Sunday, November 28, 2010

Results - 2010 U.S. Complete Championship

Runnerup Champion Marsal's Wild Apache with Stacey Goodie and Champion Merritt's Zachary with Garry Malzone.



EAST WINDSOR, Conn. - Merritt's Zachary, a setter male handled by Garry Malzone, beat a field to 33 pointers and setters to be named champion at the U.S. Complete Shooting Dog Association's Northeast Regional Championship.

Runnerup was Marsal's Wild Apache, a pointer male, handled by Robert Ecker.

The event was held on Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 26-28, 2010, at Flaherty Field Trial Area.

Ch. Merritt's Zachary with Garry Malzone, left; and R-U Ch. Marsal's Wild Apache with Robert Ecker.

Zachary, who ran in the seventh brace, was credited with four finds and with what one judge called an "unbelievable'' ground race. Apache had five finds, three backs and ran a solid race.

Honorable mention went to three dogs - last year's champion, True Patriot, a setter owned and handled by Kellie Short; and Robert Ecker's pointer, Porter Meadow Elroy, owned by Jim Bush; and setter, Grousewoods Reese.

Judges for the event were Jeff Smith of Loudon, N.H., and Dave O'Brien of Marlborough, Conn. Chairman was Bill Bonnetti of Plymouth, Mass.

Judges Dave O'Brien, left, and Jeff Smith.

A cocktail party was hosted Friday night by last year's winner, Kellie Short.

The championship was sponsored by Northeast USCSDA and Southern New England Field Trial Club.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

2010 New England Open Championship

Front from left, Ch. Caladen's Sawmill Struttin' with scout Bill Kerr, and RU Ch. Great River Ice with handler Mike Tracy. Rear from left, Richard Bembenek, Ed Marin, Janice Gregory, judge Pat Casey, Rich Anselmo, judge Vicente Ballester, John and Erin Stolgitis, John Fino and Jeff Smith.


POMFRET, Conn. - With seven staunch finds, and a consistent hour on the ground where he showed off his strength and hunting skills, Caladen's Sawmill Struttin', a pointer male
handled by Mike Tracy and owned by Ross Callaway and Echo Plantation of Chester, S.C., earned
the title of champion at the 82nd New England Open Shooting Dog Championship. The event was
held Oct. 18-20, 2010, at Harry and Deb Townshend's venerable Ragged Hill Farm.

Runnerup honors went to Great River Ice, a pointer male also handled by Mike Tracy, and owned by Great River Kennels of Long Island, N.Y. Ice had five strong finds and pointed his birds from impressive distances.
Caladen's Sawmill Struttin'

Great River Ice

The difference between the first- and second-place dogs, according to judges, was their power on the ground. Struttin' had by far the strongest race and no other dog would prove to be a threat.


Judges for the event were Pat Casey of South Hill, Va., and Vicente Ballester of Simpsonville, S.C. They made clear at the beginning of the championship that they weren't looking for the fastest race or the most finds, but for a dog that could hunt because that's what the grounds called for.

Judges Pat Casey, left, and Vicente Ballester


The champion came from the second brace on the first day, setting the bar high for the rest of the competition.

Struttin' was braced with Mt. View Decision Maker (J. Tracy), who would turn out to be a fine dog in her own right.

The two pointers dashed from the breakaway. Point was called fairly quickly by both handlers and the dogs were found to be standing for different birds several yards away from each other. While the dogs stood rock solid, quail were flushed and shots fired. Both pointers were taken on.

They cruised over the dam and up the hill to the big open field. Decision Maker continued through without making bird contact, but Struttin' scented something interesting and came to a stop under a pine tree where his handler rousted a single quail.

At 21, Decision Maker had a dug-up nice limb find where she was discovered by scout Shannon Davis. After considerable flushing, a bird was produced. Another divided find was logged at the halfway mark along a stone wall. Shots were fired and all was well.

Judge Vicente Ballester keeps an eye out for the bird while Jeanette Tracy flushes for Mt. View Decision Maker.

Decision Maker stopped again four minutes later. Handler said the birds had left and the dog was taken on.

Struttin' went on to have three more well-spaced finds in his hour. This pointer was consistent, always tight on his game when he pointed and hunted the woods hard, checking out the logical birdy areas. He had the strongest first and second halves of any hour, and would run the strongest race of any dog in the championship.

With good birdwork and a strong finish, Decision Maker was placed in the runnerup position, and at the end of the first day, it was Caladen's Sawmill Struttin in first, and Mt. View Decision Maker in second.

No other dog would pose a problem for Struttin', and it would be the 11th brace before Decision Maker was pushed out of contention by Great River Ice.

In the fourth brace on the second day of the championship, Ice was braced with Triple Nickle Nick (Basilone). Owner Brian Sanchez was on hand to watch his dog run.

Ice had a find almost immediately off the breakaway in a strip dividing two fields where no other dog had previously pointed. In what must have seemed to his handler as an "uh oh'' moment, there was indeed a quail hidden in the heavy grass and it was flushed. A nice start for Ice.

Nick had a find at the first feeder, pointing his birds from a good distance away. He had his running shoes on this day, though, and would not be seen again.

Ice stopped again 10 minutes later under heavy mountain laurel. This solid white pointer marked each find standing with his head and tail high. There was no question that a bird would be found.

Ice had another impressive find at about the halfway mark when he stopped on point in the middle of a field. He had these birds pinned from a good distance away. He was relocated and the quail was spotted perched on a nearby stone wall.

Great River Ice stops on point in a field, above.
Knowing he could have his birds from a good distance away, handler Mike Tracy relocates the pointer, below, who pins his quail on an old stone wall yards to his right.

After the 30-minute mark, the woods break out into an emerald green field which leads to the second half of the figure-eight shape of the course. Ice grabbed the left edge of the field and rimmed it. At the end of the field, he was again found on point. Ice was loosed and after a slight leave of absence, he returned from the front - a good place to come from as judges were adding demerits to any dog who showed up from the rear.

Ice logged his final find with 4 minutes left on the clock on another single quail.

Ice had five nice finds in total, and ran a very good first half. His second half was commendable, but his brief disappearance, even though he showed up to the front, hurt him slightly.

He always pointed his birds stylishly and from far away, and made nice casts after which he was found standing, but judges felt he just didn't have the power of the first place dog.

Judges complemented the handlers who had to get their dogs to work in the heavy cover of Ragged Hill Farm. Said Pat Casey: "The handlers all tried to put their dogs off the path and they did a great job of handling their dogs. Every year you come here, they have eight or nine finds but you don't see the dogs. We didn't have that (this year). We wanted to see a dog between finds. We wanted to see them running the country. And it's hard (in this thick cover) because most of these dogs want to grab (an edge).''

John Stolgitis gets ready to run another errand.


Honorable mention was given to Mt. View Decision Maker; Chasehill Molly, owned and handled by John Stolgitis; and Ragged Hill Danny, owned by Harry Townshend and handled by Bruce Jacobs.

An always-smiling Becky Johnson.


The first brace on a chilly Monday morning paired Fazan's Delite (Basilone) and Gamestopper (M. Tracy). Gamestopper logged his first find early on. Delite stopped at 18 with Gamestopper backing. Delite was sent on to relocate twice but couldn't produce a bird. Gamestopper had another find at 43. At 52, the dogs had a divided find, and at 59, Delite stopped for her final bird. These dogs finished their hour strong.

Mt. View Decision Maker (J. Tracy) and Caladen's Sawmill Struttin' (M. Tracy). Previously described.

Waybetter Rex (Bishop) and Stone Tavern Matrix (M. Tracy). Although Matrix had a find early off the breakaway, both dogs in this brace eventually were lost.

From left, Carl Bishop, Tom Gates and Dick Bembenek.

Fazan's Stress Free (Basilone) and Nottingham's Classy Chance (M.Tracy). Dogs shared a divided find at the first feeder. Stress Free went on to point a bird at 14 under heavy mountain laurel and followed this up with another find at 22. Chance stopped at the halfway mark but no bird could be produced. At 35, Stress Free was found standing with Chance backing. All looked good when the bird was flushed. The dogs had another divided find at 41 under some brushy pines with another single quail being rousted. Chance pointed his final bird with eight minutes left, and both dogs finished the hour going away.

Harbor City Cash (Basilone) and Caladen's Railway Max (M. Tracy). These pointers had a divided find at the first feeder, and Cash followed that up with a find at 16 under the mountain laurel. He stood tall and turned his head ever so slightly to mark the flight of the bird. Cash was found standing four minutes later and when his handler went in to flush, he found the other dog standing there also. (To say some the mountain laurel is thick at Ragged Hill Farm is an understatement.) When the birds were flushed, Max took a jump and was picked up. Cash got lost after this and his handler called for the tracker.

Tad Dorry gets ready to release Sugar Knoll Jack at the breakaway for John Fino.

Sugar Knoll Jack (Fino) and Serious Threat (M. Tracy). Sugarknoll Jack was his usual bird-hunting-machine self this day as he logged eight finds and one unproductive for his handler. No bird is safe from discovery when Jack hits the ground. A very workmanlike dog, he'll find them all and stand patiently with head and tail high until he's found by his handler and the birds are flushed. On his last find, however, he was sent on to relocate, and when he winded the birds, he went with them and was picked up. Threat had one find but was picked up at the half-hour mark for not pleasing his handler.

John Fino flushing for Sugar Knoll Jack.

Grousewood Skeeter (Basilone) and Our Big Bully (M. Tracy). Bully had a pretty find at the first feeder. Point was called for Skeeter at 20, but when the gallery approached he released himself to hunt some more. He was picked up. Bully had two more finds, both times with good manners, and he finished strong when time was called.

Chasehill Molly (Stolgitis) and Caladen's Rail Hawk (M. Tracy). For the first brace of the second day, the weather was overcast and damp. Both dogs were loosed and Molly was found on point at the first feeder. A good sized covey was flown for the intense pointer. The dogs shared a divided find at 15 under the mountain laurel. And at 19, Hawk was found pointing with Molly backing. A pretty picture. Birds were flown and all was in order. Hawk was picked at the halfway mark. Molly went on to have two more stylish finds in her second half hour but shortened up considerably, according to judges.

Elhew Dancing Fire (Jacobs) and Talisman (M. Tracy). Talisman scored a find at the first feeder, where after a relocation he pinned his birds. Fire, a young pointer who’s very light on her feet, stopped at the second feeder and the handler flushed a quail for her. All was in order. Talisman scored again at 15 on the corner under the mountain laurel, and Fire countered at 16 by stopping on the right side of path. Unfortunately, no bird could be produced and she took an unproductive. Five minutes later, both dogs stopped, and again, birds were produced. At the halfway mark, dogs shared a divided find. They were again were loosed and Fire stopped in a cut-through behind the main house, a likely place for a pheasant. However this day it resulted in an unproductive and this being her second one, Fire was lifted. Talisman scored one more find in his second half hour where he let down slightly but hunted the woods.

Klee's Gentle Ben (J. Tracy) and Klee's Shooting Star (M. Tracy). Star had a pretty find at the first feeder and again at the 15 minute mark. Ben stopped at 18 where his handler flew a bird for him. Both were found pointing at 21, and Ben was found standing again at the halfway mark. Both dogs were running strongly when their time was called.

Triple Nickle Nick (Basilone) and Great River Ice (M. Tracy). Previously described.

Sukara's Come Home Jessie (J. Tracy) and Buffalo Bull (M. Tracy). Owners Ted and Jane Foust were riding to see their setter, Jessie. Bull was up early after a bird infraction. Jessie had three finds but her race today wasn't quite up to snuff.

Bay Country Hope (J. Tracy) and Caladen's Elhew Sarah (M. Tracy). Sarah was up early after a mishap with a quail. Hope pointed at 15, but was lost before the halfway mark.

Great River Dominator (J. Tracy) and Klee's Handsome Hank (M. Tracy). Jeanette called for the tracker at 42 for her missing dog. Hank had three finds and was going away when his time was up.

White Spider (J. Tracy) and M's Kid Rock (M. Tracy). White Spider had three nice finds for herself, and M's Kid Rock had one. Both dogs hit the woods hard and hunted and stood their birds nicely.

Wednesday morning started with I Wanna Be A Cowgirl (Basilone) and Buffalo Creek (M. Tracy). Matt called for the tracker at about 20 after Cowgirl disappeared, and at the 30 minute mark, Mike did the same for a missing Buffalo Creek.

Handler Bruce Jacobs flushes for Harry Townshend's setter Ragged Hill Danny, while Caladen's White Hawk takes the back with Mike Tracy. Judge Pat Casey looks on.

Ragged Hill Danny (Jacobs) and Caladen's White Hawk (M. Tracy). In his first half hour, Danny had three well-spaced, well-executed finds followed by an unproductive at 30. Hawk had one find and was backing Danny when handler picked him up. Danny went on to hunt the whole right side of the green field at the beginning of the second half of the course and added two more nice finds before he finished his hour.

Southbound Strech (Stolgitis) and Coosawhatchie Chief (M. Tracy). Strech's owner, John Fino, was scouting for his dog. Both dogs had a divided find at the first feeder. Strech took a hiatus after that, after apparently jumping a deer. Chief went on to have five more well-executed finds, and was running well to the front when time was called.

Richfield Silver Lining (M. Basilone) and Avalon Creek (M. Tracy). Silver Lining started out with one unproductive then followed that up with one nice find. Avalon Creek suffered two unproductives early on and got the hook.

Erin's Boxcar Willie (M. Tracy) and Chasehill Little Bud (Stolgitis). In a competitive brace, Willie scored four finds with Bud (last year's champion) taking five and a back, yet here as in some other braces, judges would have like to have seen more hunting through the woods by each dog.

Green Mountain Keeper (M. Tracy). Keeper, running as a bye, wasn't pleasing his handler this day and was picked up early.

Handler Mike Tracy, left, and judge Pat Casey during a lunchbreak.


*Field trial chairman Elias Richardson found himself under the weather for the better part of the period leading up to and during the championship. Richard Bembenek was pressed into service as co-chairman and many thanks go to him for all his help. Eli was missed though, especially during the cocktail party when the shrimp was served. We hope his recovery continues to be successful and uneventful.

The barn at Ragged Hill Farm, above, and the front of the main house that sits across the street.

*Harry Townshend, also recently released from the hospital after suffering from a bout of bronchitis, visited the championship with his wife, Deb, on Monday. He followed the braces along in a mule (the four-wheel kind) chauffered by Dick Bembenek, and attended the cocktail party and lobster dinner with Deb, his son Tim and daughter-in-law Sue.

Each year the Townshends open Ragged Hill Farm to host the New England Open. It's always fun to visit with them and relive past championships. Their kindness and generosity is very much appreciated.

From left, Bruce Jacobs, Harry Townshend and Dick Bembenek.

*Tom Gates made his annual trek down from the hinterlands of way-upper New York State to assist with the running again this year. Tom travels from New York periodically throughout the year to assist at Ragged Hill Farm with Tim Townshend and Dick Bembenek and caretakers Adam and Keri Scheuritzel and help keep the courses open for the championship.

*The Scheuritzels’ son, James, took time off from his busy school schedule to help plant birds. Also helping were John Fino, John Stolgitis, Tad Dorry and Ed Marin.

*Judges' gifts included copies of the lovely coffee-table book, "In The Field - A Photographer's Journey With Sporting Dogs.'' The books, written and photographed by Nancy Whitehead, were donated by Joan LaBree.

*Dinner was cooked nightly by Dick Bembenek and members of the Thompson Rod & Gun Club. Karen Fino and Pat Richardson provided their always amazing blueberry and apple pies.

There's always time to chill and eat and chat at the New England Open. Judge Pat Casey, left, takes a break with John Stolgitis, center, and Jeff Smith. Pam Townshend is at right.

*A cocktail party - which wound up spanning two nights - was hosted by John Stolgitis, owner and handler of last year’s champion, Chasehill Little Bud. When it comes to seafood, John, who can count being a chef as one of his many talents, gets only the best and knows how to prepare it.

Lobster, shrimp, littlenecks, steamers, all seemingly by the bushel, made the picnic tables under the pavilion in the backyard groan. This along with his homemade sopressata, stuffed peppers, and cheese and crackers provided for a gastronomic delight.

On Tuesday morning, after Monday night’s lobster dinner, John was busy shucking all the remaining lobsters to make dozens of lobster salad sandwiches for lunch. No one can say they’ve ever left the New England Open hungry.

Sitting above the fireplace at Ragged Hill Farm, under one of Harry Townshend's many setter paintings, this one of Ragged Hill Nip and Ragged Hill Tuck, is the historic sterling silver tray that lists the winners for the first 68 years of the New England Open Championship. Below, on the desk against the wall, under Harry's Field Trial Hall of Fame scroll, are wooden trophies hand-carved by Harry and presented in 1996 to provide ongoing recognition to winners of the New England Open. The winner's trophy is a hunter with his dog, while the runnerup's is a carving of two dogs. As wrote Margaret Drew in a 2007 NEO report, "The detail and resemblance of Harry himself and his dogs is evident in the two trophies.''


The Association of New England Field Trial Clubs welcomes comments on any of its procedures, or the running of any of its trials. We’re happy to hear from anyone who has something constructive to say about the way field trials are run in New England. We would love to hear suggestions. To keep this sport going, we need to work together to improve what we do. To leave a comment, email

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Results - 2010 New England Futurity


EAST WINDSOR, Conn. - The top four dogs at the 75th New England Futurity were named yesterday (Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010) by judges Mike Husenits of West Lebanon , Pa., and Don Gustafson of Goshen, Conn. The event was held Oct. 16-17 at Flaherty Field Trial Area.

Futurity judge Mike Husenits.

Winners are:

First place, The Lobbyist, a pointer male owned and bred by Harry Blaine and Bob Reed and handled by Jeanette Tracy.

Second place, Kraftsman's Black River, a pointer female bred by Sean Derrig, owned by Kevin Stuart and handled by Luke Eisenhart.

Third place, Bullerina, a pointer female bred by Roger Dvorak, owned by Ernie Saniga and handled by Mike Tracy.

Fourth place Southbound Sally, a pointer female bred, owned and handled by Pat Casey.

Thirty-six dogs were entered in the two-day event.

On Saturday night, a cocktail party was held by William and Daretta Bruchey, owners of 2009 Futurity winner, Erin's Dog Soldier.

Earl and Margaret Drew with Margaret's appreciation plaque
which will be hung in the Field Trial Hall of Fame.

A plaque, which will be hung in the Field Trial Hall of Fame, was presented to Futurity chairman Margaret Drew in appreciation of her many years of service to the Futurity. We couldn't run this trial without you, Margaret, and we're VERY glad you're staying on!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Results - 2010 Northeastern Open Shooting Dog Championship

Front from left, Tammy and Colton Eisenhart, Claudia McNamee (owner) and Luke Eisenhart (handler) with Ch. Richfield Silver Belle, and Matt Basilone with RU Ch. The Insider. Rear from left, Northeastern chairman Dave O'Brien, Bill Hyland, Gene Casale Jr., Tom Downs, judges Vicente Ballester and Richard Bembenek, Janice Gregory, Earl Drew, reporter Stacey Goodie, Tony Forte and Gene Casale Sr.


EAST WINDSOR, Conn. - Richfield Silver Belle, a pointer female owned by Claudia and Bill McNamee and handled by Luke Eisenhart, was named champion at the 2010 Northeastern Open Shooting Dog Championship held Oct. 11-14, 2010 at Flaherty Field Trial Area. Runnerup was The Insider, a setter male, owned by John Fort, and also handled by Eisenhart.

According to judges, very little separated the champion and runnerup. Silver Belle, who ran in the 23rd brace on Thursday morning, logged eight finds and had an "amazing'' race, said judge Vinnie Ballester. Her race was slightly quicker and she showed up in all the right spots. The Insider, who ran in the 19th brace on Wednesday afternoon, also logged eight finds, one being a divided find, and ran a strong race.

Judges were Vicente Ballester of Simpsonville, S.C., and Richard Bembenek of Webster, Mass.

Judges Vicente Ballester, above left, and Richard Bembenek.

Field trial chairman was Dave O'Brien of Marlborough, Conn.

Northeastern chairman Dave O'Brien making the announcments of champion and runnerup.

Next up is the 75th annual New England Futurity, chaired by Margaret Drew, which starts Saturday morning, Oct. 16, also at Flaherty then the New England Open Shooting Dog Championship at Ragged Hill Farm in Pomfret, Conn. Judges for the Futurity are Mike Husenits of West Lebanon, Pa., and Don Gustafson of Goshen, Conn. Judges for the New England Open are Pat Casey of South Hill, Va., and Vicente Ballester. Drawing for the New England Open will be held Sunday night, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m. at Ragged Hill Farm.

Next up? The 75th New England Futurity, to be chaired by Margaret Drew, above left, seen chatting with Jennifer Braman.

A full writeup of the 2010 Northeastern Championship by Stacey Goodie will appear in The American Field.

The Thursday morning gallery at the Northeastern.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

To start Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010, at 8:30 a.m.

EAST WINDSOR, Conn. -Thirty-six dogs have been drawn for the 75th running of the New England Shooting Dog Futurity. The event starts Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010, at 8:30 a.m. at Flaherty Field Trial Area.
Judges are Mike Husenits of West Lebanon, PA, and Don Gustafson of Goshen, CT.
Chairman is Margaret Drew of Hoffman, NC.
Order of running follows:
dog breeder owner handler
1-1 Avatar Guada PM S Derrig Tom Brigman Luke Eisenhart
1-2 Porter Meadow Merlin SM M Hodges Hal Bush Pat Casey

2-1 The Lobbyist PM H Blaine/Bob Reed same Jeanette Tracy
2-2 Suzie Wong PF John Palladino Nick Tomarelli Spencer Ray

3-1 Sugarknoll Diva PF J LaBree Hernden/DeCollo Luke Eisenhart
3-2 JB’s Silverwings PM J Braman B/J Braman Norm Basilone

4-1 South Bound Brie PF P Casey same Pat Casey
4-2 Bullish Pride PF R Dvorak Steve Hower Mike Tracy

5-1 Klee’s Cold Hard Cash PM R Duerksen M Huggins Jeanette Tracy
5-2 Cassanova Cowboy PM D O’Brien Stacey Goodie Stacey Goodie

6-1 Erin’s Ghost Dancer PM S Derrig Bill Bruchey Luke Eisenhart
6-2 Waybetter Jane PF C Bishop same Pat Casey

7-1 Railway Danny PM R Callaway Gene Casale Gene Casale
7-2 Moon Dancer PF D O’Brien same Dave O’Brien

8-1 The Thrill Is Gone PF B Reed Harry Blaine Jeanette Tracy
8-2 Kraftsman’s Southern Lady PF K Stuart same Luke Eisenhart

9-1 Klee’s Buster PM R Duerksen Jim Heimdal Pat Casey
9-2 Dave Matthews PM Summerhill K Til Hankley Mike Tracy

10-1 She Got Game PF B Reed Becky Johnson Jeanette Tracy
10-2 Creek Haven Jack SM Spencer Ray Frank Aloia Spencer Ray

11-1 Caladen’s Rein Dancer PM R Callaway Ross Callaway Mike Tracy
11-2 Uncle Ben SM M Hodges Earl Drew Earl Drew

12-1 East Coast Jessie June PF D O’Brien John Malone Pat Casey
12-2 Chiseled In Stone PF J McHugh same Jeanette Tracy

13-1 Uplander’s Country Class PM Denny McClenden U Pennacchietti Spencer Ray
13-2 Rockabully PM Roger Dvorak Ernie Saniga Mike Tracy

14-1 Kraftsman’s Black River P F Sean Derrig K. Stuart Luke Eisenhart
14-2 Gale Windz PF Summerhill K Earl Drew Earl Drew

15-1 South Bound Sally PF P Casey same Pat Casey
15-2 Bullerina Roger Dvorak Ernie Saniga Mike Tracy

16-1 Etched in Stone PF J McHugh same Jeanette Tracy
16-2 Waybetter Rock PM Carl Bishop same Dick Bembenek

17-1 Creek Haven Simon Sez SM Spencer Ray Rino Grassa Spencer Ray
17-2 Triple Nickle Mike PM J Braman Robert Bergen Norm Basilone

18-1 Glastonbury Little Bud PM D O’Brien Bill Hyland Pat Casey
18-2 Sugarknoll Warpaint PM J LaBree Pete DeCollo Luke Eisenhart

Meals will be available on the grounds in the clubhouse.

On Saturday night, a cocktail party will be held by William and Daretta Bruchey, owners of last year’s winner, Erin’s Dog Soldier, handled by Luke Eisenhart. A free steak dinner will follow, prepared by Dick Bembenek and ANEFTC officers and friends. All handlers and owners are invited.

Support the New England Futurity by purchasing a 75th anniversary hat for $15. Sales will increase this year's purse and are available through Margaret and Earl Drew and Janice Gregory.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Results, pictures - Arcadia FTC Fall Trial




Robert Ecker, left, accepts the blue ribbon from chairman Richard Giuliano for winning the Open Shooting Dog stake.

EXETER, R.I. — On this last weekend of the summer – and it was a beautiful one – Arcadia Field Trial Club welcomed a total entry of 66 dogs for its annual fall field trial on Sept. 18-19, 2010, at Arcadia Management Area.

Arcadia offers a variety of situations for dogs to run in. There are huge open fields where they can show their speed and ability to hang onto an edge. There’s low, thin, brushy areas where you can see easily see a dog working closely. Then there’s the heavy cover where they have to show their ability to hunt very closely. Islands of pine trees dot the landscape, along with clusters of Russian olive bushes, and low scrub oak. It has to be a versatile dog to handle these varied situations.

Getting ready to run.

On Saturday, the first day of the trial, the weather stayed cool and overcast. It was a pleasant day for walking and running dogs.

First place in the Open Shooting Dog, out of a stake of 24 dogs, went to the first dog in the first brace, Neel’s Oneeyed Jack, a setter male handled by Robert Ecker. Jack had four finds and a powerful, forward race.

Robert Ecker on the line with one of his 15 dogs. That's a lot of walking, Robert! :-)

Second went to Foxfire, a pointer female handled by Robert Ecker. Foxfire, out of the fourth brace, had two finds. Third went to Richfield Charlie, a pointer male owned and handled by Richard Giuliano. Charlie had two finds and a forward race and was the last dog in the last brace of Saturday’s stakes.

There were lots of clean dogs in this stake and they were separated only by race. The first place dog ran stronger, faster and with more animation.

Bill McNamee was ready to ride anywhere and everywhere to scout a dog for whoever needed.

Honorable mention to Richfield Silver Lining, a pointer male owned and handled by Claudia McNamee.

Claudia McNamee did her share of scouting when she wasn't running her own dogs. :-)

Open Shooting Dog judges were Dave O’Brien and Mitch Swierczynski.

John Capocci, left, and Richard Giuliano, along with judge Mitch Swierczynski, watch two dogs working in the Open Shooting Dog stake.

First place in the Open Derby was Blackhawk Headliner, a pointer female handled by Robert Ecker. The pointer had three finds and ran a strong, forward race. Second went to Rock, a pointer male handled by Richard Bembenek, and third went to Chance, a pointer male owned by Mike Nemeschek. Open Derby judges were Dave O’Brien and Mitch Swierczynski.

First place in the Open Puppy was Yank’s Bucky Boy, a setter male, bred, owned and handled by Frank Skut. Second was Richfield Jenna, a setter female bred, owned and handled by Richard Giuliano. Open Puppy judges were Bill McNamee and Janice Gregory.

Frank Skut, right, accepting the blue ribbon for his win in the Open Puppy stake.

Sunday’s amateur stakes kicked off under sunny skies but very chilly conditions.

In the Amateur Puppy, winners were the previous day’s Open Puppy winners in reverse. First went to Richfield Jenna, and second went to Yank’s Bucky Boy. Amateur Puppy judges were Bill Bonnetti and Paul Kelly.

Richfield Annie with a find in the Amateur Shooting Dog stake.

In the Amateur Derby stake, only one placement was awarded and that blue ribbon went to Belle, a pointer female owned and handled by John Capocci. Amateur Derby judges were Bill Whigham and Janice Gregory.

Claudia McNamee wrapped up the Gun Dog stake by taking first and second placements with her Brittanies Luc de Roidelechasse and Gates of Waccabuc, respectively. Both dogs had two finds. Luc added two nice relocations where the birds were running and a stop-to-flush.

Amateur Gun Dog judges were Bill Bonnetti and Paul Kelly.

In the hotly-contested Amateur Shooting Dog stake, 16 dogs were vying for the top placements.

Dave Calcagni walks in front of Rocco to flush the bird.

Fox Cobble Jack, a pointer male owned and handled by Bill Whigham, took the blue ribbon. Second place went to Richfield Charlie, a pointer male owned and handled by Richard Giuliano, and third went to Yankie’s Ginnie Girl, a setter female owned and handled by Frank Skut.

Elizabeth Calcagni gets ready to run Gabby in the Amateur Shooting Dog stake. Dave gets to scout this time.

The second and third place dogs had four nice finds each. While Jack had three finds, it was his style on point — with intensity and a poker-straight tail — that set him head and shoulders above the others.

Amateur Shooting Dog judges were Richard Bembenek and Jim Curtin.

Rear, from left, Amateur Shooting Dog judges Richard Bembenek and Jim Curtin, and Dave Calcagni. Front, Elizabeth Calcagni with Dixie and Richard Giuliano with Richfield Charlie.

In one of the more interesting braces of the weekend, in Sunday's Amateur Shooting Dog stake, Iron Lady, Bill Bonnetti's setter, was running with Richard Giuliano's Richfield Annie. When the bells stopped, handlers darted into the woods to find the dogs on point - looking like Dr. Doolittle's Push-Me-Pull-You. The dogs were posed on a knoll nose to tail, each looking in the opposite directions. Who was pointing? Who was backing? Who knows. "Let's get 'em outta here,'' the handlers concluded.

Have you seen this one before? Iron Lady, left, and Richfield Charlie. Who was pointing? Who was backing? How can you tell? :-)

The Arcadia Field Trial Club thanks Pennsylvania pro Robert Ecker for bringing 15 of his top-notch dogs to support this trial. And thanks also go out to the many amateurs who turned out to run their outstanding puppies, derbies, gun dogs and shooting dogs in this two-day event.

Thanks go out to all the judges for donating their time, undivided attention, and horses. Thanks also to Frank Skut for driving the truck to retrieve handlers in a timely fashion at the end of each brace, to John Capocci for handling the majority of bird planting, and to field trial chairman Richard Giuliano, who ran the trial without the help of his wife, Monique, who was feeling under the weather. Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Monique. It took four of us to do the work you usually do!

Bill and Claudia McNamee's horses get ready for the long ride home.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Complete list of winners - Arcadia (RI) Fall Trial


Amateur Puppy
1. Richfield Jenna ESF Giuliano
2. Yank's Bucky Boy ESM Skut

Amateur Gun Dog
1. Luc BM C. McNamee
2. Gates BM C. McNamee

Amateur Derby
1. Belle PF Capocci

Amateur Shooting Dog
1. Fox Cobble Jack PM Whigham
2. Richfield Charlie PM Giuliano
3. Yankie's Ginnie Girl ESF Skut

Open Puppy
1. Yank's Bucky Boy ESM Skut
2. Richfield Jenna ESF Giuliano

Open Derby
1. Black Hawk Headliner PF Ecker
2. Rock PM Bembenek
3. Chance PM Nemeschek

Open Shooting Dog
1. Neel's Oneeyed Jack ESM Ecker
2. Foxfire PF Ecker
3. Richfield Charlie PM Giuliano
Honorable Mention: Richfield Silver Lining PM C. McNamee

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Running Order - Arcadia Field Trial Club


EXETER, R.I. - Twenty-four dogs are vying for the top prize in Saturday's Open Shooting Dog stake at Arcadia Field Trial Club's annual fall trial this weekend (Sept. 18-19, 2010) at Arcadia Management Area. (directions at bottom of blog) On Sunday, 16 dogs will compete in the Don Jones Memorial Amateur Shooting Dog stake.

Order of running for the weekend follows:

SATURDAY (Stakes start at 7 a.m.)

Open Puppy
(Judges: Bill McNamee, Janice Gregory)
1-1 Yank's Bucky Boy ESM Skut
1-2 Richfield Jenna ESF Giuliano
2-1 Mimo ESM Scarpelli
2-2 Hard Tellin' PF O'Brien

Open Derby
(Judges: Dave O'Brien, Mitch Swierczynski)
1-1 Hold Em Molly PF Ecker
1-2 Richfield Almond Joy PF Giuliano
2-1 Schwenksville Reggie PM Ecker
2-2 Remi ESM Fragomeni
3-1 Chance PM Nemeschek
3-2 Buck PM Capocci
4-1 Lookout Prime Time ESM Ecker
4-2 Rock PM Bembenek
5-1 Celtics Sidebar ISF Ecker
5-2 Belle PF Capocci
6-1 Black Hawk Headliner PF Ecker
6-2 Bye

Open Shooting Dog
(Judges: Dave O'Brien, Mitch Swierczynski)
1-1 Neil's One Eyed Jack ESM Ecker
1-2 Yankie's Ginnie Girl ESF Skut
2-1 Porter Meadow Elroy PM Ecker
2-2 Brady PM Pacitti
3-1 Slim Jim PM Ecker
3-2 June PF Stolgitis
4-1 Foxfire PF Ecker
4-2 Patch PF Pacitti
5-1 Class Act Liz PF Ecker
5-2 Jill PF Breveleri
6-1 Richfield Gypsy Rose PF Ecker
6-2 Finn PM McNamee
7-1 Irving's Wicked Tina PF Ecker
7-2 Lucky PF Capocci
8-1 Grouse Woods Reece ESM Ecker
8-2 Speck ESM Scarpelli
9-1 Elhew Signature PM Ecker
9-2 Lexi PF Breveleri
10-1 Cas Tiny PF Ecker
10-2 Richfield Silver Lining PM McNamee
11-1 Scott ESM Scarpelli
11-2 Alder PM Breveleri
12-1 Matt PM Pacitti
12-2 Richfield Charlie PM Giuliano

SUNDAY (Stakes start at 7 a.m.)

Amateur Puppy
(Judges: Bill Bonnetti, Paul Kelly)
1-1 Richfield Jenna ESF Giuliano
1-2 Mack ESM Clark
2-1 Richfield Polly ESF Giuliano
2-2 Yank's Bucky Boy ESM Skut

Amateur Derby
(Judges: Bill Whigham, Janice Gregory)
1-1 Richfield Almond Joy PF Giuliano
1-2 Belle PF Capocci
2-1 Buck PM Capocci
2-2 Bye

Amateur Gun Dog
(Judges: Bill Bonnetti, Paul Kelly)
1-1 Yank ESM Skut
1-2 Luc BM McNamee
2-1 Gates BM McNamee
2-2 Whitey BM Hayes

Amateur Shooting Dog
(Judges: Dick Bembenek, Jim Curtin)
1-1 Finn PM McNamee
1-2 Floyd PM Kelly
2-1 Rocco PM D. Calcagni
2-2 Lucky PF Capocci
3-1 Bo PM McNamee
3-2 Jack PM Whigham
4-1 Dixie PF E. Calcagni
4-2 Richfield Charlie PM Giuliano
5-1 Iron Lady ESF Bonnetti
5-2 Richfield Annie PF Giuliano
6-1 Gabby PF E. Calcagni
6-2 Yankie's Ginnie Girl ESF Skut
7-1 Buck PM Cavanaugh
7-2 Lynyrd ESM Forsyth
8-1 Aldo PM D. Calcagni
8-2 Jake ESM Forsyth

Monday, September 13, 2010

Connecticut's John Malone wins in Canada

Region 13 Ch. East Coast Pete with scout Dave O'Brien. Owner/handler John Malone is 6th from right.


CLINTON, Ontario - East Coast Pete, a pointer male owned and handled by John Malone of Bolton, Conn., and scouted by Dave O'Brien of Marlborough, Conn., was named champion at the Region 13 Amateur Shooting Dog Championship held this past week at the Hullett Wildlife Area, Clinton, Ontario.

The championship was hosted by the Ontario Bird Dog and Conservation Association.

Judges were Randy Hopkins of Ashville, Ohio, and Tim Tufts of Orono, Ontario.

Central Conn. results


SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn. - Ragged Hill Danny, a setter male owned by Harry Townshend and handled by Bruce Jacobs, took the blue ribbon in the Open Shooting Dog stake at Central Connecticut Bird Dog Club's fall trial held Saturday, Sept. 11, at Flaherty Field Trial Area. Second place went to Pete, a pointer male handled by Vinnie Ballester. Jack, a pointer male owned and handled by Ed Marin, took third.

In the Open Derby, first place went to Kelly, a pointer female handled by Kevin Stuart. Second went to Danny, a pointer male handled by Gene Casale.

Dixie, a pointer female, handled by Stacey Goodie, took first place in the Open Puppy stake.

In the Amateur Derby stake, first went to Rock, a pointer male, handled by Richard Bembenek; second went to Henry, a pointer male handled by Stacey Goodie.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Central Conn. Fall Field Trial


All stakes will be held on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010
at Flaherty Field Trial Area, East Windsor, CT

1-1 Dixie PF Goodie
1-2 Mark PM Ballester

2-1 Rex ESM Ballester
2-2 Bye

1-1 Ragged Hill Billy ESM Jacobs
1-2 Kelly PF Stuart

2-1 Danny PM Casale
2-2 Exc. in Motion ESM

3-1 Will PM Ballester
3-2 Bye

1-1 River ESF Brian B
1-2 Uno PF Goodie

2-1 Jack PM Marin
2-2 Ragged Hill Danny ESM Jacobs

3-1 Wing PF Braman
3-2 Jenny ESF Brian B

4-1 Pete PM Ballester
4-2 Elhew Dance Fire PF Jacobs

5-1 Amy PF Amilco
5-2 Sue PF Marin

1-1 Will PM Marino
1-2 Rock PM Bembenek

2-1 Henry PM Goodie
2-2 G ESM Gustafson

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Smith OSC Classic winners


EAST WINDSOR, Conn. - Snow Warning, a pointer male handled Luke Eisenhart, was top dog at the Inez C. Smith Memorial Open Shooting Dog Classic held this week at Flaherty Field Trial Area. Snow Warning ran in the ninth brace and bested a field of 72 dogs.

Second place went to Erin's Sky Dancer, a setter female, also handled by Luke Eisenhart, and third place went to Calico's Big & Rich, a pointer male handled by George Tracy.

The weather was hot and humid each day of the Classic.

Judges were Steve Merton of Manchester, Conn., and Kevin Stuart of Schenectady, NY. The Inez C. and Elwin G. Smith Shooting Dog Classics were presented by the Pittsburgh Field Trial Club and Associated Field Trial Clubs of Connecticut.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Winners - Elwin Smith Amateur Shooting Dog Classic


SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn. - East Coast Pete, a pointer male owned and handled by John Malone of Bolton, Conn., took the blue ribbon at the Elwin G. Smith Memorial Amateur Shooting Dog Classic held at Flaherty Field Trial Area. Thirty-eight pointers and setters were entered.

Second place went to Book, a pointer male owned and handled by Tom Tracy of Lebanon, Conn., and third went to Great River Magnum, pointer male owned and handled by Brian Sanchez of Central Islip, NY.

The Inez C. Smith Memorial Open Shooting Dog Classic followed the Elwin Smith ASD Classic, starting Sunday afternoon. That event drew of field of 72 dogs.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Running order - Smith OSD Classic




EAST WINDSOR, Conn. - A highly competitive field of 72 dogs has been drawn for the Inez C. Smith Memorial Open Shooting Dog Classic to be held at Flaherty Field Trial Area. Judges are Steve Merton of Manchester, Conn., and Kevin Stuart of Schenectady, NY. The event begins at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 29.

The Inez C. and Elwin G. Smith Shooting Dog Classics are presented by the Pittsburgh Field Trial Club and Associated Field Trial Clubs of Connecticut.

Running order for the OSD Classic follows:

1-1 Bay Country Hope PF J. Tracy
1-2 Buffalo Bull PM Tracy

2-1 Coosawhatchie Chief PM Tracy
2-2 Ard Righ Rockette PF J. Tracy

3-1 Erin's Dancing Queen PF Eisenhart
3-2 Voyager ESM Tracy

4-1 Great River Razor PM Tracy
4-2 I Wanna Be A Cowgirl PF Basilone

5-1 White Spider ESF J. Tracy
5-2 Caladen's Sawmill Struttin PM Tracy

6-1 Gamestopper PF Tracy
6-2 Fazan's Stress Free ESM Basilone

7-1 Hightailing Miss Daisy PF Tracy
7-2 Erin's Black Fury PM Eisenhart

8-1 Calico's Big N Rich PM Tracy
8-2 TS Steel Force PM Basilone

9-1 Heritage PM Tracy
9-2 Snow Warning PM Eisenhart

10-1 Great River Class PF Tracy
10-2 Sound Investment ESF Eisenhart

11-1 Little Things PF Tracy
11-2 Enhancement Tess PF J. Tracy

12-1 Erin's Box Car Willie PM Tracy
12-2 Fazan's Delight ESF Basilone

13-1 Calico's Dynomite PM Tracy
13-2 Mohawk Mill Dana PF Eisenhart

14-1 Lawless Lady PF Tracy
14-2 Caladen's Bimbo Jones PM Eisenhart

15-1 Bittersweet Alibi PM Eisenhart
15-2 Maple Sugar Nugget PM Tracy

16-1 Stone Tavern Matrix ESM Tracy
16-2 Marques Earl PM Basilone

17-1 Great River Ice PM Tracy
17-2 Sukara's Come Home Jessie ESF J. Tracy

18-1 G.I. Jane PF Tracy
18-2 Erin's Backstreet Affair PF Eisenhart

19-1 Waiting Til Midnight PF Tracy
19-2 Erin's War Creek PM Eisenhart

20-1 Caladen's White Hawk PM Tracy
20-2 Windfall's Silver Rain PM Eisenhart

21-1 The Insider ESM Eisenhart
21-2 Great River Magnum PM Sanchez

22-1 Green Mountain Keeper PF Tracy
22-2 Phillip's High Line PM Eisenhart

23-1 Calico's Catch N Release PM Tracy
23-2 Richfield Silver Belle PM Eisenhart

24-1 Talisman PM Tracy
24-2 Triple Nickel Nick PM Basilone

25-1 Our Big Bully PM Tracy
25-2 Erin's Little Soldier PM Eisenhart

26-1 No Rules PM Tracy
26-2 Erin's Skydancer ESF Eisenhart

27-1 Avalon Creek PF Tracy
27-2 Grousewood Skeeter ESM Basilone

28-1 Klee's Handsome Hank PM Tracy
28-2 Great River Dominator PM J. Tracy

29-1 M's Kid Rock PM Tracy
29-2 Enhancement Trey PM J. Tracy

30-1 Harbor City Cash PM Basilone
30-2 Caladen's Railhawk PM Tracy

31-1 Klee's Shooting Star PF Tracy
31-2 Enhancement Alice June PF J. Tracy

32-1 Annafield Buck PM Tracy
32-2 Erin's Dog Soldier PM Eisenhart

33-1 Buffalo Creek PM Tracy
33-2 Erin's Foolish Pride PM Eisenhart

34-1 RJ's Carbon Copy PM Tracy
34-2 Indian Creek White Snake PM Eisenhart

35-1 Caladen's Railway Max PM Tracy
35-2 Mt. View Decision Maker PF J. Tracy

36-1 Serious Threat PM Tracy
36-2 Erin's Little Engine PM Eisenhart

Friday, August 27, 2010

Smith ASD Classic running order


EAST WINDSOR, Conn. - Thirty-eight dogs have been drawn for the Elwin G. Smith Memorial Amateur Shooting Dog Classic, sponsored by Pittsburgh Field Trial Club and Associated Field Trial Clubs of Connecticut.

The Inez C. Smith Memorial Open Shooting Dog Classic will follow. Running order will be announced.

The Smith Classics are being held Aug. 27-Sept. 2 at Flaherty Field Trial Area.

ASD Classic running order is:

1-1 Klee's Rough Rider PM Duerksen
1-2 Erin's Box Car Willie PM Strausbaugh

2-1 Hightailing Miss Daisy PF Joyce
2-2 Great River Class PF Sanchez

3-1 Klee's Bella Bella PF Duerksen
3-2 Great River Razor PM Joyal

4-1 Klee's My Guy PM Duerksen
4-2 Bud GSPM Tazza

5-1 Klee's Calypso PM Duerksen
5-2 Scooter GSPM Tazza

6-1 Dot PF Joyce
6-2 Great River Magnum PM Sanchez

7-1 Richfield Finnigan PM McNamee
7-2 East Coast Slick PM Malone

8-1 Kraftsman's Soldier PM Ballester
8-2 Calico's Catch 'N Release PM Henderson

9-1 Annafield Buck PM Hood
9-2 Margrette GSPF Tazza

10-1 Erin's Foolish Pride PM McNamee
10-2 G.I. Jane PF Sanchez

11-1 Book PM Tracy
11-2 Serious Threat PM Strausbaugh

12-1 Shadow GSPF Tazza
12-2 Sue PF Malone

13-1 Richfield Silver Lining PM McNamee
13-2 Chain ESM Tracy

14-1 Bittersweet Alibi PM Gillotta
14-2 Caladen's Railway Max PM Casale

15-1 Calico's Cotton Candy PF Henderson
15-2 Sugarknoll Snow Warning PM DellCollo

16-1 Annie GSPF Tazza
16-2 Wick ESM Tracy

17-1 Waiting Til Midnight PM Sanchez
17-2 East Coast Pete PM Malone

18-1 Richfield Silver Belle PF McNamee
18-2 Maple Sugar Nugget PM Joyal

19-1 Klee's Showboat PF Duerksen
19-2 Zina GSPF Tazza

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Region 1 ANEFTC Annual Summer Meetings


EXETER, RI - Region 1 and the Association of New England Field Trial Clubs held their annual summer meetings Sunday, Aug. 15, at Arcadia Management Area following the Northeast Field Trial Club's summer trial.

From left, Don Gustafson, Ed McGovern, Gene Casale, Frank McLaughlin,
Bill Whigham, Jennifer Braman and Jim Kilrain.

Patrick Callahan was re-elected Region 1 president. Seated as Region 1 officers were Bill Bonnetti, 1st vice president; George Doyle, 2nd vice president; Janice Gregory, secretary; and Jeff Smith, treasurer. Region 1 trustee is Elias Richardson.

John Stolgitis was re-elected as president of the ANEFTC. First vice president is Patrick Callahan; 2nd vice president, Jennifer Braman; and secretary/treasurer is Janice Gregory. Members of the board of directors are: Richard Bembenek, Don Gustafson, Jeff Smith, Elias Richardson, Joe Marino, Patrick Callahan and Jim Kilrain.

Jennifer Braman, ANEFTC 2nd vice president and points chairman, along with ANEFTC president John Stolgitis, presented awards for the top dogs of the year.

Jennifer Braman and John Stolgitis present the award for Lloyd Murray's Long Gone Zeena.

Kellie Short picks up an award for True Patriot, the ASD Walking Dog of the Year.

Bill Whigham gets one for Fox Cobble Jack, AD Walking Dog of the Year.

John Stolgitis with one of several awards won by Chasehill Little Bud.

Jim Kilrain with the Amateur Derby award for his pointer, Currahee

Gene Casale accepts the award for Caladen's Railway Max, Amateur Derby Dog of the Year.