Winner-Region 5 Amateur Shooting Dog Championship (Spring 2006)
Runner-Up-National Open Pheasant Championship (Fall 2006)
Winner-National Amateur Pheasant Championship (Fall 2006)
Winner-Region 17 Amateur All-Age Championship (Fall 2006)
Winner-Region 5 Amateur All-Age Championship (Fall 2006)
Winner-National Amateur Pheasant Championship (Fall 2007)
Runner-Up-National Open Pheasant Championship (Fall 2007)
Winner National Amateur All-Age Invitational Championship (Fall 2007)
Winner-Region 6 Amateur All-Age Championship (Fall 2007)
Winner-Region 4 Amateur All-Age Championship (Spring 2008)
Runner-Up-National Amateur Pheasant Championship (Fall 2008)
Winner-International Pheasant Championship (Fall 2008)
Winner-International Pheasant Championship (Fall 2009)
Shortly after Tin Soldierís 9th Championship Pete suffered a tear in his hind leg crucial ligament sustained during a workout. At just 4 years of age Pete had not even begun to hit his stride. The torn crucial ligament was repaired and an intense physical therapy regimen ensued. He wasnít bred during this time for fear of reinjuring the leg. Through a mix of daily walks and treadmill work Tin Solider leg began to rebuild strength. The vet finally approved that the ligament had fully healed and a higher intensity workout could begin. Pete remained on the treadmill building strength and was only worked twice before being entered in the International Pheasant Championship in the fall of 2009. Almost 11 months to the day after injuring his leg Tin Soldier was loosed on the fabled grounds of Kildeer Plains, Ohio. What followed was a stellar 4 find performance in the first brace that would be unequaled by the rest of the field. He won his 10th Championship and qualified to compete at Ames Plantation with that win. After the victory Pete was reserved to his usual work-out routine in preparation for Ames. Unfortunately fate laid one more blow and Pete reinjured his leg while preparing to compete. At that time being only 5 years of age Pete was retired to stud.
Bred sparingly during his early career due to his injury, Tin Soldier has produced 47 winners that have amassed 271 placements among them. Of the 47 winners, seven of Peteís offspring are Champions, this year alone Peteís progeny have won the Quail Championship Invitational, United States Chicken Championship and was named Top Qualifier at the Continental Championship. As a sire, Peteís most notable attribute was his ability to produce a versatile bird dog. This is evident in Peteís offspring (eight different dogs in total) having placed in five different futurities including All-Age, Shooting Dog, and Walking competition. The futurities competed on three different game birds including quail, pheasant, and ruffed grouse. Tin Soldier has already proven that his genes will continue to improve the next generation as seen in this yearís 2015 National Open Shooting Dog Champion Erinís War Creek, grandson of Tin Soldier.
While Tin Soldiers competitive career was dominant, he will not only be remembered for his performance in the field, but what he has contributed to the sport of field trials. Tin Soldierís offspring continue to win at all levels of competition from the horseback to walking, All-Age to Shooting Dog. He has proven that his genes will continue on for generations as some of Tin Soldierís offspring have already produced Champions. We respectfully ask for your vote for Erinís Tin Soldier for the Field Trial Hall of Fame.
-The Committee to Elect Erin's Tin Soldier to the Field Trial Hall of Fame.