The fourth new Champion of 2014 was made up at Border Union, winning his third CC from Jennie Griffiths (Karamynd). Ashgate U S Apollo won his first at Scottish Breeds from Julie Coley (Kingsview) then the second at the WHWT Club of England from Roz Dunne (Charosmack). All his CCs have been won against the bitch CC record holder, Ch Bellevue Town Flirt at Gilbri.
Apollo becomes the 36th UK Champion for Sue Thomson's Ashgate kennel since 1976. Ashgate is the third most successful UK kennel after May Pacey's Wolveys and Freda Cook's Famechecks. Apollo becomes only the second American bred West Highland to gain a UK Championship, bred by Lisa Pacheco. The first was his half brother, Ch Ashgate U S Patriot, sharing the same sire in International/UK Ch Ashgate Aros. Patriot's dam was UK bred (she was the litter sister of UK Ch Ashgate Saucher at Kristajen), whereas Apollo's dam, Ashgate U S It's All About Meme, was bred in the U S A from two UK imports. She is by American Grand Ch Yorsar Finean of Ashgate (a son of UK/Int/American Ch Ashgate Scot's Progress) from a daughter of Scot's Progress's sire, UK/Int/World/American Ch Ariostea Pilgrim to Ashgate. Apollo's parents are linebred to Ch Ashgate Ivanhoe, another of Ashgate's influential stud dogs and sire of 3 UK Champion daughters and another two with 2CCs.
International/UK Champion Ashgate Aros
American Grand Champion Yorsar Finean of Ashgate
Aros spent time in Europe before returning to the UK, winning his title in 2005. He spent time in the U S A where he sired Patriot and Apollo.
Champion Ashgate Ivanhoe
UK/Irish/International/World/American Champion Ariostea Pilgrim to Ashgate
Pilgrim was bred in Italy by Elenora Giacomelli. He was a Top Westie, Terrier Group winner and Top Stud Dog, siring nine UK Champions. His son, Scot has sired three UK Champion daughters and won a CC as a veteran.
He appears in Apollo's pedigree four times and is the grandsire of Scot's Progress. He sired three UK Champion daughters and two dual CC winners.
His great grandsires:
father and son
American Champion Ashgate Scot's Progress
Sue Thomson's Ashgate kennel has now produced 36 UK Champions and many more overseas title holders.
The most successful kennel of recent times and the third of all time, behind Wolvey and Famecheck, the first Champion was made up in 1976. He was Ashgate Lochinvar, by a Quakertown bred dog by Ch Birkfell Sea Squall, from a bitch bred in Northern Ireland with Whitebriar and Waideshouse grandsires.
Lochinvar won 3CCs in the UK before becoming an American and Canadian Champion
1st CC - Belfast 1975 - Miss J Herbert (Glenalwyne)
2nd CC - N of Ireland WHWT Club 1976 - Miss A A Wright (Calluna)
3rd CC - Birmingham 1976 - Mrs D Hamilton (Oudenarde)
Apollo descends from Lochinvar multiple times, through a daughter, Ashgate Auchenlochan. Her son (by Ch Domaroy Saracen) was Reserve CC winner Ashgate Auchenleck who in only a handful of litters sired Ch Ashgate Achnasheen.
Achnasheen (from dual CC winner Haweswalton Gemma of Ashgate) sired three UK Champions and Apollo descends multiple times from all three. Achnasheen's litter sister became American Ch Ashgate Lockmaddy.
Champion Ashgate Achnasheen won his UK title in 1985.
He later went to Sweden where he won his title and several others across Europe. The link is a reverse pedigree showing his many offspring and descendants.
His three UK Champions who all have links to Apollo:
Champion Ashgate Leckie
Champion Ashgate Sallachy
Champion Furzeleigh Regal Lad
Both Leckie and Sallachy were made up in 1988. Leckie's CC winning son, Ashgate Lenzie (bred at the Zinos kennel from Champion Ashgate Donna) sired the most successful stud dog in the UK, Champion Ashgate Sinclair, whose dam was Sallachy. Sallachy herself produced three UK Champions and won many titles across Europe in her later career. Another daughter of Sallachy called Ashgate Torsa was the granddam of Ch Ariostea Pilgrim to Ashgate. Torsa's elder brother, Ashgate Connel was a UK Champion with later titles across Europe while at the Alborada kennel in Spain.
Regal Lad was made up in 1989. His son, Ch Ashgate Hielan Laddie and daughter, Ashgate Therwasalass appear in Apollo's pedigree. Hielan Laddie appears in the pedigree of Aros. Therwasalass was the granddam of Ivanhoe.