Club de l'Epagneul Breton
des Etats-Unis d'Amerique
Epagneul Breton Club U.S.A.
French Brittany Gun Dog Association of America, Inc.
5th NATIONAL MEMBERSHIP
were honored to have the President of the Club de l'Epagneul Breton of Ireland, Kate
Bride, as our guest and judge at the meeting. Mrs. Bride is a fully accredited
all-around gun dog judge in Europe, Scandanavia, and Australia. She also has her French
certificate as a Breed Specialist for judging the epagnuel breton conformation (beauty)
shows in France, as an examiner for confirmations and has judged many AKC events here in
the states as well. Ms. Bride (Pairknaglos kennel) is also a long time breeder of epagneul
bretons in Ireland.
The meeting kicked off with a warm welcome to everyone and an introduction of this year's guests and newly elected officers, a run down on the schedule for the weekend, and the business aspects of the meeting. President Bill Dillon gave the membership a status report on the petition to the AKC and ABC and reported on the trip to France and Ireland. The formation of regional chapters of the club was discussed, as were the club's field trials, events and members' questions.
Included in the seminar topics were the importance of correct positioning for hip x-rays, a presentation on the Bob White quail's history, habitat and life cycle, including a slide presentation and Kate Bride's open floor Question and Answer session. Kate also demonstrated to the members how to stand your dog in a conformation show and put on a "hands on" grooming seminar.
After the formal meeting and the seminars were concluded, the meeting
reconvened at the Dalrymple farm for the conformation show, the T.A.N. (held on Sunday)
and for the confirmation of member's dogs.
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