The Best of the Best
The IGL Retriever Championship 1909 — 2011

The International Gundog League's Retriever Championship is the premier event of its kind in the world, so the title The Best of the Best is well chosen. In 2009 the blue riband event reached its centenary and this book records and celebrates that hundred years. It presents an authoritative account of the origins and development of the Championship and provides detailed descriptions and key images of the last twenty-eight years.

There is detailed analysis of records and discussion of significant changes during its history. Extensively illustrated, The Best of the Best provides a wealth of information that will make this a valuable work book for all who are interested in breeding and finding out what the competitive record can tell us. As a work of reference it is unmatched.

"The Best of the Best often captures that mix of elation and disappointment that I know well: not least in the seven years from 1994 which included two seconds and other placings for my mother's FTCh Ulstare Style and the centenary year of 2009 when my own FTCh Roberto Rannaldini of Bolton Abbey won the IGL Retriever Championship and the Captain A Glen Kidston Challenge Cup. This book, which presents so much more than a list of award winners and also-rans, is a work of reference which readers are sure to return to again and again." 

From the Foreword by Her Grace the Duchess of Devonshire DL

Published on November 25th 2013.

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Publication Details

Authors: Graham Cox and Dr Gareth Davies
ISBN 978 0992 6275-0-8
800 x 1000 mm / 416pp / hardback