The early days and 'Save our Gordons.'
Yennadon Lady Bird JH
Sept. 2013: We took a holiday to Scotland and met up with Nicky Ackerly and friends. They took us to a 50,000 acre game reserve and we hunted grouse. Later we had a few drinks (Scotch, of course) and Nicky agreed to sell us a puppy. Lady arrived the next year and became our foundation dam. Show dog people call her ‘breed type.’ That’s because you could paint her pink, and people could still tell she’s a Gordon. She has a beautiful head and topline, and has won one major (Best of Breed, Biloxi, MS, May 2015) and 17 points toward her championship. Her dam, Ch Yennadon Time for Daisy, was both a field trial champion and a show champion. Her sire, Drumdaroch the Xpat to Liric (Imp Aus) was a top sire in the U.K. with great bloodlines (Grandson of Aust NZ AM CAN CH Triester Ebonie Nirvana). Now, she's retired from the show ring and is done having puppies. Couch time!
May 2019: I met Angus, Great great grandson of the 7th Duke of Gordon.
My friends in the U.K. invited me to the 'Save our Gordon' event at Gordon Castle, Fochabers VIllage, Scotland. It felt like a one in a million opportunity and I loved every moment. The Gordon Setter Club of Scotland organized the event and reported more than 120 dogs present.
Blackjack Ace in the Hole JH
Ace is very loving and willing to please. He was from one of our first litters, and our first Field Trial dog. In 2014 he took a fourth in Eureka, KS, at the Gordon Setter National Field Trials, and that white ribbon was the hook that got us seeking more. From there Ace and I learned how to compete in Hunt Tests, and he has his Junior Hunt Certificate from AKC. Later, a dear friend lost his dog, and so I gave him Ace. At times I regret it because I think he would have gone on to win his Field Championship, but Tom loves him dearly and they are best friends. They go everywhere together!