American Field

Random Notes . . .

Sep 03, 2019
In foreground, from left: Celebrant Dave Fletcher, Carol Fletcher, daughter Melissa Sellers and cousin Phyllis Weghorn. Behind: Theresa Burton, Victoria Sellers, Daniel Sellers, grandsons Jason and Ryan Ferrigan, son David Fletcher, Jr. and grand-daughter Lauren Fletcher. [Photo by Deborah Fletcher]

David A. Fletcher, affiliated with field trials and The American Field for some sixty years, celebrated No. 85 the weekend of August 24 at his home in Morrice, Mich.

David and his wife Carol moved into what has become the Fletcher homestead on Labor Day weekend fifty years ago.

The late William F. Brown, editor of The American Field, hired Dave for the editorial staff in the fall of 1967. Among Dave’s early assignments was the Canadian prairie stakes which  drew banner entries, the entire slate taking more than two weeks to complete.

Dave Fletcher has the distinction of being a member of two Halls of Fame, the Field Trial Hall of Fame (elected in 2016) and the Brittany Hall of Fame (elected in 2017). Only two others in the bird dog community share this distinction: Henry Berol of Di-Lane Plantation fame in Waynesboro, Ga., was elected to the Field Trial Hall of Fame in 1976, and Cocker Hall of Fame in 2015; and Delmar Smith, a member of both the Field Trial Hall of Fame (1998) and the Brittany Hall of Fame.

Dave also has the distinction of breeding multiple Brittany champion  and producer Rimarda’s Trademark, owned by the late field trial patrons Janet and Jim Chase and handled by Chad Holman. Trademark was elected to the Brittany Hall of Fame in 1998.

Dave has served as secretary of the Bird Dog Foundation for several terms, as well as the Association of Michigan Field Trial Clubs. He has reported field trials far and wide, major championships and local events, the Hall of Fame festivities in Grand Junction, Tenn., and associations’ annual meetings and awards.

He still operates Fletcher Printing and is responsible for the Plaque Program that recognizes dogs and persons who have made a positive impact on the field trial sport.

At age 85, Dave is still a busy man with his printing business, his burgeoning garden, and his field trial activities.

Best wishes to Dave and many happy returns.

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