Sheri and Mark Johnson

Our Wedding ReceptionWe were brought together by our mutual love of dogs. We are shown in the picture to the left, at our wedding reception.

CH Chrystalis Chestnut Cedar, CDX WD FDCh TDI, was in attendance as Best English Cocker.

Sheri manages Chestnut Grooming and Boarding Kennel, which is located on our home property. She has been involved in dog grooming professionally since 1983. She has trained a number of dog groomers who work in the Springfield, Illinois area.

Sheri, of course, handles the preparation of our dogs for the conformation ring. She also has the lead in training dogs, for obedience, agility and flyball sporting events. Her star pupil was an American Cocker named Miss Sugar Bear of Acadia, UD. Sugie progressed from CD thru CDX to UD in about one years time, to end up ranked #1 obedience Cocker Spaniel for 1984.

Mark is an information systems analyst for an agency of the Illinois state government. He is a Certified Data Processor and has a B.S. in Biochemistry from Aurora University. He has also served as an instructor in the Electronic Data Processing department at Lincoln Land Community College. He currently provides banking and chauffeur services for the Chestnut ECS' along with part-time handling and poop-scooping.

We are members in good standing of the following dog related organizations:

  • English Cocker Spaniel Club of America
  • Capitol Canine Training Club (Springfield, Illinois)

Our hometown club is CCTC in Springfield, Illinois. Over the years, we have served as officers, members of the board of directors, committee chairs, and volunteer instructors in both obedience and agility training classes.

Mark has been a chairman of CCTC obedience trials and secured the obedience trial judging panels for many past years. He and Sheri have also performed as awards chairs for Obedience and Agility trials, as well as general club member recognition awards.

Mark has served on the Board of Directors for the English Cocker Spaniel Club of America.

Milestones for Mark, Sheri and Chestnut English Cocker Spaniels:

  • 1953 - "DUKE", Marks first (American) Cocker Spaniel
  • 1981 - Mark's first litter of (American) Cocker Spaniels
  • 1981 - Miss Sugar Bear of Acadia, UD #1 Obedience (American) Cocker Spaniel with Sheri
  • 1989 - CH Ebonwood Chestnut Earl, CD First Champion English Cocker Spaniel
  • 1991 - Sheri's first litter of English Cocker Spaniels
  • 1993 - Chestnuts Alluring Daffodill, CD, first homebred titled English Cocker Spaniel
  • 1994 - CH Chestnuts Red Jasper, first homebred Champion
  • 2000 - CH Chestnuts Paranormal, OA AXJ FM, Winners Dog and Best of Winners ECSCA National Specialty Show
  • 2003 - CH Chestnuts Ashgrove Lily, Best of Opposite Sex at Westminster Kennel Club
  • 2003 - CH Chestnuts Selling the Drama, CD GN RAE NA NAJ NJP TDI, first homebred Best in Show winner
  • 2004 - CH Chestnuts Selling the Drama, CD GN RAE NA NAJ NJP TDI, #1 English Cocker, #9 Sporting Dog in NATIONAL ALL-BREED rankings
  • 2005 - CH Chestnuts Selling the Drama, CD GN RAE NA NAJ NJP TDI, Sporting Group 2 AKC National Invitational Championship
  • 2005 - CH Chestnuts Selling the Drama, CD GN RAE NA NAJ NJP TDI, #1 English Cocker, #1 Sporting Dog, TOP-TEN in NATIONAL ALL-BREED rankings
  • 2005 - CH Chestnuts Selling the Drama, CD GN RAE NA NAJ NJP TDI, surpasses the record of 18 AKC Best In Show wins by an ECS, standing since the 1970's
  • 2005 - CH Chestnuts Selling the Drama, CD GN RAE NA NAJ NJP TDI, NEW RECORD for largest entry AKC Best In Show by an ECS
  • 2006 - CH Chestnuts Selling the Drama, CD GN RAE NA NAJ NJP TDI, Best in Show at American Spaniel Club
  • 2006 - CH Chestnuts Selling the Drama, CD GN RAE NA NAJ NJP TDI, NEW RECORD for most (26) AKC Best In Show wins by an ECS
  • 2006 - CH Chestnuts Selling the Drama, CD GN RAE NA NAJ NJP TDI, named Champion of Champions at ECSCA Top Dog Invitational
  • 2006 - CH Chestnuts Selling the Drama, CD GN RAE NA NAJ NJP TDI, Best of Breed ECSCA National Specialty show
  • 2007 - CH Chestnuts Selling the Drama, CD GN RAE NA NAJ NJP TDI, #1 breed ranking in Novice Agility and Novice Agility Jumpers
  • 2008 - CH Chestnuts Selling the Drama, CD GN RAE NA NAJ NJP TDI, Sporting Group 4 Westminster Kennel Club
  • 2009 - CH Chestnuts Selling the Drama, CD GN RAE NA NAJ NJP TDI, #1 breed ranking in Rally Obedience
  • 2009 - CH Chestnuts Selling the Drama, CD GN RAE NA NAJ NJP TDI, #1 breed ranking in Obedience at Novice level, #2 overall Obedience
  • 2009 - CH Majestics Keeping the Drama, #3 dog breed ranking in Conformation, #1 solid
  • 2010 - Daybreak Chestnut Mad World, Best in Sweepstakes ECSCA National Specialty show
  • 2010 - CH Majestics Keeping the Drama, Best of Breed ECSCA National Specialty show