Blue Bar’s C.N. Myers relaxing at the kennel with his most famous champion, Ch. Rip of Blue Bar, with two of his offspring.
Ch. Esthete’s Splendor In The Grass RN (Ch. Set’r Ridge’s Solid Gold x Ch. Esthete’s She Stoops to Conquer), winner of 27 Bests in Specialty with breeder/owner Jill Warren
and his prowess as a sire. He was perhaps the breed’s best ambassador. A number of breeders got involved with English Setters after seeing him compete. It was common for a group of people to gather around the
Colonel after a win in the ring and Mr. Holt would let anyone who asked hold Colonel’s leash. On one such occasion, a young boy asked to hold the leash and Bill complied. Minutes later, the boy and the Colonel were gone. A frantic search found them both outside of the building. Th e youngster was walking the
or a National Specialty. In addition to his accomplishments, Hadji is remembered as an amazingly striking example of the breed and for having a great disposition. When it comes to show glory, English Setter bitches were late to the party. Before the 1960s, it was not common to see bitch “specials” in the show ring. Breeders finished their bitches then took them home to breed. For example, when Ch. Mary of Blue Bar went Best of Breed (and Group 3) at the 1949 Morris and Essex show, she was the only bitch to win BOB at either Westminster or Morris and Essex for 25 years from 1931 (the inception of the ESA) until 1956. Today, English Setter bitches hold the breed records for most Group wins, most Best in Specialty wins, and most National Specialty wins. Th e Best in Specialty Showwins record stands at 29 and is held by Am./Can. Ch. Kaska’s Isadora, who was handled by her owner Lindsey Kuhn. Lindsey and “Izzy” began their special partnership in 2004 when Lindsay was a 15 year-old junior and Izzy was two years old and not yet an AKC champion. By the time their record-breaking run was over in 2008, dog and handler had grown up together in the sport and theirs will become known as one of the greatest dog/handler partnerships in the history of the breed.
Colonel home, firm in the belief that the Colonel had been given to him as a pet! Th e most accomplished English Setter was Dual Ch. Am/Can Ch. Set’r Ridge’s Solid Gold CDX MH HDX CGC. “Hadji” is the top-producing English Setter sire of all time, producing 139 AKC champions to date. He is also the first bench English Setter to be successfully bred using frozen semen. Hadji won the 1988 ESAA Futurity, the 1993 ESAA National Specialty, eight All Breed Bests In Show, and ten Bests in Specialty overall– all owner handled. He finished his field trial championship at nine years of age to become the eighth Dual Champion in the breed’s history. He is the only Dual Ch. English Setter to win a Best in Show
PIC7 Ch. Honeygait ‘N Lamplighter Fever, winner of 40 All-Breed Bests in Show, a breed record for bitches
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