Trials yesterday, today & tomorrow. Since the beginning of trials in 1931 "change"
has been the "order of the day". Clubs have come and gone; participants and their
presence reflect a "revolving door", "an ordinary day's shoot" has been castigated
and relagated to a contest of "excessive ingenuity."
The 'flip side': clubs that are well managed, clubs that invest wisely and prudently
in land and develop permanent assets, that are suppoprted by dedicated enthusiastic
individuals will continue into perpetuity and will remain the core foundation of the
The spirit, dedication and legacy of such gatekeepers as Mr. Daniel Pomeroy, J. Gould
Remick, Bun Genty, T.W. Merritt, James Lamb Free, John M. Olin, Dr. George Gardner,
John Frazier, Byron Grunewald, A. A. Jones, August Belmont, W.W. Holes to name
just a few, unfortumately unknown to most of today's field trialers, will provoke the
continued existence of the sport.
As Charlie Morgan said in 1964 when dictating his wonderful book to D.L. Walters -
"we have gone through various cycles, fads possibly when different phases of
dog work was emphasized ... competition has become much tougher ... we have more
good dogs, better training and more fine handlers."
Charlie said that in 1964. Let's count on it being said in 2042 and beyond.
William D. Connor