Being interested in all animals I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 1975 and eventually pursued a career teaching veterinary nursing and animal care. I also hold an Education Degree and an Masters of Science Degree in Animal Behaviour. We are members of the UK Kennel Club’s Assured Breeders Scheme and make full use of the KC/BVA Hip, Elbow eye and relevant DNA schemes. I award challenge certificates in the UK and my husband and I are both KC field trial judges. I have judged shows and working events in ten European countries and in Japan. Also, at the East African Labrador Retriever Club’s 60th anniversary event in 2009. It is a great honour to have the opportunity to return again to judge your lovely Labradors. Thank you so much for the invitation.
Joy Venturi Rose (Leospring).
Our first labrador Treherne Yewberry, bred by Joan Harvey, was bought for work in 1975. He proved to be an excellent dog and even though we made many mistakes with his training he eventually became a very successful competition dog, his best award being 3rd in a two day open field trial. By this time I had become interested in the Dual Purpose Labrador, a major influence being Mary Roslyn Williams, and was showing a bitch called Everace Classic Lady. Yewberry’s full sister by a repeat mating (FT CH Spudtamsons Berry of Mirstan X Treherne Fantasy) was mated to Ch Squire of Ballyduff and a daughter Buttsash Pollyflinders of Leospring became our main foundation bitch. In 1999, having nearly lost the Yewberry/Classic Lady line, Oakingham Monarch of Leospring (who goes back to both these dogs and Pollyflinders) arrived. He won both an open level Field Trial, 2 day open stake awards and firsts in the Championship show ring. His Great Grandson Leospring Gold Gili follows in his footsteps having recently won BIS at the Cotswold and Wyvern Labrador Club open show and a working test award.
Polly Flinders proved to be a good brood bitch. Mated to Manymills Drake she produced the Field Trial winners Treherne Game Fall at Leospring and Treherne Fairly Game at Leospring. To Pluto of Abbotsleigh she produced the two day open stake winner Leospring Mars Marine. All these dogs also won awards in the Championship show ring. A daughter of Game Fall mated to Ch Kupros Master Mariner produced Colhook Hutton of Leospring who had field trial awards and Breed Club open show Best of Breed (BOB) and Reserve BOB awards. His grand-daughter Colhook Jazz of Leospring was a field trial and championship show winner. Fairly Game produced the Field Trial winners Treherne Wideawake and Treherne Wizz Kidd and a Field trial Champion Grandson Deerbridge Alex. A son of Leospring Mars Marine, Augustus Tuplady of Leospring, was a Field Trial and Championship Show winner. Mated to Sh Ch Covetwood Elouise of Carpenny he produced Champion Carpenny Anchorman who achieved BOB at Crufts in 2003 and is the only recent UK Champion with field trial and working test awards. He has sired several CC winners and an International Dual Champion. His brother Carpenny Arnie of Leospring won open working tests and obtained seven field trial awards. Another Tuplady son, Southridge Ajax of Leospring won several firsts at Championship shows including Crufts and was Best in Show at an all gundog breed show whilst still a puppy and along with a grandson, Earl Harow of Leospring, has working and show awards. When mated to a Monarch daughter Ajax produced Leospring Atomic Lad and Atomic Power who both have Championship show and field trial awards. Earl Harow’s’s son Cebora Red Rum of Leospring (a fox red) has championship show firsts and reserve best dog at the Yellow Labrador Club Show the KC Working Gundog Certificate on game and a working test award. He has sired a UK Show Champion Wynfaul Rosy Glow. Anchorman’s son, Leospring’s Ascot, has won at Crufts and obtained field trial, working test awards. Ascot’s sister was mated to FT Ch Brindlebay Butler and her son Colhook Teak a working test winner has qualified for Crufts two years running. Leospring Gold Gili, a Red Rum Grandson, has won BIS or RBIS at several breed club shows and also has working test awards. In 2010, just for a challenge!, we obtained our first chocolate who is completely show bred. He has won his stud book number in the show ring several times and also has working test awards and the KC Working Gundog Certificate on game. We have bred a black bitch from him out of Gold Gili’s mother. Along with a Teak son out of Gold Gili’s grandmother and our Field Trial winner Leospring Diva these are our big hopes for the continuing future of our dual purpose kennel.