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The Irish Red & White Setter Society Spring Trial
Posted on 05/11/2006 in Notes From The Field.

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Dunbar, Kentucky
Todd Kellam reporting

The 2006 version of the annual Irish Red & Setter Nationals was an outstanding event. I had the privilege of attending for United Kennel Club and it was, as always, the perfect blend of quality dog work and the camaraderie of quality dog folks. The event kicked off with a new start this year, a UKC licensed specialty show for Irish Red & White Setters which replaced the non-licensed version of such from years past. The show was well attended.

Friday’s pointing dog activities consisted of a non-licensed bird hunter’s challenge for everyone to have a little fun and get the dogs settled in. Saturday morning it was on to the UKC licensed trial on liberated quail. Judge Clarence Edge awarded a First and Reserve in Novice. The first was awarded to TAN Hey Beer Man, an Irish Setter owned by Kevin and Jean Plummer. A reserve placement was awarded to Dal’s Sage Etoile De Okie, an Epagneul Breton owned by Steve Parker. Jean Plummer judged the Open class and also awarded a first to TAN Vernon De L'Escarbot, an Epagneul Breton owned by Mark Dinsmore.

Saturday night the group all met for some good food and social activities. This is always one of the highlights of the weekend. The Irish Red & White Setter Society is very much open to all gundog enthusiasts and it was fun to have a good turn out of the French Brittany Association members join in the activities.

Sunday morning was day two of the UKC licensed Type L Field Trial. Jean Plummer judged the Novice class and did award a First and Reserve. Placing first was W P Carter’s Drake, an Irish Setter owned by Pat and Waverly Carter. The reserve winner was TAN R W Top Spot O'Riley, an Irish Red & White Setter owned by Lafe Nichols. Steve Parker had the Open class responsibilities and awarded both a First and Reserve. First place on Sunday also went to TAN Vernon De L'Escarbot, the Epagneul Breton owned by Mark Dinsmore. Reserve placement went to GUN Edge’s Rosebud, a German Shorthair owned by Clarence Edge.

A trip to central Kentucky for the annual spring gathering of the Irish Red & White Setter Society should be on the list of anyone that appreciates running dogs and making new friends. You are guaranteed plenty of opportunity to do both.

GUN Hey Beer Man, owned by Kevin and Jean Plummer

Mark Dinsmore and Vern (L) and Clarence Edge with Rose

Steve Parker and Sage

Judge Plummer and Tim Powell with Gus on point as the hills of Kentucky provide the perfect backdrop.