Gerry purchased his first English Springer Spaniel in 1982 as a family pet and hunting dog. He soon joined a local Spaniel club and quickly realized the value of a trained hunting dog. His involvement in Spaniel Field Trials has brought him to the forefront of Spaniel activities in Canada. As a member of the Canadian Kennel Club he sat on the Spaniel Council for over 20 years where Spaniel Field Trial Rules and Regulations are developed and applied as well Gerry is an accredited Spaniel Field Trial Judge. Belonging to the Sudbury and District Kennel Club he sat on the board of directors and was the clubs webmaster for over 20 years. He has held positions of Field Trial Chairman and Field Trial Secretary thus sharing the duties and having direct control over events. Gerry has always promoted the English Springer Spaniel as the ULTIMATE HUNTING DOG and if he is not in the field training his Spaniels, you'll find him and his Spaniels out in the woods of Northern Ontario hunting Ruffed Grouse and Woodcock hunting. His commitment to the breed has resulted in the formation of Grousevalley Springers where he breeds the occasional litter of quality English Springer Spaniels one of which has sired the 2011 National Champion. Feeling that new puppy owners know very little about the proper training of a hunting Spaniel he handed out training tips and encouraged new owners to join the club. In order for these new owners to get the most enjoyment from their Spaniels he decided to put together a training manual "Setting Up For Success" in which he takes you step by step from the sock chewing puppy to a wonderful controlable hunting companion. The final chapter will bring you into the workings of a Spaniel Field Trial and prepare you for this great sport if you should so desire to pursue such an endeavour. Gerry has championed numerous Field Trial Champions 6 of which were his own family pets and hunting partners. As well, he has trained and handled CFC Springville Imperial Sweeper along with Marty Knibbs to become the 2001 # 1 Canadian High-Point Spaniel, CFC Springville Jake 1988 #2 Canadian High-Point Spaniel and CFC Grousevalley Trucker (Tucker) 2013 Ontario High-Point Spaniel.
Trixie becomes Field Trial Champion and her pup Smokey wins the puppy stake
and later becomes Field Trial Champion