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Border Union 18 Judge
BORDER BORDER UNION 18
Judge(s): MRS A E GREGORY (REMONY)
My thanks to the officers and committee of the Border Union Agricultural Society for inviting me to judge today. Thank you also to the exhibitors for giving me, by far, the biggest Terrier entry of the day. A big thank you to my two stewards, Nev and Liz Holmes-Leak, who kept things running smoothly and efficiently thus ensuring that we finished in time for my BOB to make the Group.
Coats were at varying stages, with some in their underclothes, and in some cases this was the deciding factor. Some exhibits were too fine in bone, particularly in the earlier classes. Some heads had ears set too high, some had deep stops with muzzles that were too short which gives a foreign expression. There were more than a few exhibits which would have benefited from having their feet tidied and nails cut. Soundness of movement in some dogs gave cause for concern. If a Border is to be fit for the function it was intended, it needs to be sound on the move. I found varying degrees of unsoundness in front movement from toeing in, crossing in front to paddling and out at the elbows. Hind movement in some exhibits was also less than desirable with hocks too close together when going away, cow hocks, lack of drive from hindquarters and, in some cases, lack of muscle tone. All of which would not allow a Border to be ‘capable of following a horse’ over rugged terrain. On a positive note, I did have some quality dogs to go over and was well pleased with my winners. I was also pleased to see my BOB shortlisted in the group.
1st – Ycart Hunts Bays N Bolts (Mr K K & Mrs T J Fraser and Butler)
A nice sized pup presented in a lovely harsh jacket over a thick loose pelt. Good head and expression, well angulated front and rear, ribbed well back, level topline with a thick carrot tail well set on. Moved positively coming and going with a good side gait.
2nd – Dassett Last Waltz (Mrs N Spafford)
Bigger pup but spans well. Pleasing head of good proportions, good shoulder placement, good straight front, racy hind quarters, good length of rib, in good coat, moved out well.
3rd – Onthill Nighthawk (Mr VJ Pearce)
Res – Glenbucket Highland Reel (Mrs M J Alexander
VHC – Lairehope Asteroid Bear NAF (Mr P & Mrs K Lothian)
Puppy Dog: 5 (2)
1st – Tojamatt Taboo (Mr & Mrs D Matthews)
Smart young dog with a good head, big teeth and good expression. Racy in outline, well constructed, narrow all through with good length of rib, well set on tail, well angulated front and rear, in good harsh jacket, moved well. Best Puppy Dog
2nd – Otterbobs Marquis (Mr JR & Mrs H Gilpin)
Decent head with big teeth and dark eye. Shade heavier in ear than 1 and could be a tad fuller in foreface. Narrow body lines with well laid back rib and good shoulder placement. Nice thick jacket over a loose pelt. Moved soundly.
3rd – Twigglestone Steps to Hevn (Mrs L Aldous)
Junior Dog: 6
1st – Ridgebow Two Hoots (Mr N & Mrs A M Duxbury))
Handy sized dog of good type in fit condition. Masculine head with very little stop, flat skull, strong muzzle, correct bite with big teeth, dark eye, keen expression, stood on straight front legs with good feet, good length of neck into well placed shoulders, narrow rib well laid back, easily spanned, harsh jacket over thick, loose pelt, moved out freely and accurately with good length of stride and drive off well muscled hindquarters. Res. C.C
2nd - Tojamatt Taboo (Mr & Mrs D Matthews)
3rd – Brackenfell Rock The Boat for Vandamere (Mr S P Pollit)
Res – Otterpaws Mountain High (Mr G & Mrs N Birrell)
VHC – Brackenfell Born To Be Alive (Mr I Single)
1st – Tufterslodge Tea N Cake (Mrs J M Phipps)
Masculine head with flat skull, strong jaw, dark eye and big teeth. Narrow body with well laid back rib, good in shoulder placement, good bend of stifle, harsh jacket, moved true.
2nd – Brackenfell Born To Be Alive (Mr I Single)
Strong head of good proportions, handy size, spans easily, straight front with good shoulder placement, harsh jacket, a mite steep in croup, moved o.k
Graduate Dog: 4
1st – Lynsett Lewis (Mr P Armstrong)
Narrow dog, spans easily, with good head and expression, good length of rib, straight front with good feet, nice reach of neck, well laid shoulders, harsh jacket over good pelt, racy hindquarters, moved soundly.
2nd –Akenside Eventide (Mr B & Mrs N Wanless))
Strong headed dog, good bite, big teeth, looked heavy but spanned easily, good in front and rear, thick harsh coat over good pelt, moved well.
3rd – Westbound Dan (Mr C Tait)
Res – Kalebank Harvester (Mrs S Portsmouth)
Post Graduate Dog: 5
1st – Holdenhelms Worth The Wait Via Ycart (Mr K K & Mrs T J Fraser and Butler)
Masculine head of good proportions with flat skull, little stop, dark eye, and big teeth, well placed shoulders, narrow body, ribbed well back, easily spanned, harsh coat over good pelt, moved out well coming and going.
2nd – Tyneaster Dark Agent (Mrs S Gill)
Racy dog of good size, decent head with big teeth, narrow with good body length, easy span, fit condition, moved well.
3rd – Earthwise One To Beat (Mr E J Houston)
Res – Tyneaster Undercover Agent for Vandamere JW (Mr S P Pollit)
VHC –Otterpaws Munnin (Mr G & Mrs N Birrell)
Limit Dog: 12 (1)
1st – Molsechamber Finlaggan (Mr C B Dennis))
Strong head of good proportions, muzzle of good strength, large teeth and good bite, well laid back shoulders, straight front with good feet, good length of rib, level topline with well set on tail, well muscled hind quarters. In the challenge, not quite so positive in front as the CC and Res CC winners
2nd – Tojamatt Moriarty (Mr & Mrs D Matthews)
Narrow construction, of good size, easily spanned, head of good quality and with good bite and big teeth, good in front and hind angulation, good length of rib, harsh coat, moved well.
3rd – Tarkaswell Smart Move to Otterwood (Mr & Mrs M Hollingsbee)
Res – Oakyard Out N’ About At Dasset (Mrs SSpafford)
VHC – Lairehope Duke Diamante (Mr P & Mrs K Lothian)
Open Dog: 8 (3)
1st -IT/NOR/FIN/RUS/ISA/UKR/SVK CH Cedarhill No Excuse Needed (S A Tyumentseva)
Lovely for type, good otter like head, with big teeth, strong jaw, dark eye and keen expression. Good reach of neck into well placed shoulders, good length of rib, narrow body, easily spanned, good topline kept on the move, well set on tail, in a super harsh jacket over a thick loose pelt with lots of undercoat, moved soundly and freely round the ring, covering the ground effortlessly with drive from well turned stifles. DOG C.C
2nd –CH/GER CH Brackenfell Bok to Bach JW (Mr C & Miss L Hall & Ellis)
Well known, worthy champion and one I have judged before, has lots to like but would like to see him with more coat, moved well coming and going but on the day didn’t move round the ring quite as effortlessly as the main winners.
3rd –Thorneyburn Peacepipe at Wreighaugh (Mr M & Mrs A J Carr)
Res –Raleniro Second Time Around (Mr M J, Mrs D A & Miss P, Loraine & Thomas)
VHC – Tyneaster Special Agent at Raedwulf ( Mr M & Mrs V L Atkinson)
Veteran Dog: 6
1st – Foxcraig Jester (Mr G Sugars)Good size dog of excellent breed type, masculine otter head with flat skull, very little stop and strong muzzle, is good in shoulder and length of rib, easily spanned, thickest of pelts with a thick undercoat and harsh top coat, at 12 years of age still moves out soundly.
2nd – Grettacs The Wizard (Mr B & Mrs L P Innes) good sized 9 year old, masculine head with keen expression, well constructed, good in topline and tailset, harsh jacket, moved true.
3rd – Merumhor Midwinter JW (Mr G & Mrs H McKenzie)
Res – Okarito Rafael at Wreighaugh (Mr M & Mrs A J Carr)
VHC – StBedehounds Frank In Sense of Raleniro ShCM (Mr M J & Mrs D A Lorraine)
Minor Puppy Bitch: 8 (2)
1st – Irton Sovay (Mr & Mrs D & A Fryer)
Outgoing, happy puppy, lovely otter head of good proportions with nice dark eye and keen expression, well angulated front and rear, straight front legs with good feet, ribbed well back with good topline and tailset, presented in a super harsh coat over a thick loose pelt, moved soundly and accurately. Best Puppy Bitch and Best Puppy in Breed
2nd – Ycart Hunts Bays N Stays (Mr KK & Mrs TJ Fraser & Butler)
Splitting hairs between 1st and 2nd. Another smart puppy, feminine otter head with dark eye and good expression, well placed shoulders, good length of rib, another in an excellent harsh jacket with thick pelt, moved out soundly.
3rd – Glenbucket Highland Queen (Mrs N Anderson)
Res – Caldewriver No Regret (Mrs DC O’Brien)
VHC – Elemcella Scaevola (Mr C Tait)
Puppy Bitch: 4 (2)
1st – Esyntona Codeword Vandamere (Mr M & Mrs V L Atkinson)
Good sized, o.k in head, good length of neck, narrow body of good length, well set on tail, easy span, good bend of stifle, harsh coat, moved well.
2nd - Elemcella Scaevola (Mr C Tait)
Finer made throughout and lacking in coat, o.k head with flat skull and good bite, good body length, moved o.k
Junior Bitch: 7 (0)
1st – Ravenside Calima (Mr M Lowry)
Quality bitch, well balanced and of good breed type, feminine head of good proportions with flat skull, short strong muzzle and correct bite, lovely dark eye, keen expression, neat ears, well constructed front and rear, easily spanned, built on narrow body lines with good length to rib, level topline with tail well set on, moved soundly, driving off well muscled hindquarters and covering the ground with accuracy and ease. Presented in tip top condition with a dense harsh jacket over a thick loose pelt. Bitch CC & BOB
2nd – Bardenfox Tale as Old as Time (Mr I & Mrs J Broomhead)
Another quality bitch, good head with strong jaw, correct bite, dark eye, good expression, stood on straight front legs with good feet, well angulated front assembly, narrow body with good length of rib, tight coat over thick pelt, well turned stifles, sound, accurate mover. Pushed hard for top honours.
3rd – Picer Beth Chatto (Mr G & Mrs S Pickering )
Res – Carrickfarm Mhairi (L T & C Templeman & Comben)
VHC – Carrickfarm Macey (Mrs V M Armstrong))
Yearling: 8 (4)
1st – Oakyard on Song (Mr J Parry)
Typey bitch of good size, feminine head with dark eye, good expression and good bite, good length of neck leading to well placed shoulders, straight front legs with neat feet, well muscled, racy hindquarters, in a good coat and pelt, moved out soundly
2nd – Achnagairn Touch of Class (Mrs A Fraser)
Longer cast than 1st, has a good otter like head, well constructed front and rear, good topline and tailset, coat just coming through, moved soundly.
3rd – Whittonglebe Indigo (Mr G & Mrs J Mackenzie)
Res – Oakyard Objet D’Art at Hollexby (Mr P Appleby)
Graduate Bitch: 6 (0)
1st - Carrickfarm Mhairi (L T & C Templeman & Comben)
Good size with typical head and expression, easily spanned, good in front and rear construction, good coat and pelt moved soundly.
2nd – Otterpaws Firebird ShCM (Miss A M Dixon)
Finer type, built on racy body lines, feminine head with dark eye and good bite, straight front with good feet, coat coming through, moved a little wide in front.
3rd – Otterwood Domina Candesco JW (Mr & Mrs M Hollingsbee)
Res – Kentixen Mystery (Mr C Tait)
VHC – Whittonglebe Hazy Mist (Mr G & Mrs J Mackenzie)
Post Graduate Bitch: 8 (0)
1st – Glenbucket Sandy’s Glinty at Lairehope NAF (Mr P & Mrs K Lothian)
Typical workmanlike bitch not overdone in any way, good otter head, little stop, flat skull, short strong muzzle, dark eye, keen expression, well constructed front and rear, looks heavy but underneath her harsh jacket and thick pelt was a good size and is spannable, moved soundly.
2nd – Achnagairn Tutti Frutti (Mrs A Fraser)
Another that is good for size and type. Decent head with correct bite, nice dark eye with good expression, well placed shoulders with straight front legs, feet could have been tidied to advantage, rib well laid back, well angulated rear, harsh coat over good pelt. Moved positively.
3rd – Wings of Speed at Otterpaws (Miss A M Dixon)
Res – Earthwise Heaven Can Wait (Mr E J Houston)
VHC – Bordurrock Tarot Woman (Mr D R & Mrs E J Gillies)
Limit Bitch: 12 (2)
1st – Glebeheath Maiden Name At Oakyard (Mr J Parry)
Handy sized bitch of good type, typical otter like head, with neat ears, nice dark eye with good expression, correct bite, good reach of neck into well placed shoulders, straight front, good feet, narrow body of good length and easily spanned, excellent harsh coat over thick pelt, well turned, well muscled, racy stifles which she used to move accurately. With a change of handler in the challenge, went very well to secure the Res. Bitch C.C
2nd – Irton Scotch Mist (Mr & Mrs D & A Fryer))
Strong but femine bitch of good breed type, lovely otter head of correct proportions, neat ears, big teeth, heavier set than 1 but is spannable, stands on a straight front with good feet, well angulated front, good length of rib, well muscled rear of good angulation, moved soundly.
3rd – Ridgebow Rusty Rivet (Mr N & Mrs A M Duxbury)
Res – Cobstoneway Love Song JW ShCM (Mrs G Stevens)
VHC – Holdenhelms Lady Alice Via Ycart (Mr K K & Mrs T J Fraser and Butler)
Open Bitch: 7 (5)
1st – Achnagairn Red Card (Mrs A Fraser)
Very typey, handy sized bitch with a super otter like head of correct proportions, lovely dark eye and varminty expression, straight front with neat feet, well laid back shoulders, good topline with carrot tail well set on, a little straight in stifle, presented in a excellent double coat, moved positively.
2nd – Lynsett Bold Spirit JW (Mrs L & Mr & Mrs JR McFarlane & Mann)
Strong but feminine head, dark eye, good expression, short strong muzzle with correct bite, good in front and rear construction, good length of rib, good topline and well set on tail, moved soundly, lacking in condition today.
Veteran Bitch: 6 (1)
1st – Beaconpike Nightsky at Brackenfell (Mr C & Miss L Hall & Ellis)
At 8 years this bitch was in fit condition. Narrow throughout, is a good size, balanced and well constructed, typical otter like head of good proportions, good topline and tail set, racy hindquarters, harsh coat and good pelt. Moved accurately. Best Veteran
2nd – Cobstoneway Bayou Sunrise (Mrs G Stevens)
Typey bitch with a good head and expression, good front and rear angulation, good topline and tailset, moved well, carrying more weight than the winner.
3rd – Carrickfarm Mika ShCM (Mrs V M Armstrong)
Res – Seymours Bubble And Squeak for Raleniro ShCM (Mr M J & Mrs D A Lorraine)
VHC – Kalebank Country Ruby (Mrs S Portsmouth)
Anne Gregory (Judge)