American Field

Special Bulletin

National Shooting Dog Futurity

By Mike Husenits | Oct 03, 2019

Bloomingdale, Ohio — The 56th renewal of the National Shooting Dog Futurity was concluded  October 2 in unseasonably warm weather at the Mingo Sportsman Club grounds near Bloomingdale, Ohio.

Judges Mark Hughes and Dr. Bob Reynolds carefully scrutinized the starting field of 33 Derbies, all whelped in 2018, naming the following winners:

First went to Miller’s Record Heat, orange marked extremely classy pointer female owned and bred by Fran and Jack Miller of Barwick, Ga., and handled by Fran to a four-find, one back performance on pheasants and chukar.

Second was Backcountry Buddy, orange marked pointer male owned, bred and handled by Chris Catanzarite of Scenery Hill, Pa., with two finds and a hard driving forward ground heat.

Third was Bull Finch, liver marked pointer female, bred by Dennis Hood and Tommy Walker, owned by Bill and Muriel Primm of Cream Ridge, N. J., and Ernie and Karen Saniga of Nottingham, Pa., handled by Mike Tracy to a classy forward ground race and a single pheasant contact.

Mike Tracy also handled fourth place Erin’s Big Casino, setter male owned by Paul Berdiner of Millersville, Pa., bred by Justin Miller of Oblong, Ill., to a strong forward race and two pheasant finds.

Several others performed quite admirably but fell just a smidgeon short of making the winners’ circle.


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