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April 2015

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32 APRIL 2015 ■ RETRIEVER NEWS F ebruary 7th, 2015 was a "red-letter" day at the National Bird Dog Museum in Grand Junction, Tennessee. We were blessed with a beautiful, sunny day for the annual Bird Dog Hall of Fame Inductions. Inductees included dog owners and dogs from several breeds including Retrievers, English Cocker Spaniels, English Springer Spaniels, German Shorthair Pointers, Brittanys, Red Setters, and the Pointer and Setter breeds. Induction into the Hall of Fame is a great honor and the event was well attended by the inductees, their families, and friends. Inductees hailed from all parts of the country – from Alaska to North Carolina and all parts in between! Approximately 300 people were in attendance and all enjoyed the comradery of fellow sporting dog enthusiasts and the stories that only they can tell. e event began at 9:00 am on the 7th and concluded at 4:00 pm. A luncheon was provided by Purina at the museum and a reception following the aernoon ceremonies was sponsored by the American Field magazine. Among those honored in the "person" category were Mr. John omas of High Point, North Carolina and Mr. Bill Eckett of Centerview, Missouri. In the Retriever "dog" category, those honored were Clubmead's Road Warrior owned by Frank and Christine Kashevarof of Seldovia, Alaska and Candlewood's Something Royal owned by Ken and Brenda Neil of Ochlocknee, Georgia. Presiding over the Retriever Hall of Fame Inductions was Mr. Charles Hays of Pavo, Georgia. e Bird Dog Foundation, an umbrella non-profit organization, provides 30,000 sq. . of building space devoted to nearly 40 breeds of sporting dogs. Learn more by visiting online birddogfoundation.com John W. Thomas, Jr. John W. omas, Jr. resides in Rocky Point, NC. He has been involved in field trialing for 30+ years. His first field trial was as an observer in 1975. He watched John Dahl run Bernice Atkins' dog "Penny" as a test dog. WOW! As an avid duck hunter, he had to have one like that. A few years later, he decided to "extend" his duck season by field trialing. HOOKED! He joined the Tar Heel Retriever Club. With the Tar Heel Retriever Club, John served as Stake Marshal, Chief Marshal, Trial Chair and Board Member, later president. John later founded the Cape Fear Retriever Club where he served as President, Board Member, Chief Marshal, Stake Marshal and Trial Chairman. Currently he remains an active contributor as Secretary and Field Trial Secretary. John further expanded trial opportunities by convincing an out of state Hunt Club to allow him to serve as organizer and chair of a licensed trial. at club now holds two licensed trials yearly. He has qualified and run his dogs in many National Championships, both Open and Amateur. He has judged trials from the east coast to Alaska, including the 1995 National Open Championship. He has served on the Marshal's and Chairman's special committees at Nationals. John successfully presented the case for the "Dow Jones Method" to determine the starting dog in All-Age stakes, adopted by a majority of clubs. He has owned and handled 9 titled dogs. His latest, "Cane," was a National Amateur Finalist in 2012 and 2014, a Double Header winner in 2013 and High Point Open dog in 2013. He and his wife's dog "Ice" were also finalists at the 2000 National Open Championship. ough he has developed his 1,200-acre property as a superb training and field trial facility, (used by as many as four clubs for retriever events, an Amateur training group and visiting Pros) he feels strongly that in order for our sport to endure, we must give back more than we receive. As a result, he recently brought Charles Hays of Pavo, GA, noted trainer and board member of the Bird Dog Foundation, served as presenter during the 2015 Retriever Field Trial Hall of Fame inductions at Grand Junction, TN. Inductee John Thomas of High Point, North Carolina, holds his induction scroll, pictured with family. 2015 Induction Ceremony By Tonya Brotherton Retriever Hall of Fame

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