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Field Trial Report

Eastern Open Shooting Dog Championship

By Linda Casey | May 16, 2017
Backcountry Tornado Winner of the Eastern Open Shooting Dog Championship

Boydton, Va. — The Eastern Open Shooting Dog Championship was held March 5-9 at the Dick Cross Wildlife Management Area again this year.

Participants were the beneficiaries of the many man hours of bulldozing, bush hogging and dam busting that resulted in more open spaces, improved visibility and better, safer hunting. Sincere thanks go to all volunteers committed to the friends of Dick Cross who worked hard by raising the funds and donating the time and equipment necessary to reclaim a much loved and much needed field trial venue. The friends of Dick Cross Wildlife Management Area, a premier venue for field trialing.

As with all field trials, the Eastern Open had many people to thank for its success. Pat Casey, stake manager, coordinated the efforts of many people: George Doyle, Jeff Smith, Jamie O’Donnell, Frankie Henderson and Skip Brown shared dog wagon duties; Pat Casey and Jeff Smith put out birds; Skip Brown took care of anything that needed to be done at the time; Linda Casey and Casey King prepared and served complimentary lunches and dinners for the week; Linda Casey, Casey King and Jamie O’Donnell took care of housekeeping duties after the trial.

Drawings for the  Championship and Derby Classic were held at the home of Pat and Linda Casey in South Hill, Va., on Thursday, March 2.  All dogs for both stakes went to the line.

We express our sincere thanks to our esteemed judges. In the Shooting Dog Championship were Larry King of Shepherdstown, W. Va., and Kevin Stuart of Schenectady, N. Y. Judges for the Derby Classic were Bruce Conover of South Boston, Va., and Jim Jones of Gloucester, Va. We appreciate their knowledge of the sport, their fairness and integrity, their commitment to attend to the performance of each dog, and their willingness to give their time and energy to this trial.


The winner of the Open Shooting Dog Championship was Backcountry Tornado, stylish white and orange pointer female owned by Chris Catanzarite of Scenery Hill, Pa., and handled by Mike Tracy. Tornado ran in the morning of day No. 2 of the trial in the ninth brace. She handled beautifully across the field at the breakaway and hunted her way to her first find at 15 at the silo, all in good order. Twelve minutes later she was found to the front standing tall for an impressive find in the bowl. Tornado continued covering the course confidently and skillfully, having her third and final find at the cabin at 43. She finished strong and well to the front.

Named runner-up was Jesse’s Bonanza, fancy white and orange setter female owned by Ted  Foust of Harrisburg, Pa., and Claudia McNamee of Atlanta, Ga., and handled by Jeanette Tracy. Bonanza ran in afternoon of the trial’s second day in the twelfth brace. She flew across the first field and took the edges with great style, having two solid finds, all in good order, at 12 and 29. She finished to the front with energy and style.

Boydton, Va., March 5 — One Course

Judges: Larry J. King and Kevin Stuart

EASTERN OPEN SHOOTING DOG CHAMPIONSHIP [One-Hour Heats] — 12 Pointers and 10 Setters

Winner—BACKCOUNTRY TORNADO, 1629924, pointer female, by Mac’s Silver Dollar—Backcountry Dolly. Chris Catanzarite, owner; Mike Tracy, handler.

Runner-Up—JESSIE’S BONANZA, 1653579, setter female, by Shadow Oak Bo—Sukara’s Come Home Jessie. Ted Foust & Claudia McNamee, owners; Jeanette Tracy, handler.


The winner of the Derby Classic was Brown’s Ale, pointer male owned by Andrew Brown of Garland, N. C., and handled by Matt Basilone. “Ace” ran a fast, forward, stylish race in the first brace of the stake and hunted handily through the course with five well-spaced finds, all in good order.

Placed second was Waybetter Rose,  white and orange pointer female owned and handled by Carl Bishop of Punxsutawney, Pa. Rose, drawn in the eighth brace, ran competitively through the course, classy both on the ground and on her birds and booking three admirable finds.

Third was Double M’s Deliverance, white and liver pointer male running in the fifth brace. Owned by Clifford Mesnard of Bloomfield, Ohio and handled by Mike Tracy, Deliverance booked two outstanding finds while running the course confidently to the front.

Judges: Bruce R. Conover and James B. Jones

OPEN DERBY CLASSIC — 19 Pointers and 2 Setters

1st—BROWN’S ALE, 1661380, pointer male, by Brown’s Tom Tom—Hobbs Liza Jane. Andrew Brown, owner; Matt Basilone, handler.

2d—WAYBETTER ROSE, 1663764, pointer female, by Brown’s Tom Tom—Hobbs Liza Jane. Carl & Collin Bishop, owners; Carl Bishop, handler.

3d—DOUBLE M’S DELIVERANCE, 1660865, pointer male, by Chasehill Little Bud—Walnut Elhew Gypsie. Clifford Mesnard II, owner; Mike Tracy, handler.

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