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What is happening/ happened during 2018

2nd June was British Collie Club Open Show. We took Donald, Minx and Heather. Donald won the open Dog Class then Best dog then Best of Breed and eventually he won Best in Show. Minx won the Junior Bitch Class and then Reserve Best Bitch. Heather won 2nd in Open Bitch Class then won Best Veteran in the breed. A good day for Corydon. The show scene is in full swing now. Miranda went to Boston Premier Open Evening Show on the 29th May. She took Donald and Minx. Both won their Classes and Minx won best of Breed. She then went on to win Group2. A big win at this popular show.

We have had very good news from our stock in Europe where several Best of Breed awards have been won by offspring of our dogs. Percy has produced more winners with a puppy from his last litter winning Best of Breed and Group 4 at her first show and still only 9 months old.

I have now finished my latest book but whether it will be published is another matter as I have been rather scathing about how the breed is turning out. Anyway I can now get back to putting events on this site.

Following The National was the Scottish Collie Club Ch Show where Lorraine continued her winning ways by her dog Karafaye Black Quillon winning the dog CC so he is now a Champion. He is by Demelewis Winter Moon over Corydon out of Corydon La Fayvorita Avec Karafaye, so she is a rare dam indeed with 2 CC winners in the same year from different litters.

The next show was The National Show on the 13th May where Miranda took Minx and Evie. Neither did very well, but the Bitch CC and Best of Breed was all our breeding as it was Lorraine Quince’s Karafaye Black Beauty who is by Aus Ch Corydon Winds of Victory out of Corydon La Fayvorita Avec Karafaye. The reserve CC was won by Lene Newman’s Phreelancer Phond Memories whose dam is Ch Corydon La Caprita of Phreelancer. So it was a good day for us.

22nd April Miranda took Minx to the Smooth Collie Open Show under judge John Geddes. She won her Classes and then was declared Best of Breed. The show was held in conjunction with the Collie Association Open Show. We do not enter the shows run by that club as we do not like some of the people running it. However the Best of Breed winner at that show was beaten by Minx so she ended up as the only unbeaten Rough Collie from the two shows. Not bad for a 12 month old bitch.

I am writing another book. This time about the Crufts winners from 1891 to 2000. A lot of research but what I find most interesting is that the first Best of Breed in 1891, a dog called just very simply CHRISTOPHER appears from his photograph to be a better representative of the breed than some of the more recent winners. Why?

Just received this photo from Jean Kenny. It is of Ch Corydon The Ringleader and Mejola My Blue Heaven for Corydon winning the double Ccs at Midland Counties in October 2016. I will have to start showing Tas again as he has matured beyond description from that day.

The 19th April we said good bye to Rita. She had been failing in health for sometime.Last night I put her on a bed with a thick VetBed, so she died in comfort. It is also the birthday of Riff and Muffin. So yesterday we had 2 thirteen year olds and today we have three. It was very nearly four.   

Just got back from the USA. I went with Miranda and Wilma our friend from Finland, We went to see the Collie Club of America show at Virginia Beach. They had nearly 750 Rough and Smooth Collies entered. I did not see one Fluffy Stuffy. They all looked like proper Collies. In other words they were wonderful. They have problems but the best were breathtaking. A pity that the exhibitors and judges in this country could not go to see them and see what proper Collies look like. We might then see some proper Collies in this country. The Smooth Collies again were wonderful. They were all substantial, not looking like drowned spiders as they are here. We then went to New York where the girls shopped and I walked. We went to the top of the Empire State building and then we had a guide to walk us around the main attractions in the City. Then we went to the Opera to see Placido Domingo at the Met. The opera was not very tuneful but the singing was truly out of this World. How he manages to sing at this level at his age is beyond me. He was helped by the top tenor and top soprano of today.

We had to say goodbye to Zac (Aqualita Class Act at Corydon) on Friday 16th March. He would have been 15 years old on the 3rd May. We still have four thirteen year old boys and girls. We must be doing something right.

Miranda just took Minx to Crufts. She was placed second in the Puppy Bitch Class. I did not go as it is not a very nice show any more. Too noisy, too dirty and too many people. It used to be fun, but not any more.

I have only a handful of “A Life with Rough Collies” left. There will be no reprints and I am going to America at the end of the month where most of the books have been ordered and I am taking them with me. So, if you want the book please get your order in before the 25th of this month.

1st March and it is first day of Spring, so we have snow. Lots of it, at least for Fenton. We get snow on average every seven years.

Miranda had her 50th Birthday on the 22nd of last month. A group of her friends bought her a fantastic painting of Ch Corydon Gold Spur. It is huge and truly wonderful. It is hanging on the wall in our lounge. It dominates the room.

14th January and very good news. Taz’s daughter in Sweden was at her very first puppy show. She was Best of Breed and then won Group 1 and finally 5th Best puppy in Show from 354 puppies of all breeds. This was exceptional as Rough Collie do not normally figure in these top awards. Not bad for seven months old.

8th January was an email from the Beardsworth’s to say their bitch had just whelped 8 puppies sired by Taz (Ch Corydon The Ringleader) 5 bitches and 3 dogs. All fit and strong.

7th January was the EACA Collie of the year event. A good entry was spoilt by too many absentees. However the quality was quite good and for the second year in a row it was a Ross (Ch Corydon Once in a Blue moon) son who won the big trophy for best in event. This time it was Jo White’s blue merle Mejola Fate and Fortune who is turning out to be a real goodun. The best part of the event was the new venue at Littleport Sports Centre. Spanking brand new with all mod cons. And then we had a quite superb lunch in the room right next to the show hall. Do not miss this event if your dog is lucky enough to qualify.

A New Year and it was Boston Show on the 4th January. A Championship Show but no CCs for us. The breed judge was Mr K Baldwin and our stud dogs did rather well. Taz (Ch Corydon The Ringleader) is proving to be rather a good producer. Best Puppy was our new young bitch Kinneret Kopper Kisses for Corydon. Best puppy dog and Reserve Best Dog was Mr Bartram’s Ambartr King of The Ring. Both are by Taz. Best of Breed was Jo White’s dog, Mejola Fate and Fortune who is by the late Ch Corydon Once in a Blue Moon and Reserve Best Bitch was our Corydon Blue Fizz who is by our old Ch Demelewis Dark Moon Driftin over Corydon. Another Taz puppy did very well on New Years day at Coventry Show, the litter sister to Ambartr King of The Ring won best puppy in the breed then went on to win the Pastoral Puppy Group. This was Ambartr Plancee at Jards.

Happy New Year everyone.

A quick summary of Show Results for 2017. Very few shows attended.

28 Classes entered. Resulting in 14 First Prizes, 8 Second Prizes, 5 Third Prizes and one Reserve Prize. Rather reflects on the very poor entries the breed has at the Dog Shows today. Our dogs, over the years have been entered in 4,308 Classes. We have spent an awful lot of money in that time.

The first time they won a First Prize was 5th October 1957. The latest 15th December 2017. 60 years in which time they have won 1,684 First Prizes.

For major awards they have won 165 Challenge Certificates ( not counting CCs won by Corydons owned by other exhibitors), 113 Reserve Challenge Certificates. 265 Best of Breed Awards and 87 Best in Show awards. Was that money well spent?

No shows so been having a big clear out. Miranda has a new desk and her office has been redecorated. During the clear out I found this photo which I thought had been lost for ever. I wanted to put it in the book as a perfect example of how to handle a dog in the ring so that he looks wonderful for the judge. Actually this is Corydon Augustus Caesar at his first show. I lead trained him on the day as he had never had a lead on him before. Not how to do it.

My Book.

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Corydon Victor Ludorum

With his Reserve CC card and Trophys.

Taz daughter winning Best Puppy in Show in Sweden

This is a young dog winning his first CACIB in Finland. He is by the Rough Int Ch Corydon Catch Me Drifting. I think that he is rather more substantial than the Smooth dogs we see in the UK. Are the Smooth Breeders missinig something? We nearly had him but Miranda did not like his name!!.

The Smooth Collies in the USA are very similar to him in type.

Best of Breed line-up British Collie Club Open Show 2/6/2018