Although we heard unofficially that the National RAFT had determined the 2020 National RTFG be cancelled, we were awaiting official notification of that decision before making a public announcement. Despite the fact that notification to our RAFT Chair did not arrive until 6.17 pm yesterday, the decision was apparently common knowledge and on social media well before that time. We are disappointed that courtesy and good manners seem to have fallen by the wayside in this matter. One would think that SA RAFT should have been officially advised of the decision before it was made public. What follows is the web site update that I intended to post.
On June 15th the National RAFT determined that there would be no National Championship Retrieving Trial for Gundogs in 2020. Naturally we are very disappointed with this decision as we believe that the state borders will be open by the end of July, and that we have arrangements, processes and procedures in place allowing us to run an exceptional National and at the same time ensure the health and safety of those involved.
Clearly the delegates from Western Australia, Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania did not think this was the case.
In particular we are disappointed for the National Chairperson (Ray Ashenden) and Trial Secretary (Jessie Hughes) who have done huge amounts of work over the last 12 months to pull all the essential elements together.
We acknowledge all those who have contributed towards the 2020 National. We are truly appreciative and thank you for your support.
SA RAFT is now in the process of "undoing" all the arrangements that have been made.
However, trialling is happening in South Australia and the State Championship will go ahead in August. There will need to be some changes to the original schedule but the new one will be published as soon as possible.