(Photo by Jeffrey Hanlin)
Founded in 1881, the American Spaniel Club is older than even the AKC. While the all breed action was in Palm Springs this past weekend, the ASC was holding a family reunion in Knoxville TN.
Valerie Brown, Billie Hayes, Doug Johnson, & Dr Bob Smith, went through over 500 Spaniels before sending the Boykin, GCH CH Sunseeker Pirate's Code, the GCH CH Rezod's Bad to the Bone, the Black Cocker, GCH CH Casablanca's Thrilling Seduction, the ASCOB Cocker, GCH CH Nickleby's Hero on the Hudson, the Parti-Color Cocker, GCH CH Afterglow Tristar, the English Cocker, CH Nonnies Dressed For Success, the English Springer, GCH CH Ocoee Dsqd With A Vengeance, the Field Spaniel, CH Nautica's Wind River Gold RN, the Sussex, CH Clussexx Pink Polka Dots WDX, JH, and the Welsh Springer CH Benton Ivy League, on to Marilyn Spacht to chose a Best Spaniel In Show.
Her choice was 2011’s Number One Dog All Breeds, the Black Cocker Spaniel, Beckham. It was the third consecutive ASC BIS for Beckham. Beckham finished last year with 68 all breed Bests and 148 Sporting group top prizes, shattering all records for a Black Cocker. Our congratulations to breeder/owner Linda Moore, owners Bruce Vandeman, Carolee Douglas, Mary Walker, & Cindy Cassidy, and handlers Linda & Michael Pitt.