International FTCh Ballyellen Cody

Cody on point in Scotland.
Cody on point in Scotland.

When my good friend Bill Connolly (of Red Mills Feeds) told me he had bred his ESB (a daughter of Johnny Geoghegan’s FTCh Knocksmall Moose and FTCh Storeskars II Odin) to John Quirke’s imported ESD Heegards V Kody, I was very interested in seeing the results. 

PedigreeParentsGrand parents Great Grand Parents
b. 16.10.09Equimark
Slethallens
Knock Out
Shine On
Heegaards
V Kody
Huntingfield Harvard
Heegaards
Q Randi Li
Noveltoppen’s D Gro
FTCh IrFTCh
Ballyellen Cody
Faun
IrFTCh
Storeskars II Odin
Storeskar’s AA Niccoli
Ballyellen
Aoife
IrFTCh Storeskar’s G’Snorre
IrFTCh
Knocksmall Moose
Lefanta Minnie

Bill gave me the 3 young dogs, Cody and his sisters Cara and Colleen to take along with me on a visit to the English Moors in the Autumn of 2010, when they were just one year old.  Boy was I impressed!  Their natural ability was evident from the first and I was very keen to get a chance to work with them.  So I jumped at the chance. Cody came into his own on the Scottish Summer circuit in 2011 when he won the Scottish Gundog Association’s Puppy Stake, thus qualifying him for Open Stakes. 

DateAwardStakeClubJudges
05.08.111stPuppyScottish Gundog Association
Glenlivet
P J M Wood
D Wood
08.08.112ndNoviceNorthern Counties P & S Soc
Cawdor
J Kean
D O’Neill

He then made 2012 his own winning 5 Open Stakes in the UK and Ireland – with finds on grouse, partridge, snipe and pheasant along the way.  he was awarded the Tower Bird Trophy for the best Poiner or Setter aged 4 years old or under in the United Kingdom for the 2012-13 season. 

DateAwardStakeClubJudges
31.07.122ndOpenScottish Gundog Association
Glenlivet
P J M Wood
D Hall
04.08.121stOpenPointer Club of Scotland
Dorback
W Young
D Edwards
18.08.121stOpenN I Pointer Club
Glenwherry
M Houston
C Calvert
23.09.121stOpenStrabane & District S&P ClubC Calvert
R Simpson
14.10.121stOpenStrabane & District S&P Club
Moorlough
J Kean
R Simpson
22.10.121stOpenDonegal Field Trials Association
Scotstown

He’s started 2013 with another win. With Cody’s sister Ballyellen Cara becoming a FTCh in Spring 2013 it was good to hear that his brother Ballyellen Moss, in the hands of George Forbes from Co Cork here in Ireland, has also recorded his first Open Stake win – definitely an excellent litter from the Red Mills man!  By the end of the year he had amassed 4 Open Stake wins.  Bad luck saw him miss out on the GB Champion Stake by a whisker. He had put in 3 excellent runs with finds when his luck ran out.  He took a covey from a distance on the extreme left of the beat.  He worked out well and produced them, but on walking diagonally back the judge flushed a single grouse.  It was still well in front of his outcast line and I feel had he not taken the covey at distance on the wing, he would have still been behind the single with a chance to locate it on his return cast, but the judge had other ideas.

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Heading out to run with FTCh Ballyellen Cody at Bollihope, 2013
SONY DSC
FTCh Ballyellen Cody producing his grouse under the watchful eye of judge Colin Organ at the GB Champion Stake, Bollihope Moor, 2013

DateAwardStakeClubJudges
03.03.131stOpenUlster Irish Red Setter Club
Murley Mt
C Calvert
R Monroe
05.10.131stOpenStrabane & District S&P Club
Slieveanorra
C Calvert
R Monroe
13.10.131stOpenStrabane & District S&P Club
Moorlough
M Houston
J McGillycuddy
15.10.131stOpenDonegal Field Trial Association
Scotstown

2014 saw Cody continue his winning ways.  He triumphed in Ulster at the Strabane & District Setter and Pointer Club’s Spring Open.  Shortly after he retained the IntFTCh Ballydavid Airforce Cup for winning the Ulster Irish Red Setter Club Open and then on travelling to Scotland at the end of March he triumphed in the Scottish Field Trials association Open Stake – a very good start to the year.

After a good summer and Autumn, Cody went to Monaghan for the Donegal Field Trial Association Open Stake on the last Saturday in October.  He won this Trial for the 3rd year in a row this securing his Irish FTCh title to add to his UK one.  Cody has achieved this Irish title off the back of very few Irish trials.

DateAwardStakeClubJudges
01.03.141stOpenStrabane & District S&P Club
Glenwherry
M Houston
R Monroe
17.03.141stOpenUlster Irish Red Setter Club
Murley Mt
C Calvert
D Linton
28.03.141stOpenScottish Field Trials Association
Dalmagarry
E Butler
L McAlister
07.08.144thOpenNorth of Scotland Gundog Assoc
Tillypronie
P O’Driscoll
J Naylor
19.10.14CoMOpenStrabane & District S&P Club
Glennoo
D O’Rourke
R Simpson
Oct 141stOpenDonegal Field Trials Association
Scotstown

It was business as usual in 2015 for Cody as he enjoyed another successful season.

DateAwardStakeClubJudges
25.03.153rdOpenScottish Gundog Association
Lochindorb
B Darragh
M Adams
08.08.151stOpenScottish Gundog Association
Glenlivet
C Organ
N Morrice
30.08.154thChampIrish Championship
Dublin Mts
R O’Dwyer
J Crotty
K Walsh
06.09.151stOpenIrish Red and White Setter Club
Glencree, Dublin Mts
J McGill
L Quinn
T O’Mahony
26.09.151stOpenN I Pointer Club
Craig’s Moss, Glarryford
C Calvert
R Simpson
27.09.151stOpenUlster Gundog League
Glenwherry
E Butler
J Dobbin
04.10.151stOpenUlster Irish Red Setter Club
Murley Mt
D O’Rourke
J McGill
11.10.153rdOpenStrabane & District S&P Club
Glennoo
T Harris
N Harris

By 2016, Cody had achieved a lot and was only making occasion appearances as younger dogs were given their chance on the team. He still figured in the awards on his rare outings. In October, Cody had had 7 finds in the first 2 rounds at the UIRSC trial and when brought into the run-off, the judges had asked the keeper for birdy ground – he proceeded to have 2 more finds with provocation. However, despite the master class in bird production, the judges awarded him 3rd with his lack of running cited for the low award! When he ran the week after on the same ground, the result was close between himself and his son Excel and the judges gave Excel the nod – however, having handled them both and obviously been very aware of everything they’d done, I probably would have reversed the places if I had been judging, as Cody’s finds along a boggy riverbank had been exception, still I can’t grumble when I got another 1 – 2 combination that day.

DateAwardStakeClubJudges
02.10.163rdOpenUlster Irish Red Setter Club
Glennoo
D O’Rourke
E Marshall
09.10.162ndOpenStrabane & District S&P Club
Glennoo
M Houston
C Calvert

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