Park Cities Quail is proud to honor Mr. Delmar Smith as the 2016 recipient of the T. Boone Pickens Lifetime Sportsman Award to be presented on March 3, 2016, during their 10th Annual Dinner and Auction at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas.
The T. Boone Pickens Lifetime Sportsman Award is presented annually to a sportsman distinguished by a life of adventure, who demonstrates love of the outdoors, respect for natural resources and a spirit of generosity that makes it possible for future generations to enjoy the sporting life.
Delmar has devoted a lifetime to the sport of gun dogs and bird dogs as a breeder, trainer and judge. As a conservationist he was at the forefront of ecological and biological studies to create superior environments for the propagation of game-birds. Those areas have since been developed into excellent field trial grounds throughout the mid- and southwestern United States.
Delmar grew up on a ranch in Big Cabin, Oklahoma where he spent his childhood riding horseback to and from school and working for local dog trainers. By the time Delmar was 13, he had saved enough money from cleaning dog pens to take a horse training course. He applied the techniques learned in that course to create “The Delmar Smith Method”. It was this revolutionary way for training bird dogs that led him to become one of America’s most respected trainers producing two books and three videos.
Many of Delmar’s own students have become excellent trainers and field trial competitors and attribute their success to his tutelage. Outdoor writer Tom Davis said “While it’s likely that Delmar Smith has trained more bird dogs than anyone, ever, what’s not even remotely in dispute is that he’s trained more PEOPLE to train bird dogs than anyone. And he’s trained them to do it humanely and intelligently”. His seminars are now instructed by his son, Rick Smith, and his nephew, Ronnie Smith.
Delmar has bred, trained, and handled bird dogs to numerous championships including five Brittany National Championships, five US Open Brittany Championships and two Brittany National Futurity. In fact, between Delmar, his sons Rick and Tom and his nephew Ronnie, they have won numerous International, National and US Open championships. Delmar also helped initiate the first AKC Shooting Dog Stakes, the Fleetwood Classic and the International Endurance Championship.
At 89 years of age, Delmar has not slowed down and still keeps a kennel of 75 dogs. He continues to be in demand as both a field trial judge and consultant which allows him to “give back” to the sport that has been so good to him. Delmar is a generous supporter of the Bird Dog Foundation and the Field Trial Hall of Fame where he was an inductee in 1998.
Contact the 2016 Dinner and Auction Chairman John Wagner (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get more involved. Dinner ticket and sponsorship forms can be downloaded by clicking on the link below. Please act quickly, as tickets to the event sell out earlier each year. We look forward to seeing you on March 3, 2016.
Park Cities Quail was founded in 2006 when a group of Dallas quail hunters concerned about quail decline formed the nonprofit to preserve, restore and maintain upland game, educate youth and improve hunting opportunities for area sportsmen. PCQ’s efforts are centered on this one night of fundraising each March, which features a seated dinner, raffle, silent and live auction and culminates in the presentation of the T. Boone Pickens Lifetime Sportsman Award. Dubbed by sporting industry writers as ‘Conservation’s Greatest Night,’ over the past seven years, the Park Cities Quail Dinner and Auction has resulted in over $5.2 million in direct donations to scientific research and educational efforts.