In the Beginning……(continued)
We had reasonable success with our parti-colours.
However, I had always had a hankering for wholecolours, particularly the black &
tans. A black & tan boy eventually arrived in August 1985. He went on to become
my first champion, made up in 1987, and was, of course, Knight Magic at Harana.
We were also lucky enough to buy Salador Copperglint at Harana from Sheila
Smith, whose dogs we had long coveted. She was by Sorata Llewellyn (the Soratas
being another line we greatly admired) and when mated to Knight Magic, who was a
grand-son of Sorata Lawrence – Llewellyns brother, they provided a solid
foundation for all our present day wholecolours.
Their first litter produced Harana Nutmeg, who was a prolific dam in her own right, and their second litter produced Harana Touch of Magic who had a huge impact on the wholecolours in Europe. Knight Magic produced 4 English champions, the first being my own Ch.Downsbank Roger from Harana who won 3 CC’s 4 Res CC’s and was Top Ruby in 1989, as well as other CC, Res CC, Junior Warrant and championship show prize winners, enabling him to be the first wholecolour ever to win the Pargeter Sugar Bowl for Top Stud Dog and being runner up twice. He was tragically run over and killed on the lane outside our cottage in October 1991. He was just 6 years old. Who knows what else he may have offered the breed.
When mated to Ch. Rheinvelt Ringold Von Salador, Nutmeg produced our first wholecolour homebred champion, Harana Rockstar and Can & USA.Ch.Harana Charlie Parker at Brynwood. When mated to her half brother, Marelza Black Knight, Nutmeg produced H.Hanky Panky – 1 CC 4 Res CC’s Top Ruby 1992.
In 1988 we bought in a black & tan bitch, Linvid Enchanted Rose for Harana, a Knight Magic daughter out of the lovely Ch.Linvid Red Rose. She had some success in the showring but her forte was as a ‘Mum’. In her first litter to H.Charlie Parker she produced H Estalene – 1 CC 3 Res CC’s Top Ruby 1993 (Estalene herself was the dam of one of the top winning black & tan bitches in the States AKC & USA.Ch.H.Precious). Her second to Ch. H.Rockstar produced USA & Can.Ch.H.Freddie Starr - one of the Top winning rubies in the States - and H Eliza who produced well for Messrs Hill & Webbers Montcolly Cavaliers. Her third and final litter to Ch.H.Too Darn Hot produced the brothers H. Courtney and Calvin Klein. Both were used only sparingly, but Calvin sired H.Jean Muir (herself the producer of USA.Ch.H.Versace and AKC Ch.H.Ted Baker) and Courtney sired Ch.Myhope Fever, the well known ruby who has had such an impact on the wholecolours in recent years.
Another bitch purchased in 1990, a Knight Magic granddaughter, Harrowbeer Sorrel for Harana proved a useful addition. To Ch.H.Rockstar she produced USA & Can.Ch.H.Horace at Brynwood and H.Hermoine, who was a potent producer herself, being the dam of Can.Ch.H.Wilson, USA.Ch.H.Howard and Ger.Ch.H.Fairytale Roxette. When mated to H.Hanky Panky, Sorrel also produced Aust.Ch.H.Slap‘N’Tickle and Nor.Ch.H.Goldleaf, both valuable producers in their respective countries.
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