This was probably the quietest year we have ever had show wise, anyway the judges for the Championship Shows during the year were not favourable to our type of Collie. Most of them seem to prefer fluffy unsound horrors.
Still we did manage to win a bit with the dogs. Heather won a Reserve CC and Pixie went to Denmark to win Best in Show at the Danish Collie Clubs Summer Ch Show. She also had Best of Breed and Reserve Best in Show at the Smooth Collie Open Show.
The flag was mainly kept flying by our dogs in their new countries. Notably Corydon Catch Me Driftin who we gave away last January to our friends in Finland. He really made his present felt and won the accolade of Best Collie in his new country for the year. Very well done. For some reason he could not win in the UK (not enough coat for these judges) and yet he consistently beat the blue bitch who came to the UK and won nearly 20 CC while she was over here. Finland’s gain is certainly the UK’s loss. Even more so when his first 2 litters produced a CC winner in each and just before he left us
he mated 2 bitches. From the first of these was Corydon Persinickety Miss who won Best of Breed and Group 3 and Puppy Group 1 at her very first show which was Boston Ch Show 2013. Not a bad record from his first 3 litters. I hope he can carry on the good sire work in Finland.
Other good overseas wins were Corydon Desire Me who was Best in Show at the main club show in Denmark. Corydon Ria Zofia who became a Finnish Champion. She is litter sister to our Ch
Corydon Rio Grande. Corydon Fantisemma who became a Champion in Switzerland and also Catch Me Driftin’s litter sister Int Ch Corydon Mona Mia who won more Champion titles during 2012.
My big event of the year was a trip to the USA to see the Collie Club of America’s annual show. Quite an eye opener as there were almost 800 Collies entered, nearly all of whom would walk all over the Collies in the UK. The overall standard was staggering. As they regard Rough and Smooth as varieties of the same breed the quality of both were
extremely high. I know that the Smooth breeders in the UK do not like the thought of mating their stock to Rough Collies in the belief that this will lead to open coats. Having seen so many Smooth collies over there with a Rough parent I could say that I hardly saw one with an incorrect coat. The main difference for this variety was that over there they had been properly presented for the show. In other words they were clean. I think that a trip to this show is essential for all breeders over here if they wish to improve the Collies in their kennel.
During the summer we borrowed a dog this was Int Ch Pahlex Dollar N Dime. He is by one of the most successful Rough Collie sires of all time in the USA and his dam is Int Ch Corydon La Suprema who is the top winning Rough Collie of all time in Denmark. So great thing were hoped for. Unfortunately we managed to get just one puppy from the 4 matings we did. Victor is now nearly 3 months old and rules the house. He does look rather nice though, so look out for him later in 2013.