BIRD DOG CLUB
BIRD DOG CLUB
EXETER, RI - Ocean State Bird Dog Club kicked off its annual spring field trial on Saturday, May 21, 2011, with a very competitive Open Puppy stake.
|Ocean State's favorite bird planter and good friend Bob Danna. :-)|
First place went to Stoney, a pointer male handled by John Stolgitis. Stoney was a very stylish young dog that hunted every minute he was on the ground. Second went to Mike's Lady Maxine, a pointer female owned and handled by Mike Nemshick. Maxie ran a big race, always to the front and exhibited some good hunting. Third went to Tea, a pointer female, owned by Jim Kilrain and handled by John Stolgitis. Tea also ran a big race with some nice applications. Judges were Pat Casey of South Hill, Va., and Frank Skut of Canterbury, Conn.
|John Stolgitis gets ready at the break-away.|
In the Gun Dog stake, Frank Skut's setter male, Stokely's Yankie Boy, took the blue ribbon. Second went to Annie, a setter female owned and handled by Tim Kisieleski. Third went to Luc De Roidelechasse, a Brittany male owned and handled by Claudia McNamee.
|Frank Skut on a horse for the first time in how long? :-)|
Stella, a pointer female owned and handled by Claudia McNamee, bested a field of 22 dogs to win the Amateur Shooting Dog stake. Second went to Paul Kelly's pointer male, Mega Shadow, and third went to Autumn Memory Aldobai, a pointer male owned and handled by David Calcagni. Judges were Pat Casey and John Stolgitis of Ashaway, RI.
|Erin and Eliza.|
Chairman Richard Giuliano was unable to attend the trial as he was kept busy at his wife Monique's bedside at a local hospital.
Stepping in to fill his shoes was John Stolgitis, and he, along with members of Ocean State Bird Dog Club, extend their heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated in the weekend trial - from those who entered dogs, to the judges, to the bird planters, to the gallery truck drivers, to those who prepared lunches, to those who offered their horses to ride.
No trial runs itself and this was an example of the field trial community coming together to make sure this event came off as well as if Richard and Monique had been there themselves to run it.
The "Franks" - Frank McLaughlin and gallery wagon driver Frank Skut.
|John Stolgitis and Bob Fleury.|
|Jim Kilrain and Frank Skut.|