American Field

Field Trial Report

English Setter Club of America

By Lloyd Miller | Jul 27, 2018
Storm Rider First in the Amateur Derby

Medford, N. J. — The English Setter Club of America conducted its third annual special Lee Bird Classic fund-raising trial over the weekend of June 1-3 on the club’s historical grounds at Medford, N. J. The trial drew a very good entry with a full slate of running each day.

The weatherman had predicted a somewhat rainy weekend. It turned out to be pretty nice but cloudy and the running and club program and festivities went off without much of a hitch. There was only a small shower on one day. I believe all enjoyed themselves and had a great time winning some stakes and taking some prizes home along the way, besides the great food served during the day and the buffet dinner Saturday night.

The club thanks Karen Lordi and John Frank for chairing the trial. Also, thanks to Club President Joe Cincotta, Stacey Goodie, Joe Sr. and Nancy Lordi, Jennifer Braman, Greg Ritchings and many others. Forgive me if I missed anyone. It was a monumental effort; thanks to all for another successful event.

The club thanks Purina and the many sponsors that donated to make this trial a great fund-raising event.

The judges for the Open stakes were Barry Bollinger of Westminster, Md., Kevin Stuart of Schenectady, N. Y., Lisa Pollock of Medford, N. J., and Roger Dvorak of Elkton, Md. The Amateur stakes were judged by Barry Bollinger, again, along with Marcus Ramseur and Joanne Perry. The Amateur Walking Hunting Dog was judged by Joe Lordi, Sr. and Dan Jolly. Finally, the special Lee Bird Open Shooting Dog Classic for Setter Club members only was judged by Kevin Stuart and Joanne Perry. The club thanks all our judges for their work and time in the saddle. Their decisions were well received.


The Open Restricted Shooting Dog started things off on Friday morning. Awarded first was Reedy Creek Dial Tone, white and black pointer owned by Joe McHugh and handled by Mike Tracy. Second was Limbsmoke Polar Express, setter male owned by your scribe and handled ably by Matt Basilone. Placed third was Bully Rock, pointer male owned by Bill and Muriel Primm and Ernie and Karen Saniga, and handled by Ernie. All three had excellent strong ground coverage with stylish bird work.

Steel City Alabama, pointer male owned by Karen and Bob Reed and handled by Matt Basilone, had a standout performance to win the Open Shooting Dog. He scored three stylish stands and a single unproductive coupled with a strong forward race to gain the top spot. Setter female Ravenwood Charley, also handled by Matt and owned by Joe Cincotta, had a nice performance of her own with three of her real standup style on point finds and a very good classy race. Bulltaeo, pointer male owned by Ernie and Karen Saniga and handled by Mike Tracy, was third with a good two find performance.

In Friday’s final stake, the Open Derby, pointer female Bella Bulli, another Saniga owned dog, took the blue ribbon for Ernie with some nice stands on quail and a good searching effort on the ground. Smoke’N’Mirrors, young pointer female owned by Stacey Goodie and handled by Matt Basilone, earned second. Third was Tappahanna Rocket Man, pointer male owned and handled by Ray Gubernat of Hartley, Del. They all had some really good bird work and good races over the clockwise course.

Saturday morning opened with the Amateur Shooting Dog. Nottingham’s Storm Warning, pointer male owned and handled by Roger Dvorak, continued with another outstanding performance with three finds and a strong race to gain the blue ribbon. This dog has been in most stakes on the New Jersey/Eastern Pennsylvania circuit this season. Second was Barcelona Bull, the fourth Saniga dog to place this weekend. “Pablo” scored on five well-spaced finds and a good bird searching effort. Third went to I’ll Drink to That, pointer female owned and capably handled by Stacey Goodie. “Rue” also had a real nice show with three finds, a nice back and a single unproductive to win out over a very competitive field of performers.

The Amateur Walking Hunting Dog (judgment ceases at flush) opened Sunday’s events. This stake is for people to have fun with their dogs and shoot over some birds. Placed first was Rudy, pointer male handled by John Savarese. Second was Deacon, German Shorthair male handled by Ellen Cavalia. Third was Champ, pointer female owned by Luigi DiMeglio and handled by your scribe. I think everyone enjoyed this stake to see what their gun dogs can do in some competition. Especially Luigi who still enjoys seeing his Champ perform on the ground and she, being twelve years young, can still put down a strong classy race and find almost every bird on the course; she had five.

The Amateur Derby ran just before lunch. Roger Dvorak took another first with his pointer Storm Rider which had an excellent four find performance. Ken Williamson, handling his pointer female Hurricane Annabelle for I believe the first time, made it pay off with an equally good four find effort with some stylish stands to gain the red ribbon. Third went to Joe Cincotta who did a nice job handling his pointer male Ravenwood Throwing Smoke to a good four find effort coupled with a nice fast classy race.

The final stake of the trial was the third running of the Lee Bird Open Shooting Dog Classic, a half hour stake for English Setter Club members only, a stake for bragging rights, and it was a hard fought one with some good performances, with some disappointments for some. Stacey Goodie won second last year but this year she took first, this time with her powerful white and black pointer male Mamma’s Broken Heart. He had a strong effort in the sixth brace with five stylish finds to take the nod over a really good field. Joe Cincotta worked his plan to perfection to get his Ravenwood Charley, a pretty setter female, around in the seventh brace with five finds of her own to gain the judges’ eye and the runner-up honors.

This year we had a new category, the best continental breed. This one was awarded to Dave Creagan and his speedy Irish setter Lily An Creag which carded two great finds and two nice backs.

Medford, N. J., June 1 — One Course

Judges: Barry Bollinger and Kevin Stuart

OPEN RESTRICTED SHOOTING DOG — 8 Pointers and 1 Setter

1st—REEDY CREEK DIAL TONE, 1673570, pointer male, by Miller’s Dialing In—White Diamond Sally. Joe McHugh, owner; Mike Tracy, handler.

2d—LIMBSMOKE POLAR EXPRESS, 1666195, setter male, by Grouse Woods Skeeter—Riley’s Last Call. L. B. Miller, owner; Matt Basilone, handler.

3d—BULLY ROCK, 1674970, pointer male, by Bully Bragg—Bullerina. Bill & Muriel Primm & Ernie & Karen Saniga, owners; Ernie Saniga, handler.

Judges: Lisa Pollock and Kevin Stuart

OPEN SHOOTING DOG — 12 Pointers and 4 Setters

1st—STEEL CITY ALABAMA, 1656990, pointer male, by Jayhawk—Raisin Hell. Karen & Robert Reed, owners; Matt Basilone, handler.

2d—RAVENWOOD CHARLEY, 1662943, setter female, by Grouse Woods Skeeter—Fork River Rockaloo. Joe Cincotta, owner; Matt Basilone, handler.

3d—BULLTAEO, 1662744, pointer male, by Bully Bragg—Summerhill Bella. Ernie & Karen Saniga, owners; Mike Tracy, handler.

Judges: Roger Dvorak and Barry Bollinger

OPEN DERBY — 6 Pointers

1st—BELLA BULLI, 1674898, female, by Bully Bragg—Bullerina. Ernie & Karen Saniga, owners; Ernie Saniga, handler.

2d—SMOKE’N’MIRRORS, 1679185, female, by Just Irresistible—A Whiskey Lullaby. Stacey Goodie & Richard Gillis, owners; Matt Basilone, handler.

3d—TAPPAHANNA ROCKET MAN, 1665560, male, by Erin’s War Creek—Braveheart Cassie. R. A. Gubernat, owner and handler.

Judges: Barry Bollinger and Marcus Ramseur


1st—NOTTINGHAM’S STORM WARNING, 1662154, pointer male, by Game Strut—High Value Special. R. D. Dvorak, owner and handler.

2d—BARCELONA BULL, 1610854, pointer male, by Bulltown—Sage Valley Betty. Ernie & Karen Saniga, owners; Ernie Saniga, handler.

3d—I’LL DRINK TO THAT, 1668438, pointer female, by Brown’s Tom Tom—A Whiskey Lullaby. Stacey Goodie, owner and handler.

Judges: Joanne Perry and Marcus Ramseur

AMATEUR DERBY — 6 Pointers

1st—STORM RIDER, 1674889, male, by Nottingham’s Storm Warning—Williamson’s Touch of Ice. Roger Dvorak & Gordon Ramsey, owners; Roger Dvorak, handler.

2d—HURRICANE ANNABELLE, 1674902, female, by Nottingham’s Storm Warning—Williamson’s Touch of Ice. Ken Williamson, owner and handler.

3d—RAVENWOOD THROWING SMOKE, 1675094, male, by Erin’s Stone Cutter—Erin’s Annie. Joe Cincotta, owner and handler.

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