, as the event usually has 70 or more entries in the Open All-Age stake. This year they had 55 entries in the Open, 40 in the Amateur All-Age, 22 in the Qualifying and 15 in the Derby. The smaller entry allowed the judges to structure their tests so they could be a little more lenient, yet still challenging. The Open was judged by Richard Dresser and Mike Post and was won by AFTCH Adams Acres Muddy Creek, owned and handled by Jerry Younglove. This qualified him for the National Amateur.

The Amateur was judged by Jim Powers and Dave Opseth and was won by FC-AFC NABS Little Blue Chief, owned by Terry Rotschafer and Marci Nabitz and handled by Terry. This also qualified him for this year's National Amateur Championship to be held around Stowe and Morrisville, Vt., June 15-21, 2008.

The trial was dedicated to the memory of Larry Nieman, a valued member and friend of the Fort Pitt club, who passed away in the last year.

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