I have owned and competed with pure bred dogs since 1982. I had several champion and obedience titled Borzoi between 1982 and 1999. When I had to change to a smaller breed, the Bedlington Terrier was an easy choice. I have applied all my acquired knowledge and experience to purchasing and breeding top quality competitors and healthy companions. To date I have finished 30 champions, had multiple National Specialty Winners Dog or Winners Bitch, and several Terrier group placements in conformation competition. In addition, Ashcroft bred dogs have achieved titles in Agility, Earthdog, Barn Hunt, Rally Obedience, and Coursing Ability Test. Foundation bitch Ch Wrightwyn's Puttin On The Ritz is a BTCA Brood Bitch Award winner, and Ch Ashcroft Do U Believe In Magic JE, CA, RATO was the BTCA top owner handled bitch in 2007 and the first barn hunt titled Bedlington in the country.
I am an AKC Breeder of Merit and received the BTCA Breeder of Distinction award as well.
2019 has brought the addition of two remarkable imports to improve the genetic diversity of dogs from Ashcroft. From Russia, the lovely L'End Show Music Shall Surround You joins the family. From Sweden, Velvety Boy In The Fancy Suit is also making himself at home. I am looking forward to presenting these youngsters to the fancy, and incorporating them into future plans at Ashcroft.
Late 2018 Ashcroft If You Just Smile joined his owner Kazumi Abe in Japan. November 2019 saw Smile earn his Japanese Championship by going BEST IN SHOW and R. King, owner groomed and handled by Kazumi! This sweet dog has a wonderful life ahead with his devoted owner, a masterful groomer with her own shop providing amazing care to her customers' pets.
2018 ended with Singer top Bedlington in Sweden for the 2nd year. 2017 brought wonderful news from overseas, where BISS USCH CIB NORDUCH SEUCH NOUCH FINUCH WW-14 NORDW-14 NO W-16 SE W-14-15-17 Ashcroft Wedding Singer was ranked #1 Bedlington Terrier in Sweden, #4 Terrier overall. With very limited showing, Ashcroft Notice My Awesomeness, Bliss, was ranked #2 Bedlington bitch. I am thrilled at the success these Ashcroft dogs have had for owner handler Ninna Odehag of Kennel Notice, Surahammar Sweden.
Amtrak's online magazine, The National, featured Ashcroft Bedlington Terriers in the February article "Fear and Roving At The Philadelphia Kennel Club".
"Brandon, a grand champion Bedlington terrier, is a fluffy, white mohawked rodent assassin that looks like a frontman for a New Wave band. Or maybe a sheep. His hipster hairdo, right down to the poofball tassles on his ears, are part of the breed standard, rooted in utilitarian purpose. “If their prey turns on them, they’re going to get hair instead of eyes, and the tassle is a decoy,” Karen Miller, Brandon’s owner-handler, tells me between a final round of snipping in preparation for the Breed competition. “They have a roach back, and they’re very agile. So they’ll turn on their prey while the prey is still trying to figure out where the hair ends and the dog starts.”
On Friday nights, Miller, a retired accounting controller, drives from her home in the Poconos, in Pennsylvania, to Manhattan, where Brandon joins a group of other terriers to kill rats. “We go downtown to Broome Street,” she says. “People know us now, and the residents tell us where the rats are. He loves it. That’s what he was born to do.”
GCH Ashcroft Mystic Red Sky At Night, Lily, goes BOB at the National Dog Show, televised Thanksgiving Day. See her group performance here:
Lily goes NOHS Best In Show! GCh Ashcroft Mystic Red Sky At Night earned NOHS Terrier Group 2, 4 and Group1, going on to NOHS Best In Show.
In Sweden, MultiCh Ashcroft Wedding Singer has several BOBs to his credit, niece Ashcroft Notice My Awesomeness is winning in her age bracket, son Notice Space Oddity has started out with a bang!
GCh Ashcroft Mystic Red Sky At Night earned a Terrier Group 4 in Newburgh NY, and a NOHS terrier Group 3 at the same show. Later that month, she won NOHS Terrier Group 1 and then Reserve Best In Show under Brazilian judge Luiz Fernando Ribas Silva!
GCH Ashcroft Xemplar also earned a NOHS Reserve BIS and a NOHS Group 4 in Edison NY.
Nov 2019 Smile BIS in Japan!
Bedlingtons excel at coursing, earthdog and barn hunt
Naked Nova, Ohio Classic 2015, 2nd in Open