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Show Champion Lynwater Dawn Shimmer



(Sire: Sh Ch Lynwater Tiger Moth x Dam: Night Escapade of Lynwater)
Gundog Group Winner CRUFTS 1994
12 CC’s, 6 BOB’s and numerous Res CC’s

The Mental Orange and White

Dawn was the result of many years dedicated breeding and a little out cross. Her sire was Lynwater Tiger Moth, a light blue dog who himself won a reserve CC. Her dam was Night Escapade of Lynwater bred by
Mr Eric McLean and given to Elizabeth.

A big baby, she was by far the biggest in the litter and she took her time to refine down out of her puppy fat. Not a 6 months winner, but by the time she was 9-10 months her shape was once again emerging and ironically one of her first BOB's was awarded at Tay Valley Gundog Association by Pamela Halkett.

She won a couple of classes as a pup at Championship shows, but gained her break at East of England Championship show under Mrs Jackie Marris-Bray with her first CC and BOB at 12months 2 weeks. The following week was Leeds Championship show under judge Mrs Anne Webster, Dawn gained her 2nd CC.

Leicester followed and using the top of the cage (with a towel) as a table, upon lifting her down to enter the ring she caught a nail in the mechanics of the cage and ripped off the entire nail. She was rushed to the vet who could only bandage it up and hope it would grow back
. Well grow back it did and at 14 months she gained her crown from Mrs Jean Gillespie at Richmond.

Dawn gained 7 CC's before retiring on maternal duties producing a nice litter of 7 pups of which 2 were retained for show and a couple went abroad.

We made the trip at the start of 1994 down to South Wales and Monmouthshire Cocker Club (for a run out before Crufts) but had car trouble and thanks to the AA we finally made the show, but Dawn had unfortunately missed her class.

The following week was the trip to Crufts, always difficult, as we show other Breeds and I show in other groups, i.e. other Days. We fortunately had no male dogs to show that year, so we could concentrate on the bitches.

When you win the Limit class with Lynwater Diamonds Forever you really don't expect to do very much in Open, but Dawn won the class and went on to win the CC. The reserve CC was awarded to Quettadene Mystique who was second in the Open class. Then you realise being short listed for the group you're going to be on television!

When you see the Cream of the Gundogs breeds beside you, you just feel thankful to be with them. When it's down to 2 dogs (not 4 as now-it was a long time ago), to get reserve is brilliant, but when you win the Group at Crufts, its unbelievable!

Dawn went on to win 4 more CC's that year with BOB at Richmond and short listed in the Group. She won numerous ResCC's throughout her show career and has produced some lovely pups the last litter had 2 Reserve CC winners -one going onto be a Brazilian Champion and BIS winner.

...Written By Mr D Todd and reproduced by kind permission of Mrs E MacLean


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