Over a period of 20+ years, the Duntiblae Kennel of Diana Cochrane’s Rough Collies resulted in 11 Champions and 6 others gaining CC’s and amassing a total of 41 Reserve CC’s from the mid 1960’s.
I well remember gaining a 2nd CC with Ravensbeck Sea Jade at Antoc, who later gained her title, but on the day in 1979, she was beaten for BOB by Ch Duntiblae Dingo, a son of Ch D Dogstar ex Bririch Gold Refrain, dam of the last Duntiblae Ch, Rob Roy, owned and campaigned by Mr & Mrs Kempe who had the Walsmanor affix.
The first Champion for the kennel was Ch D. Doorknocker, a daughter of Ch Liberty of Ladypark ex Westcarrs What. She was the only female champion for the kennel gaining her 2nd CC at Crufts in 1962, aged 2 from Mr Eddie Watt (Dryfsdale).
Ch Doorknocker produced Ch Dogwatch, who sired Ch Dogstar, who amongst others also produced Ch Degree, Ch Delayed and Ch Dingo. Perhaps another influential sire was Ch D Dodgem of Geoffdon, owned by the late Geoff and Pat Mildon. Other kennels to benefit from using Duntiblae stock were the Ch “Collydean” brother and sister, Ch Fair Dinkum and That’s My Sheila owned by May Young (Ugony). Margaret Franklin’s Pattinghams, Flo Chapman’s Deloraine’s, Flo Cook’s Clanayre kennel to name but a few. Interestingly, one of the foundation bitches for the Chelborn kennel of the then Vanessa Tapsell was Duntiblae Divot of Chelborn, winner of a CC at Leicester 1981.
Diana was a well respected and popular judge of Collies. Her first Collie appointment was at London Collie in 1968 and her final appointment was at Three Counties in 1991, where she awarded a first CC to Silvermoor’s Hollyberry at Amalie, who then went on to win a total of 10 CC’s
Invited to judge collies at Crufts in 1987, and from 230 collies, giving a total entry of 308, she awarded the CC and Best of Breed to Duna Jones and Ch Erjon Endeavour
In the late 1970’s Diana turned her attention to the new breed of Bernese Mountain Dogs and was responsible for the importation of Duntiblae Nalle, from Sweden, this before the breed was granted CC Status. He produced 6 Ch Bernese and to this day is behind most of the top winners. As the late Malcolm Willis wrote in his book “An undoubted pillar of the breed, without whom the breed may not have developed so well” Diana was also Patron/President of a Bernese Mountain Dog Club and took time out to write one of the first books on the breed.
Diana, with husband Graham, lived near Stratford-on-Avon, along with a few Persian Cats, a cairn and a whippet. Unfortunately her last years were spent in nursing home until late December 2011 a day before her 89th Birthday
I would like to thank, Anna Harman, Aileen Speding and Dareen Bridge for their contribution to the above