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Tonya Brotherton Named Executive Director of the Bird Dog Foundation

Mar 06, 2014

Grand Junction, Tenn. — The Board of Directors of the Bird Dog Foundation (umbrella organization which operates the National Bird Dog Museum and Field Trial Hall of Fame) recently ratified Tonya Brotherton of nearby Hickory Valley, Tenn., to serve as Executive Director. She will be responsible for coordinating all operational activities of the National Bird Dog Museum and the Field Trial Hall of Fame. She assumed official duties March 1, 2014. Before moving into the top slot, Mrs. Brotherton had previously been employed by the foundation as gift shop manager and secretary.

“We are excited about having Mrs. Brotherton on board. Her strong organizational skills, plus her ties to the local community and high energy approach, will be a tremendous assets,” said Donald S. Driggers, president of the Board of Directors of the Bird Dog Foundation.

Mrs. Brotherton is also enthusiastic about her appointment. “This is an exciting opportunity for me! There is such a rich tradition here that I am eager to help share with the greater sporting dog community.”

Originally from Tuscumbia, Ala., Mrs. Brotherton has lived and worked near the famous bird dog Mecca, the Ames Plantation, for more than 30 years. She and her husband, Rex, express a fondness for horses and also own sporting dogs. The couple has a grown son, Clay, age 27, who lives in the Grand Junction vicinity. In her spare time, Mrs. Brotherton says she enjoys “riding my 4-wheeler, photography and traveling.”

The Bird Dog Foundation operates as a museum dedicated to the history and development of nearly 40 different sporting dog breeds. It is open to the public Tuesday-Sunday. To learn more, visit online at

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