Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Winners - 2013 New England Open

Front from left, Mark Mcclain with Ch. Klee's Handsome Hank and Mike Tracy with RU Ch. Great River Ice. Rear from left, John Fino, Tom Gates, Tim Townshend, Janice Gregory and Dick Bembenek, chairmen, judge Jeff Smith and reporter Margaret Drew.



POMFRET, Conn. -- The winner of the 2013 New England Open Championship from a field of 21 dogs is Klee's Handsome Hank. Runnerup is Great River Ice. Both are pointer males, both are handled by Mike Tracy. Hank is owned by Susan and Roger Duerksen and Ice by Great River Kennels. The event was held Oct. 21-22 at Ragged Hill Farm.

Hank who was the winner in 2011 and the runnerup in 2012, had seven finds and a forward race. Ice, who was the runnerup in 2011 and the champion in 2012, had five finds, one unproductive. His race, while strong, didn't match the runnerup's. Both dogs, according to judges, are exceptional examples of what a champion shooting dog should be.

Judges George Doyle, left, and Jeff Smith.

Judges were Jeff Smith of Loudon, NH, and George Doyle of South Hill, Va. Chairman were  Dick Bembenek and Janice Gregory.

Head chef Tad Dorry, left, and chairman Dick Bembenek.
Reporter Margaret Drew

Earl Drew

Debbie Northup

Mike Tracy and scout Mark McClain, and Jeanette Tracy and scout Dillon Shaffer get ready for the breakaway.

Richard Giuliano and Debbie Northup.

Mike and Mark and Jeanette and Dillon.

And there . . .

they . . .


Here's what the dogs are hunting for. ;-)

A view from the top of Ragged Hill Farm.

Chef Tad Dorry takes a break from cooking to watch a brace.

Cocktail party!
Ragged Hill Farm

Ragged Hill Farm

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