As a child along with my brothers and sister we always had various animals some of which were quite unusual ferrets, polecats, piranha’s and snakes along with the usual rabbits and budgies.

My parents however would not allow us to have a dog.  After many years of pestering I came to the conclusion that I would have to satisfy my love of dogs by borrowing other peoples. 

At the age of 8 I started walking our elderly neighbour’s Border Terrier, ‘Rose’ taking her to our local dog training classes which we both enjoyed. 

I borrowed more friends ‘dogs training a poodle and a Labrador too

 

In 1975 I started attending the local ring craft classes where I met Margaret Scaife. I began to handle her Chow Chows enjoying her kennels success at open and championship show level.

I made my first trip to Crufts at Earls Court in 1980 vowing one day I would return but show my own dog there.

My love for Rough Collies of course was born through the famous lassie films, I always knew although I loved all dogs the only breed for me was the Rough Collie.

 In 1985 I got married so this naturally meant my first collie followed not long after. 

After attending a few breed club shows I decided to approach Sandie Harrision’s from Abbeycraig Collies in Stirling. 

In 1986 I collected my very first dog of course a Rough Collie and so my journey really began ...

 

ABBEYCRAIG GOLDEN SUNRISE [Kas]

 

I showed Kas at open shows where he won a few
rosettes.  He taught me a lot about showing and
we had a lot of fun together. 

 

ABBEYCRAIG GOLD CAVALIER [Glen]
    Sire:  Corydon SeumasBeag of Abbeycraig x Dam:  Abbeycraig Sprig Of Heather

I went back to Abbeycraig kennels in 1987 bringing
home this time Glen.   


Glen (I know I shouldn’t say this) is my all-time favourite collie a true gentleman and sorely missed still today. 

He did very well at obedience and our local club visited the local old people’s homes regularly where he won many hearts too.  He did well for me in the show ring at open and championship level too.  He won many Best of Breeds and won our first Best in Show at a local show in 1989. 

Due to a divorce, nowhere to live, remarrying then having three kids I didn’t have another dog until 2003 when I bought Honeyfield Golden Sunset.

HONEYFIELD GOLDEN SUNSET [Charlie]
Sire: Amalie I’m a Believer in Aintshe x Dam: HoneyfieldKiss of Dawn

 

Charlie was shown until he was two years old when he decided he didn’t enjoy showing.

He won many firsts, qualifying for Crufts at his first show.

In 2005 I started looking around for another show dog coming across Ladnar Kennels resulting in us welcoming home Brook.


LADNAR LOCK 'N' LOAD [Brook]
Sire: Ch Brooklynson De Carvalho x Dam:  Ladnar Red Rowena

Brook was my first dog I took to Crufts I was so very proud to be standing at last on that green carpet he wasn’t placed but we had a super day out.  He was also my first Best Puppy Dog at a Championship show level. 

I also tried him at Agility which he loved, it certainly kept us both fit!!

My children were now growing up and as mum wasn’t needed so much so I decided it was now the right time to purchase my very first bitch and what a lady she is.  

I have always admired the Corydon Kennels as my old man Glen’s father was from that kennel. 

I thought all my Christmases had come at once when Miranda Blake phoned to say she had a sable bitch for me.

Excitedly I set of to the Corydon Kennels in March 2010 bringing home the gorgeous...

CORYDON LA FAYVORITA AVEC KARAFAYE SH CM - [Faye]  DOB – 27/12/2009
Sire: Ch Demelewis Dark Moon Driftin over Corydon x Dam:  Corydon Rio Rita
MDR + / +   Hips – 2 / 4 = 6

Well what can I say about this lady she has surpassed all my expectations I just love her to bits.  By the time she was 18 months old she had won 12 BOB, 7 BPIB, 5 Group placing’s.

Faye was Best Bitch at Scottish Breeds Champ show at 10 months old going on to being place third in the puppy group.  She won Best in Show at Cumberland County Open Show achieving our first Show Certificate of Merit.

Faye has passed her Good Citizens award and passed the Therapet assessment giving testament to her brains, temperament as well as good looks.

Faye has also returned to the show scene after her year out she at last had some coat.  From the four Open shows she attended she won two BOB’s, Group 2 and 2 second’s. 

At the three Championship shows she attended in Limit she was awarded two seconds and one third.  Not bad for having a year off. 

True to form she has decided to change her coat again so all I can do is wait patiently for her to grow a new one.

2010 was the year I decided it was about time I applied for a Kennel Affix luckily I was granted my first choice. 

Karafaye meaning:- Kara – Gaelic for beloved and Faye needs no explanation in essence “beloved Faye”. 

Of course it was my intention to have a litter from Faye so I decided to give her a year out of showing in 2012.

As a result 26 years after obtaining my first rough collie Faye gifted us with our first litter born on 30th May 2012 three beautiful boys. 

Three turned out to be a nice size as I found it was quite a steep learning curve.  From this litter I decided to keep my first Tri colour.....

Quillan aged 7 weeks old his story was yet to unfold........

 

KARAFAYE BLACK QUILLAN - [Quillan] 2CC, 3RCC      
Sire: Demelewis Winter Moon Over Corydon x    Dam:   Corydon La Fayvorita Avec Karafaye ShCM   

  MDR + / +     CEA – Clear         Hips – 3 / 4 = 7 - DM Carrier

Quillan only attended four open shows as a puppy he won 2 first’s, 2 second’s, Puppy Group 4,
also Best Puppy in Breed and Best AV Pastoral Minor Puppy under Frank Kane.  

He attended his first Championship Show at 13 months old at National Working and Pastoral Breeds to my delight he won his junior class only to top that off by being awarded the RCC from breed specialist Miranda Blake. 

What a wonderful day and a day of firsts: - Quillan’s first Championship Show, My first RCC from my First home bred dog.

Quillan has continued to be placed consistently at the limited shows he has attended.
Midland Counties  1st Junior  Felix Cosme
L.K.A.  1st Post Graduate  RCC  Valerie Geddes
Three Counties 3rd Limit Edith Pryor
Cumberland CA  Reserve Best in Show  Ronnie Ross
East Anglian Collie Association 1st Limit RCC  John Blake
EACA won Barbara Blake Memorial Stakes (photo opposite)
Yorkshire Collie Club 1st Mid Limit Tomas Rohlin (Denmark)
Darlington  3rd Stakes  Steve Hall
Midland Counties  2nd Limit  Derek Smith
Carlisle CS  Reserve Best in Show   Roy Maynard

Quillan at Crufts 2015

DCC/BOB/BIS - East Anglian Collie Society Championship Show - July 2016
Judge - Mrs Val Geddes (Ingledene)

August 2016
At the age of four Quillan is maturing into a very handsome Collie indeed I have thoroughly enjoyed watching him develop enjoying life as always to the full.  His gentle loving nature brings joy and happiness to all who meet him.  He has been placed at every show he has attended this last year.  The highlights being Best in Show at Northumberland and Durham Collie Club Open Show in January 2016 and being awarded his and my first DCC at East Anglian Collie Association Championship Show on 31 July 2016.  I feel the best is yet to come with more exciting time ahead.  Love this lad to bits.

DCC - Three Counties Championship Show - June 2017



KARAFAYE BLACK BEAUTY - 'Connie'
Sire - Aust.Ch Corydon Winds of Victory x Dam – Corydon La Fayvorita Avec Karafaye Sh CM
DOB : 10.04.15 MDR = +/+ - Clinically Eye Clear - Hips 2/5 = 7

Connie has yet to attend any shows but she is coming along nicely photo taken at six months old. She is an absolute delight but also a wee monkey. Poor Quillan bares the brunt of her enthusiasm but secretly enjoys his new playmate. She did attend a companion show as part of her training and was awarded reserve best puppy in show I was very proud of her. Looking forward to introducing her to everyone soon.

August 2016
Photo above right taken at 12 months of age
Connie has had a short but successful puppy career being consistently placed at open show level winning some BPIB / BOB and Group placings.  At 8 months old she won a very mice MPB class at LKA Championship Show and Best Puppy in show at Northumberland and Durham Collie Club Open Show in January 2016.  Her last outing was Crufts where she was a nice 3rd in puppy qualifying her for Crufts 2017.  Connie is very much a teenager getting up to mischief, making me laugh with her antics. She has been busy growing a nice new jacket and will be making an appearance back in the show ring soon.



2015 has been a very quiet year for Karafaye as far as the show scene is concerned. Quillan attended only three championship shows but was placed at each one of them. I hope to get him out and about more in 2016 now he has a little sister to accompany him.

Faye has been busy as planned on maternity duties presenting us with a superb litter of puppies in April. I would have loved to keep the sable boy but needed to keep a girl for future plans luckily Karafaye Scotch Blend aka Conall found a wonderful home with my good friend Brenda Welsh (Thistlewing). Conall started his show career by qualifying for Crufts at his first show at 6 months old on the day he has also passed his good citizens bronze award “clever lad”.

 

In July 2016 I was delighted to be able to visit Fayes last litter of pups born 10/4/2016  all together again.  Brenda and I embarked on a road trip to Aberdeenshire. It was so nice to see how they had developed as individuals and watch them play as if they has never been apart.  

         Left sable Karafaye Scotch Blend at Thistlewing  -  Conall
Middle  - Karafaye Black Beauty – Connie - Right – Karafaye Sweet Ebony  -  Breeze

2016 turned out to be the best show year yet for Karafaye Rough Collies with many BOB and group placing’s at Open and Championship show’s.
Top honours for the year were

Karafaye Black Beauty winning BPIS at Northumberland and Durham Collie Club open show, Yorkshire Collie Championship show winning both her classes then being considered for the RCC.

Karafaye Black Quillan - Best Dog and BIS at Northumberland and Durham Collie Club open show. Dog CC, BOB & BIS at East Anglian Collie Association Championship show, Best Dog at Working & Pastoral Breeds of Scotland CH Show. Darlington Championship Show pressed for RCC.
Karafaye Black Quillan also qualified to compete at East Anglian CA Rough Collie of the Year were he made it down to the last seven in the adult’s.
Quillan also attended * The British Collie Rough Collie of the Year* to my delight he was awarded Runner Up Best Male 2017 (photo below ©Jo Hodges)

I am looking forward to seeing what 2017 will hold in and also out of the show ring. I hope to have some fun with Faye now she is in veteran along with Connie when she has finished growing her new coat.
Quillan is in his prime I hope he will continue where he left off ...

I would like to thank everyone who helped, encouraged and coached me over the years. 



 
Loved owned and shown by 
Lorraine Quince 01461 201652
Annan, Dumfriesshire

E-Mail:-  lorrainequince@talktalk.net

 

 

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