To this day, Bedeslea Spinoni stand alone within the breed in the UK for their achievements in both the Showring and the Field
It has always been my intention to maintain the 'whole' Spinone - a rustic dog that has the essential ingredients, one of which is certainly the ability and desire to hunt game. My Golden Retrievers were always capable of doing it all, including studio and assistance work, and I considered the Spinone in the same light. I was indeed fortunate to enter this breed in 1987 with a dog that was able to prove himself in the field, in addition to gaining awards in the ring at a high level. Bosco won Hampshire Gundog's Dual Purpose Trophy over all the Gundog breeds for his dual purpose achievements.
Bosco won a number of Working Test awards in Puppy and Novice and was always a very keen retriever on shoots, where he regularly found the pricked birds on the perimeter. On his very first run in a Field Trial, aged nine months, Bosco was given the Guns' Award for his impressive retrieve through barbed wire fencing of a wounded cock pheasant. The very same retrieve also put him out of the trial! Luckily, he managed to master some control as he gained experience and understanding!
Bosco was the first male in the UK to win an award at a KC Novice Field Trial and therefore the first Spinone male in the KC Stud Book surpassed only by his sister, Gaesten Bianca di Custoza of Gamehawk owned by experienced field-trialler, Bill Pearson. Bosco was owner/handled by me, running a Continental Gundog for the first time, which was a handicap to his talent on occasions, even though I had for several years run Golden Retrievers in Working Tests and Field Trials.
If KC approval for CC-status had been granted just a year or so earlier, Bosco is likely to have been the first full Champion in the breed. He was awarded Best Dog/BOB at Ch Shows on several occasions. Nonetheless, that aside, he still played his part in founding this small but successful kennel. His 'dual-ability' genes continue on...