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Deb and Skip Lawrence
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We have had Irish setters since 1975, hiding the first puppy, Maggie, in our
apartment for three days before we could move into our house. We acquired Rocky
several years later. Over the next several decades, we had Tocky, Rocky II and
Jake. When Jake became very ill, and we lost him at 5 years old, it was soon
after that when I found our breeder, (the Wilson's in Lewiston NY)..and then the
story goes on..starting with Ian. And how our lives have changed !!!
Silver GCH Courtwood Cobblestone CGC, TT
Claire came to us on November 10, 2007 from Sue Hahnen. She is out of CH
Courtwood Stonehenge x CH Rosette’s Devil In A Blue Dress, bred by Diane
Carl, Laura Edwards-Johnson and Susan Walker. Our lives have never been the
same! With Coleen McGee as her handler, we hit the road. Her first weekend
out, on the day she turned 6 months, she went RWB to the major and Best
Puppy and Puppy Gr 3! The following day she went Best Puppy again. We
entered her in Pittsburgh to get some ring time before the ISCA National
Specialty. She was WB for her first point! At the national, she was in Brood
Bitch with her family and placed 4th out of 7. She won a large 6 – 9 puppy
class at the ISCAZ specialty following the national. With a few all breed
shows here and there, she mainly went to only Specialties. She finished her
championship with 3 5 –point specialty majors; ISCO @ 11 months, ISCM @ 12
months and Potomac ISC at age 19 months. She had a big Best In Sweeps out of
30 entries at the ISCM specialty also. Claire had several Best in Sweeps,
Best Opposite in Sweeps and 3 Best Puppy. A month after her championship was
finished, she went BOB at the supported entry at New Castle and was BOB the
following day at our GTISC specialty. Claire won the Puppy Bitch Award at
the ISCA National for 2008.
From here, we entered here sparingly, having her out, getting her feet wet
and letting her grow up. While we had no expectations with her being so
young, she did pick up some BOB and BOS placements.
In May 2010, AKC started the Grand Championship title. Her first weekend,
she managed 13 points in 4 days, with most of the requirements met. By
August, she finished her Grand Championship with all major wins , done in 6
weekends. She was the17th Irish Setter to receive this title.
Coleen decided that 2011 was going to be her year to really hit the shows.
What an amazing year we had. While we did not go every weekend, she placed
nearly every show. She finished her Bronze GCH level by July. Claire was on
the Canine Chronicles Breed list in the top 20 most of the year finishing at
#17. She was also on the All-Breed list a few months. We went to the ISCA
National in OK where Claire earned an AOM. By the end of the year, she
placed BOB 14 times, BOS 18 times and Select Bitch 16 times. She had 3 AOM
and multiple Group placements. Claire qualified for Eukanuba two years in a
row and Crufts in 2011. Claire was Runner Up for 2011 for BOS award for the
ISCA National. Skip and I could not have been more overwhelmed and excited
with all of her accomplishments.
Beginning in 2012, Coleen took on another Special and I just wanted to
finish Claire’s Silver GCH level. I declared the year as “As New Year, A new
Adventure”. We entered Westminster and Claire’s entry was accepted. We were
so excited to go. At the Combined Specialties that weekend, she was Select
Bitch from a huge entry! She showed beautifully at Westminster. We were so
grateful for the opportunity, our first time, to go. With the “New
Adventure” part of our idea, we didn’t expect Claire to fracture her toe. We
cancelled 10 shows. We showed a few more times, picking up more wins and
group placements. Her total points are at 180, 20 short of the silver. We
were on a break all summer because I had a knee replacement in June.
I want to thank Claire’s “Family of Handlers”, Coleen, Kim Haupt, Karen
Booth, Jamie Lamphier and Lisa Moreau for handling Claire through 2012.
Claire finished her silver grand championship on Jan 5, 2013 with Kim Haupt.
She has retired to be a "dog" with 205 points. We now wait till Veterans to
have some fun.
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CH Courtwood Quilting Bee
(Beatrice or Bea)
Bea came to stay with us in June 2011 and never left. After about 3 or 4
weeks, Bea became Skip's dog! She follows him everywhere. Wherever Skip is,
you will find Bea. She is now a part of our family.
Bea came to us with 11 points that included 3 majors and a Best Puppy in
Show from the Cleveland Crown Classic, 2008.
We entered her in a few more shows. She was WB for 2 pts. in Cleveland 2011.
She was RWB at our spring specialty. She finally finished her Championship
at Canfield in August with her 4th major. Coleen handled Bea prior to her
coming to us and last December.. We thank Kim Haupt for taking over the
reigns and finishing her championship.
Bea is hanging out and waiting to start some basic obedience and then try
our hand in the Rally Ring. Her and Claire are the best of buds!!
Courtwood Clairvoyant (Paige)
Courtwood Candle In
The Wind (Lizzie)