Wendy was a horse crazy kid who grew up showing her pony and horses in 4-H. She graduated from Cook College - Rutgers University with a degree in Animal Science and worked during college and few a few years after at several vet clinics as a tech. After meeting and marrying Ed they raised their three daughters with a love of all animals. Wendy and the girls showed and raised Quarter Horses and Half Arabians. Wendy’s first show dog was a Rhodesian Ridgeback named Simba who decided he preferred to stay home with “his girls” to watch over them instead of going to shows. In 2006 Ed said he wanted a dog for bird hunting and a good friend offered us an Irish Red & White Setter puppy. After discussing it with the breeder we brought home Rylee and then a year later Toir was imported from Argentina. In 2009 when the IRWS received full recognition from AKC we jumped feet first into showing and boy did we have a lot to learn. Our first litter was born in Jan of 2009 and we have learned so much along the way since then. Wendy gets to use her experience as a horse breeder and vet tech along with all the research that she and the girls do to raise the best puppies we can and we are constantly looking to improve such as adding the Puppy Culture program to our puppy raising technique. Wendy also handles many of the dogs in the show ring and assists Ed with his field training as she also enjoys running the dogs in Junior Hunt tests and has finished the title on several of the dogs herself.
Ed has always been an avid hunter, growing up in a large family and hunting with his father for birds and deer when he was growing up. When raising the kids he always had his fall hunting trips for a vacation from all the hard work at home and at his jobs. He currently works for a major pharmaceutical company and enjoys his time at home to work on field training and hunting with all of our dogs. He enjoys introducing each new litter to birds and evaluating which ones would be best suited for hunting homes. When he’s not building things for the dogs or training them you can find him at the Game Lands or the hunting preserve usually with Rylee or Emerald. He also has put most of the hunt test passes on the dogs with the ladies filling in when he has to work.
Lindsay started off her childhood in a 4H Equine Club where she competed in Western events including Showmanship, Equitation, Pleasure, and Trail. With the rest of the Bockman family, Lindsay started showing dogs in January 2009. After showing a few of our foundation dogs, She showed her girl “Sapphire” GCH CH Truly A Royal Ransom BN RN JH CGCA. Lindsay has now gotten into the obedience and rally rings with Sapphire and Fallon and she has taken her girl Garnet to field trials as well as running multiple dogs in hunt tests. With improving her handling skills, Lindsay has now managed to finished multiple dogs’ Championships and has even placed and won in the group ring with our beautiful Fallon. Though her favorite thing is to show our young pups to give them great and fun experiences. Outside of an active life in the dog-show world, Lindsay works full time as an ICU nurse. Balancing work, family, and dogs leads to a busy but satisfying life!
Rachel also started off in the local 4H Equine Club, competing in Western Gaming events including Barrels, Poles, and Keyhole as well as Pleasure Driving. Moving into the canine world, Rachel began showing dogs in January 2009 with the full recognition of the IRWS. Rachel started out by showing our first setter, "Rylee". After showing Rylee to a major but deciding to retire her from the show ring, Rachel focused on Sapphire’s brother “Devlin" who then went onto Australia to his new owners in December 2009. Rachel showed our girl “Darby”, GCHB CH Truly A Daydream Believer JH CGCA to the majority of her points and titles. Rachel continues to show and title dogs in the show ring and other venues. She showed our girl Fallon to her first Group Placement and Best of Opposite her first time at Westminster. Rachel has been on the other end of the lead to multiple Owner Handler Group placements and Beginner Puppy Group placements as well. Rachel’s favorite thing is to start our young puppies off right in life including following the Puppy Culture Protocol until our puppies leave at 10 weeks old. Outside of the Dog show world, Rachel is an agency/traveling nurse and has worked at several different hospitals focusing on Cardiac units. This gives her some flexibility when planning trips to different specialties and other events across the country, keeping life an adventure.