A Border Collie and probably not, in retrospect the best choice of first dog for a young teenager,  he was very strong willed, proved quite a challenge and taught me a lot but we enjoyed success at some low level Obedience  competition.


Tacky - Tweeddale Takita -

A little smooth coat Collie bitch who, as well as some Obedience success at lower levels  also competed in a couple of Working Trials and some Agility before my first  pregnancy put a stop to such activity!


Trooper - Yowa Orlando -

A beautiful long coat German Shepherd was the most wonderful family dog as well as winning his way through the lower level obedience classes.


Wally - Kentygern Kadwaladr O.W -

Who, despite another pregnancy of mine, did everything he could for me. He competed successfully in Breed, showing and Sheepdog Trials, did a lot of TV, film and photographic work and represented The South East and East Anglia in the team at the Inter Regional Obedience competition at Crufts in 1985 in Class C. He was Class C only at 3 years old and earned his Obedience Warrant and several placings in Championship C during his long and successful career.  He also sired several litters of puppies.


Mc - Uerelcroft O'Malley O.W -

Another Border Collie, belonged to a close friend whose health prevented her from competing. I worked him successfully in Championship and open obedience classes for a couple of years. He became like one of the family.



A dear gentle Border Collie who was trained and handled by my young daughter. He competed in the Kennel Club Junior Organisation (KCJO) Obedience finals at Crufts for several years running as well as doing agility and many other activities with her as his handler.


Drift - Suenijon Driftaway O.W -

Was a handsome red and white Border Collie who despite major spinal surgery at nine years old then gained his Obedience Warrant and competed in Championship C. Drift also qualified to compete in the KCJO obedience at Crufts and gave Heelwork to Music displays handled by my daughter at Discover Dogs and on TV.


Mac - Snow Blue Mr Macaw CD EX -

Was a big blue merle Border Collie who began his career in Obedience and Agility with my daughter where he also competed at Crufts. At five years old he then began a new career in Working Trials with me. He qualified with the title CD Ex – Companion Dog Excellent and a Certificate of Merit in Utility Dog before retiring. After major spinal surgery he continued to live an active life.


Joey - Coriecollies Joey -

Another Border Collie who worked classes B and C in Obedience. He was diagnosed with a vitamin B malabsorption condition which directly affected his energy levels and therefore his progression through the classes in his younger days. I was able to give him a fortnightly injection of Vit B 12 which to some extent restored his quality of life and his ability to work which he enjoyed.


Lennie - Working Trials Champion Ludgate Power 'n' Glory CD EX, UD EX, WD EX, TD EX A Ex -

Now retired, Lennie competed very successfully in Obedience and Working Trials. His Trials career got off to an exciting start and in the space of fourteen months he gained the titles CD Ex (Companion Dog Excellent), UD Ex (Utility Dog Excellent), WD Ex (Working Dog Excellent) and TD Ex (Tracking Dog Excellent) he also gained a Reserve Challenge Certificate at Championship level, several lower placings and further TD Ex qualifications. At TD level he was required to follow a three hour old track of approximately half a mile and recover three small articles along the way. Recover four small articles from a search area 25 x 25 yds. Scale a 6 ft obstacle, clear a 3ft hurdle and clear a 9ft long jump. The test also includes a ten minute out of sight stay, heelwork, speak on command, steadiness to gunshot and a sendaway and redirection of around 150yds each.


In 2015 and 2016 he won the ultimate accolades for a Trials dog and won the stakes and the Challenge Certificates which gave him the title of Working Trials Champion and a places at the WT Championships in 2015 and 2017 where he finished 5th.


He was placed regularly in the Obedience ring through all the classes.


At Crufts 2014 he was shown in the breed ring class for Working Trial dogs where he was placed 4th.


His retirement hobby is Scentwork UK, he has completed four trials, gained a clean sweep at each (finding all four scent odours) and been placed 2nd and 4th.


As he enjoys tracking, another retirement hobby is taking part in UK Tracking Dog Assessments, he has so far gained Novice, Intermediate and two of the three assessments required to attain Expert Tracking dog status.


Gertie & Daisy

Were two Jack Russells that were also household members. Whilst neither graced any show ring, both were friendly and obedient and could be taken anywhere. Daisy was frequently ‘borrowed’ by KCJO members at events and camps when a spare dog was needed, she tried her hand at just about every discipline with numerous different handlers!  She also had a litter of puppies.


Moss - Starcoast Moss - RIP Sept 2016

Born in November 2014 who I hoped would follow in the footsteps of our other much loved dogs.



Tag arrived as a sixteen week old rescue pup. He was a crossbreed of a Border Collie and a Working Bearded Collie. Following a life threatening illness at a year old, Tag made it clear he didn’t enjoy competition training and became a much loved family pet although Scentwork is beginning to interest him.


Ted  - Rubiheath Ted -

Although Covid has prevented Ted’s debut on the Trials field he is enormous fun to train and is showing great promise.