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Memorial Day Bash Trial
Missouri Earthdog Fun Days
JRT & Other Earthdog Owners
has always nurtured the goal to
include other “Earthdogs” along with our crazy Jack
Russell Terriers to participate in our trials and
events. We continue with plans to grow our club in
this area in the future.
Bonita Knickmeyer began gathering Jack Russell Terrier
owners at her home on weekends to participate in
“earthdog” stuff, but it soon became apparent that the
earthdogs had outgrown Bonita’s spacious Cedar Hill,
After many conversations between Bonita, Susan
Parsons, Connie Jones, Shirley LaMear and Marcia Gay,
it was agreed that a local trial would be a fantastic
thing for us! A trial in our own backyard- how great
would that be! After looking at several locations,
Purina Farms in Gray Summit, MO was approached
we scheduled our first Memorial Day Bash for May,
1997. Our partnership with Nestle-Purina and
Purina Farms has grown and we eventually built
four “Go-To-Ground” tunnel complexes on their grounds
for use by our club and also for any AKC Earthdog
competitions. We then retired Bonita's old starting
box and purchased a beautiful custom racing box with
the proceeds of our first trial. As we accumulated
more stuff, Purina supplied us with a storage shed,
which we share with the local sight hound club.
1998 Our Trial became part
of television history as an episode in a series that
was presented on the A&E (Arts and Entertainment)
The story spread the
word about the Jack Russell Terrier breed.
2002 The club
became a Missouri Not For Profit Corporation with
2005 We host
Patterdale Terrier Nationals in conjunction
with our trial. The
Border Terriers hold their National at Purina
and give us high marks!
local Dachshund club, the St. Louis
discovered us in 2006 and began to participate in both
our Fun Days and trial events. We opened classes for
them at the Bash and welcomed another breed of
2008 Through the work of
Susan Parsons, one of our Board of Directors, we
became one of a handful of trials in the US to be
recognized by the JRTCA as an unsanctioned JRTCA
which can use JRTCA judges, if we so desire!
2009 The Trial Committee elects to hold
an AWTA trial in conjunction with the Memorial Day
Bash. With over 80 entries it becomes the largest
trial in AWTA history.
2010 Work begins on the new GTG
complexes at Purina, executed by Susan Parsons and
David Brown of the Dachshund Club of St. Louis. An
additional complex brings the total available
earthworks to five.
2010 What’s up? Check out
our Facebook page!
celebrates National Pet Month at the May Fun Day by
donating the Fun Day money to the Franklin County
2010 Club members Shirley
LaMear, Bettina Woolbright and Bonita Knickmeyer
become contributors to a new book, “Do
More With Your Dog” by Kyra Sundance
(permission granted 8-30-2010 to post on this site).
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