Venue: The Armoury, Greek Street, Stockport, Cheshire SK3 8AB
Judge: Mrs Trak Fryer (Irton)
Entries: 160 making 175
My thanks to the exhibitors for their entry, always an honour to be allowed to go over their dogs, I did thoroughly enjoy my day. My thanks also to my stewards who helped to keep things on the move throughout.
It was in many ways an interesting entry, the standard asks for a dog that is essentially a working terrier and I wonder how many breeders keep this in mind when planning their litters? This implies a dog of correct size, capable of going all day and with strength but not coarseness. Whilst there were many good dogs present that could answer these requirements, there were many that could not.
The quality was very much in the upper classes of both sexes with a few notable exceptions. The major problem is movement, particularly in front, and the puppies were disappointing in this respect. Many otherwise excellent dogs simply could not cover their ground with any ease; it was an excellent ring with good mats so no excuses there.
In general coats and pelts were good, some could have been tidied to effect, feet and nails were poorly presented and fitness varied, which I always find very disappointing in a breed that does so love to run! I was surprised to find a number of mouths that at best could be described as “iffy”, whilst these would not necessarily effect the dogs ability to work it is a worrying trend. I did, however, have some lovely dogs to go over and I was very pleased with my winners, not enough cards to go round in many classes.
Best In Show: Otterbobs Xolana
Reserve Best In Show: Tojamatt Warlord
Best Opposite Sex: Tojamatt Warlord
DCC: Tojamatt Warlord
RDCC: Howthwaite Grainsgill
Best Puppy - Dog: Ravenside Starman
BCC: Otterbobs Xolana
RBCC: Tythrop Turn Back Time
Best Puppy - Bitch: Chorbeck Gossip Girl At Blackmine
Best Puppy: Ravenside Starman
Best Veteran: CH Southash Blue Betty Boo Gameway JW
Entries: 3 Absentees: 1
1st - Earthdog Outspoken (Pearson & Towers)
Biggish pup, OK in head, good strong jaw, OK for bone, neat feet, strong loin with a nice tail. A bit short of coat but moving reasonably well when he settled.
2nd - Remony Midnight Rambler (Mrs A E Gregory)
Nicely put together pup but fails very much in head lacking strength in his jaw. Moving with drive but very untidy at the front, good coat & pelt and showing well.
Entries: 10 Absentees: 0
A big class of puppies headed by a promising trio, I liked my placed dogs but movement was a big problem today for the others.
1st - Ravenside Starman (Mr M Lowry)
Good head, good ears and eye giving a very pleasing expression, OK for bone, good shoulder and very well made quarters with a good tail & tail set, OK for coat, a bit enthusiastic on the move but when he settled had good drive & accuracy. In the puppy challenge he settled well and his overall type and movement gave him BPIS.
2nd - Hawcoat Mr Fixit (Mrs E J & Miss R C Larner)
Another good puppy with a lot to like and plenty of promise. Not as strong in head as 1 but OK, good eye & expression, good for bone with nice tight feet, well balanced with good tail & set, shown in good bl/t coat with a good pelt. Moved out well to complete the picture.
3rd - Mysulan Going Solo (Mrs S J Baxter)
Another very promising puppy. OK in head if not as strong over the foreface as the first two, good bone and feet, good shoulder and rib. Harsh bl/t coat but not ticked through yet, good pelt. Moved out OK if a little untidy in front,
Res - Chorbeck Chatty Man (Mrs H Haughton)
VHC - Blaisdon Bow Brilliant (Mr J N & Miss A J Thomas)
Entries: 7 Absentees: 2
1st - Glenbucket Highland Lad (Mrs M J Alexander & Mrs N Anderson)
Lovely head & expression, good ears and eye. Quite big but easily spanned, well off for bone, lovely balance, excellent shoulder and quarters. He was shown in a strong red coat, which could have been tidied! Moved off round the ring with great style. He looked very well when he stood himself naturally, a lot to like about this one who certainly caught my eye in the challenge.
2nd - Karison Kosta (Miss K Johnson)
Another good one, strong head, nice eye, strong muzzle with well set ears. Again a biggish dog but spannable. I preferred the overall make of 1 but he was OK with a strong back end and good tail & tail set. A little short of coat today. He was giving his handler a hard time on the move but did enough to secure his place in this strong class and has promise for the future.
3rd - Ridgebow Tracker (Mr N & Mrs A Duxbury)
Very good head and expression, well-set ears, reasonably made all through with plenty of bone and shown in a good coat, he looked well. Rather choppy on the move today which cost him in this class.
Res - Stineval Basil Of Cromlechs (Miss K Hamilton)
VHC - Brumborder Willow Balm (Dr M A Mccall & Ms L Britton)
Entries: 3 Absentees: 0
1st - Stowthorney Mr Tickle JW (Mr R Brewster & Ms J Green)
Biggish dog, nice head, good eye & expression, OK for shoulder with a good rib, OK for feet. Shown in a good coat, he moved out reasonably well.
2nd - Carrock Carnegie (Ms J Fawcett)
OK in head but could be stronger in foreface, reasonable balance with a strong back end, feet OK, good tail & set he presents a good typical picture. Totally out of coat today but has a decent pelt, moved out OK but again a bit untidy in front.
3rd - Markington Apollo (Mrs M Houseman)
Excellent head and expression with a strong jaw, OK for make and bone. Shown in very good coat today with a nice tail & set. He is a bit short in rib so accurate but not quite the drive on the move of the first two.
Entries: 4 Absentees: 1
1st - Cymro Jack of Rhozzum (Mrs M Sharp)
Unplaced in the big puppy class, his head is OK but his jaw could be stronger. Well angulated and quite a good make of a dog. Shown in a good coat that could have been tidied better, He moved out very well covering his ground with ease to give him this class.
2nd - Markington Apollo (Mrs M Houseman)
3rd - Remony Midnight Rambler (Mrs A E Gregory)
Entries: 2 Absentees: 0
1st - Karison Kosta (Miss K Johnson)
2nd - Dandyhow Friendly Fire at Chevinor (Mrs H A Metcalfe)
Good head & expression, good ear & ear set, strong muzzle. Good shoulder if a little short in rib. Shown in a good coat but not moving out as well as the first.
Entries: 2 Absentees: 0
Two very good dogs headed this class.
1st - Cedarhill Once Upon a Time (Mrs C Dean)
I liked him a lot; he has superb balance & proportion – a good template for a Border. Good head, lovely ear & set, correct eye with a strong jaw giving a great expression. Very good shoulder and quarters, he has neat feet and the very best of tails and set on. Shown today in an excellent bl/t coat and he was really moving out well. Another who caught my eye in a very strong challenge, I am sure that his day will come.
2nd - Oxcroft Freelander (Miss J Price)
Totally different type but all Border. Lovely head with a good strong jaw, good ear set. Good bone with good rib carried into a strong loin, good feet, he has good quarters and gets over his ground well but could have helped his handler more by not messing about on the move! Shown in a good bl/t coat, overall an impressive dog.
3rd - Keebank Charlie's Diamond (Mrs L Keeffe)
Good head and expression, a nice type of dog, shown in a very good coat. OK on the move but again untidy in front.
Res - Flutorum Artful Dodger (Mr E Castel)
VHC - Dymanti Roman Warrior at Nottorg ShCM (Mr P J & Mrs A K Taylor)
Entries: 5 Absentees: 1
1st - Ridgebow Rifleman JW (Mr N & Mrs A Duxbury)
Good all round dog with a lot to like, good head and expression, strong jaw, good shoulder and front, good bone. Well balanced, shown in good coat, showing very well and moving out well covering his ground.
2nd - Otterwood Caius JW ShCM (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee)
Good head & ear, good expression. OK for bone, he is well constructed with good angulations both ends, shown in an excellent harsh bl/t coat. He was not helping his handler on the move but did enough to secure his place here. Lots to like about him but he doesn’t put much in to his showing which is a shame.
3rd - Breckgreen Soldier Blue (Mrs. J. Green)
Not as strong in head but still OK. Reasonably well constructed. Another shown in a very good bl/t coat which could have been tidier. He moved out OK.
Res - Fieldsearch Phantom (Mr D Pearson)
Entries: 12 Absentees: 1
The breed Standard does allow for quite a difference in interpretation and they were all here! An excellent class that was difficult to sort such was the variation in type. Quality went all the way down the line.
1st - Howthwaite Grainsgill (Mr R J & Mrs E A Barrett)
Lovely head, good strong jaw, nice eye. Excellent front with good rib carried well back into a strong loin, good rear angulation, and is OK for bone. A big dog but spannnable and he was shown in excellent coat. He is of a lovely type and was easily the best mover in this good class, altogether doing enough to take the Reserve CC.
2nd - Stineval Napoleon JW (Mr & Mrs A G Horner)
Smaller dog, head is OK with a strong jaw, maybe a bit heavy in ear. Good shoulder and balance, good angulations, he is a neatly made dog shown in good coat with lovely tight feet. Overall he presents a very pleasing picture. He moved out well but just not quite with the drive of 1, difficult decision here.
3rd - Remony Merry Gentleman (Mrs. H Allison)
Good head with a nice wicked eye but not as strong over the foreface as the first two. Good neck and shoulder, lovely front, excellent rib and loin. Shown in a good red coat, he moved out well to complete a very pleasing trio.
Res - Gameway Mcvitie JW (Mrs P Clark)
VHC - Oxcroft Ritchie (Mr J Price)
Entries: 8 Absentees: 0
Another very good class with a mixture of types, making for some very difficult decisions.
1st - Tojamatt Warlord (Mr & Mrs D Matthews)
Good head, strong jaw. Nice rangy dog with a good front, best of shoulders, good rib with racy quarters. Shown in good coat, nice tail & tail set, he is overall of a very nice type with great balance. When he settled on the move he covered his ground well and standing looked the part, delighted to award him the CC.
2nd - CH Brackenfell Bok To Bach JW (Mr C Hall & Miss L Ellis)
There is a lot to like about this dog, lovely head but I preferred the eye of 1, good neck and shoulder, good bone, good feet, good tail, nice balance. In good coat today, he shows himself off very well and was moving out well just not the ground-covering stride of 1 and sometimes a little choppy on the move.
3rd - Wadesleia Mr Herriot (Mrs H A & Mr A Fletcher)
Another pleasing dog, good head and neck but not as good in shoulder as the first two. Well made all through and moved OK although he didn’t always help his handler. He was shown in a very good coat and shows himself well when he settles.
Res - Tythrop Timepiece (Mrs J L Lee)
VHC - CH Cobstoneway River Magic JW ShCM (Miss C Spencer)
Entries: 3 Absentees: 0
1st - Solitary Mist (Mr D & Mrs C Hodgson)
Just 7 years old, in very good condition as you would expect. A very sound well made dog, a strong jaw but just fails overall in head, good balance and angulations, good tail & tail set. Shown in good coat with good pelt. Moved out well and looked very pleasing, not ignored in the challenge.
2nd - StBedehounds Frank in Sense of Raleniro ShCM (Mr M J & Mrs D A Lorraine)
Just 8 years, not enjoying his day out. He is OK in head with a strong jaw, reasonably made all through, shown in good bl/tan coat with a good pelt and moved OK.
3rd - Blues Boy At Brackenfell (Mr C Hall & Miss L Ellis)
Nice all round dog even if there is a bit too much of him. Very good head, reasonable balance, shown in a big coat that could have been tidier, moved out OK.
Entries: 1 Absentees: 1
Entries: 13 Absentees: 4
1st - Witch Way to Thorneyhurst (Miss L Illingworth)
My kind of bitch, I like her head, good strong jaw, good eye, neat ear well set. Good bone, good front, good angulations with nice tight feet. Good tail & tail set. Shown in a lot of coat with a lovely thick pelt, moved well. A very typical little Border, still a baby but with a lot of promise.
2nd - Southash Finding Bliss (Mr J & Mrs I M Southam)
I liked this one a lot, good head, nice eye, good small ears. Well made all through and good for bone if not quite as racy as 1, shown in good coat and moving very well.
3rd - Ragatam Step In Time (Miss T Peacock)
Good head if not as strong as the first two, well made, a bl/t rather short of coat today but showing and moving out well, a nice overall picture, another promising prospect.
Res - Cedarhill Shooting Star (Mrs J Alpe)
VHC - Ridgebow Ferreter (Mr N & Mrs A Duxbury)
Entries: 12 Absentees: 4
I liked the first two here, not easy to separate them.
1st - Chorbeck Gossip Girl At Blackmine (Miss Tracey James & Mrs Michelle Render)
Very competent all round bitch, lovely head, good strong muzzle, nice ear, good eye. Lovely neck and shoulder, good bone and great balance. Best of feet, shown in a good coat. A very showy well made bitch who gets over her ground well but rather fussy in front movement with cost her in the puppy challenge. BPB.
2nd - Hawcoat Ugogirl (Mrs E J & Miss R C Larner)
Another that I really liked, lovely head with an excellent expression, good shoulder, nice balance & proportion, ribs carried well back, good tail & tail set. Shown in a lovely bl/t coat and moving very well.
3rd - Hartswelin She's The One (Miss L J Coleman)
Smaller size but a pleasing well balanced bitch, good head, neck & shoulder, lovely expression. Good balance with good rib. Shown in a lovely red coat and moving well.
Res - Stineval Malizia (Mr A & Mrs C Horner)
VHC - Southash Annie Oakley At Smurfski (Mr J Yore)
Entries: 12 Absentees: 5
1st - Brankell Double Or Quits (Mr P Brannan & Miss M Kelly)
Good head neck & shoulder, rib carried well back, OK for balance with nice tight feet. In good coat with a good pelt, moving very well with nice drive. A competent sweet little bitch.
2nd - Picer Flora Mcivor (Mr G & Mrs S Pickering)
Not as attractive as 1 but OK in head with a strong jaw and good eye. Good bone, good shoulder & front, in a very good dark grizzle coat & good pelt. Moving well to complete the picture.
3rd - Mcbrock Chantilly Chateau (Mr A Hurst)
Another good one, very competent all round, not quite the head or eye of the first two. Good neck & shoulder, strong loin and racy quarters, OK for bone & feet. Shown in good coat and moving out very well.
Res - Otterwood Domina Candesco (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee)
VHC - Akenside Eyebright At Lexmar (Mr & Mrs Hayes)
Entries: 8 Absentees: 1
The first three were all very nice bitches.
1st - Bruadar Girl At Cromlechs (Miss K Hamilton)
Lovely head, good muzzle, good eye, nice shoulder & good for bone. Well angulated with good rib into a strong loin, shown in good coat and moving well. Nothing complicated about this one just good all round and certainly caught my eye in the challenge.
2nd - Howthwaite Gold Dust (Mr R J & Mrs E A Barrett)
Good head but not as strong as 1, good angulations fore & aft, good bone, presented in a good bl/t coat. Moved OK but tended to be a bit wayward, another nice one enjoying her day out.
3rd - Ianteg Red Rubi JW ShCM (Miss S Ritchie)
Smaller bitch and not so well off for bone, attractive head but could be stronger over the muzzle, balance OK and good behind, nice tail & set. Shown in a reasonable coat and was also moving well to complete a nice trio.
Res - Heatherdrift Harmony At Bluebabel (Mr K P & Mrs N B Yates)
VHC - Hemlockstone Diana at Bowencloud (Mrs S J Ruth)
Entries: 6 Absentees: 3
1st - Chorbeck Gossip Girl At Blackmine (Miss Tracey James & Mrs Michelle Render)
1st in puppy.
2nd - Hartswelin She's The One (Miss L J Coleman)
3rd in puppy
3rd - Cedarhill Shooting Star (Mrs J Alpe)
Unplaced in the MPB class. A small, very sweet little bitch, good head & expression, good ear set, well made all through if a bit short of bone, shown in a good coat & pelt. Moved out well but there just isn’t enough of her.
Entries: 8 Absentees: 1
1st - Borderxpress Miss Potter (Mr R Wright)
Very nice balance with good head, neck & shoulder, OK for bone, nice tight feet, good pelt with a nice light red grizzle jacket, moving out well to take this rather mixed class.
2nd - Tarkaswell Doctor's Orders JW (Mrs C E Sansom)
Very showy little bitch, good head, could be stronger over the foreface and a bit heavy in ear, OK for bone and reasonable all through, just fails a bit behind compared to one. Showing herself off very well in good coat and moving out OK.
3rd - Comitis Arya With Ragatam (Miss T Peacock)
Very pretty bitch, good head but a bit heavy in ear, good eye. Good neck and nicely made all through if a bit close. Very well presented in a lovely coat, moved out very well covering her ground with ease.
Res - Peakrunner Follow My Dreams (Mrs H Bates)
VHC - Otterwood Domina Candesco (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee)
Entries: 14 Absentees: 5
1st - Ianteg Aurelia (Miss S Richie)
Nicely made bitch with a good head, neck & shoulder, a little short of bone, good rib into a strong loin, nice tail set. Presented in a very good red coat and when she settled on the move she went very well.
2nd - Borderxpress Miss Potter (Mr R Wright)
1st in Graduate.
3rd - Earthdog Kidnap (Mr D Pearson)
Bigger bitch, OK in head with quite a strong jaw, reasonably well made. Nice competent looking bitch that was covering her ground well.
Res - Raleniro New Rose (Mr M J & Mrs D A Lorraine)
VHC - Oxcroft Roadshow (Mr J Price)
Entries: 5 Absentees: 0
1st - Gameway Fortune Cookie JW (Mrs T Clark)
Very nicely made, neat little bitch, v good head, good expression, good neck & shoulder, nice tight feet, good angulations with a nice set on tail. Shown in very good coat & condition, moving very well but a tendency to rock a bit, won this class with ease.
2nd - Rhozzum Vesta (Mrs M Sharp)
Longer narrower bitch OK in head but could be stronger in jaw, good ears. OK for bone but lacking strength in loin, shown in a good bl/t coat with a good pelt. A rangy bitch that covered her ground well on the move.
3rd - Staynorwood Affinity (Mr G & Mrs C Richardson)
Competent bitch, rather heavier made than the first two but OK, good head & ear, good neck & shoulder, OK for bone but feet could have been better. Well presented & moving well.
Res - Blaisdon Serenity at Terabyte (Mr K Green)
VHC - An Cnoc of Baillieswells (Professor A S Milton)
Entries: 11 Absentees: 2
This was a really strong class, a pleasure to judge.
1st - Otterbobs Xolana (Mr J R & Mrs H Gilpin)
Good sized g/tan, Lovely balance with great style about her. Excellent head good strong jaw, slightly heavy in ear, Good bone at the front & really good feet, good coat & condition & thick pelt, nice angulations fore and aft, good tail & tail set, moved out really well, covering her ground with ease. Overall I thought her a very good bitch and was pleased to award her the CC & BIS in some hot competition. I had a lot of difficulty separating two & three, both of whom have so much quality.
2nd - Tythrop Turn Back Time (Mrs J L Lee)
Not as strong in head as 1 but OK with a good eye, well balanced throughout with good feet, good tail. Good rib & loin but I would perhaps have preferred her rather stronger behind with a bit more muscle. Shown in an excellent well ticked bl/t coat. A bit flighty on the move but she settled well enough, a pleasing showy little bitch she did enough to take the Res CC.
3rd - Sulan Strictly Blues Dancin' (Mrs S J Baxter)
Another very good bitch. Good head & expression if slightly heavy in ear. Well made with a good rib and good driving movement. Shown in a harsh bl/t coat, which was not as well ticked through as 2, showed very well for her handler, a very close decision.
Res - Comberdown Stitch (Mr I & Mrs A Higham)
VHC - Merumhor Suzy Snowflake of Lexmar (Mrs A & Mr M Hayes)
Entries: 13 Absentees: 5
1st - CH Tarkaswell Double Agent JW ShCM (Mrs C E Samsom)
Good head with a typical expression, good neck & shoulder. Good angulations both ends, so moving out strongly. Shown in an excellent coat. Very nice picture overall, she is a very showy bitch well handled to take this very strong class.
2nd - Picer Aimee Vilbert JW (Mr G & Mrs S Pickering)
Another bitch of a very nice type. A heavier made bitch but spannable, well balanced with a typical head and expression, a very sound mover who covered her ground effortlessly. Shown well in an excellent coat, very nice overall.
3rd - Remony Frosted Ivy JW (Mrs A Gregory)
A smaller bitch, good head and ear. Well balanced with a good rib. A little short of coat today but overall I preferred her head and expression to the next.
Res - CH Nantcoch Ffion JW ShCM (Mrs J M Phillips)
VHC - Beaconpike Night Sky At Brackenfell (Mr C Hall & Miss L Ellis)
Entries: 6 Absentees: 2
A very good class of old ladies.
1st - CH Southash Blue Betty Boo Gameway JW (Mrs P Clark)
Very attractive bl/tan in an excellent coat and pelt; good head & expression, nice tight feet. Lovely balance and well made all through so moving out with drive, looking very well for her 7 years, pleased to award her Best Veteran.
2nd - Int/Am/Can CH Sulan Fancy That (Mrs S J Baxter)
Another very pleasing exhibit from this kennel. A bigger bitch but spannable, good head, neck & shoulder, moving out well and shown in a good coat.
3rd - Carrickfarm Mika ShCM (Mrs V M Armstrong)
Not so strong in head as the winners but well made, good angulations, great balance and bone, moving well over her ground.
Res - Barterhound Thyme At Bordaholic (Mrs T Bromley)