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    Got another with Charley in there...Old school trainer who had a TON of dog sense.24.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by EdA View Post
    Not yet. Val Walker ran Natl Am when she was 18 or 19.
    just kidding Ed. 18 or 19, eh? That's pretty neat! How did she do? (Not that it matters... She was THERE)
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    Quote Originally Posted by huntinman View Post
    Better check with Gordon Powers. A few years ago he was the oldest handler running the youngest dog.
    I'm thinkin Gordon was 89 last time he ran the National, could have been older but at least 89. I saw him 2 years ago and asked him how old he was and he said 96 so he should be 98 now and still running trials. At that time he told me that he had a brother that died at 96 and he says "but he didn't take very good care of himself". What a character. Always enjoyed talking to him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Shaver View Post
    I'm thinkin Gordon was 89 last time he ran the National, could have been older but at least 89. I saw him 2 years ago and asked him how old he was and he said 96 so he should be 98 now and still running trials. At that time he told me that he had a brother that died at 96 and he says "but he didn't take very good care of himself". What a character. Always enjoyed talking to him.
    Thanks Steve! Next time you see him, please tell him I said hello. I knew him from my Alaska and WA state days... Running trials in the NW and occasionally in CA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by huntinman View Post
    just kidding Ed. 18 or 19, eh? That's pretty neat! How did she do? (Not that it matters... She was THERE)

    She was a Finalist of the National Amateur in '73 with her Golden FC AFC Misty Sungold Lad
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    Val Fisher ran Lad iin 1968 and got to the 9th series; was a Finalist with Lad in 1969; went 5th series in 1970; 1971 she went 6th series; by 1972 she had married Jay and went 4 series; 1973 Lad was a Finalist with Val; Finalist in 1974 with Jay running him and Val went 3 series with Sungold Sprite; Lad qualified but did not run in 1975----a Golden.

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    Oops--forgot to indicate above on Lad was in the National Amateur. Val and Lad qualified for the National Open in 1968 but did not enter -- probably couldn't miss school! Lad and she were Finalists in 1969; went 7 series in 1970; 6 series in 1971; Qualified but did not run in 1972; in 1973 went to 4th series; and in 1974 Qualified but did not run.

    Val and Lad had stats that many of us could only dream about.


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    Talking of old age - anyone here still training and trialing a dog with a hip replacement (you not the dog)? Am looking at this possibility and yes, did run in this year's National but wonder if I ever will again!
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    Quote Originally Posted by huntinman View Post
    That's pretty darn good! I believe Gordy is 90+ as well.
    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Shaver View Post
    I'm thinkin Gordon was 89 last time he ran the National, could have been older but at least 89. I saw him 2 years ago and asked him how old he was and he said 96 so he should be 98 now and still running trials. At that time he told me that he had a brother that died at 96 and he says "but he didn't take very good care of himself". What a character. Always enjoyed talking to him.
    I trained with Gordy a few times this last spring and was told he was 94. What a great guy. One day he and I were out throwing and when we were done I headed over his direction to help him carry his chair and gear in. I got about 20 ft away, asked if I could help and he says "why? I got it". Wouldn't let me carry a thing for him. He has some great stories as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick_C View Post
    I trained with Gordy a few times this last spring and was told he was 94. What a great guy. One day he and I were out throwing and when we were done I headed over his direction to help him carry his chair and gear in. I got about 20 ft away, asked if I could help and he says "why? I got it". Wouldn't let me carry a thing for him. He has some great stories as well.
    Maybe he's finally to the point that he quit keeping track of just how old he really is. Hell Im only 57 and I have to stop and think about it if someone asks. Good possibility that Gordy could still out live me.

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