KASTRIAN ETERNITY J.W.
Sh.Ch. Marada Over The Moon J.W. x Marada Elegant Elizabeth at Kastrian Sh.C.M.

 

Precious Violet is so cute and gentle with a big personality. She loves playing with Mildred and chasing the older dogs. She attended very few shows as a minor puppy but won exceedingly well when she was shown. We are delighted with the results.

Best Minor Puppy In Show at Cheshire Cocker Spaniel Club Open Show under Ifor Williams.

Best Minor Puppy In Show and Best Puppy In Show at Yorkshire Cocker Spaniel Club Open Show under Heather Gibson.

Best Puppy In Breed at Newcastle (Staffs) Open Show under Ian Hillier, then Puppy Group 1 under Mrs. S. Leslie followed by Reserve Best Puppy In Show under Mr. S. Barrett.

The ‘icing on the cake’ was at The Cocker Spaniel Club Of Scotland Championship Show where Violet was first in Minor Puppy Bitch and awarded Best Puppy Bitch under Tricia Bentley. She was then declared Best Puppy In Show with the agreement of the dog judge, Les Chambers.

 

Violet wins Best Puppy In Show at The Cocker Spaniel Club Of Scotland
Championship Show.

 

Violet progressed into the Puppy classes and did us proud when she was awarded Reserve best Puppy Bitch at Cheshire cocker Spaniel Club Championship Show under Fonia Mace.

 

Violet is Reserve Best Puppy Bitch at Cheshire Cocker Spaniel Club Championship Show.

 

At the National Dog Championship Show, Violet had third in Puppy Bitch in stiff competition under Jackie Marris-Bray.

At Southern Counties Canine Association Championship Show, on a lovely, warm day, she had first place in Puppy Bitch under Eleanor Bothwell.

At Border Union Agricultural Society Championship Show, Violet had second place in Puppy Bitch under Joan Glennerster.

As a puppy, Violet also attended some Open Shows which we thoroughly enjoyed especialy as some of them were outside despite the unseasonal weather. Here are some of the results:

Clitheroe – First in Puppy and Best Puppy under Mike Egan.
Accrington – First in Puppy, Best Puppy, Best Of Breed and PG3 under Tricia Grime.
Rochdale – First in Puppy, Best Puppy and PG1 under Gloria Horrocks.
North West Canine – First in Puppy and Best Puppy under Steve Barrett and PG1 under Derek Smith.
Rossendale Valley – First in Puppy and Best Puppy under Paul Davies and PG3 under Claire Sharp.
Great Harwood – First in Puppy and Best Puppy under Val Flowers.
Ripon – First in Puppy, Best Puppy and Best Of Breed under Stig Arne Kjellevold.

 

Violet is Best Puppy In Breed and Best Of Breed at Ripon under Stig Arne Kjellevold from Norway.

 

Goosnargh and Longridge – First in Puppy and Best Puppy under Cari Cartney and PG2 under D. Bennett

Violet topped off her puppy career when she went to North Of England Spaniel Club and was first in Puppy and Best Puppy under Louise Wilding and Best Puppy In Show under William Orzell.

 

Violet is declared Best Puppy In Show at North Of England Spaniel Club.

 

Violet moved into the adult classes at The Cocker Spaniel Club Championship Show which is a major event of the show season where there are many overseas visitors and the classes are well stocked. We were over the moon when she won both the Solid Novice and Maiden classes under Mike Masters.

 

Pictured at The Cocker Spaniel Club Championship Show.

 

On one of the hottest days of the year, we picnicked with good friends at Britannia Leek Agricultural Show. Violet won Junior and was Best Of Breed under June Henderson. This gave her the final point for Junior Warrant.

The following weekend, we went to National Gundog Championship Show under Judith Craig where Violet was awarded first places in both Maiden and Novice.

Next came three thirds in Junior – City Of Birmingham Championship Show under Sarah Amos-Jones, Darlington Championship Show under Christopher Laverty and Driffield Championship Show under Leslie Forfar.

We thoroughly enjoy the Breed Open Shows as well and so went to Cheshire Cocker where Violet was first in Solid Junior.

The following weekend, we made the winding trip to Builth Wells for South Wales Kennel Association Championship show under Jean Lanning where Violet had second place in Junior.

We took the opportunity of not having to travel when there was an Open Show nearby. Christine Flynn awarded Violet first place in Junior and Best of Breed.

Then it was back to travelling and how pleased were we that we did! Hilary Ladanowski gave Violet a strongly contested Junior class and then shortlisted her to the final four for the ticket. It was wonderful that Violet was considered.

The day after this we went to North Of England Cocker Spaniel Club Open Show where Yvonne Donnellan declared Violet Best Opposite Sex in Show.

The 2011 show season reached a happy conclusion at the NEC where we had a Jacob’s Join with our lovely friends and swapped Christmas cards and gifts. Our judge today, Penny Lester, placed Violet second in Junior.

At the end of January, we came out of hibernation to go under Ann Ingram at Manchester Championship Show. Violet was first in Graduate and declared Reserve Best Bitch.

Keith is Chairman of Lancashire Cocker Spaniel Club and so we always support this Show. Violet won her class under Louise Wilding who had liked Violet so much as a puppy. The following weekend, Debbie Grice awarded Violet a first in Solid Post Graduate at Cheshire Cocker Spaniel Club Open Show.

At North Midlands and Eastern Counties Cocker Spaniel Club Championship Show, Glynis Goodwin gave us two classes and again Violet was shortlisted from the final line up. A lovely moment.

The next weekend saw us with a second under Denise Fox at South Wales and Mon Cocker Spaniel Club Championship Show.

 

Photo: Shel Cowles
Monica Forsander, from Kennel Manacas in Sweden, decides that Kastrian Eternity J.W. is Reserve Best In Show.

 

As stated on the Puppies page, our dogs are members of the family and so we take them on holiday with us. This year, 2012, we decided to take a holiday in the beautiful Cotswolds. As luck would have it, the highly regarded breeder/exhibitor, Monica Forsander from Sweden, was judging in the UK for the first time near to our destination. It was South Wales and Mon Cocker Spaniel Club Open Show and the chosen Judge had drawn a fantastic entry. We were over the moon to be given a first in Yearling. Then we were thrilled to absolute pieces when Miss Forsander came to us with a beautiful Swedish rosette and declared Violet Reserve Best In Show. Violet carried the rosette carefully around the ring. We put it on the wall of our holiday cottage, for the duration, to remind us of the truly wonderful start to our holiday.

The Championship show scene continued with a second in Yearling under Penny Williams at The National Dog Show.

This was followed by a fabulous first place under Brian Limpus at Southern Counties and yet another super first under Chris Bexon at Border Union.

Bitches were judged by Sue Kettle at The Cocker Spaniel Club Show and Violet achieved third and second in hotly contested classes.

 

Photo: J. Wyatt
Violet at The Cocker Spaniel Club Show

 

At Driffield Championship Show, Violet moved into Post Graduate and Peter Pavey gave her a third place in a strong class.

Interestingly, we took some of our grandchildren to a Show and they thought the winner was the exhibitor/dog who went the fastest! If only it were so simple. They loved the day and it was a good experience for them.

We enjoy the breed open shows and our good fortune continued with firsts at North Midlands & E. Counties Cocker Spaniel Club under Ian Sparnham, Cocker Spaniel Club of Lancashine under Jacquie Ward and North of England Cocker Spaniel Association under Richard Bott. We were delighted and Violet loved carrying her red rosettes.

Although North of England was in November, we gave out Christmas cards, as we knew we were going to take a little break. A friend remarked that I was very organized saying, “Have you got your sprouts on yet?” Friends and banter at shows are so important in helping to make dog showing such a lovely way to spend time.

We would like to thank the Judges for their valued opinions. We are very appreciative of Violet’s awards and treasure the lovely moments.

We have shown Violet comparatively lightly but she looks forward to taking time off from playing out (and getting muddy!) with our other dogs to attend some more Shows.