- Many competitors arrived Sunday after the
local field trial in Oklahoma. I flew in Sunday morning, checked into
the hotel and was able to meet others at the training area down Long Chimney
Road - Julie Cole, Steve Parker, John Nichols, Marston Jones, Tom Cox, Joyce
& Jeff Shaw and another young gentleman. We all ran our dogs on
singles or doubles whichever was best for our dogs with several different
tests. As we were leaving Linda Harger and Maureen Coleman were
setting up their camping trailer. Fifteen of us met at 7pm at the Rib
Crib for a smoked ribs. In Stillwater, on Sunday, there is no alcohol
in the restaurants except for a 3.2 beer and a local wheat beer..hhhmmm...it
was a little mild for some. The evening meal centered around the
exciting wins for the brown dogs at the local trial!
CH Westwind's Colonial Starfire MH
Qualifying 1st CH Blackwater Friar
Joyce & Jeff Shaw
2nd Red Dirt's Big Iron
4th Quail Run's Quicksilver
Joyce & Tucker
Julie & Quicksilver
Other Chesapeake owners
arriving during the rain today. This morning the training area was
very wet and Edgar Johnson had to get a quick pull for his dog trailer.
Most elected to wait till afternoon to try to get in some marks.
As 6:30p approached, owners gathered in the small banquet
room along with their cocktails for socializing and the start of the evening
festivities. Chris Payne introduced the Open judges and welcomed all to
Oklahoma. As plates were being filled, John Nichols conducted the ACC
meeting with reports from the individual ACC committees.
Dr Sam Long of the U of Penn gave an update on the DNA study
of Degenerative Myelopathy (DM). So far he has samples from 40 dogs,
10 of which are confirmed as having had DM. Another 3 are possible to
have the disease but not confirmed as of yet. He will be drawing blood
from as many dogs as possible for the continuing study to find the gene
responsible for this disease. The good news is that in the Corgi breed
they think are close to finding the gene! The disease usually appears
between ages 9-11 years.
Chisolm gave a short update on EIC (Exercise Inducted Collapse) and asked
for dogs to have DNA taken by swab over the next few days for the study.
Jones conducted the calcutta which closed the evening events...except for
Room 103! Dr Long with assistants Melissa Schumann and helpers Marlene
Drag & Bruce Ahlers started drawing blood for the DNA study.