Venue: Springwood Park, Kelso, Roxburghshire TD5 8LS
Judge: Joyce Martin (Merumhor)
Entries: 123 making 142
I would like to thank Border Union Agricultural Society for the invitation to judge my first CC appointment in Border Terriers and to my ring steward Alicia Wilson for keeping me right and the smooth efficiency of getting each class in the ring to keep things going.
I was delighted with the super entry of 123 dogs making 142 entries and appreciate all the exhibitors that gave me the opportunity to go over their dogs and the sporting way they accepted my decisions.
The overall quality was excellent, I was privileged to judge so many lovely dogs and I was pleased with my main winners, all looking in tip top condition on the day.
I was surprised that in some of the exhibits that underneath good coats there was lack of condition and a bit thin and some were lacking thick skin and loose pelt that is important in our breed.
Best Of Breed: Wadesleia Mr Herriot
DCC: Wadesleia Mr Herriot
RDCC: Dassett Last Waltz JW
Best Puppy: Otterbobs Georgia Blue
Best Veteran: Irton Morse Code JW
Entries: 4 Absentees: 1
1st - Etterbern Edenbank Ranger (Mrs L & Mr L J Reynolds)
A smart b/tan 8 month old dog. Good head with big teeth. Beautifully presented in tight jacket, level topline which he kept on the move and short tail straight off the back. Good bend of stifle. Liked his size.
2nd - Thornheswin Ring Of Fire (Mr J C Dixon)
Another smart g/tan 8 month old dog, more up on the leg than winner. Another good head with neat dark ears. In super double jacket and plenty of loose pelt.
3rd - Achouffe Mckay's Fable (Mrs S McKay)
Entries: 3 Absentees: 0
1st - Blaisdon One Step Beyond To Fevstone (Mrs D Bullen)
A darker g/tan dog built on racy lines. Stong head with neat ears. He was presented in a harsh coat with plenty of loose pelt underneath. Nice straight front and was the best mover in class
2nd - Etterbern Edenbank Ranger (Mrs L & Mr L J Reynolds)
3rd - Achouffe Mckay's Fable (Mrs S McKay)
Entries: 6 Absentees: 0
1st - Cedarhill Melt In The Mouth (Mrs C Dean)
A g/tan dog who had lots to like about him! He has a super head, flat skull and strong muzzle with keen dark eye. He was shown in a tight jacket with a good pelt. He has a level topline and carrot tail straight off the back. Liked his overall balance. Considered him for higher awards.
2nd - Fehmarn Moel Ceiliog (Mrs J Morton Shaw)
Another g/tan dog with an excellent head, broad skull and strong muzzle. Well turned out in a harsh coat and loose pelt. Preferred movement of 1.
3rd - Cedarhill Dish Of The Day For Dexlin (Mr B & Mrs L P Inness)
Res - Baillieswells Ncn'ean (Professor A S Milton)
VHC - Kadaredhills Breaking Free (Mrs J Potts)
Entries: 6 Absentees: 1
1st - Dassett Last Waltz JW (Mrs S Spafford)
This g/tan dog has a really super head, flat skull and strong muzzle with big teeth and keen expression. Another shown in good tight jacket and loose pelt. He is narrow in build with good rear angulation which he put to good use moving with drive round the ring which was enough to win him the RDCC.
2nd - Twigglestone Steps To Heven (Mrs L I Aldous)
A g/tan dog with a good head. He was shown in super tight jacket and had a lovely topline. Moved ok.
3rd - Thornheswin New Beginning (Mrs C E & Mr R F Boyd)
Res - Lairehope Bear Bejewelled (Mr P & Mrs K Lothian)
VHC - Onthill Nighthawk (Mr V J & Mrs M Pearce)
Entries: 2 Absentees: 1
1st - Baillieswells Ncn'ean (Professor A S Milton)
Hard to properly assess this youngster as he was very unsettled on the table and not keen to let me go over him. He has a good head and I liked his expression. He is a nice size and has a lovely profile when he did stand still! Shown in full coat. Sadly did not move for his owner today who had a difficult job, but still worthy of his placing
Entries: 4 Absentees: 0
1st - Cedarhill Heaven Sent (Mr l & Mrs L Dantinnes)
A lighter g/tan dog shown in a tight jacket with a nice head and expression who was narrow in front and moved well to take this class.
2nd - Akenside Feckless (Mrs D McLeod)
A darker g/tan dog who has a strong head and dark ear. He has a super harsh jacket and moved ok when settled
3rd - Thornheswin New Beginning (Mrs C E & Mr R F Boyd)
Res - Kalebank Harvester (Mrs S Portsmouth)
Entries: 11 Absentees: 3
1st - Dandyhow Captain Morgan (Mrs K Irving)
A g/tan dog that has a good head with neat ears. Shown in super tweedy coat and loose pelt with small feet. He well balanced and a handy size, narrow built with a level topline and carrot tail coming straight off the back. Moved well.
2nd - Etterbern Sloane Ranger (Mr L Reynolds & Miss S Marston - Pollock)
Another g/tan dog that had a typical head and good reach of neck and lovely topline. Super harsh jacket, very showy. Not as positive as winner on the move.
3rd - Stineval Pontiac From Thornheswin (Mr C Dixon)
Res - Irton Mountain Dew (Mr D & Mrs A Fryer)
VHC - Akenside Feckless (Mrs D McLeod)
Entries: 7 Absentees: 3
1st - Wadesleia Mr Herriot (Mrs H A & Mr A Fletcher)
A g/t dog that has a super otter head, strong muzzle, with neat dark ears – not overdone in any way. He is well balanced, good topline with a narrow front and good rear angulation and has nice tight feet. He was shown in the best of coats with plenty loose pelt. He moved with drive for his handler and was delighted to award him DCC and BOB.
2nd - Raleniro Second Time Around ShCM (Mr M J & Mrs D A Lorraine & Miss P Thomas)
Another g/tan with good head shown in a bit less coat today with racy outlines. He has a nice narrow front but did not have the same drive behind as my winner.
3rd - Remony For A' That (Mrs A E Gregory)
Res - Thorneyburn Peace Pipe at Wreighaugh (Mr M & Mrs A J Carr)
Entries: 5 Absentees: 1
1st - Irton Morse Code JW (Mr & Mrs D Fryer)
A lovely rich colour g/t 81/2 year old. He has a fabulous head, strong in all departments. Shown in a full harsh double coat with thick skin and in fit condition with good rear angulation. He moved soundly round the ring. BVIB.
2nd - Grettacs the Wizard ShCM (Mr B & Mrs L P Inness)
A dark g/t dog almost 10 years old. He has a good otter head, little stop and neat ears. Built on narrower lines than winner and with nice outline which e carried on the move. Today his coat was not at its best. He moved well.
3rd - Kalebank Harvester (Mrs S Portsmouth)
Res - Okarito Rafael at Wreighaugh (Mr M & Mrs A J Carr)
Entries: 9 Absentees: 3
1st - Goldenmill Harvest Fantasy (Mr T & Mrs J Willmitt)
An 8 month old dark g/t bitch who caught my eye immediately she entered the ring. Nice head with big teeth and neat ears. Shown in a super harsh jacket and loose pelt, built on racy lines and moved very well for one so young keeping a level topline as she did so.
2nd - Twigglestone Serendipite (Mrs L I Aldous)
An 8 month old lighter g/t bitch with a good head and a tight pinwire jacket with plenty loose pelt. Moved well.
3rd - Fisherbloom Shakin My Class (Miss S D Greshon)
Res - Otterpaws Red Red Wine` (Mrs J M Dixon)
VHC - Carrickfarm Marnie (Mrs V M Armstrong)
Entries: 9 Absentees: 0
1st - Otterbobs Georgia Blue (Mr J R & Mrs H Gilpin)
An eyecatching blue/tan bitch with a good otter head and keen expression with strong muzzle. She was presented in a full coat with plenty of loose pelt. Good reach of neck, narrow throughout and lovely topline with a short tail straight off the back. Good rear angulation. Well balanced and moved well.
2nd - Tarkaswell Waltzin Matilda (Mrs C E Samsom)
A g/t bitch with a good head, strong muzzle, nice big teeth and a feminine expression. Shown in a harsh double jacket and plenty of pelt. Lovely topline and in fit condition. Moved well.
3rd - Dandyhow Pandora (Mrs K Irving)
Res - Carrock Curiosity (Ms J Fawcett)
VHC - Sweet Ebony Princess At Liatch (Malcolm, Glen & Knowles)
Entries: 13 Absentees: 2
This was a lovely class with lots of quality bitches.
1st - Karison Kalluna (Miss K Johnson)
A g/t bitch with a lovely otter head with neat ears. She was shown in a cracking tweed jacket with lots of depth and good loose pelt. I liked her size, a compact bitch with good reach of neck and a nice topline with short carrot tail straight off the back. She moved really well.
2nd - Valicetarn Velvet (Mrs V Mason)
A g/t bitch similar to my winner. She was presented in a good harsh coat and pelt. She moved well.
3rd - Otterpaws Lyin Eyes (Miss A M Dixon)
Res - Grettacs Vixen (Mr D Scattergood & Ms L Headley)
VHC - Picer Martha Logen (Mr G & Mrs S Pickering)
Entries: 8 Absentees: 1
1st - Otterpaws Lyin Eyes (Miss A M Dixon)
A darker g/t bitch who was reserve in JB. Good head, dark eye with keen expression. Good length of body, narrow front and good rear angulation and shown in excellent harsh coat with plenty of pelt. Moved well.
2nd - Irton Sovay (Mr D & Mrs A Fryer)
A g/t bitch with a super head and strong muzzle. More compact than my winner with a good coat and pelt. Was a bit unsettled on the move.
3rd - Mysulan Go Easy (Mrs S J Baxter)
Res - Thornheswin Thats My Girl (Mr J C Dixon)
VHC - Cromlechs Seren (Mrs P Mulligan)
Entries: 6 Absentees: 1
1st - Otterpaws Firebird ShCM (Miss A M Dixon)
A darker g/t bitch with a strong but feminine head. Shown in a tight jacket with plenty loose pelt and built on racy lines in fit condition. She moved out soundly.
2nd - Carrickfarm Mhairi (L C & C Templeman & Comben)
A g/t bitch with a good head. Another with a super coat and pelt. Slightly deeper in chest than than 1st. Moved well.
3rd - Thorneyburn So and So (Mrs M Wanless)
Res - Carrickfarm Macey (Mrs M Armstrong)
VHC - Otterpaws Take It Easy With Raleniro (Mr D J & Mrs D A Lorraine)
Entries: 14 Absentees: 5
1st - Achnagairn Touch Of Class (Mrs A Fraser)
A rich dark g/t bitch. This girl has a really strong but feminine head, and strong muzzle with neat ears. Presented in a dense tight jacket with a loose pelt. Good length of body and nice bend of stifle with a level top line and short carrot tail and is well muscled and moved soundly round the ring.
2nd - Otterbobs Duchess (Mr J R & Mrs H Gilpin)
A g/t bitch with a good head and sweet expression. She is narrow throughout and has good length of body with a lovely outline in profile. Shown in good coat and condition. Moved well.
3rd - Glenbucket Sandys Glinty at Lairehope (Mr P & Mrs K Lothian)
Res - Kadaredhills Henley Star (Mrs J Potts)
VHC - Beaconpike Northern Lights At Knowecrag (Mr P and Mrs A Kennon)
Entries: 12 Absentees: 1
Another quality class of lovely bitches!
1st - Achnagairn Prim N'proper (Mrs A Fraser)
A light g/t bitch. I loved the head on this girl, definitely has that otter expression with little stop and strong muzzle with neat ears close to cheeks. She was shown in a good tight jacket with loose pelt. She has a lovely top line and a short carrot tail straight off her back. Moved well to win this class. Considered her in the challenge but she did not move so well with a different handler.
2nd - Stineval Kordia JW (Mr & Mrs A G Horner)
A light g/t bitch with another super head and strong muzzle with big teeth. She is narrow and a handy size with a really tight double jacket a thick pelt with neat feet and short tail. Moved well.
3rd - Keebank Withy Song (Mrs L Rostron)
Res - Bardenfox Tale as Old as Time (Mr I & Mrs J Broomhead)
VHC - Sulan Strictly Blues Dancin' (Mrs S J Baxter)
Entries: 9 Absentees: 2
1st - Ridgebow Pendle Witch (Mr N & Mrs A Duxbury)
A b/t bitch with a typical head, strong and with keen expression. She was presented in a super harsh double jacket with a thick short carrot tail which come straight off her back. She has very neat catlike feet. I like her handy size and is so balanced in profile with good angulations front and aft. She is in very fit condition with well developed muscled second thigh which she put to good use when she moved out round the ring. Pleased to award her the BCC.
2nd - Remony Frosted Ivy JW ShCM (Mrs A Gregory)
A g/t bitch with a good head and lovely expression with neat ears. A bigger bitch than my winner but built on racy lines, although she was in full coat today which made her look deeper than she actually is. She has a lovely narrow front. Although in full coat it was still harsh with thick pelt underneath. She has a good topline with a nice thick short carrot tail. She moved well and when she came back in for the challenge she moved true coming and going which gave her the edge for the RBCC.
3rd - CH / Ir CH Ploughdown Paloma (Mr E & Dr M Armstrong)
Res - CH Brankell Double Or Quits JW (Mr P Brannan & Miss M Kelly)
VHC - Baillieswells Stronachie (Professor A S Milton)
Entries: 6 Absentees: 2
1st - Seymours Bubble And Squeak For Raleniro ShCM (Mr M J & Mrs D A Lorraine)
A g/t bitch nearly 10 years of age with a nice head and expression. She has a lovely topline and is of a narrow build with good bend of stifle. Moved well.
2nd - Carrickfarm Mika ShCM (Mrs V M Armstrong)
A g/t bitch nearly 11 years old with a nice head and expression. In good condition and moved well.
3rd - Wings of Speed at Otterpaws (Miss Dixon)
Res - Kalebank Country Ruby (Mrs S Portsmouth)