Messukeskus Helsinki 2–4 Dec 2022

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Thirlwell John


My first breed was Irish Setters which I started showing as a teenager in the early 70’s.  My kennel was founded then and continues to date under the name FERNDEL. I then acquired a Welsh Springer Spaniel in 1976, which has become my main breed ever since, and have achieved Top Breeder on many occasions  over the year. I have bred or owned  46 UK Champion’s with many more around the world. Mainly Welsh Springer’s however over the years I have also had Champion’s in Cocker Spaniels, Irish & English Setters and Pointer’s.  I bred and owned Sh.Ch. Ferndel Cecilia the UK record holder for producing more Champions than any other bitch all breeds since records began, a t total of 11 UK Champions.

I have handled most Gundog breeds at shows to many top awards but mainly Cockers, Flat Coat Retrievers and Hungarian Vizsla’s. It was with a Vizsla I have had the most success, handling Sh.Ch./Aust. Ch. Hungargunn Bear It’N Mind, to Top Dog all breeds in the UK, 2 years running and to Best In Show at Crufts 2010.

As a judge I first awarded Kennel Club Challenge Certificates in 1984 and now award Challenge Certificates to all  breeds within the Gundog Group and judge the Group , Dachshunds, Beagles, PBGV & Grands  in the Hound group  and Border Collies  at Championship level also Best in Show. I judged the Gundog Group at Crufts 2012

I have judged most breeds at Open Show level and first started   judging in 1978. I have judged in many Countries around the World at all levels.


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