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Mrs K M Hall MBE

The Welsh Springer world has lost another of its own when Mrs K M (Molly) Hall MBE died on Sunday 4th September, aged 89 years. Molly only kept a few dogs and they went everywhere with her. She was proud to breed a champion, Jock Beattie’s Sh Ch Eshoner Ecstacy of Knockmains in 1978. 

Molly was passionate about Welsh Springer Spaniels right until the day she died, and always wanted from her great friend Hazel Leary the results of the latest shows and who was winning at the time. Molly was one of the longest standing members of the Welsh Springer Spaniel club, having joined in the early 1960s, and was elected a a Vice President in 1998.

Her MBE was awarded for her charity work locally. Hazel Leary says, “Molly was an a national institution in the village for her charity work. Her whole life was given to people less fortunate than herself.”

The funeral took place on September 16th at Thornton Crematorium, near Crosby.

Information regarding donations in Molly's memory will follow shortly. To Gillian & family we send our sincere condolences.

Christine McDonald

Ch. Myriehewe Rosa Bleu

Sadly, I have to write of the passing of our beautiful blue merle Sheltie Rosa on Wednesday 7th September 2005. She had developed Renal Failure and Irene and I took the decision to have her put to sleep to save her further suffering.

A truly remarkable bitch, she was Top Dog All Breeds ’95, the only Sheltie ever to achieve this accolade and she won friends at home and abroad for her beauty and her character – everyone knew Rosa. Winner of 35 CCs all with Best of Breed, 9 Reserve CCs she is the breed’s current Breed Record Holder.

Amongst her wins she topped the Group 7 times, twice at Crufts in consecutive years and was only stopped from competing for the 3rd year because I was judging the bitches. Her other Group 1 wins were at Leeds, Birmingham City, SKC and WKC all in 95. She was 4 times Group 2, at 3 Counties, Darlington, SKC and Manchester; 5 times Group 3 at Windsor, Bournemouth. WELKS, Midland Counties and Working Breeds of Scotland and was Group 4 twice at the National Working Breeds where in 96 she was also Best Opposite Sex in Show.

She was Sheltie of the Year in 95 with maximum points, Best in Show at Scottish Breeds and the Welsh Kennel Club Champ Shows, Reserve Best in Show at SKC, Top Sheltie Puppy 94, Best Puppy in Show at Scottish Breeds 94 under Terry Thorn at 8 months of age, won the Champion Stakes at Working Breeds of Wales under Brenda Banbury and was 5th in the Champion Stakes Final in 96.

She won her final ticket as a veteran, was Sheltie Veteran of the Year 2000 and took Best Veteran and Best in Show at the Scottish Shetland Sheepdog Club Open Show on her last outing.

Rosa was born 10th July 1993. Her mother Vonstry Wedding Belle was a wedding gift to Irene and David. At 8 weeks of age she wasn’t the pick of litter but by 16 weeks we knew we had something special. Apart from 2nd prize at her very first show, she was unbeaten as a puppy.

Disaster struck when she developed pyometra following her first season and despite the valiant efforts of our vet and advice from the Royal Dick Veterinary School the choice was to have Rosa spayed or she would be dead within 24hrs. There was no choice.

Typically Rosa she came back with a bang and won her first CC at 11 months of age under Mary Fallas at the Shetland Sheepdog Club of Northern Ireland. My most outstanding memory of Rosa is at Crufts 95 as she floated over the green carpet on the move, jumped up wagging her tail at Ken Bullock as he attracted her attention and the intense pride and a million different emotions as he called her out for 1st place.

A strong character who always did things her way, Rosa loved the big ring. The Sheltie ring didn’t seem to hold a challenge for her but as soon as she went into the big ring she looked around as if to say ‘who’s going to stand second?’ Not only did the show ring fall for her charms, the old ladies at the local Women’s Institute couldn’t wait for Rosa to visit where she made a point of going to each in turn to receive her praise.

It took us over 20 years to breed Rosa but she was worth the wait. Our only regret? If only we could have had her daughter.

Gwen Beaden
Myriehewe Shetland Sheepdogs