Hosted by Chesapeake Collie Club
by Lenora Alexander, CCC Member
On Saturday, July 16, 2011, Chesapeake Collie Club hosted a new, highly successful seminar with John Buddie, The Lost Art of Breeding Fine Collies. We also offered another special experience in a schooner cruise on the Spirit of Independence, built and owned by its Captain, J. C. Waters, husband of Marsha Waters, CCC member.
The weather was perfect, the boat full and the cruise memorable, as they sailed under a brilliant full moon. The seminar included a special auction of donated beautiful artwork presided over by auctioneer superb, John Buddie, as well as a silent auction of other items. Seeing these pieces lining the walls gave a feast for the eyes. The luncheon delighted the senses as well. Movie time Saturday evening was a perfect touch to end the gathering. We saw past great Collie kennels, it brought tears to some as they filled their eyes with many grand collies.
People have praised the entire event as awesome, flawless and unforgettable! We had 103 registered participants, breeders, artists, specialty judges and newcomers, eagerly traveling from as far as Canada and the west coast of the United States to the hotel in Virginia Beach for the seminar weekend.
John taught on creative thinking, seeing what and why we are breeding, how a pedigree enlightens, including discussion of influential sires of the past, CH Future Of Arken, CH Tokalon Storm Cloud, CH Poplar Blue Moon, CH Brandwyne Destiny's Echo, CH Sterling Starmist and Brandwyne Tom Foolery. He shared terms like functional four, cardinal bitch, pivotal and support sires. He drew the audience in, he asked, we answered and he also gave us an assignment, not with brushes but crayons and highlighters to work over the pedigrees we had brought. Then he gave his story of "One Breeder's Journey," the dogs who affected his choices, the Tartanside influence over five decades to the present, what a special part of the presentation that was! He sent us home with excellent supplemental materials, great old photos and articles. John created his talk with the brush strokes of a fine artist and all left enriched.
Chesapeake Collie Club is thankful to John and all those who supported this endeavor. It was a special goal and the club worked together to give our best!