|Bruce and Barbara Jacobs|
On Saturday, Oct. 15, at Flaherty Field Trial Area, during the two-week running of some of New England's oldest and most prestigious horseback championships - the Northeastern, the New England Futurity, the New England Open and the Region 1 Amateur All Age - professional handlers Bruce and Barbara Jacobs, who have competed for many years in these events either as handlers or trainers, were presented with the Bird Dog Foundation's Life Patron Award.
A large group of fans attended the presentation at the Flaherty clubhouse. Master of ceremonies was Joe Crowley, well-known in field trial circles as the owner of the setter Mr. Motion. Friends from all over the northeast were in attendance, as well as almost the entire Jacobs family.
After the event, Bruce and Barbara write:
"(We) would like to thank all those involved in the presentation of the Bird Dog Foundation's Life Patron Award: The Association of New England Field Trial Clubs Inc., Harry Townshend, Tom Gates, Dave O'Brien, Gene Casale, Joe Crowley, Janice Gregory, Margaret Drew, Dick Bembenek and all family and field trialers who attended."
I think it is we who need to thank them. For their professionalism, for their talent in training dogs, for their friendship. Here's to you, Bruce and Barbara, and to many more years of doing the things you love!