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What is happening/ happened during 2017

I understand that yet another import won the CC at the latest club show. Why? What is the point of showing a dog that you have not bred nor has any of your breeding in it. Are exhibitors so intent on winning that they are not interested in what they are exhibiting. Are exhibitors not able to breed or are they just not interested in the breed? I know you have to buy your very first Rough Collie and if you want to breed then you are going to have to buy the best possible you can get. But for experienced breeders to buy from overseas is just beyond me. Miranda judged at Windsor and then in Russia last year. She found the Collies in Russia to be much better than those she had under her at Windsor. I suppose that the Russian breeders are much more intelligent than those here, hence their better stock. I will just say that we have bred or owned 85 Champions. All have at least one Corydon bred parent. It has been hard work. Is this something that today’s exhibitors do not want?

Miranda had her 50th Birthday on the 22nd of last month. A group of her friends bought her a fantastic painting of Ch Corydon Gold Spur. It is huge and truly wonderful. It is hanging on the wall in our lounge. It dominates the room.

14th January and very good news. Taz’s daughter in Sweden was at her very first puppy show. She was Best of Breed and then won Group 1 and finally 5th Best puppy in Show from 354 puppies of all breeds. This was exceptional as Rough Collie do not normally figure in these top awards. Not bad for seven months old.

8th January was an email from the Beardsworth’s to say their bitch had just whelped 8 puppies sired by Taz (Ch Corydon The Ringleader) 5 bitches and 3 dogs. All fit and strong.

7th January was the EACA Collie of the year event. A good entry was spoilt by too many absentees. However the quality was quite good and for the second year in a row it was a Ross (Ch Corydon Once in a Blue moon) son who won the big trophy for best in event. This time it was Jo White’s blue merle Mejola Fate and Fortune who is turning out to be a real goodun. The best part of the event was the new venue at Littleport Sports Centre. Spanking brand new with all mod cons. And then we had a quite superb lunch in the room right next to the show hall. Do not miss this event if your dog is lucky enough to qualify.

A New Year and it was Boston Show on the 4th January. A Championship Show but no CCs for us. The breed judge was Mr K Baldwin and our stud dogs did rather well. Taz (Ch Corydon The Ringleader) is proving to be rather a good producer. Best Puppy was our new young bitch Kinneret Kopper Kisses for Corydon. Best puppy dog and Reserve Best Dog was Mr Bartram’s Ambartr King of The Ring. Both are by Taz. Best of Breed was Jo White’s dog, Mejola Fate and Fortune who is by the late Ch Corydon Once in a Blue Moon and Reserve Best Bitch was our Corydon Blue Fizz who is by our old Ch Demelewis Dark Moon Driftin over Corydon. Another Taz puppy did very well on New Years day at Coventry Show, the litter sister to Ambartr King of The Ring won best puppy in the breed then went on to win the Pastoral Puppy Group. This was Ambartr Plancee at Jards.

Happy New Year everyone.

A quick summary of Show Results for 2017. Very few shows attended.

28 Classes entered. Resulting in 14 First Prizes, 8 Second Prizes, 5 Third Prizes and one Reserve Prize. Rather reflects on the very poor entries the breed has at the Dog Shows today. Our dogs, over the years have been entered in 4,308 Classes. We have spent an awful lot of money in that time.

The first time they won a First Prize was 5th October 1957. The latest 15th December 2017. 60 years in which time they have won 1,684 First Prizes.

For major awards they have won 165 Challenge Certificates ( not counting CCs won by Corydons owned by other exhibitors), 113 Reserve Challenge Certificates. 265 Best of Breed Awards and 87 Best in Show awards. Was that money well spent?

No shows so been having a big clear out. Miranda has a new desk and her office has been redecorated. During the clear out I found this photo which I thought had been lost for ever. I wanted to put it in the book as a perfect example of how to handle a dog in the ring so that he looks wonderful for the judge. Actually this is Corydon Augustus Caesar at his first show. I lead trained him on the day as he had never had a lead on him before. Not how to do it.

My Book.

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Corydon The Ringleader

In the Best in Show ring at Darlington Championship Show.

Best in Show Line up at EACA Open Show

Corydon Victor Ludorum

With his Reserve CC card and Trophys.