AT SPRUCE BROOK
ANNUAL FALL FIELD TRIAL
EAST WINDSOR, Conn. - Sixty one dogs were drawn for Spruce Brook Bird Dog Club's annual fall trial held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 29-30, 2009, at Flaherty Field Trial Area.
As Tropical Storm Danny made its way north up the East Coast, the effects were felt in the form of pouring down, cold rain all day during Saturday's Open stakes. The weather was much improved on Sunday when the day started off cool and foggy then turned sunny and warm as the storm moved up the coast and away.
Weekend winners included:
(Judges: John Malone and John Fino)
1. Full of Bull, PM, Mike Tracy
2. Buffalo Bull, PM, Mike Tracy
3. Courrahee, PM, handled by Bruce Jacobs; owned by Jim Kilrain
Open Shooting Dog
(Judges: Gene Casale Jr. and Lloyd Miller)
1. Our Big Bully, PM, handled by Mike Tracy,
owned by Ernie and Karen Saniga
2. Double Trouble Joe, PM, handled by Matt Basilone, owned by Troy Terlizzi
3. Super Sioux, GSP, handled by Matt Basilone, owned by Katie Tazza
Honorable mention went to Ragged Hill Danny, ESM, handled by Bruce Jacobs and owned by Harry Townshend, and to Peace Dale Duke, ESM, handled by Mike Tracy and owned by Richard Frisella.
Hard luck dog of the stake was Southbound Stretch, owned and handled by John Fino and scouted by Aidan Malone. Stretch was winning the stake hands down but was lost with little but 2 minutes left in his half hour.
"Handler error'' was how handler John Fino described it. :-)
Amateur judges, above, Stacy Goodie and Dave O'Brien
Amateur Shooting Dog
Judges: Stacy Goodie and Dave O'Brien
1. Southbound Slick, PM, John Malone
2. Southbound Jack, PM, John Fino
3. Super Sioux, GSP, Katie Tazza
A barbecued chicken dinner Saturday night was prepared by Patrick Callahan and described as some of the finest chicked barbecue ever in history to have been prepared on the East Coast.
Field trial chairman was Don Gustafson who worked day and night in downpours and steamy weather to get the job done.
Helping out planting birds was Elizabeth Malone.
Above, from left, Aidan, Elizabeth and John Malone.
Keeping an eye on things were, above from left, Bob Braman, Tad Dorry and John Fino.
Handlers Bob Locarni and John Fino.