Hard Work and Teamwork
I was born in California in 1966 into a dog family. My mother got her first field trial dog when I was 4 years old. Throwing birds was always a part of my life, however I didn't start running dogs until after college. (B.Sc. University of Northern Colorado).
My first trial dog was a hand-me-down from my Mom. Hawk and Mom didn't see eye to eye on things so I was lucky enough to run him. The first trial I ran was the Open at Idaho Retriever Club, dropped on the water blind. By the end of that year Hawk was a Field Champion and we ran seven series in the 1989 National Open. All this before I ever ran a Derby. This dog opened my eyes to my future.
In 1990 I moved to Oregon to begin working for Jerry Patopea. While there, I did anything to learn more about training Retrievers. Jerry had a great crew of dogs then (FC AFC Aces High III, FC AFC Circuit Madam, FC AFC Midnight Code Breaker, FC AFC Westwinds Mighty Mo among others). During my time with Jerry, he won the High Point Open award twice and had 15 National finalists. This got me fired up to do the same thing.
In 1994 I started my own business in Colorado. I arrived with one paying dog. Within the first year my truck was full. In 1996 I was lucky enough to finish my first National as a pro with FC AFC St. Croix Pelican. Since then I have had 100+ Open wins, successfully trained over 30 Field Champions, made numerous Qualified All Age dogs and have had many dogs on the Derby list. My clients have also been very successful with 50+ Amateur wins. We have qualified for many Nationals, with multiple finalists.
In 2008, Marcy and I met when she brought down her nice female to breed to FC AFC Tartan Prime Time. The rest, as they say, is history. We were married in 2011.
Marcy had her own successes as an Amateur and was fairly new to the sport of field trials when we met. Since Marcy and I have been together, she has won multiple Opens herself and was a Finalist at the Canadian National in 2012 and 2014.
Training: 20+ years
Open Wins: 100+
Client All Age Wins: 70+
Titled Dogs: 37
US National Qualifiers:
20+ dogs for 65+ Nationals
National Open Finalists: 5
National Amateur Finalists: 5
Canadian National Finalists: 10