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Smooth Collie Club Golden Jubilee

The Smooth Collie Club of Great Britain held their Golden Jubilee Year Championship Show on 24th September at Asfordby, Leicestershire, writes Jean Tuck.

The inaugural meeting of the Club took place on 30th November 1955, at Birmingham National Championship Show. The application of ‘The Smooth Collie Club’ was accepted by the KC in 1956, but in 1960 the name was changed to ‘The Smooth Collie Club of Great Britain’. The KC disallowed the former name as it had already been used by an organisation which had later joined with other Collie Clubs, becoming what is now The British Collie Club.

At this Jubilee event all exhibitors were greeted by the gift of commemorative glass paperweights, and by a beautifully decorated hall. Not only were there splendid flower arrangements, in white and gold, but also an exhibition of 18 paintings, all featuring Smooth Collies, by the artist Jane Howells. Mr & Mrs Howells have generously donated a framed portrait of the Best Veteran Smooth Collie at the Club’s Open Show every year since the mid 1980s, and many of these were on display. Several friends of the Smooth Collie had kindly donated special prizes and gifts, and the Club itself had also provided a wide range of prizes.

The judge for this special occasion was Mrs Ferelith Somerfield who had a really splendid entry of 84 Smooth Collies, and 46 Rough Collies (without CCs). Her top awards were as follows:

BCC, BOB Smooth and BIS Int Ch Sandcastle’s Storm Inateacup. Owned by Miss J. Larsson, and bred by Kirsi Rautiainen, this three year old bitch was the top winner in the Pastoral group in Sweden, in 2004. She is by Foxearth Fire Arrow x Sandacastle’s Mustang Sally, and was making her first visit to the UK. RBIS and BOB Rough was Mr & Mrs Barrett’s Ch Brooklynson from Rio. This well-known dog is by Braz/Dan Ch Lakefield Love is in the Air (Imp) x Ch Brooklynson Golden Fashion. DCC/RBOB Smooth was Jeanette MacGregor’s Ch Moon Walker from Misstoff, winning his 25th CC. He is by Ch Rowvale Dream Racer x Foxearth Fern Ominal. Keeping it in the family, the RDCC went to R. Dream Racer’s litter brother, Diane Howe’s Ch Rowvale Rainbow Warrior. The RBCC was awarded to Dawn and Cheryl Robinson’s Hilltarn Valentine JW, to add to the CC she has already gained. BPIS went to the Smooth, Verna Hills’ Devern Fate A Compli. BVIS was Rainbow Warrior.

In Roughs, BB and RBOB went to John and Val Geddes’ Ingledene Carry On Lovin, by Ch Lingwell Lancer x Ingledene Hold On To Love. RBD went to kennelmate Ingledene All That Matters JW. RBB was Miranda Blake’s Corydon Madchen, while BPIB was her Corydon Grande, and BV was Mrs J Scott’s Aniesh Black Lagoon.

During lunch there was a Parade of Champions, a unique opportunity to admire 24 Smooth and 1 Rough Collie Champions, of which 23 were UK champions and 2 from overseas. Each was presented with a commemorative rosette by the Club’s President, Mrs Ada Bishop, of the famous Laund affix. The Club has been fortunate in having such staunch supporters of the breed as Mrs Bishop, and Patron, Mr Peter Fishwick, with his wife, who were also present at this event.

After a long and enjoyable day, the show closed with final presentations and photographs. It was a tribute to the hard work of the committee, under the guidance of Chairman Trevor Hayward and Secretary Jeanette MacGregor, and was a fitting celebration of this native British Breed, and its supporters over the past 50 years.