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East Of England 15 Judge
BORDER EAST OF ENGLAND 16
Judge(s): MRS A E GREGORY
This was my first appointment at this level & I would like to thank the organisers of the East of England Show for giving me this opportunity. I would also like to thank my two stewards, David & Pat Sutton for keeping everything running along smoothly. Thanks must also go to the exhibitors for allowing me the honour & privilege of judging their dogs & for the sporting way in which they accepted my decisions. I thoroughly enjoyed my day!
Movement on the whole was good but front movement in a few was incorrect with toeing in when coming towards me. A few lacked muscletone & some feet & nails could have been tidied to better advantage. Thick pelts were in the minority & some exhibits were shown without undercoat & this affected placings. Considering the harsh terrain in which the Border Terrier is expected to carry out its’ work, it should be in fit, hard condition with a thick double coat & pelt of depth & quality. Some heads also had stops which were too deep. This does not present a correct otter like head which should have a shallow stop. I also found a couple of suspect mouths & a few dogs, when lifted off the table, were too heavy. Some dogs would have benefited from more ring training. However, I was pleased with my winners &, in some classes, decisions were close. Although early rain made the ring conditions less than desirable, all dogs coped well.
1 Read’s Roxambor Space Invader, at just 7 months is still a raw baby. Strong muzzle with big teeth, good rib, good coat & pelt, moves well behind but a bit loose in front movement.
1 BP, Yore’s Southash Deputy Sheriff at Smurfski, smart young dog of good size, with a masculine head, little stop, flat skull, strong muzzle & neat ears. Well constructed front & rear assembly, narrow body, good topline & well set on carrot tail. Moved soundly & was presented in a good top coat over a thick pelt & plenty of undercoat;
2 Wildey’s Shiftyfox Tried And Tested, strong headed dog, flat skull, good mouth, tad heavy in ear, very profuse furnishings detracts somewhat from his expression. Well angulated front & rear, good layback of rib, good coat & pelt, good topline, sound mover;
3 Baxter’s Mysulan Going Solo.
1 Steel’s Borderpoint Obsidian, handy sized dog of good type. Masculine head with strong muzzle, big teeth, dark eye, straight front with neat feet, good layback of shoulder, good in rib, easily spanned, moved out well & shown in a lovely harsh coat & thick pelt;
2 Pickering’s Picer Fellemburg, strong headed dog who is bigger all through but is spannable. Good in upper arm & shoulder angulation, well laid back rib, good topline & tailset, moved well round the ring, another with a thick harsh coat covering a thick pelt;
3 Irvings’ Dandyhow Galloping Gourmet.
1 Jordan & Smith’s Glebeheath Smash N’Grab, lovely for type & size, this dog has a strong head, dark eye, straight front, good shoulders, good length of rib, narrow body covered in a harsh, crisp jacket over a good pelt. Moved out soundly;
2 Brewster & Green’s Stowthorney Mr Tickle, bigger dog all round. Good strong, masculine head with good bite, good length of rib, well angulated front & rear, moved well. Short of coat today;
3 Bradley’s Brewbrads Tricky Trickster.
1 Carr’s Thorneyburn Peace Pipe at Wreighaugh, a narrow dog throughout, easily spanned, good head with dark eye, strong muzzle & big teeth, good in shoulders, straight front, well laid back rib, well angulated rear & a sound mover, presented in a harsh coat over a good pelt;
2 Brewster & Green’s Breckgreen Soldier Blue, good size, decent head with big teeth, good length of body from well laid back rib, easily spanned, fit condition, moved well;
3 Dean’s Tyrian Arrowsmith.
1 CC, Holmes’ Barnby Caramel Wafer at Bimandi, caught my eye as he entered the ring. Strong, masculine headed dog, flat skull with little stop & moderate width, muzzle of good strength, large teeth & good bite, good length of neck, well laid back shoulders, straight front with good feet, easily spanned, good length of rib, level topline with well set on tail, moved soundly coming & going, well muscled hindquarters which he used to power round the ring. Presented in a harsh topcoat over a thick pelt & good undercoat;
2 Lorraine & Thomas’ Raleniro Second Time Around, narrow dog of good size, easily spanned, head of good quality, with good bite & big teeth, good in front & hind angulation, good length of rib, moved soundly, in a harsh jacket over a good pelt;
3 Docwra’s Bandicoot Doc Martin.
1 RCC, Halls & Ellis’ Ch Brackenfell Bok To Bach, well known champion about which a lot has been written. Typy dog with lots to like, masculine head with good bite & big teeth, good reach of neck, straight in front, good feet & a well muscled rear. Balanced & in fit, hard condition, moved out soundly. Today he couldn’t match the CC winner for depth of coat;
2 Hunt’s Ch Ottaswell Palamedes, a tad longer in loin, has a good head with dark eye, strong muzzle & big teeth, narrow throughout, spans easily, straight front, well laid back shoulders, racy hindquarters, moved soundly, good coat & pelt;
3 Stevens’ Cobstoneway Ocean Sunrise.
1 South’s Borderella Day Tripper, at almost 8 years still in good, fit condition, masculine head, straight front, good length of rib, moved soundly from well angulated hindquarters, presented in good coat & pelt.
1 Read’s Roxambor Triple Step, finer built puppy with decent head, dark eye, good bite, good front, good length of rib, narrow body covered by a harsh double coat & a good pelt. Topline & tailset good, good turn of stifle. Moved well when settled;
2 Giles’ Nettles Nape Scathach at Borderbound, smaller more compact bitch, with a typical head, dark eye & neat ears. Well angulated front, good topline & tailset, good rear. Excitable puppy who was unsettled both on the table & on the move.
1 Girling’s Benattivo Fire Flower, good sized, balanced, with a good head & expression, straight front with neat feet, good in shoulders, good in rib, topline & tailset, well angulated racy rear, good in coat & pelt, moved well. On the day, thought the dog moved better in the challenge for BP;
2 Yore’s Southash Annie Oakley at Smurfski, another nice sized puppy who is well constructed, straight in front with good feet, narrow body, well angulated rear, presented in a good coat & pelt, moved well;
3 Gilpin’s Charlie’s Copycat via Otterbobs.
1 Brannan & Kelly’s Brankell Double Or Quits, good sized bitch, strong but feminine head with dark eye, good bite, good in shoulder, straight front with neat feet, good layback of rib, good in topline, tail well set on, moved with drive from good hindquarters. In good coat & pelt;
2 Pickering’s Picer Flora McIvor, good for size, OK head with strong jaw, dark eye, good bite, stood on a straight front with good feet, well angulated front & rear, narrow body with good length of rib, good in rear angulation, good coat & pelt, sound mover;
3 Fraser & Butler’s Holdenelms Lady Alice via Ycart.
1 Barrett’s Howthwaite Gold Dust, good head with flat skull, strong muzzle, big teeth & good bite, well constructed with good straight front, good in shoulders, good feet, narrow with well laid back rib, well turned stifles, in a good harsh coat & good pelt, moved soundly;
2 Hollingsbee’s Otterwood Domina Candesco, strong headed with dark eye & a good bite, straight front with good feet, good in shoulders, good length of rib, well angulated hindquarters, moved well;
3 Medhurst’s La Senza.
1 Sansom’s Tarkaswell Doctor’s Orders, of good size & type, head with flat skull, dark eye, good bite, perhaps a tad heavy in ear, well constructed straight front with good feet, good topline, good length of narrow body, well turned stifles, moved out soundly;
2 Stevens’ Cobstoneway Love Song, another who is good for size & type. Head with strong muzzle, good bite, dark eye, well placed shoulders with straight front & good feet, rib well laid back, well angulated rear, harsh coat over good pelt. Moved well;
3 Yates’ Heatherdrift Harmony at Bluebabel.
1 CC & BOB, Gilpin’s Otterbobs Xolana, a typical workmanlike bitch not overdone in any way. Presented in tip top condition with a harsh topcoat over a thick pelt & good undercoat. Feminine but strong otter like head, moderately broad in skull, dark eye with keen expression, good bite & teeth, stands on a straight front with good feet, good length of neck into well placed shoulders, narrow body with good length of rib, level topline, well set on tail, well muscled hindquarters which she used to drive round the ring. Moved soundly both coming & going;
2 Roberts’ Smalesmouth Skylark, slightly longer cast than 1, this bitch has a lovely otter head with dark eye & good expression, well constructed, easily spanned narrow body, level topline, well set on tail, in fit condition with a coat & pelt of depth and quality. Moved soundly & with drive from well angulated hindquarters;
3 Mann & McFarlane’s Lynsett Bold Spirit.
1 RCC, Bladen’s Ch Emblehope Dance And Dance, well presented in a lovely harsh coat over a good pelt, in fit condition, head of good proportions, this bitch has a narrow body of good length, straight front with neat feet, good shoulder placement, good in topline & well set on carrot tail, well turned hindquarters with good muscletone, moved soundly;
2 Samsom’s Ch Tarkaswell Double Agent, handy sized, good head with flat skull, dark eye & good expression, well constructed straight front with neat feet & well placed shoulders, level topline, well set on tail, slightly straighter behind than 1, sound mover;
3 Dean’s Cedarhill Wish Upon A Star.
1 Baxter’s Int/Am/Can Ch Sulan Fancy That, at 9 years belies her age. This quality bitch was in fit condition. Has kept her narrowness & her soundness, is a good size, balanced & very well constructed, has a typical head of good proportions, good topline & tailset & a good coat & pelt. A real contender for top honours.