People, Places & Things
Plum Creek Kennels
de la FRANCE!
David Hayes, Bill Dillon, HX Guelou (Artenay)
Bill was invited to walk with
Henri Guelou, a judge and confirmateur in France, as well as a director of the board of
the CEB of France,during the field trials while he was judging at both the field trials in
Fosse and the field trial in Artenay where the CEB of France holds their big spring event.
This was a great honor and privilege afforded to few for which we are truly
appreciative. It was an opportunity to get a hands-on, personal observation of the
trials in France to be certain that the interpretation of the rules and method of judging
by the European standards was entirely clear and it was an opportunity to be immersed in
the rich tradition behind these events.
|The first leg of
the trip was to Ireland, meeting with David Hayes, Chairman of the Club de l'Epagneul
Breton of Ireland and Kate Bride, President of the Irish club and attending a conformation
show in Dublin, continuing on to France from there. Since the trip was for an extended
length of time, there was ample opportunity to tour kennels and to meet breeders, handlers
and many wonderful people.
Guelou (Judge), B. Dillon
We can hardly do justice to
the trip by trying to put it in print, but we would like to share it the best we can
through a pictoral summary. When not at the field trials elsewhere in France, most of the
time was spent in Brittany, the birth place of our breed, touring the kennels and meeting
with people in Callac and elsewhere within Bretagne.
The total dog concept utilized by
France has successfully preserved the breed throughout all these decades in the country of
origin, and it is this concept of the "total dog" that we are striving to
maintain and promote at our kennels.
Freddy Celen, President Belgium CEB
Dog: Yorik Patryzenveld
Point on Grey Partridge, Artenay
While at the field trial in
Artenay Bill met an amature handler who had a beautiful orange/white roan female with him.
This happened to be March 24 which was, coincidentally, our anniversary. What better
anniversary present could we have given ourselves!? Her name is Samba (right) and comes
with a very impressive pedigree. Her sire is CH. Indy de Saint Lubin, (CACS, CHP, CHA,
CHT, CHIB, CHIT) a very sought after stud in France who is a Champion of spring and fall
trials, a champion of international trials, a champion of international beauty and a
champion of beauty in France. Her dam, CH. Java du Bois Courcol, is also a champion
of both spring and fall field trials. You can see Samba's full pedigree on our "Pedigree
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