Showsight October 2022


BY LINDA AYERS TURNER KNORR INCREDIBLE INDIVIDUALS OF THE COLLIE WORLD GAYLE KAYE AND DR. JAMES PRICE MCCAIN W hen I tell you about my friend, Gayle Kaye, I am not exaggerat- ing! Gayle is a multifaceted leading lady of our sport which she loves so dearly. Widely admired, her contributions have made an enormous impact on her favorite pastime—loving and preserving

the history of the Collie breed. For over 50 years as a member of the Collie Club of America, Gayle has been breeding Collies under her kennel name “Chelsea.” As a breeder, owner, and handler with a very limited breeding program, Chelsea Collies have produced multiple gen- erations of champions. Ch. Chelsea Moon Pebble, Ch. Chelsea Gold Mist, Ch. Chel- sea Ice Castles, Ch. Chelsea Charidan Carte Blanc, and Ch. Chelsea Midsummer Classic all garnered awards from Collie Club of America National Specialty shows. In 2006, Gayle was recognized by the AKC to judge Collies. Seven years later, she was chosen by her peers to judge Best of Breed at the CCA National Specialty in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Earlier this month, she received her second CCA National assignment for the 2024 show to be held in Peoria, Illinois.

As a past officer of CCA, Kaye has served on numerous committees either as a chair or as a member, including Judge’s Education, Ethics, Archives, and AKC Breed Colum- nist, among others. She developed the club’s Register of Merit system, chairing that com- mittee for a number of years. Gayle has edited or co-edited just about every CCA publica- tion that has existed over the years. These have included the Dog Writers Association of America award-winning 1995 CCA Yearbook and the DWAA finalist, Volume 4 Library of Champions . In addition, Gayle edited and co- edited the club’s Bulletin and was co-editor of the CCA’s Parader book. Currently, Gayle serves on the Board of Directors of the Quarter Century Collie Group and is a member of the Quarter Century Collie Group and the Los Padres Collie Club. In 2009, during Westminster week in New York, Dr. Carmen Battaglia announced at the DWAA’s Annual Banquet and Awards Cer- emony that award-winning author Gayle Kaye was the winner of the DWAA “Best in Show”

Gayle Kaye loves meeting a friend for lunch and treating Ch. Chelsea Good Morning Sunshine, Ch. Chelsea Pop Princess, and Ch. Chelsea Kissed by the Sun BN VST TDX OA OAJ HIC to a walk in this beautiful San Diego park.


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