‘ Annie ’

9 February 1998 to 6 March 2012


Annie was without doubt one of the most beautiful Irish Setter bitches of a golden era of the breed. 
A daughter of Sh Ch Clonageera Stella and more importantly a great grand-daughter of Sh Ch  Clonageera Megan who is widely acknowledged as one of the best bitches the breed has ever produced.

From this excellent line of bitches Annie became the foundation bitch of Diane Ritchie’s Gwendariff kennel.  Annie was Diane’s ‘First’.  Her first Champion, her first Best in Show winner, her first Brood Bitch producing the three litter mates Show Champions, Gwendariff Moet & Chandon and brother and sister champions Gwendariff Dom Perignon and Gwendariff Pop My Cork and in turn these two have produced champion after champion.

More important still was that Annie, following her dam, was top IS Brood Bitch for 2 years and her daughter, Pop My Cork, was yes another Top Brood Bitch from this magnificent line. Grandaughter, G Rock Chick has also won the Associations award now for Top Brood Bitch in 2011. 

What an incredible gift  Annie was for Diane and what a wonderful legacy she has left the breed.

As well as her significant achievements in the breed, Annie was first and foremost a special lady in Diane’s life.  Her temperament was loving and kind and she was fun loving and gracious with all who met her.  Diane has lost her touchstone and the breed has lost a Queen.

Rachael Shaw-Rainey.


pdfGoodbye Annie by Diane and Alec