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Blackpool 12 Judge
BORDER BLACKPOOL 12
Judge(s): DAN ERICSSON [SWEDEN]
Movement was difficult to assess under these circumstances, but most dogs seemed to cope remarkably well despite knee high mud & a water logged ring – living proof of the hardiness of the breed!
Despite the appalling weather I enjoyed my day with the Borders very much & was impressed with the overall quality of the dogs & the keen sportsmanship of the exhibitors.
Lovely class of oldies, all coping wonderfully well & showing with enthusiasm.
1 Hardman’s Bonosue Queen Of The Nile, 13 years bitch of lovely type, very feminine otter head, good body which is easily spanned, thick pelt, great legs & feet, good tail, moved well & seemed to enjoy her day greatly;
2 Morton-Shaw’s Ch Fehmarn Magic Lantern, very good ultra masculine dog in great nick, excellent construction throughout with good front & rear, level topline, good coat, tail, pelt & movement, not a small dog & head not so pleasing, showed well & in good order;
3 Prevost & Hopkins’ Argentail Bucks Fizz
1 Thomas’ Daluce Soldier Of Fortune, quality puppy who caught my eye at once, excellent outline, sound front & rear, very good legs & feet, hard coat in good order, showed well & moved with great gusto, masculine head which, could be better in ears, but I liked him a lot;
2 Broadbent’s Gellisown Flintstone, pleasing puppy of similar type & many of the same remarks apply, but lost out a little on showmanship & I would have liked him more positive behind;
3 Jackson & Dugdale’s Kirkbyvalley Perfect Act.
1 Duxbury’s Keycharm Phantom by Ridgebow, sizeable masculine puppy with very good overall make & shape, excellent body & topline, wonderful pin-wire coat & moved very soundly. Head rather strong & I hope he has stopped growing, but his many good virtues won him this class;
2 Ramus’ Onthill Amaretto, attractive puppy of ideal size for age, sound fore & aft, very good body & movement, excellent coat & pelt for age. Failed in eye & expression & could do with a fraction more bone. Enthusiastic showman;
3 Johnson’s Karison Klaret.
Disappointing class overall.
1 Johnson’s Kosmic Sun over Karison, easy winner here despite being very full in coat, good type & size, excellent body, typical head & expression, straight front but could have done with better layback of shoulder. Moved well;
2 Cracknell’s Chatmoss King Orry at Moddeyaalin, larger & longer than I prefer. Very good head, eyes & ears, excellent front & shoulders, hard coat, moved OK;
3 Wanless’ Houndshope Rest Dodd.
1 Haughton’s Chorbeck Charlie Chaplin, masculine dog in superb coat & hard muscular condition, masculine typical head with pleasing expression, good eyes & ears, excellent spannable spring of rib, good pelt, lovely coat in pristine condition, moves with great freedom. Must not grow any bigger;
2 Dickinson’s Ragatam Newmarket at Badgerholme, appealed a lot with his excellent outline, type & size & in hard muscular condition, in very good coat, very good for size & handles well on the table. Muzzle could have been stronger & I would have preferred him less wide in front. Well presented;
3 Fulker’s Foxpaw Brilliant Disguise.
Difficult class to judge with considerable variation throughout.
1 Golding’s Beaconpike Red Saturn, very good overall type, excellent otter head with true expression, good body & topline. Would have liked more coat & a stronger rear. Good legs & feet;
2 Ramus’ Onthill Fernando, similar in type to 1 & equally short of coat on the day, but also well made overall & of good type & size, showed well despite the appalling weather conditions. Preferred the head of 1 & this was the deciding factor in this class;
3 Longton’s Royday Bond.
Very good class with much food for thought & a pleasure to judge.
1 Guvercin’s Dandyhow Jumping Jack at Glebeheath, all quality dog who appealed greatly, good size, wonderful outline, soundest of legs & feet, hard coat in immaculate condition, good pelt, strong rear, good tail, masculine head with keen expression, showed well & was in no way deterred by the mud in the ring. A very close decision in the challenge, just thought he moved a little too wide when going away & possibly not the layback of shoulder of the ultimate winner, but a lovely dog who I liked a lot. RCC;
2 Lowry’s Ravenside Workforce, lovely dog who I have done well before, very good head & expression, excellent front & rear, good coat, body & pelt, moved well. A dog who I really like, just did not have the composure & ultimate style & deportment of 1 in this class, but in no way disgraced;
3 Bate’s Sweeping Foxtrot for Kgills.
1 Eriksson’s Ch Toftahill Game On, this is in fact the first time I have had the pleasure of going over this dog despite the fact that he comes from my own home country & his owner even shares my family name! This would of course not have mattered if I had not liked him, which I really do – beautiful type & size, just the right amount of bone, very typical body with adequate depth, racy hindquarters, perfect topline, harsh coat albeit a little short on the day, pleasing head, very true mover & never gave up trying, fits the Standard very well & ultimately landed the CC, BOB & G3, performing like a true Border Terrier completely unfazed by storm & wind, a great pleasure to judge;
2 Stockley’s Foxfactor Pied Piper, top class dog, very masculine & in great coat & condition, very good outline, front & rear, moved well. A little more sprung in rib than I prefer & not the head of 1, but overall a very good dog who handled well & was expertly handled;
3 Irving’s Dandyhow Dr Walter.
Lovely class of hopefuls coping remarkably well in what had now become a very muddy ring!
1 McPherson’s Brumberhill Bejewelled, outstanding puppy with all the requirements of a future star, very feminine with lovely Border head & expression, perfect front & shoulders, good legs with correct bone, very sound behind, good body & a wonderful coat, perfect tail so rarely seen, very easy fluid mover. BP;
2 Irving’s Dandyhow Sonata, lovely puppy & just unlucky to meet 1, handles very well & in lovely coat & condition, pleasing head & eye, good front, legs & feet, excellent body & overall proportions, good mover despite mud & water everywhere, delightful temperament;
3 Girling’s Benattivo Double Flame.
1 B Bejewelled;
2 North’s Chorbeck Miss Money Penny by Northborders, attractive puppy with good head, front, body & coat, very good tail which could be set better. Good mover showing well;
3 Haughton’s Chorbeck Little Miss Pickle.
1 Stockley’s Foxfactor Cue The Music, beautiful young bitch & very hard to fault on the table, lovely head & expression, good front, excellent body & typical overall proportions, very good tail & rear, perfect coat & condition, good pelt for age, moved well. Surely one destined for the upper-house with more maturity. Good mover;
2 Phillips’ Nantcoch Ffion, feminine bitch of quality, outstanding head & expression, very good front, body, legs & feet, excellent size, sound mover, coat of excellent texture, pressed 1 hard. Liked her a lot;
3 Gilpin’s Otterbobs Umber.
1 Girling’s Benattivo Faberge, very impressive correct bitch & a pleasure to judge, pleasing overall proportions with adequate length of body, good front & rear, thick pelt, hard coat in pristine condition, well shaped head but rather heavy in ears. Sound accurate mover, pressed hard in the challenge;
2 F Cue The Music;
3 Sansom’s Tufterslodge Tiz Only Me.
1 Lorraine’s Seymours Bubble And Squeak for Raleniro, typical bitch with good body & very good coat, OK in head & eye, sound mover, good legs & feet, comfortable winner in this class;
2 Golding’s Beaconpike In A Storm, feminine of good size, excellent body & rear, good topline, head & eye. Very short of coat & had to pay the penalty;
3 Hall & Ellis’ Beaconpike Nightsky at Brackenfell.
Good class of lovely bitches.
1 Scale’s Doramil Camorra, beautifully constructed with perfect front & clean lines throughout, sound rear, good body & typical ribcage, thick double coat & good pelt, OK in head & expression, in no way coarse & cloddy & despite inclement weather conditions a free easy mover who put on a good performance & won the CC, handled by an expert to show off her many qualities;
2 Southam’s Southash Hollywood Girl, very feminine & a little smaller than 1, good head, body & coat, stands well on sound legs. Movement not her fortune or perhaps she did not like the mud & who can blame her;
3 Robbins’ Kyscafter Kestrel.
1 McPherson’s Brumberhill Blue Sky, blue bitch & quality throughout, very soundly made with good front, perfect body & rear, good coat & best of tails, feminine head with good eye. Ears detract a little from expression & in the challenge refused to show them to advantage & who could blame her as she was standing knee-high in mud! Won the RCC after much deliberation;
2 Fray’s Grindelvald Miss Teak at Eltonfurze, also liked this bitch a lot, appealed greatly for overall balance, length & body proportions, good hard coat, OK in head & eye, not the strength of rear of 1 & decided that movement in a sea of mud was not for her;
3 Clark’s Ch Southash Blue Betty Boo Gameway.
DAN ERICSSON (Sweden)