Gemma Jacobs

I had my first Flatcoat Hatti in 1990, she was a daughter of Champion Shargleam Skylark and started the love affair I have with the breed.

She was closely followed by Fossdyke Insignia who had the potential to be a phenomenal show dog but was sadly killed in an accident aged 17 months. After losing Fossi I was gifted a 2 year old dog from Emanon breeding who I started competing in agility and obedience competitions with a degree of success as well as in the show ring.

We mated him to Hatti and from this litter came my first Champion in the form of Champion Gemswin Perhaps Love, Slipper went on to win 12 CC’s 8 Rccs and group placings, she held a full title as she qualified in the field. She was the top Flatcoat in 2000.

My next Champion came in the form of Show Champion Gemswin Abracadabra, his sister also gained 2CC’s and his half brother who I owned won a CC and several Rccs.

I introduced liver dogs into my lines in 1999 and I show, work and breed both colours with success ever since.

Abracadabra’s grandson became my next Champion , Show Champion Broomsward Hugo Boss By Gemswin .

Hugo has proved an excellent sire with winning progeny in the UK, USA, Germany, Norway, Holland, Lithuania and Sweden.

I imported my first Flatcoat in 2011 and have imported 3 more dogs from Europe since then to enhance and compliment my lines.

To me it is essential that my Flatcoats are a dual purpose breed and during the shooting season they work on shoots 3 days a week , often being shown in between those days. In 2017 my picking up team won the BASC Picking Up team competition at Crufts, in 2018 they were 2nd place, all the dogs in the team then went into the breed classes and had good placings.

I have served on the judges committee of the Flatcoated Retriever Society for 20 years and have been the junior secretary where I encouraged young handlers and owners of Flatcoats to participate in competitions with their dogs. I am currently the membership secretary of the Southern Flatcoated Retriever Club & I also organise the breed booth at Discover Dogs in London every year.

I awarded my first set of CC’s in 2010 and have judged at both the Flatcoated Retriever Society and the Scottish Flatcoated Retriever Clubs championship shows. I have also judged in Finland, Germany and Norway .

I am a member of the Kennel Club.

In my working life I have a degree in Animal Science and behavioural studies and help owners with problem dogs as well as being a director of my husbands telecoms business



Sarah Beevers

Sarah Whittaker is a country girl at heart, being brought up on a farm surrounded by dogs and other animals. Her father, Philip, had the Stonemeade kennel and he gave Sarah her first flatcoat, Stonemeade Prince Charming. Today every dog that Sarah has in her Bramatha kennel goes back to Prince.

 Sarah started judging over 30 years ago. During that time, some of the highlights have been judging the Speciality Show in Rhode Island, USA; the World Dog Show in Milano; the Nordic and Norwegian Winner Shows in Oslo and Crufts. In addition to many club shows in Europe, including Sweden!

 It is 11 years since Sarah judged in Sweden, then she became known for “More Oomph Please”! Previously to this, it was “Mrs Snip Snip” due to the excessive use of scissors, but that was back in the ‘80s and ‘90s and the trimming has improved considerably.

 Sarah is looking forward to judging in Umea with Gemma, whom she has known for many years. Whilst sharing their love of Flatcoats, they both work their dogs, so appreciate that the dogs are fit for the purpose of putting in a hard day in the shooting field! We eagerly await the entry!

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