Now accepting Hall of Fame nominations! See news section for more details.

I Accept

United Kennel Club (UKC) is an international dog registry celebrating bonds, rewarding ability, and preserving the value of a pedigree. We use cookies to capture information such as IP addresses and tailor the website to our clients' needs. We also use this information to target and measure promotional material. Please see our Privacy Policy for more information.

Skip to main content
Facebook Instagram YouTube

Result: Garden State Open Shooting Dog Championship

Location: Lacey Twp, New Jersey

Post Date: Mar 28, 2021

Submitted By: Lloyd Miller

The English Setter Club of America fall program started Sunday, March 28 and concluded Saturday, April 3. It followed immediately after conclusion of an Amateur Derby which was part of the preceding Region 2 Amateur All-Age Championship.

Garden State Open Shooting Dog Winners

Our judges this year were David Creagan of Swarthmore, Pa., and Joe Lordi, Jr., of Acto, N. J., in the twenty-dog Garden State Open Derby. John Malone of Connecticut and John Frank of New Jersey judged the 54-dog Garden State Open Shooting Dog Championship, and Bo Brewer of Alabama and Kevin Stuart of New York presided over the 22-dog Garden State Amateur Shooting Dog Classic. We thank them for their time in the saddle and attentiveness throughout. Their decisions were well received.

We also like to thank Purina for their continued support of this Championship, Classic and supporting stakes. Their support continues to make 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 Joe Cincotta who served as chairman this year, in addition to Norman and Matt Basilone, Bob Brooks you handled the dog wagon, Louise Wilcox who prepared the judges' books and other club members who worked behind the scenes to make this one of our most successful trials.

This year we utilized a counter-clockwise course for the hour stake taking in the extreme southern limits of the grounds and then switching to the inner north and inner south loop before starting over on a continuous course layout. It provided a nice flow for dogs and handlers and plenty of birdwork for all. The Open Derby was run on the outer south loop standard half-hour course.


The Open Derby, with 20 contenders, was a great stake with top performances throughout, a real shootout with dogs battling it out for Top Derby of the year.

Emerging victorious was Miller's Southern Gossip, pointer female owned by Allen Linder of Livingston, Tenn., and ably handled by George Tracy. Doug Ray of Waynesboro, Ga did not disappoint for his trip north by placing Absolute Dominator, owned by Johnny and Joyce Taylor of Paron, Ark., second, and Hatter's Riptide, setter male, owned by Jett Ferebee of Greenville, N.C., third.

All three winners had strong ground races and multiple finds on quail to get the nod this day. Numerous others offered strong efforts of their own for it was a closely contested stake.

Lacey Twp, N. J., March 28 -- One Course

Judges: David Creagan and Joe Lordi, Jr.

OPEN DERBY -- 15 Pointers and 5 Setters

1st--MILLER'S SOUTHERN GOSSIP, 1690150, pointer female, by Miller's Upgraded Version--Erin's Little Rose. Allen Linder, owner; George Tracy, handler.

2d--ABSOLUTE DOMINATOR, 1686566, pointer male, by Erin's Redrum--Pearl Again. Johnny & Joyce Taylor, owners; Doug Ray, handler.

3d--HATTERAS RIP TIDE, 1690467, setter male, by Black Top--Jo Veeta. Jeff Ferebee, owner; Doug Ray, handler.


The Garden State Open Shooting Championship, with a strong entry of 54 top shooting dogs, began Monday, March 29, and concluded Thursday, April 1.

The championship title went to Urban Fantasy, eight-year-old white and liver pointer male, owned Troy Terlizzi of Wake Forest, N.C., and Karen Reed of Pennsylvania, and ably handled by Matt Basilone.

Urban Fantasy, Winne of the Garden State Open Shooting Dog Championship

"Gus" ran in the 14th brace on Tuesday afternoon breaking away at 3:26 p.m. He knows how to show himself on these grounds to get the job done. Gus was the champion in 2017 and was the runner-up In 2019. This afternoon Gus had six real stylish stands and one unproductive coupled with a strong ground effort to nose out a very strong field.

Miller's Heat Seeker garnered the Runner-up spot with five well-handled quail stands and a strong classy race of his own. He is owned by Muriel and Bill Primm, Dennis Hood, and Fran and Jack Miller. He also ran Tuesday afternoon in the 12th brace (first brace after lunch).

Miller's Heat Seeker, Runner-Up in the Garden State Open Shooting Dog Championship

Numerous others put forth some strong efforts of the own. Starting things off was the first dog that finished on Monday.

Running in the 5th brace, Limbsmoke Skeet Rock, (setter male for Matt Basilone) showed the rest where the birds were with a six-find and one unproductive performance in the hour. Miller's Blazing Hot Chick had four finds in the 6th brace. Also, Absolute Tornado scored five finds for Doug Ray in the 7th brace to finish Monday's running.

On Tuesday, Pine Straw Sweet Tea (setter female with Jeannette Tracy) started things off with a good nine-find performance in the 8th brace. Steel City Karen (pointer female with again Jennette handling) followed with a nice seven find effort in the 10th brace.

On Wednesday in 15th brace, Ravenwood Charley, (setter female with Matt Basilone at the helm) put down a strong six-find and one unproductive hunting effort. In the 19th brace, Steel City Avenger (pointer male with Jeanette Tracy) finished with a good five-find and one unproductive performance.

Forgive me but there were a few more that finished on the last day but I do not any details on them.

Lacey Township, N. J., March 28 -- One Course

Judges: John Frank and John Malone


[One-Hour Heats] -- 44 Pointers and 10 Setters

Winner--URBAN FANTASY, 1656623, pointer male, by Erin's Stone Cutter--A Whiskey Lullaby. Troy Terlizzi & Karen Reed, owners; Matt Basilone, handler.

Runner-Up--MILLER'S HEAT SEEKER, 1674886, pointer male, by Just Irresistible--Miller's Bring The Heat. Dennis Hood, Bill & Muriel Primm, Jack & Fran Miller, owners; George Tracy, handler.


The English Setter Club of America's Garden State Amateur Shooting Dog Classic concluded Saturday, April 3. Emerging the winner over a good field of 22 top shooting dogs was Springflow's Backcountry P, pointer male, owned by Chis Catanzarite along with Rick Beinhauer.

Springflow's Backcountry P, First in the Garden State Amateur Shooting Classic

Second Backcountry Bruiser, pointer male owned by Chris Catanzarite of Scenery Hill, Pa. Both dogs were capably handled by Chris. They each had real strong forward races and five well-handled and stylish finds. They both ran on Friday.

Backcountry Bruiser, Second in the Garden Sate Amateur Shooting Classic

Calico's Guns and Roses, pointer male owned by Calico Kennels and Muriel and Bill Primm, garnered the third spot. He was handled ably by Alex Smith. He scored on two nice covey finds and a dead bird find with a good strong race on Saturday afternoon in the tenth brace.

Close to the top and starting things off in the first brace was Ravenwood Gemstone (pointer female owned by Joe Cincotta and handled nicely by Marcus Ramseur) with a strong, forward race coupled with six covey finds. Limbsmoke Skeet Rock (setter male) ran with Backcountry P in the second brace and put forth a strong race of his own scoring six times, coupled with good back on outer south. A great big covey find in Rocky's field was impressive. Calico's Country Strong, pointer female with Alex Smith, had a good smooth forward effort with five nice stylish stands. Lily An Creag, Irish setter female, finished for Dave Creagan, a nice six-find effort. Jubullee finished with multiple finds for Ernie Saniga. Desolation Row finished with two finds for Dave McKay.

Judges: Bo Brewer and Kevin Stuart


[One-Hour Heats] -- 18 Pointers and 3 Setters and 1 Irish Setter

1st--SPRINGFLOW'S BACKCOUNTRY P, 1673025, pointer male, by Coosawhatchie Smooth Ride--Backcountry Bonnie. Rick Beinhauer & Chris Catanzarite, owners.

2d--BACKCOUNTRY BRUISER, 1672645, pointer male, by Erin's War Creek--Backcountry Tornado. Chris Catanzarite, owner and handler.

3d--CALICO'S GUNS N ROSES, 1682136, pointer female, by Dominator's Rebel Heir--Calico's Touch of Class. Calico Kennels & Bill & Muriel Primm, owners; Alex Smith, handler.