A family dog has been in my life since I was a young girl. The very first dog just showed up one day at our front door and Trixie, a Manchester terrier, stayed for 16 years. She was a gleam in my father’s eye.
The Army draft took my husband in September in 1969 and the very next day I went to the shelter and got a dog. Over the next 14 years and several moves around the country two shelter dogs graced our home.
During the summer of 1983, I was without a dog again. I happen to see an ad in the Buffalo New York Evening News for an Irish setter female puppy with AKC papers and pedigree. My three boys and I visited the home, purchased my first Irish Setter, Nina, and the love and commitment to Irish Setter breed began. She was a great pet for nine years for our family.
We went through part of the early summer of 1992 with no Irish Setter, but I soon started a search. Breeders were now listing their information on the internet and with the third call brought Patricia Nagel of Quailfield Irish Setters into my life. Patricia and Joan Staby had just had a litter together on June 5th, 1992. After two puppy visits to Eden, New York the female puppy crawled up in my lap each time. We were able to bring our new Irish Setter home August 10th 1992. Her name was, “Quailfield Red Hot Success” and I called her “Challisbay” after the fabric known as “challis” known for its soft and flowing quality.
Challisbay became a great mom and my foundation Bitch to three litters, with her first litter producing four male champions. The last breeding was to Am Can CH Quailfield Mak’n Business, “Addie” producing four champions. Addie is the number one producer of Irish Setter Champions. Challisbay received her Register of Merit (ROM) from The Irish Setter Club of America. She herself was not a finished champion, but it was not for lack of trying. She loved the birds and her couch and my boys better. Her daughter, AM/ Can International CH RedRidge Bonus Charms Ms. Nagel CGC JH ROM—Ms. Patty, would take over carrying the RedRidge Irish Setter name forward.
In 1995 at the Kansas Irish Setter Specialty, I saw a young male from Minnesota that I thought might be a good match for Ms Patty. In November 1995, I drove the 11 hours through the snow and sleet to breed Ms. Patty to BIS/BISS Am Can CH Windwood Autumn Tradition JH CD VC. This litter produced 2 male puppies and three very lovely bitches—Halle, Flame and Marnie. Marnie and Halle would grace my home and Flame went back to Minnesota as a stud fee puppy. She produced BIS/BISS CH Windwood Inferno. Halle, CH RedRidge Candlelight Dessert SH love was in the field. She earned her Junior and Senior hunt Titles and two legs on her master hunter title. Halle eventually became my field trainer, Lin Kozlowski’s, personal gun dog.
Another Ms. Patty daughter, CH RedRidge Film Fantasia, Pinky, produced 15 puppies with co-breeder Patricia Nagel on board with her sire GCH Quailfield’s Who Mak’n the Noise. Pinky won the Best Matron Trophy in 2010 and Best Litter. At one time we both were showing a total of ten out of this litter and finished them earning a ROM for Pinky.
The next Ms. Patty daughter, CH RedRidge Doya Ever Wonder Why, Doonie, produced ten puppies with CH Quailfield Mak’n Business in December 2010. From that litter seven have finished their Championships earning her a ROM award.
From this start in Irish Setters there are now five generations of ROM bitches. The motor home has taken me to all parts of the country to deliver new puppies and enabled me to participate at Nationals and local Specialties, walking field trials and hunt tests. My dogs have earned numerous placements and awards but my main purpose continues to be breeding for a sound sweet tempered dog capable of performing in the field or in the show ring but mostly importantly to be someone’s well-loved companion.