The members of Midwest Collie Club mourn the passing of our dear friend, Mrs. Ricky Sheets, of Mistymoor Collies in Washington, Michigan. For many decades, Ricky was recognized and admired as a breeder and exhibitor of champion Collies. She was a noted professional handler and an extraordinary mentor to generations of Collie fanciers.
Ricky was born in the Netherlands. When she was two years old, she moved with her parents to the United States, settling in the Detroit area. As a young girl living in Highland Park, she would stop on her way home from school to play in the neighborhood with Collies owned by Peter and Cora Hird. Peter Hird was an AKC licensed judge of Collies and Shelties. The Hird’s were founding members of MWCC and owners of Ch. General French the Great, in whose memory the club offered a large trophy. Some MWCC members still recall hearing Peter Hird say he was quite taken by the love for Collies which Ricky displayed when she was such a young child.
Left: Ricky Sheets shares a win with her homebred Ch. Mistymoor Enchantment ("Dolly"), who was Best Puppy at the 1976 CCA National Specialty.
Below: At her Mistymoor Collies in the early 1990's, Ricky Sheets exchanges greetings with homebred Mistymoor Campaign Promise ("Jeremy").
MWCC was formed in 1930 for the purpose of promoting fine Collies. Beginning a lifelong connection, Ricky joined MWCC during the early stages of the club’s history. She was a longtime member of Collie Club of America and through the years enjoyed attending many CCA national specialties. In addition, Ricky was a founding member of Greater Brighton Collie Club.
Ricky enthusiastically participated in planning and hosting numerous specialty shows and matches presented by MWCC in the Detroit area, including two CCA nationals. Among many accomplishments, Ricky was particularly known for handling the celebrated Ch. Welshire Whatever during his undefeated campaign in the early 1950's, as well as for the lovely Ch. Mistymoor Enchantment (“Dolly”), her homebred winner of the 1976 CCA Best Puppy award.
Most importantly, Ricky was a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. She continued looking to the future and remained active in Collies until a brief, final illness earlier this year. Ricky will be missed by all who knew and loved her.