Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Passing Of A Legendary Retriever Field Trialer

Lanse Brown With Sophie
"Lanse" / Alonson C. Brown III just passed. He was a legend unto himself in the sport of retriever field trials. Lanse was inducted in 2011 to the Retriever Field Trial Hall of Fame. His field trial sojourn spanned almost half a century. He was previously married to Dana Thompson Brown (now Istre), who turned pro.

A successful amateur handler trainer and regular National contender, Lanse also judged field trials. He learned to train under Rex Carr, the legendary retriever field trial trainer from Escalon, California, known as the original e-collar man.

Caustic and contrarian, Lanse used to greet each newcomer to Rex's with these warm words: "And what's wrong with YOU?" Between Lanse and Bill Sabbag the psychiatrist from Palo Alto, they tried to convince field trial enthusiasts training at Rex's to believe we were all mental cases, and that's why we were there, to get cured.

Those were the 'good old days', when Bill Sargenti, John Folsom, Warren Grimsby, Frank Baird and later, Jim Dobbs were working for Rex in the yard (not all at the same time, of course). And such illustrious names as Augie and Louise Belmont, Don and Marion Weiss, Judy Weikel Aycock and others, 'hung out' at the former CL-2, (Carr Lab 2) to train. CL-2 has since been renamed by Bill Sargenti (who now owns the grounds) as Billy's Place. At that time I was training under Rex with Trumarc's A.W.O.L. and Reefer's Madness, tent camping and gigging frogs from the ponds that I BBQ'd for dinner (yummy!).

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Saturday, November 14, 2015

2015 National Retriever Championship

Winner of the 2015 National Retriever Championship which took place in Corning, California, is dog #5, FC-AFC Keeno's Gizmo "Gizmo", male labrador retriever professionally handled by Al Arthur.


Here are the 12 finalists:

5. FC-AFC Keeno's Gizmo "Gizmo", LM, Al Arthur
6. FC-AFC In The Hunt Farm's Executive Sweet "Sweet", LF, Ty Rorem
10. FC-AFC Drake's Bay Parting Of The Sea "Moses", LM, Wayne Curtis
11. FC-AFC Windy City's Mighty Mouse "Mickey", LM, Charlie Hines
37. NFC-AFC Robbers' Stray Bullet "Bullet", LM, Alan Pleasant
52. FC-AFC Good Idea's Outta Sight "Stevie", LM, Ken Neil
53. FC-CFC-CAFC Jazztime Cut To The Chase "Chase", LM, Steve Yozamp
55. FC Rock River Benjamin "Ben", LM, Bill Eckett
75. FC-AFC Fresh Squeezed Juice "Juice", LM, Mark Medford
81. FC Sweetie's Easy Rider "Ford", LM, Jim Gonia
83. FC NTK's Rock Me On The Water "Jackson", LM, Chris Ledford
84. FC Hyfly'n Turbo Jet "Turbo", LM, Ray Voigt

Sunday, June 21, 2015

2015 National Amateur Retriever Championship

It was a spectacular finish to the week long Amateur Retriever Championship trial in Ronan, Montana, with Alanson Brown III and AFC World Famous Emasculator-SheMale, "Nora", a female labrador owned, handled and mostly trained by Lanse. Nora stepped on all 4 marks. Literally. They were the last team to run today - what a way to end the trial.

Lanse Brown with "Nora"

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Tasmanian Tiger

The tasmanian tiger is a marsupial. It became extinct in 1936.
Well, maybe it didn't - you'd say that if you've seen one. Have you?


Saturday, November 22, 2014

2014 National Retriever Champion

Congrats to 2014 National Retriever Champion, NFC-AFC Robbers' Stray Bullet (Bullet), dog # 98, LM, with owner "Kippy" Marion Stroud-Swingle and trainer/handler Alan Pleasant; and with judges Dr. William Goldstein (SC), Gary Ahlgren (CA) and Alan Madsen (UT). Bullet was bred and trained by Dan Hurst until he was sold.

2014 NFC-AFC Robbers' Stray Bullet

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Burning Man

Every year since 1986 at the end of August there is an art and music festival that happens in the desert in northern Nevada and lasts about a week. It's hard to describe the surreal experience, you have to be there. Click the video link below image (Lake Of Dreams) for a taste of it. Photo credit to Trey Ratcliff for the embracing men in the image here created for the 2014 festival - and yes they were burned.


Sunday, June 22, 2014

2014 National Amateur Working Retriever Championship


And the National Amateur Winner this year is dog no. 98. FC-AFC Texas Troubador (Tubb), LM, handled by Martha Russell, co-owned with John F. Russell, Jr. out of NFC-AFC Candlewood's Something Royal and FC-AFC Weezer Retreezer, bred by Ken & Brenda (Little) Neil


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Interspecies Communication


Humans all have the ability, we just have to let it happen.