Regional - 2012

FINAL 6 W/ JUDGES AND BIRD HANDLER

LEFT TO RIGHT: JUDGE AL HALL, TOM ROTUNDO, ROMEO RAMUSHI, NICK TZELEPIS, MARK KUBIAK, JUDGE JIM KROESCHEL, BIRD HANDLER BOBBY REZZARDI

FINAL 4

LEFT TO RIGHT: TOM ROTUNDO LILLY, DASH, CHASE, NICK TZELEPIS BABE

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REGIONAL WINNER 2012 - NICK TZELEPIS - BABE

On Saturday April 14th 2012 Northern Illinois held an Open D/D to get things stared prior to our Regional Elimination trial on Sunday. Saturday trialers experienced rain, wind, and a cold breeze from the north. As the day ended with a down poor all handlers knew that Sunday would be a tough day for not only the dogs, but the handlers as well.

As Sunday arrived nasty weather was in the forecast so we got started right on time hoping the weather would hold off. The bird handler Bobby Rezzardi tracked the field and the first group of dogs was brought to the line. The judges Jim Kroeschel and Al Hall gave our dogs their undivided attention as we ran though the 24 dog field in record time.

As the field was narrowed we couldn't help but notices Tom Rotundo had not only Dash but Lilly and Chase in the top six. Rounding out the field was Romeo Ramushi with Jody, Mark Kubiak with Johnny and Nick Tzelepis with Babe. We knew that these would be three braces to watch. As the 3rd group of dogs were finishing their brace the sky let loose and the rain fell hard a fast.

We broke for 30 minutes for our final two dogs to take a break, clean the field and let the rain quiet. The final hour would be between Tom Rotundo with Dash and Nick Tzelepis with Babe. We split the fences and opened up both fields for what was going to be one of the most exciting braces held at Rooster Heaven. Babe started out with not only smacking the show bird and Dash hitting the back right out of the gate we watch as they split the field. At the 30 min mark Babe was up by 1 bird with only 4 birds left on the field. But none of us knew the last half would be Babe and Nick’s half to shine as they cleaned up 3 more of the 4 birds left on the field leaving the final tallie 7 to 4 in Babe’s favor. It was an exciting day at Rooster Heaven.

We would like thank Purina for providing dog food for the entrants and for all those that came out to cheer on the handlers and dogs of the Northern Illinois 2012 Regional Elimination trial.