Venue: Brightwells Sales Arena, Cheltenham Racecourse, GL50 4SH
Judge: Professor S P Dean (Tyrian)
Entries: 160 dogs (including 9 NFC).
It was a pleasure to judge the SBTC Championship Show and very pleasing to do so on their return to the Cheltenham racecourse. The new venue on the racecourse site has impressive facilities and they helped to provide a good atmosphere all day.
The bitch classes were generally very much better than the dog classes and the number of border terriers with thick pelts and a good coat was impressive. Heads are very much improved although some deep stops and large heavy ears cost a few dogs a higher placing.
In general terms the construction of hindquarters has improved but we are now seeing some dogs which have too much bend of stifle and end up with their hocks well behind their tail root when standing. Lay-back of shoulders has also improved yet some still have those relatively upright shoulders which yield a stilted movement in front. In addition, we need to keep the narrowness of the breed in mind, the border terrier does not have a rounded chest and should be well ribbed back as a result.
I struggled to span quite a few male dogs but the bitches were much better. Dentition was very good overall and very strongly made teeth was most enjoyable to find and always an impressive quality to see when examining a border terrier’s mouth.
Finally it was nice to see a few dogs with the characteristic thick carrot-shaped tail which, when set on correctly, always finishes the overall picture. Keep in mind it is an asset for the working terrier.
At the end there were some very promising youngsters who will contribute the future of the breed and several very high quality Border Terriers competing for Best in Show.
Best In Show: CH Badgerbeck Uncle Fester
Reserve Best In Show: Merumhor Suzy Snowflake of Lexmar
Best Opposite Sex: Merumhor Suzy Snowflake of Lexmar
Best Puppy - Dog: Tufterslodge Tea For Two
Best Puppy - Bitch: Badgerbeck Dance the Blues
Best Puppy: Tufterslodge Tea For Two
Best Opposite Sex Puppy: Badgerbeck Dance the Blues
Best Veteran: CH Southash Blue Betty Boo Gameway JW
Entries: 1 Absentees: 0
1st - Blewecourt Zeus (Miss L M Jenkins)
Young 8mo, stood alone. Full of promise. Typical head and expression, thick pelt and harsh coat just beginning to change. Constructed correctly, neat carrot tail completes the picture, Moved well. Expect rear construction to improve as he matures.
Entries: 8 Absentees: 1
1st - Tufterslodge Tea For Two (Ms J M Woollacott)
Best Puppy – Handy sized 9 mo, good head with dark, neat ears. Well ribbed and narrow throughout, coat not at its best. Moved true.
2nd - Benattivo Gun Fire At Rubyfin (Mrs S J Channer)
8 mo with very good coat & pelt. Dark eye. Generally good construction, strongly made but wayward on the move. Maturity should aid his movement and overall outline.
3rd - Chatmoss Bullet Tooth Tony (Miss J Hughes & Mr M J L Kendrick)
9 mo promising youngster, liked his head but would prefer a neater ear. Good, thick pelt. Moved out very well.
Res - Brackenfell Raggamuffin (Mr C Hall & Miss L Ellis)
VHC - Cedarhill Shining Star At Nookshot (Miss R C Newman)
Entries: 4 Absentees: 1
1st - Dandyhow Galloping Gourmet JW (Mrs K Irving)
17 mo kept the handler busy. Correct size, good head and expression, good coat and pelt, narrow throughout. Liked his length of leg and his lines. Hocks well placed. Moved as he looked, soundly. Would prefer slightly neater ears.
2nd - Picer Fellemburg (Mr G & Mrs S Pickering)
Close up. Strongly made 16 mo, with good bone and muscle, correct size , good otter head. Correct in shoulders and turn of stifle, topped with good coat and thick pelt.
3rd - Orangebox Dark Energy (Mr M & Mrs T Anscombe)
14 mo. Super head, with strong muzzle. Would prefer neater ears. Needs more control in front yet well made hindquarters. Harsh blue jacket. Needs time to mature.
Entries: 5 Absentees: 0
1st - Onthill Pathfinder (Mrs A J Osler & Mrs J E Nadian)
21 mo. Won on his correct size and overall balanced conformation. Heavily coated, well made beneath. Liked his hindquarters and he moved well. With handling and some coat care could do quite well.
2nd - Irton Mountain Dew (Mr D & Mrs A Fryer)
21 mo. Strongly built and fit with a typical head and neat ears. Good muscle but outline failed to impress. Thick coat and pelt needed some attention. Did not enjoy his time in the ring.
3rd - Onthill Aramis (Mr R & Mrs A Ramus)
23 mo. Good blue coat, strong head and width of muzzle, heavier in ear and preferred stifle of 2. Moved OK.
Res - Stowthorney Mr Tickle JW (Mr R Brewster & Ms J Green)
VHC - Carrock Carnegie (Ms J Fawcett)
Entries: 2 Absentees: 0
1st - Onthill Pathfinder (Mrs A J Osler & Mrs J E Nadian)
2nd - Trelight's Warrior (Miss F Branwhite)
Pleasing dark grizzle, in good condition. Wonderful harsh coat, large teeth and moved soundly. Preferred the size and overall lines of winner.
Entries: 5 Absentees: 0
1st - Rhozzum Gwilym (Mrs M Sharp)
Broad skull, strong muzzle reasonably neat ears. Long in loin and well ribbed back and covered ground on the move. Up to size. Coat and pelt good, presented in working style.
2nd - Renaissance Rhododendron (Miss L E Westland)
Smartly presented in well trimmed, good quality coat. Strong head, dark ears and well up to size. Made correctly, good top-line, strong coupling but ribbed shorter than winner. Moved well.
3rd - Badgerbeck Prototype (Miss S L Hillman)
Quality blue jacket, preferred the balanced ground covering stride of the winner. Good broad skull but not the strength of muzzle preferred.
Res - Nookshot Nutcracker (Miss R C Newman)
VHC - Trelight's Warrior (Miss F Branwhite)
Entries: 7 Absentees: 1
1st - Oxcroft Freelander (Miss J Price)
Close decision for top 3. Smart with good otter head, neat ears, strong teeth. Liked his narrow front. Correct length of leg and racy lines, strongly coupled with good ribbing. Correct coat and pelt. Moved well. Well constructed. Quite a handful in the ring.
2nd - Otterwood Caius JW ShCM (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee)
Handy sized blue, good head, coat and pelt. Attractive reach of neck with eye catching top-line. Good bone, Moves well. Up to size with deeper chest than winner.
3rd - Foxpaw Brilliant Disguise (Mr P & Mrs H Fulker)
Well presented neat, handy sized dog, easily spanned. Head is of good type. Well made throughout, good in shoulder and stifle. Good coat and pelt.
Res - Onthill Amaretto (Mr R & Mrs A Ramus)
VHC - Clipstone Starshine (Miss E & Mrs J Jackson)
Entries: 8 Absentees: 2
1st - Gameway Mcvitie JW (Mrs P Clark)
Balanced outline, good length of leg and strong in loin. Typical head and expression. Flowing top-line and nicely set tail of correct shape. Harsh coat and thick pelt, Readily spanned and moves well.
2nd - Raleniro Second Time Around (Mr M J & Mrs D A Lorraine & Miss P Thomas)
Similar type with good head on a well-made longer cast dog, well ribbed. Liked his strength of second thigh. Strong low hocks. Lost top-line on the move and thus preferred the drive of winner.
3rd - Bandicoot Doc Martin (Ms V L K Docwra)
Much to like here, head and strength of muzzle. Ears OK. Stands tall on the leg. Well ribbed, good coat but prepared too much for me. Preferred the strength in hindquarters of 1&2.
Res - Kgills King Of Swing At Awbrooksky (Mr & Miss Goddard)
VHC - Withershins Frankie (Mr M J Day)
Entries: 11 Absentees: 3
1st - CH Brackenfell Bok To Bach JW (Mr C Hall & Miss L Ellis)
RCC – High quality class of dogs. Smartly presented, a real showman. He has a good head and expression. Good size, good in bone, nicely made in hindquarters but lost his shape at front, on the move. Coat was dense and harsh but on the change and thus not at its best
2nd - Irton Morse Code JW (Mr & Mrs D Fryer)
Close up. Quality, heavier set dog. Very well muscled and fit, plenty of bone, good head with neat ears, well made throughout. Typical coat and pelt. Has a good top-line but being shown is not his favoured adventure. Moved OK.
3rd - CH Olderhill Afortunado (Mrs S Wilson)
Square well-made dog. Liked his type but carrying too much weight. Old-fashioned pleasing head, neat ears, great coat and pelt, nice tail set and carriage. Lacked drive behind today.
Res - Aiga Viva Ignace Boitaclou (Mr J L Casrrie)
VHC - CH Cobstoneway River Magic JW ShCM (Miss C Spencer)
Entries: 7 Absentees: 2
1st - StBedehounds Frank in Sense of Raleniro ShCM (Mr M J & Mrs D A Lorraine)
8 yo. Correct size. good head, pleasing lines, harsh blue jacket. Moved OK
2nd - Onthill Super Trouper (Mr R & Mrs A M Ramus)
7 yo. Heavier set dog, up to size with broad skull and deep stop. Good in shoulders and moved OK
3rd - Onthill Fernando (Mr R & Mrs A M Ramus)
7 yo. Similar type to 2nd place dog. Had good hind construction, better top-line but less coat on the day. Moved OK
Res - Borderella Day Tripper JW ShCM (Mrs P South)
VHC - Mingrovia Flintstone Chief At Rubyfin (Mrs S J Channer)
Entries: 2 Absentees: 0
1st - CH Badgerbeck Uncle Fester (Miss L M Jenkins)
CC & Best In Show – Liked everything about this one. Typical head and expression. Conformation good throughout giving balanced lines and a great topline, correct size, tip-top coat and thick pelt, finished off with a good tail and set on well. All combined to produce good efficient movement with considerable drive and an overall superb picture.
2nd - Oxcroft Ritchie (Mr J Price)
Great head, coat on the change, narrow and fit. Moved OK.
Entries: 5 Absentees: 1
1st - Badgerbeck Dance the Blues (Mr M Giles)
6 mo. Raw novice in need of schooling yet promising in all respects. Typical head with neat ears. Good shoulders and bend of stifle, good bone and very well muscled. Coat and pelt good. Neat short well set tail and moved well. Enough here to signal a good future.
2nd - Quite Fiery Lucifer by Badgerbeck (Miss L M Jenkins)
Pleasing Blue 8 mo. Similar type to 1 but preferred the overall substance and the strength in muzzle of 1.
3rd - Southash Finding Bliss (Mr J & Mrs I M Southam)
Sweet 8 mo pup with promising head, neat dark ears. Needs time to mature to see full potential. Correct size and well made but not enough coat today. Moves well.
Res - Nettlesnape Scathach at Borderbound (Mrs J Giles)
Entries: 13 Absentees: 4
1st - Benattivo Fire Flower (Mrs S J & Mr C P Girling)
Quality class of pups, top 3 all close. 9 mo. Well balanced and nicely made all round. Head and expression good, needs to grow into ears. Correct coat and pelt. Flowing top-line and good ribs. Very promising.
2nd - Shiftyfox Fairydust Of Glenoak (Dr J A & Mrs E J Hudson)
9 mo. Similar in type and quality to 1. Coat harsh but not at its best, typical head needing to grow into ears. Well made throughout.
3rd - Bandicoot Dragon Glass (Mrs V L K Docwra)
11 mo. Another promising puppy. Up on the leg, well made all round. Coat harsh and thick but past its very best. Skull broad and flat but heavy top knot spoiled the picture.
Res - Davmar Treacle Tart By Awbrooksky (Mr R & Miss L Goddard)
VHC - Bromsden Skyfall (Mrs L J Vintcent)
Entries: 8 Absentees: 3
1st - Picer Flora Mcivor JW (Mr G & Mrs S Pickering)
All five excellent. A good quality coat was critical for success today. 16 mo. Correct size, feminine head, good expression and attractive dark features. Strong muzzle. Nicely made in shoulders and hindquarters with good well set on carrot tail. Liked her harsh tweedy jacket. Moves well.
2nd - Akenside Eyebright At Lexmar (Mr & Mrs Hayes)
13 mo. Similar in size and stamp to 1. Short strong muzzle, neat ears, well made both ends. Rich textured coat. Moves well. Preferred the smaller, almond eyes of 1.
3rd - Imperterrito Agenda By Borderella (Mrs P South)
Rangier type, well made, with a depth of chest, nicely ribbed back. Just preferred overall balance and coat of first two. Moved correctly
Res - Awbrooksky Geeteethree (Mr R & Miss L Goddard)
VHC - Thistlestone Rhyme N' Reason (Miss J & Mr S May & Whisker)
Entries: 12 Absentees: 2
1st - Irton Scotch Mist (Mr D & Mrs A Fryer)
21 mo. Well made, fit and mature. Structured well all round. Typical head, good expression. On the leg and correct size. She did not help her handler in the ring.
2nd - Badgerbeck Fair Trade (Miss S L Hillman)
20 mo. Handy sized blue, attractive with typical head, strong muzzle and typical border expression. Feminine, with good coat and pelt and short carrot tail. Slightly flat footed and over-handled.
3rd - Bardenfox Pussy Galore JW (Mr K H & Mrs D Moore)
20 mo. Superb otter head, nice reach of neck, clean lines. Heavier in ear than winners. Well made in shoulders. Super coat and pelt.
Res - Otterwood Domina Candesco JW (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee)
VHC - Blewecourt Carpe Horam (Mr M & Mrs T Morgan)
Entries: 7 Absentees: 3
1st - Quite Fiery Lucifer by Badgerbeck (Miss L M Jenkins)
2nd - Earthtaw Goldfinch (Mrs H S Hooper)
Overweight but underneath, well made with good shoulder and stifle angulation. Nice head with a good coat needing some attention. Moves well but needs schooling.
3rd - Brackenfell Jitter Bug At Dassett (Mrs S Spafford)
Overall well made and promising. Needs to mature and develop muscle behind. Coat not at its best.
Res - Imperterrito Agenda By Borderella (Mrs P South)
Entries: 20 Absentees: 7
1st - Argentail Titania by Onthill (Mr R & Mrs A Ramus)
Good quality bitch with broad skull and neat dark ears, Top-line attractive, nicely made all round. Pleasing harsh jacket. Fit and well muscled. Moved very well.
2nd - Puzzlers Hope Full Hattie At Broadsmill (Mrs E J Pinkham)
Close up to 1. Just preferred the shorter muzzle of winner. Harsh blue coat. Liked her bone and tight feet. Longer cast with good construction. Stylish on the move.
3rd - Tarkaswell Doctor's Orders JW (Mrs C E Sansom)
Quality head slightly larger in ear than winners. Superb coat and pelt. Moved OK.
Res - Rhozzum Gwenno (Mrs M Sharp)
VHC - Oxcroft Roadshow (Mr J Price)
Entries: 5 Absentees: 0
1st - Thistlestone Ms Money Penny (Mr S Whisker & Miss J May)
Feminine bitch, head good, neat dark ears, good clean lines, well made, sufficient bone and coat in good order. Short, thick tail. Moved well.
2nd - Caznray Just A Mystery From Thornheswin (Mr J C Dixon)
Rangier type, strong typical head and expression, athletic lines, Harsh early phase jacket, well made throughout. Moved less well than 1.
3rd - Baillieswells Stronachie (Professor A S Milton)
Pleasing feminine bitch. Shorter on leg than 1&2. Good harsh coat, Moved OK but feet need to tighten.
Res - Lady Mary of Foxpaw (Mr P & Mrs H Fulker)
VHC - Intack Lady Eleanor (Mrs F J Matthews)
Entries: 12 Absentees: 3
1st - Merumhor Suzy Snowflake of Lexmar (Mrs A & Mr M Hayes)
CC, Res BIS, BOS – Superb blue jacket, rich, deep and harsh forming a thick pelt. Head just right with ears set on well, neat and dark. Soft feminine expression. Lovely reach of neck into flowing top-line. Good bone, low hocks and well constructed making her very efficient on the move. Carrot tail is her final flourish. A little more attention to presentation would complete a very good picture.
2nd - Ploughdown Persephone (Miss C Spencer)
Super feminine bitch, liked her dark neat ears but preferred the head carriage of 1. Coat in excellent condition. Well made, with good ribbing. Nice short, carrot tail. Moves well.
3rd - Otterbobs Xolana (Mr J R & Mrs H Gilpin)
Smartly presented. Liked her head, slightly heavy in ear. Longer cast than 1&2. Nicely made with a harsh thick jacket. Preferred length of leg of 1&2.
Res - Clevepark Dazzle (Mr J L Parkes OBE)
VHC - Baywillow Brown Braid JW ShCM (Mrs G Hyslop)
Entries: 7 Absentees: 3
1st - CH Nantcoch Ffion JW ShCM (Mrs J M Phillips)
Res CC – Typical otter head and expression with dark ears, lovely neck into a good top-line. Shoulders and hindquarters all well made. Liked her neat tight feet. Neat short tail, great coat and pelt and moved well on loose lead. Was very close to top honours
2nd - CH Tarkaswell Double Agent JW ShCM (Mrs C E Samsom)
A quality girl who pushed hard for top spot in this class. Similar type to 1, well made throughout with great head, coat and pelt. One of the handful who was ribbed back well. Just didn’t move well enough today.
3rd - Beaconpike Night Sky At Brackenfell (Mr C Hall & Miss L Ellis)
Pleasing bitch in good coat and well presented.
Res - Aiga Viva Ispanina Doceta (Mrs L Ruy)
Entries: 12 Absentees: 7
1st - CH Southash Blue Betty Boo Gameway JW (Mrs P Clark)
Best Veteran – 7 yo. Liked this one in her youth. Still a marvellously typical border with good head, super blue coat and constructed correctly. Moved well, covering the ground. Considered her closely for the top honours.
2nd - Gameway Cappuccino of Withershins ShCM (Mr M J Day)
11 yo. Oldest in class, still shows her former quality but not in 1’s class today. Clean lines and well made.
3rd - Mattedonn Bonnie Beatrix (Mr E D'arcy-Donnelly)
9 yo. Good head lovely coat and pelt, well constructed forequarters.
Res - Badgerbeck Tree Pipit At Tilmoray JW ShCM (Mrs M Small)
VHC - Dandyhow Rose And Crown