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Ch Rawdonred Kitebooke ET - with his bag

Christmas 1972.  Peter and I had travelled to Sydney via Melbourne to visit my Uncle and Aunt, meet with GSP breeders and attend some shows.  There they were.  Three Irish Water Spaniels with Major Everingham.  Finally, in the flesh, the breed that I had been searching for.  All that I had read about the breed had fascinated me – a Gundog with a great sense of humour, but decidedly Irish.  All efforts to obtain one of these had been thwarted as, even then, numbers were small.   

It wasn’t till September 1979 that I was to see another.  Viv Bretherton and I had returned to Melbourne Royal for Group Specials with Ch Dunfriu Nicola QC CD.  Benched behind Nicola was a family of IWS owned by the Yeadon family.  Brooke insisted that he wanted to be mine so thanks to the generosity of Gaynor and John, Rawdonred Kitebrook returned to Adelaide with Viv and me, finally fulfilling my dream.

When Brooke titled, I phoned Gaynor and discovered that she had a litter.  My beautiful Bracken soon joined our family, while her brother went to live with the Partridge family.

Brooke and Bracken were the start of a life long commitment to the Irish Water Spaniel breed.

Bracken had just the one litter to Robin and Robin Kinlough’s Ch Craythorne Mr Finigan producing three Champions: Shawn who claimed Bianca as his best friend, Moira, Peter’s girl and Erina.  This family were to be the foundation of our early IWS and the learning tool in so many aspects from presentation, training, hunting … a whole new ball game.

We will always be grateful to Gaynor and John – without them we may never had the opportunity of sharing our lives with this incredible breed.


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