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DinaThe Deepthatch Kennel originated from Dina of Kieve and Windlehill Breeding. The Windlehill affix belonged to Mrs Bibby (Ruby's Aunt).

Over the years there have been eight Dual Champions in England. These following dogs all link back to the successful Windlehill Kennel and the bitch, Dina of Kieve.

  • Dual Champion Inchmarlo Griff Graff of Prarau
  • Dual Champion Matham Dark Claret of Trolanda
  • Dual Champion Swifthouse Tufty
  • Dual Champion Geramers Shannon
  • Dual Champion Geramers Victress of Swifthouse
  • Dual Champion Stairfoot Sobrig
  • Dual Champion Keldy White Knight
  • Dual Champion Swifthouse Blethchington

Mrs BibbyMrs Bibby was like a mother to us, and because of her we had our own GSP in 1963, which was Weekend Mist. A son of Mist was mated to a bitch who brought back some of the Windlehill, Baronet and Dinah lines into the pedigree. This produced Jason of St Andrews (Field Trial and Show Winner). Then came Deepthatch Cinnamon, Deepthatch Driftwood and Deepthatch Doublet.

To become an English Field Trial Champion you have to qualify through from Novice, all age, and then win 2 Open Stakes.

In the USA a Master Hunter Certificate is the highest award to be won in Hunting Tests. This is the nearest award to a British Field Trial Champion. They are run in a brace on Quail and Chukka, and have to pass 6 times under different judges in aspects of hunting, pointing, trainability, retrieving and honouring each other when on point and retrieving birds. They must be steady whilst on point and retrieving. A Junior Hunter is the first award, followed by Master Hunter.

Nowadays we continue to work our dogs, as well as showing them throughout the year. Our newest addition Deepthatch Lexi won her first Working Test at 15months and won the puppy class at Crufts 2006. You can see more pictures of dogs past and present on the Photos Page.


Miss Daisy

Deepthatch Miss Daisy


KarlOur son Karl has been involved with the dogs since a youngster, and as he grew up was very successful. He is pictured having achieved shooting left and right on Woodcocks. To become a member of the Woodcock club you achievement must be witnessed by 2 other people. This is sent off to Shooting Times and you become a member. Karl became a member at just 13 years old. He shoots over the dogs with Jim and as a youngster handled a Driftwood Daughter in Junior Handling Classes. Karl worked hard through college and university for many years to become an electrical engineer with his own business, which enables him to continue with his shooting. He has qualified for the English Fitase team, who just recently won the Gold medal at the International Fitase Competition in Norfolk.