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Fort Plain Beagle Club

 What the club is about.....

The Fort Plain Beagle Club promotes the use of the beagle as a companion in the field to be used for pursuing rabbit or hare. Beagles are tested for worthiness through competitive events (field trials) sanctioned by the American Kennel Club.Such competition best demonstrates the progress made in breeding the beaglefor type, quality, and for practical useby sportsman in the field who are following a heritage that has been passed from generation to generation in the United States.
The primary form of competition at the Fort Plain Beagle Club is the Small Pack Option Field Trial. Dogs are tested for their ability to perform within a pack, with keen attention being given to each individual hound's senseof smell, willingness to work with its pack mates, ability topursue quarry in an energetic manner and success in solving all problems faced by the pack. All beagles are tested for gunshyness as prescribed by the AKC Field Trial Rule Book.

A calender of competitive events which are qualifying events for association, federation, and national championship events are held each year at the Fort Plain Club.

The club's location and more....

The Fort Plain Beagle Club is incorporated in the State of New York and is located in the town of Minden in Montgomery County. The club owns a parcel of land upon which all of its events are held and upon which club members throughout the year are able to train their beagles. Training is done under permit of the Department of Environmental Conservation of the State of New York. Also located upon the grounds is a modest clubhouse and a kennel building.

Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at the clubhouse from April through November. During the winter months meetings are held at the Fort Plain Public Library in downtown Fort Plain. Meetings begin at 7:30 p.m.during the summer and a 7:00 p.m. in winter.

Much time and energy is expended by the members to enhance the land owned by the club for the propagation and welfare of the cottontail rabbit. Club members meet often to cut and pile brush to provide winter cover. Feed strips are planted to clover and other grasses. These strips are mowed once a year and provide excellent feed for the cottontails.There is no hunting upon the training areas. We find our conservation efforts also generously benefit various other species of animals and birds. Often wild turkeys feed within the areas during the winter months.

2000 Fort Plain Beagle Club Officers

President- Ken Frank
RD#3 Box 202
Fort Plain, NY 13339

Vice President- ToddVanderwerker

Secretary-Paul Palumbo
214 Libritz Drive
Frankfort, NY 13340

Treasurer- Norm Lizzul
Field Trial Chairman- Norm Lizzul
4625 St. Highway 30
Esperance, NY 12066

Beagle Advisory Committee Member

Clyde Goodrich is presently serving upon the BAC which meets once yearly with the officials of the American Kennel Club to finalize the schedule of licensed AKC field trials throughout the United States and to advise the AKC of any rule changes deemednecessary for the betterment of the breed. He is representing the Northeastern Beagle Gundog Federation.

Clyde Goodrich
Box 75
EastSpringfield, NY 13333

Members from Fort Plain that judge.....

Clyde Goodrich607-264-8190 ++
Don Rankins315-894-5501 ++
Roger Smith 607-264-9313 ++
Art Taylor 518-993-3412 ++
Hans Dunderdale 315-429-9341
Ken Frank518-993-2658 ++
Rick Garber 518-725-1969 ++
Jim Barritiere 518-673-5570 ++
Kevin Stansel 518-725-7441 ++
Bill Donnan 518-661-6636 ++

(++ denotes that the individual is qualified for licensed trial assignments)

Should you have a concern regarding the health of your Beagle(s), you should contact your veterinarian. All information on this site is presented solely for educational and informational purposes and should not, at any time, be considered a substitute for seeking or receiving veterinary care for your Beagle(s).