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Our first litter of the year will be due around 8 March. For Margaux's litter sister Pauline this will be a first too. More info on our 'Puppies' page.
We would like to introduce the new member of our show team Margaux (Billsor Oh Darling - Kyna Butch Cassidy x Ch B. Hunky Dory), who made her presence felt at her first all breeds Int. Ch Show by winning the Junior Class. Her kennel mate Martha also won her class plus Res. CAC. Cockers were judged by Margaret O'Gorman (IE).
The 1 year waiting time between the first and the fourth CAC, required to gain the Belgian Champion titel is finally over and not wanting to waste any time Martha hit the jackpot straightaway by winning the CAC, CACIB and BOS at Mouscron under Monique Van Brempt.
At the LKV-Show, which is held in Genk and where Belgian gundog specialist Ronny Blomme was doing Cockers, Martha repeated the result of the previous show by again winning the CAC/IB and BOS. Photo: Maurice Van der Meeren.
Results at our first show of the year were rather disappointing, but they were soon forgotten at the second one, the Flanders Dog Show, where Martha won the CAC/IB and BOS under Chris Bexon (UK). Photo: Maurice van der Meeren.
Lina made her comeback into the showring a year or 2 ago to compete in Veteran Class at Breed Club Ch. Shows, which she did with great success. But as she was still in such lovely coat & condition and still could outmove any dog in the ring at the age of 9,5 years we decided to enter her in Champion Class at the CACIB Show in Mechelen to see if she could win that one CAC which would earn her the Belgian Show Champion title that was created after she went into retirement. She did so in great style by also winning the CACIB and BOS.
It was a family affair at this year's Ch Show of the Sporting Spaniel Association. Anna (Billsor On a Mission), who had her debut today, won Best Baby. She is by Bachhills Finish First x Ch Billsor Imagine. Her mum Maggie won BOB (adding the Belgian Sh Ch title to her name) while her great grandmother on her father's side Lina (Ch Billsor Feelinblue) won Best Veteran in Show for the second year running. Mrs Viviane Boesmans was the judge.
Maggie's second litter is due around March 26th. This'll be the very first litter sired by our Swedish boy Uffe (Backhills Finish First).
At the Belgian English Cocker Club's Youngster and Veteran Match Martha won Best Youngster in Match (no Best in Match is awarded). She now also proudly carries the title of "Belgian Junior Champion".
After a long absence from the ring, mainly due to health problems, we're finally back. The latest adition to our kennel, Backhills Finish First (Billsor Kite Runner x Ch Backhills Xpect A New Day) made an excellent first appearance by winning Best Puppy In Show. Uffe's breeder Karin Staaf from Sweden has given him a very ambitious name, but we'll do watever we can to help him live up to it.
Having only been shown once so far Martha acquited herself very well with a second place in Junior Class. The Judge was Janetta Fairbairn from Scotland.
Our baby Martha (Billsor Martha My Dear) had a successful debut at the Belgian Spaniel Club's Ch. Show winning Best Baby In Breed under judge Günther Wonisch from Austria.
Maggie showed her four-month-old daughter how it's done, winning the CC, BOB and BIS!
At the Sporting Spaniel Association's Championship Show both Dory and her daughter Mollie won their class. Just like 2 years ago Dory went on to win the CC and BOB. Cockers were judged by Lin Parker ('Weyhill').
Another successful day at the Sporting Spaniel Association's Ch. Show, where David Shields of Wilholme fame was the Cocker judge. He placed Maggie 2nd in Champion Class and rewarded her the Res. CC. Konstanze won 1st in Junior Class and later on Best Junior in Show
The Dutch Spaniel Club's Championship Show 2012 was judged by Margaret Struthers (bitches) and Tom Graham (dogs). Our girls once again made their presence felt: Konstanze was third in Puppy Class, Dory won the Champion Class and Maggie, who won the Open Class, enjoyed having her photos taken standing on the podium as winner of the Res. CC.
Excellent results at the Belgian English Cocker Club Ch Show: Maggie 2nd in Open and Dory 1st in Champion Class, both with Excellent, but our star of the day was Konstanze who won her Class and went on to win Best Puppy in Show. Thanks to Mrs J. Gilmour for the wonderful critique on our young hopeful.
And we simply go on: at the Championship Show of the Belgian 'Sporting Spaniel Association', where Cocker were judged by Jane Mitchell ('Glowhill'), both our girls won their respective class again. Dory eventually won Best of Breed and later under Elena Ruskovaara Reserve Best-in-Show.
The succes story continues. At the Whit Show in Arnhem Cockers were judged by Pjotr Krol from Poland. Our young ladies both won their class again and this time it was Maggie who got hold of the CAC/CACIB. In the meantime Dory is firmly in the lead in the Cocker of the Year competition of the Dutch Spaniel Club. (Photo © H. van Wessem)
Another successful day at the biennial Championship Show of the English Cocker Spaniel Club of Luxembourg where Margaret Struthers ('Daydawn' Cockers, Scotland) had a record entry of 78 Cockers to go over. Maggie and Dory both won their class and were also both shortlisted for Best Bitch. Dory won it and later beat the Dog for Best In Show. By doing so she followed in the footsteps of Lina, who won this show 4 years ago. (Photo © H. van Wessem)
What a fabulous day we had at the Goes Int. Ch. Show: Dory won the CC and Maggie the Res.CC under judge Gitte Finnich Pedersen from Denmark. Dory went on to win BOB and Runner-up in the Group under the same judge. Thanks to Mildred for handling Maggie. (Photo © H. van Wessem)
Unfortunately we don't have much to celebrate at the start of this new year: last summer Sheila was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver and although at first we managed to keep her condition reasonably stable it started to deteriorate rapidly a week or two ago when some serious complications occured and so we were left with no other option than to have her PTS to save her from further suffering. We are absolutely devastated, having already lost Sheila's mum Topsy a mere 8 months ago. (Photo © H. van Wessem)
This year's Ch. Show of the Belgian Spaniel Club was judged by Frank Kane (GB). Both Dory and Maggie were placed 1st in their respective class, Maggie went on to win Best Junior in Show. (Photo Dory © Bert Docx)
Our two youngsters are continuing their winning ways. At the first Championship Show of the English Cocker Spaniel Club of the Netherlands they again both won their respective class in strong competition under UK breed specialist Michael Parkinson. And just like she did at the SSA Ch Show Dory went on to win the Reserve CAC. She now only needs one more CAC for her Dutch Champion title.
At the Championship Show of the Sporting Spaniel Association our show team did very well again under UK breed specialist judge Lesley Spencer. Maggie (left - © Philippe Fortemps) and Dory (right) both won their respective classes and Dory went on to win the Reserve CAC. Maggie's litter brother Cooper got a 3rd place in his class.
Today was a lovely spring day, but for us it was one of the darkest days of our lives. Topsy's health problems, which started a few weeks ago, had reached an irreversible low, leaving us no alternative but to save her from further suffering. The picture above was taken at the Brussels Dog Show where, at the tender age of 9 months, she won BOB and BIG3. This marked the beginning of an unparalleled show career.
Once again we had a good day out at the Belgian English Cocker Club's Ch. Show: Maggie won Best Puppy in Show and Dory won the Res. CAC. Maggie's litter brother Cooper won his class and Lina got a second in Champion Class. Derek Shapland (UK) was the judge.
For the third year running Lina has won the CC at the Belgian Spaniel Club's Ch Show and for the second year running she went all the way to Best In Show. Dory made our day complete by winning Best Junior! The Show was judged this year by breed specialist Rui Gonçalves from Portugal. (Photo's © Maurice v/d Meeren)
At the second Luxembourg CACIB Show of the year it was Wim Wellens from the Netherlands who judged Cockers. Dory was his choice for Best Bitch and Best Junior, which means she now is our 6th Lux. Jr Champion! (Photo © Maurice v/d Meeren)
When two years ago Lina won BOB at the Europasieger Int. Champ. Show in Dortmund from Junior Class we thought this was quite a unique achievement. This year, at 9 months and 2 days Dory had her debut at the same show under breed specialist Duncan Craig from the UK and would she go for less than her kennel mate? No way!
Lina has won BIS at the Belgian Spaniel Club's Chamionship Show under Dusko Piljevic from Serbia!.
This weekend Daila Rocchi from Croatia won the CAC, BOB and Res. BIG with Sara's litter sister Tinsel who now is a Croatian Champion! Many congratulations to Tinsel and Daila!
Two weeks ago Lina turned 27 months, which is the minimum age to gain the Dutch Champion title. Yesterday, on her first outing after becoming eligible for the title she gained it in great style by winning the CAC, BOB and Group4! Lina is our 6th Champion, 5 of which are homebred. Photo © H. Van Wessem.
For the second time this year we have been forced to part with one of our beloved dogs. In spite of her high age Minty (Billsor Royal Mint) still was in relatively good health untill a couple of days after her 15th birthday, when it started to go downhill so fast that we decided to give her sleep to save her from further suffering.
At the Ch Show of the Dutch Spaniel Club Lina equalled last year's result by winning Reserve Best Bitch under Sue Telford ("Courmaster"). Gladys was down to last 6 in Junior Class under Mike Masters ("Manchela").
On Monday, 17 March, Blue (Alisma Highlander) was given sleep to save him from further suffering. A week earlier an acute spinal hernia had left him paralysed from the waist down. Blue had celebrated his 11th birthday on 6 December.
The Championship Show of the Belgian Spaniel Club was judged by Mike Gadsby from the UK. He placed Sarah second in Champion Class. Lina won Intermediate Class and in the finals beat the winner of Champion Class for the CC. This is an extract from what the judge wrote about Lina: "Top quality bitch, beautiful presentation, excellent head and expression, perfect rear assembly, superb topline, ... , outstanding on the move."
At the bi-annual European Spaniel Show, held this time in Austria with an entry of 300 Spaniels coming from 19 different countries, our two girls did us very proud again. They both won their classes under Pamela Halkett from Scotland. Sarah ended up winning "Best Cocker Bitch" while Lina was crowned "Best Junior In Show"! With sincere thanks to David Todd ("Chataway") for handling Sarah so expertly in the main ring.