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Driffield 16 Judge
BORDER DRIFFIELD 16
Judge: Mrs Jane Roberts
BEST OF BREED : 3849 DOCWRA Ms V L K Bandicoot Doc Martin
BORDER JUDGE DRIFFIRLD 16
I would like to thank the officers & committee of the Driffield Agricultural Society for the invitation to judge at their show.
I was grateful to have the use of an excellent sized ring. The surface was rather undulating & rough cut in places, which proved more of a challenge to those dogs whose movement did not have “the soundness to follow a horse”. It was a very raw start to the day with the dogs being judged under rather cold & misty conditions although the sun did break through as the bitch classes began.
Grateful thanks to my stewards Anne & Sarah, who kept everything moving so efficiently & were good company for the day. My thanks to all the exhibitors, it really is a privilege to go over your dogs & is always a learning curve. I had a thoroughly enjoyable day & there were some top quality exhibits & some promising youngsters, whose progress I will watch with interest. Some decisions were hard, & Limit Dog, Junior & Limit Bitch had quality in depth.
It was extremely rewarding to find some very good double jackets amongst the entry but felt there were several others who had thin pelts or lacked undercoat. There were a couple with teeth out of alignment & too many dogs whose movement lacked the necessary drive from the hindquarters.
I was mindful of the job that Border Terriers were bred to undertake & I was pleased with my class winners; making the challenge for both dogs & bitches an enjoyable if difficult task.
1 Bean’s Wintergarden Fly’s Final to Manorcroft, just 6 months & although still very much a baby, I think he should make up into a very nice dog. Grizzle with a good head & expression. Very good front & shoulders. Easily spanned with good length of rib. Very good topline & tailset. Shown in a good double jacket. Light on his feet so he covered the ground well. Thoroughly enjoying his day out. BPD;
2 Fleming’s Cedarhill Ghost Writer, 8 months grizzle. Good head & expression. Not quite the front assembly of the winner but he has a good length of rib, level topline & nice shaped carrot tail. Shown in good double coat & pelt. He moved soundly, covering the ground with a decent length of stride. Well handled;
3 Wallace’s Hobholt Helter Skelter.
1 Broomhead’s Bardenfox A View To Kill, handy sized 10 months grizzle with a good otter head & large set of teeth. Built on narrow lines with good shoulders, front & topline. He moved well from all angles. Overall a promising, balanced puppy who showed well. Just in his undercoat today.
1 McPherson’s Brumberhill Back T’Future, lively 16 months bl/t. I think he has some maturing to do until he is at his best, but a very well constructed masculine dog. He has an excellent head with keen expression & large teeth. Excels in neck & shoulder. He has a good length of rib, excellent topline & tailset. Used his hindquarters to advantage on the move where he covered the ground really well. Very fit & shown in tremendous depth of coat with thick pelt. Considered for top honours but lost out on maturity to the older dogs in the challenge;
2 Haughton’s Chorbeck Chatty Man, 16 months grizzle dog. I liked this dog for his size & overall balance. Good head, neck & shoulders & feet. I liked his length of body, topline & tailset. An honest type, who moved soundly. Presented in good double jacket. Well handled;
3 Larner’s Hawcoat Mr Fixit.
1 Johnson’s Karison Kosta, grizzle dog that scored for his overall type & soundness. Presents a balanced outline. Very good head with large teeth. Good neck, shoulders, legs & feet. Built on narrow lines with decent length of rib. Spannable. Level topline & tailset. Well constructed hind quarters. Carrying a really good double jacket with thick pelt. Moved soundly from all angles;
2 Irving’s Dandyhow Galloping Gourmet, enjoying himself. Correct size grizzle/t with very good head & expression. Built on narrow lines with good shoulder placement, length of rib & correct shaped tail. Very good double jacket & pelt. Rather unsettled on the move so not striding out freely;
3 Reeves & Hyslop’s Baywillow Blueprint.
1 B Back T’Future;
2 Sneddon’s Kersfell Cool River, handy sized, balanced grizzle in very good condition. Liked his head & expression. Good sized teeth. Good length of neck into well placed shoulders. Narrow front. Good length of rib. Very good topline & tailset. Correct double jacket & thick skin. Moved soundly;
3 Houseman’s Markington Apollo.
This was a very good class of quality dogs that went beyond the placings.
1 Docwra’s Bandicoot Doc Martin, this is a very well constructed grizzle dog & so well balanced. Really good head, with moderate width of skull, strong jaw & very good set of teeth. Well placed dark eyes with keen expression. Excellent reach of neck into well placed shoulders. Narrow front with excellent legs & feet. Narrow bodylines with excellent length of rib & strong loin. Easy to span. Excels in topline, tailset & correct shaped tail. He was fit & shown in very good double jacket with thick loose pelt. He moved very well from all angles, using his hindquarters to drive forward on a long stride. Well handled. CC & BOB;
2 Larner’s Hawcoat Lord George, a light grizzle dog that I have judged before & now at 5 years lacks none of the qualities he displayed as a younger dog. Lovely otter head with well placed eye. Good set of teeth. He has a good reach of neck into narrow shoulders. Good legs & feet. Ribs carried well back, level topline & tailset. Covered the ground well in profile & moved accurately from all angles. Not as much top coat today as the winner;
3 Duxbury’s Ridgebow Rifleman.
1 Lee’s Tythrop Timepiece, a correctly sized, well balanced dog. Very good head & expression. Really liked his reach of neck into well placed shoulders. Straight front. Narrow bodylines, good length of rib, easily spanned. Good for bone & stands on thick padded feet. He has an excellent topline & a short thick tail. Racy hindquarters which he put to good use on the move. Put down to perfection with a superb bl/t jacket covering a thick pelt. RCC;
2 Armstrong’s Ir Ch Ploughdown Plato, bigger dog than 1 but a smart blue that has a good head, strong jaw with large set of teeth. Good neck into well placed shoulders. Good length of rib, topline & tailset. Firm loin. In very good condition with an excellent coat & pelt. Moved soundly but not as well as the class winner today;
3 Roslin-Williams’ Mansergh Burne Jones.
1 Hollingsbee’s Otterwood Caius, unplaced in hot Limit class. Handy sized blue dog. Good head, neck & shoulders. Good length of body. Spannable. Harsh jacket & thick pelt. Moved accurately but lacked drive;
2 Carr’s Okarito Rafael at Wreighaugh, 5 years grizzle. Honest type of border with good head, front & length of body. Good topline & tailset. Shown in double jacket with good pelt.
1 Armstrong’s Ploughdown Paloma, 8 months quality grizzle. All you could want at this stage. Balanced outline. Lovely feminine head with well placed dark eye. Good reach of neck into well laid shoulders. Excellent front. Narrow bodylines with good length of rib. Level topline into well set on tail of correct shape. Beautifully presented in double jacket with thick pelt. She moved confidently & accurately. Very promising. BPB & BP;
2 Brewster & Green’s Stowthorny Claitvoyant, another promising youngster. Not as mature as 1 & of a rangier type. I thought she had a good head & expression. Nicely balanced for one so young. Good reach of neck into well angulated shoulder. Narrow bodylines with ribs carried well back. Excellent hindquarter with well let down hock. Not as much coat as 1 but deserved her place as she moved well;
3 Metcalfe’s Tojamatt Myth for Chevinor.
1 Illingworth’s Witch Way to Thornyhurst, almost 12 months. A nice size with good head properties & strong muzzle. Balanced outline with good shoulder placement. Straight front. Narrow bodylines with ribs carried well back. Easily spanned. Harsh coat with thick pelt. Moved well on a long stride. Close decision between 1 & 2;
2 Fulker’s Foxpaw Revelation, lively 9 months grizzle with a balanced outline. Lovely head with keen expression. Another built on narrow bodylines with well angulated front & hindquarters. Good for bone with nice tight feet. Good length of rib, topline & tailset. She moved very well but shorter on coat than winner.
1 Mooney’s Chesterton Caboodle, light grizzle. She won this class on her overall shape, balance & size. Pleasing head with keen expression. Good length of neck into well angulated shoulders & narrow front. I liked her length of body. Easy to span. Good topline & tailset & good rear angulation. Once settled she moved really well on a long stride. Very well presented in quality double coat with thick pliable pelt;
2 Gilpin’s Charlies Copycat via Otterbobs, red grizzle in really good form. Lovely size & balance. Very good head with dark eye & keen expression. Good reach of neck into well placed shoulders. Straight front & narrow bodylines. Excellent topline & tailset. Moved soundly. Short of top coat today;
3 Larner’s Hawcoat Ugogirl.
1 Brannan & Kelly’s Brankell Double Or Quits, grizzle bitch in very good condition. Excellent head with dark eye & keen expression. Good reach of neck into narrow shoulders. Straight front. Liked her topline & correct shaped tail. Good legs & thickly padded feet. Good rear angulation. Moved well. Beautifully presented in very good double coat with thick pliable pelt;
2 Taylor’s Diggsad Dizzy Dizzy Dora, grizzle bitch that has a good overall body shape. Nice size. Good head. Moderate reach of neck into well angulated shoulders. Narrow front. Good length of body & spanable ribs. Good topline & tailset. Nice turn of stifle & shown in double jacket. Moved soundly;
3 Hollingsbee’s Otterwood Domina Candesco.
1 Armstrong’s Carrickfarm Mara, grizzle bitch of nice size & good body proportions. Typical head & expression. Good neck & shoulder with a straight front. Good topline & tailset. Sound free mover. Shown in good double jacket with thick pelt;
2 Sugars’ Foxcraig Magic Bubbles, red grizzle. Different type to 1. Nice head with strong muzzle. Good reach of neck into decent front. Good topline & tailset. Very good shaped tail. Shown in full coat with really thick pliable pelt – one of the best of the day. Moved soundly;
3 Lorraine’s Raleniro New Rose.
A very good class of quality bitches.
1 Gregory’s Remony Frosted Ivy, well constructed grizzle with good bodylines & balance. In good fettle. Very Good head & expression. Strong muzzle. Big teeth. Good front assembly. Very good bone & neat feet with thick pads. Good length of rib. Easily spanned. Excellent topline, tailset & racy hindquarters. Well shaped tail. In very good condition with excellent double jacket. Moved well from all angles;
2 Mann & McFarlane’s Lynsett Bold Spirit, grizzle bitch. I liked her for size, balance & overall type. Really good head with keen expression. Very good reach of neck, narrow front, good shoulder placement, length of body & well angulated hind quarters. Correct shaped tail. Easily spanned. Presented in really good jacket. Moved soundly;
3 Sansom’s Tarkaswell Doctors Orders.
1 Lee’s Tythrop Turn Back Time, this bl/t bitch has great ring presence. She also fits the Standard very well. She is an ideal size & has a well proportioned head with dark eye & keen expression. Excels in neck, shoulder placement & narrow front. Stands on good legs & feet. Correct length of body with good length of ribs. Easily spanned. Excellent topline & tailset. Strong over her loin. Correct shaped tail. Excellent double jacket with thick pelt. Moved true on a long stride. CC;
2 Gilpin’s Ch Otterbobs Xolana, grizzle bitch that also fits the Standard well. She has a very good head, strong muzzle & good set of teeth. Well constructed throughout, she has a balanced outline. Very good reach of neck into well placed shoulders. Narrow front & good for bone & feet. Excellent topline, tailset & length of rib. Easily spanned. Very fit, she moved well from all angles. Good coat & pelt. RCC;
3 Roslin-Williams’ Mansergh Plusfours.
1 Taylor’s Picer Angelica to Nottorg, unplaced in strong Limit class. Balanced, nicely made grizzle with good head & expression. Good reach of neck into straight front & nice length of rib. Good topline & good tailset. Presented in good double coat. Moved well;
2 South’s Imperterrito Agenda by Borderella, handy size grizzle. Balanced outline with good head & expression. Good lay of shoulder & bodylines. Good legs & small neat feet. Nicely presented in correct jacket. Moved soundly enough but not quite the length of stride of 1;
3 Pearce’s Bimandi’s Bellissima.