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Mt. Paul Norfolk Anne Winston In 1974 (when the Norwich and Norfolk Terrier Club Maplehurst cup was first awarded for most POINTS from Bred-by in a club year) the winner was Anne Winston with Mt. Paul Tulip. That in no way suggests the dog finished all from Bred-by, just that the dog earned the most points. A quote from Anne Winston, Mt. Paul Norfolk: "Good ears are inherited by breeding to those who have them. If they are placed properly, as in the standard, they will drop properly. I never had any problem luckily. They must be set on the side of the head a bit below the dome. If set too high, they tulip. There is no other way out." A PERFECT STORM IN THE SOMERSET HILLS By Sue Ely My introduction to what is now known as the Norfolk Terrier came as the result of a perfect storm in Norwich Terriers, D.E., and a dinner party at Anne Winston’s in 1963. The storm had been building since 1951 with the descendants of Mary Baird’s Snuff and Sneeze at her Castle Point Kennels, in Bernardsville, NJ. Upon the untimely death of Josephine Spencer in that year, Mary was able to buy Partree Cobbler and breed him to her best bitches, descendants of Snuff and Sneeze. There on the Bernardsville Mountain their get and progeny flourished in kennels built amid the specimen trees and generous paddocks of Castle Point under the watchful eye of Mary’s indispensable kennel man, Robert Young. The storm gained strength in 1953 when Anne Winston bought a bitch, Castle Point Trivet, from Mary Baird. The Winston farm included a nice portion of the valley of the Raritan River’s north branch and extensive woods along the flank of a gentle hill, Mt. Paul, between Peapack and Mendham. By 1954, the Mt. Paul kennel was a force to be reckoned with among the ranks of drop-eared Norwich Terriers. Mt. Paul Anderson, the first champion Anne produced, was the result of Castle Point Trivet bred to George Pinch. Descended from imported English stock and owned by Louis Murdock, George was a game dog to ground, and many of his get excelled at earthwork. Several were used to bolt foxes by Buster Chadwell, longtime huntsman of the Essex, NJ, Foxhounds. The third thrust of the storm formed in 1956 when Priscilla Mallory, who lived on a working farm between Gladstone and Mendham, halfway between Anne and Mary, bought a bitch, Mt Paul Bridget, from the next litter of the same breeding as Mt. Paul Anderson. While Anne and Mary explored and enjoyed all the talents their terriers had, Priscilla’s focus in the next years at Wendover was predominantly on conformation. Although she valued the breed’s natural talents, she worked carefully on the genetics of each generation, seeking to produce the finest specimens. She was a fixture at the local match shows, and, as a good friend to both Anne and Mary, often had an opinion about a litter or new import that was taken very seriously. For the next 20 years these three ladies were the prevailing winds of the Somerset Hills and of the widening world of the Norfolk Terrier. Not only did they expand their breeding programs by using each other’s dogs, but they widened and deepened the Norfolk gene pool by continuing to import dogs from English kennels, notably Nanfan, Ickworth, Ragus, and Colonsay. They competed joyfully, critically, and not just in the show ring. Anne Winston was the first person to win an American Working Terrier Association certificate; and Mary Baird hosted many AWTA meets at Castle Point, complete with a rushing stream and a raccoon in a cage!!! Priscilla Mallory produced some extremely influential and versatile dogs as a result of her sharp eye for selecting good stock both at home and in England.
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