Tom White and Margaret Horstmeyer, DVM are quintessential ambassadors for the Brittany breed. Through the years they have not only supported, but have driven and personified the American Brittany Club mission to maintain a dual dog. The attached records, truncated in content, are highlights to a possibly unparalleled commitment and record that produced the following: A National Champion, two Runner-Up National Championships, A National Amateur Field Champion three Runner-up National Amateur Field Championships, and six other combined national placements. They handled and supported an unprecedented 7 National Dual Dog Award winners, owned and handled 9 individual Dual Champions and one FC/AFC.
Collectively Tom and Margaret have served the National Club in numerous capacities. Since 1999, they have been fixtures at the National Championship. Tom served as First Vice President and National Field Championship Chair from 2007 to 2013. During this time Margaret had donated her time as a Dr. of Veterinary Medicine gratis to those in attendance. Margaret continues to serve as chair and an active member of the Health Aspects and Genetic defect committee since 2011, and as the official OFA contact. At a local and Regional level they have been tireless contributors and members to numerous western clubs. Margaret served as secretary and treasurer of the very large California Brittany Club for many years. They currently serve as very active members in the Idaho Brittany Club.
Tom has judged more than 120 field trials, including the AKC Gun Dog Pointing Breed National Championship and the Gordon Setter Club of America National Championship. On a personal note, Tom and Margaret are directly responsible for my participation at the National level. They volunteered to transport and care for my dog in 2011 making my first trip to Booneville possible. A new face at a trial can always expect a warm welcome and extended offers of help and seemingly endless patience in listening to questions followed by a kind and supportive answer.
They have been a highly competitive handler/scout team with more than 750 AKC placements and counting, who committed extensive time and financial resources to present dual champions. They have given back extensively to the club in both official and unofficial capacities. While it may be unorthodox to nominate and support two candidates together; their efforts, success and contribution have been unified and I cannot imagine it another way.
Please join me in supporting Tom White and Margaret Horstmeyer for the Brittany Field Trial Hall of Fame.
To Support nomination, send email to mail@BrittanyFieldTrialHallOfFame.com stating support of nomination
**** Supporters of this nomination ****
Paul & Peggy Doiron
Jim & Pattie Hammett
Steve & Lori Ralph
Alice Wollman (Benoit)
Paul and I would like to add our support for the nomination of both Tom White & Margaret Horstmeyer-White to the Brittany Field Trial Hall of Fame. Their dedication to the dual dog for the Brittany’s has been outstanding since they started in this sport in the mid 1990’s. They’ve been a two person welcoming committee to new people interested in getting into this sport, and they’re always there to lend a helping hand wherever it might be needed. Tom has spent hours in the saddle judging, bird planting or doing what needs to be done, and Margaret has been the on site veterinarian at every event they go to. We don’t know of two people who are more deserving of this honor. Please add our names to the list of their supporters.
Thank you, Paul and Peggy Doiron
Wayne and I would like to add our support to the nomination of Tom White and Margaret Horstmeyer to the Brittany Field Trial HOF. Can't think of anyone more deserving! Tom and Margaret work as hard for the breed and the field-trial community- judging, scouting, planting birds, cooking, helping out with whatever needs doing - as they do with training and handling their own line of very successful dogs to win after win. Their contributions and accomplishments are a reflection of their long-term commitment to the sport. What doesn't show in the statistics is that they also have been great friends to us and many many others. Can't imagine the Western Circuit without them.
Thank you, Janet Fullwood and Wayne Down
I would like to support the nomination of Margaret Horstmeyer and Tom White for the ABC Field Trial Hall of Fame. I understand awards and the dogs they have championed are just one part of the entire picture. As someone who is relatively new to field trialing I can tell you that Margaret and Tom have been champions of mentorship and kindness. They have always helped at the field trials; Tom has gently offered pointers and thoughtful suggestions about handling and dogs. Margaret is amazing. I can’t even tell you how many times she has helped in many different ways. I will relate to you at the fall field trial at the Spanish Ranch, she wrangled and walked a mile with my husband’s ill mannered horse while he, a beginner rider who is also temporarily disabled, was attempting to ride him. Who else would stop and help someone like that in trouble? All I can say is I don’t understand why they are not in the ABC Field Trial Hall of Fame already. These two epitomize everything that is right about field trialing.
Kindly, Alice Wollman (Benoit)