The end of 2010 saw some fantastic achievements for Franaille. I had succesfully been able to campaign my own dog (Franaille Oceans) to gain both her stud book number and her Sh.CM before the age of 18 months.
2011 started well with Whisky (Asquanne's Goldstein at Franaille) gaining his Sh.CM too (It had only taken till he was almost a veteran!)
Throughout the first half of the year, we attended many shows, often two every weekend in a bid to win the title of Devon and Cornwall's Cocker of the year title. I was campaigning Phoebe in the adult competition and Kimberley was campaigning Lois in the puppy competition.
Crufts, held at the NEC in March always seems to raise excitment in the dog showing world and we were no exception. Grace was placed 4th in a strong veteran class, and later achieved a VHC in the Good Citizen class. Phoebe was also placed VHC in yearling. Lois was unplaced in a strong junior class but enjoyed the moment as it was Kimberley's first opportunity to show at this prestigious event. Later in the day, Whisky was shortlisted down to 6 in Mid-Limit but sadly went unplaced. We will all be back in 2012 to try again!
In May, Devon and Cornwall Cocker held their open show where the winners of the Devon and Cornwall Cocker of the Year competition were announced. Phoebe (Franaille Oceans Sh.CM) was declared the overall cocker of the Year and Lois (Marquell Mystique) was announced puppy of the Year.
In June, Phoebe damaged the tip of her tail (probably through constant wagging!) so she took time out of the ring to heal and recover (A very slow and sometimes distressing process for both myself and her).
During this time, the veterans (Grace and Whisky) seemed to take over. Grace had become an official veteran in January and had already had several wins to her credit including several Best Veteran in Shows at general all breed open shows and Best veteran in show at both Devon and Cornwall Cocker and South Wales and Mon Cocker Clubs. Whisky was Best Veteran in show at Devon and Cornwall Cockers November open show.
In September, myself and Kimberley took over the cocker spaniel rescue for the South West. We have succesfully rehomed several cockers and have loving homes waiting for others. It has been a challenging process, we haven't always "got it right" but have certainly learnt many things along the way. If you are interested in rescuing a cocker spaniel in the south west or wish to rehome your cocker spaniel, then please visit my new "Rescue" page for details.
Phoebe was back in the ring during October and clocked up several BOB's and two group 1 placings. She also won the Wiveliscombe qualifying match representing Newton Abbott and South Devon Canine Society at the Wivi match held in Feb 2012.
At the end of November, Exeter and County Canine held their annual Top Dog of Devon Competition where all entrants have either won BIS, RBIS, BPIS, RBPIS, BVIS or RBVIS at an open show anywhere in the country, providing the owner resides in Devon.
Grace and Whisky had both qualified for the veteran event. Grace won through the first round but was beaten in the second by the eventual veteran winner and Whisky sadly was beaten in the first round, but still and achievement in itself to actually be there!
The shows seemed to wrap up for us towards Christmas but the few shows attended during the festive period were succesful with some good results from the team.
2011 has also had many other successes. I was accepted onto the Breed Council and Cocker Spaniel Clubs A3 list of judges which allows me to judge at Championship shows. Kimberley was granted her own affix (Amberene) and is on the C list of judges.
Sadly, on January 1st 2012, Ellie (Jozelah Centrefold among Franaille) had to be put to sleep following a deterioration in her health. She was 11 years old and will be thoroughly missed. She has joined Amber, Josh, Sonny and Flint at Rainbow Bridge.
We are all looking forward to campaigning all of the dogs again in 2012 and wish all of our doggy friends and supporters much success throuhout the forthcoming year.