Venue: The Burgess Hall, ST. Ivo Recreation Centre, Westwood Road, St Ives, Cambs PE27 6WU
Judge: Mr D. Fryer (Irton)
Entries: 137 making 149,
The Border terrier breed standard is relatively brief, but implies a lot. To me, the most important clause is the first; ‘Essentially a working terrier’. This must be interpreted; to me, it means that it must be capable of working to fox after following a possibly lengthy hunt across rough upland country, arriving under it’s own steam, fit for purpose, at the same time as the huntsman who will typically be mounted. Thus it must have the length and depth of rib to allow good heart and lung room, and the conformation to allow properly efficient movement . It must also be narrow enough in rib to allow it to follow a fox to ground; and it must have the head and muzzle strength, and size of teeth and bite, to allow it to deal with whatever it finds. It must also have the coat and pelt to protect it from weather and quarry underground.
In my entry today, I found a lot of quality , but also a few worries. Front movement left a lot to be desired in too many exhibits; generally as a result of imperfect shoulder construction; though a worrying lack of muscle may well be a factor here. The puppy classes in particular left a lot to be desired in front movement; hopefully some will improve as they tighten up and mature. Coats were generally of good quality and mostly well prepared; though in some cases attempts at creative grooming did more to highlight shortcomings than to hide them. I found no undershot or overshot bites; though I did note a few with teeth not ‘set square to the jaws’, a few (older) dogs with missing teeth and several with somewhat crooked or undersized teeth. I was particularly impressed with the depth of quality in the upper dog classes.
My thanks to the Club and to the exhibitors for the opportunity to get my hands on so many quality Border terriers; particular thanks to Bev Jackson and family, and the collecting ring stewards, for the efficient marshalling of the ring which allowed me to concentrate solely on judging the dogs. I thoroughly enjoyed my day judging , and the welcoming and relaxed atmosphere throughout the show.
Best In Show: Stineval Napoleon JW
Reserve Best In Show: CH Southash Blue Betty Boo Gameway JW
Best Opposite Sex: CH Southash Blue Betty Boo Gameway JW
DCC: Stineval Napoleon JW
Best Puppy - Dog: Ravenside Starman
RBCC: Otterbobs Xolana
Best Puppy - Bitch: Ridgebow Ferreter
Best Puppy: Ravenside Starman
Best Opposite Sex Puppy: Ridgebow Ferreter
Best Veteran: CH Southash Blue Betty Boo Gameway JW
Entries: 5 Absentees: 0
1st - Chatmoss Bullet Tooth Tony (Miss J Hughes)
Red dog, well ribbed back, good rear angulation., relatively sound on the move. Decent head, good coat.
2nd - Hawcoat Mr Fixit (Mrs E J & Miss R C Larner)
B&T, moved better behind, well prepared and handled.
3rd - Shiftyfox To The Victor (Mr V J Pearce)
Smaller, younger dog, took time to settle, but general body type and balance shows promise.
Res - The Boy Tarquin At Trixdale (Mrs M Hall)
VHC - Southash Deputy Sheriff At Smurfski (Mr J Yore)
Entries: 5 Absentees: 1
1st - Ravenside Starman (Mr M Lowry)
Lighter, leaner type. Coat not yet through but underlying texture good, plenty of good, thick pelt. nice front, Promising head and keen expression, moved well up and down and round the ring when settled. Best Puppy in Show on conformation, movement and ring presence.
2nd - Mysulan Going Solo (Mrs S J Baxter)
Good texture B&T coat, well prepared. Lovely outline at stand, moved better behind than in front. Decent head.
3rd - Brackenfell Raggamuffin (Mr C Hall & Miss L Ellis)
Cobbier type, good, tight coat; well groomed and schooled
Res - Borderpoint Obsidian (Mr R W & Mrs L H Steel)
Entries: 5 Absentees: 2
1st - Ridgebow Tracker (Mr N & Mrs A Duxbury)
Good, well-balanced dog, looks slightly heavy in front but this is all coat and muscle. Nice ear, tail. Excelled for coat and pelt, well muscled, correct angulations in profile. Moving steady and true.
2nd - Brumborder Willow Balm (Dr M A Mccall & Ms L Britton)
Lighter body , coat still to come, well made in front.
3rd - Emperor Royal Regiment (Mrs Barlow)
Smaller type, OK on the move, may improve with practice.
Entries: 4 Absentees: 0
1st - Bandicoot Doc Martin (Ms V L K Docwra)
Good upstanding dog, with a straight front and good rib. Good quality coat. Moved well round the ring powered by correct rear angulation.
2nd - Carrock Carnegie (Ms J Fawcett)
Good coat and pelt, moved well behind, presented and handled well. Preferred ear of 1.
3rd - Stowthorney Mr Tickle JW (Mr R Brewster & Ms J Green)
Taller, narrow and spannable. Good head and expression , good coat. Moved OK
Res - Emperor Royal Regiment (Mrs Barlow)
Entries: 4 Absentees: 1
1st - Earthdog Lanyard By Beaconpike JW (Mr S & Mrs K Golding)
Good coat and pelt. Strong head with broad flat skull and good expression, big teeth. Well angulated fore and aft, ribbed well back, narrow in front with neat feet. Moved true.
2nd - Cedarhill Once Upon a Time (Mrs C Dean)
Blue and tan dog of handy size with excellent head and big strong teeth. Straight narrow front, level topline and thick short carrot tail; good rear angulation, moved well with drive. Good outline standing, excellent feet.
3rd - Oxcroft Freelander (Miss J Price)
Soundly made, lighter bodied dog. Narrow, with good rib and length of back. Loose thick pelt. Strong skull.
Entries: 6 Absentees: 2
1st - Ridgebow Rifleman JW (Mr N & Mrs A Duxbury)
Nicely made red dog, well off for bone, strong well proportioned head. Well ribbed back, correctly angulated behind; moved soundly up and down the ring, covered his ground well, powering round the ring. Well balanced outline. Excellent thick coat of good harsh texture
2nd - Badgerbeck Prototype (Miss S L Hillman)
Bigger dog, B&T, well proportioned body overall. Preferred head and coat of 1
3rd - Breckgreen Soldier Blue (Mrs. J. Green)
B&T, could do with stronger muzzle, ok on the move
Res - Colourbox Gunpowder (Mrs L A Fordham)
Entries: 10 Absentees: 0
Overall, best class of the day, any of the placed dogs could have won on another day.
1st - Stineval Napoleon JW (Mr & Mrs A G Horner)
A neat, red dog, perfect for size with nice rib and shoulder. Angulations correct both ends. Moved out well round the ring. Good quality and depth of coat, thick pliable pelt. Head strong without overstatement. Well shaped and carried tail of ideal length. Impeccably groomed and shown to perfection, a top class dog at the peak of his form. Deservedly awarded dog CC and BIS
2nd - Howthwaite Grainsgill (Mr R J & Mrs E A Barrett)
Taller dog, another who moved faultlessly all ways, good harsh coat and correct pelt. Lovely straight and narrrow front, well angulated behind, perhaps a shade too tall for balance. Unlucky to meet 1 in such good form.
3rd - Tythrop Timepiece (Mrs J L Lee)
Smaller, blue & tan , nice rib, front and rear angulations correct, moved well all ways,
Res - Beaconpike Red Saturn (Mr S & Mrs K Golding)
VHC - Keycharm Phantom by Ridgebow JW (Mr N Duxbury)
Entries: 12 Absentees: 3
Again, any of these placed dogs has the quality for top honours, but I had eventually to decide between two top class dogs of markedly different types.
1st - CH Badgerholme Epsom Jet JW ShCM (Mr B Dickinson & Miss T James)
A slender and elegant B&T, coat not quite to it’s best. Strong otter head with good expression. Good shoulder, ribbed well back, good body proportions and plenty of scope, well angulated front and back. Moving true and efficiently . Much improved since I judged him as a young dog, has matured into a competent and well proportioned dog. RCC
2nd - CH Brackenfell Bok To Bach JW (Mr C Hall & Miss L Ellis)
A very smart terrier, well prepared and handled. Well proportioned strong head and jaw. Coat in good nick, very harsh and dense but perhaps lacking a little depth. Overall cobbier than 1. Moved precisely and economically, technically very well in all directions, on small, tight feet. Great ring presence.
3rd - Comitis California (Mr T and Mrs L Palmer)
Lighter build of dog, B&T, unlucky to meet 1 & 2 but still a well made, competent Border terrier. Good head and expression, strong muzzle. Handy size, good neck and shoulder, nicely balanced. Moved soundly. Well prepared coat of correct texture,
Res - Wadesleia Mr Herriot (Mrs H A & Mr A Fletcher)
VHC - CH Cobstoneway River Magic JW ShCM (Miss C Spencer)
Entries: 2 Absentees: 0
1st - Emperor Royal Regiment (Mrs Barlow)
see above, 3rd JD, 4th in YD.
2nd - The Boy Tarquin At Trixdale (Mrs M Hall)
Res MPD. Similar in type to 1, front movement not his fortune, good coat. Better settled in this class.
Entries: 2 Absentees: 0
1st - Ashbrae Fellman At Beaconpike (Mr & Mrs Golding)
Attractive light red dog, greying around the muzzle, but otherwise not showing his age. Nice mover, good rib, good angulations both ends, very nice type, racy, good head and expression.
2nd - Blues Boy At Brackenfell (Mr C Hall & Miss L Ellis)
Larger grizzle dog, not so good in rib, A good mover mostly, basically sound; coat in good order. Enjoying his day out,
Entries: 1 Absentees: 0
1st - Oxcroft Ritchie (Mr J Price)
In good order, moving well on good feet. Good mouth, coat and pelt good, properly angulated both ends. Excellent strong head.
Entries: 16 Absentees: 2
A big class with a lot of variation in type.
1st - Ridgebow Ferreter (Mr N & Mrs A Duxbury)
Moved well round the ring. Plenty of harsh coat and thick pelt, nice head, very promising. Best Puppy Bitch.
2nd - Southash Finding Bliss (Mr J & Mrs I M Southam)
Light red, not so happy today but looks as if she could mature into a nice bitch. Good coat and pelt, nice angulations, neat, well placed ear.
3rd - Borderrigg Rewind To Ravenside (Mr M Lowry)
Very much a baby, coat needs to harden up a bit, head ok, nice little pup.
Res - Terracao Tilly Trippett At Esyntona (Mr I Hopper)
VHC - Hawcoat Ugogirl (Mrs E J & Miss R C Larner)
Entries: 12 Absentees: 2
1st - Chorbeck Gossip Girl At Blackmine (Miss Tracey James & Mrs Michelle Render)
Light red, well schooled, good proportions – narrow with good length of back. Doesn’t need to grow anymore, moved out well.
2nd - Stineval Malizia (Mr A & Mrs C Horner)
Well proportioned little b&t, good length of rib, head still needs to come.
3rd - Imperterrito Agenda By Borderella (Mrs P South)
Cobbier type, good head and expression, nice typical grizzle coat, quality pelt, super tail, good hindquarters.
Res - Bandicoot Dragon Glass (Mrs V L K Docwra)
VHC - Hartswelin She's The One (Miss L J Coleman)
Entries: 5 Absentees: 1
1st - Picer Flora Mcivor (Mr G & Mrs S Pickering)
Well prepared dark bitch, narrow, good proportions. Good quality coat, moving OK on tight feet
2nd - Otterwood Domina Candesco (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee)
Rather larger red coated bitch, strong head, good expression and tail set.
3rd - Imperterrito Agenda By Borderella (Mrs P South)
see above (3rd in PB)
Res - Ridgebow Far Solitaire (Mr N & Mrs A Duxbury)
Entries: 11 Absentees: 2
hard decision between first 3
1st - Howthwaite Gold Dust (Mr R J & Mrs E A Barrett)
Lightly made b&t, good body lines, well ribbed back. Harsh coat and good pelt, sound on the move all ways. Hope her head continues to develop to give a fully rounded picture.
2nd - Byrewick Valentine (Mr R Brewster & Ms J Green)
Cobbier type of b&t, really good coat. Preferred movement of 1
3rd - Ianteg Red Rubi JW ShCM (Miss S Ritchie)
Smaller red grizzle, good coat, sound mover. Good bone, straight front. Good otter head & a well set carroty tail .
Res - Diva Top Marked at Meerdyke (Mrs C Dobereiner)
VHC - Hemlockstone Diana at Bowencloud (Mrs S J Ruth)
Entries: 8 Absentees: 0
1st - Tarkaswell Doctor's Orders JW (Mrs C E Sansom)
Well balanced bitch, with well angulated hindquarters, well schooled, moving well. Just enough bone. Good head and expression. Good quality coat, well prepared.
2nd - Ianteg Aurelia (Miss S Richie)
Lovely headed bitch with a strong muzzle. Good front and rear angulation. Heavier built, and not quite the front movement of 1.
3rd - Ellhex Dizzie Miss Lizzie (Ms M Render & Ms T James)
Narrow bitch with a level top line good rear angulation, needs to tighten up in front
Res - Raleniro New Rose (Mr M J & Mrs D A Lorraine)
VHC - Borderxpress Miss Potter (Mr R Wright)
Entries: 6 Absentees: 0
1st - Otterbobs Xolana (Mr J R & Mrs H Gilpin)
Small & feminine bitch with great lay of shoulder, ribs carried well back. Moved very well front and rear Good head, strong muzzle, big teeth. Excellent double coat, good pelt. Very well balanced, looked a workmanlike and typical Border. RCC, unlucky to meet CC winner in such form.
2nd - Sulan Strictly Blues Dancin' (Mrs S J Baxter)
Well angulated and very neatly put together; nice bone, driving well behind
3rd - Borderxpress Miss Potter (Mr R Wright)
Rather bigger bitch in outline, narrow with good rear construction
Res - Comitis Arya With Ragatam (Miss T Peacock)
VHC - An Cnoc of Baillieswells (Professor A S Milton)
Entries: 9 Absentees: 3
1st - Ploughdown Persephone (Miss C Spencer)
Upstanding, well angulated bitch, particularly behind, well ribbed back. Good coat and pelt. Moved well behind, strong head and jaw.
2nd - Tythrop Turn Back Time (Mrs J L Lee)
Neatly made B&T, with correct angulations. Nice tail well carried. Good eye and expression. Excellent coat and pelt. Not happy on the move today
3rd - Beaconpike Night Sky At Brackenfell (Mr C Hall & Miss L Ellis)
Quite neatly made red bitch, just coming into coat. Narrow lines, shown fit. Good head and expression.
Res - Withershins Daddies Girl (Mr M J Day)
VHC - Bimandi's Bellissima (Mr V J Pearce)
Entries: 12 Absentees: 4
A nice class, quality in depth beyond the available placings
1st - CH Tarkaswell Double Agent JW ShCM (Mrs C E Samsom)
A well balanced, neatly made, well groomed bitch. Good head, front and feet, level topline , enough bone. Good positive mover, driving well. Hard, tight coat.
2nd - CH Nantcoch Ffion JW ShCM (Mrs J M Phillips)
Very similar type, nicely balanced, well laid shoulder and good feet. Not quite the same strength of head; neat ear.
3rd - Picer Aimee Vilbert JW (Mr G & Mrs S Pickering)
Different style of bitch, with a good coat and very good pelt. Sound all over, stronger made in front Good head & expression. Well placed and shaped tail.
Res - Beaconpike In A Storm (Mr S & Mrs K Golding)
VHC - NORDUCH/DKCH/NOUCH/SEUCH Clipstone Sail Away NO JV-13,SE JV-13 (Mrs A Nilsson)
Entries: 6 Absentees: 2
1st - Raleniro New Rose (Mr M J & Mrs D A Lorraine)
B&T, placed 4 PG, neatly made bitch, narrow front, moving better behind than in front, well angled behind, good coat and pelt.
2nd - Glebeheath Gold'n Girl (Mr & Mrs D Nightingale)
A larger, reddish bitch, soundly made but not enthusiastic on move. Failed in head to 1.
3rd - Badgerbeck Tree Pipit At Tilmoray JW ShCM (Mrs M Small)
B&T, good shape and harsh coat, starting to show her age but still fit and keen.
Res - Maggie Ada (Mrs G M Duffield)
Entries: 8 Absentees: 2
a very nice class throughout
1st - CH Southash Blue Betty Boo Gameway JW (Mrs P Clark)
A bitch I have admired from the ringside in the past, but never had the chance to go over. I’m pleased to say she handles as well as she looks, and is still going well into her eighth year. Strong but feminine head on a good neck. Ribs carried well back. Well angulated and balanced, of correct size; shown very fit and well muscled. Quality coat in good order, pelt thick and loose. Moved with great presence and poise; showing as if she enjoyed it. No hesitation in awarding her the bitch CC.
2nd - Int/Am/Can CH Sulan Fancy That (Mrs S J Baxter)
Another good’un, bigger type. Well proportioned, and sound on the move. Strong skull and muzzle , good neck. Coat not at it’s best today.
3rd - Barterhound Thyme At Bordaholic (Mrs T Bromley)
Narrow, straight front, ribbed well back . A very nice mover. Good otter head and expression . Good for her age.
Res - Gameway Cappuccino of Withershins ShCM (Mr M J Day)
VHC - Badgerbeck Tree Pipit At Tilmoray JW ShCM (Mrs M Small)