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What is happening/ happened during 2019

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.

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. One bitch in particular is causing some concern. This was Eden Elvira born in 1951. Another by the same name was born in 1921. The cause for concern is that the Pedigree programs will not accept these as two different bitches. So, we have puppies born from a bitch that would be in her thirties at the time. Fortunately the first Elvira does not feature in the pedigrees today, so I have eliminated her from the database. But pedigrees on the web still have puppies born in 1952 who were out of a dam born in 1921. 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.

Corydon Victor Ludorum

With his Reserve CC card and Trophys.

Taz daughter winning Best Puppy in Show in Sweden

This is a young dog winning his first CACIB in Finland. He is by the Rough Int Ch Corydon Catch Me Drifting. I think that he is rather more substantial than the Smooth dogs we see in the UK. Are the Smooth Breeders missinig something? We nearly had him but Miranda did not like his name!!.

The Smooth Collies in the USA are very similar to him in type.

He won Best Dog at ACP 2018

The Best in Show winners at ACP 2018

Both sired by Percy.

Father and son. Ch Corydon the Ringleader

Corydon Trump the Lot

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