Tuesday, March 31, 2015

TRIAL CANCELLED



SOUTHERN
 NEW ENGLAND
FIELD TRIAL CLUB
CANCELS
 SPRING TRIAL
IN R.I.


The snow won't let go at Arcadia. 

EXETER, RI -- In a winter that just won't let go, the Southern New England Field Trial Club's annual spring trial, set for April 3-5, 2015, has been cancelled due to an overwhelming amount of snow at Arcadia Management Area. 

Chairman Tim Cavanaugh was notified by the RI DEM's Fish & Wildlife Department that the roads into Arcadia Management Area are impassable and the grounds still mostly snow covered.

Plans are being made to reschedule the trial. Stay tuned. 


Escaping the Cold!


MORE NORTH
 MEETS SOUTH!

Photo of  I'M EARL by CHRIS MATHAN


     Earl and Margaret Drew, formerly of Massachusetts, now residing in North Carolina, also made the trek farther south this winter! They stayed with George and Mary Tracy in Hurtsboro, Ala., escaping the formidible amounts of snow that blanketed New England, and the colder-than-usual weather in North Carolina. 

     While they were in Hurtsboro, they trained and ran their pointer, I'm Earl, in the National Amateur Free-For-All at Sedgefields Plantation, near Union Springs, Ala. Eighty-three dogs were drawn and, happily for Earl and Margaret, I'm Earl made the hour and didn't get lost! He had one back and a large covey find on wild birds. 

     He also got to have his picture taken by master photographer, Chris Mathan, of Maine, who was also down South escaping the rotten New England weather!

     Good to see all these local folks on the road!


Monday, March 23, 2015

NORTH 
MEETS 
SOUTH

Photo by CHRIS MATHAN / STRIDEAWAY

Region 1 Trustee Elias Richardson, of Uxbridge, Mass., escapes the wicked winter weather in New England to attend the Southeastern Open All-Age Championship, held on Abigail and Chickasaw Plantations, near Albany, Ga., this month. Here, Richardson (center) chats with Tommy Davis, right, with Dr. Ron Deal, left, and Luke Eisenhart in the background. 


Thursday, March 19, 2015

TRIAL CANCELLED


SOUTHERN
NEW ENGLAND
FIELD TRIAL CLUB 
CANCELLED


Southern New England Field Trial Club's spring trial has been cancelled due to an overwhelming amount of snow at Arcadia. Trial may be rescheduled. Stay tuned. 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

SNE Woodcock Championship Cancelled




SOUTHERN

 NEW ENGLAND
WOODCOCK 
CHAMPIONSHIP
CANCELLED


EXETER, RI -- The Southern New England Woodcock Championship and Joel Collier Derby, originally scheduled for March 20-23, 2015, at Arcadia Management Area, have been cancelled due to heavy snow cover.

For those familiar with Arcadia, here's a picture of the gate after you take the left past the former Camp E-Hun-Tee, now the RI DEM Fish & Wildlife Education Center. Roads are neither plowed nor passible.



Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Conn. Pointer 2nd In U.S. Futurity

Miss American Pie

CONN. POINTER
TAKES 2ND
 IN U.S. 
SHOOTING DOG
 FUTURITY

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


PASSAGES:
 BEAVER MEADOW BENJAMIN 
2001-2015

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
Flattery




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."