Donald McCaig Posted December 4, 2011 Report Share Posted December 4, 2011 Dear Friends, Earnest Coggins passed away December 2nd, I don't know exactly how old he was - last time I saw him at Dr Ben's trial 3? 4? years ago he was mid 80's. We called him "Colonel Coggins". I don't know his WW2 rank but he had a Colonel's bearing. He was a fine handler and trainer and his Dusk dog was spectacular. - As I recall Dusk was the offspring of the only dog Alastair MacRae - then a young Scottish handler - regretted selling. He was among those southern handlers who, with Bill Dillard, started the ABCA and the sheepdog trial we know today. What I remember best about Earnest was a meeting of the USBCHA at Oatlands, many years ago (all the meetings were at trials in those days). Because of the rigorous ISDS eye requirements,some British handlers had started selling dogs that wouldn't pass to the States and one such had finally been deregistered after it ran into the drive panel. Amanda Milliken, Dr Stu Ligon and myself wanted to start a USBCHA committee to find out how widespread PRA (we hadn't even considered CEA) was in our community. Occurences would be confidential, we were looking for numbers not starting a witchhunt. We weren't Big Hats nor among the Good Old Boys who pretty much dominated the southeast circuit (and the USBCHA & ABCA) and our suggested committee was getting a very chilly reception until Colonel Coggins stood up and said, "I just put three years training into a promising young dog and he come up blind on me. Boys' it's not something I'd like to have happen again." Our committee was formed which morphed into eye tests at our National Finals which morphed into the knowledge and genetic studies we have today. Thanks Colonel Coggins. Because of you a lot of dogs didn't go blind. Donald McCaig. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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