The Clumber Spaniel Club was saddened to hear of the passing of one of our overseas members, Serge Bakker, following a long battle with cancer. The Clumber Spaniel Club would like to extend condolences and sympathy to all family and friends of Serge Bakker.
The Clumber Spaniel Club is sorry to hear that Maureen Taylor, a long term Club member and familiar figure in the show ring as both competitor and judge, has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. We wish her well as she undergoes treatment and hope that she soon feels well enough to be back out in the show ring.
The Clumber Spaniel Club was sorry to hear of the passing of Derek Murton, our Club President. Derek had been a member and supporter of the Club since the early 80’s and had been an important part of the Club committee over the years. He was a keen supporter of the showing scene and loved to talk about his time in the ring with his dog “Drift” (Sh CH Raycroft Snowdrift).
In accordance with Derek’s wishes there will be no funeral. The Clumber Spaniel Club would like to extend condolences and sympathy to Derek’s family.
2021 Lottery Prize Draw
The 2021 Lottery Draw was made at our Championship Show and below are our top three prizewinners:
1st £100 Tracy Skilton
2nd £75 Donnya Terry
3rd £50 June Smith
Congratulations to all prizewinners and many thanks to all the people who supported the draw.
**If you bought ticket number 1366 please contact Lesley Knowles, email@example.com to confirm your details so that we send your prize to you**
Clumber Spaniel Club 2022 Calendar – now available
Our search for Clumber “stars” was a great success and we are pleased to announce that our 2022 calendar is now available with 12 lovely photos that will please Clumber Spaniel fans and dog lovers alike.
Whether you are looking for a Christmas present for someone else or a treat for yourself these calendars make a stunning and useful addition to any wall.
Available to order from the Secretary for £6.00 plus £2.00 P&P.
Order by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and pay by Paypal or post your order to Mrs L Knowles, Forge House, Chequers Road, Romford, RM3 7NA and send a cheque payable to Clumber Spaniel Club
Show Reports and Judges Critiques
Reports and critiques for both the 2020 & 2021 Championship Shows can be seen at Show Results 2021 – Clumber Spaniel Club
PRA Screening Project
Here is information about a new health initiative being run by the Clumber Spaniel Club which is a screening project into the prevalence of PRA in UK Clumbers. Full details of the project can be seen here – Screening Project into PRA.
Application form here – PRA Test Application
THE KENNEL CLUB GENETICS CENTRE TO RE-OPEN AS PART OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
Following the announcement in July 2020 of the closure of the Animal Health Trust, The Kennel Club is delighted to confirm that The Kennel Club Canine Genetics Centre will officially re-open and be located at the University of Cambridge. Here, the centre’s vital research into dog genetics and inherited canine conditions can continue.
The Kennel Club Charitable Trust has funded the centre since its initial launch at the Animal Health Trust in 2009. The new centre will continue to be led by Dr Cathryn Mellersh, and will resume its mission to research genetic mutations and assist in developing breeding tools for some of the most common and debilitating inherited conditions in dogs. The Kennel Club and the canine genetics team will work together to ensure that the centre’s research targets conditions that have the greatest impact on the health of dogs. The Kennel Club’s breed health and conservation plans, a project that gathers all available health information and data about each breed, will play a vital role in guiding the centre’s objectives and areas of research.
During its time at the Animal Health Trust, The Kennel Club Canine Genetics Centre had a significant impact on the health of numerous breeds. Researchers at the centre developed 25 different DNA tests for canine inherited diseases that affect over 50 breeds. Research into the impact of some of these tests revealed that over a ten year period, thanks to uptake of these tests by responsible breeders, the frequency of disease-causing genetic variants in some breeds reduced by a staggering 90%. Close collaboration with breed clubs and breeders is essential to the success of the centre, as is the collection of over 40,000 DNA samples that has been developed over the last twenty years. These samples, along with valuable scientific and DNA sequence data have now been secured and transferred to the University of Cambridge for further analysis.
Bill King, Chairman of The Kennel Club Charitable Trust, said: “The Kennel Club Genetics Centre has made an enormous positive impact on the health of dogs whilst under the auspices of the Animal Health Trust, the closure of which we were saddened and concerned to learn of last year.
“We’re now thrilled that the centre has found a home in such a reputable and prestigious research institute, and we’re very much looking forward to collaborating with the centre once more.”
Dr Cathryn Mellersh, head of The Kennel Club Genetics Centre added: “The last ten years have been incredibly important to dog health and, thanks to the University of Cambridge, especially Professor James Wood, Head of the Department of Veterinary Medicine at Cambridge Vet School, for all his assistance in safeguarding our resources and The Kennel Club Charitable Trust, this work can now continue. Our work to support breeders in reducing health problems in dogs is essential and we are eager to continue this important work and are thankful to everyone for their support.”
Professor James Wood said: “We are delighted that the important work by Cathryn and her team, funded by The Kennel Club Charitable Trust can now continue through The Kennel Club’s Canine Genetics Centre at Cambridge Vet School. We look forward to working together for the health and welfare of our much loved dogs.”
Further information regarding The Kennel Club’s extensive work in the field of canine health and research can be found on The Kennel Club website at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/health.