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I started showing my mother’s dogs at Exemption and Open shows at around 11, gaining
both success and experience in both. Then, in 1986 David and I bought our first Golden
I then persuaded David we should increase our family and looked for a breeder who
was successful in the show ring. Fern (Sansue Flairs Astra of Hareswith) joined our
family in 1992. At the age of 6 months and 6 days she was placed second in minor
puppy bitch at Manchester Championship Show. What I didn’t realise at the time was
that qualified her for Crufts! All through her puppy career only once did she not
achieve a placing. Through out the rest of her life she was consistently placed at
Sadly we lost Toby at about the same time at the very tender age of 6 to cancer,
and David reverted to his breeder for a replacement. Chester arrived in the spring
of 1993 and I started taking him to shows with Fern where he was placed quite well
at Championship level, gaining a number of first and Best Puppy awards. Then came
Northern Golden Retriever Assn. Championship Show. He won Minor Puppy and Puppy dog
then went on to beat the bitch for Best Puppy in Show! He was a constant winner until
I retired him when Grace and Velvet started showing.
Heidi joined our family with the anticipation of being my foundation bitch. She loves
showing, gaining a list of first placings. Like Fern and Chester before her, she
qualified for Crufts as a puppy and has gone on to achieve a number of first placings,
adding to the rosettes in our house.
Like her mother, Grace’s list of wins is constantly growing. At her first Championship
show she secured a 4th in minor puppy and a 6th in Maiden. The second, South Western
Golden Retriever Club she came 2nd in Minor Puppy and 4th in Maiden, qualifying her
for Crufts. She constantly achieves placings, gaining a first at National Gundog
Velvet, not to be outdone by anyone is also regularly placed at both Open and Championship
Shows. She qualified for Crufts by coming second in Puppy at Southern Counties Championship
Show. The summer of 2000 found her the only one of mine with a coat. Grace was raising
her litter and Heidi was waiting for hers to arrive. So it was just Velvet and me!
She did not disappoint me as she was placed at both Championships Shows and came
first in her class at an Open Show, before she too lost her coat.
When this photo was taken Little Hazel was only just old enough to go to shows and
had attended her first Championship Show and an Open Show, where she was placed 3rd
in Minor Puppy Stakes. She is doing very well now being well placed in most of her
Have a look at some of our results in the show ring since we moved to France.