Dog showing is an endless journey of ups and downs, and in the history of everyone who has ever shown dogs there are those ‘special someones’ who have had a lasting impact and formed the foundation of what you become. For us, first and foremost is Moray Armstrong (Bitcon), because quite simply if there was no Moray Armstrong, no Bitcon then there would be no Kyna Cockers. Moray is, has been, and always will be an inspiration to us with his wealth of knowledge, unwavering guidance and of course that cheeky smile…where would we be without him!
Secondly are Susan and Philip Young (Canyonn). Sue was the only person to speak to us when we first set out trudging around the shows, not having a clue about anything! They both took time and lots of patience to explain the simple things such as ring etiquette, what type of lead to use, what the judge will do next and all the hundreds of little things that make the bigger picture; all those things we now take for granted. They have given us lots of advice, lots of help, and lots of good times along our journey.
We are always learning, and we only hope we do justice to the help, advice and support we have received, which we are eternally grateful for.
…and so it began
After having a few pet Cockers we decided to ‘have a go’ at showing. Off we went to as many Cocker Spaniel shows as we could, watching for a few years before actually buying a pup to show (how strange we must have looked week in, week out, and no dog!). We liked the Blue Roan colour and then decided that most of the ‘blues’ we liked seemed to be sired by the Bitcon dogs. Eventually we bought Jasper – Ewtor Viceroy whose sire was SH CH Bitcon Troubador from David and Ann Moss to try our new hobby.
Jade-Ewtor Little Silver Shilling
Hannah-Bitcon Seven of Kyna
Elliott- Kyna Four Get Me Not
Meg - SH CH Bitcon Mystic Magic
Percy – SH CH Bitcon Pickpocket
Betty- SH CH Kyna Betty Boop
Peter- R.CH Kyna Peter Pan
Sally - Kyna Mustang Sally
Ross - Bitcon Timetraveller
Bobby - Kyna Bandmaster
CJ - Kyna Calamity Jane
Finn - SH CH Kyna Huckleberry Finn
Kyna Mustang Sally had been mated to Kyna Bandmaster producing 2 boys. We had decided to run Finn on at that time so another dog was really not on our agenda, well, that was until Sue Young came to see them! She persuaded us to keep the black and white boy, so we kept Fletcher – Kyna By Design.
Fletcher - Kyna By Design
Jenny- Kyna Jennifer Eccles
Roxy- Kyna Rox Ya Rhythm To Royaldean
Sam- SH CH Bitcon Lets Dance
He became our 5th Show Champion.
Not long after gaining his UK title Sam went back to Moray and subsequently went to the USA and Canada where he gained his American and Canadian titles. He returned back to the UK with Moray. We are very proud to have played a little part in his show career, and thank Moray for trusting us to campaign him in the UK.
Lulu- Kyna Looby Lou
Joe- SH CH Kyna G I Joe
Jason -Kyna Mr Bo Jangles
Gemma -Kyna On Reflection
Olli – SH CH Kyna By Request
Nora- Kyna Nora Batty
Maggie- SH CH Kyna Misbehavin' At Nicibec
Smartie-Kyna Midnight Skye
Freckles- Kyna Its A Tri
Tramp - Kyna Supertramp
Bond - Kyna Vagabond
Tramp eventually grew enough coat to go back into the ring and we were thrilled that she won her class at Crufts.
By- SH CH Francinis Day By Day
Charlie-Kyna Italian Job
Casey - Kyna Casey Jones
BJ - Kyna Billy Jean
Richard - Kyna Butch Cassidy
Albert - Sh Ch Kyna Albert Tatlock
Albert now lives in Australia with Sue McFadden and producing some beautiful puppies.
Elsie - Kyna Elsie Tanner
Annie - Kyna Annie Walker
Jacko - Kyna Smooth Criminal
Willow - Kyna Dirty Diana
Chas - Sh Ch Kyna Chas Dingle
Harry - Kyna One Direction
Roxi - Kyna Roxanne
Kyna Just For You
Sonni- Sh Ch Brackenjack Ollison At Kyna
We couldn’t of been more delighted that within 10 months of him starting his show career he was awarded his Champion title, we are so proud.
Faith - Kyna Faith Dingle
Faith won well during her puppy career, sadly she lost out to her kennel mate ‘Sonni’.
Toyah- Kyna Toyah Battersby
Uno - Kyna Uno
Due to campaigning Brackenjack Ollison sadly Uno missed out on being shown.