About Flaherty Field Trial Clubs Association


Who We Are

The Flaherty Field Trial Clubs Association is incorporated as a 501(c)4 non-profit organization. We act as a planning and action committee, working in cooperation with the State of Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to:

  • Coordinate, administer and promote hunting dog competitions and tests;

  • Formulate, administer, and enforce rules and regulations pertaining to the use of Flaherty Field Trial Area with respect to hunting dog training, competitions and tests;

  • Engage in activities necessary to manage and improve Flaherty Field Trial Area for the purpose of hunting dog training, competitions and tests;

  • Enhance, protect, and promote Flaherty Field Trial Area as the State of Connecticut's premier field trial site;

  • Enhance opportunities for public use of Flaherty Field Trail Area in a manner that is compatible with field trial and hunt test activities and consistent with natural resource management; and

  • Foster, protect and promote the sound breeding, health and development of the various breeds of hunting dogs in America.

Please see the complete text of our "Statement of Purpose" and Bylaws.

Our History

Iterations of our organization and the use of what is now known as the Flaherty Field Trial Area date back to the 1930's and has a rich history in hosting premier dog trialing events, providing hunter education, and promoting wildlife conservation. Rich Garini, Association Historian, has chronicled the establishment and development of these grounds and the Association over the years. Please read his detailed summary of "Flaherty History".

Officers & Delegates 2021

Dick Frawley
Vice President
Cory Roy
Leslie Fleury
Sarah Conyngham
Ann Kilpatrick
At-Large Delegates
Rich Garini
Robert Fleury
Rich Murphy

Tom Mercier
Legal Representation
Attorney Ed Pontacoloni
Kelly, Updike & Spellacy, P.C.

K.C. Alexander

Associated FTC of CT
Dave O'Brien


Central CT Bird Dog Club

Keith Cagle


Central New England Brittany Club

Paul Shirley

Connecticut Valley Vizsla Club

Andrew Campbell

Hudson Valley GSP Club

Jeremy Goldsmith

Mayflower GSP Club

Dennis Hazel

New Britain FTC
John Olfson


New England Brittany Championship

Robert Fleury

New England Futurity

John Stolgitis

Northeastern Open Shooting Dog Championship
Gene Casale

Nutmeg GSP Club

Mike Ernest

Pointer Associates of New England (P.A.N.E.)
Debra Freidus


Southern New England Brittany Club

Henry Wierzbicki


Spruce Brook FTC

Alene Lavasseur


TarTan Gordon Setter Club

Sue DeSilver

US Complete Shooting Dog Association
Bill Bonnetti

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Website last updated on 4-10-21