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Yvonne Horrocks (Carek)

(Photo taken in 1990)

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Yvonne Horrocks.
Yvonne had been resident in a nursing home for a while, where she
passed away peacefully on Sunday 13th December 2020. She was 96 years old.


Many may not know that Derek (Yvonne’s son) died in January 2020.
Yvonne was very well known for her Irish & Gordon Setters
as a very successful breeder, exhibitor and judge at Championship level.


Our lasting memory was Yvonne awarding us a CC at Crufts 1988 with
Eng & Ir Ch Reddins Fintan of Riqitta (see photo below).


We send our deepest sympathy to her family and friends at this sad time.

Colin & Pamela Waddell

Susan Loynd (Crimbledale)

Sue passed away on Thursday, 12th November 2020. Her daughter Ellen and her sister were by her side.

Sue had been in and out of hospital this year and had suffered with poor health ever since.

We send our deepest condolences to her husband Rodney, daughter Ellen, son Russell & family.
Sue was a very well known breeder, exhibitor and Championship Show Judge.

During her life she owned Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, English Setters and Irish Setters.

She will be greatly missed in the canine world.

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)

Gaye O'Conner (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 year


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

Bridget Margaret Simpson

25-01-1947  -  03-07-2020

I received this very sad news from a friend in South Africa.
Mark Simpson and his late wife Bridget both orininally from Britian.

Click here for obituary

Michelle Webster

‘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)

It is with great sadness we report the deaths of four Irish Setter exhibitors
all having tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Jean Naish (Cardale) - 21st May

Do any of you remember Jean Naish of Cardale Setters? If you know anyone who would please share this.  An ISBC member since 1976. She used to be based in Wantage and was well known in the showing world . She  bred  really sound correct animals with calm and sweet natures, ideal both for the ring and as adored pets. When we met her 40 plus years ago her foundation dog was the magnificently deep chested  Cardale Syndic the image of his illustrious relative  Wendover Gentleman. He is responsible for my love affair with setters which has lasted to this day.

Jean sold me Cardale Sonata my first beloved Irish, helped me learn to show and later breed  with very good success  despite my inexperience and we remained in touch for some 40 years. She moved to Mid Wales after her husband retired and had  lots of space and riverbank access for the  setters which was much enjoyed. Later , after Stan’s death, she returned to Oxfordshire . She had given up breeding when older but young enough that no dog would outlive her and need a home- typical of her. 

She went into  care a couple of years ago  Today I heard that she had had a fall aged 97 and went into the John Radcliffe in Oxford. She died on 21 May having picked up corona virus.  Irish Setters have lost someone really special. I would go from my home in Wales to the funeral but cannot which is a sadness. 


Please give all your dogs a very special hug instead.

Fiona Wilton


We offer our deepest sympathy to her family & friends

Bob Bouttell (Ixia) - 9th April


Bob a father of three, grandfather of five and great grandfather was a hugely respected
dog lover and breeder.
Bob, who lost his wife Deb four years ago, was a lecturer at Eastleigh
College and later had a dog grooming business. He was only 71 years old and had lived in a
nursing home for the past few years.

Our deepest sympathy to his daugher Hannah & partner James & family

Shelia Gramlish - 6th April
Ron Gramlish - 11th April
(Rickashel Irish Setters)

Many will remember Ron & Shelia Gramlish, from Ruislip, Middlesex.
Ron was a Championship Show Judge. They were both committee members of the Uxbridge
Canine Society for many years. Ron photographed above with Robbie at the ISAE Open Show 2015.
We offer our deepest sympathy to their family & friends 

Kennel Club advice for Dog Breeders and anyone purchasing a puppy

Laura Crombie - Didn't she do well

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

team at Crufts 2020

12th April 1952 - 7th March 2020

Gill was a very well known breeder / exhibitor and Judge
She will be missed by many of Irish Setter friends.


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

ISAE Open Shows June 2020

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 situation the Committee of the Irish Setter Association, England
has made the decision to cancel its forthcoming open shows which were scheduled to take place at Steventon,
Oxfordshire on 13th June 2020. The Committee is currently considering options with regards to the rescheduling
of the shows, and will provide a further update when plans have been finalised. They would like to thank the judges
for their understanding and look forward to seeing our Members and other exhibitors later in the year.

David Morgan

The Committee of the Irish Setter Club of Wales are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Mr. David Morgan,
who had been a long-standing, dedicated Committee member from 1979 – 2003. Some of the present
Committee members and many at ringside have fond memories of a most helpful gentleman.
Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his family with our thoughts and prayers at this sad time.

The funeral will take place at 1300 hours on Monday 16th December at Flintshire Memorial Park
and Crematorium, Oakenholt Lane, Northop CH7 6DF

Kath Warmington (Ryleens)

It is with great sadness that that we learn from Barbara Wharton that Kath Warmington (Ryleens)
passed away peacefully in the early hours of this morning (8th November 2019)
Kath was a delightful lady, always so happy, kind & caring!!

91 Years Young!. We offer our deepest sympathy to Kath's family & friends at
this sad time.


Funeral Arrangements are as follows:

Banbury Crematorium OX16 1ST at 2pm on Tuesday 3rd December

A New Show Champion

Sh Ch Bardonhill Eternal Flame Among Amberlight JW

Congratulations to: Paula & Phil Lucas

A New Show Champion

Sh Ch Alolfrana Hotter Than U'Know JW


Congratulations to Beccy Danks-Kemish

Irish Setter Association, England, Championship Show
5th October 2019

Thanks to everyone who provided prizes & purchased raffle tickets.

Once again the raffle was a great success raising over £400

Thank you on behalf of ISAE

Lynne Dale (Hartsfell)

News just in - we were shocked and saddened to hear that Lynne Dale passed away on 21st September
No more details available at present.


Lynne was a very well known breeder / exhibitor and Judge. She had served as a committee member of
Irish Setter Breeders Club for many years and was the clubs health representative. 
She will be missed by many of Irish Setter friends.


We offer our deepest sympathy to Lynne's partner Martin & family at this sad time.


Funeral Arrangements are as follows:


1pm Wednesday 9th October 2019, Wakefield Crematorium, 

Standbridge Lane,



and afterwards at

The Station Pub, Bretton Lane,

Crigglestone, Wakefield WF4 3ER





A New Show Champion

Congratulations to Diane Stewart-Ritchie & Alec Stewart

Sh Ch & Ir Sh Ch Gwendariff Weekend Warrior
Photo: Anna Szabó

Animal Exhibit Regulations in Wales

Kennel Club urges exhibitors to have their say on animal exhibit regulations in Wales

The Kennel Club is urging dog show exhibitors from across the UK to write to the Welsh Government to prevent thousands of people who show dogs in Wales being caught in a newly proposed licensing system.

The Welsh Government is currently consulting on new Regulations regarding Animal Exhibits, including the proposal that anyone exhibiting an animal in Wales will need to be licensed and inspected. This will not only apply to those who live in Wales, but any exhibitor who shows dogs at any Welsh show. The Regulations will also require anyone who lives in Wales and exclusively exhibits their dogs outside of Wales to also obtain a licence and be inspected.

Although those competing in activity disciplines are exempt, the proposed amendment to the Animal Welfare Act in Wales would affect a huge number of dog show exhibitors; there are around 200 local dog shows that take place in Wales annually, as well as two major shows run by the Welsh Kennel Club and the South Wales Kennel Association. The Welsh Kennel Club show attracts around 9000 dogs. 


Go to: Kennel Club Press Releases on Homepage for more information

Connemara Photoshoot for Dubarry with The Clannrua Irish Setters

(Produced by Colin N Waddell)

New Secretary at the Kennel Club

Kathryn Mansfield (Symns) takes over from
Caroline Kisko who left on 30th August after 21 years of service

See KC News

East Midland Social Region ISBC
Stewarding & Critique Writing Seminar Sunday 6th October 2019

Tommy Eisgard (Kennel Red Tails)

News from Anne Eisgard today to advise that Tommy had passed away in his sleep - 16th August 2019


My Tommy fell asleep today, his body couldn't handle the blood poisoning and bleeding ulcers.

35 years together is now just a warm memory of my Tompa
Anne Eisgard


Tommy was a well known breeder, exhibitor & judge from Sweden and a frequent visitor to the UK.

We offer our deepest sympathy to Anne & her family, at this sad time.



Below a Tribute by Gill Cooke



I was so sorry to hear the sad news that Tommy Eisgard had passed away on Friday 16th August 2019 He was a well known breeder and exhibitor of Irish Setters under his Red Tails affix in Sweden and he'll probably be remembered more

by many of our older UK exhibitors and breeders. He judged Irish setters and gun dogs in the UK at open show level

and had his first championship show appointment giving challenge certificates at Paignton in 2008.


I first met Tommy in 1983 when I was showing Sh Ch Caskeys Bo-Jo. Bo jo's sire was Sowerhill Sailor of Wendover (Digger!)

who sired only two litters in the U.K before being exported to Sweden and to his new home with Tommy and Anne Eisgard.

“Digger “ was Tommy's pride & joy & quite rightly so, he was a very successful dog in the show ring and as a sire.

In the 80's and the 90's Digger's winning progeny and his many group progeny class wins proved him to be a prepotent

sire and one of Sweden's Top Stud dogs.Today he will be found at the back of most of the swedish Irish setter pedigree's !


Tommy always tried to breed to the breed standard and keep to the old “Wendover” type of setters ,which he

most certainly achieved!Over the years he & Anne bred some beautiful quality winning dogs with some classic heads,

and their overall general appearance were balanced throughout. Tommy was passionate & sometime quite opinionated

about the irish setters of today and he was very concerned that we were losing the characteristics in appearance

of our setters especially by different interpretations of the breed standard.

Tommy missed his long telephone conversation with Christine Heron (as we all do!) about his concerns regarding

our breed of today as she was very much at that time of the same opinion.  


On the occasions when we stayed in Sweden with Tommy & Anne they were very welcoming & excellent hosts.

Tommy had a very dry sense of humour, he liked his little tipple & loved to cook , his speciality was when he

cooked a whole Salmon, I'm not a great fish lover but I thought that his Salmon dish was absolutely delicious!


He will be Sadly missed and our sympathies go to his wife Anne, their Immediate family & his close friends at this very sad time,



Gill Cooke

Kennel Club Updates Judging Regulations and Code of Best Practice

24th July 2019

The Judges Committee and the Board consider there is value in bringing forward a number of new show regulations and a range
of additional supporting statements in the code that recognises and protects best practice and underpins and protects the integrity

of judges at every level of show.

This is because, in all areas where pedigree dog competitions are discussed, there is always a range of opinions expressed about judges.

Their decisions and practices are critiqued and commented on in a variety of different ways and expressed across many different media. 

This high level of rigorous oversight and debate has led to a high number of judges who on a regular basis deliver excellence,

who care a great deal about the decisions they deliver and are rightly proud of their experience and knowledge.

It is considered important that the show regulations and the code of best practice for judges includes criteria and advice that

underpins this level of excellence.

There are many situations in which judges’ actions could be misconstrued.  The code of best practice describes some of those

situations to be avoided and helps all to better understand what is not acceptable and where criticism might arise.

The code discusses how judges can best present themselves across the media, including social media.

This public forum is an area where people freely debate the finer points of all that happens at a licensed dog show and

the code provides guidance to judges as to how their actions could be perceived and where their integrity could be compromised.

It is recognised that judges, in many cases, also exhibit. In fact in order to continuously improve, this can only enhance the

knowledge and experience of our judges. That said care must be taken to avoid certain situations which may be misconstrued

and lead to the appearance of irregularity.

Some examples of a conflict of interest are provided in the code and are published in the updated regulations. New show regulations

will allow judges to request a dog be withdrawn from competition should he/she believe the exhibition of the dog creates a conflict

of interest. A regulation is to be introduced to state that exhibitors should not enter a dog for exhibition if a conflict of interest

with the judge is apparent. 

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “Our show community continually strive to exhibit the highest quality of dog, to be
judged by our highly competent and experienced judges. The continued evolution of the advice provided to the judges, and

recognised by all who show and exhibit, will add a further layer of support for all to see and which will further enhance our shows

in the future.

“Perception is important to the reputation of Kennel Club licensed dog shows, their standing in the world of pedigree dogs and

the value of awards won and titles gained. Both judges and exhibitors have a responsibility to ensure that dog shows are a

positive experience and promote the positive aspects of owning and showing a pedigree dog.”

The new regulations will be effective from 1 January 2020 and may be read at the following link: where all changes

are marked in bold.

A new edition of the Code of Best Practice for Judgesmay be accessed on the Kennel Club website at


The way in which judging appointments are dealt with for breed shows as of 2020 has had to be modified in view of the Judges Competency Framework (JCF) having been put on hold while a review is carried out, the Kennel Club has announced.

Until further notice, the Kennel Club has removed the requirement for all judges to have met JCF Level 1 or above or be
on a B list or above in order to be able to judge from 1 January 2020.

Show societies are also instructed that, during this interim period, future appointments should be offered based on the current criteria only, ie the traditional system involving judging lists, the number of dogs a judge has judged etc.

Due to the review, all judging appointments contracted on the presumption that judges would be on JCF Level 2 will be honoured. This is for judging contracts signed by 21 May 2019, the date of the Kennel Club AGM where it was resolved that a review of the JCF would take place.

Judges who fit into the above category will be entitled to officiate over an unlimited number of classes of the relevant breed.

Championship shows are also asked that questionnaires be submitted for forthcoming CC appointments until further notice.

Any queries regarding the appointment of judges should be directed to

Congratulations to Tania Gardner winning 2nd CC with Caleb
At Windsor Championship Show 29th June 2019

Alanea Game Reserve With Danwish "Caleb"  Irish Red & White Setter

Judge: Richard Bott

Rae Millan (Landscot)

Obituary & Funeral Arrangements HERE


Anne, John & Sheena (Lymish)

Congratulations to Gill Ann & Graham Hart

A new Show Champion Gilliegrae Swift N’chic (Neala)
Neala gains her crowning CC at Border Union Championship Show


Judge: James Cuddy 



Ted Eldredge with President Richard Nixon and his Irish Setter Tirvelda King Timahoe at the White House.
King Timahoe was bred by the famous Ted Eldredge who had gone to the White House to trim him!!!

By Ch. Tirvelda Rustic Duke x Ch. Tirvelda Maidavale.     


After the original Tirvelda line had been wiped out, Ted imported Hartsbourne Sallyann (Born 1957) from Mrs Walker.
Not only did Sallyann resurrect the Tirveldas, but she had a profound influence on the development of the modern

Irish Setter in the USA. (See the book  “Trend Setters” by John Savory and Constance Lyons.)


The above photo was featured in our slideshow - thanks to Eve Gardner for the background information

Irish Setter Club of Wales
Breed Appreciation Day 30th March 2019

See Full Resport & More Photos


East Midlands Social Region of the I.S.B.C.

Annual Sponsored Walk & Garden Party 2019
In Aid of Irish Setter Rescue & Rehome 
Hosted by the “East Midlands Social Region of the I.S.B.C.

Where: Treetops ,111 Cavendish Rd Matlock DE4 3HE

Full Report & photos by Maggie Parker -