A Collies Online Feature: CCA Nationals Of The Past

On to The '80s . . .


By Sally Futh, Starberry Collies

Photos from CCA Yearbooks 1981-1982

When last seen, we were heading home from Atlanta with Ruffian and the kids – but no reading glasses. In 1981 we headed back to Bloomington, Minnesota with Doc Greathouse and Jim Frederiksen judging Conformation and Jim Noe judging Juniors. The yearbook does not show the breakdowns of the entry, but it was sizeable for the day, 288 Roughs and 68 Smooths.

Sue Symngton's CH Carnwatch Evergreen was Best of Breed with Best of Opposite Sex to Nancy McDonald's Puppy, CH Barksdale Early Light. In Smooths it was Haggertys' (think Dona Williams) CH McMaurs Diamond Jim and Jody Ostrowski's CH Bellvues Dana of Blue Haven.

Koehlers' Jil Cris Liberty Legend started a run for his sire, Chapmans' Legend. Best of Winners went to The Soellner's Wayside After the Gold Rush, the first sable merle to win at the National, at least in recent years (a Hertzville winning dog may have been a sable merle). Reserves to Myra Moore's puppy, My-T Here Comes the Sun and Van Tassel's CobbleCreek Celebrity, whose dam, Jasmine, had been reserve at Disneyland. Raincrow's Ironstone Blue was smooth Winners Dog for Marion Johnson and Best of Winners and Best Puppy, was the Esches' and Mother Sue K's Charmer daughter, Signet's All in the Family; reserves to Leiby's littermates. Best junior was "Cynthia" Weiner (think Cindy, of course); Hilda Rickenbaugh had her perennial best brace, but in tri-color rather than blue, this time.

1982 was the year we had been both looking forward to and dreading – all the work involved – at the same time. A joint venture of the six New England clubs plus Collie Club of Long Island put on the first National to be held at Eastern States Exposition fairgrounds in Springfield, Mass. Great site with two acres of building that holds 2000+ entry all breeds and a lovely lawn outside, great restaurant onsite and airport only ten miles away over a country road, but no onsite hotel – prices were right, though.

A Dane friend and co-worker was our experienced show secretary; but entries for the late April show closed in the midst of a blizzard. So we took late-comers over the phone and headed out to the (closed) Redding Post Office in a trusty four-wheel-drive truck. Who'd have believed that the snow had all melted and the summery sun burned the judges as we were able to keep and use our outdoor breezy ring both days. A few exhibitors used the building for grooming set-ups but most preferred to take advantage of the unusually wonderful New England weather.

Billy Aschenbrener and Ginny Holtz were the breed judges with 285 roughs and 95 smooths. Bill Johnson from Hawaii judged Obedience and Lois Hillman, Juniors. A young Dan Cardoza handled CH Starr's Blue Jeans to Best of Breed for Pam and Louis Durazzano and CH Carnwath The Great Pretender (also blue) came close to equaling his brother's win of the previousiy year going Best of Opposite Sex. Joe Reno had Best of Winners with Hi-Crest Knock on Wood and our Starberry Belle of Georgia was the icing on our cake as Winners Bitch. Stoneybrook Silver Saint (by Silver Bullet) was Reserve Dog for Kathy Moll and Alfenloch Out of This World was Reserve Bitch for Diane Fitzpatrick. Bullet won the stud dog class and his half sister, Shamont Sabrina, the brood bitch (both by Wickmere Wing Commander). Dutch, CH Lisara's Morning After, took Best of Variety for Carmen and Larry Leonard, Sondra and Betty's "Face," CH Cherrison Dreams of Kings, Best of Opposite Sex. Storm's Command Performance (Santaga and Keehn) was Winners Dog and Kurt's High Tide was Winners Bitch for Kurt and Sandy Martin (Wrenn) and co-breeder Sue Barlow. Kathy Stokey's Sunbriar Spectre and Lila Williamson's Hollyoak Gambler's Lady Luck shared reserves. Dahlis Diess Roy's original pastels of famous Collies were used for top placements and prints made from them for class trophies and financing the show.

Related features previously published on COL:

> The Spirit of '76 and Beyond CCA National Specialties of the Past (1976 - 1980)

> Something Magical! CCA National Specialties of the Past (1971 - 1975)

> Back in the Day: CCA National Specialties of the Past (1960 - 1970)

> A Word from Dickens: CCA National Specialties of the Past (1954-1959)

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