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Setters, English - week 9Updated : 23/02/2017

AIDAN McKiernan tells me that his puppy blue belton and tan Bushbane Celtic Dream won Northern Ireland Gundog Pup of the Year 2016. Aidan says it was a lovely event and this year judged by Richard Stafford. This lass has had a very good puppy career with several BPs and ended her puppy classes with a RCC at GBOS.  &nbs...

Setters, English - week 8Updated : 16/02/2017

I HOPE everybody who descended on Tatenhill Village Hall for the Setter Grooming and Presentation day enjoyed themselves. Sharon Littlechild, who put in a great deal of effort, had organised this event with a lot of help from Di Bridgewater and Dee Milligan-Bott (Thendara Irish Setters and Afghans Hounds). There was a huge t...

Setters, English - week 7Updated : 10/02/2017

DESPITE the fact that entries are now about half what they would have been 25 years ago, Midland ESS still manages to run a show with, despite the lower numbers, a happy atmosphere. Certainly all around the building everyone seemed very happy, chatting away, meeting up with acquaintances they hadn’t seen for a good whi...

Setters, English - week 6Updated : 03/02/2017

I WENT to an open show at the Kennel Club Building last weekend. Oh what a dreadful mess the car park is. It didn’t help that it was a wet and dirty day, but what a nightmare trying to get the dogs into the venue clean. Huge puddles of dirty muddy water, mud and dog poop that hadn’t been picked up by careless peo...

Setters, English - week 5Updated : 27/01/2017

THERE was a good entry by today’s standards for Carol Guy (Carofel), who I bet any of you who have been around a few years still think of as Flicky Walker. Carol hasn’t been too well lately and was not sure until a few days before the show if she would be well enough. Well she was and she judged, but I think she ...

Setters, English - week 4Updated : 20/01/2017

I DOUBT there was a dry eye among the 200 or so family and friends of Pat Mellish waiting outside the crematorium in Aberystwyth when the glass carriage drawn by two beautiful black horses came to a halt under the canopy and husband Pete bringing up the rear with two of their beloved English Setters. There were so many of us...

Setters, English - week 3Updated : 12/01/2017

LAST WEEKEND was an exciting weekend for Glenis Williams (Wistaston) and for me. Glenis, has for many years been very successful breeding English Setters, but latterly has turned her attention to Flatcoated Retrievers as well. At Boston, she won a third CC with Wistaston Lovebird, handled on the day by co-owner Sue Goodwin t...

Setters, English - week 2Updated : 04/01/2017

Can you believe it? 2017 already and here we go again with Manchester only a few days away followed by MESS championship show in just three or four weeks. I beg you to support our breed clubs with all their shows this coming year.      Karen Sillence (Tomlow), who although now has Pointers, showed and ...

Setters, English - week 1Updated : 28/12/2016

IT IS VERY disappointing, but not surprising, that the Kennel Club has placed our breed in Band C. This means Stud Book qualifications will now come as previously first limit, but now only first and second in open. We will, I am sure, remain on the vulnerable breeds list for the time being.      Lots o...

Setters, English - week 51Updated : 14/12/2016

LKA, THE last championship show of the year, but it is only a few weeks before the new season starts. David Howarth (Arkview) judged at LKA. I was shown a photo a couple of days ago of a very young David, possibly no more than 15 years old, showing orange belton Scardale Shearwater at Pateley Bridge show in the days when the...

Setters, English - week 50Updated : 08/12/2016

WE HAVE had two breed club championship shows over the past two weekends with, frankly, really disappointing entries. Both shows were at excellent venues, easily accessed. Conditions for showing were good, the shows well run and welcoming. Both shows had breed specialists, so there was no excuse to complain that there are to...

Setters, English - week 49Updated : 01/12/2016

A LOVELY atmosphere prevailed at SESS championship show. I personally find the venue pleasing with ample parking and good facilities. The rings were a reasonable size. There were plenty of mince pies and sherry available for everyone.      I was pleased to see Val Cozens had managed to be at the show. ...

Setters, English - week 48Updated : 25/11/2016

MIDLAND ESS held its winter open show. What a lovely show, the atmosphere was great and everyone enjoying themselves. The food as always was excellent. It is impossible to leave without collecting a few too many calories.      Dare I put my head above the parapet? I don’t really think it was a go...

Setters, English - week 47Updated : 18/11/2016

I THINK our journey to GBAS was by far the most unpleasant this year. Leaving home at 3am in pouring rain which persisted right up until we were well over the border, coupled with miles and miles of roadworks made for a miserable journey. To add insult to injury, I wonder how many other people got it wrong around the huge ro...

Setters, English - week 46Updated : 10/11/2016

DOM GOUTORBE (Upperwood) judged our breed at the Setter and Pointer championship. DCC, his seventh, was Beccie and Olivia Danks-Kemish blue belton Sh Ch Ravensett Jailhouse Rocks Alolfran, piloted today by breeder Sharon Littlechild. RDCC went to the Loynd family’s homebred blue belton Crimbledale Sea The Skies. &...

Setters, English - week 45Updated : 04/11/2016

HILDA Parkinson judged at Midland Counties. DCC after a recent RCC and a very successful puppy career and only just into junior was Tereza Watkins and Angela Phillips’ blue belton and tan Bumblecorn Winter Ice at Glenmaurangi. RDCC went to Neil and Jill Kelly with blue belton and tan Sh Ch Richecca Shades Of Grey. &...

Setters, English - week 44Updated : 28/10/2016

SORRY, NO news at all this week. However, one of us, Anne Derry (Balvenie) is celebrating a special birthday this week and so a very happy birthday Anne.      Last week I told you about an app Brenda Seaman had found for monitoring babies – puppies, of course, in her case. Having seen it in actio...

Setters, English - week 43Updated : 20/10/2016

I WAS SORRY to hear from Sandra Wallis (Kenandra) that her mum Joan Hirst had died. Please see page 4 for an obituary.      A lovely win for Becky Danks-Kemish’s Sh Ch Ravensett Jailhouse Rocks Alolfran. They won RBIS under Keith Groom at Llandudno.      ESSS held its open ...

Setters, English - week 42Updated : 14/10/2016

IT WAS a busy few days for those of us daft enough to run the gauntlet of the M5 on a week day, not once, but twice. Jeff Horswell judged our breed at CC level for the first time at South Wales. His critique was available within a couple of days.      I see the Kennel Club is taking a tougher line with...

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