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Waybetter Rocky Named Winner; Pine Straw Sweet Tea is Runner-Up

Garden State Open Shooting Dog Championship

By Lloyd Miller | Nov 26, 2018
Waybetter Rocky Winner of the Garden State Open Shooting Dog Championship

Lacey Township, N. J. — The Garden State Open Shooting Dog Championship started Monday morning, October 22, following the conclusion of the Region 2 Amateur Shooting Dog Championship. It concluded Wednesday morning, October 24. The English Setter Club of America was again host for this prestigious event.

The beautiful grassy fields and piney woods of the Greenwood Wildlife Management Area was again the backdrop for this annual fall running. We thank the state for again doing a good mowing job of the fields for the different trials run here. The course used this year was the same as was used for Region 2 since we had already set up and established numerous quail coveys throughout the course. It consisted of the counter clockwise outer south loop followed by the inner north and south courses. There were numerous large covey rises during the running. Nice to see over a stylish pointing dog.

The weather was excellent, not too hot and not too cold. Perfect for the dogs and people.

A strong field of 31 top shooting dogs competed. We thank Setter Club member Lisa Pollock, from nearby Medford, N. J., and Joe Amatulli of New Hartford, Conn., for presiding over this Championship and Derby. We are also very appreciative for their commitment at the very last minute. They did a good job ensuring each dog got a good look and we thank them for this.

We also thank Purina for their continued support of this Championship. Their support makes this trial a great success. In addition, thanks go to the owners and handlers for continued patronage of this event.

Finally, I would like to thank Norman and Matt Basilone, Stacey Goodie, Hunter Wilcox, Joe Cincotta, Karen Lordi (for her delicious muffins at the coffee breaks) and Muriel Primm (for supplying lunches for the judges). Their help with the many details for a successful event is most appreciated.


The stake had numerous dogs with clean runs with good bird work during the three days of running. Judges Pollock and Amatulli named a clear-cut winner — Waybetter Rocky, white and orange pointer male owned by Bill and Muriel Primm of Cream Ridge, N. J., and Carl, Joyce and Collin Bishop of Punxsutawney, Pa. Rocky ran in the 13th brace on Tuesday afternoon. His was a very strong forward smooth handling performance. He scored on eight well-handled and stylish finds.

Pine Straw Sweet Tea, tricolor setter female owned by Gwynne McDevitt, Mike Reeves and Amber Duff and handled by Jeanette Tracy, was declared the runner-up. Sweet Tea ran in the 15th brace (first on Wednesday morning). She scored with four nice finds (one divided) and a back. She had a nice stylish running forward race.

The judges noted three other dogs as being close to the winners. Momma’s Broken Heart, white and black pointer male owned by Stacey Goodie and handled by Matt Basilone, ran in the third brace on Monday and set the standard early with a six-find, one unproductive and one back of bracemate performance.

Steel City Karen (14th brace, Jeanette Tracy) had a good run with some nice finds and two backs to press the winners.

Glassilaun War Paint (Toby Tobiassen), braced with the winner, also had a commendable effort with three standout finds and four backs and a strong effort on the ground.

Others that had clean runs were Cheyenne Jack (1st brace, Mike Tracy) and Bail Me Out (9th brace, Mike Tracy). Both had six finds and a back. Another, Ravenwood Gemstone (15th brace, Matt Basilone), running with the runner-up, had four finds and three backs to put down a nice effort. Jessie’s Bojangles (10th brace, Jeanette Tracy) had a nice four-find effort but suffered a second unproductive at 58.

All in all, it was a good Championship.

Lacey Township, N. J., October 22 — One Course

Judges: Joe Amatulli and Lisa Pollock


[One-Hour Heats] — 21 Pointers and 10 Setters

Winner—WAYBETTER ROCKY, 1652783, pointer male, by Brown’s Tom Tom—Waybetter Reba. Carl, Joyce & Collin Bishop & Bill & Muriel Primm, owners; Mike Tracy, handler.

Runner-Up—PINE STRAW SWEET TEA, 1655762, setter female, by Highground Jax Jabba—Pine Straw Katydid. Gwynne McDevitt, Mike Reeves & Amber Duff, owners; Jeanette Tracy, handler.


The Open Derby started immediately after the championship announcements Wednesday morning. Bittersweet War Cry, white and black pointer male owned by Ralph Gillota, was named winner. Second went to Hirollins Talkin Smack, white and orange pointer male owned by Warren Parrott. Both dogs were ably handled by Toby Tobiassen. Each dog had a strong classy forward race, each with one nice stylish stand on quail. Third was Smoke’N’Mirrors, pointer female handled by Matt Basilone to a real nice two-find and one unproductive performance. Her effort was also a very classy and strong to the front effort.

OPEN DERBY — 7 Pointers

1st—BITTERSWEET WAR CRY, 1674743, male, by Sugarknoll War Paint—Mohawk. Ralph Gillota, owner; Toby Tobiassen, handler.

2d—HIROLLINS TALKIN SMACK, 1678552, male, by Fastforward’s B K Gunner—Wiggins Miss Stella. Warren Parrott, owner; Toby Tobiassen, handler.

3d—SMOKE’N’MIRRORS, 1679185, pointer feamale, by Just Irresistible—A Whiskey Lullaby. Stacey Goodie & Richard Gillis, owners; Matt Basilone, handler.

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