GRAFTONBURY
English Springer Spaniels & Basset Hounds

English Springer Spaniels 1975 - present time.

Basset Hounds 2010 - present time.

 

I purchased my first dog in 1972, an Irish (Red) Setter Bardonhill Achilles at Graftonbury as a pet but after seeing him at 6 months old his breeders persuaded me to show him and “the show bug had bitten”. I had great success with him at open shows, he being BOB many times, but he never had the same success at championship shows but never the less he was the very first Graftonbury.

 

Late in 1975 I had the opportunity to purchase a young ESS bitch as this breed had caught my eye, in fact it was love at first sight after viewing all the beautiful bitches being shown in the ring at that time (mostly by the Great Sh Ch Hawkhill Connaught) The bitch in question was Hawkhill High Society of Lawnwood aka Becky, later to become Sh Ch Hawkhill High Society of Lawnwood, 14 months old and never been to a show. The following year she was mated to Sh Ch Clevehill Yankee Clipper (not my choice or type but a very sound and worthy champion). This was the very first Graftonbury litter, 8 in total, black/whites and liver/whites. My choice of pick of the litter was a liver/white bitch I named Smudge or her official name was Sh Ch Graftonbury Exquisite at Lawnwood and was owned by Marjorie Satterthwaite but was shown and lived with me for many years.

 

In 1976 I mated Becky again this time to Sh Ch Monclaire Mr Chips a son of the great Hawkhill Connaught. One puppy caught my eye, the one who has continued to be my blueprint for the breed along with his Grandfather Connaught. This was my Sh Ch Graftonbury Genghis Khan winner of 25 CCs (4 at Crufts) plus 17 RCCs, 15 BOB. 3 Group 1st at general champ shows including Crufts 1985 and in 1984 a RBIS at the Welsh KC champ show. Following Khan I had his daughter Lady Sara of Graftonbury who won 1 CC and 3 RCCs when mated to Wardhill Whistling Boy she produced Sh Ch Graftonbury the Ninja winner of 4 CCs and 5 RCCs and his litter sister Graftonbury Princess Leia (owned by Linda Lawson NOW in English Setters) who won 4 RCCs.

 

In 1986 there were big changes in my life and it was not until 1999 some 13 years later that I returned to the show ring with an ESS starting with Sh Ch Amichien Monte Christo at Graftonbury aka Jake, winner of 4CCs, 3 BOBs, 1 Group 1 and 2 Group 3.

 

Following Jake I have owned/bred/shown many CC winners including Swedish Sh Ch Graftonbury Total Recall, Sh Ch Calmolly Peter Piper & Calmolly Jamima Puddleduck at Graftonbury and Graftonbury Fifthavenue (sire of Sh Ch Mompesson Rich Pickings & Graftonbury Phoenix).

 

Again in 2008, big lifestyle changes where it was impossible for me to breed or show but the Graftonbury name continued with many top winners in both Europe and the UK being sired by Graftonbury dogs. In 2010 even more changes and relocating. I am now living near Geneva, Switzerland, where I look after the New Bellecombe Basset Hounds. 2011/2 has seen the next stage of my evolution and back into the show world as co-owner of a beautiful young bitch SEU(U)CH, NO UCH Charlescroft  Soho with Kennel Charlescroft in Sweden and in Switzerland co-ownership with Rose Adcroft of her beautiful  litter sister Charlescroft Strike it Rich and not forgetting my very own basset,  Barrenger Polly Toodle at Graftonbury .

It looks like 2014 will be another BIG change as I will possibly be returning to the UK. So watch this space!!

 

I have awarded CCs to ESS in the UK since 1985 and have also judged them in Denmark, Sweden and Finland. I also judge most gundog breeds in the UK and Europe at Open Show level.

 

I can be contacted by phone on: 0044 7747196051 or 0041 797922441

Email: enquiries@graftonbury-ess.com

Full postal address on request.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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