Closing date for paper entries:- Sunday 3rd March 2024
Closing date for online entries:- (Midnight) Sunday 10th March 2024
Note:- This is an unbenched show
Join us for our 2024 52nd Championship Show on Saturday 23rd March 2024, and to be held at The Royal Kennel Club Building, East Hall, Stoneleigh Park, Coventry, Warwickshire, CV8 2LZ. We are sure you will enjoy your day with us.
We also have places for people wishing to steward experienced or not. This is now a requirement to move on up the JEP levels. If you are interested email the Chief Steward :- Dave Hemmings
Judges for this show are:-
Dogs:- Ms A M Douthwaite (Gracewood)
Bitches:- Mrs A R Roberts (Polmennor)
I bought my first ‘Fearnley’ Irish Setter from Pat and Barry Rhodes in 1968. She was never shown, but was the most loyal, constant companion. My love for our beautiful breed began then and has never wavered since. At that time my career was training and producing competition horses, so Katie had a wonderful time accompanying me to shows and events all over the country!
After qualifying in Podiatry and moving to Essex my next Fearnley joined us in 1992.
My partner and myself were granted our ‘Gracewood’ affix in 1994, so Gracewood Irish Setters and Gracewood Golden Retrievers came to be. Since then we have been very fortunate to have had great success with both breeds. The highlights in Goldens have been the fact we have bred two Show Champions and one full Champion, and in Irish we have produced five stud book holders. More importantly though we have had such fun!!
We have been living in Shropshire with our doggy family for the past thirty years and are now retired. How time flies!
I have been very fortunate to have judged in Sweden and Belgium, and have awarded CCs on two occasions.
It is an absolute privilege and honour to be invited to judge dogs at the I.S.B.C. Championship show in March 2024. I am very grateful to the Committee for my invitation, and am looking forward very much to my appointment.
My first encounter with Irish Setters was as a teenager when my parents bought a puppy locally. She was typically affectionate and full of life and got us all hooked. Next came Smallcroft Gretel, with her I got the dog showing bug and ‘Katy’ had a lovely show career winning a CC. In 1994 Lynwood Castaspell Over Polmennor became the first Irish registered in my name. An absolute show girl who never let me down. Late to mature, I was thrilled with her eventually winning two RCCs. A daughter from her second litter, Polmennor Village Gossip ShCM also won a RCC. Next in line was Polmennor For Pleasure and her half sister Lynwood Theme Song For Polmennor joined us at 15 months old. I adored her and she followed me everywhere, she was just the type of Irish Setter I love, beautifully balanced, so feminine and pretty. Next came Polmennor Willow Pattern and Polmennor For Fun.
This brings me up to present time, my third Lynwood, Lynwood Full Of Grace At Polmennor joined me in 2012, Lola was out of a favourite of mine Sh Ch Lynwood Follow Your Dreams JW. Her daughter Polmennor Spinning Moons did well as a puppy. In 2014 I imported from Hungary. ‘Our Rez’ Sangarah Shared Romance with Polmennor (Imp Hun) VW came to live with my friend Tallulah. Owned in partnership we have had some fun with him gaining his stud book number and veteran warrant. Early 2018 I was smitten by some photos of a bitch puppy that was available from Irina Isaenko, Jetsetter Kennel. We always hope to find something special and I struck gold. Chrissy (Sh Ch Jetsetter Cristalle To Polmennor (Imp Rus) JW) came to live here in the UK in April 2018. Her show career took off in June ’18 and by early September ‘18 she had achieved her JW. She won nearly all of her junior and yearling classes achieving a CC at 20 months old and another on her second birthday. With a break during the COVID pandemic she returned to the ring in August 2021 and before the end of that month had won her third CC and became my first Show Champion. Later that same year she produced me just one bitch puppy, my pretty special Polmennor Castaspell JW. Crufts 2023 was probably my proudest moment standing up in the Open Bitch class with my Show Champion by my side.
I started judging in 1997. The following years took me all over the country judging open shows. I have attended a number of talks, seminars and breed development programmes over the years and a day in the field watching Setters and pointers working at Sandringham at an open stake. I judged the ISBC open show in 2008 with 100 entries and in 2009 I judged a lovely entry of nearly 100 in Sweden and most of my winners there are in Chrissy’s pedigree. Since awarding CCs I have judged at a gundog group show giving CCs to dogs in 2016 and a breed club show in 2021 giving CCs to bitches. I feel honoured to be invited and am delighted to again have the chance to assess bitches at the Irish Setter Breeders Club championship show.