Due to an operation on my left shoulder, after over 20 years of living with, showing, occasionally breeding and always loving our Rough Collies, we no longer have any Roughs and just now concentrate on the Smooth Collie as the grooming of the rough collie coat was too much for my shoulder to cope with after the operation on it.
"I have never known life without dogs. When I was growing up we always had the ‘family’ dogs to play with, to cuddle and to comfort us if we ever felt sorry for ourselves and what comforters they were! My parents held the Affix of 'Swanmount' when I was a child and occasionally bred Cocker Spaniels. My Affix of 'Shandlmain' was taken out in 1997, I added my husband Mark as a joint interest in my Affix in 2011.
I show the dogs at both Championship and Open Level and Judge the Breed currently on the 'Breed Specialist A2 List' for Rough Collies and 'Breed Specialist A3 List' for Smooth Collies. I have been approved by the UK Kennel Cub to give CC's in Smooth Collies for the first time in July 2020. I am currently 'C' List for all other breeds, I was Treasurer of East Anglian Collie Association from 2010 but have resigned this position April 2017. I am a Member of the Committee of Smooth Collie Association of Great Britain and have been appointed the Kennel Club Breed Education Coordinator for Smooth Collies, my husband Mark is also a Committee Member on East Anglian Collie Association. I am also a fully paid up member of the KC Academy.
In 2012, we were lucky enough to be able to add to our Rough Collies our first Smooth Collie, from the famous German Kennel 'Jack Mack's' and clever and skilled Gudrun Hartman. We had been interested in Smooth Collies for many years, but always seem to miss out on the UK Smooth Collies being a vulnerable breed, whenever we were in a position to be able to have a Smooth Collie there were no UK Smooths around, so we made the decision to import from Gudrun a 'Jack Mack's' Smooth Collie, to help diversify the gene pool in the UK as well by bringing in fresh blood. The first attempt failed and our second attempt nearly also after an accident I had at Paignton Championship Show whilst handling another exhibitor's dog and injuring my leg, might have put our plans on the back boiler again but for Nick and Anne Smith coming to the rescue, so I decided that we would offer our imported Smooth in partnership with Nick and Anne as a way of thanks for making my dream come true. So we evolved for a while into Shandlmain Rough AND Smooth Collies until an operation on my shoulder prevented me from being able to groom the Rough Collies any longer, so now we concentrate on Smooth Collies only. In May 2016 we have bred our very first litter of Smooth Collies and retained the only bitch puppy and also a dog.
Our Smooth Collie Bitch, Tien, after winning a Reserve Bitch CC at Scottish Kennel Club Championship Show and after raising successfully our first litter of 6 Smooth Collie pups (1 tri colour bitch and 5 blue merle dogs) is now no longer in partnership with Nick and Anne, returned into ownership between myself and Mark in 2016.
Nick and Anne Smith have a dog from Tien's first litter who they have campaigned in Europe (Spain/Portugal/Gibraltar) and Jon (Winter is Coming to Tentola) is now International/Spanish/Gibraltar Champion and also holds his UK Stud Book NUmber after winning Reserve Dog CC at Birmingham National Championship Show in 2019. We were also pleased that Tien's Breeder, Mrs Gudrun Hartmann travelled over from Germany with Petra and between them they have taken back another dog, Skye (Skyfall) from the litter who is now a German Champion in the show ring and also competes in Agility and Obedience.
We have (in partnership with Mrs Brenda Trundley (Juniperwood) imported a very promising tri colour male Smooth Collie who will reside here at Shandlmain and be campaigned in the show ring, Eton has to date done extremely well at shows attended,and won his UK Stud Book Number by winning Dog Reserve CC at Windsor Championship show in 2019, we will continue to campaign him throughout the UK (information on Eton's wins on the page dedicated to Smooth Collies).
We continue to campaign some of our Smooth Collies on the show circuit in the UK whilst others stay at home as pets.
2019 and 2 litters of puppies born at Shandlmain. Pictured are 2 of the puppies from Tien x Eton (Jack Mack's Hefin Huw x Jack Mack's Va Buidhinn of Shandlmain) he Blue Merle is Shandlmain Blu Chief (Chief) co owned with Keira and Matt Martin and the Tri Colour is Shandlmain Tomohawk (Hawk). both pictured at 6 months and 1 day old at London & Provincial Collie Club Open Show where Hawk was Best Puppy in Show and Chief Reserve Best Puppy in Show. Both are qualified for Crufts 2020 along with half brother Shandlmain Scout. Hawk is qualified for Crufts for Life after winning Reserve Dog CC at Darlington Championship Show 2019 at 6 and half months old, which gives him his Stud Book Number.