Venue: The Racecourse, Wetherby LS22 5EJ
Judge: Mrs A C Fryer (Irton)
Entries: 112 for 119
Thanks to the exhibitors for giving me a lovely entry and to my stewards for keeping the ring running efficiently throughout. We had a good day with a very very slight drizzle; the exhibitors and exhibits seemed untroubled but it did cause the ringside to flee temporarily! There were some very good dogs present and I enjoyed all my winners but there are always some buts, and looking through my notes there was a preponderonce of “OK” over “good”. The standard asks for a dog that has the soundness to follow a horse; this, of course, must be understood in the context of a terrier working with the Hunt on rough moorland ground, but even so only the minority of exhibits could meet this requirement. Inadequate angulation leads to poor ground covering ability and untidy front movement – evident in a lot of exhibits. Whilst most exhibitors take the trouble to present their dogs as well as possible, a number were unfit and lacking muscle tone and would one of the Breed Clubs please put on a grooming seminar which shows exhibitors how to prepare feet and nails?? It is clearly needed. I forgive coats since these are outwith your control and sadly some excellent dogs had to pay the price for coming without a jacket.
Best Of Breed: Ravenside Time Passes
Champion subject to KC confirmation
Best Puppy: Stineval Napoleon
Entries: 6 Absentees: 0
1st - Ridgebow Rifleman (Mr N & Mrs A Duxbury)
Very good head with a good expression, well balanced with good forward angulation, good for bone and good feet, good tail & tailset. Presented in a very good coat which made him look a bit heavy, easily the best mover in this class.
2nd - Cedarhill Time Will Tell (Mrs J Alpe)
A rangier pup, head OK but not as strong in the foreface as 1, ears and earset OK; OK for bone, good ribs carried well back, in good condition and lovely coat, moving reasonably well.
3rd - Foxthorn Gaston (Mr R & Mrs S & Miss M Taylor)
Just 6 months and a smaller pup, attractive head with a good ear and eye giving an excellent expression, lovely neck running into the best of shoulders, good tail & tailset, good feet and in very good coat and condition, movement very good when he settled
Res - Ploughdown Plato (Mr E & Dr M Armstrong)
VHC - Raleniro Second Time Around (Mr M J & Mrs D A Lorraine & Miss P Thomas)
Entries: 6 Absentees: 0
1st - Stineval Napoleon (Mr & Mrs A G Horner)
A very smart puppy, lovely head on him and a good typical expression; lovely earset, OK for bone, Good tail and tailset and reasonable feet, presented in good condition, easily the best mover in this class with a very easy attractive stride round the ring. Very promising, for his many virtues I forgave his lack of coat today and was pleased to make him BP.
2nd - Shiftyfox Roll The Dice (Mr G Wildey)
Nice competent puppy, well put together with good neck and shoulder, a decent mover he has a nice head and expression with good earset, little heavy in rib but a good loin, presented fit and moving out OK.
3rd - Dandyhow Friendly Fire at Chevinor (Mrs H A Metcalfe)
another very attractive puppy, lovely head with a good expression, strong jaw and a reasonable shoulder, OK for bone. Shown in an excellent harsh tweedy coat, moved OK but not as good in front as the first two.
Res - Foxthorn Gaston (Mr R & Mrs S & Miss M Taylor)
VHC - Esyntona Reindeer Moss (Mr I Hopper)
Entries: 7 Absentees: 2
1st - Howthwaite Grainsgill (Mr R J & Mrs E A Barrett)
A very attractive dog showing himself off well, coat a bit over the top but OK. Good head and expression if slightly heavy in ear, just OK for bone and reasonable feet with good tail & tailset. He is very well put together with excellent angulation fore and aft, good rib and loin and therefore the best mover in the class and one of the best today, will benefit from maturity – a good prospect.
2nd - Tythrop Timepiece (Mrs J L Lee)
A similar type, slightly smaller than 1, OK in head if not as strong over the foreface, OK for bone and feet, shown in an excellent sharp blue coat, when settled he was also an excellent mover but a bit nervous or unsettled at first
3rd - Otterwood Caius JW (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee)
Good head and expression, slightly heavy in ear, good neck and shoulder, easily spanned, good quarters, well put together and moved well but not so clean and powerful as the first two.
Res - Earthdog Lanyard By Beaconpike (Mr S & Mrs K Golding)
VHC - Chorbeck Snowfire (Mrs K Stirling)
Entries: 4 Absentees: 0
1st - Lairehope Topaz Design (Mr P & Mrs K Lothian)
Gorgeous type with a fabulous head, great eye and expression and totally correct ears, nice thick short strong jaw, OK for bone and lovely nice tight feet, very well balanced with good angulations, good tail and tailset. Presented in a huge coat of good quality and moving OK, a bit wayward in front at times.
2nd - Glenbucket Whisky Mac (Mrs A Howard)
Another very attractive and typy Border, OK for head and strong jaw, lovely neck running into a good shoulder, moved OK but fell away a bit behind, rather short of coat today but a very pleasing prospect.
3rd - Comberdown Cormac at Borderbridge (Miss B J Singh)
Another all round good Border, good head, well set ears and a strong jaw, good neck running into a decent shoulder, good rear angulation and moving quite steadily, in a good coat – completed a very pleasing trio of dogs.
Res - Totherend Tornado (Mr R G & Mrs E A Wright)
Entries: 4 Absentees: 1
1st - Otterwood Cyrus JW ShCM (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee)
Reasonable head, a bit long in foreface but a strong jaw, ears a little heavy but good in skull, OK for bone and feet OK. Good shoulder and rear angulations, well balanced, in a good coat and moving well when he settled without distractions.
2nd - Dymanti Roman Warrior (Mr P J & Mrs A K Taylor)
Decent type of Border, good head, ears slightly high set, strong jaw and OK in skull. A little heavy in front, OK for bone but good angulations, feet OK, in a pleasing coat moving OK.
3rd - StBedehounds Frank in Sense of Raleniro ShCM (Mr M J & Mrs D A Lorraine)
Good head, nice expression, a little wide in front, today reasonably angulated behind.
A little short of coat today and moved OK.
Entries: 10 Absentees: 1
A very good class, a lot of different types so some difficult decisions to sort out.
1st - Badgerholme Epsom Jet JW ShCM (Mr B Dickinson & Miss T James)
Good head, nice in skull, ears well set with a good expression, OK for bone, feet OK, good in shoulder and rib, very well balanced, lovely rear angulationa and good tail and tailset, reasonable Bl/tan coat and he moved out well. Overall he presented a very good typical picture, no exaggerations and everything in the right place, showing himself off well so pleased to award him the CC.
2nd - Lairehope Viking Spark (Mr P & Mrs K Lothian)
Lovely typical head and expression, good eye and well set ears, strong jaw, Excellent balance, good for bone, good shoulder and rib, good strong thighs, feet OK and a well set tail,. A really nice type of Border who moved out very well round the ring, very short of coat today or would have put up a srong challenge
3rd - Keycharm Phantom by Ridgebow JW (Mr N Duxbury)
Gorgeous headed Border, everything here just right, super eye and expression, a really nice type, Good shoulder and rear, excellent feet, moved very well and presented in the best of coats and pelt, just a little heavy all through which cost him here.
Res - Remony Runrig (Mrs A E Gregory)
VHC - Ravenside Rumours About Caldewgate (Mr A E Burke)
Entries: 9 Absentees: 1
A really good class of Borders.
1st - CH Cobstoneway River Magic JW ShCM (Miss C Spencer)
Excellent head, good strong jaw, good eye and well set ears; OK for bone with good feet. Well angulated both ends, good rib and lovely balance, good tail and tailset, in excellent coat. Moved well around the ring but could be tidier in front which just cost him in the challenge, but doing enough to earn the Reserve CC.
2nd - Brackenfell Bok To Bach JW (Mr C Hall & Miss L Ellis)
A lovely strongly built Border, excelled in head, lovely eye and ear, good in skull, strong jaw and a keen expression, good for bone and very good feet, well angulated with good balance, strong loin, tail OK. Moved out well presenting a very attractive picture, another who was desperately short of coat today or would have put up a stiffer challenge.
3rd - Solitary Mist (Mr D & Mrs C Hodgson)
A good type, good head but could be stronger over the foreface, very well put together, good angulations and rib, feet OK, good strong quarters and in fit condition, presented in a good coat. A very sound dog who moved out impressively but was not enjoying his day.
Res - AM/CAN CH Cedarhill Beyond the Stars JW (Mrs C Dean)
VHC - Kosmic Sun over Karison (Miss K Johnson)
Entries: 5 Absentees: 0
1st - Otterwood Cyrus JW ShCM (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee)
2nd - Dandyhow Friendly Fire at Chevinor (Mrs H A Metcalfe)
3rd - Houndshope Rest Dodd at Thorneyburn (Mrs M Wanless)
Good head and bone, well angulated but a bit long in back, feet and tail OK, totally out of coat today, clearly having a bad day he just plodded round the ring.
Res - Dymanti Roman Warrior (Mr P J & Mrs A K Taylor)
VHC - Northlear The Trappers Tale (Miss S Coop)
Entries: 10 Absentees: 2
1st - Remony Frosted Ivy (Mrs A Gregory)
A very smart little bitch, good head, good ears and set, nice eye, good skull, good straight front, feet OK, good angulations and balance, good tail, presented in a big coat of good quality, moved out well to win the class.
2nd - Fehmarn Moelwynbach (Mrs J Morton Shaw)
Gorgeous headed bitch, everthing here correct, shorter than 1 but still OK, strong loin and moving well.
3rd - Tojamatt Integrity (Mr & Mrs D Matthews)
Another good bitch, good head, she is superbly balanced, well angulated , excellent bone and feet, good tail and set, very pleasing all round. Was very very unsettled on the move and will do much better when she steadies.
Res - Staynorwood Affinity (Mr G & Mrs C Richardson)
VHC - Ploughdown Persephone (Miss C Spencer)
Entries: 9 Absentees: 2
A good class with some very nice types but a few were rather unsettled.
1st - Esyntona Honeysuckle (Mr I Hopper)
Lovely head and neck, good skull, good strong jaw, nice eye, good for bone with nice tight feet, shoulder OK, good rib carried well back with good quarters, tail OK, shown in a lovely deep red coat, moved out well but a little close in front, BPB
2nd - Tarkaswell Doctor's Orders (Mrs C E Sansom)
Very similar type to 1 but not so strong in head, a bigger bitch, good neck and shoulder, good feet, good for bone, nicely angulated behind, a bit longer in back and on the move not quite so steady in front.
3rd - Beaconpike Venus (Mr S R & Mrs K M Golding)
Another really nice type of bitch, nice head, strong jaw, good earset, nice neck running into a good shoulder, well balanced with a good tail and tailset, not moving as well in front as the first two but covering her ground convincingly.
Res - Remony Frosted Ivy (Mrs A Gregory)
VHC - Totherend Trilby (Mr R G & Mrs E A Wright)
Entries: 11 Absentees: 4
1st - Tythrop Turn Back Time (Mrs J L Lee)
OK in head, very nice skull, in a good b/t coat, good tail and tailset, very well balanced with lovely angulations, no exagerations and as you would expect moving very well and making the most of herself to win a very good class.
2nd - Smalesmouth Skylark (Mrs J Roberts)
Another good bitch, good head, good for bone, again well angulated and beautifully balanced, shown in a good coat she had a bit of class about her; moved very well with excellent stride, another with lot of promise.
3rd - Howthwaite Amethyst (Mr R J & Mrs E A Barrett)
Attravtive grizzle, not as strong in head as the first two but again really well made. Good angulations and balance but not quite the bone, good rib with a good tail and tailset, shown in a good coat. Another who moved out really well to complete a very impressive trio of young bitches.
Res - Mcbrock Miss Amelia (Mr & Mrs J R Mann)
VHC - Chorbeck Snow Angel (Mrs H Haughton)
Entries: 8 Absentees: 2
1st - Benattivo Best Bet Karison (Miss K Johnson)
Stood away in this class, lovely little bitch, gorgeous head, good ears, nice skull, good neck and shoulder. OK for bone, lovely angulations fore and aft, well balanced, strong loin and nice tail, in fantastic coat and moving very well, close up in a good challenge.
2nd - Tarkaswell Double Agent JW (Mrs C E Samsom)
Another good bitch, not as strong in head but a good jaw, nice ear and set, OK for bone, good in rib, well angulated behind, in a good coat, moving quite well but couldn’t quite match 1 in front.
3rd - Alcumlow Azure (Mr P, Mrs B & Miss R Barber)
Good overall bitch but not as strong in head as the first two, well made all through; OK for feet, tail, tailset. Good coat but not so well balanced. Moved well when she settled down.
Res – Shiftyfox
Res - Shiftyfox Mystical Dream (Mr G Wildey)
VHC - Smalesmouth Skype (Mrs J Roberts)
Entries: 7 Absentees: 1
1st - Tombac Tara at Vallemoss (Mr L & Mrs S Moss)
Good headed bl/t, well made all through and a pleasing type, good bone & feet and was beautifully prepared, well set on tail, moved well to complete the picture and managed well by her very junior handler.
2nd - Chorbeck Little Miss Pickle at Hollinholme (Mr J & Mrs Y Robinson)
Very attractive little bitch, lovely head and good earset, good shoulder, fantastic pelt which was a rarity today, good quarters fore & aft and shown in a lovely coat, good tail and set. Moving very well, a very attractive bitch.
3rd - Darkarmar Heartbreaker (Miss S Coop)
Another attractive little bitch with an excellent pelt, not quite the match of the winners for head & bone or movement, well angulated and balanced.
Res - Stoneygin Tallulah (Mr S Firth)
VHC - Wings of Speed (Miss Dixon)
Entries: 17 Absentees: 4
This was a truly excellent class where I think any one of the exhibits could have won, I considered pulling out, but with the exception of the seen bitches, that would have been the whole class. So it really was down to splitting hairs and dividing atoms, my apologies that so many lovely bitches had to go cardless.
1st - Ravenside Time Passes (Mr M Lowry)
I thought that she was all round an incredibly competent bitch, good head, good in ear and skull, strong jaw. Well off for bone with good tight feet, she was shown in an excellent coat, well made all through with a good rib carried into a strong loin, good tail and tailset, when she got going she was a very easy clean mover. Super balance and today she really impressed so pleased to award her the CC & BOB.
2nd - Howthwaite in Vogue (Mr R J & Mrs E A Barrett)
Another stunning bitch, well angulated all through with good feet, tail & tailset, lovely balance and shown in a very good coat, excellent expression just not quite the head of 1 but she just flowed round the ring, was very close up in a very tough challenge.
3rd - Nantcoch Ffion JW ShCM (Mrs J M Phillips)
Another really nice bitch in this impressive class, head OK, good expression, good angulations and rib into a strong loin, good feet and tail, OK for bone and well balanced, shown in excellent coat. Not quite as settled today which was spoiling her topline, moved out well
Res - Cedarhill Wish Upon a Star JW (Mrs C Dean)
VHC - Beaconpike Night Sky At Brackenfell (Mr C Hall & Miss L Ellis)
Entries: 5 Absentees: 1
Only 4 present, all good bitches but of different type.
1st - CH Cedarhill Rising Star At Brankell JW (Mr P Brannan & Miss M Kelly)
Good head, strong jaw, good earset, and good in skull, good neck of moderate length, OK for bone. Well made all through with a strong loin set off with a nice short tail, feet OK, moving well round the ring in a good coat, she made a very attractive picture showing herself off well and did enough to win the Res CC in a very strong challenge.
2nd - CH / Ir CH Ploughdown Portia (Mr & Mrs E Armstrong)
Bl/t in an excellent coat, a nice quality bitch with a lot going for her, couldn’t quite match the head of 1. Overall very well made but just not the perfect balance of my CC winners.
3rd - Jamespaw Cockle Shell Bay by Chorbeck (Mrs H Haughton)
Sweet headed bitch, good ears and skull, OK for bone, good shoulder, more heavily built than the first two, carrying an excellent pelt, in good coat and moving out OK in this strong class.
Res - Fehmarn Fine Romance (Mrs J Morton Shaw)
Entries: 1 Absentees: 0
1st - Darkarmar Heartbreaker (Miss S Coop)
On their own here but a very well matched, impressive trio, good typical heads, presented in excellent coat and looking very well together, all of a similar type even if they each chose their own route round the ring.