Dachshund Field Trials

Badger Dachshund Club and Minnesota Dachshund Club Field Trials
Roscoe, Illinois (Oct. 7-8, 2006)

By Barbara Teigen, AKC executive field representative

Badger Dachshund Club has been holding field trials at Northern Illinois Beagle Club for 20 years for good reason: This is one of the premier field-trialing grounds in the country. The club was back in Roscoe on Saturday, Oct. 7 for its 39th licensed field trial. The event drew an excellent entry of 96 Dachshunds who made the most of the glorious warm and sunny early fall weather with the usual ample supply of cottontails.

Chairman Dan McNamara started the day off with a welcome, and Secretary Denise Hilbert efficiently completed the bracing before everyone headed out to the field. Running 96 dogs without much overlapping of stakes takes a long time, but it all came to an end just before 7 p.m. with the run for Absolute between the field champion stake winner, Redi, owned by Pam Bethke, and the open all age dog stake winner, Hummer, owned by Linda Sullivan. Hummer was the victor, and there were tears from Linda who has been trialing for 15 years and had just won her first Absolute.

Sunday was the running of the Minnesota Dachshund Club trial at the same site. This is the second year the two clubs have run back-to-back trials. Unlike most trial weekends, entries did not decrease on Sunday but rather increased by one to 97. The great weather held on another day and probably contributed to the unusually large number of brush beaters, even by the end of day two. Chairman Lois Ballard and first-time Secretary Kathy Johnson did a great job with the draw in the morning, and things moved smoothly all day.

No lunch break for the weary! Minnesota DC served a rolling lunch to keep things moving. The kitchen crew from Minnesota of Dave and Mary Nickel fed the trialers both days. Competition concluded about 5:30 p.m., so people were able to pack up and hit the road before dark. Trialers for the weekend came from more than 10 states, including Texas, Colorado, Wisconsin, Indiana and all points in between.

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