Monday, August 10, 2015



EXETER, R.I. -- Lloyd Murray of Stark, N.H., and his talented Long Gone setters, were the top award-getters at the Top Dog Awards held by the Association of New England Field Club at its annual summer meeting held Sunday, Aug. 9, at Arcadia Management Area. ANEFTC's second vice president, Dick Bembenek, presented the awards. 

Lloyd's young setter female, Long Gone Mersadies, scored a hat-trick, garnering Top Dog Awards as Open Walking Puppy, Amateur Walking Puppy, and Amateur Walking Derby of 2015.

Long Gone Mersadies

Lloyd's setter male, Long Gone Studley, won honors as top Open Walking Shooting Dog, with newly-elected Hall of Famer Dave Hughes handling.

Long Gone Studley

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Erin Stolgitis, of Ashaway R.I., ran a close second in gathering up the awards! This talented young handler won in both Amateur and Open categories! 

Erin accepting the top Open-All-Age Award on behalf of herself and Claudia McNamee, co-owner of Richfield Stella. Erin was the handler.

Erin accepting the award for top Amateur Horseback Derby, Chasehill Baby Bella, owned and handled by Erin.

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Karen Unsworth's beautiful pointer, One Bad Winter, earned another award for herself as she was named Top Amateur Walking Shooting Dog of 2015. Congratulations, Winnie!

Karen Unsworth accepting the Top Amateur Walking Shooting Dog Award from Dick Bembenek.

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The Top Amateur Horseback Shooting Dog award went to Chasehill Little Bud, a pointer male owed by John Stolgitis and handled by Elias Richardson.

From left, John Stolgitis, Dick Bembenek, Elias Richardson and ANEFTC president Richard Giuliano.
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Great River Kennels has another plaque to hang on its walls as Great River Ice won the top Open Horseback Shooting Dog Award. He was handled by Mike Tracy.

Great River Ice

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Witch City Fred, a setter male owned by Steve Levesque and handled by Levesque and Dave Hughes, was named Open Walking Derby winner. 
Witch City Fred

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And Muriel Primm's pointer, Fast and Furious, handled by George Tracy, was named Open Horseback Derby of the year!

Congratulations, everyone! And many, many thanks for supporting the sport of field trialing throughout New England!

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