Thursday, March 21, 2013

2013 Joel Collier Derby Stake

First place to Woodcock Haven Stella, Second to Chasehill Bud Lite

EXETER, RI -- Woodcock Haven Stella, a pointer female handled by Russ Ogilvie of New Brunswick, Canada, earned the blue ribbon at Thursday's Joel Collier Derby stake held at Arcadia Management Area. Second place went to Chasehill Bud Lite, a pointer male handled by John Stolgitis and owned by Jim Kilrain of Braintree, Mass. Jim was in the gallery to see his pointer run. 

Judges were Elias Richardson of Uxbridge, Mass., and John Malone of Bolton, Conn. Fourteen dogs were entered in the stake. The derby is the prelude to the Southern New England Woodcock Championship which starts Friday, March 22, at Arcadia. 

Judges also looked hard at Celtic's Strike, an Irish setter male, handled by Robert Ecker, and Tyson, a pointer male also handled by John Stolgitis. They gave a big shout-out to young Kelsey Dellinger for the outstanding handing of her setter female Snuff Mill Atalanta and said to expect big things from that dog in the future. Nice job, Kelsey!

Temperatures hovered around 30 degrees for the day-long trial, yet enough snow had melted that it wasn't too much of an issue. Birds were plentiful and boy, could they fly!

Just the sign you want to see when you're heading for a field trial. Enough already, winter!

Waiting for the first brace

Judges Elias Richardson, left, and John Malone.

Waiting for the bird-planters to return. 

John Stolgitis with Chasehill Bud Lite. 

Robert Ecker with Celtic's Strike.

John Stolgitis with Chasehill Bud Lite.

Walking was far warmer than riding this day.

Karen Unsworth and her pointer, One Bad Winter.

Winter taking an edge.

Judge John Malone and Two-Step.

Bob Fleury, all bundled up to plant birds.

John Stolgitis, left, with Chasehill Big Bradley, and Russ Ogilvie with Woodcock Haven Stella.

Bradley pointing ...

Then marking the flight of the bird.

John Stolgitis cautions the young derby.

Russ Ogilvie flushes for Woodcock Haven Stella.

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Sarah Conyngham with her setter, Bette

Mike Nemscheck with his pointer, Firefoot.

Mike Nemscheck, left, with Firefoot, and Sarah Conyngham with Bette.

Judge Elias Richardson and Rusty.

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