Kate O'Callaghan Memorial Show 21/07/19
(Formerly Named The Southern Open Show)

Join us for this show held at Steventon

Village Hall a lovely venue with plenty of

parking space and spacious outdoor/indoor area.


Judge for Dogs & Bitches :- Ruth Lewis (Valasarch)

Paper entries close:- 22nd June 2019

Online entries close:-7th July 2019

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Our Judges CV

The Kate O’Callaghan memorial open show –
It’s always nice to know a little about our judges and for Ruth Lewis dogs have been a lifelong passion. We asked her to write a few words about her life with dogs:-

The first dogs I remember growing up with were our lovely French Bulldogs, back in the 1970’s no one knew what breed they were, how times have changed. I first saw Irish Setters through our close family friends, Julie and Bob Hammond. They owned and showed a Tyrocoll dog called Ben and a Westerhuys bitch called Muffet. While the ‘grown ups’ would sit and chat every Friday night I would cuddle Ben and Muffet and that’s, I think, when I first fell in love with our beautiful breed.

Julie started taking me to dog shows and I first started to show our Frenchies then I started showing Ben in the Junior Handling classes and we had some great successes. In the 1980’s Both the Irish Setter breed classes and the handling classes had huge numbers of entries and it was an achievement just to get short listed, but I loved it. In 1983 Julie bred her westerhuys bitch to the Handsome SH CH Kerryfair Nightfever( one of his first litters). I was extremely lucky to pick ‘my Archie’. He meant everything to me. He taught me so much and we learnt together. I will never forget the day he won his first CC and BIS at the SEISC show in a massive entry. He later went on to win his title and became SH CH Royal Archer.

I was 18 years old when I first started judging and I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge as I still do to this day. I have trained two of my Irish to a high standard in obedience. They do have beauty and brains, well maybe not all of them!!! I have owned Irish for over 30 years but in that time I have never had a huge amount. what with work and bringing up 3 beautiful daughters I haven’t been able to continuously campaign my dogs but I am very proud to have other Stud Book winners and a JW holder. My eldest daughter has been showing since a young age with great success and now my twin girls have started showing in the handling classes. I’m a very proud mum. Thank you to the ISBC for my invitation to judge at their show. I’m looking forward to the day.

Judge:- Ruth Lewis (Valasarch)