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The Dorset Working Spaniel Club

History of the Club


The club was founded in 1977. Our first Chairman was Mike Rufus who still sits on the committee today. Walter Harrison was elected Chairman in 1998, at an AGM held on 23rd April and chaired by Peter Amor.

Our first Newsletter came out in 1984 summarising the year's activities. Sadly I could not find a copy in the box, but I did find a copy of the 1986 Newsletter [No. 3].

In 1986 we ran a spring test at Hurn Estate by kind permission of the Viscount Fitzharris. It rained for most of the day. The event was won by Mr A Jones running a dog called Sunstar Coral; the dog also won the Martin Deeley Rosebowl for the best placed dog in its first season [now given to best puppy at the spring test].

In the same year the Autumn test was held at Trigon and the Newsletter makes a comment on how nice it was to see 3 working cockers in the open class! In fact Mr H Millington won the class with a cocker called Nancarrow Gypsy.

The club also purchased a VHS copy of Desmond Douglas Training Video which they felt was so good that they offered it to club members to use, but only for 3 nights and you had to pay the postage. The club also sold ties in a "non flamboyant" colour for £2.75.

Mr J Rayner joined our club in 1987 and made his mark the following year winning our Novice trial at Somerley, with a dog called Glynvilla Griffin.

In 1999 Ben Randall was running a dog called Birdrowe Cathy and although he did not win a stake he did feature in the awards for every stake we ran that year. (Ben has made up for it since with two Championships-Congratulations and well done Ben).

In 1999 we ran our first Novice Cocker stake. The judges were Walter and Dai Ormond. The stake was won by Guy Croft with Maesydderwen Yip.

In 2001 Newsletter Chris Taylor's Championship win was the centrefold, as he qualified at our Open, held at Shaftesbury Estate, with Steadroc Sker.

In 2002 we ran our first Open Cocker stake and it was won by Mr P W Clulee with FT Ch Larford Evan.