The East Anglian Collie Association’s annual ‘Collie of The Year’ award was initially
established in 1990 as the national ‘Pup of The Year’, (POTY), contest, and was confined
to Rough Collies.
To qualify, Rough Collie puppies originally had to have won a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place
at any Championship Show during the previous year.
The POTY was conceived as an evening social event, held in conjunction with a Dinner
Dance at the Officers’ Mess, Duxford, near Cambridge, and has always taken place
The contest is judged by one Breed Specialist and one ‘All-Rounder’, their identities
being kept secret until the day of the contest.
Puppies compete for the Repnor Gold Challenge Trophy with a smaller version, known
as the Washbay Trophy, awarded to the runner-up.
From its early beginnings the competition has gradually evolved in to its present
In the mid 1990’s the Pup of the Year event changed from an evening dinner & dance
at the Officers’ Mess, Duxford, to its present day-time event with a three-course
‘carvery’ luncheon at Littleport Leisure Centre.
1998 – an ‘Adult of the Year’ contest was added to the original Pup of the Year contest,
qualifiers to have won a Best of Breed at any show in the East Anglian region.
1999 -Smooth Collies were invited to compete for the first time.
2005 - a ‘Veteran of the Year’ contest was added, for dogs over seven years of age,
and since then the event has been known as the East Anglian ‘Collie of the Year’
or COTY. Royal Canin became our sponsors for this event.
2012 – The ‘Jim Sargeant Memorial Trophy’, which had been lost to the Club for many
years, was finally discovered and is now presented to the best overall exhibit or
‘Collie of the Year’.
Repnor Gold & Washbay Trophies for Puppy of the Year
The Jim Sargeant Memorial Trophy, presented to the Collie of the Year
Thank you to our Sponsors:
Intervet Ltd Repnor Gold Royal Canin
Since 1995 Royal Canin has generously provided a 4kg bag of dog food for each exhibit,
in addition to a 20kg bag for each of the three Contest winners.
All exhibitors receive a Special Rosette featuring their Collie’s name, gold-blocked
on the tail
TO QUALIFY FOR THE 2017 COTY your Collie (Rough or Smooth) must have won the following
awards during that year:
A FIRST PRIZE at any EACA Club Show during 2017 OR BEST PUPPY IN BREED - BEST OF
BREED - RESERVE BEST OF BREED -BEST OPPOSITE SEX IN BREED or BEST OF BREED as a VETERAN
at any East Anglian Regional Open Show.