New York, New Kitty: Empire State Winners

by Editor 9. September 2012 19:01
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This just in...

Our Empire State State Bureau Chief, Kitty Richards, reports that the results are in from this weekend's New York State IDPA Championship. Here's a look at the 2012 title winners.

CDP Champion: Craig Buckland
ESP Champion: AJ Stewart
SSP Champion: Keith Bourgeois
ESR Champion: Toni Dandreamatteo
SSR Champion: Kenneth Ortbach

High Lady: Joanna Lenczewska
High Junior: Tori Coutant
Most Accurate: Jeff Jackling

Be sure to check IDPA.com for the full results once they are uploaded.

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New York, New Kitty: Empire State Battle In The Rain

by Editor 8. September 2012 17:35
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DOWN ZERO's Empire State State Bureau Chief, Kitty Richards, filed this report from her rain-soaked field office at the Pine City Sportsmen's Club in Pine City (Elmira area), New York where she's covering the hotly contested 2012 New York State IDPA Championship.

And before you ask, yes, Kitty will be dressed like the Statue of Liberty throughout the match. However, instead of calling her "Lady Liberty" she insists everybody call her "Lady IDPA." Honestly, we can't explain it but here's her report from earlier today...

As rain covers the Chemung County area, a hailstorm of CDP shooters take to the range for an IDPA throw-down. Four Masters are competing for the top spot, including Rochester's Jeff Jackling, Pennsylvania's Scott Shalter, Andy Stasko from Owego, NY, and Craig Buckland from Mass.

High Lady may be a mud fight to the finish. New York's Toni Dragotta. an LEO from Horseheads, NY, will look to block The Polish Pistolera, Joanna Lenczewska, for that honor. Dragotta shot on Friday while Lenczewska, from Hellertown, PA, shoots on Sunday. - Kitty

We're expecting further updates, unless of course Kitty's been called into service to help build the ark.

Below: Craig Buckland gathers his chi before jumping into the CDP battle. Photo courtesy Lady IDPA.

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From Poland, With Kitty: Honor Roll of Champions

by Editor 22. May 2012 18:25
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Well it looks like our woman in Olsztyn (Poland), Kitty Richards, took a break from all that partying - Polish Style - and managed to smuggle out of the country the final official results from the 2012 IDPA Polish National Championship. Here are your division champions, and, of course, High Lady. Look for the complete stage-by-stage results to be posted on IDPA.com shortly.

CDP Champion - Leszek Sokolowski CDP Master 236.89
ESP Champion - Marco Pedrana ESP Master 204.94
SSP Champion - Tomasz Redecki SSP Expert 224.52
ESR Champion - Marcin Galalazka ESR Expert 301.45
SSR Champion - Andrej Lipa SSR Expert 303.13
High Lady - Joanna Lenczewska ESP Expert 297.70

Congratulations to the 2012 Polish National Champions, and congratulations to the match staff and volunteers for a job well done. Thanks to the magic of the intertube, we have this video of your 2012 Polish Nats CDP Div. Champion Leszek Sokolowski in action. And yes, if you look closely you'll spot Kitty and Joanna working the match.

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From Poland, With Kitty: Press. Press. Pull.

by Editor 21. May 2012 20:59
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So, besides the world's greatest stage props, the IDPA Polish National Championship drew a ton of local media attention including TV Poland. Don't worry though, Kitty assured us she was ready for her close up.

This match was a REALLY a big deal in Poland! TVP (TV Poland) came out to do an interview with Ken Ortbach and Joanna Lenczweska, and some "papparazzi" attended as well. The local radio station was also on hand. They had flying drones (no sh*t!) with cameras attached to take aerial views of the shooters running the stages. It was all very impressive! - Kitty

ABOVE: Drones? Really? Who covers an IDPA match with a camera mounted drone? Well apparently TV Poland does. BELOW: The local radio station was also on the range covering the match.

BELOW: We have no idea what his name is but we assume this photographers name is Polish for Yamil.

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From Poland, With Kitty: It's All Over, But For The Vodka...

by Editor 21. May 2012 20:02
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Our woman in Olsztyn (Poland), Kitty Richards, files this late breaking report from the IDPA Polish National Championship. Unfortunately we don't yet have the full match results but IDPA's correspondent for Eastern Europe sends us this update...

The inaugural IDPA Polish National Championship is now in the books.  Shooters smiled, laughed and moaned their way through the challenging stages, but at the end of the day, they all agreed on one thing: the match director, staff and host club for the PNC did a great job.

The hotly contested SSR Division was won by Adrej Lipa of Lithuania, who bested Przemysław Lewandowski of Poland (2nd place) and the USA's Ken Ortbach (3rd). I was thrilled to earn one of the very cool custom-made trophies for 3rd place SSP Marksman. But the big news of the day is that The Polish Pistolera, Joanna Lenczweska, won 2nd ESP SS AND took High Lady – what a homecoming for her! Will the three US shooters be back as soon as possible to shoot the Polish National Championship again?  TAK!  (YES!) - Kitty

Thanks to Kitty for keeping us in the loop. Congratulations to Ken and Joanna on a job well done. And a very special thank you to IDPA Poland for the warm hospitality and for taking such good care of your American colleagues. We can't wait for next year's championship.

ABOVE: Ken Ortbach is presented a trophy by Club MD Jacek Ostrzycki BELOW: Jacek Ostrzycki with the "Babe Bay" SOs - Joanna & Kitty, who ran Bay 4

ABOVE & BELOW: The Polish Pistolera, Joanna Lenczweska, collects her trophies from Jacek Ostrzycki.

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From Poland, With Kitty: IDPA Poland Rolls Out The Big Guns

by Editor 20. May 2012 14:25
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Somebody seems to be having just a bit too much fun as our woman in Olsztyn (Poland), and IDPA's correspondent for Eastern Europe. But can you blame her? Yesterday Kitty Richards was swept off her feet by the new language of love: Polish. Now they are rolling out all the cool toys....including tanks!?! 

Holy cow, do these Poles know how to throw a match! Not only did they have many vendors and sponsors, they had…TANKS!!!!! WWII tanks, classic motorcycles with sidecars, a Gestapo wagon for the stats crew and some amazing artillery pieces. A reenactment group started the match by firing several volleys from their black powder cannons. Also in attendance was IDPA's All-Girl Artillery Team. - Kitty

Somebody better let Bubba know to start shopping for his own tank if he plans to keep Kitty from running off to Poland for good.

ABOVE: Don't tell us that IDPA Poland isn't serious about putting on a great match. Check out their big guns. BELOW: IDPA's All-Girl Artillery team, Kitty Richards and Joanna Lenczewska, stands ready to rain lead down on our enemies, with both class and style.

ABOVE & BELOW: And the award for the coolest match/stage props - ever - goes to IDPA Poland.

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