Friday, October 24, 2014

Region 1 Horseback Championship Report

Front, from left, judges Keith Cagle and Harold Ray, with trainer George Tracy. Rear, from left, Gene Casale Jr., Richard Giuliano, John Stolgitis, Aidan Malone, winning handler Elias Richardson, Earl Drew, Erin Stolgitis with Champion Chasehill Little Bud,  Stacey Goodie, John Malone, Alan Linder, runnerup handler Alex Smith with Calico's Touch of Class, Mary Tracy, Brian Sanchez, Pete Labella, Margaret Drew, John Fino, Maureen Joyce, Janice Gregory, Aimee Atkins and Kevin Joyce.



Runnerup is Calico's Touch of Class

EAST WINDSOR, Conn. -- When Field Trial Hall of Famer Harold Ray, who’s raised, handled and judged more field trial dogs than most folks can shake a stick at, is judging a championship and says your dog was “exciting” to watch, you know you done good.

Ray was talking about Chasehill Little Bud, a pointer male, whom he and judge Keith Cagle, had just named champion at the 2014 Region 1/AFTCA Amateur Horseback Championship held Oct. 18-19 at Flaherty Field Trial Area.

Bud, both a multiple champion and runner-up champion, and no doubt a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame himself, is owned and trained by John Stolgitis of Ashaway, R.I. Stolgitis runs Bud on the Open circuit on foot, in the grouse woods, and on horseback. On the Amateur circuit, Bud has his own personal team. He is handled by Elias Richardson III of Uxbridge, Mass., and scouted by John Malone, of Bolton, Conn. And it is that team, with Richardson on the whistle and Malone deftly scouting, that guided Bud to this, his latest win, and his 19th championship.

With this championship, Bud completes a field trial hat-trick. In years past, he has also won the Region 1/AFTCA Amateur Walking Championship and the Region 1/AFTCA Amateur All-Age Championship. To top it off, Bud is only a few months away from his 10th birthday. And, as his owner says, “To watch him compete against this field of great dogs at that age shows the heart that Bud has.”

Calico's Touch of Class
Runner-up champion was Calico’s Touch of Class (“Jet”), a pointer female, owned by Pete DelCollo, Dale Hernden and Calico Kennels, of Jetersville, Va., and handled by Alex Smith of Hamburg, N.J.

Jet, a beautiful 4-year-old, is having a heck of a fall season herself, earning this runner-up championship only days after competing in and winning the Northeastern Open Shooting Dog Championship on the same grounds. Alex Smith is not only celebrating Jet’s Region 1 runner-up win, but his own -- it’s his first-ever championship placement.


The judges were looking for dogs that would run to the front and hunt the cover. From a field of 30 competitors, the largest entry for this Region 1 championship in several years, they found their winner in Chasehill Little Bud.

The gallery heads out toward the powerlines.
 (Photo by Jim Hathaway)

Bud had nine finds in dug-up places where no other dogs had had birdwork. He exhibited class, drive and skill, said Ray, and gave as an example one of Bud’s casts on a route that no other dog had taken. Bud grabbed the right-hand edge along the powerlines and took it all the way back to the pines at the end of the Dearborn Property where he had a quail find. Shot were fired, all was in order and he was taken on. To nicely wrap up this package, Bud powered back down the opposite side of the big field until he stopped to point a pheasant. Along with quail, 20 pheasants had been released for this trial and they proved to be the undoing for many a dog, but not Bud. He was nonplussed by this bird, handling it with perfect manners, being steady to both wing and shot.

In another epic find, scout Malone would dig up Bud past the water hole, deep in the woods to the left. “The bird [handler Richardson] was looking for was a pheasant,” said Ray, “but he stepped in there and birds were on a roost. About 30 [quail] blew out. I mean it was exciting!”

Ray remarked as to how Bud was always hunting, not bee-lining from feeder to feeder but looking beyond the coverline and the woodline. That’s where he would go and he’d inevitably wind up pointing a bird in those places.

Touch of Class had seven finds for herself and was always to the front. Said Ray, “She would grab the roads from Point A to B to go into a lot of places -- about three times very distinctly.” But everything about her birdwork was immaculate. “She had a lot of style on point and she’d be out there for a long distance,” he said.


Thirty dogs were entered in the two-day stake, yet only five, including the winners, would make it through their whole hour. Pheasants often proved their undoing. Some dogs got lost. Others were picked up either by handler or judge for a variety of infractions. The majority of dogs were not on the ground for very long.

Alex Smith gets ready to run. (Photo by Jim Hathaway)

In the first brace, Dry Creek Nitrogen, a pointer male, bred, owned, trained and handled by George Doyle of Union Level, Va., managed to get around for 60 minutes and had one find but a very short race. It was a good effort for a young dog still learning the ropes.

Stacey Goodie and Alex Smith get their dogs to the line.
(Photo by Jim Hathaway)

Another that went the whole hour was Great River Class, a pointer male owned and handled by Brian Sanchez of Central Islip, N.Y. Class ran in the fourth brace and had nine good finds, but a penchant for running the roads did her in.

Aidan Malone gets ready to let loose Southbound Strech
 for handler John Fino. (Photo by Jim Hathaway)

In the sixth brace, Jetsettin’ Jenny, a pointer female owned and handled by Joe Lordi, gave it a shot. She had six finds and one unproductive but didn’t really get going until the end. Handler didn’t have her at pickup time and her late-hour absence hurt her chances.

Tim Cavanaugh, Hog Hill Katie, and judge Harold Ray.

The heartbreaker of the weekend was Hog Hill Katie, a pointer female owned, trained and handled by Tim Cavanaugh of East Hampton, Conn. Running in the seventh brace, Katie was catching the judges eyes, cruising along, running to the front, hunting the woods, having find after find. There comes a point, through, when you know you’ve had enough finds and are just praying to finish the hour. Unfortunately, with a few scant minutes left in her hour, Katie came upon one bird too many and it proved too much for her. She took a jump and was ordered up. A good effort, though, by another young dog.

Judge Harold Ray watches a flushing attempt. (Photo by Jim Hathaway)


A cocktail party in honor of last year’s Region 1 winner, Sugar Knoll War Paint, owned by Pete and Chris DelCollo and Allen Linder, was hosted by John Stolgitis. As usual, a plethora of food was available. Platter after platter of raw clams and clams casino were passed around, along with homemade fish chowder, homemade soppressata, pickled beets and a variety of crackers and cheese. John is right at home in the kitchen and with his wife, Jill, helping, the cocktail party hit just the right spot after a day of running dogs. 

Stacey Goodie and Alex Smith head out with another brace. (Photo by Jim Hathaway)

     Region 1 is fortunate to have many members who step up to the plate and help with these events. Dave O’Brien was instrumental in getting the championship up and running each day. He’d take occasional breaks to plant birds, run his own dogs and scout. Stacey Goodie spent the entire two days on horseback, either running her own dogs, or scouting, or planting birds. Region 1 president Richard Giuliano was anywhere and everywhere -- taking entries, shepherding handlers to the line, planting birds. John and Aidan Malone were on hand to help with scouting duties, and Sue Malone helped out greatly with the cooking Saturday night. Other Region 1 members were also on hand, often stepping in to help without needing to be asked, and their help is appreciated.

     Region 1 couldn’t have run this championship, or any of the others this fall, without help from the professionals. Smooth, reliable horses for judges were provided by George Tracy and Pat Casey. John Stolgitis did the lion’s share of the cooking, and the three were always on hand to offer support and words of encouragement to the amateurs. A big, big thank-you to this trio!

     Many thanks, also, to Purina for their continued sponsorship of this event.   

      In an effort to change things up, maximize entries and make some New England championship events more available to amateurs by holding them on weekends, Region 1 and ANEFTC president Richard Giuliano shook up the order of fall events. This year, the Northeastern championship and Futurity were bookended by the New England Open at Pomfret, Conn., on Columbus Day weekend, and the Region 1 Horseback Championship at Flaherty the following weekend of Oct. 18-19. It worked. The number of entries for both the New England Open and Region 1 Championship were up, more amateurs attended, and hopes are that next year there’ll be even more folks joining in to enjoy these spectacular fall events.

Monday, October 20, 2014

79th New England Futurity Winners

From left, Erin Stolgitis, Muriel and Bill Primm, George Tracy with Fast and Furious; John Stolgitis, Mike Tracy, Claudia McNamee with Chase Hill Hailey, Mary Tracy, Dillon Shaffer with High Drive Snapshot, Kevin Joyce, judge Bill Bonnetti, Bob Reed, Jeanette Tracy with Steel City Arapaho, Aimee Atkins and judge Harold Ray.


EAST WINDSOR, Conn. -- Fast and Furious, a pointer male owned by Bill and Muriel Primm, bred by Frank Henderson, and handled by George Tracy, was named top dog at the 79th annual New England Shooting Dog Futurity held Oct. 16-17, 2014, at Flaherty Field Trial Area.

Judges were Harold Ray of Waynesboro, Ga., and Bill Bonnetti of Plymouth, Mass. Forty dogs were drawn for the two-day event. Reporter was Margaret Drew of Hoffman, N.C.

Other winners were: 2nd, Chasehill Hailey, PF, Claudia McNamee, owner; John Stolgitis, breeder, Mike Tracy, handler; 3rd, High Drive Snapshot, PM, Alan Linder, owner/breeder, George Tracy, handler; 4th, Steel City Arapaho, PM, Bob Reed and Harry Blaine, owners; Bud Moore, breeder, Jeanette Tracy, handler.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Running Order -- Region 1 Horseback Championship

30 DOGS 


EAST WINDSOR, Conn. -- Thirty dogs have been drawn for the Region 1 / AFTCA Horseback Shooting Dog Championship which starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at Flaherty Field Trial Area.

 Judges are Harold Ray, of Waynesboro, Ga., and Keith Cagle, of Connecticut, who is filling in for advertised judge Jim Bush. Championship chairman is Richard Giuliano of Greene, RI.

1-1 Dry Creek Nitrogen PM Doyle
1-2 High Drive Ranger PM Linder
2-1 Calico's Cowboy Casanova PM A. Smith
2-2 Moondance PF J. Smith
3-1 Wizard's Ploughman Poet ESM Hathaway
3-2 I'm Pistol Pete PM Drew
4-1 Great River Class PF Sanchez
4-2 Railway Danny PM Casale
5-1 Erin's Stone Cutter PM Stuart
5-2 Gamestopper PF Lordi
6-1 Sally PF Malone
6-2 Jetsettin' Jenny PF Lordi
7-1 Hog Hill Katie PF Cavanaugh
7-2 Great River Magnum PF Sanchez
8-1 Sugar Knoll War Paint PM Sanchez
8-2 Hightailing Miss Kate PF Joyce
9-1 Railway Jill PF Casale
9-2 Calico's Dyno Mite PM Linder
10-1 Silver Hill Big Brutus PM Marin
10-2 Chasehill Little Bud PM Richardson
11-1 Peeps PF Goodie
11-2 Erin's War Creek PM Sanchez
12-1 Dixie PF O'Brien
12-2 Calico's Touch of Class PF A. Smith
13-1 Southbound Strech PM Fino
13-2 The Crowd Pleaser PM Moses
14-1 Uno PF Goodie
14-2 High Drive Rocky PM Linder
15-1 Tess GSPF Joyce
15-2 I'm Earl PM Drew


From left, championship chairman Gene Casale Jr., Tim Cavanaugh, Muriel Primm, Jeff Ruth with Champion Calico's Touch of Class, George Tracy, Stacey Goodie with Runner-up Champion Great River Ice, Mike Tracy and Mary Tracy.

Calico's Touch of Class


Great River Ice

EAST WINDSOR, Conn. - Calico's Touch of Class, a pointer female owned by Calico Kennels, Pete and Chris DelCollo and Dale Hernden, and handled by George Tracy, was named champion at the Northeastern Open Shooting Dog Championship held Oct. 13-15, 2014, at Flaherty Field Trial Area, East Windsor, Conn. 

Runner-up is Great River Ice, a pointer male, owned by Great River Kennels and handled by Mike Tracy.

Winning handler
George Tracy
Runner-up handler
Mike Tracy

Judges for the event were Pat Casey of South Hill, Va., and John Malone, of Bolton, Conn. Chairman was Gene Casale Jr. of Marlborough, Conn.

Judge John Malone

Judge Pat Casey

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Results -- New England Open Championship

From left, Dick Bembenek, chairman; Eli Richardson, judge; Mike Tracy, winning handler; Jeff Ruth with Ch. Great River Ice, Tony Gibson, judge; Becky Gibson, Mary Tracy, Earl Drew, George Tracy with RU Ch. Miller's Vanilla Snow, Tim Townshend, Rose Tramonti, Janice Gregory, co-chairman; and Richard Giuliano, ANEFTC president.


Runnerup is Miller's Vanilla Snow

POMFRET, Conn. -- Great River Ice was named champion at the 86th annual New England Open Championship held Oct. 10-12, 2014, at Ragged Hill Farm. Ice is owned by Brian Sanchez and handled by Mike Tracy. Runnerup was Miller's Vanilla Snow, owned by Tommy and Bonnie Hamilton and handled by George Tracy. Twenty-six pointers and setters were entered in the three-day event.

Judges were Tony Gibson of Union Springs, Ala., and Elias Richardson of Uxbridge, Mass. Chairmen were Dick Bembenek and Janice Gregory.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Running Order - Northeastern Open Shooting Dog Championship



EAST WINDSOR, Conn. -- Forty dogs have been drawn for the annual Northeastern Open Shooting Dog Championship set to start Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, at Flaherty Field Trial Area. Judges are Pat Casey of South Hill, Va., and John Malone of Bolton, Conn. Field trial chairman is Gene Casale Jr. of Marlborough, Conn.

Judge Pat Casey

Judge John Malone

Running order:
1-1 Enhancement Southern Belle PF M Tracy
1-2 Brown’s Miss April PF J Tracy

2-1 Indian Creek Olive Oil PF M Basilone
2-2 Calico’s Touch Of Class PF G Tracy

3-1 Westwind’s High Spirit GSPF T George
3-2 Jetsettin' Jenny PF M Tracy

4-1 The Crowd Pleaser PM G Tracy
4-2 Hillhavyn’s Showgirl PF J Tracy

5-1 Hightailing Miss Kate PF M Tracy
5-2 Hillhavyn’s Stump Jumper PM J Tracy

6-1 Great River Class PF G Tracy
6-2 The Lobbyist PM J Tracy

7-1 Erin’s Boxcar Willie PM M Tracy
7-2 Calico’s Dyno Mite PM G Tracy

8-1 High Drive Ranger PM G Tracy
8-2 Pine Straw Black Hawk ESM J Tracy

9-1 Attitudes Iron Will ESM M Tracy
9-2 Indian Creek Great White PM M Basilone

10-1 Octavio ESM M Tracy
10-2 Land Cruiser Scout ESM J Tracy

11-1 Grouse Wood Skeeter SM M Basilone
11-2 Winterset Arriba PF M Tracy

12-1 Sugarknoll Warpaint PM G Tracy
12-2 Maple Valley Cowgirl PF J Tracy

13-1 Great River Ice PM M Tracy
13-2 The King’s Hand PM J Tracy

14-1 Calico’s Cowboy Casanova PM M Tracy
14-2 Erin’s War Creek PM G Tracy

15-1 High Drive Rocky PM G Tracy
15-2 Tappahanna Cool Breeze PF J Tracy

16-1 Little Girl Creek PF M Tracy
16-2 Fort River Megabucks ESM M Basilone

17-1 Awsum Country Girl PF M Tracy
17-2 Chiseled in Stone PF J Tracy

18-1 Backcounty Tornado PF M Tracy
18-2 Covey Up Woody PM J Tracy

19-1 Klee's Handsome Hawk PM M Tracy
19-2 Steel City Karen PF J Tracy

20-1 Palara PF M Tracy
20-1 Miller’s Vanilla Snow PF G Tracy

Monday, October 6, 2014

Running Order -- New England Open


 OCT. 10, 2014  AT NOON

POMFRET, Conn. -- Twenty-six pointers and setters have been drawn for the New England Open Championship. The event starts Friday, Oct. 10, at noon, at Ragged Hill Farm, 36 Ragged Hill Rd. Three braces will be run on Friday, no more than seven braces on Saturday, and the remainder on Sunday. The advertised Derby stake was cancelled due to lack of entries.

[The Northeastern Open Shooting Dog Championship will follow the New England Open, starting Monday, Oct. 13, at Flaherty Field Trial Area in East Windsor, Conn.]

Judges for the New England Open are Tony Gibson, of Union Springs, Ala., and Elias Richardson, of Uxbridge, Mass.

A cocktail party for participants will be held Friday night courtesy of Susan and Roger Duerksen, owners of 2013 Champion Klee's Handsome Hank, handled by Mike Tracy. A Handlers Dinner will follow.

Running order follows:

1-1 Octavio ESM M. Tracy
1-2 High Drive Ranger PM G. Tracy

2-1 Erin's Box Car Willie PM M. Tracy
2-2 Calico's Touch of Class PF G. Tracy

3-1 Palara PF M. Tracy
3-2 Wizard's Ploughman Poet ESM Hathaway

4-1 Enhancement Southern Belle PF M. Tracy
4-2 Awesome Country Girl PF G. Tracy

5-1 Strech PM Fino
5-2 Attitude's Iron Will ESM M. Tracy

6-1 Miller's Vanilla Snow PF G. Tracy
6-2 Great River Ice PM M. Tracy

7-1 Uplander's Pocahontas PF G. Tracy
7-2 Jetsettin Jenny PF M. Tracy

8-1 Westerly Bonnie Blue Shadow PF M. Tracy
8-2 Sugarknoll Warpaint PM  G. Tracy

9-1 Little Girl Creek PF M. Tracy
9-2 Calico's Dyno Mite PM G. Tracy

10-1 Erin's War Creek PM G. Tracy
10-2 Klee's Handsome Hank PM M. Tracy

11-1 I'm Pistol Pete PM Drew
11-2 Winterset Arriba PF M. Tracy

12-1 Mr. Utley PM M. Tracy
12-2 Great River Class PF G. Tracy

13-1 Great River Mackenzie PM M. Tracy
13-2 Bye

14-1 Backcountry Tornado PF M. Tracy
14-2 Bye

Fall foliage at Ragged Hill Farm

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Running Order - 79th New England Futurity


EAST WINDSOR, Conn. - Forty of the top 2-year-old pointers and setters in the Northeast have been drawn for the 79th  New England Shooting Dog Futurity. The event will be held Oct. 16-17, 2014, at Flaherty Field Trial Area. Running will start at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16, unless the Northeastern Championship has not been completed.

(Dog, Owner, Breeder, Handler)

1-1 Bull Ina China Shop PM Chris/Heather Palmer Great River Kennels Mike Tracy
1-2 Ladywood’s Keepsake PF Jeanette Tracy Jeanette Tracy Jeanette Tracy

2-1 Coosawhatchee Smooth PM Andrea Clark Great River Kennels Mike Tracy
2-2 Moonshine Magic PM John Malone Great River Kennels Pat Casey

3-1 Jessie’s Bonanza SF Ted Faust Jeanette Tracy Jeanette Tracy
3-2 Miss American Pie PF Dave O’Brien Stacy Goodie Dave O’Brien

4-1 High Drive Snapshot PM Allen Linder Allen Linder George Tracy
4-2 Steel City Arapahoe PM Harry Blain/Bob Reed Bud Moore Jeanette Tracy

5-1 Dry Creek Geronimo PM George Doyle George Doyle George Doyle
5-2 Vanilla Creek PM Donna/Jeff Ruth Great River Kennels Mike Tracy

6-1 Sugarknoll Bushwacker PM Peter/Chris Delcollo Gus Piperis Pat Casey
6-2 Great River Joe PM Neil Walker Allen Linder George Tracy

7-1 Enhancement South Bound PM Tom Hance George Tracy Mike Tracy
7-2 High Drive Boss PM Allen Linder Allen Linder George Tracy

8-1 Covey Up Black Ice PM Patti Maier/Keith Thomas Great River Kennels Jeanette Tracy
8-2 Wicked Game PM Richard Gillis Stacy Goodie Matt Basilone

9-1 Waybetter Rocky PM Carl Bishop Carl Bishop Bishop/Casey
9-2 Jessie’s Bojangles SM Ted Faust Jeanette Tracy Jeanette Tracy

10-1 Wildsky PM Allen Linder Allen Linder George Tracy
10-2 Southbound Kong PM Linda Casey Linda Casey Pat Casey

11-1 Dry Creek Jessie James PM George Doyle George Doyle George Doyle
11-2 Suemac’s Roll Tide PM Roger/Sue McPherson John Stolgitis George Tracy

12-1 Adjusted Attitude SM Earl Drew Dennis Beauford Earl Drew
12-2 Hollywood Forty Four Magnum PM Regis Lynn Regis Lynn Mike Tracy

13-1 Waybetta Bella PF Carl Bishop Carl Bishop Jeanette Tracy
13-2 Chasehill Hailey PF Claudia McNamee John Stolgitis Mike Tracy

14-1 Mama’s Broken Heart PM Stacy Goodie Stacy Goodie Matt Basilone
14-2 Southern Sparkling Julie PF Kent Cantrell Kent Cantrell George Tracy

15-1 Hillhavyn’s Show Stopper PM Brad Brown Bruce Mercer Jeanette Tracy
15-2 Waybetta Skip PM Carl Bishop Carl Bishop Bishop/Casey

16-1 Great River Journey SM Brian Sanchez Jeanette Tracy Jeanette Tracy
16-2 Chasehill Baby Bella PF Erin Stolgitis John Stolgitis John Stogitis

17-1 Come Fly With Me PF Greg Mavor Bruce Mercer Mike Tracy
17-2 Dry Creek White Lightning PM Jeff Smith George Doyle Jeff Smith

18-1 Urban Fantasy PM Troy Trilize Stacy Goodie Matt Basilone
18-2 Fast and Furious PM Muriel/Bill Primm Henderson/Forrester George Tracy

19-1 Walden’s Ridge Country Girl PF David/Laura Steel David Steel George Tracy
19-2 Buffalo Junction Bella PF Allen Dahl Allen Dahl Pat Casey

20-1 Premier’s Chill PF Bruce Mercer Bruce Mercer Mike Tracy
20-2 Grand Heritage Commotion SF Andy Wert Bill Ricci Jeanette Tracy

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Ocean State Bird Dog Club -- Running Order

Ocean State
 Bird Dog Club
sets annual
 fall walking 
field trial

Sunday, Oct. 5
 at Arcadia Management Area, 
Exeter, RI

EXETER, RI -- Ocean State Bird Dog Club will hold its annual fall walking field trial starting at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, at Arcadia Management Area. Open stakes scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, have been cancelled due to insufficient entries.

Running order follows:
Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014
Start time: 8 a.m.
1-1 Butch PM Scott
1-2 Tango PM Cavanaugh
2-1 Bo PM Pinkham
2-2 Gina PF Cavanaugh

1-1 Ronnie ESM Rico
1-2 Harry ESM Carter
2-1 Roxy ESF Rico
2-2 Katy GSPF Hopkins
3-1 Bo PM Pinkham
3-2 Max PM LaBella
4-1 Maia GSPF Gregory
4-2 Bye

1-1 Dee Dee ESF Scott
1-2 Maddie ISM Gregor
2-1 Star ESF Clark
2-2 Tango PM Cavanaugh

1-1 Robbie ESM Hathaway
1-2 Max PM LaBella
2-1 Dayzee PF Palmer
2-2 Winnie PF Unsworth
3-1 Bodhi PM Hopkins
3-2 Mack ESM Clark
4-1 Foghat PF Frisella
4-2 Katy PF Cavanaugh
5-1 Peace Dale White Gold ESF Frisella
5-2 Floyd PM Kelly