Venue: Springwood Park, Kelso, Roxburghshire TD5 8LS
Judge: Mr Phil Sharp (Martec)
Entries: 128 making 141
I would like to thank the Committee for inviting me to judge at this Show. It was my first visit to Kelso and I was most impressed with the hospitality and organisation there. My two excellent stewards, Gordon and Donald, kept me on the straight and narrow and contributed to a lovely atmosphere in and around the ring.
I did not make my usual visit to the SBTC championship show the weekend before as I wanted to see all the dogs afresh, and I am glad I did as many of the exhibits were new to me. In general, mouths were good, with dentition only slightly awry in one instance. I found no kinked tails and all dogs were entire.
It was a very hot and sunny day and this affected some dogs, who perhaps lacked their normal animation and were moving lethargically. As usual, there was a wide variation in coats, with some totally lacking top coat, and this naturally had an effect on the placings.
I would like to thank the exhibitors for the large entry and for the sporting way in which my decisions were taken throughout my judging stint.
Best Of Breed: Tarkaswell Doctor's Orders JW
DCC: CH Karison Kosta
RBCC: Irton Scotch Mist
Best Puppy: Merumhor Blue Jasmine
Entries: 0 Absentees: 0
Entries: 5 Absentees: 1
1st - Tojamatt Rhythm N'blues at Raedwulf (Mr M & Mrs V Atkinson)
good for size puppy of nine months. Pleasing head, well constructed throughout, though tail slightly on the long side (something that is regrettably all too common these days). Shown in good coat and was settled and sound on the move.
2nd - Baillieswells Glengyle At Glebeheath (Mrs J Guvercin)
was of similar size to the class winner. Was balanced on the table and had a lovely head. Good straight front, but movement let this youngster down today
3rd - Karison Kroupier (Miss K Johnson)
Res - Tarkaswell Smart Move To Otterwood (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee)
Entries: 3 Absentees: 0
Movement was not the strong point of any of these juniors today, perhaps it was the heat.
1st - Karison Kustard (Miss K Johnson)
in good coat and possessed a lovely head . Looked so balanced on the table and it was a real disappointment when it came to moving. Perhaps not happy today, as tail not carried well either.
2nd - Normbar Hussar (Mrs N Ellis)
liked his head so much and looked good on the table, but could not forgive his rather crabby movement today.
3rd - Lynsett Lewis (Mr P Armstrong)
Entries: 6 Absentees: 0
1st - Brackenfell Raggamuffin (Mr C Hall & Miss L Ellis)
stood out in this class. Good size. Lovely head and eye, good bite. Straight front, but moved a little wide behind today.
2nd - Bardenfox A View To Kill (Mr I & Mrs J Broomhead)
was another with a very pleasing head. A little short on coat today Did not move too well.
3rd - Akenside Eventide (Mr & Mrs B & N Wanless)
Res - Westbound Dan (Mr D Hill)
VHC - Spicy Highlander At Kilburnpride (Mrs E J Scott)
Entries: 3 Absentees: 0
1st - Tyneaster Undercover Agent For Vandamere JW (Mr S Pollit)
was the stand-out winner of this class. Well constructed throughout, good straight front and moved out well. Lovely head and skull. In good coat. Tail just slightly on the long side (Where, oh where, have those carroty tails gone to?).
2nd - Tyneaster Dark Agent (Mrs S F Gill)
litter brother of class winner, b/t, but did not move as well. Had a lovely head and coat was OK. Could change places on another day
3rd - Otterwood Caius JW ShCM (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee)
Entries: 9 Absentees: 1
1st - Tyneaster Special Agent at Raedwulf (Mrs V Atkinson)
yet another of the same litter as 1 and 2 in GD, moved very well today, not surprisingly as he has excellent hindquarters, with a good bend of stifle, and a nice straight front. Pleasing head, good dark eyes. In good coat. My notes say ‘liked him a lot’.
2nd - Otterpaws Muninn (Mr & Mrs G Birrel)
another one with a good head. Thinner skinned than1 and did not move quite as true.
3rd - Lairehope Highland Chief Of Tweedburn (Mrs C Archibald)
Res - Lairehope Duke Diamante (Mr P & Mrs K Lothian)
VHC - Foxcraig Magic Dyson (Mr G R Sugars)
Entries: 10 Absentees: 3
1st - Raleniro Second Time Around (Mr M J & Mrs D A Lorraine & Miss P Thomas)
There was so much to like about this dog, from his lovely ottery head, through a good topline to a good tail set. Beautifully balanced on the move, well muscled body and a good thick pelt Seriously considered for top honours
2nd - Howthwaite Grainsgill (Mr R J & Mrs E A Barrett)
slightly darker in colour than 1 and lighter in bone. Possessed a good head, moved OK. 3
3rd - Irton Mountain Dew (Mr D & Mrs A Fryer)
Res - Ravenside Rumours About Caldewgate (Mr A E Burke)
VHC - Flutorum Artful Dodger (Mr E Castel)
Entries: 8 Absentees: 0
1st - CH Karison Kosta (Miss K Johnson)
added another CC to his collection today. Outstanding dog who has matured very well. Has a lovely otter head, with well shaped skull. Well balanced both on the table and on the move. Good straight front and excellent hindquarters. One of the best movers today. My notes say ‘looked great’ and that just about sums it up!
2nd - Wadesleia Mr Herriot (Mrs H A & Mr A Fletcher)
got his place on movement over 3 today. In many ways, very similar to the class winner, good boning, lovely head, with a good ear set. Unlucky to come up against the Limit winner for the RCC.
3rd - Benattivo Betfred (Mrs S J & Mr C P Girling)
Res - Ir CH Remony Blueberry Blitz (Miss A P Stewart)
VHC - DK/SE UCH Sub Terram Special Order (Mrs Berge)
Entries: 4 Absentees: 0
1st - CH Lairehope Lord of the Glen At Tweedburn (Mrs C Archibald)
was in fantastic condition. He moved well and looked a picture. Excellent head and in good coat. Seriously considered in the challenge.
2nd - Foxcraig Jester (Mr G R Sugars)
moved better than those placed after him. Head could be better, but was fit and in good coat.
3rd - StBedehounds Frank in Sense of Raleniro ShCM (Mr M J & Mrs D A Lorraine)
Res - Ragatam Legend (Mrs J M Hill)
Entries: 6 Absentees: 2
1st - Micustins Little Santa (Mr M McNicholas)
just 7 months old but a wonderfully finished puppy. An excellent head, in good proportion to the rest of her body. Nice tail, good straight front. Moved soundly. I shall follow her progress with interest.
2nd - Fehmarn Celtic Fire (Mrs J M Shaw)
was another puppy with much to like. Good conformation throughout. Really good head, with well set ears. Moved soundly.
3rd - Kelcraig Demora (Mr R M & Mrs H Rowland)
Res - Rowanberry Rouge (Mrs A MacKensie)
Entries: 9 Absentees: 3
1st - Merumhor Blue Jasmine (Mr C & Mrs J Martin)
best puppy, b/t, was a little reluctant on the move but covered the ground well once she got moving. Lovely head, holds her ears well. Very close decision over 2.
2nd - Tea At Tufters (Mrs J Vaughan)
another nice puppy, slightly smaller than the winner. Well balanced on the move. My notes say ‘much to like’
3rd - Lockhaugh Twix (Mr B A Bassett)
Res - Achnagairn Touch Of Class (Mrs A Fraser)
VHC - Rowanberry Rouge (Mrs A MacKensie)
Entries: 10 Absentees: 1
1st - Ploughdown Paloma (Mr E & Dr M Armstrong)
was a clear winner of this class. Carried her topline well on the move and looked a picture. Perhaps a little too much face furnishing but this is easily rectified. Well balanced throughout.
2nd - Lynsett Miss Marple (Mr J R & Mrs V Mann)
another youngster who moved well. In good coat, had a nice overall balance. Good skull, with correct eyes. Well deserved her placing. 3
3rd - Karison Krumble (Miss K Johnson)
Res - Bordurrock Shoot To Thrill (Mr D & Mrs E Gillies)
VHC - Carrock Caelan (Ms J Fawcett)
Entries: 8 Absentees: 1
1st - Benattivo Fire Flower JW (Mrs S J & Mr C P Girling)
There was a lot to like with the top two placings here. Nice head, good in eye but perhaps slightly large in ear. Really fit and in tip-top condition.
2nd - Bordurrock Tarot Woman (Mr D & Mrs E Gillies)
also covered the ground well. A little plainer in head Nice tail set, good coat.
3rd - Henley Star (Mrs J Potts)
Res - Bardenfox Octopussy (Mr I & Mrs J Broomhead)
VHC - Earthwise Heaven Can Wait (Mr E Houston)
Entries: 9 Absentees: 2
I found this a difficult class to judge.
1st - Catgallows Serendipity (Mrs V I Mason)
was, by far, the soundest mover in this class and this is what clinched her the class as she was a little thickset and low on the leg. Head was OK and she did have one of those rare carroty tails!
2nd - Kalebank Harvest Festival (Mrs S Portsmouth)
preferred the head of 1 and did not move as well.
3rd - Achnagairn Tutti Frutti (Mrs A Fraser)
Res - Otterpaws Firebird (Miss Dixon)
VHC - Fisherbloom Diaboli At Otterwood (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee)
Entries: 15 Absentees: 0
1st - Picer Flora Mcivor JW (Mr G & Mrs S Pickering)
one I judged as a puppy and liked very much, as I still do. There is everything to like about this bitch and she was under serious consideration in the challenge. Her head has developed beautifully from a puppy. Good hindquarters and not too long in the leg, she was the best mover in this class.
2nd - Achnagairn Prim N'proper (Mrs A Fraser)
also had a good head and moved well. Tail a little on the long side.
3rd - Charlie's Copycat Via Otterbobs (Mr J R & Mrs H Gilpin)
Res - Fehmarn River Ranger (Mrs J Morton Shaw)
VHC - Howthwaite Gold Dust (Mr R J & Mrs E A Barrett)
Entries: 8 Absentees: 2
1st - Tarkaswell Doctor's Orders JW (Mrs C E Sansom)
CC, BOB. I placed this one a couple of years ago in a strong class. She strode into the ring as if she owned it and really deserved the top honours today. I heard afterwards that this was her third ticket so congratulations are in order! In superb condition, she looked a picture of a Border Terrier. She covered the ground with ease. Her coat was in top condition. She has a lovely head, good set of ear and a lovely expression.
2nd - Irton Scotch Mist (Mr D & Mrs A Fryer)
RCC, slightly heavier throughout but in tremendous condition. A really lovely otter head and in a rich red coat. Good body conformation.
3rd - Brumberhill Miss Dior (Mrs N E Ellis)
Res - Achnagairn Red Card (Mrs A Fraser)
VHC - Ruby of Raughton Head At Loiriston (Dr & Mrs Wheatley)
Entries: 12 Absentees: 2
1st - Chorbeck Gossip Girl At Blackmine JW (Miss Tracey James & Mrs Michelle Render)
topped a lovely class and pushed hard for the reserve ticket. Good head and expression. Moved very well, maintaining a lovely balance throughout. So much to like about her and I am sure she has a bright future.
2nd - Picer Aimee Vilbert JW (Mr G & Mrs S Pickering)
pushed hard but was not as sound on the move, being a little wide behind today. Another very typical head and in good condition
3rd - Beaconpike Night Sky At Brackenfell (Mr C Hall & Miss L Ellis)
Res - Remony Frosted Ivy JW ShCM (Mrs A Gregory)
VHC - Ploughdown Persephone (Miss C Spencer)
Entries: 5 Absentees: 2
1st - Seymours Bubble And Squeak For Raleniro ShCM (Mr M J & Mrs D A Lorraine)
moved soundly. Looked good on the table and had a coat better than most today.
2nd - Carrickfarm Mika ShCM (Mrs V M Armstrong)
did not move as well and lacked in coat.
3rd - An Cnoc of Baillieswells (Professor A S Milton)