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DAN LUSSEN

I grew up with Labrador Retrievers. As I got older, I started hunting with my father. I bought my first Springer Spaniel when I was 15 years old. In 1973, I met John Mangine, Ed, and Ester Faraci. I ran my first Amateur National in 1976. That is the year that John Mangine won the Amateur National with Coginchaug Shine. I trained with Ed, Ester, and John for quite some time.

I also met Ray “Jerry” Cacchio back in the ‘70s. In 1998, Jerry gave me the opportunity to run Pondview Kennels. That is where I grew as a trainer, as we trained many gun dogs. I thank you Jerry. I have had the pleasure of competing with many quality springers to their field championships and I currently compete with my own springer, FC Pond View II’s Secret Agent (JB).

I have judged many Springer and Cocker trials, including the 1996 National Amateur Springer Championship, the 1997 National Open Springer Championship, the 2013 National Open Springer Championship, and most recently the 2015 Cocker National.

I want to thank my better half Elisabeth for the support she has given me. I want to thank my peers for the opportunity to judge the 2018 Canadian National Amateur Spaniel Championship. I look forward to seeing you on the line.

Best of luck to all competitors.



MICHEL BOURDEAU

I grew up in a small village south of Montréal near the USA border. My love for the outdoors was instilled at an early age on my grandfather’s and uncle’s farms, hunting ruffed grouse in the forests. When I was sixteen I was introduced to hunting dogs. They were beagles and coon hounds, owned by my uncle and older friends at the local club, where we trained, held field trials and hunted rabbits, fox, and coyote.

At a young age I left my native soil to pursue my studies for a career at sea. These kept me away from hunting for many years. Springer Spaniels came into my life in 1988 when I bought my first puppy as a family dog for my daughter. I hoped to use him for hunting upland game. Sadly the dog was not a field bred Springer and did not live up to my hopes. I had a lot to learn about Springer Spaniels!

My hunting dog club interests led to attending Spaniel Field Trials where I saw what well trained Spaniels could do and I became very interested in participating in Field Trials. Shortly thereafter, I acquired my second Springer, this time a field bred Springer Spaniel pup I named ‘Blaze’. My first field trial as a participant was in a minor stake in 1994. I became hooked on the trialing game and have been ever since despite a “misadventure” at my first field trial in an open stake. Over the years I have carried out all of the various jobs associated with putting on and running field trials. Back in those days, due to the demands of my profession, I wasn’t able to train and trial as much as I would have liked.

Every fall I religiously and extensively hunt my dogs on wild birds including ruffed and spruce grouse, woodcock, and ducks. So over the years, having run and used my dogs for both trialing and hunting, I am fully aware of the value of a high quality trained gun dog, and of the teamwork required in both disciplines.

In more recent times, now retired, I’ve had the opportunity to own and handle a number of Springer Spaniels and to be active in training and trialing. I championed some of my dogs and in 2005 won High Point Open dog. Over the years I have judged several field trials in Canada and the United States.

I am flattered to have been nominated again by the Sudbury & District Kennel Club this time to judge the 2018 Canadian National Amateur Championship. I am deeply honoured and humbled to have been chosen by my colleagues to judge that Trial. It is an event with a storied history. I look forward to sharing that task with my co-judge Dan Lussen. To all participants, congratulations on having qualified your dogs and entering the trial. I thank you for the opportunity and the privilege of judging your dogs. I wish you all the best of luck.