Byrbwll Dotty, a three-year-old bitch known as Dot, and her owner, Dai Ormond from Whitland, Dyfed, have won the prestigious Kennel Club Cocker Spaniel Championship for 2017.
The competition, sponsored by Eukanuba, was held at the Abbeystead Estate, Lancashire, by the gracious permission of the Duke of Westminster, and saw a total of 42 dogs competing, demonstrating the increasing popularity of the working Cocker Spaniel in competitive gundog sports.
Dai said: “I have been running dogs since 1981 and have previously had a second place. I am absolutely over the moon to have won the Cocker Spaniel Championship for the first time!’’
The judges at the competition were Jeremy Organ, Ben Randall, Steve Wanstall and Graham West who selected the following winners:
- 1st – Byrbwll Dotty, owned and handled by Dai Ormond.
- 2nd – Breckmarsh Brook, owned and handled by Lee Cooper.
- 3rd – FT Ch Dakotagun Arwin, owned by Claire and Jaseon Atkinson and handled by Jaseon Atkinson.
- 4th and Gun’s Choice – Spiriteddawn Mystic, owned and handled by Andy Waterhouse
Diplomas of Merit were awarded to:
- Endowood Clowne, owned by Ian Openshaw and handled by Wendy Openshaw.
- Endowood Beatrice, owned by John Heeley and handled by Ian Openshaw.
- Baileys Pure Gold, owned and handled by Matthew Farish.
- Glenugie's Nalani, owned by Jamie and Rhodella Reid and handled by Jamie Reid.
- Zamyendor Minnie, owned and handled by Wayne Greig.
- FT Ch Mallowdale Georgi, owned by John Heeley and handled by Ian Openshaw.
- FT Ch Jackshea Ted of Poolgreen, owned and handled by William Clulee.
- Fernmoss Gold Dust of Gournaycourt, owned by Janet Menzies and handled by Jon Bailey.
- FT Ch Broadmeafarm Beau, owned by Ian and Linda English and handled by Andrew Bennett.
- FT Ch Kingcott Robson, owned and handled by Richard Claydon.
- FT Ch Centrewalk Willow of Episcopi, owned and handled by Anita Jones.
- Ardcaein Fall of Delphaven, owned by Ian Openshaw and handled by Steve Brewer.
- FT Ch Woodash Quaver, owned and handled by Dave Rayner.
- Endowood Cork, owned and handled by Ian Openshaw.
- FT Ch Countryways Alice of Craiwarn, owned and handled by Natalie Cannon.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We offer congratulations to Dai on his success with Dot – they clearly had the winning edge on the day. The Kennel Club would also like to thank the judges, guns, game carriers, keepers and stewards, and of course the hosts the Grosvenor family, for inviting the Championship to be held at this outstanding venue. Plentiful game, fantastic shooting by the guns and a huge amount of work by the Estate went into making the Championship a success.”