FIELD TRIAL CLUB'S
EXETER, RI -- Sixty-two dogs, including pointers, English setters, Irish setters, French Brittanys, and a German shorthaired pointer were entered at Arcadia Field Trial Club's annual spring trial held May 4-5, 2013, at Arcadia Management Area. Chairman was Richard Giuliano.
|Waiting on a dog. From left, field trial chairman Richard Giuliano, Claudia McNamee, John Stolgitis, Erin Stolgitis and Jill Stolgitis.|
The event started Saturday, May 4, with the first brace of puppies breaking away at 7:15 a.m. under bright skies but chilly conditions. Winner of the Open Puppy stake with a fast, forward race was Sunrise Star, a setter male handled by Robert Ecker. Second went to male setter, Wizard's Ploughman Poet, owned and handled by Jim Hathaway. Third was Grousewoods Piper, a setter female handled by Robert Ecker. Judges were Janice Gregory and, making her judging debut, Erin Stolgitis.
|Judges John Molle, rear, and Bill Bonnetti, front, keep an eye on Chasehill Bud Lite while handler John Stolgitis flushes.|
In the Open Restricted Shooting Dog stake, first and second placements went to dogs owned by Jim Kilrain, who was on hand to see them run, and handled by John Stolgitis. First was Chasehill Little D-Lite, a pointer female, and second was Chasehill Bud Lite, a pointer male. Third place also went to a dog handled by Stolgitis, Chasehill Big Bradley, owned by Taadaki Terada of Japan. Judges were John Molle and Bill Bonnetti.
|Judges Elias Richardson, on gray horse, and John Molle, on spotted horse at right, along with Erin Stolgitis, foreground, wait for the next Derby to be brought to the line.|
Wizard's Ploughman Poet had a busy morning as he also competed in the Open Derby stake and won first place. Second went to Chip, a pointer male handled by Stolgitis, and third was Pinekone Josey Wales, a setter male, handled by Robert Ecker. Judges were John Molle and Elias Richardson.
|Kelsey Dellenger and her setter, Snuff Mill Atalanta, wait for their bracemate.|
|Robert Ecker and his setter, Tom, and Kelsey Dellenger and her setter, Snuff Mill Atalanta, at the breakaway for Brace No. 2 in the Open Derby stake.|
Sunday dawned bright and sunny but still a bit frosty.
|Jim Hathaway and his multi-talented setter, Wizard's Ploughman Poet, winner of the Amateur Puppy stake. Behind him are Amateur Puppy judges Erin Stolgitis, left, and Kelsey Dellenger.|
Wizard's Ploughman Poet got a good night's sleep and came back to win the Amateur Puppy stake, the first of the day. Judges were Erin Stolgitis and Kelsey Dellenger.
|Deb Northup with her Morgan mare, Scarlet.|
Winner of the Amateur Derby stake, judged by Karen Unsworth and Bill Whigham, was Snuff Mill Atalanta, a setter female owned and handled by Kelsey Dellenger. Second went to Plainfield Kate, owned and handled by Paul Fuhrman, and third went to Jim Hathaway's Wizard's Ploughman Poet.
|At the breakaway for the Amateur Gun Dog Stake. Janice Gregory, left, with her GSP, Adios Maia, and Claudia McNamee with her Brittany, Luc de Roidelachaisse, along with judges Kelsey Dellenger, rear left, and Erin Stolgitis.|
In the Amateur Gun Dog stake judged by Kelsey Dellenger and Erin Stolgitis, it was an emotional win as Claudia McNamee took first place with her late husband Bill's personal gun dog Gates. The handsome 10-year-old French Brittany found birds all over the course and did his late owner -- and his handler -- proud.
|Claudia McNamee with Gates of Waccabuc. Watching are, rear from left, Kelsey Dellenger, Jill Stolgitis and Erin Stolgitis.|
|Gates of Waccabuc, winner of the Amateur Gun Dog stake.|
In the Amateur Shooting Dog stake, judged by Bob Danna and Jim Hathaway, first place went to Fox Cobble Zeva, a pointer female owned and handled by Bill Whigham. Second went to One Bad Winter, a pointer female owned and handled by Karen Unsworth. And third went to Grouse Hill Dixie, a pointer female owned and handled by John Capocci.
|Jill Stolgitis waits for a dog to be rounded up.|
Many thanks go out to those who spent hours judging, to those who planted birds (and there were many!), to those who brought food and helped set up and break down lunches, to Purina for its support, and most especially to those who ran dogs, for without them there would be no field trials.