Maureen was, for many years, the Breed
Notes correspondent for Clumber Spaniels in 'Dog World', until it ceased
publication as a weekly newspaper which saddened many people.
Maureen has continued her breed notes through social media and on
Dog Focus. Her notes are
produced below (from 26th September 2022).
Please enjoy reading these and do feel free to
with any relevant news.
13th November 2023
Gundog Breeds of Scotland no longer has CCs for us – I was the last
one to judge them with CCs there many years ago. Once again, Lee Cox
came raiding over border going Best of Breed under judge Alessandro
Zeppi and then Best in Show under Hilary Male. That is two Best in
Shows in Scotland this year for Sh Ch Vanitonia Soloist - they will
be taking his passport off him. BB and also Best Puppy was the
Dawson’s Beskerby Flora Finching.
The Clumber Spaniel breed lunch at the Kennel Club is going to be on
Wednesday 3rd April cost £48.50. Full details are
available from the Clumber Spaniel Club’s Secretary, Eunice King,
via email at the following address:
Now, on to judges for next year, (with the year and where they last
judged showing). There are still a couple missing, but here are the
ones I have right now:
Manchester - Gordon Harran (SWKA 2019)
Crufts – Ian Layfield (SWKA 2018)
Clumber Club Open Show – Alistair Moss
WELKS – Hilary Male (1st time)
Birmingham National – Mick Howes (Bath 2022)
SKC – Jane Howarth (GSOW 2022)
Bath – Jeff Horswell (SKC 2017)
Windsor – Keith Young (Manchester 2016)
Leeds – Moray Armstrong (GSOW 2016)
National Gundog – John Newsham (Manchester 2020)
WKC – Jenny Miller (Bournemouth 2015)
Darlington – Graham Underwood (National Gundog 2019)
Clumber Club show 1 - Lee Cox (3 Counties 2022)
Show 2 - Colin Woodward (East of England 2018)
LKA - Richard Morris (1st time)
That makes just five breed specialists, with nine all-rounders in
total for next year with just City of Birmingham, Richmond and South
Wales Kennel yet to be announced.
Apologies for getting a name wrong in my critique for the Clumber
Spaniel Club Ch Show. Third in Limit Bitch should read Gracedieu
Stars and Stripes, not Gracedieu Brooklyn Bridge, This has been
amended, but of course the critiques remain correct.
Do keep the news coming in.
7th November 2023
No classes for us at Midland Counties, but three Clumbers were
entered in the AVNSC classes under Richard Bott. It was another
great day for Vanitonia, with Lee Cox’s Sh Ch Vanitonia Soloist
gaining the Best Dog Award, Best AVNSC before winning the Gundog
Group under Chris Bexon. Reserve Best Dog was Dave Tilston’s
Stonielea Toast. In the girls, BB (and Best Puppy) was Ricky
Furnell’s Bebecova Scarlet Witch.
The Club is thinking of organising a lunch at the Kennel Club if
there is sufficient interest. This is in the format that the Kennel
Club have introduced in recent years for other breeds and would
include being able to visit the KC’s extensive library and a viewing
of some of the amazing works of art on display in Clarges Street (a
painting of Clumber Spaniels is being exhibited at present). Anyone
who is interesting in attending should contact the Clumber Spaniel
Club’s Secretary, Eunice King, at the following address:
Entries for the last Championship show of the year LKA are closing
soon (indeed, as I write these notes, I see the closing date has
been extended until noon on the 14th November 2023 for
online entries). This year, LKA is being held at Stafford with
Richard Bott awarding CCs in Clumbers for the first time. Where has
this year gone? It seems that the older I get, the faster they fly
by – as if to verify that point, I see entries for the National are
now online to enter for the May 2024 show!
I hope you all weathered the storm Ciarán. I checked in with Ginny
Heaume who lives in Guernsey, as the Channel Islands were badly hit.
She said the winds were scary, but that they were all okay.
Linda Thorogood took Stoker, Anbrook Don’t Stop Me Now at Harrifield,
to East Kent Canine Society and he was Best AVNSC and Gundog Group 3
under judge Megan Dodd.
Hannah and I were at the North of England Tibetan Spaniel Club’s
Championship Show on Saturday, and it was really well run and
friendly. Prize money, as well as goodie bags for all winners,
fabulous rosettes, a huge raffle and guess the weight of the
Christmas cake plus a Breed shop that was packed with goodies. At
the end of the show, beautiful certificates were given to all the
dogs that had gained their title the previous year.
Do keep the news coming in.
23rd October 2023
At South Wales Kennel Association, Michelle Meredith (Andchelle) was
our judge; though no longer in the breed, Michelle bred and made up
numerous show champions, including our first Sh Ch Andchelle My Fair
Lady from Maursett.
It was a great day for Vanitonia, with Lee Cox’s Sh Ch Vanitonia
Soloist gaining the Dog CC and going Best of Breed then taking Group
2 under Doreen Smille Gray. Bitch CC was Sh Ch Vanitonia Secret
Episode owned by Blake Crocker, Ashleigh Frost and Mr and Mrs
Cahill. The Reserve Bitch CC was our own Sh Ch Maursett Marnie. Best
Puppy was Vanitonia Something Extra owned by Dee Carter Hunt and
Adan Gardner, who also was awarded the Res Dog CC and, under Nick
Gourley, won the Puppy Group. Well done to all the winners.
Well, it has arrived! Hannah and Dave are now proud owners of a
bundle of fur known as Rodri the Tibetan Spaniel (posh name Oldcharm
Can you Love Me at Maursett TAF). Although two weeks younger than
our two, soon to be one, Clumber girls he has, shall we say,
attitude! He has been here five minutes and now rules the roost.
The Clumber Spaniel Club is running a Breed Assessment Day (Hands
on) at Shirland Village Hall on Saturday 4th November
2023. You must have passed the BAD and MCE to be able to attend.
Full details from:
Mrs Eunice King
Hon Secretary – The Clumber Spaniel Club
57 Elliott Drive
Derbyshire S43 3DZ
Telephone: 01246 476059
E-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org
Do keep the news coming in.
12th October 2023
While were all at the Clumber Club Show
last weekend, a little Mob of Maursetts went off to Mid Western
Gundog and Paul and Sue Whitehouse’s Sh Ch Maursett Malachie at
Malvonia (Garfield) was Best of Breed under Howard Ogden before
going on to take 3rd Best in Show. Fast forward to following weekend
and Garfield, having gone Best of Breed under Sharon Rossiter, then
won the Gundog Group under Russell Mosedale, at Birmingham Gundog
and Terrier. He was then up for Best in Show which was being judged
jointly by Russell Mosedale and Joe Ashe, with Jenny Miller as
referee, and Garfield was then declared Best in Show.
North of the border, it was Jacquelyn and Stuart Nicholson’s Danish
import Clumbus Jolly Jumper of Taranstigh taking high honours going
Best AVNSC then Group 4 under Bill Molton at Paisley and District.
Heading back south and Linda Thorogood went to Guildford and
District with Anbrook Don’t Stop Me at Harrifield and was Best AVNSC
the Group 3 under Ray Strudwick.
Paul and Hilda Monaghan’s Kenesqui Nice at Tweedsmuir had a good day
out at East Anglian Gundog going Best Puppy, Best of Breed judged by
Daisy Toublic (Cobhay) and then Best Puppy in Show 4.
Well done folks a great weekend for the breed.
It was our last set of CCs at Gundog Society of Wales and Carol
Coode was judging. Dog CC was Lee Cox’s Sh Ch Vanitonia Soloist,
with Lynda Thorogood gaining the Res CC with Anbrook Don’t Stop Me
Now at Harrifield. In bitches, it was another CC with Best of Breed
for Sh Ch Vanitonia Secret Episode owned by Blake Crocker, Ashleigh
Frost and Mr and Mrs Cahill. Res Bitch CC, a first, for Abbyford
Lady Merry of Ivale owned by Martyn and Jo Lovell. Best Puppy was
Vanitonia Something Extra owned by Dee Carter Hunt and Adan Gardner.
Well done to all the winners.
Tony, Hannah and I went off to attend the Breed Assessment Day run
by the North of England Tibetan Spaniel Club, just to learn a little
about the breed. After an extremely informative morning session and
being able to go over some of the breed we were talked into doing
the MCE which we passed.
We had an excellent lunch and then once again got talked into doing
the hands-on assessment, which once again we all passed. I must say
the quality of the information and the beautiful presentation pack
plus a bag of goodies was excellent.
The extended standard was given with clarity and explained so much
about why the breed is as it is - quality information relayed
succinctly and a great, friendly bunch of officers and committee. We
thoroughly enjoyed our day.
Do keep the news coming in.
The weather held fine for the Clumber Spaniel Club Championship Show
last Sunday, albeit somewhat o. That meant we were able to have the
judging outside, which is always a plus. It was your truly judging
the breed, and Michelle Dawson judged the Special Classes.
As usual, there was a good atmosphere ringside with plenty of
laughter and the committee doing a sterling job. Dog CC and Best in
Show was Lee Cox’s Sh Ch Vanitonia Soloist, Res Dog CC was Jacquelyn and Stuart Nicholson’s Danish import Clumbus Jolly Jumper of Taranstigh. In the bitches, it was another
CC, Reserve Best in Show and Best Opposite Sex for Dave and Sue
Boden’s Sh Ch Suelynda Kreme Della Kreme, with Gerry and Lyndsey
Steele’s Stonilea Williams Legacy collecting her first Reserve CC. I
awarded Best Puppy in Show to Paul and Hilda Monaghan’s Kenesqui
Nice at Tweedsmuir.
The committee in the kitchen were ably assisted by Kath Kirkman and
it was good to catch up with her for a chat and some good banter.
I was sorry to hear that Blake Crocker, Ashleigh and their baby son
had been unwell and therefore unable to attend the show. I do hope
they have all recovered. It is bad enough when adults are ill, but
when it is babies and children it is so very hard.
Talking of poorly people, him indoors is now onto his second lot of
antibiotics and steroids to try and shift the nasty chest infection
that he has; don’t worry it’s not the dreaded Covid, he has been
testing regularly and is clear of that particular nasty.
Do keep the news coming in.
15th September 2023
Last Friday saw
Christine Morgan awarding CCs in Clumbers for the first time. Once
again there were a number of absentees, with only 9 dogs and 6
bitches present. Dog CC and yet again a new show Champion was Ricky
Furnell’s Vanitonia Rio Sonora to Bebecova, whilst his litter sister
the newly crowned Vanitonia Secret Episode owned by Blake Crocker,
Ashleigh Frost and Shaun and Stephanie Cahill collected her fourth
CC and Best of Breed. Ashleigh handled her in the group and a great
job she made of it too, you may have lost a job Blake! The Reserve
Dog CC and Best Puppy was awarded to Clumbraise Your Song imported
from Norway by Jo and Martyn Lovell. The Reserve Bitch CC once again
went to Sue and Lauren Wilson’s Winhampton Pandoras Box.
We move on to
this Friday (15th September) where Sarah Sevastopulo was
our judge at Darlington and had 16 dogs and 6 bitches present. A
first CC and Best of Breed for Jacquelyn and Stuart Nicholson’s
Danish import Clumbus Jolly Jumper of Taranstigh, with Linda
Thorogood collecting another Reserve CC with Anbrook Don’t Stop Me
Now at Harrifield. In bitches, it was a fourth CC foe Dave and Sue
Boden’s Sh Ch Suelynda Kreme Della Kreme with Jacqeline Pickering’s
Dutch import Wymeswold Verdejo at Greencourt collecting the Reserve
CC. Paul and Hilda Monaghan won another Best Puppy in Breed with
Kenesqui Nice at Tweedsmuir, out of a whopping 10 puppies present.
Our seven little
darlings are now five weeks old and have been evicted to the puppy
kennel. They already have developed their own personalities and
really are time wasters at this age.
We only have 4
sets of CCs left for this year, the Clumber Spaniel Club Show, South
Wales Kennel, Gundog Society of Wales and then the nearly two months
gap until LKA which has of course moved to Stafford from this year.
Next year we lose three sets of CCs, but do gain an extra Breed
Club Championship Show held in conjunction with a Championship show.
Once again, we have a big gap, Bath at the end of May then two
months until Leeds at the end of July, as we have lost Three
Counties and East of England. The other loss is Gundog Society of
Wales. I think this strategy by the Kennel Club should perhaps be
revisited, as reducing the number of shows with big gaps does not
encourage new exhibitors into the breed in my opinion.
Do keep the news
4th September 2023
Well, here we are
yet another month has gone and we heading into autumn.
Pam Blay award CCs in our breed for the first time and she had a
cracking entry, but unfortunately a high absentee rate - we were
guilty, I am afraid, as all our girls decided to come into season
with only Hannah and Dave’s Pearl not yet in. There was still a
quality entry and it was another CC and BOB for Sh Ch Vanitonia
Soloist owned by Lee Cox, with his younger brother Vanitonia
Something Extra going Best Puppy and Gundog Puppy Group 2 at just 6
months old (he is owned by Lee’s mum Dee Carter Hunt and Adam
Gardener). The bitch CC, the all important third, was awarded to
Vanitonia Secret Episode owned by Blake Crocker, Ashleigh Frost and
Shaun and Stephanie Cahill. The Reserve CCs went to Maursett Muttley
at Molvonia owned by Paul and Sue Whitehouse and Big Boom’s Viking
Liv Beskerby owned by Ian, Pam and Michelle Dawson. Best Junior was
Stonielea Toast owned by David Tilston and Best Special Beginners
was Rachel Wareham’s Prestij Nachii Mandarin Shik.
drawn an entry of 24 for Sarah Sevastapulo. Clumbers are in Ring 12
at 9am; unfortunately, we are looking after our grandsons and have
to get them to school and college, so have had to give a miss to
what is our local show.
tells me that she had a good day at Hampshire Gundog with Anbrook
Don’t Stop Me Now At Harrifield, (Stoker) going Best of Breed under
Jackie Crawford and then BIS 4 under Carol Coode.
We seem to be
enjoying a brief Indian summer right now. Unfortunately, due to
health issues, I cannot sit out and enjoy the glorious weather, not
that I have a great deal of spare time at the moment. The seven
little darlings are now on solid food and I seem to spend all my
time putting it in one end and clearing it up from the other! The
pups are also at the “we can help you stage”. It is a wonder I have
not stood one and I do end up exhausted by the time fresh bedding
and puppy pads are in place!
Do keep the news
23rd August 2023
Welsh Kennel Club
saw Jacqui Ward awarding CCs in the breed. It was a bit of a
disappointing entry - presumably the distance will have put a number
of people off, we have puppies so are not at any shows this month.
Anyway, as long
as there is quality there then all is well and Jacqui withheld last
time she judged us so her top winners will certainly have been of
the quality required. She found her Dog CC and Best of Breed in
Ricky Furnell’s Vanitonia Rio Sonaro to Bebecova, his second, with
Paul and Sue Whitehouse’s Sh Ch Maursett Mallachie at Molvonia
picking up the Reserve Dog CC. In the bitches – and not to be
outdone by her kennel mate - Bebecova Scarlet Witch collected her
first CC and Best Puppy. The Reserve bitch CC was another Puppy -
James Taylor and Mike Hilton’s Delsaux Fly me to the Moon. A little
mention for new Clumber exhibitors David and Kim Tilson with their
first Clumber dog Stonielea Toast (aka Quinn) who, as well as
winning his class, went to win the Junior Vulnerable Breed class.
Well done – just a shame David did not get round to collecting his
£25 winnings for the Vulnerable breed class.
CCs has 12 dogs making 12 entries we are second in Ring 20 after 15
Sussex Spaniels making 17 entries, judging starts at 9am.
The City of
Birmingham championship show sees Pam Blay awarding CCs in Clumbers
and she has drawn a good entry of 39 making 41 entries. Clumbers
are first in Ring 3, Hall 2 at 9am. Another early start for many of
Meanwhile, it is
always good to receive news of successes at Open Shows. I had a
note from Karen Cornwall who had a good day at Scunthorpe Canine
Association’s open show with her puppy, Creeaark Jensen, who went
Gundog Puppy Group 2 from the AVNSC classes under judge Roger
Do keep the news
14th August 2023
Sorry for the delay in in these notes, but the patter of tiny paws
has arrived rendering me resembling a zombie. Normal service will
resume in a few weeks.
National Gundog last Sunday saw Gina Bowers stand in for Linda
McGillivary (more from Linda later).
Gina found her Dog CC and Best of Breed in Lee Cox’s Sh Ch Vanitonia
Soloist, with Paul and Sue Whitehouse’s Maursett Muttley picking up
the Reserve Dog CC. In bitches it was that all important third CC
for Dave and Sue Boden’s Suelynda Kreme Della Kreme with Winhampton
Pandoras Box belonging to Sue and Lauren Wilson, getting the Reserve
Bitch CC. Best puppy was Kensesqui Nice at Tweedsmuir owned by Paul
and Hilda Monaghan, with Best Special Beginners going to Burge’s
Gracedieu Brooklyn Bridge.
I was judging Bracco Italiano and was over the moon that my Best of
Breed Sh Ch Braccorions Never Say Never JW went on to become Best in
Show. As I was second in the ring, we managed to catch both of the
horrific downpours and must have resembled drowned rats by the end
Meanwhile, as mentioned earlier, I have received a note from Linda
McGillivary asking me to put an apology in these notes for
exhibitors who had entered under her at National Gundog.
“My recovery after a total knee replacement on 22nd May was going
well, I didn’t foresee any problem about judging today. On my follow
up appointment, the surgeon although pleased with my recovery,
suggested a MUA (manipulation under anaesthetic) - this breaks up
any scar tissue around the knee helping it bend fully. An overnight
stay in hospital & no driving for 48 hours I thought ok,
unfortunately I ended up with swelling, pain & back using crutches."
"Regrettably I then had to inform the secretary I wasn’t fit enough
to judge. I was gutted as I was so looking forward to judging the
Clumbers especially with such a lovely entry. I was pleased it was a
breed judge who took over my appointment."
"Thank you, Gina Bowers, for stepping in to take over my
And finally, the entry for Welsh Kennel Club is 18 dogs making 22
entries. Clumbers are in Ring 1 after 11 American Cocker Spaniels
making 12 entries.
Do keep the news coming in.
3rd August 2023
Friday saw us going to one of our local shows at Leeds, where
Anthony Allen was awarding CCs in the breed for the first time.
It was a new layout and one or two were pointing out that we could
have done with two entrances, rather than just the one, and that the
BIS ring would have been better in the centre. Another gripe (sorry)
was that Best Special Beginners Group was done before breed judging
was finished so many did not get to compete.
Anyway, we had no problems and on to judging. Dog CC went to Dave
and Sue Boden’s Sh Ch Tweedsmuir Just Cruzin Among Suelynda with
Linda Thorogood picking up the Reserve with Anbrook Don’t Stop me
Now at Harrifeld. The bitch CC, her second, went to Vanitonia Secret
Episode owned by the Crocker, Frost Cayhill partnership and handled
by Blake and Tony and I collected a second Reserve CC with young
Maursett Masikean. Best Puppy was Ricky Furnell’s Bebecova Scarlet
Witch who went on to get Puppy Group 3 from judge Lee Cox - a nice
birthday present for Ricky.
National Gundog sees Clumbers with a change of judge as Linda
Magillivary has withdrawn. Gina Bowers will now be judging in her
place. Gina last judged Clumbers at Richmond in 2019. There is a
good entry of 19 dogs making 22 entries and 19 bitches making 24
We are second in Ring 17 after 49 American Cockers making 54 entries
(judging for them starts at 9am). The show is unbenched, so do
remember to take chairs and crates. We are not entered as I am
judging Bracco Italiano. As I am second in the ring after 72 Gordon
Setters making 107 entries, I hope to be able to watch most, if not
all of the Clumber judging.
Meanwhile, I had a message from Eunice King to say that there will
be eye testing available at the Club Championship show on 1st
October - full details and application form to book your place are
available from Eunice.
Do keep the news coming in.
12th July 2023
Friday saw us heading down to Rutland for the very last East of
England Championship show. Next year the date and CCs will be taken
over by Boston, but not for Clumbers unfortunately as this year was
to be our last set of CCs at East of England. A shame, really, as
the new venue was very good.
We also lose Gundog Society of Wales and Three Counties next year.
With quite a lot of new puppies either out - or due out - this
summer, hopefully entries will increase. If they are sustained at 30
or over we may get some sets of CCs back.
Meanwhile, on to results. Bill Orzell was awarding CCs in Clumbers
for the first time and it was a repeat of the 2022 results for the
top honours, with the litter brother and sister duo doing the double
again. DCC and BOB Sh Ch Maursett Malachie of Molvonia, with kennel
mate Maursett Muttley picking up the Reserve DCC for a seriously
well-chuffed Paul and Sue Whitehouse. In bitches, it was once again
our Sh Ch Maursett Marnie collecting another bitch CC, with Dave and
Sue Boden’s Suelynda Kreme Della Kreme collecting the Res BCC.
I did hear some disturbing rumours at East of England that a few
championship shows are teetering on the edge of having to close.
Let’s hope that this is just unwarranted gossip, but entries have
really dropped across all breeds this year and I can understand that
some shows may be struggling. Fingers crossed that entries pick up.
Now for some sad news that Sue and Lauren Wilson’s Margot (Winhampton
Oops a Daisy) has died suddenly and at quite a young age - it never
gets any easier losing our dogs.
Entries for Leeds will be closing shortly, so details of the entry
etc at a later date. Just a warning that there are road works on the
A1, with both north and south carriageways going down to one lane at
Darrington and the hold ups are significant, even very early in the
morning, but especially on week days as we know from personal
experience. As we are on a Friday at Leeds this year, do take this
into account and check to see if the roadworks are still in place
for the weekend of the show.
We took an alternative route last week to avoid this, hopping across
the M18 and onto the M1and our plan had worked well. All was going
fine till we were nearly home when a nasty accident closed the A1 at
Boroughbridge. We were sat for over three hours before the road was
cleared. I do hope that there were no serious injuries. Do men have
weak bladders? So many of them found it necessary to relieve
themselves at the roadside!
After a very long journey home, we eventually got back in time to
celebrate grandson Sam’s 16th birthday.
We have a couple of local shows coming up so we are definitely
looking forward to not having to get up at some ridiculous hour in
Do keep the news coming in.
Well instead of being at Windsor I was sitting at home. Many will
know that over the last three plus years my family have all gone
down with Covid, but it has never touched me - yes you are right it
has got me in the end. I must say it is the most unpredictable
virus, here is why. On Saturday evening, I was told that someone I
had been in contact with had tested positive. Next morning, I did a
test that came out negative, so Hannah and I went off to trim a
Clumber we had bred. On Monday, I did a second test and this was
also negative. By Monday evening, I had started with a headache and
runny nose. When I took the test on Tuesday, it showed up as
positive. Now Hannah who had been cooped up in a car with me for
three hours and him in doors have not got it, yet the owner of the
dog we trimmed on the Sunday when I was negative went down with it
on Wednesday. It appears that even though the test says negative you
are actually infectious.
Just glad I was not at a show on that Sunday or I could have caused
havoc! I am now testing negative so all being well will be at East
of England on Friday. Talking of which, I did mention to Tony this
morning that “we must get the dogs bathed for Friday” – he did reply
that he assumed that this translates as “you must get the dogs
bathed for Friday”, which is of course correct.
On to Windsor, where due to a number of absentees, Janet Richards
had 18 Clumbers to go over. DCC and BOB was Lee Cox’s Sh Ch
Vanitonia Soloist who then went Gundog Group 3 under Gill Simpson,
with Linda Thorogood’s Anbrook Don’t Stop Me Now at Harrifeld
getting the Reserve DCC. In bitches it was Dave and Sue Boden’s
Suelynda Kreme Della Kreme picking up the BCC with Lauren and Sue
Wilson’s Winhampton Pandoras Box collecting another Reserve CC.
Best Puppy was Paul and Hilda Monaghan’s new puppy Kensesqui Nice at
No CCs at Blackpool where Richard Morris had 5 Clumbers present.
Best dog was Clumbus Jolly Jumper of Taransgith, owned by Ja and
Stuart Nicolson, with Maursett Mareth owned by Scott Lemon Reserve
Best Dog. Best Bitch was Nicola Stevenson’s Banshee White Roll with
Reserve Best Bitch Claire Nixon’s Stonielea Williams Charm. Best
Puppy was Maursett Meadie owned by George, Lorna and Lucy Brown.
A reminder from Peter Sheppard that Clumber Fest is fast approaching
and camping is allowed from 13th July. The real fun
starts on 15th and 16th July with a Clumber
Rumble, a Mantrailing Demo and Peter’s famous Quiz amongst other
things. All details are on the website
All are welcome, you can just turn up for the day and honorary
Clumbers are always welcome. If you have any queries you can contact
Do keep the news coming in.
Tony was allowed out (yes, he is definitely not under the patio) for
the day to accompany me to Three Counties with just the two
hooligans, as we left Marnie at home for a rest. Hannah was not with
us as she, along with grandsons Sam and Ben, was competing in the
Cancer Research Race for Life. May I firstly say a huge thanks to
all who have made donations and there is still time if you wish to
contribute using the following link:
We were not too late into the ring as there were quite a few
absentees in GSPs (as indeed there were across the board), no doubt
due to the oppressive heat. Chris Page found his Dog CC and BOB in
Lee Cox’s Sh Ch Vanitonia Soloist, with the Reserve Dog CC going to
Ricky Furnell’s Vanitonia Rio Sonara at Bebecova. In the bitches, it
was Paul and Hilda Monaghan’s Sh Ch Tweedsmuir Just a Dream
collecting the Bitch CC with Dave and Sue Boden’s Suelynda Kreme
Della Kreme picking up the Res Bitch CC. Best Puppy was Hannah and
David Taylor’s Maursett Madrigal.
It was a bit of a shock to find from the results that Southern
Counties had, after many, many years reinstated Clumber classes. I
suspect that most of us were totally unaware of this as after this
length of time we just skip past Southern Counties. Consequently,
it was a numerically small entry. A line dropped to the breed note
writers to say that classes were now back on may have encouraged a
better entry. Daniela Pinto Tranquada found her Best Dog and BOB in
Linda Thorogood’s Anbrook Don’t Stop Me Now at Harrifield. Reserve
Best Dog and Best Puppy was Martyn and Jo Lovell’s Clumbraise Your
Song with his kennel mate Abbyford Lady Merry of Ivale, Best Bitch.
We now have a bit of a break until Windsor, quickly followed by our
last set of CCs at East of England.
I hope all goes well for the new Vulnerable breeds show next
weekend, where Ian Dawson is judging the Clumber Spaniels..
Meanwhile, I had an email from Barbara Weston about Clumber Spaniel
Exhibition which takes place over the 17th to 25th
June in the Discovery Centre at Clumber Park.
that ‘Walking with Clumbers’ is taking over the Mezzanine in the
Discovery Centre at Clumber Park to put up a visual display which
describes some of the history and links between the Park, the Dukes
and Clumber Spaniels.
publicity suggests visitors can “Delve into the various theories
behind the mystery of how Clumber Spaniels became a distinct breed
during the life of the 2nd Duke of Newcastle. Did they
come from Spain? Were they sent from France to save them from the
French Revolution? Did the Duc de Noailles give them to the Duke of
Newcastle to settle a debt or as a gift? Or, alternatively, were
they a distinct breed developed from others to make a dog for a
specific purpose in the field?”
The display is
based on the research Barbara Weston undertook prior to giving a
talk to a National Trust supporters group recently; hopefully
visitors will find it interesting and possibly thought provoking.
The National Trust at Clumber Park is promoting the links between
the breed and the Park, and ‘Walking with Clumbers’ has been
assisting with some of their projects.
Do keep the news coming in.
29th May 2023
Two for the
price of one this week, results wise.
SKC was a day
to remember for all the right reasons - if for one exhibitor a rather
expensive one, but I am sure he did not mind. Jill Peak was our
judge for the day and she found her DCC and BOB in Lee Cox’s Sh Ch
Vanitonia Soloist, Bruin, who then went on to win the Gundog Group
under Christine Morgan. I understand that finding a hotel to stay in
was a problem due to a Beyoncé concert being held - so off he
trotted home to return on the Sunday for Best in Show which of
course he won under Paul Harding. I dread to think of how many miles
Lee will have travelled and how much fuel he had to buy. On the down
side, I understand Bruin had a little nibble of something he
shouldn’t on his journey, but I am sure Lee will forgive him.
Keeping up a family thread, the Reserve DCC went to Bruin’s cousin
Maursett Mordecai at Rocabec, (Elvis) owned by Peter and Julie
Cumming (his mum and Bruin’s mum are litter sisters). We were
already over the moon, but it got even better as yet another
relation of Bruin’s, his Auntie this time, Maursett Marnie gained
her all-important third CC, making it 3 Sh Ch’s out of this litter.
Res BCC was another Vanitonia, Secret Episode owned by the Crocker,
Frost, Cahill partnership and handled by Lee. Best Puppy was yet
another Maursett, Meadie (Barney) owned by George and Lorna Brown
and handled by daughter Lucy.
It was then a
short break before we all headed south to Bath where Kath Kirkman
judged us - the less said about the journey home the better, though
it was worth it. Sh Ch Maursett Malachie at Molvonia, owned by Paul
and Sue Whitehouse, took the DCC and BOB and was shortlisted in the
group by Colin Woodward. Res DCC went to Linda Thorogood with
Anbrook Don’t Stop me Now at Harrifeld. In the bitches it was a
Maursett day again, the newly crowned Sh Ch Maursett Marnie kept her
brother company claiming her 4th CC, with Maursett
Masikean, ably handled in the challenge by Lucy Wareham, keeping up
with her brother Elvis, getting the Res BCC. Best puppy was the
recently imported Clumbraise Your Song owned by Mr amd Mrs Lovell -
sorry I forgot to ask for your fore names.
decided to finish off the week in style by gaining the BOB at North
Riding Gundog Club judged by Jennifer Millard and then going Reserve
Best in Show under Tracey Hayes.
Just a word
to those who discount the smallest puppies in a litter, do not
automatically disregard them - if the puppy is the best as far as
conformation and breed type is concerned, keep it. Marnie and her
dad Mathos were both ‘tiddlers’ in their respective litters,
possibly one of the reasons I bonded with them as I continually kept
moving them on to the biggest teat. As the saying goes, size does
not matter. On that note, I will be not be mentioning the present
given to daughter Hannah at Bath by Lauren Wilson and Rachel
We now have a
breather till Three Counties where we are second in ring 1 after
sixty German Shorthaired Pointer making eighty entries, who are in
of the vote for committee are out and the club welcomes new
committee members Paul Whitehouse, Michelle Dawson and Sandra Garrat
who join Peter Sheppard for atwo year stint with Nigel Bryant
serving for one year. Sara Kirkman, James Taylor and Sue Boden are
still in situ for another year. All the officers stand as they were
either not up for re-election or stood unopposed. The full list will
be on the club website. It is sad that only 101voting papers were
returned and four of those were spoilt.
I end with
the sad news that Wilf Steele has died. His wife Cath awarded CCs in
Clumbers and they had their girl Sula at the same time we had our
first boy Claude some 40 years ago. Although Wilf did not show much,
he was a well-known face stewarding at so many Open and Championship
shows in the North of England. The funeral will be om Monday 5th
June at Durham Crematorium at 2.30.
Do keep the
news coming in.
Apologies for the lack of notes but
we have been having a rather stressful time with a family member
being hospitalised and then of course my birthday.
Many thanks to everyone for their
best wishes, cards and presents for my birthday. I had a great
weekend going to Wembley to watch the play-off between Notts County
and Chesterfield from row 4 in the Royal Box. We were served a very
nice meal prior to the match and I was suitably embarrassed when the
Master of Ceremonies told everyone that it was my birthday and I was
serenaded by all singing “Happy Birthday”. On the down side, we were
in a different car park this time and it took 2 hours to get onto
the M1 and in total over 6 hours to get home. We were entered at
Border Counties Gundog the next day, but needless to say we did not
make it. We were supposed to be picking up my birthday cake from
Lucy Brown at the show, but they unfortunately could not go either
as their boy Barney had been stung. I am so grateful to Lucy for
bringing the cake down to the services near Carlisle and to her
sister Claire for a beautiful portrait of Mathos which was a
complete surprise. Mathos has now been immortalised twice - anyone
would think he has a special place in my heart!
At Birmingham National, Penny
Williams awarded Paul and Susanne Whitehouse the CC and Best of
Breed with Sh Ch Maursett Malachie at Molvonia. The Reserve DCC
went to Mary Hanney’s Maursett Moruig; it it was the first time Mary
had handled Walter herself, so she was over the moon. In the
bitches, it was Paul and Hilda Monaghan’s Sh Ch Tweedsmuir She’s so
Sheek that took the Bitch CC with Tom and Jackie Pickering’s
Wymeswold Verdejo at Greencourt taking the Reserve BCC. Best Puppy
and Best Special Beginner’s was Tedoskibby Time is Right owned by
Peter and Sian Morris. Last but not least, Best Veteran was
Winhampton Oops a Daisy owned by Sue and Lauren Wilson. We all had a
great time with lots of goodies to eat and plenty to drink
celebrating the Coronation. The cake made by Lucy Brown was
fantastic. A big thank you to Lorna Brown for paying for the table,
even though the Goldie exhibitors tried to pinch it for their party
(it did have our name on it). It was rather disappointing that this
celebration had to be funded by exhibitors as I understand that the
CSC had been contacted by Birmingham National, but did not organise
it or arrange for the club to pay for the table.
At SKC, we are second in ring 5
after 25 Deerhounds making 32 entries. Judging starts at 9am, so it
will be an early start for some of
Bath has drawn an entry of 9 dogs
making 10 entries and 13 bitches making 14 entries for Kath Kirkman.
We are first in ring 24 at 9am, so an even earlier start.
All members should have received
voting papers for committee members and these are due in by Monday
22nd May 2023.
Peter Sheppard sent me an email to
say that Monika Heim won ‘Hernia Henry’ with Elaine Oliver coming
second and entitled to a cut price Henry. However, the sad news is
that the model passed away on 11th May, but he does live
on in his progeny and 20 life size models. Meanwhile, Raffle tickets
in support of Clumberfest are now on sale with lots of fabulous
prizes to be won - you can contact Peter at
or through Facebook messenger.
Do keep the news coming in.
5th May 2023
gone and into my favourite month of the year, everything is turning
a bright vivid green and the countryside looks so new and fresh. The
garden has sprung into life and everything is growing like wild
fire, unfortunately that includes the weeds! On the down side, I get
to be another year older.
I hear it was
a tad damp at WELKS and that the judging had to be done inside due
to the soggy ground. It was yet another great day out for Paul and
Susanne Whitehouse, with Maursett Muttley gaining his first CC and
Best of Breed ably handled by Lucy Wareham as Paul’s back had let
him down, Lucy has turned into a really good young handler. Muttley’s
kennel mate, Sh Ch Maursett Malachie at Molvonia, had to make do
with the Reserve DCC today. In the bitches, it was Paul and Hilda
Monaghan’s Sh Ch Tweedsmuir She’s so Sheek that took the Bitch CC
with Dave and Sue Boden’s Suelynda Kreme Della Kreme the Reserve
BCC. Best Puppy was Kirsty Baird’s Etheridge Penarth. Best Veteran
was Peter and Jackie Sheppard’s Whissgig Daddy Kool.
Birmingham, where we are second in ring 21 in the main hall (after
91 Duck Tollers) making an entry of 113; judging starts at 9am so it
will be late morning I guess before we are in. Don’t forget to bring
stuff for our party, it is under the pretence of the coronation, but
is also the start of my week of celebrating a special birthday the
The SKC entry
is just out - 15 dogs making 16 entries.
child aka Maursett Masikean (Gertie) excelled herself last weekend,
Tony is awaiting delivery of his replacement AirPods. He received no
sympathy (of course) from me as he should not have left them on the
coffee table next to him where she could very niftily swipe them
from under his nose. She finished the weekend off by destroying two
pencils and a pen. Apparently, it is my fault as her namesake was a
fallen angel, albeit spelled slightly differently.
for the Clumber Spaniel Club Championship Show in October is out and
is on Higham Press this time. All members should receive a schedule
and the voting papers for committee have been sent out too - if you
have not received yours do contact the secretary, Eunice King.
I see our
judge for Crufts 2026 has been announced as Patsy Hollings. She last
gave CCs in our breed earlier this year at Manchester.
reminder from Peter Sheppard regarding the annual Hernia Henry
Raffle in support of Clumberfest. Ticket sales will cease this
coming Monday 8th May at noon - full details can be found
Do keep the
news coming in.
20th April 2023
It was a great day out for Paul and Susanne Whitehouse at United
Spaniel with Sh Ch Maursett Malachie at Molvonia, who went Best of
Breed under Eleanor Bryant and then Best in Show under Colin
On to Birmingham, where Penny Williams has drawn an entry of 24 dogs
making 26 entries - no details on ring order as yet.
I know that as a rule Clumbers do not suffer from bloat, but I
thought the following may be of interest. A friend of mine in
another breed recently lost a dog to bloat and was given this advice
by a veterinary nurse - a dose of Infacol that is used for babies to
help when they have wind, is recommended. Although not licensed for
dogs, Infacol is harmless to them and in an emergency should
certainly help so it may be wise to keep a bottle should you have a
breed that suffers with bloat.
Our daughter Hannah along, with grandsons Sam and Ben, are once
again running the Race For Life in Aid of Cancer Research in June.
Hannah’s brother-in-law Stephen lost his battle with cancer last
year and of course I have had my own issues with it. Do feel free to
donate to this worthy cause, they are running with a number of other
relatives of Stephen’s under the banner Stephen’s Warriors.
The first show for Native Vulnerable Breeds is being held at The K C
Buildings at Stoneleigh on 18th June. There are four Clumber classes
being judged by Ian Dawson (Beskerby).
Now, tongue in cheek, here is the joke of the week. A Clumber
exhibitor gets the hip score for her bitch of 4 -7 =11; the BVA
recommend she is bred to a dog with a low score as her hips are
above the breed median of 10 (sic). Not sure how they can
realistically claim the median score is 10 when only a small
minority of Clumbers bred are scored by the BVA so it is only a
median of the scores they have actually done themselves. There are
also people who will look at the x-ray and if they think that they
are poor do not bother to send them in, skewing the figures even
further. Many now use the Australian scheme for scoring and these do
not get included either. I would be most pleased with a score of 11.
On to Clumber Spaniel Club affairs. It is our turn to host the
International Seminar next year which will be run on the weekend of
the Championship Show in October. I understand a sub-committee has
been set up to organise it, but if you have any suggestions for a
venue, it must be able to accommodate dogs in bedrooms, an indoor
room big enough to hold the show and preferably an outside area
should the weather be fine. Do get in touch with the Secretary if
you have any suggestions. I hope the sub-committee also bear in mind
we have seven lots of exhibitors in Scotland that are showing
regularly and it would be nice if once in a while the show was held
further north. We were at Crick back in 2014 and it seemed a good
place, but a little too far south for many of us. I would imagine
somewhere near to an airport would be a plus for the ease of our
I know there was a committee meeting last weekend, but have not
heard any news about what was discussed or decided, as yet.
Do keep the news coming in.
13th April 2023
Having had a steroid injection into my
wrist last week, I am at long last able to have the use of both
hands pain free. So, no excuse from now not to type up my Breed
First to the Clumber Spaniel Club’s open show. Although entered, we
did not make it due to Tony having a fractured wrist and me injuring
my wrist even more by simply opening a window (it’s amazing how the
simplest of tasks can become quite so painful). Unfortunately, that
meant that neither of us could drive. Tony now has had his pot
removed from hand and arm, but it appears that - like me - he has
injured tendons in his wrist so is sporting a brace.
Best in Show under Judge Jane Eyeington was Sh Ch Maursett Malachie
at Molvonia, owned by Paul and Sue Whitehouse with Lee Cox’s Sh Ch
Vanitonia Soloist Reserve Best in Show. Best Bitch and Best Opposite
Sex was Sh Ch Tweedsmuir She’s So Sheek, owned by Paul and Hilda
Monaghan, with Lynn Guy’s Suelynda Kith and Kin Among Jahanghir
going Best Puppy.
I understand that the AGM was a lively affair (nothing new there,
lol). Results of the voting for committee were classed as void as
members had been asked to vote for four candidates, when it should
have been five. New voting papers will be sent out in due course.
I also understand that a letter was read out regarding the Working
Clumber Spaniel Society asking the Kennel Club for the standard to
be changed so that their dogs would stand more chance when competing
at shows. As the Clumber Spaniel Club is the main club, it’s members
would have to agree to this, and I understand that talks with the
WCSS will now take place. My view is firmly that breeders should
breed to comply with the breed standard, and not change the breed
standard to comply with their dogs!
Now let us have a lesson in history and what breeders and judges are
required by the Kennel Club to do. Many years ago, spaniels were
bred for different functions. The Clumber was bred as the heaviest
land spaniel, capable of going into heavy cover to flush and
retrieve birds; Springers and Cockers were more popular and have
remained so as they were faster. Fast forward a century and some
decided that Clumbers could not compete with the Springers and
Cockers on an even keel, so they started to breed them smaller and
lighter but which many argue were not fit to do the job that they
were originally bred for.
Those who suggest that Clumbers in the past were smaller and lighter
should read The Sporting Spaniel by C.A. Phillips and R. Claude Cane
(published in 1927) - the breed standard is produced in this book
and the difference in weight between the standard then and the
current one is a mere five pounds more now - two bags of sugar! It
is a very interesting read and back then Clumbers were not just
worked, but competed in Field Trials and were shown - no separate
type, all the same dogs. To this day, the so called ‘show Clumbers’
can work (we worked ours until our age got in the way and we had to
As a judge, you must put the dogs in order as to how near to the
breed standard they conform, never fault judging. Breeders have a
blueprint by way of the breed standard and should strive to comply
with it. Those who want a faster, lighter Spaniel should consider
getting one of the other spaniel breeds that were bred for that type
of work. I do hope and trust that the Clumber Spaniel Club – as the
main breed club – will take this challenge extremely seriously and
defend the integrity of our breed.
On to less controversial matters. Birmingham National is celebrating
the Coronation and inviting breeds to have bench parties. Well, any
excuse for a knees up! I know the Bodens have a party at every show
so I am sure they will allow us to gate crash and join in. Lucy
Brown, whose parents have one of our latest hooligans, has offered
to make a cake – you really should see some of her creations as they
are absolutely sensational. Hannah has offered to get some bunting
and we will bring some non-alcoholic fizzy stuff along with some
small cakes. So, if we all take some bits, we can have a nice get
together after judging.
Do keep the news coming in.
you love it or hate it, that’s it over with for another year. It was
a good job Clumbers were second in the ring as many of us had a
longer journey than usual and I understand there was an hours queue
to get into the car park. We ended up taking the “scenic route”,
leaving the M42 and coming into the NEC the back way, thus avoiding
the car park queue.
So, onto some
statistics. Out of 58 dogs, entered 35 were UK bred and 23 were
either bred in Europe or imported from Europe. Out of these, 6 UK
dogs won classes and 7 European dogs won classes. The BOB, both sets
of CCs and Res CCs went to European dogs, with UK dogs winning Best
Puppy and Best Veteran.
The DCC and
BOB was Maja Bubalo’s Hrothgar’s Hop Skip’ N’ Jump with his litter
sister Hrothgar’s Hit the Dance Floor picking up the Res Bitch CC.
Both were bred by Maja by Int Ch Sempre Felicita Bimbiks Amigo out
of Int Ch Libell’s Pleiades Asterope. Res DCC was Lana Levai’s Big
Booms Jocker Donkey, with his kennel mate Big Booms Viking Bo
gaining the Bitch CC (both bred by Lana). Jocker Donkey is by Multi
Ch Belcrum Billy The Kid out of Multi Ch Chervood’s Snowsun and Bo
is by DK Ch Flamris Snow Silver King out of Int Ch/HR Ch Big Booms
Incredible Boomy. Best Puppy was our own wild child Maursett
Masikean, who is by Sh Ch Maursett Mathos JW out of Sh Ch Maursett
Mercy and best Veteran was awarded to Izzie and Julia Hirst’s Sh Ch
Creeaark Artreyu who was bred by Izzie and Julia. He is by Swe Ch
Sugar Loaf Tivoli out of Sealumber Take a Chance on Me - I
understand that this was his and his sisters swan song as they are
10 this year so will be retired.
There was a
great atmosphere ringside, and our little darling Marnie caused
great amusement by becoming a chicken thief! Marnie was sitting on
my chair whilst I was in the ring with Gertie, when Ruth, who has
Gertie’s sister Marcie walked past her and Marnie lifted a bag of
chicken tit bits out of Ruth’s back pocket without Ruth or Hannah
(who was supposed to be keeping an eye on her) realised! The
laughter - and someone pointing out what had happened - alerted
Hannah and the battle to stop Marnie swallowing the plastic bag with
the chicken began. Needless to say, Marnie had demolished the
chicken and looked quite satisfied with herself.
the results over recent years, one Kennel name stands out - Big
Booms. Lana has certainly had a good run over the last 11 years,
starting off in 2012 with Multi Ch Chervood’s Snowsun getting the
BCC (no BOB was awarded that year, the year of the dreaded vet
check). The following year I awarded Banditos Dex the DCC and BOB,
which was repeated in 2016. 2018 and 2019 saw Jocker Donkey get the
DCC and BOB followed by the Res CC’s in 2020 and 2023. In 2022, it
was Incredible Boomy’s turn for the BCC and her daughter Bo this
year getting the BCC. Quite an impressive record!
half, Tony, was not able to attend Crufts this year due to work
commitments. However, he did manage to become a casualty of the
cold weather and slipped in the dog run. He had the audacity to
blame my darling cherub Mathos (Sh Ch Maursett Mathos JW) for
tripping him up, which of course could never happen as Mathos does
walk on water. Tony, meanwhile, is now sporting a brace on his
fractured right wrist which matches my brace on my left wrist.
Naturally, his is far more painful than mine has ever been as he is
now frequently reminding me.
We now have a
year to recover before Ian Layfield takes to the green carpet.
Clumber Spaniel Club affairs, the paperwork for the 2023 AGM has
been distributed, unfortunately both ours and daughter Hannah’s had
a number of pages missing. Can I suggest everyone check what
paperwork they have received - you should have 2022 Accounts, 2022
AGM minutes, Agenda and propositions for 2023 AGM, List of who is
standing for what position and resumes of those standing for
committee, along with the voting papers for committee. If you think
any parts are missing, do contact Eunice King, Acting Secretary of
the Clumber Spaniel Club.
Do keep the
news coming in.
I was reading
the breed notes in Our Dogs and noticed Ian Layfield commenting on
when if ever litter brother and sister had done the double whilst
still in Puppy. It set me to thinking about Clumber siblings doing
the double. Our Sh Ch Maursett Mathos JW and his sister Sh Ch
Maursett Mycate at Kiswahili, owned by Royston Walkling did the
double and gained their crowns at 1 year and 1 week under Ian at
South Wales Kennel Association in 2018. Following it up with a
repeat just days later at Gundog Society of Wales under Jackie Ward.
In 2021, Dave
and Sue Boden and Paul and Hilda Monaghan both got the CCs with Sh
Ch Tweedsmuir Just Cruzin Among Suelynda and his sister Sh Sh
Tweedsmuir Just a Dream under Daphne Bailey. I would imagine that
somewhere along the line there were other Tweedsmuir siblings that
did the double. The last double was at East of England 2022 under
Eunice King, when she awarded the Dog CC to Sh Ch Maursett Mallachie
at Molvonia belonging to Paul and Sue Whitehouse, thus making him up
and the Bitch CC to his sister our Maursett Marnie. Prior to these,
I think the last ones I can remember were Lee Cox’s Sh Ch Vanitonia
U Bet I Am and Sh Ch Vanitonia Wot A Liberty.
We took a
ride to Border Counties Gundog last weekend and we were delighted
when Maursett Masikean took Best Puppy and Best of Breed at only 10
months old, under Nicola Calvert. Claire Nixon also had a good day
with Stonilea Williams Charm, who won Vulnerable Breeds Graduate and
was then awarded Best Vulnerable Breed by judge Irene Glen.
for the Clumber Spaniel Club AGM are closing tomorrow (1st
February) so anyone wishing to submit nominations or propositions
needs to get these in sharpish to meet the deadline.
Eunice King (Acting Secretary of the Clumber Spaniel Club) has asked
me to remind everyone about the Breed Appreciation Day on Sunday 19th
February 2023. There are a few places left and we do need more
people in the breed to move up the judging ladder. Do get in touch
with Eunice if you are interested.
Do keep the
news coming in.
It was a cold
and foggy ride down to Manchester for the first set of CCs for our
breed. Patsy Hollings had a good entry and only three absentees. It
was a great day for Lee Cox’s Vanitonia Kennel with both CCs coming
from the Puppy classes, DCC - a first for both Vanitonia Rio Sonora
to Bebecova and owner Ricky Furnell, with litter sister Vanitonia
Secret Episode (owned by the Crocker, Frost Cahill partnership) not
only gaining the BCC (again her first), but also Best of Breed, Best
Puppy and winning the Gundog Puppy Group under Jeff Horswell.
Reserve CCs went to Paul and Sue Whitehouse with Sh Ch Maursett
Mallachie at Molvonia in dogs, along with Paul and Hilda Monaghan’s
Sh Ch Tweedsmuir She so Sheek in the bitches. Best Veteran was Sue
and Lauren Wilson’s Winhampton Oops a Daisy and Best Special
Beginners went to Claire Nixon with Stonielea Williams Charm.
I am sure
Claire doing well with a youngster bred by Gerry and Lyndsey Steele
would have cheered Lyndsey up as she has been very ill in hospital
for over a week now. I am sure like me you wish her a speedy
We took Pearl
(Maursett Madrigal) - or hooligan mark 2 as she is probably better
known - to the show to give her some socialisation and she enjoyed
her day out. £15 well spent and one less for Tony to have to run
around after at home. Meanwhile, hooligan mark 1(Gertie – Maursett
Masikean) has a new trick. It seems it is great fun to divest Tony
of his socks, not just while he is sitting, but especially when he
is walking! I think she is trying to kill him, as I have no idea how
he does not fall over. Gertie, of course, thinks a hoot, wagging her
tail and woo wooing. If these two puppies make it to their birthday
it will be a miracle.
extended its closing date until tomorrow (26th January
2023). This is something I cannot recollect the Crufts Committee
doing before, so if you have not yet got round to entering you need
to get a move on!
It will be a
low news time between now and Crufts so any big wins at Open Shows
will be welcome news to fill in some space.
We are now
looking forward to some Open shows with Pearl making her debut in
March, plus two weekends away with football related events, one
being the League Cup Final at Wembley where we will be in with the
great and good in the posh seats.
Right off to
do some gardening seeing as it is fine and not too cold. I need to
get some leaves moved so the Snowdrops can be seen in all their
Do keep the
news coming in.
Happy New Year everyone.
I have had an email from Clumber Club Acting Secretary Eunice King
to say that they are holding a Breed Assessment Day on Sunday 19th
February at Leamington Hastings Parish Hall, Hill, Rugby CV23 8DX.
Full details can be got from Eunice and they are also on the club’s
It was sad to hear that East of England Championship Show would be
holding it’s last show this year - it was, of course, one of the
shows to loose challenge certificates for our breed next year.
Boston Championship Show will be taking over East of England’s date
and venue, but we will not have CCs there (I confirmed this with the
secretary of Boston last Friday). Three Counties is another show to
lose CCs next year so we will have a big gap between end of May -
Bath, and Leeds at the end of July, with only 1 Championship show,
Windsor in between. The third show to lose CCs is Gundog Society of
There were no CCs for Clumbers at Boston, but three adults and three
puppies turned up for judge Sue Margerison. Best Dog was Linda
Thorogood’s Anbrook Don’t Stop Me Now at Harrifield and Reserve Best
Dog was Lynn Guy’s Puppy Suelynda Kith and Kin Among Jahanghir. Best
Bitch and Best of Breed was Paul and Hilda Monaghan’s Sh Ch
Tweedsmuir She’s so Sheek, with Reserve Best Bitch and Best Puppy
going to our own Maursett Masikean.
The schedule for the Clumber Club Open Show is now online with Arena
Print and do not forget our AGM will be held afterwards so get any
propositions in to the Acting Secretary. I was just looking at the
judging lists and it is dire that we have hardly any people on the B
list that are breed specialists. The C list also comprises of a huge
majority of all-rounders.
I have already made note of how few breed specialists are awarding
CCs this year and it will only get worse unless some breed people
are fast tracked up the lists.
Patsy Hollings has drawn a great entry at Manchester of 36 dogs
making 39 entries. We are second in ring 13 in Bingley Hall. That
must a first as we are normally tucked away in a corner. Judging
starts at 9am with 58 Welsh Springers in before us. I note that
nearly 100 Weimaraners are in after us, that’s a big number of dogs
for one ring!
I understand that there are three litters on the go at present so
hopefully some new puppies will be in the ring later this year. On
the downside, a litter of so called Clumberpoo puppies (an
unfortunate name!) are advertised on Pets4homes -only £1200 for a
puppy from parents with no health tests!
Do keep the news coming in.
the delay in the results from LKA, the past week has been a
nightmare. Tony had a suspected DVT so Monday we were at Urgent Care
in Stockton, followed by the specialist DVT Clinic at Hartlepool
Hospital. Tuesday, saw us back again at Hartlepool - no DVT but
another infection was noted so he was put back on strong
antibiotics. Fast Forward to Saturday and Tony was feeling rough and
tested positive for Covid. Unlike Tony, I am still testing negative,
but will no doubt go down with it at some stage, so it looks like
Christmas at Maursett is cancelled. Meanwhile I had a second head
scan with dye to see if they can find a brain and am due another
urgent appointment on Tuesday, so fingers crossed I stay negative
until after that.
We were late
starting at LKA, so the bench party started early. Loads of food and
drinks, so a big thank you to all who contributed. Peter Sheppard
was awarding CCs for the first time in Clumbers and found his DCC
(his all important 3rd) and BOB in Lee Cox’s Vanitonia
Soloist, handled by Adam Gardner; I must admit, Bruin did try it on
a little, but a patient Adam convinced him to be good. Paul and Sue
Whitehouse collected the Res CC with Sh Ch Maursett Mallachie at
Molvonia, while his litter sister - our Maursett Marnie - gained her
2nd CC to go with her string of Res CCs. At her first
show, Vanitonia Secret Episode belonging to the Crocker, Frost and
Cahill partnership picked up a Res CC out of junior. Best Puppy went
to another attending his very first show, by way of Maursett
Mordecai at Rocabec (Elvis to his friends) belonging to Julie and
Peter Cummings. Julie shows and judges Bedlington Terriers, so a
bit of a change for her. Best Veteran was Sue and Lauren Wilson’s
Winhampton Oops a Daisy.
registrations for the first three quarters of this year are down,
but we have more registrations than the other minority spaniels,
with only Cockers, English Springers way ahead and Welsh Springers
just slightly ahead of us.
Finally may I
wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and successful
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edition of the Kennel Gazette is out and the number of show
societies that have de registered is awful. It seems many of the
younger generation are not prepared to take on these shows and many
- like me - are too old now, having done our stint in years gone by.
I was a club secretary and treasurer for two different societies for
nearly 20 years.
Lancashire Heeler Association have come up with a great idea. They
have successfully applied to the Kennel Club to have one of their
Open Shows purely for vulnerable native breeds. The proposed date is
Sunday 18th June at Stoneleigh. Hopefully the Clumber
Club will back this and it will hopefully give a nice entry for
someone in the breed to judge. Mentoring could also take place at
We spent an
afternoon at the vets last weekend as Marnie had a fight with some
barbed wire whilst out on a walk and lost, 6 stitches later she is
recovering, but my bank account isn’t!
Club have just announced that as of 1st January 2023, for
a two year trial period, general and group championship shows can
apply to be exempt from benching. Crufts will remain fully benched.
I know that many societies were worried at the cost of benching and
how to keep costs down. There has been a debate for years now with
many wanting benching and many, including myself, who if at all
possible, do not use it. My dogs are caged either next to me
ringside, so I can enjoy watching the judging or - if absolutely
necessary - on their bench in a cage. How often are benches too far
away from the ring? As a minority breed, I fear we do tend to get
pushed to one side.
Congratulations to Paul and Sue Whitehouse who went Reserve Best in
Show at Coventry Gundog with Sh Ch Maursett Malachie at Molvonia
(Garfield to his friends). Terry Pearson (Lanspar) was the judge for
Clumbers and Jane Howarth was the Best in Show judge; she must have
been impressed with Garfield as she also gave him the CC and Best of
Breed at Gundog Society of Wales in October.
Thorogood also had a good day at Crystal Palace Canine Association
where Anbrook Don’t Stop Me Now at Harrifield (Stoker) was BOB and
Best AV Vulnerable Breeds under Gavin Robertson and Gundog Group 2
under Paul Carpenter. I must give a little mention to Ruth Antieul
who is a new Clumber exhibitor and went Res BOB and BPIB at the same
show with Maursett Marceline. It is good to see that we are
attracting exhibitors from other breeds into ours - Ruth also shows
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Sunday saw the Clumber Spaniel Club hold it’s
Championship show at North Muskham with Karin Brostam Berglund from
Sweden judging. It was a fine day with plenty of sunshine with a
cool wind so we were able to enjoy having the judging outside. There
was a fairly high absentee rate with 23 dogs and 28 bitches
present; it was nice to see a good number of dogs that do not
usually grace the Championship show rings entered. I know Peter and
Jackie Sheppard were taken ill with Covid hence their tribe was
missing. I do hope that Jackie feels better soon as I understand
that Covid has been worse for her than for Peter. Talking of Peter,
he has asked me to remind folk that he still has a few calendars
The dog CC and Best in Show went to the winner
of Limit - Maja Bubalo’s Hrothgar’s Hop Skip’n’Jump, with Dave and
Sue Boden’s Sh Ch Tweedsmuir Just Cruzin Among Suelynda, handled as
usual by Hilda, getting the Reserve CC from Open. In the bitches, it
was again Sue and Dave collecting the bitch CC, Reserve Best in Show
and Best Opposite sex, from Novice with Suelynda Kreme Della Kreme.
This is her first CC and she also won in the Special classes,
gaining a first in the Special Post Graduate Dog or Bitch class.
Best Puppy in Show was Ricky Furnell’s Vanitonia Rio Sonara of
Bebecova (who also won the Special puppy class under judge Mr Ken
Bartlett). The Special classes were well supported and Junior Dog or
Bitch was won by Maursett Melwyn, handled by Lucy Wareham for her
mum Rachel. Open was won by Marjorie Charlesworth Ironside’s
Tavirosh Sugar Plum Fairy who is now being handled by James Taylor.
There is, of course, no overall award for the special classes.
A nice gesture from Paul and Susanne
Whitehouse who donated a piece of crystal for both the Best in Show
and Best Puppy in show, something the winners will no doubt
The kitchen seemed to be doing a roaring trade
and everyone seemed pleased with the food. I can vouch for the Red
Velvet cake which was yummy! All in all, the show was a hit with all
and it was especially pleasing to see the children encouraged by
having junior handling and with everyone getting a rosette. It did
seem that we have reverted back to the shows of old, where all were
encouraged and the atmosphere was really good. Well done to the new
committee who certainly seemed to work hard to make the show such a
success. Eunice King, Secretary of the Clumber Spaniel Club, has
asked if anyone picked up her coat by mistake as it is missing - it
is navy blue with a red motive on it. Talking of Eunice, her
granddaughter Kirsha was stewarding at the show and she did an
absolutely sterling job in the ring.
I am at present shovelling food in one end of
the puppies and cleaning it up coming out of the other end. It is
hard work trying to clean up before they stand in it and tread it
all over - the joys of breeding! I must give a thumbs up to the
Kennel Club. We recently opted to join the Assured Breeders Scheme
after much deliberation. Tony applied for the puppy registrations on
Thursday afternoon online; these were approved and showing on our
account by 6pm the same day. Not only that, but the printed
registration pack also containing the documentation landed on our
doormat yesterday morning - just five days after we hit the ‘send’
button online. The Kennel Club certainly gets and deserves our
praise for this.
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We are now heading towards the shortest day
with the Autumn equinox having been and gone - so days are now
shorter than nights Where has the year gone? Oh and him indoors is
already playing Christmas songs!
Darlington saw Carol Page judging and
unfortunately there was a number of absentees. The dog CC, his
second at consecutive shows, and Best Puppy was Lee Cox’s Vanitonia
Soloist who had a fabulous day going on to win the Gundog Puppy
Group, then Reserve Best Puppy in Show under Patsy Hollings. In the
bitches, it was another CC and Best of Breed for Paul and Hilda
Monaghan with Sh Ch Tweedsmuir She’s so Sheek and a Reserve CC for
Maursett Mimi, who is owned by Ryan Ennis Holden and was handled by
our daughter Hannah. This was Mimi’s first show so you can imagine
how overjoyed Ryan was and how proud we were.
The entry for Gundog Breeds Association of
Scotland is 10 - no CCs here, so not a bad entry for Colm Beattie.
The entry for the CSC Championship show is 67
dogs making 77 entries which is a fabulous entry for Karin Brostam
Bergland. The Specials have 23 dogs entries for Ken Bartlett. I am
told that there is still time to book your lunch of pies and peas
and that raffle prizes will be gratefully received.
We have a hectic run of shows coming up with
four shows in under two weeks. It seemed a good idea at the time,
but now I am not so sure!
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