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  • 18.12.2011  Linda Lawson and Valerie (Ice Crystal) went to Bridlington open show and won BOB, 1st AV gundog, group four and the open stakesLinda went home laden with goodies including and bottle of the best Malt. Nice start to Christmas I think.
  • Well done Franke and Margaret McCabe with Mariglen Nina Fever who has recently won a junior warrant.
  • 13.12.2011   Happy birthday Nora. What a fabulous puppy career she leaves behind. 13 best puppies in breed at championship shows. Top English puppy, multiple BPIS and RBPIS wins including gundog clubs and championship shows. Unbeaten in her classes at championship shows and just once at an open show when she was second. Lots of luck to Linda and Nora for the coming new years.
  • 09.12.2011   The last show of the year and what a fab day we all had. DCC, BOB and shortlisted in the group was Chris Sayers with Blue Flame. Baby brother Snowdrift won third in open, not bad going for a two year old. BCC, bringing her total to 20 was Frankie and Nora, yes you've guessed, won BP. She also won 2nd in the puppy bitch stakes from a field of seventy plusJoy Field and Sea The Stars won junior dog and Valerie was second in limit bitchGayle won fourth in post grad. Well done to everyone doing so well with their Mariglens.
  • 04.12.2011 NESS. Again Nora won BPIS and a special win for Mel Sharples and Mariglen Crystal Gayle as they took the RCC. A very special win because you may remember Gayle was involved in a road traffic accident a couple of years ago and we thought she was going to at the least lose her leg and possibly her life. It was a traumatic time for us. Congratulations to Mel who has over the past eighteen months gradually brought Gayle back to the peak of condition and my best wishes for their continued success. Frankie won second in open and Valerie was third in limit. Pictures below by Tereza Watkins.
Mariglen Crystal Gayle "Gayle"   Mariglen Gift Wrapped "Nora"


  • 03.12.2011  Linda and Nora went to Coventry Gundog Club open show and won BOB, BIS4 and BPIS.
  • 27.11.2011 MESS open show Sunshine won her class and Gary (Sh Ch Gemsett Dark Forces At Mariglen) had a rare outing and won Best Veteran In Show.
  • 20.11.2011 SESS championship show was successful for Frankie who won the RCC and Nora who again won BPIS.
  • 12.11.2011 Gundog Breeds Association of Scotland was a successful show for our dogs. Frankie won her 19th CC, 13th BOB and shortlisted in the group. Nora won RBPIS and her 10th BPIBMaggie McCabe's Mariglen Nina Fever won junior and yearling bitch, Ice Crystal won PGrad bitch and Dancing Brave won junior and yearling dog and litter brother Dandino won VHC.


Sh Ch Mariglen Francesca Fenston "Frankie"        

  • 05.11.2011 Setter & Pointer - Nina Valentina won junior bitch, Sea The Stars third junior dog, Ice Crystal 2nd PGrad bitch, Frankie 2nd open bitchSnowdrift 1st limit dog, Prince Charming 4th puppy dog and Nora BP.
  • 28.10.2011 My lucky show, Midland Counties Championship Show, over the years my dogs have won the CC at this show on many occasions. This was no exception and I was thrilled for Frankie to win CC, BOB and making the cut in the group. Nora won her eighth BPIB, putting her fairly securely in the lead for this year's top puppy. Nina won junior for Mel Sharples and Fever was second for Maggie McCabe.
  • 22.10.2011 Frankie and I, along with a loyal band of supporters, went to the Eukanuba Champion Stakes final. Although we didn't win the trip to the USA, we had a lovely day, Frankie enjoying every minute, showing her socks off on the bright pink carpet.
  • 16.10.2011 Well what fabulous  a run of success.Chris Sayers with Sh Ch Mariglen Blue Flame for Christter won DCC (his 8th) and BIS at the English Society of Scotland championship show. Judge Rachel Ludbrooke (Beckantie). Winning her 7th best puppy in breed and putting her comfortably for the time being in the lead for top puppy this year was Nora. Judge Howard Stubbington (Bondgate). Nora's litter brother Mariglen Prince Charming won best puppy dog for Sheenagh HayBest veteran in show was won by our Gary (Sh Ch Gemsett Dark Forces at Mariglen) and best veteran bitch went to Di Morgan with Mariglen Steals The Heart of Meandi. (son and daughter of the late Sh Ch Cumbersett Aira Force at Mariglen}. Valerie was 2nd in post grad and Tearlach 2nd veteran.

Chris Sayers' Sh Ch Mariglen Blue Flame for Christter   

  • 12.10.2011 Gordon Hayburn judged Gundog Society of Wales Championship Show and awarded the all important 3rd CC to Tereza Watkins with Mariglen Snowdrift of Hayworth. They went on to win RBISJosh is the twenty sixth UK show champion owned or bred at Mariglen and his win today put me in the lead for the time being for top breeder in our breed for 2011 with five of my kennel winning CCs this year
  • Sunshine won junior bitch, Nina was 2nd and Fever 3rdNora again won BPBVeteran dog was again won by Tearlach.
  • Pictures by Nick Darley.

Tereza Watkins' Sh Ch Mariglen Snowdrift of Hayworth "Josh"


                                     Linda Lawson's Sh Ch  Mariglen Ice Crystal "Valerie"                         Mel Sharples' Mariglen Crystal Gale                

       Mel Sharples' Mariglen Flaming Sunset "Nina"                       Mariglen Beautiful Dawn "Sunshine"                               Maggie McCab's Mariglen Nina Fever
  • 07.10.2011 South Wales Championship Show and the judge Freda Marshal (Gainspa). Lego won open dog, the challenge certificate and BOB. His daughter Mariglen Ice Crystal won the bitch CC, and his other daughter Nora best puppy bitch. Mel Sharpels Mariglen Flaming Sunset won junior bitch and her sister Nina Fever was second. Crystal Gayle was 2nd in Limit bitch. Veteran dog was won by Mariglen Knight To Remember at Caspell wynd (Tearlach).
  • 02.10.2011  English Setter Society of Wales open show and Sunshine had a really lovely day winning junior bitch and reserve best bitch in show and Nora best puppy bitch. Judge Margaret Roberts (Stiperden).
  • 11.09.2011 At Richmond today again Nora won BP bringing her total of championship shows best puppy in breed to six. She also entered the puppy stakes and won 3rd placeFrankie won the open bitch classBlue Flame won open dog and his 7th CC, and Snowdrift was 2nd in limit. Flaming Sunset (Nina) was second in junior bitch and Dancing Brave (Eoin) second junior dog.
  • 03.09.2011 Birmingham City, Linda Taylor judging and Flaming Colours made her first championship show outing in four years, the last time was at this same show where she won her 24th CC, BOB and group four. She then retired from the show ring to raise her children.   Now Flame is a veteran and today won veteran bitch. Her niece, Nora, again won BP. This is one of the few championship shows to have a Best Puppy In Show. It was judged on the group system and today Nora won gundog puppy group three. Snowdrift won limit dog and RCC, Ice Crystal 2nd post grad bitch and Crystal Gayle 3rdDancing Brave won junior dog and Prince Charming 2 minor puppy dog, Nina Fever was second in junior bitch.
  • 21.08.2011  Today we took Nora to the Welsh Kennel Club championship show where she won her fourth championship show BPIB, today's judge was Mike GadsbySnowdrift won his class also as did Ice Crystal, Frankie was 2nd in open.
  • 06.08.2011 At National Gundog Championship show today Nora won Minor puppy, but not BP on this occasion. Still, she tried her best.
  • 02.08.2011  Linda took Nora to Paignton championship show today and won BPIB, this is her third such win at championship shows.   Winning his 2nd CC and today BOB was Snowdrift (Josh) and Tereza Watkins.
  • 22.07.2011 Leeds was lovely and sunny. Blue Flame won the RDCC, Nora was again BPIB and VHC in the minor puppy stakes, and litter brother M Prince Charming (Louie) won BPD2nd junior bitch was Nina Fever and Maggie McCabe. Ice Crystal and Linda Lawson won the Pets As Therapy Open Stakes and now will compete in the finals at Crufts 2012.
  • 17.07.2011 We went to SESS where Nora won BPIS, Flaming Colours BVIS, Snowdrift BIS and Crystal Gayle RBB.
  • 08.07.2011 Frankie went to East of England championship show today and won her 17th and today BOB. Snowdrift won his class, Ice Crystal was third in her class and Crystal Gayle was second in her class. Flaming Sunset won junior bitch, third was Goldikova and vhc Nina Fever. Making his show debut having travelled all the way from Scotland was baby Mariglen Prince Charming was second in MPD for Sheenagh Hay and litter sister Nora was along in her class, so came home with a red card anyway. Alfie Field also stood alone in junior dog, but also got a red card.
  • 05.07.2011 Today we sadly had to say goodbye to Mariglen Fallin For A Dancer at Gemsett. Beryl was much loved by Linda. She was just four weeks short of her thirteenth birthday, she like Dinah and Lupin was a daughter of Valentino. She was the dam of Sh Ch Gemsett Dark Forces at Mariglen and had co-starred with Sh Ch Cumbersett Aira Force on Blue Peter eight years ago with six of their nine puppies.
  • 03.07.2011  ESA open show and Sh Ch Mariglen Flaming Colours went to her first show in four years. She won Best Veteran and eventually RBIS. She was beautifully presented by Brenda Seaman with whom she lives. Also winning nice places were Ice Crystal, Tina and Nora.
  • Thank you Eddy for the lovely picture of Sh Ch Mariglen Flaming Colours "Flame"! Klick the picture to enlarge it.
  • 02.07.2011 Windsor was a good show for us again this year. Frankie won her sixteenth CC. Snowdrift won another RCC for TeresaFlaming Sunset (Nina) was third in junior for Mel Sharples and litter sister Nina Valentina (Tina) was fourth for Eddy Deville.
  • Picture of Sh Ch Mariglen Francesca Fenston "Frankie" by Eddy Deville.Klick the picture to enlarge it.


  • 26.06.2011 In the blazing sunshine at Derby County Show, Sunshine won BOB and Nora best puppy in breed. Because it was so very hot, we decided not to stay to challenge for BIS or BPIS, especially as baby Nora has been out the day before.
  • Another Mariglen leaving his owners heartbroken is Mariglen Blue Monty, litter brother to Flaming Colours and Princess Royal. He was half brother to Lupin and died just one week later than her. John and Sue Bourne lost Monty at only seven years of age. My grateful thanks to them for loving and caring for Monty over the past seven year.
  • 25.06.2011 Frankie went to Blackpool Championship Show and won open bitch and baby Nora won minor puppy bitchLinda Lawson's Valerie was 2nd in post gradSnowdrift was 4th limit dog
  • 18.06.2011   Mariglen Gift Wrapped (Nora) had her first outing today and at the tender age of six months and four days won Best puppy in breed at Border Union Ch Sh. She was a very tired little girl when she arrived home and after eating up all her dinner went out light the proverbial light. Francesca won open and Valerie won graduate.
  • 16.06.2011 The last few days have be very sad ones for Mariglen. We had to make the dreadful decision to say goodbye to Mariglen Striking Diamonds with Gemsett (Dinah) and her granddaughter Sh Ch Mariglen Time To Shine with Gemsett (Lupin)Dinah had her fourteenth birthday last Sunday, but dear Lupin was not yet ten. These two girls were important members of team Mariglen, Dinah was the dam of Mariglen Glitters who gave me four show champions including Lupin. Lupin was a good winner and made up into a champion in just six weeks.  We are all heartbroken
  • 10.06.2011 Three Counties Champioship Show today will be a memorable event for a long time to come as Frankie won the Eukanuba Champion Stakes (gundog day). We travelled back yesterday for the finals and we came home very happy having beaten the finalists from the other three days to win the stakes overall and a place in the finals in October with a chance to represent the UK in the World Challenge in Florida in December if we were lucky enough to win. Watch this space (it is free to dream!!!) My sincere thanks to judge Jane Lilley for this special win. Also winning on Thurdsay in the breed classes was Chris Sayers with Blue Flame, who was second in open and the RCC.    Second in Post Grad was Mel Sharples with Gayle and third with Nina.
  • 03.06.2011 we went to Southern Counties Ch Sh and it was Sunshine's turn to strut her stuff to win junior bitch, sister Nina was VHC and Gayle was second in post grad as was Blue Flame in open. Linda Lawson had a good day with Ice Crystal winning her class and also the members stakes and RCC stake.
  • 28.05.2011 Frankie had another outing today to Bath Championship Show. Judge Nigel Worth, and Frankie won the RBCCMel Sharples M Flaming Sunset was third in a well filled junior class, just one day into junior and M Crystal Gayle was fourth Post GradSnowdrift was second in Limit and Blue Flame second in Open. Well done everyone.

Picture of Frankie (right) taken by Tereza Watkins, picture of Sunshine taken by Andy Swannell.

  • 22.05.2011 The long haul to Edinburgh today was well worth while. Judge today was Babs Harding who nowadays shows very successfully Nova Scotia Duck Tollers. Winning her fifteenth CC and today BOB was our Frankie, RBCC went to a delighted Linda Lawson with ValerieFever was 2nd in puppy bitch and Maureen Coe's M Dandino 3rd in puppy dog.
  • 08.05.2011 was a good day for Mariglen at Birmingham National. BPIB handled by Chris Jennings, was Jacky Hutchinson's Mariglen Dancing Brave (pet name Eion, pronounced Owen, picture on the right). Second to him was his brother, Joy Field's Alfie, M Sea The Stars, a reversal of position from the past couple of shows. M Snowdrift was third in his class. The girl pups were Fever first in her classes, Flaming Sunset, third puppy and Goldikova fourth puppy. Ice Crystal won her class. Congratulations to Sarah Loakes with her now Sh Ch Goldbirch Guys'N'Dolls on winning their third CCMarco is a son of Mariglen She's Dynamite for Goldbirch, a daughter of Gamble (School Breeze) and Striking Diamonds.
  • 01.05.2011 Today it is Sh Ch Fenston Arabella At Mariglen's ninth birthday. We went to Northern English Setter Open show and Tixi won Best Veteran in Show. She was really proud of her grandchildren today. Luca (Swannery  Unforgettable) won BIS and sister Fin won BOS. Granddaughter Mariglen Nina Fever was BPIS for Frank and Margaret McCabe.  Granddaughter Mariglen Ice Crystal won two second
  • 30.04.2011 Today we went to WELKS. Here aren't any classes for English Setters at this championship show nowadays which is a great pity. However, we entered AVNSC and Francesca won Best AV. Cousin Josh, Mariglen Snowdrift at Hayworth was Best opposite sex.
  • 22.04.2011 Sunshine won BPIB at Eastwood Open Show and Fever won second.
  • 17.04.2011 Congratulations to Eddy Deville with Mariglen Nina Valentina on winning Best Puppy In Show at the English Setter Association championship show today. Litter sister Mariglen Beautiful Dawn (Sunshine) was second to Tina and Fever was fourth. Brothers M Sea The Stars for Fenston was BPD and brother M Dancing Brave was second.
  • 10.04.2011 I am saddened to have to record the untimely death of fellow setter owner Tony Seaman as the result of a tragic accident this afternoon. Tony and his wife Brenda had English Setters for many years. I first them when they bought from me a lovely blue bitch who was the litter sister to Sh Ch Mariglen Talking Pictures. Jodie lived with them for fifteen years. A couple of years ago they had from me Mariglen Another Blonde (Eva) and a few months later "poached" her mother Sh Ch Mariglen Flaming Colours. Only for a weekend now and then, but eventually Flame chose to stay with them. She was besoted with Tony and when he came to collect her couldn't get into his car quick enough. Brenda has been a keen ringside attendant for the past eighteen months and had been hoping to have puppies from Eva this  year and start to show. To my friend Brenda, my deepest, heartfelt sympathies.
  • 09.04.2011  English Setter Society of Wales championship showSunshine won her second championship show Best Puppy in Breed, Tixi Field decided to give the Grand National a miss and competed in veteran bitch and won Best Veteran in showStella won 3rd open bitchBlue Flame won open dog, Snowdrift2nd mid limit and Ice Crystal won 3rd Graduate bitch.
  • 03.04.2011  No shows at the moment. However the girls are practicing for the Grand National at Aintree next weekend. In front Tixi Field followed by her daughter Francesca and grand daughter Sunshine.

  • Thursday 10.03.2011 Crufts and we had a good day. Puppy dog 1st Mariglen Sea The Stars for Fenston (Alfie) owned by Joy Field and beautifully handled by Nick Darley2nd Mariglen Dancing Brave (Eion) owned by Jackie Hutchinson and again beautifully handled for Jackie by Chris Jennings1st Mid Limit dog Teresa Watkins Mariglen Snowdrift  at Hayworth, 4th Open dog Sh Ch Mariglen Blue Flame for Christter owned by Chris Sayers1st Puppy bitch and Best Puppy in Breed (pictured) Mariglen Beautiful Dawn, 4th Mariglen Goldikova owned by Sarah Loakes.1st Veteran bitch ShCh Fenston Arabella handled by Linda Harris2nd Post Grad bitch Linda Lawson's Mariglen Ice Crystal3rd open bitch Sh Ch Mariglen Francesca Fenston. A bit of a comedown from last year I guess, but Frankie made it very plain that she really didn't want to be a show girl today.
  • Saturday 05.03.2011   Not a doggy day, but a very proud granny day. The pictures show my grand daughter Morgan runnings in the McCain Cross Country Trials at Birmingham today.  The adult races were World championship qualifiers. Morgan was about the youngest competitor in her age group and had to qualify to get to these championships. She was representing Humberside. What an achievement to run 3000m at just eleven years old only by a few weeks. She ran a very good race and came to the finish in the middle of the field. Her granny couldn't run 3000m in about twelve mintues, can you? Morgan's daddy is the Glen part of my affix. The little chap in the second photo is my grandson Joseph. Klick the pictures to enlarge them.


  • Sunday 26.02.2011  We had a really good day at Mid Western Gundog Club today. Tereza Watkins' Mariglen Snowdrift (Josh) won BOB from judge Leslie Armstrong-Rogers and BIS from Sarah Sevestapolu (I am not sure if this is the correct way to spell this).  Puppy, Mariglen Beautiful Dawn (Sunshine) was BP and BPIS4. Flying the Mariglen flag in Belgium, Eddy Deville with Mariglen Nina Valentina, Sunshine's sister won Best Bitch from Frank Kane at Hoogstraten Int Ch show. These pups were nine months on the day.

  • Sunday 06.02.2011   Today we went to Midland English Setter Society Championship Show.  I showed Nina Fever for her new owners Frank and Margaret McCabe and we won 1st minor puppy bitch and 3rd maiden bitch. Litter sister Flaming Sunset was second in minor puppy bitch for Mel Sharples. Joy Field's Sea The Stars was second in MPD (kindly handled by Nick Darley for Joy) and Jackie Hutchinson's Dancing Brave was VHCIce Crystle won two classesBlue Flame was second in open dog and Francesca had an "airing" having been out of the ring to raise all these lovely pups and won open bitch. Thank you Nick Darley for the lovely pictures!

Mariglen Nina Fever Mariglen Flaming Sunset Mariglen Snowdrift
  • Sunday 20.01.2011 saw me in the hot seat judging at Manchester Championship Show.  DCC, was a second for Sarah Loakes with Goldbirch Guys'N'Dolls, RDCC Jeanette McCrindle and Ann Dykes Caleydene Travelling Man, BCC and BOB the Darley family's Sh Ch Severnsett Dancing Queen, RBCC Ann Dykes Caleyedene Remember Me and BP Chris and Margaret Henrys' Beechanger Blue Ringlet.
  • Friday 07.01.2011  A very snowy and cold start to the New Year. Linda and I went to Boston Chamionship Show, although we didn't have CCs for our breed. Sunshine won BPIB, but because it was so cold we decided to go home rather than wait for the puppy group.
  • 01.01.2011 As the year turns a quick look back at 2010. This was another good year for Mariglen. Frankie has a fabulous start with the CC, BOB and group 2 at Crufts. She followed this with BIS at the ESA championship show. After this she retired temporarily to have ten babies at the end of May. Eight of these pups are with people who are hoping to show them. Five of the eight have been to the only two championship shows available to them in 2010 and all five have qualified for Crufts 2011. Lego had a couple of outings and won the CC on both occasions, one with BOB, he was also BIS at Mid Western Gundog. Tixi Field enjoyed an Indian Summer winning BIS at ESA Wales open show from the veteran class and also BCC and RBIS at ESS of Scotland champ show. Blue Flame ended the year with 6CCs under his belt. Snowdrift won a CC and two RCCs from Junior. He also became a dad on two occasions. Ice Crystal won a RCC.  To round off the year, Princess Royal whelped just two puppies in the middle of December, at this time of writing they look most promising. The bitch pup will remain at Mariglen, her name is Mariglen Gift Wrapped for Gemsett, you will aways read about her by the name of Nora. Her litter brother Mariglen Prince Charming will be going to a show home and hopefully will have a good career with his new owners. We wish them luck. On a sad note we said goodbye to Gamble at the end of August.

    We hope that Sh Ch Bondgate Evening Star Over Mariglen (Linda Harris), Walshaw Moon Dust (Linda Harris), Mariglen Crystal Gayle (Mel Sharples) and Mariglen Another Blonde (Tony & Brenda Seaman) will have babies during 2011. These girls except Moon Dust are owned in partnership with me.

    To end the year, Lego won the ESA's Elswood Progeny Salver for the second year running and Annie (Princess Royal) the Settrend Brood Bitch Trophy.