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Swan Spud

2 x Australian Working Cattle Dog of the Year (2015 & 2011)
2017 NSW Cattle Dog Champion
2016 NSW Cattle Dog Reserve Champion
2015 QLD Working Cattle Dog of the Year
2012 Australian Cattle Dog Reserve Champion
2011 QLD Cattle Dog Reserve Champion

Spud is the all round package, and is the type of working dog that I am trying to breed. I really can’t speak highly enough of this dog!

Spud is now retired, and almost completely deaf! I retired him after weaning in 2018 just before he turned 11. Right up until that time, he was my top dog, and he hardly missed a day of work in his life. If Spud’s hearing was better, I would still be using him on dry cattle and easy jobs!

Spud has been the most sensible, practical worker I could hope to own, and his stock sense is second to none. He is calm, bold, versatile, and super reliable. He is equally talented working cattle, sheep or goats. Spud’s standout feature is his temperament, and ability to read a situation. He has an uncanny ability to understand what I am trying to do. He has loads of strength, with good presence on stock, and plenty of bite when necessary.

To me, Spud has the perfect mix of initiative and trainability. He is reliable in the paddock at large distances with no command, or is happy to do exactly as he is told in a pressure situation, or at a dog trial. Spud was a fearless worker as a young dog, and could still dominate cattle in his old age.

Almost everything in our kennel goes back to Spud, apart from a few purchased outcrosses.

Aside from Spud’s value to us as a work dog and sire, he has also had a very impressive trial career. He has won or placed at nearly every trial he has ever been to, on cattle and sheep! He became a Novice Cattle Dog at his second trial, and became an Open Cattle Dog at his third! He has represented QLD three times in the State of Origin, and won the 2011 Australian Cattle Dog of the Year in our very first season of trialling!! He won the Australian Working Cattle Dog of the Year in 2015, and is the only dog to have ever won this award twice.

Spud is an Open Cattle Dog. His trial results are as follows:

  • Equal 4th Open Cattle Dog, AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS, Rockland Spring 2017.
  • NSW OPEN CATTLE DOG CHAMPION, Glencoe NSW 2017.
  • 2nd Open Cattle Dog, NSW CHAMPIONSHIPS, Pinkett 2016.
  • AUSTRALIAN WORKING CATTLE DOG OF THE YEAR, 2015.
  • QLD OPEN CATTLE DOG OF THE YEAR, 2015.
  • Equal 5th Open Cattle Dog, QLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, Middlemount 2015.
  • Equal 2nd Open Cattle Dog, Jambin 2015.
  • Winning QLD STATE ORIGIN TEAM MEMBER, The Caves Cattle Dog Trial 2015.
  • 4th Open Cattle Dog, AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS, The Caves 2015.
  • 4th Open Cattle Dog, Bundaberg 2015.
  • 2nd Open Cattle Dog, Roma Show 2015.
  • 2nd Open Cattle Dog, Mt Perry Show 2015.
  • 1st Open Cattle Dog, Tatham NSW 2015.
  • 5th Open Cattle Dog, Glencoe NSW 2014.
  • 3rd Open Cattle Dog, Dulacca 2014.
  • Equal 2nd Open Cattle Dog, Crows Nest 2014.
  • 2nd Open Cattle Dog, Widgee 2014.
  • 3rd Open Cattle Dog, Rockland Spring 2014.
  • 2nd Open Cattle Dog, AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS, Springsure, 2012.
  • QLD STATE OF ORIGIN TEAM MEMBER, Rappville NSW Cattle Dog Trial, 2012.
  • 3rd QLD OPEN CATTLE DOG OF THE YEAR, 2012.
  • 3rd Open Cattle Dog, Roma Show 2012.
  • 1st Open Cattle Dog, Dulacca 2012
  • 3rd Encourage Sheep Dog, Clifton Show 2012.
  • AUSTRALIAN WORKING CATTLE DOG OF THE YEAR, 2011.
  • Winning QLD STATE OF ORIGIN TEAM MEMBER, Scotston Cattle Dog Trial, 2011.
  • 2nd Open Cattle Dog, QLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, Calliope 2011.
  • Equal 2nd Open Cattle Dog, Orana Downs 2011.
  • 2nd Open Cattle Dog, The Caves 2011.
  • 3rd QLD OPEN CATTLE DOG OF THE YEAR, 2011.
  • 4th Open Cattle Dog, Springsure Show 2011.
  • Equal 1st Open Cattle Dog Calcutta, Alpha Show 2011.
  • 1st Open Cattle Dog, Roma Show 2011.
  • 3rd Encourage Sheep Dog, Roma Show 2011.
  • 2nd Open Cattle Dog, Crows Nest 2010.
  • 4th Open Cattle Dog, AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS, Bauhinia 2010.
  • Equal 3rd Open Cattle Dog, QLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, Rockland Spring 2010.
  • 2nd Open Cattle Dog, The Caves 2010.
  • 6th QLD NOVICE CATTLE DOG OF THE YEAR, 2010.
  • 2nd Open Cattle Dog, Calliope 2010.
  • 1st Open Cattle Dog, Roma Show 2010.
  • 2nd Encourage Sheep Dog, Roma Show 2010.
  • 1st Novice Cattle Dog, Widgee 2010.

CRAIGLEA SETH (AI)

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2019 Australian Novice Cattle Dog Champion
2018 QWCDTAI Futurity Reserve Champion

Seth is from an AI litter I bred by James McGee’s Seth (Sid) from Ireland in the UK. He is an excellent young dog, and now my main work dog. He is a pushy dog, and a genuine stock shifter. But despite this, he is still very trainable.

Seth seemed to handle everything I threw at him, and achieved a lot as a young dog. He was reliable work dog by 18 months old, including cow and calf work. He ran off for first at the QWCDTAI futurity, putting up a score of 97, only to be beaten by a 98! He won the maiden and the novice on the same weekend. He also came 5th in the Australian Cow Dog Challenge Futurity later that year.

Seth is an Open cattle dog. His trial results include:

  • AUSTRALIAN NOVICE CATTLE DOG CHAMPION, Wallumbilla 2019
  • 3rd Open Cattle Dog, AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS, Wallumbilla 2019
  • 3rd Novice Cattle Dog, QLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, Rockland Spring 2019
  • 5th AUSTRALIAN COW DOG CHALLENGE FUTURITY, Tamworth NSW 2018
  • Equal 5th Open Cattle Dog, Wallumbilla 2018
  • Equal 4th Novice Cattle Dog, Wallumbilla 2018
  • 2nd QWCDTAI FUTURITY, Camboon 2018
  • 1st Novice Cattle Dog, Camboon 2018
  • 1st Maiden Cattle Dog, Camboon, 2018

CRAIGLEA TEX (Deceased)

2016 NSW Cattle Dog Champion
2016 Australian Cattle Dog Reserve Champion

Tex was killed in an accident when he was only four years old and in the prime of his working life. Following Spud’s retirement, he was my number one work dog. He wasn’t a fancy dog in the trial ring, but he shone on tough cattle, and managed some big accolades in his limited starts. He won the 2016 NSW Cattle Dog championship, and was Reserve Australian Cattle Dog Champion the following weekend. Tex was a genuine stock shifter. He was made for cow calf work, and never made a sound.

I never got a chance to use Tex as a sire, although he did cover several outside bitches, producing some nice pups. Regrettably, I never collected semen from him either.

Tex is an Open cattle dog. His trial results include:

  • 2nd Open Cattle Dog, AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS, Red Range NSW 2016
  • NSW OPEN CHAMPION, Pinkett NSW 2016

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BITCHES

CRAIGLEA TWIST

Twist is my oldest, and best Spud bitch. She is almost identical to Spud in looks, temperament, and working style. She has a beautiful nature, and is very trainable. She is calm and stylish, with plenty of bite on cattle. She has been a good trial dog, and bred plenty of nice pups.

Twist is an Open Cattle Dog. Her trial results include:

  • 3rd Open Cattle Dog, Toogoolawah Show 2019
  • 8th Open Cattle Dog, AUSTRALIAN COW DOG CHALLENGE, Tamworth NSW 2018
  • Winning Team Member, State vs State, NSW CHAMPIONSHIPS, Geurie NSW 2018
  • 3rd Open for Open Cattle Dog, NSW CHAMPIONSHIPS, Geurie NSW 2018
  • 6th Open Cattle Dog, Camboon 2018
  • Equal 2nd Open Cattle Dog, Camboon 2015
  • 1st Novice Cattle Dog, Roma Show 2015
  • 1st Feature Novice, Glencoe Cattle Dog Trial 2014.
  • 3rd Maiden Cattle Dog, Glencoe NSW 2014.
  • 4th QWCDTAI Futurity, Rockland Spring 2014.

Bells Willow (AI)

Willow is an AI daughter of Aled Owen’s Llangwm Cap, out of a Redgate Sam bitch. Aled’s Cap won the International Supreme in 2015, and the Welsh National in 2018. Willow is very stylish, and has been easy to train and work. She has bred us some very nice pups.

Willow is a Maiden Cattle Dog. Her trial results include:

  • 6th Novice Cattle Dog, Pittsworth Show 2018
  • 2nd Maiden Cattle Dog, Pittsworth Show 2018
  • Equal 5th Open Cattle Dog, Wallumbilla 2018
  • Equal 8th Novice Cattle Dog, QLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, Bauhinia 2018
  • 3rd QWCDTAI FUTURITY, Camboon 2018
  • Equal 2nd Novice Cattle Dog, Camboon 2018
  • 5th Maiden Cattle Dog, Camboon 2018

CRAIGLEA RUBY

Ruby is a really nice young bitch loaded with potential. She was third in the 2019 QWCDTAI Futurity and is going very nicely at work.

Ruby is a Maiden cattle dog. Her results include:

  • 3rd QWCDTAI Futurity, Rockland Spring 2019

CRAIGLEA PEG

Peg is a really nice young bitch loaded with potential. Maybe not as strong as her sister Ruby, but she is a dream to train and very natural.

Crawfords Gyp

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UP & COMING

CRAIGLEA THOR

CRAIGLEA LEGO

Crawfords Gem

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REFERENCE DOGS

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