Calvin and Dale Ward – 2022 – Contribution to the Breed
Calvin and Dale joined the American Spaniel Club in 1972 and are life members who have been very influential in the breed. They chose the prefix Cottonwood, as a tie-in with their home state of Mississippi, and their farming of cotton at the time.
Calvin and Dale bred outstanding ASCOBS and Parti-Colors under the Cottonwood prefix with their great friend Charles Self doing the ring honors for many of their over 50 champions. Some of the most notable are Ch. Cottonwood Congressman, Scott, who is in the pedigrees of most, if not all of the great ASCOBS of today, and Ch. Cottonwood’s Colleen O’Brien, an outstanding bitch that was #1, was piloted by Donnie Johnston in the early ’80s. Their last champion was whelped in 2012.
Calvin and Dale Ward both became AKC judges and have judged at the ASC Flushing Spaniel Show and the Cocker Spaniel National many times. They have also judged at countless specialties in the US and overseas. Their opinions are sought out for their knowledge of the breed. Exhibitors can be ready to move many times, especially when they show to Calvin, as movement, outline, and merry temperament are hallmarks of the breed and their judging style.
Both Calvin and Dale have served on the Board of Directors many times, Calvin becoming President of ASC for 2 terms. They have served on many committees for ASC and are always available to help where needed to “make it work” and to help newcomers learn more to become better breeders and members. Special thanks to Dale for her time and hard work for being the ASC National 2020 Chairperson, which was held in 2021.
Calvin and Dale are wonderful mentors, and friends to all in our breed. They are generous with their time, their monetary donations, even helping to set up the shows, whenever a need arises. As active members for ASC they have dedicated a large part of their lives to our beautiful Cocker Spaniels and are deserving of membership in our Hall of Fame.
Kathy Patterson – 2022 – Contribution to the Organization
Kathy Patterson has served the club as Legal Counsel, Secretary, Editor of the “ASC Bulletin” Editor of the Purple Book, “Treasures of the American Spaniel Club”, and Editor of the “ASC Membership Directory”. She worked diligently with the Archives Committee in helping locate many treasures and procured information for the survival of our lost history of the breeders and their dogs. She was always ready to lend a hand to help new breeders and many of our breed club Secretaries as they walked their way through the show applications, advising and directing them throughout the process. She also co-chaired the ASC Show held in Cincinnati, one of the last shows we had with huge entries.
Ask anyone about the ASC organization and they will point you to Kathy. Upon Kathy’s retirement as ASC Secretary this year it took 3 people to fill her shoes. Thankfully we have not lost her vast amount of knowledge; she will continue serving as Alternate Zone II Director on the ASC Board.
Kathy is an AKC approved SPORTING GROUP judge and has judged at both of our January and July ASC Shows. She has had many other assignments both in the USA and in England.
Kathy never wanted to have a lot of dogs and ran her breeding program with her small kennel of cockers. They later became house pets when they finished their titles. She has finished both ASCOB and Black Champions under the Prefix “Show Me”. Both Kathy and Marilyn Spacht co-bred the dam of “Bart Simpson”, shown by Bob Covey. Bart’s record of 100 Best in Shows speaks for itself.
Kathleen Patterson’s many years of hard work for the club and accomplishments as a breeder, judge and mentor reflect her dedication to the breed and the American Spaniel Club. Kathy was inducted into the ASC Hall of Fame for her Contributions to the Organization, 2022.