The Texas Coastal Brittany Club had its inception in the offices of Phillips Petroleum Company in Houston in 1965. It was formally organized in 1967 by Dave Seay (owner of Jake of Briarbend, later TCBC’s first Bench Champion), Bob Richardson (owner of a daughter of National Champion, Towsey), Kirby Larabee (who provided legal expertise), and Joe Coleman (a Brittany owner with a library of American Field Books).
The first meeting was held at the Ada Petroleum Assembly Room with only eight persons present. The first sanctioned TCBC Field Trial was held successfully at Cinco Ranch; the second Field Trial in the fall on the outskirts of Houston, and the first Licensed Field trial was held in 1969.
Kirby suggested the name “Texas Coastal” since it was decided to open membership to the entire Gulf Coast region, and not just Houston. Dr. John Webb (owner of Ch. Webb’s Molly Malone) and Jerome Kearby, DVM, were early members. These men mentioned above served as the first Presidents of TCBC.
Club member Bob Richardson later bought Ch. Bonnie Bazooka of Tejas and Mike Bazooka of Tejas (the first Dual Champion in TCBC). During this time, Delmar Smith began regular visits to Houston; he assisted the group in promoting Brittanys and held training clinics for owners. John Carey moved to TX, (bringing Fld. Ch. Carey’s Freckles, honored in 1971 as the International Brittany Champion) and became very active in the Club.
The TCBC Executive Board sponsored the Quail Classic in 1974 in Waco amid rain & flood. Many years of successful Field Trials were held at the Cedars Ranch in Plantersville, the HL&P property near Sealy, a private ranch in Whitehall, the Moore Ranch in Orchard, the Porter Ranch in Hubbard, and (currently) the Boyd Ranch near Mexia.
After three TCBC member’s Brittanys placed on the Bench at the Nationals in Ardmore, OK, the Club has placed more emphasis on promoting the “Dual Dog” concept. These three were Dr. John & Judy Webb’s Blanc Fleuve Zipp, Don & Lucy Arthur’s Buck-A-Roo de Texas, and Dr. & Mrs. Edward Kohaut’s Sequani Beaver Dam Cinnamon.
Since these early years, many of our TCBC members have finished their dogs in Field and/or Shows.
We Congratulate all of our avid Brittany fans!