Iris Trophy

Mepal Iris was whelped in 1904, sired by Ch Mepal Shotover x Mepal Bella. Her photograph can be seen in all ASC History books.

In 1999 we discovered the TL Manson Cup for Best Cocker Spaniel at Westminster for sale at auction on the Internet. The trophy is a handsome sterling water pitcher and was won by parti colored cocker bitch, Mepal Iris, in 1906. The show was also the Jubilee celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the American Spaniel Club. In addition to the trophy Iris won a dozen other special prizes that day.

The breeder owner was Mepal Kennels, Mr. Hildreth Kennedy Bloodgood of New Marlborough, MA. Bloodgood served 14 years as president of ASC and was still in office when he died in 1919. He was inducted into the ASC Hall of Fame in 2005.
TL Manson Cup

Ch. Mepal`s Iris
Ch. Mepal's Iris, Winners Bitch (Parti-color), ASC Jubilee Show, 1906.

In her lifetime, Iris won 93 prizes...more than any other Mepal cocker. Mepal Kennels never won Best In Show at Westminster, but three cockers have done so--Midkiff Seductive 1921, Ch. My Own Brucie, 1940 and 1941 and Ch. Carmor's Rise and Shine, 1954. The Iris pedigree was behind the latter winners while Ch. Baby Ruth was behind all three top winners.

Iris Trophy at ASC in 2001

The Iris trophy was donated by the American Spaniel Club to the AKC Archives in NY and is displayed in a glass case in the Library to forever be preserved for Cocker Spaniel history.

Wilma Parker, ASC Curator

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