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Miller’s Vanilla Snow Named Winner; Waybetter Rocky is Runner-Up

Northeastern Open Shooting Dog Championship

By Stacey Goodie | Dec 05, 2017
Miller's Vanilla Snow Winner of the Northeastern Open Shooting Dog Championship

East Windsor, Conn. — For openers I would like to give myself a warm welcome back!

The running of the 2017 Northeastern Open Shooting Championship began on October 9 and concluded on October 12 at the John E. Flaherty Field Trial Area in East Windsor, Conn.

The grounds were in excellent shape and we had pretty decent weather with rain only on Monday afternoon. My only complaint was that the fall foliage wasn’t as brilliant this year as in the past. Seemed like it was too early.

On behalf of the Northeastern Championship committee and club members we would like to thank the State of Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for all they do for Flaherty. The state maintains these grounds for our use and other outdoor enthusiasts and they continue to make improvement upon improvement so that we can continue to proudly say we have the nicest grounds in the Northeast. Nothing better than sitting on a horse in a beautiful, well maintained landscape and watch fine bird dogs do what they do. So thank you to the state of Connecticut and the Flaherty Association for keeping these grounds beautiful.

The Championship drew 46 topnotch pointers and setters from various areas. We thank the professional handlers Matt Basilone, Mike Tracy, George Tracy, and Jeanette Tracy and amateur handler Jeff Smith for their support of the trial as well as a big thank you to the owners of the dogs for their support. Without the support of the handlers and owners we would not be here.

A huge thanks to Purina and Greg Blair for their continued support and generous contributions to this Championship. It was nice to see Purina’s Jim Smith for a few days come watch some amazing dogs compete.

Trial Chairman Gene Casale always does an outstanding job with the smooth running of the event. Gene is everywhere, the pre-trial prep, planting birds and in the bird room, doing paperwork, getting meals organized, organizing people, and anywhere else he needs to be to keep things running.

As always it’s important to thank everyone who lended a helping hand; it’s hard to get people who can help during the week with hectic work and busy life schedules. So thank yous go out to Anna Casale who was on hand to help plant birds on her days off, type and print running orders, and make up the judges’ and reporters’ books (no easy feat and time consuming, having done myself). Heather Casale also helped. Dave O’Brien helped put birds out a few mornings before heading off to the pointer national. John Malone  helped  prepare the grounds and kept the well flying birds happy. John Olfson stepped in to plant birds so thank you for being around all week to help. Jeff Smith was also integral to the bird planting team.

Sue Whey provided tasty breakfasts and lunches; it’s always nice to have her because the cookies are a favorite.

Huge thanks to Pam Casale with the help of her daughters Anna and Heather for the amazing dinners that were put on with the help of Purina. Pam served home-cooked meals every night. No one left hungry. Dinner was enjoyed by all.

The cocktail party was hosted by Allen Linder and his granddaughter Madison McDonald, owner of last year’s winner Erin’s War Creek, handled by George Tracy. The party was full of camaraderie, laughs and tales of the old days as well as the new.

Thank you to anyone whom I did not mention by name who lent a helping hand; it was greatly appreciated.

Occupying the judicial saddles were Tom Tracy of Lebanon, Conn., and Aidan Malone of Bolton, Conn. Tom has been involved with bird dogs for the majority of his life, raising and training his own dogs, and knows what he wants to see, a dog that has the desire to run, hunt, work for his handler, and hold his game with style and integrity.

Aidan is the capable son of seasoned and well known field trialer John Malone.  He has been involved in field trials, bird dogs and hunting his whole life. He’s scouted, judged and helped run trials and has his set of criteria that he likes to see in a bird dog. Aidan likes a dog that is exciting on the ground, runs, and hunts and seeks out game and stands with integrity and desire. Both judges like a dog that uses the ground in front of him to show his skills that have been bred into them for decades. Both judges said this was a very  competitive stake with several dogs other than the winners that showed championship-like performances.

The course was different this year than when I had reported in previous years. Usually we break away from the clubhouse, so I will briefly describe it so that readers know where we are.

We broke away from the horse barn and headed to the pines and went out that way. From the pines the course went to the beaches/bowl out to the big edge across from fox hill and then cross the culvert headed up the big hill to tobacco row (top of the hill). From there the course went down the hill, across another culvert out into the old birdfield. The dogs then must make the move across the big edge in front of the clubhouse, through the power lines and then master the Dearborn property. Once through the Dearborn the course goes through the back side of the pines, crosses the dirt road and diagonally heads through the alley (woodcock alley). A dog must hunt this area well. From the alley the course winds through Truman’s crossing which is a path and heads back up to tobacco row (top of hill) and down. Once over the culvert into the old birdfield, if there is time left, the dog has to finish well in front of the clubhouse or through the power lines.

The Winners

Both the champion and runner-up came from braces late in the stake.

The judges awarded top honors to Miller’s Vanilla Snow, white, liver and ticked pointer female owned by Tom and Bonnie Hamilton of Springfield, Ky., and handled by George Tracy. Snow came from the 19th brace and changed the game; there were a few good dog  performances already.

Snow had a very nice bid showing champion qualities in the way she ran, hunting and to the front with style and class, constantly seeking game in all the right places. She handled well for and showed stamina and strength. Snow had ten quality, picture-perfect finds. She stood her game tall and strong with head thrown up and tail high.

Snow had a big breakaway and went right instead of left through the pines and was standing at the pond with a mannerly find at 6. She raced on ahead down the big edge and scored again at 13 at the culvert; it was perfect.

Snow scored perfectly again at 16 at the top of the hill and again at 21 with perfect style, her bracemate Bulltaeo backing nicely in the birdfield in front of the clubhouse. All was in order. Snow reached out in front of the clubhouse with ease and was pointing at 30 in the corner pocket just as you enter Dearborn. All was in order at the flush and shot.

Snow and her bracemate were racing down the left treeline of Dearborn and Bulltaeo pointed at 33. Snow exquisitely backed. All was in order. At 37 both dogs were standing in the back corner of Dearborn, Snow ahead of Bulltaeo. Both handlers flushed and fired, all in order. Both dogs worked their way well through the back side of Dearborn and Snow scored a covey find at the stream bed in the pines at 44. She stood tall on both ends. At this point Snow had the course to herself when Bulltaeo was harnessed at 44.

Snow flew through the alley and went up Truman’s crossing where she was standing at the top of the hill with a nice covey find at 55. She was cut loose from there and reached forward down the hill, crossed the culvert and was found pointing in the old birdfield in front of the clubhouse at 59. All was in order at the flush and shot and time was called. This flawless run with perfect bird work and excellent race garnered her the title.

Garnering runner-up was Waybetter Rocky, white, orange and ticked pointer male owned by Carl and Collin Bishop of Punxsutawney, Pa., and Bill and Muriel Primm of Cream Ridge, N. J., and handled by Mike Tracy. Rocky was in the 21st brace with Jessie’s Bojangles.

Rocky bested the remaining field with his forward race, always reaching to the limits with an effortless, smooth, classy gait, and his ability to hunt and find game. Rocky started his hour strong and ended it with the same reaching, forward manner showing no signs of tiring. Rocky stands his game with his head held high and tail at 12 o’clock.

Rocky opened with a nice find at the creek bed at 4, all in order. He took the edge forward in great stride and scored a lovely find at the beeches. All was in order and he took the long edge forward to the top of the hill where he shared a nice divided find at 17 with Bojangles near the clump. Rocky flew down the hill, crossed the culvert and was found in the old birdfield with a topnotch find. Cut loose, Rocky sailed around the clubhouse edge and powered on through the power lines toward Dearborn. At 28 both dogs were standing at the corner of Dearborn with a divided find in the hedgerow, all in order at the flush and shot. Both dogs continued forward.

Bojangles pointed at 34 in the back of Dearborn, Rocky backing with style. Rocky swung through the alley and hunted it to the front. He made it through Truman’s crossing and raced to the top of the hill where he handsomely pointed at 50. Making his way down the hill again, Rocky scored his final picturesque find in the old birdfield at 56. Rocky finished his hour very strong and well to the front across the clubhouse edge.

The Running

Kicking off the first brace at 8:00 a. m. under cloudy skies with rain imminent were Coosawhatchie Smooth Ride (PM/M. Tracy) and Steel City Storm (PM/J. Tracy). Storm had a big breakaway but unfortunately his bid was over rather quickly as he was lost after the pond and the retrieval device was out at 15. Smooth Ride was in the mix and set the bar early with his smooth classy way of going. He hit all the edges and reached to the front and hunted in the right places. He stood his game high and tight with nice intensity. He scored in the cedars, top of the hill, a beautiful covey find in Dearborn, a very nice limb find in woodcock alley, and again on the top of the hill. He finished his hour well to the front going strong.

Still dry in the second brace, Waybetter Billy Jack (PM/Basilone) and Erin’s War Creek (PM/G. Tracy) made a strong bid for the winners’ circle. Billy Jack had a nice big breakaway and moved fast down the big edge and was standing tall in the beeches on the high side of the rise at 9. War Creek also made a big start and disappeared over the knoll and was found standing tall at a clump on the low side of the beeches also at 9. All was in order at the flush and shot for both dogs. Billy moved easily and stylishly down the big edge toward the big culvert and was beautifully standing there at 15. All was in order. Meanwhile War Creek made his way to the top of the hill and was pointed at 18 with perfection. Billy Jack came up and nicely backed. Cut loose again, War Creek immediately pointed in a grass cut by the dirt road at the top of the hill at 21. Both dogs raced down the hill and crossed the culvert and made their way toward the clubhouse. At 24 in the old birdfield War Creek was well pointed and Billy Jack was nicely backing. All was in order. Both dogs streaked across the clubhouse edge and Billy Jack scored a beautiful find at 28 in the stand of pine trees. Making our way into Dearborn War Creek had not been seen since going into the power lines. Billy Jack made his way into Dearborn and slammed beautifully on point; a covey was flushed and all was in order. Billy Jack was cut loose and took the back side of Dearborn treeline. At 38 both dogs were found. Billy Jack was pointed high on both ends and War Creek was backing. It was a nice piece of bird work as a covey was flushed. War Creek had a stop to flush at 40. Billy Jack made his way down the back side of Dearborn (if you know that area there is culvert with a large stand of trees in the middle). At 42 Billy Jack slammed on point there with conviction. Matt walked into the brush and birds flew out. Nice pretty find. Meanwhile War Creek was reaching the front hunting in all the right places. Billy Jack scored again in the ditch row by the stream bed coming out of Dearborn in the back side of the pines at 47. Going into woodcock alley both dogs made good work of it. War Creek pointed at the little pond in the small stand of pine trees at 50 and Billy Jack expertly backed. Both dogs went through Truman’s crossing and raced their way to the top of the hill where Billy Jack scored another find at 55. Both dogs went down the hill, around the edge, crossed the culvert fast and forward at 57 showing no sign of slowing down. Both dogs raced to the old birdfield (just in front of clubhouse) and were found standing at 59 in two different spots about 20-30 yards from each other looking picture perfect. Birds were flushed, all in order, and time was called. A valiant performance by both.

It was starting to cloud up a bit for Walden’s Ridge Shadow Dancer (PM/M. Tracy) and Jessie’s Bonanza (SF/J. Tracy). Dancer had a nice find at 5 by the stream bed in the pines. Bonanza scored nicely at the beeches at 9  and Dancer backed. Both dogs made their way to the big culvert. Bonanza pointed at 15 at the clump and was successfully relocated. Dancer pointed at 15 at the bottom of fox hill and was relocated unsuccessfully. Both dogs were harnessed at 23 for a breach of manners.

Clouds and sprinkles were starting to roll in for brace No. 4. Miller’s Calamity Jane (PF/G. Tracy) and Jayhawk Thunder (PM/Basilone) were ready to go. Thunder took a hard left at the breakaway and went down the power line. He quickly returned and headed to the pond where he pointed at 7. A flushing attempt was made and a relocation proved to be unsuccessful. Matt quickly rode Thunder to the front, letting him take the edge to get there. As we crossed the big culvert he pointed at 12; he was successfully relocated and a covey was flushed. Jane hunted her way to the front where she was pointed at 20 at the top the hill. Thunder stylishly backed. Thunder went on to have more bird contact at 26 in the old birdfield, again at 35 going into Dearborn, and a nice back at 42 in Dearborn. Thunder was harnessed at 46 for taking a step on a find. Jane backed Thunder at 26 and again at 35 going into Dearborn. Jane had a good find at 42 in the back corner of Dearborn, and scored again at 49 in the pines at the creek bed. Jane finished her hour well.

Rain had set in. Dry Creek White Lightning (PM/J. Smith) made a good attempt; he’s a big classy running dog. He opened with a very nice pretty find at 4 in the gap between the pines and Dearborn entrance (in the treeline). He scored again at the beeches at 10 where he was relocated successfully; a divided find at 18 at the big culvert. Unfortunately he had his running shoes on and was lost and the retrieval unit was called for at 33. Backcountry Tornado (PF/M. Tracy) did a nice job and owner Chris Catanzarite was in the gallery to see his girl. She’s a classy running bird dog and made some real nice big moves and stood her game with style. Tornado opened with a nice breakaway. She was pointed at the creek bed in the pines at 5. She made a big move down the long edge toward the beeches and dipped down and rimmed the bowl, shot around the corner and continued to take the edge down (across from fox hill) to the culvert where she had a divided find at 18. All was in order. She made a big move to the top of the hill rimming the outside edge. She scored at the top of the hill with a nice find at 23. Everything in order Tornado was cut loose again and fired down the hill rimming the edge. She crossed the culvert, through the old birdfield and stretched across the clubhouse edge fast and with ease. She made her way through the power line and was pointed at 37 in the corner going into Dearborn. She was relocated successfully and was sent on. Tornado scored a nice covey find at 40 in the stand of pine trees in Dearborn. She ran Dearborn strong and to the front and was found standing another big covey at 45 on the left back corner. All was in order and she was turned loose and reached way to the front on the back side of Dearborn. She crossed the road and raced through the alley, found standing at 57 outside a clump, on the other side of the road from the top of the hill. Another big covey flew from the bushes. Tornado finished her hour strong and reaching the front. She had an excellent run.

High Drive War Paint (PM/G. Tracy) and Riviera (PM/J. Tracy). The rain never let up for the rest of the day and these two dogs gave it their all despite weather conditions. War Paint is a classy stylish running dog. He had three finds at 6 at the pond, at 9 just past the pond, and at 11 at the beeches. War Paint was picked up early for not backing at 28. Riviera had to endure the driving, heavy downpour for the entire hour. Riviera was quite impressive as he never slowed down. He ran to the front, stuck all his edges, hunted in all the right places. He never let down on his game, standing high and tight with a lot of intensity. Riviera had a good breakaway and opened at 6 with one great back from across the knoll at the pond, he backed again at 9, ran the big edge well to the front, and had a beautiful covey find at 16 deep in the corner at the end of the edge. Riviera scored pretty finds at 19 at the top of the hill, again at 24 in the old birdfield. He ran the clubhouse edge nicely and headed to Dearborn. He scored at 39 in Dearborn, all in order. He hunted the alley and at 54 Riviera was pointed just before Truman’s crossing in the corner. He stood high and tight after a flushing attempt; he was relocated and would not move. Jeanette was finally able to flush birds in the driving rain. He worked to the top of the hill where he scored another nice find at 57. Riviera finished strong and to the front. We called it a day.

Tuesday morning was cloudy but the rain had ended. It continued to clear.

Great River Survivor (PM/M. Tracy) ran his edges and hunted the front with seven well-spaced finds. He and Steel City Karen (PF/J. Tracy) had an absence on Dearborn. Karen carded three pieces of bird work. She points with style and seeks out her game. She runs with style and is always to the front. Karen backed Survivor with style at 18 at the top of the hill. Unfortunately, the retrieval unit was called for at 42.

Neely’s Paint The Town (PM/G. Tracy) was gone off the breakaway; the retrieval unit was out at 9. Bully Bragg (PM/M. Tracy) had quality bird work — finds at 4 in the creek bed, nice find at 8 in the bowl on the low side of beeches. He ran the big edge forward, was not seen by the culvert or going up the hill. He was found standing at 18, had another good find at 22 in the old birdfield and scored on a covey at 27 in the power line. Handler elected to pick up at 45.

Bail Me Out (PM/M. Tracy) and Deerfield Game (PF/Basilone) broke away big and headed toward the pines. Both dogs scored finds early at 5 on the back side of the pines at the creek bed about 50 feet from each other but never saw each other. Both dogs looked good. Game scored a pretty find on the low side of the beeches and ran the big edge fast and forward. She pointed in the little field across the culvert and was unsuccessfully relocated. She ran fast to the front and handler elected to pick up at 47. Bail was not seen from the pines to the beeches; he showed at the culvert. He was pointed at the top of the hill at 18 with high style. He pointed again at 40 and was relocated twice unsuccessfully and was harnessed at 45.

Cory’s Easy Holy Water (PM/G. Tracy) made a big opening move and was found standing behind the pond at 5 with a beautiful find. He stands tall and high on his birds . . . all style. He scored another find at 16 and the retrieval device was called for at 26. Thomas Adirondack Turbo (PM/M. Tracy) is an exciting dog to watch. He stands his game well, is a picture high and tight with tremendous style. He runs forward, fast and with class. Turbo is always reaching the front, hunting hard, and pushing the limit. Turbo was pointing at the creek bed in the pines at 4. Cut loose from there he made a big move that took him all the way to the top of the hill where he was pointed at 16 in the treeline just up from where Easy Water was pointed at the same time. (Turbo had been standing there for a bit.) All was in order. Both dogs charged down the hill and crossed the culvert to the old birdfield. Turbo took the clubhouse edge in stride and we galloped to the power lines to see him disappear into Dearborn. He took the inside treeline of Dearborn and reached the front and was found at 36 on the back side pointing statuesquely. Turbo charged forward, took the ground in front of him in stride and was pointing again at 42 in the creek bed. All was in order. Turbo was sent through the alley where he disappeared. We rode through alley, through Truman’s crossing and up to the top of the hill and no dog. We heard the scout calling point at the bottom of the hill at the culvert. There was Turbo pointing. Mike went to flush, relocated him twice and no birds could be produced. Time was called and Turbo finished his hour.

Land Cruiser Benny (SM/J. Tracy) was up at 5 for a breach of manners. Jubullee (PF/M. Tracy) made a good effort. She has a classy running style and points her birds nicely. Unfortunately she suffered two unproductives and was harnessed at 33.

Miller’s Unbridled Forever (PM/G. Tracy) and Sassy Creek (PF/J. Tracy) were a great brace to watch as both dogs did a very nice job. Unbridled is strong and fast; he reaches the front, has a ground-eating stride and is always forward. He stuck all his edges, rolling forward and hunted in all the right places. Unbridled looked good on his six finds, pointing with style and intensity. His first find was at the creek in the pines at 4, then again at 8 in the upper clump of the beeches. He reached out and was again standing at 22 in the old birdfield off the clubhouse with Sassy Creek nicely backing. He scored at 30 entering Dearborn. He was the only dog that took the big long right edge of Dearborn and he took it in stride rolling forward. Scout called point at 38. At 50 he and Sassy Creek shared a divided find at the top of the hill. All was in order and the dogs were cut loose. Unbridled raced forward down the hill and finished his hour strongly reaching the front through the power lines. Donna and Jeff Ruth were in the gallery to see their Sassy Creek do a fine job. Creek has a very snappy stylish gait and is to the front. She ran her edges and hunted the ground set before her. She stands her game with polished stature. She scored a find at 8 in the low side of the beeches, a nice back at 22. Creek pointed in the power line and was relocated unsuccessfully. She carded a nice find at 36 in the back corner of Dearborn. Her final bird contact was a divided find at 50 on the top of the hill. She finished strong going across the clubhouse edge and through the power lines.

High Tailing Bud (PM/M. Tracy) made some big moves off the breakaway. He had finds at 16 at the top of the hill and at 20 in the old birdfield on the swale. Bud zipped through the power line and was not seen in Dearborn. The retrieval unit was out at 40. Urban Fantasy (PM/Basilone) had a nice breakaway and ran big and wide (in some places) and reached the front. He stood his game with incredible style and intensity, high and tight on both ends. He scored  at 8 in the beeches, rimmed fox hill and made a big move to the top of the hill. He scored another find after the clubhouse edge in the hedgerow at 20, through the power lines and he went to the pines. Matt redirected him to Dearborn and he was pointed handsomely at 33 in the back corner. Fantasy moved well through the alley, Truman’s crossing and made his way to the top of the hill and had a nice covey find at 48. He was turned loose down the hill and didn’t cross the culvert. No dog was seen in front of the clubhouse or through the power lines. At time the scout came up from the bottom with him from the creek bed in the alley.

High Drive Ranger (PM/G. Tracy) and Dry Creek Jessie James (PM/J. Smith) were off for what was going to be a beautiful rest of the week weatherwise. Jessie James was up at 4 for manners. Ranger made some nice moves and has a pleasing gait. He stands his game with high head and tail. He had an early find at 3 as he swung to the right to enter the pines (near Dearborn). Ranger took the long edge forward and swung through the beeches. After the beeches he hit the ground running and was not seen until the top of the hill when the gallery called point. He was beautifully standing a clump in the field at 18; a large covey was flushed. He pointed again at 21 at the top and was relocated. No birds were flushed and George elected to pick up.

North Country Girl (PF/M. Tracy) broke away fast and was gone. Mike asked for the retrieval unit at 15. Sugarknoll War Paint (PM/G. Tracy) had a big breakaway and pointed at the creek bed at 4, all in order. Paint was harnessed at 7 for breach of manners.

Backcountry Bonnie (PF/M. Tracy) started strong and big. She got slightly hung up in the woods coming off the hill the first time but for 47 minutes showed well to the front. She shortened up just a little at the end but her bid was good and she finished well. Bonnie stood her birds with style. She had a lovely divided covey find at the beeches, another divided find at 33 in Dearborn with a nice swing through there. Bonnie backed Pine Straw Sweet Tea (SF/J. Tracy) at 48 on the top of the hill and scored a covey find at the apple tree (top of the hill) at 52. Her final find was in the old birdfield. Sweet Tea was very enjoyable. Her hour was filled with stylish bird work and an excellent run. She has a forward stylish gait, snappy on the ground and pushes the front and is in perfect tune with Jeanette. She started strong and finished strong to the front through the power line. She stands her game with impeccable style, high and tight in the front and rear. Tea scored seven well-spaced finds. Her first, at 4 in the creek bed, then a divided find at the beeches at 8. She scored another at the top of the hill, and she had a nice find in Dearborn where she was relocated perfectly. Tea scored again at 40 in the pines. She hunted the alley forward and pushed to the top of the hill where she scored her final find at 48 in the old birdfield.

Moonlite Yellow Jacket (PF/M. Tracy) had a find in the beeches and was harnessed at 13 for not pleasing. Shadow Oak Doc (SM/G. Tracy) was up at 6 for manners.

Palara (PF/M. Tracy) and Ladywood’s Keepsake (PF/J. Tracy) made a strong effort in their hour. Owner Sal Morelli was in the gallery to watch his Palara put in a strong effort. Palara and Keepsake went head to head and rolled forward down the edges and worked well together in the brace. Both dogs hunted all the right places and had outstanding bird work. Palara scored finds at the pines, top of the hill, old birdfield, a divided find in Dearborn. She flew through the alley to the top of the hill and scored again at 46; her final find was in the old birdfield. Keepsake had a big breakaway and scored her first find at 14 at the top of the hill. She backed Palara at 19 in the old birdfield, and again at 38 in Dearborn.

Winner Miller’s Vanilla Snow was braced with Bulltaeo (PM/M. Tracy) which worked the country well. He suffered an unproductive at 15, had nice finds at 21 and 33,  and a divided find at 37 with Snow. He was harnessed at 44.

Fast and Furious (PM/M. Tracy) was lost off the breakaway. The retrieval unit was pulled at 18. I got the pleasure of watching my Mama’s Broken Heart (PM/Basilone), aka Ox. Though he didn’t make the hour I enjoyed watching my boy. His gait is pleasing, forward and all class. He stands his game tall and proud. He scored finds at the culvert, pointed at 18 at the top of the hill but suffered an unproductive. He had a nice find in the old birdfield, and pointed at the front corner of Dearborn. After a flushing attempt and a relocation he was harnessed at 33 for breach of manners.

The 21st brace — Waybetter Rocky  and Jessie’s Bojangles  — proved to be exciting. Rocky was previously covered. Bojangles  (SM/ J. Tracy) is a stylish forward running dog. He hunts the country and runs where he needs to. Bojangles is a pretty pointing dog standing his game solid and tight on both ends. He applied himself well for the hour. Bojangles broke away well and headed to the pines and pointed quickly at the creek bed. He was not too far from where Rocky was standing. Jeanette relocated; no birds were produced. He  ran all his edges and hunted the ground before him. He scored a divided find with Rocky at 17 at the top of the hill, and another divided find at 28 in Dearborn. He pointed at 34 on the other side of Dearborn, all in order. He then had a good find at the creek bed in the pines leaving Dearborn. He covered the alley nicely and scored again at 50 at the top of the hill. His final find was at 56 in the old birdfield. He finished his hour well going across the clubhouse edge.

Islander (SM/Tobiassen) and Touch’s Mae Mobley (PF/G. Tracy) were down for a short time. Islander started strong, then went into hunt mode scoring some nice finds at the beeches, pointed at the culvert but suffered  an unproductive. He scored again in the old birdfield at 22. He is handsome on point. Toby elected to pick up at 26 as he was not beating what they had. Mobley ran well and forward. She had nice find at 7 at the beeches and was harnessed  for manners when she pointed at 17.

Adjusted Attitude (SM/M. Tracy) and Ladywood’s Miss Daisy (SF/J. Tracy) hit the ground running and had a good breakaway. Attitude scored a few good finds and ran well to the front. He was harnessed at 36 for moving on a find. Daisy ran well and showed promise. She also had a few nice finds and hit the country hard. She shared a find with Attitude, a nice covey, as well as a find in the pines. She stands her birds well with nice style. A breach of manners at 36 had her in harness.

The 2017 Northeastern Open Shooting Dog Championship was a great trial and a good time was had by all. On behalf of the committee we thank everyone for their help and support.

Safe travels to all and a successful rest of the season. Also, wishing everyone safe and Happy Holidays!

East Windsor, Conn., October 9 — One Course

Judges: Aidan Malone and Tom Tracy

NORTHEASTERN OPEN SHOOTING DOG

CHAMPIONSHIP [One-Hour Heats] — 38 Pointers and 8 Setters

Winner—MILLER’S VANILLA SNOW, 1627174, pointer female, by Lester’s Snowatch—L G Addition Sue. Tommy & Bonnie Hamilton, owners; George Tracy, handler.

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

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