Dachshund Field Trials

Dachshund Club of America

Dachshund Field Trials

Dachshund Club of America National Field Events In Georgia

The Dachshund Club of America started with a bang! On Sunday, March 26th Lois Ballard's mini wire, DC Pocketpack Voicemail MW qualified in the VST test!

The DCA field trials started on Thursday, March 30th with the Open stakes. The Open All Age Dog Stakes was won by FC Buster (owner is Susan Hamilton and he was bred by Gerhard Weick) who went on to win Best of Open by default, since the Open Bitch stake winner was in season. He continued on to win Absolute on Friday against the Field Champion Dog Stake winner, Ripper owned by Alice Moyer.

The Open All Age Bitch Stake winner was Gypsy owned by Shawn Nies and the Field Champion Bitch Stake winner was Steffi, owned by Mike Nothstein.

The judges had their work cut out for them with a total entry of 143. The first day we were in the field to the last possible minute in order to finish. On Friday we finished a little earlier and everyone was beat out!

The DCA Earthdog test took place on Sunday, April 2, 2006. It started with the Master class with judge, M.A. Klein presiding over 14 entries. There were three qualifiers:
Tazzie owned by Sian Kwa
Owen owned by Lois Ballard
Poppy owned by Jean Dieden
Senior judge, Ken Hagmueller, had an entry of 27. In the end 7 dogs qualified:
Oscar owned by Linda Cockburn
Poppy owned by Jean Dieden
Marta owned by Patt Nance
Petey owned by Debby MacNamara
Bubbles owned by Denise Van Hook
Owen owned by Lois Ballard
Rory owned by Alice Carter
Junior was judged by JoAnn Frier-Murza with an entry of 43.

Introduction to Quarry, judged by Jean Dieden, had an entry of 18 with 5 qualifiers.

The five days of field events could not have been a success without the wonderful people of the Dachshund Club of Metropolitan Atlanta (Penny Wimer, Robert Schwalbe, Holly Deeds, Janet Schwalbe, Laura Potash, Gordon and Gayla Stueber, Robert and Gail LaBerge and any others I may have missed.)

In addition, without the generosity of the Lookout Beagle Club in allowing the use of their grounds for five full days these field events would not have been so successful. These gentlemen were gracious and fun hosts and I look forward to spending some time at trials there again.

Next year will find the DCA field events in Vacaville, CA where there will be plenty of jackrabbits; and the camaraderie of the northern CA Dachshund clubs who regularly use these grounds. I look forward to another huge entry and some great dog work.

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