A few days before the trials Pete Guest and I stopped off to spend a day hunting woodcock with friend Stefano’s Spinoni.

Due to poor shooting on my part and a shortage of woodcock due to unusually warm winter in the northern hemisphere, the mushroom was the only prize of the day, apart from seeing Stefano’s excellent dogs hunting hard all day.

The plan was to stay at our home in Umbria to acclimatise the dogs then move on to the trials. We woke up to snow on the second morning so rather than get snowed in on the mountain we set off for the trials earlier than planned.

Rena and Nyika enjoy the snow in Umbria.

After only a two hour journey we arrived at the hotel at Borghetto on the outskirts of Civita Castellana just to the north of Rome.

The hotel as well as being modern and comfortable is surrounded by it’s own hunting ground and this enabled the whole trial to be conducted from comfortable surroundings. Very different from the previous experiences of early morning rv’s at bars in the countryside before driving out to hunting areas.

Peter immediately occupied the bed nearest the room heater.

The hunting lodge from which the trials began each day.

Each meet began with food. A little red wine and bruchetta, toasted bread garlic rubbed on and olive oil poured over with a pinch of salt.

Mencio returning after his ‘run’ accompanied by one of the game keepers. Judge Massimino in the background.

Peter looks over some of the hunting area.

Some of the areas were planted with a cover crop. The keepers would put additional pheasants onto the hunting ground in the early morning to ensure all dogs that covered the ground well had the opportunity to find game.

(Left) Stuart with Sanjika Kamuzu having gained a grading of Molto Buono (Very Good). Kamuzu is the third generation of his line to be classified in an Italian field trial.

Gathering on the morning of the 2nd days trials.

The Judge carries the gun during the trials and his opinion on the dogs work is clearly influenced through the eyes of the hunter. We later saw a judge choose not to shoot a bird because the dog was out of control flushing game without pointing. If the gun had not been in the hands of the Judge it would have been likely that the dogs bad behaviour would have been unfairly rewarded with a retrieve.

Trials are a good time to catch up with an old friend Sandro who has visited us in the U.K.

Friends Antonello and Michele also attended from Reggio Calabria.

Michele brought his dog Omar with him. This is a dog we had previously travelled to Reggio Calabria to use for a mating with one of our own bitches without success. Michele has said he is interested in selling this dog which already has a CAC and classifications of excellent for hunting. If anyones interesed give us a call !!!

Once again Pete demonstrates his love of a good fire

An evening meal at the hotel restaurant.

The Sunday trial. This time Porchetta, Panetone and red wine for breakfast. This was the busiest day with 50 dogs entered and five Judges..

Pete, Sandro and Nyika.

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All in all a satisfying event with Kamuzu receiving two classifications of ‘Molto Buono’(very good) and Nyika also receiving a ‘Molto Buono’ (Very Good).

21°Trofeo Angelo Massimino Borghetto(VT) org. Arcicaccia - delegazione Lazio Cisp - G.C.Capitolino
18 dicembre 2009
Prove di caccia per continentali italiani Cac
1° batteria giudice Massimino
1°ecc SAURO del Cigliolo bi cond.Ciarafoni
2°ecc GINEVRA bi Paparelli
3°mb Sanjika KAMUZU sp Griffin
2° batteria giudice Bianconi
1°ecc ARTU’della Becca sp Rebaschio
2°ecc FLORA bi Cioli
3°mb TURCA dell’Oltrepò bi Rebaschio
19 dicembre 2009
Prova di caccia su selvaggina naturale per cont.italiani con selvatico abbattuto CAC
1° batteria Giudice Di Pinto
1°ecc ARTU’della Becca sp cond.Rebaschio
2°ecc CANAIO dell’Oltrepò bi Rebaschio
3°mb TURCA dell’Oltrepò bi Rebaschio
Cqn CUPIDO bi Rebaschio
2° batteria giudice Lombardi
1°ecc cac Delor de Ferrabouc GIUDITTA bi Ciarafoni
2°ecc SAURO del Cigliolo bi Ciarafoni
3°ecc ALCEO bi Pittaro
Mb ATENA bi Ciarafoni
Mb GINEVRA bi Pittaro
3° batteria giudice Bianconi
1°ecc Ferentum IRA sp Fanti
4° batteria giudice Massimino
1°ecc Ferentum LEDA sp Piacentini
2°ecc FLOR bi Cioli
3°ecc Davidensi’s CIRO sp D’Arrigo
5° batteria giudice Barbieri
1°ecc PEPPA del Boscaccio bi Tirotti
2°ecc MEDEA di Cascina Croce bi Tirotti
3°mb EGO del Buonvento sp Mencio
20 dicembre 2009
Prova di caccia su selvaggina naturale per cont.italiani con selvatico abbattuto CAC
1° batteria giudice Di Pinto
1°mb EGO del Buonvento sp Mencio
2°mb Epithelium VASCO sp Nelli
2° batteria giudice Pozzi
1°ecc cac Ferentum VEIO sp Piacentini
2°mb Sanjika KAZUZU sp Griffin
3°mb Sanjika Niyika sp Griffin
3° batteria giudice Bianconi
1°ecc SAURO del Cigliolo bi Ciarafoni
2°ecc Delor de Ferrabouc GIUDITTA bi Paparelli
3°ecc ATENA bi Ciarafoni
- ecc CIRANO di Col Petrosa bi Manganelli
- ecc GINEVRA bi Paparelli
4° batteria giudice Massimino
1°ecc Ferentum IRA sp Di Gregorio
2°ecc PEPPA del Boscaccio bi Tirotti
3°ecc Ferentum RANIA sp Di Gregorio
5° batteria giudice Barbieri
1°ecc ARTU’ della Becca sp Rebaschio
21 dicembre
Prova di caccia su selvaggina naturale per cont.italiani con selvatico abbattuto CAC
1° batteria giudice Massimino
1°ecc ARTU’ della Becca sp Rebaschio
2°ecc CINO della Becca sp Rebaschio
3°mb ARGO bi rebaschio
Mb GAUL sp Rebaschio
2° batteria giudice Bianconi
1°ecc Davidensi’s ARNO sp Davide
2°ecc VENTO di Cascina Croce sp Tirotti
3° ecc Davidensi’s COBRA sp Davide
Ecc EGO del Buonvento sp Mencio
Mb Davidensi’s EDO sp Davide
Mb MEDEA di Cascina Croce bi Tirotti
3° batteria giudice Marchetti
1°ecc ALCEO bi Pittaro
2° ecc SAURO del Cigliolo bi Ciarafoni

21° Trofeo Angelo Massimino (miglior spinone 19/20 dicembre)ARTU’ della Becca prop. Garanzini Cond.Rebaschio

10° Trofeo Ferentum Omero (miglior spinone 18/19/20/21 dicembre)
ARTU’della Becca prop. Garanzini Cond.Rebaschio

9° Trofeo Arcicaccia CSAA (miglior continentale italiano 18/19/20/21 dicembre)
ARTU’ della Becca prop. Garanzini Cond.Rebaschio

4° Trofeo Artù (miglior bracco italiano 18/19/20/21)
SAURO del Cigliolo prop. Ciarafoni cond. Ciarafoni  

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