We bought our first sheltie (a sable bitch of Shiel breeding) in 1964 when we were on our honeymoon. Since that date we have never been without shelties in the family.
We have two children Donna and James.
The K.C. granted us the prefix Ramtin on 1st June 1967.
We started judging in 1974 and made up our first sheltie Champion, Lirren Evening Shadow at Ramtin, in 1977.
In 1982 Ramtin Record Breaker was Best in Show at the English Shetland Sheepdog Club (ESSC) Championship Show out of an entry of over 400 dogs. The following year Ramtin Go for Gold was Best Puppy in Show.
In 1985 we completed the ESSC Training of Judges course and were successful in the assessment. This puts a star beside our names on the Club judging list to show we have completed the scheme and passed.
In 1995 Jenny was elected by the members vote to judge bitches at the ESSC Club Championship show. She had the honour of judging Shetland sheepdog bitches at Crufts in 2005.
We have both judged abroad in many countries i.e. Holland, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Russia and New Zealand and usually combine the trip with a holiday as we both enjoy travelling.
We made up Ch. Ramtin Heidi Hi in 1991. She won the Res. CC at Crufts in 1989.
We have also bred and shown Rough Collies and Hungarian Pulis (owning one of the first 20 of this breed in the UK). We were both founder members of the Hungarian Puli Club of Great Britain. Jenny judged Hungarian Pulis at Crufts in the year 2000.
We both enjoy committee work and stewarding and working behind the scenes at Shows.
At present we own 5 adult shelties of all colours.
We are both serving members of the ESSC. Jenny is editor of the Handbooks produced by the Club in 1995, 2000 and 2005.
She is also on the committee of Chelmsford & District Canine Society that holds two Open shows every year and has served on this committee for over 25 years.
Jim was Show Manager of the ESSC for twenty years which entailed running three shows a year for the Club at different venues around the country.
He served on the committee of an obedience Club for many years and retired as President when other commitments took more of his time.
Jenny does machine knitting and Jim is often seen wearing some of her creations. She is also an avid bookworm, especially delving into the history of the breed and has a large collection of breed related books including all ESSC Handbooks known to exist.
Jim is a canoeist and works with the Scouts. He enjoys helping the lads to pass their canoeing star tests and goes on canoeing trips both at home and abroad.
We both enjoy caravanning (especially in France). In the UK the shelties come with us and really love the fuss they receive from other campers. Our problem is trying to set up camp when everybody nearby crowds around and wants to talk about the dogs.
We live in a small village – no shops but we do have a country pub. Our garden is doggy friendly and is mostly laid to grass but Jenny does grow a few vegetables each summer. Every summer evening is spent sitting in the garden with the dogs and enjoying our barbecues and listening to music.