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Setters, English - week 22Updated : 26/05/2017

MORAY Armstrong (Bitcon) judged a disappointingly low entry at SKC. Winning his fourth CC and BOB, was Aiden McKiernan’s blue belton and tan Sh Ch Richecca Breaking Dawn over Bushbane. RDCC went to Yvonne Wale and Nicky Bailey’s orange belton Wansleydale Kings Randsom.         ...

Setters, English - week 21Updated : 19/05/2017

A LOVELY win last weekend for the Loynd family with blue belton Crimbledale Sea The Skies. He won BIS at Chester City and County CS. Breed and group judge was Sue Aston and BIS was Yvonne Forbes.         Chris Sayers is absolutely heartbroken to have lost quite unexpectedly at only just tu...

Setters, English - week 20Updated : 11/05/2017

WE WERE rather isolated from the rest of the show at the National. We were the only breed being judged in the Argyle Hall at Stafford. However there was plenty of room for the dogs to move.       Margaret Gittins (Roftmar) judged and for her DCC she chose Steve and Maureen Colliers’ blue belto...

Setters, English - week 19Updated : 04/05/2017

TWO BUSY days last weekend: Saturday was WELKS, but without CCs. I think a great many of us were really disappointed when we lost CCs at this show a few years back. None of us understood the wisdom in this as we always had a super entry. The last time with CCs the late Anne Meredith (Brenholm) judged a record entry.  &...

Setters, English - week 18Updated : 27/04/2017

I MUST apologise to MESS as I have forgotten until now to say on their behalf a big thank you to everyone who helped to make Discover Dogs at Crufts this year again a successful venture. Several people gave freely their time to man the stand. Lots on enquiries and lots of pats and cuddles for the uncomplaining English Setter...

Setters, English - week 17Updated : 21/04/2017

HERE ARE results for English Setters competing in the spring grouse trials 2017 kindly submitted by Fiona Kirk, secretary of the ESC. Dukeries Notts (Gundog Club), Holwick – puppy stake: first, Mr D Goutorbe’s ESD Upperwood Va Vite; second, Mr J Naylor’s ESD Upperwood Finn of Bitternboom. Open stake: second...

Setters, English - week 16Updated : 13/04/2017

ESSW HELD its as ever welcoming championship show at Welshpool. Kay Stephenson had taken up the reins as secretary when Pat Mellish died at Christmas and was piloting her first show. Kay seemed to have everything in hand and the show ran smoothly. There was a standing ovation before judging, everyone showing their appreciati...

Setters, Gordon - week 15Updated : 06/04/2017

DEBRA Harker, secretary, writes to say that at the GSA AGM the results of the ballots were: Kay Reid and Christine Lomas for the championship show in 2020; Christine Clark for the 2019 open show. All officers and committee were returned unopposed and Kathryne Wrigley has now taken on the mantel of president and Lesley Bain i...

Setters, English - week 15Updated : 06/04/2017

OUR BREED is still giving a good account at open shows. The Stirk family won the gundog puppy group at Bristol open show with dark blue belton and tan Mariglen Night And Day.      At Mansfield open show Sarah Loakes’ Bournehouse Sash Of Gold at Goldbirch won G3. Sarah’s puppy G Wings Of Desir...

Setters, English - week 13Updated : 24/03/2017

ONE OR two nice wins again last weekend at open shows. Beccy Danks-Kemish with blue belton Sh Ch Ravensett Jailhouse Rocks Alolfran won the gundog group at Retford. At Hampshire Gundog Sarah Loakes’ six month old blue belton and tan puppy bitch Goldbirch Wings Of Desire won the puppy bitch stakes and RBPIS.  &nbs...

Setters, English - week 12Updated : 16/03/2017

WELL THAT’S it, done and dusted for another year. I personally enjoy Crufts, but I guess living not much more than half an hour from the NEC has something to do with it, because I can do the breed on the given day and do the rest of the show on another. Trouble was this year, I went back on Sunday and came home with an...

Setters, English - week 11Updated : 07/03/2017

LAST WEEKEND was certainly a charmed one for our breed in the show ring. Swindon open show saw Sarah Loakes winning BIS with orange belton Bournehouse Sash Of Gold at Goldbirch. Liz U’ren judged the breed and had drawn 30 dogs, which in this day and age is a wonderful entry. I expect there were the usual absentees. &n...

Setters, English - week 10Updated : 03/03/2017

TWO VERY nice wins last weekend at open shows. Sheree Parrish with blue belton and tan Miakoda Over The Rainbow at Tawnymeade won PG1 at Newark. Marilyn Osman with blue belton and tan Bournehouse Star Gazer at Marissolo won G2 and with it the final points for his ShCM at Plymouth.      Linda Lawson&rsquo...

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...

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