2018 Sponsors


CLAY EARL - Gun Captain

My wife Karen and I live on a farm outside of Woodstock Ontario. We have developed the property to serve as a hunting dog training facility. We welcome friends and interested trainers from all over the globe to our property to share in pursuit of our interest in the training of Springers, Labradors and Cocker Spaniels for trials and hunting. We are interested in the free and open exchange of ideas and concepts that make the training and handling of field trial and hunting dogs a more successful endeavor for the dogs and the people. At our place, we ask only that those who use the facility treat the property, animals, and people with respect.

I was lucky enough to grow up in Saskatchewan, where there is ample access to land and game for hunting. Most of my free time was spent hunting birds and big game or training and trialing dogs. Through it all, I have made many friends, had a lot of fun, and learned a lot.

I have been fortunate to champion dogs, place them in National trials in Canada and the USA and even win a couple Nationals. I have had the Honor of judging 5 nationals ( 2X US Open, 1 X US Amateur, an 2 x the Canadian Open). Throughout my 30 years in field trials, I have judged over 100 trials. I have been fortunate to participate in almost all aspects of Spaniel trials, with the exception of cooking lunch, and this is lucky for all involved.

Most days these days you will find me on our property working with one of our many dogs. If you find yourself in the neighborhood stop on in.

I want to thank all competitors for the time, effort, and money you invest in pursuing the difficult sport of field trials - without you, none of this is possible. My wish for you is that you and your dog are able to accomplish personal bests. I pledge to do my part as Gun Captain to facilitate providing you a fair and challenging opportunity to display your team. I wish to thank the landowners, National Committee, volunteers, and all involved in putting on the 2018 National Amateur.

Best afield, Clay Earl


I have been involved in springer spaniel field trials for just over 20 years. During that time, I have participated in the sport all across Canada and the US. In Canada I have competed, shot, and or judged at trials in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and Nova Scotia.

It truly is an honor to be invited to shoot for the 2018 Canadian Amateur National Championship. I do not take that responsibility lightly as I fully understand that the solid performance of the gun team is imperative in order to have a good field trial. When in the field I’ll be there to support each and every handler and their dog so that they can excel in each series.

My best wishes go to each of the competitors as the judges take on the task to evaluate performances and choose a 2018 Canadian National Amateur Champion.


I am truly honoured to have been asked to be on the gun team for this year's Nationals. Over the past 20 years or more I have been involved in the Springer world. From training and handling my own dogs to planting birds and gunning, I have true passion for the sport.

I was born in Ontario, but spent the majority of my life in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. Currently I live and work in the Edmonton, Alberta area, but fly back to Nova Scotia at least twice a year to spend time with my family and friends.

I want to wish the dogs and their handlers the best of luck!


I have grown up loving the outdoors, from ice fishing with my family at 4 years old, to shooting my first buck at 15 years old. I started gunning over my Dad and Grandpa’s dogs when I was 11. Currently, I thoroughly enjoy hunting partridge, ducks, and geese with my dog, retired field trial champion Narvin’s Hershey Kiss.

I also spent many years playing competitive baseball, on the mound and in the outfield. I graduated from college last year and I have just started my apprenticeship to become a licensed electrician. I know what it is like to be a part of a solid team and to strive for excellence.

As long as I can remember, I have been around springer spaniel field trials. I began attending training sessions and field trials at a very young age; initially as an observer, moving up to helping in the kitchen area, eventually becoming a shagger, and finally as a student of field trial gunning. I have been shooting over these dogs for many years now during training sessions on the weekends with the SDKC Spaniel Section. In the past couple of years I have started to gun field trials here in Ontario, under the positive mentorship of Clay Earl and Kevin Reinhart.

I would like to thank them for the opportunity and honour to continue my mentorship by gunning in this Amateur National Championship. To all the competitors and their dogs the best of luck. I look forward to shooting over these amazing dogs.


I have been around english springer spaniels since I was born on Manitoulin Island. I first became involved with dog trials at a young age coming to the field with my father while he competed in trials. Once I turned fourteen my father took me skeet shooting and I began to shoot over his dogs during training sessions and shortly after that everybody's dogs in the SDKC. Going dog training on Saturdays was our get away for the week. Once I turned seventeen my father had me start to train dogs so I would understand both perspectives of gunning and handling. I continued to shoot as well as train dogs until I turned nineteen and was asked to gun my first dog trial for the SDKC in the spring of 2016. My love for dogs and passion for the game comes from growing up around it, I couldn't imagine life without a springer.


As long as I can remember, I have been around the springer spaniel field trial game, and as always it’s an honour and privilege to be asked to gun the 2018 Canadian Amateur National. I am fortunate to have grown up around field bred spaniels, where I regularly attended training sessions and field trials at a very young age; initially as a kid observer, and eventually graduating to shagger and planter, and finally becoming a student of field trial gunning.

I have had the privilege of mentoring under many great and experienced gunners, and gunning with them in numerous field trials each year over the past 20 years throughout Western Canada and the United States, as well as multiple Canadian Amateur and Canadian Open All Age Nationals.

Since moving back to Canada from school and practice in the US, I have been practicing chiropractic in central Alberta from clinics in Red Deer and Caroline. I live with my wife and two dogs in Penhold where we enjoy the lifestyle and outdoor opportunities Alberta offers.

I am very honored to be gunning the 2018 Canadian Amateur National, and wish the best of luck to all dogs and handlers.


Chris Jensen has had a love of sports from a young age. As a young boy he spent days hunting, fishing and shooting over his bird dogs. In 1976, he was drafted in the second round of major league baseball draft by the Oakland A’s. His got his first Spring Spaniel Peter in 1978, and his first field trial dog, Cody, in 1995. He started shooting trials with a great team in 1996 in the eastern United States. He learned from the very best trial guns – Glenn Ferrara and Marshal Lussen, and shot every week with that team for 12 years. After a few years away from trials, while he was running fly fishing charters, he returned to field trials in 2011 – shooting several nationals and running his Springer Spaniels until present.

Chris has owned and trained four Field Trial Springers: AFC Shawnee’s Cody of Triple Ridge, FCAFC Spring Meadow’s Tara of Mt. View, Spring Meadow’s Jr. Regent Sage (needs water for FC), and Spring Meadow’s Maximus. He is currently running Tara, Sage and training two puppies out of Tara and Willie: Cody and Feather (14 months old).

Chris lives in northern New Jersey on Spring Meadow Farm with his wife Renae. He raised 4 children, and has two grandchildren, Eric and Anna.


Thirty years ago, Leaman Ames bought a Springer Spaniel from Ben Martin and began a joined-at-the-hip friendship that has led to a world of pleasure, joy, and frustration filled with fellow travelers who share the passion. The shooting skills he brought into this new adventure and some special friends immediately gave him a head start in becoming a gunner at trials while learning the game. Gunning has taken him all over the US and Canada and he has shot more than 25 Nationals. Learning to run a trial dog took a considerably longer time and remains a continuing quest. Winning the U.S. National Amateur with Windy in 2006 was surprising to him as well as others but is a cherished memory. He is a qualified Judge but prefers judging Puppy Trials.

While the rumor that lately he has been seen shooting Cocker Trials and even judging some of them is true, it is not the harbinger of a new passion. He remains committed to the next generation of Springer Champions. In addition to ‘Have Gun, Will Travel’ he says ‘Have Phone, Please Call’ (if you have a lot of time).


My Involvement with English Springer Spaniels began when I purchased my first puppy 40 years ago at age 13. With my father’s support I went on to successfully participate in my first field trial at the age of 14. This was the beginning of my long association with the English Springer Spaniel Field Trial community. As a youngster I spent many long hours in the field with starting puppies and helped in the training of the adult dogs by bird planting, shooting and running my own pup. Some notables in that group of dogs over the years were Hall of Famer FC AFC Bluff Creeks Shadow, NAFC FC CFC Kane’s Bluff Creek Annie, and High Point Amateur FC AFC CFC Bluff Creeks Corky. The sport of “dogs and field trailing” is something my family and I have enjoyed for more than three decades.

Over the years my role and participation in field trials has evolved from training and competing to other aspects of the sport. In my younger years I planted field trials including a National trail and as a teen I began shooting for puppy stakes. This allowed me to have the privilege of being invited to shoot in over 350 field trials across the nation including 14 National Championships so far, and this year I will be the Co Gun Captian for the National Open Championship in Cambridge Maryland.


It has been 29 years since I started shooting for spaniel field trials. During the years I have enjoyed very much the privilege to shoot for all the handlers and the dogs. Handling a dog and competing has also become rewarding too. Carolyn and I enjoy our 4 spaniels, training and trialing together with our family and friends is inspiring. Thank you to the national committee and the Sudbury and district kennel club for inviting me to be on the gun team. The best of luck to all.