CHRIS ROSE (Leospring)

Having grown up with terriers and foot followed the hunt as a child, I have always been interested in the countryside.  I am still a keen cricketer but in 1985 had to give up football and wanted another hobby to pursue in the winter.  I had been impressed by a short working demonstration by the Leospring Labradors so I bought a black grandson of Ch Squire of Ballyduff by Pluto of Abbotsleigh- Leospring Mars Marine (Cruiser) who although only shown lightly was an excellent working dog.  He started my love for the breed and introduced me to Joy who I later married.  Under her guidance I won many working awards with him including a 2 day open field trial.  It is important to us that our Labradors are well constructed, fit the breed standard and  work.  My wife does most of the handling in the ring but we make joint decisions on our breeding programme and the dogs we keep.  Sadly, one of my favourite dogs, Cruiser’s  lovely fox red son Leospring Marmaduke, who won well in the Championship show ring as well as winning a novice field trial, died prematurely, at four years old, due to an obstruction.  Being keen to get another dog quickly I was lucky to obtain another “Cruiser” son who won a novice stake and had several open stake field trial awards as well as show awards – Augustus Tuplady of Leospring.  His son, Ch Carpenny Anchorman, is the only recent UK Labrador Champion to also have won field trial and working test awards.  His litter brother Carpenny Anchorman, having been somewhat outshone in the ring, Carpenny Arnie gained seven field trial awards and was my regular shooting companion.  Recently I have campaigned Leospring Atomic Lad who has field trial, working test and championship show awards and Field Trial Winner Leospring Diva.  We also purchased our first Chocolate Labrador in 2010 who has working test awards and the KC Working Gundog Certificate on game as well as being life-long qualified for Crufts.   We are also competing with Leospring Gold Gili who has several BISs to his credit as well as working test awards.  I am a KC B panel field trial judge and have also judged working events in seven other countries.  I started judging Labradors in the show ring in 1993 and have also judged other gundog breeds at open show level as well as the BASC classes at Crufts and The Labrador Retriever Club open show in 2015.  I have also judged Labradors in Europe.  We regularly pick up with and shoot over our dogs during the season.