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Breed Notes - Christine Morgan



Jim Cuddy writes “The ISBC Championship Show will take place at Newark on the 29th August and will run in conjunction with our Open Show. Judges for the Champ Show are Joan Kniveton (Dogs) and Alister Watt (Bitches) with Dave Hemmings as referee. The Judge for the Open Show will be Chloe Green. Special rosettes and cash prizes are available to the principal winners of both shows as there will be no trophies available. Schedules available online at Higham Press. Covid guidelines will be available on the Facebook page and on the Website,, nearer the time, and will be in accordance with the Government and KC guidelines in place at that time. We are all looking forward to a great day at the shows.”
I am sorry that Irene Munro has had to withdraw from judging the dogs but at the same time delighted that the replacement judge is Joan Kniveton; Joan lost two club show appointments due to the shows being cancelled because of Covid.
Paula Lucas has put out her plea for entrants in the photographic competition for the ISBC & ISR&R calendar 2022. The competition will run until the end of July. Please send you photos to
Entries are open for Leeds Championship show. Gundog day is Saturday, 24th July and entries close by post on the 18th June and online 12 noon on the 28th. The schedule and online entries are on Higham Press web site.
There are 9 dog classes and 9 bitch classes as well as a mixed Special Beginners class.
Lesley Trow (Winterwell) is our first time judge. Lesley is well known for her German Shorthaired Pointers but has a long association with Irish Setters and gives tickets in GSPs, GWPs, Large Munsterlanders and Weimaraners. She is passed for English Springer Spaniels, Hungarian Wirehaired Vizslas and the Gundog Group.
Lesley’s appointment has been carried over from last year’s cancelled Leeds show.
I have more shows to report on!

The ISAE held its back to back Open Shows on Saturday 5th June.
Chuck Carter (Copperbrook) was the judge at Show 1. BIS was Jim Sharman and Chris Jennings Sharman’s Kerrimere Indiscreet and RBIS & Best Opposite Sex was Maureen Elkins Twoacres Promise Of Spring With Avacet. Res Best Dog and Best Veteran in Show was Pam Mitchell’s Sh Ch Amblin’s Sweet William and Res Best Bitch was Anne Douthwaite & Susan Wharfe’s Quensha Beautiful Stranger Of Gracewood. Becky Box’s Fernstart Hearts Delight was Best Puppy in Show.
Kerry Chorley (Kerryfair) judged Show 2. She chose Angela Robert’s Jetsetter Cristalle to Polmennor (imp) for Best in Show with Debbie Brown’s Riverbrue Soldier On being Res Best in Show and Best Opposite Sex. Res Best Bitch was Paddy Catlin’s Teleri Indian Summer (ai) and Joy Russell’s Lynwood Hocus Pocus At Settesoli was Res Best Dog. Best Puppy in Show was Marita Bott’s Bardonhill Summer Song and Pam’s boy Sh Ch Amblin’s Sweet William was Best Veteran again.
Huge congratulations to all the winners and to the ISAE Committee for putting the show on.


Sally Foster rang me with the sad news that June Walsh passed away on the 3rd of June. Many of you will know her for her Millcroft Irish Setters but she was also well known in Sussex Spaniels and bred Golden Retrievers and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels as well. June had been in poor health for some time and had been bed ridden for two or three weeks before her passing. She had been in hospital for a week and a half before passing away due to sepsis.
Many well known Irish Setter exhibitors and judges had puppies from her or used her dogs.
In 1968 June was living in Brighton and showed a dog at Crufts. Hartsbourne Coronel, born 20th November 1962, was a Sh Ch Raycroft Hoobram Rich Corona son out of Ch Hartsbourne Penny.
I believe her foundation bitch was Marrona Moon Maiden who was bred by Peg Stokes on 17th September 1966 out of Marrona Mariquita by Clympmoor Anton. June also owned Wendover Banner who was by Sh Ch Wendover Gentleman ex Wendover Titania and in April 1970, she mated him to M. Moon Maiden and kept a bitch, Millcroft Mandy.
W. Banner won one RCC from Mrs A Nicolson at Windsor in 1971; Sh Ch Joanma’s Adriano gained his title that day.
The only Millcroft Show Champion was Ballad Of The Moon JW who won 4 CCs and 3 RCCs handled by Julie Humphreys. She was whelped 17th September 2008 sired by Millcroft Moondrift out of Millcroft Moon Quest. Her lines go back to Marrona Moon Maiden. Olivia Henson gave her her first RCC at SCCA in 2011. Margretwoods Kitty Cat won the CC. At LKA in 2012 Jeremy Bott awarded Abi her first CC with Riversett Best Kept Secret taking the second of her two RCCS. When Penny Jeffries judged Crufts in 2013, she gave her CC #2 and the RCC to Covarney Li’l Madam. Later in the year Debbie Fryer judged the bitches at ISCW and made her up with Jonola Love and Liberty taking her only ever RCC.
Her fourth and final CC came when Abi was a veteran at ISBC in 2016. Mona Hunter judged the bitches and gave the RCC to Suteresett Miss Curious at Henaleas. Meanwhile she had won the RCC from John Vant at MISS in 2013 and then picked up another from Chris Atkinson at Birmingham National in 2016. On these occasions John made up Sh Ch Lynwood Kissed by an Angel at Sandstream and Chris gave CC #16 to Sh Ch Fairhaven Louise Mountbatton at Braidmount.
Kay Donnelly was so taken with Abi that she approached June for a puppy and after a four year wait she got Jodi who was to become Ir/Int Ch Millcroft Whispering Moon. She was out of Abi and sired by Sh Ch Copper's Champagne On Ice At Aoibheanne (Imp Swe) J.W. She was born 2nd April 2012.
Brian Grace gave her her first CC at Belfast ISC in 2017 and gave the RCC to Sh Ch Gwendariff Coco Nut Cream. When she was almost 8 years old David Pike gave her a second CC at MISS in 2020 and made it a Millcroft double by awarding the RCC to Millcroft Scarlet Moon.
Her three RCCs were from Wendy Morley at Belfast ISC 2015, Suzy Roffey at the Joint Irish Setter Clubs 2019 and Myra Thomas-Rhodes at GSoW 2019. On these occasions she stood behind Sh Ch Neathamill Isabella at Clonageera, Sh Ch Gwendariff Coco Nut Cream and Jetsetter Cristalle to Polmennor.
This was a very successful litter for June as Jodi’s litter mates were Millcroft Havana Moon Over Henaleas J.W., Millcroft Chase The Moon To Shanoah and Millcroft Moon And Stars At Aoibheanne J.W. Chase the Moon has one RCC won from Dave Hopewell at Border Union in 2017; Gwendariff Unnown Soldier won his first CC that day. Moon And Stars was BPIB at Crufts when Abi won her second CC.
Other RCC winners were Millcroft Millona who was behind Deavlin Lucinda at SCCA in 1972 under John Lambley and Millcroft Moon Ballad who won at SEISC in 2007. Peter Hall was the judge at this show and he gave the CC to Sh Ch Danaway Clara Belle, her third. Janter Moon Magician Of Millcroft (Millcroft Moondrift ex Janter Phoebe) was another Junior Warrant winner.
In Australia Cheryl Gorey had two Millcroft Show Champions, Aust Ch Millcroft Moon Dreamer (Millcroft Moon Pirate ex Millcroft Moondaisy) and Aust Ch Millcroft Fly Over The Moon (Millcroft Moon Pirate ex Moon Bella Of Millcroft).
June’s last Irish was ‘Piper’ aka M. Moon Pirate (Reddins Oban ex Millcroft Moon Quest) who was born in September 2007 and although not a show dog he was a successful sire.
It was her fear that he outlive her but faithful companion that he was he passed away last year.

“The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head,
and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet,
so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....”

I am blessed with the friends that I have so for a change from an MLM story here’s a Shedog (Shelagh Tolladay) one.
Shedog and I go on a road trip and stop at a motorway service station for something to eat. We have the most delicious vegan sandwich in the world from M&S (New York Style No Beef Pretzel Roll) and a drink which we have in the car.
Me: We need to get rid of this rubbish, can you see a bin anywhere?
Shedog: Yes, there’s one over there
Me: Where?
Shedog: There, next to that man on the motorbike
Me: Are you certain about that?
Shedog: Yes, give it here, I’ll take it to the bin
Off she trots to the bin but returns with the rubbish still in her hands.
Me: Well?
Shedog: You were right to question me
Me: And exactly why is that?
Shedog: Because it isn’t a bin, it’s his motorcycle pannier.


Christine Morgan
07970 634780



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