Dachshund Field Trials

Dachshund Club of Santa Ana Valley Host Club Field Trial – Dachshund Club of America National Field Trial

January 13-15, 2010 – Chino, CA

While this national field trial event followed pretty closely on the heels of the 2009 event held in Pennsylvania in October, it was well received by the field trialers on the west coast with a few people also attending from east of the Rockies. This year's national is following the 'split' format of field events at one time during the year and the conformation shows, agility, and obedience later in the year due to the limited window for field trials in Southern California. Foxtails and other flora and fauna make for a short trial season. The site of So Cal field trials for some time has been the olive grove in Prado Regional Park in Chino. The grove is 80 acres of 120 year old olive trees planted in nice neat rows that make a field trialer used to Beagle club grounds elsewhere feel pretty much at home. All participants go out to the field together with their dogs and walk in a beating line through the grove to scare up the cottontails.

The event started with the host club trial put on by the Dachshund Club of Santa Ana Valley. They started the day on Wednesday with roll call at 6:30 am. Driving up to the site, the lit up tents appeared as an apparition in the darkness. Once on site, the excitement was apparent as participants gathered to start the day. Three stakes were run that day with the field champion stake being a combined stake for both dogs and bitches. The total entry for the day was 55. That is a pretty big trial by West Coast standards.

The Dachshund Club of America National Field Trial began the following day with the two open stakes run on Thursday. Another early roll call and everyone was out in the field just as it got light. Sixteen open bitches and twelve open dogs competed on this day. As we were waiting for awards to be presented, the Santa Ana winds picked up strength and blew a big cloud of dirt across the headquarters area. That was not to be the last of the winds which knocked over the tents overnight and made Friday morning's situation a little different. But, the event committee was as hard working as ever and still managed to get everything done in the morning on schedule. Friday was the day for the field champion stakes of the National to run and there were 19 dogs and 15 bitches entered in the two stakes.

The DCSAV ran a great three day event and particularly the chairman, Steve Shultz, and secretary, Cheryl Shultz. Without their efforts, this event simply could not have happened. The Dachshund Club of America Nationals for 2010 will conclude in Riverside, CA from September 27 to October 2.

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