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Setter & Pointer Championship Show, 7th November 2020 - Cancelled

Gundog Breeds of Scotland Championship Show 14th November 2020 - Cancelled

LKA 13th December - Cancelled

2021 Championship Show Diary Updated - HERE

2021 Breed Club Show Diary Updated - HHERE

Changes To CC Allocation On It's Way.......


The Kennel Club plans to introduce a new model when allocating Challenge Certificates (CCs) for shows held from 2024 onwards, it has been announced.


In some cases breed clubs which hold well-supported championship shows will be offered a second set of CCs in a year in a move designed to give a boost to the show scene and provide more opportunities for specialists to judge at CC level.
It is estimated that the implementation of the new model for the 2024-2028 period would result in 20 breeds retaining their present number of sets of CCs, while 39 breeds would lose one or more sets at group and general shows. However, 104 breeds would gain one or more sets at breed club and/or group and general shows.
The CC allocation is based upon breed entry figures in preceding years coupled with the need to have a fair geographic spread of CCs throughout the UK.
The existing model was last fully applied for the 2014 allocation and is now out of date, with many anomalies, for example the lowest entry breed does not have the lowest CC allocation. The creation in 2019 of the new ‘all breeds’ shows, which caused the minimum number of CCs on offer in some of the numerically smaller breeds to rise from seven to twelve, has highlighted the need for a new model, which is now being introduced.
Many breeds are now ‘off the existing scale’, as some with increased entries have had none or too few CCs allocated, while other breeds have experienced decreased entries but no CCs have been withdrawn. This means that breeds, exhibitors and shows are not being treated proportionately across the board. To apply the existing model to breeds would result in a net loss of 352 sets of CCs across the championship show scene.
The new model will be based on average numbers of dogs entered at shows over a five-year period, and the CC model and stud book bands will be linked together.
The key objectives of this new approach include sustainability and transparency of the allocation; fairness across all breeds; the potential to boost entries; separate allocations for breed clubs and general societies; encouragement of partnership shows with associated cost reductions for organisers and exhibitors. The latter point has the potential to be a major consideration when the show scene returns to normal in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Entry data will now be published annually and along with the model can be used as an early warning system to indicate where action is needed to maintain entries and consequently the breed’s CC allocation. Similarly, the system can be used to indicate where a breed is on the point of moving up to the next stage where an increase in CCs is possible. As the allocation will be in five-year periods, breeds will have more time to increase entries and influence their CC allocation, and shows will have more time to plan ahead. It is hoped that this transparent approach will inspire clubs to strive for improvement.
The Board has directed that there will be no reduction in the number of CCs available at breed club level in the 2024-2028 round. However, from the data provided with this press release, breeds can see where the breed club allocation would have been reduced.
The Kennel Club has announced that the offer of ‘joint’ show allocations in a handful of breeds will cease from 2024 and the rotation of CCs at breed club level will no longer feature in the new way forward. The Kennel Club will be in talks with breed clubs where the new allocation may not be clear-cut, to work together to find a way forward for the breed club allocation. This follows last month’s announcement of an offer of a guaranteed championship show for a period of at least ten years as an incentive for breed clubs to amalgamate where appropriate for the breed.
Kathryn Mansfield, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “It is only right that all breeds should be treated fairly when CCs are allocated, which is why it was necessary to review the model we use to decide the number of CCs available for each breed. In this round there will be no reduction in the number of CCs allocated to breed clubs but additional CCs will be allocated, with the positive result that new clubs could be offered a championship show and some clubs will be offered a second championship show in a year.
“As with any undertaking of this size, we appreciate that the ‘devil will be in the detail’. In this respect, we know we are going to have to enter into dialogue with some breed clubs but please rest assured we will do so with a sympathetic ear.”
The most recent CC allocation covers 2019-2023 for general and group shows and 2022/2023 for breed clubs. The full allocation to clubs and general and group championship shows using the new model is expected to be announced during the first quarter of 2021. To this end the Kennel Club will NOT expect clubs to apply for championship status as in previous years. The Kennel Club will notify clubs and societies individually of their championship status.
Please direct all enquiries about the CC allocation to email sass@thekennelclub.org.uk.
Three annexes relating to this announcement are available to view at the bottom of the following page on the Kennel Club website at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/CCallocation.
The Kennel Club plans to use new model for CC allocation | The Kennel Club

2021 Calendar now available to order - please visit the ISBC Website here

A New Video - "Setter People"


Setter People, Puppy Love, Setter Field Trial People,
Setter People Gone But Not Forgotten

Gaye O'Connor (Caispern)

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Gaye O’Connor, Caispern Irish Setters & Irish Red & White Setters, after a short illness.


Gaye was a successful exhibitor, breeder and judge. She had been showing since the early seventies and had much success in the show ring with both her Reds & Red & Whites. Gaye was a committee member of ISBC & IRWC, she was also the Secretary of Sutton Coldfield & DCS for over 20 years.


She will be greatly missed by all her friends in the canine world.

We offer our deepest sympathy to Gaye's husband Eamonn, sister Wendy and family at this sad time.

Peggy Grayson 1920-2020

Peggy Grayson passed away on 16th July at the grand age of 100.
She was a very well known International judge and awarded CCs in Irish.

She judged many major shows including Crufts, and travelled to Australia, New Zealand, USA and accross most of Europe judging and sharing her knowledge.

She was an author of sixteen books on various dog breeds,
and a regular columnist in Dog World & Our Dogs papers.


Peggy also had a keen interest in the equestrian world. She was a judge of
Mountain & Moorland Ponies, and a former secretary of Burton Horse Show.

She was a prolific countryside journalist and a frequent contributor to Horse & Hound covering major shows and writing a regular column.


The photo above was taken at the ISAE Championship Show 2005.

Best In Show was awarded to Sh Ch Thendara Don Corleone owned by
Dee Milligan-Bott & Jeremy Bott. Also in the photo was co judge the late Ruth Ellis.

Anne Nihlen Eisgard - Sweden

Anne passed away on 15th July 2020. She was late Tommy Eisgards wife, who only passed away in August last year. Anne was found dead in her home this morning. Anne and Tommy shared a very special deep love for each other and for all their Red Tails dogs, now they are finally together again.
Photo taken at Windsor Championship Show 2011 

Coronavirus (COVID-19


Most of all enjoy your beautiful Irish Setters


‘Virtual’ ISAE FUN Irish Setter Breed Show
21st June 2020

Full results & photos published on the ISAE Website & Facebook Page


Best In Show Copper’s Popsicle

Congratulations to Kasia Czapla (Diervilla Irish Setters)

Total Visitor Information for 2019 - Irish Setters UK & Ireland Website

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Crufts Championship Show 6th - 8th March 2020

What A Day For Gwendariff

Elsie Tops Crufts Gundog Group

Bitch CC & BOB & Gundog Group
Sh Ch & Ir Sh Ch Gwendariff Coco Nut Cream CW 18 (Elsie) owned by Debs Armitage

Handled by Diane Stewart-Ritchie - Judge: Jackie Lorrimer


Congratulations to Debs Armitage & Elsie
and Breeders Diane Stewart-Ritchie & Alec Stewart

See more photos & video - Go to Latest Results or click on photo above

Many thanks to Laura Kolbach for the photo above

To see a complete set of Laura's photos

Bitch CC & BOB & Gundog Group
Sh Ch & Ir Sh Ch Gwendariff Coco Nut Cream CW 18 - owned by Debs Armitage

Handled by Diane Stewart-Ritchie

Laura Crombie - Didn't she do well

Laura with Frank Kane & Jess Holm as part of the Channel 4 commentary

team at Crufts 2020

Midland Irish Setter Society
Championship Show 23rd February 2020

Best In Show

Dog CC & Best In Show Sh Ch Riverbrue Alchemist Amidst Kespas JW
Owned by: Ken & Pat Stockton


Judges: Cheryl Stevenson (Dogs) & David Pike (Bitches)
Entry: 117 Dogs - 214 Entries


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Irish Kennel Club Annual Champion
Int & Ir Ch Millcroft Whispering Moon
(An CH 15, CW 16, 17 JUN CH)

Congratulations to Kay Donnelly & Jodi, winning the IKC Annual Champion in Irish Setters for 2019 & to her breeder June Walsh (Millcroft)

Sh Ch Copper's War of Roses
Owned by Blake Crocker

Blake & Arthur Chilling out after winning CC & Best In Show (39th CC)


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