Richard (Rick) Delmar Smith
Anyone who knows Rick knows that his gifts to our breed and the sport of dogs are many and varied. Rick is a giver, he gives of his time, his money, and most importantly his knowledge of birddogs to anyone and everyone who needs it. Under his leadership the vision that the Cartmells and the Webb’s had for the future of the BFTHF has flourished.
Rick drove a horse drawn dog wagon for his father (Delmar Smith) (handler/trainer of 5 Brittany Field Trial Hall of Fame members Towsey, Way Kan Jill, Holiday Britt’s Bazooka, Holiday Britt, and Bazooka Brandy) who was training dogs in Canada in the summer of 1957, the wood wheel dog wagon belonged to Rick’s grandfather B.F. (Dutch) Epperson who also was a dog trainer. He trained and handled such dogs as Field Trial Hall of Fame member Spunky Creek Boy and National Amateur Champion Spunky Creek Coin in the 1930s. Since Rick’s father was a professional trainer and Rick was working for him making $1.00 a week, he was considered a professional trainer at 10 years of age. Rick started professional training/field trialing for the public in the fall of 1969.
Rick has been a competitor, director, contributing director to the United States Open Brittany Championship Association since 1970. He served on the Board of Director of the Brittany Field Trial Hall of Fame 1996 to 2008. He has been Chairman of the Brittany Field Trial Hall of Fame since 2009 and is a Gold Level Contributor to the Brittany Field Trial Hall of Fame Building Fund. Rick was awarded a Founders Perpetual Membership to the National Bird Dog Foundation (2008) and awarded a Life Patron Membership to the National Bird Dog Foundation (2005). In November of 2013 Rick was elected to the American Brittany Club Hall of Fame.
Rick has written articles about Bird Dog Training for Pointing Dog Journal since 2001 and has conducted Bird Dog Training Seminars at the Bird Dog Foundation for the benefit of the Endowment Fund since 1996 generating over $48,000.00.
The first litter of Brittanys Rick raised was in 1971, the most notable dog he whelped was National Champion Hi-Proof Rum Runner. He is a member of Brittany Field Trial Hall of Fame. Rick still (1971 to 2013) raises and sells Brittanys to the public after 42 years. Rick was the breeder of the "Sire" of 2012 ABC Hall of Fame member Nolan's Last Bullet.
Competitive Field Trial Career: September 1969 thru May 1981
Rick handled the winner of the United States Open Brittany Championship 7 times. (Pacolet Cheyenne Sam 1970, Sno’ Fun Mac 1972, Jacolet’s Wandering Star 1974, 1978, 1979, Ringo De Britt 1975, Perry’s Rustic Prince 1976) , handled the winner of the ABC National Open Brittany Championship 3 times. (Pacolet Cheyenne Sam 1971, Senator TJ 1976, Perry’s Rustic Prince 1978), *Handled the winner of the Inter-National Open Brittany Championship 5 times, (Jacques’s Pierre Pride 1970, Perry’s Rustic Prince 1973, 1974, 1977, Jacolet’s Wandering Star 1976), trainer of the ABC National Amateur Brittany Championship 2 times. (Brandy’s Bullet 1973 & Perry’s Rustic Prince 1976), handled or trained 4 dogs that are members of the Brittany Field Trial Hall of Fame: Brandy’s Bullet, Jacolet’s Wandering Star, Pacolet Cheyenne Sam and Perry’s Rustic Prince. These four dogs by themselves won 78 Open All Age, Limited All Age or Championship Firsts.
National Open Brittany Championship (2011), United States Open Brittany Championship (1985, 1992, 1995, 2012) 50th running of the United States Open Brittany Championship, 1997 Pacific Coast Open Shooting Dog Championship (Pointer & Setter), 1999 United States Open Shooting Dog Invitational Championship (Pointer & Setter), 2000 National German Wirehaired Pointer Championship, 2000 National German Wirehaired Pointer Field Futurity
Bird Dog Training Seminars:
Rick first started helping his father Delmar Smith conduct the Smith Bird Dog Training Seminar in 1970, then took them on full time in 1996 (over 240 seminar presented since 1996) to the present time. Rick has conducted seminars from Maine to California, Alaska, Canada, S. Texas, New Zealand and Australia. Several people, men and women, that attended have won many championship titles, master hunters, field champions, or to train and own the best hunting dog they have ever had.
Rick has been on the Purina Pro Staff team since 1997, and has worked with the development of electric dog training collars with three different companies. He is currently with Tri-Tronic Garmin’s pro staff.