The Queen’s Cocker Spaniel wins the Kennel Club Cocker Spaniel Championship

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Her Majesty The Queen became the proud owner of an award-winning Cocker Spaniel earlier this month, proving that her love for dogs goes far beyond her beloved Corgis.

Four-year-old Wolferton Drama, known as Lissy after Queen Elizabeth II, won the 91st Kennel Club Cocker Spaniel Championship.

The award-winning dog beat 38 competitors to clinch first place and become the Queen’s first gundog champion in any breed.

Lissy was handled by Market Drayton’s Ian Openshaw and tested on her natural working ability at the Championship, which took place at Windsor Great Park on January 3-4.

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The five judges on hand crowned Lissy the winner of the 91st Cocker Spaniel Kennel Club Championship, but it was His Royal Highness, Prince Edward the Earl of Wessex, who presented the award.

The Queen also received a Kennel Club-commissioned portrait of her two Field Trial champion cocker spaniels as a token of appreciation for hosting the Cocker Spaniel Championship again.

Speaking of Lissy’s win, Ian Openshaw said: “Winning the Championship was the greatest day of my life, it’s a real honor to handle dogs for Her Majesty and it’s a lifelong ambition. to win for the queen.

“Lissy has always been a very good dog, excellent in all working elements, and she is particularly fantastic on a runner. She used to be a bit of a monkey when she was younger, but she’s really come into her own now. It’s a great all-rounder. »

Kate Broers, Kennel Club Field Trials Secretary, added: “Chief Game Warden Peter Clayton and his team prepared the ground wonderfully, which was an impressive setting of ancient woodland and fern beds.

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“Her Majesty has received a portrait commissioned by the Kennel Club of her two Champion Cocker Spaniels from the Field Trial, and we are delighted that Her Majesty’s Cocker Spaniel won the event, making it her first ever Dog Championship win. hunting in any breed.”

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