A study of Border Collie Brace (two dog team) Champions from from 1926 to 2006.
International Sheepdog Brace Champions 1926-2006 is 114 pages spiral. This book is out of print and avaiability to it is limited in most places.
Barbara Carpenters two books on the sheepdog champions have been invaluable companions for anyone interested in working sheepdogs and their history. Barbara has studied sheepdog history and collected its memorabilia for many years. The first edition of 'The Blue Riband of the Heather' covering the Supreme champions to 1988 appeared in 1989, with a second edition in 1996 with champions up to 1995. Hours of searching for photographs and compiling pedigrees, as well as producing pen portraits of the key characters in international sheepdog history resulted in a work which is far more than a compendium of results. In between the two editions of the ' Blue Riband' even more work was required to put together 'National Sheepdog Champions' which appeared in 1994 covering the National champions of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales from 1922 to 1993. It, too, included an immense range of photographs from the earliest days, pedigrees and notes on the key players.
The International Brace Competition
Although the offical record of the ISDS trophies indicates that the first International Brace competition was held in 1929, it was known that brace handling was featured at the 1926 York International on the Wednesday before the two day Championship. A contemporary newspaper report, reproduced opposite (with a couple of minor corrections) shows that the 1926 even was more than just a demonstration of brace work, and are the first two dogs ever to compete in an International Brace Championship; Mark Hayton's Glen 698 ( who also won the 1926 York International Supreme Championship) and Rock 703