Obituary - Mr Tony Holliday
THE ringside was devastated at the recent Working & Pastoral Breeds Association of Scotland where news filtered through of the death of my very good friend, Tony Holliday.
In the ring, Tony sometimes gave the impression of a very forthright and upright man, but it didn’t really portray who the real Tony was – a very caring individual.
I knew him more than most, and Tony always portrayed that life, be it for humans or animals, was for living.
He was a man who, to a lot of people who didn’t know him, appeared to be just a hardened competitive exhibitor. To those who did know him, he was, in fact, a caring, sharing individual.
Tony had been heavily involved in the breed well before Border Collies were granted CC status by the KC in the early 80s, and with ex-wife Karen Dalglish was responsible for Sh Ch Viber Travelling Matt from Corinlea who became the then breed record holder with 30 CCs.
Top puppy in 1996, ‘Trav’ was several times top dog, top stud dog, often group placed and once BIS with Tony handling.
‘Trav’ proved a most influential sire, producing 14 UK show champions, the breed’s first and only full champion, plus several overseas champions.
‘Trav’ was a grandson of Sh Ch Wenway Hope of Corinlea, made up by Tony. He and then wife Karen’s first home-bred champion was Sh Ch Corinlea Rona, the dam of Sh Ch Corinlea Canti.
Tony leaves a son and daughter, Mark and Melanie.
Tony later married Maggie (Jomag) and registered his own prefix, Menlove, which represented his love of the Beatles. He was a Fab-Four fanatic and had every record they ever recorded.
He was also a dyed-in-the-wool Sheffield Wednesday fan who wouldn’t miss a game at Hillsborough – he lived and breathed the club and always wore an Owls club shirt long before it became the trend to don the shirt of ones favourite team.
Tony and Maggie were devoted to each other. Maggie’s hobby was collecting antique Teddy Bears, Tony worked for Badger Protection in south Yorkshire – he would spend nights watching Badger setts to protect them. He was also probably one of the most tactical and skilful Border Collie handlers.
Ironically, Tony, who was a firm believer in the typical English farm-working Border and judged at all the premier club shows, was to have judged the breed at Crufts in 2010.
A true friend, dedicated Border Collie enthusiast, Tony will be sadly missed.