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Harriet Kamps

Harriet KampsInducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010
For contribution to the Breed

Harriet has been breeding and showing quality Cocker Spaniels since 1956.  (Note:) Harriet joined the ASC in 1963 and to this date there has been 199 documented champion cocker spaniels to carry the Kamps prefix. (www.cockers-online)

The dogs that she has bred have had a huge impact on our ASCOB and Parti-color lines and are still present in the pedigrees of many top breeding programs today.  BIS Ch. Kamps’ Kaptain Kool, the  top producing bitch, Ch. Kamps’ Kountry Kiss and Ch. Kamps’ Silversmith are just a few of the very well-known dogs that reflect the style, type and conformation that we covet for the show ring.

The moving picture of BIS Ch. Kamps’ Kaptain Kool in motion has been used for many years in various Cocker Spaniel breed books including the ASC blue book “The Cocker Spaniel” to illustrate correct movement in our breed.

Harriet has always been a generous mentor to many of us in the fancy and is graciously willing to share her wealth of knowledge about our breed. Her integrity is beyond question. She is a firm believer in striving to improve the health and welfare of the cocker spaniel and a supporter of our ASC Health Registry; in fact, Harriet is one of the few breeders who submitted dogs for the first registry in 1976 and has continued listing dogs for the past 33 years.

Harriet has served on the ASC Board of Directors, on our standards committee and has been a long-time member and officer of the Maryland Cocker Spaniel Club.  She has truly been a positive influence on our beloved breed and is deserving of recognition for all her accomplishments. Harriet was inducted into the American Spaniel Club Hall of Fame at the annual meeting this January for her contributions to the breed.

Regina M. Beinhauer

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News on the Cataract Research Project - Updated 12/31/2016



This is a quote I love with regard to volunteering - “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”

Needless to say in an all-volunteer organization like the American Spaniel Club and the American Spaniel Club Foundation, volunteers make a vital difference because neither organization would exist without dedicated volunteers. Simply stated -- volunteers are essential for the health and well-being of both Clubs and ultimately our beloved flushing spaniels.

Studies show that there are six main reasons people volunteer: to make a difference in others’ lives; to support an organization or cause; to learn something new; to develop personally or professionally; to feel better about themselves; and to meet people. In other words, volunteering is personal. Advertisements that simply state an organization needs volunteers are not generally successful and I know ASC and ASCF have both found that to be true. However, just think if you could make a difference, support a cause you love (cocker spaniels and the other flushing breeds), feel good in accomplishing an important goal, and meet other people who also love spaniels, wouldn’t you want to volunteer?

As the ASC Board announced at the National Specialty in July, ASC has embarked on a strategic plan to make ASC stronger and more relevant in today’s world of pure bred dogs. There are many areas in which ASC needs help – ASC communications, including a new breed magazine, social media, the new website, breeders education, judges education and public education; membership development and events; marketing; branding; national conformation and performance events; and field events. To accomplish this strategic plan a wide variety of volunteers are needed.

I know ASC has an amazingly talented membership with diverse experiences and expertise that can help ASC accomplish its strategic goals. Accordingly, ASC would like to be sure its knows about your expertise and interests. In ASC’s Annual Mailing, which everyone should have received by now, and on the ASC website and by survey monkey, there is a Volunteer Interest Form. PLEASE fill out the form and return it to either Dee Torgerson Rismyhr or Laurie Foley. From the Annual Mailing, Laurie has already received a number of completed forms. Thank you to those members for your immediate response, but we need a response from everyone!

To give one's time and talent for a good cause is a special feeling. And to see what a group like ASC’s membership can accomplish will be amazing. WON’T YOU HELP? WON”T YOU VOLUNTEER?

I am always open to hearing your thoughts, so email me anytime at lmoore@estesokon.com

January 2016 - UPDATED NEWS ON Cocker Spaniel Cataract Research 

View Dr. Aguirre's Presentation on Cataracts & His Research Project

ASC and ASCF Join forces to Fund Cocker Spaniel Cataract Research !!

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