Supreme CHampion 1965
International Shepherds CHampion
i landsbyen Wiston i nærheden af Biggar i Lanarkshire, Scotland.
Den mest berømte
hund på Frida's stamtavle er Wiston Cap. Wiston Cap optræder hele 8
gange på Frida' s stambog. Og det er ikke så mærkeligt da ca. 90% af
alle border collier i dag har Wiston Cap bag sig. Hos ISDS (International
Sheepdog Society) har de faktisk en liste der hedder "No Wiston Cap"
over avlshanner, der ikke har Wiston Cap bag sig. Så folk har en mulighed
for at avle sig lidt væk fra ham igen.
Wiston Cap blev
far til 388 kuld = 1933 hvalpe. Her af bl.a. 3 Supreme Champions og han er
bedstefar til 3 andre. Så han var en travl herre og det er ikke uden
grund at han kaldes "den moderne border collie's far".
Cap var en fantastisk hyrdehund, lydig og med et godt sind. ISDS' logo
viser Wiston Cap i klassisk hyrdepositur.
Richardson sammen med sine hunde (venstre mod højre) Sweep, Wiston Cap og
om hvordan Jock Richardson mødte J.M. Wilson
er taget fra The
Ballet: Eminent Dogs, Dangerous Men, 51-55)
Wilson and his wife had no children, but J.M
had proteges. Dougie Lamb remembers being in the beer tent midway through
a National trial when J.M. came bursting in. Everybody set down their
drams. In his powerful voice, J.M. said, "When I was young, I'd watch
Sandy Milar because I could learn from him. Out there is a man you can
That man was Jock Richardson, who was as
gifted with dogs as J.M. was and, perhaps, a bit kinder. Jock wasn't
longheaded at all.
Jock Richardson grew up a poor city boy
and came to livestock work after he was full grown. Before he took his
first shepherding job, he trekked around the countryside with a stallion,
offering him at stud. When Jock became a shepherd at Lynne, near Peebles,
David McTeir worked nearby at Milton Manor and Johnny Bathgate tenanted
Easter Dwyck. The three friends traveled to the sheepdog trials together.
Up at Saturday dawn to do chores before they set out, they wouldn't be
home again until dark. On the return trip, Johnny Bathgate'd get sleepy
and curl up against the door, and David McTeir'd drive and Jock Richardson
would ride in the back seat with the dogs, singing.
J.M. Wilson took an interest in Jock
Richardson and gave him young dogs to train. When the young shepherd
qualified Wiston Cap to run at the Cardiff International, J.M. took Jock
under his wing. Now, J.M. was no drinking man. Jock Richardson was so
nervous that day at Cardiff, he drank four bottles of (nonalcoholic)
Wiston Cap was a hearty black-and-white
dog with considerable white on his face and big upstanding lugs--like his
wartime ancestor Wilson's Cap #3036. Wiston Cap was twenty-one months old
when he ran the International, and when he won it, it was about the same
thing as a high school boy quarterbacking the American Super Bowl. Border
Collies are slow-maturing dogs. Dogs run in nursery trials until
they're 2 1/2. The International is a desperately difficult, big, big
course. The outrun is half a mile, and dogs frequently work at twice that
distance from their handlers. Experienced, steady trial dogs fail to
finish the course more often than not, and many fine young dogs lose it
altogether. But what young Wiston Cap did at that daunting trial was win
it, and when Jock and Cap came off the course, J.M. came up to Jock,
grinning. "Your dog could do that course again," he said.
Wiston Cap became the most sought-after
stud dog in Border Collie history, and soon Jock Richardson was pocketing
better than a thousand pounds a year in stud fees (shepherd's wages at the
time being forty pounds a week).
Jock got Mirk and Sweep out of Cap, and
when the great dog's sons started to win trials, Jock Richardson was a
rich man--in his kennels he had the three best sheepdogs in Great Britain.
Wiston Cap provoked deep goofiness among
breeders. The man who bred Cap repeated the exact mating over and over,
hoping to get another Cap. (Geoff Billingham had one of these pups, a
bonnie big thing named Wattie Cap, who died of pneumonia.) An English
solicitor deliberately bred Wiston Cap's sons to Cap's daughters until he
created a pup with "86% Wiston Cap Blood." The pup did look like
the old man, but, of course, he never amounted to much, and I shudder to
think how many deformed pups were produced by those matings.
And Jock was a splendid handler. Hamish
MacLean remembers a trial where the pen was built so narrow nobody could
get the skittish ewes inside. Jock, working with Sweep that day, put the
ewes into single file and they followed the leader in, quite docily.
(Under pressure, sheep do not go in single file.) Then, hurrying,
Jock pressed the sheep against the judge's car to get a quick shed.
But that's not the picture that stays in
Hamish MacLean's mind. It's afterward, after the applause stopped and Jock
took his sheep off the course. Then, his sheep put away, out of sight of
the spectators, Jock walked along with his great dog and Sweep jumped up,
again and again, his head as high as Jock's own.
JOCK RICHARDSON: OWNER OF WISTON CAP DIES AT AGE 77
(artikel fra The (Isle of Man) Daily Telegraph, Saturday, 29. juli 2000)
John Richardson, who has died aged 77,
was a renowned breeder and owner of sheepdogs, most notably of Wiston Cap,
a Border Collie whose blood is said to run in more than 90% of all current
Richardson was a dedicated student of
breeding and in 1963 bought a pup out of W.S. Heatherington's Fly, sired
by his own Cap that was line-bred to the great J.M. Wilson's Cap. The new
arrival, Wiston Cap, came to Richardson at six weeks old, and would lie on
his master's coat watching while the house cow was being milked. He was
responsive to his master's every move, and was trained to compete in a few
trials, winning a total of £1 10s in prize money. At the time, no
qualifications were needed to enter the International, the high point of
the competitive sheepdog year. In 1965, Wiston Cap became Supreme Champion
there at less than two years old.
Wiston Cap became the most sought-after
sire the breed had had. His classic markings of white ruff and stockings
on a black body, prick ears and white blaze, and his crouching style so
epitomised the working collie that his image became the symbol of the
International Sheep Dog Society. Wiston Cap sired three Supreme
International Champions: J. Murray's Glen in 1971; J.J. Templeton's Cap in
1972; and G. Jones' Bill in 1974. He was grandsire of four more between
1976 and 1986. Any offspring, known as "Wiston Cappers" to
sheepdog people, were always the focus of attention.
Richardson kept a number of Wiston Cap's
pups himself, including Sweep and Mirk. The black Sweep won the 1968
Scottish Shepherds' and International Driving championships. No weak dog
ever won a driving championship. Fifty sheep are released, and the dog
working alone must drive them as a bunch to a point half a mile away, the
shepherd remaining at his station. Mirk won a hatful of championships,
culminating in 1975 with the Scottish National and Driving championships
and the International Shepherds' championship. Some observers classed him
as even better than his illustrious sire.
By 1972, only consistent trials winners
qualified for the International, but 14% of that year's entry was sired by
Wiston Cap. In 1970, his half-brother Wiston Bill had won the Supreme
International championship for David McTier.Through all these triumphs,
Richardson remained completely unaffected. His trials dogs worked daily
among the rocky outcrops, the foaming burns and the steep slopes of
Scottish hill farms; none was kept purely for competition. Before the 1971
Cardiff International competition, a Welsh shepherd was watching
Richardson work with Sweep and Mirk. The sheep were rough old Glamorgan
horned rams that had scarcely seen a dog before, but the Welshman was
astonished by the way they behaved like trained ewes. No greater rivalry
exists than that between Scottish and Welsh shepherds, yet Richardson's
control, stockmanship and quiet manner won the latter's unbounded
John Richardson, known to friends as Jock,
was born on May 22, 1923 at Hamilton, Lanarkshire. He started farm work at
14 with sheep, cattle and Clydesdale horses. In 1940 he married Mary
Chatham and took a herding job near Kirkintilloch. After five years they
moved to Peebles. Here Richardson was lucky in his neighbour, J.M. Wilson,
a pioneer of international dog handling. Richardson became fascinated with
the clever dogs that worked the hills of Scotland and after his day's work
he would take out the collies for further training; in winter, he did this
by moonlight. Richardson had a calm manner, whistling commands through his
fingers rather than using a plastic whistle. He treated all dogs alike;
not for him adulation for winners and neglect for also-rans. He was a
large, jovial man, full of fun, who was generous in praise of the rivals
with whom he spent his weekends trialling. After his working life was
over, Richardson kept up contact with dogs and sheep through his
sons-in-law, who were also shepherds. He urged others to take up trialling,
and to study the nature of a dog. He claimed that Wiston Cap had only to
be taught a thing once to remember it forever. He would lie in bed at
night wondering what he could teach Cap next.
ISDS staff know Wiston Cap's registration
number (31154) by heart, and are reputed never to file his card; it is
always in use.
Jock Richardsson og Wiston
til Stambog i 10 generationer.