stands before Show, Obedience and Retrieving
prefix was registered in 1944 by Fiona's
grandmother, Dorothy Thompson, who bred and
showed Labrador Retrievers.
In 1964 the prefix was taken over by
Fiona's parents, Barry and Jennifer O'Shannassy,
who had just purchased their first Labrador Retriever
and resumed the family interest in the breeding
and showing of pure bred dogs.
Fiona's parents bred, both Labrador
Retrievers and Irish Setters, both were involved
in the promotion of pure bred dogs.
Fiona's mother subsequently obtained
her judges licence for Gundogs, Hounds and
Working Dogs, whereas Barry devoted his time to
dog club administration and was an ACT Canine
Control (ACTCA) Councilor for ten years and
Secretary of the ACTCA for three of those ten
of Fiona's parents held the position of
Secretary of the ACT Gundog Society, Fiona has
also been Secretary of the Society as well as
holding a number of other committee positions.
The ACT Gundog Society is probably one of
the only clubs in Canberra
to have three members of the
one family hold an executive position.
In 2000 Fiona was made a Life Member of
the ACT Gundog Society.
Fiona has also been a member of the ACTCA
was registered in both Fiona's and her parents
name in 1980, and in
1990 when Barry and Jennifer were transferred to
Adelaide, Fiona took over the prefix
in her own right.
It was Fiona's interest in Spaniels
that promoted the purchase of our first English Springer
Spaniel, Grand Champion Wongan
Star Spangle, from David and
Kennels in 1989.
Although Fiona did have a few years break
from breeding and showing dogs her interest has
always been maintained, as she spent a fairly
large proportion of recreation time attending
and participating in dog showing, and was the
top Junior handler in
the ACT until she was too old to participate in
We look forward to many more successful
years with our interest in canine activities.