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