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Next Breed Club Shows:

Midland Irish Setter Society Ch Show  22nd February 2019
Judges: Sally Foster (Dogs) & George Stevenson (Bitches)

irish Setter Breeders Club Ch Show 6th April 2019

Judges: Chriyine Morgan (Dogs) & Val Wade (Bitches)


irish Setter Club of Scotland Ch Show 13th April 2019
Judge: Gerry Condron (Covarney)


Irish Setter Club of Wales Ch Show 21st April 2019
Judges: Julie Humphreys (Dogs) & Pat Stockton (Dogs)


Congratulations to Tania Gardner at Manchester Championship Show

Alanea Game Reserve With Danwish "Caleb"  Irish Red & White Setter
Wins his first CC & BOB  - Judge Shelagh Walton

Kennel Club announces changes in Stud Book Bands for 2019

Summary - Irish Setter moved from Top Band E - to Band D Effective 1st January 2019

Challenge Certificates, Reserve Challenge Certificates and Junior Warrants qualify in
ALL BANDS in addition to the class awards below

Qualifying classes changed to 1st, 2nd, 3rd Open Class - 1st Limit Class


Click on the logo above to read more


  • Must have been approved to award CCs by 1 July 2019
  • Must apply for licence within 18-month window (ends 31 December 2020)
  • Eligible to judge additional breeds at JCF Level 1 (open show level)

Under newly-approved changes to the Judges Competency Framework (JCF), which begins in 2019, the Kennel Club

has announced that there will be no licence fee for single breed judges approved to award Challenge Certificates by 1 July 2019.

In order to qualify for a free licence and maintain it, judges must not aspire to award CCs in an additional breed.

These changes have come about as a result of a review of the JCF carried out by the Judges Committee following feedback, including comments received at the Kennel Club SGM in November. Such judges will be exempt from paying a fee provided they apply for their licence between the latter half of 2019, when the JCF online system goes live, and the end of 2020.


After this period, the option of a free licence will no longer be available and all single breed CC judges will be charged £10

annually for the duration of their judging career. The previously announced £26 annual licence fee will apply to judges who award CCs

in more than one breed, including those who judge a breed with more than one variety (eg Dachshunds and Poodles). This charge also
applies to any licensed judge who judges more than one breed at JCF Level 2 or above (entitled to judge more than 3 (4) classes at
open shows), including single breed CC judges who aspire to judge a further breed at CC level.

It has also been announced this week that all licensed single breed CC judges will be entitled under the JCF to judge up to 3 (4)

classes of an additional breed or breeds at open show level (JCF Level 1). There is no change to plans to allow these judges to

continue to be able to judge BIS, groups and AV classes at such shows. Recently-approved changes to the JCF also include additional arrangements for existing judges during the Framework’s transition period which ends on 1 January 2022.

A further announcement will be made in due course. Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “In making this announcement,

the Kennel Club is responding to feedback from established judges, including those at the recent SGM, and hopes that this

latest development will go some way to showing that the Kennel Club acknowledges the important contribution made by breed

specialist judges approved under the traditional system. We would urge any judge who is eligible for a free licence to register

as soon as they are able in the latter half of 2019 in order that they do not miss out on this opportunity.”




Free of charge

Single breed CC judges who do not aspire to judge further breeds at CC level. Must have been approved to award CCs by 1 July 2019 and must apply for their judge’s licence by 31 December 2020.


Entitled to award CCs in one breed, as well as judge 3 classes of an additional breed or breeds (4 if a puppy class is scheduled) at open shows where they are also entitled to judge BIS, groups and AV classes.


£10 annually

Single breed CC judges who do not aspire to judge further breeds at CC level and who do not qualify for a free licence.

As above.

£26 annually

For judges who judge more than one breed at any JCF level or those judges progressing through the JCF system but have not yet met JCF Level 4 requirements.


Entitled to judge any breed for which they are registered at appropriate JCF level. This includes CC judges of breeds with varieties, eg Dachshunds and Poodles.


Champion of Champions 2018

   Sh Ch/GB Sh Ch Gwendariff Whippersnapper

Winner of the Champion of Champions
Event, held at the Hilton Hotel in Dublin Owned by Diane Stewart-Ritchie &  Alec Stewart.

Judge: Petru Muntean (Romania)
Photos: Caroline Reynolds K9 News (L) Jean Lawless - Our Dogs Ireland (R)

See full photo coverage in Show Results Section


Keith Lewis (Kegil)



Sad news from Wendy Keele today 22nd November "Keith Lewis (KEGIL) Irish and English Setters, passed away peacefully this morning, after a short battle. He’s now with his beloved Gill."  (photo with Denver).


A  very well known breeder / exhibitor and former Iish Setter Breeders Club Secretary.   
A  perfect gentleman, will be missed by many.


We offer our deepest sympathy to Keith's family, at this sad time.

Funeral arrangements as follows:


Keith's funeral will be held on    -    Tuesday 18th December 12:45pm
St Mary Magdalene,Tanworth Green, Tanworth-in-Arden, West Midlands, B94 5AL

Followed by refreshments at The Oak Hotel, Hockley Heath,Stratford Rd, Hockley Heath, Solihull B94 5NW
(4 miles from the church)

If you are intending to attend please notify Merry Lewis-Medard  - Please email:

*** The Triple for the Gwendariff Kennel ***

Best Dog & Group 3 , Best Bitch & Best Puppy & Puppy Group 2

See - Gundog Breeds Association of Scotland Championship Show

- Results

10th November 2018

** It's the Double for Blake again !! **

Dog CC & Bitch CC + RBIS

See - The Setter & Pointer Championship Show - Results
3rd November 2018

Kicki Forsgren  12.05.1962  -   22.10.2018

It is with a very heavy heart I  write this. We lost Kickie of the Ember affix in sudden death, gone far far to soon, leaving her partner and family in shock. Kicki was active in the Irish Setter world for many years and bred some stunning dogs.
Personally I remember the young 18 year old Kicki and her first bitch Ana that brought her in to the world of showing dogs. Kicki was very active with her girl in obidience, shows and in the Irish Setter Club, on top we spent many a late eveings having deep  discussions, fun and laughfter.


Later she brought  the lovely bitch Discoverys Nr One Only and when mated to Danaway Raingood Warrior had the great winner Ember James Bond. From  there on  is the start of Sjoerd Jobses Caemgens, as well as my  Sh Ch Aniara.

Kicki and former husband Anders bred a number of lovely litters through the years, Kicki's big aim was to breed good fronts, lacking in so many, nice temperaments and  lovely heads.

In later years she exported to UK first in 2003 Sh Ch Ember Gene Simmons and in 2010 Sh Ch Ember Red Hot Chili Peppers, both owned by Richard Bott and Anthony Allen .Both boys had a super career in UK and been used at stud.


Kicki bred her last litter in 2012, divorced, moved up north in Sweden , but she is missed by many of us.We remember her as the best party girl, the best chef ever, always an open house for every one, always to late night discussing Irish setters .She is deeply missed by her friends and family.


Camilla Ostman


Congratulations Jim & Sue Cuddy
Midland Counties Championship Show

Dog CC, BOB & Group 3
Sh Ch Taxus Golden Prince In Balbriggan JW 

New Show Champion for Susan Begg, Dee Milligan-Bott & Jeremy Bott

Sh Ch Thendara Chasing Boys To Sumaric

North East of England Irish Setter Club

Download Full Reslts for Open & Championship Shows on the Club Website


ISAE Photos available for purchase - click link above


The Officers & Committee of the ISAE would like to thank all those who brought Raffle Prizes and
purchased Mega Raffle tickets. The Raffle was a enormous success with over 70 prizes

Changes to breeding regulations in England

4th September 2018 - 2:07 PM - Posted by the Kennel Club

As of October 2018 new breeding regulations are being introduced in England by Defra and the Kennel Club is providing information to its customers on how some of these changes will effect dog breeders and some of those involved with dogs.

The main legislative changes being made are:

  1. A breeding licence will be required for anyone breeding three or more litters and selling at least one puppy in a 12 month period. This is a reduction from the previous litter test of five or more litters.
  2. A licence is not required if documentary evidence can be provided that none of the puppies or adult dogs have been sold.
  3. Anyone in the business of selling dogs (even one or two litters in a 12 month period) may require a licence. This is not new and has been in place since 1999. The Government provides guidance on what local authority inspectors should consider when assessing whether a breeder meets the business test.
  4. A new star rating system is being introduced based on welfare conditions and breeding history which has been designed to reward high performing breeding establishments and to give further help to puppy buying public in identifying good breeders.

Further examples are provided within the Government’s guidance document “The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018, Guidance notes for conditions for breeding dogs” which can be found on CFSG under the legislation and guidance tab. There is also further information on the Kennel Club website click here.

As well as changes to the breeding regulations, revisions have been made to the licensing regime for boarding kennels, home boarders and day boarding establishments. The same star rating system will be implemented for these businesses. The performing animal regulations have been amended and are now only applicable to those in the business of keeping or training animals for educational or entertainment purposes. The exemption for those keeping or training animals solely for military, police or sporting purposes has been maintained.

For further information and to see a full list of FAQ’s please see the Kennel Club website.


New Show Champion for Jim & Sue Cuddy

Sh Ch Suteresett Rebel Rouser In Balbriggan JW (Jim & Sue Cuddy)

Congratulations to Angela Roberts


Jetsetter Cristalle To Polmennor (Imp Rus) – Chrissy. Gained her Junior Warrant at eight and a half months old
At the Joint Irish Setter Breed Clubs championship Show

DOB 14/12/2017
Owned by Angela Roberts - Bred by Irina Isaenko

Sire: Copper’s Gypsy Rose x Dam: Dubliner Jetsetter Coco Chanel

Congratulations to Maddy & Dave

Staratlantas Out A Time Staratlantas Out A Time (Marty)

Gained his Junior Warrant At City of Birmingham


Marty also won Best Junior at Birmingham and was shortlisted in the Junior Group

DOB 03/07/2017
Owned by: Maddy Anthony & Dave Hopewell - Bred by:  Maddy Anthony and Roger Stuart

Dam: Staratlantas Fire Queen JW x  Sire: Sh Ch Thendara Commitment JW

Kate O'Callaghan's Funeral Arrangements

Kate's funeral will be held on Tuesday 11th September, 2.45pm at Amersham Crematorium, Whielden Lane, Amersham HP7 0ND 


Following the funeral, friends will be welcome at The Black Cat Pub, in Lycrome Road, Lye Green, Chesham, HP5 3LF. 


The family have requested NO FLOWERS please - but donations to The Irish Red Setter Rescue Charitable Trust


Donations can be made as follows:
To the Undertakers after the service or by post to: Church View Funeral Services 161 Broad Street Chesham, HP5 3EF

or direct to the Trust Treasurer Mike Brady, Field House, Newton-On-The-Moor, Moepeth, Northumberland, NE65 9JY


Request from Sandy Waterton: Kate's son Mark has asked me to collate info/numbers of those planning to attend the funeral so he can book the appropriate Chapel. So please let me know via Facebook Messenger or email:


Kate O'Callaghan

We feel immense sadness today (27th August) with the loss of a dear friend Kate O’Callaghan, whom we have known for over 30 years. Pamela & I got to know Kate extremely well, during the five years I was Hon. Secretary of the ISBC and she was Hon Treasurer at that time.  A more dedicated & loyal person you will never meet. Kate loved our breed and said many times it’s not about winning but the taking part!

She had time for everyone offering advice and friendship and will be dearly missed, by all who knew her. We offer our deepest sympathy to her son Mark & his family.

Colin & Pamela Waddell


See a tribute to Kate by Brian Ross ISBC President below


Kate O'Callaghan
A tribute from Brian Ross President - Irish Setter Breeders Club



Catherine “Kate” O’Callaghan: 18/2/1934-27/8/2018


As many of her friends will know, Kate O’Callaghan has experienced a number of health problems recently, involving stays in 3 different hospitals, including surgery at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, before returning to Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury.

Sadly, her health took a downward spiral and she passed away on the morning of Monday 27 August, in the presence of son Mark, and members of her family… to whom we send our sincere condolences for the loss of our treasured friend. 


Below are the words offered in our ISBC Yearbook 2007, when Kate retired from her role with the club – RIP Kate x 


“This photo is offered as a tribute to our retiring Treasurer and Membership Secretary, Kate O’Callaghan; our Chairman, Brian Ross, charts Kate’s service to the ISBC committee in his report for 2007.  However, suffice to say, Kate is held in great affection by our members - not to mention a modicum of trepidation at membership renewal time if we’re late with our subs!   

We wish you a truly happy and healthy “retirement” Kate – although, somehow, I don’t think you quite understand the concept yet and we’ll still be seeing you lending a hand here and there.  

With warmest wishes from all your friends and colleagues”


“This edition of our Year Book will, as usual, be circulated to members in the early months of 2008 and by then all will be aware that Kate O’Callaghan, our Honorary Treasurer and Membership Secretary, will be retiring from the Committee at the 2008 AGM.  With 32 years unbroken service I am certain that, in terms of Committee membership, Kate is second only to Miss Sybil Lennox.  


Kate first joined the Committee in 1976, at which time I had been on the Committee for two years and was therefore one of those delighted to welcome and work with her until work commitments made it necessary for me to resign in 1979.  From the outset, Kate was ready to take on any task and very quickly became Cup and Diploma Secretary - a job she carried out until she succeeded Jennie Lee (known to everyone these days as Jennie Reed, our legal adviser) as Honorary Treasurer in 1981.  At this time the role of Membership Secretary was a separate function until Kate volunteered to add it to her existing role in 1983.  It is important to remember that at this time, with the rapidly growing popularity of the breed, our membership was also increasing very fast bringing with it a substantial increase in workload for Kate.  Typically, not satisfied with this, Kate added to her multi-tasking by taking on and significantly developing the Club’s sales activities.  It will come as no surprise that the Committee has decided to split the three roles after Kate’s departure in order to encourage others to volunteer for them!!


How does one summarise the vast contribution Kate has made to the ISBC over a complete generation?  One can only admire and celebrate her dedication and commitment to our breed and Club.  She joined the Committee when Chris Tonkyn was Chairman and has seen six chairmen before me come and go in the intervening years.  By a happy coincidence, I was present when she joined the Committee and am delighted to be in the Chair at this time to have the honour of thanking her for her total dedication to serving the Club.  I am sure members will enjoy memories evoked by the photo montage tribute assembled by Sandy Waterton appearing in this issue. 


Of course, being Kate, she has not totally retired as she will be taking on the role of Treasurer of the ISBC Rescue Sub-Committee.”


Kate never forgot her friends… and, right up until she went into hospital I, and I’m sure many others, enjoyed a weekly chat on the phone with her – what a wonderful lady.

Brian Ross (President ISBC)

Brian McAvoy

It is with great sadness that we report that Brian McAvoy passed away suddenly last night 22nd August. We have no further details at this stage. Brian was a long standing member of the ISAE and a serving member of the ISAE/Setter and Pointer Club joint field trial sub-committee and NEEISC committee member.  A lovely man who always had time for a chat and a joke.  He will be sadly missed.
Our deepest sympathy to his mother June, brother Bill & family & friends at this time of deep sorrow.


Funeral details as follows:

Brian's funeral. Friday 31st August 1pm at Blyth Crematorium Cowpen Road Blyth NE24 5SZ.
June requests no flowers but donations to Irish Setter Rescue please. 

Message from Colin & Pamela Waddell

World Dog Show Amsterdam

10th August 2018

Sh Ch Ludstar Giacometti at Kilnacourt 
Many exhibitors will know Marie for her Irish Setters in Ireland
Won Reserve Best Dog World Winner CACIB..CAC with her Gordon Setter


Congratulations Jim & Sue Cuddy

New Irish Red & White Setter Show Champion at WKC

Sh Ch Taxus Golden Prince In Balbriggan JW 
Judge: Julien Barney

Beyond The Dog House - By Simon Parsons
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This excellent article is reproduced by kind permission of Simon Parsons


National Gundog’s best in show winner was the Irish Setter male Sh Ch Copper’s War Of Roses (Arthur), owned by the partnership of Blake Crocker and Amelia Siddle.

Blake’s background is in this breed, in which he has been involved with 11 UK titleholders, while Amelia and her mother Annette have the successful Wilchrimane Pointers.

Last year Amelia, Annette and Blake won BPIS at this event with the Pointer (now Sh Ch) Wilchrimane Frankel, whose dam Sh Ch Ice Maiden was a RBIS winner at National Gundog.

Arthur was bred in Sweden by Camilla Östman, who must be among the most successful overseas breeders of UK titleholder, having produced 11. Five of these came from two matings between Balintyne Coppers Home N Dry and the famous British sire Sh Ch Caskeys Concept at Aoibheanne. Arthur is by Sh Ch/Int Sh Ch Copper’s Magiska Under (Dubliner Tiger Woods ex Sh Ch/Int Sh Ch Coppers Magical Bubble), campaigned to four CCs here by Blake and Amelia and a good stud dog in the UK, ex Ch Copper’s Wine’n Roses (Copper’s Bubble Power ex UK export Lynwood Kiss ‘n’ Tell Coppers) who gained her full title in the UK and won a Crufts CC. Magical Bubble and Bubble Power both come from the Concept/Home N Dry combination.

Earlier, Blake had judged the Swedish Club show where Arthur’s sire was BD and his grandmother BIS, so when he heard of this litter he booked a puppy and went to see them at seven weeks. Arthur arrived in the UK at four months.

His career has been continually successful, winning his first RCC at 14 months, his first CC at 20 months and his title at just two years, making him the youngest male show champion.

He now has 28 CCs and was top Irish in 2016 and ’17. He was BOB and G4 at Crufts this year, has four group wins and two all-breed RBIS. He has won six BIS at breed club championship shows, one of them under specialist Pat Butler-Holley who was BIS judge at National Gundog. He has sired one litter here from which emerged two show champions, Blake and Amelia’s homebred Riverbrue Gloriana gaining her third CC and BOB over her sire at Paignton the day before his National Gundog triumph.


Best In Show, Dog CC & BOB Sh Ch Copper's War Of Roses (Blake Crocker & Amelia Siddle)

BIS Judge: Pat Butler-Holley

Message from Elaine Wall

I would like to thank  all the many friends who sent cards and well wishes and
the many offers of help, and especially to those who came to the funeral it
was lovely to see you all. I was sorry I couldnt entertain
you but it was difficult with having the pups and the adults.

Love  to you all Elaine


The Combined Canine Club Pup of Year Final 2017

Celebrations In Ireland for Gillian & Skye 

Congratulations to Gillian Sterritt gaining 6th place at  
Combined Canine Club Pup of Year Final 2017
with Corranroo Just One Kiss With Riversett (Skye).  Gillian qualified Skye for this  prestigious event.
by winning Best Puppy in Show at the IKC International Show in Dublin.

Skye's breeders are Jacque &  Graham Bayne (Corranroo) 
Photographs by Patrick Fortune

All smiles Gillian & Skye relaxing after the event
Photographs by Patrick Fortune)