Sunday, November 20, 2011

U.S. Complete Championship


Front from left, judge Dan Decelles, Robert Ecker with Ch. Elhew Signature, chairman Bill Bonnetti, Garry Malzone with RU Ch. Indian Creek Shine, John Fino and judge Jim Curtin.

EAST WINDSOR, Conn. - The 2011 U.S. Complete Shooting Dog Association's Northeast Regional Championship  was held under sunny skies on Saturday, Nov. 19, through Monday, Nov. 21. Judges were Dan Decelles of Oxford, N.J., and Jim Curtin of Bridgewater, Mass. Chairman was Bill Bonnetti. Thirty-five pointers and setters were entered in the stake.

Elhew Signature, handled by Robert Ecker, was named champion. Runnerup was Indian Creek Shine, handled by Garry Malzone. Pushing the top two dogs hard for the win was Southbound Strech, handled by John Fino. Judges gave Strech honorable mention.

Garry Malzone's Grouse Ridge Remi takes the back while Robert Ecker flushes for Grousewoods Reese, while chairman Bill Bonnetti looks on.
Grousewoods Reese on point.
John Fino looks for the bird while Southbound Strech points.

Southbound Strech on point with scout Ed Marin watching.
Handler John Fino goes in to flush for Strech.
Shots are fired and all is in order for the intense Strech.

Below is video of  the birds being flushed by handler John Fino for Southbound Strech at his last find in his hour:

Judge Jim Curtin keeps an eye on the proceedings for Garry Malzone and Robert Ecker.

Garry goes in to flush for Remi ...

... while Robert points out the bird as he stands with Reese.
Handler Bill Whigham, left, and judge Jim Curtin.

Fox Cobble Jack, left, handled by Bill Whigham, and Elhew Wildfire share a divided find with Wildfire's handler Brian Breveleri approaching.

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