Breed Notes 30th June 2023

I am aware that many of you are gaining good show results with your collies, if you would like to see their name in print, do let me know and I will gladly incorporate into these notes as not everyone has access to all the various internet sites. One who has let me know is Valerie Geddes, who had another good day at one of her local shows, Ruthin, under Judge Josie Large, where her Ingledene Sno Flurry took BOB and G4 from Junior. I think that Sue Hawkins at the same show took BPIB.
Another nice win at Cheshire County was recorded by Stefani Flower and her Serenlas Pumpkin Spice. Karen Angier was the breed judge but she did not feature in the main group judged by Tan Nagreecha bit did take a very good place in the strongly contested JW Stakes from Ann Wildman.
Quite a busy weekend for many as there was Blackpool Ch show on Sunday, but prior to this there was also the 25 th Jubilee Show in Belgium with 3 CAC on offer over the weekend for judges Christine Collins (Smooth Collies) and Marina McLaughlin(Roughs) and the following day, CACIB on offer judged by Todorovic Zelijko (Zexwood) all organised by Dora Richter (Scottlyme) and as soon as results become available, they will be reported as it would appear that both our
UK judges had drawn excellent entries of some 25 Smooths for Christine and 74 Roughs for Marina.
Then on Saturday, at the St Patrick GAA Club, Ballyraggett, in Co Kilkenny, the AICSS held their Rough Collie Breed Ch Show, in conjunction with the Kilkenny Show. At Kilkenny, for Judge Simon Mills from Australia, the entry numbers were similar but as often happens, the results differed. BOB went to Ezzmare Westside Pearl with GS, RGS & Reserve BOB to Ezzmare Cradle with Love along with Dog GS to Ch Evalane Memory of Monty and Tom Wall taking RGS with Daliyhaa Master Craftsman.
At AICSS, which followed, John Catliff (Mallicot) was judging. AICSS is headed by Secretary Irene Grant and thanks to Dermot and Maureen Timmins, here are the details. There were 25 dogs and 22 bitches entered but, as here in the UK, there absentees, including 3 of the 4 Champion males entered by Karen McDevitt from Limavady NI along with quite a few missing entries The first class was Baby Puppy Dog and this went to Donohill Khal Drogo, bred by Maurice Carr and Mary Colcough and owned by Mr J MccElligott and he was alone; MPD, also alone was Bonnettsrath Huggies Smooth Lover and Mrs C McTaggart. Puppy followed with Marie Delaney and her homebred Bonnettsrath Leonardo Da Vinci winning; Junior had 2 missing with Afterhero Vol Jin the War Chief for Jolanta and Tomas Data. Dermot & Maureen won Adult male with their Beldones Hunky Dory at Kynan whilst Karen had the multi titled Open dog winner in Denfris Discovery for Caronlea (Imp Russ). Karen then won the ChDog class with GB Ch/Ir Ch Caronlea Lukin Black, to whom John had awarded
the CC to at Crufts 2019.
In bitches, the following won; Suzie Nealon won Minor Puppy with Ezzmare Westside Pearl; Abby Sweeny won Puppy with Bonnettsrath Bright Blue Ivy, both standing alone. Liam Hodson won Junior, with 2 absent and this was with Moyhill Sweet Succession. Intermediate bitch was also alone and Marie Delany won with Bonnettsrath Golden Charm. Sharon Drewery won Adult bitch with Ballahanna Bon Ami, bred by Liam Kelly. Open bitch had a blue merle winning in the form of Peter Farrell and Monsolina Vorever Blue (Imp Rus) there were originally 9 entered but 5 were absent. Suzie Nealon then won Ch bitch class with Ezzmare
Cradle with Love, a sable who was also alone. The overall winner was Karen McDevitt and her Crufts winning tri boy who took Green Star, BOB/ BIS, just to remind you, he is sired by Ch Caronlea Lord of The Dance out of Caronlea Shady Lady and was born in May 2014. The Green Star Bitch was Peter who won GS Bitch and also RBIS. This blue was born in 2015, sired by Ch Full Kiss de Cathyja out of Salsina Simphony Blue. Karen’s day was complete when she took RGS with her Denfris Discovery and RGSB went to Ezzmare Westside Pearl who was also BPIS Now to Blackpool, this year held in good weather at the beginning of the day but it would not be Blackpool without shower or two and that is exactly what happened! Also good to see a “Collie Name” on the show Committee, being that of Tony Iley. (Ileyda) The judge for this year, on his second appointment for our breed was Bill Browne-Cole (Travella) whose first appointment was at Belfast in
2019.
The original entry of 34 dogs and 44 bitches was depleted by at least 16 absentees (according to Fosse Data) but at the end of the morning, as judging started at 9am, we had a 1 st CC, an 8 th CC and a double of both reserves for a kennel. Taking his 8 th CC from Open was none other than Ch Gataj Struck By Lightning in the ownership of Melissa Lockyear. I am sure; by now you can all recall his breeding. Brenda Welsh won not only PG but the first of 2 Rcc’s with Thistlewing Smokey Quarts. He is sired by Ch Karafaye Scotch Blend for Thistlewing out of Thistlewing Spell On You and was born in Aug 2021. In bitches it was a 1 st CC for Daphne Iley and her blue merle, Call Me Dreamer in Blue for Ileyda Della Verde Scozia who won the RCC from Bill Brown Cole in Belfast back in 2019. She has quite an interesting pedigree, born in April 2018. Sired by Guarda Che Blue di Bella Della Verde Scozia out of Ultimate Result of Buddy In Black Della Verde Scozia which is the result of Maluoines/Lowland Green Valley/Monsolana and Salsina Breeding as she originated in Italy and bred by D Lassini. She won from Open which only had 2 of the original 5 present.Taking a second RCC, on the day was Thistlewing Magic Lady, another sable, by Culbrae Red Again out of Thistlewing Octavia and she was born in May 2020 and she won a PG class of 6 for Brenda Welsh.
As there were no Veteran males, BVIB and who could go forward to the Group, judged by Patsy Hollings was the very well known sable, Ch Jopium Love Heart JW ShCm and Jo Hodges. BOB fell to Daphne and her blue girl and according to the schedule was to be judged by Andrew Brace but although putting up a good performance they were not shortlisted. During the wait for both the puppy and junior groups, the heavens opened and Sue Hawkins who had won BPIB with Brilyn Worth The Wait and Melissa sheltered. Although not declared by Fosse, the Best Junior was won by Melissa and she joined Sue in the wait but due to perhaps a mis-understanding the Pastoral puppy group was called to Ring 1, but was actually judged in Wet Weather Ring 1 and Melissa and Gataj Turn Back Time arrived as placings were being made by judge Tan Tan Nagreecha and so ended a long wait for the groups , again with little success but for those who do stay, thanks on behalf of us all but this can often result in later arrivals home often it it those exhibitors who have longer journeys home do stay

 

Carole Smedley
(Antoc)