Just got this photo from our friends in Germany He is Corydon The Skywalker, he is litter brother to Donald (Corydon Trump The Lot) He was pick of litter, but I wanted to keep Donald because of his white blaze as I think it is time to get back to the original markings like the “Lassie” in the films of that name. I think it might be a good idea to have this dog back in the UK as I have not seen a dog of this quality for a long time.

Sunday 1st December was the British Collie Club’s Open Show. We took the three litter brothers and sister. They won all their Classes so we came home with 7 miniature bottles of Whisky. Much appreciated. It was a first show for Dom (Corydon Dom
Perignon) and Crystal (Corydon Cristal). I have to admit that the entry was rather poor. But they had a good time.
Saturday 23rd November was the London & Provincial Collie Club’s Championship Show. Miranda took Roger and Donald. Roger won the Puppy Dog and Novice Dog Classes. Then went Best Puppy in Show. Donald was placed second in the Open Dog class and was then awarded the Reserve CC. So it was a good day.
17th November and a show at last. This time it was Bolsover Open Show. Miranda took Roger who was 9 months and 1 day old. He won the Junior Class and was Best Puppy in the breed. He was then placed Puppy Group 2. We think that he is very special. His name is Corydon Pol Roger. He is by Corydon Winning Factor ex Corydon Blue Fizz JW
14th September was Darlington Championship Show. We had a new All rounder judge so we did not know what to expect. We took Donald and Minx. Donald (Corydon Trump The Lot)won the Open Dog Class and the Dog CC. Minx (Kinneret Kopper Kisses for Corydon)won the Limit Bitch Class and then the Reserve Bitch CC. Mejola Fate and Fortune won the Limit Dog Class and then the Reserve Dog CC. We had a wonderful day as three out of the four top awards went to our breeding. Donald and Minx are kennelled together and Donald’s sire and dam are kennelled together. Donald is now Taz’s first CC winner in this country and more importantly our 50th CC winner, but he has many Championship winners in Europe. The judge had obviously read the breed standard and was looking for good moving sound Rough Collies. The over coated, over weight poor moving exhibits for once had a very poor day. Most of this type seemed to have considerable trouble getting round the nice big ring. Specialist Breed Judges pleas note. This type are not only inelegant but are, in most cases very unsound. This for goodness sake is a working breed. The breed judge at this show was Mr G A Hill who evidently bred and showed Borzois which are not too dissimilar to our breed. 8th September was the big all breeds Nordic Championship Show in Helsinki. Best in Show was FI CH & EE JCH Black Elles Non Stop Drifting (Multi CH Corydon Catch Me Driftin -Multi CH Merry Moonrays Mona Lisa) She became a Finish Champion on the day as well. A dog or bitch has to be two years old before they can become a Champion in Finland. She was out of Percy’s last litter. This award is very rare for a Rough Collie to win. There were
over 1800 exhibits from 200 breeds entered and this was the new format of a Nordic show which means that all Scandinavian Countries are involved. She is seen below after another big win. Miranda and I awarded her Best in Show at the ACP Meeting last year so we are rather pleased that she is doing so well. She has also qualified for the Champion of Champions competition in Finland
next February.
4th August was the East Anglian Collie Association Ch Show. Miranda is secretary of the club and she was appointed as the Best in Show judge, so we did not show. I put myself forward as a ring Steward so I was kept busy in the Dog Ring. Although we did not show any of our dogs our line had a good day as the bitch who was awarded the Best in Show was a granddaughter of Hardy, and both the Reserve CC winners were by our dogs.
Then we had news from Finland where they had their Speciality Show on the same day. Best in Show was a Percy daughter who has won everything this year and best dog was Corydon Conquerer who had gone to his first show for a long time. Not done yet because a Taz daughter won 2 Best of Breed awards over the weekend and won Group 1 and Group 2 at these shows.
A long time since any major happenings, but on Friday 5th July was the East of England All Breeds Championship Show. We had a well known All Rounder judging so we entered five as it is the nearest show for us. Taz came out of retirement and won the Open Dog class
and the Dog CC. He has a most remarkable record as over the last three years he has been to six shows. From these he has won
5 CCs and a Reserve CC. He has also had a Group 1 Award and on Friday he was third in a very big Champion Stakes Class. The Open Dog class was good for us as placed second was Mejola Fate and Fortune all Corydon bred and placed third was Corydon Trump the Lot so getting himself into the KC Stud Book. The other three that we entered Phineas (Corydon Ring Master) was placed second in Limit dog. Minx our bought in daughter of Taz was placed second in Limit Bitch and Corydon Moonflower was placed second in the very strong Open Bitch Class. So all in all a good day. It has been quite some time since I went to a dog show held outside and I have to say I was quite shocked to see so many Tricolours with light eyes and in too many instances they were highly placed. A tricolour with light eyes has the most awful expression and in our breed expression is everything. I also saw dogs with very high tail sets winning. Again this is a serious No No. But at least with an all rounder judge we did not see any of those truly awful fluffy stuffies that seem to be all the rage at some of the shows now a days.
22nd June we had another litter born. This was quite extraordinary as the dam, our bought in a Mejola bitch who is a
tricolour, is rather on the small size and she was very reluctant to eat whilst in whelp. She was due to whelp on the 26th June so
she had them four days early. She started to have them at about 10pm and the first one born, a dog, was huge so I was not
expecting any more as she had not swelled up very much. But an hour later she had another very big dog puppy. She seemed to
relax so I went to clean my teeth. I then looked at her and she now had three!. This time a very big bitch puppy. So I stayed
with her a bit longer and shortly came out another very big bitch puppy. After quite some time I thought she must have finished so I went to bed. I got up an hour later to look and found she had another very big dog puppy. By this time she had gone to
sleep so I knew all was good and that was going to be the last one. But where had she kept them? They were the biggest puppies I have ever seen in a full litter. Sometimes we get a very big puppy but every puppy in this litter was big. The sire it was a first time for our Corydon The Ringmaster and as all the puppies were sable and white and the dam is a tricolour we might just have a dominant sable sire. He is certainly the right colour for it as he is an overall golden sable.
June 6th was Three Counties Ch Show. We did not enter because Miranda felt she would be too tired to drive a long way
after taking 25 school children to France for four days. I would have been as well!!!!. However we were not there but we won
because Jo White won the Dog CC and Best of Breed with Mejola Fate and Fortune and the Reserve Bitch CC was won by a Taz
May the 15th and we had to say good-bye to Muffin. I think she might have had a stroke. Still she was 14 years old and
had a good happy life.
May 9th to 12th was GOOD!!! Thursday 9th was Birmingham National and Jo White handled her blue Mejola Fate and
Fortune to win the Limit Dog Class and then won the Dog CC, his first. He is by the late Ch Corydon Once in a Blue Moon out of
Corydon Femme Fatal. Looking at the results for that show it would seem that the judge had read and understood the Breed
Standard. The fluffy coats and cow hocks really did have a very bad day. But shouldn’t they? Then at the weekend our Best in
Show winner from last ACP meeting won the Bitch CC, the Nordic CC, Group 1 and then Best in Show at the big all breeds show
in Finland. This is a very big win for the breed as it is very rare for a Rough Collie to win a Best in Show award. She is by Percy.
Another Percy daughter is currently in the lead in wins in Finland. Then a Taz daughter won the bitch CC in Denmark. Then on
the 12th May The Smooth Collie Club had an Open Show with Roughs as well. Here Maxine Mellish won Best of Breed with her
Demelewis Dare to Tell who again is by Ch Corydon Once in a Blue Moon out of Corydon Victorian for Demelewis. So we win
even though we were not there.
At long last we have a litter. Dam is our Blue Fizz and sire is a son of Victor. We have a tri dog, a blue dog and a tri bitch.
And NO the blue dog is not for sale. They are 10 weeks old.
I have been doing some more research into the breed. I have now come to the conclusion that the breed has turned full circle
and now most of the exhibits at the shows are typical of the Collies before the 1880’s. Short head, domed skulls, deep stops and short bodies. They have completely lost the elegance the breed once had. Those old breeders must be turning in their graves to see how breeders today have ruined what they set out to do. The one thing that today’s Collies would not be able to do is herd cattle and sheep. They are too fat and unsound for that job.
That was the last show I have attended. I did not go to Cruft’s as it now just a circus. Has to be the Worlds worst dog show. Not even the biggest any more. The World Show is almost twice as big.
February 3rd was the Yorkshire Collie Club’s Open Show. Miranda took Donald, Minx and Rose. Donald (Corydon Trump
The Lot) won his Class was Best Dog, Best of Breed and Reserve Best in Show. Rose (Rayawna’s Ring of Roses For
Corydon) won the Puppy Bitch Class then won Best Puppy in Show. Minx (Kinneret Kopper Kisses For Corydon) won the
Post Graduate Bitch Class and then Reserve Best Bitch. We could hardly have done any better than that. A triumph really for Taz
(Ch Corydon The Ringleader) as he is the sire of all three. The day did not end there as we won the Jimmy Tait points trophy
for our wins at the previous years club’s shows.