SPAGNOLO, Mr Guy New South Wales,
Guy Spagnolo's lifelong love affair with Labrador Retrievers began when he was just nine years of age. Since that first much-loved Lab his interest in the breed has never waned - exhibiting them from the age of 16 and breeding his first litter in 1974. The rest, as they say, is history - with his Driftway Labradors sweeping all before them. From his first homebred bitch taking out Puppy in Group and then two years later Best in Group at Sydney Royal, the Driftway dogs have accounted for multiple Royal Show honours all around Australia, including Best Exhibit in Brisbane and Runner Up Best in Show at Sydney, on more than one occasion. They have also consistently taken out the top awards at Specialty and regular All Breeds shows, both under specialist judges and all-rounders. From the mid 1970s to the late 1980s Guy has also successfully exhibited English Cocker Spaniels. He has bred more than 80 Champions over the years, exporting his dogs to the United States, Canada, the Philippines, New Zealand, South America and Japan - where many of them have collected overseas show titles and been the top winners, both in their breeds and at All Breeds level. In 1980 Guy started judging Gundogs and by 1992 had been awarded his All Breeds licence. He has adjudicated at dog shows in Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Italy, the United States, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay as well as throughout Australia. Guy has also judged junior showmanship on various occasions, including Junior Handler classes at both Sydney and Brisbane Royals.