Gil accompanied his kennelmate, Hattie, on her return trip to Georgia for the annual ASFA National Greyhound Specialty. Whenever the specialty is hosted by the Southeastern Greyhound Club the second day is designated for the all breed lure coursing trial dubbed the Fullerton Cup trial, in honor of the great Waterloo Cup winner, Fullerton. Since the inception of the National Lure Coursing Club, the Fullerton Cup has been run under NLCC rules, and since the NLCC recognizes the Magyar Agar breed I thought it would be fun to make breed history by being the first Magyar Agar to run under the new rules.
Since there were no other MAs entered (of course), Gil was drawn into a brace with the lone lurcher entry of the day, Strider. Strider is half Greyhound and half Labrador Retriever; an interesting mix to say the least, but a very good runner and good match for Gil.
Both dogs put in two good preliminary runs, and although they were not officially being judged against one another Gil raised the flag in both courses as the winner.
For Best in Field the entries were an Ibizan Hound, a Greyhound, Strider and Gil. Gil drew the Ibizan and ran the 900+ yard course for a third time that day. He was not lacking for energy or enthusiasm, and at the end of the day both judges agreed that Gil should go home with the Fullerton Cup Trophy and BIF honors!
All in all it was a great weekend of sport, put on by a great group of hardworking sportsmen. Thanks SEGC, we hope to return again soon!