Sh Ch Brightmeadow Never Say Die JW (ShCM)


Tarzan was bred by Maggie & Jerry Stephens at the Brightmeadow kennel in 2016.

He was one of two exceptional dog puppies in the litter and was only selected to stay on the last look over. He very nearly went to live in a Chateau in France!

He is the son of Elerrina Untouchable (7 times CCR Top Stud Dog) and Sh Ch Brightmeadow My Fair Lady (Top Brood Bitch & Dam of multiple Champions). His grandsire being Sh Ch & Ir Sh Ch Springcurl Rigoletto.

Tarzan on the move

Bred in the purple, he hit the ground running winning Puppy Stakes at just 6 months. At his first Championship Show, the won BPIB, RCC and Puppy Group 4 under esteemed judge Mr Frank Kane.

Well respected Breed Specialists awarded him RCCs from Puppy. His first CC came from long serving Breed Specialist Mr Ron Ellinor who commented “this could be the New Breed Record Holder “.
Tarzan was just 13 months old.

It is unfortunate that the Covid Pandemic of 2020/2021 put a stop to dog shows, slowing down Tarzan’s career with many lost opportunities.

Tarzan currently holds the Breed Record with 47 CCs, 43 with BOB. He has won the Gundog Group on 3 occasions with multiple group placings. He has been BIS at the Curly Coated Retriever Club Championship Show on no fewer than 4 occasions, a record in itself.

Other notable successes include, BIS at URC, twice RBIS & BOS. He has been Our Dogs Top Curly Coated Retriever 4 times, Top Retriever 2019 and Top Puppy 2017. He was awarded Runner Up at Crufts Vulnerable Breeds Final when representing the breed. Tarzan has also won Champion Stakes no less than 5 times.

His latest achievements have been winning Best of Breed at Crufts 2023, which had eluded him until now. And to complete the circle, after winning Puppy Group 4 at his first Champ Show, as detailed above, he won his 40th CC and 39th BOB, at Windsor Championship Show 2023 under that same esteemed judge, Mr Frank Kane. At Leeds Championship Show 2023 he won his 41st CC and 40th BOB, this is the 4th year in a row he's won BOB, not including 2020. At Driffield Championship Show he won his 44th CC and 42nd BOB, a very special day as he won his first CC there 6 years ago and it was his 7th Birthday.
At the Scottish Kennel Club Show May 2024, he won his 47th CC and 43rd BOB, his first Gundog Veteran Group 1 and topped that off with winning Best Veteran In Show.

A dog of a lifetime....!

He really is a dog of a lifetime. Not only a superb and willing showman (who cries when left at home) but a wonderful gentle soul whose primary aim in life is to please and be loved. His temperament and attitude are second to none.

Tarzan has been used sparingly at stud to selected bitches. His Progeny are showing great promise and have taken on his wonderful temperament. We look forward to the future with them.