|Border||Bath 2010 Judge's Critique|
Bath 10 Judge
BORDER BATH 10
Judge: Mrs Melanie Lewis
BORDER JUDGE BATH 10
The neatly mown grass in the ring which was ideal to assess movement. On the whole I was pleased with the exhibits presented to me who were clean, although many lacked the correct double jacket that the Standard asks for. Front movement is still a concern as indeed was the variation in the size of some of the exhibits. Heads generally were good although some exhibits were rather heavy in ear. Temperaments were excellent, just one or two not too keen on being handled on the table. Two exhibits had teeth missing & I found a couple with incorrect dentition.
Feet can tell you a lot about a dog & its lifestyle. The Standard asks for feet to be small with firm pads. Flat feet are not helped by long nails which are most undesirable & indeed would be a drawback if the dog was carrying out the task for which he was originally bred. Scissor marks unfortunately were very much in evidence on some exhibits which spoilt their overall appearance.
1 Girling’s Benattivo Stitch In Time, well presented, so nice for size, good body proportions for age, excellent jacket & pelt, neatest of feet, moved out with confidence;
2 Horner’s Stineval Maraschino, so much to like, nice head, good ear placement, strong underjaw, well presented, good for bone, narrow front, good length of body, good thick pelt, moved quite well. Not as positive as 1;
3 Sneddon’s Chesterton Top Hat And Tails by Kersfell.
1 Spencer’s Cobstoneway River Magic, very nice, excellent coat, lovely ottery head, dark eye, keen expression, well proportioned bodylines, nice tailset, sound racy quarters, small tight feet with firm pads, moved well.
2 Squibbs & Barker’s Cobstoneway Lazy River, not much to choose between 1 & 2, so very similar, hardly surprising when I fount out they were litter brothers, similar comments apply, final decision came down to confidence on move with 1 having slight edge over 2;
3 C Top Hat And Tails by K.
1 Ramus’ Onthill Super Trooper, very smart, lovely dark points, nicely proportioned. Hope does not grow anymore. Good bone, excellent jacket covering thick pliable pelt, moved well, looked good in profile;
2 Ramus’ Onthill Fernando, when class came into ring thought could have been winner. Not quite so positive moving. Very similar remarks apply, marginally better for size. Again both turned out to be litter brothers, sure will change places on many occasions in the future;
3 Lockley’s Brave Rebellion at Chatmoss.
1 Baird’s Dowgri Diggory, fine upstanding dog, extremely fit, good muscletone, good bodylines, neatest of feet with very firm pads, jacket harsh, good thick pelt, spanned with ease, moved soundly;
2 South’s Borderella Day Tripper, really liked & first impression was could possibly be class winner, strong masculine head, keen expression, beautiful strong white teeth, standing & in profile looked super, moving away drove from powerful rearquarters. Front movement not so positive. Well presented;
3 Wilson’s Dandyhow Beekeeper at Olderhill.
1 Anscombe’s Tufterslodge Walnut at Orangebox, stood out in class, nice size, not overdone in any way, good head & expression, nice reach of neck, good shoulder placement, moved well retaining topline, good for bone, neat feet with firm pads;
2 Channer’s Mingrovia Flintstone Chief at Rubyfin, lovely head, good dark points & expression, nice size. Could be slightly better in rib. Really harsh correct double jacket, best of pelts, moved soundly;
3 Freeman’s Bolt Tail Jebba.
1 Irving’s Dandyhow Beeline, lovely to go over, tip-top condition, strong masculine head, dark eyes, neat ears & varminty expression, correct mouth, strong underjaw, good front & shoulders, nice length of back, correct tailset, racy hindquarters, topline held on move, spanned with ease, just right amount of bone, best feet here, good harsh jacket, most pliable of pelts, shown on loose lead to advantage, nothing flashy, really fit, honest, workmanlike Border, fits the Standard so well. CC & BOB;
2 Roderick’s Barterhound Twister, another good Border, correct size, good head, keenest expression, good mouth, nice shoulder placement, good topline & tailset, correct double jacket, spans well, good thick pelt, positive free movement. RCC;
3 Dean’s Digmoor Captain Rook by Tyrian.
1 Regan’s Digmoor Ace’s High, have admired in the past, correct size, nice head, strong jaw, good front & lay of shoulders, well proportioned bodylines, well balanced, good feet, excellent jacket. Lost out in the challenge as a tad heavy;
2 Thomas’ Ch Byrons Greengrass, has matured well since I last judged him, good head & expression, nice dark points, well placed ears, good shoulders & rib, nice length of back, sound racy quarters, spanned easily, good thick pelt, moved out well, worthy ch;
3 Patchett’s Chase Me Kato at Thorpe.
1 Marsh’s Hynerbrook Cassiterite, 9 years, enjoying day out, nice head with dark points, keen expression, nice bone, good feet. Carrying a little extra weight. Moved OK once settled;
2 Wrenn & Langdon’s Dandyhow Sir Toby, one of best known veterans in the breed, still strutting his stuff so well at 13 years, real ottery head, keen eye & expression. Justifiably rather white now in foreface. Still narrow in front, easily spanned, joy to watch enjoying his turn in the ring.
1 Horner’s Stineval Santina, lovely condition, so well constructed, feminine head, dark eye, keen expression, big strong white teeth, good front, nice body proportions, level topline, sound racy quarters, firmly padded neat feet, spanned with ease, correct jacket, thickest of pelts;
2 Bladen’s Foxyard Better Behave at Emblehope, very nice bl/t, so correct in all quarters for age, lovely expression. Benefit from tweaking some of profuse face furnishings to complete picture. Nice for type, narrow front, good shoulder placement, just right for bone, good topline & tailset;
3 Southam’s Southash Seabreeze.
1 Jackson’s Cobstoneway Moon River at Clipstone, really nice, so well put together, refined feminine head, dark eye & varminty expression, good reach of neck, well laid back shoulders, good length rib, good length of back, nice topline held moving, coat good texture, most pliable thick pelt, close decision between her & litter brother for BP, just had edge on movement. BP, PG4;
2 Stevens’ Cobstoneway Bayou Sunrise, another litter sister to 1 & 1 & 2 in PD, what an experience to have 4 puppies out of same litter to run the rule over, very similar remarks apply. Not quite so refined in head as 1 & coat just passing its best. Good bodylines;
3 Wilson’s Olderhill Oriana.
Difficult decision between first two, both being extremely nice.
1 Guvercin’s Achnagairn Code Name Glebeheath, such lovely fettle, lots of quality, feminine head, good width of skull, strong muzzle, nice reach of neck, good shoulder placement, good length of back & tailset, moved soundly, looked really good in profile;
2 Martin’s Bortino Smiling Queen, ottery head with nice dark points, good strength of muzzle, nicely proportioned, correct double jacket, easily spanned, good sound racy quarters, tight feet. Moved OK but not as well as 1;
3 Baird & England’s Cornish Maid by Dowgri.
1 Waller’s Worker's Playtime, correct size, good head & expression, fine fettle, narrow front, good legs & feet, correct amount of bone, adequate length of back, good racy rearquarters, excellent harsh coat, good pliable pelt, sound movement;
2 Johnson & Pearson’s Rexlands Golden Plover by Karison, another correct size, typical feminine head & expression, good mouth, strong underjaw, good reach of neck, nicely proportioned, excellent condition;
3 Roslin-Williams’ Mansergh Speckles.
1 Dean’s Digmoor Kindred Spirit for Tyrian, very pleasing to go over, lots to like, good head & expression with dark points, nicely shaped ears & reach of neck, narrow front, good bone, nice body proportions, racy quarters, neatest of feet, not overdone in any way, correct size, looked good in profile, moved soundly;
2 Roslin-Williams’ Mansergh Singsong, another nicely constructed with just right amount of bone, so nice for size, good neck & shoulder, good mouth with strong teeth, nicely ribbed back, easily spanned, new jacket of good texture, really thick pelt;
3 Coleman’s Hartswelin Far Away.
1 Johnson’s Karison Kamellia, like DCC in tip-top condition, feminine head, dark points, good eye, keen expression, narrow front, good reach of neck, topline well ribbed back, correct double jacket of excellent texture, really good thick pelt, spans easily, so well balanced, looked good in profile, moved out with enthusiasm. CC, her second;
2 Girling’s Benattivo Rosina, lovely for size & type, good otter head, good eye, well placed ears, keen expression, good neck, topline & tailset, sound racy hindquarters, good feet, easily spanned, good pelt, correct double jacket, nice for bone, moving really well & with such confidence. RCC;
3 Dean’s Yeomeadow Heather for Tyrian.
OB (8) 1 Barnett’s Ch Brockfox Beretta, one of the breed’s newest chs, such a live wire, pleasing head, keen expression, dark eye, good lay of shoulder & length of rib, strong loin, well muscled racy hindquarters, correct double jacket, thick pelt, spannable;
2 Clark’s Ch Southash Blue Betty Boo Gameway, really well balanced b/t, so well constructed, good body proportions, correct double coat of excellent texture, narrow front, pleasing head, nice reach of neck, good shoulder placement, good topline, racy well angulated rearquarters, have admired on many occasions. Lacking extra sparkle & enthusiasm which was disappointing;
3 Morgan’s Glebeheath Minnie The Motor at Blewecourt.
1 Stockley’s Ch Manx Margaid, 8 years, good harsh jacket, just loves the show ring, such a natural showgirl. Justifiably getting rather white in foreface. So fit & well balanced, moved out really well. BV;
2 Steven’s Springhill Pacify of Cobstoneway, 7 years, looking really good, full double jacket made appear heavier than she was, good topline, nice tailset, moved out soundly;
3 Larner’s Morgandare Tohyah at Hawcoat. Breeders 1 Stevens’ Cobstoneway, what a super team these four litter siblings made, all so similar, moving in unison, looked good in profile. Breeders G1.