The Belvoir Castle Estate, Leicestershire by gracious permission of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland, was
the new venue for the 79th English Springer Spaniel Championship. 58 dogs and their handlers, an all time record, competed for the top honours in the spaniel world.
Malcolm Partridge, Head-keeper took competitors into woodland, with heavy bramble, on all three days which meant that competitors had to face thick cover throughout.
Judges John McKay, Jeff Rayner, Adrian Slater and Mark Whitehouse gave all the opportunity to shine but only the bold survived. Little surprise that very experienced handlers took all of the top awards.
Winner: Mr P Downes' FTCh Rosebay Bella handled by Mr A Ladyman
2nd: Mr J Potter's FTCh Rosebay Blossom handled by Mr I Openshaw
3rd: Mr A Patterson's Buccleuch Dawn by Freecrow
4th: Mr E Scott's FTCh Broomfield Rosie
Running time 183 mins.
Filmed and produced by Paul French Video with commentary by Maurice Stanbury.