The Ardencote affix was first
registered with the English Kennel Club in the sixties to register a litter of
Labradors. The name Ardencote came from living in Wilmcote, next door to Mary
Arden's house in what used to be part of the Forest of Arden.
My interest lay more in obedience
and working trials at this time than showing and it was not until a bad fall
from a rather large horse curtailed my horse showing that I decided to have a
go at showing dogs instead.
As a family we have always been
based in the country with many different animals and the Ardencote affix has
been used to register pedigree pigs, sheep and cattle as well as the dogs. I
have been lucky in the foundation bitches that I have been allowed to own and
although I do not breed many litters have been fortunate through the years to
have success in the ring with both home bred dogs and others that friends have
entrusted to me.
The first breed that I showed
were ESSs followed by the Greyhounds and the Parson as soon as they gained KC
recognition in 1990. I owned a bitch bred by Mrs Clarke of the Hill Farm Jack
Russells and mated to Pauline Hancock's dog she produced a litter for me in the
year of recognition, from this first litter came Ardencote Tanager who became
well known in those early years of KC showing for the breed. Although we owned
our first whippet in 1989 neither she nor her daughter from her only litter
were good enough for the hot competition in the whippet rings and so they lived
happily as family pets. It was not until I bought a delightful black girl from
Carol Neale and then a brindle boy from Brenda Rowe that I got more seriously
into showing the whippets, as seriously as I could that was when showing had to
fit around my son's polo activities! However hunting and polo boots have now
been hung up and we are enjoying showing the dogs more.
I award challenge certificates in
English Springer Spaniels, Greyhounds, Parson Russells Terriers and Whippets, I
have judged all of these breeds world wide. I have been privaleged to judge
PRTs, Greyhounds, ESSs and Spanish Water Dogs at