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Driffield 14 Judge
BORDER DRIFFIELD 14
Judge: Mrs A C Fryer
BEST OF BREED : 3766 LOWRY Mr M Ravenside Time Passes
BORDER JUDGE DRIFFIELD 14
Thanks to the exhibitors for giving me a lovely entry and to my stewards for keeping the ring running efficiently throughout. We had a good day with a very very slight drizzle; the exhibitors and exhibits seemed untroubled but it did cause the ringside to flee temporarily! There were some very good dogs present and I enjoyed all my winners but there are always some buts, and looking through my notes there was a preponderonce of “OK” over “good”. The standard asks for a dog that has the soundness to follow a horse; this, of course, must be understood in the context of a terrier working with the Hunt on rough moorland ground, but even so only the minority of exhibits could meet this requirement. Inadequate angulation leads to poor ground covering ability and untidy front movement – evident in a lot of exhibits. Whilst most exhibitors take the trouble to present their dogs as well as possible, a number were unfit and lacking muscle tone and would one of the Breed Clubs please put on a grooming seminar which shows exhibitors how to prepare feet and nails?? It is clearly needed. I forgive coats since these are outwith your control and sadly some excellent dogs had to pay the price for coming without a jacket.
Minor Puppy - Dog Entries: 6 Absentees: 0
2nd - Cedarhill Time Will Tell (Mrs J Alpe) A rangier pup, head OK but not as strong in the foreface as 1, ears and earset OK; OK for bone, good ribs carried well back, in good condition and lovely coat, moving reasonably well.
3rd - Foxthorn Gaston (Mr R & Mrs S & Miss M Taylor) Just 6 months and a smaller pup, attractive head with a good ear and eye giving an excellent expression, lovely neck running into the best of shoulders, good tail & tailset, good feet and in very good coat and condition, movement very good when he settled
Res - Ploughdown Plato (Mr E & Dr M Armstrong)
2nd - Shiftyfox Roll The Dice (Mr G Wildey) Nice competent puppy, well put together with good neck and shoulder, a decent mover he has a nice head and expression with good earset, little heavy in rib but a good loin, presented fit and moving out OK.
3rd - Dandyhow Friendly Fire at Chevinor (Mrs H A Metcalfe) another very attractive puppy, lovely head with a good expression, strong jaw and a reasonable shoulder, OK for bone. Shown in an excellent harsh tweedy coat, moved OK but not as good in front as the first two.
Res - Foxthorn Gaston (Mr R & Mrs S & Miss M Taylor)
2nd - Tythrop Timepiece (Mrs J L Lee) A similar type, slightly smaller than 1, OK in head if not as strong over the foreface, OK for bone and feet, shown in an excellent sharp blue coat, when settled he was also an excellent mover but a bit nervous or unsettled at first
3rd - Otterwood Caius JW (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee) Good head and expression, slightly heavy in ear, good neck and shoulder, easily spanned, good quarters, well put together and moved well but not so clean and powerful as the first two.
Res - Earthdog Lanyard By Beaconpike (Mr S & Mrs K Golding)
2nd - Glenbucket Whisky Mac (Mrs M J Alexander) Another very attractive and typy Border, OK for head and strong jaw, lovely neck running into a good shoulder, moved OK but fell away a bit behind, rather short of coat today but a very pleasing prospect.
3rd - Comberdown Cormac at Borderbridge (Miss B J Singh) Another all round good Border, good head, well set ears and a strong jaw, good neck running into a decent shoulder, good rear angulation and moving quite steadily, in a good coat – completed a very pleasing trio of dogs.
Res - Totherend Tornado (Mr R G & Mrs E A Wright)
2nd - Dymanti Roman Warrior (Mr P J & Mrs A K Taylor) Decent type of Border, good head, ears slightly high set, strong jaw and OK in skull. A little heavy in front, OK for bone but good angulations, feet OK, in a pleasing coat moving OK.
3rd - StBedehounds Frank in Sense of Raleniro ShCM (Mr M J & Mrs D A Lorraine) Good head, nice expression, a little wide in front, today reasonably angulated behind. A little short of coat today and moved OK.
Limit - Dog Entries: 10 Absentees: 1
A very good class, a lot of different types so some difficult decisions to sort out.
1st - Badgerholme Epsom Jet JW ShCM (Mr & Mrs B Dickinson & Miss T James) Good head, nice in skull, ears well set with a good expression, OK for bone, feet OK, good in shoulder and rib, very well balanced, lovely rear angulationa and good tail and tailset, reasonable Bl/tan coat and he moved out well. Overall he presented a very good typical picture, no exaggerations and everything in the right place, showing himself off well so pleased to award him the CC.
2nd - Lairehope Viking Spark (Mr P & Mrs K Lothian) Lovely typical head and expression, good eye and well set ears, strong jaw, Excellent balance, good for bone, good shoulder and rib, good strong thighs, feet OK and a well set tail,. A really nice type of Border who moved out very well round the ring, very short of coat today or would have put up a srong challenge
3rd - Keycharm Phantom by Ridgebow JW (Mr N Duxbury) Gorgeous headed Border, everything here just right, super eye and expression, a really nice type, Good shoulder and rear, excellent feet, moved very well and presented in the best of coats and pelt, just a little heavy all through which cost him here.
Res - Remony Runrig (Mrs A E Gregory)
A really good class of Borders.
1st - CH Cobstoneway River Magic JW ShCM (Miss C Spencer) Excellent head, good strong jaw, good eye and well set ears; OK for bone with good feet. Well angulated both ends, good rib and lovely balance, good tail and tailset, in excellent coat. Moved well around the ring but could be tidier in front which just cost him in the challenge, but doing enough to earn the Reserve CC.
2nd - Brackenfell Bok To Bach JW (Mr C Hall & Miss L Ellis) A lovely strongly built Border, excelled in head, lovely eye and ear, good in skull, strong jaw and a keen expression, good for bone and very good feet, well angulated with good balance, strong loin, tail OK. Moved out well presenting a very attractive picture, another who was desperately short of coat today or would have put up a stiffer challenge.
3rd - Solitary Mist (Mr D & Mrs C Hodgson) A good type, good head but could be stronger over the foreface, very well put together, good angulations and rib, feet OK, good strong quarters and in fit condition, presented in a good coat. A very sound dog who moved out impressively but was not enjoying his day.
Res - AM/CAN CH Cedarhill Beyond the Stars JW (Mrs C Dean)
Res - Dymanti Roman Warrior (Mr P J & Mrs A K Taylor)
2nd - Fehmarn Moelwynbach (Mrs J Morton Shaw) Gorgeous headed bitch, everthing here correct, shorter than 1 but still OK, strong loin and moving well.
3rd - Tojamatt Integrity (Mr & Mrs D Matthews) Another good bitch, good head, she is superbly balanced, well angulated , excellent bone and feet, good tail and set, very pleasing all round. Was very very unsettled on the move and will do much better when she steadies.
Res - Staynorwood Affinity (Mr G & Mrs C Richardson)
A good class with some very nice types but a few were rather unsettled.
1st - Esyntona Honeysuckle (Mr I Hopper) Lovely head and neck, good skull, good strong jaw, nice eye, good for bone with nice tight feet, shoulder OK, good rib carried well back with good quarters, tail OK, shown in a lovely deep red coat, moved out well but a little close in front, BPB
2nd - Tarkaswell Doctor's Orders (Mrs C E Sansom) Very similar type to 1 but not so strong in head, a bigger bitch, good neck and shoulder, good feet, good for bone, nicely angulated behind, a bit longer in back and on the move not quite so steady in front.
3rd - Beaconpike Venus (Mr S R & Mrs K M Golding) Another really nice type of bitch, nice head, strong jaw, good earset, nice neck running into a good shoulder, well balanced with a good tail and tailset, not moving as well in front as the first two but covering her ground convincingly.
Res - Remony Frosted Ivy (Mrs A Gregory)
2nd - Smalesmouth Skylark (Mrs J Roberts) Another good bitch, good head, good for bone, again well angulated and beautifully balanced, shown in a good coat she had a bit of class about her; moved very well with excellent stride, another with lot of promise.
3rd - Howthwaite Amethyst (Mr R J & Mrs E A Barrett) Attravtive grizzle, not as strong in head as the first two but again really well made. Good angulations and balance but not quite the bone, good rib with a good tail and tailset, shown in a good coat. Another who moved out really well to complete a very impressive trio of young bitches.
Res - Mcbrock Miss Amelia (Mr & Mrs J R Mann)
2nd - Tarkaswell Double Agent JW (Mrs C E Samsom) Another good bitch, not as strong in head but a good jaw, nice ear and set, OK for bone, good in rib, well angulated behind, in a good coat, moving quite well but couldn’t quite match 1 in front.
3rd - Alcumlow Azure (Mr P, Mrs B & Miss R Barber) Good overall bitch but not as strong in head as the first two, well made all through; OK for feet, tail, tailset. Good coat but not so well balanced. Moved well when she settled down.
Res - Shiftyfox Mystical Dream (Mr G Wildey)
2nd - Chorbeck Little Miss Pickle at Hollinholme (Mr J & Mrs Y Robinson) Very attractive little bitch, lovely head and good earset, good shoulder, fantastic pelt which was a rarity today, good quarters fore & aft and shown in a lovely coat, good tail and set. Moving very well, a very attractive bitch.
3rd - Darkarmar Heartbreaker (Miss S Coop) Another attractive little bitch with an excellent pelt, not quite the match of the winners for head & bone or movement, well angulated and balanced.
Res - Stoneygin Tallulah (Mr S Firth)
This was a truly excellent class where I think any one of the exhibits could have won, I considered pulling out, but with the exception of the seen bitches, that would have been the whole class. So it really was down to splitting hairs and dividing atoms, my apologies that so many lovely bitches had to go cardless.
1st - Ravenside Time Passes (Mr M Lowry) I thought that she was all round an incredibly competent bitch, good head, good in ear and skull, strong jaw. Well off for bone with good tight feet, she was shown in an excellent coat, well made all through with a good rib carried into a strong loin, good tail and tailset, when she got going she was a very easy clean mover. Super balance and today she really impressed so pleased to award her the CC & BOB.
2nd - Howthwaite in Vogue (Mr R J & Mrs E A Barrett) Another stunning bitch, well angulated all through with good feet, tail & tailset, lovely balance and shown in a very good coat, excellent expression just not quite the head of 1 but she just flowed round the ring, was very close up in a very tough challenge.
3rd - Nantcoch Ffion JW ShCM (Mrs J M Phillips) Another really nice bitch in this impressive class, head OK, good expression, good angulations and rib into a strong loin, good feet and tail, OK for bone and well balanced, shown in excellent coat. Not quite as settled today which was spoiling her topline, moved out well
Res - Cedarhill Wish Upon a Star JW (Mrs C Dean)
Only 4 present, all good bitches but of different type.
1st - CH Cedarhill Rising Star At Brankell JW (Mr P & Miss K Brannan) Good head, strong jaw, good earset, and good in skull, good neck of moderate length, OK for bone. Well made all through with a strong loin set off with a nice short tail, feet OK, moving well round the ring in a good coat, she made a very attractive picture showing herself off well and did enough to win the Res CC in a very strong challenge.
2nd - CH / Ir CH Ploughdown Portia (Mr & Mrs E Armstrong) Bl/t in an excellent coat, a nice quality bitch with a lot going for her, couldn’t quite match the head of 1. Overall very well made but just not the perfect balance of my CC winners.
3rd - Jamespaw Cockle Shell Bay by Chorbeck (Mrs H Haughton) Sweet headed bitch, good ears and skull, OK for bone, good shoulder, more heavily built than the first two, carrying an excellent pelt, in good coat and moving out OK in this strong class.
Res - Fehmarn Fine Romance (Mrs J Morton Shaw)
Judge: Mrs A C Fryer