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Sharon Gerling and Dorothy Christiansen

Sharon Gerling  Dorothy Christiansen
Sharon Gerling                                                         Dorothy Christiansen

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013
For contribution to the Breed

Sharon Gerling & Dorothy Christiansen

Dorothy Christiansen and daughter Sharon Gerling have significantly contributed to the development of the parti-color Cocker Spaniel variety throughout their lives.

Their interest in the breed started after they attended a Richland Kennel Club show when Sharon was just seven years old. That day someone handed the little girl a black Cocker to show in Junior Showmanship and Sharon went Best Junior Handler.  From then on, mother and daughter were enchanted with the breed and worked to illustrate the breed standard in the conformation ring.

Their first champion was Ch. My-Ida-Ho Ideal Deb, a red and white bitch. Dorothy was a competitor and loved the sport. She was first into the ring and one of my favorite memories is when she and I went to a Canadian show circuit with multiple Best in Show winner, Ch. My-Ida-Ho Point Bandit.  Dorothy would throw treats to Bandit that he would catch perfectly each time his tail wagged for more while being free-stacked. 

When Dorothy stopped showing her own dogs, she became an AKC judge, and judged nationally and internationally for many years.

My-Ida-Ho parti-colors are well known around the world and it would be difficult to find a parti-color pedigree without My-Ida-Ho dogs in it today. Some of the finest dogs in the world are descendants of the diligence and commitment of Dorothy and Sharon.

Sired by Ch. My-Ida-Ho Look N’ Good,  Ch. San Jo’s Born to Win “Patrick” finished his career as No. 2 AKC Sporting Dog. He is a three time Best In Show winner at the annual ASC Flushing Spaniel Show,  two time Best of Breed winner at the American Spaniel Club’s National Cocker Spaniel Specialty Show. Patrick’s puppies and descendants have gone on to high achievements internationally including winning the Gun Dog Group at Cruft’s, and at ASC national shows over the past several years.  

Ch. Luzana’s Look N’ Tri-If-Fic, is another American Spaniel Club winner with a Best Cocker in Show win at the January Flushing show. His sire is Ch. My-Ida-Ho Look N’ Gorgeous who is sired by Look N’ Good.  Look N’ Gorgeous also sired the multiple Best in Show bitch, Ch. My-Ida-Ho Just Bn’ Gorgeous. 

Each year My-Ida-Ho parti-colors are ranked in the national standings and have won many Top Five awards from the American Spaniel Club.  There have been five multiple Best In Show dogs at My-Ida-Ho and numerous Group and Best Of Breed winners, eight Top Producing Sires with eleven or more champion offspring, the most famous multiple BISS Ch. My-Ida-Ho Look N’ Good with sixty five. There are twenty one Top Producing Dams with four or more champion offspring.  To date there are over two hundred My-Ida-Ho champions.

Dorothy passed away in January of 2001 and Sharon has continued with their  My- Ida- Ho breeding program. She now co-breeds and co-owns some of her dogs with Emma Ross, My Jems Cockers.  Sharon said her most memorable “career win” was at the January 2006 American Spaniel Club Flushing Show where Multiple BISS Ch. My-Ida-Ho N’ Jems Nabisco won Best Cocker Spaniel in Show from the Bred- By- Exhibitor Classes. 

In 2008, Sharon judged the American Spaniel Club Futurity and her choice for Black Futurity winner and ASCOB variety winner were litter mates that went on to win black WB, BW and ASCOB WB, BW and BOV in their regular classes. … she has an eye for a good dog.

Sharon is a Life Member of the Washington State Cocker Spaniel Club and the American Spaniel Club.  Over the years she has mentored many new breeders and is most respected by her those who know her well.   

Dorothy and Sharon are true stewards of the breed and have demonstrated over a lifetime, a consistent consideration and dedication to the Cocker Spaniel. We are proud to induct them to the 2013 ASC Hall of Fame for their contributions to the breed.

Kathy Egeland Brock and Wilma Parker





All of the ballots regarding the proposed changes to the Cocker Spaniel Breed Standard have been counted. The only proposed change that passed was to add the disqualification for blue eyes or blue specks in the eye.  The results are as follows:


BALLOT 1: Proposed change to include disqualification for blue eyes:

Number of ballots returned 710

Invalid ballots 2

Total number of valid ballots 708


Number required to pass (2/3s) 472


Number of Yes votes 512 (72.32%)


Number of No votes 196 (27.68%)


This proposed change passed.


BALLOT 2: Proposed change to include undocked tails:


Number of ballots returned 708


Invalid ballots 2


Total number of valid ballots 706


Number required to pass (2/3s) 471


Number of Yes votes 324 (45. 89%)


Number of No votes 382 (54.11%)


This proposed change did not pass.


BALLOT 3: Proposed change to include solid sable:


Number of ballots returned 709


Invalid ballots 2


Total number of valid ballots 707


Number required to pass (2/3s) 471


Number of Yes votes 337 (47. 67%)


Number of No votes 370 (52.33%)


This proposed change did not pass.


BALLOT 4: Proposed change to include parti-color sable:


Number of ballots returned 706


Invalid ballots 2


Total number of valid ballots 704


Number required to pass (2/3s) 469


Number of Yes votes 336 (47. 73%)


Number of No votes 368 (52.27%)


This proposed change did not pass.


This has been a thoughtful, vigorously debated, and sometimes contentious process, but the membership has spoken. For the good of ASC and the love of our breed, I hope, and I think we will, all move forward together.


Linda Moore 



Earlier the National Nominating Committee presented the following nominees to serve 2-year terms (1-18 to 1-20) as officers of the club.:


President — Diane Kepley 

1st VP — Julie Virosteck 

2nd VP — Kathy Egeland-Brock


Now the Zone Nominating Committees have finished their work and are nominating the following individuals to serve as Directors and Alternates for 2-Year terms (1-18 until 1-20).


Zone 1 

Director — Stacy Dobmeier; Alternate — Vivian Hudson


Zone 2

Director — Dale Ward; Alternate — Karin Linde Klerholm


Zone 3

Director — Bonnie Buell; Alternate — Lisa Arnett


Zone 4

Director — Linda McLean; Alternate — Lane Tarantino 


Zone 5

Director — Alan Santos; Alternate — DeAnn Jepson


Any members who were not nominated by these committees may run by petition received by the Secretary on or before November 15th. Requirements for the petitions are contained in Article IV, Section 2 of the bylaws found on the ASC website under Documents.


Just a reminder that the ASC Board is soliciting member input prior to taking action on the proposed bylaw changes. The 30 day comment period ends on October 28, 2017.

Please post any comments or questions to the ASC Yahoo List or send your comments to me, Tony Stallard, privately if you so desire. a4r4s4@aol.com 


***** 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. 

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