As the third generation in a very dog orientated family, I’ve been showing dogs since I could walk. I’ve represented my State in Junior Showmanship and grew up handling anything from a Mastiff, to my Mother’s English Cockers and even a Beardie or two on the odd occasion.
The first dog I owned in my own name was Greyhound bitch, Ch Dansn Phanfare. Georgia titled easily but didn’t really enjoy the show ring.
I really fell in love with Bearded Collies after a stint in the USA with Mark and Lisa Bettis in 1994 and 1995. Mark & Lisa campaigned Ch Diotima Bear Necessity (HC) – the # 1 Bearded Collie in the States at the time. Andrew had the typical Beardie bounce and was one of the many Beardies during this time that convinced me this was the breed I had to have.
Within a few months of returning home I had my first Beardie, Ch Burnhardt Logans Mark HIC ET. Given to me as an early 21st Birthday present, I can easily say that Jake was the best gift I’ve ever received. Jake went on to be a Best in Show, multi-Royal Show Best of Breed winner and a fabulous producer of All Breeds & Specialty Best in Show winning Grand and Supreme Champions.
In between Jake’s arrival and the next Beardie invasion, Georgia had a litter and Ch Jonz Now I Can Dance came to stay. C.K. titled quickly and accumulated many in group awards and Royal Show Best of Breeds.
Just for something different, during this time I also campaigned a Wire Fox Terrier, Ch Chaduna Heads I Win. Eddie was great fun to show and titled very easily. Unfortunately he was not compatible with the Beardies so he retired to the Gold Coast to live a life of leisure.
The next two Beardies to arrive were a young bitch, Ch Briarmist Good Heavens, Rhumba, and a young dog, Gr Ch Briarmist Glenfiddich, Riot. Riot is a Best in Show winner at All Breeds & Specialty level as well as being my first Grand Champion and Rhumba has produced two lovely litters for Stylwise. These beautiful kids came from Jim and Lyndall Black of Briarmist Kennels, Ballarat, Victoria. My thanks go to Jim & Lyndall for their friendship & support and for entrusting me with not only Rhumba & Riot but also other Briarmist Beardies over the years.
In November 2004, Rhumba and Jake produced my first Bearded Collie litter under the Stylwise prefix. From this litter, I kept a bitch, Ch Stylwise Airs N Graces, Kaos and a dog, Gr Ch Stylwise Paparazzi, Flash. Farly, Ch Stylwise Style File, went to live with my good friends Sally and Reg Pearce. These three are now Australian Champions with Flash, being an All Breeds Best in Show winner, Multiple Specialty R/U in Show winner and the first Stylwise Grand Champion.
Late in 2007, Pam & Colin Douglas of Llanddona Kennels in New Zealand, kindly sent an adult bitch, Gr Ch & NZ Ch Llanddona Rebekah, Reba, to play at Stylwise. Reba won multiple Best in Shows at both All Breeds & Specialty shows and gained her Australian Champion title very easily. Reba also gained her Grand Champion title in less than two years of showing. Many thanks to Pam & Colin for sending Reba over to play at Stylwise.
In January 2008, Rhumba & Rummy, Ch Oakcrest Rum Rebellion, produced the second litter for Stylwise. From this litter I have a brown bitch, Ch Stylwise Mojito HIC, Mojo who is my fourth home bred champion and has Best in Show and R/U Best in Show Specialty wins to her name. Her brother Tux stayed in Canberra with his new parents Lucy & Dave and has titles in agility and jumping and is known as Stylwise Magnum AD JD.
In December 2009, Reba & Jake produced the third Stylwise litter of four bitches and two dogs. Although Reba has now returned to New Zealand, her daughter Dizzee, Sup Ch Stylwise Dizzee Rascal HT & son Jimmy, Ch Stylwise Jimmy Eat World HT are consistently winning at shows. Reba’s other daughter Simmer, Gr Ch Stylwise Simple Plan is being shown in Tasmania quite successfully with Mario Weiss. All three are now Australian Champions with Dizzee and Jimmy also gaining their first herding titles. Simmer recently became our second home bred All Breeds Best in Show winner and Dizzee won her first Specialty Best in Show. Dizzee started 2013 with an All Breeds Best in Show so is now our third home bred All Breeds Best in Show winner (two from the same litter and all sired by Jake). In June 2013 Dizzee gained enough points to become a Grand Champion and also enough Best in Group wins to be a Supreme Champion. In March 2014 Simmer gained the final points for her Grand Champion title.
In March 2012, Riot, Gr Ch Briarmist Glenfiddich & Mojo, Ch Stylwise Mojito HIC became the proud parents to a litter of 6 black and white puppies. Three bitches and three dogs. Four of these babies, Bentley, Lewis, Dory & Tilly, will be shown with Bentley concentrating on an agility career when he is old enough. All four youngsters have points towards their titles and we can’t wait to see how they progress.
2014 sees the arrival of our new brown boy from the US. Devlin, Am Ch Spiritwood’s Radagast The Brown, was bred by Jim & Sheila Larsen and will be co-owned by Mark Bettis in Australia. He brings some new bloodlines for us but still has a pedigree that blends well with Dizzee and Simmer. With a pedigree boasting some of my favourite Beardies of all time, we can’t wait to see what our next litter of puppies grows up like. Thanks to Sheila, Jim & Mark for giving us this handsome young man.
I have been a member of the Bearded Collie Club of NSW since 1997 and was Vice President 2006-2011. I am also currently the Vice President of the ACT & District Combined Collie & Shetland Sheepdog Club. I have recently passed my Judges theory and practical exams and am now qualified to Judge Group 5, Working Dogs (Herding in the US or Pastoral in the UK). My first appointment was in July of 2012. I am currently studying the Gundog group.