Montana Brittany Club
The meeting called to order
at 7:05 pm (conference call) by President Todd
Breitenfeldt. Those in attendance were Todd
Breitenfeldt, Sandy Becker, Richard Beaver, Tana
Kradolfer, Jan Breitenfeldt, Bob Myers. Motion to approve
minutes of the last meeting(s) was made by Sandy B., 2nd
by Tana K. Passed unam.
Minutes of Annual Meeting - Saturday, July 29, 2012
Meeting was called to order at 1:26 p.m. by
President, Todd Breitenfelt, at the home of Tana and
Conrad Kradolfer in Belgrade, Montana.
MINUTES of the last
meeting were approved upon motion of Bob Myers, second
by Conrad Kradolfer and unanimous vote of all present.
OFFICERS REPORTS were
PRESIDENT reported we
had no new significant correspondence other than the
email that Secretary, Alex Burks had been forwarding
to all the members.
TREASURER reported the
bank account balance as $3127.98.
MEMBERSHIP reported we
had 2 new members and 1 renewal.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS
AND BOARD After motion by Sandy Becker, second by Tana
Kradolfer, and unanimous vote, the following officers
and board members were elected:
Vice President: Bob
Secretary: Alex Burk
Becker, Richard Beaver, Conrad Kradolfer
SNAKE BREAK Butch
Nelson, pro dog trainer and handler from Denton,
Montana, conducted the snake break. The event was well
attended with people traveling from as far as Missoula
and Canada to participates. After deducting expenses
the club cleared approximately $600-$700 from the
There was some
discussion about holding this event in 2013 in the
WEBSITE There was
discussion about updates to the website. Todd
Brietenfeldt asks that people email anything they
would like added to the website and also send him
reminders if the new info, photos, etc. do not appear
within a few weeks.
WHOA POST NEWLETTER
After discussion, it was agreed that we postpone a
discussing an update until after the field trial.
HATS AND T-SHIRTS Tana
Kradolfer reported we are completely out of hats and
t-shirts. After so discussion, Bob Myers moved the
club spend $500 to purchase hats and t-shirts to sell
at the upcoming field trial. Motion was seconded and
passed. Tana will work with the company in Bozeman to
get the t-shirts and hats ordered and printed.
American Brittany Club.
A brief discussion was held about a donation to the
Hall of Fame, a Montana Brittany Club brag page in the
American Brittany Club Magazine, and a decal for the
club equipment trailer. It was the consensus of the
members that these expenditures be tabled until after
we were certain the field trial expenses had been
paid. It was so moved, seconded and passed.
Possible events for
2013. A discussion was held about the possibility of
holding various events next year, including:
-a fun event for the
-a group training in
the morning and a mock hunt test in the afternoon;
-a joint training with
the Montana French Brittany Club;
-Hosting a handling
clinic by Butch Nelson;
-Hosting a Rick Smith
seminar in the Billings area;
-holding a hunt test
and/or walking field trial;
Montana Brittany Club Minutes
January 25th, 2012
President: No correspondence to report at this time.
All other matters will be covered below in the agenda.
Secretary: No Secretary report (not present).
Treasurer: $5200 in the account less the bill for one year
website fees = $4960.00 in bank.
Membership: 4 new members.
Correspondence: none at this time.
AKC legislative rep.: the MT legislature is not in session
at this time so, no big issues concerning Brittanys.
AKC does have some national issues.
Potential committees to form during meeting:
1. Board member nominations: were made (see below).
Others can be accepted by the membership.
2. Fun/training events: (see below)
3. Field trail / Hunt test: field trial committee: (see
4. Fund raising: see snake break below.
Old (Unfinished) Business:
I. fund raising plans for 2012 (see below)
II. review of web site:
a. hat/T-shirt sales: everyone agreed that the website
looks fine. Todd will try to get a picture of the
hat and tee-shirts to put up for sale on the
website. Tana will continue to take requests and
sales. Todd will also be making changes to the
officers and directors info on the site. A request
for hunting pictures and info regarding all competitive
placements will be sent out to the membership so that the
pictures can be put up on the website and recent
accomplishments of members can be acknowledged both on the
website and in a newsletter and also compiled for a
upcoming ad to be placed in the American Brittany Club
III. e-news letter "The Whoa Post"- articles: Todd made a
last request for articles. Also, a request for
photos and all placements in 2011. Last call for
articles and photos: hunting season / competition /
I. Discuss 2012 possible events schedule:
a. fun event(s)
b. hunt tests and/or field trial(s): The Field Trial date
was set for August 24-26. Todd will contact Leslie
to see if she will be chairman again. Bob agreed to
be the chairman in the event that Leslie does not want to
be chairman again. Once the chairman is decided that
person will then designate the field trial committee and
proceed with getting the date set with American Brittany
club and getting the birds ordered and judges lined
Committee includes: (Leslie or Bob as Chairperson), Tana,
Jan, Sandy, Richard, and Todd.1. date
2. with MTGSPC?
c. spring/summer fun (practice) event: A fun event was
discussed that would involve all the membership.
Tana volunteered to check with a couple land owners to see
if we can find a place to hold a fun event. Sandy,
Tana, Bob and Jan agreed to be on the Fun Event
committee. Possible locations included Lewistown,
and possibly trying to get back on the Grey Cliffs
Ranch. Bob suggested we try to also have a fun event
similar to the horseback trial training event held at
Butch Nelson’s last year. After some discussion it
was decided that the horseback practice will probably not
be a formal event of the membership.
d. late summer/fall event - field trial and/or hunt test:
A hunt test event in conjunction with the GSPC group was
ruled out for this year. We will need to keep
looking for a place to hold a possible event in the spring
e. event committees
III. Club trailer decal: Conrad called the decal guy and
emailed the club logo to him but never heard back so
will have to follow up again with that.
a. Hall of fame donation: Tana moved that the ABC Hall of
Fame donation be tabled until after the field trial event
to conserve on funds at this time.
b. MTBC club "brag" add in ABC Magazine: A MTBC 2011 brag
page will be put together and placed in the April
issue depending on the results gathered by March 1st.
V. Fund raising for 2012
a. Status of the sale of the gun was discussed with Sandy
Becker reporting that the gun sale on Craig’s list did not
work since Craig’s list does not allow the sale of
guns. Tana moved that Sandy place an add in the
Billings Gazette to try to sell the gun and try to get the
best rate for the classified ad. The knives
will be used as possible door prize or judges gifts or
silent auction item at the 2012 field trial.
After some brief discussion it was decided that the Snake
Break be brought back as the main fund raiser this year
since we are taking a break from doing any training
seminars. Tana volunteered to call Butch Nelson to
try to see what dates and places could be available for a
VI. Officers, board members: A nominating committee
comprised of those attending the meeting came up with the
following slate of officers and directors to be brought up
for election at the next meeting of the membership (either
at the Fun Trial or the Snake Break Picnic, which ever
comes first): Pres=Todd, VP=Jan, Sec=Alex Burks,
Treasurer=Tana, Directors are Sandy, Bob and
VII. Legislation that effects our sport
Discussion of forming a legislative coalition with many
other animal welfare groups so as to afford a lobbyist.
a. go to all online renewals & new members? It was
decided to stay with the current system. Todd will
try to clarify the membership page on the web a bit more.
IX. Other Unfinished business: none.
-Questions and answers / general discussion
-Location/date/time of next meeting: Feb., 22nd, 7 PM,
-Adjournment: a motion to adjourn was made, approved unam.
Montana Brittany Club Meeting
The conference call meeting was called to order by
President Todd Breitenfeldt at 7:06 PM. Members in
attendance were: Todd Breitenfeldt, Alex Burks, Bob
Myers, Tana Kradolfer, Leslie Andreas, Sandy Becker, and
Tana moved that the minutes be accepted as posted on the
club website, Bob made the second, the minutes were
approved as posted.
Tana said that Montana trainer Butch Nelson is now
offering a training seminar, which will probably be held
at the end of June 2011.
Presidents Report: Todd mentioned that he had
finished preparing a “Presidents Report” that will be
posted in the club’s e-newsletter that is about to go out.
Secretary’s Report: Alex reported he had recently
received a letter from the AKC requesting that we update
our club officer rooster after our next election.
Treasure’s Report: Jan reported we have $8,281 in
the club’s bank account. Tana said she has $300 she
will turn in from the sale of quail that were left over
from our August field trial, this will give us a balance
of around $8,600!
AKC Legislative Rep: Jan Breitenfeldt is going to
e-mail the AKC and see what this job would entail.
Committees: Fun Trial: A committee was formed
to research and plan a late winter fun trial for the
club: This committee is made up of Todd, Tana,
Sandy, and Alex. This group agreed to meet by phone
on 01-16-2011 at 5:00PM.
Committee: Fall AKC Trial: This committee is
made up of Todd, Tana, Sandy, Bob, and Leslie
Andreas: Leslie and Todd agreed to co-chair the fall
trial. The next committee meeting is set for
01-19-2011 at 7:00PM. The club feels that we
definitely must have some walking stakes if we want our
members to participate.
Fund Raisers for 2011: It was decided the only fund
raisers for 2011 will be the Rick Smith Seminars as in the
past this has given us the most bang for the buck.
This year we will not have a rattlesnake avoidance clinic.
Club Trailer Purchase: The club wants to purchase a
7’ X 14’ dual axle trailer with a rear drop down door when
we can find a good deal on one. Bob Myers offered to
search around the Helena area as an aside to his search
for a horse trailer. We think we will have to spend
in the $4,500 to $5,000 range for one.
Hall of Fame donation: This is in a response to a
request made by Rick Smith to support the building of a
“Brittany Wing” to the current Bird Dog Hall of Fame in
Junction, TN. After much discussion we agreed we
need to support this, Alex made a motion that we make a
one time donation of $250 to the “Brittany Wing” and Bob
seconded, the motion passed unanimously.
MTBC Brag ad in the ABC Magazine: There was a lot of
support for spending some money to highlight the
accomplishments of our member’s dogs. We decided to
table this idea for now and spend some time looking
through the magazine to see how this is typically done.
Appreciation Award: Sandy called and talked with
landowner Arnie Schlagel who generously let us use his
water truck at our August field trial in Great Falls,
MT. Sandy suggested we give Arnie some money for
fuel and a gift card for a dinner. We all thought
this is a good idea and Tana made a motion that we spend
$100 to thank Arnie. $50 in money for fuel and a
gift card for $50 at a Great Falls Restaurant.
Raffle: Todd announced that the winner of our Garmin
Astro collar is member Peter Bakun. Bob Myers moved
that we offer Peter Bakun his choice of a check for $500
or the Astro Collar. Leslie Andreas seconded the
motion and it was passed unanimously.
Hat / T-shirt Sales: Tana volunteered to handle the
sales of club logo merchandise. Currently the hats
and T-shirts are priced at $15.00 each.
Whoa-Post: This is our club’s e-newsletter.
Alex stated he had recently sent out an e-mail requesting
pictures and wins made by member’s dogs. Todd and
member Sarah Davies are going to get this out ASAP.
Rick Smith Training Seminars: A motion was made by
Bob Myers that we formerly set our Rick Smith training
seminars. This was seconded by Alex and passed
unanimously. Our dates are: June 10, 11, &
12, 2011 for the Foundation Seminar and July 14, 15, 16,
& 17, 2011 for the Advanced Academy.
Board Members: Board Member, Eric Kaelin recently
moved to Kentucky. Todd said he would call Eric to
see what he wanted to do concerning his tenure on the
Next Meeting: The next meeting was set for Thursday,
February 17th at 7:00PM.
Adjournment: Bob moved we adjourn at 9:13 PM, Leslie
made the second, motion passed unanamously.
Montana Brittany Club Meeting Minutes -
November 2, 2010
The phone meeting was called to order by President Todd
Breitenfeldt at 7:08 PM. Members present were Todd
& Jan Breitenfeldt, Sandy Becker, Alex Burks, Richard
Beaver, Bob Myers, Tommie Dahl, and Tana Kradolfer.
Tana moved to approve the minutes from the last meeting
and Sandy was a second on the motion. The motion was
Tana reported that our August field trail made about
$1,500; most of the judges didn’t accept any money for
Todd reported that we have $8,598 in the bank.
Alex Burks read a letter requesting a donation for the
Brittany Field Trial Hall of Fame, after some discussion
it was decided we need to research this more before making
a decision. Todd said he would e-mail at least five
Brittany clubs in Idaho and Washington to see what they
are doing in this regard. Tana said she will talk to
Butch Nelson, Leslie Andreas, and John Henderson to see
what they suggest.
Sandy Becker gave her report on “Membership” and said she
will check on a few people we think are members but don’t
show up on the official list the ABC sent us. Sandy
said she was in the process of sending out a questionnaire
to our members to see what kind of activities they would
like to see our club offer.
Rick Smith Seminars:
Todd reported that he has received information from Rick
Smith concerning a “Foundation Clinic” to be held in the
Whitehall area June 10, 11, &12, 2011. The cost
of this clinic will be $375.
Bob Myers reported that the Rick Smith Advanced Academy
will be held in the Bozeman area on July 14, 15, 16, &
17, 2011. The cost for this clinic is $1,200.
Bob reported that the club made about $3,100 net last year
on the Rick Smith Clinic we sponsored.
Bob stated that anyone who has taken a Rick Smith
Foundation Course in the past may sit in on the foundation
course again for free.
In discussion concerning the raffle of a Garmin GPS collar
Alex said he would mail our members tickets with
instructions to return the stub with a check to
Todd. We are shooting to have this completed by
Annual Rattlesnake Avoidance Clinic: We didn’t have
a great turn out last time and there was discussion about
whether we wanted to do it again. It was suggested
we hold it on a Saturday this year, instead of
Sunday. Tana said she would ask Butch Nelson if he
even made enough money to want to come do it again.
Club logoed hats and shirts: Sandy Becker said she
will ask our members if anyone wants to handle our shirt
and hat sales for the club.
“Whoa Post”, the clubs E-newsletter. Since Eric
Kaelin has moved out of the area nothing has gone forward
with the newsletter. Tana said she will ask Sarah
Davies if she will help work on the “Whoa Post” as she has
in the past.
New Events: Winter Fun Event, Tana said she would
like to wait and see the results of Sandy’s survey before
planning anything for this winter. Tana suggested
perhaps we could have a training session instead of the
Winter Fun Trial.
If we did have a winter trial there was discussion of
whether we should use a NSTRA or AKC format. Bob
Myers suggested we wait for the results of Sandy’s survey
before deciding. Alex Burks moved we wait for the
results of Sandy’s survey before deciding about a Winter
Fun Event, Tana Kradolfer, made the second and the motion
Field Trials: Tana stated that Karen Conner would
not allow a field trail on her property after April.
If we are going to have a spring trail, Jerry Cape, the
West Coast Coordinator, has to approve the date for us.
Todd offered to run a spring event, May 21 & May
22. Todd said he would Chair the event and Bob Myers
will be the Trial Secretary. Tana moved we have a
Walking Field Trial this time and Bob made the second, the
motion passed unanimously.
Mentoring Program: Tana suggested we might try a
mentoring program to get more members interested and
participating in the club. Sandy agreed this would
be a good idea and told about how well it worked with a
Ladies Golf group she was a part of. Anyone to
be mentored should be a member of our club. It was
mentioned that the Missouri River Headwaters club has a
training night every week on Thursday.
Brittany Rescue: There are currently nine Brittanys
in Boulder, MT with the lady that runs the Montana
Grey Cliff Ranch: When discussing places where we
could hold events, Tana offered that the Grey Cliff ranch
has been de-snaked and has all of the facilities we would
need. Tana said she would call Chris at the ranch to
see if we could use it.
Fall Field Trial: Our allotted time for this
trial is August 26, 27, & 28, the weekend before Labor
Day. Todd asked if anyone would like to “Chair” this
event. No one stepped forward. Jana
Breitenfeldt suggested that two people might want to
co-chair a trial.
Jan offered to fill in for the “Field Trail Chairman” when
the chairman is running his dogs in the trial.
Jan suggested that the people who worked at our last trial
e-mail her their job descriptions and she would enter them
in Google Documents.
Sandy Becker is going to call Arnie Schlagel to see what
we can do for him for letting us use his “ranch fire
truck” to haul water.
The next meeting was set for December 2, 2010 as there
were several things we need to make decisions on.
Tana motioned we adjourn and Alex Burks made the second,
it passed unanimously. The meeting was adjourned at
Minutes for the Montana Brittany Club, Special Board if
Directors Conference Call 05-27-2010.
The meeting was called to order at 7:17 PM by President
Todd Breitenfeldt. Members on the call were:
Sandy Becker, Tana Kradolfer, Eric Kaelin, Todd
Breitenfeldt, Jan Breitenfeldt, Bob Myers, and Alex Burks.
This meeting was called to finalize plans for this
summer’s Rattlesnake Avoidance Clinic.
President Todd Breitenfeldt offered five possible options
to move the meeting along:
1. Not have a Rattlesnake Avoidance Clinic this
2, Have one Rattlesnake Avoidance Clinic in July and
another follow up clinic August, (with Butch Nelson doing
one clinic and Eric Kalein doing one).
3. Have Butch Nelson do a morning clinic on July 11
and Eric Kaelin does an afternoon clinic on July 11.
4. Have Butch Nelson do the Snake Break on July 11.
5. Have Eric Kaelin do the Snake Break on July 11.
After some discussion Sandy Becker made
a motion to have Butch Nelson do the July 11 Snake Break
and have Eric Kaelin do one in August. Eric
suggested the one in August might not be well attended
considering our event in July and the fact that he plans
on doing a snake break in the Livingston area before
August. Sandy changed her motion to just having
Butch Nelson do our Snake Break on July 11. This
motion passed with a vote of three to one.
After some discussion concerning
participation at club events, Alex Burks made a motion
that “Any Montana Brittany Club member in good standing
with the club is welcome and encourage to participate in
all club functions and events”. This was seconded by
Eric Kaelin and passed unanimously.
The discussion then moved to having
some sort of raffle to cover the cost of the special
“Hungarian Partridge Champion” buckle the club plans on
presenting to the owner of the dog with the most points on
wild Hungarian Partridge during the trial.
After several ideas were mentioned we
came back to offering a Garmin Astra as the raffle
prize. Tana Kradolfer got the Astor collar we
raffled a couple of years ago from “Selby’s”, in Bozeman
and Alex Burks offered to call a person he knows at the
Selby’s in Billings to see if they will give let us have a
unit at cost or a low price.
Eric Kaelin made a motion to adjourn
the meeting, Jan Breitenfeldt made the second we voted to
adjourn and Todd Breitenfeldt closed the meeting at
Minutes of the Montana Brittany Club
Conference Call Meeting. May 12, 2010. 7 PM.
The meeting was called to order at 7:10
PM by President Todd Breitenfeldt. Members on the
Conference Call were: Todd Breitenfeldt, Jan
Breitenfeldt, Sandy Becker, Tana Kradolfer, Eric Kaelin,
and Alex Burks.
Sandy Becker moved to approve the
minutes from the last meeting and Jan Breitenfeldt
seconded, motion passed.
We then heard reports from the officers
with the president’s report first:
Todd gave a brief report on our recent
Hunt Test and stated that we probably lost a small amount
of money, mostly due to the expense of bringing in judges
from a long distance and paying their fuel expenses.
Alex Burks gave the secretary’s report
and stated that he had received a letter from the AKC
approving the judging panel for our August Field Trial.
Jan Breitenfeldt gave the Treasurers
report and stated that we have approximately $2,500 in the
bank after paying some of the Hunt Test Expenses but there
are some bills yet to be submitted.
Sandy Becker, who is our Membership
Officer, reported she plans on doing a member survey to
see what kind of activities our members would like to
participate in. At this point Todd asked if the
Donovan’s and Fred Overby ever received their ABC
Magazine. Tana stated that the magazine is running
late this spring due to some kind of glitch, but she will
check to see if her friends are receiving their magazine.
Under the topic of Hunt Test, Todd
expressed his surprise that more of our members didn’t
enter any dogs. It was mentioned that we were very
lucky with the weather this year and might not do a spring
hunt test in the future as it is too risky, (there was
several inches of snow at our Hunt Test Site just a few
days prior to our start). It was mentioned that we
need more of our members participating and perhaps need to
have a chairman for the event and a co-chair who is in
training so they can chair the next event.
Fund raising plans for 2010:
Rattle Snake Avoidance Clinic:
This is to be held in conjunction with the Clubs annual
picnic. Eric Kaelin offered to get the snakes needed
for this and be in charge. JoAnn Kish who is the
chair of this dual event was in Alaska and not on the
call; Tana suggested we table discussion on this until our
next meeting when JoAnn can attend.
Porcupine Avoidance Clinic: Due
to poor attendance last year Todd said he thought we
should not hold one this year. The board agreed.
Rick Smith Training Clinic: Bob
Myers who is the chair on this event was not present but
we are told the event is sold out and we expect to make
about $3,000 on it.
Review of Website: Todd suggested
we add a page to our website for “Montana Dog Services”,
this would include such things as dog training, training
birds for sale, with a disclaimer that the club is not
vouching for the quality of anything offered or endorsing
anything. After some discussion it was clarified
that no puppies would be offered for sale and the Webb
Master would be able to use his discretion on the
listing. The basic idea was to offer people a place
to offer products or services that would be of help to our
members. Alex moved to question, Tana seconded and
the motion passed.
E-newsletter, “The Whoa Post”:
Editor Eric Kaelin reported that he has most of the
articles he needs ready to go and that Sarah Davies is
going to help him get this out in the next couple of
Tana who is chairing the Fall Horseback
Trials at Ulm, MT reported that she expects 80 dogs as she
has some pro-trainers who summer in SE Montana
coming. She figures we need 100 dogs to break even
considering the high cost of bring judges in from out of
Terry Courtright who is the contact
with the landowners for this trail said he had already
ordered $400 worth of Pheasants for the landowner and
would like us to split the amount with the land owner as
payment for using their ranch.
Tana explained that we need to build a
portable bird pen and is getting plans from the Idaho
Brittany Club. Eric Kaelin said he would help build
the pen and may have some materials left over from
building his Chukar pen he would donate to the club.
Alex Burks made a motion that Tana purchase any materials
needed to build the pen and expense it back to the
club. Eric Kaelin seconded and the motion passed.
Tana also stated her idea for a Montana
Silversmith Buckle to be given to the dog with the most
Hungarian Partridge finds. She said the buckle would
cost about $200 and wondered if we could fund the buckle
with a fund raiser of some sort. A raffle for an
Astro Collar was mentioned and Jan Breitenfeldt thought a
50/50 drawing at the trial might be the easiest.
Tana mentioned she would need help
getting all of the gear up to the Great Falls area.
Eric stated that he could put the water tank in his
Alex asked whatever happened to the
idea of the club buying an enclosed cargo trailer.
It was decided that we would send out an e-mail asking our
club members to keep their eyes open for a deal on a 7’ X
14’ dual axle trailer.
Other items discussed: Doing a
“Club Brag Ad”, Todd suggested we hold putting such an ad
in the ABC magazine until after our August Trial and only
if we can afford it.
Special Board Meeting
Montana Brittany Club
May 29, 2009
At 8:03 president Todd Breitenfeldt called a special board
meeting of the Montana Brittany Club to order. This
meeting was held by telephone and board members present
were Todd Breitenfeldt, Jan Breitenfeldt, Tana Kradolfer,
and Alex Burks.
The main purpose of the meeting was to address a recent
request by the AKC. As we work toward our club
becoming AKC certified we received a letter from the AKC
stating that they wanted to condense our stated
geographical area. Apparently their reasoning is
that if our club covers a smaller geographical area,
another Brittany club might be formed in other parts of
the state at a future time.
The consensus of the board is that this request will not
fundamentally change the basis of our club and we feel it
is the best interest of our club to accept this guidance
from the AKC.
The AKC suggested we focus our club on a triangle of
Montana Cities: Bozeman, to Great Falls, to Missoula, and
back to Bozeman with a focal point of Helena. Todd
noted that this will not exclude anyone in other parts of
the state from joining our club; indeed we even have a
member in Mississippi!
Vice President, Tana Kradolfer, will prepare a synopsis of
proposed changes to be sent out to all members.
A motion was made by Tana Kradolfer, and seconded by Jan
Breitenfeldt and passed unanimously by the board to amend
the Montana Brittany Club By Laws: to accept the
geographical area of Bozeman to Great Falls to Missoula
and back to Bozeman with Helena as a focal point.
The motion also does away with the club having three
regional directors, (East, Central, and West).
Secretary, Alex Burks, by June 1, 2009, will send out the
information necessary to vote on the proposed
amendment. We need a 20% quorum of our current paid
members by June 13th. Members can either vote by
e-mail responding Yea in favor of the proposed amendment
or Nay against to President Todd Breitenfeldt by Saturday
June 13, 2009 or participate in a conference call on June
13th and vote at that time.
The reason for the rush to get this done is in the hope of
getting AKC approval for our club by July 1, 2009.
We have a couple of AKC events planned but they may not
happen unless we received approval very quickly.
Tana Kradolfer moved and Alex Burks seconded that we use
July 1, 2009 as a “drop dead” date. If we aren’t AKC
sanctioned by this date we will not proceed with plans for
our August AKC Field Trial. This motion passed
Todd Breitenfeldt said he would take over the planning and
responsibility of the AKC judging seminar that we are
going to be doing in conjunction with the Montana German
At 9:10 PM, Jan Breitenfeldt motioned for adjournment,
Tana Kradolfer seconded, and the motion passed
Minutes of the Montana Brittany Club
Meeting of May 18th, 2009
The meeting was held at the home of Conrad and Tana
Kradolfer, Belgrade, MT. President Todd Breitenfeldt
called the meeting to order at 7 PM. Members present
were, Todd Breitenfeldt, Eric Kaelin, Bob Myers, Tana
Kradolfer, Conrad Kradolfer, and by phone Alex Burks.
The minutes from the last meeting, April 18, 2009, held at
the Montana German Shorthair Club hunt test were read.
Tana Kradolfer moved to approve the minutes as read and Bob
Myers seconded and by vote they were approved.
Treasurer’s report: As of April 1st, 2009 the club had
$5,055.22 in the bank.
Rattlesnake Avoidance clinic:
This event is set for July 11, 2009 at the
Kradolfers. Butch Nelson the well known dog trainer
from Denton, MT will again handle the snakes and do the
avoidance training. The price is set at $40 per dog
for non-members, $30 per dog for members, and $20 per dog
for a re-test, (dogs that have been trained on snakes
This clinic is held in conjunction with our club’s annual
meeting and picnic. We will have a free lunch for
members and non-members are welcome to have lunch with us
for $5 per person.
We may have a veterinarian on hand to talk about the
rattlesnake vaccine that is available and also vaccinate
peoples dogs, (Tana is going to ask her veterinarian if she
is interested in doing this).
Porcupine Avoidance Clinic:
These clinics are scheduled for the following dates:
Billings, MT, August 1, 2009, Helena, MT, August 2, 2009,
and Missoula, MT, August 7, 2009.
There is also a possibility of having a clinic “on the fly”
in Livingston, MT
as Todd travels through Livingston, MT. Eric Kaelin
thought he might be able to line up several people in
We don’t have the exact locations of the clinics nailed down
yet. We will ask our members if they have any good
spots in mind that have some brushy cover and are
conveniently located close to the towns we have targeted.
Rick Smith Dog Training Seminar:
Bob Myers of Helena is our club chairmen for this
event. Bob reported we have 19 paid participants at
this point. We need at least 30 people and can stretch
to 35 if needed. The seminar cost is $350 per
person. Rick Smith takes the proceeds from the first
20 participants and the Montana German shorthair club and
our club will split the proceeds from the number of
participants over 20.
Tana pointed out that the owner of the land we will be using
for this event wants to take the seminar at no charge as his
pay for using his land and facilities. Tana is going
to see if Rick Smith will donate this one slot.
It was decided that we would explore the possibility of
holding a raffle this summer to be drawn at our AKC Hunt
Test and Walking Field Trail to be held August 21,22, &
Alex Burks, club secretary will send an e-mail out to see if
any of our members are interested in being the ‘Chair
Person” for a raffle. We kicked around some different
ideas on what we might raffle and also on the idea of
getting a dog food company or dog equipment manufacture to
This is an art studio that specializes in dog art, note
cards, ceramic tiles, and various gifts. This company
has dog art of almost every breed imaginable. They
have a fund raising program, where by listing their company
on our club’s website and sending our club members a letter
telling about their company and products we can earn money
for our club.
How it works is: our club would establish a code such
as (MTBC), and every order that Zeppa receives with our code
the person ordering will receive a 10% discount and our club
will receive a 20% earn back. So if a member or some
one using our code orders a $100 worth of merchandise they
get it for $90 and our club will get a check for $20.
Our club will receive a quarterly statement from Zeppa with
a check. Alex Burks will be sending out an e-mail to
solicit feed back from our members on this idea before we
Everyone agreed out website looks good, Thanks Todd!!
Bob Myers told Todd that they need to update some of the
Rick Smith Seminar information on the web site.
We are still interested in doing an e-newsletter. Our
first attempt last year contained two or three
articles. We need more contributors as our core of
club officers are very busy. Alex Burks will make
another appeal to all members to see if anyone is interested
and willing in doing an article for us.
Tana listed out equipment our club needs to purchase to
handle the upcoming Hunt Test and Walking Field
Trials. After some discussion it was decided we need
to purchase 7 Chukar Crates, 6 plastic water tanks, and 4
bird bags. Alex Burks made a motion that Tana purchase
these for the club and Bob Myers seconded, the motion was
We need members who are interesting in apprenticing to
become AKC Hunt Test Judges. Alex Burks, club
secretary will send out an e-mail to see there are members
interested in this.
Club member, Eric Kaelin, will be responsible for providing
gunners for the upcoming AKC events.
Hunt Test and Walking Field Trail:
The stakes that will be offered at our Walking Field Trail
Open Gun Dog
Amateur Gun Dog
These stakes are open to all breeds.
AKC Hunt Test:
We will have two fields for the hunt test:
The Montana German Shorthair Club will run one field and our
club will run the other field.
Location for Hunt Test and Field Trail:
Connor Ranch, Three Forks, MT
Judges for Hunt Test and Field Trials:
Jo Ann Kish is working on getting the judges for the events.
Paper Work for the Hunt Test and Field Trials:
Tana Kradolfer is handling the paper work for the AKC and
AKC: We will have Tom Maneely , an AKC Field Rep
mentoring the Hunt Test and Field Trial for us.
AKC Sanction: We received a letter from the AKC
stating that our club will not be approved for AKC
sanctioning at this time, they suggested we focus our club
on a smaller geographical area, instead of the whole state.
The members present at the meeting feel that because of the
small population base of Montana we need the “whole state”
included in our club. It was pointed out the AKC had
already set a precedent by stationing the Montana Shorthair
Club as a state wide club. It was also pointed out
that the AKC field rep seems to be on our side and is
actively helping us prepare for our AKC events.
The feeling among the board members is that this issue
will be untimely resolved in a positive manner for our club.
We encourage working with other dog clubs in our area and
encourage our members to join their local AKC Kennel Club,
i.e.; Yellowstone Kennel Club, in Billings. As you may
know we currently have a good working relationship with the
Montana German Shorthair Club and co-sponsor fund raising
Tana Kradolfer reported that on our club’s behalf she
donated a gift basket and center piece to the National
Brittany Specialty in Colorado. Thanks, Tana!!
It was a scary year in the Montana Legislature this year
with a lot of anti-breeder proposals. Todd
Breitenfeldt discussed the possibility of us joining with
some other state clubs and organization to fund a lobbyist
on our behalf. Alex Burks suggested that we need a
“legislative officer”, someone in our club to watch what is
going on in the legislature and then report back to our
members with an easy to understand synopsis of the
bills. Alex told Todd that at one point this
legislative season a member responded to Alex that they had
received an e-mail from the club but was confused at to
whether the club wanted her to call her state senator and
representative to be in favor of the bill or be opposed to
it. Todd conceded that perhaps we had forwarded on too
much information that was confusing. Alex
suggested we send out an e-mail before the next legislative
session to see if we can find a member who is willing to
watch things for us and report to the club.
Todd reported that Jessica Carlson, well know Brittany
Breeder and Handler, is working on a club logo for us.
Todd followed up by sending out by e-mail, to the board
members, a very attractive piece of art work for our
Location and dates of next meeting:
We want to have a meeting in the next month and decided we
will try to make it a conference call. Bob Myers
volunteered to find a company we can get a good rate from.
As soon as we have this set up will contact all
members by e-mail. We would love to have more member
participation at the meetings and hope having a conference
call option may really help.
Montana Brittany Club Secretary
MTBC meeting 4-18-09
at the MTGSPC hunt test near
Three Forks. Noon.
Members present: Todd, Jan and Skye Breitenfeldt, JoAnn
Kish, Tana Kradolfer, Bob Myers, and Paul and Susan
Our lap top was not working so we did not read the minutes
to the last meeting. We will review and approve both
at the next meeting.
Treasurer: We have just over $5,000 at this time.
Membership: We have over 40 members listed on the web site
however, not all have paid their dues. Todd will send
out one last email to all and those who have not paid their
dues will be removed from the email list and the web
site. Jan will send a list of those paid/not paid to
Alex and he will edit the email list accordingly. This
will be done by May 1st.
We talked about giving out membership
forms with all new pup owners and at all dog events we
AKC Notebook/Application: We have heard nothing new so far
from AKC however, and AKC representative (Tom Maneely) was
at the trial and came over to our meeting near its
end. Tom spent about an hour talking to us about the
process and offered to check on where our app. was in that
process. He will try to help facilitate the process
and said to go ahead with plans for our August hunt test and
field trial event planning as if we had the sanction.
We had a very nice chat all about Brittany’s in
general. Tom mentioned we should contact him in about
The consensus of the group was to proceed
expecting AKC sanctioning before the August events.
1. Rick Smith : Bob Myers reported that the Rick Smith
training seminar July 17-19th was still a go however, we
have 13 paid participants so far. We need over 20 to
break even and can have a max of 30. We will ask all
of our member breeders to contact (email) their past pup
owners about the seminar.
2. Snake Break and Annual Picnic: We tentatively set a date
for Sat. July 11th. Tana will check with Bud to see if
this date is OK for the snake break.
3. Porky Break: Todd tentatively set the dates for:
Billings Sat. Aug. 1st
Three Forks Sun. Aug. 2nd
Missoula Area (Lolo) Sat. Aug. 7th
1. Hunt Test: Chair: JoAnn Kish. We talked to the
MTGSPC folks and plan on a 2 for 4 hunt test on Aug. 21, 22
and/or 23rd. JoAnn will be seeking more folks for her
committee. Bob Myers volunteered to work with the GSPC
chair directly as she is in Helena where he lives.
2. Field Trial: Co-Chair: Tana and Conrad Kradolfer.
3. Judging Seminar: We plan to have a judging seminar just
before the Aug. Hunt test. Tom Maneely said he could
probably do it and will check with his superiors.
Todd will check with Jessica Carlson and see how progress is
Meeting adjourned. 1:30 PM.
Montana Brittany Club
Kradofler Dog Ranch, Belgrade, MT
The meeting was called to order by President Todd
Breitenfeldt at 6:30PM. Members present were Todd, Jan
and Skye Breitenfeldt, Conrad and Tana Kradolfer, JoAnn
Kish, Alex Burks, and Bob Meyers, (by phone).
The minutes from the last meeting, (August 2, 2008), were
Treasures Report: Jan Breitenfeldt reported that we
currently have $4,195.20 in the bank.
Membership report: This years dues are to be paid by
March 1st, 2009. Now that our club has received a
provisional approval by the ABC, (American Brittany Club),
our members will now receive the official
ABC magazine when they pay their dues.
Tana Kradolfer had researched the way the dues can be
collected: we as a club collect the dues and forward
part of the money on to the ABC or we let the ABC collect
the money and return our portion to us. After some
discussion a motion was made by JoAnn Kish that we continue
to collect our dues and forward on the ABC portion.
Jan Breitenfeldt seconded this motion and it was passed
The $30.00 membership will be paid directly to our
club and we will forward $20.00 of each membership on to the
ABC to cover each person’s membership in the ABC and their
President Todd Breitenfeldt volunteered to send out a post
card to all current members reminding them that club dues
are needed by March 1st.
At this point Tana Kradolfer presented the club with the
Club Notebook that had to be prepared for presentation to
the ABC at their annual meeting in Booneville, AK this past
November. While several club members worked on this,
Tana really took charge of this project: a huge special
thanks goes out to Tana and her sister, Sandy
Becker, for doing all the typing, collating, and
organizing. The ABC board commented that this was the
Best Club notebook they had every seen. Thanks Tana
Fund raising for 2009:
It was decided we would skip having a raffle this year and
instead plan on a Snake Breaking Clinic held in conjunction
with our annual club picnic and annual elections. We
anticipate doing this sometime mid-summer.
We also decided we want to go ahead with a porcupine
breaking clinic again. This was moderately successful
last year and we think will be a bigger draw this
year. We are the first club we know of to offer
this and weren’t sure how it would be received and how well
it would work. Reports from this past hunting season
show it worked very well. Tentatively we plan on offering
this in the Billings area, Three Forks, (Bozeman, Butte,
Helena, draw), and Missoula, MT.
2009 Dog Training Clinic: At this point in the meeting
we called member, Bob Meyers, of Helena, MT to give us a
report on the Rick Smith Pointing Dog Training Clinic we are
planning for July 17, 18, & 19. We are
co-sponsoring this clinic with the Montana, German Shorthair
Pointer Club. Bob told us we have 8 people who have
pre-registered already. The cost is $350 and includes
Friday night kick off meeting and a full day Saturday and
Sunday. We are shooting for a minimum of 30
registrations and a max of 40. Tana thinks this is a
great price for a seminar with Rick Smith and should sell
out relatively quickly.
The clinic will be held in the Bozeman area. Right now
the only ads out for this are the Rick Smith ad in the
Pointing Dog Journal. Bob is going to get some Public
Service Announcements out in local area media and produce
some flyers for our use in spreading the word. We will
be taking deposits and then if we over book we will start a
waiting list. Lunch will be provided on site for a
Review of our web site: We have a great web site and
Todd plans some updates and improvements to it now that
hunting season is over. Alex Burks made a motion that
the club take over the monthly fees associated with this
site, ($20.00 per month), that Todd had been paying out of
his own pocket. Jo Ann Kish seconded this motion and
it passed unanimously. It was decided that Jan our
treasurer would pre-pay for a whole year.
E-newsletter articles: It was discussed we would like
to do a second version of our club E-newsletter; the
timeline mentioned was early February. Tana said she
was interested in doing an article on the Garmin Astro
Collar, Todd mentioned an article on the “Dual Dog Concept”,
and Jan was interested in doing something concerning
legislation and how it applies to dog breeders and
owners. Other topics mentioned were “Vaccinations” and
“Rattlesnake Vaccine” and mammary tumors in
Brittany’s. It was also mentioned that Tana and Jo Ann
have a veterinarian that is willing to do some articles for
Articles or topics from any member are very welcome, just
let one of us know.
Fun practice events: We need to hold some of these to
finish up some AKC accreditation requirements; We
planned a fun trial for February 7, 2009 to take place at
the Gray Cliffs Ranch, (a hunting preserve), near Three
Forks, MT. I will be sending out an e-mail with more
specific information very soon.
Dog Show, supported entry: Pending approval for the
AKC, Todd and Jan are going to talk with the Helena Kennel
Club concerning us sponsoring a supported entry.
Hunt Test: At this point we are planning on having our
first hunt test on August 22 &23 at Great Falls,
MT. This will be held in conjunction with the Montana
German Shorthair Pointing Club.
Fall Field Trail and Grounds:
Member Terry Courtright of Great Falls, MT has secured some
great grounds for our use close to Ulm, MT. We
reviewed the pictures and descriptions of the grounds.
Terry feels that this is the spot where eventually an ABC
Hungarian Partridge Championship could be held on wild
ABC and AKC: We have now gained provisional approval
from the ABC and need to get our AKC approval to be fully
accredited with the ABC. Tana is working hard on this
and is in contact with Michael Liosis, of the AKC.
Todd is going to make some calls and see if he can assist
Tana in this endeavor.
Membership, regular and charter:
December 31st was the deadline for becoming a Charter
Member. We have several Charter Members and they are
listed on the web-site. Dues for everyone are due by
March 1st and this year everyone will receive the ABC
Working with other clubs:
We have a good working relationship with the Montana German
Shorthair Pointer Club and Tana had mentioned doing some
joint things with the Idaho Brittany Club and the High
Desert Brittany Club of California.
Officers, Board Members, regions:
Tana suggested we need to try to get things happening on a
more regional basis. Right now our club is sort
of centered in the Bozeman area for practical reasons.
We would like to see, for example the people in Billings get
to together for an afternoon of training, same for Missoula,
Helena, and Great Falls.
A motion to amend our by-laws to move our election of
officers to the annual picnic in July was made by Jo Ann and
seconded by Tana. It passed unanimously and will be placed
on the agenda for our next meeting. Todd
is working on the mechanics of amending the by laws to make
The next meeting will be held in conjunction with our fun
field trail, at the Grey Cliffs Ranch near Three Forks, MT,
on Saturday February 7th. Details to be announced.
Tana moved for adjournment and Jo Ann Kish seconded and we
voted to adjourn.
Minutes, Montana Brittany Club Meeting
June 4, 2008
The meeting was called to order by President Todd
Breitenfeldt at 7:10 PM at the Kradofler’s home in Belgrade,
MT. Members present were Todd Breitenfeldt, Tana
Kradolfer, Conrad Kradolfer, and Alex Burks, participating
via telephone were Bob Myer from Helena, MT and Terry
Courtright from Great Falls, MT. The minutes of the
previous meeting were read and approved with a motion from
Tana Kradolfer and a second from Alex Burks.
The treasures report stated that the club now has $1,469.82
in the bank, with 30 paid members.
Concerning other fund raising activities, Bob Myer, of
Helena who was our point man on the Mike Okamura training
seminar that was recently held there as a joint venture with
the Montana German Shorthaired Club, reported the seminar
grossed $3,450 and had expenses of $894. Bob stated
that our share of the proceeds is $1,280. This money
has not been received yet and is not reflected in the
treasurer's report above.
Bob reported that the seminar was very well received and
that we picked up a couple more members as a result of
it. He said most of the participants came from Great
Falls, Helena, and Bozeman. He said our club brought
in about 16 or 17 of the 31 people who attended. As a
club we were very glad to know that we did our part in bring
participants to the clinic as the Montana German Shorthaired
Club was very gracious in letting us co-sponsor the event
with them. As far as the dogs the people brought to
the seminar he said it was about 1/3 German Wirehairs, 1/3
German Shorthairs, and 1/3 Brittany's. Nice job Bob,
Tana Kradolfer commented that our club can now afford to buy
our insurance before we have our snake breaking which is
scheduled for Saturday, July 12th at the Kradolfer’s in
Another fund raiser we currently have going is a raffle for
a Garmin Astro Collar. This is the new GPS tracking
collar that Garmin makes. The tickets are $5 each or 4
for $20. Tana suggested we draw for the winner of the
collar at the snake breaking on July 12th. Alex Burks
suggested that we mail each club member a few chances so
they can purchase some themselves and perhaps sell a
few. Alex will send these out with a brief letter and
explanation. We will need all of the sold tickets and
money back in by Wednesday July 9th unless members want to
hand carry the tickets and money to the snake
Details on the snake breaking: well known trainer
Butch Nelson will be running this for our club. This
will take place on July 12th, which is a Saturday at the
Kradolfer’s in Belgrade. The time is 8:00 AM until
12:00 noon. The cost per dog is $40 to the public, $30
to members, and $20 for a retest. A retest is a dog
that Butch Nelson has done before.
There was a discussion about how to advertise the snake
breaking and it was finally decided to make posters and
advertise the event through local veterinarians and dog
clubs. Our primary concern is offering this to our
members and of course we will be sending e-mails to our
Bob Meyer suggested we look into having a veterinarian
present to offer the Rattlesnake vaccinations. Tana is
going to run it by a couple of vets to see if they are
interested. She said that the cost for the vaccine is
about $40 a shot and two shots re required.
In conjunction with the snake breaking Tana offered to host
a club picnic that would serve as our annual club get
together. We plan to do this at the conclusion of the
snake breaking, after 12 noon. The BBQ will be free
for members and $5.00 for non members.
Concerning other up coming fund raisers: We have been
investigating doing a “porcupine breaking”, we now feel like
we have the necessary information, equipment, and a source
for our porcupine. Todd has spent quite a bit of time
on this checking with Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks,
people that have done this before, etc.
The dates and places for the porcupine breaking are as
follows; Saturday, August 2, the Billings, MT area, Sunday,
August 3, Three Forks, Helena, MT area, and Saturday, August
9, the Missoula area. The prices will be the same as
the snake breaking, $40 for members and $30 for
non-members. This year their will not be a special
“re-test” price offered as this is our first year to offer
Rick Smith Seminar: Tana and Conrad Kradolfer have
sponsored Rick Smith Seminars in the past and have a
personal relationship with Rick. Rick has offered us
the date of July 17, 2009 if we want it. The seminar
is typically a Friday night, all day Saturday and all day
Sunday. The estimated cost is $350 per
person. Bob Myer of Helena volunteered to
be the contact person for the clinic as Rick Smith does the
magazine advertising etc. but always list a local host that
takes the calls and books the participants.
We also decided to offer this opportunity to the Montana
German Shorthaired Club and let them co-sponsor the event if
they are interested. Our club really values the
friendship and cooperation we have received from them, in
such things as the Mike Okamura clinic and AKC hunt
Tana will call Rick Smith and tell him we want the date and
Bob will call the German Shorthaired club and see if they
are interested in co-sponsoring this clinic. Todd is
going to check in with a Whitehall area ranch and see if
will let us use their property for the clinic.
Concerning a bird hunting experience for handi-cap hunters
it was mutually agreed on that the club was very involved in
fund raisers and that we already have a lot on our plate for
now. Tana suggested we move that project to a back
burner for now.
Todd mentioned articles for an e-newsletter. Alex
Burks is going to send out an e-mail requesting ideas for
articles people would like to see and looking for people to
submit articles in areas they have expertise in.
Concerning dog shows, Todd will talk with the Bozeman and
Helena Kennel Club about doing a supported entry in
2009. Tana says she is going to join the Bozeman
Club Sponsored Field Trial: At this point in the
meeting we called Terry Courtright of Great Falls, MT.
Terry has a couple of ranches where he hunts that offer us
an excellent field trail venue. The same grounds are
currently being used for an American Field trial.
Terry reviewed the attributes of these grounds and what they
can offer. Alex Burks, club secretary, had a chance to
have dinner with Terry, the night before the meeting and go
out and look the grounds over. The grounds are only 18
miles from Great Falls and only about 8 or nine miles off of
I 15. That night on our tour we saw a couple of
Hungarian Partridge and Terry says the grounds not only have
a good population of Hun’s but also some Sharptail Grouse se
and Pheasants. Terry has several continues
courses laid out through large expanses of CRP, dry land
wheat stubble, and native range. There are good ranch
roads where we can operate a dog wagon with no need to drive
Terry believes there is a spot in the AKC Brittany Trial
schedule for a trail in our area around the last week of
Alex Burks did some looking around in Eastern Montana in the
last month or so talking with the Montana Fish, Wildlife,
& Parks Information Officer in Region 7, Miles City,
MT. This gentleman used to be the State Lands Manger
for Eastern Montana. Alex told him the club was
interested in holding a field trail in late August or early
September in Eastern Montana. He stated that most of
Region 7, (South Eastern, Montana), was privately
owned other than for some areas of the Custer National
Forest, and that private owners were very concerned about
fire danger at that time of year. He did have one
suggestion on an area that has quite a bit of state land and
BLM land that was east of Broadus.
Alex told the club that the logistics of running a trial in
such a remote part of the state, with no supporting local
members, would be really difficult.
Terry Courtrights’grounds appear to be really great from
several different perspectives, large grounds, good
cover, lots of wild birds, easy access off of the
interstate, close to a major city that has restaurants,
motels, medical facilitates, and a local member who has
supporting help and equipment!
Todd is going to call Marylynn Little concerning a Montana
Trail for late August to see what is available schedule
wise. Bob Myer is going to talk with Dave Walker on
the same vein.
We continue to discuss ways to include more people in the
meetings: Tana has been investigating different
Conference Call ideas and suggested we look into one called
freeconferencecall.com; she says you need to set it up 48
hours in advance and get a PIN #. Then every one that
calls in pays for their own long distance call. We
agreed to try this for our September meeting.
Remember the annual meeting and picnic will be run in
conjunction with the Butch Nelson Snake Breaking on July 12,
2008. The BBQ will be held immediately after the snake
breaking which will run from 8:00 AM to 12:00 noon. We
will also be drawing for the Garmin Astro Collar.
The snake breaking and the picnic are at the Kradolfer’s
5075 Clearview road, Belgrade, MT 59714, telephone
Tana Kradolfer moved that we adjourn and Conrad Kradolfer