The History of CORYDON
I I went to CRUFTS again after the disappointment of the cancellation of the show in 1954.
But due to my Air-force duties I was unable to get to the show early enough to buy a catalogue. They had sold out by 10 a.m.
However I was able to see a dog that made a lasting impression on me. This was Mrs George's BEULAH'S BLANCO-Y-NEGRO, who won the Dog CC & BOB under the Judge, Mr E C Pierce. I remember Mrs George waiting for the other exhibitors to go into the ring and set their dogs up for the judge, she then walked slowly into the ring with this big, very black dog with a huge white collar. Nobody else had ever seen him, she had kept him back just for this show. He completely overshadowed all the other dogs in the ring and just had to be awarded the top prize. He would not win today, because he had a very large blaze, but was he handsome!!! He was probably the main reason I went into go into Rough Collies, because at the time I was deciding to go either go into Rough Collies or Newfoundlands.
I also went to the very first London Collie Club Championship Show which was held at Open Air Theatre, in the Festival Gardens at Battersea Park in London. The Judge was the famous Jimmy Garrow. He awarded the Dog CC and BOB to Negro and the bitch CC went to Beulah’s Silver Maravella. So Mrs George had a very good day. Tom Purvis won Best Puppy in Show with Danvis Diadem.
I still have the catalogue for this show.