The Grand & Gladwin
Posted by John McKellop III on 11/20/2023, 11:01 am
For this year's Grand National Grouse Championship I definitely want to give the CH winner Brian Ralph, with his Rip dog, & John Stolgitis who handled it, a huge congratulations!! And, for RU CH, Rod Lein's Merry, the same!! Great dogs that I have seen run before & I'll say for both, with the greatest affirmation, this was not just a lucky day for them. Having seen both run many times in the past, I can easily & confidently say, they are both great dogs!
But the biggest congratulations that Id like to give would be to all of the Gladwin people who put this event on & did all of the Work.
For us trialers, you are the unsung heroes! You do all of the work & get little to no thanks. I want you to know that even though I couldn't be there (that's a whole different story) I want to especially thank all those that helped in either small ways or big.
A Field Trial event is actually a team effort. A regular Field Trial takes a great deal of "team effort" & work! A trial of the level of a Championship, & even beyond that, the Grand National Grouse CH, takes a tremendous amount of coordination, planning, work & as always, a massive amount of "Team effort".
So for the entire Gladwin Team, I want to thank you & congratulate you on this tremendous undertaking that you accomplished so well!!
I would name names, but not being there I'm sure I'd miss some. For all of you helping, please believe me, job well done!
But before I leave this post, Id like to add the following. On the oppisite side, there are always those that complain, say their dog should have won, "it should have been done differently", this course sucks it should have been routed differently, & on & on with complaints.
To the Gladwin "Team" & the rest of the various trial grounds teams, just let me say, most of those complainers are'nt the workers or do-ers. They are just ignorant complainers that usually don't have a clue. Often, they are just in it for themselves.
Please continue your great work for our sport & ignore the ignorance.
And, one final thought. I would challenge all who have rarely helped at a trial to make this same statment, at least to your local club, but hopefully to other trial ground team's, too: If there is anything that I can do to help, isn't enough. Make it stronger by saying Where can I come & help, or, What can I do to help, is what we should all be saying AND doing.
Again, congratulations to Brian, John, Rip, Rod, Merry, the Gladwin "Team", & all of the other various grounds teams! The "Teams" are what makes our sport happen. Get out & help them! Be a part of them!