Wheat and I (and Juin!) were fortunate enough to attend the Ali family’s Annual French Brittany Field Trials yet again this year. We always have the very best time watching these little bird dogs show off their stuff, and this year was no exception. It was a GORGEOUS cool (but not cold) day in the woods. I mostly just have pictures of Juin, but hope to have a few more pictures to share once everyone who was there gets around to sharing them.
We are lucky enough to have multiple amazing photographers in attendance every year, and this year those ranks included none other than Dale Spartas. He’s a good friend of Dr. Ali, and he quickly becomes a friend to anyone he meets… especially people who love the same things he does: bird dogs and hunting and the outdoors.
Juin went up against Bobby Lee in the first round of the young adult dogs this year. She’s 1.5 years old now! Hard to believe how small and young she was at the Field Trials last year.
Juin got called back for another go at it, this time with her half-sister, Ivy, and Bobby Lee again.
Ivy is such a pretty girl, and she retrieves, too! Not all French Brittanys will retrieve, and it’s considered a real bonus if they do. Her mama, Rhonda, was proud, I know. :)
At lunch time, we headed back to the barn for a feast and awards, but not before I snapped a few more pictures of Wheat and Juin.
We are so happy to participate in these friendly field trials each year, and we have the very best time seeing everyone and watching these little dogs strut their stuff. It’s all in good fun, but we’re awfully proud that Juin tied Ivy, her half-sis, for second best in the young adult division, and she won Second Best Overall this year! That little pup brings so much chaos, fur, laughs and love into our little house and we are thrilled that she is such a good little bird dog, too.
Thank you SO much to Galt and Francine Allee, who host this wonderful event each January. I’ve been coming to the field trials since I was a little girl, and it’s an event I hope to continue to attend for many, many years to come… hopefully with a little boy or girl in tow before too long!