The Ayrshire Agricultural Society’s decision to drop the canine section from its shows, which left the South West corner of Scotland without a Championship Show, prompted a number of enthusiasts, including Mr Andrew Hunter, Mrs Elizabeth McGhee, and Mrs Janette Wilson, to instigate the establishment of a specialist Collie Club to cater for and encourage the Rough Collie within its area. The Ayrshire Collie Club was granted its title in 1958, making it the second youngest of the United Kingdom’s Kennel Club registered Collie Societies, with Mrs McGhee as Secretary a position she held until 1961, Mr Hunter in the Chair and Mrs Wilson holding the Treasurer’s post.


Granted Championship status in 1977, when Mrs Aileen Speding ‘Antoc’ awarded the Challenge Certificates to Ch Danvis Ladyvale Blue Mist and Cathanbrae Verily Verily, who later carried her title. Any euphoria felt by Ayrshire Collie Club officials was quickly dashed when tickets were withdrawn the following year after a change in the way breed Challenge Certificates were allocated. After a general escalation of interest in all canine events, Championship status was reinstated in 1981, since when the Ayrshire Collie Club’s autumn show has become a looked forward to annual event.


Today a twinning arrangement between the Ayrshire Collie Club and the All Ireland Collie and Sheepdog Society helps to encourage understanding and friendship between Collie enthusiasts showing under different controlling bodies. Members from each of the two clubs regularly support each other’s events supplying specials as well as attending.

The Ayrshire Collie Club’s current aims and objectives are:

To promote responsible dog ownership.

Support all related activities within the showing, breeding and rearing of Rough Collies, in line with the Kennel Club’s published Breed Standard and Guidelines.


Dog and bitch Challenge Certificate winners at Ayrshire Collie Club’s first Championship Show October 1977 – where respected collie specialist, Mrs Aileen Speding, ‘Antoc’, judged both sexes.

Dog CC & Best of Breed
Ch Danvis Ladyvale Blue Mist winning his 6th Challenge Certificate
on the day out of a total of twelve

Bitch CC
Cathanbrae Verily Verily winning her 1st of four Challenge Certificate on the day



Annually the Ayrshire Collie Club organises a full programme of events as follows:

FEBRUARY - Annual General Meeting including the presentation to the  winner of the Ayrshire Collie Club’s Junior Handler of the Year Competition, an annual points competition confined to members’ children.

MARCH - Spring Open Show with outside ring facilities and scheduling our popular Baby Puppy walk which allows 4 to 6 month old puppies to get the feel of the show ring without the pressures of competition. Every entrant receiving one of our special Baby Puppy Rosettes — currently held at the Hurlford Community Centre, Hurlford, Ayrshire KA1 5DD.

JUNE - Summer Open Show often taking advantage of the available grass rings thereby giving the show a friendly garden party atmosphere, and scheduling our recently introduced Baby Puppy Class with special rosettes for all entrants — currently held at Hurlford Community Centre, Hurlford, Ayrshire KA1 5DD

OCTOBER - unbenched Championship Show for Rough Collies with ample room for cages and a real Scottish welcome, with Miniature Whisky Bottles for all class winners, and informal catalogue adding to the festive flavour — to be held at the Citadel Leisure Centre, South Harbour Street, Ayr, KA7 1JB. Part of a new complex built on the site of the 17th century Protectorate Citadel of Ayr, a new venue for Ayrshire Collie Club’s 2008 Championship Show with carpeted rings Buffet/Dance, follows the Championship Show allowing exhibitors, spectators and their friends or family to enjoy a relaxing evening with judges and club officials — within walking distance of our Show venue the pet friendly Horizon Hotel, Esplanade, Ayr, KA7 1DT is also new to the Ayrshire Collie Club — overnight accommodation is available for those who require it.

The Ayrshire Collie Club host an annual seminar, usually at their Open Show venue, with subjects as diverse as formal Rough Collie Breed Council approved ones necessary for aspiring judges who wish to progress through the A2 procedures, to the more basic requirements of novice exhibitors and breeders such as grooming demonstrations, ring etiquette, etc. Members of the Ayrshire Collie Club and the All Ireland Collie and Sheepdog Society regularly support each others’ events with entries and specials, which has encouraged several enduring friendships.

The Ayrshire Collie Club is managed by four officers assisted by a committee of twelve members.


In line with Kennel Club directives the Ayrshire Collie Club has appointed Mr John Robinson as its Health Co-ordinator.

For more details about the Ayrshire Collie Club, and its activities contact the Secretary: Mrs Joan McIntyre 49 Main Street • Carnwath • Lanark ML11 8JU

Telephone: 01555  840922 email: meryctin@btinternet.com

Annually the Ayrshire Collie Club’s committee elect two delegates to the Rough Collie Breed Council, currently these are:

Mr Bill McIntyre and Mrs Joan McIntyre

Membership, which currently averages 200, is open to all. For more details about what the Ayrshire Collie Club has to offer, plus information on shows, dates, and judges visit their website

Related links - All Ireland Collie and Sheepdog Society