Review of 2017 Irish Setter Results

Becky Box

There were 39 sets of CC’s available to Irish Setters during 2017.  These 39 CC’s were shared between 17 dogs (compared to 12 in 2016, 20 in 2015, and 15 in 2014) and 18 bitches (compared to 22 in 2016, 26 in 2015 and 23 in 2014), giving the breed  35 separate CC winners in total (compared to 34 in 2016, 46 in 2015 and 38 in 2014).

The exhibit winning the most CC’s during the year was Debs Armitage’s Sh Ch Gwendariff Coco Nut Cream, handled by Diane Stewart-Ritchie, who won 9 CC’s during the year.  She was followed by last years’ top CC winning exhibit, Blake Crocker and Amelia Siddle’s Sh Ch Coppers War of Roses, who won 7 CC’s during 2017.  All 7 of Arthur’s CC’s were followed by best of breed, and these and his group results made him top Irish Setter for 2017 in the Our Dogs top dog competition.  Sh Ch Bardonhill Please Don’t Tease Quensha JW (owned by Richard Bott, Anthony Allen, and Angela Morgan) won six CC’s during the year.  Meanwhile Sh Ch’s Thendara Pot Noodle JW (owned by Jeremy Bott and Dee Milligan-Bott), Gwendariff Nuts About U Glenavna JW (owned by Christine McLarnon) and Sh Ch Forfarian Hey Sexy Lady JW (owned by Sandra, Nicola and Jenna Sturrock) each won five CC’s.  Two further dogs, Sh Ch & Ir Sh Ch Gwendariff Whippersnapper JW (owned by Alec Stewart and Danielle Ritchie-Smith) and Sh Ch Gwendariff D’Ya Know My Name By Bardonhill JW (owned by Marita Bott) each won 4 CC’s during the year.

I think it is worth pausing at this point to recognise the continued success of some of our current top exhibits – Sh Ch & Ir Sh Ch Gwendariff Whippersnapper JW now has a total of 28 CC’s, Sh Ch Thendara Pot Noodle’s tally is now 26 CC’s and Sh Ch Coppers War of Roses now has 24 CC’s. It is unusual I think to have three such big winning males competing at the same time.  In bitches, Sh Ch Bardonhill Please Don’t Tease Quensha JW has now reached 18 CC’s, also a significant tally for a bitch – and of course all have the potential to win more.

It is also worth reflecting on the number of different best of breed winners who have gone on to achieve group success – with 7 different dogs achieving success at this level in 2017.  Sh Ch & Ir Sh Ch Gwendariff Whippersnapper JW won Group 1 at Belfast and Group 2 at Driffield.  Sh Ch Thendara Pot Noodle JW won Group 1 at Blackpool and Group 3 at South Wales.  Sh Ch Copper’s War of Roses won Group 1 and Reserve Best in Show at East of England and Group 3 at WELKS.  Sh Ch Thendara Commitment JW won Group 2 and SKC (May).  Sh Ch Gwendariff D’Ya Know My Name By Bardonhill JW won Group 2 at Darlington and Sh Ch & Ir Sh Ch Gwendariff Nuts About U Glenavna JW won Group 3 at Southern Counties.  And for the girls, Sh Ch Gwendariff Coco Nut Cream won Group 2 at LKA.

Unusually there was just one exhibit, Sh Ch Gwendariff D’Ya Know My Name by Bardonhill, who both won all of his first three CC’s during the year.  In fact it took him just 3 weeks to gain his title – winning his first CC at SKC (August), second at City of Birmingham and third at Darlington – as well as picking up the RCC at Richmond – which is quite an impressive way to do it!     

During 2017 there were just 5 new show champions crowned, compared to 7 in 2016, 13 in 2015 and 7 in 2014.  Of these, there were two dogs and three bitches, and three of the five came from the Gwendariff kennel. The dogs were Sh Ch & Ir Sh Ch Gwendariff Nuts About U Glenavna and Sh Ch Gwendariff D’Ya Know My Name By Bardonhill.

The bitches were Sh Ch’s Gwendariff Coco Nut Cream, Tania Gardner’s Thendara Jocasta JW and Eva Ciechonska’s Aoibheanne’s Say No More JW.

Six exhibits, 3 dogs and 3 bitches, each won 2 CC’s during 2017.  Of these, two of the dogs – Sh Ch’s Thendara Commitment JW (owned by Jeremy Bott and Dee Milligan-Bott) and Forfarian I’m Sexy An I Know It JW (owned by Sandra, Nicola and Jenna Sturrock) were both existing Sh Ch’s adding to their tally.  Two bitches, Sh Ch’s Thendara Jocasta JW and Aoibheanne’s Say No More JW, each won a CC to gain their crown and went on to win a fourth CC during the year.  The remaining two exhibits, Pam Mitchell’s Amblin’s Sweet William and Sandy Waterton’s Sandstream Welcome Breeze JW, each won their first two CC’s in the year.

During the year six existing show champions added a further CC to their tally. These were one dog Richard Bott, Anthony Allen and Angela Morgan’s Sh Ch Ember Red Hot Chilipepper Quensha (winning from veteran) and five bitches Sh Ch’s Shandwick Love In A Mist at Teleri JW (owned by Paddy Catling), Sh Ch/Int Ch Fairhaven Louise Mountbatten at Braidmount (owned by Mona Hunter and Will Brown), Sh Ch Gwendariff Soda Pop to Wynjill (owned by Jill Holley), Sh Ch Shenanagin She’s The One for Karidell JW (owned by Brian and Norma Limpus) and Ch Copper’s Wine N’Roses (owned by Laura Kolbach).   

Again unusually, there was just two existing CC winner’s adding a second CC to their tally during the year – Julie Gilbert’s Joanma’s Perfect Lullaby and Brenda Berry and Lynn Morris’s Brinara Vanity Fair JW.

That leaves thirteen exhibits winning their first CC in 2017 – seven dogs and six bitches (compared to just seven first time CC winners, two dogs and five bitches, in 2016).  In dogs these were Gwendariff Thyme Bomb at Jacwilins JW, Lanstara Spring Moon, NL Ch Chase Cinammon’s, Gwendariff Unknown Soldier JW, Delsanto Snow Storm, Jsy Ch Tiroen Too Hot To Handle JW and Riverbrue Alchemist Amidst Kespas JW.  In bitches the new CC winners were Brabrook Boomshakalaka, Jubilana Eternal Flame for Cwsscwn, Sangaragh Skyline Over Lynwood JW, Ir Sh Ch Millcroft Whispering Moon, Aoibheanne’s Stay With Me and Riverbrue Gloriana.

Finally, in terms of wins, special mention must also go to Ch Copper’s Wine N’Roses, on winning best veteran in show at Gundog Breeds Association of Scotland.

There were three combinations of CC winning parents and offspring during 2017.  Sh Ch Coppers War of Roses and his son and daughter Riverbrue Alchemist Amidst Kespas and Riverbrue Gloriana; Sh Ch & Ir Sh Ch Gwendariff Whippersnapper and his daughters Aoibheanne’s Say No More and Aoibheanne’s Stay With Me plus his son Gwendariff Thyme Bomb at Jacwilins; and Sh Ch Thendara Pot Noodle and his daughter Joanmas’ Perfect Lullaby.

The year produced four sets of CC winning litter mates – Gwendariff Nuts About U Glenavna and Gwendariff Coco Nut Cream (Sh Ch & Ir Sh Ch Northamber Just Cause for Glenavna JW ex Ir Sh Ch Gwendariff Walnut Whip); Forfarian Im Sexy An I Know It and Forfarian Hey Sexy Lady (Sh Ch Coppers Champagne on Ice at Aoibheanne JW ex Forfarian Caught You Lookin); Aoibheanne’s Say No More and Aoibheanne’s Stay With Me (Sh Ch & Ir Sh Ch Gwendariff Whippersnapper JW ex Sh Ch  Copper’s Champagne Bubble at Aoibheanne) and Riverbrue Alchemist Amidst Kespas and Riverbrue Gloriana (Sh Ch Copper’s War of Roses ex Sh Ch Neathamill Nerissa).

Successful sires during the year were Sh Ch/Int Sh Ch Coppers Magiska Under, sire of Sh Ch Coppers War of Roses, Sh Ch & Ir Sh Ch Gwendariff Whippersnapper JW and Gwendariff Unknown Soldier JW.  Sh Ch Coppers Champagne on Ice at Aoibheanne JW sired five CC winners – Sh Ch Forfarian Hey Sexy Lady JW, Sh Ch Forfarian I’m Sexy An I Know It JW, Amblin’s Sweet William, Ir Sh Ch Millcroft Whispering Moon and NL Ch Chase Cinammon’s.  Sh Ch/Int Sh Ch Sumaric Shadow of Mr Jingles continues to make his mark through his offspring Sh Ch Thendara Pot Noodle JW, Sh Ch Thendara Jocasta JW and Brinara Vanity Fair JW.  Finally Sh Ch & Ir Sh Ch Northamber Just Cause at Glenavna JW sired two CC winners – Sh Ch Gwendariff Coco Nut Cream and Sh Ch & Ir Sh Ch Gwendariff Nuts About U Glenavna JW. 

In terms of successful dams, this year is again unusual in that only those producing CC winning litter mates (rather than CC winners from different litters) have produced more than one CC winner in the year. These are Ir Sh Ch Gwendariff Walnut Whip, dam of Gwendariff Coco Nut Cream and Gwendariff Nuts About U Glenavna; Forfarian Caught You Lookin, dam of Forfarian Hey Sexy Lady and Forfarian I’m Sexy An I Know It; Sh Ch Coppers Champagne Bubble at Aoibheanne, dam of Aoibheanne’s Say No More and Aoibheanne’s Stay With Me and Sh Ch Neathamill Nerissa, dam of Riverbrue Alchemist Amidst Kespas and Riverbrue Gloriana.

Kennel wise, seven Gwendariff’s won CC’s during the year – Whippersnapper, Nuts About U Glenavna, Soda Pop to Wynjill, Thyme Bomb at Jacwilins, Unknown Soldier, D’Ya Know My Name By Bardonhill and Coco Nut Cream – winning a total of 25 CC’s between them.  There were 3 CC winning Thendara’s – Pot Noodle, Commitment and Jocasta and there were also three CC’s winners bred/owned by the Riverbrue kennel – Sh Ch Copper’s War of Roses, Riverbrue Alchemist Amidst Kespas and Riverbrue Gloriana.  There were then the remaining sets of litter mates winning CC’s from their respective kennels Forfarian Hey Sexy Lady and Forfarian I’m Sexy An I Know It, and Aoibheanne’s Say No More and Aoibheanne’s Stay With Me.  Finally there were two CC winners for Bardonhill in 2017 – Please Don’t Tease Quensha and Gwendariff D’Ya Know My Name.

Many congratulations to all those listed above and good luck to everyone in 2018.

Footnote: Thank you to those who have pointed out amendments to the original version of this report, which have now been included.  If there are any further errors or omissions please e-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that the report can be revised.

Becky Box

 

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