The History of CORYDON

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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, 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.                  

The Best in Show in Finland. They look far better Rough Collies than we see at the shows here.Why?

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 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 daughter.

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.

Best in Show Line up Yorkshire Collie Club Open Show 3/2/2019

I am trying to trace the bitch lines. This has not been done for a long time now. I think it is important because the gene pool in Rough Collies is very low. I am finding it very difficult because so many of the early bitches were not registered at The Kennel Club and then we have so many that had a change of name and also The Kennel Club allowed names to be used again. At one time it got to the state where the same name was being registered very frequently. This was very evident when Carol Smedley sent me a list of EDEN Collies. The total of names that she sent was about 270 and of these 61 were repeat names. One name EDEN EXCLUSIVE was repeated three times. I have overcome this on my pedigree program by adding a number to the name. Hence I have EDEN EXCLUSIVE 1 and then 2 and then 3. My pedigree program will not allow the same name to be entered twice but by doing this system I can get all the names into the database.

If anyone is interested to help me I would be very happy to have four or five generation pedigrees sent to me. This way I might be able to trace the dams lines right back to the early days of the breed.

Sunday 6th January was the East Anglian Collie Association Collie of the Year event. This was a great success as 44 Rough and Smooth Collies were entered for the two surprise judges (Miranda chooses them and they are not disclosed until they walk through the door.) Kevin Young as the All-Rounder and Brian Hull the Breed Specialist. I am the steward so was kept busy adding up the numbers on the judges score sheets..

The last day of 2018 so it is time to look back at what has been a very quiet year on the showing front. Yet, we bred three litter sisters who are the dams of Challenge Certificate winners during the year. This must be a first as it is very rare for three litter sisters to be dams of CC winners and here we have three of them in one year. The sisters are Corydon La Donnarita, Ch Corydon La Caprita at Phreelancer and Corydon La Favorita Avec Karafaye. They were out of Corydon Rio Rita and sired by Ch Demelewis Dark Moon Driftin over Corydon. They were born on the 27th December 2009 so they  have just celebrated their ninth birthday. La Favorita was actually the dam of two CC Winners during the year. Sadly though we lost both of their parents during the year. Rita was thirteen and Riff died at thirteen and a half. We also lost Riff’s sire at age of almost fifteen, this was Aqualita Class Act at Corydon, and we also lost Rita’s litter brother Ch Corydon Rio Grande who outlived his sister by a couple of months. So it has been a very sad year as well as the successes we have had.

I have sold all of my book “A Life with Rough Collies”. I will not be reprinting it. Many thanks to all those who purchased the book. I hope you all enjoyed it.

I still have some of the “Crufts Winners” books left though.


Show Results for 2019