Field Trials

Spring 2019 Field Trial Running Order, Feb 16-17:

Dear Southern Maryland English Setter Club members,

According to many happy field trialers, our February 16 and 17th Field Trial was a success. The weather was good, against all predictions, and the courses were drier than expected.

We all know that a trial is only as effective as the teamwork of the sponsoring club. Our club had few but reliable members on site ready to work.

A huge thanks to John Thereault, who helped run the dog wagon, helped as lineman and even helped the judges load their horses in the dark. Mr. Gubernat, a judge, was especially appreciative of John’s concern and help at night and in the rain. John was organized and everywhere. Wes Williams and his apprentice, Suz, planted birds stake after stake. Wes was tireless and his expertise amazing! Don Eck skillfully planted birds when Wes took a break. In addition, Don teamed with John Thereault scrambling in their efforts to make sure all dogs got to the start line on time and were returned to their owners after their run. Frank Starr ably performed his treasurer duties and filled in as lineman. Meanwhile, Luann was everywhere designing courses, helping the judges, and generally making sure everything and everyone worked together. Roger, Luann’s husband, completed all the computerized secretarial duties so that all stats were completed on site. In his spare time, he fixed the refrigerator and found the kitchen a working microwave.

Carolyn Siebert, Suz, Luann and Roger Fullwood arrived early on Friday afternoon to set up the clubhouse and kitchen. By 7 pm everything was ready to go. Carolyn and Margaret Quillen worked the kitchen, keeping everyone fed and contented after so much time outside in the cold. Everyone seemed to love Frank’s chili, Carolyn’s chicken wild rice soup, Al Lucus’s beef and barley soup, Suz’s French toast casserole, Mike Ryan’s breads, the Kringle and Jessica’s cupcakes. SMESC has some fantastic cooks!

Where Pigs Fly catered the judge’s dinner Saturday night and everyone feasted on fried chicken, barbequed chicken, broccoli salad, mac and cheese and cornbread. The piece de resistance was hot apple cobbler with vanilla ice cream.

Closing down the kitchen and clubhouse on Sunday night is a huge endeavor. Club members are exhausted. Carolyn, Margaret, Suz, Luann, Frank and Roger worked until after dark so that the clubhouse and barn could be inspected and SMESC would get their deposit back. Please take a moment to thank the club members who worked to make the field trial run smoothly when you see them.

Of course, everyone eagerly awaited the results of the trial. Our judges, Barry Bollinger, Lance Fargo, Erica Bandes, Pat Sanborn and Ray Gubernat spent many hours in the saddle judging. We are grateful for their consistent, good natured and knowledgeable judging.

A huge Thank You to everyone who toiled so diligently, thus making our trial a success!

Sincerely,
Susan Sullivan

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Spring 2018 Field Trial Results, February 17th and 18th:

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Spring 2017 Field Trial Results:

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We had a great trial this past weekend. Thank you to all who participated and especially to everyone who helped the event go smoothly.


Fall 2016 Field Trial Results:

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SMESC was blessed with beautiful weather for our last Field Trial of 2016.
There were some wonderful performances by really talented and well trained dogs. I saw smiling faces and happy dogs -winners and losers so it’s all a win in my book and I hope in yours too. We are already working on another trial this February 18+19 . So mark your calendars now.

A word of thanks to our many members who helped out throughout the 2 days. LuAnn and Roger for … pretty much everything! I don’t know about anyone else but I loved Rogers fancy course map. The two of them are tireless in their support and we could not do this without them. Frank, Suzan, and Carol S  for setting up and maintaining the kitchen. From before the sun rises till the end of the event. They buy our supplies set up and have coffee ready for those who arrive with the sun and we appreciate it! We do have the best field trial / test food. Carol is new to the club and has stepped right up to help. Ray for getting us those good birds again and ordering the winners plaques. Carole for the beautiful judges’ cards and her delicious soup. Bird planters Don, LuAnn, Catie , and myself! John W for the use of his vehicle and continuing to support us (me). John T for helping everyone everywhere whenever a hand was needed. Catie for doing all the internet stuff so we can communicate electronically and post pictures. Kim & Raymond McVeigh for attending again from their home in Michigan. We love having you guys – happy Pike took home 2nd place in Derby.

See you in February we hope!

We have some members wins to celebrate too!
John Thereault ,with Keeper (who clearly has made a full recovery from her injury last year) placed 1st in Open Gun Dog & 4th in Open Limited Gun dog.
John Ward placed 2nd in both Amateur Gun Dog  & Open Gun Dog with Joy.
Sally Eck placed 2nd in Amateur Gun Dog with  Eva.

That’s it for now. If you have an additions , comments , or suggestions please contact us.
Best wishes,
Jessica Conaway  for the Southern Maryland English Setter Club