Venue: Longridge Civic Hall, Calder Avenue, Longridge, Lancashire PR3 3HJ
Judge: Mrs Kathy Wilkinson (Otterkin)
Entries: 211 making 242, 15 NFC
What a privilege to be invited by the Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cheshire Border Terrier Club to judge their Diamond Jubilee Championship show, marking 60 years since the Club was first incorporated. The event was tinged with sadness that their long time Secretary, Mrs Cynthia Knight, could not be here to witness this special occasion. A minutes silence in her memory was called at the beginning of the show. I like to think she would have been looking down on the Club and the show with satisfaction with the way her team have continued to run the Club, always remembering the great influence and impact she and her husband Gordon (“Tag”) had on their Club. Also being remembered at the show, were recent sad losses to the breed of Eva Heslop and Kathy Fell and to terriers in general, the redoubtable Maureen Micklethwaite.
Congratulations to the Acting Secretary, Tina and her husband and Chairman, Kevin Green and the rest of the team on a well run show and thanks to my ring stewards, Graham Richardson and Sharon Pickering for keeping everything running smoothly.
A show is not held for the benefit of a judge or a society; it is held for the dogs to be assessed and their owners and exhibitors to have a good day out, win or lose. I therefore hope that everyone enjoyed their day.
Very pleased with the entry of 211 dogs making 242 entries, both in terms of numbers and in depth of quality of the entry. Class entry numbers shown are give or take some catalogue changes during the day, which are reflected in my numbers below. Absentees in new dogs gave an absentee rate of 34%.
Given that I have previously had to talk about dogs being kept too thin, it was good that there were only one or two dogs who could have done with more weight on them (one especially where I could feel the pin bones protruding), but most of those shown today were in good body weight and condition. While it is a real thrill, it is also a sadness to me to be judging well filled classes of quality dogs or bitches, knowing that some of those I really like have to go card-less, just because of the excellence of the entry.
Many times, in quite a few classes, hard decisions had to be made. Spanning is to me, one of the most important things after breed type (after all, you can span other breeds of terrier and I was looking for a Border!), but even the best typy dogs cannot win if I am unable to span them. A Border that cannot get to ground and back out, is not “essentially a working terrier”. There were so many good ones today who were easily spanned, who also had excellent heads and moved so well and who came to hand well when lifted from the floor. Although some I had loved from ringside, were difficult to span and so paid the price, it is surprising that others, who might have looked on the large side from ringside in earlier days, were surprisingly easy to span. Nothing beats getting hands on. Judging by today’s quality entry, I can safely say that the breed is in a good place.
I understand that during the day, a Diamond Jubilee Celebration cake, arranged by Pat and Brian Baxter, was cut into and offered to exhibitors, with a glass of fizz to toast the Club. Special gifts were awarded to each exhibitor/member (one per household) of a glass paperweight bearing the Club’s name and notation to celebrate the Club’s Diamond Jubilee. I was also pleased to receive one of the paperweights as the judge, along with a nice bottle, thank you!
It was a long day, with a 10am start. In future, the Club may decide to think about an earlier start and while the 2 classes held in the interval were a good idea, I thought, and well received, it did mean that I was not able to ask for the 20 minute or 1/2 hour break I would have preferred, but in the end, while waiting for those classes to be judged, I believe the break lasted around an hour and a quarter (we finished Puppy bitch at 1.25pm but could not get back into the ring to start Junior Bitch until 2.40pm), which put the show’s ending back to much later than it might have been. Perhaps if Clubs decide to put on those extra classes, they would best be done either at an Open show, or at a Championship show where the venue is big enough for a separate ring. There was an entry of 26 for the judge of the 2 separate classes. What if it had been 50? Having said that, I offer my congratulations to the society for being innovative and forward thinking on this, but I just think it needs tweaking.
A long day, but a very enjoyable one; thanks again to all who entered under me at this special Diamond Jubilee Show of the Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cheshire Border Terrier Club and thank you to the Club for their hospitality and the lovely gifts.
Thanks again to all exhibitors for a super entry for this special celebration show.
Best In Show: CH Cobstoneway Moon River at Clipstone
Reserve Best In Show: Otterbobs Xolana
Best Opposite Sex: Daluce King Of Emotion
Best Puppy - Dog: Dandyhow Galloping Gourmet
RBCC: Otterbobs Xolana
Best Puppy - Bitch: Cobstoneway Love Song
Best Puppy: Dandyhow Galloping Gourmet
Best Veteran: Rexlands Golden Plover By Karison JW
Entries: 9 Absentees: 0
1 transferred to Puppy Dog. What an excellent class to start the day.
1st - Dandyhow Galloping Gourmet (Mrs K Irving)
Grizzle and tan dog who was of good size, not overdone in any way, with an excellent head of good proportions of 1/3rd to 2/3rd. Ears dropping forward close to the cheek and a good dark eye. Excellent dark grizzle coat. Good bend of stifle. A little proud of his tail on the move at times, but could not be denied for his overall type and soundness, moving so well both coming and going. He stands over a lot of ground and in the challenge for Best Puppy in Show, he won through with his maturity at nearly 9 months, excellent outline and correct movement.
2nd - Karison Kosta (Miss K Johnson)
Lighter grizzle and tan puppy of nearly 8 months, who was finer in body than the first but had good bone structure. Loved his reach of neck and his gorgeous otter like head. A very hard decision between these 2 lovely puppies. He too had a good bend of stifle, small feet and a level topline. He carries his tail in a better way, but the first just had the nudge on maturity.
3rd - Picer Fellemburg (Mr G & Mrs S Pickering)
Lovely length of body on this dark grizzle 7 and 1/2 months puppy dog, with an excellent thick pelt and a good, harsh jacket. Good reach of neck. Another one possessing a good otter like head.
Res - Ridgebow Tracker (Mr N & Mrs A Duxbury)
VHC - Brumborder Willow Balm (Dr M A Mccall & Ms L Britton)
Entries: 2 Absentees: 0
plus 1 transferred from MPD
1st - Stineval Basil Of Cromlechs (Miss K Hamilton)
Loved the make and shape of this 9 month old blue and tan dog. Lovely tight, harsh jacket. Had a nice rangy body without being overdone. Good head, though would prefer more fill under the eyes. Still a young dog, with time for the head to develop further. Just right for bone. Moved very well both ways. Finished the picture with a good tail set.
2nd - Stineval Pontiac (Mr C Dixon)
Very raw 9 months old puppy, being not as mature as his brother today, but showing great potential. He just needs time to develop and a little more confidence in the ring. Nice head with a good ear set. A little bit erratic on the move but that may settle as he gains more confidence.
3rd - Howthwaite Dreams (Mr R J & Mrs E A Barrett)
Nearly 12 months old puppy. Just a personal preference here, as for me, he is just a little too long in the body, but he has an excellent thick pelt and a good harsh jacket. A punishing head, with good ear set and nice dark eye. I just preferred the type of the first two placed. He has a good shaped rib, but I found the other 2 easier to span.
Entries: 7 Absentees: 2
1st - Carrock Carnegie (Ms J Fawcett)
Light grizzle dog. From ringside, he may appear a tad strong, but this is the joy of “hand’s on” judging, as he spanned easily and had a good layback of rib. Fabulous jacket over a thick pelt. He was very balanced throughout, with a good head and a lovely dark eye. Carrot shaped tail coming straight off his back and a good bend of stifle.
2nd - Bandicoot Jimmy Choo At Northborders (Miss J North)
Loved this dog as well, he had a lovely head, with ears dropping forward close to the cheek. Racy dog with good coat and pelt and a good length of back.
3rd - Irton Mountain Dew (Mr D & Mrs A Fryer)
What a lovely head this dog possesses, with correct 1/3rd to 2/3rds proportions and a great varminty expression. Nice tight coat, if a little short of coat today. Could change places with the other 2 on another day. Another good class.
Res - Alcumlow Parsley (Mr P, Mrs B & Miss R Barber)
VHC - Bordurrock Rainbow Rising (Mr D & Mrs E Gillies)
Entries: 13 Absentees: 3
1st - Stineval Napoleon JW (Mr & Mrs A G Horner)
Excellent thick coat and pelt on this dog, who possesses a lovely otter like head with a good dark eye and ears dropping forward close to the cheek. A very well balanced dog, though on occasions, not quite so positive in his front movement which cost him higher honours. He could not be denied this placing today in very strong competition in this excellent class of quality dogs. He is just the right size and his overall shape and balance is just right. Finishes the picture with a good tail, well set on.
2nd - Ridgebow Rifleman JW (Mr N & Mrs A Duxbury)
A very strong contender today for the top place in this class. He has a good head, excellent skull and strong muzzle and good dark eyes. He has a good reach of neck. Along with the class winner, he was another who was easily spanned.
3rd - Flutorum Artful Dodger (Mr E Castel)
Light grizzle dog who was another one easily spanned. He has a lovely make and shape and an excellent coat and pelt. His otter like head was completed with a nice dark eye and good ear-set. Standing square on, he has a lovely straight front.
Res - Raleniro Second Time Around (Mr M J & Mrs D A Lorraine & Miss P Thomas)
VHC - Ploughdown Plato (Mr E & Dr M Armstrong)
Entries: 4 Absentees: 1
1st - Stowthorney Mr Tickle (Mr R Brewster & Ms J Green)
Liked this dog in his previous class; that was a very strong class. Coat just a little soft today and he could do with a little more condition. Lovely head and a good straight front. Excellent tail set.
2nd - Stineval Pontiac (Mr C Dixon)
3rd - Tyneaster Undercover Agent For Vandamere (Mr S Pollit)
Unplaced in his previous class, he is a bit too much up on the leg for me and too long cast. His pelt was not the thickest.
Entries: 15 Absentees: 7
Difficult class to judge as a lot of those present were of a stamp which was not really my type, but I did like those which I placed, especially the first three.
1st - Karison Keiser (Miss K Johnson)
Liked this one very much. In very thick coat and thick pliable pelt, which might look heavy from the ringside, but he was so easy to span. Liked his shape and he has a gorgeous otter like head. Narrow in front without being too narrow. Comes to hand easily. Completes the picture with a lovely short carrot shaped tail, well set on and good steady movement.
2nd - Derwenthow Basil Brightberry (Mrs S E Roberts)
Longer cast dark grizzle and tan dog, he stands well over a good amount of ground. Pleasant head, with good dark eye, though would prefer a little more fill under the eye. Good reach of neck and has a good coat.
3rd - Oxcroft Freelander (Miss J Price)
Very excitable dog. Nice otter like head with short muzzle and ears lying forward close to the cheek. Good straight front and moved well both ways. Good length of back.
Res - Glenbucket Whisky Mac (Mrs A Howard)
VHC - Vito Volterra Of Birthwaite (Miss S Clayton & Mr N Lewthwaite)
Entries: 14 Absentees: 3
Excellent class with some very good dogs right down to VHC and beyond.
1st - Daluce King Of Emotion (Mr J & Mrs H M Thomas)
Set down in perfect order today, with a rich dark grizzle jacket which was turned out immaculately, he has matured nicely from the raw youngster he was. I must admit to liking it when a baby puppy looks like a baby puppy and then matures on; those who are mature too soon, often go over the top, whereas this boy appears to be maturing at a decent pace. He stood out as my winner when I first walked around the class, as he is so well balanced with a lovely, correct reach of neck. Gorgeous otter like head with a good strong jaw and plenty of scope in his under-jaw, he has a good dark eye and lovely well placed ears. The thickest of pelts, loose and pliable, with a well set on tail of correct length and shape. As an overall package, he certainly looked like he could do the job required, if asked to do so, coming to hand so easily and of a good weight to be lifted; he has the correct amount of bone and was in good condition. Pleased to later see in the catalogue that he was sired by my CC winner at City of Birmingham in 2009. On the tape, at the end of my class critique, I have added, in something of a reverent tone “This is one nice dog!”. So nice, he later took on the good opposition to be awarded the Dog Challenge Certificate and Best Opposite Sex, where he came to hand a little easier than the Reserve CC winner.
2nd - Keycharm Phantom by Ridgebow JW (Mr N Duxbury)
Running Emotion a close second, this dog has it all in spades. From his rich dark grizzle coat and pliable thick pelt, he has one of the most glorious otter heads I have ever seen and moves so soundly, being in excellent condition with plenty of muscle tone, a sign of a dog with an interesting, happy life too. He is a rangy dog of good type; a very smart dog who catches your eye. A very close decision between one and two here. Reserve Dog Challenge Certificate as in the challenge, he continued to show so well and continued to say “Look at me!!” when some of his excellent opposition were flagging a little. Loved the rapport between owner and handler, which no doubt contributes to his excellent disposition.
3rd - Otterwood Caius JW ShCM (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee)
Really liked this blue and tan dog, he was another of similar type. Good otter like head, with neat ears, well placed. He has a good reach of neck and a lovely topline and tailset, with a good bend of stifle, moving nicely on good cat like feet. I just preferred the coat on the first two today
Res - Glenbucket Diamond Geezer (Mrs N Anderson)
VHC - Ravenside Rumours About Caldewgate (Mr A E Burke)
Entries: 15 Absentees: 5
Another very strong class with hard decisions here. Some excellent dogs not in quite the best of coats today and in such good company, they had to be down the line, but could change places on another day, in better condition and coat.
1st - Wadesleia Mr Herriot (Mrs H A & Mr A Fletcher)
Although I must have seen him around the ring, I had no idea who this dog was, but loved him. He possesses a very good otter like head with a good flat skull and viewed front-on, he has a good narrow front without being overdone. Viewed from above, he has that correct shape to his rib and body, which is a joy to look at and he was so easily spanned, another capable of getting anywhere required underground. Good strong loin and excellent tail, well set on. Good double coat of correct texture. Straight bone, not being overdone in any way. A very sound, well moving dog, with a good reach of neck, the latter which gave him the class over the second dog. I really thought after judging this class that he might be my CC winner, but in the challenge he flagged a little and seemed to give up. Hope he goes on to win at this level as although at the end, he lacked the showmanship of the others, he has all the qualities required to do the job and comes to hand so easily.
2nd - Cedarhill No Excuse Needed (Ms C Tyumentseva)
Really loved the type on this grizzle and tan dog, although he was just a little shorter in the neck than the first, he has a gorgeous otter like head with an attractive dark eye. Tail straight off the top of the back. Very well balanced dog, with a good bend of stifle and sound movement. Another easily spanned.
3rd - CH Brackenfell Bok To Bach JW (Mr C Hall & Miss L Ellis)
One of the best heads in the breed, this dog looked immaculate and shows so well. He has good front legs of sufficient bone, although he was slightly wide in front today. He moved really well. Just found him a little difficult to span and so he paid the price today as he was up against 2 males who spanned so easily and also looked the part. Lovely harsh jacket and such a showman, he is indeed a good ambassador for the breed.
Res - CH Badgerholme Epsom Jet JW ShCM (Mr B Dickinson & Miss T James)
VHC - CH Rexlands Cock Robin (Mr & Mrs D Matthews)
Entries: 4 Absentees: 0
1st - Cedarhill Stargazer JW ShCM (Miss A Speake & Mr H S Speake)
Grizzle and tan dog in good hard condition with excellent muscle tone, which illustrates a good life being well lived. It is so nice as a judge to get hands on dogs who are not in soft condition, as all the breed standards ask that we consider the health and welfare of the dogs and to me, that not only means that, so far as we can tell, they are healthy, but also that they are well covered (ie, not kept thin with bones sticking out) and that their condition is good, denoting an active life. So, this boy fulfilled the latter in spades. Good head with correct 1/3rds to 2/3rds proportions, with good reach of neck and straight front and although a rangy dog, he was easily spanned. No need to keep this dog thin for him to be spannable, he was in good condition and looked like he could do the job if required.
2nd - Raleniro Second Time Around (Mr M J & Mrs D A Lorraine & Miss P Thomas)
Good head with good length of body. Rib of correct shape and carried well back. Tail straight off the top of the back.
3rd - Dymanti Roman Warrior at Nottorg ShCM (Mr P J & Mrs A K Taylor)
Thick coat but seems to be on the blow now as a little soft. Good skull but falls away a little under the eye. Moved better today than the Reserve.
Res - Hollowoakend Little Wojtek (Miss C & Mrs E Edwards)
Entries: 10 Absentees: 4
1st - CH Cedarhill Authorized JW ShCM (Mrs C Dean)
Love the type on this dog, he has sufficient reach of neck without being overdone and possesses a lovely otter like head with a good strong jaw and correct proportions, with ears dropping forward close to the cheek and a good dark eye. Good straight front with just the right amount of bone. Excellent jacket and pelt and lovely tail coming right off the top of his back, he moved around the ring with presence and vitality.
2nd - CH/Nord CH Otterbobs Ninezergh (Mr J R & Mrs H Gilpin)
Lighter grizzle coat on this longer cast dog, who has an excellent head and moves well. Fabulous topline held on the move and good set on of tail. Older boy but giving nothing away to the younger ones, he keeps his good looks and his soundness to the fore.
3rd - StBedehounds Frank in Sense of Raleniro ShCM (Mr M J & Mrs D A Lorraine)
Beat his other classmates as easily spanned. Good head, although he falls away a little in front of the eye and I would have preferred a smaller eye, but he has a good double coat and he moved very well.
Res - Ragatam Hawk At Staynorwood (Mr & Mrs G Richardson)
VHC - Minx's Diamond (Mrs M Anderson)
Entries: 9 Absentees: 0
A very hard class with a lot of lovely puppies and I ended the class by thanking the first three placed for making my life difficult!
1st - Picer Flora Mcivor (Mr G & Mrs S Pickering)
Very difficult decision between these first 2 bitch puppies as I loved them both and it was very much touch and go as to which would take pole position. This nearly 8 months old baby had a longer length of body and just seems a little bit more mature at this stage than the second. She has an excellent coat and pelt, with a lovely tail set. Her head is very sweet and feminine. To be super critical, her ears are a little big at this stage, so hope she grows into them as she (and her head) matures. The colouration of her face and ears may be making them look bigger. She has a lovely dark eye. Both first and second placed moved very well for babies and this bodes well for their future.
2nd - Brankell Double Or Quits (Mr P Brannan & Miss M Kelly)
Lighter grizzle bitch who was shorter coupled than the first, but she is beautifully put together and I loved her make and shape. My notes say “Very nice baby, with great promise.” She has a lovely otter like head and moved very well. Hopefully another star in the making and at just 7 and 1/2 months old, she has time on her side.
3rd - Karison Kappuccino (Miss K Johnson)
Another baby with a lot to like about her at nearly 8 months old. She could perhaps do with a stronger head, but she has an excellent varminty expression. The 2 above her had a tad more bone, but as she was smaller all through, this did not detract too much. Ticking coming through on her blue and tan coat, though from the ringside it might look too dark, it is on the way to a blue coat.
Res - Brankell Double Bubble (Ms C Tyumentseva)
VHC - Keebank Withy Song (Mrs L Rostron)
Entries: 10 Absentees: 4
1st - Cobstoneway Love Song (Mrs G Stevens)
Loved this puppy when she came into the ring and told myself that when I went over her, I must make entirely sure that she was the one to top such a good class. She fulfilled all early expectations. Beautiful bitch; I love her balance, with just the right amount of bone and not overdone. Such a gorgeous otter like head. She has a good reach of neck and a good length of back, topped with an excellent thick, pliable pelt with her tail right off the top of her back. She moved very well for a baby (nearly 10 months old) and I was pleased to award her Best Bitch Puppy in Show in some hot competition, with 4 beautiful bitch puppies in the challenge. Pleased to learn afterwards that she is closely related to my Best in Show.
2nd - Achnagairn Prim N'proper (Mrs A Fraser)
Another beautiful 10 month old puppy with a very pretty, feminine head. She was perhaps a little heavier in ear than the first, but that does not detract from her other good qualities. She has an excellent harsh coat covering a lovely spannable body. She too has the correct tailset and a good length of neck. Another very hard decision between these two puppies.
3rd - Howthwaite Gold Dust (Mr R J & Mrs E A Barrett)
Really liked this blue and tan bitch, who was just shy of 12 months old. Only not so good in the head as the first 2 placed, as she falls away slightly under the eye, but she has a good large nose and lovely dark eyes. I liked her topline and her tailset and she moved very soundly. Has the stamp to do a day’s work when she matures.
Res - Breckgreen Sung Song Blue (Mr R Brewster & Ms J Green)
VHC - Fehmarn River Ranger (Mrs J Morton Shaw)
Entries: 15 Absentees: 5
1st - Bardenfox Pussy Galore (Mr K H & Mrs D Moore)
11 month old typy bitch who caught my eye the second I saw her. Lovely dark grizzle coat and a beautiful otter like head, leading into good shoulders, with a good reach of neck. She moved very well both coming and going. She has good, small, tight feet.
2nd - Foxcraig Magic Diamond (Mrs J Dixon)
Excellent coat on this beautiful headed bitch. She has a lovely dark eye and moved very well, with confidence, around the ring. Liked her rib cage and the way she comes to hand so easily. She has an excellent thick pelt and plentiful jacket and her tail comes right off the top of her back. Another promising youngster.
3rd - Hemlockstone Diana at Bowencloud (Mrs S J Ruth)
Blue and tan bitch with good bone structure. Falls away a little under the eye, but has a good dark eye. One of those which, when viewed from above, has the perfect rib shape and completes the picture with a good tail set.
Res - Alderseadale Heart Of Gold (Mr D M & Mrs N J Chandler)
VHC - Ianteg Red Rubi (Miss S Ritchie)
Entries: 12 Absentees: 3
1st - Otterbobs Xolana (Mr J R & Mrs H Gilpin)
What a star this one is; so well balanced and so typy, she caught my eye on the first go around and continued to hold my attention throughout the class. Could not be faulted for type, soundness and all round good looks. Beautiful feminine head of the best, she spans so easily, comes to hand so easily and has that extra special something which sets her apart. Her coat was immaculate and she can certainly move well on lovely small, tight, cat like feet. What a potential she has for the future. Had never seen her before but hope to see more of her in the future. Very hard decision between her and the second in Open for the Reserve CC, but her type, size, correct bone and balance won through and was pleased to award her the Bitch Reserve Challenge Certificate and Reserve Best in Show. One to wish to own I think! Final tape notes say “Love her, just love her”!
2nd - Picer Aimee Vilbert JW (Mr G & Mrs S Pickering)
Unlucky to meet the winner here, this bitch has a good length of neck and back with plenty of scope and moved well on tight feet. She has a good layback of rib and was easily spanned. Liked her head and such a varminty expression.
3rd - Oxcroft Rosa (Mr J Price)
Lovely balanced bitch with good reach of neck. Typical otter head from this kennel, with a lovely dark eye and keen expression. Oxcroft really does turn them out like peas in a pod. Neat feet.
Res - Brumberhill Miss Dior (Mrs N E Ellis)
VHC - Fehmarn Moelwynbach (Mrs J Morton Shaw)
Entries: 14 Absentees: 8
1st - Brankell Double Denim (Mr P Brannan & Miss M Kelly)
Lovely little blue and tan bitch. Just a puppy at 7 and 1/2 months old (litter sister to the 2nd and Res in MPB), but with so much promise, she was one of four puppy bitches who eventually challenged for the Best Puppy bitch award and prompted me to say how lucky we were in the breed to have such bonny babies. She has a very pretty head and a lovely rib shape, easily spanned. Well off for bone without being overdone, she has good small, tight feet so essential in a working terrier. Turned out in excellent condition, she has a lovely reach of neck and a good tail, well set on. Definitely one with much promise for the future.
2nd - Chorbeck Single Lady (Mrs H Haughton)
Unplaced in a previous very strong MPB class, she too is a nice 7 and 1/2 month old puppy with lots of potential, although I would prefer more fill under the eye. Long, rangy bitch, her coat was going over the top and a bit soft, but plentiful. Nice straight front, she moved very well coming and going.
3rd - Fehmarn Celtic Dream (Mrs J Morton Shaw)
Nice tight coat on this blue and tan bitch. Although she may look black from ringside, there was plenty of ticking coming through underneath her jacket. Excellent straight front and moved very well both ways.
Res - Fieldsearch Mandy (Pearson & Towers)
VHC - Earthdog Kidnap (Mr D Pearson)
Entries: 30 Absentees: 13
1st - Staynorwood Affinity (Mr G & Mrs C Richardson)
Very hard decision between the first two bitches, as liked the type on both of them, I just preferred the slim bodylines of the winner here. Lovely refined otter like head with neat ears dropping forward close to the cheek. She has a lovely shaped rib which is a joy to behold when viewed from above and is easily spanned. Moved well both ways and has a good thick pelt, finishing the picture with a good tail, well set on.
2nd - Daluce Fools Gold (Mr J & Mrs H M Thomas)
Another beautiful bitch, just slightly shorter in neck than the first. Another with a lovely otter like head, she was beautifully presented in tip top condition. Excellent thick, pliable pelt and harsh jacket, she had good legs with sufficient bone and small, tight, cat like feet. Good topline and another with a good tail, well set on.
3rd - Sulan Strictly Blues Dancin' (Mrs S J Baxter)
Nice length of body on this blue and tan bitch, who moved very well. Lovely neck. Needs ticking to start coming through on body (it is through on the legs). Would prefer a little more fill under the eye.
Res - Raleniro Lady Esquire ShCM (Miss P Thomas)
VHC - Bardenfox Amazing Grace (Mrs S & Mr A Noone & Stewart)
Entries: 15 Absentees: 8
1st - Emblehope Dance and Dance JW (Miss D Bladen)
Blue and tan bitch out of the top drawer, she has a lovely racy body and in the class here, moved very well. A strong contender for higher honours, but for some reason, in the challenge, she was not so positive in front movement. Turned out in immaculate condition, she was a worthy winner here, from her otter like head, down to her small tight cat like feet, with all parts in between matching the breed standard so well, she was easily spanned and had a good shaped rib. Good reach of neck and well off for bone while not being overdone.
2nd - Achnagairn Wild Card (Mrs A Fraser)
Very pretty little bitch with a lovely head with correct 1/3rd to 2/3rds proportions and a dark eye. Although she did not entirely enjoy her showing, she could not help showing off her good attributes. Thick jacket covering a lithe body and good tail well set on.
3rd - Seymours Bubble And Squeak For Raleniro ShCM (Mr M J & Mrs D A Lorraine)
More rangier grizzle and tan bitch, she falls away a little under the eye, but she has a good reach of neck and a good topline which she kept on the move.
Res - Mcbrock Miss Amelia (Mr & Mrs J R Mann)
VHC - Alcumlow Miss Sixty at Riseburn (Miss C Tutin)
Entries: 16 Absentees: 7
Including 1 transferred from Novice bitch), less 7 ab and 1 withdrawn)
In this class, I was spoilt for choice and ended up splitting hairs. I loved all the first five placed and would have happily given a first and further honours to any of them, such is the joy and the sadness of judging such a good class. Although throughout the show, I was aware that with such a large entry, I needed to crack on and only moved the total classes once, then moved those shortlisted a further time/s, in this class, I indulged myself a little and moved them all twice, as I would prefer to do anyway, if time permitted.
1st - CH Cobstoneway Moon River at Clipstone (Miss E & Mrs J Jackson)
Grizzle and tan bitch so easily spanned and in the final analysis, she came to hand so easily too. I looked at the first three placed and thought, before the final choice, “Who could bother a fox and do damage there?” and this one was, without any shadow of a doubt, the one who came to mind. Good head, with such a varminty expression and lovely reach of neck. Good bone without being overdone and today was in tip top condition with her coat gleaming, harsh and covering a thick, pliable pelt. Although I loved all the ones placed in this class, she stood away for type and soundness and being so easily spanned. In the challenge, she stood away still and could not be denied the Bitch Challenge Certificate and Best in Show, topping a lovely entry of quality dogs and bitches.
2nd - Cedarhill Wish Upon a Star JW (Mrs C Dean)
Lighter boned bitch and smaller all through, but with a very pretty otter like head and keen expression, one I have liked from ringside for a long time now. Good ears, well placed. Good topline, with the tail coming straight off the top of the back. Lovely neat feet with a good narrow front. She too was in the best of condition and coat and was a strong contender for higher honours.
3rd - Benattivo Best Bet Karison (Miss K Johnson)
In very thick coat, this is another beautiful bitch. Perhaps not so strong in head as the other 2, but she has a fantastic thick coat and pelt. She looked like another who could perform as a working terrier and moved very well throughout the class.
Res - Comberdown Thistle (Mr I & Mrs A Higham)
VHC - CH / Ir CH Ploughdown Portia (Mr & Mrs E Armstrong)
Entries: 15 Absentees: 9
1 not entered in this class, 1 withdrawn and 9 ab = 4 present
1st - Ianteg Red Rubi (Miss S Ritchie)
This bitch was VHC in her earlier class. Like her length of body. Does have a nice head although slightly bigger in ear than I would prefer, she has a good dark eye. Good thick coat. Small tight feet.
2nd - Heatherdrift Harmony At Bluebabel (Mr K P & Mrs N B Yates)
Less coat today than the winner. Falls away a little under the eyes, she moved around the ring nicely in this class.
3rd - Wings of Speed at Otterpaws (Miss Dixon)
Would have preferred a shorter muzzle, but she has a good harsh jacket and ticking is in evidence under the black topcoat. Could do with a nail trim on the front paws.
Res - Raleniro New Rose (Mr M J & Mrs D A Lorraine)
Entries: 12 Absentees: 7
1st - Rexlands Golden Plover By Karison JW (Miss K & Mrs D Johnson & Pearson)
Grizzle and tan bitch with an excellent coat and oh, such a pretty head! Loved her expression. She has a lovely straight narrow front. Excellent thick, pliable pelt and carrot tail right off the top of the back. Very pleased to award her Best Veteran in Show.
2nd - Int/Am/Can CH Sulan Fancy That (Mrs S J Baxter)
Longer cast bitch, but another with a lovely otter like head with a very keen expression, although she falls away slightly under the eyes. Good harsh jacket. She was easily spanned and her ribs are well laid back. Another with good carrot shaped tail.
3rd - Irton Polka (Mr D & Mrs A Fryer)
Beautiful bitch with a fantastic jacket and pelt. Lovely otter head with a good dark eye and an excellent varminty expression. Nice size, if a little difficult to span now.
Res - Vallemoss Matilda May at Wadesleia (Mr A & Mrs H A Fletcher)
VHC - Cloudend Wasdalehead Of Hollowoakend (Miss C L & Mrs E L Edward)
Entries: 1 Absentees: 0
1st - Oxcroft Real Deal (Mr J Price)
Nice size bitch. Liked her coat and good undercoat. She has a lovely otter head as expected from this kennel. Good straight front and small, tight feet. Moved a little erratically in front but maintained her level topline on the move.