American Field

Random Notes . . .

Oct 05, 2018

A bittersweet communique from longtime Michigan trainer David Grubb dated September 25 arrived at the editorial desk on Monday, October 1.

“Had a horse fall with me and broke my leg in two places. In the hospital until they can do surgery in two-three weeks.

“With a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes I must inform my many field trial friends that I am retiring.

“I lay here in bed and think of all the thousands of miles I have traveled and the many friends I have made, the great dogs I have had and the many great handers I have known.

“I was privileged to compete against the best: John S. Gates, Clyde Morton, and so many more. My true friends — Roy Jines, Lefty Henry, Mike Tracy were and are special to me. Andy Daugherty, Robin Gates, Fred Dileo, Herman Smith of the more modern era.

“It is so hard to end a career for as Randy Downs said: ‘Dave, that’s all you have ever known is bird dogs.’

“To the many who have helped me through the years — Buddy Swift, Alva Caine, Kenny Green, Curt Kline, Robert Pool, and especially Dick Wilson and Paul Tutro.

“I will be lost but will try to keep in contact.

“I have loved and competed in this sport for 62 years and still love it.”

[David was able to return home on October 1 and is there until surgery can be scheduled. His address is: 4155 Mill Lake Road, Lake Orion, MI  48360.]

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