What a year. It started with a real BANG!!!! When CORYDON
won the Dog Challenge Certificate under Lisa
Burtenshaw and then Jim Broderick awarded him Best in Show at the
British Collie Club. So we went home with the most valuable and sought
after bit of silver that a Collie can win. The British Collie Club
Challenge Trophy. I well remember a friend from Germany, who was
staying with us and went to the show with us, carrying the trophy out of
the hall on a tray. I think that he was prouder than us. Hotspur then
went to London Collie Club Championship Show where he won his
Second CC and second Best in Show under Lynn Westby. He won
Reserve CCs at the Scottish Kennel Club under Mr D Craven, Southern
Counties under Ann Lister and Three Counties Agricultural Show under
Kath Jeffries. He then went to East of England Agricultural Show under
Stella Clark who awarded him his 3rd and qualifying CC and Best of
Breed. So we had a new and as it turned out a very important
Champion CH CORYDON HANDSOME HOTPSUR. He won another Res.
CC under Vera Hickson at Leicester, and he then went to Birmingham
City where Frank Mitchell awarded him another CC. So to East Anglian
Collie Association Championship Show where Lew Caseley awarded him
the CC and Best in Show. So Oscar (as he was known here) ended the
year with 5 CCs, 5 Res CCs, 3 Breed Club Championship Best in Show
awards and was Top Collie for the year. Not bad for a dog who took 4
years to grow a coat.
Yet more success!!!. CORYDON GOLD STAR went to Border Union and
won the Dog CC and Best of Breed under Mrs C Sutton and then he
went onto win Group 2 under Terry Thorn. He then went to Paignton
where Elsie Westwood awarded him his second CC.
Even more success!!!! CORYDON CARUSO went to Blackpool Championship Show where he won the Puppy Stakes on the day and
we went back to challenge the winners from the other days and he
WON!!!. So we had our first qualifier for the most important puppy
competition, the Spillers/ Dog World Pup of the Year held in London in
January the following year. The judge at Blackpool was Mrs C Sutton. I
think that she liked our Collies. We always seemed to win very well when
she was judging. Caruso also won the Puppy dog Stakes at Windsor
under Mrs F Hamilton, and at this show he also won the Dog Res CC
under Iris Combe.
Yes! Even more success. CORYDON RISING STAR won Best in Show
at the Midland Collie Club Sanction Show under Marina Broadhead. He
was made famous after we sent him to Australia where even though he
was not really shown, he sired at least 26 Australian Champions, and I
believe that he is standing second in the all time list of sires.
This show was also memorable for me as we took CORYDON POLLY
, she amazingly won a Reserve. I say this because she lost an
eye soon after birth because of an infection. So she only had one eye.
But she was a very beautiful tricolour who would have done wonders in
the ring, but she made up for it by producing two of the greatest Ch.
Corydon’s Tuck’s Tiger and NU Ch Corydon Augustus Caesar.
have to say that she was probably my all time favourite of all our Collies.

CH CORYDON HANDSOME HOTSPUR with the British Collie Club’s Best in Show Trophy