Richard’s first dog Cassey, which he purchased at the age of 16, was an Irish Setter and since then the breed has played a huge part in his life. Cassey was Richards first show dog and it was with her that he learnt the dog showing game.
In 1990 a second Irish Setter was added in Blaze, a son of Sh Ch Marksway Marquis. Blaze was to be Richard first big winner becoming Sh Ch Autumnwood Prince of Tides.
In 1996 Richard joined forced with Angela Morgan of the Quensha English Setters and since that time all the Irish have been coowned with Angela and carried the Quensha affix. More information on the Quensha dogs can be found here www.quensha.co.uk.
Another Irish Setter to join the family was the RCC winner Fernley Firecontender of Quensha, a son of Blaze, who sadly died young before he reached his full potential.
Then in 2003 Richard saw a young puppy in the Ember kennel in Sweden and eventually Lester joined us in the UK. Lester - Sh Ch Ember Gene Simmons Sings Quensha he had a really successful show career in total he won 8 CC’s and 14 RCC’s and a Group 2.
In 2006 Richard's friend Chris Sones became unwell and asked Richard to campaign her bitch Sh Ch Withersdale Ivy. Ivy won her first CC at Birmingham National but sadly Chris passed away before she took her title at Driffield 2006. In total Ivy won 5 CC’s. At the same time Misty – Withersdale Morning Mist joined the Kennel she won a RCC. Misty and Ivy have now left us to go over the rainbow bridge.
In 2011 we decided that it was time for the next generation of Irish Setters to join the kennel and after a generous gift from Kicki (Kennel Ember),Thomas - Sh Ch Ember Red Hot Chillipepper of Quensha - joined us. Tom gained hit title in 2015.
Also in 2011 we approached Marita Bott for a bitch puppy from her lovely Madge - Bardonhill Days are Diamond - to whom Richard had awarded a RCC as a youngster. A few months later Paige – Sh Ch Bardonhill Please Don’t Tease Quensha - joined the team and has already surpassed our expectations winning her JW whilst still a puppy and was top puppy bitch and joint top puppy in breed 2012. She gained her title at National Gundog 2015 and went on to become the top winning bitch that year.
Our latest star is the daughter of Tom (Chillipepper) and Paige (Please Don't Tease), the very lovely Sh Ch Quensha Tumble and Twirl who has gained her title at just two and a half.