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President's Welcome

I feel it is an honour to be chosen as the President of The British Gordon Setter Club. I have owned Gordon setters for 25 years and I feel there is still so much to learn about our wonderful breed. I look forward to meeting members especially new ones at our Summer Open show in June, the Championship show in October and all our other social events including the field trials and training days.

The club was formed in 1927 and is the oldest and largest of all the Gordon Setter Breed Clubs, its forerunner being the Gordon Setter Club which was founded in 1891.

The main aims of the Clubs are to promote the responsibile ownership and breeding of the Gordon Setter through education, training and continual monitoring of health within the breed.

Membership is open to all people worldwide who have an interest in Gordons and covers all aspects of ownership, including Shows, Working and Pets.

Please do not hesitate to contact us regarding any other information you require, including membership details.

Karin Sweryda, President, British Gordon Setter Club


The BGSC will be featuring an ‘In Memoriam’ column in the 2014 edition of the Gordoner magazine where members can request to have the 
details of the passing of their Gordon Setter in 2014.

If Members wish to have their dog remembered in this way, please can they either e-mail the Editor, 
Jo Hill, at or post to her (address in the Yearbook) the following details:-

Dog’s name (Pet and/or kennel name) sex, owners name, date of birth, date of death and if desired a short 
Epitaph (no more than 20 words) for consideration.’

Deadline for this and any articles for The Gordoner by 1st October 2014



BGSC Photography Competition 2014

Members of the BGSC are again being offered the chance to have a photo of their dog or dogs featured on the 
Front Cover of either the 2014 Yearbook (Competition winner) or the 2014 edition of the Gordoner magazine (Runner-up).

 Photos are to be sent to Gina Melville, Avonhurst, Woonton Ash, Lyonshall, Herefordshire, HR5 3JX 
either in printed format (no bigger than 7x5 ins) with an SAE if you wish it to be returned, 
or in electronic format on a j-peg file to

 Photos are NOT to be of show poses, NOT to feature any people and limited to ONE entry per household.

 The photos will be on display at the BGSC Championship Show on 4 October 
where attendees will be invited to vote for their favourite picture.

So get snapping with your camera.




 The BGSC will be holding a seminar at Markfield Village Hall on Sat 18th October 2014 from 9.30 – 4pm.

 Programme is as follows:-

 9.30      Registration and tea/coffee.

10.00    Critique Writing (Pam Blay)

11.00    Hand Stripping & Trimming a Gordon Setter for the show ring (Anthony Burke)

12.15    Lunch

13.00    Requirements of a Dog Show Judge – KC presentation followed by exam (Ruth Barbour)

16.00    Finish


As the KC exam is limited to 15, then tickets are available for either just the Morning sessions or for the full day.
Both ticket prices include refreshments on arrival and a 3 course hot lunch.
Ticket prices are:-  Morning plus lunch - 10 for Members, 12.50 to non-members;
All day plus lunch - 15 for Members, 17.50 for non-members.
Tickets allocated for all-day session on a first-come, first served basis.

 To book your place please either e-mail the Hon Secretary on the Club e-mail address – 
or telephone 01526 343630 (ansaphone available) and post payment by cheque, payable to BGSC  to:-
Hon Secretary, Diersett Cottage, Hawthorn Hill, Dogdyke, Lincs, LN4 4UZ

BGSC Field Trial Training Day Sunday 26th October 2014

 Venue:  Druids Lodge Estate, Berwick St James Wilts.By kind permission of Druids Lodge Estate and Mr Godfrey Pitman
Arrive 9.30am for 10.00am start.
Please bring the following:  Whistle, lead and long line if required for control.
Packed lunch. Suitable clothing.

Arrive at the Boot Inn High Street, Berwick St James Wiltshire SP3 4TN
Take road at the left hand side of the pub signposted “Asserton” and Duck Lane, 400yds down the road turn right at the
Shoot Lodge and park on gravel clearing.

 Contact numbers on day:  Tilly 07710495415    Jean 07877286702

Cost is 15.00 per handler per dog. (10 2nd dog)
Cheque payable to British Gordon Setter Club.
Bookings to be made before training date.
Please enclose the following information with payment
Name and address of Handler
Tel number, both landline and mobile
Email address
Age and experience of Dog:
Send to Tilly Thomas, Purleigh Barns, Cold Norton Road, Latchingdon, Essex. CM3 6NS


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