There has been no time in my life when I have not been involved with Poodles,since the 1950’s my Mother owned and bred White Toy Poodles under the Gaieval Affix. In the early 1970’s she bought a white Toy bitch of Sudbrook breeding and so began our introduction to Dog Shows.
Although I enjoyed showing the Toys and had great success as a Junior Handler, I really wanted a Standard Poodle and I was insistent it must be from Vicky Marshalls ‘Vicmar’kennels .
Aged 11 I finally got my wish and Vicmars All The Rage,joined the family. Vicky and her Husband John took me under their wing and I never looked back and all my school holidays were spent at Vicmar. When the time came for me to leave school Vicky Marshall asked me to take over the ‘Vicmar’ Affix.
Since taking over in 1979 I have owned, bred or shown 26 UK Champions,including 3 ‘Gaieval’Toy Poodles. Amongst them are the Group Winning Champions: In Demand,Royale Show,Devils Disciple,Quiet Riot, Party Leader and Rave On.
My biggest winning dog is ,Ch Vicmars Rave On ,won 26 CC’s and multiple Group wins and places. He was the UK’s Top Winning Poodle 2010, in 2011 he won the Utility Group at Crufts, to win at this level was a dream come true. Rave On was not heavily campaigned after this win, he did become the first dog to win Best In Show three times at The Standard Poodle Club Championship Show. Despite attending only 10 shows in 2012 he was once again the UK’s Top Standard Poodle. Theo has Champion offspring Worldwide, in the UK he has been Top Sire 2016/2017,he was also 2ndTop Sire in Utility Group.
My Top Winning bitch is Ch Vicmars Pretty Reckless JW who was Top Standard Puppy in 2014,qualified for the Pro Plan/ DW Pup Of The Year, where she made the shortlist.’Elsie’ was joint Top Standard Poodle and Top CC winning Standard in 2015,achieving Group Placings .Although she only attended a couple of shows in 2016,she added to her total of CC’s she now has 12 CC’s ,1 ResCC.
In 2018 I have imported a very nice dog puppy from the USA Safari’s Typecast For Vicmar,he is Top Standard Puppy 2018 and currently has 2 CC’s &2 Res CC’s.Another young male I bred Vicmars Ring Me at Taranmur,also has won 2CC’s &2 Res CC’s,so we go into 2019 with two dogs looking for their third CC’s to become Champions.
I have judged in Scandinavia,Europe,Russia and twice in Australia,recently judging The Australian Poodle National in 2017. I had the great honour to Judge Standard Poodles at Crufts 2012 and Miniature Poodles at Crufts 2014. In January 2013 I was honoured to be on the judging panel at The Poodle Of The Year Gala . I am greatly looking forward to judging Standard Poodles at Windsor Ch Show 2020, Miniature Poodles at LKA and the privilege of Toy Poodles at Crufts 2021.
I’m also proud to be the Secretary of The Poodle Club, which is believed to be the oldest Poodle Breed Club in the World, it was founded in 1876. I took over from the wonderful Norman &Miriam Butcher( Tuttlebees) who had been in charge for a remarkable 50 years.
It is an honour to be invited to judge Poodles at The Eurodogshow in Kortrijk, I have heard such wonderful reports about the show and I very much look forward to my visit.