Monday, October 31, 2011

"Thanks" from Bruce and Barbara Jacobs

Bruce and Barbara Jacobs

On Saturday, Oct. 15, at Flaherty Field Trial Area, during the two-week running of some of New England's oldest and most prestigious horseback championships -  the Northeastern, the New England Futurity, the New England Open and the Region 1 Amateur All Age - professional handlers Bruce and Barbara Jacobs, who have competed for many years in these events either as handlers or trainers, were presented with the Bird Dog Foundation's Life Patron Award.

A large group of fans attended the presentation at the Flaherty clubhouse. Master of ceremonies was Joe Crowley, well-known in field trial circles as the owner of the setter Mr. Motion. Friends from all over the northeast were in attendance, as well as almost the entire Jacobs family.

After the event, Bruce and Barbara write:

"(We) would like to thank all those involved in the presentation of the Bird Dog Foundation's Life Patron Award: The Association of New England Field Trial Clubs Inc., Harry Townshend, Tom Gates, Dave O'Brien, Gene Casale, Joe Crowley, Janice Gregory, Margaret Drew, Dick Bembenek and all family and field trialers who attended."

I think it is we who need to thank them. For their professionalism, for their talent in training dogs, for their friendship. Here's to you, Bruce and Barbara, and to many more years of doing the things you love!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Winners - 2011 New England Open

Ch. Klee's Handsome Hank with Chris Palmer, and RU Ch. Great River Ice with Heather Palmer. Rear, from left, judge Dave O'Brien, Stacey Goodie, judge Pat Casey, John Fino, co-chairmen Dick Bembenek and Janice Gregory, reporter Margaret Drew, Earl Drew and Mike Tracy.

OF 2011 

Getting ready at the breakaway. Not a lot of fall color this year thanks to the recent hurricane.

      POMFRET, Conn. - With six finds and a powerful race, Klee's Handsome Hank, a pointer male owned by Roger and Susan Duerksen, and handled by Mike Tracy, was named champion at the 2011 New England Open Championship held at Harry Townshend's Ragged Hill Farm.

Judge Dave O'Brien

Runnerup was also last year's runnerup, Great River Ice, a pointer male owned by Great River Kennels, also handled by Mike Tracy. Ice had six finds and handled well, but Hank's performance really made the judges sit up and take notice. He pointed his birds precisely, standing up on his toes in anticipation of the flush, and gave an all-around electric performance.

Judge Pat Casey, right, with John Stolgitis

     Honorable mention goes to, in no particular order, Klee's Shooting Star, a pointer female, and Octavio, a setter male, both handled by Mike Tracy; and Sukara's Grace, a setter female, handled by Jeanette Tracy.

From left, Gene Casale, Harry Townshend and Bruce Jacobs

The event was held Oct. 16-17.

Twenty-nine dogs were entered in the event. Judges were Pat Casey of South Hill, Va., and Dave O'Brien of Marlborough, Conn. A cocktail party was sponsored by Ross Callaway, owner of last year's winner, Caladen's Sawmill Struttin', a pointer male handled by Mike Tracy.

Bird planters Riley, left, and James Scheuritzel

From left, Bernie and John prepare the lobsters while Dick supervises.
Erin gets ready to ride.
John Fino goes in to flush for Sugar Knoll Jack.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Running Order - New England Open

FOR 2011

POMFRET, Conn. - Twenty-nine dogs have been drawn for the 2011 New England Open Championship held annually at Ragged Hill Farm.
Ragged Hill Farm

The event begins Monday, Oct. 17, at 8 a.m.

Order of running:
1-1 Our Big Bully PM M. Tracy
1-2 Glastonbury Little Bud PM Stolgitis

2-1 Klee's Shooting Star PF M. Tracy
2-2 Richfield Almond Joy PF Stolgitis

3-1 Ragged Hill Danny ESM Jacobs
3-2 Great River Ice PM M. Tracy

4-1 Heritage PM M. Tracy
4-2 Silverback ESM Bembenek

5-1 Excellence In Motion ESM Jacobs
5-2 Richfield Silver Lining PM M. Tracy

6-1 Buffalo Bull PM M. Tracy
6-2 Chiseled In Stone PF J. Tracy

7-1 Iron Lady ESF Stolgitis
7-2 Octavio ESM M. Tracy

8-1 Southbound Strech PM Fino
8-2 Sukara's Come Home Jessie ESF J. Tracy

9-1 Coosawhatchie Chief PM M. Tracy
9-2 Land Cruiser Scout ESM J. Tracy

10-1 Richfield Finnegan PM M. Tracy
10-2 White Spider ESF J. Tracy

11-1 Caladen's Railway Max PM M. Tracy
11-2 Captain Ben ESM Drew

12-1 Serious Threat PM M. Tracy
12-2 Chase Hill Little Bud PM Stolgitis

13-1 Klee's Handsome Hank PM M. Tracy
13-2 Sukara's Grace ESF J. Tracy

14-1 Mt. View Decision PF J. Tracy
14-2 Sugar Knoll Jack PM Fino

15-1 Richfield Silver Belle PF M. Tracy
15-2 Bye

Results - 2011 Region 1 Amateur All-Age Championship

Champion Richfield Silver Belle with Claudia McNamee, runnerup champion Calico's Tom Thumb with Brian Sanchez, and chairman Jeff Smith with Candy. Rear from left, Michael, Mike Tracy and Jeanette Tracy, judges, John Malone, Elizabeth Malone and Aidan Malone.


EAST WINDSOR, Conn. -  Richfield Silver Belle, a pointer female owned and handled by Claudia McNamee of Waccabuc, NY, was named champion at the 2011 Region 1 Amateur All-Age Championship held Oct. 15-16 at Flaherty Field Trial Area. Runnerup was Calico's Tom Thumb, a pointer male handled by Brian Sanchez of Central Islip, NY.

Twelve dogs were drawn for the championship. Chairman was Jeff Smith. 

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Results - 2011 New England Futurity

Futurity winners, front from left, Mike Tracy, standing in for dad, George Tracy, and stand-in white and black pointer for Calico's Touch of Class, both of whom had departed the previous day; Jeanette Tracy with Covey Up Woody, Gene Casale Jr. with Willie Rail, and Ed Marin with Silver Hill Big Brutus.
WINS  2011

EAST WINDSOR, Conn. - Calico's Touch of Class, handled by George Tracy, bred by Calico Kennels and owned by Calico Kennels, Pete DelCollo and Dale Herndon, was named winner at the 2011 New England Futurity held at Flaherty Field Trial Area. Thirty-two pointers and setters were drawn for the day-and-a-half event, which turned into two full days due to torrential rain which postponed running by half a day.

Second place in the Futurity went to Covey Up Woody, handled by Jeanette Tracy, bred by Ladywood Kennels and owned by K. Thomas.

Third went to Willie Rail, owned and handled by Gene Casale Jr., and bred by Ross Callaway.

And fourth went to Silver Hill Big Brutus, handled by Pat Casey, bred by Jim Bush, and owned by Ed and Patricia Marin.
Last brace. From left, Becky Johnson, judge Gary Miller, Elizabeth Malone

Judges were Richard Bembenek of Webster, Mass., and Gary Miller of  Pinehurst, S.C. Reporter was Margaret Drew of Hoffman, N.C.

A cocktail party was held Friday night by Bob Reed and Harry Blaine, owner of last year's Futurity winner,  The Lobbyist, handled by Jeanette Tracy.

Bruce and Barbara Jacobs

A special recognition dinner was held Saturday night following the Futurity to honor Bruce and Barbara Jacobs and to present them with the Bird Dog Foundation's Life Patron Award. The room was packed as the whole Jacobs clan was in attendance along with their many, many  friends and owners.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Results - 2011 Northeastern OSD Championship

2011 Northeastern Open Shooting Dog Champion RJ's Carbon Copy

IN 2011

Ernie Saniga,
owner of RU Ch. Our Big Bully
Champion handler
George Tracy

Runnerup handler
Mike Tracy

      EAST WINDSOR, Conn. - RJ's Carbon Copy, pointer male owned by Alan Linder and handled by George Tracy, was named champion at the 2011 Northeastern Open Shooting Dog Championship held Oct. 10-13 at Flaherty Field Trial Area.

     Runnerup was Our Big Bully, a pointer male owned by Ernie Saniga and handled by Mike Tracy.

     Judges were Richard Bembenek of Webster, Mass., and  Gary Miller of Pinehurst, N.C.

Championship chairmen Gene Casale ...
... and  Dave O'Brien

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Running Order - Region 1 Amateur All Age

2011 REGION 1 
October 15, 2011

 EAST WINDSOR, Conn. - Twelve dogs have been drawn to run in the 2011 Region 1 Amateur All-Age Championship to be held Oct. 15 at Flaherty Field Trial Area.

Judges will be Jeanette Tracy and Mike Tracy.

Chairman is Jeff Smith.

Order of running is:

1-1  Glastonbury Little Bud PM Dick Bembenek
1-2  Bob’s Miller Seal PM John Malone/Jim Bush

2-1 Great River Magnum PM Brian Sanchez
2-2 Silverback ESM Dick Bembenek

3-1 Richfield Finnegan PM Bill McNamee/Brian Sanchez
3-2 Dimeglio’s Bobbi PM Luigi Dimeglio

4-1 Calico’s Tom Thumb PM Brian Sanchez
4-2 Porter Meadow Elroy PM John Malone/Jim Bush

5-1 Richfield Silver Belle PF Bill McNamee/Brian Sanchez
5-2 Silverhill Suzie Q PF Ed Marin/John Malone

6-1 Caladen’s Railway Max PM Gene Casale
6-2 Moon Dancer PF Jeff Smith

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Running Order - 2011 Northeastern Open Shooting Dog Championship

2011 Northeastern Open Shooting Dog Championship

Starts Monday, Oct. 10, 2011
7 a.m., Flaherty Field Trial Area
East Windsor, CT
Judges: Richard Bembenek, Webster, MA
and Gary Miller, Pinehurst, NC

1A. Richfield Finnegan PM  Mike Tracy
  B. Grousewood’s Skeeter SM Matt Basilone

2A. Maple Sugar Nugget PM George Tracy
  B. Maple Valley Cowgirl PF Jeanette Tracy

3A. Land Cruiser Scout SM Jeanette Tracy
  B. Richfield Silver Lining PM Mike Tracy

4A. Enhancement Alice June PF George Tracy
  B. Avalon Creek PF Mike Tracy

5A. Dimeglio’s Bobby PM Matt Basilone
  B. Great River Ice PM Mike Tracy

6A. Grand Heritage Motion SM Jeanette Tracy
  B. High Drive Windstorm PF George Tracy

7A. Fort River Megabucks SM Matt Basilone
  B. Our Big Bully PM Mike Tracy

8A. Octavio SM Mike Tacy
  B. Sukara’s Grace SF Jeanette Tracy

9A. Double Trouble Joe PM Matt Basilone
  B. RJ’s Carbon Copy PM George Tracy

10A. White Spider SF Jeanette Tracy
     B. Written In Stone PF Mike Tracy

11A. Richfield Silver Belle PF Mike Tracy
     B. Triple Nickel Nick PM Matt Basilone

12A. The Lobbyist PM Jeanette Tracy
     B. Southbound Strech PM Fino

13A. The Thrill Is Back PF Jeanette Tracy
    B. High Drive Casey PM George Tracy

14A. Great River Dominator PM Jeanette Tracy
     B. Caladen’s Railway Max PM Mike Tracy

15A. Coosawatchie Chief PM Mike Tracy
     B. Enhancement Trey PM Jeanette Tracy

16A. Klee’s Shooting Star PF Mike Tracy
     B. Fazan’s Stress Free SM Matt Basilone

17A. Chiseled In Stone PF Jeanette Tracy
     B. Calico’s Catch ‘N’ Release PM George Tracy

18A. Klee’s Handsome Hank PM Mike Tracy
     B. Ragged Hill Danny SM Bruce Jacobs

19A. Heritage PM Mike Tracy
     B. Waiting Till Midnight PF George Tracy

20A. Mt. View Decision Maker PF Jeanette Tracy
     B. Calico’s Dynomite PM George Tracy

21A. Buffalo Bull PM Mike Tracy
     B. Big ‘N’ Rich PM George Tracy

22A. Sukara’s Come Home Jessie SF Jeanette Tracy
     B. Great River Class** PF George Tracy

23A. Moonlight Magic** PF George Tracy
     B. Enhancement Tess** PF Jeanette Tracy

**  in season

Friday, October 7, 2011


Starts 8 a.m. Friday, October 14, 2011

Flaherty Field Trial Area
East Windsor, CT

EAST  WINDSOR, Conn. - Thirty two dogs have been drawn for the 76th New England Shooting Dog Futurity to be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14-15, 2011, at Flaherty Field Trial Area. The event starts Saturday, Oct. 14, at 8 a.m.

Judges are Richard Bembenek of Webster, Mass., and Gary Miller of Pinehurst, S.C.
Reporter is Margaret Drew of Hoffman, N.C.

Chairmen are Margaret Drew, Janice Gregory and Jennifer Braman.

A cocktail party will be held Friday, Oct. 14, following the running, hosted by Bob Reed and Harry Blaine, owners of last year's winner, The Lobbyist, handled by Jeanette Tracy.

On Saturday night, Oct. 15, Bruce and Barbara Jacobs will be honored with a presentation of the Bird Dog Foundation's  Life Patron Award.

Running order follows:

B: Breeder
O: Owner
H: Handler

1-1 BLAZE'S ISIS B: S Morelli; O: S Morelli; H: Mike Tracy
1-2 TRIPLE G DOMINATOR'S GIRL   B: Ladywood Kennels; O: B Guffey; H: Jeanette Tracy

2-1 COVEY UP NATE B: Ladywood Kennels;  O: K Thomas; H: Jeanette Tracy
2-2 SILVER HILL BIG BRUTUS   B: J Bush; O: E & P Marin; H: Pat Casey

3-1 CALADEN'S STORM TROOPER   B: R Calloway; O: R Calloway; H: Mike Tracy
3-2 DOMINESS B: Ladywood Kennels; O:  J Tracy ; H: Jeanette Tracy

4-1 LADY ANTEBELLUM  B: M Guiliano; O: E Richardson, H: Pat Casey
4-2 CALICO'S TOUCH OF CLASS  B: Calico Kennels; O: Calico Kennels & P DelCollo&D Herndon; H: George Tracy

5-1 LIVER MUSH  B: Summerhill Kennels; O: E Drew; H: Mike Tracy
5-2 OPEQUON CREEK  B: S Derrig; O: H Blaine & B Reed; H: Jeanette Tracy

6-1 ATTITUDE'S IRON WILL  B: J Paddy; O: J Patty & D Beauford; H: Kevin Stuart
6-7 BIG B: A Clark; O: S  & R Duerksen; H: Mike Tracy

7-1 STEEL CITY WHIRLWIND  B: H Blaine & B Reed; O: H Blaine & B Reed ; H: George Tracy
7-2 STEEL CITY MAVEN  B: G R Kennels; O: H Blaine & B Reed; H: Matt Basilone

8-1 SERIOUS THREAT B: G Strausbaugh & F Joyal: O: G Strausbaugh; H: Mike Tracy
8-2 COVEY UP WOODY  B: Ladywood Kennels; O: K Thomas; H: Jeanette Tracy

9-1 BACKCOUNTRY SID THE KID B: G Strausbaugh & F Joyal; O: C Catanzarite; H: Mike Tracy
9-2 DOMINATOR'S LEGACY   B:  Ladywood Kennels; O: D Shaffer & T Foust ; H: Jeanette Tracy

10-1 WAYBETTER PADDY   B: J Bush; O: C & C Bishop: H: Pat Casey
10-2 CALADEN'S COOL HAND LUKE B: R Callaway; O: R Calloway ; H: Mike Tracy

11-1 BIZZY BLUE  B: A Clark; O: S & R Duerksen;  H: Mike Tracy
11-2 HARD TELLIN'  B: J Kilrain; O: David O'Brien; H: Dave O’Brien

12-1 JETSETTIN' JENNY  B: Ladywood Kennels; O: J, J & K Lordi; H: Mike Tracy
12-21 WILLIE RAIL  B: R Calloway; O: G Casale  Jr.; H: G Casale Jr

13-1 BACKCOUNTRY BELLA  B: G Strausbaugh & F Joyal; O: C Catanzarite; H: Mike Tracy
13-2 PORTER MEADOW BETTE B: J Bush; O: J Bush; H: Pat Casey

14-2 EAST MOTION B: Summerhill Kennels; O: A Hower ; H: Mike Tracy
14-2 SILVER HILL LUCY LU  B: J Bush; O: E & P Marin; H: Pat Casey

15-1 CALADEN'S PISTOL PETE   B: R Calloway; O: R  Calloway; H: Mike Tracy
15-2 LICKITY SPLIT TAMMY  B:  F Henderson; O: D Miller; H: Pat Casey

16-1 RUFFWING DESTINY*   B: D Ptak; O: D Ptak; H: Jeanette Tracy
16-2 QUINCY'S SUSE*   B:  J Kilrain; O: B Hyland; H: Pat Casey

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Ocean State Winners


EXETER, RI - Shine, a pointer male handled by Garry Malzone, was named the winner of the Open Shooting Dog stake on Saturday at Ocean State Bird Dog Club's annual fall field trial held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2, 2011, at Arcadia Management Area. Winning the Amateur Shooting Dog stake on Sunday was Iron Lady, a setter female owned and handled by Bill Bonnetti.

Other winners were:

Open Shooting Dog: 2. Zack, setter male, Garry Malzone; 3. Eddie, setter male, Garry Malzone.

Open Derby: 1. Willie, pointer male, Malzone; 2. Spud, setter male, Malzone; 3. Joe, pointer male, Malzone.

Open Puppy: 1. Sam, pointer female, Malzone; 2. Emma, pointer female, Brian Breveleri; 3. Olive, pointer female, Tim Cavanaugh.

Amateur Shooting Dog: 2. Jake, setter male, Victor Forsyth; 3. Rosebud, pointer female, Karen Unsworth.

Amateur Derby: 1. Blackstone Stoney, pointer male, Richardson; 2. Zeva, pointer female, Bill Whigham; 3. Bailey, setter female, Lannie Dellenger.

Amateur Gun Dog: 1. Stokley's Yankie Boy, setter male, Frank Skut.