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Double triumph for Afterglow

MIKE GADSBY of the afterglow kennels was this week celebrating ‘doing the double’ at the prestigious Pedigree Stakes finals, by breeding two of the day’s winners.

the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, Ch/Am Ch Afterglow Woody Woodpecker, owned by Gavin and Sara Robertson, took the award for the Veteran Stakes overall for 2007, judged by Andrew Brace. On the same day in the Champion Stakes, judged by Jean Lanning, saw Mike and his Standard Poodle Donny compete and also, became the Champion Stakes winner for 2007.

Mike has been involved in showing, breeding and handling dogs for more than 20 years. More recent years have proved successful for Mike, as he has thrived in several breeds, dominating the UK scene. Mike is famously know for his American Cocker Spaniels, and Standard Poodles, but throughout the years, Mike has had interests in others. Of the twenty odd years that Mike has been involved in dogs, he achieved many top honours. He is the owner of the UK bitch record holder in Afghan Hounds, Ch Tejas Conquistador, ‘Riot’, an all breeds Best in Show winner and also winner of the Hound Group at Crufts in 1996. In 1997, he triumphed with Top Dog all breeds UK with his well known parti-coloured American Cocker Spaniel, Sh Ch Boduf Pistols at Dawn with Afterglow ‘Dexter’. Dexter and Mike together, also won the Gundog group at Crufts in 1997 and went on to win Reserve Best in Show.


In 2007, Mike and his partner, Jason Lynn, began to campaign the beautiful white Poodle, Am and UK Ch Afterglow the Big Tease, bred by Mike, owned by Jason. In April 2007, Donny takes his first CC with Best of Breed, followed by the Utility group and finished up Best in Show at Welks Championship show. Records are meant to be broken, but here is one that is rare, Donny achieved three CCs – making him a UK Champion, and with each CC, he ended up Best In Show!

For Afterglow, the records don’t stop here! When it comes to success, Mike can certainly hold his hands up and say – I have achieved that! Did you know that Mike has twice won the Purina Pro Plan/Dog World Pup of the Year Stakes with his Tibetan Terrier, Ch Araki Pick Up a Penguin at Afterglow and the American Cocker Spaniel, Sh Ch Boduf Pistols at Dawn with Afterglow. His American Cocker Sh Ch Afterglow Ambrose, who later became a Top Winner and successful sire of Champions, also won the Petplan Junior Stakes.

Records, are there to be broken, but facts remain the same. His kennel has gained over 500 CCs, many overseas Champions, plus 50+ UK Champions to date.