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February 2024

Posted on 19th February, 2024

Our first show of the year, Midland English Setter Society 'Double Champ show' two shows in one day; and what a day it turned out to be! Priya won her class, then the CC, her third to become a UK Show Champion at the first show under judge Sandra Full, she was later Best In Show. The day only got better as at the second Show she also won her class, then the CC and Best In Show under Judge Fiona Tompsett - Two breed club Best In Shows, and her title in one day! 

 

pictured below with her co-owners having won her 3rd CC

 

A few days later, and 5 days early, Isla, Sh Ch Wandsfell Dream of Me, whelped her much awaited first litter -  10 puppies, 6 boys and 4 girls. So far, she is being an excellent mum and pups are doing well. 

2023!

Posted on 6th January, 2024

where did 2023 go?! 

 

The year started with Priya whelping an exciting litter of 4, a dog and bitch were retained. whilst the pups grew and Priya regrew her coat, I judged bitches at the English Setter Society of Wales Champ Show in April, and had the pleasure of judging the Otterhound Club 45th Anniversary Champ Show in September; my first time giving CC's in the breed, and thoroughly enjoyed the day. 

 

In May, I showed (as usual) Christine Nornmansell's Latin Lover Rewind for Larrenie, to win Limit, the CC and Best of Breed at SKC - the first non-English line dog to win a CC in the UK for nearly 40 years, I believe!!

 

Sadly in July Duncan passed away suddenly after a short illness, he is sorely missed. 

 

In October, Priya returned from maternity leave at Midland Counties, and thrilled us by winning a strong open class, and the her first CC. she was also declared Best Veteran in Breed having just turned 7 - although she prefers to keep her age under wraps!  Her son, Connor, Larrenie Heartstopper made his debut and won his class. 

 

 

Priya's next show, Southern English Setter Society Champ Show, saw her do even better, by not only winning her second CC, but Best In Show. Photo below pictured with the judges and the RBIS

 

 

At Midland English Setter Society open Show, Priya again won Open, Best bitch and Best In Show. photo below with the RBIS winner

 

 

In only 5 shows, Priya had a great year, and we hope her 3rd CC wont be too far away in 2024. We also hope to campaign her son with her next year. 

September 22

Posted on 8th September, 2022

September

 

After a couple of weeks off through August, we returned to the shows on the 4th September we headed off to City of Birmingham held at Stoneleigh. Priya with me today, who due to having her Dutch title has to be in the open class. Priya was second in her class, behind the eventual CC winner. She was called back in to challenge for the resCC, that we are delighted she won. This being only her secind show with us, and a great start to her UK show career. 

July 22

Posted on 17th July, 2022

Isla's run of success continued at the end of June, with Best In Show at the English Setter Association. Thank you to Chris Bird for the use of this BIS photo of Isla. 

 

 

Her next show, Windsor, she was second in a strong limit class. On to East Of England, nicre to have a show close to home! She pulls out all the stops and wins Mid Limit, and then her crowning CC!! We are delighted. 

 

Photo the Bitch Line up. 

 

At Northern English Setter Champ Show, a warm day and Isla had a travelling companion, as Priya, owned jointly with Chrtistine Normansell made her UK Debut. A good day with Isla taking the Limit class and the resCC and Priya winning Open, which gives her, her studbook number. 

 

Leeds champ show, 2nd today for Isla. 

 

On to August, and National Gundog champ show at Malvern. another very hot, muggy day, but very successful with Isla winning her last Limit class, the Bitch CC and Best Of Breed. a long day not getting out of the Best In show competition till 5.30, and home by 9pm. work tomorrow could be a struggle! 

June 2022

Posted on 24th June, 2022

2022 has been a busy year so far. A slightly earlier lambing means they are well grown and nearly ready for new homes, which has given us time to concentrate on the dogs. Quite a few shows attended for us, but some very pleasing results. Isla has had a fab June, winning 1 res CC and then being awarded the CC and BOB at her next 2 shows. Fingers Crossed, her 3rd one, for her show champion title is not far away!

 

Imogen has not been shown but has been a great mum to her 2 dog puppies. 

October 2021

Posted on 30th September, 2021

Not much happened in 2020 for obvious reasons, but Wade did manage to sire a litter of 8 between lockdowns, with many liver and tan, and black and tan for the girls owner. He sired another litter in summer 2021.

 

When shows recommenced in spring 2021, Imogen made a good start back by winning her class at MESS open show, and the going one better at SESS open show by winning Reserve Best Bitch. She has been consistently well placed in post grad classes.

 

At Birmingham National  Champ show at the end of September Isla decided to join her sister, and,  at only her second show as an adult (she has only been to 3 shows in her life) won graduate, and then delighted us by winning the Reserve CC. Imogen won Post Graduate to complete a very good day.  

November 2019

Posted on 2nd December, 2019

Following on from Midland Counties, our next, and last show of the year, was Southern English Setter  Society Champ show, where Imogen once again topped the puppies by winning Best Puppy In Show. Photo below taken at the show. 

 

October 2019

Posted on 9th October, 2019

A very busy year...I'm not sure how we are in Ocotber! the small holding has been very busy - you can see our other animals at www.Peartreecottagesmallholding.co.uk  

 

Gabby's pups are now 8 months old and have ventured to their first shows. Imogen,  being the more mature has been to 4 shows, and has come away with a first at every show. 

 

Dillon returned to the ring at Darlington, and qualified for Crufts. He has also had best of breed at an open show. 

 

Midland Counties champ show, and Imogen just 9 months moved up to puppy and won a very strong puppy bitch class, and ended up Best Puppy In Breed, also nice to win £20 prize money! so far she remains unbeaten in her classes!

 

 

December 18

Posted on 13th December, 2018

Not many shows were attended during the latter half of the summer. I had a couple of days judging; in wales doing all the gundogs, hounds and terriers for Cardigian Canine Society, and later in October for Mid Herts Gundog judging Field and English Springers, the champion and RBOB stakes. A very enjoyable few days and some lovely dogs to judge.

 

2nd November, Maggie had 4 puppies by Duncan (Wandsfell Don’t Quote Me), 3 girls and a boy. She has been a great mum, and this outcross litter has been very interesting to see how they have developed. We are very  pleased with them now at 5 weeks -some photos below.

 

two and a half years without any Setter puppies, we have another interesting litter due mid January. We are happy to talk to people about this litter

 

 

June 2018

Posted on 27th June, 2018

Spring has been a busy time at wandsfell with our first lambing, and the birth of many babies on our smallholding; There are baby chicks, ducklings as well as the lambs skipping about the place. We have, however, managed to get to a few shows. The springers have had a decent run in puppy,  with Elliot winning 4 best puppy dogs, and Ella being Best puppy in show at Midland English Springer open show. 

 

Dillon has jumped up to the big boys classes, and has made his presence felt with two firsts and two seconds in his 4 classes to date. we hope he keeps up his winning ways!