Friday, November 14, 2014

Celtic's First Strike wins in the grouse woods...

Congratulations to Celtic's First Strike, handled by Mike Nemshick, who garnered a 2nd place finish in the AKC Oak Ridge Grouse trial this month!  Thanks to Paul Ober of Celtic Kennels for breeding this nice going red setter.  Celtic's First Strike is a product of the Purest Challenge.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Restless Red Toolman captures Region 19 Championship!

Congratulations to Bob and Katherine Gove and their great dog, Ch. Restless Red Toolman who just captured the Region 19 Amateur Shooting Dog Championship!

Restless Red Toolman is a product of the Purest Challenge!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Red Setter Hall of Fame

The upcoming issue of the Flushing Whip carries the official voting ballot for the general memberships' choice for entry into the Red Setter Hall of Fame.  One person and one dog will be chosen and inducted into the Red Setter Hall of Fame, the induction ceremonies to take place at Grand Junction, TN at the National Bird Dog Hall of Fame in February 2015.  Watch for the next issue of the Flushing for your official ballet.  Eligible candidates are shown below.  See the Flushing Whip for details.
Dr. Roger Boser

Dale Bruns


Don Beauchamp



Col. Ed Schnettler

Sua Sponte

Thursday, September 11, 2014


Sunday, July 20, 2014

O'Sullivan dogs in Ireland

A few short videos of Joe O'Sullivan's dogs out of Gardenfield Kennels in Strand, Co. Limrick, Ireland.  Joe is a long time field trialer in Ireland and has a long history of winning red setters in his kennels. My apologies for the low video quality (taken with my smartphone).

Friday, May 23, 2014

Dave Hughes For Hall of Fame

On May 18 2014 The National Red Setter Field Trial Club passed a resolution of support for Dave Hughes for the Field Trial Hall of Fame.  The National Red Setter Field Trial Club recognizes the extraordinary accomplishments of Dave Hughes to the improvement of field trials and to the improvement of quality bird dogs.  His numerous accomplishments certainly qualify him to be honored as a member of the Field Trial Hall of Fame, and the National Red Setter Field Trial Club heartily recommends that Dave Hughes be elected to this prestigious honor.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

2014 Red Setter Championship & Futurity Results

2014 Open Champion Breakstone
Runner-up Celtic's Spectacular

2014 Futuity Winner Cedar Creek Talon

2014 Amateur Champion Breakstone
Runner-up Touchstone

Open puppy winner Zan Sett Royal Blue

2014 Jack Carter Open Shooting Dog Natural Redline

2014 Open Walking Derby Spruce Goose

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Friday, March 14, 2014

Simply Red Wins U.S. Complete National Shooting Dog Championship!!

Congratulations to Simply Red... winner of the 2014 U.S. Complete National Shooting Dog Championship.  Simply Red was handled by veteran dog handler Tom Waite; he is owned by Stan Zdanczewicz of Wisconsin.  Simply Red is a product of the Purest Challenge!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Moonshine Again in the blue...

Congratulations to Tim & Kris Hammons and Moonshine Again for their 1st place finish in the Amateur All Age 1 Hour this past weekend at Berea KY.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Almost Time !!

Joe Edwards of Come Back Kennels works a young dog in preparation for the upcoming Red Setter Championship and Futurity.  For information on the Championship, Futurity, supporting stakes, and accomodations, check out the Championship link at  Come on out and join us in our Pursuit of the Purest Challenge!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Getting Ready...

Come Back Red Cassidy, owned by Ron and Karen Cassidy, getting a workout in preparation for the upcoming National Red Setter Championship and Futurity.  Hope you and your red dogs can join us!

For additional info, go to

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

2014 National Red Setter Futurity!

The National Red Setter Futurity is less than 1 month away... enter your derby for a chance to be added to the list of National Red Setter Futurity Winners!
National Red Setter Futurity Winner Celtic's Supersite honors National Red Setter Futurity Winner Celtic's First Strike

Celtic Supersite and Celtic First Strike are products of the Purest Challenge.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Red Setter Auction Items Needed!!

Auction items needed for the silent auction at the 2014 National Championship Awards Dinner.  If you have an item you would like to donate, please contact the Flushing Whip editor at  For the latest info on the upcoming trial... check our info link at
Hope to see you there!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Funeral Services for Ken Ruff...

Calling Hours: Monday Jan. 27 from 4-7pm
Memorial Service: Monday Jan. 27 at 7pm
Graveside Service: Tuesday at 10am

Funeral Home:

1405 Dekalb Ave, Sycamore, IL ‎
(815) 895-2833

Weather conditions for the Sycamore area on Monday & Tuesday call for partly sunny with a high temp of -1 degrees and a low of -20 degrees, so bring plenty of warm clothing.  

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Long Time Red Setter Icon passes...

Long time red setter breeder, handler, and trainer Ken Ruff of Sycamore Illinois passed away on Jan. 22, 2014 after a long battle with cancer.  Ken and his wife Linda operated a long time and successful line of red setters under the "Brophy Kennels" banner.  Ken was instrumental in promoting the red setter as hunting and field trial dogs, and was especially successful with his line of dogs in the AKC field trial arena.  The National Red Setter Field Trial Club, the Board of Directors, and the membership of the club offer our condolences to Linda and the Ruff family.  Funeral arrangements are being worked out and will be posted as they become available.  Rest in peace, and may you have great hunting and trialing in your new place with the angels.

Friday, January 17, 2014