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Field Trial Report

Eastern and Central New England Brittany Clubs

By Patricia Carney | Oct 31, 2019
LTS Just Zip It with Loudon Swierczynski (left), fourth in the CNEBC Open Shooting, and Shirley’s Meg with Nathan Mathieson, third in the CNEBC Walking Shooting Dog.

Exeter, R. I. — Another glorious weekend at Arcadia Management Area in Exeter, R. I., provided the backdrop for the back-to-back walking field trials offered by the Eastern and Central New England Brittany Clubs.

This was the first time these two clubs have worked together in a back-to-back situation. To the delight of many of the participants, each weekend day offered the opportunity for wins in Open Puppy, Open Derby, Open Shooting Dog and Amateur Shooting Dog, as well as New England Hunting Dog and Northeast Gun Dog points. A large and well balanced entry throughout the stakes offered produced a profitable weekend for both clubs. Rain was not an issue either day, and temperatures were on the hotter side, late morning to late afternoon.

Many thanks to our sponsor, Fromm Pet Foods, for supporting both trials with their quality premium food products. Fromm food and treats were provided to all dogs that placed.

The Arcadia grounds are more than suited to walking trials, mostly flat and level with open fields and surrounding wooded areas. This time the field trial committees decided to run two courses rather than one and extra effort was needed to make sure the grounds were ready to go when the trials kicked off at 7:00 a. m. Saturday morning.

Thanks to our “grounds crew” members, most notably Bob Fleury and Mike Tiberii, for the hours spent prior to the trial clearing and setting up courses and making sure water was available along the courses to cool the dogs off. Lacking the mowing needed to make the fields navigable for the gun dogs, the established course was routed through the cooler woods, which on this warm weekend worked out far better than negotiating through the much hotter fields.

Thanks also to Will Walker from Rhode Island Fish & Wildlife for working with the field trial clubs that use Arcadia in order to make improvements that are beneficial to not only the clubs, but also others who visit the area. Perfect examples: the pavilion and the newly installed well that we were able to use  to provide ready access to water for horses, dogs and birds.

And — the birds were doing their part for the weekend, flying well for the dogs. Bobwhite quail were liberated as well as a few strategically released chukar. The “bird truck boys” — Brady, Loudon and Nathan — were Johnny on the spot planting birds with Bob on the gun dog course while Mike spearheaded the bird planting for the juveniles and hunting dogs on the lower course. There were more than enough birds for everybody — to the chagrin of a few.

Entries came from as far away as Saskatchewan, North Carolina and Florida, along with the “locals” from Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, Maine, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Vermont.

There were a lot of new faces getting their feet wet in the sport, along with some experienced faces that were new to these grounds. All very encouraging to clubs that are struggling to keep their heads above water and bring new people and youngsters into our sport. Both clubs did their best to make all feel welcome.

Each day activity ceased around noon so everyone could get together for a lunch which was provided by both clubs. Thank you Leslie Fleury for setting this up and singlehandedly taking care of all the details required to make it happen.

Our happy hour organizers, Patty Johnston and Cathy Shirley, were more than up to the task. With LED lanterns hung from the pavilion rafters, there was no rush to get through the evening festivities before we ran out of daylight.

Dinner, featuring venison meatballs in homemade tomato gravy and stick to your ribs mac and cheese, was delicious and there was plenty for everyone. Placements were announced, ribbons, trophies and Fromm dog food were handed out. A special note of recognition is extended to Paul and Cathy Shirley for handcrafting the plaques that were awarded to the first place winners.

The Eastern trial on Saturday marked the making of a new dual champion (pending AKC confirmation). DuBois Ridge Super Sonic, owned by Hank DuBois and handled by Toby Tobiassen, won the Open Shooting Dog. “Jet’s” performance was an eye-opener for sure. And he backed that performance up with more of the same by winning the Central Open Shooting Dog. Well deserved congratulations to Jet and all involved.

Another double winner for the weekend was Patty Johnston’s Wingra’s Indy G O. Capably handled by Patty, Indy took first in both Open Puppy Stakes.

It was refreshing to see several youngsters (Brady, Loudon, Nathan) working the trial and helping with the bird planting. Additionally, Loudon and Zippy proved themselves a very creditable team, earning an Award of Merit in the Eastern Open Shooting Dog on Saturday, and (AKC) fourth place in the Central Open Shooting Dog on Sunday. Nathan, handling at his first field trial, ran Shirley’s Meg in the Shooting Dog on Sunday earning a third place ribbon. We look forward to seeing more at future trials from all of these young handlers.

And last, but not least, many thanks as always to our judges for your many hours in the saddle (or on foot), (and in one case, for a very long drive to get here), looking at the dogs and for your esteemed judicial decisions. We appreciate your time, attention and efforts.

To all involved in the running of these trials — workers, entrants, judges, sponsors, RI F&W — thank you. Hope you had a great time. You definitely made a difference. Hope to see you all again!

EASTERN NEW ENGLAND BRITTANY CLUB

Exeter, R. I., September 28

Judges: Sarah Conyngham and Mitchell Swierczynski

OPEN DERBY — 6 Brittanys

1st—WHISKEY SOUR, unreg., female, by Walker’s Prairie Bandit—Tequila Short Shot. Samantha James & Don Dodson, owners; Samantha James, handler.

2d—WOODLAND MEAD’S HANK, unreg., male, by Birch Hill’s Little Man—Halle May Girl. Clay Yonce, owner and handler.

3d—LUCY LET EM FLY, unreg., female, by Remington Smoke N Gun—Brandy Beretta Lite As A Feather. Crystal Payne, owner; Stephen Payne, handler.

OPEN PUPPY — 5 Brittanys and 1 Setter

1st—WINGRA’S INDY G O, unreg., Brittany male, by Almaden’s Under Lock and Key—Firestarter’s Chasing the Sunset. Patty & Craig Johnston, owners; Patty Johnston, handler.

2d—REIDYHILL’S DOWN AND DIRTY, unreg., Brittany female, by Spanish Corral’s Sonny Patch—Alar’s Dirty Dancer. Henry Wierzbicki, owner and handler.

3d—DANCE THE DUST OFF, unreg., Brittany female, by Spanish Corral’s Sonny Patch—Alar’s Dirty Dancer. Samantha James & Daniel Dodson, owners; Samantha James, handler.

Judges: Richard Giuliano and Bobbie Sigmund

OPEN SHOOTING DOG — 12 Brittanys and 2 German Shorthairs

1st—DUBOIS RIDGE SUPER SONIC, 1681175, Brittany male, by Buck’s Just Wanbli Sum Buddy—Buck’s Jen of Jansen. Hank Dubois, owner; Toby Tobiassen, handler.

2d—WHITE ROCK RANCH’S FIRST TURKS, unreg., Brittany male, by Birch Hill Jack Is Back—L Pride Maggie. Robert Fleury, owner; Toby Tobiassen, handler.

3d—CENTERVILLE’S SONNY, 1651369, Brittany male, by Piney Run Art—Centerville’s Dot. Sarah Conyngham, owner and handler.

Judges: Rich Giuliano and Toby Tobiassen

AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG — 14 Brittanys and 1 German Shorthair

1st—KIP’S BAY DARK N’STORMY MISS MADDIE, 1649087, Brittany female, by Coos Riglee—Kip’s Bay Zac’s A Tac’n Ellie. John & Travis Kipp, owners; John Kipp, handler.

2d—PRIDE AND JOY’S KENNEBAGO TOMMI, 1666901, Brittany female, by Just Call Me Roy—One Off Champagne Charlie. Frank Pride, Jr. & Donna Pride, owners; Frank Pride, Jr., handler.

3d—QUINEBAUG’S ROOSEVELT ROUGH RIDER, unreg., German Shorthair male, by Gambler’s Benney The Vet—Abbe Lane’s Sweet Little Elsie. Todd Hewitt, owner and handler.

CENTRAL NEW ENGLAND BRITTANY CLUB

Judges: Jane Bjork and Sarah Conyngham

OPEN DERBY — 3 Brittanys and 1 Setter

1st—BLEW BY BLAZING, unreg., female, by Spanish Corral’s Sundance Kid—Blew By Yet. Samantha James & Daniel Dodson, owners.

2d—EVIE’S PLAY’N DIRTY, unreg., female, by Just Call Me Eli—Green Mountain Jessie Belle. Mitch Swierczynski, owner and handler.

OPEN PUPPY — 5 Brittanys and 1 Setter

1st—WINGRA’S INDY G O, unreg., Brittany male, by Almaden’s Under Lock And Key—Firestarter’s Chasing The Sunset. Patty & Craig Johnston, owners; Patty Johnston, handler.

2d—REIDYHILL’S DOWN AND DIRTY, unreg., Brittany female, by Spanish Corral’s Sonny Patch—Alar’s Dirty Dancer. Henry Wierzbicki, owner and handler.

3d—DANCE THE DUST OFF, unreg., Brittany female, by Spanish Corral’s Sonny Patch—Alar’s Dirty Dancer. Samantha James & Daniel Dodson, owners; Samantha James, handler.

Judges: Rich Giuliano and Bobbie Sigmund

OPEN SHOOTING DOG — 13 Brittanys and 1 German Shorthair

1st—DUBOIS RIDGE SUPER SONIC, 1681175, Brittany male, by Buck’s Just Wanbli Sum Buddy—Buck’s Jen of Jansen. Hank Dubois, owner; Toby Tobiassen, handler.

2d—KINWASHKLY DEFIANT DIEFENBAKER, unreg., Brittany female, by Kinwashkly MacMagoo—Kinwashkly French Velour. Leslie Andreas, owner and handler.

3d—NOBODY’S FIRSTSHOT REMINGTON, unreg., by Rusty Nail of Coos—Woody’s Tiger Lily. Tom Wood, owner and handler.

Judges: Richard Giuliano and Toby Tobiassen

AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG — 15 Brittanys and 1 Setter

[Placements Withheld]

Judges: Patricia Carney and Doug Phillips

AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG — 9 Brittanys

1st—ROYAL FLUSH BETTIN ON BLACK, unreg., male, by Peter Gunn—Emma Tayshon. Samantha James, owner and handler.

2d—ROSIE OF PLYMOUTH, unreg., female, breeding not given. Chet Wisnewski, owner and handler.

3d—SHIRLEY’S MEG, unreg., female, by Wise’s Salley Murphy—Wise’s Sassy Girl. Paul Shirley, owner; Nathan Mathieson, handler.

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