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CH JOANSCROFT BASSOON BERTHA


photo by kind permission of C Rayner

28/04/86 - 20/10/97
Sire: Sh Ch Hansom Brandyman of Gunalt
Dam: Kisdons Fable

5 CC'S & 4 RCC'S
1 Reserve Group
C of M at a Novice Field Trial

Stud Book Qualified


CH JOANSCROFT BASSOON BERTHA,
Beth as she was affectionately known was given to me as a Birthday present, and was a true introduction to the breed! Beth gave me a hard time from day one. But she also gave me so much pleasure and enjoyment, as well as teaching me all I know about working, showing and living with Weimaraners, that she is still sadly missed in my life.

Beth was a true showgirl, and although not everyone's cup of tea, she did well in the show ring, never failing to impress on the move. She also tried her hand at obedience, working tests, agility and field trials, but it was working out on the shoots, that both Beth and myself enjoyed the most, she was not the fastest dog out there, but there was little that she missed and she would retrieve both fur and feather to hand, from both land and water.
Beth also proved to be an excellent brood bitch and loved being a mum, even her 'seven year old' puppies sat still to have a wash.

Beth is the foundation of the ANSONA Weimaraners, from her first litter she produced two CC winners, ANSONA BE FAIR and SH CH ANSONA CHARISMA. From her second litter she produced the famous SH CH / IRISH SH CH ANSONA PURDEY, along with IR SH CH ANSONA WINCHESTER AT ENRYB and IR SH CH ANSONA KREIGHOFF AT HUNTLY.


Beth and her offspring feature strongly in the pedigrees of all our dogs and help to keep the Weimaraner a true Duel Purpose Gundog.

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SH CH ANSONA CHARISMA

annie

03/02/89 - 26/10/99
Sire: Sh Ch Hansom Portman of Gunalt
Dam: Ch Joanscroft Bassoon Bertha

5 CC'S & 5 RCC'S

Stud Book Qualified

ANNIE was a great character and lived up to her name, she did very well in the show ring, but was easily bored. She also worked each season on the shoot and although she had her own ideas about how the day should go, she was very biddable and had a nice soft mouth.

She was also a good brood bitch, producing good quality and temperament in her offspring, which is still continuing in her grandchildren.

Annie's favourite passion though was food, and she could smell it miles away, nothing was safe if she could get to it! she once ate half a sack full of dry dog food, she look even bigger than when she was in whelp!

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SAVRIL LUCKY STRIKE

zeus

13/02/89 ~ 01/01/99
Sire: Tasairgid Prime Candidate
Dam: Savril Adelig

Zeus was Steve's first Weimaraner and was an excellent working dog, he was able to retrieve young poults and bring them back unharmed and in the next breath he could be tracking and bringing down a wounded deer.

All this came quiet naturally to him but it was his ability to work at night and retrieve dead foxes and deliver them to the back of the car! that made him a local hero.

We only used him at stud once, and his offspring showed the same keen game finding ability as he had, his son Apollo filled the gap as a stalking dog but Steve is still waiting for the next Zeus to come along......

zeus

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ANSONA BERETTA

brett

20/02/91 - 27/02/00
Sire: Sh Ch / Ir Sh Ch Gunalt Harris Tweed
Dam: Ch Joanscroft Bassoon Bertha

Hip Score 3:3

Brett served his time in the show ring, and did quiet well, but it was working that he was kept for and this is where he excelled. He has competed in field trials and working tests, but it was the latter that he did well in, in fact he could have been rather good at them, if they hadn't kept using caged game, pity the real thing wouldn’t stay still.

Out on the shoot he was a different dog, he was very willing and obedient and would work for anyone who asked, he had an excellent nose and was a strong keen swimmer, and he won the praise of a lot of beaters and guns.

Brett was only used a few times at stud, but he produced some handsome dogs, non more so than the litter he produced for the Mimmitrix Kennel in Sweden, all of whom have had good hip scores, and done well at working, as well as some good wins in the show ring.

Brett sadly died at an early age and has been missed dearly by everyone at home and on the local shoots, but not nearly as much as be me, a day out on the shoot is no longer as enjoyable and oh how I miss falling over him all day!

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ANSONA CARRERA

gabi

28/04/92 - 03/11/04
Sire: SH CH AMTRAK AMEROS AT ORMEROD
Dam:CH JOANSCROFT BASSOON BERTHA

Hip Score 4:3

Gabi did well in the show ring, but only outside! She would stand up beautifully, but did not see the point in running around a ring!, so she joined the working team. Gabi was placed at working tests as a puppy, but was never field trialed, but she did work all season along side Brett and Zeus, unfortunately she injured her leg and had to take a back seat.

Gabi however perfected her hunting skills in the house, no scrap of food was safe, and especially the stuff the kids put down in their safe place! She also took a liking to the fresh bread that was left to cool down from the bread maker.

At 12 years old Gabi was the boss and spent her days stealing and sleeping in front of the fire, you hardly knew she was there, until your tea went missing or someone tried to come in, uninvited, but that’s Weimaraners for you.

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 ANSONA APOLLO

apollo

03/11/95 -05/08/06
Sire: SAVRIL LUCKY STRIKE
Dam: ANSONA CARRERA

Hip Score 1:2

Apollo was the number one dog in Steve's team; he was used mainly on deer and proved to be very useful in this line of work. He had an excellent nose and was a very good tracking dog, showing that the Weimaraner can still do the job they were bred for.

Apollo also worked out on the Grouse moor and in the woods; he had a very strong hunting instinct and was so laid back that you wouldn't believe that he was a Weimaraner! You hardly knew he was there.

apollo head

Apollo is now a proud dad, Dino ( Ansona Dream On ) has gone over to Sweden were he is learning, not only a new language!, but what it means to be a truly dual purpose Weimaraner.

Dino has settled in well and went to his first show were he was Best Puppy in Breed and also Best Puppy in Show.

dino
Dino in action

Dino is now a proven sire in Sweden and is steadily maturing both in the show ring and out hunting.

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ANSONA O'MALLY

malcolm

02/04/96 - 05/08/06
Sire: ENRYB HOME ALONE
Dam: ANSONA ELLIE

Hip Score 4:5

Malcolm was shown as a puppy and junior with great success, he won many Best Puppy awards and was a pleasure to take anywhere, then due to family commitments we had to take a break.

When we tried to get back into the showring, it was useless Malcolm had decided that every Bitch that came into season wanted to be mated and he would not bother eating in case he missed the chance! Hence he never had the weight on at the right time, so I gave up and now he lives the life of Riley.

He did however get the chance to go out Grouse beating one year and did quiet well, I think he may be a late developer in this line of work; but he is certainly not a late developer at stud work!

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ANSONA PUZZLE J.W.

ginny
photo by kind permission of C Rayner

30/04/99 ~ 17/03/08
Sire: SH CH GUNALT CARTER WITH KEAEK (JW)
Dam: ANSONA SHANNON

Top Brood Bitch 2007

Hip Score 5:6

Stud Book Qualified

Owned by Tricia Grime

Ginny started her show career well and was consistently placed at champ shows in puppy and junior. She was then shown lightly, this was to take time off for maternal duties, she produced a litter to Murphy, then she decided it was not Too Late!!! and produced a litter to O'Mally.

Ginny matured in body, but not in mind! Having the responsibility of a family did not changed her one bit, she was a pleasure to live with but was always looking for something to do and her favorite trick was to empty any and every water dish she could find, (a trait that she passed on to both her daughters! and grand kids!!) she also took over as the Hoover around the kitchen and if it was remotely edible she would eat it!

Ginny also produced a litter to Risinglark Hyperion, the "Game Litter" this litter has done really well in the show ring producing 3 CC winners, 2 of which are Show Champions, and were the backbone of our Breeders Stakes team.

Sadly Ginny had a pyometra and had to be spayed, but at least we have Cleo to carry on our winning line!!

Ginny was a real character and a huge favorite of mine, she left us far too early and will be missed by many, but not at much as me.

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EMMACLAN ANYA AT ANSONA

shoot

07/03/99 - 01/02/10
Sire: SPEK ZO SOROSA OF EMMACLAN
Dam: AMIE VOM KAPFFELSEN OF EMMACLAN

Hip score 6:3

Beth is still a baby,(well not really) but she is showing great working instinct and it will be interesting to see how she develops, as this is a new breed to this country.

Beth has now just finished three full season's on our local shoot and I have been very pleased with how steady and responsive she has been, she has an excellent nose and a nice soft mouth and has been a pleasure to take out in company.

She has a lovely temperament and the most adorable expression, that she could almost get away with anything!

beth


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ANSONA COUNTRY FAIR

jasper puppy

05/07/06 - 31/07/14
Sire: Sh Ch Sharnphilly Awesome JW
Dam: Ansona Gamefair

Hip Score 4:0 & DNA profiled

1st at Crufts 2009

Jasper as he is affectionately known at home has done well at shows, although only lightly shown due to pony commitments, he has won a number of puppy classes and BP in breed at both Open and Champ show level.

Jasper and his best buddy Ricki shared a birthday party recently!! he really is a character and is totally devoted to his mum Cleo!!

Jasper has also started some gundog training..............much to my amazement; he actually listens and is very strong and steady on point!!

jasper

...........a very obliging hare!!!

jasper sleep

Sometimes it's all just too much!!!!

Jasper is also a proud father and has produced some lovely puppies.