Mentors at that time included Randy and Penny Frederiksen (Ambrican), Mrs. Joan Urban (Ft. Merrill), Jinny and Frank Kovalic (Stoneybluff) Knox and Bette Williams (Briarcrest) and Gwen McCullagh (Brendans).
Their contribution to the kennel, through bloodlines they contributed or guidance they have given, strongly influenced Topsfield’s early years. The Orlandi’s are indebted to Joy Brewster for professionally handling their early Bassets and for being a mentor in and out of the show ring.
The Cuervo Gold/Tatiana mating marked the start of the Topsfield show line. In addition to receiving an Award of Merit, “Hodie”, the multiple group-placing Cuervo Gold went on to win the Stud Dog class at the 1994 Basset Hound Club of America National Specialty.
Pictured right are Claudia and Dom Orlandi, and Bryan and Nancy Martin at the 2001 Dog of the Year Award Dinner. Bumpers was Number One Hound All Breeds and winner of the Nature’s Recipe Award for the most hound group firsts in a calendar year with a total of 117 Group wins. At the time of this writing, no hound has broken this record.
Judy Tuck of Cloverhill Basset Hounds has been a dear friend and co-breeder for over 30 years. Numerous outstanding dogs have come out of her breeding program and it has been a privilege to work with her and her bloodlines.
Left: CH Me-Don’s Cloverhill Encore,ROM & Judy Tuck
CH Topsfield-Cloverhill Buggy Bumpers (pictured right) was co-bred by Claudia Orlandi & Judy Tuck and was owned by Claire “Kitty” Steidel and Sukey Shor while he was specialed on the west coast by Mike Stone in 2007 and 2008.
Another example of the successful co-breeding with Judy and her Cloverhill Bassets is CH Fort Merrill Topsfield Yahoo, who was bred by Claudia Orlandi & Judy Tuck.
Yahoo (pictured left) began his specials career with Bryan Martin in 2011.
Topsfield has worked for over 30 years with trusted breeder and friend, Nancy Richmond of Vision Bassets. Our combined efforts have resulted in many wonderful offspring, including the top winning Basset Hound bitch of all time, MBIS MBISS CH Topsfield Vision Silver Noodles CD BN RA NAP NJP GCG TDIRN, CGC. Noodles, pictured below left, was bred by Nancy Richmond, Bjorn Zetterlund, Anne Testoni and Lisa Brackett, and sired by CH Topsfield Beethoven. Bjorn (Anne’s husband), Nancy and Anne are pictured below right with Noodles. The numerous performance titles Noodles achieved are thanks to Anne’s hard work and expertise.
For many years, Nancy has focused on breeding the dual purpose Basset Hound and has enjoyed great success in the field. We are indebted to her for allowing us to co-own GFCH Vision Itsy Bitsy Vanila Cream of Cloverhill, the dam of many field trial and dual champions, including Scarlett, pictured below.
We soon learned that Chris’s bloodlines and ours nicked very well resulting in our bringing several of her Beauchasseur hounds to the states, including AUS Ch Beauchasseur Hewgo Boss and AUS CH Beauchasseur Allo Allo (pictured below), both of whom quickly completed their championship here and added valuable outside blood to our breeding program.
We also sent Ch Topsfield Sanchu Cannoli in co ownership with Longbay bassets to Chris.
Anne Testoni and Bjorn Zetterlund of Spectrum Basset Hounds have worked with us for close to 30 years. Together we have produced some beautiful Basset Hounds, including the top winning Basset Hound bitch of all time, MBIS MBISS CH Topsfield Vision Silver Noodles CD BN RA NAP NJP GCG TDIRN, CGC.
Noodles was bred by Nancy Richmond, Bjorn Zetterlund, Anne Testoni and Lisa Brackett, and sired by CH Topsfield Beethoven. Bjorn (Anne’s husband), Nancy and Anne are pictured below left with Noodles. In addition to conformation, Anne specializes in performance Basset Hounds and put the numerous titles on Noodles. Bjorn took the fabulous movement photo of Noodles on the right.
Topsfield began working with Miriam and Mike Tefts of Soundtrack Basset Hounds over 25 years ago when they bred to A/C CH Soundtrack Roll Me Away, ROM, Can CD (“Spot”), Spot (pictured below left) sired Ch Topsfield Fresca, (pictured below right) BOW at the 2002 BHCA National Specialty.