I got my initial American Kennel Club (AKC) wings in the obedience ring with a Collie in 1975 and started looking at the conformation show ring when he (Aries) started getting older. My husband Larry and I joined the Collie Club of America (CCA) in 1983 and have been members ever since. I went to my first CCA National Specialty in Detroit in 1984 to touch and see what I had been looking at in the magazines. The event that really inspired me was when they brought all of the champions into the ring at the same time. There were row after row of beautiful Collie champions and I knew I wanted to be in that ring with my own Collie some day. I bought my first show puppy below 7 months later.
Tiffany my first show puppy at 10 weeks old - Treeeeeat!
I bought Tiffany’s dam Pinnie (above) from Mary Hardwick in 1985. Pinnie was a Ch.
Twin Creeks Head Master litter sister and I consider her my foundation
bitch. She was a cute petite bitch that could explode into the Alpha bitch
from hell when there was a question on who was the boss in the kennel.
Pinnie never did much in the ring, but produced two litters that were dear
and near to me.
Candi Sapp's Sabrium Rough Cut at 8 weeks.
As I look back at this time period I probably got a little kennel blind. I believe it is a natural tendency as you start getting emotionally involved with your first litters from day one. I still have that tendency today, but think I keep a better handle on it. When I go into a show ring today I make my pick mentally who the winner should be and it may not be on my lead. I use my annual trip to the CCA National to compare my trees to the forest.
Joyce Houser and Ch. Twin Creeks Grandmaster
This was only the 2nd litter I whelped, so I didn’t have a whole
lot of confidence/experience yet in picking puppies. Since Mary co-owned
Pinnie she was to get 2nd pick out of the litter and Joyce Houser
elected to take the 3rd pick instead of the stud fee. A little
pure for sable bitch with this adorable face in the litter made my novice 1st
pick very easy. Her registered name became Ch. Cheviot Joius Grand Finesse
and her call name was Finesse.
From Doris Werdermann’s critique of Winners Bitch. "My Winners Bitch Rough
came from the very hotly contested Bred-By-Exhibitor class of some 32 actual
competitors with the award of the class carrying a great deal of prestige
for the breeder. The winner was rightfully in place for such a competition.
Cheviot Joius Grand Finesse, bred by Nancy and Larry Parsons & Mary
Hardwick, dominated the class by her stunning eye, expression, smoothness of
head, over-all balance and a natural pose that could identify her whether in
a show ring, meadow or living room. Every time I looked in her eye, it told
me.... ‘life is so beautiful’. Having mastered the Bred-By class, the next
competition was a level or two higher - the very imposing and beautiful
Winners class! For any bitch to have been able to reach this class in itself
was an achievement. I believe those who were there can relate that this was,
indeed, a class of quality "champions to be" very shortly. Probably any
judge could have picked a Winners and Reserve and not be wrong! I went with
the Bred-by, Cheviot Joius Grand Finesse, again because of that natural,
elegant with strength, over-all balanced look and of course, an eye that can
really nail you! This win completed her championship title and then the
"topping on the cake", on to Best of Winners. Congratulations to all
involved - a day to remember in your lives and mine!'
Ch. Cheviot Joius Grand Finesse and Bobbie Roos
Mary’s 2nd pick from the Grandmaster and Pinnie litter was Ch. Joius Grand Destiny. I also kept the 4th pick from this litter, Ch. Cheviot Joius Pin Twin (Kayla.) I know my hat size grew a size or two after this litter.
I started getting a few dogs from the Postscript/Pinnie and Grandmaster/Pinnie litters. Rembrandt my tri boy, a Tiffany and Grandmaster grandson, was bred to Cheviot Victorian Empress, a bitch I co-owned with Nancy Iott. I kept a bitch from the litter that didn’t work out, so I bought back a handsome male from Nancy who became Ch. Sunny Slope Cavendish Quest (Spanky.) Spanky had a great body and coat along with the Grandmaster look. He won the 8-10 Veteran class at the 2000 CCA under Judge Helga Kane.
Another batch of puppies started catching my eyes around 1993 from Ch. Vennessee’s Midnight Express (Mister.) Not having the right bitch of my own to breed to Mister, I contacted Candi Sapp and asked her if she would be interested in doing a co-breeder arrangement and breed her Carly to Ch. Vennessee’s Midnight Express. She agreed and I will forever be grateful to her. Candi whelped the litter and when I saw the puppies at 5 weeks old, I immediately fell in love with a little tri boy who later grew up to be Ch. Cheviot Midnight Opus (Opie.) Opie wasn’t the show machine like my previous CCA winner Finesse was, as a matter of fact he was a handful. My lucky stars lined up nicely on this one with the help from one of the top Collie handlers, Dona Williams. I started having troubles showing Opie after I put my first major on him and Dona thought the problem was he was becoming a “momma’s” boy. This was a couple of months before the 1999 CCA National and Dona thought Phyllis Autrey, who was judging dogs, would really, really like him, so momma let Opie go to Aunt Dona’s Collie boot camp before the National. Well, Dona was right and Phyllis Autrey really, really, really liked him and he went Winners Dog and Best of Winners.
We repeated this breeding and Candi kept a beautiful sable dog that became Ch. Candyapple Road Show who I would later use. Meanwhile I wasn’t having much success with Opie breeding and found out he had a very poor sperm count. After several failed tries, I sent him to Phyllis Autrey in Texas to see what she could do and she didn’t have any success either, so Opie came back home. I had just about given up on Opie’s stud career when Barbara Scott of Elsinore Collies contacted me and convinced me to let her try him out on a bitch of hers. She was successful with the breeding to her smooth Ch. Elsinore’s Razzle Dazzle who was a Ch. Vennessee’s Midnight Edition granddaughter. I got a rough blue bitch out of the litter that became Ch. Cheviot Concerto (Connie) who has produced two champions to date from two different litters. With the success Barb had with Opie, I decided to leave him with her to see if she could continue with her success. A tough love decision, since he was momma’s boy. I felt comfortable with Opie staying with Barb, she told how wonderful he was and she understood that he was special to me. Unfortunately, she called me one night and said he was gone and that he had died of a heart attack. Another pretty boy I’ll be glad to see again some day.
While I was looking for bitches that I could breed to Opie, before he died, in walks a little sable bitch at a show that Barbara Saterbo of Sollis Collies had brought out to socialize that immediately stole my heart. I was fortunate that Barb let me buy her on a co-ownership. I called her Tina and her registered name is Ch. Cheviot Sollis Center Stage. She is a double granddaughter of Ch. Tartanside Allegiance.
When my blue bitch Ch. Cheviot Concerto (Connie an Opie daughter) came into season, I bred her to the Sire of the puppy I just purchased from Barb, Sollis Eclipse (Clipper) a pretty tri boy owned by Barbara Saterbo of Sollis Collies. Clipper was a Ch. Tartanside Allegiance son. He has a very nice head with that eye to die for. The litter came earlier then expected and only one puppy survived—I call him my miracle puppy. Little heel and sock biting Billy became known as Ch. Cheviot Fit the Bill. So Billy is a grandson of Opie (1999 CCA WD) and Ch. Tartanside Allegiance. Billy finished with a group one and is a joy to show and travel with. Billy is my buddy and won’t live any other place except with me.
I really liked what Ch. Tartanside Allegiance (ROM) was producing, so I bred Ch. Cheviot Concerto (Connie) to him. I kept a blue bitch I call BG and is now Ch. Cheviot Technicolor Dreams.
Ch. Cheviot Technicolor Dreams (BG) at 7 months
Connie’s next litter was by Barb Saterbo’s Ch. Sollis Silver Image “Beemer”. I kept a bitch I called Cheviot Sollis Le Tour “Diva”. I started showing Diva as soon as she turned 6 months old. She finished in Feb. of 2007, receiving one of her majors by going BOB at the CC of MN, under Judge Mary Murphy. She is just a fun dog to show and is VERY HAPPY about everything and everyone.
CH. Cheviot Sollis Le Tour (Diva)
Since Opie died before I could breed him to Tina, I decided that I would use Candi Sapp’s sable dog Ch. Candyapple Road Show (Lance), the repeat of the Opie breeding. Barbara Saterbo kept a tri dog name Jake and is now Ch. Sollis Cheviot Stand N Deliver. I kept a pure for sable I call Face and his registered name is Ch. Cheviot Pleasant View. I also kept a sable bitch I call QT and her registered name is Cheviot Exquisite.
Ch. Cheviot Pleasant View (Face)
Ch. Cheviot Sollis Center Stage’s (Tina) was bred back to her grandsire Ch. Tartanside Allegiance (Lee) to lock in the Tartanside connection I always wanted. I kept a sable dog I call Gunnie who is now Ch. Cheviot Sollis Gallant Boy the 2006 CCA WD and a sable bitch named Ch. Cheviot Sollis Understudy (Tippy.)
Ch. Cheviot Sollis Understudy (Tippy)
Gallant Boy Era:
My latest something special was Winners Dog at the 2006 CCA from the 12-18 month class Ch. Cheviot Sollis Gallant Boy. Gallant Boy (from the way he moves in the ring) had only been out 3 weekends before the CCA, so really wasn’t ring-wise for what I was asking him to do. That being said, I believe I was very fortunate to have Brenda Miramon judging that day on his merits and overlooked my shaky presentation of him.
Ch. Cheviot Sollis Gallant Boy (Gunnie)
The following is her critique from the show. "The young dog caught my eye immediately. His body was beautifully balanced. When I looked into his face I was delighted. CHEVIOT SOLLIS GALLANT BOY has a melting expression with long and lean head, roundness of muzzle with no depth. These virtues made him a "Stand Out" in the class. All of my class winners each possessed outstanding qualities, but when I look at CHEVIOT SOLLIS GALLANT BOY, my heart "skipped a beat" and I knew he was my choice."
Ch. Cheviot Sollis Gallant Boy (Gunnie)
I’m still actively breeding/showing and hope I can continue to do so for several more years. Thank you for your interest in learning more about my journey with my Collies.
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