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Ambrose is first American Cocker
in UK to win CC in cut down trim

BREED HISTORY was made in American Cockers last weekend when, at the Home Counties American Cocker Club Championship Show Sh Ch Afterglow Ambrose was awarded the CC.
Ordinarily this would not be unusual, however Ambrose was sporting a cut down trim. This is the first time an American Cocker has won a CC in this country, having had its coat clipped off completely.

Judge at the show was Mr W T Stacy from the USA, who was formerly Senior Vice-President of the American Kennel Club, a position from which he retired in 1995. He went on to become a Breeder Services Manager for Pedigree and last year he retired from Pedigree to concentrate on his judging career. Mr Stacy, a top judge in America, is recognised by the AKC to judge all of the sporting breeds and a number of the hound breeds. He is also a renowned handler of the breed, purchasing his first American Cocker in 1952. Amongst other champions he handled two extremely successful and influential American Cockers, Am Ch Hob Nob Hills Tribute and also the famous Am Ch Shardeloes Selina.

Photo by Barry Harrison
BPIS at Home Counties American Cocker C Ch Show was Afterglow Angelica,
owned by Jane Hughes and Billy Cannell, pictured left with judge Terry Stacy
and RBPIS Mrs Donna Brandon’s Liskarn Rumor Has It.

Mike Gadsby who bred, owns and handled Ambrose was absolutely delighted to win the CC, particularly as the decision to enter him at the show came only a few weeks prior to entries closing. During a walk, Mike began running Ambrose on a show lead, thinking he looked on fine form and decided to enter him at the club show.

Interestingly at the show, Ambrose’s half sister won the bitch CC and best in show with (making this the 29th champion Mike Gadsby has bred) and to round off a wonderful day, Ambrose’s daughter won best puppy in show.

Photo by Barry Harrison
l BIS at Home Counties American Cocker C Ch Show was Afterglow Prunella handled by co-owner Susan Crummey, (also owned by Joyce Grant and Gwen Oake. She is pictured above with judge Terry Stacy and DCC winner Sh Ch Afterglow Ambrose, (the first American Cocker to win a CC in a cut down trim) with owner Mike Gadsby.