The Working Kelpie Council of Australia

Breed Society for the Australian Working Kelpie

History Of the Glenville Stud 1959-1988 - Part 1
AJ Bronham

The Glenville Stud was first started in 1959 when I purchased a 5 month old pup from Walter King for 15 pounds; the last dog Walter had. He was an old man then living in retirement in Albury. This dog, Kyleston Cobber was a red and tan bred by Gordon Richmond at Bombala in the Monaro District by Scanlons Bill a litter brother to Scanlons Polly and from Karawarra Jill.

He turned out to be a very good station dog, he would work sheep or cattle as well as being a very good yard and shed dog. I was not interested in working trials then as I was too busy trying to make a living to support my wife and two young children. At the time I had a very good black bitch named Jess, bred from station dogs, who produced some very good station workers until she was poisoned with a bait.

In December 1959 I purchased a small black and tan pup for ten pounds from Gordon Richmond. I called her Betsy. She was also by Bill (by Porters Don out of Tippy) and out of Karrawarra Christine who was by Woombi Silver. This little bitch showed a bit of class and was very easy to handle. When she was about 12 months old my mate Roy Wheeler from Holbrook talked me into going in a trial at Euroa, in Victoria taking our dogs. He had a couple also.

I had never seen a trial before and after getting a few instructions from Bill Marshall and a few others I went out with Betsy. She did everything I asked of her. We didn’t finish the course, but I won the Encourage Trial. For first place I received a lovely pair of silver salt and pepper shakers and they are one of my most prized trophies. That was the start of trials for me.

Later on in 1962, I purchased a 6 weeks old bitch pup from Tony Parsons for 25 pounds which was a big price then for a pup. She was Karrawarra Tammy (by Kanimbla Darby out of Shanahans Loo). I bred a litter of pups from her by Cobber, but she was not what I was looking for. Tony wanted her back to breed from, so I sent her back and he sent me down a 6 week old pup in exchange for her.

This pup, Karrawarra Patti by Cudgee Nap out of Shanahans Loo turned out a very good brood bitch for me. She was a very good casting bitch but wouldn’t hold tight enough at an obstacle. I mated her to Shanahans Ben that Chris Howe had at the time. I sent Chris a dog, Glenville Gun, and a bitch for the service. I kept a black and tan dog pup for my own and a black and tan bitch which I later sold to Geoff Jolliffe at Werribee.

The dog pup, I called Glenville Tex, was just starting to show interest at a young age and I liked him a lot. Another good friend of ours, Ted Rutland didn’t have anything to go on with and in a very weak moment I gave him this pup.

Ted had him going fairly well and as I didn’t have a Novice to take to Canberra, and Cooma on the way up, I took him with me after taking about 4 weeks to put a finish on him. He won Cooma Novice and then I gave him back to Ted. He turned out to be one of the top dogs at that time. Ted won a lot of trials with him and sired a lot of very good dogs.

I mated Patti to my dog, Karrawarra Sargeant which produced Glenville Dot, the top breeding bitch of my stud. Patti produced some very good dogs by Glenville Spike ( by Sargeant out of Betsy) and some very good ones by Scanlons Butch, including Glenville Jerry, a young dog I gave to Frank Scanlon who in turn sold him to Tom Doonan and I think Barry Doonan finished up this dog.

Tony Parsons wanted Patti to breed to a dog he had up there. I was to get her back as I wanted to breed a litter from her by Taj. I transferred her to Tony so he could register his litter. When I got her back to join to Taj she had 7 pups at my place but he never transferred her back to me and he said the pups had to be registered as Karrawarra. All I got out of the litter was 2 dog pups, Flipper a black and tan, and Sharky a fawn dog. So I sent her and 4 pups up to Tony and I don’t know where they went or what happened to Patti. I sold the dog known as Karrawarra Flipper to Mary McCrabb who did very well with him in trials and as a sire. The other dog I called Sharky turned out a fairly handy dog and I bred a litter by him from Glenville Jean. Then I sold him to Geoff Jolly who wanted him as he had seen Flipper work for Mary. I think Mary may have finished up with Sharky.

In 1963 I purchased another bitch pup from Tony Parsons, Karrawarra Lena ( by Karrawarra Bronze out of Karrawarra Lottie I). This bitch turned out a handy little bitch, and by this time I was getting interested in trials and going to a few local ones. I had 10 or 11 placings with her. She had bred some handy pups by Sargeant and I bred a litter by Shananhans Ben which were also handy and I sent a bitch pup up to Tony, Glenville Cindy that he used in his stud. I also had a litter from her by Darby. Tony wanted her back to breed from so I sent her back on condition that I was to get a bitch pup back from her which I picked up from Jack Body in Holbrook. This pup by Ceasar, I called Karrawarra Lottie II. She turned out to be a very good brood bitch. I only ran her in a couple of trials for a couple of placings. I joined her to Sargeant first up and they produced Glenville Jean and Gem. Jean was a very good bitch winning at Holbrook and Tumbarumba, second Canberra Seat of Government Trial, third National Novice Championship Canberra, second Monaro Championship, second Riverina Improver Championship, third NSW Novice Championship, third at Cootamundra and a few more.

I had a couple of placings with Gem and then sold her to Carl Carlon. Lottie produce a lot of good dogs by Glenville Peter. Some of them were Candy, sold to Graham O’Bree and Glenville Rex sold to Jim Parker in WA. This dog was second in the Improver in the WA Championship. Glenville Smokey was sold to Mary McCrabb and was a very good stud dog for her. Glenville Silver, a bitch was sold to Lance Clifford in Tasmania. She won trials for him and bred some good dogs. Glenville Jenny was sold to J. Kennedy of Tasmania and also bred some good dogs to Scanlons Glen.

It was 1963 or 64 I purchased Karrawarra Sargeant from Frank Scanlon as a well started dog for 50 pounds. Sargeant turned out to be a very good dog for me. He won 12 trials and was placed in 25 others. The first trial I won with him was the Riverina Novice Championship at Cootamundra. He then won Tumbarumba twice, Wagga, Gundagai, Trundle, Forbes, Denni, and others.

He ran second to his daughter Glenville Dot a couple of times and also to Taj who I was also running at the time. He won top Kelpie Trophy three or four times at Canberra and at that time he won nearly every Kelpie Trophy where he competed.

He was a nice big red and tan dog. I retired him from trials in 1973. He sired some very good pups, the best I had were: Glenville Dot and Glenville Jean. G. Dot had 7 first placings and 21 other placings and placed second to Sargeant several times. She won her Novice at Trundle and then went out and won the Open against some of the best dogs in the country. She won the Riverina Open Championship at Cootamundra. She won the Noakes Memorial Trophy for Kelpies three years running in Sydney when the State Championships were held there. She ran second places at Holbrook, Cootamundra, Taralga, Narrandera, Cootamundra again, Tumbarumba, Wagga, all Open Trials.

Dot bred some very good pups by Scanlons Butch. In her first litter she had Glenville
Rip, who won the Riverina Open Championships at Cootamundra and Glenville Mac and Glenville Maud who was one of Mary McCrabb’s foundation bitches and Glenville Tessie, a brood bitch for Jim Harper in Wagga. In later litters, by Butch, pups went to several other studs. Dot also had Glenville Rocky, a young dog that I won the Riverina Novice Championships with, and then sold to Carl Carlon.

Glenville Jean was from Karrawarra Lottie II. She was every nice red and tan bitch. She had an equal first at Tumbarumba and also a first at Holbrook. She ran second at Narrandera, the Monaro Championship and Cootamundra, as well as coming second to her son Jed in the Riverina Improvers Championship. At the Seat Of Government Trials at Canberra Nationals she ran second and third in the National Novice. She bred some good pups by Scanlons Glen; Glenville Jed from her first litter as well as Glenville Dinah from a later litter. Jed was the best cast, lift and draw dog I had. He won all trophies at Holbrook for cast, lift and draw in the local Novice and Open. In the Riverina Championship in 1977 he was third in the novice and on the same day he won the Improver Championship and then ran second to Taj in the Open. He was second in the Manildra Novice and was placed in the National Kelpie Trial at Jindabyne, won by Taj in 1977.

I took Jed to New Zealand with Taj after Taj won the trip there to compete in the World Expo. He performed very well on the course but did not win anything. After I came home I sold him to Tim Austin for 1000 pounds which was a lot of money for me then. Tim bought him to put a bit more cast and cover into his dogs. He was used a lot in his stud.

Jean also bred a very good litter by Glenville Rip. ( Butch / Dot) One of these, Glenville Kate, a nice red and tan bitch I also bred a few good litters from. One of these produced Glenville Prince (by Glenville Bing). I sold him to Arthur Hazlett. He proved to be an excellent breeding sire for him.

Glenville Tag II by Taj from Kate, I considered one of the best dogs I bred. I sold him in a weak moment to Kevin Mc Kurrle. Tim Austin bought two pups from Kate by Taj and the same litter produced Glenville Blue Bell. Kate also produced a litter of very good station type dogs by Glenville Bob, a son of Scanlons Goldie, my very good bitch.

To be continued next month...