Jimanie, owned by Stephanie Seabrook Hedgepath and located in central South
Carolina, was established as a small breeding and show kennel in 1968, first
with German Shepherd Dogs and then with Pembroke Welsh Corgis (with a few other
breeds thrown in on occasion just for fun!) We have successfully combined the
top American, British, Australian and most recently Finnish bloodlines to present
to the fancy the best Pembroke Welsh Corgi possible.
The goal of Jimanie is to produce a happy, bright, outgoing Corgi that is
as close to the Standard as we can make it. A Corgi that will fit every need,
from beloved companion to top competitor in the conformation or performance
ring and all points in between. We strive to maintain the instinct and drive of the herding farm dog alive in our pups and we try to introduce them all to stock at a young age.
Jimanie Corgis have successfully competed in conformation with well over 40
(I've lost count!) show champions produced for Jimanie and many more for others
as well. Even though our main focus is on showing in conformation, there have
been many Jimanie Corgis that have competed successfully in herding, obedience,
tracking and agility and have garnered many championships and titles. Jimanie
Corgis have been employed as therapy dogs in hospitals and nursing homes and
most important, many have found loving homes as beloved family companions -
the highest calling for a Corgi! All of this has been accomplished with the
production of only one or two litters per year. Recently, due to judging commitments, I have formed a partnership with two long-time friends, Denise Scott (Vache) and Linda Stoddard (Woodwynne) so that I could continue breeding dogs. The new banner is "Trifecta", though we still also keep our individual identities. We truly do try to focus on
quality and not on quantity. That is why the wait for a Jimanie/Trifecta Corgi is often
a long one.
My long-time involvement in the dog fancy has brought about great friendships
worldwide with the people I have met through this wonderful breed. In 1988, I took the
great leap from breeder to judge when I was approved by the American Kennel
Club to judge Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Cardigan Welsh Corgis and German Shepherds. I have thoroughly enjoyed
this challenging role and have been fortunate enough to have been asked to judge
dogs all over the United States and throughout the world. I have judged in Canada,
China, Australia, England, Jamaica, Finland, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, the Philippines and Sweden and have met many wonderful
people along the way. I am presently approved to judge all of the Herding Breeds,
the Herding Group all of the Sporting Breeds and the Sporting Group, the majority of the Toy Group, plus Junior Showmanship and Best in Show. The highlights
of my judging career thus far have been my appointment to judge several national
specialties, including my own breed, Pembroke Welsh Corgis, plus the national
specialities of the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Australian Shepherd, Bouvier des Flandres and Field Spaniel. I was honored to judge the Golden Retriever Foundation Top Twenty in
2011. In 2006, I judged several of the herding breeds at the premier show in the US, Westminster Kennel Club, held in New York every February.
The apex of my judging career occurred in May, 2011, when I judged the national specialty of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi for the Welsh Corgi League in England, only one of a handful of Americans ever to judge that show since its inception in the 1930s. To judge one's own breed in its country of origin is the dream of any breeder, and to judge the national specialty there is almost impossible to imagine. It is a memory I will cherish forever. I continue to learn about dogs by studying new breeds to add to my judging resume. I will never 'retire' from learning about dogs, my lifelong passion.
We hope that you will enjoy visiting with our dogs and reading the articles I have elsewhere on the website under "Corgi Info" and learning a little more
about this enchanting breed of dog that has helped to make my life so complete.
I completed a two hour DVD (a first!) on the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, which explains the history of the breed, shows Welsh geography, about the drovers and drovers roads. I delve deeply into the correct structure for a Pembroke and nearly half of the program is dedicated to correct movement in the breed. This is the only production of its kind on the breed. There are many photographs of Pembrokes from the 1930s with videos of some of the greats of the mid-1980s, too. This DVD is A MUST for the library of anyone who breeds or shows Pembrokes.