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    • #1523
      Rum Creek Setters
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        Michigan Ryman Breeders and Owners Get Together

        The setting was the Historic North Branch Outing Club on the banks of the North Branch of the AuSable River in Lovells, Michigan. What started out as a thought of getting together with some out of state breeders coming to Michigan this fall for a small meeting turned into an event that exceeded all expectations. The last weekend of October brought out over 40 breeders, owners, acquaintances and 37 Ryman type setters. The ages ran from in the 80’s for Hugh Macmaster, who I call the Dean of Michigan Setters, to puppies just 3 months old.

        John Nagel, who works at the Lodge in the Fly Shop and is a setter owner recommended that the lodge would be an appropriate place to hold the Get Together. What a perfect setting! Woodrow was the perfect greeter.

        The activities started Friday evening with a few early arrivals who checked in at the Lodge and met up to have Setter Talk time and the Fish Fry at the Riverside Tavern. The local area has numerous tracts of public land open to hunting and a few of the attendees hit the woods Saturday morning in pursuit of grouse and woodcock despite the rainy conditions. The rain subsided in the afternoon as other breeders and owners began to arrive at the Lodge. Proprietor, Judy Fuller, welcomed all the attendees and allowed the dogs to make themselves at home.

        As people arrived with their special setters, the magic began to unfold. There were no strangers, only new acquaintances, both human and canine species. By the time late afternoon rolled in there were people from Kansas, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and both peninsulas of Michigan. Rymansetters.com members in attendance included Lynn Dee Galey, Chuck Robinson, Maureen Van Norman, Paul Nensewitz and Mark Altemann.

        The connections that were renewed and created by these related setters made for unending conversations. The dogs were the common bond that touched all the attendees of all ages.

        These Setters with their historic Ryman backgrounds moved some of the owners to bring fitting pictures from years gone by including Ribbons won by George Ryman in the early 1900’s and a cup won by Sir Roger DeCoverly that belong to John Nagel. Maureen Van Norman also brought a collage picture showing the late Joan Mizer with setters owned by her parents and herself in years past. Joan lived in Baldwin, Michigan and was a great resource for breeders as she knew the breeders and setters around the country. She bred one of her dogs to Chance from George Bird Evans Old Hemlock kennel that resulted in her favorite, Incredible Luck. She also was on a first name basis with Warren Scheckels from Pinecoble Setters. Without the efforts of these forerunners breeding efforts, we would not have had the opportunity to have this memorable event or enjoy our Setters today.
        After a full afternoon of interactions with breeders, owners and canine companions, Judy served an outstanding sit-down chicken dinner in the dining area to the satisfaction of everyone.

        In conclusion, this was the first attempt to convene a group like this, the turnout and response was indicative of the passion and dedication that this group has for their Ryman type setters. Hopefully it has sparked new relationships and thoughts that will provide continued energy to keep these lines of hunters and companions going strong into the future.

        A big thanks to everyone who participated in the weekend festivities and to those who forwarded their pictures that were used in this article.

      • #1525
        Rum Creek Setters
        Participant

          I am going to try to post pictures here separately as they didn’t work on my first attempt.

        • #1533
          Terry Hirschi
          Participant

            Must have been big fun….I would like to attend next gathering.

            Was there talk of the next gathering?

          • #1534
            Rum Creek Setters
            Participant

              Most likely there will be one the last weekend of October 2019.

            • #1535
              Rum Creek Setters
              Participant

                On the Ryman Setters home page, the pictures are included. I just learned how to do that today, took a couple of bumps to figure it out.  Just like the dogs.

              • #2651
                kenlayton
                Participant

                  Please include me on any notice of a meeting of Ryman setter owners scheduled for October 2019. Although I live in Indiana, I am usually in Michigan hunting grouse and woodcock during the last week or two of October. I would enjoy meeting with other Ryman setter owners. I have owned and hunted Ryman type setters ever since I purchased my first setter, Old Hemlock Misty, from George and Kay Evans in 1974.

                  Ken Layton

                • #2652
                  Rum Creek Setters
                  Participant

                    Ken,

                    The plan at this time is to have the event the last weekend in October at the same venue in Lovells, Michigan.  As we get closer I will provide more details.

                    Mark Altemann

                  • #2937
                    Rum Creek Setters
                    Participant

                      This years Ryman Setters Owners Get Together in Michigan will be October 25-27 at the North Branch Outing Club in Lovells.  Looking forward to seeing the group again and hope to have a few new faces there as well.  Mark the date on you calendars so there are no conflicts in your schedule.  Bird number should be good.  Please let me know if you plan on being there so appropriate plans are in place.

                      • #3136
                        brddggr
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                          I’d like to participate in this year’s get together. I have a 9 year old Llewellin setter and a 3 month old Ryman setter from October Setters. Would love to meet some other Ryman owners and do a bit of grouse/woodcock hunting. I live in Billings, Montana. Ray

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