Venue: NEC, Birmingham
Judge: Ms Michelle Barnett
Entries: 166 for 188
I was honoured to judge at this what I consider a BIS of championship shows. I would like to extend my thanks to the society for the invite, the warm hospitality and friendly relaxed atmosphere made for a superior judging experience. Also much thanks to my ring steward Mr Eddie Bishop, who did a splendid job in his management of the ring in a professional and efficient manner. A super entry of 188 which understandably presented me with many varieties of type. Mouths across the entry were good with only one level bite. A few with chipped teeth and the missing tooth (which should not penalise all things being equal an otherwise quality exhibit in a working breed) no kinks in tails and all males were entire .It was also pleasing to see more shown in the correct double jacket, but sadly some of dogs that appealed to me for breed type paid the penalty as although their jackets pleased for depth they lacked the weatherproof quality essential in a working terrier coat. I was very pleased to see my entry thankfully lacking the â€œshowy boxy terrier typesâ€ of late.
It was a pleasure to judge dogs of correct border type, temperament, fit , healthy exhibits who were presented in such good condition. Needless to say the exhibits were a credit to their owners and throughout the day the quality was first rate making lots of my decisions close ones with many leaving without a placing. The puppy classes in particular were numerical high and it was a pity I had to discard many good exhibits of the breed. But this quality can only bode well for the future. It was also nice to be told that the exhibits in the Good citizens classes apart from gaining a good citizen award the entry also had dogs who took part in Obedience, Agility and Gundog send aways proving once again that borders can really turn their paw to all manner of activities outside of their already busy show calendar.
I felt that my principle winners fulfilled the â€œEssentially a working terrierâ€ breed standard requirement with that extra something that makes top winner .
I was delighted to learn that I had the top entry in the terrier group Thank you to all the exhibitors for the super entry, particularly appreciated in these difficult economic times and for making it such an enjoyable day
Best Of Breed: Beaconpike In A Storm
RBCC: Badgerbeck Prediction
Best Puppy: Cedarhill Rising Star At Brankell
Best Veteran: Master Minstral At Beaconpike
Entries: 10 Absentees: 1
1st - Bramblesgate Razzle Dazzle (Mr S C & Mrs A J Massen)
well balanced 7 mth old grizzle & tan. Good shaped otter head, dark neat ear correct bite, strength of muzzle and strong underjaw. Good neck shoulders and correct length of rib with good angulation to quarters. Good for size and span and bone. He was shown in correct double jacket with good pelt. Correct tail set and carriage. He moved out soundly fore and aft. Holds much promise. BPD
2nd - Earthtaw Ethos (Miss J Haydon & Mr M Gibbings)
very similar remarks apply to this 7 mth old rich grizzle & tan just lacked the strength of foreface of 1st which tipped the scales. His movement was a joy to watch particularly in one so young. As with 1st another one to watch out for. Handled to advantage.
3rd - Badgerholme Epsom Jet (Mr B Dickinson & Miss T James)
Res - Foxthorn Blackeney (Mr M Colling)
VHC - Blewecourt Iowa (Mrs T & Mr M Morgan)
Entries: 8 Absentees: 1
1st - Ycart Earth Stopper (Mr K K & Mrs T J Fraser & Butler)
9mth old Blue & tan. Broad skull dark eye loved his expression excellent scissor bite short muzzle, really nitpicking was pipped for BPD as at .present he just lacked the finish of head of the MPD Shown in super jacket and thick pelt. Appealed for his correct size, span and overall balance he comes to hand well. Scored in neck and shoulder. Well carried carroty tail correctly set .Small well padded feet he moved out well. A quality pup who has a promising future.
2nd - Kgills King Of Swing At Awbrooksky (Mr & Miss Goddard)
9 mth old grizzle & tan, different type to 1st he was shown in good jacket and another pup who was correct for size and span.Moved and handled well. Lost out on the narrower front and cleaner shoulder of 1st.
3rd - Badgerbeck Prototype (Miss S L Hillman)
Res - Withershins Frankie (Mr M J Day)
VHC - Foxthorn Blackeney (Mr M Colling)
Entries: 8 Absentees: 3
1st - Otterwood Cyrus (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee)
liked this 13mth old grizzle tan for his handy size pleased in head .Straight front and good bone, loved his small neat feet. Shown in tight coat just coming in, top coat harsh so had the edge over 2nd.Very well handled Moved out steadily coming and going.
2nd - Earthtaw Dexter (Mr M Gibbings & Miss J Haydon)
17 mth old a rich red who greatly pleases for breed type and balance with strong sound hindquarters he moved out well. Shame he was short of top coat on the day
3rd - Hawcoat Lord George (Mrs E J & Miss R C Larner)
Res - Digmoor Bankers Bonus (Mr M P & Mrs S V Regan)
VHC - Karison Klaret (Miss K Johnson)
Entries: 7 Absentees: 2
1st - Karison Klaret (Miss K Johnson)
Lovely for type, strong otter head with small dark v shaped ears. Loved his expression and dark eye. Well balanced with good hindquarters. Spot on for size, span and weight he was shown in hard condition, Correct double jacket harsh with plenty of undercoat and thick pelt. Neatest of feet his movement sound and true. A lovely prospect loved his attitude and with maturity will trouble the best strongly considered for the RCC.
2nd - Earthtaw Dexter (Mr M Gibbings & Miss J Haydon)
3rd - Tarkatale Midnight Memory ShCM (Mr C & Mrs J Gordon)
Res - Saygo Of Hassage (Ms E D Rumsam)
Entries: 9 Absentees: 2
A very mixed class for type
1st - Stowthorney Swinging Sam (Mr R Brewster & Ms J Green)
Dark grizzle and tan one I see I have previously admired as a puppy and he has matured on well. Still holds great appeal for his moderate size and span. Good shaped otter head, presented a picture of overall balance, narrow he has a straight front and was well ribbed back with well angled rear, in good quality double coat, moved out straight and true.
2nd - Beaconpike Red Saturn (Mr S & Mrs K Golding)
loved this male for type he has a super otter head, powerful underjaw and scissor bite. He was shown in a cracking jacket , Rich Red with required undercoat. Lovely racy lines, narrow front, well angulated rear quarters, Pressed hard for 1st ,sadly not fully cooperating with his handler and although sound lacked the more positive movement of 1st on the day.
3rd - Intack Red Admiral (Mrs V Waldron)
Res - Quarryway Tabasco At Dualta (Mr W T & Mrs J L Edwards)
VHC - Highfell Orient (Mr L Jackson & Miss I M Dugdale)
Entries: 18 Absentees: 3
Strong class headed by the first 2 who were bang on for coat the remaining 3 when in the same order could easily challenge them another day.
1st - Cedarhill Beyond the Stars JW (Mrs C Dean)
handsome Rich grizzle and tan boy, shown in the best of form good ottery head dark ears, he is well balanced with a super outline, good layback of shoulders and racy hindquarters Correct tail set. Spot on for size, weight and spans with ease. Sadly in the challenge lost his verve and lacked the drive on the move. A quality dog still only a youngster, destined for the upperhouse.
2nd - Oughterside Minty's Pride (Robert Scott)
Dark grizzle and tan another very pleasing male, typical head and well constructed throughout, straight front, well placed shoulders. And like 1st pleases for size,weight and span. Shown in harsh coat, thick pelt, he moved out with purpose just lacks the polish of 1st but very capably handled by his young handler.
3rd - Ashbrae Fellman At Beaconpike (Mr & Mrs Golding)
Res - Grettacs the Wizard ShCM (Mr B & Mrs L P Inness)
VHC - Ycart Best Shot Remmington (Mr K K Fraser, Mrs T J & Butler)
Entries: 12 Absentees: 4
Another strong class, the first 3 were in top order on the day and hotly contested by the remaining 2 exhibits.
1st - CH Foxfactor Pied Piper JW ShCM (Mrs K D Stockley)
Impressive, mature dog expertly handled to present him to his full potential. Good otter head, dark eye and has that varmity expression that appealed greatly. Good length of neck into well laid shoulders. Good depth of chest with correct length of body. Well muscled racy hind quarters .Correct bone throughout he stands on good shaped feet well padded. Good set on tail which he carried correctly .Shown in hard fit condition in quality Rich grizzle and tan coat of lovely colour and texture covering a thick pliable pelt. A sound stylish mover with good length of stride and strong drive, it was a pleasure to award him the DOG CC. No surprise to hear later that he was top male in breed.
2nd - CH Grindelvald In Full Cry JW (Mrs M A Bailey)
Rich grizzle and tan another quality dog who appealed greatly for type and like 1st masculine with good ottery head, dark eye and keen expression, strong scissor bite .Correct size again in great condition and top presentation .With their similar breed qualities no doubt these 2 will change many times. Again appealed for his attitude and in the challenge he pulled out all the stops to secure the RCC
3rd - Northborders Mr Pickles JW (Miss J North)
Res - CH Rexlands Cock Robin (Mr & Mrs D Matthews)
VHC - Iacheslei Cantus JW (Miss A Harrison)
Entries: 5 Absentees: 2
1st - Master Minstral At Beaconpike (Mr & Mrs Golding)
7yr old dark grizzle and tan who belies his age with a lovely head and strength to muzzle, large teeth and correct bite a well balanced dog, narrow straight front, presented in harsh topcoat and thick pelt. Fit and sound on the move he was handled well and his super hard condition secured him Best Veteran. His owners should be proud
2nd - Foxfactor Hornblower JW ShCM (Mrs K D Stockley)
another pleasing dog who was good for size, correct bodylines and racy throughout .Well presented but lacked the undercoat of 1st. He also was in good hard condition and on the move was as sound as a bell. Just preferred the more masculine outlook of 1st.
3rd - Brindwood Mister Stitch (Miss T Quinn)
Entries: 5 Absentees: 1
1st - Bolt Tail Jebba ShCM (Mr F & Mrs H Freeman)
Rising 7yrs old this male holds appeal for his breed type, correct size, weight and span. Shown in the best of jackets harsh and deep his pelt is superb which secured him the class over 2nd. Very well handled. Enjoying the large ring he moved out with purpose and drive.
2nd - Otterwood Cyrus (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee)
3rd - Intack Red Admiral (Mrs V Waldron)
Res - Renaissance Rhododendron (Miss L E Westland)
Entries: 19 Absentees: 4
1st - Scarlett Rose At Rockbyrne (Miss J B King)
7mth grizzle and tan very promising, loved her for size,she has a pretty otter head, dark ears, straight front well laid back shoulders nicely angulated rear quarters and carrot tail, shown in double jacket and good pelt. She moved out soundly both ways on small well padded tight feet
2nd - Howthwaite in Vogue (Mr R J & Mrs E A Barrett)
7mth grizzle and tan similar remarks apply 1st just having the maturity of head at present. Loved her outgoing nature her tail never stopped wagging. She excelled on the move with drive and one who like 1st and has lots of promise.
3rd - Blewecourt Indiana (Mr M & Mrs T Morgan)
Res - Peakrunner Follow My Dreams (Mrs H Bates)
VHC - Ironfield Athena (Mrs L J Mudd)
Entries: 21 Absentees: 7
1st - Cedarhill Rising Star At Brankell (Mr P Brannan & Miss M Kelly)
outstanding puppy at almost 12 months who I loved for breed type, She has an excellent otter head ,correct bite, dark eye and lovely expression, neat dark ears, straight front, beautiful neck and shoulders, narrow body, good bend of stifle small well padded feet, in excellent coat & condition, moved and handled well, a very bright future should lie ahead for this one, will watch her progress with interest. BPIB
2nd - Ploughdown Portia (Mr & Mrs E Armstrong)
9mth Blue and tan Good feminine otter like head .Shown in super jacket and condition she was put down to the minute and handler got the very best out of her, good quality bitch with much to commend her, very promising prospect.
3rd - Badgerbeck Forget Me Not (Mr P Holmes & Miss F Evans)
Res - Badgerbeck Primrose at Junctionnine (Mr G & Mrs L Cadman)
VHC - Amicaoptima Blue Vixen (Miss L L Philpotts & Mr J A Atkin)
Entries: 15 Absentees: 1
1st - Tojamatt Morgana (Mr & Mrs D Matthews)
15mth old Red who topped a class of quality exhibits .Lovely otter head, Appeals greatly for type lovely attitude she moved out with style and verve. Her coat was harsh and dense with thick pelt. With maturity holds great promise for the future.
2nd - Foxfactor Cue The Music JW (Mrs K D Stockley)
18mth another lovely quality bitch with lots to commend her and one who is like 1st destined for higher honours in the future just lacking the depth of jacket of the winner.
3rd - Jamespaw Half Moon Bay Over Thornyhurst (Mrs L Illingworth)
Res - Hawcoat Forget Me Not (Mrs E J & Miss R C Larner)
VHC - Baillieswells Lochindaal (Mrs P Hirn)
Entries: 10 Absentees: 0
1st - Badgerbeck Prediction (Miss L M Jenkins)
19 mth old red who is really full of herself loved her attitude both standing and on the move. Lovely breed type she has a good otter head and keen eye and super expression ,strong underjaw. Presented in super coat tight and harsh lovely thick loose pelt to finish. Really comes into her own on the move with drive from her well angulated rear. Correct for size and spanned with ease. Pleased to award her the BRCC in a hotly contested line up.
2nd - Nantcoch Ffion (Mrs J M Phillips)
another lovely bitch with much to admire appeals for her breed type and Iâ€™m sure will in the make her mark in the breed. Sadly lacking the harsher topcoat of 1st today
3rd - Sulan Look at Me (Mrs S J Baxter)
Res - Foxfactor Goody Blue Shoes (Mrs S Godbold)
VHC - Pipruda My Mystique about Lassemista (Mr D & Mrs A Wright)
Entries: 10 Absentees: 2
1st - Beaconpike In A Storm (Mr S & Mrs K Golding)
This bitch was everything I was looking for and right from the moment she entered the ring she commanded it â€¦and me!. Beautiful otter head and true varmity expression, all border she oozes breed type, so beautifully balanced throughout the body. She has the neatest of feet small and well padded. She came to hand with ease finished off with a good carroty tail. Shown in such fit condition well muscled and hard and presented in first order her rich red coat was perfect the harshest of topcoats, plenty of undercoat, it was that dense that you could hardly see her skin and combined with a thick pliable pelt offering her the very best protection. Stunning movement and when she hit her stride i couldnâ€™t take my eyes off her. Not difficult to imagine this one following a horse and being the correct size and span filling the requirement of an earthdog. Delighted to award her the BCC her 1st top award and look forward to the day she gains her worthy title she won BOB by virtue of her movement which in the challenge was effortless. To coin her name she simply â€œstormed â€œaround the ring. I wish her all the best.
2nd - Tameila Penny Lane By Borderella (Mrs P South)
This is a lovely bitch of beautiful breed type who just lacked the sparkle of the top winners today was later to learn she is not long off a litter so maybe some baby blues to blame for her lack lustre really impressed me one who has to be handled to be fully appreciated and no shame to be 2nd to the BOB of the day When on form could easily see me awarding her a higher honour .
3rd - Southash Hollywood Girl (Mr J & Mrs I M Southam)
Res - Breckgreen Blue Christmas (Mrs J Green)
VHC - Baywillow Brown Braid JW (Mrs G Hyslop)
Entries: 13 Absentees: 2
What a Lovely class needed more 1sts here
1st - Karison Koffee (Miss K Johnson)
winning a quality class appealed greatly for breed type lovely otter head, dark eye ,keen expression. well placed ears, short muzzle She is well balanced with pleasing depth of body and good rib, straight forelegs to neat feet, excellent coat and pelt, moved well with style. Gave her close consideration in the challenge but sadly she lost her sparkle which cost her.
2nd - Withershins Daddies Girl (Mr M J Day)
another lovely girl and many of the above comments apply and like 1st her jacket and condition was top class. Splitting hairs just preferred the type of 1st
3rd - Oughterside Magic Sky (Mr R W Scott)
Res - Kyscafter Kestrel ShCM (Miss L S Robbins)
VHC - Thistlestone Jenny Wren ShCM (Miss J & Mr S May & Whisker)
Entries: 11 Absentees: 2
1st - Rexlands Golden Plover By Karison JW (Miss K & Mrs D Johnson & Pearson)
Correct size who was lovely for type feminine otter head and pleasing expression, Straight narrow front with clean shoulders, flat long rib easy to span. Well muscled racy hindquarters , she was shown in harsh jacket and thick pelt .Very sound on the move.
2nd - Kyscafter Nimue (Mrs J Parsons)
One I have previously awarded a top honour but sadly didnâ€™t have the sparkle today that she had when i judged her last .She still appeals to me for her lovely breed type pretty otter like head beautiful clean lines lovely neck and shoulder and like 1st in the best of jackets. Correct for size, span and weight and although sound on the move felt she was rather hesitant which cost her the class.
3rd - Badgerbeck Fantacy JW (Mr J C Roberts)
Res - Int/Am/Can CH Sulan Fancy That (Mrs S J Baxter)
VHC - Am CH Sulan Easy Does It (Mrs S J Baxter)
Entries: 4 Absentees: 0
Four fine ladies in super condition they were a credit to their owners
1st - Gameway Cappuccino of Withershins ShCM (Mr M J Day)
Lovely type with a feminine otterlike head 7 1/2 narrow and racy throughout she presents a balanced picture. Nicely angulated front and rear. Pleases in topline and tailset Shown in good jacket .She moved freely around the ring.
2nd - Borderella Elsa (Mr F & Mrs H Freeman)
10 yrs old and still the consummate showgirl she is a pleasure to watch on the move fit and lithe. She still has a beautiful true front. neatest of feet and presented in a quality double jacket
3rd - Borderella Emma (Mrs P South)
Res - Clipstone Tweed At Bramblequst (Mr M & Mrs L I Moore)
Entries: 3 Absentees: 0
1st - Kyscafter Kestrel ShCM (Miss L S Robbins)
Red bitch who was 4th in the strong limit class, one who appeals for her correct size and span lovely feminine otter like head good neck and shoulders, pleasing outline, narrow build and good rib shape .Coat just coming in plenty of thickness to pelt. She strides out well from her racy hindquarters.
2nd - Borderella Elsa (Mr F & Mrs H Freeman)
2nd in VB
3rd - Intack Sorrel's Sunbeam (Mrs V Waldren)