Club Officers

Field Spaniels
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President: Valerie Taylor
Vice President: Virginia O'Toole
Treasurer: Randy Bair
Secretary: Rebekah Taylor
Director: Marjorie Anne Fitzpatrick
Director: Linda Krasley
Director: Thomas O'Toole

President: Valerie Taylor


Originally from Maryland, I have lived outside Gettysburg, PA for 10 years. I have had Labrador Retrievers since 1989 and Field Spaniels since 2008. I compete in Conformation with both my Labradors and Field Spaniels and have competed in Rally in the past. In addition, I love doing field work with my dogs and as a novice I trained and handled my Labrador Ripken to earn his WC. I plan to continue field work in the future. In 2011 I bred my 1st Field Spaniel litter and in 2012 I finished my 1st Bred By Exhibitor Champion Katy, and even earned a Best Bred By in Show with her at the MD Sporting Dog show in March 2012. In January 2013 Katy earned her Grand Championship, always Breeder-Owner handled. In 2014 both Ripken and Katy became certified Therapy Dogs. I currently have 4 Labradors (Ripken, Hope, Aglet and Peyton) and 2 Field Spaniels (Shiloh, who I co-own with my sister, and Katy).

For numerous years I volunteered with Lab Rescue as a foster home and transporter. I also evaluated dogs prior to adoption, and performed home checks. I have also rescued numerous kittens over the years - some requiring bottle feeding. A 20+ year career in veterinary medicine has been beneficial when needing to evaluate dogs and cats in rescue. I love doing rescue work and helping dogs get a second chance in life.

I am a founding member of the Mid-Atlantic Field Spaniel Club and currently serve as Secretary and Rescue Chair. In addition, I am a member of The Field Spaniel Society of America and of The Labrador Retriever Club of the Potomac. When not busy with my dogs I can be found reading, enjoying Civil War activities, and cheering for the Baltimore Ravens.

Vice President: Virginia O'Toole

Karin and Cash

I reside in Penllyn, Pennsylvania the northern suburbs outside Philadelphia with my husband Tom and our two Field Spaniels. I enjoy volunteering having served several years on the finance committee of our local Habitat for Humanity, as a board member of the Georgetown of Philadelphia Community Association and teaching Sunday school. I currently work in Banking Compliance and Security. I am proud to be a founding member and serve the Mid Atlantic Field Spaniel Club.

Our first Field Spaniel, Brandy was a rescue, adopted in 1981, who grew up with our two daughters and was a beloved member of our family for fifteen years. When we were ready for another dog, it simply had to be a Field Spaniel. We used the Field Spaniel Society of America website and contact links to email for information and breeders. We began attending shows and eventually met Field Spaniel folks who helped us get our dog. Little did we know that the "do-it-all" dogs would lead us into entering confirmation shows, obedience, hunt trials. My main ambition had been to do therapy dog work together. I laughed when people said I would get another dog, but they were right, it's hard to stop at just one Fieldie.

Director: Marjorie Anne Fitzpatrick

Marjorie and Trouble

I brought my first two Field Spaniels, Tucker and Dylan, home in early 2008 after meeting several Fields and falling in love with their beautiful temperament and appearance. These littermate boys proved to be an excellent introduction into the world of dog shows, and the antics and joys of this breed. Dylan was my first AKC conformation Champion, and Tucker finished his Champion title shortly after. I handled Dylan to his Grand Champion title in 2011. I began as a proud owner-handler of these two boys and have become an ecstatic breeder-owner-handler.

In 2011 I bred my first litter under the Fireglory kennel name. From this litter I finished my first Bred By Exhibitor Champion, Trouble, and continue to show him in conformation. In October 2012 Trouble and I were awarded an Owner-Handled Sporting Group 4 placement which has been the highlight of my conformation career to date. My focus thus far has largely been conformation, but I have completed basic obedience with Dylan and Tucker--each earning their Canine Good Citizen certificates. Additionally, I have done beginning hunt training with the boys and Dylan and Tucker both earned their Working Dog Instinct certificates through the Field Spaniel Society of America.

Professionally, I supervise the veterinary technician staff at an American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accredited small animal veterinary practice. I have prior experience in emergency veterinary medicine and have been in the field for the past 10 years.

I am a founding member of the Mid Atlantic Field Spaniel Club, have served as a memeber of the Board of Directors since the club's formation, and work as the club's webmaster. I am also a member of our AKC Parent Club, the Field Spaniel Society of America.