Venue: The Community Centre, Grange Drive Stratton St. Margaret, Nr Swindon, Wilts. SN3 4JY
Judge: Mrs Jayne Gillam (Orenberg)
Entries: 168 dogs entered making 190 entries plus 7 NFC
Many thanks to the Southern Border Terrier Club for inviting me to judge at their Championship show, it was an interesting day going over the dogs and I thank the exhibitors for their good sized entry and the sporting way in which they accepted my decisions. Thanks must also go to my excellent stewards, Tina Morgan and Felicity Freer who kept me on track and everything running smoothly throughout the day.
Coats were at varying stages of growth and there was a wide variety of types, and a few with heavy shoulders and short, round oversprung ribs and poor toplines. I was quite surprised to see some faults in the entry which I wasn’t expecting, I found a young male with only one testicle descended, three with teeth out of line, one whose mouth didn’t close correctly and two kinked tails.
I judged the entry as I saw the dogs on the day, and as always I was looking for a dog which excels in breed type, fits the standard and appears capable of doing a day’s work. I value all the essentials required in a working dog and also those who have that extra something as a show dog. I was pleased with my winners and look forward to watching show careers with interest.
Best In Show: Glebeheath Just a Gigolo
Reserve Best In Show: Bohamer Blue Storm
Best Opposite Sex: Remony Frosted Ivy JW ShCM
RDCC: Bohamer Blue Storm
Best Puppy - Dog: Brumberhill Backatcha
Best Puppy - Bitch: Otterbobs Georgia Blue
Best Puppy: Brumberhill Backatcha
Best Opposite Sex Puppy: Otterbobs Georgia Blue
Best Veteran: CH Cobstoneway Moon River at Clipstone
Entries: 5 Absentees: 1
1st - Chorbeck Move To The Music (Mrs H Haughton)
Very smart 8 months G&T, in good coat and pelt, retains a good topline and tailset for one so young when moving in profile, needs to settle coming and going.
2nd - Earthtaw Keep Smiling (Miss J A & Mr M W Haydon & Gibbings)
8 months B&T, strong headed youngster, in good coat but would like to see a bit more ticking, hope he doesn’t grow on anymore, moved a tad close behind.
3rd - Digmoor Captain's Mask (Mr M P & Mrs S V Regan)
Nice sized 8 months G&T, in good coat but just carrying a bit of weight.
Res - Twigglestone Onzieme Heure (Miss A Nettle)
Entries: 8 Absentees: 2
1st - Brumberhill Backatcha (Mr S A Mcpherson)
11 months G&T, niced size young male with a pleasing head and expression. Really lovely puppy to go over with very good lay back of shoulder and angulation with excellent rib, good feet, legs and firm pasterns. Moved well in the rear but like many of the puppies, needs to settle in front movement, well presented in thick coat and pet, good topline and tail set.
2nd - Benattivo Jack Jones (Mr C & Mrs S Girling)
Lots to like about this promising 11 months B&T and unlucky to meet the winner in such good form. Not as mature in the head as the winner but has good shoulders and rib and is narrow throughout, moved well off well angulated hindquarters, well presented in good jacket.
3rd - Northborders Footman (Miss J North)
10 months G&T, not quite as good in the shoulders as my first and second and I would like a darker eye. Well-presented, just needs to settle coming and going.
Res - Brookbeech Wild Boy (Mr P Shephard)
VHC - Howthwaite Gentil Duke At Tilmoray (Mrs M Small)
Entries: 11 Absentees: 2
1st - Bohamer Blue Storm (Mr A & Ms J Rock & Wallett)
This young B&T male demanded attention as he entered the ring, surely has a bright future. Nice size and didn’t disappoint when I went over him, very well constructed and stands well on good legs and feet, looked great in profile movement and was sound coming and going. Good depth of coat and pelt, loved his head and expression.
2nd - Chesterton in Focus (Mr A J & Mrs W Mooney)
Very lithe athletic dog, with lovely shoulders and rib and easy to span, good hindquarters which he used with drive. In pin wire coat.
3rd - Baillieswells Ncn'ean (Miss T J Peacock)
Lots to like about this one too, liked his overall balance and breed type, pleasing head and expression, straight forelegs and good feet. Still seems young and a bit immature yet and needs to settle when moving.
Res - Onthill One and Only (Mr R & Mrs A Ramus)
VHC - Thistlestone Glenfiddich (Mr S Whisker & Miss J May)
Entries: 8 Absentees: 1
1st - Glebeheath Just a Gigolo (Mrs J Guvercin)
Loved him, he immediately caught my eye as he entered the ring, very balanced, no exaggerations. Pleasing head, good neckline into topline and tailset. Good shoulders and rib with a strong loin, easily spanned. Presented a lovely outline in profile, retaining his good topline on the move. In super thick jacket and pelt, has the very best of legs, feet and pasterns. Very similar to my Junior Dog winner but his extra maturity just gave him the edge over the younger dog when it came to the challenge.
2nd - Northborders Marlon Brando JW (Miss J North)
Very smart eyecatching dog and well presented but a different type to my winner, good hind angulation which he uses with drive but not just as good in shoulder and rib, although is spannable. Hard and fit with a new coat coming in, but didn’t have the depth of coat today.
3rd - Broadsmill Horatio Nelson (Mrs L Pinkham)
Not much coat today and I wouldn’t want him any bigger, but a pleasing head and expression, a tad low in tailset but he was fit and he went well for his handler, just beat my VHC on maturity.
Res - Baillieswells Ncn'ean (Miss T J Peacock)
VHC - Borderstream Zodiak (Mr & Mrs S Ward)
Entries: 10 Absentees: 3
1st - Brumberhill Backatcha (Mr S A Mcpherson)
2nd - Chorbeck Move To The Music (Mrs H Haughton)
3rd - Rhozzum Worrick (Mrs M Sharp)
Not particularly enjoying his day indoors at a show today, but what a lovely dog to go over, super shoulders and rib and in really good deep thick coat and pelt. Easy to span and possess a lovely head, teeth and underjaw..
Res - Brookbeech Wild Boy (Mr P Shephard)
VHC - Howthwaite Gentil Duke At Tilmoray (Mrs M Small)
Entries: 7 Absentees: 1
1st - Stowthorney Wicker Man (Mr R Brewster & Ms J Green)
G&T, Lovely head and expression with neat V shaped ears, presented in a really good thick tweedy coat and pelt which did make him look a bit heavy in profile movement, but he was hard and fit when I went over him and easy for me to span, looked all Border.
2nd - Southash Blue Jasper (Mr J & Mrs I M Southam)
Not as strong in the head as my winner, but a nice sort, a tad heavier across the shoulders, but moved well and was presented in good jacket and was spannable.
3rd - Eneonith Marbles (Miss J Burrell)
Smart looking G&T but not much depth of coat today, a tad heavy in the ear perhaps but nice expression.
Res - Borderstream Zodiak (Mr & Mrs S Ward)
VHC - Brumborder Willow Balm (Dr M A Mccall & Ms L Britton)
Entries: 3 Absentees: 1
1st - Breckgreen Soldier Blue (Mrs. J. Green)
B&T, Not as strong in the muzzle as the second placed dog, but won this class as I preferred his shoulders and rib and was easier to span, he moved well off racy, well-turned hindquarters covering the ground economically. Was fit and showed well for his handler.
2nd - Orangebox Dark Energy (Mr M & Mrs T Anscombe)
A very eyecatching B&T dog when he entered the ring, very strong headed, perhaps a bit over done for me. Tended to stand a tad wide in front and was harder to span than the winner. Nicely presented and moved well off good hindquarters and we let down hocks. Didn’t have a great depth of coat at the moment with little ticking which made him look a bit black
Entries: 7 Absentees: 1
A difficult class for me to judge as it had the biggest variety of different types, shapes and sizes, all had good points and something to offer but in the end I just had to prioritise which I valued most in a working terrier.
1st - Gameway Macaroon (Mrs J S Truss)
G&T, his handy size, good shoulder and rib won him this class, very easy to span and very well presented in excellent coat and pelt, not overdone in any way. Perhaps lacked a bit of fill under the eye but he did have a strong jaw and I liked his keen expression. Looked good in profile with good topline and tailset.
2nd - Remony For A' That (Mrs A E Gregory)
G&T, A nice headed dog with lovely big teeth, bit bigger throughout than my winner although he was easy to span. Not the depth of coat of my winner today and not just as good in topline on the move, lots to like about him though, and a very typical Border
3rd - Mysulan Going Solo JW (Mrs S J Baxter)
B&T, looks an impressive dog in the stack with a good topline and tailset, but not the long, ground covering side gait of the dogs above him. Good in shoulder angulation but a tad heavy across the shoulders and a bit rounder in rib and harder to span. Well presented.
Res - Dandyhow Captain Morgan (Mrs K Irving)
VHC - Dallas Dhu by Onthill (Mr R & Mrs A Ramus)
Entries: 11 Absentees: 2
1st - CH Tythrop Timepiece (Mrs J L Lee)
6 year old G&T, One I have given honours to in the past, very similar size, type and construction to my CC & Res CC winners and similar comments apply. Well presented, fit and in good order but just had to make way for the younger males today.
2nd - Howthwaite Grainsgill (Mr R J & Mrs E A Barrett)
G&T Very typey, but looks a tad deep in profile and was harder to span than my winner. Keen expression and really big teeth which impressed me, as many in the entry had small teeth. Super depth of coat and thick pelt. Well let down hocks and nicely angulated hindquarters.
3rd - Lairehope Highland Chief Of Tweedburn (Mrs C Archibald)
G&T, Coat just getting past its best but all Border, very typical head and loved his keen expression.
Res - Stowthorney Mr Tickle JW (Mr R Brewster & Ms J Green)
VHC - Ir CH Barnby Caramel Wafer At Bimandi JW ShCM (Mrs M J Holmes)
Entries: 9 Absentees: 1
1st - CH Lairehope Lord of the Glen At Tweedburn (Mrs C Archibald)
G&T At nearly 10 years he looked great, such a typical Border with a lovely head and expression. Stood well on neat feet and was presented in a really good thick wiry coat and pelt
2nd - Question Master (Mrs S Waller)
8 year old G&T, fit and narrow throughout with a good rib. Loved is moderately broad and flat skull and expression. In good jacket and stood well on geed legs and feet.
3rd - CH Kgills King Of Swing At Awbrooksky ShCM (Mr & Miss Goddard)
7¼ years G&T, looked almost a youngster in this class, in really good order with super coat and pelt, close decision with my second placed dog, just preferred his head and expression.
Res - CH Ottaswell Palamedes (Mr D & Mrs G M Hunt)
VHC - CH Cobstoneway River Magic JW ShCM (Miss C Spencer)
Entries: 4 Absentees: 2
1st - CH Badgerbeck Uncle Fester (Miss L M Jenkins)
G&T, So nice to see a dog of such quality being shown in the Working Class, confirming my belief that our breed has maintained the ability to be a working dog and a top class show dog, all in the same dog!. Handy sized and nicely made throughout, very typical with a good head and under jaw, presented in excellent jacket, stood well on good legs and feet with thick durable pads. Certainly gave the impression of being active and game and capable of a day’s work.
2nd - Jrasamuyr Campbell Black (Miss C Khatchikian)
Entries: 7 Absentees: 3
1st - Tojamatt Ann Brandreth (Mr & Mrs D Matthews)
6½ months G&T, needs time and all legs and wings at the moment but I loved her. Really nice to go over with a lithe body with a lovely rib, nicely angulated both ends and looked good in profile movement, with a long low stride. Pleasing head and expression and in good jacket.
2nd - Twigglestone Serendipite (Mrs L I Aldous)
Another 6½ months G&T I liked, very similar in overall type to my winner, but came without much coat today. Good head and expression good feet and legs.
3rd - Southash Kiss Me Kate (Mr J & Mrs I M Southam)
9 moths G&T, more mature than my winners and a more cobbier type, a tad heavier across the shoulders too, but possess a lovely head and in good coat and lovely carroty shaped tail.
Res - Twigglestone Victorious (Mrs C A Archibald)
Entries: 11 Absentees: 1
Some promising puppies in this class.
1st - Otterbobs Georgia Blue (Mr J R & Mrs H Gilpin)
11 months B&T, lovely headed puppy with good ear set and short strong muzzle, very typical Border with a super thick coat and pelt with plenty of ticking. Nicely angulated shoulders and well angulated rear, good rib and strong loin. Moved well fore and aft, in fact she had a more settled front movement than my Best Puppy winner but he was straighter in the forelegs and firmer in the pastern at this stage when standing.
2nd - Dandyhow Pandora (Mrs K Irving)
10 months G&T, handy size and very attractive puppy, beautifully presented, nice expression but would prefer more strength of muzzle, moved really well coming and going, just preferred rib shape and topline of my winner.
3rd - Foxfactor Fire Cracker (Mrs K D Stockley)
11 months G&T, bigger, rangier puppy than the two in front of her but narrow throughout and very nice to go over, in good coat and moved well.
Res - Bimandi's Banana Smoothie (Mrs M J Holmes)
VHC - Tarkaswell Waltzin Matilda (Mrs C E Samsom)
Entries: 18 Absentees: 5
a really nice class for overall depth of quality and my winners could all change places on another occasion
1st - Smalesmouth Cadence (Mrs J Roberts)
G&T, Lovely feminine young bitch with an effortless, ground covering side gait which won her the class, well-constructed front and rear with a super rib and strong loin, good topline and tailset, pleasing head and in good coat.
2nd - Badgerbeck Pure Talent (Miss L M Jenkins)
G&T, another I liked a lot, very similar to my winner just a tad bigger throughout but still easy to span, she had left her coat at home today, but she was super fit and moved well.
3rd - Ragatam Essence (Miss T Peacock)
G&T, unlucky to meet my winners as this bitch is very typey with lots to like too, pleasing head and keen expression, stood well on small neat feet and thick pads, quite a thick coat down the centre of her back, which just spoilt the appearance of her topline and tailset.
Res - Alcumlow Portobello Road (Mr P, Mrs B & Miss R Barber)
VHC - Bohamer Breeze (Mr A Rock & Ms J Wallett)
Entries: 12 Absentees: 3
1st - Alcumlow Bloom (Mr P, Mrs B & Miss R Barber)
B&T, very shapely bitch with a rock solid topline and tailset and long stride, looks a picture in profile as she went around the ring, she is big enough but handles well, is good in the shoulder and a super rib which is easy to span. I liked her well turned, racy hindquarters and well let down hocks, which she uses to advantage. Well presented in good jacket.
2nd - Bimandi's Banana Smoothie (Mrs M J Holmes)
G&T, was placed fourth in the strong puppy bitch class, a very fit bitch with a lovely rib and easy to span, stands well on neat feet, not the depth of coat of my winner today.
3rd - Broadsmill Ha'penny for Holteal (Mrs G Vaughan)
G&T with a pleasing head, very smart bitch and stands well on neat feet, she was carrying a bit of weight over her ribs and didn’t have much coat which made her look bare today.
Res - Mysulan Go Easy (Mrs S J Baxter)
VHC - Glebeheath Fingers Crossed For Ottaswell (Mr D & Mrs G M Hunt)
Entries: 6 Absentees: 2
1st - Smurfski Seismic Bliss (Mr J Yore)
B&T just missed being placed in the very strong Junior class but lots to like about her, handy size who stands well on small neat feet, pleasing feminine head and keen expression, easy to span and presented in good coat, hard and fit and moved well.
2nd - Mansergh Elevenplus (Miss A Roslin Williams)
G&T another of nice size, lovely front assembly and good rib, not the topline of my winner and needs to settle in rear movement.
3rd - Tarkaswell Waltzin Matilda (Mrs C E Samsom)
G&T placed VHC in the strong Puppy Bitch class, an attractive puppy with a pleasing head and very well presented, but a tad rounder and shorter in the rib than my winners.
Res - Moor Farm Bellwether At Rubyfin (Mrs S J Channer)
Entries: 8 Absentees: 3
1st - Otterbobs Duchess (Mr J R & Mrs H Gilpin)
G&T, an easy winner of this class, , handy size and really nice to go over with good angulation fore and aft, good rib and strong loin, moved well, maintained a good topline and tailset in profile movement. I liked her a lot.
2nd - Foxcourt Amber Spirit Gambler (Ms S P Greenway)
Attractive dark G&T, with a really pleasing head and expression, very typey and presented in a lovely thick tweedy jacket, well angulated front and rear, a tad rounder in the rib and not quite the reach and drive of my winner.
3rd - Alcumlow Heather At Sensevalley (Mrs C & Mr D Payne)
G&T, not just as good in the head and expression as my first two, very fit when handled, in good coat.
Res - Thistlemead Harmony JW (Mrs P M Heeley)
VHC - Nantcoch Field Skipper (Mrs J M Phillips)
Entries: 15 Absentees: 6
1st - Mansergh Paint By Numbers (Miss A Roslin Williams)
G&T, lovely sized bitch who could get anywhere, attractive head and expression, lithe, easily spannable with good ribs and shoulder and racy hindquarters, in excellent jacket.
2nd - Baillieswells Stronachie (Professor A S Milton)
G&T, another I really liked for size, so nice to go over, narrow throughout with a lovely rib, small v shaped ears framed a very attractive head, stood well on small neat feet and firm pasterns.
3rd - Puzzlers Hope Full Hattie At Broadsmill (Mrs E J Pinkham)
B&T, bigger than my first two, rounder in rib and a tad harder to span but very typical with a pleasing head and expression, stood well on good legs and feet.
Res - Foxfactor Fancy Free (Mrs K Stockley)
VHC - Chorbeck Cosmic Girl (Mrs H Haughton)
Entries: 11 Absentees: 3
1st - Bardenfox Tale as Old as Time (Mr I & Mrs J Broomhead)
G&T, something about this bitch I really liked as she entered the ring and she didn’t disappoint when I went over her, would of liked more depth of coat to complete the picture, but what was coming through was harsh and dense. Loved her head and expression and V shaped ears, good teeth and underjaw. Good shoulder and easily spanned rib and racy hindquarters. Stood well on small neat feet and thick pads. Moved well coming and going and in profile.
2nd - Oakyard On Song JW (Mr J Parry)
Lots to like about this one too and unlucky to meet my winner who I just felt excelled in rib, very typical and presented in really good order throughtout, had lovely bone, legs and feet.
3rd - Marsirdan Jemima Puddle (Mr M Service)
G&T, nice bitch and very similar in type to my second placed bitch but not just as good in profile or as firm in elbows as my first two, easy to span and well presented in good coat and pelt.
Res - Howthwaite Gold Dust (Mr R J & Mrs E A Barrett)
VHC - Brumberhill Bollinger For Chesterton (Mr A J & Mrs W Mooney)
Entries: 12 Absentees: 4
1st - Remony Frosted Ivy JW ShCM (Mrs A Gregory)
G&T, really caught my eye as she entered the ring, looked every inch a Border, lovely head and typical expression, neck of moderate length going into a well laid shoulder, narrow throughout and ribbed well back into strong loin, racy hindquarters with well let down hocks. Moved well and looked good both standing on really good legs and feet and in profile movement, a really good thick wiry coat and pelt completed the picture.
2nd - Sulan Strictly Blues Dancin' (Mrs S J Baxter)
B&T, a different type to my winner, but a real showgirl who was really on her toes, easy to span but not just as narrow across the shoulders and as good in the rib as my winner, and shorter in stride but had a super neckline, topline and tailset in profile. Small neat feet and straight forelegs.
3rd - Gene Genie (Mr S A Mcpherson)
G&T, not as confident as the two above her, but good front assembly, rib and well angulated racy hindquarters won her the place. Excellent coat and pelt.
Res - Byrewick Valentine (Mr R Brewster & Ms J Green)
VHC - Chesterton Boutique (Mr A J & Mrs W Mooney)
Entries: 6 Absentees: 1
1st - CH Cobstoneway Moon River at Clipstone (Miss E & Mrs J Jackson)
Wow, what a veteran bitch, hard to believe she is nearly 10 years old, narrow throughout with super legs feet and pasterns. Lovely head and in really good coat and thick pliable pelt. Moved well.
2nd - Pops Blackcurrant Fizz (Mrs H J Cobby)
B&T, 7 years enjoying her day and was well presented, easy to span, pleasing head, feet not a good as my winners.
3rd - Southash Cherry Bliss at Smurfski (Mr J C B Yore)
G&T, nearly 10 years and in good order for her age, well covered ribs so a tad harder to span, but very well presented in good jacket.
Res - CH/Am CH Sulan Easy Does It (Mrs S J Baxter)
VHC - Tilmoray Turtle Dove (Mrs M Small)