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Field Trial Report

U. S. Complete Northeast Regional Championship

By Bill Bonnetti | Jul 06, 2017
Islander Winner of the U. S. Complete Northeast Regional Championship

Exeter, R. I. — This year’s renewal of the U. S. Complete Northeast Regional Championship was held back to back with the South County Field Trial Club’s Southern New England Woodcock Championship and companion Joel Collier Derby Classic at  the Arcadia Wildlife Management Area in Exeter, R. I. This is the second consecutive year we ran the U. S. Complete Championship on these grounds, last year running it back to back with the Region 1 AFTCA Amateur Walking Shooting Dog Championship.

Twenty-six dogs were drawn.

Just like earlier in the week for the other stakes, temperatures would be in the 40s with rain for one of the days. In this case, day No. 1 was rainy.

Rich Giuliano and Jim Curtin presided over the field and in the end named Islander, white and black setter male, champion, and Daddy’s Little Boy Butch, white and liver pointer male, runner-up. Both of these dogs already hold multiple championship titles and were actually braced together in the Woodcock Championship earlier in the week in what was a very exciting brace!

Islander ran in the seventh brace of this trial on the morning of day No. 2.

Islander, callname Jesse, gave a consistent forward effort. Judge Curtin, when asked about Islander, said, “He had several forward finds where he showed exemplary finish in holding his game.” Eventually his bracemate was picked up for interference. Islander was not rattled and with the course to himself had another forward find where a quail was put to flight after relocation. Jesse was found on point again after time.

Daddy’s Little Boy Butch ran on the first day and had to contend with some periods of heavy rain. Nevertheless, his ground race was fast and he stayed on task to find game for Stolgitis the whole hour.

Butch had four finds, a couple where the judges would see him make game then establish point and a couple where he was found standing; one limb find where he was found by scout.

These are two nice animals; it’s no wonder they are in the winners’ circle so consistently.

Other highlights from the trial include the constant hot meals and beverages available under the pavilion the entire trial. Jayne Fogarty and I had parked our camper in front of the pavilion and Jayne would use the kitchen in the camper to prepare great home cooked meals to include things such as homemade sausage soup, ham dinner and great desserts. Jayne also made sure that there were always hot toasted muffins in the morning and hot coffee available throughout the day. I greatly appreciated her efforts as I know everyone else did too.

Owners from all over the East Coast came to watch their dogs and enjoy the camaraderie, including Rich Warters who made the trip all the way from North Carolina. Rich epitomizes a class gentleman and true sportsman.

I could not have put on this trial without the help of Bob Fleury. Once again Bob brought his utility vehicle and was responsible for making sure there were birds planted appropriately for every brace.

Prizes for winners included cash purses, plaques, ribbons, custom leather leads by Union Level Leather and generous amounts of Purina product to winner and runner-up. Purina’s support of this trial and the U. S. Complete is greatly appreciated.

Thanks again to all of the sponsors and participants. We hope to see everyone here again next year!

Exeter, R. I., April 6 — One Course

Judges: Jim Curtin and Richard Giuliano


[One-Hour Heats] — 13 Pointers, 11 Setters and 2 Irish Setters

Winner—ISLANDER, 1641545, setter male, by    The Insider—East Coast Bella. Pedrag Kazic, owner; R. J. Ecker, Jr., handler.

Runner-Up—DADDY’S LITTLE BOY BUTCH, 1655649, pointer male, by Chasehill Little Bud—Richfield Stella. Paul & Maria Scott, owners; John Stolgitis, handler.

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