EAST ANGLIAN COLLIE ASSOCIATION

 

The East Anglian Collie Association owes its existence to a small group of fanciers, including Mrs Iris Combe ‘Tilehouse’, Mr and Mrs Fendley ‘Ralvera’ and Miss de Bell Ball ‘Killartry’, exploring the possibility of establishing a club capable of serving Collie fanciers in the region. Further meetings were arranged, often at the home of Mr and Mrs Parrot ‘Larkena’ before a steering committee was selected. With acceptance of their second choice of title Kennel Club recognition was granted in July 1957, with Mrs George H. ‘Bobbee’ Roos, well known to American enthusiasts for her ‘Wickmere’ Collies, as secretary. Forced to resign within the first year due to her husband, then an American Airforce Pilot, being recalled to his homeland base, the East Anglian Collie Association endured a succession of secretaries after Mrs Roos; stability eventually attained after Mrs Pat Barnard ‘Washbay’ took on the post in 1965 holding it for the next twenty-one years to become the club’s longest serving officer.

Initially the club concentrated on encouraging fanciers in its immediate area specialising in the then popular Sanction show, which would often be judged by experienced Collie specialist judges. Gradually a more ambitious approach was adopted and by the early 70s both Limited and Open Shows had been added to the club’s list of events.



CHAMPIONSHIP STATUS

1975 saw the East Anglian Collie Association hosting its first Championship show for which they had engaged two judges, one for each sex, a wise precaution when one considers 284 Collies were entered. The officers and committee’s justifiable elation at achieving Championship status were soon deflated when a change in the way the Kennel Club calculated Challenge Certificate allocation reduced the number granted to Rough Collies and three clubs, including the East Anglian Collie Association saw their status return to Open Show level. After a sustained degree of lobbying by both club and the Rough Collie Breed Council, plus a general rise in show entries and therefore Challenge Certificate allocation Championship status was eventually returned in 1984. The officiating judges Mr Jimmy Tait, ‘Aberthorne’, dogs and Mrs Freda Thomas, ‘Dundrennan’, bitches making up both Incredibly Blu di Cambiano and Chrisarion Corndolly on the day.

Dog and bitch Challenge Certificate winners at the first East Anglian Collie Association Championship Show November 1975 – where breed specialists Mr Alan T. Jeffries ‘Jefsfire’ judged dogs and Mrs Lyn Westby ‘Lowerpark’ judged the bitches:

Dog CC and Best in Show: Leepark Spring Venture winning the 2nd of his
three Challenge Certificates.
Bitch CC: Jadetown Jannette at Pelcoles winning the 1st of her three Challenge Certificates
Both images donated by ‘Emmsmoor’ courtesy of Rough Collie Archive

 

PUPPY OF THE YEAR

Members of the East Anglian Collie Association have always enjoyed a strong social and educational side to the society’s activities. Eye testing sessions were once common place, and even to day you will find frequent educational events including seminars on various health issues, grooming demonstrations etc.

The highlight of the social calendar is the annual Puppy of the Year competition inaugurated in 1990 and originally designed to find the top winning puppy from the previous season. Combined with a gala dinner and dance it quickly became a focal part of the Collie Year. Today this competition, which is now confined to members, is a daytime event aimed at finding the Top Puppy and Best of Breed winners from shows staged within the East Anglian Collie Association area.

The East Anglian Collie Association has a single simple objective:

To promote the responsible breeding and exhibition of Collies (Rough & Smooth).

Pelido Blue Pavan at Samberry Winner of the East Anglian Collie Association’s 1st Puppy of the Year competition 1990

Image courtesy of: Mr & Mrs Clark ‘Samberry Collies’

 

 

ANNUAL EVENTS

JANUARY - East Anglian Rough Collie Puppy and Best of Breed of the Year — an invitational social event including an element of friendly competition aimed at discovering both the Top Puppy and Best of Breed winners from those winning either Best Puppy in Breed or Best of Breed at shows held in the East Anglian counties of Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire. Currently held at the Littleport Leisure Centre, Camel Road, Littleport, Nr Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB6  1PU.

MARCH - Annual General Meeting — currently held at the  Littleport Leisure Centre, Camel Road, Littleport,  Nr Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB6  1PU.

APRIL - Spring Open Show — will replace the Winter Open Show from 2010, scheduling Rough and Smooth Collies, and usually with separate judges for each breed. To be held at theLittleport Leisure Centre, Camel Road, Littleport, Nr Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB6  1PU, with its facilities for outside grass rings and relaxed atmosphere when weather permits.

AUGUST - Unbenched Championship Show for Rough Collies also scheduling classes for Smooth Collies without Challenge Certificates — currently held at the Littleport Leisure Centre, Camel Road, Littleport, Nr Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB6  1PU. Invariably lucky with the weather allowing judging to take place outside in grass rings giving the show a unique garden party atmosphere, with picnics at the ring side.

OCTOBER - Autumn Open Show for Rough and Smooth Collies, usually with separate judges for each breed. Currently held at the  Littleport Leisure Centre, Camel Road, Littleport, Nr Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB6  1PU.


The Repnor Gold Challenge Trophy presented to the Puppy of the Year winner with its smaller sized cousin awarded to the Reserve.

The East Anglian Collie Association is managed by a committee of fifteen elected members, from which three officers are selected on an annual bases.

CONTACTS

In line with Kennel Club directives the East Anglian Collie Association has appointed Mrs Pat Hutchinson as its Health Co-ordinator: Pat’s interest in canine health is well know, over a long period of time she has made a particular study of Collie inherited conditions, and post natal care of whelps and dam which makes her particularly suitable to hold this important post.

The East Anglian Collie Association has now split its secretarial duties into two. For more details about the Association, and its activities contact the Secretary:

Miss Miranda Blake
‘Corydon’  •  Pinfold Close  •  Fenton  •  Newark-on-Trent  •  Nottingham
NG23  5DE

Tel: 01636  626321
Email: Miranda@corydoncollies.co.uk

Alternatively if your enquiry is connected with any of the East Anglian Collie Association shows or its Judges List you should contact the Association’s Show Secretary/Judges List Co-ordinator:

Miss Lisa Pettitt
The Cottage  •  Chappel Road  •  Gt Tey  •  Colchester  •  Essex
CO6  4NP

Tel: 01206  213030

Email: Lisa@lakebank.fsnet.co.uk

Annually the East Anglian Collie Association’s committee elect two delegates to the Rough Collie Breed Council,
currently they are: Miss Miranda Blake and Mrs Pat Hutchinson

Dedicated to furthering Collie interests in East Anglia, membership is open to all. For up to date information on dates, judges, venues, and results contact the Secretary or visit the East Anglian Collie Association website