From Hunting to Westminster
Sahara Hunting One Day, Westminster the Next day.
Sahara Ch Set’r Ridge’s Everlasting went hunting on Monday of Westminster and then competed at the Garden on Tuesday.
On Monday we went to a private hunting club in New Jersey. When we arrived I heard a man say, no show dogs can hunt. They’ve bred all of the instinct out of those show dogs. I said, “Would you like to come and watch her”? He said, “I will do better than that, I will put my dog down against yours and see who gets the most birds”. I said “OK”. When it came time to hunt, he watched, so did the manager of the club. Another dog was put down with her, not his dog, a friend’s dog. Off they went. The other dog pointed first and Sahara went on a beautiful honor. She was back in the trees and the other dog was out in the open. The other handler said, bring her up so she can point. I said, “Absolutely not, my dog is honoring yours, that is what she is supposed to do”. I could hear the two men in the background saying, “Did you see that?” My friend flushed the bird and the dog chased and retrieved the bird. When he was done I sent Sahara on to hunt. Shortly she slammed up on a beautiful point, foot up, tail level and body kinked. Once again I heard the men behind me say, “ Did you see that?” About that time the other dog came running around the bush and stole point, a few seconds later he took the bird out and chased. After the bird was shot he retrieved it.
Sahara had several more beautiful points and another awesome honor. About this time, heard the man that had challenged me in the lodge say, “She is almost one hundred percent broke.” This means that she is trained to stay after pointing and not move while the bird is flushed and shot. By the time we left, he asked for my phone number. I’m not sure why, but it made me proud that our Dual setters could do what they were bred to do.
When we left the lodge, the manager said that he hoped to see her on TV at Westminster. A dog that could hunt like that deserved to win at the Garden. That was pretty amazing after thinking that show dogs couldn’t hunt. Sahara had a grand time. My friends took lots of photos and they turned out great. You can view them on our web site at www.englishsetter.com Hunting Dogs, Sahara.
That evening, she wasn’t impressed that she had to have another bath. Up at four AM and off to Westminster. She showed great and the crowd cheered. She won Best of Opposite to William, Ch Esthete’s Splendor In The Grass, a Hadji (Dual Ch Set’r Ridge’s Solid Gold MH HDX CGC CDX son, owned by Jill Warren and Linda Stebbins. Jill also believes in competing in the Field and William’s sister is ready for this Trial season.
I was conditioning Sahara and Zion on horseback the day before I left for New York. I was thinking to myself, “Am I crazy, if my horse steps on her foot, she will be lame for the Garden.” However conditioning is very important to me, and she can’t run in these big Trials or hunt all day with out her heart being strong and he body having good muscle tone.
Ten days before Westminster, Sahara competed in an all pointing breed Field Trial. There were 17 pointing dogs entered. Only two were setters of any variety, Sahara and Zion Dual Ch Set’r Ridge’s Real Gold MH (Hadji son). Sahara won an Award of Merit. This is very difficult to do at an All Breed trial as the judges aren’t used to seeing the show dogs and the different style of English Setter. We were thrilled.
She had hunted the week before in the snow. There are photos of the hunt on our web site under Hunting Dogs, Sahara. We had to chain up the trucks to get in to hunt. We were hunting chukkar on hill sides that were very steep. There was a layer of ice over the snow the first day, so she would take two steps up the hill and then slide backwards. When we got to the top of the hills, she would slide part way down the hill until she ran into a bush to slow her self down. I asked my friend why he thought his dogs weren’t sliding as much, and he said, “Because I didn’t cut my dogs toenails.” Well that made a lot of sense. That night it snowed. It was powdered snow and the birds held better. Sahara had several beautiful points, but the snow balled up on her legs and attached itself to her hair. There is a photo of the snow balled up on Sahara’s coat on our site also. Our options were to cut the snow and hair off, or stick her in the cab of the truck and melt off the snow. We did the latter.
March 19th through the 21st is the First National English Setter Field Trial. We will take Sahara and Zion down to California for the Trial. There should be some great dogs there to watch. We will haul our horses and run the dogs. M.A. Samuelson should get much of the credit for this trial as she has worked very hard to get the English Setter club approved to hold a National Field Trial. M. A. bred the first Dual English Setter. He finished his Field Trial Championship thirteen years ago. Since then only eleven more English Setters have finished their Dual. This isn’t for the lack of great bench dogs, but the competition is very great in the Field, and many judges are prejudice towards the faster Field dog that holds It’s tail at twelve o’clock when on point.
This is the AKC web site where you can view the photos from Westminster. http://www.westminsterkennelclub.org/2004/results/breed/engsett.html
At the English Setter Association of America’s Specialty Sunday Feb 8th, Emanuel Set’r Ridge’s Gold In Platinum (Ben x Nadia) (double Hadji grandson) won Winners Dog and Best Bred By Exhibitor for his second five point major. Melissa D Newman.
Joseph- Set’r Ridge’s Coat of Many Colors (Zion x Desi) won Reserve winners dog and Best of Opposite in Sweeps at the English Setter Association of America’s Specialty, Sunday Feb 8th. Lincoln and Christy Lloyd, & Melissa D Newman.
Audi- Ch Set’r Ridge’s Audacious Kid (Canaan x Jira) finished her Championship. She finished with two four point majors. Judy Hueman.
Rose- Set’r Ridge’s Desert Rose (Zion x Desi) won Best Jr to qualify for Crufts. At the International Show of NOVA GORICA ( SLOVENIA)
Rose wins 1 excellent CAC CACIB BOB and 3th BOG Barbara Gruzzi.
Samuel- Set’r ridge’s Independence (Zion x Maggy) was 2 excellent ris CAC ris Cacib (working class) with an entries of 13 dogs in class and he was the youngest. Barbara Gruzzi.
ZZ- Ch Set’r Ridge Aerden’s Sharp Dressed Man (Canaan x Meg) won back to back BOB’s. Pam and Kayla Kozak.
Simon- Set’r Ridge’s Arrogance (Canaan x Jira) won the CAC and CACIB in Milan. Matteo and Lisa.
Jordan – Ch Set’r Ridge’s Deep Impact (Zion x Josie) won first place both days in Open A with scores of 196. This was an all breed show. Rose Miller.
Cherokee- Santan Dakotah’s Ghost Dancer won two points. She is sired by Hadji. Laura Reynolds.
Cooper- Set’r Ridge’s Keep The Faith (Zion x Josie) won two points. Anne Pickrell.
Sting- Ch Set’r Ridge Bayside Sting’n Rain (Canaan x Jira) won a group 4 Lily Luster handled by Lincoln Lloyd. Sting is for sale to a great Jrs home.
Lily-Ch Stagedoor Tiger Lily (Canaan x Cheyenne) finished Sat at Linn Co KC Joan Savage.
Shem-Set'r Ridge's Show Boat (Fitz x Natanya) was winners dog at the Linn County K. C. Albany, Oregon Saturday, February 14th. Skip & Nancy Alexander.
Talia-Ch Set’r Ridge’s Intensity (Canaan x Eve) finished her JH. Rachel Barnes.
Flair- NAFC FC Set’r Ridge’s Natural High (Pal x Tux) ENGLISH POINTER. Flair is Paul’s pointer. She recently ran in an Open Limited Gun Dog Stake with an entry of 19 dogs. It was a money stake. She won first place to finish her Field Championship. I am adding her to our web site so you can see her. She will be under hunting dogs.
Australian Import. We have imported a new Stud dog. Thanks to Darren and Jamie. Hector is a beautiful blue dog with a awesome front, top line and head. I will be putting many photos of Hector and his progeny on our web site, along with his pedigree.
We have two other Juniors dogs available, and a four month old female that needs a home.
We have bred Dove to Hector. We will be breeding Snowy to Joshua.
Once again, if I missed any of your wins. Please email me the results including your dogs name, registered name, sire and dam, wins and the owners names.
I will be putting new photos on the web site soon.
Setter Ridge Kennel
Melissa D Newman
7009 S Heggenes Rd
Clinton, WA 98236
(360) 341-3078 fax
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