Grand Champion 

Bushman Better Be Boss


D.O.B. 2/11/97 - 9/12/10







Forrest joined us in January 1998, our first boy, his sire is Ch Almanza Never Think Twice (imp swd)(Grady) who now is a proven successful sire, and his dam is Gr Ch Almanza Better Than Ever (imp swd)(Inga). Seeing Inga as a youngster was what inspired me to want to breed this wonderful breed, she became a big winning bitch, who helped to put our breed on the map in Australia.

Forrest was a very slow to mature dog, winning often enough as a young dog without doing anything huge.  He finally started to reach his potential at 4 years old, when he dominated in the show ring in South Australia at breed level, and then started taking out many Aust Bred In Groups awards.  

His first big win was at the Victorian Women's K C 2/11/02  where he took out Best Of Breed under Mrs R Winter-Russell (USA), where there were 26 of the Best Flat Coats in the Country competing.  Soon after that 7/12/02, Forrest won his first BEST IN GROUP under gundog specialist Mr H Gent (NSW), he also went on to win BEST AUST BRED IN SHOW.  Only a week later 15/12/02 he followed this up with a RU BEST IN GROUP under Mrs B Ferguson (SA) and AUST BRED IN SHOW under Mr M Lecussan (NSW).

In 2003, Forrest's first big win for the year after many Aust Bred In Groups, was 10/8/03 were he won RU BEST IN GROUP under Mr W Crozier (NSW) a gundog specialist, then at the Prestigious Adelaide Royal Show on 5/9/03 Forrest won BEST OF BREED out of 20 Flat Coats under Mr E Maniero (Peru).  He followed this win up on the 7/9/03 with another RU BEST IN GROUP under Mr E Singer (Vic).  His great year continued with antoher RUB BEST IN GROUP under Mrs S Mashford (Vic) who had only that year judged Flat Coats at The World Dog Show, where she saw many top quality Flat Coats.

In 2004 Forrest was only shown lightly, but managed a couple of good wins including both at 2 of our biggest shows for the year, the first being the Adelaide Hills K C, under Ms A Hennigan (Canada) where he won RU BEST IN GROUP, and then at the Royal Adelaide Show Sept 2004 after have life saving surgery in May, this was his first show back, where still with short hair from his surgery he won RU BEST OF BREED with 18 Flat Coats entered, only being beaten by his son Ch Skyehaven Mightnpower (Shine) who went on to win 3RD IN GROUP beating over 600 Gundogs!!

Forrest was rarely shown after this, but his official retirement show was at the Gundog Club of SA, Oct 2006, just before his 9th Birthday, were he firstly won BEST VETERAN in the Veteran Sweepstakes under Mrs J Egan, and then went on in the main show to win RU BEST IN SHOW, under Mrs J Weekes (Vic) his biggest win his last show.

Forrest's awards include being a member of the 500 Club of the Flat Coated Retriever Association for gaining 500 challenge points, winning the Mishkador Black Chance Memorial Trophy for the most challenge points in 2002 for the Flat Coated Ret Assoc. of Vic. And winning the Interstate Show Dog of the Year for the Flat Coated Ret Assoc. of Vic. 2002 & 2003.

Forrest as a Stud dog has produced the biggest winning dog and bitch Flat Coat in S.A. to date, Gr Ch Skyehaven Mightnpower and Gr Ch Skyehaven Just A Dash, and is also sire to Class In Group winner Skyehaven Adrenalin Rush.

Forrest is now enjoying life in retirement, being a much loved member of our family.

Forrest sired his 4th Litter at 11 years old, with Ch Skyehaven Let It Rip, we will be running on a bitch from this litter.


RU BEST IN SHOW (Gundog Specialty)

BEST IN GROUP (All Breeds Champ Show)

2 BEST IN GROUPS (All Breeds Open Shows)

6 RU BEST IN GROUPS (All Breeds Champ Shows)

2 RU BEST IN GROUPS (All Breeds Open Shows)

2 Class In Shows (All Breeds Champ Shows)

18 Class In Groups (All Breeds Champ Shows)

14 Class In Groups (All Breeds Open Shows)

INTERSTATE SHOW DOG OF THE YEAR (Flat Coat Ass of Vic) - 2002 & 2003

Flat Coat 500 Club Member

Most Challenge Points (Flat Coat Club) 2002

113 BEST OF BREEDS (Champ Shows)

150 Challenges 

1,431 Challenge Points

Hips 2/2, Elbows 0/0

Sire of 2 Australian Grand Champions


Sire of 4 litters

to Ch Bushman Tempted To Tease

8 puppies 

Titles from this litter

Gr Ch Skyehaven Mightnpower

Gr Ch Skyehaven Just A Dash

to Ch Skyehaven Legal Eagle

12 puppies

to Ch Skyehaven Just A Star

9 puppies

 to Ch Skyehaven Let It Rip

13 puppies

Ch Skyehaven Better Believe It

Skyehaven Better Be Running CCD NRD FBT



For all Forrest's Results since 2000 click below

Aust CH
Almanza Never Think Twice
Swed CH Almanza Life Of Brian

Meitas Sire-Micael

Nwy CH Almanza Now or Never

Cariena's Nineteen-Twelve

Almanza Forbidden Love
Aust Grand Ch
Almanza Better Than Ever

Moonstruck Adventure At Flatterhaft

Cariena's Fifteen-Eight


Almanza Billion Dollar Baby
Fnl Ch Int Ch Nwy Ch Swd Ch
Almanza Larry O'Grady

Almanza Bright Side Of Life

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