History of Provenhill
PROVENHILL collies started out with the purchase of my first collie in 1987.
My Friend Cinnabar -"Ian" was purchased from Heidi Friend Myers, as a family pet. I became involved showing in conformation and obedience and put a championship and CD title on him. I bought a second collie from Heidi who became - CH Provenhill's Ringside Rumor - "Bella". "Bella" was then bred to CH Fury's The Spirit of Legends - "Ara" and in that litter produced two champions - CH Provenhill's Bound To Be - "Asa" and CH Provenhill's Simply Natural -" Bare".
In 1995, while attending the Collie Club Of America National in Oklahoma, I met Sheri Romanus of Sunamor Collies and Barbara Stott of Elsinore Collies. Barbara and Sheri had some beautiful collies at the National. I was immediately taken by a puppy dog they had there named Elsinore's Nantucket Blues - "Monet". Monet went on to be Reserve Winners Dog smooth at the Collie Club of America National that year out of the puppy 6-9 class. I decided that I would like something from their breeding program. I was taken by the bone, structure, elegance, soundness and head detail of their collies. They informed me of a breeding that they were planning and I told them that I would be interested in a bitch from that litter.
On February 18, 1996 the litter arrived. The litter was out of CH Highcroft Oak Knoll Triton ROM - "Triton" and CH Elsinore's Bread And Roses -"Wings". I was sent many pictures over the next several months so I could watch the puppies mature. I was immediately taken by a blue smooth bitch in the litter. I purchased that blue smooth and she became CH Provenhill's Elsinore Raindance -"Feather". Feather is the foundation of all the Provenhill collies.
In August 1996, I went out to visit a friend in Illinois. While I was there I wanted to visit Sheri and Barbara and see Feather's mom "Wings", as well as "Monet" who was all grown up at by this time, and their other collies. When I saw "Monet" I fell in love - more so then when he was a puppy. "Monet" had the total package. He was masculine, had beautiful bone, outline, and presence. I convinced Barbara to let me use him for two of my bitches. She agreed and he came home to NJ with me.
I bred Feather to Monet and kept a blue smooth bitch from that breeding - CH Provenhill Whispers The Blues ROM- "Heaven" and a tri smooth dog, CH Provenhill Bound To Impress - "Teddy".
A friend of mine, Tanya Volovnik, had a beautiful bitch named CH Vennessee's Dynamite -"Dyna" a full litter sister to CH Vennessee's Midnight Edition - "Eddie" who was also Monet's father. Dyna was bred to Collie Club Of America Best Of Breed/Variety winner - CH Fantasy Mariner Anchorman NAJ ROM/ROM-P - "Chip". Out of that litter Tanya kept an beautiful sable dog named CH Orion Sundance - "Sunny". Sunny had beautiful expression and head detail. I decided it would be a perfect breeding for Heaven.
In 1999, Heaven was bred to Sunny. From that litter came four boys two of which are CH Provenhill's Milestone -"Stone" and CH Provenhill's Legends Of Gold ROM- "Noah". That was an amazing litter! "Noah" was Reserve Winners Dog at the Collie Club of America National Speciality in Louisville, KY in 2001. Then in 2006 "Stone" won Best of Variety smooth at the Collie Club of American National specialty in Boise Idaho with his brother, "Noah", winning an Award of Merit! I decided to repeat the breeding and hoped for a bitch this time.
In 2000, I bred to "Heaven" to "Sunny" a second time and got my girls! CH Provenhill Dances To Heaven - "Portia", CH Provenhill's No Angel - "Charlotte" and CH Provenhill Whispers Softly - "Tina".
"Heaven" became the second foundation bitch at Provenhill and has contributed greatly to the "Provenhill family".
These collies have contributed greatly to the next generation of Provenhill Collies as well as other kennels. As we continue to move forward in our breeding program we strive to preserve the quality of the great collies of our past.
I invite you to meet the "Provenhill family" on the following pages.