American Field

Garden State Open Shooting Dog and Open Derby Classics

English Setter Club of America

By Lloyd Miller | May 08, 2018
Shooting Dog Classic Winners. Front (l-r): Stacy Goodie with Erin’s War Creek, Muriel Primm with Touch’s Mae Mobley and Mike Tracy with Sugarknoll War Paint. Standing: George Tracy, and Kevin Stuart and Raymond Gubernat, the judges.

Lacey Township, N. J. — The English Setter Club of America spring program concluded on March 29. The Amateur Shooting Dog Classic and companion stakes were cancelled due to a heavy snowstorm which dropped fourteen inches of snow on the grounds the Wednesday prior to start of trial on the weekend. This was the fourth nor’easter to hit the East Coast in March this year. Thanks to Matt and Norm Basilone we were able to get the roads and woods cuts clear of the numerous pine trees that were blown down during these late spring storms and make the courses passable to run the Open program. The snow melted in four days on 95% of the course to allow vehicles to get in and the trial to start.

The club thanks Purina again this year for their continuous support of this event.

Our judges were Kevin Stuart of Schenectady, N. Y., and Raymond Gubernat of Harley, Del., for the Open Shooting Dog Classic and Stacey Goodie of Tabernacle, N. J., and your scribe of Bensalem, Pa., for the Open Derby. We thank them for their time in the saddle and attentiveness throughout. Their decisions were well received.

This year we utilized a counter-clockwise course for the one-hour stake taking in the extreme outer limits of the grounds and then switching to the inner south loop before starting over on a continuous course layout. It provided a nice flow for dogs and handlers and plenty of bird work for all. The Derby was run on the outer south loop standard half hour course.


The Garden State Open Shooting Classic, with nice entry of thirty top shooting dogs, started March 27.

Erin’s War Creek, pointer male owned by Allen Linder of Livingston, Tenn., was declared the winner. Off at 9:42 in the second brace, Tuesday morning, War Creek scored first on a limb find at 5, all in order. He followed with finds at 26, 30, 40 and 44 and an unproductive at 55. Coupled with a strong forward race and the five stylish finds set the standard early that was not surpassed.

Second was Touch’s Mae Mobley, pointer female owned by Muriel and Bill Primm of Cream Ridge, N. J. Mae was unleashed at 3:55 in the sixth brace on Tuesday. She also ran a strong, forward race and covered the country well while scoring on nice bird work at 22, 24 and 56. A good performance to gain second over a strong field. Third was Sugarknoll War Paint, pointer male owned by Pete and Chris Del Collo of Pamplin, Va., and Allen Linder. He was off at 2:00 on Wednesday afternoon. He had a very good effort on the ground, hunting throughout with numerous nice stands on quail for his effort. A good performance to gain third. All three dogs were handled by George Tracy.

Some others had some good performances and should be mentioned. Hoos English Ivy, setter female owned by David Creagan and handled by Matt Basilone, had a solid effort with five well-handled finds at 10, 20, 31, 43 and 54. She ran in the fifth brace. Waybetter Rocky had a nice five find performance (at 14, 16, 21, 31 and 59) in the fourth brace. Miller’s Unbridled Forever (G. Tracy) had a good effort in the first brace with six finds for his effort. Palara (Mike Tracy) had numerous finds in her hour in the tenth brace Wednesday. North Country Girl (M. Tracy) had three finds and a back in the third brace. Back-country Tornado, pointer male in seventh brace, was having a strong effort with a good race and finds at 2, 9, 14 and 47 but suffered a second unproductive at 55. Ravenwood Charlie, setter female for Matt Basilone in the first brace, also was doing well with two nice stands and a back but also suffered a second unproductive near time.

The Open Derby had sixteen dogs competing. Miller’s Heat Seeker, pointer male owned by Dennis Hood, Muriel and Bill Primm and Jack and Fran Miller, was the winner. He put forth a strong wide fast race with high cracking tail and three classy finds on quail with excellent manners. Second was Miller’s Just Plain Rowdy, pointer male owned by Allen Linder. Rowdy, running in the first brace, scored on five pieces of bird work with very good manners throughout flush. His race was wide and stylish. Both  were handled by George Tracy.

Third was Ravenwood Throwing Smoke, pointer male owned by Joe Cincotta of Stockton, N. J., and ably handled by Matt Basilone. Smoke also had some nice bird work scoring four times. His race was fast, classy and reached to the front hunting strong all the way. All three dogs showed stamina with consistent effort on the ground throughout the heat and a nice finish at time.

Closest to the winners was Cheyenne Jack (M. Tracy) which had several nice finds and a good race.

Lacey Township, N. J., March 24 — One Course

Judges: Raymond Gubernat and Kevin Stuart

GARDEN STATE OPEN SHOOTING DOG CLASSIC [One-Hour Heats] — 26 Pointers and 4 Setters

1st—ERIN’S WAR CREEK, 1608208, pointer male, by Erin’s Special Force—Priceless. Allen R. Linder, owner; George Tracy, handler.

2d—TOUCH’S MAE MOBLEY, 1659267, pointer female, by Touch’s Pond Dam—House’s Proud Mary. Muriel & William Primm, owners; George Tracy, handler.

3d—SUGARKNOLL WAR PAINT, 1621818, pointer male, by Sugarknoll Buckshot—Fibber’s Elhew Grace. Pete & Chris Del Collo & Allen R. Linder, owners; George Tracy, handler.

Judges: Stacey Goodie and Lloyd Miller

OPEN DERBY — 16 Pointers

1st—MILLER’S HEAT SEEKER, 1674886, male, by Just Irresistible—Miller’s Bring The Heat. Dennis Hood, William & Muriel Primm, Jack & Fran Miller, owners; George Tracy, handler.

2d—MILLER’S JUST PLAIN ROWDY, 1675985, male, by Just Irresistible—Miller’s Bring The Heat. Allen R. Linder, owner; George Tracy, handler.

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

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