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Gunner Dixon


At Crufts Gunner won the Field Trial class
for the fourth consecutive year,
Whilst Nina won a very strong limit class.
Nina is pictured below (left) with her sire
Int Ch Kalle v d Stommeerpolder
who won the Special Working Gundog class


The sun shone at WELKS where Dixon was awarded the DCC & Best of Breed
Our day was complemented with Nina winning the Limit class & taking RBCC
under HPR specialist Maureen Nixon

At Birmingham National Nina again won the
Limit class and went on to be awarded the BCC
Many thanks to our judge - all rounder Val Foss

At SKC Nina won her fifth consecutive Limit class whilst Dixon won Open dog & took the DCC
Thanks to our judge Freda Marshall

At the LMC Championship Show on 5th June
Dixon & Nina were both awarded the RCC's.
Many thanks to our judge Moray Armstrong
photo by Hennie Ijpelaar

Our Tulip (G. Angelique) blooms in Hoenderloo

We combined a family holiday with our first experience of showing on the continent.
The Dutch Large Munsterlander Club Championship Show held on 25th June at Hoenderloo
drew an entry of 64 dogs with exhibitors from Holland, Belgium, Germany.

Dixon was entered in the Champions class and though he came 2nd
was graded Excellent & was closely considered for the Reserve Best Dog.

However, Nina was entered in the open class which was made up of 19 nineteen bitches
of which 5, including Nina were graded Excellent. After being placed first
the judge Dhr D. Rutten from Holland then awarded her the CAC, creating a record
for the first ever British bred LM to be awarded this accolade.
In the challenge for Best of Breed she beat her sire Int Ch Kalle v d Stommeerpolder
to take Best In Show at the tender age of 21 months.

Nina winning the CAC
Res CAC: NL Ch Holly Jazz van't Proostmeer (Nina's grand mother)

Dhr D Rutten having a final look
for his choice of Best of Breed

BIS: Ghyllbeck Angelique

RBIS: Int Ch Kalle v d Stommeerpolder

Nina showing off her awards Kalle & Dixon in the Champions class Barbara presenting an award we donated to the BPIS winner
Lizzy v d Stommeerpolder

The crowning glory of our week was the following Saturday at Windsor
where our judge Dr Ron James awarded Nina the BCC, her third,
giving her her title, which was complimented with Best of Breed

Sh Ch Ghyllbeck Angelique
with our judge Dr Ron James

A truly remarkable week we shall never forget...


At Leeds we did the double
A huge Thank You to our judge, gundog specialist John Thirwell

Dixon Nina
Setting up in the challenge for Best of Breed And the winner is....The Bitch

To complete our momentous day Nina was shortlisted to the last 8 in a full compliment of 32 gundogs
The Group was judged by Mrs Moa Persson from Sweden

At the beginning of August at National Gundog
Gill Averis Simpson was giving LM's their first set of CC's where Nina picked up the RBCC

Then two weeks later at WKC our judge was breed specialist Julie Darby.
Nina won her last limit class - making her unbeaten in 10 classes -
n the line up she went on to take the BCC

To conclude August at SKC under gundog specialist Chris Atkinson
Dixon took the DCC & Nina from her first open class won the BCC

But this time round Dixon was awarded Best of Breed

Gundog specialist Patsy Hollings was our judge at B'ham City.
Nina won open bitch & RBCC & Dixon took top honours by winning open dog, DCC & Best of Breed

At Richmond Frank Whyte
was giving his first set of CC's in LM's.

He awarded Dixon RDCC
& Nina BCC & Best of Breed

Nina pictured in the group with judge Mrs Meriel Hathaway

At Darlington, our penultimate show of the season, Nina won the
Open Bitch class & RBCC under Sharon Pinkerton


We triumphed at glorious Driffield by doing the double for the third time this season
with Dixon taking Best of Breed under gundog specialist Colin McKay

but an even more remarkable statistic completed today was the fact that
Nina has been unbeaten in every class she has been entered in this year

15 shows entered
15 first places

7 CC's, 3 BoB's, 5 RCC's,
CAC & BIS at Dutch LM Ch Sh
making her
** Dog World Top Dog 2011 **
narrowly beating Dixon by one point

And to complete the year

** Our Dogs Top Breeder 2011 **

9 CC's, 6 BoB's, 7 RCC's 8 CC's, 4 BoB's, 7 RCC's
Dixon with Jock McKay Nina