The History of CORYDON

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1956 Barbara with her First show Collie BIRCHBOUGHS BARON Ch Mywicks Meadow Lancer

This was the year that really started for Barbara as she bought her first show Collie.



He went to his first show - London & Provincial Collie Club Sanction Show on the 17th November 1956, but he was unplaced in the Puppy Class. The Judge was Mrs P Green. He did go on to win 7 first Prizes in his show career.

His pedigree is of some interest. CRONWAY CUSPIDOR won 2 CCs but he had a very light eye which was the main reason he did not get his title. He was a popular stud dog in the London area at this time.

CRUFTS this year was judge by Mr A Clough.

His Dog CC Winner and Best of breed was the puppy, Mycroft’s Mywicks Meadow Lancer and the Bitch CC Winner was Read’s Lovely Romance. Both became famous Champions with Meadow Lancer winning about 14 CCs although they were won under just 8 Judges. In fact one Judge awarded him 2 CCs in one year.

The entry at Crufts this year was just 117 dogs. The entry fee for each dog was 12/6 (60p today) and benching fee was 1/- (5p today)

It was also interesting that the groups were judged by three Judges working together and Best in Show by two judges.

There were just 5 Groups in 1956. Toys, Terriers, Hounds, Gundogs and Non-Sporting. Since then the Non-Sporting Group has been split up into Utility, Working and Pastoral.