He answered that question positively. I feel one of his greatest accomplishments for the benefit of the Breed, was his very strong bid at the 2009 National Bird Dog Championship. To quote handler Allen Vincent, “You know your Dog has done a Job when, Robin Gates, Rick Furney, and Larry Huffman congratulate you on a great job.” He showed them we can compete at the National. Had there been another bird at the last 1/2 hour the outcome may have been different. After this trial, I noticed many more Setters being campaigned at this level and I believe Jet helped open the door. Two of his offspring have qualified for the National and others are currently 1/2 qualified. I believe the performance at this trial gave owners, handlers, and Judges confidence that today’s Setter can win at all levels. In 2009 there were 3 or 4 qualified. Last year there were 9 or 10. I also believe it contributed to a surge in Setter entries in other venues. Shortly after I attended a trial in Kansas where 50% of the entries were Setters. A few years earlier it may have been 10 or 15 percent. Were Jet’s accomplishments solely responsible for the surge in Setter popularity? No. But being successfully campaigned, in a part of the country where a setter hadn’t been for 20 years, sure gave it a shot in the arm when it was desperately needed.
As far as Jet’s win record is concerned he had One dog that was often a nemesis. Twice he was Runner Up Champion and Once took a Second in a National qualifier to this dog. It was the great Houses Snakebite, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014. He was the only dog inducted that year, the American Field stated there were not enough votes for any other dog. On the 2 Championships Jet ran before Jack (Snakebite). Later, Jack ran on the same course as Jet, found Jet’s birds and then went on to find his own birds we hadn’t moved during the trial. Snake bitten a 3 times. I thought we were reliving a bad dream. Andy Daugherty thought it to be quite funny. Especially the 3rd time at the Southland Championship when all knew Jet had it won. Until Jack ran the last morning.
The above accomplishments Jet had contributed to the English Setter Breed and the Sport of Field Trialing in the past. I think his greatest accomplishments are yet to come through his offspring. He has, and is, positively impacting the Breed. I believe he was a predominate sire as he has produced many winners, Runner up Champions, and Champions out of many different females. Many of which are stamped with his trademark “look.” He brings speed, running style, pointing style, intelligence, endurance, and an insatiable desire to hunt birds to the breeding. As of today he has been bred only 36 times (He wasn’t bred until he was 7 years old), siring 58 winners, including 9 Champions and countless Runner Up Champions. I lost track somewhere around 8 on the Runner Ups. Dorothy Hyder, Secretary of the English Setter Club, counted at least 9 of his offspring have won English Setter Dog of the year awards. There may be more as some of the award winners she did not know the sire. I know in Oklahoma there have been Two All Age Derby of the year and One Shooting Dog of the year out of Jetsetter. I do not know about other areas of the country for DOY awards. And like I stated previously, there have been 2 Jetsetter progeny qualified for the National. This is a stellar production record and improves considerably each year. Jet has given us many memories, and 5 High quality dogs to run in trials. The least I can do for him is this nomination
I truly believe the impact Jetsetter has had, and is having, on the English Setter Breed and the Sport of Field Trialing, qualifies him for Hall of Fame. If you agree please help support us in the effort to elect him.
Thank You to all that support Jetsetter
Jim and Sherri Michaletz