Club de l'Epagneul Breton
des Etats-Unis d'Amerique

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French Brittany Gun Dog Association of America, Inc.

TOUR de la FRANCE!
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(L-R) Bill Dillon, President, M.Claude Martini, Treasurer France CEB,M. Leon Le Louet, President France CEB,
M.Henri Guelou, Director France CEB, RL Dalrymple, Peter Ward,Sophie and David Hayes, Chairman CEB-Ireland

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David Hayes, Bill Dillon, HX Guelou (Artenay)

Several of the members of the board of directors met in France for the spring field trials and since they were there for an extended length of time they had the opportunity to tour kennels and meet breeders, handlers and many wonderful people. They came back with much information and so many pictures, we can hardly do justice by trying to put it in print. But we would like to share with the members a summary of the tour through photographs on the website. A full article will be written on the trials themselves and printed in the next club magazine which will go into more detail. Bill Dillon, President, began his trip in Ireland and continued on to France. RL Dalrymple, Peter and Margaret Ward joined him there. When they were not at field trials elsewhere in France, they spent most of their time in Brittany, the birth place of our breed, touring the kennels and meeting with people in Callac and elsewhere within Bretagne..

The club has established field trial rules to be utilized by our association here in the states after having commissioned the translation of the FCI rules that are utilized by France into English. Having all else in place, we felt it important to get a hands-on, personal observation of the trials in France to be certain that the interpretation of the rules and method of judging was entirely clear prior to launching them in this country in the near future.

Henri Guelou, a judge and confirmateur in France, as well as a director of the board of the CEB of France, invited them to walk with him during the field trials while he was judging at both the field trials in Fosse and the field trial in Artenay where the CEB of France holds their big spring event. This was a great honor and privilege afforded to few for which we are truly appreciative.

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D. Bagot, Judge, B. Dillon

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This club was formed in 1997 because owners and breeders of french brittanys across this country came together out of their love and admiration of the all the characteristics that make this breed what we all loved from the moment we got our first one in an effort to protect the breed in the U.S. The characteristics that have been retained by France's methods are what makes the epagneul breton so special to us all. However, uninformed breeding practices can quickly alter a breed when choices are made to breed for color, for big run, or for only hunting ability or for only conformation (show).
This club's policies and goals have always focused on one end result: to improve and perpetuate 1.The natural hunting ability and instincts, 2. Temperament 3. Soundness. and 4. Conformation of epagneul bretons produced in this country. Thus it was decided at the organizational meeting that this association would set its goals and purposes towards preserving and propagating what the French have perfected over decades. Policies adopted at that first meeting included temporary registration of dogs until confirmed (which was put on hold until sufficient confirmateurs could be trained regionally so as to not put an undo burden on the dog owner), to utilize the TAN (testing for natural ability), hold field trials based on European methods, and to hold conformation shows to inspire breeders to breed within the FCI standard for the breed.

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We have for the past several years conducted unofficial (fun) events, and after proper preparation began sanctioned TAN's in 2001 under the guidance of a judge from France. We began official confirmations of dogs in 2000. We have had the FCI field trial rules translated into English, which was a lengthy and arduous task in preparation for our club's field trials, and have developed all of the conformation show rules, which will be put into play at this year's first national specialty. Aligning our club's methods precisely with the methodolgy utilized in France is of

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Nacre du Fosse de la Tannie Owner/Handler: Marco

paramount importance when striving towards this club's goals. Sharing this information and knowledge amongst our members and the general public are the means to the preservation and betterment of the breed in this country. We are at the point now where the training of confirmateurs and judges and the formation of regional chapters (which can only be done by dedicated members willing to volunteer their time and effort) are necessary to put the last five years worth of work, study, research and building into action, because only when there are enough active members within a given region will there be the possibility of sanctioned events available for the membership's participation throughout the year. The TOTAL DOG is what this club is all about and what we are striving to promote and educate through our programs and policies. The total dog concept utilized by France, and which we are emulating, has successfully preserved the breed throughout all these decades in the country of origin.

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Freddy Celen, President Belgium CEB  Dog: Yorik Patryzenveld

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Point on Grey Partridge, Artenay

Click on the links below to continue with the photo essay of the Field Trial de Printemps and our trip.
Fosse Artenay Kennels People

Epagneul Breton Club U.S.A.
French Brittany Gun Dog Association of America, Inc.

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