Our sweet and gentle Solene is the result of a complicated breeding of Claire with Bango du Pre de Redy via frozen semen from Switzerland. We only had three total puppies in our two Swiss-sired litters, but the quality of the girls was fantastic. Solene is here with us, Hanna lives in Ontario, and Napa resides in New Jersey. At her first show at 7 months of age, Solene won the Jr Puppy Bitch classes, Regular and Sweeps, at the first National Barbet Specialty in Long Sault, ON. She won her first UKC Best In Show at 10 months, and won Best In Show in a large AKC show in Washington, DC. Her first litter, sired by CKC/UKC Ch Neigenuveaux's Gambit RE, also a UKC BIS winner, resulted in 9 gorgeous puppies that live throughout the United States. Her son Hickory Tavern Secret Liaison CM is the first American born Barbet to win a Certificate of Merit, which he won by winning Best in FSS Show at his first three shows! Our Hickory Tavern Secret Entourage is a Canadian Champion, and UKC Ch Hickory Tavern Secret Garden is the #1 Barbet in the UKC. Solene's second litter was sired via frozen semen from The Netherlands using the gorgeous Nuphar's Four Leaf Clover. Our Flynn is from this litter. It also includes our Swedish export Hickory Tavern Wishing Well 'Penny' who has earned her second level Rally title at just one year of age!
Solene is OFA Good, OFA Normal Elbows, Eyes CERF Normal
7 year old Barbet
Our little Dutch girl, Nessa came to us at 12 weeks from Anne Plomp in The Netherlands. Nessa is the daughter of one of my all time favorite Barbets, Quaciendas Alba Aqua-Aura. On her first day of UKC show eligibility, Nessa won a large Gun Dog Group. She is a UKC and Intl Best In Show winner, and has placed in the enormous Gun Dog Group at the UKC Premier Show. Nessa had her only litter in 2015, sired by Can GrChEx Flacon d'Paris of Neigenuveaux. Can Ch Hickory Tavern Fool For Brookberry, Can Ch Hickory Tavern Fools Rush In, and Hickory Tavern Fools Gold RN are from this litter. Nessa is now retired and living in Idaho :)
Nessa is OFA Good, OFA Normal Elbows, Eyes CERF
Can Grand Ch Hickory Tavern Secret Entourage CM3
5 year old Barbet
Marlee was born in April of 2014. She immediately captured my heart when she was born, and it quickly became apparent that she was not going to leave Hickory Tavern Farm. She is sassy and sweet and has a calm and loving temperament. I am very pleased with the bone and substance that we have added through the generations of Claire to Solene to Marlee. Marlee won her Canadian championship almost entirely through group placements with top handler Allison Foley. She is the first American bred Grand Champion and won Best FSS at her first AKC show. Marlee has continued to make history, being the first and only Barbet with an advanced CM title. Beautifully shown by Michael Scott, Marlee has won 20 Best in Miscellaneous awards.
Hickory Tavern Wish Upon A Star
3 year old Barbet