Venue: St Ives Recreation Centre
Judge: Mr Simon Jackson (Clipstone)
I was honoured to be invited by the Club to judge this show, which has always held a special place in my heart. My thanks to everyone involved at the Club for a super day, and exhibitors for a high quality entry.
Overall standards were high with a number of classes where exhibits genuinely worthy of placing went without reward, which was a nice position for me in, and an encouraging one for the breed to be in if this is replicated at other events.
I am pleased to say that I found only two incorrect bites. However, I am frustrated at the inability of some exhibitors to appreciate the correct speed of movement of their dogs, which if correct would improve the appearance of the dogs on the move, many dogs were moved too slowly, thereby preventing the dog from driving out.
Incorrect movement cannot be hidden by moving the dog slowly, likewise, correct movement can easily be displayed if the dog is just allowed to move freely, even if this means the exhibitor running with their dog. Do what the dog needs to get the best out of it.
It was a pleasure to judge in such a venue which is light, airy, clean and “exhibitor friendly”. Please excuse the slight delay in providing this critique, with the newly resurrected Joint Show following 2 weeks after this, and my involvement in the management of that show, time has been tight.
I was heartened to find youngsters being youngsters, playful, awkward and proper babies, far too often these days we see perfectly turned out and immaculately school puppies which appear almost “models”, let the youngster be so, this is a sport that we, and the dogs, are meant to enjoy. Puppies jumping over the dark lines in the carpet is a cute, if a little frustrating for the handler!
I was very impressed with my main winners. My Best in Show I have been aware of for some time and watched her develop with interest. I was excited on close examination of her to find her a superb example of the breed in every aspect, and was delighted to award her her first CC and Best in Show. I am sure she will have an illustrious career.
The Dog on the other hand was a total stranger to me and a highly pleasant surprise. On winning his class he took my eye and stole the Dog CC. It gave me great pleasure to also award him his first CC. My best to him for his future.
Best In Show: Remony Barley Twist JW ShCM
Reserve Best In Show: Chase Me Kato At Thorpe
Best Puppy - Dog: Totherend Flash 'arry
RBCC: Irton Polka
Best Puppy - Bitch: Hawcoat Sweet Fairy
Best Puppy: Totherend Flash 'arry
Reserve Best Puppy: Hawcoat Sweet Fairy
Best Veteran: Digmoor Crystal Ball At Farmway
Entries: 6 Absentees: 3
1st - Totherend Flash 'arry (Mr R G & Mrs E A Wright)
Excellent name, 7 ½ month old blue & tan, in excellent coat with a thick loose pelt, correct movement, although nicely loose as a puppy should be, pleasing otter head and a well balanced carroty tail. Pleased to award him Best Puppy Dog / Best Puppy in Show. Made a nice picture with the bitch puppy.
2nd - Totherend Blues In the Night (Mr R G & Mrs E A Wright)
Very similar to (1), blue & tan, heavier in build, not quite the quality of coat of (1). Nice temperament, moved ok.
3rd - Ashbrae Fellman At Beaconpike (Mr & Mrs Golding)
Entries: 5 Absentees: 1
1st - Hawcoat Blue Bertie (Mrs E J & Miss R C Larner)
10 month old grizzle in excellent condition, very nice head, good neck and shoulder, correct rib, good type, moved very well and handled to advantage. Lovely hard double grizzle coat.
2nd - Sextonmagic Jacobs Ladder (Mrs G P Maskell)
Nice pale red, although lacking in coat finish to (1), another with an excellent playful temperament, moved particularly well, good otter head. Two pups to watch.
3rd - Take It From Here (Mr R J & Mrs D M Warneford)
Res - Felfree Ricardo Tubbs (Miss F Freer)
Entries: 7 Absentees: 1
1st - Bandicoot Double O Seven (Mr G E & Mrs V L K Docwra)
Reminds me of a dog within my kennel ? lovely dog in a full, hard coat, rich dark grizzle in colour, typical head and expression, well carried neck and body, confirmation allowed me to believe he would move correctly which he did, very nicely handled. Excellent carroty tail, overall a right type. Was in the running for top honours.
2nd - Ethlencoral Pip of Ottaswell (Mr D & Mrs G M Hunt)
Light grizzle in hard, tight coat, with thick pelt, lovely strong head, nice type overall, a little longer in tail than (1) but not incorrect. Moved well. Nice character.
3rd - Digmoor Captain Rook By Tyrian (Mrs K Dean)
Res - Stoneygin Jacksson At Nickeltweed (Mrs N J & Mr A P Harris)
Entries: 9 Absentees: 1
1st - Cedarhill Authorized (Mrs C Dean)
Very typy grizzle in good coat with a very nice head, neck and body. Good positive movement, done at the correct speed for the dog, so he drove well. Particularly well made quarters and back which led to the aforementioned movement.
2nd - Digmoor Aces High (Mr M P & Mrs S V Regan)
Once again a nice type grizzle, in fuller coat than (1). Super otter head and correct confirmation. Also moved very well, leading to one of those happy judge situations of choosing between at least 2 good dogs!
3rd - Oxcroft Rackit (Mr J Price)
Res - Bramblebee Little Tike At Cynetkoy (Mr S D Watson & Mrs A S Kenna)
VHC - Eltonfurze Pickle (Mrs K & Miss C Johnson)
Entries: 9 Absentees: 2
1st - Ruelata Boulder JW (Ms L H & Miss T Vasey & Peacock)
Light grizzle in tight double coat. Good correct typy otter head. Standard of confirmation led to correct driving movement. Pleasant temperament.
2nd - Vallemoss Voodoo At Roxess (Mr J T & Mrs N Todd)
Red grizzle in fuller coat than (1). Overall a nice type of Border Terrier with good otter head. Moved and shown well.
3rd - Yeomeadow Sorrel For Tyrian (Professor S P Dean)
Res - Bandicoot April Storm (Mrs J Brooks)
VHC - Eltonfurze Pickle (Mrs K & Miss C Johnson)
Entries: 4 Absentees: 1
1st - Ragatam Harris JW (Miss T J Peacock)
Red grizzle with a good hard double coat and thick pelt. Strong masculine otter head. Excellent strength of loin which carried through to his movement. Shown very well.
2nd - Quarryway Dill (Mrs B Williams & Mr K E Johnson)
Nice headed dog, deeper in rib, and not quite the overall strength of (1).
3rd - Iacheslei Torus JW (Miss A Harrison)
Entries: 13 Absentees: 3
1st - Chase Me Kato At Thorpe (Mr & Mrs G Patchett)
Superb type of Border Terrier, striking from every angle, fantastic otter head with correct proportions. Correct depth and carriage of rib, deep set loin and well set carroty tail. Fabulous temperament and a lovely ambassador for the breed. Came to hand very well, being superbly balanced and obviously spannable. Moved with the drive expected and the enthusiasm of a dog enjoying himself. His coat was super, correct, hard and double ? well presented on the day. I hope his qualities are recognised by others. No hesitation in awarding him the Dog CC.
2nd - Conundrum's Blue Legend At Southash (Mr & Mrs Southam)
A blue & tan with a nice otter head, good coat and correct movement. This was a very strong class with a number of dogs deserving of placings going unrewarded.
3rd - Westmarte Capalgo Time At Visrie (Mr & Mrs Gregory)
Res - Risdene Tapenade (Sally Leslie & John Bainbridge)
VHC - Dugaden Tusker ShCM (Martin, Joyce)
Entries: 12 Absentees: 2
1st - CH Vandamere's Secret Agent JW (Mrs D Phillips)
Very typy dog with a good otter head, in hard condition with correct double coat. Well carried ribs but completely spannable. Good shoulders and quarters, leading to good movement. Correct length of back and strength of loin. Very nice carroty tail. Very pleased to award him a Reserve Dog CC concurring with those who have gone before me and had the enviable task of making him up.
2nd - CH Stineval Acerola With Tyrian JW (Professor S P Dean)
Another very good dog, excellent type and coat. A very difficult decision splitting (1) and (2) in this class, again a nice position to be in. One I have watched develop with interest. Very good correct movement. Lovely strong head. Another worthy of his title.
3rd - Earthwise Deuteronomy ShCM (Culley, Anne; Orr, Joyce)
Res - CH Tythrop Tapas (Mrs J Lee)
VHC - Kersfell Comet JW (Sneddon, Margaret)
Entries: 10 Absentees: 1
1st - Bandicoot April Storm (Mrs J Brooks)
4th in the Post Graduate class, ok for type, good movement, close coat, a little on the heavy side.
2nd - Bramblebee Little Tike At Cynetkoy (Mr S D Watson & Mrs A S Kenna)
4th in the Yearling class, well handled dog with nice coat. Attractive head, nice expression.
3rd - Eltonfurze Pickle (Mrs K & Miss C Johnson)
Res - Sextonmagic Jacob's Ladder (Mrs G P Maskell)
VHC - Ashbrae Fellman At Beaconpike (Mr & Mrs Golding)
Entries: 4 Absentees: 2
1st - Pipruda Shaamit (O'shea, Mrs. J.)
An 11 year old real character, still with correct dentition and bite, lovely head and expression. Moved well for age, although maybe not able to follow his master’s current horses! Lovely to go over him.
2nd - Withershins Benjamin (Day, Mr. M.J.)
10 ½ year old, missing some teeth, not carrying his age as well as (1), particularly good in coat.
Entries: 10 Absentees: 3
1st - Markrich My Kunia (Mrs J E Smith & Ms P Watts)
Very typical grizzle with pretty correct feminine otter head, good confirmation, tail and coat. Moved very well , nice baby. In a very close class.
2nd - Cedarhill Blonde Ambition (Mrs C Dean)
Blue and tan, another with a pretty girlie head, a little lacking in coat but once again very well made overall.
3rd - Benattivo Kissing Stone For Cynetkoy (Mr S D Watson & Mrs A S Kenna)
Res - Ashbrae Fern (Mr A & Mrs E Cuthbertson)
VHC - Totherend Tonic (Mr R G & Mrs E A Wright)
Entries: 16 Absentees: 1
1st - Hawcoat Sweet Fairy (Mrs E J & Miss R C Larner)
A beautiful very very light grizzle, excellent head and gorgeous expression. Good body and movement. Super coat. Lovely confirmation combining strength and femininity. Best Puppy Bitch.
2nd - Lutrabeck Liberty (Mr R J & Mrs C Hand)
Very close to (1). A big class and these two bitches are both extremely good quality. A nice type dark grizzle, lovely topline for a baby, excellent tail set. She moved very well and drove with ease. Two babies to watch for the future.
3rd - Hawcoat Starina (Mrs E J & Miss R C Larner)
Res - Head Over Heals At Westpoint (Mrs C Parr)
VHC - Willabede Northern Lights For Cynetkoy (Mr S D Watson & Mrs A S Kenna)
Entries: 20 Absentees: 3
1st - Foxcraig Magic Spell At Roxess (Mr J T & Mrs N Todd)
This bitch headed a huge class which was close and full of quality. A very nice grizzle with an excellent head. Very typy bitch. Tight harsh correct double coat. Very good temperament. Moved and shown well.
2nd - Breckgreen Blue Christmas (Mrs J Green)
A nice type, good head with feminine expression, a little lacking in whisker which would finish her head off perfectly. Lovely straight front. Well made throughout.
3rd - Tallowbrook Memento of Quatford (Mrs V Furness)
Res - Joncroft Scullery Maid (Miss A W Culley)
VHC - Rexlands Storm Petrel (Mrs D Pearson)
Entries: 18 Absentees: 2
1st - Remony Barley Twist JW (Mrs A E Gregory)
This bitch has quite probably the best head on a Border I have seen for a long while, she is typical in every department, from her head to the tip of her tail. She has a super hard close double coat, thick pliable pelt, beautifully made, balanced in construction combining femininity and strength. She moved like a dream, with the most wonderful drive. Wonderful rear angulation and well muscled quarters. Superbly balanced and coming to hand well. Delighted to award her her first CC which I am sure will be the first of many. She was a joy to go over and one I would love to have taken home. Bitch CC & Best in Show.
2nd - Irton Polka (Mr D & Mrs A Fryer)
A quality bitch with many of the attributes of (1). Wonderful head and expression, good confirmation and the ability to move with drive and purpose. Very happy to award her the Reserve Bitch CC which could on another have been the CC.
3rd - Badgerbeck Tree Pipit At Tilmoray (Mrs M Small)
Res - Yeomeadow Heather For Tyrian (Mrs K Dean)
VHC - Dugaden Dilemma At Artwork (Mr K Freivokh)
Entries: 15 Absentees: 4
1st - Picer Polyanthus JW (Mr G & Mrs S Pickering)
The harshest of pinwire coats on this rich strong blue ? lovely feminine head with nice expression. Super sound movement.
2nd - Sextonmagic Bluebelle (Mrs G Maskell)
Very similar to (1), but not quite as strong. Could be handled to better advantage to bring this bitch’s qualities out.
3rd - Mattedonn Bonnie Beatrix (Mr E D'arcy-Donnelly)
Res - Quarryway Sorrel (Mrs B Williams & Mr K E Johnson)
VHC - Joncroft Water Kelpie (Mr & Mrs M Johnston)
Entries: 8 Absentees: 2
1st - Wagtail Lass Via Ycart (Mr K K Fraser & Mrs T J Butler)
Super typy feminine bitch, pinwire grizzle double coat, thick pelt. Lovely in loin, and correct in rib. Very nice well placed shoulders. Excellent movement. In contention for top honours.
2nd - Pherjan Phoebe (Mr N & Mrs M Yates)
Nice type, could have been shown off better, moved well.
3rd - Iacheslei Montanus JW (Miss A Harrison)
Res - Gameway Cappuccino of Withershins ShCM (Mr M J Day)
VHC - Totherend Toffee Apple (Mr R G & Mrs E A Wright)
Entries: 7 Absentees: 1
1st - Ottaswell Carmen (Mr D & Mrs G M Hunt)
Very nice typy bitch with an extremely harsh correct double coat, pretty head and expression. Handled well. Moved very nicely. Another who was in the running for top honours.
2nd - Tythrop Traviata (Mrs J Lee)
Similar to (1) and very much splitting hairs between these three placings. A bitch who moved well due to her correct construction. One to keep an eye on.
3rd - Cobstoneway Moonlight (Mrs G Stevens)
Res - Iacheslei Deva JW (Harrison, Anita)
VHC - Farmway Nightingale (Aspinwall, Mrs. M.)
Entries: 11 Absentees: 1
1st - CH Picer Bright Idea JW (Mr G & Mrs S Pickering)
This bitch headed a very strong class. Another super hard pinwire coat from this kennel. Correct confirmation and moved extremely well. Very much in the mix for consideration of top honours. Good otter head with lovely feminine expression. A true Border Terrier.
2nd - CH Ashbrae Trinnie (Cuthbertson, Mr. A.A.& Mrs. E.Y.)
Lovely headed bitch very typical of this kennel with excellent confirmation and sound throughout. Gorgeous coat. Moved with drive and purpose. Could easily have changed places with (1).
3rd - CH Nanrich Lets Go To Vandamere (Singh, Miss J.)
Res - Ottaswell First Edition (Jobson, Mr. K.& Mrs. S.L.)
VHC - Irton Tango (Fryer, Mr. D.& Mrs. A.)
Entries: 11 Absentees: 2
1st - Farnes Grace At Leysh (Miss C Ricks)
In a very hard Yearling class earlier ? lovely coated bitch, very fit.
2nd - Cynetkoy's It's A Breeze (Mr S D Watson & Mrs A S Kenna)
Also unplaced in yearling but another nice type. Moved well.
3rd - Dandyhow Wild Honey (Mrs L J Vintcent)
Res - Trixdale Twix at Bimandi (Mrs M J Holmes)
VHC - Foxcraig Magic Star At Beaconpike (Mr S & Mrs K Golding)
Entries: 7 Absentees: 1
1st - Digmoor Crystal Ball At Farmway (Mrs M Aspinwall)
11 ½ but not overly showing her age. Moved very well, mouth still in good order, as is her coat. A pleasure to award her Best Veteran in Show.
2nd - Kelgram Kashmir At Artwork (Freivokh, Liz & Ken)
Another looking in fantastic state, super fit and moving well. Very pretty head and typical expression. Not showing her age.
3rd - Irton the Darkening (Fryer, Mr. D.& Mrs. A.)
Res - Morgandare Tohyah At Hawcoat (Larner, E.J.& R.C.)
VHC - Pipruda Travellers Tale At Reedbeck (Miss R Lane)