What happened in 2021
Sunday the 28th November was probably the most satisfying dog show I have ever attended. The show being the Collie Association Championship Show. I have shown this breed since 1958 but I have to say that even though my dogs have had big wins none gave me so much pleasure as this one. The reason is that the dog judge was the well-known Mr A Wight. I had a dog entered in the Open Dog Class which he won and was then awarded the Dog Challenge Certificate. This class was considered to be the best for the year with five Champions competing. I was very happy because I had recently come from hospital when I had a heart problem So I was especially happy that I could run with my dog. In fact I ran faster than any others because my dog was really the only free mover in the class. This dog became a Champion on the day, so confirming my kennel as the top kennel of all time in the breed because every Champion we have made up has at least one parent bred by us. Because of this big win I have decided not to attend any more dog shows. I have attained what I set out to do and it is best to retire at the top.
Friday the 5th November we had to say farewell to Molly (Corydon La Donarita). She would have been 12 years old next month. She had been unwell for sometime so was not unexpected. She was the dam of one of the greats in the breed Ch Corydon The Ringleader. Also her litter sister was the dam of a Champion and another litter sister was the dam of a dual CC winner. Must be unique in the breed to have three litter sisters being the dams of 2 champions and a dual CC winner.
31st October was the London & Provincial Collie Clubs Ch Show. Miranda took Krug, Belle and Roger. Corydon Krug won the Minor Puppy dog Class and then Best Puppy in Show. Corydon Belle Apocue won the Minor Puppy Bitch Class and their dad won the Limit Dog Class so winning his way into the KC Stud Book. It was his first show for 19 months. In this photo Krug is being handled by our friend from Finland Wilma.
10th October was Lancashire & Cheshire Champ Show. Miranda took three young ones and Donald. He could only manage 4th in Open Dog. But Krug (Corydon Krug and you wont find a shorter name than that) was entered in Minor Puppy Dog which he won and was then declared Best Puppy Dog. Evidently he won a lot of admirers as he really is very nice. He is litter brother to Corydon Ice Imperial who won in Scotland last week. Silva did not do so well as last week but he was placed second in the Puppy Dog Class. Dee (Corydon The Mistress) also went. This was her first ever show and she was placed second in the strong Graduate Bitch Class. She is 2 years old.
And this was England on the 18th September. Corydon Trump the Lot winning the Dog CC and Best opposite sex in Show. He is litter brother to Skywalker. Donald was winning (like his brother) his second CC. The blue boy is our new Demelewis Silver Spur at Corydon. He was best puppy dog in show.
This was in Germany on the 12th September 2021. Corydon The Skywalker. He was winning his second CAC. He won the day before as well. His first 2 shows. This judge does appear to have read the Breed Standard.
The big Collie Show in Finland took place on the 29th August where the entry was huge with over 160 Rough Collies. We tended to dominate with stock of our breeding. Int Ch Corydon Catch Me Driftin was the sire of the Dog CC winner. Ch Corydon The Ringleader was the sire of the Reserve Dog CC winner. Best Puppy in show was by Fin Ch Corydon Conqueror The Bitch CC winner and Reserve Best in Show was a granddaughter of Ch Corydon The Ringleader and her dam by Taz won the Reserve Bitch CC. She won the Bitch CC the next day at an International Show so won her International Title. To say our breeding dominated was putting it mildly. What a day for Corydon bred Rough Collies.
Corydon Ice Imperial is the name of the blue dog in Inverness and I was right about how nice he is because he went to his first show on the 29th August. He won 2 first prizes and was awarded Best of Breed. He was then awarded Best Minor Puppy in Group and to cap it all he was placed third in the Adult Group. And he is only 6 months old. He is by Corydon Pol Roger, his first litter, and out of our Mejola Famous Attraction For Corydon.
Miranda and I have been on holiday for a week. We went to North Yorkshire and then to North Scotland followed by a day in the Lake District. We had a wonderful time and met up again with Alistair and Diedre Mackenzie who had one of our bitches nearly 30 years ago. They now live in a wonderful house that they built, and run probably the best Bed and Breakfast in the North of Scotland. And we met up again with the blue boy we sold to their friends in Inverness. I have to say that at 6 months of age he is wonderful.
That did not take long. Corydon The School Mistress is now a Latvian Champion as well. Now it is even quicker because she became a Polish Champion on the 22nd August.
And now Corydon Dom Perignon is a Finish Champion. So he is Corydon Champion No. 93. Both won their titles on the 1st day of August. Dom’s win was of particular note as he won at a big Nordic All Breeds Show. The bitch winner went on to win the Group and then Best in Show. What a big win for a Rough Collie. She is by Int Ch Corydon Catch Me Driftin. So it was a very good day for us.
We have a new Champion. Corydon The School Mistress is now LT Ch Corydon The School Mistress. She won her title on Saturday the 17 th June. Just over two years of age she is by Corydon The Ringmaster out of Mejola Famous Attraction for Corydon. She is Champion number 92 for us.
The Rough Collie Breed Council had a meeting on the 24th June all on the computer. Duna Jones had decided to retire as the secretary. Therefor the 14 clubs had to choose her successor. The voting resulted with the fact that Miranda is now the Breed Council secretary. We should have some fun.
It is not just us that have started dog shows again. News from Finland is that they had their first All Breed Show last Sunday the 13th June. More than 50 rough Collies were entered and our export Corydon Dom Perignon won the Dog CC. His first. He is litter brother to our big winning Corydon Pol Roger.
We are getting smaller as Q left us on Saturday to what we hope is a lovely new home. His new owner owned Heather’s brother, but unfortunately he has passed away, so his new owner was looking to replace him and we felt that Q would fit the bill nicely. And today the 31st May we have said goodbye to two of our puppies as they have now gone on a long trip to Switzerland. They were the tri bitch Muffin and the tri dog Macaw. We hope they will have a long and successful life in their new homes.
18th April and we had a dog show. In fact there were two dog shows. The first was a Championship show, the first for any breed this year. The second was an Open Show. Both were arranged by the East Anglian Collie Association and most of the plaudits have to go to Jo White who blustered the Littleport Leisure centre into agreeing to have the shows on their playing fields, and Miranda (the Club secretary) who worked her guts off to make sure that everything went off beautifully. Both shows attracted good entries. Our Kasper (Corydon The Grandmaster) had a good day as he won Best Puppy in Show at both shows.
Donald (Corydon Trump The Lot) won the Open Dog Class at the Ch show. Clare (Corydon Clarisa) was placed second in both the Puppy Bitch Classes at the shows. Jo White did have a lot of compensation for her hard work as her dog won the Reserve Dog CC.
The 5th March and I have been busy judging photographs of Rough Collies for a photograph show organised by our fan club in Finland ACP. There were over 100 dogs and bitches to look at. I found the whole thing rather difficult as the quality of the photographs was in most cases wonderful. The quality of the exhibits was excellent. I did not find one that was not correct in conformation. So different from this country where it is often difficult to find a sound specimen. Miranda judged the Smooth Collies then we had to decide between ourselves on the Best in Show. This went to the winner of the Champion bitch class. I do not know her name but I thought she was wonderful. Just my type. All the photos had to show the Collie sideways and another showing the expression. I must say I was very pleasantly surprised at the quality of many of the Collies I had to judge. It was hard work but great fun.
1st of March and not a lot happening now. No shows and no meetings. So I am trying to get this web site up and running in full order. I am also trying to write about the influential bitches in the breed. Quite a task as there is a lot of research involved. So far I have found 29 bitches at the start of a female line that go on for at least eleven generations. Compared to dogs and their tail mail it is extraordinary as there are only a very few dogs that actually can be said to start a male line. All Rough Collie dogs in the World go back tail male to Trefoil. Some other dogs carried on this line but also started a new line. One of these was Ch Christopher. All dogs go back tail male to him but he also started a line that went through Ch Parbold Piccolo and this line carried on until about 1970. Some 82 years after the birth of Christopher.
Some of the bitch lines have carried on for sometimes more than 40 generations, but I am finding that many of these long lines have now disappeared. Probably because very few Rough Collie people in this country are actually breeding. They are producing puppies, but not breeding to improve the breed. Too many are now importing stock from Eastern Europe and hoping that they might breed something good, or are not breeding at all. They are just importing their next exhibit. I have to wonder if this is just happening to Rough Collies or are other breeds also being affected.
We have had 2 litters so far this year. The first born on the 15th January was to Maxine’s blue merle bitch who is rather lovely. We have been looking after her for some time now. She was mated to Corydon Riffson and had 3 puppies. a tri dog a tri bitch and a blue merle dog, The second litter born on the 2nd February was to our Mejola Famous Attraction For Corydon. She had seven puppies sired by the now proven Corydon Pol Roger. She had one tri bitch, two blue merle bitches and four tri dogs. They do look rather nice. Their dam is amazing. She is rather on the small side but she has enormous puppies. These seven are, apart from one, huge. The smaller one is a blue merle bitch but she is very lively and is always first to the food.