With several major Collie kennels already established in the Yorkshire area, a group of enthusiasts, including Mrs V. Latham ‘Lathamholm’. Mr George Dransfield ‘Poppystown’ and Mr N. Abell ‘Normansfield’, started to agitate for a Collie Club capable of serving the region. Despite a lack of enthusiasm from existing clubs, supporters eventually enlisted the help of the Lancashire and Cheshire Collie Club and the Yorkshire Collie Club became a reality in 1952, with Mr A. L. Robinson holding the secretarial post for the first year.
Specialising in small members only shows, the first attracting just 56 entries from 16 Collies for Miss P. M. Grey ‘Ladypark’ to run the rule over, meant progress was slow in the early stages, but before the end of the decade several of the more prominent Yorkshire breeders and exhibitors, having joined the committee, began to steering the club in the direction of larger more national events.
The dedication of this more go ahead committee was quickly rewarded by the Kennel Club who granted the Yorkshire Collie Club Championship Status for Rough Collies in 1963, an honour which has since been established as an annual event. Staged at the ever popular Corn Exchange, Leeds the Yorkshire Collie Club’s first show set the tone for future vents. Judged by the popular Collie specialist Mr Jim Broderick ‘Shearcliffe’ the show attracted 94 Collies making 218 entries. In 1987, the last time the Yorkshire Collie Club held their Championship Show at the Corn Exchange, Leeds the show drew an entry of 495 from 315 Rough Collies, the judges on this occasion being Mrs Vera Hickson ‘Bririch’ doing dogs and Mrs Norma Lister ‘Abbestone’ taking on the bitches.
The Yorkshire Collie Club is managed by four officers assisted by a Committee of eighteen members.
In line with Kennel Club directives the Yorkshire Collie Club has appointed Mrs Angela Harvey as its Health Co-ordinator.
Annually the Yorkshire Collie Club’s committee elect two delegates to the Rough Collie Breed Council, currently these are: Mr John McLenahan and Mrs Angela Harvey.
Membership is open to all.
For more details about what the Yorkshire Collie Club has to offer, and for up to date information on dates, judges, venues, and results or to download Show Schedules and our unique On-Line Entry Forms, visit the Yorkshire Collie Club official website and see our show pages or contact the Secretary Mr Geoff Hodgson 37 Porlock Drive, Bransholme, Hull, East Yorkshire, HU7 4HZ tel/fax: 01482 822248 email: firstname.lastname@example.org.