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Labrador Retrievers

Buckingham Palace

Feeling very honoured, getting ready to leave for King Cross after a wonderful afternoon at the
Royal Kennel Club Garden Party at Buckingham Palace. 

Midland Counties Labrador Club Ch Show
Just 6 months and his 1st show, R Squadron Leader (Squady) Best Puppy In Show Best Minor puppy in show. Huge thanks to  Judges,Mrs Lucy Kent and Mrs Carol Reynolds.

at Midland Counties Labrador Club Champ Show April (further dates to be announced) there will be a  
D Locus - Dilute gene testing session run by the Labrador Breed Council’s Dilute subcommittee  
Please bring your dogs and their registration document -- £25 per dog   

The Kennel Club have now opened a register for the Labradors testing clear of the dilute 

We also have our own Breed Council register  
This is your chance to have your non-dilute pure-bred Labradors tested and clear for all to see now and in the future – so that when you want a stud dog or a guaranteed dilute free bloodline you will find the clear Labradors in the KC Dilute Clear Register as well as the Breed Council Register. 
There are now over 8,500 dilute dogs KC registered as LABRADOR RETRIEVERS - these dogs have the dilute gene brought in by a Weimaraner cross several years ago. 
OUR PURE-BRED Labradors do not have and never have had the dilute gene. 

The Labrador Breed Council subcommittee fighting to keep our breed pure on your behalf - Anne Beckley, Fiona Braddon, Margaret Brown, David Coode, 
Lesley Dantinnes, Marion Hopkinson, Erica Jayes and Adam Mair. 




This gentleman,( my lovely husband!) who doesn't do FB, is definitely not a high profile person, hardly shows, but he certainly did the business at Blackpool with his puppy Rocheby Havana (I was elsewhere, as usual) Charlotte made a short video and he and the puppy just never put a foot wrong, so here he is with the group Judge Jill Peak having won the puppy group.
Big Thank You to Jill Peak for such a lovely win in a very good group.


David winning the puppy Gundog group at Blackpool

Video by Charlotte Rowe

Buster at Blackpool

Rocheby Harriet

Rocheby Havana

Siblings all doing well,  Jenny (yellow) is litter sister to Havana she is called Rocheby Harriet , the black is also another sister called Rocheby Hickory will get a new pic if her - so we have the 2 pups as babies and now winning

Crufts 2022

Marion with the lovely Irislave O'Revolution at Rocheby who was 2nd in Undergraduate. She is by Foxrush Toast of The Town, out of Irislave Fashion Revolution. with Noelene Dodd and Marion Hopkinson.

Hello all you wonderful Labrador lovers -- please feel free to share this poster-- there is nothing at all in the pure bred labrador genes that will give any other colours than Black Yellow and Chocolate -- Marion


Crufts 2022

Marion with the lovely Irislave O'Revolution at Rocheby who was 2nd in Undergraduate. She is by Foxrush Toast of The Town, out of Irislave Fashion Revolution. with Noelene Dodd and Marion Hopkinson.

Hello all you wonderful Labrador lovers -- please feel free to share this poster-- there is nothing at all in the pure bred labrador genes that will give any other colours than Black Yellow and Chocolate -- Marion


CRUFTS 2020 What a wonderful day for us,
Sh Ch Hayley Sun in Their Eyes 1st Open Bitch - Bitch CC, Rocheby Serenity 1st under Graduate bitch.
Rocheby String of Pearls 1st Junior, her sister Rocheby Sunflowers at Baltaram 3rd,
Junior and many more Rocheby Sired or bred lovely dogs were in the winner's mix.
Our Thanks to our judge
Mrs. Carol Reynolds for thinking so highly of them - it was a day to remember 🐾💞



Rocheby String of Pearls


How lucky we were to get this lovely boy


Rocheby Old Smokey x Sh. Ch. Rocheby Sensational

Another lovely youngster (picture 7 months)

Pol, Rus, Ch. Rocheby Mr Tom x Sh. Ch. Rocheby Sweet Sensation

Busy time with so many youngsters but such a delight to have

And There are More

Pol, Rus, Ch. Rocheby Mr Tom x
Sh. Ch. Rocheby Sweet Sensation

Lovely start to her showing with many Best Puppies.

Sh. Ch. Rocheby Old Punch x
Foxrush Touch of Class

Breeder – Charlotte Rowe

Rocheby Town Cryer x
Sh. Ch. Hayley Sun in their Eyes

Baby of this new generation


David and Marion Hopkinson
Tel: 01302 742791




The handsome Sh Ch ROCHEBY OLD PUNCH (Sh Ch Rocheby State Occasion x Rocheby Silk Gown)
gained his 2nd CC (along with 2 RCCs) at the Cotswold & Wyevern Labrador Retriever Club under judge Judith Charlton (Foxrush).
Big congratulations to Marion & David Hopkinson! 

Punch had his 3rd CC yesterday in Wales
our 1st Black champion (subject to KC approval) in all these years. 


Marion talks about breeding



So Very proud of my family pulling together in a true team effort at Crufts yesterday ....... absolutely fantastic xx.....

Congratulations Marion & David. Another super year at Crufts 🐾”

What a fantastic day for the Rocheby kennel at Crufts today! SH CH ROCHEBY SWEET SENSATION,

who won the Reserve CC at last year's Crufts, went all the way and won the CC out of 298 bitches!!
And CC & BOB winning dog SH CH TISSALIAN HI JACK is by SH CH ROCHEBY HORN BLOWER. On the picture,
Marion and David are accompanied by bitch judge Shaun Williamson and grand daughter Charlotte Rowe who was helping out running in the ring since
Marion is still recovering from a recent hip operation.
Racheal Leigh, Video by lldko Godacs.


Well The lovely 'Shan'    Rocheby Wild Snowdrop has been awarded Top Brood Bitch again.
Top Brood Bitch 2015 -2016- 2017 pedigree HERE

Found from the files of the 1990s
This video was found by Marion's grandaughter  Charlotte - Crufts 1992,
Shortlisted Gundog Group.


3rd CC and Bob Leeds with New UK Show Champion (subject to K.C. approval) Hayley sun in their Eyes
sire Am Ch Gateways nothing but trouble  dam Rocheby Sweet Crystal 
breeder Dusan and Viera Valentova-- owned, shown and much loved by
David and Marion Hopkinson 


Well they did it David and his beloved 'Florrie' got their 3rd C.C.
Midland Counties Labrador Club Championship April 2017.
Sh Ch Kilburnpark Miss Maureen ,
 Sire Sh Ch Silver Suede over Rocheby, Dam Braithwell Summer Song.

Breeder Mrs Amanda Wellford along with Miss Florrie Wellford
who 'Florrie' is aptly named after both lovely girls with tremendous character!!
Big Thank you to you both .


Full results HERE
Hayley Sun in their Eyes
Hayley Sun in their Eyes is Top wining puppy 2016 bred in Slovakia by Dusan abd Viera Valentova by Am Ch Gateways Nothin but Trouble out of Rocheby Sweet Crystal and Top brood bitch is Rocheby Wild Snowdrop 2nd years running.

Show Champion Rocheby Hornblower

What a wonderful 2016 with this young boy, winner Crufts '16,
numerous 1st at Championship shows and then with a bit more matureity he took Reserve CC Scotland,
Mr Ed Casey, CC Birmingham Mrs C Reynolds, CC and BOB Richmond and then his 3rd came Northumberland and Durham labrador club Championship show Mrs Trish Parrott-- David handling to all the cc's , Big Thank you to all Judges

Rocheby Hornblower received is 2nd CC and Best of Breed at Richmond 2016
Judge Chris Balliss (Tissalian)

Rocheby News


Well -- she did it in wonderful style-- her 3rd CC at Southern Counties,
Best of Breed and then to top it all took the Gundog Group!!!
Our great thanks to
Breed Judge Mrs D Elliott, and group judge Mr David Bell
What a day to remember, who would have predicted that
after 1st CC and 2nd in the group 2015 at this show with Sensational
her litter mate Sweet Sensation just had to go one better !!!
It was a truly wonderful day . Video Here

Show Ch Rocheby Sweet Sensation (Subject to KC)
What a start to 2016 Sh Ch Rocheby Sensational
winning Best Of Breed at Crufts

Junior Dog - 1st Rocheby Hornblower
Undergraduate - 1st Rocheby Old Punch
Open Dog - 3rd Pol Ch Rocheby Mister Tom
Yearling Bictch - 1st Kilburnpark Miss Maureen at Rocheby
Open Bitch - 1st Sh Ch Rocheby Sensational

Sh Ch Rocheby Sensational (Click on image to see video)
What A Year 2015 !!!

Rocheby Sensational Top Labrador 2015

Rocheby Town Cryer Top stud dog 2015

Rocheby Wild Snowdrop Top Brood Bitch 2015
and on top of all that Top Breeder 2015


Rocheby Sensational -- 7 C'Cs+3 reserve C.Cs-- group 1 Paignton . group 2 Southern Counties,
group 2 Blackpool

winner labrador Champions Match November 2015 at Melton Mowbray, What a wonderful year !!! for her (2 years old 19th-Dec '15)

Her Litter Sister Rocheby Sweet Sensation, Lightly Shown -took Cc and Bob East Anglia Labrador Club, C c and BOB Birmingham ,

Kilburnpark MissMaureen at Rocheby Res CC Southern Counties -Res CC paignton, CC and BOB Midland Couties canine society,

Polish Champion Rocheby Mr Tom. CC Paignton, Reserve CC gundog Society of Wales,

OUR VERY BIG THANKS TOALL JUDGES and a big Thank you to all of those very kind exhibitors who have supported us and helped when runing was an issue with the handler
my new hip working ok now!!!


At Midland Counties "Florrie" Kilburnpark Miss Maureen at Rocheby C.C. and Best of Breed, shortlisted in the gundog group,
Also Rocheby Hornblower best puppy in Breed all handled by David -- whilst Marion still recovering from her hip operation,
Big Thank you to Mrs A Britton breed judge.

Rocheby sweet sensation, (litter sister to sensational)took her 2nd CC and Best of Breed at Birmingham championship show , down to the last 7 in the \gundog group,
what a wonderful day Big Thank you to breed judge Mrs Margaret Coddington and to group judge Mr David Shields for a great day.

Introducing two up and coming young Males

Rocheby Hornblower born 30-11-2014 -some wonderful wins with this young man,
5 best puppy in breed and puppy group 3 Blackpool , puppy group 2 Welsh Kennel Club,
many thanks to all judges.

Rocheby Old Punch, born 10-12-2014 , this young man is maturing well- having to give a little age away to his good kennel friend -so not so much shown yet, 1st MPD Labrador Club ch sh, 1st MPD Leeds, 1st MPD Paignton many thanks to all judges.
Show Champion Rocheby Sensational
Rocheby Sensational is now Show Champion -- 3rd CC Leeds with BOB- 4th CC Paignton with BOB and Winner Gundog Group!! so at the age of 20 months 4 cc's 2 group 2nds 1 group 1st
what more could we ask for ??? She is a joy to own show and move.
Not forgetting Kilburnpark Miss Maureen at Rocheby now 2 res CC's to Sensational res CC Southern Counties and res CC Paignton--
Sweet Sensation 1 CC with BOB and Best in Show East Anglia Labrador Club 1res CC.
Polish Champion Rocheby Mr Tom C.C. Paignton What a year up to now!!!

Southern Counties Champ show, Rocheby Mr Tom 3rd open, Kilburnpark Miss Maureen at Rocheby 1st junior +res CC,
Rocheby Sweet Sensation 1st Yearling, Rocheby Sensational 1st graduate C.C and BOB and 2nd Gundog Group.
What a day our thanks to Breed Judge Mr JR Sauge and Group judge Mr C Mackay.

Rocheby Sensational



Polish Champion Rocheby Mr Tom
winning 1st open Dog Midland Counties Lab Club Ch Show

Rocheby Sweet Sensation
Bitch CC and Best in show East Anglia Labrador retriever Club Championship show March 15th Judge Mrs Kirsi Luomanen (tweedledum)
Crufts 2015
2nd Puppy Bitch Kilburnpark Miss Maureen at Rocheby

Ist undergrad bitch Rocheby Sweet Sensation Dogs

3rd Open Dog Pol Ch Rocheby Mister Tom
Photographs by Håkan Dahlin
3rd Junior Dog Rocheby all Black
Crufts 2015 Retriever (Labrador)
Results Here

Rocheby Sensational took reserve CC west of England Championship show at 10 months , her sister Rocheby Sweet Sensation was best puppy in show yellow Labrador Club championship show and the new baby in the team Kilburnpark Miss Maureen at Rocheby was best minor puppy in show at West of England at her 1st Championship show –
what a wonderful day thanks to all judges.
Rocheby Sensational
Rocheby Sweet Sensation
Kilburnpark Miss Maureen at Rocheby



This is Pol Ch Rocheby Mr Tom, recently returned to Rocheby from Poland where he has enjoyed a very good show career, with the Bellamare team, Tommy will hopefully be shown here later this year.
Hips A elbows O, eyes clear

Pol Champion Rocheby Mr Tom
Click HERE to see Pedigree  

Trip to Russia

Click Here to see Photos



Crufts Results HERE

Crufts 2013

1st Special Junior Dog

Crufts 2013

3rd Undergraduate Dog

Crufts 2013

Res Special Puppy Dog

Crufts 2013

2nd Special Puppy Bitch

Crufts 2013

2nd Undergraduate Bitch


1st Post Graduate Bitch

Rocheby Toastmaster Best puppy in show Midland Counties Labrador Retriever Club Open Show
12 Jan 2013
Judge - Mr.R.Gloyn (Thorncross)
judged with Beppe Masia
Simmanden Crushed Ice over Rocheby
Silver Suede X Rocheby Ice Dance
Res Bitch CC Crufts 2012

Best Puppy in Show
Rocheby Reed Spinner
Bred & owned by
Mrs D Hopkinson