In 1953 my husband and I purchased the future Ch Red Rogue of Maple Ridge, a son of Ch Thenderin Brian Tristan. Rogue sired ten champions including the multiple BIS Ch Conifer’s Lance. We used 'Rouge" as our kennel name in his honor. Ch Conifer’s Lance was used sparingly but even so produced 15 champions out of just a few litters. Ch Conifer’s Lance was bred to Ch End O’Maine Flyaway (Hollis Wilson’s last litter) producing the multiple BIS Ch End O’Maine Pat Hand, group winners Ch End O’Maine Holiday Time and Ch End O’Maine Jack High (owned by Ted Eldredge). Jack was also used just a few times but proved to be an influential sire. We bred our Ch Rogue’s Molley O’Malley to Jack producing Rockherin Flynn. Flynn was never finished due to an early eye injury. While showing Ch Conifer’s Lance, we purchased Ch Caldene Ailene from Dr. Jay Calhoon. Ailene was BOW/BOS at the 1961 Combined and BOS at Westminster in 1962. At the height of his career in 1963, Lance died suddenly at the young age of 6½ years. We were heartbroken and not sure if we would continue with breeding Irish Setters. In 1966 Ailene was bred to Rockherin Flynn and the resulting litter of Rebecca, Race, and Moxie were the first bitches to carry the “Rockherin” prefix.
My husband and I kept Ch Rockherin Race, who finished in five shows. Race is the dam of the BIS Ch Rockherin Bandilane Bridget. Rockherin Moxie is behind the National Specialty winner and BIS bitch, Ch Tirvelda Sprig of Gabhantyr. Rockherin Rebecca was sold to Elizabeth and Beurman Brewbaker of Michigan.
I bred to strong sires such as Wyndjammer, Anticipation, Vindicator, Marquis, Hunter’s Moon and Mak’n Business, while concentrating the genes of Rebecca and Race through their sons and daughters. Ch Rockherin Sheena, ROM, WB at the 1986 National, was a maternal combination of Race and Rebecca. Sheena is the dam of 2 ROM’s including Ch Rockherin Shana of Shangrila, ROM and the grandam of 2 more, Ch Rockherin Shangrila at Last, ROM and Ch Rockherin Center Stage, ROM. Center Stage’s daughter, Ch Rockherin Jadestar , a multiple group placing bitch, is also a ROM. Another daughter Ch Rockherin Stardust, a multiple Group and Specialty winner, was AOM at Louisville National in 2002. Their brother Ch Rockherin Star of Emerald Isls, was RWD at 2000 National, BOW at Morris and Essex and an AOM at the 2001 National. Jade’s daughter by Ch Tealwood’s Dutch Rose (an Irish Lace descendant) is the multiple group winner Ch Rockherin American Beauty.
I continue to breed Irish Setters with my good friend Debbie Davis, Emerald Isl's Irish Setters.
We purchased our first Irish Setter in 1981, Canus County Galway, and immediately fell in the love with the breed. I did obedience with Galli and finished her CD with a High-in-Trial. We meet Barbara and Gail Riegle and purchased a older bitch and dog and finished both of them with Specialty wins. Ch Regalaire Regining Princess and Ch Regalaire Classic Tribute were the foundation stock for our kennel Emerald Isl's. We became very involved with the Irish Setter Club of Michigan and meet many people along the way, one couple being Frank and Katherine Wheatley.
We had always admired the Rockherin line and both our foundation stock went back to their breeding. I had the great opportunity to spend sometime with Katherine and Frank Wheatley and they asked me to co-own and show a beautiful bitch Maggie who became Ch Rockherin Center Stage, ROM. She became the new foundation bitch for mine and Katherine's kennel.
Maggie was a great producer for us and our breeding program continues on with her children and grandchildren. I continue to learn and grow my knowledge of this breed with Katherine's help and her 56 years of experience in Irish Setters.
I am at this time the President of the Irish Setter Club of America and a AKC Judge. I have had the privilege of judging Irish Setter Specialties across the country and in Australia. After 28 years of being involved with Irish Setters, my love affair with this breed will never die. We breed to produce healthy, sound and good temperment Irish Setters.
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