The Ringinglow Story
In 1954, on New Years Day I bought my first Corgi Edenwell Black Justin, son of the famous Pembroke Ch. Black Prince, from Mr Robert Eden, who also bred Cardigan Welsh Corgis. I well remember his parting words.......well have to fix you up with a Cardigan one of these days. Little did I think that I would spend so many happy years surrounded by them and that one wonderful day, after being an enthusiastic member of the Cardigan Welsh Corgi Association, I would be elected President. Cardigan Corgis became my life.
It all began when Peggy Cunningham asked me to go with her to the Gleghornie Kennels in Liverpool to help her to choose a Cardigan bitch puppy. Mrs Roberts brought in a pretty red/white puppy for Peggy and a lovely brindle one which she put on my knee. Much as I would have loved to take this little beauty home, I had to decline as my mother had been taken into hospital the previous day and as I was a full time teacher there would have been no-one at home to look after a puppy. That puppy became Ch. Gleghornie Blackthorn who won seventeen Challenge Certificates, including four at Crufts and became the Breed Record Holder.
You can imagine what happened a few years later when an advert in Our Dogs magazine announced that the Gleghornie Kennels had a 6 month old dog puppy for sale same way bred as Blackthorn.
I was on the phone immediately to Mrs Roberts who then lived in Devon and I bought Gleghornie Brigadier unseen. I sent a cheque straight away and arranged to pick him up at the 1960 Windsor Championship Show where he had been entered. It was love at first sight.
He looked so young and beautiful. He did not win the puppy class but gained a reserve prize and a knowledgable onlooker remarked in a loud voice: that pup will beat more dogs than will ever beat him. I was so thrilled to take him home with me......MY FIRST CARDIGAN WELSH CORGI!
I entered him for Birmingham Championship Show in September where, to my delight, he won four first prizes and also the Reserve Challenge Certificate. I was so thrilled and became completely devoted to the breed for the rest of my life.
Brig won his way to become CH. Ringinglow Gleghornie Brigadier who gathered six Challenge Certificates after which I retired him as I wanted to start showing a bitch puppy Brynhall Tamerisk bred by Wendy Hall, from Brigadiers daughter Vixencove Tyddwen of Brynhall. Tammy was sired by Gwen Roberts Ch. Robgwen Welsh Minstrel, son of the record holder Ch. Parmel Digger.
dam was Ringinglow Tyddwen, a quiet little lady
from my very first litter, who did not really like the shows but Treasure made up for it
with notable highlights. In March 1980 she was invited to take part in the CONTEST OF
CHAMPIONS in London, being one of the 32 top dogs (all breeds) in the country. She showed
to perfection and won her way into the second round where she was drawn against the CRUFTS
BEST IN SHOW WINNER with the judge who had
made him best of breed at Crufts. Naturally he won that round and was subsequently the
supreme winner of the contest.
1990 she produced a wonderful litter of one lovely quality dog and five beautiful
look-alike bitches. They were sired by Wendac
Legend son of the famous Ch. Wendac Robgwen
Midnight Special. One of these, Ringinglow
Hecate of Watamu surpassed herself for her owner Gordon Barrow at the 75th Jubilee Championship Show in 2001, by winning Best
Veteran and not only Reserve Best Bitch but also RESREVE BEST IN SHOW, a wonderful thrill
for her owner and a great achievement for the Ringinglow kennels.
well as being Best of Breed in five states he sired a record litter of seventeen puppies,
many of them becoming champions too, so together with Australian Ch. Ringinglow Sailor King who joined
Maaike Spinks in Australia too, they left their marks on many youngsters whose pedigrees
bear the name Ringinglow on the other side of the world.
Wand produced a promising litter of puppies , but sadly none of these was campaigned for
long enough in the showring.
April 7 2004.