photo: Darren Skipworth
"Onni" (means "Luck" in English) was
Sire: Multi Ch Multi Winner Whisborne Devil in Disguise
Dam: Int & Fin & Est Ch EstW-2000 Adamant's Rose d'Amore
Owners: breeder Tarja Hovila, Adamant's kennels
& Darren Skipworth, Australia & Tiina Mattila
Hips: A-A (Best quality), eyes clear July /2004,
fucosidosis clear (not carrier)
"A new star is
born. This dog is breathtaking. Superb lines, lovely head.
Excellent angulation in both ends. Moves with plenty of drive."
- Knut Sigurd Willberg, UK -
"What an eyecatcher !
Everything I´m looking for in English Springer.
Lovely movement. ery elegant. Well presented. A lot of temperament."
- Marie-Louise Doppelreiter, AUST -
"Magnificent male of
lovely model. Lovely well balanced head, nice expression.
Gorgeous neck going well into shoulders, harmonious construction.
Superb topline. Nice body. Fantastic mover with wonderful drive and
Very well handled. A quality dog."
- Critique written by Henric Fryckstrand in Fredericia -
Nordic Winner-99 title in Stockholm
photo: Erik Lassuri
Onni has certainly been 'Once in Lifetime dog'
in every way!! Onni has got a unique character and he loves to show
it in shows. The bigger the ring and the competition, the more he
enjoys his performance there. With his very showy and charming way
to show he has been highly placed on the top ten of the best Finnish
showdogs already in 3 years in row. He was Runner Up Top Dog all
Breeds in Finland 1999 and even last year he gained the 5. place,
though he interrupted his competing here in July, when he travelled
Year 2002 he was again Runner Up TOP DOG All Breeds!!
1997 at two years age only he was the 3. BEST SHOW DOG IN FINLAND
1998 he was 8. best of All Breeds in Top Dog competition. He is of
sixth generation our own breeding and those generations are
international champions all through!
Year 2000 was an exceptional year for Onni, when he travelled to
Australia to Tanalith kennels, owned by Darren Skipworth. He
achieved there very quickly his title in wonderful condition and
even TWO all breed Best in Shows and numerous BIG wins and Runner
Ups in Group. I visited to meet him in April and this year with
all excitement of it will be allways an unforgettable memory to both
of us! It was lovely to see him there as a happy dog, who obviously
was at least as big fan of his co owner as he was here of mine.
Most unforgettable memory of his shows there is may be his BIS
All Breeds win at my birthday!
Onni was Runner Up Top Dog All Breeds in
Finland 1999 AND 2002!
SPANIEL OF THE YEAR 1999
SPANIEL OF THE YEAR 2000
SPANIEL OF THE YEAR 2002
SPANIEL OF THE YEAR 2003
The Show English Springer of The Year 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000,
2001, 2002, 2003
As well he has been 'The Best Show Gundog of the Year´ in 6
different years in Finland'.
Onni winning World Winner-98 title in Helsinki under Mr
One of the most memorable wins of Onni is certainly his magic
BOB, BIG-1, BIS-5 in Stockholm Winner International All breed Show
soon after his arrival back home from Australia. Breed specialist
Laurent Pichard did the breed, Gun Dog specialist Henric Fryckstrand
did the Group and Pamela Cross-Stern from UK did the BIS, which was
probably hardest ever in scandinavian show history; there were Top
Dog from each scandinavian country and from some two from different
years, entry in show was nearly 7000...
At the age of 7 years he has gained about all
ESS breed records in the show ring in Finland (except the number of
titles, when we have not been interested in to run in Baltian
countries at all, when there is no competition in this breed). He
could be excellent gundog as well, if we just had time to train in
this field. He has won sensationally 53 BEST IN GROUPS already
and 15 Best in Shows as well. He has been an important part of
the Best in Show winning ADAMANT´S breeders classes at least 30
Onni winning BOB under Mr Muirhead, UK (Shipden
and went later on to BIG-2 under Hans Lehtinen in Turku Top Dog Show
For our pleasure so many breed specialists
have appreciated him so highly. He has won BOB:s and BOS:s under Don
Miller, Diane Gunn, Jean Taylor, Yvonne Billows, Colin Muirhead,
Svend Lovenkjaer, Annika Ulltveit-Moe, Jessie Borregaard-Madsen,
Dolores Dinneen, Nicola Calvert among others.
Onni is a great personality. With aging he has understood his values
and looks like as he knew how famous he is! In show ring he is like
an artist; he gives all his best for sure IF the show arrangements
are made enough well for His Majesty... it means he wants lot of
room to run in ring, lot of public and applause, good tuff
competition and of course he loves the music in final rings! He
still loves to play with his soft-toys , and he is used to get a new
one after BIS and GROUP wins. As younger he loved to play with our
children a lot, but with time he has turned more to be a nice and
little lazy couch potato. In Finland he used to be a shadow of his 'mummy'
and he was going everywhere where I went.
But in Australia he did not recognize me at all, but was a shadow of
Adamant's Superman's has sired 16 litters. At least 25 of his
children are already Champions and there are many Group winners and
Best in Show awards too. His most famous children are INT & FIN
Ch, ESTW-00, FINW-00, -04 Adamant's Golden Boy, NO CH SE (u)CH and
FINW-00 Nobhill Success Story and then of course his Multi
winner, Multi Champion sons in middle Europe as Vagabond of Skyway,
Rocco and Rascal zLovparku, who have won countless number of
BIG:s, and also BIS.
His success in international huge shows in
Progeny classes has been sensational: year 2000 he has won 3 times
such a big show with his class...in fourth such show he had not
enough children for that , so he decided to take Best in show
himself then in Vaasa!!! Entries in these shows were 2500-7000!
has winning children in
Slovakia, Checz Republic, Finland, Sweden, Austria, Denmark,
Adamant's Superman's winning another Best
in Show progeny group
in International Lahti show 2000!
Dogs: A. Superman, Upgate's Maidens Blush, CH Upgate's Marton My
Rwyn Veuve Clickquot, CH Adamant's Golden Boy
photo: Marjo Jaakkola
Onni has been invited to Champion of Champions
gala for Top Show Dogs Finland
each year he is shown through his life!
Here he is pictured year 2002, when he was in very best 8 of all in
photo: Marjo Jaakkola
Adamant's Superman took veteran rings also by
storm. 7 x BIS veteran during
first year as veteran.. and BIS-1 veteran in Spaniel Club Main
Show year 2003 and 2004!!
He became with this success #3 in Top veteran All Breeds 2004!
photo: Darren Skipworth