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Daro of Maridor in the ring with his handler Charles Palmer at Westminster in 1938.

times, there were as many as 400 English Setters were housed there. Between 1934 and 1959, at least 125 Blue Bar English Setters finished their AKC championships. Myers’ English Setters won eight ESA/ ESAA specialties between 1939 and 1957. It is a rare English Setter today that does not have a Blue Bar dog in its pedigree. Myers could be considered to be one of the finest sportsmen in canine sport. He became involved in breeding and exhibiting English Setters after he had become unbeatable at breeding and

showing poultry. In 1934, towards the end of an eight year run of sweeping all of the major prizes at the New York Poultry Show at the Madison Square Garden (Yes, there were poultry shows at the Garden!) he converted his poultry barns to kennels and began acquiring and breeding English Setters. As Arthur Fredrick Jones wrote of Myers in 1939, “(Mr. Myers) believes that sport lies in the thought and e ff ort required to accomplish results. He cannot see wherein there is sport when the result is a forgone conclusion.” Th us, having

outclassed his competition, he abandoned poultry showing and launched his Blue Bar Kennels. The kennel name was a reference to Myers’ famed Barred Plymouth Rock chickens. Th e biggest–winning English Setter of all time was the immortal Am./Can./ Cuban Ch. Rock Falls Colonel, who was born in 1948. Th e Colonel’s show career is the stu ff of legend. He became an AKC champion of record in May of 1950 and won his first Best in Show on September 16, 1950. By the time he was finished in 1957, he had won 100 AKC Bests in Show, a Cuban BIS and a Canadian BIS out of 186 times shown. He was handled his entire career by his “amateur” handler, breeder/owner Bill Holt. Th ere was more to Colonel than his incredible show record

Am./Can./ Ch. Kaska’s Isadora with owner Lindsey Kuhn

Am./Can./Cuban. Ch. Rock Falls Colonel and breeder/owner Bill Holt

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