2004 Hall of Fame Nomination
Contribution to the Breed
The Kaplar prefix of Laura M. Henson has long been familiar to the fancy with the majority of these cockers shown by Laura, herself. What started with a family pet over 40 years ago has left a mark unprecedented in contributions to the breed for correct cocker type. The Kaplar dogs and their offspring have proven their quality by the many wins at the national level and specialties.
Laura was closely involved with the creation of our Club’s first fully illustrated book on the cocker spaniel, fondly known as the “Blue Book.” She has served on both the Standard and Education committees, worked on the original breed slide show and later the conversion to video.
From 1993 through 1997 she served as the Zone I Alternate. She has presented breed seminars both here and abroad and continues to serve as a mentor ringside to those who participate in the breed seminars. Laura has judged in other countries as well and was selected by her peers to judge the ASC Futurity on two occasions. She has never failed to give of her time and talent whether as a Tack Room Chair or Assistant Show Chair at the January Flushing Show and many new breeders have benefited from her knowledge.
The Kaplar dogs along with Laura’s tireless efforts as an ambassador for the breed will be felt for years to come.
In January 2004 Laura M. Henson was inducted into the ASC Hall of Fame for her contributions to the breed.
Wilma Parker, ASC Curator