Friday, October 9, 2015

2015 New England Open Winners

From left, championship chairman Dick Bembenek, Judge Al Fazenbaker, chairman Janice Gregory, Jeanette Tracy, George Tracy with Ch. Erin's War Creek, Earl Drew, Mary Tracy, Ted Faust, Sal Morelli, owner of RU Ch. Palara, Dillon Shaffer with RU Ch. Palara, Buddy Kennedy, reporter Margaret Drew, judge Kevin Stuart, handler Mike Tracy and chef Tad Dorry.



POMFRET, Conn. -- Erin's War Creek, a pointer male handled by George Tracy and owned by Al Linder, was named champion at the 2015 New England Open Shooting Dog Championship held this week at Ragged Hill Farm. Judges were Al Fazenbaker and Kevin Stuart. Runnerup was Palara, a pointer male handled by Mike Tracy and owned by Sal Morelli.

Judges Kevin Stuart, left, and Al Fazenbaker.
Handler George Tracy.

Lance Bembenek and Tom Gates get things started by putting up the tent.

From left, championship chairmen Dick Bembenek and Janice Gregory, reporter Margaret Drew, and Tom Gates.

Judge Kevin Stuart and George Tracy.

Judge Al Fazenbaker and Tom Gates.

Our color-coordinated reporter, Margaret Drew!


At the breakaway.


Through the cornfield.

Ready to go. 

Tom Gates and landowner Deb Townshend.

The expansive grounds at Ragged Hill Farm.

Mike Tracy waits to run.  

Chairman Janice Gregory and Tom Gates.

Ready to roll.

Through the woods. 

Jeanette and George Tracy.

Janice Gregory, Tad Dorry, Chef Dan from the Thompson Rod & Gun Club, and chairman Dick Bembenek.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

2015 New England Futurity Running Order

Starts Thursday, Oct. 15 at Noon
Flaherty Field Trial Area 
East Windsor, CT

Judges: Pat Casey and Bill Bonnetti

Derby Name - Breeder - Owner -Handler

1-1 Ignite The Nite Sanchez-Sanchez-MTracy
1-2 Pine Straw Sweet Tea Reeves-Reeves-JTracy

2-1 Dymond's Bud Emerson-Dymond-GTracy
2-2 Chasehill Baby Beanie JStolgitis-EStolgitis-JStolgitis

3-1 Thomas Adirondack Turbo Giuliano-Thomas-Thomas
3-2 Fire & Ice Tracy-Sanchez-MTracy

4-1 Prue Confidence Giuliano-Cavanaugh-LaBella/Stolgitis
4-2 High Drive War Paint Calico Kennels-Linder-GTracy

5-1 Bail Me Out Tracy-Puckett-MTracy
5-2 Beaver Meadow Rose Giuliano-Commissa-Stolgitis

6-1 Walden's Ridge Rocky Top Tracy-Steele-GTracy
6-2 Great River Survivor Sanchez-Sanchez-MTracy

7-1 The Slightest Edge Tracy-Lordi-MTracy
7-2 Steel City Tank Conroy-Blaine/Reed-JTracy

8-1 Deacon Jones Drew-Drew-Drew
8-2 Jamback's True Grit Tracy-Richardson/Verner-GTracy

9-1 Bad Bourbon Tracy-Primm-MTracy
9-2 Ice's Jack Is Back McHugh-McHugh-JTracy

10-1 Klee's Dakota Jake McHugh-Duerksen-MTracy
10-2 Misty Acres Buck Tracy-Hilyer-GTracy

11-1 Sassy Creek Ruth-Ruth-JTracy
11-2 Bacardi On Ice Emerson-Joyal-MTracy

12-1 Chasehill Double Trouble Drew-EStolgitis-JStolgitis
12-2 Neely's Paint The Town Calico Kennels-Linder-GTracy

13-1 Summerhill Lillian Bishop-Tracy-GTracy
13-2 Teacher's Pet Drew-Drew-Drew

14-1 Klee's Geechee Gal McHugh-Duerksen-MTracy
14-2 Steel City Last Waltz Drew-Blaine/Reed-JTracy

15-1 Wild Blue Moses-Moses-GTracy
15-2 Rentz's Fire & Ice Mercer-Rentz-JTracy

16-1 Icy Luci Emerson-Chambers-MTracy
16-2 Bye

Monday, October 5, 2015

Running orders: NE Open/Harry Townshend Classic


and Harry Townshend Classic

POMFRET, Conn. -- Thirty-one dogs have been drawn for the annual New England Open Championship set to start Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 8 a.m. at Ragged Hill Farm. Judges are Kevin Stuart and Al Fazenbaker.

The inaugural Harry Townshend Amateur Shooting Dog Classic will follow, starting Saturday, Oct. 10, at 8 a.m., also at Ragged Hill. Ten dogs have been drawn for that stake. Judges are Pete Flanagan and Richard Giuliano.

Stake chairmen for both trials are Richard Bembenek and Janice Gregory.


1-1 Walden's Ridge Liz PF GTracy
1-2 The King's Hand PM JTracy

2-1 Backcountry Tornado PF MTracy
2-2 Wizard's Ploughman Poet ESM Hathaway

3-1 Steel City Karen PF JTracy
3-2 Calico's Touch of Class PF GTracy

4-1 Jessie's Bojangles ESM JTracy
4-2 Enhancement Southern Belle PF MTracy

5-1 Calico's Cowboy Casanova PM MTracy
5-2 Miller's Brown Eyed Girl PF GTracy

6-1 Pine Straw Blackhawk ESM JTracy
6-2 Miller's Vanilla Snow PF GTracy

7-1 Great River Dakota PF MTracy
7-2 Jessie's Bonanza ESF JTracy

8-1 Palara PF MTracy
8-2 Fast And Furious PM GTracy

9-1 Great River Journey ESM JTracy
9-2 High Drive Ranger PM GTracy

10-1 Great River Mackenzie PM MTracy
10-2 Covey Up Woodie PM JTracy

11-1 Sugarknoll Warpaint PM GTracy
11-2 Great River Ice PM MTracy

12-1 Land Cruiser Scout ESM JTracy
12-2 High Drive Southern Bound PF GTracy

13-1 Bully Bragg PM MTracy
13-2 Steel City Arapahoe PM JTracy

14-1 Great River Joe PM GTracy
14-2 A Keystone Kid ESM MTracy

15-1 High Drive Rogue PM GTracy
15-2 Covey Up Black Ice PM JTracy

16-1 Erin's War Creek PM GTracy
16-2 Bye


(Saturday 8 a.m. start)

1-1 I'm Earl PM Drew
1-2 Ironstone Spectacular ESM Richardson

2-1 Thomas Adirondack Mason ESM Thomas
2-2 Talladega PM Richardson

3-1 Ironstone Lone Star ESM Richardson
3-2 Southbound Strech PM Fino

4-1 Deacon Jones PM Drew
4-2 Blackstone Stony PM Richardson

5-1 Wizard's Ploughman Poet ESM Hathaway
5-2 Mike ESM Richardson 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Arcadia Fall Walking Trial Cancelled


EXETER, RI -- The Arcadia Field Trial Club's annual fall walking field trial, scheduled for this weekend (Sept. 19-20) at Arcadia Management Area, has been cancelled due to lack of interest. The club thanks the few supporters who planned to enter their dogs, but the low number of entries made running the two-day event not feasible. 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Spruce Brook Winners

Spruce Brook
Field Trial Club
Amateur Shooting Dog

From left, Pete LaBella, Gregor McCluskey, Eli Richardson with first-place dog Chasehill Little Thudd, John Stolgitis, Erin Stolgitis, Elizabeth Malone, Aidan Malone with second-place MoonShine Magic, John Olfson and Tim Cavanaugh with third-place Hog Hill Katie.

Thursday, August 27, 2015


Inez C. and Elwin G.
Smith Shooting Dog

Running order

EAST WINDSOR, Conn. -- The Smith Classics start Friday at Flaherty Field Trial Area. Running order follows. 

Saturday, August 15, 2015

AFTCA Proposed Amateur Handler Fee

A tax report to mull while considering the AFTCA's proposed Amateur Handler fee.

The official IRS public report for tax year ending June 30, 2014, shows the AFTCA, registered as a 501(c) -- or tax-exempt nonprofit organization -- with more than $700,000 being reported.

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