|Border||Midland Counties 2009 Judge's Critique|
Midland Counties 09 Judge
BORDER MIDLAND COUNTIES 09
Judge(s) PROF A S MILTON
DCC CH TYTHROP TAPAS (MRS J L LEE)
The first sentence of the Standard reads: ‘General Appearance: essentially a working terrier’. Bearing this in mind I was most impressed with the quality of the coats. The great majority had really tough outer coats & nice loose pelts. Though some of the blue & tans were showing white hairs (ticking), which is the hallmark of the blue & tan, there were some black all over which is incorrect. Pads were on the whole good with well shaped feet.
Ears should be neither too thin nor too thick, & should hang correctly. Not always the case today. There were several atypical heads, with a few over long noses, & several being overlarge. Only one suspect mouth. Some with narrow muzzles had rather crowded incisors.
In the past I have been very critical of movement, for if a Border cannot move properly it is not put together properly. Today there was both good & bad movement. There were problems with front movement, where many exhibits were moving too close. Strange to say there were very few wide in the front. Previously, from the ringside, I had thought there were too many Borders with overlong tails. There were some today, but a lot of this was due to the tail not being groomed properly. Tails should not be scissored, but over long hairs at the end should be judiciously removed.
In every class there were always two & generally three exhibits which shone out. In some case it was difficult to pick out the remaining places.
1 Watson & Kenna’s Brumborder River Explorer at Cynetkoy, well proportioned young puppy with appealing head, excellent coat, good length of back & proper tailset, good angulation of hind legs, happy on the move;
2 Singh’s Comberdown Jailbreak to Vandamere, attractive puppy with good movement;
3 Ramus’ Onthill Fernando.
1 BP, Anscombe’s Orangebox Firecracker, real cracker of a Border Terrier with lots of potential, excellent mover, coat in tip-top condition though could be tidied to advantage. Ears set close to cheeks, as they should be, neat front feet with hard pads;
2 Hollingsbee’s Xapex Santiago at Otterwood, beginning to get the correct ticking for a bl/t. Slightly heavier build than 1, otherwise a good all round puppy. Needs to improve his discipline when on the move;
3 Harrison’s Iacheslei Cantus.
1 RCC, Irving’s Dandyhow Beeline, greatly resembles his grandsire Ch Tythrop Tapas at this age, in my opinion they made a perfect pair when walking round the ring together, excellent head & a very keen expression, nice round eyes, good tough double coat, correctly angulated hindquarters & good straight front, moved well;
2 Guvercin’s Glebeheath Stan The Man, excellent dog, very racy, good angulation & straight front. Different shape to 1 with longer back & longer neck though I do not consider these as faults. Good on the move;
3 Hingley’s Porter’s Pride.
1 Houston’s Earthwise Wolfbane, ideal sized Border Terrier with a rugged look about him, plenty of drive on the move with good front & rearquarters, harsh coat;
2 Roderick’s Barterhound Twister, good strong dog with good movement, excellent topline & good tailset, I liked his head;
3 Wanless’ Thorneyburn No Nonsense.
1 Fryer’s rton Up Helly Aa, rugged individual, one can imagine him spending a day on the fells, a coat to withstand all weathers, strode out well;
2 Johnson & Williams’ Quarryway Dill, light coloured dog with not such a good coat as 1. Well constructed & moved well, she deserved her place in a strong class;
3 Harrison’s Iacheslei Torus.
1 CC & BOB, Lee’s Ch Tythrop Tapas, I have always thought a lot of this dog, having watched him mature from a youngster. Today was the first occasion that I have judged him in the ring & I was not disappointed. He looked even better than before. He is now 4½ years old but he still seems to be maturing & improving, watching him go round the ring was a sheer joy;
2 Wallace’s Hobholt Harrier, though nearly 4 held himself well in this class against good opposition, harsh coat, good topline & tailset, proper front & rear, good on the move;
3 Sneddon’s Kersfell Comet.
1 Sharp’s Sweet Dreams Beauty of Rhozzum, racy looking 7 month old with a harsh coat, good front & rear, fulfilled the idea of essentially a working terrier;
2 Woollacott’s Tufterslodge Meadow Mouse, good looking puppy. 1 & 2 could easily change places. Attractive feminine head with good reach of neck, good topline, steady on the move;
3 Guvercin’s Achnagairn Code Name Glebeheath.
1 Clark’s Southash Blue Betty Boo Gameway, bl/t with the true type of coat, unusual for one so young, also extremely harsh, well constructed & steady on the move;
2 Harrison’s Iacheslei Cantilena, good puppy, racy looking with good reach of neck, leading into good topline, well angulated hindquarters & straight front, tough coat, moved well;
3 Godefroid’s Hartswelin Tip Top.
1 Roslin-Williams’ Mansergh Speckles, this is a bitch one really has to go over to realise how good she is, well constructed with a super harsh coat, just the right amount of bone, feminine head, took off like a steam engine without any brakes but when her handler slowed her down she really showed good movement;
2 Thomas’ Benattivo Gem Stone for Daluce, this is a nice young bitch with a lot going for her, good reach of neck, long flexible back, harsh coat, very feminine looking, excellent mover;
3 Waller’s Worker’s Playtime.
This was the largest class of the day & it was a pity I could not place more than five.
1 Pearson’s Rexlands Storm Petrel, this bitch is a real beauty, lovely femine head with good ear placement, level topline merging into good tailset, well constructed, moved well;
2 Lee’s Tythrop T‘Antivy, feminine looking bitch with a harsh coat, excellent on the move, correctly proportioned skull, good straight back, straight front with neat paws & tough pads, well angulated hindquarters;
3 Small’s Badgerbeck Tree Pipit at Tilmoray.
1 Wanless’ Thorneyburn Minnie The Minx, if ever a bitch looked the part as a working terrier this one did, moved with ease of movement, good front & rear, good reach of neck & excellent topline, harsh bl/t top coat of the correct colour with soft under coat, excellent mouth;
2 Morton-Shaw’s Fehmarn Free Ranger, excellent bitch, well presented, proper otter head with well set ears, good coat, moved well;
3 Barber’s Alcumlow Starry Night.
1 CC, Pickering’s Ch Picer Bright Idea, it was a joy to watch this bitch move, everything about this bitch shouted ch, real otter head, well set ears, good front & rear, good topline & tailset, harsh coat;
2 RCC, Gregory’s Ch Remony Barley Twist, this bitch has just obtained her crown & I can see why, lovely Border head, good reach of neck, excellent topline & tail, correct front & rear, harsh coat, covered the ground when on the move;
3 Lee’s Tythrop Traviata.
ANTHONY S MILTON