January - March
We didn't know what 2016 would bring and we certainly didn't expect it to bring us puppies but these things happen and after the initial shock, we are delighted that Charlie and Millie are parents once again. This time two chunky boys who are doing very well, Millie as previously is being a doting Mother. Charlie in future will most certainly be packed off the Grandma's house at the first sign of a bitch in season.
We attended Crufts with three dogs, Charlie in Limit, Coda in Junior and Babs in Veteran. Not the best results in the ring but Charlie picked up a 5th in his class, after he got over his apparent fear of Clumber Spaniels, that boy never ceases to amaze me. Sadly the girls went cardless, however I am delighted and thrilled and the performances they put in, especially Coda who has only been to two shows previously. It was lovely to meet up with everyone, some of whom it's been quite a while since we've last seem.
We're now looking forward to setting up the caravan for the season and getting away as much as we're able. We will be attending a few shows this year where and look forward to hopefully a little success x
April - October
News has been a little slow on the Waterswarren front this year as we really haven't been doing very much other than enjoying some "time out" of the show ring in favour of the glorious beaches of the East Coast and the magnificent North Yorkshire countryside. The dogs are in the fittest condition they have ever been in and we're hoping this will show when we return to the show ring over the winter.
We have however made a couple of trips out. In April we travelled to the ESS Club of Wales where under the expert eye of Wendy Walker (Dexbenella) Charlie was second in Limit Dog and consdiered for the RCC while Millie won Limit Bitch. Considering Millie had only recently had puppies we were delighted that on her return to the show ring she held her own. It was also an opportunity to reunite with Lily, Charlie and Millie's daughter who is owned by our dear friend Trudy Topliss. I was delighted to handle in Junior Bitch where she topped the class. She has grown in to a beautiful girl and I'm totally smitten by her.
The puppies Henry (W. White Wonder) and Cooper (W. Winging It) left us in May, both going to super families who I'm sure will love and adore them.
Fast forward to September and I made my first trip to Sweden where I had been invited to judge at the Springerklubben Syd (the Southern ESS Club of Sweden) Open Show. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and cannot thank Ingrid and Lars enough for their warm welcome and fantastic hospilality. I was delighted with a fabulous entry both numerically and in quality. As many of you will know the judging system in Sweden is under FCI rules which is somewhat different to the UK. Despite almost having a melt down in the days prior I found it quite easy once I got started. I swear I could hear Trudy in my ear repeating "just judge what's in front of you and forget about everything else". As always it was good advice and I was delighted with my winners. Especially my Best Puppy in Show whom I simply adored. I cannot thank the committee enough for giving me this wonderful opportunity and also the exhibitors who entered for my opinion and took my decisions in good spirits. You can see photos and results here http://www.springerklubbensyd.se/openshow_2016_resultat1.html
The most important event in the Waterswarren year also takes place in September which is the publication of what has become the annual Waterswarren Calendar. As usual it had me in tears and I cannot thank Sarah enough for arranging this year on year. Massive thanks also to all our wonderful puppy owners who take part it really is fantastic and very much appreciated.
October and after a few show fails during the year we finally made it to the glorious Three Counties Showground and Gundog Society of Wales, hard to believe that this was my first ever Champ Show nine years ago. Judge for the day was Pam Blay giving tickets in the breed for the first time. Primary objective of the day was to get Coda qualified, she's almost two and this was only her fourth ever show so given her personality I wasn't feeling all that confident. I needn't have worried though as she really got her head together and gave a really good performance in Post Graduate Bitch to be placed second, needless to say I was thrilled. Charlie too really enjoyed being back in the ring and was also placed second in Limit Dog.
We're now looking forward to a few more shows over the winter period and I also have a couple of judging appointments coming up to which I am very much looking forward to.