With a three-pronged objective of
enhancing the status of the English Setter, promoting the welfare of
field trials in general, and memorializing the late John S. O'Neall Sr., the Georgia-Alabama Sportsman's started the John S. O'Neall
Sr. English Setter Award in the fall of 1980. This Award
is presented to the All Age English Setter winner which accumulates the most
points in specified Open All Age trials. (Those which are qualifying
trials for the National Championship). The cash prize to the winning handler is $2,500.
Previous winners: Shadow Oak Bo, Tekoa Mountain Jettsun, Hytest Sky Hawk, Hytest Sky Hawk, Hytest Sky Hawk, I Feel
Free, Cane Creek Brutus, T's Gunrunner, Tommy B, Crescent City Dexter,
Alamance Little Rock, Oak Hurst Ellen, Crescent City Dexter, Ch. Ida O
Priscilla, Ch. Murray's Glide, Ch. Hicks Rising Sun, Ch. Desert Rambler, Ch.
Hicks Rising Sun, Ch. Skidrow Joe, Ch. Tekoa Mountain Sunrise
(1988-1989-1990-1991-1992), Ch. Spring Garden Keeper, Ray's Daily Express,
Ch. Tekoa Knikki, Ch. Andy's Safari Sami, Ch. The Sportsman Brier, Wiregrass
Thor's Pabst, Ch. Mr. Motion.
The Herman F.
Smith Setter Derby Award was first presented in 1983 field trial
season. Herman Smith began his career as a professional trainer in
Virginia. Later he moved to south Alabama. Herman developed several
top all-age setters such as Beau Essig's Don, Blizzard's Calvacade, Flaming
Star, and Mr. Thor. The cash award the first year was $250. Now
this prize is $1,500.
Skydancer's Dancing Bull, Get Back Jack, Mauck's Wyeast Mikki, Tekoa Mt. Jettsun, Hytest Palladin, Hytest Skyhawk,
Bobby Hugh B, Jetsetter, Brick Church Avalanche, Lola Canola tied with
Jack's Grandson Lee, Cane Creek Brutus, Tommy B, Mac's Tosh, Bozeann's Ican
Too, Tekoa Mountain Rising, Tekoa Sunrise Mona, Ann's Rising Beauty,
Cherokee Sadie, Ch. Kapalaea Sky Raider, Ch. Tekoa Mountain Hyklass, Ch.
Desert rambler, Out of Touch, Rep, Ch. Tekoa Mountain Zephyr, Ch. Tekoa
Mountain Sunrise, Ch. Pardon My Dust, Bozeann's Czyz, Crawford County Shag,
Ch. Bozeann's Mosley.
The Elwin G. Smith Setter
Shooting Dog Award was established in 1984. It honors the
top Setter shooting dog in the nation in open horseback
competition. Since the early sixties the name of "Smith
Setters" has been synonymous with excellence in this phase of
competition. Elwin and Inez Smith have been dedicated patrons of the
sport with a continued goal of improving the breeding strains of
Setters. The cash award
to the winning handler is $2,500.
Previous Winners: The Insider, The Insider, The Insider,
Stone Tavern Matrix, Stone Tavern Matrix, Stone Tavern Matrix, Ravenwood
Riley, Ravenwood Riley, Clark's Black Copper, True Citizen, Macdara, Ragged
Hill Nip, Ch. New Hope, Ch. Hamilton's Blue Diamond (1997-1998), Ch. Cinimod
Tramp, Ch. Alabama Trip, Ch. Destinare, Ch. Baraka, Ch. Fair Play, Ch.
Grouse Ridge Hank, Ch. Grandeur, Diablo's Will, Ch. The Performer
(1987-1988), Ch. Brawny Lad, Ch. Flair, Ch. Barnum.
The Bill Conlin Setter Shooting Dog
Derby Award started in 1986. This award honors the top
shooting dog derby in horseback trials. Bill Conlin was a
beloved trainer who trained in the New England area and also during
winters used grounds in Alabama for training. The prize is
Previous Winners: Espionage, Ridge Creek Cody, Go
for Broke, Awsum Angel, Barbaro, Smarty Smith, Clayhill Chuck, Magnotta's
Cab Franc, Lady Selena, Ironstone Bodacious, High Mark, The Lear Jet, Sand
Ridge Tony, Pekoe, Ch. Hamilton's Blue Diamond, The Franchise, Ch. True
Citizen, Ch. First Rate, Grouse Ridge Virginia, Ch. Grouse Ridge Henry,
Ch. Triton, Ch. Sun Storm, Ch. Baraka, Her Grace, Ch. Tekoa Mountain
Sunrise, Ch. Grandeur.
In 1990 the Michael A. Seminatore
Setter Cover Dog Award was established. Cover Dog
individuals and clubs have worked to raise the funds to honor
Michael A. Seminatore. Seminatore had been tireless in his
efforts to forward the competition of English Setters in cover dog
trials. (In Cover Dog trials the handlers are on foot.) Prize
Long Gone Madison, Long Gone Madison, Cooper Mountain Pepsi, Long Gone Madison, Magic's Rocky Bellboa,
Sky Blue Belle, Cracklin Tail Speed, Pioneer Will, Pine Hill Bonnie, Blue
Streak, Chip's Super Chunk, Seneca's Autumn Reign, Ch. Long Gone Agnes, Ch.
Body Guard, Ch. Wrong Way, Ch. Chip's Diablo Ott, Ch. Grouse Ridge Storm,
Ch. Crystal Light, Ch. Cracker Jack train, Ch. Stillmeadow's Jim, Ch.
Country Express, Ch. Kingway.
The Thomas M. Flanagan Setter Cover
Dog Derby Award was first presented in 1996. It is awarded
to the setter which accumulates the most points in cover dog derby
trials. Thomas Flanagan had been a setter advocate for many
years. He developed and still campaigns the grouse Ridge
strain of setters. Prize-$1500.
Previous winners: Springfield's
Showgirl, Stony Fork Fargo, Ch. Long gone Pumpkin, Beaver Meadow
trip, Chip's Super Chunk, Gretna Crest Extreme, Promise Me This, Top
Seed, Long Gone Daisy, Keystone Red Ryder, Sumps Timber Noodle,
North Star, Full Tilt, Magic Mist Bandit, Wintergreen Max, Fire A
The Victor B. MacNaughton English
Setter Jackpot, which now totals $16,500. This Jackpot
will be evenly divided between the owner and handler of the Setter
National Bird Dog Champion at grand Junction, Tennessee. Gifts
to swell the jackpot ever larger are most welcome.
The John O'Neall, Jr. Amateur Shooting
Dog Setter Award The first Trophy was presented after the
2000-2001 field trial season. The qualifying trials appeared in the ad published in The American Field
August 12, 2000 on page 21. Any
individual interested in contributing toward this award may mail
donations to The English Setter Fund, P.O. Box 231, Hatchechubbee,
Lone Mountain Magique, Ironstone Jungle King, Grouse Feather
Trooper, Lone Mountain Magique, Panovski's Wild John, Gotta Lotta Nose, Pineywoods
Nick, White's Rising Buddy, Cokesbury Kate,
Sumterís Pendleton Max,
Sumterís Pendleton Max.
The George Evans Amateur All Age Award The qualifying
trials appeared in the ad published in The American Field August 12,
2000 on page 21.
Wild Wing High Anxiety, Tekoa Mountain Jettsun, Winter Patchwork, Barker's Blue Horizon, Clark's Black Copper,
Smoke Rise Rebel, Ravenwood Riley, Smoke Rise Rebel, Enhancement Sinsation, Pinekone
Max Jr., The Game Warden
To insure sound financial
management of the donations to the English Setter Fund, a
corporation was established in Georgia. All donations are
invested in long term U.S. treasury bonds to keep the awards secure
and perpetual. Interest from these bonds have provided funds to offer the
generous cash awards to handlers of winning setters. The
owners receive a beautiful engraved plaque.
Donations are always welcome for
the English Setter Fund!
Mail to: The English Setter Fund, Inc. P.O. Box 231, Hatchechubbee, Al 36858