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Border LKA 15 Judge's Critique

Border Terrier

KC Breed Standard

LKA 15 Judge


Judge: Mrs Melanie Lewis (Tonromel)

BEST OF BREED : 5971 HALL & ELLIS Messrs C & L Ch Brackenfell Bok To Bach JW
Dog CC : 5971 HALL & ELLIS Messrs C & L Ch Brackenfell Bok To Bach JW
Res Dog CC : 5992 HORNER Mr & Mrs A G & C Stineval Napoleon
Bitch CC : 6032 PHILLIPS Mrs J M Nantcoch Ffion JW Sh.CM
Res Bitch CC : 6047 ROSLIN-WILLIAMS Miss A Mansergh Plusfours
Best Puppy : 5997 IRVING Mrs K M Dandyhow Galloping Gourmet
Best Veteran : 5937 CLARK Mrs P Ch Southash Blue Betty Boo Gameway JW


Thank you to the Officers and Committee of LKA for the invitation to officiate and to my two excellent Stewards, Barry McCartney and Sue Jones, for their invaluable assistance throughout judging. Thank you to the exhibitors for a super entry of 176 exhibits making 192 entries, the largest entry in the Terrier Group, and also for the sporting manner in which my decisions were accepted.
Numerically the bitch entry was double the size of the dog entry, but on the whole the standard in both sexes was pleasing with some very strong contenders for top honours. Coats varied from being completely stripped out with only soft undercoat to those that were completely blown, however, many were presented in good jackets of the correct texture. Feet on the whole were good, being firmly padded. On a few exhibits the tails appeared to be overly long which on closer examination revealed that it was superfluous hair. If this had been removed it would have improved the overall picture. All males were entire and the temperaments displayed by all the exhibits was very good. I was presented with some very nice puppy entries, many showing a lot of promise, which can only auger well for the future of the breed.
I was very pleased with both my final dog and bitch line ups, with some tough decisions having to be made when it came to awarding the top honours, such was the depth of quality. All of my finalists were in fit condition; moved with purpose; had good muscle tone; pliable pelts and spanned with ease and I believe that, if the opportunity presented, they would be able to undertake the functions asked for in the breed standard. My one plea to exhibitors is to please refrain from pushing treats into the dog’s mouth when the dog is being judged on the table as it makes it very difficult for a judge to assess the exhibit. Reward them by all means if you have to, but only do so at the appropriate time.


Minor Puppy - Dog Entries: 5 Absentees: 0

1st - Chorbeck Chatty Man (Mrs H Haughton)
almost 7 months, he is a very nice puppy with good head and expression, well proportioned bodylines for his age, nicely presented with a good jacket. Well handled and moved so confidently for one so young

2nd - Foxfactor Crime of Passion (Mrs K Stockley)
another who is built on good bodylines. has a nice straight front and is narrow throughout. At the moment he looks a bit heavy in ear but this should improve as his head develops. Moved well.

3rd - Orangebox Dark Energy (Mr M & Mrs T Anscombe)
rather full of himself and not the easiest dog to handle, he is nice for type and in proportion, but for his age he is up to size. He has a good front, excellent jacket and has a nice tail set. Movement was a little erratic but was ok once he settled.

Res - Litelheych Teddy Boy (Mrs H J Cobby)

VHC - Hartswelin Born To Run (Robinson)

Puppy - Dog Entries: 5 Absentees: 0

1st - Dandyhow Galloping Gourmet (Mrs K Irving)
just over 11 months, this dog is of a nice breed type, has an excellent head with dark eye, good ear set and mouth. He has well proportioned body lines and had a good jacket and pelt. He moved positively retaining his top-line and looked good from all angles. He has sound racy quarters and a good bend of stifle. BPIB

2nd - Breckgreen Rock Or Bust (Mr B Sentance)
nice for size and is narrow throughout. Pleasing head, dark eye and expression, he has a good reach of neck into well laid shoulders. Presented in a good jacket he has a good pelt and spanned with ease, moved with purpose.

3rd - Karison Kosta (Miss K Johnson)
completed the trio of three very nice puppies, lovely head and expression, good for bone, is well proportioned and has the neatest of feet. He moved well retaining his top-line but did not have quite the jacket of my winners.

Res - Sling Shot (Mrs J & Mr W Hamlin)

VHC - Royday Noggin The Nog At Bonosue (Mr I A & Mrs L A Hardman)

Junior - Dog Entries: 6 Absentees: 1

1st - Tyrian Arrowsmith (Mrs K Dean)
almost 15 months old, he was presented in a good jacket, he is of a nice size and well proportioned throughout, easy to span and held his top line on the move. Well boned, he strode out with confidence on his good legs and has very neat small feet.

2nd - Onthill Aramis (Mr R & Mrs A Ramus)
this blue and tan was presented in a good jacket. has a lovely otter head with a dark eye and keen expression, very sound on the move. Easily spanned, he also has a good top line but is a shade shorter in back.

3rd - Irton Mountain Dew (Mr D & Mrs A Fryer)
a lot to like about this dog, despite him being full of himself and giving his handler a hard time. He is of an excellent breed type with everything in proportion. Lovely masculine head, straight front, ribs carried well back and well muscled quarters. He had a thick loose pelt and full double coat. Once he settled he moved o.k.

Res - Stowthorney Mr Tickle (Mr R Brewster & Ms J Green)

VHC - Carrock Carnegie (Ms J Fawcett)

Yearling - Dog Entries: 3 Absentees: 1

1st - Barnby Caramel Wafer At Bimandi (Mrs M J Holmes)
an eye catching red dog with short strong muzzle keen eye and good head proportions. Today he was short of coat, he has a good pelt, spans with ease and is well angulated. His sound movement secured his placing

2nd - Bandicoot Jimmy Choo At Northborders (Miss J North)
a really nice masculine headed dog who was good for bone and has very neat feet. Well ribbed back he held his top line when moving. I preferred his harsh jacket but he was not as positive in his front movement today as my winner.

Graduate - Dog Entries: 8 Absentees: 1

1st - Dandyhow Friendly Fire at Chevinor (Mrs H A Metcalfe)
what a sound dog this is and so well proportioned. He has a typical masculine head with a correct bite and keen expression. He has a good reach of neck, strong loin and sound racy quarters. Presented in a super harsh jacket which covered a thick pelt he spanned with ease and moved well.

2nd - Kersfell Cool River (Mrs M Sneddon)
could not match the jacket of my winner today. He is of a nice type, spans easily and has a good length of rib and back with racy quarters. He strode out well but just needs to tighten slightly in his front movement.

3rd - Raleniro Second Time Around (Mr M J & Mrs D A Lorraine & Miss P Thomas)
another who is ideal for size, has a nice head, reach of neck and is well proportioned. Well ribbed back he has a good tail set and moved o.k.

Res - Baywillow Blue Laird (Mr & Mrs N S Allen)

VHC - Glebeheath Smash N'grab (Miss L M Jordan & Mr A M Smith)

Post Graduate - Dog Entries: 6 Absentees: 2

1st - Flutorum Artful Dodger (Mr E Castel)
this dog has a nice otter shaped head, lovely expression and good strength of jaw. Presented in a lovely jacket, he has a good front, spanned with ease and had a thick pelt. He moved soundly, retaining his top line and has very good feet.

2nd - Kgills King Of Swing At Awbrooksky (Mr & Miss Goddard)
another who is of a good type and size and is well proportioned. Good Head and expression he has a nice reach of neck, good bone and sound racy quarters. Another who had good feet. His young handler showed and moved him to advantage.

3rd - Earthdog Lanyard By Beaconpike JW (Mr S & Mrs K Golding)
a shade heavy in ear, he has a good head, dark eye, strong jaw with correct bite and good teeth. More up on the leg he is well proportioned, had a very good jacket and spans with ease.

Res - Badgerbeck Prototype (Miss S L Hillman)

Limit - Dog Entries: 9 Absentees: 2

1st - Stineval Napoleon JW (Mr & Mrs A G Horner)
a well presented dog who had a good jacket, pliable pelt and spans easily. He has a lovely otter like head, good eye, neat ears and keen expression. He has lovely body proportions and is of a handy size. He moved positively on his neat feet covering the ground well whilst retaining his top line, his good tail set and carriage completing the picture. Reserve DCC.

2nd - Tyrian Outlaw (Mrs K Dean)
this dog has a masculine head with good expression, well set jaw and strong teeth. He has an excellent front, good neck and has good flat ribs. Sporting a good jacket over a thick pelt, he moved out soundly and with enthusiasm driving from his racy hindquarters. A close decision between 1 and 2.

3rd - Clipstone Starshine (Miss E & Mrs J Jackson)
a dog who is slightly smaller but in proportion, typical head and expression, narrow front, good shoulder and ribs, he had a lovely jacket covering his thick pelt, racy quarters and nice tailset. Moved well.

Res - Bristoc Rock The Boat at Bluebabel (Mr K P & Mrs N B Yates)

VHC - Digmoor Bankers Bonus (Mr M P & Mrs S V Regan)

Open - Dog Entries: 8 Absentees: 2

A super class to judge with my first three places being awarded to three very worthy champions.1st

1st - CH Brackenfell Bok To Bach JW (Mr C Hall & Miss L Ellis)
A very eye catching dog who is such a super showman, he has a nice head with a short, strong muzzle and a lovely expression. He was presented in superb condition. Narrow in front he has well laid shoulders good length of back with well angulated racy hindquarters and neat feet. He moved soundly and with style. I was pleased to award him the DCC and BOB and was thrilled to watch him win TG2.

2nd - CH Ottaswell Palamedes (Mr D & Mrs G M Hunt)
this dog has matured so well and was another who was so well presented, he has a nice head and lovely expression, neat ears, good reach of neck, flat ribs carried well back with a good top line and tail set. He has sound racy quarters with good angulations, Easily spanned he moved well

3rd - CH Cobstoneway River Magic JW ShCM (Miss C Spencer)
a dog who is so fit and very well balanced, strong masculine head, well placed ears, good expression with a strong jaw. Nice top line and racy quarters. Set down in lovely condition he had a good jacket and pelt and displayed sound movement.

Res - Tojamatt Warlord (Mr & Mrs D Matthews)

VHC - Otterwood Cyrus JW ShCM (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee)

Veteran - Dog Entries: 3 Absentees: 0

1st - CH Iacheslei Torus JW (Miss A Harrison)
10 years old, this is a dog I have judged before and have previously awarded him a CC. Presented in a good jacket he moved out well and looked extremely fit. He has a strong masculine head. good bite and still retains his top line on the move. Good tail set and racy hind quarters, he stands on very neat feet with firm pads. His overall condition is a credit to his owner.

2nd - Borderella Day Tripper JW ShCM (Mrs P South)
7 year old, he has a very good head with correct proportions, good eye and well set jaw with lovely strong teeth. He is well balanced and looked good in profile, moved well behind but not quite so positive in front.

3rd - Bolt Tail Jebba ShCM (Mr F & Mrs H Freeman)
a dog who is just over 9 1/2 years and has a lovely temperament and ring presence. He has a keen expression, good teeth, nice shoulder placement and a harsh jacket covering a thick pliable pelt. He moved o.k. but just lacked that little bit of fervour today.

Good Citizen - Dog Entries: 7 Absentees: 2

1st - CH Iacheslei Torus JW (Miss A Harrison)
1st in VD

2nd - Cedarhill Stargazer JW ShCM (Miss A Speake & Mr H S Speake)
Lovely head and expression, good reach of neck with good front. Nicely balanced he was well muscled and had an excellent coat and pelt. Presented in really fit condition he moved well and has very good feet.

3rd - Borderella Day Tripper JW ShCM (Mrs P South)
2nd in VD

Res - Bolt Tail Jebba ShCM (Mr F & Mrs H Freeman)

VHC - Cobstoneway Ocean Sunrise (Mrs G Stevens)

Minor Puppy - Bitch Entries: 19 Absentees: 4

1st - Foxfactor Fancy Free (Mrs K Stockley)
a promising youngster who is nice for size, feminine head with good expression, straight in front with good shoulder placement and ribs carried well back, good top line and tail set, neat feet. Excellent coat and pelt. Handled and moved well. BPB.

2nd - Chorbeck Gossip Girl At Blackmine (Miss Tracey James & Mrs Michelle Render)
another nice puppy who I note is a litter sister to my MPD class winner. She is nice for type and has well proportioned bodylines for her age. She was presented in a good jacket and moved with confidence.

3rd - Mcbrock Chantilly Chateau (Mr K Mcdowell)
has a lovely front, good shoulder placement and body lines. Not as strong in head as yet which made her ears look a shade heavy but this should improve as her head matures, harsh jacket and good pelt, moved well.

Res - Awbrooksky Geeteethree (Mr R & Miss L Goddard)

VHC - Mansergh Azure Aware (Miss A Roslin Williams)

Puppy - Bitch Entries: 10 Absentees: 3

1st - Picer Flora Mcivor (Mr G & Mrs S Pickering)
an attractive dark grizzle and tan bitch who was so well presented. Good bone, straight front with well padded small feet. Well placed shoulders with flat ribs carried well back, level top line held on the move and good tail set. Looked good in profile both standing and on the move.

2nd - Brankell Double Or Quits (Mr P Brannan & Miss M Kelly)
a very nice youngster who is so well put together. She has a lovely head and expression and excellent front but not quite the length of back of the winner. Good feet and moved soundly.

3rd - Sarsen Dream Factor (Mr & Mrs N S Allen)
this 10 month old bitch has a nice head with lovely dark points and keen expression, built on good body lines she moved well and looked good in profile just needs to slightly tighten in front.

Res - Karison Kappuccino (Miss K Johnson)

VHC - Abisu Jennywren (Miss S M Moseley)

Junior - Bitch Entries: 14 Absentees: 1

1st - Cobstoneway Love Song (Mrs G Stevens)
set down in excellent coat and condition. A very well constructed bitch who has a lovely head, neat ears, dark eye and good jaw. She has an excellent straight front, good lay of shoulder and rib. Presented in a good jacket and pliable pelt she spans with ease and is nice for size. Moved with enthusiasm whilst retaining her lovely top line.

2nd - Otterwood Domina Candesco (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee)
she has a strong head with good expression with well placed ears. She has a straight front, was easily spanned, has a good top line and tail set; moved soundly.

3rd - Blewecourt Carpe Horam (Mr M & Mrs T Morgan)
A smaller bitch who is nicely balanced with well proportioned bodylines, good top line and tail set. Moved well driving from her sound racy quarters and well padded tight feet.

Res - Irton Scotch Mist (Mr D & Mrs A Fryer)

VHC - La Senza (Mrs M Medhurst)

Yearling - Bitch Entries: 9 Absentees: 1

1st - Brumberhill Bollinger For Chesterton (Mr A J & Mrs W Mooney)
a well presented rangier bitch who has a good straight front. She has a feminine head and keen expression, dark eyes and well set jaw . Good length of neck and lay back of shoulder she is narrow throughout. Easily spanned, she moved freely retaining her top line.

2nd - Argentail Titania by Onthill (Mr R & Mrs A Ramus)
a lovely headed bitch with good expression, well placed ears and lovely dark points. She has a good top line and tail set, moved steadily, but did not have the rear angulations of my winner.

3rd - Picer Angelica to Nottorg ShCM (Mr P & Mrs A Taylor)
a slightly bigger but very typical bitch, nice head, expression and mouth. Good Jacket and pelt, easily spanned, balanced body proportions, moved soundly.

Res - Gameway Oreo (Mr G Horton & Ms G E Green)

VHC - Byrewick Valentine (Mrs. L. Foulger)

Graduate - Bitch Entries: 8 Absentees: 1

1st - Tarkaswell Doctor's Orders JW (Mrs C E Sansom)
very well presented in a good jacket, she is very balanced with everything in proportion. Feminine head with good dark eye and small ears dropping close to the cheek. She has a strong jaw with good teeth. Well angulated racy quarters, she moved positively retaining her top line.

2nd - Beaconpike Venus (Mr S R & Mrs K M Golding)
a very feminine eye catching bitch with lovely head and nice dark eye. Narrow throughout she was presented in a good jacket, has a thick pelt, is well muscled and easily spanned. Moved well.

3rd - Chesterton Boutique (Mr A J & Mrs W Mooney)
Typical head and expression and well proportioned bodylines on this bitch. Good tail set and a lovely top line held on the move. A narrow bitch who was easily spanned, she had a good coat and pelt and once settled moved soundly.

Res - Otterwood Domina Candesco (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee)

VHC - Byrewick Princess Kate (Mrs. L. Foulger)

Post Graduate - Bitch Entries: 18 Absentees: 5

1st - Otterbobs Xolana (Mr J R & Mrs H Gilpin)
lovely for type and so well presented, she has a really nice feminine head with good expression, is built on good bodylines and comes to hand so well. Her jacket was of a good texture and she spanned with ease. She has racy hindquarters and moved with enthusiasm on her lovely tight padded feet.

2nd - Borderella Snap Dragon (Mr F & Mrs H Freeman)
Pleasing head with feminine expression, shown in a good harsh coat, well muscled throughout, good length of rib and body, good rear quarters. Good feet with thick pads; nice for size, moved ok but not quite as positive as 1

3rd - Thistlestone Ms Money Penny (Mr S Whisker & Miss J May)
a more compact bitch who has a nice head. straight front, good body proportions and well angulated racy quarters. Presented in a good coat over a thick pelt, she is well muscled and moved well on her neat feet.

Res - Orangecastle Zaurak at Foxfactor (Mr B J & Mrs K D Stockley)

VHC - Bardenfox Amazing Grace (Mrs S & Mr A Noone & Stewart)

Limit - Bitch Entries: 19 Absentees: 7

1st - Nantcoch Ffion JW ShCM (Mrs J M Phillips)
This red grizzle bitch was set down in absolutely pristine condition. She has a good feminine head with super expression, neat ears, good mouth, nice reach of neck into well laid shoulders. Balanced throughout she looked super in profile both standing and moving on her lovely tight well padded feet. I was told afterwards that she had been out of the ring for several months undertaking maternal duties and she was returning to the ring for the first time today. Her presentation and condition were a credit to her owner and although she stood in illustrious company for both the class and the bitch challenge, she was worthy of, and could not be denied the BCC, which I am told is her third and, subject to confirmation, makes her a champion.

2nd - Baywillow Brown Braid JW ShCM (Mrs G Hyslop)
another sound free mover who has a very nice head and expression. Well proportioned throughout she has a lovely top line and tail set, was in a good jacket covering her pliable pelt, she spanned with ease and came to hand well.

3rd - Mattedonn Farthing for Tyrian (Mrs K Dean)
a lovely bitch who is nice for size and very well balanced. Good head and feminine expression she is built on lovely lines, excels in front and has a lovely top line and tailset. Her harsh jacket over a good pelt together with her neat well padded feet completed the picture as she moved so freely around the ring.

Res - Tojamatt Debutante For Dowgri ShCM (Mr W & Mrs T J Baird)

VHC - Sulan Strictly Blues Dancin' (Mrs S J Baxter)

Open - Bitch Entries: 19 Absentees: 8

1st - Mansergh Plusfours (Miss A Roslin-Williams)
well constructed feminine bitch, who scored for her correct size and bone. She has a lovely otter shaped head and keen expression complemented with small v-shaped ears falling close to the cheek. Straight front and clean shoulders, she is nicely ribbed back and has a good length of back into sound racy quarters. Shown in a double jacket covering a good thick pelt she spanned with ease and moved out freely. She was my clear winner for the class and pressed really hard in the challenge. RBCC.

2nd - Cedarhill Wish Upon a Star JW (Mrs C Dean)
a slightly smaller bitch who was well presented and handled, lovely shaped head with nice dark points and good expression, good reach of neck into well laid shoulders, narrow front and well proportioned body lines. Good length of back with sound rear quarters and small tight feet she was easily spanned. Moved confidently.

3rd - CH Tarkaswell Double Agent JW ShCM (Mrs C E Samsom)
another very nice bitch who was longer cast but in proportion. Lovely head shape and furnishings, dark eye and keen expression. Presented in excellent condition she had a good jacket and pelt. Moved well retaining her top line and looked nice in profile.

Res - Beaconpike In A Storm (Mr S & Mrs K Golding)

VHC - CH Cedarhill Rising Star At Brankell JW (Mr P & Miss K Brannan)

Veteran - Bitch Entries: 7 Absentees: 1

1st - CH Southash Blue Betty Boo Gameway JW (Mrs P Clark)
it is hard to believe that this blue and tan bitch is now 7 years old. She has a lovely head and expression, good teeth and correct bite, good shoulders with flat ribs carried well back. She was presented in an excellent jacket over a good pelt and moved around the ring with such presence. BV.

2nd - Int/Am/Can CH Sulan Fancy That (Mrs S J Baxter)
8 years old and longer cast this was another who was well presented and sporting a good jacket and pelt. good head and expression, she has good shoulder placement and lay of ribs, good length of back and nice tail set. Moved with enthusiasm retaining her top line.

3rd - Lutrabeck Layla (Mrs S A & Mr M J & Miss J Taylor)
another who was a credit to her owner and presented In good condition. Shown in good harsh jacket with a loose pelt, she moves with enthusiasm whilst retaining her top line. A narrow bitch who is well proportioned and spans with ease.

Res - Badgerbeck Tree Pipit At Tilmoray JW ShCM (Mrs M Small)

VHC - Borderella Elsa (Mr F & Mrs H Freeman)

Good Citizen - Bitch Entries: 9 Absentees: 4

1st - Picer Angelica to Nottorg ShCM (Mr P & Mrs A Taylor)
3rd in YB

2nd - Borderella Snap Dragon (Mr F & Mrs H Freeman)
2nd in PGB

3rd - Borderella Elsa (Mr F & Mrs H Freeman)
VHC in the Veteran Bitch class and at the age of 13 years and two months put on a splendid performance. Has the harshest of jackets, moved with enthusiasm, her tail never stopped wagging. You could see that she was really enjoying her time in the ring. Full credit to her owner for presenting her in such great condition.

Res - Lady Fiona Mctarry (Miss A J Sutton & Mr M Sugden)

VHC - Intack Lady Eleanor (Mrs F J Matthews)

Judge: Mrs Melanie Lewis (Tonromel)

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