During her teens, Jan Wood's interests were in working her
dogs. She worked a German Shepherd Dog up to test A obedience
and competed in a couple of working trials and judged/trained
obedience. She turned to showing dogs after a rather nasty
fall from a large horse meant that she couldn't ride for a time and
so instead of showing horses she started with the dogs - much
easier to go to a show in an estate car instead of a horse
box! She never went back to showing horses.
Jan's first show dog was an English Springer Spaniel bought from
the Hawkhill kennel in 1973. She mated her to the famous Sh
Ch Hawkhill Connaught and from that first litter came Jan's first
champion to carry the Ardencote affix. Since then she has
been fortunate enough to make up champions in English Springer
Spaniels, Greyhounds, Parson Russell Terriers and Whippets.
She is still active with the Parson Russell Terriers and Whippets
and awards CCs in all of these breeds and has been privileged to be
invited to judge them in many countries. She has judged
English Springer Spaniels, Greyhounds, Spanish Water Dogs and
Parson Russell Terriers at Crufts.
In an effort to give something back to the hobby which has given
her so much pleasure over so many years, Jan is a serving member of
the Kennel Club General Committee and Breed Standards and Stud Book
Committee, also Chairman of the Assured Breeder Scheme Sub-group of
the Dog Health Group. She is a member of the ABS and believes
that this is the way forward for the good of dogs in the UK.
Jan feels that the Scheme offers guidance for the dog-buying
public. She says: "I am fully aware that there are lots of
breeders out there who breed to very high standards and who are not
members of the ABS but the problem as I see it is, how does the
public know that breeders are breeding to a high standard when they
are looking for a puppy?"
Outside the world of dogs, Jan's interests lie in equestrian
sports, gardening and country pursuits. She has also used the
Ardencote affix to register pedigree pigs, sheep and cattle.