Friday, January 27, 2006
Pete Simonds is honored by the AKC
The figure of the man seemed larger than life, and when he stepped up to the lectern and started to speak, the voice was commanding. A sense of déjà-vu crept over me. Here was our former Carlisle Town Moderator, Marshall "Pete" Simonds, up to his old stuff, reminding me of Town Meetings years ago.
The occasion last week in Tampa, Florida, was no Town Meeting but instead a national gathering of delegates to the American Kennel Club. I was attending as delegate from the Irish Terrier Club of America, and Pete was there representing the Midwest Field Trial Club, Inc. In his speech, he graciously accepted a lifetime achievement award from the AKC. His wife Kate looked on with great admiration.
Pete has contributed much to the world of sporting dog fancy and in my opinion is highly deserving of the award. He began his association with Labrador retrievers back in 1952. Competing in retriever field trials has always been his special interest. He has trained and handled Labrador Retrievers across the country and has owned more than a dozen field champion sporting dogs. He has served as an officer in both the Labrador Retriever Club and the prestigious National Retriever Club, and he has been delegate to the AKC for more than a decade. Over a span of 20 years, he has chaired AKC rules committees and spearheaded important canine health initiatives within the AKC.
Kate and Pete lived in Carlisle from 1958 to 2000, when they relocated to Morrisville, Vermont. Pete served as Town Moderator in Carlisle from 1967 up to the time he and Kate moved north.
Only 23 other people have received lifetime achievement awards from the AKC. One of them is Rachel Page Elliott of River Road, Carlisle, who received her award in 1999.
I'm proud to live in a town where two of our long-time residents have been so highly honored by the AKC.
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