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THE STORY OF BRIGHTLEAF
began in 1950 when I was given a cocker bitch of dubious parentage. Duchess came
with us everywhere including sitting in the back row of the picture theatre!
When Duchess died she left a memory of the endearing temperament of the cocker
spaniel which has never faded. So I then acquired a black cocker dog with a
grand pedigree or so it seemed to me then. I joined the kennel club of the day,
and bought a gold puppy bitch double bred on Ch. Broomleaf Kim of Churdles imp
UK. However before she was old enough to breed the black dog got tick poisoning
and died. In 1954 I bred Beauford Bombshell to Brookcot Congnac, and they
produced Brightleaf Bubbles. With my very first pedigreed puppy bred in my own
prefix, I went by train to Newcastle where she won best baby puppy in show under
Mr Len de Groen. Some months later I went on the old steam trains to Sydney, and
walked with Bubbles on a lead through Darlinghurst to the show ground at Moore
Park and the Royal Easter Show. Bubbles won a large puppy class and also second
in the junior class. It was quite common in those days to enter more than one
class. I was hooked on showing! We walked back to Central Station and came back
to Gosford on the "Paper Train", arriving at 2.30am. Bubbles never
attained her Championship. You have heard the saying, "you will never,
never know if you never, never go". Well we very seldom went. At that time
I had five small children and a very sick husband and I worked two jobs to keep
things going, something I continued to do for thirty years. Bubbles gave me two
enormous litters, one of twelve and one of eleven gold pups by Papanui Passenger
(imp NZ). Passenger was by Ch. Tiny Tim of Andana (imp UK) a son of Ch.
Broomleaf Torquil of Churdles, a brother of Kim of Churdles (imp to Aust). From
that litter I sold Brightleaf Best Man to Mrs French in Western Australia. Much
later I was to get Nolyn Nutbrown Maid by Ch. Yunbaei Sea Captain (IID) and Ch.
Brightleaf Black Swan who was by Brightleaf Best Man. Bubbles could not be bred
again. From Nutbrown Maid I bred Even Better, by Ch. Lochranza Monkspring
Monarque (imp UK). Brightleaf Even Better was never titled but won well
including B. O. B. at the Spring Fair in Sydney in 1970. In the mean time I had
acquired several other dogs. Ch. Dalzar Melford (B/R) and the bitch Lambrigg
Tarji (Gold). Melford was the the last son of Ch. Marcel Mark and Tarji was
double bred on Ch. Broomleaf Kim of Churdles (imp. UK). Thelwall Copyright had
come from NZ and produced Ch. Brightleaf Black Bess to Ch. Dalzar Melford.
Melford to Tarji produced Ch. Brightleaf Bespangled (B/R). Bespangled to Ch.
Wierdene Barnscar Indigo (imp UK) gave me Ch. Brightleaf Bedecked and Brightleaf
Sea Lord. Ch. Dalzar Melford and Thelwall Copyright produced Ch. Brightleaf
Black Bess, Copyright like Passenger was by Ch. Tiny Tim of Andana (imp UK).
Copyright mated to Nolyn Nobleman gave Ch. Brightleaf Bonanza, who was Best Dog
at Sydney Royal Easter Show in 1962, for Jim and Mary Hickie of Newcastle. At
the same show Brightleaf Bedecked and Brightleaf Sea Lord, brother and sister,
were First Puppy Bitch and First Puppy Dog respectively. Ch. Brightleaf Black
Bess was fourth in the Open Bitch Class of forty four entries. At this time I
was not showing very much, my husband was bedridden and my work was very
stressful. Three of my girls had married and there were babies and Christenings
and all that goes with a large family. By 1965 Ch. Brightleaf Black Bess and Ch.
Brightleaf Bespangled were my two top show bitches. I then acquired Lochanza
Monkspring Mandoline (imp UK) from Mrs Margie Robinson of Nelson, NZ.
Mandoline's mother, Martha, was Monarque's sister. For many years, breeding
Mandoline's daughters to Even Better, the son of Monarque gave me many quality
solid bred pups. The most well known being Brightleaf Bumble Bee, (B/T), Ch.
Brightleaf Beeswing, by Even Better and Ch. Brightleaf Black Drum by Mandoline
(imp UK). Drum produced Ch. Brightleaf Big Pearl, Ch. Brightleaf Black Fancy,
Ch. Brightleaf Triple Beat ( who became a champion at 8 1/2 months old ). Other
names that come to mind are Love Letter, Love Lyric, Lots o Love, and Black
Power (by Mandoline who was not titled) but produced Ch. Bright leaf Be Gracious,
(the dam of Ch. Brightleaf Bewinged) when bred with the blue roan bitch
Brightleaf Behold Me. That linked the bitch line from Bounty and Bedecked with
the solid line of Monarque and Mandoline, through Even Better and Black Drum.
Ch.Brightleaf Big Pearl produced Brightleaf Black Bride when put with Kavora
Ebony Lad of Leabern (imp UK). Black Bride in turn gave Aust and American Ch.
Brightleaf The Blacksmith (CD. TD). Black Bride did some useful showing, winning
her class at Sydney Royal and produced several winners but was never titled.
Before the Blacksmith left for USA, he left several litters here from which I
bred Ch. Brightleaf Lover Boy and Ch. Brightleaf Lovely Lisa. While these lines
were evolving, the black bitch Ch. Brightleaf Blackfrost won thirty CC's in the
capable hands of Geoff Love in Northern NSW. She was then coupled with Karvora
Ebony Lad of Leabern (imp UK) to produce Brightleaf Heartlight, a gold which was
never shown but put to Ch. Leabern Lighting Strike (imp UK). She gave me
Brightleaf Gold Braid who sired some lovely golds and black pups. The two
imported dogs Ebony Lad and Lighting Strike were closely related and intergrated
into my breeding much in the same way as when I used Monkspring Monarque and
Monkspring Mandoline. Crossing their offspring was very successful. In 1985,
Brightleaf Honey Blonde who was out of Brightleaf Be Gainful, a sister of Ch.
Brightleaf BeMindful was mated to Margate The Merry Duke and gave me my present
top brood bitch Lady Bounty. "Big Red" as she is called, was 2nd at
Sydney Royal but not shown again. There were many other breedings but this would
become like "War and Peace", so long no one would want to read it. So
there were many, many more Brightleaf dogs out there who never saw a show ring
and their blood lines disappeared.
Short Poem By Mac Formston
Not Expensive But "DEAR".
times I sit here and wonder
Christmas time comes
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