Miss Young’s very generous hospitality, and administrative ability helped the West of England Collie Society at a time of crises in its history, and Ugony has long been associated with the West Country, the Collies, particularly the males, extensively used by breeders in the area, all of which ensures a very natural desire by supporters of the ‘West of England Collie Society’ to pay homage to both kennel and owner by protecting the affix from further use.
Miss May Young’s first love was Chows, for which she and her sister used the Adlung affix; Collies were introduced in 1946 with the purchase of Golden Rod of Wooden, a gold sable and white from Mariemeau/Alphington lines.
Having registered the Ugony affix before mating Golden Rod to, the as yet uncrowned, Ch Lad of Ladypark, a dog Miss Young greatly admired throughout her time in dogs, the litter produced Miss Young’s first Collie Champion Ugony’s Golden Son o’Lad of Riffelsee who at the Three Counties Agricultural Society’s championship show in 1952 annexed his first Challenge Certificate, with Best of Breed from Mr S. E. Martin ‘Sylvestral’ plus Reserve Best in Show, adding a further eight Challenge Certificates, to make a total of nine before being retired from the show ring, to sire several winning Collies.
Other winners followed until Miss Young retired from the Collie ring during the mid 1960s which enabled her concentrate on the Pekingese that had been added to the kennel. Miss Young returned to the Collie ring in 1980 to show litter siblings Collydean That’s My Sheila and Fair Dinkum, both at Ugony, who traced back to her original line on the dam’s side of their pedigree. The bitch, That’s My Sheila, was the first to gain her title with a total of eight Challenge Certificates and several group placings, before her bother added his three years later in 1983.
Although Ugony Collies were not shown between the mid 1960s and 1980 the kennel continued to breed the occasional litter, and Miss Young maintained her interest, so that when the West of England Collie Society had problems in the late 1970s it was Miss Young, together with her friend Mrs Terry Taylor ‘Cathanbrae’ who were able to resurrect the club’s fortunes, accepting the roles of chairman and secretary respectively. Miss Young continued in this post, generously allowing committee meeting and fund raising events to be held at her Lopen home, until her untimely death in 1998.