American Field

Ron Weyer Has Died

By Peter Flanagan | Oct 03, 2019

Oxford, N. Y. — I write with regret to report the recent passing of longtime setter aficionado and field trial patron Ronald C. Weyer.

Ron was born August 7, 1934 in Orange, N. J., and attended Paul Smith’s College and the University of Connecticut where he obtained a bachelors degree in Animal Science and Agricultural Economics.

He worked for the New Jersey Thoroughbred Breeders Association, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture and the New Jersey Harness Racing Commission. He later went on to teach Animal Husbandry at Nassau County Boards of Cooperative Education Services and obtained masters degrees in both Education and Resource Management from CW Post College.

I remember vividly my first encounter with Ron in the mid-1980s when he came up to look for a started dog, a hunting prospect. He had a sharp eye and a very definite and discriminating view of what he wanted. He picked a handsome, strapping white and orange male named Tom by Ch. Brannigan and Grouse Ridge Bonnie. He followed the familiar path to the field trial sport, starting as a dedicated bird hunter before getting “the bug”. Before long he was placing Tom, now registered A Sportsman’s Pride, in trials.

His eye for a good one was again demonstrated when he purchased Crystal Light from Elwin Smith and Harold Ray. She became a big winner, capturing both the Lake States Grouse Championship and the Grand National Grouse Championship in the same year — 1993 — with Dave Hughes handling.

Ron had other contenders with Dave, including multiple winner Gangway.

When he retired in 1995, he and his wife Irene built and operated a licensed shooting preserve and small sheep farm near Edmeston, N. Y. He continued to raise quality setters by breeding good females to the top producing sires of the day.

Ron was a willing helper at many New York trials, especially Lost Pond, Orange County and the Empire Championship. He was still judging from horseback at 75 years of age. He had a sharp wit as well as a sharp eye and his humor as well as his helpful demeanor will be missed.

Sincere condolences to his wife and family.


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