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Border Boston 12 Judge's Critique

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Boston 12 Judge



Best Breeder Sneddon


I appreciate that at this time of year with both dark mornings and early sunsets travelling and showing your Borders might not seem like the most enjoyable way to spend your weekend. So a sincere thank you to all those exhibitors who attended my first Championship Show appointment. We were the only terrier breed to have CC’s on offer and I had a lovely entry of 122 dogs. The venue and ring allocated were both excellent. No draughts or noisy blow-heaters. It was actually very civilised. Thank you to my steward who was efficient and supportive throughout. It made my task so much easier.

I was surprised to find that many exhibits, whilst prima facie, moved soundly, lacked the drive that is so important if they are to do a real day’s work. I was also a little disappointed that many Borders had tight pelts, which sometimes were thick but lacked that looseness that could get them, quite literally, out of a tight hole!

I was delighted with my overall winners and, I thank all those who graciously accepted my decisions.

Minor Puppy – Dog Entries: 9 Absentees: 4

1st Onthill Amaretto (Mr R & Mrs A Ramus) Lovely dark grizzle youngster of just 6½ months with dark eye and kind expression. Excellent head with large strong teeth. Has a narrow front and good length of rib, well carried back. In good coat. Moved and showed well particularly for one so young. I’m sure he has a great future ahead of him. Pushed hard for BP but just lost out at the final hurdle as I suspect he was a little tired after his long day.

2nd Karison Kranberrie (Miss K Johnson) Another real baby of just 6 months, with a lovely otter head. Grizzle and tan in great coat with harsh texture. Nicely balanced with good outline and nice length of tail and tailset. Moved ok but I think his nerves got the better of him, I am sure he will improve with practice and experience. I shall look out for his progress in the months to come.

3rd Rhozzum Vangelis (Mrs M Sharp)

Res Tufterslodge Good Move (Ms J M Woollacott)

VHC Onthill Amarogue (Mr C A Ramus)

Puppy – Dog Entries: 3 Absentees: 2

1st Cynetkoys Cool Hand Luke (Mr S D & Mrs A S Watson & Kenna) Alone in the class, grizzle dog of 11 months. Mature for his age and doesn’t need to grow on much more. He had a masculine head and dark ear and his coat was still coming through. Showed well and his movement was fine.

Junior – Dog Entries: 11 Absentees: 1

1st Dandyhow Dr Walter (Mrs K M Irving) Grizzle and tan dog of 15 months, nice size, excellent coat and well presented. I liked his overall balance and type. Pleasing head and good length of neck. Correct topline and tail length and set. Preferred front movement to rear.

2nd Ragatam Newmarket At Badgerholme (Mr & Mrs B Dickinson) Another nice grizzle and tan youngster of almost 14 months. In excellent double coat with a good scissor bite and large teeth. He was short of whisker but had good strong jaw and a pleasant otter head. Narrow front and good topline. Moved and showed well. Just preferred the type of 1.

Delighted to hear that he completed his JW today by winning the next class

3rd Rexlands Little Bustard (Mrs D Pearson)

Res Irton Morse Code (Mr & Mrs D & A Fryer)

VHC Kosmic Sun Over Karison (Miss K Johnson)

Yearling – Dog Entries: 7 Absentees: 2

1st Ragatam Newmarket at Badgerholme (Mr & Mrs B Dickinson) See above – 2nd in Junior.

2nd Dandyhow Douglas Fir (Mr T & Miss K Wrenn & Langdon) Pleasing young blue and tan of nice proportions. He had a lovely head and expression and good large teeth. This dog had a wonderfully thick pelt and moved well. Whilst spannable he was at the top end size-wise and doesn’t want to fill out or get any bigger.

3rd Royal Herculean Ironfield (Mrs L Mudd)

Res Northborders Mr Pickles JW (Miss J North)

VHC Earthtaw Conker (Miss J A & Mr M W & V Haydon & Gibbings)

Post Graduate – Dog Entries: 9 Absentees: 1

1st Kersfell Comply Or Die (Mrs M Sneddon) Grizzle and tan dog in perfect coat and top condition. This exhibit had one of the best pelts of the day, handfuls of it, which was lovely to find. He had a beautifully level topline and moved well with plenty of drive.

2nd Onthill Fernando (Mr R & Mrs A Ramus) This was a nice handy workmanlike grizzle and tan dog who unfortunately was completely out of coat today and this cost him the class. Lots to like about him such as a good pelt, nice head, correct topline and good on the move.

3rd Stowthorney Swinging Sam (Mr R Brewster)

Res Quarryway Tabasco at Dualta (Mr W T & Mrs J L Edwards)

VHC Hoary Morning (Mr T & Miss K Wrenn & Langdon)

Limit – Dog Entries: 7 Absentees: 1

1st Ycart Best Shot Remmington (Mr K K & Mrs T J Fraser & Butler) This grizzle won the class comfortably with his excellent showmanship and lovely quality coat. Easily spannable, narrow front and good length of rib. Had a good outline and maintained his topline on the move. Moved soundly.

2nd Borderella Day Tripper JW (Mrs P South) Grizzle and tan with pleasing otter head, broad skull and strong jaw. Correct topline and good pelt. In excellent coat. Moved well.

3rd Tufterslodge Walnut at Orangebox (Mr M & Mrs T Anscombe)

Res Hoary Morning (Mr T & Miss K Wrenn & Langdon)

VHC Achouffe Murphy Gray at Adrival (Mrs J Bone)

Open – Dog Entries: 6 Absentees: 1

1st CH Tythrop Tapas (Mrs J L Lee) Light grizzle and tan with an excellent coat and wonderful loose pelt. Good head with strong jaw and teeth. Narrow front and ribs, which were well carried back. Moved with drive and enthusiasm and maintained his excellent topline on the move. Immaculately presented. He never stopped showing and looking like he wanted to be there. You certainly wouldn’t think he was a few days short of becoming a veteran! Dog CC

2nd Ethlencoral Pip of Ottaswell JW (Mr D & Mrs G M Hunt) Another lovely dog. On top form today and pushed hard for top honours. Beautifully presented and in excellent coat and good thick pelt. Lovely reach of neck and correct topline. Moved soundly front and rear, and with enthusiasm and drive. Super otter head with good scissor bite and strong teeth. Well deserved RCC.

3rd Foxfactor Pied Piper JW ShCM (Mr B J & Mrs K D Stockley)

Res CH Irton Up Helly Aa (Mr & Mrs D & A Fryer)

VHC Tufterslodge Walnut at Orangebox (Mr M & Mrs T Anscombe)

Veteran – Dog Entries: 1 Absentees: 0

1st Kersfell Comet JW (Mrs M Sneddon) The only entry for this class but a worthy winner. Another one from this kennel presented in perfect coat and condition. Both his dark grizzle coat and pelt were fabulous. The pelt was loose and thick and so much of it to get hold of. Nice length of rib, good angulation and moved with drive.

Good Citizen Dog Scheme – Dog Entries: 2 Absentees: 0

1st Kersfell Conquistador (Miss S Rose) Narrow grizzle dog in fine coat. Good mouth and strong jaw. Little long in the leg with front movement better than hind. Nicely presented.

2nd Tufterslodge Walnut at Orangebox (Mr M & Mrs T Anscombe) Nicely proportioned grizzle with pleasing head and expression

Not in best of coats today. Narrow front and neat feet. Shown well.

Minor Puppy – Bitch Entries: 13 Absentees: 4

1st Nantcoch Ffion (Mrs J M Phillips) Sweet feminine youngster of 7½ months. Still a baby but showed really well in class and for BP challenge. In excellent coat and with good pelt. Had a good length of rib. Liked her overall type and she presented a balanced picture. Moved well. Delighted to award her BP and then to hear that later she went TPG3

2nd Kersfell Chorus Girl (Mrs M Sneddon) Lots to like about this baby of 6½ months. Still very immature and needs time. Strong teeth and jaw with excellent scissor bite. Has lovely long length of rib and is narrow throughout. I liked her small neat feet but her coat looked to be just past its best but still neatly presented by her owner.

3rd Tufterslodge Good Time Rock at Felfree (Miss F Freer)

Res Foxfactor Cue The Music (Mr B J & Mrs K D Stockley)

VHC Ironfield Agapanthus (Mrs L Mudd)

Puppy – Bitch Entries: 9 Absentees: 1

1st Boemwell Showstopper (Mrs M E M Wombwell) 10 month old pretty petite grizzle. Best mover in this class. Had a great coat and pelt with lovely neat feet. Liked her overall proportion.

2nd Lutudarum Acer Amelie (Mr R & Mrs C Lambeth) Another pleasing grizzle youngster of 9 months not in quite such perfect coat as 1 but nicely proportioned and with good reach of neck. Narrow and balanced throughout with racy outline. Would have preferred to see her carrying a tiny bit more weight. Moved well.

3rd Grindelvald Over The Moon at Hemlockstone (Mr R H & Miss J A Bryan & Pounder)

Res Pipruda My Mystique About Lassemista (Mr D & Mrs A Wright)

VHC Westpoint Dancing Queen (Mrs C E Parr)

Junior – Bitch Entries: 10 Absentees: 2

1st Irton Enigma (Mr & Mrs D & A Fryer) Attractive feminine red bitch of 14 months who stood out in this class. Pleasing head and expression. In good coat and had a good pelt. Nicely sized and proportioned with good length of body and rib. Definitely the best mover of the class.

2nd Earthtaw Catkin (Miss J A & Mr M W & V Haydon & Gibbings) Another feminine bitch in good coat. Pleasing head and correct bite. A little leggier that 1 and not such a sound mover as the winner.

3rd Tufterslodge Tiz Only Me (Mrs C E Sansom)

Res Tythrop Tarantella (Mr P & Mrs J Rowlatt)

VHC Argentail Shiraz (Mesdames W A, A J & C J Prevost & Hopkins)

Yearling – Bitch Entries: 10 Absentees: 2

1st Pebbledyke Pierrot (Mr K L Foster) Compact but nicely proportioned bitch who showed and moved well. Would prefer more bend in stifle. Attractive otter head and shown in good coat.

2nd Eneonith Dazzeling Diamond (Mrs J A Wingfield) Good sized bitch with good length of rib and racy outline. Satisfactory pelt with coat in good order. Preferred overall type and movement of 1.

3rd Earthtaw Catkin (Miss J A & Mr M W & V Haydon & Gibbings)

Res Kersfell Reams of Verse (Mrs M Sneddon)

VHC Tameila Penny Lane by Borderella (Mrs P South)

Post Graduate – Bitch Entries: 12 Absentees: 4

1st Hartswelin Tip Top (Ms L J Coleman) Small neat bitch who moved and showed well. Her coat was just about lasting but probably past its best but clearly is of good harsh texture. Good reach of neck and narrow in body. Nice in profile.

2nd Brookbank Tweed (Mrs S P Norris) Attractive otter head and pleasing expression for this light red bitch. Good mouth and scissor bite. Of an over all good size, spannable and moved soundly. Nice type although not groomed to advantage.

3rd An Cnoc of Baillieswells (Professor A S Milton)

Res Kersfell Reams Of Verse (Mrs M Sneddon)

Limit – Bitch Entries: 12 Absentees: 4

1st Gameway Margarita at Southash (Mr J & Mrs I M Southam) Nice handy size and good proportions on this bitch who was in excellent coat and having a good pelt. Small neat feet and clean front. Attractive otter head but expression slightly spoilt by too much “eyebrow left on. Best mover of the class.

2nd Alcumlow Patience (Mr, Mrs & Miss Barber) Lovely angulation on this bitch. In profile looked deep but I was easily able to span her. Had an old fashioned longer head with attractive colouring and nice dark eye. In fine coat and had a fabulous loose thick pelt. Good front movement and shown beautifully by her handler. Just lost out on placing on her tail carriage on the move.

3rd Hartswelin Far Away (L J Coleman)

Res Cast A Spell Over Brookbank (Mrs S P Norris)

VHC Iris Sparkling Image at Adrival (Mrs J Bone)

Open – Bitch Entries: 11 Absentees: 3

1st Plushcourt The Bees Knees In Thoraldby (Mrs B A, Miss S A, Mr P Judge & Thompson) I was spoilt for choice in this, the strongest class of the day. Lots of lovely bitches in fine form for me to choose from. Difficult choice but the winner was this beautiful blue and tan bitch superbly shown and presented. She never put a foot wrong from the moment she entered the ring. Narrow front and excellent topline. Moved with drive round the ring and as though she owned it. In excellent coat with a loose pelt. She had a beautiful head accompanied by very dark eyes. In top condition today. Couldn’t be beaten for style and overall quality. Delighted to award her her third CC and BOB.

2nd Brumberhill Bonjour (Mr S A Mcpherson) Another beautiful bitch also presented professionally and in top condition. Lovely harsh texture to her thick double coat. Nice type and size great topline which she maintained throughout. She moved with drive which many exhibits did not not today despite moving soundly. A beautiful bitch who totally deserved her RCC

3rd Rhozzum User Friendly (Mrs M Sharp)

Res CH Blue Tutu Via Ycart (Mr K K & Mrs T J Fraser & Butler)

VHC Mansergh Maisytoats at Alcumlow (Mr, Mrs & Miss Barber)

Veteran – Bitch Entries: 2 Absentees: 0

1st Borderella Emma (Mrs P South) Grizzle and tan 9 year old in lovely coat and condition. Nicely proportioned. Good scissor bite. Moved enthusiastically although preferred movement of 2

2nd Olderhill Hesta at Borderella (Mrs P South) 12 year old grizzle bitch, who happens to be dam of 1. Also in fine condition with immaculately white and correct dentition. Looking very distinguished with her greying whiskers . Her general condition and enthusiasm were a credit to her owner. Moved well.

Good Citizen Bitch Entries: (0)

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