My name is Christin Afseth, and I live with my family at Llantrussa Farm in Powys, Mid Wales. I have been at Llantrussa since 2001, when I moved from Norway. The two-legged members of my family are Rhydwyn, my better half, and our son Philip. I am a vet, and I work as an official veterinary surgeon, supervising meat plants. Rhydwyn does agricultural contractual work and sheep shearing, in addition to farming Llantrussa. He is a successful competition shearer, and winning the Champion Shearer of Wales at the Royal Welsh Show 2004 is the highlight of his shearing career. We keep sheep and beef cattle, two working sheep dogs and a team of flatcoats at Llantrussa.
The first flatcoat came to live under my roof in 1987. The first three flatcoats I lived with were all bred by the famous Norwegian kennel Cariena’s, and they all became champions. My first very own flatcoat was Ch Cariena’s Twentythree-Eight. He was a very special dog, a champion, fully qualified and working search and rescue dog, a good stud dog and a perfect gentleman.
In 1993 I was very fortunate, as the Haugs at kennel Cariena’s gave me the chance of having ShCh Norw Ch Nordic Winner –98 Swedish Winner –98 Cariena’s Thirtyfour-Four.He had been kept by the Haugs, with his litter brother, and at the age of 6 months he became a part of my life. He has since given me constant joy in the show ring, winning his first tickets at 17 months and his last at 10 years old. He has always been a pleasure to live with, and he has been an important stud dog that appears in the pedigree in a lot of today’s top winning dogs in Scandinavia and elsewhere.
In 1997 Norw Ch Engelen Dark Star came to me from kennel Engelen in Sweden, being a grandson of Norw Ch Cariena’s Twentythree-Eight and a son of one of my great favourites Black Mica’s A Mixed Recipe.
The Llantrussa flatcoat breeding is based on two Swedish bred bitches, daughters of my own stud dogs, Almanza Crack The Bubbling and Tarpilens Catched By Carienas. From Almanza Crack The Bubbling’s first litter by Sh Ch Westbrook Cinnabar, the kennel has kept one promising young bitch, Llantrussa Raisin Pie.
I consider myself very lucky to find myself living on a farm in rural Mid-Wales, with a supportive family and with great friends in both the British and the Scandinavian dog world.