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Welsh KC 11 Judge
BORDER WELSH KC 11
Judge: Mr S Jackson
BORDER JUDGE WELSH KC 11
I was honoured to be asked to judge this show, as I have enjoyed exhibiting at this well run, friendly society over many years. While the indoor rings are large, well lit and have lots of space around them for exhibitors and spectators, given the nice weather, it was disappointing not to be able to use the normal show arena, but this was not possible due to a request from The Royal Welsh Showground management.
I was pleased for find only one “bad” mouth, but I was disturbed to find a small number of mouths which, while exhibiting a “correct scissor bite”, the placement of the upper teeth was awry in such a manner, that it caused the exhibits to appear to have an over bite. A few others had strange face furnishings resulting in a “Griffon Bruxellois” like expression which is incorrect and spoils the looks of a Border Terrier.
I would also like to thank my stewards, Vicky and Tina Pierson for their smooth handling of the ring. I would also like to thank all exhibitors, some of whom travelled many miles which is very expensive in these economic times.
Minor Puppy – Dog Entries: 4 Absentees: 2
1st: Cynetkoy’s Cool Hand Luke (Mr A Watson & Mrs A Kenna) Dark grizzle youngster of 7 1/2 months with a nice otter head and correct reach of neck, flowing into well laid shoulders and ribs. Strong in loin with a loose pelt and hard close coat. Moved well.
2nd: Wychwizard Abracadabra (Mrs C Leavy) 6 month old, very similar to 1st, a little less mature. Both exhibited much promise.
Puppy – Dog Entries: 4 Absentees: 0
1st: Dandyhow Dr Walter (Mrs K M Irving) 11 month old grizzle who is quite simply spot on in all departments. Good otter head with intelligent expression. He has a good reach of neck flowing into correctly angulated shoulders, well carried ribs and strong loin which, with powerful quarters means he moves with ease. Close hard coat on a loose pelt. He shows maturity beyond his tender age. I was delighted to award him his first CC, Best of Breed and Best Puppy.
2nd: Irton Morse Code (Mr & Mrs D Fryer) 9 month old red with excellent head and proportions which I would expect from this noted kennel. Very good sound movement. Probably unlucky to be in same class as Dr Walter. Will watch both with much interest.
3rd: Wychwizard Abracadabra (Mrs C Leavy)
Res: Eathtaw Conker (Mr M W V Watson & Miss J A Haydon)
Junior – Dog Entries: 6 Absentees: 3
1st: Cedarhill Beyond the Stars (Mrs C Dean) Dark grizzle with maturing strong head. Good topline over correct ribs and loin. Super close coat on thick pelt. Good movement which covered the ground well.
2nd: Sweeping Foxtrot for Kgills (Imp Swe) (Mr K J & Mrs G Bate) Nice blue with a good head, probably a little weaker than (1) in most departments, however tail a little on the long side and not quite as sound in movement.
3rd: Cynetkoy’s Benim Kucuk Aslan (Mr S D & Mrs A S Watson & Kenna)
Novice – Dog Entries: 1 Absentees: 1
Unfortunately the only entry was absent.
Graduate – Dog Entries: 3 Absentees: 0
1st: Cedarhill Beyond the Stars (Mrs C Dean)
2nd: Cobstoneway Lazy River (Mesdames R & J Squibbs & Barker) Good head and correct body. Good hard close coat and correct movement.
3rd: Ycart Best Shot Remmington (Mr K K & Mrs T J Fraser & Butler)
Post Graduate – Dog Entries: 8 Absentees: 1
1st: Foxfactor Pied Piper JW ShCM (Mr B J & Mrs K D Stockley) Very nice grizzle with a good otter head and keen expression. Flowing lines through neck and shoulders resulting in a powerful movement. Good strong bone and small feet. Good ring presence
2nd: Cobstoneway Lazy River (Mesdames R & J Squibbs & Barker)
3rd: Borderella Day Tripper JW (Mrs P South)
Res: Studstaff Heartbeat at Junctionine (Mr G Cadman)
VHC: Creswickes Whot a Dandy (Mr & Mrs Stevens)
Limit – Dog Entries: 11Absentees: 3
1st: Laurelton Moonlight Cowboy ScHM (Mrs J Cobbledick) Very dark grizzle with an excellent head, good neck leading into well laid shoulders, good in rib and strong of loin. Nice quarters all leading to ground covering movement. In challenge was in serious consideration for top honours.
2nd: Bandicoot Double O Seven (Mr G E & Mrs V L K Docwra) Lighter in body but still very nice type. Dark grizzle. Pleasant character. Whilst he is finer than (1) he is still a strong dog with good scope and sound movement.
3rd: Iacheslei Cantus JW (Miss A Harrison)
Res: Cobstoneway River Magic JW (Miss C Spencer)
VHC: Bortino High Society (Mr D K & Mrs D Martin)
Open – Dog Entries: 7 Absentees: 2
1st: CH Cedarhill Authorized JW (Mrs C Dean) So similar to my CC winner. Both of them have everything I would want in a good Border Terrier. Great otter head, neck, coat and movement. Took command of the ring and stood out.
2nd: Earthwise Deuteronomy ShCM (Miss A W Culley) Once again very similar to the Reserve CC and CC winners in construction. Unfortunately on the day a little lacking in coat and on the move did not seem to like the concrete flooring I gave him multiple opportunities to settle but he just seemed to be having an off day. A shame.
3rd: CH Quarryway Dill (Mrs B Williams & Mr K E Johnson)
Res: Iacheslei Torus JW (Miss A Harrison)
VHC: Tulawyn Oberon at Tilmoray (Mrs M Small)
Minor Puppy – Bitch Entries: 4 Absentees: 1
1st: Junctionnine Woodland Babe (Mr G Cadman) Very pretty little girl with a nice head and feminine lines. Hard coat over very loose pelt – room for 2 more inside! Baby movement but could do well.
2nd: Afterglow Firecraker of Caprian (Mrs C A Langford) Larger pretty girl, much strong in body than (1). Not as balanced.
3rd: Baywillow Brown Braid (Mrs G Hyslop)
Puppy – Bitch Entries: 6 Absentees: 0
1st: Ragatam Nutmeg (Miss T Peacock) Very nice grizzle bitch with pretty otter head. Elegant neck and good ribs and strong loin leading to good, correct movement. Rather unlucky to meet Dog CC winner for Best Puppy but will have her day. Best Puppy Bitch
2nd: Irton Enigma (Mr D & Mrs A Fryer) Not wishing to play her down, but this lady is very much of the “old skool” type Border Terrier. A rich red coat so rarely seen now. Very nice otter head expression. Well laid ribs and strong loin and quarters which allowed her to move well.
3rd: Tufterslodge Tiz Only Me (Mrs C Sansom)
Res: Earthtaw Catkin (Miss J A & Mr M W V Haydon & Gibbings)
VHC: Afterglow Firecraker of Caprian (Mrs C A Langford)
Junior – Bitch Entries: 9 Absentees: 2
1st: Bramblebrae Violet at Shiftyfox (Mr G Wildey) Very nice blue with a pin wire coat and loose thick pelt. Good head and expression. Level topline and good tail. Moved with strength.
2nd: Astrazone Peek a Boo (Mr & Mrs C G Myers) Light grizzle with a nice head and good coat. Correct in all areas of body which once again allowed her to move correctly.
3rd: Tameilia Penny Lane by Borderella (Mrs P South)
Res: Kgills Five Jive (Mrs J Broomhead)
VHC: Kgills Five Alive at Ashallanrose (Miss D Ashcroft)
Novice – Bitch Entries: 6 Absentees: 3
1st: Ragatam Nutmeg (Miss T Peacock)
2nd: Hapsberg’s Hot Fuzz (Master T J Williams) Very pretty blue with a feminine head, nice neck, ribs and loin. Probably one of the best fronts of the day. Level topline flowing to a very good, well proportioned tail. Genuinely pushed (1) hard. Nice to see a younger exhibitor competing against at the adults on a level – well done.
3rd: Tameilia Penny Lane by Borderella (Mrs P South)
Graduate – Bitch Entries: 4 Absentees: 1
1st: Norgard Take Ten (Mr J A & Misses F F & E H Evans) Pretty red in close coat. She has a thick pelt, good narrow front and well carried ribs to strong loin. Excellent tail and sound movement.
2nd: Mansergh Speckles JW (Miss A Roslin-Williams) Very pretty bitch with a typical head and expression. Good front and super coat and pelt which I would expect from this highly noted kennel, but today she did not like the venue. A great shame.
3rd: An Cnoc of Baillieswells (Professor A S Milton)
Post Graduate – Bitch Entries: 9 Absentees: 1
1st: Lutrabeck Layla (Mrs S A & Mr M J & Miss J Taylor) A bitch with a hard, tight, dark grizzle coat, super head, good reach of neck flowing into well carried ribs and strong loin. Graceful movement, covering the ground well.
2nd: Baywillow Pacey Lacey (Mrs M B Reeves) Very similar to (1), just weaker in head.
3rd: Thistlestone Jenny Wren (Miss J & Mr S May & Whisker)
Res: Springhaugh Time At Kgills (Mr K J & Mrs G Bate)
VHC: Hattie Hopeful (Mrs J Broomhead)
Limit – Bitch Entries: 14 Absentees: 4
1st: Bortino Smiling Queen ((Mr D K & Mrs D Martin) This lady has a super otter head with keen expression, flowing lines of neck to ribs and strong loin. Correct hard double coat and thick, loose pelt. Quite an eye catcher.
2nd: Bandicoot Serenade (Mr G E & Mrs V L K Docwra) Very pretty girl showing how Border Terriers can be so different but still correct. Lighter in body but still exhibiting all the correct and desired features. Unlucky to meet (1) today.
3rd: Mansergh Singsong (Miss A Roslin-Williams)
Res: Foxyard Better Behave at Emblehope (Miss D Bladen)
VHC: Biddestone Poppy Seed by Quarryway (Mrs B & Mr K E Williams)
Open – Bitch Entries: 8 Absentees: 2
1st: Wagtail Lass Via Ycart (Mr K K Fraser & Mrs T J Butler) Rather surprised to discover this lady’s age, not that one should ask a lady’s age, and the fact that she has not been made up yet. Very nice, very hard close double coat. Super head and expression. Strong feminine lines and ground covering movement. Very much what I would like in a Border Terrier bitch. Delighted to award her the Bitch CC.
2nd: Irton Polka (Mr D & Mrs A Fryer) I have already said much about this kennel’s consistent type. In so many ways she is like my CC and Reserve CC winners. Oh for another day!
3rd: Mascani Daisy at Cynetkoy (Mr S D Watson & Mrs A S Kenna)
Res: Badgerbeck Tree Pipit at Tilmoray JW (Mrs M Small)
VHC: Foxwyn Misty Blue with Westbank (Renshaw)