Meet our newly elected national Treasurer, Meredith Jones. Mert recently wrote “The USCSDA, being a family oriented organization, has provided a venue for me, my wife and my daughter to campaign and win with dogs that we have trained. At 76 I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to share my love of bird dogs with many fine people involved with the USCSDA.”
In the early 1960’s Meredith attended his first field trial with his dad, who was a bird hunter and field trialer. When he first became active in field trials there were three field trial clubs in his area. Mert married Judy in May of 1969 and they went to the Mathews Rod and Gun Club field trial together that fall. Judy, who had also grown up with bird dogs said “We have to get a bird dog puppy”. They did, and they became hooked on field trials together. By the fall of 1971 they had Gloucester Field and Stream Club up and running, and they have put on two trials a year ever since.
In those years, Mert has served as President of the Gloucester and Chickahominy clubs, President of the Mid-Atlantic region of the USCSDA, VP of Chickahominy FTC, 3rd national VP of the USCSDA, Secretary of Chickahominy FTC, Treasurer of Chickahominy and Peninsula field trial clubs, and now as the National Treasurer.
In the early 1990’s Mert went to a U.S. Complete trial at Bob Lee’s Pinekone Kennels in North Carolina. He was so impressed that he immediately began laying the ground work to bring U.S. Complete trials to Virginia. He has watched the USCSDA grow from a small association that Bob Lee, Jack Myrick, and Gerald Shaw started in North Carolina in the early 80s to one that is now a national organization with clubs across the country. Mert has been tirelessly involved with field trials his entire adult life, hosting trials, judging, marshaling, holding office, giving his time and use of his tractors, horses, trucks, and other equipment. We are glad to have Mert as our current National Treasurer!