At this stage I was 16/17 years of age and didn't really find dog showing quite so interesting!! In fact, the very next dog show I went to was in 2010, taking my Dad to judge "Stafford of the Year" run by the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club at Stoneleigh Park in November of that year. This was the first time that my husband, Spencer, had ever been to a dog show and had joked on the way there, asking if they sold puppies at such shows??!!
Well, it's funny how things turn out isn't it? After the judging was over, we saw Jeff Ford and his wife Karen and took the opportunity to have a chat. Dad jokingly mentioned Spencer's comment about having puppies for sale and Karen said they had a litter of 3 puppies, just 3 weeks old, one dog and two bitches and proceeded to show us some photographs. Karen and Jeff invited us over to see them whenever we wanted and made the offer there and then that we could have the pick of the bitches.
A week later we went to see the puppies and, you've guessed it, a month later we were walking away with our beautiful girl, Jefmor Fire and Ice of Hamason.
I really wanted to add the Hamason affix to her name, as it meant so much to me and our family, and Mom and Dad kindly agreed to officially sign to share it 4 ways with myself and Spencer, ensuring that the Kennel name that is almost as old as me will continue, hopefully for many years to come.
Can you imagine our surprise and delight when looking back through Tess's pedigree, we found that she went back through several lines behind her grandmother - Lucky Lucy Lass at Oxstoks - to Steeleye Sting, Champion Red Prince of Hamason and Hamason Red Rajah - right back to the foundation of the Hamason affix with Champion Red Rapture of Hamason and Champion Hamason Red Rambler. We have come full circle with the affix, and the connection with Jeff Ford, and we thank him and his late wife Karen for Tess who will hopefully continue to do the wonderful Hamason affix proud.
So, it's now 5 years since Tess - Jefmor Fire And Ice Of Hamason - stole our hearts and took over our lives. She has introduced us to a whole new set of friends in the show world and you can see some of her results elsewhere on our website. We have been so pleased with how well she has done and we thank each and every judge who has placed her so highly. In May 2015 we were absolutely delighted when Tess gained her Kennel Club Stud Book Number at Morecambe Bay and Cumbria SBTC Championship Show with Kay Aspen judging. She came 3rd in a strong Open Bitch class of 9, beating several Champion bitches for her placing. This means that Tess is now qualified for Crufts for life!!!