SUNFIRE HISTORY


 

David Clayton and Laura Cheves met through Australian Shepherds, but that was only one step in 2 lives brought together and shared with dogs.  These are the dogs that highlight many years leading up to today's SunFire Kennel and the four legged Clayton family. Some are still with us, and some live in our hearts with love.


 

 

HOF BISS CH SUNFIRE UP N AWAY STDdsc
BIS Ch Brookridge Winning Ways X
Ch Brookridge Midnight Madness CD, HS
STDdsc, ROM-C I, ROMX I

200 ASCA National Specialty BOB
Dam of SunFire residents:
HOF WTCH CH SunFire's And Away We Go RS-N CD
A-CH SunFire's Solid Rock ATDc OTDsd CD
CH SunFire Spica Of Sierra-Echo STDs
(2005 National Altered WD, 2007 National Premier)
Delta was a very special bitch and a great producer.

CH ESPRIT'S AERIAL MANEUVERS
Ch Propwash Bayshore Navigator CDX STDs X
Penn Y Caerau's Aree Elle CD

Ellie followed in  her father's pawprints as Laura's second
AKC/ASCA Conformation Champion

As a broodbitch her offspring include:
CH SunFire Aim High STDdsc
ASCA 2000 National Specialty Best of Breed Puppy
SunFire's Cloud Kicker
National Specialty Puppy Class Winner:
SunFire's SGT Pepper

CH ESPRIT'S TEST FLIGHT
Ch Propwash Bayshore Navigator CDX STDs X
Penn Y Caerau's Aree Elle CD

Always a gentle and loving dog.

Alex produced 2 Champions out of
HOF Ch Soundtrack's Custom Made
VCH CH SUNFIRE'S ROCK IT SOUNDTRACK CDX ATDd OTDsc
AND CH SUNFIRE'S MADE TO FLY STDdsc

CH SUNFIRE AIM HIGH STDdsc
HOF OTCH CH Willowbrook Sankano Bulls-Eye X
CH Esprit's Aerial Maneuvers

Amy is Laura's first dog to title in all three areas of stock.

Bred to
HOF WTCH CH SunFire's And Away We Go CD RS-N,
Amy produced a lovely Special Bitch, National Circuit BOS,
CH SunFire's Up Past Midnight

CH OTTERCREEK'S CINNAMON N SPICE STDs
Ch Fairview's Fudge Royal STDs X
Dogone's Patrick O'Tara

Spice provided some early herding experiencE for David
and produced some notable puppies including our
WTCH CH SunFire Red Hot Chili Pepper

WTCH CH SUNFIRE RED HOT CHILI PEPPER
HOF WTCH Ch SunFire Brookridge Habanero CD ROMX II
X Ch Ottercreek's Cinnamon N' Spice STDs

Most Promising Started Dog
High Scoring Started Dog
ASCA Stockdog Merit Program
Started Cattle and Started Ducks

Cleo's WTCH finished Irie's & SunFire's HOF

HOF CH SOUNDTRACK'S CUSTOM MADE
Ch Soundtrack's Johnny Five X Ch Zuzac's Original Soundtrack
2 BOB in ASCA from the classes.  Multiple BOB as a special.
Co-owned with Lori Fausett, Soundtrack Kennel

Produced multiple conformation champions,
performance titled dogs, and one VCH:

VCH CH SunFire's Rock It Soundtrack CDX ATDd STDsc

and one HOF dam:

HOF SunFire's Made To Order
 

A-CH SUNFIRE ON IMPULSE
CDX NA NAJ RA GS-O JS-O RS-O
HOF WTCH ChSunFire Brookridge Habanero CD ROMX II
X Ch Striderite's Still Worth It CD ROMX I

2003 FASA HIGH POINT ALTERED
2nd 2000 Nationals Novice Agility

Multiple A-BOB Winner over majors and specials
K'Ehleyer was competing in Elite Agility until a back injury.

BARON ALISTAIR CD
Bearwood's Cannon CD X Rizla McFizla
 
Bear was David's first Aussie. After
retirement, he had a second career as
companion and guardian to David's parents.

ABRACADABRA'S WHIMSICAL WIZARD CD STDsd
Ch Lo-Co's General Lee CD X Abracadabra's Magical Megan

Wizard was Laura's first Aussie and first attempt at herding. His obedience and herding careers were cut short by cataracts, but he lived a long, happy life with Esprit and SunFire Aussies.  David and Laura met for the first time at a  conformation class attended with Ruff and Wizard.

CH MISTY MORN'S RUSTLIN WIND CD STDds
Ch Windjammer of Gefion CD X
Ch Sparkling Sherry of L7

Ruff gets the honor as David's first versatility dog.
He was one of those special companions and a dog with a very big will to please.

STRIDERITE'S CONNECT THE DOTS CDX STDs OTDd

Ch Brigadoon's California Dude CD STDs X
Ch Propwash Worth The Wait CD

Sally was Laura's first versatility dog, major pointed in conformation and winning high scoring herding dog for FASA and 1st in versatility at a FASA show/trial.
Her other distinction is as the first dog Laura got from David.

CH PROPWASH BAYSHORE NAVIGATOR CDX STDs
Ch Ellenglaze Propwash Test Pilot CD
X Ch Bayshore Propwash Mint Julep

Riker was another very special dog, Laura's first CH and the foundation behind Esprit Kennel.  He was lost at the age of 8 in an accident, but his presence is still felt in the generations since at SunFire.  He has multiple champion and obedience titled get including our
Ch Esprit's Aerial Maneuvers
Ch Esprit's Test Flight CD

CH STRIDERITE'S STILL WORTH IT
CD ROMX I
Ch Starstuff's Still Crazy CD STDds X
Ch Propwash Worth The Wait CD

While a couch potato and great companion in her own right, Peaches produced manynice puppies including several at SunFire:

Ch SunFire Energize CD
A-Ch SunFire On Impulse CDX NA NAJ RS-O JS-O GS-O
SunFire In Command
Major Pointed

CH CAVAL'S HEELS OVER HEAD

Ch Vasgota Rudolf Valentino X Ch Vasgota Juliet
3/24/96-9/24/03
As SunFire's first Swedish Vallhund, Ketty was a great foundation: first as showdog, then broodbitch and herding dog, and always as the perfect companion.
Her sons and daughters represent the breed well in the United States, Canada and England.
Her versatile daughter, Hannah lives at SunFire:
CH SunFire's Head Of The Class CDX RN
STDd RS-N JS-N RNX RA.

CH BROOKRIDGE MIDNIGHT MADNESS
CD HS STDdsc ROM-C I ROMX I
Ch Brookridge Quincy's Invasion CD X Ch Briarbrook's Sheer Emotion CD
2/13/90-12/8/04

Mattie was behind much of the success of SunFire.  She and her son, Irie
(HOF WTCH CH SunFire Brookridge Habanero CD ROMX II)
were the start of much of our versatility.

At 10 years of age, she came out of semi-retirement to finish her started cattle title.
She has many offspring, grandpuppies and great grandpuppies that compete successfully in conformation, obedience, herding and agility.

To top it all off, she produced the 2000 ASCA National Best Of Breed
HOF BISS CH SunFire Brookridge Up N Away STDdsc

HOF WTCH CH SUNFIRE BROOKRIDGE HABANERO CD ROMX II
Ch Moonlight's Jay of Rafter J X
Ch Brookridge Midnight Madness CD HS STDdsc
11/8/95-9/19/05
Irie was the foundation sire for our kennel and typified the versatile aussie we want to produce.  He produced a Versatility Champion, multiple ConformationChampions, w Working Trial Champions and many performance titled get  HOF Sire #143.

CH SUNFIRE'S MADE TO FLY STDdsc
Ch Esprit's Test Flight CD X
HOF Ch Soundtrack's Custom Made

Finished Championship in 4 straight shows.

Spayed due to a fertility problem
Altered Premier at 2005 Nationals Circuit

CH SUNFIRE ENERGIZE CD
HOF WTCH ChSunFire Brookridge Habanero CD ROMX II
X Ch Striderite's Still Worth It CD ROMX I

BOB, CH and UD producer

 

VCH PCH WTCH POINSETT SUNFIRE CHIPOTLE
CDX RS-O JS-O GS-O

HOF WTCH CH SunFire Brookridge Habanero
 CD ROMX II
X CH TopgunPoinsett Petal Pusher CD AX AXJ

DOB 1/6/2002
Bred by Sandy Nixon and Tina Couture

Chip was a great versatility dog,
earning great scores in obedience and
herding, with stylish conformation.
Chip finished his WTCH on 4/18/04 at only
two years of age.  Scores included a 122!
He finished his VCH as a three year old.

See Tribute to Chip

VCH CH SUNFIRE'S ROCK IT SOUNDTRACK
ATDd OTDsc CDX

HOF WTCH CH SUNFIRE BROOKRIDGE
 AND AWAY WE GO CD RS-N

HOF WTCH CH SUNFIRE'S AND AWAY WE GO CD RS-N
X SUNFIRE'S MADE TO ORDER
DOB 3/22/2005
OFA Good, Normal Elbows, Cerf neg, Cataract DNA neg/neg

Repeat of cross that produced
SVCH WTCH CH SunFire's Maid Of Mandolyn RS-E GS-E JS-E
and CH Mandolyn's Fast Break
Littermate to CH Mandolyn's Jetsetter
Co-Bred with Cindy Alison

FASA 2007 High Point Intact class Dog
One leg Open cattle.


CH SunFire's Roasted Red Pepper STDs
"Red"


DOB 2/4/2007  
Scissors bite, full dentition, hips OFA Excellent, cataract neg/neg
VCH PCH WTCH CH POINSETT SUNFIRE CHIPOTLE RS-O JS-O GS-O CDX
X CH SUNFIRE SPICA OF SIERRA-ECHO STDs

4 wins to CH included 4 BOW, 2 BOB, 1 BOS
2009 FASA High Point Intact Conformation Dog

"Piper"

Fairoaks Tavarak X
Fairoaks Allure

Breeder: Sandy Cornwell
Co-owned with
Tara Worron-Romijn

2009 FASA High Point
Advanced Stock, Nov Agility

CH SUNFIRE'S HEAD OF THE CLASS
CDX STDd RA RAX JS-N-OP RS-N

A-CH SUNFIRE'S SOLID ROCK ATDc OTDds CD 

"Coal"

CH SUNFIRE'S AFTER MIDNIGHT
"Cinder"


DOB 1/9/10 Black Tri Female
CH AFTER ALL'S GOOD FOR THE GANDER X
CH SUNFIRE'S UP PAST MIDNIGHT STDds

Retired to Tallahassee, FL

 

CH SUNFIRE'S DR PEPPER CD RNX RA
"Billy"
 

DOB 6/11/06 
Neutered male
VCH PCH WTCH CH Poinsett SunFire Chipotle CDX RS-O GS-O JS-O X
HOF SunFire's Made To Order

One HIT 200 RNX.  


Retired to DeFuniak Springs, FL

CH SUNFIRE'S GET UP N GO OTDs STDc
"Argus"

 

S UNFIRE'S CLASS ACT RN RS-O JS-E GS-O
"Gromit"

DOB 9/8/09  OFA Good, Scissors Bite, Full Dentition
CH STARVON IN THE LIMELIGHT X
CH SUNFIRE'S HEAD OF THE CLASS CDX RN RNX STDd JS-N-OP RS-N

 Rally Novice AKC 98, 96, 94 
10 pt Elite Gamblers 

In a new agility home 

HOF CH SUNFIRE'S UP PAST MIDNIGHT STDds JS-N
"Jaime"

SVCH ATCH WTCH CH
SUNFIRE'S MAID OF MANDOLYN

"Mandy"

CH SunFire's Take A Gander

   "Max"

VCH WTCH A-CH SUNFIRE'S TAR AND FEATHERS
CDX  RS-N JS-N GS-N RTDs AFTDds

"Feather"

SUNFIRE'S DANCE ALL NIGHT
"Tempo"

CH SUNFIRE WESTERN HILL BET THE FARM

"Zell"