It was love at first sight when I first met a Collie! I was totally smitten with the grace and elegance and gentle nature of this particular collie I met and it started a lifelong love for and interest in the breed. It was 1978 and I was 12 and boys could never compete with Collies!

Since then we (first with my parents and later with my husband) have only bred a few litters, a total of 7 litters in Norway and 8 litters in England - we have met some lovely people along the way who have treasured "our" puppies and made us proud. We are also very proud of the achievements some of “our” collies have had in the showring.

Besides owning four Norwegian Champions, we also bred a further four Champions in Norway - namely Ch Freelancer Design, Ch Freelancer Big Spender, Ch Freelancer Different Class and Ch Freelancer Flowershow as well as numerous CC winners. From our English litters came the breed record holder Ch Phreelancer Phrosty Moon over Corydon and Finnish Ch Phalling Snow of Phreelancer.

Our first Collie was ‘Kim’, a tricolour dog who we, unknowingly, bought from a puppy farmer. He was born on 1st February 1978 and I remember very well the day we bought him, on the 1st of April, as he was running wild around the ‘shop’ for an hour before he calmed down and my mum was insistent that he was not coming home with us! He came home with us!

A year later, the dam of my grandfather’s Collie was due to have another litter and we went to see the puppies at one week old and came home having ‘booked’
the only shaded sable in the litter who later became Nor Ch Topp-Form’s Petit Fleur.

Nor Ch Topp-Form's Petit Fleur
Nor Ch Geoffdon Hillbilly - Topp-Form's Golden Lee

‘Shana’ was born 27th April 1979 and was our first bitch and Kim’s companion. She was a ‘once in a lifetime’ dog - a true character who outwitted us many times and truly enriched our lives with her loving nature and fun personality. She was the dam of two Norwegian Champions and several CC winners.

She loved the showring and stole the attention of many and she was the first collie for more than 30 years to win Best In Show at an all breeds championship show in Norway. She was also the Top Winning Collie in Norway in 1988.

 

Nor Ch La Vida's Not-A-Penny
Int & Nor Ch Geoffdon Jonathan - Geoffdon Minute Waltz
‘Dime’ was born 21st March 1980, she had the sweetest nature and was a joy to live with. Her most naughty moment was when she plucked up the courage to steal a potato crisp off the coffee table! She was also the dam of two Norwegian Champions and one CC winner. Dime was 12 years old when this photo was taken.

 

Nor Ch Corydon Gloss of Glory
Ch Corydon Handsome Hotspur - Ch & Aust Ch Corydon Glory Hallelujah

‘Purdie’, born 5th February 1984, was our first import and came to us causing havoc from day one. She was a real character and kept us on our toes. Unfortunately, she never had a litter but came with me to England in 1991 and enjoyed her retirement in the country where she was born.

 

Nor Ch Corydon Augustus Caesar
Ch & Aust Ch Little Caesar at Corydon - Corydon Polly Tucka
‘Gus’ (born 5th January 1980) came into our part ownerhip at the age of five. He was co-owned with our good friends Bodil and Bob Wilson. Gus was the most perfect gentleman, he had such a beautiful nature and proved to be a very successful stud dog in Norway producing many champions, most noteably among them the top winning Collie of all time in Norway, Int Ch Breezdon Diamonds Are Forever who amongst her wins could count four times BIS at The Norwegian Kennel Club’s International All Breed Shows - truly a remarkable feat for a Collie.

 

Corydon Silver Moon
Ch Lowerpark Moonlighter at Corydon - Corydon Glory Bee
‘Dotty’, born 9th July 1990, endeared herself to me as a very young puppy. She would come and sit by me when her litter mates would play - probably also due to her less sporty outlook on life! Dotty was much treasured, always a kind and loving ‘person’. As well as winning many firsts at championship shows, she also won a CC and BOB and was the dam of Phreelancer Silver Phern who went to Australia and was in turn the dam of champions and also had many champion grandchildren. In her last litter we kept Phreelancer Phall In Love. Her litter sister Phreelancer Silver Phelicia became the dam of Finnish Ch Phalling Snow of Phreelancer. However, from the same litter came Ch Phreelancer Phrosty Moon over Corydon, the all time breed record holder in Britain, also winning Best of Breed at Crufts in three consecutive years.

 

Nor Ch Freelancer Flowershow
Nor Ch Corydon Augustus Caesar - Nor Ch Topp-Form's Petit Fleur
Phreelancer Enuph Zed
Ch Corydon Gold Spur - Nor Ch Freelancer Flowershow
In 1993, ‘Maggie’ (born 22nd July 1996) came to England with me, with kind permission of her owners Bodil and Bob Wilson. She was mated to Ch Corydon Gold Spur and produced a one and only child in Phreelancer Enuph Zed. She later had another litter but, unfortunately, the bitch puppy I kept was not able to produce a litter.
‘Zed’, born 13th January 1994, was a wonderful character and had a very gentle nature - he was simply the apple of my eye and he knew it! I had planned to purchase a puppy bitch to suit him which would allow me to carry on in England with the original line I started with in Norway but it was not to be as Zed was tragically killed at the age of four.

 

Phreelancer Phall In Love
Ch Brilyn Rum’N’Black – Corydon Silver Moon

Ch Phreelancer Phrosty Moon over Corydon
Ch Brilyn Rum'N'Black - Corydon Silver Moon

'Rosie' was retained from a wonderful litter of blue merles and tricolours born 18th August 1996. She had one litter (consisting of two boys) but more importantly was the litter sister to Ch Phreelancer Phrosty Moon over Corydon. Rosie went to one show as a puppy and was never campaigned as my own focus changed when we got married and had our son, Oliver. However, we are very proud of her famous brother and all the accolades he has received from the stalwarts of the breed - people I read about in books when I was still at school!

Rosie passed away 10 days before her 13th birthday and we were without a Collie for a few months (which was a very strange sensation) until we by chance were introduced to ‘Button’.

 

 

Corydon La Caprita of Phreelancer - 2CC
Ch Demelewis Dark Moon Driftin’ over Corydon - Corydon Rio Rita

'Button', born 27th December 2009, is much loved by us all - she has the most beautiful temperament and attracts a lot of attention from the general public. She was 'Top Winning Puppy 2010' at East Anglian Collie Association's contest and won the CC under Mr Albert Wright at Bath 2013. From her one and only litter we kept:

Phreelancer Pharewell
Ch Samhaven Time Will Tell – Corydon La Caprita of Phreelancer

Phreelancer Phond Memories
Ch Samhaven Time Will Tell – Corydon La Caprita of Phreelancer

‘Billy’ has been sparingly shown but has won a few firsts at both Championship and Open shows although prefers a leisurely life at home. He is the most loveable and loving character and a favourite with our son and his friends as he is a very big and very soft natured dog.

‘Ellie’, also sparingly shown but loves the limelight and, like her brother, has a few firsts at Championship and Open Shows. Ellie is equally loving and adorable in nature and, apart from being a ‘foodie’, her favourite hobby is chasing birds – she has not caught any yet but lives in hope!

 

Our litters are born and bred in our home and are available only to loving and permanent homes. Our puppies leave us with a lifetime of help and advice,
are Kennel Club registered, eye tested and come with our home produced ‘puppy guide’. All our dogs are health checked for HD and CEA.

For further information and pedigrees please go to our website or contact:

Lene Newman
Bedfordshire

Telephone: 01525 839754

email: lenenewman@hotmail.com


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