Monday, December 23, 2013

Happy Holidays From the Red Setter folks!

Happy Holidays from the National Red Setter Field Trial Club and all those who love and are owned by the red setters in their lives!  

Red setter "Teal" owned and loved by Emilen, granddaughter of Al Houde of Stafford, VA

Teal is a proud product of the Purest Challenge 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Fall Shooting Dog Championship Pics!!

Amateur Shooting Dog Championship
Front: Roger Boser w/ Breakstone; Mary Boser w/ Touchstone
Back: Jeff Marshall, judge; Bonnie Hidalgo; Gailen Cooper, judge; Sue Chirigotis; Stan Zdanczewicz and Brenda Edwards.

Open Derby
Front: Roger Boser w/Lumineer; Al Fazenbaker w/Brees; Sean Melvin w/Come Back Winder
Back: Joe Edwards; Jim Morehouse; Jeff Marshall, judge; Gailen Cooper, judge; Dennis Hidalgo; Tom Norton; Stan Zdanczewicz; Ed Liermann; Deb Fazenbaker; Ron Cassidy & Christa Townsend.

Open Shooting Dog Championship
Front: Joe Edwards w/Come Back Audie; Sue Chirigotis and Sean Melvin w/ Zansett Simply Red; Christa Townsend
Back: Jeff Marshall, judge; Jim Morehouse; Gailen Cooper, judge; Seth; Dennis Hidalgo; Bruce Ludwig; Stan Zdanczewicz; Ed Liermann; Ron & Karen Cassidy.

Open Puppy
Front: Joe Edwards w/Come Back Bella; Dennis Hidalgo w/Firefly’s Gemstone; Al Fazenbaker w/Conneaut Creek Tullamore Do
Standing: Sean Melvin; Jim Morehouse; Gailen Cooper & Jeff Marshall, the judges; Tom Norton; Bonnie Hidalgo; Ed Liermann; Deb Fazenbaker; Sue Chirigotis; Stan Zdanczewicz and Christa Townsend

Open All Age
Front: Roger Boser w/Touchstone; Joe Edwards w/Come Back Audie; Sean Melvin w/Breakstone; Christa Townsend
Back: Jim Morehouse; Jeff Marshall & Gailen Cooper, the judges; Seth; Dennis Hidalgo; Bruce Ludwig; Sue Chirigotis; Stan Zdanczewicz; Ed Liermann; Ron & Karen Cassidy

Open Walking Shooting Dog
Front: Deb Fazenbaker w/ Flushing Whip’s Roger Ramjet; Don Beauchamp w/Warjam’s Red Ranger; Al Fazenbaker w/Her Ruby Red Slipper
Back: Jim Morehouse; Jeff Marshall; Gailen Cooper; Seth; Dennis & Bonnie Hidalgo, judges; Sue Chirigotis; Stan Zdanczewicz (hidden) Jessie; Ed Liermann; Christa Townsend and Sean Melvin

Congratulations to the winners!

These dogs and handlers are a part of the Purest Challenge... 

Come join us in our pursuit of the Purest Challenge.

Monday, November 25, 2013

King Cormac...

Our veteran red setter King Cormac passed away today.  In the past couple of months his health had not been the best, and he spent much of his time in the house with Deb and I; this past week he had deteriorated and we made the hard decision to let him go.  Before his retirement at the age of 9, "Mac" was a contender... he had a way of going that caught your eye... smooth and effortless, like a gazelle.  Like any genuine bird dog, he was passionate about his work, and even to his last days he was relentless... last week I let him out to do his business, and found him out in the woods behind the barn pointing a small covey of quail.  Mac traveled the rounds with me over the past 13 years.  As I was digging up the pictures below, I was making a list of some of the places he ran... South Carolina, North Carolina, Beaver Valley PA, Dubois PA, Broome County NY, York PA, Seven Valleys PA, Highland MI, Wooster OH, North Dakota, Grovespring MO, Berea KY,  Greensburg PA, Indian Creek OH, TriValley OH, Darien Lake NY, Killdeer Plains OH... I'm sure I've missed some others.  Mac was an exciting dog to team up with in a trial... he always made my adrenalin go to a new level.  Whatever happened, Mac was going to do it in style.  If he screwed up, he did it in a big way... when he was on, the same.  He placed in more trials for me than any other dog I have trialed.  I'm not a person who runs the championship circuit... I"m just a "weekend warrior."  But, I'm sure, had Mac been in the right hands, he would have had a "Ch" in front of his name.  As it was, he was a champion for me, right to the end.  He was a beautiful, courageous, and passionate bird dog.  We sure had some great fun together.
Rest In Peace, old friend.  We will miss you.

King Cormac
(Come Back Rock x Gillian)

A product of the Purest Challenge

with Deb at Briar Oak Club in Ohio

At Beaver Valley Pointer & Setter Club

At Berea KY (retired)

At the Crooked Creek Gun Dog Club

Ohio Red Setter Club, Farmington Ohio

Ohio Red Setter Club, Berlin, Ohio

At Berea, KY

Berea, KY

Finn McCool (top)
King Cormac (bottom)

Christmas 2012 in North Carolina

At Leetonia Gun Club

At the house in North Carolina 

Beaver Valley PA

McDonalds Sportsman Club, PA

Grove Spring, MO

Northeast Ohio Winners Trial

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Six Runs FTC December Trial...

The Six Runs Field Trial Club will be running its annual December trial on December 20, 21, and 22 at the Six Runs Plantation in Rose Hill, North Carolina.  Six Runs is located about 15 miles southeast of Clinton NC in Sampson County at 2517 Register-Sutton Rd, Rose Hill, NC 28458.  GPS  Coordinates: (34.824531,-78.290831)  This trial will have both walking and horseback stakes.  Walking stakes are sanction by U.S. Complete and will count as a U.S. Complete Points trial.  There are hotel accommodations in nearby Clinton NC.  Horses and trailers may be kept on the grounds.  Water is available.  Lunch will be available daily at the grounds.


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Preliminary Results of SD Championship...

Open Championship:  Winner... Come Back Audie  Joe Edwards O/H
                                  RU... Zansett Simply Red   Stan ZZZ owner/Sean Melvin handler

More details will follow...

Monday, October 28, 2013

Flushing Whip Flash Edition limits out!

James Inbody shared this pic of his beloved red setter Flushing Whip Flash Edition.  Flash limited out on woodcock today.  Great job!  Flash is out of Come Back Johnson x Come Back Diddle, bred by Joe Edwards of Come Back Kennels in North Carolina.  Flash is a product of the Purest Challenge, and James is a proud member of the National Red Setter Field Trial Club.  

Concomroe Charlie...

A pic of Concomroe Charlie, red setter owned by Sean Hogan of Ireland, points a grouse on the moors of Tipperary, Ireland.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Sunday, October 13, 2013


Training on the prairies...

Seth Lutynski of Sky Dance Setters in Wisconsin, working his English setters...  Seth is 12 years old

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Red Setter National Shooting Dog Championship...

Visit our Championship site for info...

Support Illinois Bird Dog Rescue...

This rescue group specialized in the rescue of working bird dogs...  please consider supporting them!  They have a website at  Great organization doing a great job with our working dogs. IBR needs financial support and you can help by donations or by puchasing items offered by the organization on their website.  They also have a list of dogs available.  Many of these dogs will make great family pets and hunting companions.  Thanks to the Illinois Bird Dog Rescue for your work!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Fun in the leaves...!!

Ptarmigan Hunting with X-bred Red Setter in Norway

I found this posted on the Orvis blog. Interesting video of hunting ptarmigan and black grouse (and arctic hare) in Norway with a red setter. Great scenery. I'll have to put this on the bucket list, but more likely in Newfoundland or Alaska. Link to youtube video is below the photo.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Tim Hammons Shows His Winning Ways...

Congratulations to Red Setter member of the Board of Directors for another great win with his Ford puller!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Clancy O'Ryan

Pic of Clancy O'Ryan taken May 24 1971
Thanks to American Field for sharing this photo

Askew's Carolina Lady

Received this picture from American Field this week and wanted to share... the Field's original image of our beloved foundation dam Askew's Carolina Lady...

Lady was owned and handled by Hall of Famer Ned LeGrande, one of the founders of the National Red Setter Field Trial Club

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Monday, August 26, 2013

Happy National Dog Day!

Happy National Dog Day from the National Red Setter Field Trial Club!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Woodie's nap time...

Woodie having a little nap after his workout...  although he decided to be more attentive once dinner was on the table...

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Sergeant Stubby

Sergeant Stubby (1916 or 1917 – April 4, 1926), was the most decorated war dog of World War I and the only dog to be promoted to sergeant through combat. America's first war dog, Stubby, served 18 months 'over there' and participated in seventeen battles on the Western Front. He saved his regiment from surprise mustard gas attacks, found and comforted the wounded, and even once caught a German spy by the seat of his pants (holding him there til American Soldiers found him).

Friday, August 2, 2013

Working a young dog..

Working a young red setter for our friends Ron and Karen Cassidy... this is Come Back Red Cassidy...  pointing his bird very nicely...

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Tim Hammons Gets It Done!

Congratulations to NRSFTC Board member Tim Hammons on his recent 2nd Place finish in the Brandenburg Ky Unbridled.  Great job Tim!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Visitor from the western frontier of the Purest Challenge!

Craig O'Brine, of Red Delicious Kennels in Yakima Washington was in Erie PA on business this week and Al & Deb were able to visit with Craig before he headed back to the western frontier!  Here's a pic of us at the Olive Garden in Erie PA having dinner and chatting about the red dogs!  Thanks to Craig and his wife Carolyn for their ardent support of the Purest Challenge.  Craig runs several field trials each year in his region and is a huge promoter of the red setter in the northwest.  It was great to see Craig... he says he's planning to drop in on one of our Championships soon... looking forward to seeing him there.

Red Delicious Kennels is a proud member of the National Red Setter Field Trial Club.

Red Delicious Rachel
Rest In Peace

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Red Setter Display update!

The National Red Setter Hall of Fame display located at the National Bird Dog Museum in Grand Junction TN has been updated!  Our 50" LCD display screen is now functional and is programmed with several video loops illustrating pictures of red setters, as well as a narrated history of the club.  If you are traveling in the south this season, be sure to stop by the Bird Dog museum and check it out.  

Al & Deb Faze at the new red setter display in Grand Junction.  Had a few red dogs with us too!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Jeannie Wagner nominated for AKC Lifetime Achievement Award

Longtime Irish Setter Club of Ohio member Jeannie Wagner has been nominated for the 2014 American Kennel Club Lifetime Achievement Award.  Jeannie has been a stalwart of the Associated Bird Dog Clubs of Ohio ( and for many years has been the backbone of AKC field trials sanctioned by the ISCO.  She is a tireless worker and was instrumental in acquiring and supporting the TriValley field trial grounds in Dresden Ohio.  Congratulations to Jeannie and thanks for your support of field trials in Ohio!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Dog Harness Restraints Don't Work...

MIAMI (CBSMiami) — A first-of-its-kind crash test for dog harnesses widely used by pet owners showed that none offer adequate protection, with not a single harness passing the test.
The non-profit Center for Pet Safety (CPS) said during its harness tests, crash-test dog dummies turned into projectiles and were even decapitated.
“We tested them to the child safety restraint standard and we experienced a 100-percent failure rate to protect either the consumer or the dog,” said CPS founder and CEO Lindsey Wolko. “That is a very real concern for consumers.”
The Center for Pet Safety would not disclose which harnesses the nonprofit tested out of fear even fewer people will secure their pets.
Wolko said that, while some manufactures do claim to do their own testing, there is no government standard, which creates unregulated industry that can be dangerous for drivers.
Veterinarian Kim Haddad has seen what can happen to a pet in a car accident. “Broken legs, broken jaws, soft tissue injury, it can be pretty traumatic,” said Dr. Haddad.
But while injuries are much worse when drivers let their dogs roam free inside a vehicle, simply using a harness often isn’t enough. In some cases, they can be just as deadly.
“Something is better than nothing, but again, it is only going to be as good as the manufacturer, the fit and the user application of the product,” said Haddad.
According to the American Automobile Association, 20-percent of dog owners admit to allowing their pets to ride unrestrained inside their vehicle.
While having your dog in your lap as you drive violates distracted driving laws, no state currently requires drivers to buckle up their pets.
Some states have proposed bills that could require harnesses, but CPS worries such laws would create a false sense of security as owners assume if a product is legislated, it meets some kind of safety standard.
CPS is now calling for standardized testing similar to child safety seats and for lawmakers to educate themselves on safety standards before legislating the restraints.

One auto manufacturer, Subaru, is currently partnering with CPS to create a testing standard.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Doggy love!

From the Terrierman Blog

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Ahoy red dog!

Here are a couple of pics of "Red"... red setter owned and loved by Ron and Karen Cassidy of Newark Ohio... Red likes to assume command of the yacht and does a great job of keeping things moving (except during nap time).