(Ch. Beaufort's Black Tie n Tails X Ch. Springbank D'lux O'Fairyfort)
Everything started with this girl, Ch. Highlander's Zoe Cameron D’lux, in 1999. She was our first Scottish Deerhound, and her wonderful temperament, sense of humor, intelligence, and spirit made us realize that this was definitely the breed for us. Zoe's dam, Spring, was one of the top champion producing Deerhound dams, and Zoe, finished her AKC championship with three majors over some group winning specials, with some of her championship points being put on while being handled by our then 6 year old daughter, Madolyn.
Zoe was the mother of our first litter of Deerhounds, which started a nice line of champion and champion producing, group winning, and specialty show winning dogs. She lived to just short of 14 years old, and she and Madolyn had multiple Best Junior wins at the Scottish Deerhound Club of America Nationals.
Zoe was a wonderful example of the breed, and a great ambassador, as she was always happy to greet new faces, loved to go to shows, festivals, and wherever else you took her. Her temperament, beauty, and health can be attributed to her thoughtful breeders, Clay and Erica Finney of Highlander Deerhounds, with whom we are ever so greatful for allowing us to have this special bitch.
(Can Ch. Fernhill's Turbulent Indigo X Fernhill's Dulcinea)
Azure was one of those dogs you wish you had a dozen of. He was bred by Barbara Heidenreich and Richard Hawkins (Fernhill), and we can't thank them enough for allowing us to bring him home. Azure's sire, Indy, was Winners Dog at the 2001 SDCA National specialty, and Azure, started his show career by placing in his class at the 2003 SDCA National Specialty among very tough competition. He went on to finish his championship by the time he was a year and a half with two five point majors and all wins being Best of Breed wins, including wins over top specials. That year, he ended up finishing as the #4 Scottish Deerhound dog in the country, and received an invitation to the AKC/Eukanuba championship. Shown sparingly as a young special the following year, he again was honored with an invitation to the AKC/Eukanuba show. Azure was also a Group placer.
In 2006, Azure took a break from the conformation ring to start lure coursing. He received his ASFA certification a week before the 2006 SDCA National Specialty, and at the National (his first real event), he ended up placing fourth in the ASFA coursing. He finished 2006 in the top ten in the country for ASFA coursing, and also received his JC for AKC coursing. At the 2007 SDCA National, Azure ran beautifully again, and came in second in the Open Stake for the AKC coursing. He also placed third in the Field Trial Dog class. Azure had a magnificent temperament, and was a perfect gentleman. He loved to show and loved to run even more. He lived to almost 12 years old but I miss him every day.
Azure was the sire of our first litter. We were extremely pleased with his offspring, as they carried on all his wonderful characteristics.
(Ch. Fernhill's Azure JC X Ch. Highlander's Zoe Cameron D'lux)
Big Sky's Artemis (Audrey) was the girl we kept from our first litter. She was born 12 hours after what we thought was the last puppy, and was special ever since. She made her debut at the 2006 SDCA National in Frankenmuth, Michigan with Madolyn as her handler. They did well in the ring, and we were happy to see her two littermates place in the class---Fernhill's Anica of Big Sky and Highlander's Ada of Big Sky. Audrey was right behind them. After that showing, she got back to back 4 pt majors, won the Bred-by Hound Group at the Faith City Kennel Club show, won the Non-Terrier Group at the All Scottish Breed Dog show, placed 2nd in the Group at the Denton Kennel Club AKC match, and finished her championship. Audrey had two gorgeous litters for us. The first litter had our lovely group winning Bean and Best Puppy in Specialty Show winning Paloma (she was also #1 Scottish Deerhound in coursing in Canada), as well as the Lompoc Hound Specialty Winners Bitch, Myla, and champions Boo and Byrde (who was dam of the SDCA Bred by Exhibitor winner in 2017). The second litter had Delilah winning four Hound Group 1's and three Best Puppy in Shows, the #1 Open Field Coursing Deerhound, Deirdre, and our Ch. Big Sky’s Dixie JC, and SDCA National Open Dog placing Darby.
(Aust. Ch. Thistleglen Neville x Am/Can. Ch. Fernhill's Roslyn)
Valor was a cousin to our Ch. Fernhill’s Mersey, as his dam, Roslyn, was a litter sister to Mersey's dam, Reiba. His sire, Aust. Ch. Thistleglen Neville, was a brother to Ch. Thistleglen Margot, who won the Hound Group at Westminster in 2006, and was one of the top winning Scottish Deerhounds in the U.S.
Valor started his show career by winning Best in Match at the All Scottish Breeds dog show at the Texas Scottish Festival while being handled by Madolyn. At his second all breed show, he took a Group 3 placement....over many top hounds in the country... from the 9-12 month puppy dog class, and then was pulled again in the group the next day. At the 2007 SDCA National, Valor won the 12-18 month dog class, and we were thrilled. Valor finished his championship easily, and had some very nice Breed wins over great competition. He sired two lovely litters for us, and we couldn’t have been happier with him!