John has competed on all levels from his early days campaigning Brittanies in Indiana to winning the National Championship at Grand Junction with Marquise Gold Rush. He has been a intricate part of the National Bird Dog Museums expansion and is a mainstay at the Hoffman Field Trial area.He has made his Sawtooth Plantation in South Carolina available to many clubs at no fee.He is a honest and fair judge and leaves the politics of the sport out of his equation.
Many years ago when a struggling Michigan Shooting Dog Championship needed some quality judges with national name recognition he and his close friend Lefty Henry brought there expertise to Ionia, Michiagn made the long trip to Ionia, Michigan.The entry was well over 80 dogs and was run under some very trying weather conditions.
The two winners were clear cut and obvious and were carried for most of the trial.The final brace was run in 33 degree temperatures with blowing sleet conditions.Two local amateurs Jack Hires and Jim Logan were in the final brace (both men were in there mid 70's) Jim handling and Jack scouting for his longtime friend. There brace mate had been picked up early.Jim's dog ran a hunting race with 7 or 8 finds but clearly was not in contention to win the Championship.John and Lefty kept talking about how nice it was to see these 2 gentleman work together and compete at this level.As the weather worsened the bird count kept getting higher but It became a real struggle physically for both these men.John offered encouragement and patience for the the full 60 minutes and when it was over the 2 Old Timers thanked John and Lefty for looking at there dog. I know John enjoyed that last brace as much as the winners!This is the type of individual we need in our Hall of Fame.