A warm welcome to the website of Calvdale English Springer Spaniels
We are Martin and Nicola Calvert. We married in September 1974 and have bred horses and dogs over the past 30 years.
We both came from backgrounds where animals played a large part in life - Martin from a family who surrounded itself in equines and whose mother ran a riding school.
My mother bred and exhibited both Poms and Danes (the sublime and the ridiculous) under the Fullate affix for many years. It was almost automatic that having been involved in dog showing from being tiny, that I should eventually take up my own affix and exhibit in my own right.
'Calvdale' was applied for to the KC in 1980 and it came about as a mixture our surnames and the 'Dales', the part of Yorkshire from which Martin came from as a child and indeed the place to which one day we hope to return............................. Nicola awards CC's in ESS in this country and has judged abroard on many occasions. She also takes a keen interest in several other breeds, in particular, Cocker Spaniel and has judged 2 Breed Club shows. Judges other gun dog breeds at Open Show level. Nicola has also recently taken both a Weimaraner Assessment ( pass with credit ) and a Golden Retirever Assessment ( pass with distinction ).
We have met some lovely people along the way and some who are sadly no longer around that were instrumental in ‘getting us started’. To folk like John and Sylvia Skilbeck (Skilleigh), Alan and Margaret Bower Bowswood, Sue Shaw and our dear friend Joan Hill (Esholt) now in Canada, we shall always be eternally grateful and shall never forget their assistance and guidance . Whilst we are always looking forward to meet what is coming next, we never forget where we started or with whom.
We are members of the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme and are Proud to announce that 'Calvdale' have been awarded the Kennel Club 'Accolade Of Excellence' in association with the ' Accredited Breeder Scheme' We were one of the first 12 breeders, all breeds, in the country to have attained this prestigious award which we are delighted to receive.
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