Brittany Field Trial Hall of Fame Nomination of

Kent D. Patterson

Nominated by Tom Ettinger

For over 3 decades, Kent Patterson has been an enthusiastic supporter of field trialing and the American Brittany, serving tirelessly in various roles at the National, Regional and local level. For 11 years he was a director for the East Central Region of the American Brittany Club. He served as the ABC National Field Trial dates coordinator, currently chairs the ABC Hall of Fame Committee for Dogs and is a member of the ABC Finance Committee. He has been the only ABC Tritronics/Garmin Shooting Dog Award Points Coordinator in its 11 year history and was recently appointed to the board of directors of the Brittany Field Trial Hall of Fame in Grand Junction, TN. In May of 2017, he becomes only the 4th Purina Pro Plan Liaison for ABC.

Kent is a founding member of the Music City Brittany Club and its Dixieland Championship for which he has been the Field Trial Secretary for 19 years. He was a founding member and director for the Deep South Brittany Free-for-All Championship, a two series endurance event considered by breed stalwarts to be one of the most difficult championships to capture. His male, 5X CH One-N-Only, won the title in back-to-back years 2006 and 2007. At the national level, he has been on the ABC National All Age Field Trial Committee for 9 Championships.

A bird hunter for over 50 years, Kent’s passion is handling dogs, particularly big running all-age dogs and he is widely considered one of the most skilled amateur handlers in the country. Twice he has won the ABC National Amateur All Age Championship, in 2006 with Just Call Me Roy and in 2007 with his own dog Maxwell’s White Spirit. He took ABC National Amateur All Age Runner-Up titles with Maxwell’s Gunsmoke in 2008 and Piney Run Art in 2012. All told Kent has won 16 American Field Championships, from the Deep South’s red clay to the Missouri Breaks of South Dakota.

While Kent has hunted and trained his own dogs on wild birds in Kansas, Nebraska and the Dakotas, he’s also supported a number of professional trainers including Bob and Rob Rohner, Maurice Lindley, Gene Stewart, Frank Hanwright and Ben Lorenson.

Always willing to climb into the judicial saddle, his assignments have included the inaugural ABC National Derby Invitational, American Brittany Club Eastern All-Age Futurity, The PA Shooting Dog Championship, and various regional Brittany club trials in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Ohio. He has accepted a judicial position in the fall of 2017 for two trials that qualify dogs for the National Championship in Grand Junction, TN, The Dominion Chicken Open All Age Championship at Mortlach, SK and the Tootsie Hurdle Championship in Blue Mountain, MS. Additionally, he will judge the Irish Setter National Championship at Booneville, AR in October 2017.

A skilled wordsmith, Kent has written a variety of articles, both biographical and fiction, for the American Brittany Magazine, American Field, and Pointing Dog Journal. His Patron Article honoring Jim and Janet Chase hangs in the Bird Dog Museum. He is a much sought after field trial reporter and was scribe for the ABC National Amateur All Age Championship in Booneville 5 times, the Deep South Brittany Free-for-All Championship all 10 years of its existence, and the Dixieland Championship 15 times. He will report the 2017 ABC National All Age Championship.

Unselfish is a word that best describes Kent.  His great sportsmanship, good cheer, and long time commitment to the Brittany at all levels makes him most deserving of induction into the Brittany Field Trial Hall of Fame.

To Support nomination, send email to stating support of nomination

**** Supporters of this nomination ****
Mike Blondin
James Doherty
Paul & Peggy Doiron
Rob Donahue
Tom Ettinger
Joe Gower
Marilynne & Clem Little
Joe & Marsha Luisi
Neil Mace
Tom Milam
Steve Ralph
David A. Webb

First met Kent will over 20 years ago when he and Rob Donahue were competing in a Brittany trial at Dorman Lake in Illinois – my memory has faded; not sure who was running the Brittany, but the two of them were a team. Over the years there have numerous meetings at trials and phone calls to discuss various subjects concerning the Brittany. For two years running when ask to judge The Pennsylvania Brittany Shooting Dog Championship, he accepted willingly. And he also performed the reporting duties that first year. Kent Patterson’s professionalism at all levels in the Brittany “world” makes him a deserving candidate for the Brittany Field Trial Hall of Fame. I support Kent’s nomination.
David A. Webb, Pennsylvania Brittany Club

I must say Kent Patterson is, without doubt, one of the most outstanding persons I have met, worked and competed with in thirty…uh….five years playing with Brittanys. Kent is an outstanding voice of the breed. Skilled reporter, regional club officer, American Brittany Club dignitary to mention a few. Most importantly he is also in the top 3 of my personal list of great amateur handlers. He is truly deserving of this honor.
James Doherty, Hiproof

Kent represents what is best about field trialing. He is a sportsman to a fault, a fierce competitor with high standards who will help anyone, an excellent judge and handler of dogs, a talented writer. I could go on but what really separates Kent from most is his desire to raise the bar, to make everything he touches a little bit better. We need to recognize people like Kent because just being around him inspires us to be a little bit better too.
Martha Greenlee

Please add me to the list of people who support Kent for the Field Trial Hall of Fame. I have served along- side him in numerous capacities for club business and found him to be a balanced, hardworking and fair member; a true credit to the sport. As a competitor, he is an exceptional handler and the stake is never over when he still has a dog to put down. I submit my endorsement with respect,
Joe Gower

Kent Patterson has quietly given so very much to Brittanys and field trials for over 30 years; as a compettor, judge, scout,club official, reporter, and most importantly as an ambassador. A brilliant writer, he has glorified our sport to many. He has often served as a substitute handler and scout, working tirelessly to beat himself. He has more Amateur Championship placements than anyone I know. He is an honest man! I know of no higher praise.
Neil Mace

What a deserving member of our Brittany community to add to the BFTHOF. Kent has done it all. Among his already listed accomplishments Kent started the Music City Brittany Club and the Dixieland Brittany Championship. He is undoubtedly one of the finest field trial reporters in our game and his reports are always informative and entertaining. His trial record as a handler shows that he is one of the best. He has a great ability to read a dog and get the very most from them. Let's put Kent into the BFTHOF this year!
Rob Donahue

I would be amiss if I did not speak about my friend, Kent Patterson. I know of no other person that deserves to be recognized and rewarded by being inducted in the Hall of Fame than Kent. He is a quite individual never tooting his own horn but fully committed and ready to assist in this great sport of ours. He puts on trials, judges, and reports with a flair that only a few wordsmiths are capable of. Our sport and companionship are better because of people like Kent. He would certainly do to ride the river with!
Tom Milam