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We purchased our first Irish Setter in Ireland in August 1976 "Pegwood Chestnut Haze" who won well at Open Shows followed by "Pegwood Red Williow" from the same kennel who won all over Ireland and twice won Best In Show at the Irish Red Setter Club of Ireland Championship Show.

Our longing for a beautiful Irish Setter bitch took us to Northampton to the world famous Wendover Kennel owned by the late Mr & Mrs L C James where we bought our lovely puppy "Wendover Royal Fanfare (Kerry) in March 1980. She was a daughter of Sh Ch Wendover Maid Marion. Kerry gave us much pleasure at home and in the show ring and provided us our first litter of puppies when she was mated to Marrona Messenger in 1983.

                                          
                                                             Mrs L C James
                       (holding 7 week old Wendover Royal Fanfare (Kerry) - March 1980
                                             
                                          
                                 Wendover Royal Fanfare Winning a Green Star in Dublin
                                                            Judge: Mrs M Trenwith


Our best known Irish Setter was UK & Irish Ch Reddins Fintan of Riqitta bred by Mr & Mrs J S F Smith, a son of Sh Ch Kerryfair Night Fever who was Top Stud Dog (all breeds) between 1987- 1991.

                                                        
                                                      Sh Ch Kerryfair Night Fever 

Fintan became an Irish Champion before the age of two years. He qualified in the field to give him his full Champion title. He subsequently gained his English title the following year. In February 1988 he won the Challenge Certificate and won Best Irish Setter Dog at Crufts. During his career he won 9 Challenge Certificates and 6 Reserve Challenge Certificates,
7 Green Stars, 4 Best In Shows and 3 Gundog Groups at Championship Shows. He was a super  show dog but most of all a wonderful  companion and much loved member of our family.

                           
  
                                                    Eng & Ir Ch Reddins Fintan of Riqitta
                             
                             

In 1993 we purchased our delightful "Caspians Faith at Riqitta"  (Hannah) Sire: Sh Ch Danaway Debonair x Sh Ch Caspians Night Music from Mr & Mrs M J Oakley who is the foundation bitch of our current line. She is litter sister to Sh Ch Caspians Intrepid winner of  77 Challenge Certificates and Best In Show at Crufts 1999. He is also the current Breed Record holder.
                                                         
                                                          Pamela & Caspians Faith At Riqitta
                              
               
Sh Ch Danaway Debonair was Best In Show at Crufts 1993 and Sh Ch Caspians Night Music was Top Brood Bitch in Breed 1995-2001.
               
Hannah produced Riqitta Royal Athlete (Aidan) and Riqitta Eternal Flame (Abby)  and Abby  produced
Riqitta Double Oscar (Conor) Junior Warrant Winner and Riqitta Classic Impact  (Kiri). Kiri produced Riqitta Tamarillo Junior Warrant Winner (Bryony) and Riqitta Game Spirit (Paddy).  Riqitta Tamarillo JW produced Riqitta Dylan Thomas (Dylan) & Riqitta
Shillelagh Gold At Wishingtree (Promise) who have both won at Championship Shows, their photographs can be seen elsewhere on the website.
               
Colin served on the Belfast & District Irish Setter Club as Committee Member and Secretary in 1980's before we moved to live in England. He also served on the North East of England Irish Setter Club Committee and was Secretary of the Irish Setter Breeders Club for five years during the nineties. Colin is currently serving as a Committee member of the Irish Setter Association, England and is the club's webmaster & photographer. www.isae.co.uk

Colin & Pamela have both judged in Ireland, the UK and in Europe. Colin awards Green Stars in seven Gundog Breeds and awards Challenge Certificates in the UK.
                      
Colin & Pamela also own the Irish Setters UK & Ireland Website - Colin is the Webmaster -  you can find Show Results, Champions Gallery, Health Section, - go to:   www.irishsetter.org.uk