Chairman : John Rolfe


I rescued my first Water Spaniel nearly 40 years ago. She was from an old working line and although not the healthiest specimen  became a much valued companion when rough shooting.
I was born on a large shooting estate and spent most of my childhood helping a beat keeper rearing in the Spring and 'beating' in the Winter so I suppose its not surprising that eventually I became  a fulltime gamekeeper. From my first Water Spaniel to the present day we have had an unbroken succession of 'Whiptails'. I think its true to say I am passionate about this wonderful breed.  I was a founder member of the SIWSC and became Chairman in 1992. I care deeply about the future of the IWS as a working gundog and am resolved to promote the breeding of healthy dogs 'fit for purpose'.

 Seretary : Wendy Perera


Growing up, we always had gundogs around, my dad had a rough shoot but it wasn’t until 10 years ago that I I purchased my first IWS, a Killountain bred bitch from Lois Ferrans.  Her KC name was Killountain Lady of the Lake and a more apt name you could not ask for as she loves water!  From that day I became addicted.  We now have three, a lovely boy from David and Ursula Wilcox and his daughter Miss Fae.  I have been Field Trials Secretary for the Isle of Wight Gundog Club for 14 years and welcome the opportunity to raise awareness of this lovely breed.



Sue Hempstead



I got my first Irish Water Spaniel in 2005 which was Zac (Cuvana Loutre de Mer), who proved himself again and again in both the working and showing world.  From the first litter that Zac sired in 2007 we got our wonderful Caz who is our very special little girl and just loves to please. I am now the proud owner of 3 IWS and cannot imagine life without them.  I both show and work my IWS but I am passionate about keeping this wonderful breed working - in the shooting field they are second to none.



Judy Hempstead 




I had always been involved in dogs as the family established the Cuvana Cocker Spaniel line well before I could walk; I was growing up around breeding bitches, training, ring-craft and in the show ring from the age of 6yrs with the cockers. 

1977 I was given my first Irish Water Spaniel, from the Coinross Kennels. 37 yrs on I am an avid water spaniel owner.

I began breeding IWS at the age of 14 yrs and continued to train and show them, with a varied career I have never been without an IWS. I show, work and compete in tests and work my IWS along side my labs and cocker on local shoots throughout the shooting season with my son Oscar.

I have supported the Sporting Club and the IWSA for some years. I will endeavor to continue to promote the breed at a variety of events, to ensure the breed continues to flourish. 

Jill Taft 

I have been involved with the club for 12 years and on the committee for six years. My late husband Pat Taft was a gundog trainer and saw the potential in the IWS whilst judging Denise Hurst and her dog Morgan at a working test.  Pat started training classes and the SIWSC became a big part of my life. I don't have a water spaniel now but the running of the club and its events are important to me.

Steph Rolfe - Newsletter Editor and Membership Co-ordinator

Steph Rolphe

I have been involved with the club and IWS for many years. Our first family dog was an IWS and some 40 or more years later we have never been without one.
Darcy, my first Water Spaiel came to me an as untrained 2 year old who needed rehoming. So its quite appropriate that my role on the committee is to look after welfare. Unfortunately Darcy suffered from epilepsy and we lost him relatively young so health is another issue I am particularly interested in.

John Bint

john bint 

Having spent many years beating and picking up with Labs and Cockers, it was seven years ago that I got my first (long yearned for) Irish Water Spaniel.  My two dogs now work throughout the season and constantly show a high standard if scenting and retrieving ability.  It is my firm belief that the breed can more than hold its own as a working gundog.  I am fully commited to, as the club says, "Keep them working"




Melvin Hurst - Co Opted Member


Sue Margerison -  Co Opted Member