Riqitta History


As children both of us grew up with dogs in our families. Pamela with a Golden Cocker Spaniel (Goldie), and Colin
with a Yorkshire Terrier (Teddy) & Border Collie (Shep). Pamela's love of animals extended to horses

learning to ride at six years of age. Dogs & Horses have continued to be a large part of our leisure time for many years,

attending Dog Shows and Equestrian Events around Europe.


We purchased our first Irish Setter in Ireland in August 1976, "Pegwood Chestnut Haze"  (Brandy) from Mrs Agnes Spratt,

who won well at Open Shows, followed by "Pegwood Red Williow" (Rory) from the same kennel.

Rory won many Green Stars & 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 (Kerry)

Kerry with Pamela - our first Riqitta litter 1983


Wendover Royal Fanfare Winning a Green Star in Dublin
        Judge: Mae Trenwith



Our best known Irish Setter was UK & Irish Ch Reddins Fintan of Riqitta bred by James & Priscilla Smith (Reddins)

a son of Sh Ch Kerryfair Night Fever who was Top Stud Dog (all breeds) between 1987- 1991.


Show Champion Kerryfair Night Fever - Owned by Sandra Chorley (Kerryfair)


Irish Setter Club of Scotland Championship Show 1987
UK & Irish Champion Reddins Fintan of Riqitta Res CC (L)
      His sire Show Champion Kerryfair Night Fever 1987 Dog CC (R)
- Owned by Sandra Chorley

Reddins Fintan of Riqitta - Winning his first Challenge Certificate (L)
Bitch CC Ardbraccan Aristocrat - Owned by Trudy Walsh (R)

Judge: Peter Edwards



UK Champion & Irish Champion Reddins Fintan of Riqitta

Fintan became an Irish Champion before the age of two years. He gained his Field Qualifying Certificate

to give him his full Champion Irish title in November 1986. He subsequently gained his English

Champion title in August 1987.


Published in Our Dogs Canine Newspaper


Fintan winning his fourth Challenge Certificate Crufts 1988


In February 1988 he won the Challenge Certificate and won Best Irish Setter Dog at Crufts. During his

show 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. 



Pamela with Hannah


In 1993 we purchased our delightful "Caspians Faith at Riqitta"  (Hannah) Sired by: Sh Ch Danaway

Debonair (Best In Show at Crufts 1993) x Sh Ch Caspians Night Music (Top Brood Bitchin Breed 1995-2001),

bred by Mike & Susan Oakley (Caspians). Hannah 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, owned by Jackie Lorrimer.



Sh Ch Riqitta Authentic (Rafferty) Bred by us & Owned by Tania Gardner
(Riqitta Dylan Thomas x Riqitta Fantastic Light)

We were thrilled when Rafferty gained his Show Champion title in 2012

To date he has won 8 Challenge Certificates & 8 Res Challenge Certificates

Colin served on the Belfast & District Irish Setter Club as Committee Member and was 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 Europe.


Colin & Pamela also own the Irish Setters UK & Ireland Website. You can find Show

Results, Champions Gallery, Health Section, - go to:   www.irishsetter.org.uk