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All Club Members:
Join in on our commemorative brick walkway and take this opportunity to salute your four legged friend. We all love our pointing breed dogs and have much to say about them. The objective is to provide all of us with an opportunity to honor our four legged partners that have left us, as well as recognizing the achievements of those that we so cherish.
Our 8 ft. by 13 ft. walkway consists of 468 bricks, each 4” x 8”. Each brick will accommodate 3 lines with 16 characters per line (note: a space between words counts as a character). The cost per brick is $75.00.
Many thanks to Lou Racick for all his hours building the walkway.
Two examples of what you may want your brick to read would be:
In memory of Duke 1998–2012 By John Smith
Or
In honor of Duke’s MH title By John Smith
Or
You could combine two bricks side by side as follows:
In memory of Duke 1998-2012 Received CH title in 2001 By Jonathan & Sue McCarthy (This would be at a cost of $150 for 2 bricks)
If interested, send me the inscription information along with your check made out to SPBC.
My Address:
R. Osborne
4016 Seven Lakes West
West End, NC 27376
Thanks
Ozzie

President:           Charles Tuttle
Vice President:   Vice President – vacant and to be filled by the Board per the By-Laws;
Secretary:          Alissa Roberts
Treasurer:          Steve Smith
Board of Directors:
Charles Tuttle
Steve Smith
Alissa Roberts

Board Members at Large:
Lynn Cox, Susan Jackson, Kevin Perez

2013-2014 Board From left: Charles Tuttle, George Worst, Susan Jackson, Jan Aruscavage, Ozzie Osborne, John Allan Tallant, (Not Shown, Dick Cavedo, Louis Racick III)

Current Club President Charles Tuttle

If you need to contact someone concerning a club matter,
Please call Charles Tuttle at 336-202-4592
Or send an email to  jatallant87@gmail.com

MEMBERSHIP
If you have a membership question:
Please email, spbc.membership@gmail.com
Click Here to download a PDF copy of the membership form.

WELCOME TO OUR CLUB WEBSITE
We welcome both those new to the joys of training and handling pointing dogs and those with long experience to join with us in celebration of the abilities of our canine companions and to appreciate the land that allows them to demonstrate those abilities.

OUR MISSION

  • To promote the natural hunting instincts of AKC recognized pointing breeds by providing opportunities for members to learn how to train and handle dogs in AKC hunt tests.
  • To offer amateur trainers/handlers training facilities, training partners, and non-competitive field events.
  • To support the preservation and conservation of wildlife habitat.
  • To endorse and obey the game laws of the North Carolina Wildlife Commission.

OUR CALENDAR

SPBC Calendar

OUR MEMBERS

Club members mainly reside in the NC Sandhills region, but also live in Raleigh, Greensboro, Charlotte, Chapel Hill, Boone and many other towns across the state. The club proudly counts at least one representative of every AKC recognized pointing breed in its membership.

OUR EVENTS
The club stresses owner-handled and owner-trained participation in events that are friendly and non-competitive. Our active season runs from late August through March. Regularly scheduled events are the Annual Wing Shooting Clinic, Fun Hunts, AKC Hunt Tests, Training Clinics, and Seminars.

MORE ABOUT THE CLUB
The club consists of 100 acres held in a land trust by the Sandhills Land Trust (SALT). The land is managed by the club in concert with SALT. We follow the land management practices for wild quail habitat as established by the NC Wildlife Commission. You can find us at 3280 Jackson Springs Road, Jackson Springs NC.

Please click Here to see a detailed presentation on our long term plan to create native quail habitat on the club grounds.
 And Here to see a presentation of the club’s achievements over the past year.

OUR HISTORY
The Sandhills Pointing Breeds Club (SPBC) was founded in February 1997. The club’s founder, George Worst, started the SPBC as a non-competitive alternative to field trial clubs. With a small group of local members, the SPBC successfully held the four required AKC sanctioned hunt tests and became an AKC licensed performance club in 1999.

From 1999 to 2004, the SPBC leased property to train dogs and hold hunts. Thanks to the generosity of club benefactor, Mr. Hank Wheeler, the club moved to its permanent 100 acre home in Jackson Springs, NC in 2004.

Location
Map to Club Property

History of the land
July 15, 2015

Loretta Thomas Sloan, her daughter Kelly Webber, and Kelly’s two sons, Ethan and Eli,
visited the club and spoke with Richard ‘Ozzie” Osborn and Charles Tuttle about the history of the club
property. Loretta is the daughter of Ted Thomas (from a family of 16 children) and Ruby Clayton Thomas
(from a family of 11 children). She lived in the house we presently use. In 2003, Hank Wheeler bought
the property from Richard Thomas, Loretta’s brother. Richard lives in Robbins. Loretta lives in Greensboro
and Kelly lives near Lexington.

The United States gave the first Robert Copeland the property in payment for his service in the Revolutionary War.
Both the state and federal governments wanted the western edges of their territories settled. Three Thomas
brothers, CB (Charles Bliss), Claude, and Ted, bought 200 acres from Sarah Copeland in 1928. When the Thomases arrived,
two log houses from the original Copeland Homestead were still standing; one was a kitchen and the other was the
living quarters. Loretta remembers that the main house had no windows, just two doors, one on the south side
and one on the north side. The Copelands named the first born male of the next generation Robert and bequeathed
the elder Robert’s musket to him. When the current Robert Copeland visited several years ago (with the musket),
he said that, without windows, the natives could not shoot into the house. Drowning Creek was the boundary between
the natives and the settlers. The stairs to the second floor were steep and narrow. The kitchen was located ten
feet directly west of the house. The kitchen collapsed followed by the living quarters. The brick chimney is all
that remains of the living quarters. The Thomases sorted and put up cured tobacco in both structures

Ted, Ruby, and six month old Loretta moved into a two room house in 1942. Loretta does not know who built the original
house. The house had a kitchen (now our storage room) and a room for sleeping and living (the room where we have
our meetings) heated by a wood stove. There was no indoor plumbing. In ten years, the family added the two east rooms,
the kitchen, the hallway, the bathroom, and the porch. Loretta’s room was in the northeast corner of the house. The ceiling
of the living room dropped when Hurricane Hazel came in 1956. Ted build the tobacco barn, a lean-to shed for cars
and tools which we replaced with our tractor shed, a feed barn northwest of the lean-to which housed the cows, chickens,
and the mule and which we had to dismantle, and a storage shed for canning supplies, canned produce, and smoked hams
(we store straw in this building)..

Ted farmed full time while Ruby worked occasionally for the “public works.” Ted raised corn, tobacco, cantaloupe, and
watermelons commercially. The family had extensive vegetable gardens for its own use to the west and south of the house.
They raised hogs in the pen on the other side of the George Worst Field and behind the tobacco barn. After working in the
fields in the morning, the Thomas children would go swimming in Drowning Creek, have lunch, take a nap and then work in
the afternoon if it were not too hot. Loretta recalls being coated with tobacco juice after suckering plants and going
to the watermelon patch to break open a watermelon and scooping out the contents with slimy hands. Loretta felt her father
did not make the kids work as hard as other fathers; he was particularly careful about not working the fields when it was
very hot. Loretta remembers a Thomas cemetery on the west side of Drowning Creek where the road turns sharply to the right.
Loretta left the farm when she was 18 to attend Greensboro College. When he married, Richard lived in a trailer further west
along Jackson Springs Road (we removed the trailer frame and an out building).

When Ozzie mentioned that club members have never seen a poisonous snake on the property, Loretta said no one in her family
had ever seen one either. Loretta said that her aunt, ten miles away in Derby, had all three species
(copperhead, rattlesnake, and moccasin).

SOURCES FOR MORE INFORMATION:

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North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association