News 2014

14th December
We set off to LKA on a cold dark December morning with our team. What a super end to the year. Calvdale Hearsay JW will henceforth have Sh Ch in front of her name (subject to KC confirmation) as she was awarded the coveted 3rd CC to crown her Show Champion. Thanks to all who have previously judged her and seen her potential. Thank you all and especially those three important folk who awarded her her CC's - Graham Osborne, Ann Webster and Freda Marshall.

Calvdale Costa making his Championship debut at 6 months and one week was winner of Minor Puppy dog and ultimately Best Puppy in Breed- Yahoo!!!!! Thank so many of you for the positive comments and we are very proud of this new youngster, all home bred from Calvdale Hearsay and Calvdale Night Court JW ShCM. What a pleasant outcome this pairing have produced.

Congratulations to Jo Cunliffe with Calvdale My Girl at Fallenleaf for winning a lovely Open Bitch class and our own Calvdale Diamond Heist JW Sh CM who was second in the class. Also whoops and hollers for Trudy Topliss with Calvdale Duty Calls (Ida) on gaining her first RCC which we believe will be followed by many more such and higher awards in due course.

All in all we 'went out with a bang and not a whimper' and a fabulous end to the year as well as a super extra birthday present for me. Well done gang you were all super.

9th November
Lovely day with good company at Northallerton Open Show today. Calvdale Duly Noted won ESS Graduate. Calvdale Zero to Hero JW Sh CM was BOB and later Group 2. Not to be outdone in any way our delightful Cocker Calvdale Dolly Blue Dargess was BPIB, BOB under breed judge Mr Stephen Clayforth (Harrowaite) she later went on to top the Gundog Puppy Group under Freda Marshall (Gainspa) and then RBPIS. Well done team. Angela also flying the flag with her Welshies was BOB with Chanangel Sticky Wicket JW Sh CM and baby Chanangel Katherine Jenkins was BPIB and Puppy Group 4.

8th November
Today we travelled to Gundog Breeds Association of Scotland where under judge Stig Kjellvold (Norway) Woody was placed 1st in Limit Dog and Grace 2nd in Open Bitch

19th October
Great day today at North & South Shields Canine Society where the breed judge was Tom Johnston (Feldkirk) and BIS judge was Mrs N Inglis (Craigowl). Calvdale Duly Noted won ESS Graduate. Calvdale Great Escape JW Sh CM was BOB and Group 1 under the Gundog Judge. In the cocker ring Calvdale Dolly Blue won Cocker Graduate and was BOB and Puppy Group 1. The day continued well where Calvdale Great Escape then went on to BIS under judge Mrs N Inglis.

15th October
At Gundogs of Wales Championship Show Calvdale Hearsay JW (Gracie) was awarded her second CC with BOB by judge Ann Webster after winning the Open Bitch class. We were totally thrilled and thanks so much for the messages of congratulations via text, e mail and verbally. Thrilled. Also at the same venue the ESSC of Wales held its Open Show which this year was judged by Scot Jim Richardson. He awarded Calvdale Zero to Hero JW Sh CM(Woody) Open Dog and Best in Show. Delighted with this twosome. Not hectically shown this year due to other commitments but always doing their best when we do get the opportunity. Thanks to the judges for appreciating these two today.

28th September
A long trip to Belfast Champ show to where I have to say we had an appalling entry of ESS unfortunately. Calvdale Great Escape JW Sh CM was RDCC and Calvdale Hearsay was RBCC on the day. Can only say I am happy not to make that journey as often as some do. The expense and the length of journey to compete against half a dozen dogs doesn't rank as worthwhile in my book. Sadly entries are down everywhere but that was a real 'down'. Expense is proving too much for many and sadly that means that several dogs don't appear to compete as often as they might otherwise.. Now home. Back to normality and actually celebrating our 40th Wedding Anniversary today as we had the party last week. Presents to unwrap and thanks to many for their generosity. Wonderful time spent with friends and family.

7th September
This weekend we attended Wolsingham Agricultural Show. On Saturday Calvdale Night Court JW Sh CM was awarded Group 1 and Angela's young male Polish Import WSS was awarded Puppy Group 1 under the breed Judge Sue Pollock-Yule and Group Judge Ruth Longbottom. This required us both to return for the second day, where Night Court delighted us by being awarded BIS by Mr Macauley. He was BPIS at this same show last year.

24th August
A trip to North Riding Gundog today where Calvdale Night Court JW Sh CM won ESS Open and Best of Breed under breed specialist Helen Cokell. He then went on to be awarded Reserve Best in Show under Sandra Marshall - Lowerdon.

17th August
Back from the long trip to Welsh Kennel Club in Builth Wells. Thanks to Graham for the lift. Showing just the ESS today under first time appointment judge Stephen Hollings (Gunalt). Calvdale Zero to Hero JW Sh CM won the Limit Dog class, first time in Limit today. Rounded off with the RCC, well done Woody. Gracie, Calvdale Hearsay JW Sh CM took a very creditable 2nd in Open bitch. Nice to be home where a meal had been made and now duly eaten. Thanks Ang for holding the fort and keeping the boat on an even keel.

9th August
Great family day out today at Sedgefield Agricultural Show where Calvdale Zero to Hero was awarded Best of Breed and Calvdale Duly Noted Best Puppy in Breed under judge Karl O'Conner.

3rd August
Today we made the trip to Malvern and Three Counties Showground where Kay Woodward (Wadeson) awarded Calvdale Night Court JW Sh CM 1st place in his last Junior class. We were delighted to watch Melverly Buona Notte, (sired by our own Calvdale Zero to Hero JW Sh CM), go on to Best Puppy in Show after being awarded Best Puppy in Breed.

30th July
Lovely day at Ryedale and Pickering Lythe Agricultural Show yesterday. Under Breed Judge June Henderson our Calvdale Dolly Blue (Cocker) went Best Puppy in Breed and then won AV Minor Puppy in the varieties before being awarded Reserve Best Puppy in Show by judge Howard Ogden. Calvdale Zero to Hero JW ShCM ESS made it to the shortcut for Best in Show following his Best of Breed under Mark Collins. Calvdale Duly Noted was also Best Puppy in Breed under same judge. Lovely weather, good company and a thoroughly nice day.Thanks to Elizabeth for handling Duly Noted to her Best Puppy in Breed and to Karen Alderson for helping out in the Best Puppy in Show line up when we had two in. Well done chuck!

26th July
Short journey for us to the beautiful Harewood Estate for Leeds Championship show where Teresa Dunsdon was awarding CC's for the first time. Calvdale Night Court JW Sh CM wons another Junior Dog class. Calvdale Diamond Heist JW Sh CM won a nice Open Bitch class and RCC to add to her 2CC's and a number of RCC's

Great news from overseas. Calvdale Great Escape JW Sh CM (2CC's) has produced his first Champion. Rosherville Glowing Ember, in Western Australia gained her title today, at the same time getting Best Puppy in Group. She will be 12 months old next Friday

19th July
Harrogate & District CS Open Show today and judging ESS was Alan Norcross (Paynnor). Calvdale Duly Noted was awarded Best Puppy In Breed with Calvdale Zero to Hero JW Sh CM being declared Best of Breed.

13th July
Today we travelled to Durham County Show where Calvdale Duly Noted was awarded Best Ppuppy and BOB under Simon Whincup-Grindey (Bunnybois) and Calvdale Dolly Blue (Cocker) Best Puppy & BOB followed by Puppy Group 1, and Adult Group 3 under judge Mrs Mandy Romeo-Dieste (Hopevalley).

23rd June
Well what a heck of a weekend. Started with Blackpool Champ Show Saturday. The ground I personally covered was no small amount with having to run between WSS and ESS rings. Don't begrudge a step. Was delighted for Angela and co owner Bonnie Scougall when I piloted their WSS bitch Ferndel True Story to win a lovely PG bitch class. Better then when she was awarded the CC and more to come when she took BOB all under Mr M Armstrong- thank you! Group ring was a delight and 'Nettle' loved the space and the opportunity to stride on. She was short listed in the Group under Freda Marshall - thank you. Not to be forgotten in the ESS ring Angela handled Calvdale Duly Noted to a very creditable 2nd in Puppy Bitch. Calvdale Quintessentially was 3rd in Grad bitch. Calvdale Night Court won Junior Dog and was awarded the RCC to add to his small but cherished collection and his CC gained at SKC. Still only 16 months and a lovely lad. Open bitch was won by the delectable Calvdale Diamond Heist JW Sh CM (Hesta). Love the bones of her and delighted when she was awarded her 2nd CC. Sunday saw the North of Eng Spaniel Club holding the Open Show at Hurworth. A local show and one we always support so off we went. Malek, Angelas WSS male puppy was BPIB. Nettle was RBOB, Calvdale Night Court JW Sh CM was BOB in ESS. Calvdale Dolly Blue (Cocker) on her first appearance won a very nice Cocker puppy class and was awarded BPIB by breed judge Pat Salt and we didn't get a photo. Calvdale Duly Noted ESS (Brenda) was BPIB and then went on to BPIS under Pat Butler Holley. Another fabulous day and thanks to all judges at both shows. Also the good company of our chums makes the day go a lot further-thank you and a huge WELL DONE to Tammy Babester winning BIS with her lovely Cocker bitch. Crack on!

15th June
At Border Union Championship Show under judge Wendy Walker, Calvdale Night Court won Junior Dog

25th May
We travelled today to North Riding Gundog Club where Calvdale Night Court was declared Best of Breed and Calvdale Duly Noted Best Puppy in Breed under judge Val Mann. Night Court then went on to take Best in Show under judge Bonnie Scougall from Scotland. His second Best in Show in recent weeks and following on from his
CC and Best of Breed gained at SKC the week before.

18th May
Today saw us making the long journey to Edinburgh to show at the Scottish Kennel Clubs Spring Show held close to Edinburgh Airport. Calvdale Night Court at almost 15 months was entered in Junior Dog and Calvdale Duly Noted in Puppy Bitch. Night Court (Thorn) our lovely black and white boy won his Junior Dog class and then came back in to compete against all the other class winners to challenge for the CC (Challenge Certificate). The judge, Gareth Lawler, picked out three dogs from the lineup that he wanted for further consideration and Thorn was one of them. A few more circuits of the ring and further assessment and to our huge delight Thorn was awarded the CC. Hopefully this is the first of many to come for this young man. In the bitch classes Duly Noted (Brenda) attained a third in a strong class and she did her best which is all we ask.
The bitch CC was also awarded to a youngster in the form of Peasblossom Moonstruck who was also black and white. Mr Lawler put these two through their paces and for once I was actually speechless when he awarded Best of Breed to Thorn -what an occasion!.
In puppies the Best Puppy in Breed was Ray Smith youngster out for his first occasion and we are delighted he took this award. He is sired by our much loved Calvdale Zero to Hero JW ShCM and we look forward to seeing him do more in the future.

10th May
Today we travelled to Stafford for the National Dog Show. Calvdale Duly Noted was first in Minor Puppy Bitch and later declared Best Puppy Bitch, Calvdale Zero to Hero JW ShCM also topped the class line up winning Post Graduate Do; whilst Calvdale Hearsay JW ShCM was placed a very creditable third in an extremely strong Limit Bitch Class.

3rd May
Great day today where Calvdale Night Court was awarded Best of Breed, Group 1 and Best in Show at Seaham Canine Society Open Show under judge Judith Carruthers at 14 months. Calvdale Duly noted was awarded Puppy Group 2 at this show also. Thanks to the Jefferson family for their kind donation of the crystal bowl which was given for BIS in memory of the late Mr Jefferson.

26th April
Enjoyable day at WELKS under breed judge Yvonne Billows (Robil). Calvdale Night Court took a good first in Junior Dog and our baby of the bunch Calvdale Duly Noted (Brenda) was Best Puppy in Breed. All our dogs were in the cards and Claire Newlove had an equally nice win when her Calvdale Barely Legal for Teignvalley won Junior Bitch. Well done girls.

20th April
Nice but a little cold to start with day at Sunderland & District Open Show when Angela took the team out for a spot of showing while I went judging. Thorn, Calvdale Night Court was BOB Brenda, Calvdale Duly Noted was BPIB and Group 4 with Elizabeth Showing her and a little help(thank you). Thanks to Rachel Jefferson for her help. Breed Jugde was Mike Wildman and Group judge was Lynda Heron.

18th April
At Tweedmouth Canine Society Calvdale Night Court was BOB under Sarah Corbett and then G1 and RBIS under Ann Corbett. Calvdale Duly Noted was BPIB and Puppy Group 2 under the same judges.

13th April
ESSC Championship Show under judge John Robson (Crooksbarn). Calvdale Night Court won JD and was declared Best Black and white in show. Calvdale Zero to Hero JW Sh CM won Postgraduate. Calvdale Diamond Heist JW Sh CM won Open bitch and RCC and Calvdale Duly Noted took 2nd in MPB.

12th April
Consett Canine Society under Mr A. Allen. Calvdale Night Court was awarded BOB and G3. Calvdale Duly Noted was declared BPIB and Puppy Group 1.

6th April

At Lancashire and Cheshire ESS Society Championship Show Calvdale Night Court won Junior and Graduate Dog. Calvdale Duly Noted won Minor Puppy Bitch and Calvdale Zero to Hero won Post Graduate Dog. We were most proud when Elizabeth won the junior handling competition.

23rd March

Two shows and good brilliant outcomes. Saturday ESSC of Scotland at Crawfordjohn saw Don Miller judging. Our Calvdale Night Court won Junior Dog, Calvdale Hearsay JW Sh CM won Limit bitch and the icing on the cake was when Calvdale Duly Noted won Minor Puppy Bitch. Best Puppy Bitch and Best Puppy in Show. Her second Champ Show attended and her second such award.

Sunday saw us a little more local with Saltburn & D C Soc. holding their Open Show at Hartlepool. Calvdale Zero to Hero JW Sh CM was Best of Breed and Calvdale Duly Noted took Best Puppy in Breed undr Gavin Robertson (Soletrader). Calvdale Zero to Hero then went on to Group 1 under the same judge. Later in the day our boy took top honours when Mrs C Rankin awarded him Best in Show.

Busy weekend and now its time to sit down and catch up on some much needed rest.

16th March

A beautiful Springlike day spent indoors in a leisure centre but never mind. Hopefully we will soon manage to be showing outdoors again and then we will be able to complain that it is once again raining!. At Newton Aycliffe & District Canine Society Mr Martin Alexander (Turmalin) judged the breed. He found his Best of Breed in Calvdale Night Court who then went on to Group 4 under Group judge Gill Averis (Sireva). Best Puppy in Breed was Calvdale Duly Noted.

2nd March

At Gateshead Metropolitan Open Show today Calvdale Duly Noted was Best Puppy in Breed and Puppy Group 4 under Mr G Scraggs (Chevanne) and Calvdale Night Court was Best of Breed under the same judge.

22nd & 23rd February

Long trip down to the Southern English Springer Spaniel Society's Championship Show held in Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire. It meant an incredibly early start and a long run to the show where we were to exhibit our dogs under Breed Specialist John Palmer (Roandew).
Young Calvdale Zero to Hero (Woody) added a further two class wins to his tally and this brought the final points wanted to add to his Junior Warrant. Have to get the forms in the post for both JW and his Show Certificate of Merit as both have been achieved and now add to his Stud Book number which was gained when he won the RCC at Gundogs of Wales back in October.
Our baby Springer girl was making her first trip out to take part in a dog show as she was 6 months and 4 days old on the day. A little overawed but in no way frightened she went round the ring to win Minor Puppy Bitch and Best Puppy Bitch and then woo hoo she was awarded Best Puppy in Show at her first ever show. Her registered name is Calvdale Duly Noted (Brenda) and we feel she has been on this occasion.
Calvdale Hearsay (Gracie) also made the trip and took an encouraging 2nd in Limit Bitch.

Sunday dawns and the Billingham Synthonia are holding their Open Show at South Shields. Off we go, Angela, Elizabeth and I with dogs Calvdale Duly Noted, Calvdale Night Court (Thorn), Calvdale Quintessentially (Flora) and Calvdale Zero to Hero Woody).
Thorn won the first class with Brenda and Flora behind him and Woody won the Open and BOB. Brenda was Best Puppy in Breed and Elizabeth handled Calvdale Swag at Elbrec to a tidy second in the AV Gundog Open. Angela was Best of Breed with her Welsh Springer boy Chanangel Sticky Wicket.
A long and busy weekend showing amongst good friends. Thoroughly enjoyable and now time for feet up and Sunday night TV.

16th February

Super day today at Spennymoor & District Canine Society held at South Shields. Calvdale Zero to Hero BOB and G1 under judge Gill Hare (Rojillair) and then on to RBIS under Mr Vince Rodgers (Sharbul/Mysibul). Elizabeth placed in a good Young Handlers class in which she was the youngest and the opportunity to toast, along with several friends, fellow exhibitors Angela and George Ternent who were celebrating their wedding anniversary.

9th February

Jarrow and District Canine Society show where Mrs Shula Shipton (Mishules) judged the breed and found her BOB in Calvdale Zero to Hero. BPIB was Calvdale Night Court. In the Group Calvdale Zero to Hero was declared Group 1 under judge Mike Egan (Enryb) and Calvdale Night Court was G2 Puppy. Later we were delighted when Calvdale Zero to Hero was shortlisted in BIS.

2nd February

Today at Northern Counties Gundog Club, Calvdale Night Court was awarded BPIB under judge Val Flowers. Calvdale Zero to Hero was BOB. Later in the day the BIS judge Ann Holmes (Kenan) awarded Best in Show 3 to Calvdale Zero to Hero and a wonderful end to the day with Best Puppy in Show to Night Call.

1st February

Darlington Canine Society Open Show held at Scorton. BPIB and PG3 under Mr D Bennett (Jesham) was our Calvale Night Court. Calvdale Zero to Hero was BOB and G2. Calvdale Night Court later won AV Members Stakes Puppy under Mrs Metcalfe-Bilgin.

127th January

A very busy weekend for us at Calvdale. On Saturday we attended the Northern Dog Club Open Show. Calvdale Night Court was BP in Breed. Kennel mate and star of the show was Calvdale Zero to Hero (Woody) who was declared BOB by breed judge Nicola Craig (Nicibec). He then went on to take Group 1 under Sam Whiting (Annilann) and what a great delight when Angela went on to win the puppy group too. Into the Best in Show ring under Mr Ray Moorland (Triken) and we were positively thrilled when Woody was declared Best In Show. What a wonderful day which was capped off by Night Court (Thorn) winning the Puppy Stakes and the £20.00 Stakes winnings.

On then to Sunday and the Lancashire & Cheshire English Springer Spaniel Club where Jo Cunliffe (Fallenleaf) was the judge of the day. Angela piloted Night Court to win Puppy Dog, Best Puppy Dog and ultimately Best Puppy in Show. His litter sister (Ida) Calvdale Duty Calls was Best Puppy Bitch. Calvdale Great Escape JW ShCM won the Limited Dog class and was awarded Best Dog which later elevated him to Best in Show. Calvdale Hearsay won the Limit Bitch class and was Reserve Best bitch. Reserve Best in Show went to Vicky Warreners' Waterswarren Willy Wonka (Charlie). Lovely day and we must not forget the children - both took part in the Junior Handling class put on by the Society and the judge declared a draw. Well they gave us a few laughts in the proceedings as the little one was handlng a Papillon. Lovely day and a belated Happy Birthday to our judge.

19th January

Today we journied to Stafford Show Ground for Manchester Championship Show the judge being Wendy Willey (Speeton). Calvdale Night Court headed the Puppy Dog class later being awarded Best Puppy Dog. Calvdale Festivities gained a 2nd place in Post Graduate bitch.

5th January

Today the show year started with Dukeries Gundog Club, the judge for the breed being Gill Tully. Calvdale Material Witness won Post Graduate with Calvdale Zero To Hero taking second in Open.

The star of the day however was Calvdale Night Court who after being awarded Best Puppy in Breed went on to take Best Puppy in Show 4 under BIS judge David Howarth.