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Field Trial Report

Region 1 Amateur Walking Shooting Dog Championship

By Maria Rispoli | Jun 04, 2019
Little Miss Bella Winner of the Region 1 Amateur Walking Shooting Dog Championship

Exter, R. I. — The Region 1 Amateur Walking Shooting Dog Championship  was held Friday, April 19, at the Arcadia Wildlife Management Area, Exeter, R. I.

The trial was scheduled to run April 19-20. The weather reports for both days kept changing except for one item: 100% rain in the forecast for April 20. Thankfully, the trial started promptly at 8:00 a. m. and all ten braces were able to be run on Friday.

It was a bit humid, with rain on and off, but overall tolerable. The black flies decided to come out and play, and the horses suffered more than the humans with these hostile little creatures.

As always, there are many people who contribute to a successful trial, and I would be remiss not to mention the following individuals. The host clubs — New England Bird Dog Club and the South County Field Trial Club — Tim Kisieleski, who made the trial arrangements; John Stolgitis, who was kind enough to set up the courses, fill water buckets, plant birds and most importantly, feed all the participants. Thanks John; your chili is the best.

Tim Cavanaugh arranged to get the birds for the trial; Rich Warters, for helping plant birds; and the many who helped the handlers with scouting — namely Dave O’Brien, Kelsey Dellinger, Erin Stolgitis and Pedrag Kazic.

We  thank the judges, John and Aidan Malone of Bolton, Conn., who did a great job and kept everything moving. And, of course, Purina for their continued support of our New England field trials.


Little Miss Bella,  four-year-old white  and liver pointer female owned and handled by Tim Cavanaugh of East Hampton, Conn., was named the winner. Bella ran a strong race and handled beautifully. At 7 we found Bella and her bracemate on point; when her bracemate broke and chased, Bella stood tall and steady.

Bella totaled three finds, the aforementioned, one at 30 and one at 35, with a fancy-moving, forward race throughout and perfect manners on her birds. Bella finished strong eating up the edges when time was called.

Hog Hill Katie,  seven-year-old white  and black pointer female also owned and handled by Tim Cavanaugh, was named runner-up. Katie was in the last brace. A  last-minute scratch put her as a bye dog.

At her first stop, at 7, she was relocated and the bird was flushed. Katie had a total of six finds, including a stop to flush on a woodcock. The one thing keeping her from being named champion was she shortened up quite a bit toward the end but still had a find at 59 to end a very impressive run.

Exter, R. I., April 19 — One Course

Judges: Aidan Malone and John Malone


[One-Hour Heats] — 20 Entries

Winner—LITTLE MISS BELLA, 1664328, pointer female, by Chasehill Little Bud—Shaula. Tim Cavanaugh, owner and handler.

Runner-Up—HOG HILL KATIE, 1649339, pointer female, by South Bound Strech—Indian Creek Sugar. Tim Cavanaugh, owner and handler.

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