Venue: ASFORDBY AMATEURS SPORTS CLUB, Hoby Road, Asfordby, nr Melton Mowbray, Leics
Judge: Nicholls & Dean
Entries: 222 for 258
Judge: Dogs: Mr F. Nicholls (Halcus)
Judge: Bitches: Prof. S. Dean (Tyrian)
Referee: Mrs J.E. Tuck (Nettleby)
An excellent entry at this my first club championship show. There were quality exhibits in all classes and overall, if this entry can be used as a yardstick, the dogs are now almost as good as the bitches, which couldnâ€™t be said only a short while ago. This must bode well for the future of the breed.
I have been very critical of movement in the past, but I found a distinct improvement here and most of the class card winners had good parallel movement going away and back, and plenty of drive with economical front action. Coats were generally very good and heads were much improved with only a few weak snipey muzzles and apple skulls.
Many thanks to my hard working stewards, Sharon Pickering and Ray Bryan, who succeeded in keeping me out of trouble.
A very satisfying day, I had many good bitches to go over. My thanks to the MBTC for the invitation to judge and to the exhibitors for entering. All were capable of being spanned, there was a good number of typical jackets and overall quality was such that this was a factor in the placings. No bad mouths and many with good strong teeth. Construction has improved but be careful not to overdo the hind angulation and remember we look for narrow fronts. A few round ears and several larger than I prefer. Racy lines preferred but be careful as some lacked substance. I though the principal winners were all very good. BIS, RBIS and BOS were all worthy winners.
Best In Show: Picer Grace Darling
Reserve Best In Show: CH Foxyard Better Behave At Emblehope
Best Opposite Sex: Northborders Mr Pickles JW
BCC: Picer Grace Darling
Best Puppy: Badgerbeck Uncle Fester
Best Opposite Sex Puppy: Ragatam Puzzle
Best Veteran: Asplands Bittersweet of Emblehope
Entries: 11 Absentees: 2
Three very good puppies.
1st - Badgerbeck Uncle Fester (Miss L M Jenkins)
Well presented with lovely rich red grizzle double coat. Excellent head into lovely neck and shoulders, narrow front, nice tight feet, good ribs and length of back, nicely made racy rear end, exceptional movement for 7 months old. An exciting youngster and best puppy in show.
2nd - Glebeheath Jump The Gun (Mrs J Guvercin)
Although not as stylish as 1 in outline, an excellent blue and tan puppy, good head and front, good coat and pelt, good bone, made on narrow lines all through, good length of back with well set tail. Another correct and economical mover.
3rd - Ragatam Poco For Borderbridge (Miss B J Singh)
One I have noticed before from the ringside. Excellent blue and tan coat, similar in build to 2, well constructed throughout, should do well.
Res - Hobholt Hallmark (Mr C K & Mrs M A Wallace)
VHC - Oxcroft Romsey (Mr J Price)
Entries: 8 Absentees: 2
1st - Stoneygin Chesta Coppapot (Mr G & Mrs D Rayner)
Good head with correct width and length of muzzle, good jaw, decent expression, good straight front, shoulders and reach of neck, firm in loin, moved well.
2nd - Daluce Soldier Of Fortune (Mr J & Mrs H M Thomas)
Not the head of 1 but still ok, well presented in good coat, scores in front, firm loin good tail and set.
3rd - Keycharm Phantom by Ridgebow (Mr N Duxbury)
Shown in excellent full coat, lovely head, good body length, good rear angulation, a little wider in front than 1 and 2.
Res - Otterwood Cyrus (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee)
VHC - Elfantom Cinnamon Spice (Mrs E L Farrelly)
Entries: 11 Absentees: 2
1st - Saygo Of Hassage (Ms E D Rumsam)
Handsome masculine dog, excellent head with decent width skull and well set ears, strong jaw, good narrow straight front, correct length of back, narrow body, well set tail. Floated impressively around the ring, but perhaps moved a little close at front.
2nd - Ottaswell Palamedes (Mr D & Mrs G M Hunt)
Well proportioned body, good front angulation, clean shoulders, good ribs, excellent coat, another who moved well.
3rd - Chatmoss King Orry at Moddeyaalin (Mrs S A Cracknell)
Made on similar lines to 2 but coat at earlier stage and head not as good, nicely made with good rear angulation which helped his drive.
Res - Remony Runrig (Mrs A E Gregory)
VHC - Question Master (Mrs S Waller)
Entries: 6 Absentees: 3
1st - Badgerbeck Uncle Fester (Miss L M Jenkins)
2nd - Otterwood Cyrus (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee)
Decent head, built on narrow lines, good angulation at front and rear, excellent coat and pelt, good on the move.
3rd - Badgerbeck The Rebel of Brumborder (Mrs C Leavy)
Nice rangy dog. Good length of back, but a little slack in loin, good front and head.
Entries: 5 Absentees: 1
1st - Irton Morse Code JW (Mr & Mrs D Fryer)
Good looking masculine dog. Excellent full coat and pelt, good angulation front and rear, good width of skull and good muzzle, correct length of body, plenty of power on the move and kept his back line well, although his easy front action is a little wide.
2nd - Saygo Of Hassage (Ms E D Rumsam)
Very close to 1.
3rd - Redfox Watchman (Mr & Mrs D B Marr)
Decently made dog with good head, broad flat skull, good muzzle, no hint of snipeyness here, excellent coat, tail set not his best feature, moved ok.
Res - Breckgreen Royal Mint (Mrs J Green)
Entries: 9 Absentees: 0
1st - Foxpaw Brilliant Disguise (Mr P & Mrs H Fulker)
A lot to like about this red grizzle. Good in outline, decent head on a good reach of neck, nice shoulders, narrow body with good ribs, racy hind quarters with decent angulation, and he moved well.
2nd - Remony Runrig (Mrs A E Gregory)
Rich red grizzle good coat, narrow all through, not so firm in loin as 1, good angulation.
3rd - Question Master (Mrs S Waller)
Excellent coat and pelt, good head and front, good length of back, moved ok.
Res - Redfox Watchman (Mr & Mrs D B Marr)
VHC - Foxthorn McVicar (Mr R F & Mrs S Taylor)
Entries: 15 Absentees: 2
1st - Badgerbeck Beau Geste for Buckwilde (Mrs M Blomfield-Willis)
Lovely masculine dog. Built on narrow lines, good front and shoulders, excellent back line and tail set, firm loin, good coat and pelt, moved well.
2nd - Blues Boy At Brackenfell (Mr C Hall & Miss L Ellis)
Shown in good full double coat, (always nice to see), narrow front and body, although loin not as firm as 1, good angulation front and back, excellent on the move.
3rd - Onthill Fernando (Mr R & Mrs A M Ramus)
Another nice one, good size, excellent narrow front with nicely angled upper arm, perhaps a tad short in back, good rear construction, excellent coat and pelt, moved ok but not up to 1 and 2.
Res - Stowthorney Swinging Sam (Mr R Brewster & Ms J Green)
VHC - Grettacs the Wizard ShCM (Mr B & Mrs L P Inness)
Entries: 19 Absentees: 4
5 good card winners.
1st - Dandyhow Jumping Jack at Glebeheath JW (Mrs J Guvercin)
Lovely size. Well constructed quality dog, excellent double coat and pelt, narrow straight front with good angulation, good otter head, level back line on the move, narrow body with correct shape ribs, firm loin and well set on tail. Angulation at the back just right. Moved very well. Res.CC.
2nd - Cedarhill Beyond the Stars JW (Mrs C Dean)
Lovely dog. Excellent head, perhaps a little heavy in ear, good shoulders and ribs, narrow all through with excellent length of back, tail well set, excellent rear construction. Moved very well if a little close at back.
3rd - Ashbrae Fellman At Beaconpike (Mr & Mrs Golding)
Well made handsome dog with excellent coat and pelt, moved well once he settled.
Res - Badgerbeck Pablo (Miss L M Jenkins)
VHC - Chesterton Top Hat And Tails By Kersfell JW (Mrs M Sneddon)
Entries: 16 Absentees: 5
An excellent class, with some excellent dogs missing out on cards.
1st - Northborders Mr Pickles JW (Miss J North)
An excellent athletic blue and tan dog. Terrific outline with elegant neck into clean shoulders, correct length of back, well set carrot tail, firm loin, racy at the back with angulation sufficient to ensure plenty of drive on the move, kept his back line. Good head with good ears, narrow straight front, good feet. Correct shape rib cage. Good double coat and pelt. Best mover amongst many good movers in this class. Delighted to award him the CC.
2nd - CH Cedarhill Authorized JW (Mrs C Dean)
Another excellent dog. Lovely head, neck and shoulders, good narrow straight front, good bone, narrow body with lovely ribs and firm loin, well made at back. Moved very well.
3rd - Iacheslei Cantus JW (Miss A Harrison)
Another built on narrow lines. Excellent coat and pelt. Lovely outline with excellent shoulders and tail set. moved very well. Head ok but not up to 1 and 2.
Res - Solitary Mist (Mr D & Mrs C Hodgson)
VHC - Brumberhill Blue Tempest (Mr S A Mcpherson)
Entries: 4 Absentees: 0
1st - Foxpaw Brilliant Disguise (Mr P & Mrs H Fulker)
2nd - Mingrovia Flintstone Chief At Rubyfin (Mrs S J Channer)
Moved well with drive, nice and narrow build, good coat.
3rd - Foxthorn McVicar (Mr R F & Mrs S Taylor)
Entries: 5 Absentees: 0
1st - CH/Nord CH Otterbobs Ninezergh (Mr J R & Mrs H Gilpin)
Well constructed handsome lad with excellent head and neck, good angulation at both ends good double coat. Moved very well.
2nd - CH Ashbrae Poacher (Mr A & Mrs E Cuthbertson)
Another well constructed gentleman. Excellent coat and pelt, good angulation, moved very well. Perhaps not the firmness of loin of 1.
3rd - Blewe of Hullavington ShCM (Parry, Miss T.)
Well constructed narrow build, excellent coat and pelt, moved well.
Res - Kersfell Comet JW (Sneddon, Margaret)
VHC - Barterhound Rhinestone (Axford, H.M.)
Entries: 1 Absentees: 0
1st - Oxcroft Raydar (Mr J Price)
Very well constructed with excellent front, neck and shoulders, narrow all through, with excellent coat and pelt. Super head with flat skull and strong muzzle.
Entries: 19 Absentees: 3
1st - Ragatam Puzzle (Miss T J Peacock)
7mo, Carrying a little weight but good head with shallow stop and strong muzzle. Neat ears and dark eye. Nice shoulder construction and hindquarters. Excellent thick coat and pelt. Hope she grows a bit more length of leg. Moved well. Best Puppy Bitch.
2nd - Remony Winter's Diamond (Mrs A E Gregory)
8 mo. Good head but slightly deeper stop than 1. Heavier in ear. Nice length of leg and good topline, coat in condition and a short carrot tail. Moved well.
3rd - Bandicoot Glitter N Gold (Mr G E & Mrs V L K Docwra)
8 mo. Strong head and in close competition. Good harsh jacket and well made but preferred fronts of 1&2.
Res - Merumhor Misguided Angel (Mr C & Mrs J Martin)
VHC - Olderhill Claudette (Mrs S Wilson)
Entries: 14 Absentees: 2
1st - Dandyhow Sonata (Mrs K M Irving)
9 mo. Won on overall quality in the class although lacking her best coat today. Feminine, with typical head and expression, well placed shoulders. Moved out best of the class.
2nd - Benattivo Double Flame (Mr C & Mrs S Girling)
9 mo. Good head with slightly large ears. Deep in chest and ribbed back thus short coupled. Typical tail, coat and pelt, hocks strong. Moved OK, overall preferred length of leg of 1.
3rd - Wadesleia Mountain Ringlet (Mrs H A & Mr A Fletcher)
9 mo. Head was good but large, round ears . Overall nice lines, angles were good and moved well. Needs to mature. Proud of tail on the move.
Res - Iacheslei Corus (Miss A Harrison)
VHC - Oxcroft Real Deal (Mr J Price)
Entries: 14 Absentees: 4
1st - Nickeltweed Maggie May (Mr A & Mrs N Harris)
14 mo. Close decision for top place. Excellent head with strong muzzle and underjaw, with shallow stop, neat ears. Good angulation translated into efficient movement. Finished off with a harsh jacket
2nd - Ravenside Zenyatta (Mr M Lowry)
19 mo. Good head but not quite the quality of 1. Well made throughout just needs to mature into frame. Excellent coat and pelt and moved out well. Not the drive behind of winner.
3rd - Foxfactor Cue The Music (Mrs K D Stockley)
13 mo. Good head with dark ear. Feminine but needs to mature a little more. Well made shoulders. Moved well.
Res - Kersfell Chorus Girl (Mrs M Sneddon)
VHC - Tythrop Time Flies (Mrs J L Lee)
Entries: 9 Absentees: 3
1st - Remony Winter's Diamond (Mrs A E Gregory)
2nd - Nantcoch Ffion (Mrs J M Phillips)
Strongly made head with dark ears. Nicely made bitch sadly carrying too much weight. Very good coat and pelt. Forelegs well under chest. Nice shaped tail. Less a pound or two and the placing could have improved.
3rd - Merumhor Misguided Angel (Mr C & Mrs J Martin)
Has the head, the construction and the length of leg to do well but sadly today not enough coat to do better.
Res - Sulan Look at Me (Mrs S J Baxter)
VHC - Brumborder Bejewelled (Dr M A Mccall & Ms L Britton)
Entries: 14 Absentees: 3
19 mo. Typical otter head, strong muzzle and good flat skull. Dark, although heavier ear. High quality harsh jacket and thick pelt. Attractive topline. Good length of leg, narrow front and moved out well.
2nd - Irton Enigma (Mr & Mrs D Fryer)
20 mo. Lived up to her name. Very full coat that its did best to obscure but she is built well beneath. Moved soundly. Excellent muscle, nicely angulated. Typical head, with strong muzzle and large teeth. Coat condition cost her the top placing.
3rd - Oughterside Magic Sky (Mr R W Scott)
22 mo. Good head with heavier ear. Quite nicely made all round. Neat carrot tail, good coat and pelt and moved OK.
Res - Merumhor Solstice Belle (Mr C J & Mrs J H Martin)
VHC - Mattedonn Elizabeth Taylah (Mr E D'arcy-Donnelly)
Entries: 13 Absentees: 5
1st - Kersfell Chorus Girl (Mrs M Sneddon)
Strong in skull but would prefer more strength of muzzle and neater ear. Best hindquarters in this class. Well laid shoulder and attractive in profile. Needs to tighten on the move.
2nd - Baywillow Blue Design (Mrs M B Reeves)
B/T Good head with deeper stop than I prefer. Good reach of neck. Longer cast than 1. Typical harsh blue jacket. Good thick tail set on correctly. Lost out on the move.
3rd - Esyntona Ripling Ruby (Mr I Hopper)
Close up, pleasing bitch. Good head and expression. Longer cast. Deep in chest. Excellent coat. Not a typical tail on the day.
Res - Vallemoss Rock N Roll Baby At Foxthorn (Mr R & Mrs S & Miss M Taylor)
VHC - Tythrop Tarantella (Mr P & Mrs J Rowlatt)
Entries: 14 Absentees: 7
1st - Beaconpike In A Storm (Mr S & Mrs K Golding)
Workman-like with strong head and muzzle. Good lay of shoulder, good hind angulation and low hocks. Neat carrot tail. Coat and pelt good and covered the ground on the move. Well ribbed thus short coupled.
2nd - Oxcroft Twist (Miss J Price)
Good B/T bitch in harsh jacket. Typical otter head and strong muzzle. Shoulders good but lacking drive and enthusiasm on the move.
3rd - Totherend Tonic (Mr R G & Mrs E A Wright)
Close up. Head typical but deeper stop than prefer. Neat ears and good flat skull. Good length of leg and body. Would prefer better ribbing. Well made in shoulders and hindquarters, Moved well.
Res - Mattedonn Bonnie Beatrix (Mr E D'arcy-Donnelly)
VHC - Beaconpike Night Sky At Brackenfell (Mr C Hall & Miss L Ellis)
Entries: 26 Absentees: 9
1st - Karison Koffee (Miss K Johnson)
Top three all close. Good head, neat ears, strong muzzle. Sufficient substance for a bitch and finished with a neat carrot tail. Liked her topline on the move.
2nd - Tythrop Touch on Wood (Mrs J L Lee)
Stylish, showy bitch, reach of neck, typical head and harsh thick jacket. Well made, on length of leg with topline flowing into neat tail. Preferred movement of 1.
3rd - Ravenside Ma Biche At Ridgebow (Mr N Duxbury)
Pushed for higher place. Typical strong head, nice neck and shoulders, narrow throughout, harsh coat and thick pelt. Moved well. Preferred the tail of 2 and feminine outline.
Res - Irton Polka (Mr D & Mrs A Fryer)
VHC - Bandicoot Serenade (Mr C & Mrs A Kerry)
Entries: 13 Absentees: 4
1st - Picer Grace Darling (Mr G & Mrs S Pickering)
Class of high quality bitches. Typical head and expression. Strong muzzle, good teeth, Neat ears. Coat and pelt in supreme condition. Short correct tail. Forelegs well under her and well made throughout. Moved with drive and precision. Workmanlike in appearance and beautiful outline. CC and BOB
2nd - CH Foxyard Better Behave At Emblehope (Miss D Bladen)
Very nice looking b/t, pushed hard and much the same critique as 1. Liked her feminine lines, she is very nicely made and it translates into precise, good movement. Just preferred the jacket of 1 today but another timeâ€¦. RCC & RBIS
3rd - CH Bramblebrae Violet at Shiftyfox JW (Mr G Wildey)
Another b/t bitch of quality. Slightly fine for me and coat not at its best today. She lacked sparkle in this company but nevertheless much to like about this girl.
Res - Rexlands Golden Plover By Karison JW (Miss K & Mrs D Johnson & Pearson)
VHC - Benattivo Gemstone For Daluce (Mr J & Mrs H M Thomas)
Entries: 7 Absentees: 2
1st - Cast A Spell Over Brookbank (Mrs S P Norris)
Nicely made head, well constructed. Neat tail, lower set than prefer. Good coat and pelt, Moved well.
2nd - Oxcroft Route to Borderxpress (Mr R Wright)
Super otter head, coat not at its best, correct size, and neatly turned out.
3rd - Eneonith Dazzeling Diamond (Mrs J A Wingfield)
Head OK would prefer more substance in the muzzle, deep stop. Superb coat, thick pelt and moved well. Well constructed in shoulder and hindquarters.
Res - Bramblebee Squiglet (Miss E Clements)
VHC - Irton Mata Hari at Foxthorn (Mr R & Mrs S & Miss M Taylor)
Entries: 3 Absentees: 1
Both veterans were a credit to their owners and the breed looking fit and healthy, typifying the longevity of the BT
1st - Asplands Bittersweet of Emblehope (Bladen, Dawn)
Nicely made and correct size. Good otter head, strength in muzzle and pleasing lines. Nice carrot tail to finish.
2nd - Corcud's Emerald Green
11 y.o. I recall giving this one a CC in her youth and apart from a bit too much weight the quality is still there. A good head, well made, moved very well and a carrot tail.
Entries: 1 Absentees: 0
1st - Oxcroft Rumour (Mr J Price)
Good otter head, well made in shoulders and narrow. Good coat and pelt and a short thick tail. Moved OK
Entries: 0 Absentees: 0
1st: Priceâ€™s. The Price team were well matched and very typical of the breed. With 2 handlers they moved very well in couples.
2nd: Deanâ€™s. Moved well as a group and were individually well bred but were not as well matched as Priceâ€™s.