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OB Gilman

OB GilmanInducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006
For Service to the Organization

The master of Idahurst kennels was a Boston businessman who bought his first cocker spaniel in 1883 little thinking he would go into breeding at all much less become the breeder of some of the finest cocker spaniels that were ever seen in that time era In those days the cocker was little more than just a dog and for the next 50 years he sent some of the finest most nearly perfect cockers to the show benches. The Idahurst kennels became the largest and the most well known throughout Massachusetts if not all of New England. He was voted in as a new member to ASC in 1890 and was one of the original founders of our oldest member club, The CSC Breeders Club of New England. He was an outstanding figure in the world of cocker spaniels and he was regarded as the very best authority on the breed.

He maintained a staff of men whose duties were to oversee the care of the kennels located in Cambridge which were equipped in the most modern fashion of the day. In a newspaper clipping from 1937 the writer describes the kennels at Idahurst. "The kennel building is air-conditioned through-out with individual accommodations for 75 pairs of dogs. Two dogs are always kept together at night. The dogs have both indoor and outdoor accessibility whenever they want with large covered runways. When one runs inside the others do likewise just to see what is going on. The kennel and runs are contained on nearly 2 acres, all hidden behind large solid fences which allows for ample exercise and fresh air during waking hours. The maternity ward is entirely distinct from the rest of the kennel."

Gilman was intensely interested in the experimentation work done by Dr. Leon Whitney, noted canine authority on feeding and color breeding and in charge of the Yale experimental kennels at New Haven. Following the advice of Dr. Whitney the Idahurst cockers were fed a mixture scientifically prepared at the kennels. The rations were of raw beef, dehydrated fish, and liver. Fresh tripe, soy beans, alfalfa, hay, bran, spinach and raw squash- sometimes cooked- yeast and egg powder with evaporated milk and buttermilk powder for liquids made up the menu. The weekly feed bill in itself was no small item.

His dogs won a world of championships and his Idahurst Lofty was mounted at his death and placed on exhibit at the Peabody Museum at Yale as showing what a cocker spaniel should be. Ch Idahurst Bell II, whelped in 1928, was a 3 time ASC Best In Show winner, produced several litters of winners and lived a long life of luxury and ease. Another win that pleased Gilman was capturing the Big Four Novice Stake in Boston with Idahurst First Lady.

Gilman was a wise man with respect for the past and what had gone before. This also applied to his dogs. He never had the heart to put one of them down just because it was past breeding age. There came a time when he reached an age that he made preparations for his dogs and collections of history. His scrapbooks contain not only information of his dogs but also history of other well known breeders from those by gone days. The Idahurst Cockers and meticulously kept breeding records and pedigrees, paintings, medallions; award cups, and the Obo II cup were entrusted for safe keeping and care to the Whitney family. OB Gilman died at the age of 95. When the Work Group was formed in 2000 we began to receive Gilman’s historical collections into the ASC Archives.

Wilma Parker, ASC Curator

The ballots to vote on the proposed standard revisions were mailed to all ASC members on Wednesday, September 20, 2017.  In returning the ballots, please follow the instructions in order to insure that you are sending in valid ballots. There are four ballots, one for each proposed change.

The ballots MUST BE RECEIVED BY WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2017 to be valid.



ASC will be hosting a hunt test open to all registered breeds of flushing spaniels, Airedale Terriers, Irish Water Spaniels, and select Retriever breeds. This hunt test will be held on October 28 & 29, 2017 in Jacobus, Pennsylvania. Any one that is interested in receiving a premium list for this test or for being tested for the WD/WDX please contact Carolee Douglas at jdouglas73@comcast.net.

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The Board has appointed the following members to the Zone Nominating Committees.

They will start work later this month and will nominate candidates to serve as your Zone Director and Alternate Zone Director. These individuals serve for a 2-year term. The Zone Director is responsible for attending specialty shows around the Zone and keeping zone members informed about what is happening with ASC. The Zone Director will also attend 2 Board meetings a year and participate in conference calls approximately monthly. If you are interested in being nominated for any of these positions, please contact a committee member or members.

Zone 1 Committee
Bonnie Pike, chair
Kim Valvolo
Peggy Kotek
Karen Osper, alternate

Zone 2 Committee
Lindy Bennett, chair
Cheryl Brown
Jackie Cavallin
Erin Baker, alternate

Zone 3 Committee
Genea Jones, chair
Terri Procunier
Susan Gray
Laura English, alternate

Zone 4 Committee
Patricia Elkins, chair
Eilene White
DiAnn Prock

Zone 5 Committee
Barbara Shaw, chair
Beth Moore
Diane Hill
Laurie Foley, alternate

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Linda Moore.

***************************** FLUSHING SPANIEL SHOW 2018 U P D A T E *****************************

Due to unforeseen delays with the building improvement construction, the Knoxville Exhibition Center will not be ready in time for our January show. Therefore, we will move the show to the Jacob Building at Chilhowee Park (2201 E. Magnolia Avenue, Knoxville).

The venue is a short 5 ½ miles (approximately 10 min.) drive from the Holiday Inn. The Knoxville Convention Center team has committed to making this unexpected transition as seamless as possible. We are working with Visit Knoxville (Convention & Visitors Bureau) to provide shuttle service for our members and guests to/from the Holiday Inn and the show venue.

More information will be available shortly as the Show Committee works on the logistics of the Show.  For now, we recommend that everyone who has reservations at the Holiday Inn, KEEP them. The few motels located by the facility are not recommended by the KCC or Chilhowee Park management. However, if you would like to cancel your reservation, please DO NOT call the Holiday Inn.  Please contact Jane Williams.  We have a waiting list for rooms and we need to facilitate the room change or the room will go back to general hotel inventory. 

ASC 2017 National Specialty DVD Clips

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Best of Breed  July 2017

Junior handlers July 2017 

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