A Brief History

Our foundation bitch was bought from Judith Hancock and Jimmy Cudworth in 1973, Hawkhill Tranquillity was a sweet character, fair show dog and super brood bitch. She produced some lovely puppies for us, most of which went to pet homes where they were loved just for being themselves. From her first litter, mated to the late great Sh Ch Hawhill Connaught we kept Ardencote Tapestry who became a show champion in 1979. 'Tap' never gained her full title and caused me considerable embarrassment when trying!!!

I was an officer of the parent club at the time and decided that rather than going to the show spaniels field day, which was in those days run in fields of sugar beet, I would go to the ESSC field trial and run her qualifier in the lunch break………….. well!! What a silly idea that proved to be! I was known to most of the competitors as I usually attended the trials in my official capacity, they were not openly amused at my non field trial animal in amongst their working dogs but I do think that we lightened the mood of the day.

'Tap' quartered well, flushed her bird and sat beautifully to shot, I was so proud and felt that the critics of show dogs would have to eat their words, even if her style was not quite what they were looking for she had done the job. I sent her out and she had obviously marked her bird well as she knew just where she was going, fantastic! However, I relaxed too soon, she was quite a distance away and despite my whistle and eventually resorting to calling her she was not coming back, so we started to walk in to where we felt she was, that's when we saw feathers flying everywhere! Tap was happily plucking her bird! She did not get her qualifier and I never tried her again.

Hawhill Tranquility produced us another show champion from her second litter (a repeat mating of the first) a dog this time, Ardencote Autosport who I had intended to keep, unfortunately when he was about four months old I had popped out and Linda Barber called round on the off chance to see if I had anything for sale, my then partner now husband was in and proudly sold her the puppy that I had told him we still had because I couldn't sell him! That taught me not to make excuses in future.

'Tap' was eventually mated to Ch Cliffhill Julius and from her one and only litter came two champions my Mum's Sh Ch Ardencote August Love and my Ch Ardencote Alexander who proved to be quite an influential sire/grandsire through two son's Sh Ch Chaigmarsh Sudden Impact and Ardencote Assurance who in turn sired Sh Ch Ardencote Astute himself a top winning stud dog and co-owned with Anne Corbet. Astute came from the last litter of ESSs that I bred as I had found it increasingly difficult to live with, or travel in the car with the effect that their coats had on me. Mum kept Astute's siter who sadly had to be put to sleep in 2008.





















Show Champion Ardencote Tapestry D.O.B. 18-09-75




Champion Ardencote Alexander D.O.B. 07-11-77




Show Champion Ardencote August Love D.O.B. 07-11-77
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Show Champion Ardencote Astute D.O.B. 02-08-96




CRUFTS 2009

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L to R ALLEN & BOTT'S TRIMERE TALKING POINT OF ALLENIE DCC & BOB Judge of the day me SAVELL'S PETRANELLA PERFICKLY DEALT BCC

Critique....

It was a great honour and pleasure to judge English Springer Spaniels at Crufts 2009, the last time I judged this breed in the UK was November 2005 (ESSC Ch Sh), where there was an entry of 135 exhibits. This entry of 182 exhibits was more than I could have hoped for, especially considering the overall quality. A few exhibits were somewhat over exuberant and as a result their front movement was difficult to asses, whilst one or two others found the flooring difficult to cope with and were spreading their feet to get grip. On the whole I feel that breed type and quality has improved since I last judged and in some classes it was really difficult to decide between the top winners and consequently some very good dogs went away card less. I must thank the exhibitors for such a super entry and presenting their dogs in such great condition.

VETERAN D 11 (1) 1st JACKSON'S SH CH MOMPESSON ROYAL DESTINY, LOVELY DOG OF CORRECT SIZE AND SUPER TYPE WHO IS SIRE OF THE B.O.B. DESPITE HIS 8 YEARS HE MOVED ROUND THE RING JUST AS WELL AS ANY OF THE YOUNGSTERS SHOWING A SUPER EXAMPLE OF THAT TRUE ENGLISH SPRINGER GAIT. GOOD THROUGH HEAD, EYE, EARSET, NECK, FRONT ASSEMBLY, TOPLINE, BODY AND QUARTERS. R.D.C.C.
2nd MERRY'S ANACAPA SOLO FLYER SHCM, GOOD HEAD WITH LOVELY EXPRESSION, CORRECT NECK, SHOULDER, BONE AND BODY, GOOD QUARTERS, UNLUCKY TO MEET THE WINNER.

3rd WILLIAMS & TOUBLIC - COBHAY SWEET WILLIAM ShCM, ANOTHER GOOD EXAMPLE OF THIS EVER YOUNG BREED, VERY CLOSE UP TO SECOND DOG AND SAME REMARKS APPLY.

SPECIAL PUPPY D 9 (1) 1st TOPLISS' PETRANELLA PERFICK CHOICE FOR BERESFORD, ON STUDYING MY CATALOGUE I FIND THAT THIS IS THE FIRST EXHIBIT THAT I SAW FROM WHAT MUST BE A VERY GOOD MATING, HIS SISTER WAS BEST PUPPY, HIS BROTHER STOOD SECOND TO HIM AND HIS FULL, OLDER, SISTER TOOK THE BITCH TICKET. ALTHOUGH JUST A RAW BABY HE POSSES GOOD BREED TYPE, WITH GOOD HEAD, EYE AND EXPRESSION, CORRECT EARSET, NECK, LAY OF SHOULDER AND TAILSET, STILL NEEDING TO BODY UP, MOVED WELL FOR HIS AGE.

2nd WALKER'S PETRANELLA PERFICKLY FRANK WITH DEXBENELLA, JUST NOT QUITE THE QUALITY OF HIS BROTHER BUT STILL TIME FOR HIS HEAD TO BREAK MORE AND HIM TO GROW THROUGH THAT TEENAGE STAGE APPART FROM THAT SAME REMARKS APPLY, I WILL WATCH THEIR PROGRESS WITH INTEREST.
3rd MITCHELL'S PEASBLOSSOM CHANCE, ANOTHER VERY PROMISING BABY WHO IS JUST NOT QUITE AS BALANCED AS THE OTHER TWO AT PRESENT, QUALITY ALL THROUGH WITH LOVELY HEAD AND THAT SPECIAL SPRINGER EXPRESSION, MOVED WELL FOR HIS AGE.

SPECIAL JUNIOR D 8 1st CORBETT & SPAVIN'S TRIMERE THRILLER, WHAT A THRILLER I SERIOUSLY CONSIDERED HIM FOR THE R.C.C. SUPER MOVER HAD HE BEEN AN OLDER DOG NEVER MIND ONE SO YOUNG, GOOD THROUGH HEAD AND NECK WHICH FLOWS INTO GOOD LAY OF SHOULDER, CORRECT TOPLINE AND TAILSET, BONE AND FEET, WELL ROUNDED QUARTERS WITH GOOD SECOND THIGH.

2nd JACKSON'S MOMPESSON STRIKER, GOOD HEAD CARRIED ON CORRECT NECK WHICH FLOWES INTO GOOD LAY OF SHOULDER,WELL BODIED WITH CORRECT BONE AND FEET, MOVED REALLY WELL, UNFORTUNATELY JUST PLAYING DIFFICULT TO HANDLE AND CROUCHING WHEN STAKED.

3rd GREEN'S KENNAIR OWOTANIGHT, NOT QUITE AS 'READY' AS THE TWO ABOVE HIM BUT STILL VERY A NICE EXAMPLE OF THE BREED.

YEARLING D 13 1st WARRENER'S CEPEN CHANGING PLACES WITH WATERSWARREN JW, ANOTHER WITH CORRECT HEAD AND EARSET, GOOD LAY OF SHOULDER AND DESIRED UPPER ARM ANGULATION, CORRECT BONE AND GOOD BODY, STRONG QUARTERS, IN SUPER CONDITION, MOVED WELL IN PROFILE.
2nd EASTWOOD'S PLAIGEN MEMORIES AT EASTFALLA, GOOD ALL THROUGH, WITH CORRECT SIZE AND MOVEMENT BUT HANDLER NEEDING TO RELAX AND MAKE MORE OF THE DOG.

3rd DELANTY'S DINGDARLIN MR BLUE SKY, ANOTHER NICE TYPEY YOUNG DOG OF CORRECT SIZE, CLOSE UP TO THE SECOND AND COULD CHANGE PLACES ANOTHER DAY.

POST GRADUATE D 20 (1) 1st BASHFORTH'S ALANEA WARRIOR OF JOROBADEN, GOOD HEAD WITH CORRECT EYE AND EARSET, AMPLE NECK WHICH FLOWED INTO CORRECT FRONT ASSEMBLY, THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF BONE AND GOOD FEET, JUST A LITTLE UPRIGHT BEHIND BUT DESPITE THIS MOVED WELL FROM ALL ANGLES.

2nd GRAY'S TRIMERE TOP SCORE, QUALITY EXHIBIT WITH CORRECT HEAD, WELL CONTRUCTED THROUGHOUT, MOVED WELL, JUST LOST OUT TO WINNER ON SIZE BUT VERY CLOSE DECISSION.

3rd GLENDINNING'S PLAIGLEN MARS, ANOTHER TRUE SPRINGER WITH LOVELY HEAD AND EXPRESSION, CORRECT NECK, SHOULDER AND UPPER ARM, GOOD BODY AND TOPLINE, PERHAPS A LITTLE OVERDONE BEHIND, MOVED WELL.

LIMIT D 15 1st ALLEN & BOTT'S - TRIMERE TALKING POINT OF ALLENIE JW, SUPER QUALITY SPRINGER WHO CAUGHT MY EYE AS SOON AS HE ENTERED THE RING, LOVELY HEAD WITH CORRECT CHISELLING, JUST THE RIGHT REACH OF NECK WHICH FLOWS INTO WELL LAID SHOULDERS AND GOOD UPPER ARM, PERFECTLY BALLANCED WITH CORRECT BODY, BONE AND FEET, STRONG QUARTERS WITH CORRECT TURN OF STIFFLE AND SECOND THIGH, MOVED WITH THAT SUPER SPRINGER GAIT AND PRESENTED IN SPARKLING CONDITION. D.C.C. B.O.B. AND 3RD IN THE GROUP. I WAS TOLD AFTERWARDS THAT THIS WAS HIS CROWNING TICKET.

2nd ELLIOTT'S JONABAR MULLED WINE, ANOTHER GOOD TYPEY SPRINGER WITH CORRECT HEAD, EYE AND EARSET, LOVELY OUTLINE AND STRONG QUARTERS WHICH HE USED TO HIS ADVANTAGE TO DRIVE AROUND THE RING.

3rd GRAY'S TRIMERE TALK IT UP, THIS LITTER BROTHER TO CLASS WINNER COMPLETED A TRIO OF VERY NICE DOGS, JUST A TAD BIGGER THAN THE PREVIOUS TWO BUT STILL GOOD ALL THROUGH AND CORRECT MOVER.

OPEN D 12 1st JACKSON'S MOMPESSON NEWS FLASH, MASCULINE DOG WITH QUALITY AND GOOD BREED TYPE, GOOD THROUGH HEAD, EYE, EARSET, NECK, SHOULDER AND UPPER ARM. CORRECT BONE AND FEET, GOOD STRONG QUARTERS, MOVED AS A SPRINGER SHOULD.

2nd HALES - SH CH TRIMERE TRADING PLACES WITH SHELEDAMS, CLOSE UP TO WINNER AND VERY MUCH THE SAME TYPE, ALL THE SAME REMARKS APPLY.

3rd CORBETT'S SH CH TRIMERE TRADEMARK, ANOTHER QUALITY EXHIBIT FROM THIS KENNEL, GOOD ALL THROUGH, COMPLETED A CLASS OF TYPEY DOGS WHO COULD ALL EASILY CHANGE PLACES ANOTHER DAY.
FIELD TRIAL D 1 1st JENKINS' RYTEX RONERS, VERY FIT FIELD TRIAL DOG WHO HAD A LOVELY DARK EYE, GOOD UPPER ARM AND SHOULDER ANGLES, STRONG QUARTERS, PRESENTED IN SUPER CONDITION AND REALLY ENJOYING HIS DAY OUT DOING SOMETHING DIFFERENT.

WORKING GUNDOG 3 (1) 1st GEDDES'S DEBANZA BRIGADIER, 10 ½ YEARS YOUNG AND MOVED ROUND THE RING AS THOUGH HE OWNED IT, GOOD THROUGH HEAD, NECK, SHOULDER, CORRECT BODY, BONE AND QUARTERS.

2nd JENKINS' RYTEX RONERS

GOOD CIT D 6 1st YOUNG'S SHELCASRIE FLASH SHCH, MASCULINE DOG IN GREAT CONDITION, GOOD THROUGH HEAD, NECK, SHOULDER, BOBY, QUARTERS, BONE AND FEET, EXCELLENT PROFILE MOVEMENT.

2nd SUCH'S FEORLIG KINDRED SPIRIT AT MUJASCAL SHCH, CORRECT SIZE, GOOD HEAD, EYE AND EXPRESSION, WELL CONSTRUCTED AND IN SUPER CONDITION.

3rd WILLIAMS & TOUBLIC'S COBHAY SWEET WILLIAM SHCH

VETERAN B 10 1st WALKER'S GRAFTONBURY DELTA INUIT AT DEXBENELLA, QUALITY BITCH OF GOOD BREED TYPE, LOVELY HEAD AND EXPRESSION, GOOD THROUGH NECK, FRONT ASSEMBLY, BODY, TAILSET AND QUARTERS, TRUE SPRINGER MOVEMENT.

2nd THOMAS' CH CYBEL DE SYRINGA, ANOTHER OF CORRECT TYPE WITH GOOD HEAD CARRIED ON CORRECT NECK, GOOD SHOULD PLACEMENT, CORRECT BODY, TOPLINE AND QUARTERS, MOVED WELL.

3rd WOODHEAD'S LARBRECK NEAT N SWEET AT STRATHAIRD, LEFT THE RING BEFORE I COULD TAKE NOTES.
SPECIAL PUPPY B 9 (3) 1st OSBOURNE'S PETRANELLA CASTS A SPELL OVER BRAEGO, NICE TYPE OF BITCH, FEMININE, CORRECT SIZE, GOOD ALL THROUGH ALTHOUGH FIRST IMPRESSION NOT HELPED BY HER MARKINGS, MOVED WELL IF A LITTLE LOOSE IN FRONT.

2nd CLARKE'S BLACK DIAMOND LADY AT REULEMILL, B/W BITCH OF SIMULAR TYPE, AGAIN CORRECT SIZE, LOVELY HEAD, EYE AND EARSET, CORRECT REACH OF NECK, SHOULDER AND UPER ARM, GOOD BODY AND BALANCE FOR AGE, CORRECT TAILSET AND QUARTERS, JUST NEEDING TO SETTLE ON THE MOVE.

3rd BROUGH & WALKER'S RISELAWROAD BLUE BRAID, GOOD HEAD, NECK, SHOULDER AND UPPER ARM, CORRECT BONE AND BODY FOR AGE, JUST A LITTLE LACKING IN HIND ANGULATION COMPARED TO THE FIRST TWO.

SPECIAL JUNIOR B 13 1st OZANNE'S LYNTONRIDGE LEGAL TENDER, GOOD HEAD, EYE AND EXPRESSION, CORRECT LENGTH OF NECK AND FRONT ASSEMBLY, BODY, BONE AND QUARTERS WITH WELL DEVELOPED THIGH AND SECONG THIGH, MOVED WELL IN PROFILE.

2nd SAVELL'S PETRANELLA JUST PERFICK, ANOTHER QUALITY BITCH WITH CORRECT SPRINGER HEAD AND EXPRESSION, GOOD THROUGH NECK, SHOULDER AND UPPER ARM, CORRECT BONE AND TAILSET, GOOD QUARTERS WHICH SHE USED WELL ON THE MOVE.

3rd RICHARDSON & TERRY-RICHARDSON'S CHERISHYM BRIGHT STAR, GOOD TYPE WITH ALL OF THE ESSENTIALS, PRESENTED IN GOOD CONDITION, MOVED WELL IN PROFILE.

YEARLING B 14 (2) 1st LAWLER'S ROQFOLLY BALLET RUSSE, TRUE SPRINGER TYPE, LOVELY HEAD AND EXPRESSION, GOOD ALL THROUGH AND MOVED AS A SPRINGER SHOULD.

2nd GANARIN'S BERKENBAR ENGELINA, CLOSE UP TO CLASS WINNER, GOOD FOR TYPE AND SIZE, CORRECT SPRINGER HEAD CARRIED ON GOOD NECK, CORRECT FRONT ASSEMBLY, BODY, BONE AND TOPLINE, STRONG QUARTERS WITH CORRECT ANGULATION, MOVED WELL.

3rd SMITH'S BERKENBAR FLORENTINA AT SWONA, LITTER SISTER TO 2ND AND 4TH IN THIS CLASS AND SIMILAR REMARKS APPLY TO THEM ALL, SHE JUST LOST OUT TO HER SISTER HEAD AND DEWLAP.

POST GRADUATE B 20 (1) 1st HANCOCK'S EASTRIDING BURBERRY FROM HANKNIGHT, B/W OF CORRECT SIZE, WELL BALANCED, GOOD HEAD, EYE AND EARSET, CORRECT NECK AND FRONT ASSEMBLY, RIGHT AMOUNT OF BODY, GOOD BONE AND FEET, CORRECT TAILSET AND STRONG QUARTERS WHICH SHE USED WELL TO POWER HER ROUND THE RING.

2nd HOUSE'S GLEADSBURY WHATALIBERTY JW, ANOTHER WITH GOOD SPRINGER HEAD AND EXPRESSION, CORRECT NECK AND LAY OF SHOULDER, GOOD BODY, BONE, TOPLINE AND QUARTERS, MOVED WELL.
3rd MITCHELL'S PEASBLOSSOM ARIA, QUALITY BITCH WITH FEMININE HEAD, WELL BALANCED WITH STRONG QUARTERS, CORRECT BONE AND FEET, MOVED OUT WELL.

LIMIT B 19 (3) WHAT A CLASS, FOR OVERALL DEPTH OF QUALITY THIS WAS THE CLASS OF THE DAY, SO MANY LOVELY BITCHES WENT AWAY CARDLESS, THE FIRST THREE COULD EASILY CHANGE PLACES ANOTHER DAY. 1st SAVELL'S PETRANELLA PERFICKLY DEALT, LOVELY CHISELLED HEAD, SUPER DARK EYE WITH MELTING EXPRESSION, CORRECT LENGTH OF NECK, LAY OF SHOULDER AND UPPER ARM, GOOD THROUGH BODY, TOPLINE, TAILSET, BONE AND FEET, WELL MUSCLED QUARTERS WITH GOOD THIGH AND SECOND THIGH, MOVED AS A SPRINGER SHOULD. B.C.C.

2nd SMITH'S MELVERLY SUBLIMITY, GOOD FOR SIZE, BREED TYPE AND CORRECT ON THE MOVE, ANOTHER SUPER BITCH GOOD ALL THROUGH AND BEAUTIFULLY PRESENTED.

3rd PALMER'S ROANDEW DAISY DUNNIT JW, ANOTHER LOVELY LADY, TRUE SPRINGER HEAD AND EXPRESSION, SO WELL CONSTRUCTED WITH JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF BONE FOR A BITCH, GREAT CONDITION AND SUPER TO WATCH ON THE MOVE.

OPEN B 14 (3) 1st CORBETT'S TRIMERE TIGRA, WHAT A MOVER, THIS LADY IS RIGHT WHAT EVER ANGLE YOU WATCH HER FROM SHE SIMPLY POWERS ROUND THE RING WITH CORRECT SPRINGER GAIT. LOVELY HEAD WITH CORRECT CHISSELING AND EXPRESSION, GOOD NECK AND FRONT ASSEMBLY, CORRECT BODY AND TOPLINE, STRONG QUARTERS WITH GOOD THIGH AND SECOND THIGH AS ONE WOULD EXPECT IN ONE THAT MOVES SO WELL. R.B.C.C.

2nd NICOLSON & SCOTT'S ELIMVEK EARLY LANDING AT LOSSIEDOON, HEAVIER MARKED L/W BUT VERY SIMILAR TO CLASS WINNER IN TYPE AND CONTRUCTION, ANOTHER WITH GREAT HEAD AND EXPRESSION WHO MOVED REALLY WELL.

3rd PALMER'S SH CH ROANDEW FARR FROMMIT, ANOTHER WITH THAT MELTING SPRINGER EXPRESSION AND CORRECT HEAD, GOOD FOR SIZE, THROUGH NECK, SHOULDER AND FRONT ASSEMBLY, CORRECT BODY, TOPLINE AND QUARTERS, SUPER PROFILE MOVEMENT.

FIELD TRIAL B 0

WORKING GUNDOG B 2 (1) 1st LOCKHART'S CHETRUDA KRYSTAL ROSE, STOOD ALONE BUT DESERVED HER PLACE. GOOD FOR TYPE, LOVELY HEAD, EYE AND EXPRESSION, CORRECT ALL THROUGH AND MOVED AS A SPRINGER SHOULD.

GOOD CIT B 7 1st SCORGIE'S BERKENBAR ATTIANA AT ARDTALLA, QUALITY BITCH IN LOVELY CONDITION, GOOD THROUGH HEAD, NECK, FRONT ASSEMBLY, BODY TOPLINE AND QUARTERS, MOVED WELL.

2nd WOODHEAD'S LARBRECK NEAT N SWEET AT STRATHAIRD, SOUND MOVING VETERAN BITCH WITH CORRECT HEAD, NECK AND LAY OF SHOULDER, GOOD BODY, BONE, FEET, TAILSET AND QUARTERS.

3rd CUNCLIFFE'S CALVDALE FAIR COP WITH FALLENLEAF JW SHCH, NICE BITCH OF CORRECT SIZE AND TYPE WHO WAS UNFORTUNATE TO MEET THE TWO IN FRONT OF HER, MOVED WELL IN PROFILE.

JAN WOOD (JUDGE)