Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Conn. Pointer 2nd In U.S. Futurity

Miss American Pie

 IN U.S. 

Miss American Pie
 is owned by 
Dave O'Brien
 of Marlborough, Conn.

Miss American Pie, a pointer female owned by Dave O'Brien of Marlborough, Conn., handled by Pat Casey, of South Hill, Va. (formerly of Massachusetts), and scouted by John Stolgitis, of Rhode Island, placed second in the United States Shooting Dog Futurity held Jan. 27-29, 2015, at the Sandhills Field Trial Area near Hoffman, N.C. Forty-four dogs were entered in the event. Judges were Mack and Nan Hilliard of West End, N.C.

Miss American Pie with scout John Stolgitis and handler Pat Casey.

Miss American Pie, also known as "Kate," was bred by Stacey Goodie. The pointer was handled by Casey to two finds, a back and one unproductive, coupled with a classy forward ground coverage, according to reporter Mike Husenits.

First-place winner was Sinbad's Bear, a pointer male owned by John Roswech of Chester, N.J., bred by Rob and Lisa Butler of La Grange, Ky., and handled by Shawn Kinkelaar. Third was Waybetter Rocky, pointer male owned and bred by Carl and Collin Bishop of Punxsutawey, Pa., and handled by Car Bishop. Fourth place was Ladywood's Keepsake, pointer female owned by Becky Johnson of Glenvile, Pa., Brian Sanchez of Central Islip, NY., and Ted Foust of Harrisburg Pa., and bred and handled by Keanette Tracy of Glenville, Pa.

Upon completion of the initial 30-minute series, judges called back 14 contenders for the one-hour second-series. Performances are judged based on the entire 90 minutes.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Passages: Beaver Meadow Benjamin


Erin Stolgitis getting ready to run 10-year-old retired champion Beaver Meadow Benjamin in the Gun Dog stake on his home grounds of the Arcadia Management Area in Exeter, R.I., at Arcadia Field Trial Club's annual spring trial on May 1, 2011.

Video of Beaver Meadow Benjamin pointing a woodcock in 2008.

Pedigree of Beaver Meadow BenjaminPointer maleCH Beaver Meadow BenjaminCH Jebs VDCH Van Mac
Jebs Dottie
CH Beaver Meadow BetteCH Black Letter

Karen Unsworth writes: 

"I learned from John Stolgitis today (Monday, Feb. 9, 2015) that Beaver Meadow Benjamin was laid to rest last week. John, I know you’ll tell us about Benny when you are ready but I hope you don’t mind a short eulogy here as I know so many people admired your great dog. 

Benny was special … period. He was given to John as a pup and John started winning with him right from the start. There was so much to like about him … he was fast, he was fancy, he ran to the limits, he always found birds and when John bellowed … here came Benny … and if he didn’t come … go find him on point.

 I remember the first time I saw him. I didn’t know very much about field trialing but you would have to be blind not to recognize that Benjamin was an exceptional animal. I didn’t have a dog at that time but I knew after that day that when I got one … it was going to be a Benny dog. 

Before his career was cut short due to injury, he was a force to be reckoned with … always a threat no matter the venue. As a sire, he produced some great dogs … and his progeny are producing as well. I don’t know the number of Champions produced in this line but it’s a big one.

I feel honored to own and run “Benny dogs” and hopefully this line will continue thru John’s (and others) breeding programs.

 Benjamin lived to a ripe old age and had a great life with John and his family. 

I offer my condolences to John, Jill and Erin. God just got himself one great bird dog."

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Flaherty Book Update


Art Hembrough and Jim Hathaway have stepped up to help Sue DeSilver publish the 2015 Flaherty book. 

Those interested in either buying or renewing an ad are asked to contact Jim at  or at (508) 5six4-121seven.

If you need assistance putting an ad together, Jim will be happy to help. 

Friday, January 9, 2015

Fee Increase Eyed for Flaherty


The annual Flaherty Yearbook, which generates $2,500 to $3,000 a year in revenue for the Flaherty Association, needs someone to compile it.

 If no one volunteers for the job, and if no other fundraising idea is presented, those monies may have to be made up by doubling the ground-use fees at Flaherty from $75 per day to $150, says Flaherty president Rich Murphy.

This publication sets the Flaherty Association apart from the rest of the country and has made Flaherty a recognized regional facility dedicated to field trialing.

"The Flaherty Association is at a crossroads in 2015," said Murphy. "For the first time in 25 years, we do not have anyone willing to step up and take over the publication of the Yearbook. Sue DeSilver and Bob Fleury have done a remarkable job publishing the book and I thank them for the many years that they have worked on the project. For the past 25 years, the Flaherty Yearbook has been the primary fundraiser for the Association. 

"It takes approximately $6,500 to $7,000 per year to run the Flaherty Association and the grounds fees basically cover the day-to-day operation of the Association. The revenue generated by the yearbook provides the extra money to do the necessary and not-so-necessary improvements that we have all enjoyed. (Who doesn't like flush toilets?) The schedule for the upcoming year shows that we will be running a total of 84 days, which is down from 103 days in 2014 -- resulting in a loss of $1,475 in grounds fees. At $75 per day, the grounds fees will generate $6,300 which will leave us in the red for 2015. Normally, the yearbook would help offset these changes in the schedule and provide a cushion so that we can continue to operate as normal.

"We cannot run this Association at $75 per day," said Murphy, "if we don't have any other source of income. I'm afraid that we would have to raise the daily grounds fees to $150 per day next year to maintain what we have to do and do some necessary improvements. My biggest concern is that at $150 per day, that will put some clubs out of business and we as an Association are not in business to do that.

"In order to avoid an increase next year, it is imperative that we come up with a fundraiser that will generate $2,500 to $3,000 annually. The yearbook already is in place and it is a proven money-maker but it will require a person or two to organize and follow up by contacting these advertisers."

According to Bob Fleury, who started the Yearbook many years ago with the late Truman Cowles, "Presently we have around 80 advertisers for the book who renew yearly. We have a printer who has been doing the book for over 20 years who is very easy to deal with. The person who takes over will have the support and guidance of the past chairman to guide them through the process. 

"All this requires is making contact with the advertisers by email or phone and getting the new ad information.  

"This work can be done from home. The job doesn't not require previous publishing experience. If this book lapses for a year or or two it will require momentous effort to revive it."

If anyone is interested in helping out with this project, or suggesting an alternative fundraiser, contact Rich Murphy at or at (860) 376-five6three6. 

Time is of the essence as the first field trial is less than 80 days away.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

U.S. Complete Amateur Invitational


Connecticut's Hog Hill Katie named winner,
 Rhode Island's One Bad Winter takes runner-up in 12-dog field  on Dec. 5-6, 2014 at Dick Cross Wildlife Management Area in Va.


Connecticut's Tim Cavanaugh with Champion Hog Hill Katie, and Rhode Island's Karen Unsworth with Runner-up Champion One Bad Winter. 

Photo courtesy of U.S. Complete

From left, Tim Cavanaugh of Connecticut with Ch. Hog Hill Katie, scout Linda Casey, judge Bobbie Sigmund, Karen Unsworth of Rhode Island with RU Ch. One Bad Winter, and judge Hans Borgman. 

Photo courtesy of U.S. Complete

The contenders. Front from left, Karen Unsworth with One Bad Winter;  Hog Hill Katie with Tim Cavanaugh, Johnny Lews with Quinton Oak Budlight; Junior with Pinekone Street Sense; Ashby Morgan with Pinekone Black Rose, and Mike Witt with Foghat.
Rear from left, judge Bobbie Sigmund, Cindy Harrell with Bob's Elhew Jill, Sharon Townley with Blue's Tomoka Belle, Bill Whigham with Fox Cobble Zeva, John Capocci with Grouse Hill Belle; Bobby Phillips with Bob's Elhew Julie; and Jimmy Crandall with Lancaster Rolling Rex.

The winner's trophy.

The grounds at Dick Cross Wildlife Management Area in Virginia. 



Karen Unsworth with One Bad Winter. 


Waiting for the results. 


 Karen Unsworth, left, enjoys the homey comfort offered by
 Jay Doyle, right, her husband, George, and their pugs, at  their South Hill, Va. bed & breakfast.

For a full report and more pictures, click HERE to go to the U.S. Complete website.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

New Britain FTC

Nov. 15-16, 2014
Flaherty Field Trial Area
East Windsor, CT


Stacey Goodie and Elias Richardson III.

Handler John Malone. 

Scout Aidan Malone.

Handler Elias Richardson III.

Handler Dave O'Brien and scout Stacey Goodie.

Handler Gene Casale Jr.