Our Annually Awarded Trophy Winners announced in our virtual presentation
A BRIEF HISTORY
"Our Dogs" Editorial and Advert
OPEN SHOW - 09/02/20
Happy New Year to all our members,
I hope that you have all had a happy Christmas and managed to struggle through it despite the ever changing isolation rules.
As I said in the last note, I think we are experiencing the most challenging times for many years, and for many of us ‘normal’ will never be the same again.
The news of a vaccine programme brings a glimmer of hope for our Club's activities, let’s hope there is a big improvement this Spring. We all look forward to our days out, and meeting old friends, and I believe that the dogs also enjoy the change of scene.
2020 was to have been our big 40th Anniversary year, with an extra special Championship Show, a Summer picnic, and several other events planned. But like so many other clubs we had to cancel our shows and activities one by one, so I am particularly pleased that we have secured a new venue, Forest Oak Park, at Lydney, which is a purpose built venue, for dog training and show events, with lots of outdoor space, camping and caravan provision - click on the name above to check out their website, it looks like it's going to be an exciting new venture for us.
Saturday 31st July 2021, (subject to KC approval) will be the long awaited, rescheduled 40th Anniversary Championship Show with the same judges booked for the original show. Dogs: Tim Harrison (Glenbrows); Bitches: Jan Janes (Coedybrain).
Sunday 26th September 2021, we will hold a second Championship Show, the 2021 Championship Show. Dogs Jan Rees (Typica), Bitches David Howarth (Arkview).
Schedules and further details will be released closer to the dates.
Please note: Our Open Shows, normally held in February, and in September, at the Drill Hall in Chepstow, will not now take place, as the venue is unsuitable under current legislation.
Some more good news, you may have seen in the magazine OUR DOGS that the Club, with sponsors Purina, made a large dog food donation to a local rescue organisation.
Sue Evans, Secretary
The Welsh Springer Spaniel is a strong, merry active spaniel easily identified by its rich red and white coat. This type of dog was bred for hunting rabbits, birds and other game in the undergrowth and getting them to run or fly, originally for the falcon but nowadays for the gun.
FaceBook Collage - (click on the photo to enlarge it) on our FaceBook page we asked people to post photos of their Welshies all dressed up for Christmas - loads of people responded and we've gathered them all together on our Galleries website. please go check them out.
This was the original meaning of 'springing' and hence the term 'springer'. In the principality of Wales, the Welsh Springer Spaniel was known as a separate and distinct variety and can be traced with certainty to the eighteenth century, although the term 'spaniel' was first found in the 1300s. It is the only breed of gundog native to Wales.
The Welsh Springer Spaniel Club of South Wales was founded in 1980. It's the only club in Wales which is specifically dedicated to furthering the interests of the Welsh Springer Spaniel.
Whether you show, work or just keep your dog as a pet, the Club has something for everyone.
With two Open Shows and a Championship Show annually together with working assessment tests, regular gundog training days, show ring-craft training, agility, obedience, Show Gundog Working Certificate, fun days, and grooming demonstrations etc., we keep ourselves extremely busy.
The Club is particularly active in the South Wales area but membership is open to all Welsh Springer enthusiasts wherever you live and advice on any aspect of Welsh Springer Spaniel owning or breeding is readily and freely available to all members.
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