10th November 2023

Scotland was the venue for 2 shows this weekend but first I must let you know of a change in the advertised details for the AGM for Collie Rescue.
Due to a double booking by the venue, Collie Rescue now have a  new date which is for this is now be held 12th November at 1pm at the Princess Royal Sheffield, S13 9WG and to remind all that both Calendars and Xmas Cards are now available so please contact Chris Slater.
Working & Pastoral Breeds of Scotland no longer have a CC allocation for Roughs but in the past, both Roughs and Smooths have featured well, even taking BIS when we did have CC’s. There were 21 Pastoral Breeds scheduled but only 10 had CC status and the show was un-benched in the Lowland Hall at Ingliston. Today, Roughs were judged by Deborah Penniston Fleming from Dumbarton. Deborah is an approved CC judge in a few Pastoral, Working and a Utility Breed and Roughs followed a few breeds before judging. From the original entry of  7 males and 19 bitches entered, on the day just 6 males and 11 bitches arrived.
What a way to celebrate your birthday by winning your class and then taking BOB, that is what handler Steve Proctor did with his co-owned with Leanda Forbes, Opernball at Intermittentent Lake (Imp Slv)
Known at home as Opera, she is a blue merle, bred by M Dubevec, sired by Aquamarin iz Beloostrava out of Fabelsfee Ice Bird at Intermittent Lake and she is just 19months old.
Best dog was Brenda Welsh and Thistlewing Smokey Quarts with Wilma Brodie in reserve with Shanaburn Country Road. RBB went to Jo Hodges and Ch Jopium Love Heart JW ShCm and BPIB to Gill Whitaker and her Siluto Blueberry Mist. Both went forward, unsuccessfully,  to their groups, judged by John Walsh Snr. A quick check of the Stakes classes showed no Rough placings, but do contact me if I missed you out
The next day, Scottish Collie held their Open show at Crawfordjohn Hall, South Lanark with a debut Club judging appointment which had been offered to Gill Whittaker (Siluto) who had also attended W&PB Scotland the previous day
It was, on paper a good entry of 50 but as normal, the ladies outstripped the males but there were more missing in the later bitch classes.
From her entry, her choice for BD went to Lynda Watt and Culbrae Red Again, with Jopium Love On The Rocks in reserve. Puppy dog was won by Lynn Foster and her Didek Eclipse of the Moon. Jo Hodges won Junior, Yearling and Graduate with her tri boy; Post Grad went to Wilma Brodie and her Shanaburn Country Roads whilst Limit went to Thistlewing Smokey Quarts. The were no Veteran males entered.
From the 2 MP bitches, Oakley Ice Queen at Karafaye was the winner. Puppy went to Didek Moonshine for Cathbri and Cathy Proctor. With no Junior girls, the next class went to Stephen Proctor and Leanda Forbes, Opernball at Intermittent Lake (Imp Slv). Maiden and Novice went to Roughrigg Ranna who had also been in the Puppy class, owned by Mrs Hassan-Carib  Graduate was won by Roughrigg Ray of Sunshine over Culbrae and Lynda Watt. Michelle Mitchell and her Denfris Rocco Barococco for Avonfair (Imp Rus) won PG;  Crawford Taylor won Limit with his Elshajo As If By Magic of Bryany and Open went to Lorraine Quince with her Thistlewing Celtic Soul for Karafaye. Veteran went to Enigma Blue Della Buca Della Fate via Shanaburn and Wilma Brodie.
Finally, BB was awarded to Lorraine and her Open winner, with 2nd in the same class, Michelle Fort and Corisian French Tease for Shulune taking RBB and BPB to Lorraine’s blue baby.
BIS went to Lorraine, RBIS to Lynda and her Culbrae Red Again, BPIS another nice win for Oakley Ice Queen for Karafaye with BVIS to the Veteran bitch of Wilma Brodie.
During the break, SAC classes, which were well filled (21) over 3 classes were judged by Mr Robert Dunlop (Habiba) who has been having great success with their Chinese Crested, Ch Habiba Hold My Purse. His winners were as follows: Junior, Oakley Ice Queen for Karafaye, PG Opernball at Intermittent Lake and Thistlewing Celtic Soul for Karafaye.

A few bits of news from the Open Shows, firstly, Julie Edwards let me know that her new puppy, Elshajo Perfect Valentines, aka Thorin, took BOB and BPIB at Hyde & District Open Show, from judge Mark Ord and then topped it off with a Puppy Group 1.

Another well-known winner, Gataj All That Sparkles went to Minehead with owner Melissa Lockyer and annexed BPIB and Puppy G2 from Monica Rigoldi and another Gataj, this one owned by Louise Rae, Gataj Majestic Hope,  took BOB from Maria Chalk at Torquay and finally Kips – Gataj Turn Back Time gained the last of his points for a JW, although he already holds quite a few “Big Awards” already. Melissa reported that those last points were the hardest to gain. Well done to all concerned

I have been advised that Iris Cummings (ex Secretary of Irish Collie Club), has been admitted to a care home. If anyone would like to send her a card, she would be very pleased to hear from anyone in the Collie world. Please use this postal address which is her daughter and son in law- Iris Cummings c/o, David and Jennifer Capper, 11 Miller Hill, Ballygowan, County Down, Northern Ireland, BT23 5FJ.

Fianlly, with no shows to look forward to this coming week, and only a Breed Appreciation Day being held by Lancs and Cheshire on the 12th, there will be no notes next week.

Carole Smedley

email: ca.antoc@btinternet.com