Copper earned his first points, a 3 pt MAJOR, at the age of only SIX Mos. and TWO days on his first weekend in conformation competition.
This established a new standard for Chestnut English Cockers to meet in the future!
The following weekend at the St. Judes Showcase for Dogs in Memphis, TN, Copper was awarded a GROUP II in Sporting Puppy Group competition.
In his first three show weekends, Copper earned a 3 point major and reserves to four 4 point majors.
Copper earned another placement in Sporting Group Puppy competition, a GROUP IV at the International Kennel Club competition in Chicago. Copper had, by this time, his second major win required for a championship, both received from the puppy class!
At the 2003 National Specialty for the English Cocker Spaniel Club of America, Copper won 1st place in the 12-15 Months Junior Dog sweepstakes class and 2nd place in the 12-18 Months Dog regular class.
Copper was judged Best of Winners at the summer 2003 Specialty of the English Cocker Spaniel Club of South East Wisconsin. The judge was Harri Lehkonen of Finland. This completed his Championship requirements.
Copper was awarded Best of Breed in the ECSCA supported show that same weekend by breeder-judge Karen Ericson.
Copper soon embarked on his SPECIALS career with Group placements on his first weekend in Colorado. His first Best in Show was awarded just a few weeks later at the age of only 18 months.
Copper has surpassed a three decades old record for AKC BIS wins by an English Cocker Spaniel. The old mark of 18 BIS, established by CH Ancrams Simon in the late 1970's, has now been increased by almost 50%, to 26.
Coppers other ECSCA records include the largest entry BIS win ever won by an ECS and he also lays claim to the fourth and ninth largest entry AKC BIS wins by an ECS.
Besides the 26 All-Breed BIS, 86 group wins and nearly 100 other group placements, Copper and Laura have won BEST of BREED twice at AKC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP INVITATIONAL, under Anne Rogers Clark in Dec. 2003, and the next invitational held in Jan. 2005 with a SPORTING GROUP II from Marjorie Martorella.
Another notable series of wins have come from AMERICAN SPANIEL CLUB; Best of Breed under David Flanagan in 2004, a second Best of Breed awarded by Virginia Lyne which led into Best in Show from Dr. Alvin Grossman in 2006.
Perhaps Coppers greatest conformation week performance came at the 2006 National Specialty of the English Cocker Spaniel Club of America in Sacramento, California. There Copper participated in the tri-ennial Top Dog Invitational competition and won the award of Champion of Champions from the judging panel of Jesse Pfeiffer, Douglas Mcfarlane, and Sharon Collins. He then followed that success by being awarded Best of Breed for the National Specialty under Judy Corbett.
Copper returned to Philadelphia and the AMERICAN SPANIEL CLUB show for a third Best of Breed in 2007, awarded by Michael Faulkner. This win enabled him to bring home the Ballyweel Trophy. This century old, cast bronze plaque was last won by a "MEPALS" cocker in the early part of the 20 th century. How fitting as Copper's ancestry can be traced back to the Mepals kennel.
Retiring (temporarily) from competition in conformation, Copper moved on to the Agility and Rally Obedience rings. Through the summer of 2007, Copper was ranked by the ECSCA as the #1 English Cocker for BOTH standard and jumpers with weaves Agility at the novice level of competition in statistics published in the Summer 2007 edition of the ECSCA Review.
He returned, unheralded, for one last conformation competition at the 2008 Westminster Kennel Club show, accompanied as always by the great handling team of Laura King and Erin Gimbut.
He proudly departed from the ring with a
A CHAMPION among CHAMPIONS.
Copper has continued to excel in all the endeavors he undertakes. The English Cocker Spaniel Club of America recognized him, for the calendar year 2009, as the #1 English Cocker in overall Rally Obedience, the #1 English Cocker in Obedience at the Novice level and the #2 English Cocker in overall Obedience competition.
At the 2010 ECSCA National Specialty and Obedience Trial, Copper completed his Graduate Novice obedience title with a
His legacy has grown show by show, trial by trial, and day by day through not only his own accomplishments but also through the offspring he has sired.
Specialty Winners and Group Placers, like himself, and with temperaments second to none.
Copper's son BO, CH Majestic's Keeping the Drama, bred and co-owned by Kay and Doug Belter was awarded Best of Breed at the 2010 National Specialty of the ECSCA. In researching the records, this appears to be only the second time that Father/Son combinations have claimed this honor and the first time done so by solid colored ECS.
We hope Copper is making an indelible mark on the breed history of the English Cocker Spaniel in America.