In 1962, Walter Edmondson purchased from Joe Dub (Blackfield) Blackfield Mounruad Velvet as an outcross. Her dam was imported from Italy in whelp to the superb dog, International Dual Ch of France and Italy, Barnabes De Valesie.Velvet was mated to Crookrise Sensation, a CC and field trial winning son of Ch Crookrise Duncanson. This litter produced one of Crookrise’s best ever brood bitches, field trial winner Crookrise Vogue. In 1967 came the untimely death of Walter Edmondson and so he was never to see the influence that Vogue had on the kennel. It was at this time the Crookrise affix was transferred to Kitty Edmondson and her daughter, Cicely Robertshaw.
In 1978, Kitty Edmondson and Cicely Robertshaw wrote the book The Pointer which, to this day, remains a valuable and much sought after guide to the breed and its history.
Crookrise Vogue was a great influence on future stock and her CC winning sons and daughters were Ch Crookrise Freda, Ch Crookrise Return, Dalric Crookrise Galla, Sh Ch Dalric Crookrise Rosemary and Sh Ch Lufbra Crookrise Gaby.
Among her CC winning grandsons and granddaughters were Crookrise Coral, Sh Ch Crookrise Jewel, Crookrise Kwami and Ch Crookrise Solitaire of Wyndsmoor.
She was also double great grandmother and great great grandmother to Ch Crookrise Flint, who is behind much of Crookrise’s stock. He was stud dog of the year in 1979 and 1980 and is also the sire of field trial winners. Many large offers were refused for Flint who was a special dog. He was Best of Breed at Crufts 1978.
One exceptional litter was bred from Flint and Vogue’s daughter Crookrise Gem, This contained the lovely bitches, USA / Can Ch Crookrise Crystal who features strongly in the USA kennel Luftnase of Tom Bradley and Sh Ch Crookrise Jewel (Crufts CC winner). Crookrise Ruby, dam of Sh Ch Crookrise Rio, and Opal and Jade, also played an important part in the breeding programme.
Another influential litter sired by Flint out of a Vogue daughter contained Crookrise Firedancer, show and field trial winner and Australian and New Zealand Ch Crookrise Firebrand (Top Dog All Breeds New Zealand).
Firedancer produced litter brother and sister, Crookrise Firedragon and Fireflicker. Firedragon sired Sh Ch Crookrise Rio (Top Dog All Breeds Brazil). Fireflicker was still the only bitch ever to have produced two champions in the show ring – English Sh Ch and Australian Ch Crookrise Rae, Ch Crookrise Pace – and Field Trial Ch Crookrise Rhythm.
She was also the dam of Crookrise Pepper, a show and field trial winner, who in turn, sired champions and field trial winners.
In 1977, the time had come for another outcross. Ft |Ch Crookrise Rhymth was sired by Mrs P M Wood’s field trial winner, Fearn Rhythm, a son of the Danish import Ellebaeks Nicki brought to this country by Patience Nicolson and Lady Jean Fforde. Bred back on his dam’s side to the famouse Field Trial Ch Blackfield Gem who also had two C Cs to her credit.