Judie Evans and CH Clarion Monarch Promise Me Rainbows "Siri" AOM
The Collie Club of America has an official list of Breeders who meet the requirements to represent the breed as a Mentor. Requirements include length as a breeder, attendance at Nationals, and involvement in educational presentations.
Mentors are qualified and willing to share their knowledge and experience to relatively new breeders and exhibitors.
While there continues to be many friendships that have inspired and assisted my daughter and me in our venture in collies, Judie is our one treasured mentor.
Many years ago, while at a news stand, I opened a magazine and just by happenstance, saw a picture of CH Clarion Marmalade Skies. (Marla was not only pretty, but she was a CCA Reserve WB and CCA Best Puppy!) I had no idea that a collie that pretty could exist. On the Clarion website I poured over the Clarion collies and they all had that "pretty" stamp--elegance, outline, and expression. Judie sent us a great show prospect, and then gave us great advisement on showing and then breeding.
I had known Judie for two years before I told her she was my mentor. She didn't become my mentor the day I bought Leo, she grew into my mentor over the years during endless conversations, emails and texts. I now pretty much communicate with Judie about any minor or major event/descision at Monarch. (In fact even my husband will ask me if I have talked to Judie about whatever is going on with our collies.) She shares with me another perspective or element to consider and has saved me from some otherwise "hard lessons." She's my sounding board, safety net, and coach. Judie's got a real talent in breeding a successful, and distinctive line of exquisite collies for six decades. That's a rare accomplishment! In addition, many other successful lines of collies are descendants of Clarion, mine included. Thank you, Judie for being someone to look up to. To Scout and me, you are our Collie Queen!