| Welcome to Prestonville - we hope you
will enjoy meeting our Cavaliers and Griffons situated in the deep south of New
|| Dianne J.
Tyssen, of the Prestonville Cavalier King Charles Spaniels of Invercargill,
NZ has more than two decades of interest in breeding, exhibiting & now
After being involved with horses for a number of years and owning a Labrador, my husband and I decided we would like a small breed of dog, but one who was fit enough to come out on the farm with us. We liked the Cavaliers and decided they were the breed for us and in February 1973, after a 6 month wait we got Peaches, a blenheim bitch. We tried showing and got hooked. Unfortunately, Peaches did not make the grade show-wise, bearing a marked resemblance to that early model of the breed, Anns Son.
We looked for a suitable dog to correct her failings. However as we have since found out through experience, even the most perfect dog in the world
However I could see her potential and after dieting and training she very quickly became Ch. Chievres Elizabethan, winning her 8th Challenge and Championship title under Mrs D Murray Crustadele UK, at the Tiki CKCSC Championship Show in 1975.
Being novices at this dog breeding game, we read that one of the best matings you can do is grandfather to grand-daughter, so we did just that and got our first homebred Champions Prestonville LJanella and LJamison. Janella was a well broken tricolour like her father and gave us many thrills in the show ring. She won Best in Show at Canterbury CKCSC under Lady Forward Eyeworth UK, with her daughter Shady Lady winning Reserve Challenge and Puppy In Show! Prestonville Shady Lady was one of a litter of four, all of whom became championsa first for Cavaliers in New Zealand. The other three were Mama Mia, Jive Talkn, and Desperado (sired by Pantisa Guilini of Moerangi (UK) and all except Shady Lady, produced Champions for other kennels. We have recently titled Janellas look-alike direct descendant, also a pretty, well broken Tricolour Aust/NZ Ch Prestonville Tri Flowrs.
Tri Gems - co-owned with Ngaire Brown 'Prinzton' was mated to Ch Prestonville Pascali to produce US Ch Prestonville China Rose, to A/NZ/FINISH/DANISH/INT CH Deeriem Thelonius of Anncourt (UK-FIN) to produce US CH Prestonville Laurie, NZ Ch Prestonville Luukas with Prinzton and NZ Ch Prinzton Annukka - co-owned with Janine King. Luukas & Annukka are Specialty Best In Show winners, Luukas also an All Breeds Best In Show & Reserve BIS winner in 2005.
Although we started with blenheims, in 74, I saw Ch Chandlers Pharamond and Merne of Kormar who had just arrived from the United Kingdom and fell in love with wholecolours. Our first ruby Champion SDubious (the second New Zealand Ruby Champion) was sired by Merne out of a Aust Ch Pantisa Du Barry of Furbari (UK) daughter Morriston Shelah. SDubious sired Glengariff Bianca, an integral part of our breeding program. Bianca mated to Aust Ch Braganzar Pineas produced A/NZ Ch Philomela dam of Ch Prestonville Mona Mona
Our Aust/NZ Ch Prestonville Blackmoor (Prestonville Viking x A/NZ Ch Prestonville Givm Sade) a B/T is a son of the first Aust/NZ Champion from two Aust/NZ Champions and is a direct descendant of SDubious. Sades dam Selene was our first B/T Champion with Best in Show under Diana Schillizzi Chacombe and Peggy Talbolt Maxholt, not only winning in the ring but producing the B/T half sisters Ch Prestonville Classical winner of Best In Show at Canterbury CKCSC Championship Show under Rose Massey
Winner of 8 Best In Shows and 2 Reserve BIS All Breeds, Beans was also Best in Show at Tiki CKCSC and Res Best In Show at Canterbury CKCSC under Caroline Gillie-Compston 'McGoogans', retired from the ring at an early age due to teeth loss he continued delight us at home with his companionship and gentle ways.
We are forever indebted to Jeanie Montford 'Elvenhome' a very close friend of many years and talented breeder who's lines have combined so well with our own - who entrusted us with Bean's dam, the lovely Blenheim Aust Ch Elvenhome Tilt sired by one of the most handsome dogs I've seen, Aust Ch McGoogans Mayfly (Imp UK). Tilt's dam was the lovely Aust Ch Elvenhome Tassin a daughter of Aust Ch Homerbrent Tom Tom (Imp UK) who resided here in later years and sired four NZ Champions. We mated Tilt to NZ Ch Edenvalley Eadmund (imp Aust) (Braganzar Holland - B/T x Elvenhome Vogue - Blen) a very well broken Tricolour who I admired as a 10 mth old and when offered him two years later jumped at the chance.
With Eddie's colour heritage he has been of immense use in our breeding program, a B/T daughter New Penny of Rocheda (x A/NZ Ch Braganzar Isadora - B/T) producing the littermates Tricolour Aust/NZ Ch Prestonville Touchwood - sire of 5 Champions, the Blenheims Aust Ch Elvenhome Betulia Lutea (dam of A/NZ Ch Buckthorn) NZ Ch's Drakkar Diplomat & Debutant (both producers of Champions ), Ch Cranbrook Churchill and the Tricolour Ch Fellseton One N Only (dam of Ch Feldra Sugar N Spice) B/T Aust Ch Prestonville Tuchstone dam of Lucille & Oprah (dam of Ch Shotime )and Tri Prestonville Touche' dam of 4 Champions the blenheims NZ Ch Prestonville Countaby (dam of A/NZ Ch Prestonville Glengary), A/NZ Ch Prestonville Glen Tuche', NZ Ch Grayson Glen Wylie and Aust Ch Prestonville Victoria.
Eddie had three impact matings they were to Aust Ch Elvenhome Tilt - Blen, A/NZ CH Braganzar Isadorah - B/T and the third was to Old Rowley Briar Rose - Tri which produced the tri colour littermates NZ CH Nidra Kings Ransome, CH Prestonville Pascali and Prestonville Rosemaree (dam of A/NZ CH Nidra Bucksworth, Thai CH Prestonville Worth Wyle, Aust Ch Prestonville Wyle U Wait & US Ch Envison Riverboat Gambler).
The inter mating of progeny of Eddie and Tilt, Isadorah & Briar Rose has produced some beautiful dogs such as A/NZ CH Elvenhome Buckthorn, A/NZ CH Prestonville Glengary, US/A/NZ CH Elvenhome Geraldton, CH Prestonville In Y'Dreams. Oh to have had the technology in NZ to have taken and stored his semen to have now.
Beans has given us two dynastys thru his daughters, the lovely B/T Aust/NZ Ch Prestonville Giv'm Sade' and blenheim half sister NZ Ch Harwarden Giv'm A Lady who are both multiple Best In Show winners at our NZ Cavalier Specialties. Lady won Best in Show under Peter Watkins 'Bembridge' , Anne Dobie Glengariff', Norma Inglis 'Craigowl', Kevin Berry 'Ricksbury' at age 11 yrs 9 mths'and produced 4 champions out of 6 in her last litter namely Aust/Japan Ch Prestonville Thorne, US Ch Prestonville Thornbird, A/NZ Ch Prestonville Dream Lady and NZ Ch Harwarden Blossom Lady all of whom have produced Champions. The litter was sired by Bean's grandson, the glamorous A/NZ Ch Elvenhome Buckthorn who we had the privilege of showing in NZ. Bean's Australian kids - littermates Aust/NZ Ch Elvenhome Glenbuck, & sisters Glenbreck & Glenbarr, Littermates A/NZ Ch Gaycrest Giv'm Victory, Aust Ch Giv'm Hi Marks and sisters Giv'm Joy & Aust Ch Furbari Fab Staya, the NZ's Littermates Ch's Redcrest Zanzibar & Zara have started dynasty's of their own producing many Champions of which we are justifiably proud.
Always the vocal extrovert Beans at 12 years still looked and acted like a youngster when he strutted his stuff in Veteran at the November O/S CKCSC Specialty in '97 to a round of applause. Sadly he passed away very quickly from renal failure in May '98.
We registered our 'Prestonville' prefix in 1974 and apart from the Cavaliers, have bred or owned 16 Griffon Bruxellois Champions, 9 Weimaraner Champions and 2 King Charles Spaniel Champions and 1 Border Terrier. For me a natural progression from exhibiting breeds in different groups was to judging them. I attained my judging licence in 1980 and my Championship Show licence for Toys in 1983, completing the last group Terriers in 1998 which culminated in my All Breeds Championship Licence being granted in January 1999. Judging has taken me throughout NZ, 7 Australian States, Hong Kong, Manila, USA and England. I have judged both Cavalier Specialties (NZ and USA) and Weimaraner Specialties (NZ & Australia). A personal highlight was judging and awarding Dog cc at Darlington UK in 1993 to Fontelania Dancing Sunset (3rd cc & title). In May 2006 I was invited to judge Cavalier Dogs at the American CKCSC National.
At Prestonville we have always tried to put 'the best to the best' irrespective of colour and with the help of some lovely cavaliers, we feel we have achieved a lot. Because of the limited genepool we have not kept the colours separate, but have incorporated all four in our breeding program, reasoning that if you keep the colours separate, you can quickly lose breed 'type' so we have aimed for 'type first, colour second' to a large extent very successfully mating all four colours together, producing Champions and Specialty winners in each colour. We look forward to the new Millennium and the challenges it will inevitably bring in consistently producing Cavaliers that 'delight the eye and are Spaniels Gentle and comforters'.