RESERVE BIS AT BOTH Cheshire Show and Blackpool in a week OUR DOGS researched this winning Borzoi Kennel. We asked Elizabeth and Nigel Dawson for their background in dogs and in the breed.
We purchased our first Borzoi in 1983 as a first wedding anniversary present for each other, having always liked the breed. From Margaret Manning, Manitias Orange Rose was two years old and bought as a companion for our
rescue Afghan. We showed her at open shows and agricultural shows before breeding our first litter in 1985, mating Rosa to Mrs Van Schaik’s Ch Pasquinel Picador, the litter arriving just before the birth of our first child.
From this litter we kept two
puppies, a bitch, Stubbylee Fiery Kyzita and a dog, Stubbylee Happy Fella. Kyzita was very successful at open shows winning many Best in Shows and Best Puppy in Show awards and also gained our first stud book entry. In 1987 we returned to Miss Manning’s kennels to purchase our second Borzoi, Manitias Lacovia at Stubbylee, who was to become the foundation of the Stubbylee lines. She was mated to Johnson and Laycock’s Ch Diamond Edge of Enolam and from this
mating we kept one bitch, Stubbylee So Chic, prossibly the best Borzoi we have bred. Never shown as much as we liked, she won two CCs before dying suddenly whilst still in her prime. This litter also produced Ch Stubbylee Shades of Night, owned by Pat Heys, who became the first Stubbylee Champion.
In 1995 we went back to Johnson and Laycock to mate So Chic to Ch Cranog Caerleon. We planned to keep one dog and one bitch from this litter, but as we both preferred different dogs we compromised and kept three: Stubbylee Spellbinder, Stubbylee Enchanter and Stubbylee Enlightenment. This turned out to be a wise decision. In 1999 Spellbinder won the Hound Group at the IKC St Patrick’s day show, then going on to gain his UK, Irish and International titles – the first Borzoi to achieve this feat. After gaining his titles we retired Spellbinder from the ring to concentrate on showing Enlightenment and Enchanter. Enlightenment went on to gain her Irish title and two CCs whilst Enchanter won one CC and two RCCs – his CC coming at LKA under Jean Lanning where Spellbinder took the RCC.
Continuing our breeding plans, Elle was mated to Dermot Drum’s Ir Ch Mariinsky Rothbart. Again we kept three puppies: Aine (Isa), Aoifa (Leaf) and Cuchulainn (Hoolie). Hoolie had a very promising show career as a puppy but tragically died at 14 months old. Leaf was shot by someone with an airgun whilst young and never fully recovered from the trauma. Two dogs from this litter were purchased by Mike Warr: Stubbylee Oisin and Stubbylee Ruaden, who were handled in the ring by Liz with Oisin gaining one CC and four RCCs.
In our breeding we have aimed to bring together classic British lines, such as Falconcrag, Enolam, Keepers and Colhugh, seeking to breed Borzoi with substance whilst retaining the elegant, effortless movement associated with the breed. In 2005 we purchased a puppy, Arinsky Raite Razluka at S, from Mr and Mrs Kitchener as her lines on the dam’s side went back to our original lines whilst introducing new lines on her sires side. At just six months old Luka went to IKC St Patrick’s Day Show and won the Bitch Green Star. In the UK she
finished Top Puppy in the Breed for 2006.
We had always intended to mate her to Randas Jazz after Dark at S, a son of S Enchanter. However, this occurred earlier than planned,
producing a litter in 2007. Once again we were unable to agree which puppies to keep so
compromised on two dogs: S Fields of Gold and S Wintersmith and two bitches: S Morning Star and S Jazz Diva. Jazz Diva and Fields of Gold made their debut at Paignton in 2007 and between them won BPIB at 10 Championship shows that year, with Diva taking Puppy Group 4 at Darlington (judge Bryn Cadogan) and PG2 at Belfast (judge Jeff Corish) with Diva following in her mother, finishing top puppy in the breed. In 2008 Diva continued her success, winning BPIB at Crufts then gaining her first CC with BOB at just 14 months old at Hound Association of Scotland under breed specialist Angela Randall. She then went on to take Group 4 under Dennis Macmillan. She also gained her Junior Warrant, the first Borzoi to do so for several years.
This year Fields of Gold won his first CC at Hound Association of Scotland and Diva gained her title winning successive tickets at Birmingham National (Robin Searle) where there was the rare experience of Nigel handling, taking Diva to Group 4, SKC (Mark Cocozza) and Bath (Nick
After nearly 25 years the Stubbylee affix has been extended to include our son Andrew as he has returned to dog showing, handling S Wintersmith and his own Border Collie, a new breed for Stubbylee.
Send your opinion of this story below
(All opinion is fully moderated. Your comment will be uploaded once it has been moderated.)