e first met Janet and Chris Christensen in 1966 at the National Amateur in Ohio. Over the years, Chris was very competitive in the springer game - starting, as many of us have, with a hunting buddy. Seeing what it took to win, he imported many dogs from Talbot Radcliff (Saighton Kennels) and Jim Lock (Dewfield Kennels).
He was a very astute pupil, solving many of his problems over the phone with pro-trainer, Elmore Chick.
Chris was an intense competitor - which shows in his accomplishments of three national champions plus many other placements and titled dogs. He won the National Amateur in 1971 with Saighton's Signal, then followed with the Open National wins in both 1973 and 1975 with Dewfield Bricksclose Flint. Both Chris and Flint were inducted into the Field Trial Hall of Fame.
We spent three weeks in England and Wales with Chris and Janet as our tour guides. The Christensens had traveled to the UK many times. Chris became a field trial gunner and was captain for the Northwest Club for over twenty years. He judged and shot many trials - including the US nationals as well as trials in the UK. He was an avid hunter and loved fishing.
Beneath his rough exterior was a compassionate man, but he did have a short fuse at times. Chris was married to Janet for 40 years. Together, they have two daughters: Lynne and Wendy, a son-in-law and two granddaughters.
By trade, he was an ophthalmologist. "Charlie Potatoe", as he was called by those of us who knew him well, retired and just a few years later he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. He passed away on October 14th.
Our condolences to his family and we will miss the old Chris.