CRUFTS 2019 - Change of Best In Show Judge
Dan Ericsson from Sweden, originally contracted to judge Best in Show at Crufts in 2021, has kindly agreed
to having his appointment brought forward and will now judge Best in Show at Crufts 2019, in place of Dr Ron James.
Midland Irish Setter Society - Change of Judge
Due to illness George Stevenson is unable to judge Irish Setter bitches at the Club Championship show to be held
on 24th February. The replacement judge will be Brenda Berry (Brinara).
Kennel Club Question Time heads to Cheshire
25th April 2019
Have a Go Dog Shows
Have you ever watched Crufts and wished you could take part? Here is your chance !
Irish Setter Club of Wales
A Breed Appreciation Day is planned for 30th March 2019 at Bishop’s Frome Village Centre,
Worcester WR6 5AZ This is an experience - NOT TO BE MISSED!!!
More information here
‘Grandfather’ rights for established judges during
Judges Commpetency Framework transition period
Under newly-approved changes to the Judges Competency Framework (JCF), beginning later this year,
the Kennel Club has announced that there will be ‘grandfather’ rights for established judges who meet certain criteria.
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Congratulations to Tania Gardner at Manchester Championship Show
Alanea Game Reserve With Danwish "Caleb" Irish Red & White Setter
Wins his first CC & BOB - Judge Shelagh Walton
Kennel Club announces changes in Stud Book Bands for 2019
Summary - Irish Setter moved from Top Band E - to Band D Effective 1st January 2019
Challenge Certificates, Reserve Challenge Certificates and Junior Warrants qualify in
ALL BANDS in addition to the class awards below
Qualifying classes changed to 1st, 2nd, 3rd Open Class - 1st Limit Class
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ESTABLISHED SINGLE BREED CC JUDGES TO BE LICENSED FOR FREE
- Must have been approved to award CCs by 1 July 2019
- Must apply for licence within 18-month window (ends 31 December 2020)
- Eligible to judge additional breeds at JCF Level 1 (open show level)
Under newly-approved changes to the Judges Competency Framework (JCF), which begins in 2019, the Kennel Club
has announced that there will be no licence fee for single breed judges approved to award Challenge Certificates by 1 July 2019.
In order to qualify for a free licence and maintain it, judges must not aspire to award CCs in an additional breed.
These changes have come about as a result of a review of the JCF carried out by the Judges Committee following feedback, including comments received at the Kennel Club SGM in November. Such judges will be exempt from paying a fee provided they apply for their licence between the latter half of 2019, when the JCF online system goes live, and the end of 2020.
After this period, the option of a free licence will no longer be available and all single breed CC judges will be charged £10
annually for the duration of their judging career. The previously announced £26 annual licence fee will apply to judges who award CCs
in more than one breed, including those who judge a breed with more than one variety (eg Dachshunds and Poodles). This charge also
applies to any licensed judge who judges more than one breed at JCF Level 2 or above (entitled to judge more than 3 (4) classes at
open shows), including single breed CC judges who aspire to judge a further breed at CC level.
It has also been announced this week that all licensed single breed CC judges will be entitled under the JCF to judge up to 3 (4)
classes of an additional breed or breeds at open show level (JCF Level 1). There is no change to plans to allow these judges to
continue to be able to judge BIS, groups and AV classes at such shows. Recently-approved changes to the JCF also include additional arrangements for existing judges during the Framework’s transition period which ends on 1 January 2022.
A further announcement will be made in due course. Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “In making this announcement,
the Kennel Club is responding to feedback from established judges, including those at the recent SGM, and hopes that this
latest development will go some way to showing that the Kennel Club acknowledges the important contribution made by breed
specialist judges approved under the traditional system. We would urge any judge who is eligible for a free licence to register
as soon as they are able in the latter half of 2019 in order that they do not miss out on this opportunity.”
JCF FEE STRUCTURE
||ENTITLED TO JUDGE
Free of charge
Single breed CC judges who do not aspire to judge further breeds at CC level. Must have been approved to award CCs by 1 July 2019 and must apply for their judge’s licence by 31 December 2020.
Entitled to award CCs in one breed, as well as judge 3 classes of an additional breed or breeds (4 if a puppy class is scheduled) at open shows where they are also entitled to judge BIS, groups and AV classes.
Single breed CC judges who do not aspire to judge further breeds at CC level and who do not qualify for a free licence.
For judges who judge more than one breed at any JCF level or those judges progressing through the JCF system but have not yet met JCF Level 4 requirements.
Entitled to judge any breed for which they are registered at appropriate JCF level. This includes CC judges of breeds with varieties, eg Dachshunds and Poodles.
As the year draws to a close, we would like to take this opportunity to say an enormous thank you to all
those who have contributed to the website in 2018.We totally redesigned the website in August and we were thrilled
to receiveyour appreciative comments.
This has been a special year for us as we also celebrate 25 years since launch.
So we would also extend our grateful thanks to everyone who have sent news, results, photos & videos
during this time. Please continue to give us your support in the years ahead.
Wishing everyone around the world, a wonderful, happy & healthy 2019, to you and your beautiful setters.
Many thanks, once again.
Colin & Pamela
Champion of Champions 2018
Sh Ch/GB Sh Ch Gwendariff Whippersnapper
Winner of the Champion of Champions
Event, held at the Hilton Hotel in Dublin Owned by Diane Stewart-Ritchie & Alec Stewart.
Judge: Petru Muntean (Romania)
Photos: Caroline Reynolds K9 News (L) Jean Lawless - Our Dogs Ireland (R)
See full photo coverage in Show Results Section
Congratulations to Christine & Peanut
Northern Ireland Gundog of the Year for the 3rd Year running!
Northern Ireland Gundog of the Year 2016, 2017 and 2018
Sh Ch /Ir Sh Ch Gwendariff Nuts Aboutu Glenavna JW (Peanut)
Owned by Christine McLarnon
Photo by: Alex Douglas
Keith Lewis (Kegil)
Sad news from Wendy Keele today 22nd November "Keith Lewis (KEGIL) Irish and English Setters, passed away peacefully this morning, after a short battle. He’s now with his beloved Gill." (photo with Denver).
A very well known breeder / exhibitor and former Iish Setter Breeders Club Secretary.
A perfect gentleman, will be missed by many.
We offer our deepest sympathy to Keith's family, at this sad time.
Funeral arrangements as follows:
Keith's funeral will be held on - Tuesday 18th December 12:45pm
St Mary Magdalene,Tanworth Green, Tanworth-in-Arden, West Midlands, B94 5AL
Followed by refreshments at The Oak Hotel, Hockley Heath,Stratford Rd, Hockley Heath, Solihull B94 5NW
(4 miles from the church)
If you are intending to attend please notify Merry Lewis-Medard - Please email: email@example.com
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The Gwendariff Triple
Congratulations to Diane & Alec
Northern Ireland Show Dog of the Year Winner - All Breeds 2018
Gwendariff Weekend Warrior (Hero)
Congratulations to Diane Stewart-Ritchie& Alec Stewart
Following on from Sh Ch & GB Sh Ch Gwendariff Whippersnapper Champion of Champions Win, &
runner up with Stripey Setter at the NI Show Puppy Of The Year. Today Gwendariff Weekend Warrior (Hero)
wins NI Show Dog of The Year. All breeds 2018.
Judges: Morag Connolly, Ralph Dunne & Lilja Dora Halldorsdottier (From Iceland)
Photo: Caroline Reynolds K9 News
*** The Triple for the Gwendariff Kennel ***
Best Dog & Group 3 , Best Bitch & Best Puppy & Puppy Group 2
See - Gundog Breeds Association of Scotland Championship Show
10th November 2018
Congratulations Jim & Sue Cuddy
Midland Counties Championship Show
Dog CC, BOB & Group 3
Sh Ch Taxus Golden Prince In Balbriggan JW
ISAE Photos available for purchase - click link above
The Officers & Committee of the ISAE would like to thank all those who brought Raffle Prizes and
purchased Mega Raffle tickets. The Raffle was a enormous success with over 70 prizes.
Changes to breeding regulations in England
4th September 2018 - 2:07 PM - Posted by the Kennel Club
As of October 2018 new breeding regulations are being introduced in England by Defra and the Kennel Club is providing information to its customers on how some of these changes will effect dog breeders and some of those involved with dogs.
The main legislative changes being made are:
- A breeding licence will be required for anyone breeding three or more litters and selling at least one puppy in a 12 month period. This is a reduction from the previous litter test of five or more litters.
- A licence is not required if documentary evidence can be provided that none of the puppies or adult dogs have been sold.
- Anyone in the business of selling dogs (even one or two litters in a 12 month period) may require a licence. This is not new and has been in place since 1999. The Government provides guidance on what local authority inspectors should consider when assessing whether a breeder meets the business test.
- A new star rating system is being introduced based on welfare conditions and breeding history which has been designed to reward high performing breeding establishments and to give further help to puppy buying public in identifying good breeders.
Further examples are provided within the Government’s guidance document “The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018, Guidance notes for conditions for breeding dogs” which can be found on CFSG under the legislation and guidance tab. There is also further information on the Kennel Club website click here.
As well as changes to the breeding regulations, revisions have been made to the licensing regime for boarding kennels, home boarders and day boarding establishments. The same star rating system will be implemented for these businesses. The performing animal regulations have been amended and are now only applicable to those in the business of keeping or training animals for educational or entertainment purposes. The exemption for those keeping or training animals solely for military, police or sporting purposes has been maintained.
For further information and to see a full list of FAQ’s please see the Kennel Club website.
We feel immense sadness today (27th August) with the loss of a dear friend Kate O’Callaghan, whom we have known for over
30 years. Pamela & I got to know Kate extremely well, during the five years I was Hon. Secretary of the ISBC and she was
Hon Treasurer at that time. A more dedicated & loyal person you will never meet. Kate loved our breed and said many times
it’s not about winning but the taking part!
She had time for everyone offering advice and friendship and will be dearly missed, by all who knew her. We offer our deepest sympathy to her son Mark & his family.
Colin & Pamela Waddell
See a tribute to Kate by Brian Ross ISBC President below
A tribute from Brian Ross President
- Irish Setter Breeders Club
Catherine “Kate” O’Callaghan: 18/2/1934-27/8/2018
As many of her friends will know, Kate O’Callaghan has experienced a number of health problems recently, involving stays in 3 different hospitals, including surgery at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, before returning to Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury.
Sadly, her health took a downward spiral and she passed away on the morning of Monday 27 August, in the presence of son Mark, and members of her family… to whom we send our sincere condolences for the loss of our treasured friend.
Below are the words offered in our ISBC Yearbook 2007, when Kate retired from her role with the club – RIP Kate x
“This photo is offered as a tribute to our retiring Treasurer and Membership Secretary, Kate O’Callaghan; our Chairman, Brian Ross, charts Kate’s service to the ISBC committee in his report for 2007. However, suffice to say, Kate is held in great affection by our members - not to mention a modicum of trepidation at membership renewal time if we’re late with our subs!
We wish you a truly happy and healthy “retirement” Kate – although, somehow, I don’t think you quite understand the concept yet and we’ll still be seeing you lending a hand here and there.
With warmest wishes from all your friends and colleagues”
“This edition of our Year Book will, as usual, be circulated to members in the early months of 2008 and by then all will be aware that Kate O’Callaghan, our Honorary Treasurer and Membership Secretary, will be retiring from the Committee at the 2008 AGM. With 32 years unbroken service I am certain that, in terms of Committee membership, Kate is second only to Miss Sybil Lennox.
Kate first joined the Committee in 1976, at which time I had been on the Committee for two years and was therefore one of those delighted to welcome and work with her until work commitments made it necessary for me to resign in 1979. From the outset, Kate was ready to take on any task and very quickly became Cup and Diploma Secretary - a job she carried out until she succeeded Jennie Lee (known to everyone these days as Jennie Reed, our legal adviser) as Honorary Treasurer in 1981. At this time the role of Membership Secretary was a separate function until Kate volunteered to add it to her existing role in 1983. It is important to remember that at this time, with the rapidly growing popularity of the breed, our membership was also increasing very fast bringing with it a substantial increase in workload for Kate. Typically, not satisfied with this, Kate added to her multi-tasking by taking on and significantly developing the Club’s sales activities. It will come as no surprise that the Committee has decided to split the three roles after Kate’s departure in order to encourage others to volunteer for them!!
How does one summarise the vast contribution Kate has made to the ISBC over a complete generation? One can only admire and celebrate her dedication and commitment to our breed and Club. She joined the Committee when Chris Tonkyn was Chairman and has seen six chairmen before me come and go in the intervening years. By a happy coincidence, I was present when she joined the Committee and am delighted to be in the Chair at this time to have the honour of thanking her for her total dedication to serving the Club. I am sure members will enjoy memories evoked by the photo montage tribute assembled by Sandy Waterton appearing in this issue.
Of course, being Kate, she has not totally retired as she will be taking on the role of Treasurer of the ISBC Rescue Sub-Committee.”
Kate never forgot her friends… and, right up until she went into hospital I, and I’m sure many others, enjoyed a weekly chat on the phone with her – what a wonderful lady.
Brian Ross (President ISBC)