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This news article, reprinted with the permission from the English Cocker Spaniel Club of America, first appeared in the ECSCA Review's Autumn of 1977 column on Regional Club News .  Our original name was the Yankee English Cocker Spaniel Club. 


Yankee ECSC

A threatening gray day saw a respectable entry and group of fanciers turn out for the first fun match of the newly organized English Cocker Spaniel club in the eastern New York-New England area.  Babs DeGaris kindly offered us her beautiful facilities near her house in Millsbrook, NY - there being a mown field for two rings (breed and obedience) and a charming barn where food and drink was served, and where we all gathered when the rains finally came with a vengeance just at the end of the match.

Mrs. George Dance from England affiliated over the entry of 32 in breed, while Diane Peterson did the honors for the small obedience entry.  We had planned to have handling classes, but the rains ended that - though Mrs. Dance did judge three juniors, her winner being Miss. Natasha Couture.

Mrs. Dance's Critique
This newly formed club held its first match meeting on October 1 with an astounding entry, so much so that have it been a point show it possessed the number required to constitute a 5 point major.   This, coupled with the boundless enthusiasm displayed by everybody indicates that this is a club with a very, very promising future.  The show was hosted by Mrs. M. E. DeGaris, who provided a scrumptious hot lunch, and held on her beautiful "Abracadabra" Estate with spacious lawn rings near the lake and adjoining her very roomy log clubhouse which allowed plenty of room to continue the show when rain interfered with the final two classes.  A huge log fire provided a warm and cheerful ending to the proceedings.  A really first-class venue.

The well filled puppy classes were the outstanding feature and type, quality and presentation was quite above average, and throughout the classes this was maintained among the adults.  With few exceptions movement was good, body properties  likewise, and it was good to see so  many exhibitors with nice dark tight eyes and true cocker expressions.  On the debit side I found too many course in head, thus lacking in quality and fineness.  A few bites were also suspect.  However,  I thoroughly enjoyed judging such a grand entry.  My grateful thanks to all those who helped to make my task so pleasant.  I wish the club the success its first meeting engaged.

Gladys M. Dance


The main winners were:

BEST PUPPY IN MATCH: ABERSCHAN'S CURRENCY, a blue roan bitch from the 3-6 class (Ch. Windswepts Beauregard x Ch. Aberschan's Tuppence of York), Br: J. Covey and R Schwarts.  O: Channing Blake

BOS TO BETS PUPPY: GORDON HILL SEQUEL TO SAUCY, black and tan dog from the 3-6 class (Ch. Abracadabra Lasso x Gordon Hill Ebony Bluff) Br: R. Latham.  O: Susan Sawyer.

BEST ADULT IN MATCH: AMAWALK'S APRIL JOY, black and white ticked bitch from the Novice class (Ch. Dunelm Galaxy x Vecturian Bitter Orange).

BOS TO BEST ADULT:  ANCRAM'S McGINTY, blue roan dog from Novice (Ch. Ancram's Rufus x Ancram's Tracy  B/O Joyce Scott-Paine.

HIGHEST SCORING DOG IN OBEDIENCE:  CICONIA ORANGE JULIUS, orange roan dog, O: Louise Shattuck and Graeme Poucher.

A short meeting of members and other interested parties was held after the judging and at this time it was decided to change the club name to Northeast English Cocker Spaniel Club, as being more representative of the membership.  Plans were discussed for another meeting  in November or December to elect permanent officers.  



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