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The Clumber Spaniel Dog Club (CSGC) is delighted to announce that a distinguished Country Sportsman has agreed to become its President. Sir John Scott, Bt. MFH. is a renowned natural historian, writer, broadcaster, columnist, and countryside campaigner. He wrote and co-presented the BBC2 series Clarissa and the Countryman with Clarissa Dickson Wright. A highly respected Field Sports and Countryside figure Sir Johnny has a natural affinity with the ambitions of the CSGC.

Andrew Parker Chairman of the CSGC said “This is a great honour for our Club. Sir Johnny has far-reaching experience and knowledge in country sports. He understands the challenges CSGC has taken on in its mission of developing the working Clumber Spaniel as a serious prospect for spaniel handlers seeking a proficient hunting dog, fully capable in the field.

Andrew continues “We met Sir Johnny Scott on a shoot over day organised for our handlers with our most exciting lines, and immediately had a meeting of minds. CSGC has become a beacon for those who wish to train for the excellence we know lies within some of our lines. It thrills us to find that Sir Johnny is similarly enthused, and the Club will benefit immensely from his keen interest.

Sir Johnny Scott said “I am so pleased to have been asked to be President of the Clumber Spaniel Gundog Club and delighted to witness first hand Clumbers restored to their rightful place as working gun dogs at the walked-up day in October 2022.

The shooting industry is at long last moving away from an obsession with big bags and recognising that shooting should be about quality and appreciation of the day, rather than quantity. This is a world the working Clumber fits into perfectly and they have now come into their own again, offering a genuinely sporting alternative to cockers or springers.”

Andrew concludes “This is a massive step forward for CSGC and is further good news for our members, all of whom are dedicated to making this, and any other, talented minority breed spaniel reach its full potential in the field.”

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