Keith Bellamy was added to The Kennel Club list of A Panel Judges in 2005.
Several Ropehall dogs have competed in The Retriever Championship over the years
FTCh Garendon Cassie of Ropehall - twice - (litter sister to Steve Jolly`s Championship winner FTCh Garendon Captain)
Ropehall Gem - in 1999 having won The Lothian and Borders 2 day Open
Ropehall Glen in 2005 (having won The Carmarthenshire 2 day open) when our friend Jim Swindlehurst won with FTCh Millcottage Pathfinder at The Duke of Bucclughs Estate in Scotland.
Several Ropehall bred dogs have made Field Trial Champions, including Ropehall Star, bought as a pup by the Late Dr. Gareth Davies, gaining Award of Honour in 2005 and 2006 at The Retriever Championships.
Other Ropehall dogs gaining that status were owned and handled by, for instance, Dave Field, and Robin Watson, both professional people in the gundog world, amongst others.
The best memory of the early days as far as Keith is concerned is when he and his shooting friend Steve Jolly went to Coventry for advice from the living legend known as Ian Openshaw and of course Wendy. We took Mystic Man for some training ! Ian said that it was like watching Big Daddy riding Sheergar. Those words always conjure up a smile. It keeps Keith humble! Its not a good thing to take it all too seriously, especially when its a hobby !!!!!
Mystic Man (Tommie) went on to win The Shooting Times 24 dog working test at Sandringham on his 2nd birthday, followed by a Novice Field Trial Win, A One Day Open Field Trial Win, and Third in The Labrador Retriever Club Two Day Open Field Trial at Holkam Hall Norfolk, all in that same year, followed by more success during the summer tests.
Tommie was a loner, and a one man dog. He became quite hot and was difficult to hold back and to keep at heel. His enthusiasm was enormous. His sister Queenie was a very pleasant compact bitch, who gave us some wonderful pups, including Ben, a character, and an open trial winner.
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