Along with my wife Ann, our very
first dog was an Irish Setter back in 1978 but after seeing an English Setter
at a local dog show in 1979 we purchased a bitch from the famous Suntop
kennels and began exhibiting, also registered our affix Gairside in the
At LKA in1982 we first noticed a
class of PBGVs and were smitten by the little hounds, but it was 1999 before our
first PBGV, Kandecx The Phantom Menace (Henry) arrived. We soon leant the
meaning in the standard of voice freely used, very embarrassing, as
he would bark all the way around the show ring. Kandecx Old Huckleberry
(Webster) a grand, soon followed, he was the second GBGV to gain a SHCM
and went on to become an Irish Champion.
We have bred English Champions and
campaigned GBGV’s to their Irish, Belgium, International and World Champion titles.
Also owned and bred the first GBGV to gain a Junior Warrant and a ShCEx. We
exhibit at the French Elevage for our breed when location permits.
As a member of the BGV Club from 1999
I have helped with Discover Dogs at Crufts and Earls Court,
attended many Breed Seminars with our dogs as assessment exhibits and
attended every AGM (bar one) since becoming a member. I was elected to the
committee at the AGM in 2007 and became Treasurer and Show Secretary at the
following committee meeting, serving in these roles until the AGM in
2010. I re-joined the committee for a second term in 2015/16 and once again was
entrusted with the roles of Treasurer and Show Secretary. I have also been the
Editor of The Voice and compiler/Editor of the Book of British Champions.