Mr Mat Morse – Matmor
Matmor Cavaliers are located in Victoria, Australia. Mat grew up with Corgis but like most dog exhibitors has a great love for all creatures, great and small. Matmor Cavaliers began in the early nineties when Mat bought a Blenheim dog. His breeder suggested he be shown and, in hindsight, he wasn’t a great show specimen but it only takes a few shows until you’ve caught the bug!

Sitting ringside at a show in the early days was a significant moment when the most glamorous black and tan stepped into the ring. This dog was Aust. Ch. Sorata Bugsy Siegel (Imp UK). Mat was spellbound and ever since, wholecolours have been the main residents at Matmor. There is, however, always a particolour or two about to keep things in balance!

Highlights would include the first champion for the kennel, Ch. Barakah First Knight and the first home bred champion, Ch. Matmor Espionage. Whilst all dogs are special a few become those who really get "under your skin". Rebecca, BIS Grand Ch. Barakah My Fair Lady became Australasia’s first wholecolour bitch grand champion at just 3 years of age and picked up multiple BIS awards along the way. She in turn produced "Richie", multi BISS/BIS Grand Ch. Matmor Fairgrnd Attractn – the most successful Cavalier at Specialty level winning 8 CCs & 5 RCCs converting to 6 BIS and 5 RUBIS awards, All Breeds BIS and winner of the NSW senior point score wins. Richie has sired in excess of 20 Champion progeny.

During 2004 & 2005 Mat and partner Will lived in the UK (Will is English from Worcestershire) and showing was a huge part of their life here as well. UK Imports have included the Champions – Harana Starsailor, Dortmund Matmor By Design, Loranka’s Spellbinding Harana, Harana Sarah Vaughan and most recently Loranka’s Isn’t She Lovely. To date, in excess of 30 champions in all 4 colours, including many Grand and Supreme champions (the highest accolade an Australian dog may acquire). The black & tan bitch, Sup. Ch. Matmor Fun At The Fair was the first ever Supreme Champion Cavalier bitch to do so. With only 6 specialty clubs in the country, Matmor have won 30 Specialty CCs.

When it comes to judging Cavaliers, colour is immaterial. A classic outline, beautiful head and expression with fluid, driving movement are the criteria.

Mat has judged extensively across Australia & New Zealand and looks forward to judging in the USA in 2015. He is also ANKC licensed to award CCs and judge Best in Group for Toys, Terriers, Gundogs, Utility and Non-Sporting.

Other than Cavaliers, Matmor have also enjoyed campaigning BIS winning Japanese Chins, Pomeranians and King Charles Spaniels.

Mat is extremely honoured to have been invited to judge the CKCS Club Open Show at Top Barn.
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