Breed Notes
12th May 2023

Unfortunately I have quite a few sad news items to start and end this set of notes. As recently I have heard of the death of Kathy Green, who had the Abbeywater kennel of roughs before embarking on her other breeds. Kathy was based in the South-East and worked for a while (as a youngster) for the Shiel kennel of Margaret Osborne and then caught the collie bug and started her own kennel. The most memorable of theses being Ch Abbeywater Faberge at Evad, a sable male, born in 1998 and sired by Ch Matai Don Quixote out of Abbeywater Love Me. (She was a daughter of Brettonpark Latest Love at Pelido ex a daughter of Ch Jeffield Esquire). Faberge was owned by Dave & Dot Weller and apart from being featured in many pedigrees of the time; he also won the Dog CC at Crufts in 1992 from the later Ena Clarke (Lynway).
Another loss to the world of dogs was that of Meg Purnell-Carpenter of the Overhill Kennels based in the West Country. She was also approved to judge our breed and had awarded CC’s at her only show, WECS, where she judged the dogs back in 2017
Now to the highlight of the week, another show, this time with CC’s at Stafford, where Birmingham National scheduled Pastoral for last Thursday. Centre stage, on his first Rough Collie appointment was Blackburn based, Mike Vincent, (Sylbecq). If his affix seems familiar to you, cast your mind back a few years and you should recall a very special Smooth Collie, Ch Sylbecq Draught Guinness at Foxearth. Owned by Trevor & Birgit Hayward, he was bred by Mike and then partner, Roy Baker. So Mike’s involvement with the collie breed was more orientated to our Smooth fraternity.
Mike actually awards CC’s across 8 Pastoral Breeds, 3 in the Utility group and one in the Working group, he had drawn an entry of 103 with 18 listed as absent by Higham Press which, considering many exhibitors were planning their journey to attend the ENE show in France, where Andre Scott was judging. Some in fact left Stafford for their next stop the Channel Crossing!
One exhibitor had one of those days many of us just dream about but it did involve much help from others and ring changes etc, so bear with me and allow me to expand later in this report and also congratulations to Keira Martin, who, along with other Rough and Smooth contributors had organised the most tremendous buffet in celebration, not only of show wins but mainly to celebrate the forthcoming Coronation, all ably helped by the Birmingham committee.
Taking his 5th CC from Open was Pedro, better known as Ch Brooklynson El Dorado and Marianne Benton. Sired by Shep’s Moondance with Jaysur out of Ch Brooklynson Miley Cyrus (who actually won 3rd in Veteran on the day). Bred by Steve & Alison Barrett he was born November 2016 and this was the start of a very hectic few hours for Marianne and friends.
Stafford show ground must bring out the best in some dogs, as winning his 4th RCC was Takhisis Dream Weaver (Honky Tonk Man of River Tweed ex Beldones Duchesse of Dream) for Sophie Wray-Ramsden who let me know that to date, he won a 1st Rcc at 8 months old, a 1st CC and 2 further RCC wins all at the same venue............
Other class winners were: Brookynut Storm’s Gift for Lorraine Morey who won Spl Beginners, Puppy Dog and Junior. Brenda Welsh took Yearling with Thistlewing Smokey Quarts. Novice went to Melissa Lockyer and Gataj Turn Back Time; Julia Bolt had the great thrill of winning Graduate with her jointly owned Amalie A Chance To Shine (thanks for the message); Eileen Pullin and Barrenclough Diamond Dawn at Myjacks won PG and Gwen Beadon won Limit with Hecktor, Marvalan Spirit of Rock (Imp Pol) and finally, winning Veteran was Wicani Altitude at Imaginist now in the ownership of Di Collino.
In the ladies, more celebrations to come as that elusive 3rd CC went to the winner of Open, now to be known at Ch Arklethill Delilah at Ileyda, bred by David Boyle and let us hope that this good news will give him a boost as he is not in the best of health currently.
Owned and campaigned by Daphne & Tony Iley, she is a sable BY Ch Chelborn Kiss n Tell out of Ch Arklethill Helena. She was born in May 2018 and quickly made her mark by winning numerous BP awards, followed by a 1st CC from Brian Hawkins at CCW, a 2nd from Robin Blaikie at Scottish Collie and in-between a few RCC wins. She now has wins in England, Wales and Scotland to add to her being our 2nd new Champion for 2023. Well done to all involved. Winning yet another RCC was the winner of Limit, Gataj Good Time Girl and Mellissa Lockyear. She is sired by Perfect Timing du Clos de Sea-Wind for Gataj ex Nasty Girl du Clos de Sea-Wind and was born in December 2020.
The remaining contenders were: Libanel Everlasting Dezire for Libby & Elaine Dodsworth who won Spl Beg; Gataj Someone You Loved and Melissa who won Puppy. Rob & Margaret Shipp won Junior with Tremaro Kind of Magic; Ingledene Sno Dream at Thistlewing won Yearling for Brenda Welsh. Beldones Clementine avec Coloratura was alone in Novice for Liz Rose. Thistlewing Magic Lady gave Brenda Welsh another class win of Graduate. Demelewis Double Take won PG for Maxine Mellish whilst Marianne Benton took the last class of the day with Ch Brooklynson Jayne Russell of Oakestelle.
The final results were: BOB to Marianne and Pedro, Best Puppy to Gataj Someone You Loved (who is a later litter sister to the RCC winner) Best Veteran another nice win for Marianne and Ch Brooklynson Jayne Russell of Oakestelle and Libanel Everlasting Dezire took Best Special Beginners.
I know that all our main winners did take part in their respective Groups, later in the day, with some long waits. Marianne had to organise handlers and dogs to be on “Stand By” as she had also won BVIB with her Smooth and was required in other rings. Looking through the main Stakes classes, and thanks to Duna Jones who let me know that although she was only placed 3rd in her puppy class, Erjon Evolving Beauty (Ch Ingledene Spirit of Legend ex Erjon Evolving Star) went into a very well filled Eukanuba Puppy Stakes and was short-listed by Judge Suzy Roffey and handled by grandson Josh Blackburn but as yet I can find no other breed wins/placements to report upon.
As an end to these notes, the very sudden and un-expected loss of one of our more recent winners must be reported. Sue and Dave Randall have just lost, Eve, better known as Ch Ladnar Inkheart JW. She had recently attended the Collie Association BAD/Assessment Day and was in good form but after a few days, whilst enjoying life and getting excited about her next show appearance, she collapsed. Sue is obviously upset but did let me know that following consultation with her vet, it would appear she had a very aggressive form of throat cancer. Our thoughts are very much with Sue and Dave at this time. Eve was born in April 2015, sired by Ladnar Harvey Moon out of Ladnar Full Circle. It is interesting to note that she is a g.grand-daughter (on her dam’s side) of the Crufts CC winner, Ch Ladnar Maid Sweet, who is also the dam of Ch Ladnar Kingfisher who beat his mother to take BOB at Crufts in 2009.
As a puppy, she really hit the headlines taking the EACA Pup of The year award and her first CC, at London & Provincial, from Jane Gay in 2016. This was followed by a RCC from Stella Clark at EACA in 2017. As we all know, shows were suspended during Covid but at the first show held following the suspension, Eve annexed the RBCC at EACA from Anne Smith (Tentola) but it was not until 2022 and now in Veteran that she gained her 2nd CC at Southern Counties from Dr Annukka Paloheimo- Segersven. Her 3rd and crowning CC was at East of England from Jim Peach. A rcc from Duna Jones quickly followed at Paignton. A 4th CC at BOB at Crufts from Derek Allsopp followed. At many shows, far too numerous to mention she also took Best Veteran In Breed.
In the whelping box, she was a wonderful mother to Ch Ladnar Mustriharder, a tricolour son of Int Ch One Extraordinary Blu di Cambiano, and currently he sits on 4 CC’s and in another litter, by Ch Beldones Blue Echo, she produced the CC winning tri bitch, Ladnar Inkspot.

Carole Smedley