Hunting and Bird Dogs

"I had the privilege of shooting quail with Legh and Jenn Higgins over their beautiful Twombly setters at Olympia Bend Plantation on the shores of the Withlacoochee River in Lowndes County, GA a couple of weekends ago. A Southern boy all my life I usually hunt over Pointers and rarely get to watch the work of English Setters. The Higgins' dogs were trained to perfection, had superior noses, and were as biddable as any dogs I've ever hunted over. Fantastic dogs, people, and shooting grounds.”...  George Newbern, Mar 05, 2014

The Oldfield Connection with Ed Belak


Legh Higgins and Ed Belak spent a snowy wet Halloween Weekend hunting with Burdock's Coronation and Oldfield's Miramichi.  

Burdock and Mira were successfully bred in the spring of 2015, and had 10 puppies in May, 2015.  Willoughby of Coronation, from that litter, is the latest addition to the Twombly Setter line.   

Ed writes: 

"I have essentially passed the torch to Legh and Jenn as I had my last litter of pups two years ago this coming Memorial Day. Out of a number of potential studs I chose Legh and Jenn's dog, Burdock's Coronation to breed to my Oldfield's Miramichi (Mira).

I kept two female pups Tig and Mattie (after Restigouche and Matapedia Rivers) and am developing them as grouse and woodcock dogs. Legh and Jenn were given the other top female which they named Willoughby.


I bred to Burdock because he is a very responsive dog, close coupled with a good tail set and a pretty nice head. I hunted over him a few times with Legh and I liked the way he covered his ground -- intelligently and with a purpose and high head.


Legh and Jenn are doing a wonderful job of building a lineage of working companion gun dogs that are as good with people as they are birds and I highly recommend them as breeders, trainers and excellent people. They are the real deal and I know will carry on the line of dogs that Legh's grandfather, Earl, had in his day."

Ed Belak and Cain's Briar Patch circa 1975

Photo courtesy of VT. Fish and Wildlife Dept. 

Hunters and their Twombly Setters

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