Shropshire Dog Wins Kennel Club Cocker Spaniel Championship

A three year old dog from Shropshire, Mallowdale Xfactor and his owner, Ian Openshaw have won the prestigious Kennel Club Cocker Spaniel Championship 2015.

The competition, sponsored by Eukanuba, was held at Harvington Shoot, Byrds Retreat, Worcestershire, by kind permission of Robert and Sonya Byrd, and saw a total of 39 entries, demonstrating the continuing popularity of the working Cocker Spaniel in competitive gundog sports.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "Our congratulations go out to Mallowdale Xfactor and Ian on their victory.  The Kennel Club Cocker Spaniel Championship showcases some of the best working Cockers in the country and we were impressed with the extremely high standard at the competition, so Ian should be exceptionally proud of their performances.

"All of the dogs at the competition worked to a very high standard and, despite the wind making the conditions challenging, the dogs worked brilliantly, as evidenced by the number of Diplomas of Merit awarded."

Mike Bloxsome, UK Breeder Manager for Eukanuba, said: "The Kennel Club Cocker Spaniel Championship is a major highlight in the working gundog calendar and the popularity of this year's competition goes to show there is a strong pool of talent within the working Cocker community in the UK. 

"Eukanuba has a proud history of supporting working gundogs and we thoroughly enjoy our involvement in the Championship and seeing the dogs and handlers in action.  We were particularly proud to see a winning dog that is fed on Eukanuba dog food, as all of Ian's dogs are."

The judges at the competition, Peter Jones, David Lisett, Nick Gregory and Stuart Morgan, selected the following winners:

  • 1st- Mallowdale Xfactor, owned and handled by Ian Openshaw
  • 2nd- Chyknell Golden Eagle, owned and handled by Eddie Scott
  • 3rd- FT Ch Broadmefarm Beau, owned and handled by Ian English
  • 4th- FT Ch Gournaycourt Ginger, owned by Janet Menzies, handled by Jon Bailey

Diplomas of Merit

  • FT Ch Woodash Quaver, owned and handled by Mr D Rayner
  • Drumnascamp Abbey of Keredean, owned by Mr & Mrs O'Neill, handled by Mr J Bailey
  • Tynywaun Mint, owned and handled by Mr J McAndrew
  • FT Ch Mallowdale Georgi, owned by Mr J Heely, handled by Mr I Openshaw
  • Rowston Spikey Aderyngi, owned and handled by Mr R James
  • FT Ch Ribbleshead Alex, owned and handled by Mr I Wilson
  • Langafel Summertime of Deepfleet, owned and handled by Mr P Avery
  • FT Ch Glenugie's Heather of Murrayeden, owned by Miss K Ward, handled by Mr A Skinner
  • FT Ch Centrewalk Sweep, owned and handled by Mr R Preest
  • FT Ch Rowston Snooty, owned by Mr A Shotton, handled by Mr W Clulee
  • Centrewalk Piccolo, owned and handled by Mr R Preest
  • FT Ch Wetlands Spice of Leeglen, owned and handled by Mr G West
  • Pinsark Roberta, owned and handled by Mr A Kirk

The Guns' Choice at the championship was FT Ch Countryways Alice of Craiwarn, owned and handled by Ms N Cannon.

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