The Collie Club of Kentucky, established in January 1949, proudly boasts over 60 years in existence. We have sponsored five Collie Club of America National Shows, innumerable Tri State Symposiums, and countless historical Kem Memorial Sweepstakes over the years.
Most members have held memberships in our parent club (Collie Club of America), some have been active members in obedience and herding, and traditionally, we have carried a strong support of Junior members, who have proven to be future serious, dedicated, and active breeders in our club.
In promoting good sportsmanship and activities, our club has sponsored frequent Sanctioned Puppy Sweepstakes, as well as Fun Matches, held educational functions, and have been active in special projects supporting the betterment of our beautiful breed.
The BB Winners for our past CCA Nationals are:
- 1959 Ch. Cherrivale Darn Minute
- 1972 Ch. Wickmere Chimney Sweep
- 1978 Ch. Tartanside the Gladiator
- 1990 Ch. Marnus Gold Metalist
- 2001 Ch Caledonia by Candle Light
- 2016 GCH Sealore’s “A” List
Collie Club of Kentucky show (benched) dated Sunday, February 5, 1950. Officers listed were: President, H. E. Clark; Vice President, Melvin Sack; Vice President, Katherine Moore; Second Vice President, C. G. Paul; Treasurer, Charles Evans; Secretary, Jo Hamrick. Best of Breed was Hazel R. & Jane E. Youngjohns’ Ch. Hazeljane’s Bright Future.
On the Sunday, February 27, 1955 show, the Best of Breed was John A. Linderman’s Lochinshire Fancy Dan. R. F. Greathouse, MD, was president of the club at that time. On Saturday, March 17, 1956, WD went CCKy members Mr. & Mrs. T. J. Gllpin’s Gilmar’s Man About Town. R.F. Greathouse, MD was still president of the CCKy at that time but he also was president of the CCA in 1961 and 1962. Dr. Greathouse is an Honorary Life Member of the CCKy.
The next long standing president of the CCKy was Ann Fowler. She devoted many hours to our club. We still honor her at every CCKy show by awarding a trophy (Ann Fowler Clock) in her honor.
June Morris was president for the next couple of years. She has held various positions in the Collie Club of Kentucky and been involved with the six National Specialties the Club hosted. Additionally, she has been a member of CCA since 1951. For the CCA, she was Kentucky’s District Director for several years, has served as Chairman of its Tellers Committee, served on its Ethics Committee, and have attended most of its National Specialties since the early 1970s. For several years she was Chief Ring Steward. At the most recent National held in Louisville, she was Host Show Chairman. Additionally, June has served as Treasurer of The Quarter Century Collie Group for over 8 years. June has championed GCh Twin City Cleopatra and Ch. Countryview Silver Charm.
In 1999, Edwina “Cookie” Skeeters took over as president. Cookie was president every year until her death in 2010. except for one year (2002-03) when June became president. In addition to being the president of the CCKY, Cookie devoted 36 years to the Collie Club of America and had served for many years as the district director of that organization as well. Cookie was the breeder of group-winning Collies and many champions. She had an eye for a beautiful Collie. Breeders often asked for her opinion on their litters. Her two all-time favorite dogs from other kennels were: CH Vennessee’s Midnight Edition, ROM, and CH Lisara’s Body Snatcher.
A few of the past Collies from the Collie Club of Kentucky; Ch. Jorie’s Mr. G, BOV Madison Square Garden 1956, and repeated it in 1958, and 1959, voted Best Show collie in the U.S. in 1956 by a Collie Review Board, and “Best In the Midwest” in 1957, 1958, and 1959; Ch. Bronz-Lox Buccaneer , as a puppy, was fourth Futurity Finalist at the 1957 CCA National Show; Coronation Golden Satin, WB/BOW at the 1969 CCA National.
Ch. Glocamora Morning Mist, WB/BOW 1964 CCA National, BOS 1965 CCA National, and BOV, 1966, 1967, and 1968 CCA National Shows, both owned by Coronation Collies. Ch. Ro-Lin’s Lady Venus, captured the Kem Memorial Sweepstakes in 1959.
CCKy member, Alice Jones, had the WD at the 1974 CCA, Ch. Wintara’s Midnight Streaker.
A few prominent breeders and past charter members of this club include, Richard Greathouse, Devonshire Collies, and also AKC Judge; Isabel Chamberlin of Coronation Collie fame; the Lameroux’s, of Bronz-Lox Collies; Juanita Koeberlein of Ro-Lin Collies.
The Collie Club of Kentucky has continued to succeed in earning titles with our Collies, while exhibiting good sportsmanship and harmony within our club and activities. We always welcome those interested in the continuation and betterment of our wonderful breed.