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Obituaries

Mrs Ann Wynyard

The Tibetan breeds generally have lost a great breeder of Tibetan Spaniels in Ann Wynyard of Braeduke Kennels. Ann died at the weekend very peacefully with her beloved dogs close to her. She had not been too well of late and did not get to shows as she once did.

Initially she bred and showed Labradors and made up Ch Braeduke Joyful in 1951. In 1962 she found Tibetan Spaniels and over the years 96 Braeduke champions were made up world wide.

Her stock was exported widely and her affix became very well known. I have seen them in Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and Finland and they also became established in the USA and Canada.

Ann judged here and overseas for many years and gave CCs in fourteen breeds. She wrote three beautiful books on Tibetan Spaniels and undertook a great deal of research on breed history and development. She exhibited her dogs with great success over the years and was a very familiar sight walking into show grounds leading six or seven beautifully presented Tibbies. It was a great pleasure to visit Braeduke and be surrounded by the dogs; for many years at Sedgebrook Hall, presided over by her husband, Major Wynyard, known universally as ‘Winny’ and supported by her companion Helen Forbes.

Ann was a member of The Kennel Club, President of the South Eastern and East Anglian Tibetan Spaniel Society, a Vice President of the Tibetan Spaniel Association and Vice Chairman of the Ladies Kennel Association. Her life was fully bound up with her dogs and she certainly enhanced the dog world. The breed will greatly miss one who did so much to establish and popularise it.

Our thoughts must be extended to her daughters and their families at this sad time for them. I am sure all in the Tibetan Spaniel world are thinking of them.

The funeral will be at Wootton Crematorium, Northampton (just off Junction 15 of the M1), on Tuesday, 5th December, at 4.15 pm. By request there are no flowers but donations in aid of Dogs Trust or the International League for the Protection of Horses can be sent to B Holliwell & Son, 148 Beech Avenue, Abington, Northants.

Beryl Grounds

 

What a shock it was to hear of Ann Wynyard's death having only spent the day with her two weeks previously.

The occasion was the championship show of the Shar Pei club and as she was President and the venue was not far from her home in Bedfordshire she came along to open the show and stayed all day enjoying a very good lunch and chatting about dogs, people and another of our joint loves, fashion. She was always so well dressed even when showing in a muddy windy field.

I had known Ann for many years and she was always the same whenever you met her, even if it had been a while since our last conversation. She was a real lady in the correct meaning of the word, which is what you would expect from someone who was educated privately and went to finishing school in Switzerland. She was the secretary to one of the directors of Elizabeth Arden, so makeup was always another topic of conversation. All of her three daughters were debutantes.

Ann bred her first litter of Labradors in 1951 and over the years produced many champions including the famous Ch Braeduke Joyful, who I believe was used by the Queen on the Sandringham bitches.

Ann bred and showed other breeds but as the showing of Labs became harder work she moved to smaller breeds like King Charles Spaniels but her real love was the Tibetan Spaniels. She helped the breed by bringing in new blood from India when the breed really needed it. She went onto produce many many champions and the Braedukes were known for their distinctive type.
She was always very helpful to novices with her time, knowledge and practically.

She first judged at Crufts in 1974 and judged a number of breeds over the groups as well as the Utility group and Best in show.

Ann was quite exasperated that her legs did not allow her to show any more, but she still had six dogs and her beloved GSD and was in the process of writing another book so was still very involved in dogs albeit from the ringside.

I will always remember her advice after I judged my first Tibetan Spaniel Club show and will miss our little chats.

Her husband pre deceased her a number of years ago but sympathies go to her daughters and grandchildren.

Liz Stannard

 

The Shar-PeI Club of Great Britain was left reeling on hearing of the sudden death of its President, Mrs Ann Wynyard.

Although not in the best of health for a few years, Ann always kept up her interest in our breed and attended as many of our functions as possible; the last being our Championship show on the 12th November, where she opened the show and enjoyed meeting our ‘charming’ breed and chatting to members.

Ann was the first President of the fledgling Chinese Shar-Pei Club of Great Britain in 1983, and maintained her interest throughout the intervening years. She took a short ‘holiday’ from the post in the late 1980s, but returned first as Vice President in 1990, then as President, which position she held until her death.

Ann was held in both great esteem and affection by the members of this Club, and we will always remember her for her kindness, generosity and support. She will be sorely missed.

Heather Sweeting,
Hon Secretary


Peter Robinson

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Peter this week, due to natural causes.
He was loved but could not be helped by all those around him and finally gave up life in his favourite armchair. His beloved Samoyeds are being cared for by the breeder and his close friend Jackie Atkins, although ‘Bruiser’ has had to join Peter.

Peter will be remembered as a wonderful person who would help anyone, from the Junior Handlers at KCJO Camp and U.K. Dog Handlers Association to the help always forthcoming to friends in erecting their awnings and tents for numerous years at WKC.

His dogs were usually in the line up at Championship shows but he has not been able to make so many shows in recent years having had to give up driving. Despite that, he often travelled on the train and was last seen at the Samoyed Ring at Crufts & SKC.

The funeral service will take place at St Peter’s Church, Redcar and it is his mother, Minnie’s, wish that he should then join his father at Commondale Cemetery as the final resting place.

I extend all our love from his friends and the world of dogs to his mother, now aged 90 years, who has been unstinting in her faith in her son and has always taken such loving care of him.

Mrs J Hurley


Betty Duffus
- Gwashleas

It was so sad to hear about the death of Betty aged 86; she was an amazing person.
Her and her husband were amongst the first to implement the ring system of sheep farming in this country and had a very busy working farm. After her husband’s death her nephew came to live with her and they carried on the farm, which is listed in the Domesday book. Betty bred some beautiful horses too and it was lovely to go and see her new foals.

Betty started with a bitch from Liz's breeding (Sabrefield), but followed the Mas de Lavandes lines. She also imported a bitch from America, going back on Colombophile lines. Betty bred some lovely dogs, Gwashleas Dale, to name but one, was a lovely dog who was placed second in the Group at Crufts in 1992 under judge Ann Arch. I had the pleasure of knowing him when he was quite an old dog, and was lucky enough to have one of his last daughters, Gwashleas Rigmarole at Bonvivant, mother of my "I" and "K" litters, who have excelled in both show and agility.

Gwashleas dogs were influential in the Peejay, Janice Tyers, Hoplinhall, Bonvivant and Foxbriar kennels.

Betty’s bitches all lived together whelping by the side of the old Aga, were superbly maternal, and all the bitches nursed the puppies. They also all caught the bees that nested in the back wall by the kitchen in the summer - but rarely got stung.

Betty and I spent a lot of time together a few years ago and she was a fascinating person to speak to. We travelled together to quite a few shows and had some hilarious, hair raising times.

We went to a working trials day where Betty spent most of her time falling off her shooting stick and, typically independent, wouldn't accept any help to get her back on her feet. Her driving had to be seen to be believed and I would know when she had arrived by the screech of brakes and hooting on the very busy A17. No indicators and a three point turn and most indignant about the attitude of today’s drivers!

Betty spoke french fluently; was very opinionated, quite caustic on occasion, but always had time to regale one with hilarious anecdotes of the war years when she ran the farm with an iron glove. Betty was empassioned by Malinois, the only variety for her, and was always striving to breed dogs which would be able to work as well as show.

Her funeral was a celebration of her wonderfully diverse and colourful life, from India, to Switzerland, to England. There were close family, friends from the farming community and myself present along with Muriel and her son and daughter-in-law from the Belgian fraternity were present.

Betty was loved by many and I am proud that she was my friend and mentor; she will be sorely missed.

Our thoughts go out to Mark in his loss. As he said, ‘the end of an era.’

Jan Ralph