We are a small hobby kennel, where our dogs live as family. When breeding a litter, our priority is temperament, health, quality and type.
My Mum bought her first Rough Collie as a pet from Kelly Shafique (Razda) in 1983. We all loved Remy dearly. With her background as a Veterinary Nurse, Mum soon became interested in genetics and breeding.
Brilyn Supertramp was the dog we admired and it was on one of the 200 mile trips to use Trampy, that my Mum was fortunate to be offered Lanteague Amanda at Brilyn. She was bought as a 3 year old for my tenth birthday present in 1987 for me to show. Amanda was the sweetest, kindest bitch imaginable. During my childhood, that dog was my best friend and we were an inseparable pair, well known in the show world.
In 3 years I showed Amanda to her title, eventually winning 4 CCs & 1 RCC. She is the foundation behind our line todaythe Hanvale line. She was given sleep at nearly 15 years old, having never been to the Vets in the 12 years that she lived with us.
In 2004 I married Simon who had always had dogs but never shown. I had a collie, Alanis, a granddaughter of Amanda as a pet. She was beautiful but hated the showring. We then added Harriet to our brood in 2002 and Dougal in 2006 who is Amanda's great great great grandson. We started showing Dougal as a puppy and hubby soon became hooked on the dog show world which became his hobby as well as mine. It took a while, but Dougal became the first homebred Hanvale Champion in 2009. He gained a further CC from his very first veteran class and a RCC along the way.
In 2012, we imported Florence from France from the Cabrenysset Kennel, which was established some 75 years ago. Florence has become quite well known in the U.K. and was a champion at two years old. She now holds 9CCs and 4RCCs with the title of the British Collie Club Rough Collie of the Year 2013 and Runner Up in both 2015 and 2016. In 2017, she delighted us by winning an astonishing Open Bitch class at Crufts. In 2014, we brought over Dora too who is Florence's neice. She has always been rather in her Auntie Flo's shadow but has enjoyed some good results herself, and is an absolute joy to live with.
In 2016, I went full circle and was offered 'Bella' by Brian Hawkins, who let me have Amanda some 29 years earlier. She is the image of Hanvale Winter Jasmine, who is Dougal's dam. Bella has made her mark in the showring gaining her Junior Warrant at just 14 months, her first CC at 15 months plus two Breed Club Best in Show awards before giving us the most beautiful litter of three babies from which we have kept Hanvale Polly Shelby who has now gained her Junior Warrant under the new Kennel Club scheme. On her return to the showring at the end of the Summer of 2018, she took the RCC at Bournemouth, her first show, then another Breed Clubs BIS, the CC at Belfast and another RCC at Collie Association all before the end of the year. She started 2019 with BOB at Boston Championship Show, with a Group Shortlist, British Collie Club Rough Collie of the Year Best Bitch and overall Runner Up, before taking her Champion Title in style together with Best in Show at Northumberland and Durham Collie Club Championship Show in April and a further CC at London Collie Club in June.
I had my first judging appointment when I was 14 and now award CCs in Rough Collies. My degree is in Osteopathy and I specialise in lower limb biomechanics - though I knew the anatomy of a dog long before that of a human. I am also now a Canine Osteopath.
Simon started judging Rough Collies after ten years with the breed and we both now serve on the committee of the Midland Collie Club, myself as Secretary.