MIDLAND COLLIE CLUB

 

 

 

The area of England usually referred to as ‘The Midlands’ is synonymous with the Collie’s early 
development and the region has frequently supported specialist Collie Societies, although rarely did they reign for more than a few years.

The Midland Collie Club’s origins are shrouded in mystery, although it is believed it was founded in 1924. For all this there is no reference to a Midland Collie Club in Kennel Club published lists of registered breed clubs until volume 72 of the Stud Book, dated 1945 and covering the year 1944. However it is known from Kennel Gazette entries that the Club were licensed to organise Sanction Shows throughout the twenties and thirties when first Mr E. C. Davis of Smethwick, and later Mr E. J. Allsop ‘Merrion’ undertook secretarial duties.

The re-emergence of canine activities in the immediate post-war period saw Mr Allsop still at the helm concentrating the club’s efforts on supporting local breeders with members’ only shows. Gradually, as more fanciers joined collie ranks, entries began to escalate, and with Mr Alan Jeffries ‘Jefsfire’ taking over secretarial duties the Midland Collie Club started to expand its horizons; scheduling a full range of shows from Open Show downwards.

Catering, as it does, for an area that has always been well served by General Championship Shows the Midland Collie Club had to wait a long time before it attained such exalted status, but attain it, it did in 1977 when Mrs Joan Sykes ‘Sykeslaw’ almost mirrored the principal placings at Cruft’s, which had been scheduled the previous week, handing the tickets to the same two Collies, who were each winning their second on the day, while reversing the Best of Breed award. Anchored in early February from the outset, the Midland Collie Club Championship Show has always succeeded in attracting large entries, and has since its second show in 1978 engaged two judges, one for each sex.

DISCOVER DOGS

n 1991 the Kennel Club moved Cruft’s to the National Exhibition Centre outside Birmingham, three years later it introduced a new feature aimed at encouraging visitors to make detailed enquires before selecting any breed of dog. ‘Discover Dogs at Cruft’s’, as this feature has become known, has, since its introduction, been supported by Midland Collie Club members and committee, who provide a team of enthusiasts and Collies capable of promoting the breed in a positive light to members of the general public.

Dog and bitch Challenge Certificate winners at the first Midland Collie Club Championship Show February 1977 where breed specialist
Mrs Joan  Sykes ‘Sykeslaw’, judging both sexes  awarded the Challenge Certificates to:

Dog CC and Best in Show
Danvis Ladyvale Blue Mist

winning the 2nd Challenge Certificate on the day out of a total of twelve

Bitch CC
 Sandiacre Scarlet O’Hara from Cathanbrae

winning her 2nd of four Challenge Certificates

 

In line with Kennel Club directives the Midland Collie Club has appointed Mr Brian Hawkins as its Health Co-ordinator.

Annually the Midland Collie Club’s committee elect their two delegates to the Rough Collie Breed Council, currently they are:

Mr Brian Hawkins (President) and Mr John Catliff (Health & Safety)

ANNUAL EVENTS

FEBRUARY - Unbenched Championship Show for Rough Collies  — currently held at Sports Connexion, Ryton on Dunsmore, Coventry, CV8 3FL. As the first Championship Show of the year for Rough Collies, the show  has always been popular with exhibitors who see it as a means of introducing young hopefuls to the show ring.

MARCH - Discover Dogs – Cruft’s giving visitors an opportunity to meet the Rough Collie and its enthusiasts, giving those interested in the breed time to discuss their canine needs with knowledgeable volunteers in a more relaxed atmosphere than can generally be found around the show benches or judging ring.

Annual General Meeting — currently held at the Pelsall Community Centre, Station Road, Pelsall, Walsall, WS3 4BQ

Above photos showing visitors at the Cruft’s Discover Dogs with dogs owned by members and Committee of the Midland Collie Club.
Photos ©Collielife

 

JULY - Summer Open Show for Rough Collies, with judging outside if weather permits. Currently held at the Shenstone Village Hall, Barnes Road, Shenstone, Staffordshire. WS14 0LT.

DECEMBER - Winter Open Show for Rough Collies — currently held at the Shenstone Village Hall, Barnes Road, Shenstone, Staffordshire. WS14 0LT.

The Midland Collie Club is managed by six officers assisted by a Committee of sixteen members.

 

Exhibitors and judges at Midland Collie 90th anniversary Championship Show in February 2014
Photo ©Collielife

CONTACTS

For more details about the Midland Collie Club, and its activities contact the Secretary

Mrs Julie Growcott
Green Gables
28 The Portway
Kingswinford
West Midlands

Tel: 01384 2710762 email: midlandcollie@aol.com

Or visit the Clubs website