Judge: Miss Michelle Barnett (Brockfox)
Entries: 99 for 103
My thanks to The Richmond Societies officers and committee for the warm welcome and the super lunch provided. Gratitude also to my stewards who organised the ring most capably. Thanks also to the exhibitors for their entries at a time in history when finances are truly stretched in this difficult and uncertain financial climate. To judge is always a privilege and on this occasion it was particularly appreciated. Overall I was very impressed with the exhibits, and when judging we are required to find the dog that most fulfils the breed standard and with the increasing variety of types present in the breed it made for some thought provoking decisions. Sadly the continuing trend to show all year round with few exhibits remaining at home to grow a decent double jacket proved that once again there were fewer exhibits shown in the requisite depth of jacket. Therefore I had to face the difficult task of placing some exhibits higher than I would as a rule. As justifiably construction and type being the foremost factor in placings, as coats naturally will come and go. But where as in lots of other breeds the coat can be considered a glamorous adornment please remember that in the Border (terriers in general) it is their essential protection whilst carrying out their job of work. On a positive note I was pleased to see today’s entry lacking of the dogs presented in the recent improper fashion of clippering, razor and scissoring which as the true diehards of the breed know is totally unacceptable and exhibitors are to be strongly discouraged in this undesirable practice.
The correct and only way to present a Border terrier is by hand stripping thus achieving the beautiful natural tweedy look synonymous with our breed.
And I quote an extract from an old Border terrier yearbook ?Exhibitors and judges should be reminded that it is not in keeping with the sporting traditions of the breed to have the coat trimmed. The coat should be of a natural weather resisting character. Old dead coat may be stripped off by hand when necessary. The use of a razor or a strip comb embodying a razor in the preparation of dogs for show is strongly objected to?
Dogs that I had previously admired unfortunately paid the penalty today as on closer inspection they did not come to hand so well .Some due to weight, which can be easily remedied with an alteration of diet, exercise and plenty of regular road work. Others sadly due to wide fronts and heavy shoulders, subsequently when running the rule over them they were too coarse and cloddy. Therefore not displaying the lithe supple bodies required in an earth dog ,this is a breed characteristic which of course has to be bred for. Borders are a breed that enjoys longevity, health and well being and this was particularly evident in my DCC and DRCC winners today being a 7 year old and 9 yr old respectively. Perhaps this being true testimony that these males have been bred for the correct narrow body lines that will inevitably stand the test of time.
Temperaments as to be expected were excellent. Overall a most enjoyable day, I was delighted with both my final line ups and to find admirable representatives of the breed for top honours.
Best Of Breed: Grindelvald Miss Teak At Eltonfurze
RBCC: Kyscafter Nimue
Best Puppy: Bandicoot Double Take
Best Veteran: CH Rossula Magic Borderer Clipstone
Entries: 2 Absentees: 0
1st - CH Rossula Magic Borderer Clipstone (Jackson, Jean & Elspeth)
Very attractive dark grizzle and tan I just love this boy and have previously awarded him the CC & BOB and once again i find myself cheerfully awarding him a top honour He is so correct for breed type he just fills your eye for balance and at rising 10 he was as fit as a flea. As always shown in such super form for muscle tone coat and condition. Moved out with drive .A true ambassador of the breed .His considerable qualities could not be overlooked .RCC and best veteran.
2nd - Dandyhow Sir Toby (Wrenn, Tony; Langdon, Kara)
Another who has breed type in abundance he has a classic otter head with an expression to die for. Those wanting clarification to the breed requirement “Head like that of an otter” need look no further from studying him for his true and typical head. Lovely for size and still correct for span which proves he was bred right. Not moving with the verve of 1st but still sound at rising 14.
Entries: 3 Absentees: 1
1st - Bandicoot Double Take (Mr G E & Mrs V L K Docwra)
Grizzle and Tan who caught my attention as soon as he came into the ring, Good otter head broad with strong muzzle and pleased in expression good length of neck straight front and narrow body, he is well off for bone, neat well padded feet, level topline and tail carried correctly on the move, so well muscled for age he moved straight and true for such a youngster and was handled and moved to advantage. A well presented puppy of immense quality who I was pleased to award BPD and BPIB. Not overly mature for his age and definitely one for the future.
2nd - Withershins Del Boy At Oatberry (Mrs K Tuffin)
A blue & tan shown in short jacket that was of correct texture another who pleased me for type and size he excels in rib. Not as positive in front movement but plenty of time on his side. preferred the head shape and strength of under jaw on 1st
Entries: 4 Absentees: 0
1st - Stowthorney Swinging Sam (Mr R Brewster & Ms J Green)
Very attractive dark grizzle and tan this was a super puppy of excellent type who came to hand beautifully, which he scored over second .Shown in the best jacket of the class He is a very promising puppy who again appealed as he was also not overly mature for his age and who if his handler gains more confidence in the ring is a youngster who should have a bright future.
2nd - Foxfactor Pied Piper (Mrs K D Stockley)
Red who was lovely for type and head shape good, but slightly heavy in ear. Pleasing neck and lay of shoulder and strong quarters and although not oversized, on the day he couldn’t match 1st’s balance in the hand.
3rd - Benattivo Stitch In Time (Mr C & Mrs S Girling)
Res - Hobholt Helmsman (Mr C K & Mrs M A Wallace)
Entries: 4 Absentees: 1
1st - Rexlands Cock Robin (Mr & Mrs D Matthews)
A Red dog of quality. Typical Ottery head with a wicked expression. Well balanced and sound on the move, Handy size and workmanlike in hard condition he spanned with ease and was put down in fine fettle, presented and shown in a very good coat and pelt. One to watch out for as he matures.
2nd - Onthill Fernando (Mr R & Mrs A M Ramus)
Typy red young male liked his head and expression, correct scissor bite. He has a good outline and racy quarters nice bone, firm pasterns and feet, moved well front and rear. Not the in the excellent harsh topcoat of 1st.
3rd - Cobstoneway River Magic JW (Miss C Spencer)
Entries: 6 Absentees: 1
1st - Onthill Super Trooper (Mr R & Mrs A M Ramus)
Litter brother to 2nd in junior and very similar remarks apply slightly leggier and in better jacket than his litter mate which was of good texture but would have liked more depth.
2nd - Borderella Day Tripper JW (Mrs P South)
Grizzle and tan who appeals greatly for breed type. He has the most exquisite otter head and the best of under jaw and scissor bite. He is correct for size and span a very pleasing dog overall but just failed in front movement.
3rd - Ragatam Lets Go At Borderbridge (Miss B J Singh)
Res - Bortino High Society (Mr D K & Mrs D Martin)
Entries: 4 Absentees: 0
1st - Bolt Tail Jebba ShCM (Mr F & Mrs H Freeman)
Dark Grizzle & Tan This dog appealed for his overall tweedy and moderate outlook good shaped head with broad skull he excels in under jaw in which sits the best of teeth large and strong giving the most superb bite. Has the thickest of pelts which can i’m sure make him appear heavier than what he is, Good for size and span and shown in harsh jacket he moved with drive around the ring.
2nd - Ragatam Lets Go (Miss B J Singh)
Light Grizzle & Tan this young lad is truly not the best of showmen but has a typical ottery head correct scissor bite and when co-operating a pleasing expression. Good for bone and narrow straight front, he does not help himself standing but looked better in profile on the move.
3rd - Take It From Here (Mr R J & Mrs D M Warneford)
Res - Lessien Dinx Boy Oberon (Miss S J Pateman)
Entries: 10 Absentees: 2
1st - Otterbobs Riggindale JW (Mr J R & Mrs H Gilpin)
Grizzle & Tan .Greatly admired this dog for his beautiful breed type Correctly proportioned otter head with keen expression, good length of neck into well laid shoulders, straight narrow front, ribbed back body into well muscled racy rear quarters which he used to move out so soundly around the ring. Excellent thick pliable pelt and in full deep double jacket that was parting and open, moreover was sadly passed its best. A dog of considerable merit and one I would love to judge in a quality jacket.
2nd - Digmoor Captain Rook By Tyrian (Mrs K Dean)
Good honest sort, pleasing head and dark eye and keen expression. Narrow and racy throughout and was good in shoulder and front, good length of back and racy hindquarters, shown in harsh coat but not the pelt of 1st he moved steadily fore and aft with good drive from the rear.
3rd - Kyscafter Emrys (Miss L S Robbins)
Res - Hoary Morning (Mr T Wrenn & Miss K Langdon)
VHC - Bolt Tail Jebba (Mr F & Mrs H Freeman)
Entries: 8 Absentees: 2
Super class of top drawer quality dogs
1st - CH Earthwise Deuteronomy ShCM (Culley, Anne; Orr, Joyce)
7 year old Rich red who today put many of the younger dogs in the shade for fitness. Excels in muscle tone and i truly loved his breed type A moderate dog and all male, very much a true border dog. Good otter head, breadth to skull and strength to muzzle. Super under jaw that fills your hand. And correct scissor bite. So pleasing in front neck and shoulder placement and the best of ribs Narrow throughout with racy well angulated quarters and good second thigh. He stands on the neatest of feet small and well padded. Lovely scope. A picture of balance standing, covers the ground well and was stylish on the move. Size and span good and came to hand with ease. Shown in a crisp new jacket that was tight and of good harsh texture with correct pelt, but lost out for BOB to the bitch for her super depth of jacket. A dog I would be proud to campaign myself. Was thrilled to award him the DCC not his 1st I’m sure.
2nd - CH Benattivo Rock Robin (Mrs S J & Mr C P Girling)
Another who appealed for breed type, size and fit condition, Good broad skull and short strong muzzle and correct bite. Sound and posative on the move.Preferred the length of rib on 1st. A dog of significant worth who was hotly considered for the Res CC
3rd - Dandyhow Beeline (Irving, K.M.)
Res - CH Hobholt Harrier JW (Mr C K & Mrs M A Wallace)
VHC - Digmoor Aces High JW (Mr M P & Mrs S V Regan)
Entries: 5 Absentees: 0
1st - Borderella Emma (Mrs P South)
The first 3 placings were particularly smart on the move but liked this grizzle and tan lady for her balance and lovely jacket. She has a nice feminine ottery head and good scissor bite. Good for bone size and span. BVB
2nd - Chesterton Tabasco (Miss F Freer)
A really lovely bitch who really appealed for breed type loved her racy lines but sadly lost out as she shown in her undercoat today. Very well handled by her young charge.
3rd - Borderella Elsa (Mr F & Mrs H Freeman)
Completed a lovely class of seniors who were all well muscled and in lovely condition and enjoying their time in the ring
Res - Allstead Tazmin (Mr E D'arcy-donnelly)
VHC - Mulysa Miss Muffet (Prevost, Mrs. W.A.)
Entries: 6 Absentees: 1
1st - Badgerholme Ascot Opal
Beautiful grizzle and tan bitch who has the loveliest otter head dark eye, good expression and good scissor bite. Really liked her for type, size and she came to hand so well. Sound coming and going away but at just 6mths old as to be expected very raw at present. Will look forward to seeing her as she matures
2nd - Withershins Daddies Girl (Mr M J Day)
Another who was good for type, size and span she and also held great appeal. Had the edge over 1st for coat texture but couldn’t match her for her beautiful otter head.
3rd - Blewecourt Harlem (Mr M & Mrs T Morgan)
Res - Gameway Take A Bow (Mr J Hamilton)
VHC - An Cnoc of Baillieswells (Professor A S Milton)
Entries: 9 Absentees: 0
1st - Foxyard Better Behave At Emblehope (Miss D Bladen)
A beautiful 10 mth old Blue and tan bitch shown in tip top condition. A very feminine outlook her outline is just gorgeous A bitch who stood away in this class as she was spot on. Pleased in head and excellent varminty expression. She is so balanced from all angles and scores in neck and shoulders. Correct for size weight and span she couldn?t fail to come to hand well. Positive and sound on the move with good reach and drive. Holds great promise BPB and pressed hard for BPIB.
2nd - Torryburn Tickled Pink (Miss J Aldis)
Another nice pup who also had much breed quality to commend her. Attractive feminine head, with good reach of neck. Good topline, rear and steady on the move. But couldn’t match 1st exceptional outline.
3rd - Gameway Take A Bow (Mr J Hamilton)
Res - Enchanted Evening At Etterbern (Mrs L & Mr L J Reynolds)
VHC - Southash Party Knight (Mr & Mrs T Knight)
Entries: 10 Absentees: 2
1st - Kyscafter Kestrel (Miss L S Robbins)
Headed a strong class for quality A Showy and very pretty looking red bitch with Good head, scissor bite and neat dark ears. Shown in good jacket. Overall well constructed she came to hand well for size and span with correct bone straight front with good angulation and muscle on the quarters which she used to move out soundly around the ring. Handled to advantage. A bitch of promise maturing along the right lines.
2nd - Bandicoot Jazz (Mr G E & Mrs V L K Docwra)
Just loved this bitch for breed type A bitch of considerable breed merit and many of the comments above apply but she couldn’t match 1st today as she wasn’t as I have previously seen her in her best bib and tucker and sadly her coat was very much passed its best. Very promising youngster who was unlucky to meet the winner on such form on the day. Handled to perfection another one I would a certainly like to see in top form.
3rd - Cobstoneway Moon River at Clipstone (Miss E & Mrs J Jackson)
Res - Kyscafter Kite (Mrs J Parsons)
VHC - Bandicoot Busy Lizzie (Mrs A J Joyce)
Entries: 4 Absentees: 2
1st - Bortino Smiling Queen (Mr D K & Mrs D Martin)
Feminine grizzle and tan bitch who appealed for her good otter shaped head and lovely expression. Beautiful shoulder placement correct tail set and balanced in outline. She was in a good jacket. And although she moved out soundly she unfortunately lacked enthusiasm.
2nd - Bandicoot Busy Lizzie (Mrs A J Joyce)
another one who also appealed for type with much the same comments and like 1st she was of good size and span but lacked the quality jacket of 1st.
Entries: 16 Absentees: 3
1st - Badgerbeck Tree Pipit At Tilmoray JW ShCM (Mrs M Small)
A lovely Blue and Tan who was of good size and presents a very balanced outline and spanned well. Good otter head and well shaped dark eye, good neck and shoulders best of fronts, super tight padded feet, Thick pelt, pleasing topline and tailset, well muscled hindquarters. Moving out very sound behind with drive.
2nd - Torryburn Sequoia (Miss J Aldis)
Well made and of pleasing conformation. With typical head eye and expression. She presents a good outline both stood and on the move. Scored over 1st in front movement but couldn’t match 1st super rib an area in which she excels.
3rd - Sextonmagic Bluebelle (Mrs G Maskell)
Res - Worker's Playtime (Miss S Waller)
Entries: 9 Absentees: 2
1st - Grindelvald Miss Teak At Eltonfurze (Mrs A Fray)
My star of the day. I thought this bitch just gorgeous. Fills your eye for type and balance. Loved her beautiful ottery head, dark eye and the keenest of expression. Correct scissor bite and the desired strength to under jaw. Pleasing neckline into well laid back shoulder, Narrow straight front good bone legs and small neat feet Correct topline and tailset and carriage good. Lovely thick carroty tail. Well muscled racy hindquarters. She spanned with ease was ribbed well back and came to hand beautifully. Her overall profile appealed very much when standing, a beautiful balanced image which she also retained on the move. Correct double jacket with the desired depth and harshness And the thickest of pelts was delighted to award her the BCC and BOB.And like the DCC surely not her last.
2nd - Kyscafter Nimue (Mrs J Parsons)
So pleased to see this girl in such good form just loved her for type, workmanlike with a typical feminine ottery head, keen expression and small dark v shaped ears. Narrow throughout, straight forelegs and small neat feet, racy hindquarters, coming to hand so well she was very well muscled and shown in a tight jacket with a harsh topcoat and loose pliable pelt. She has matured so well and im sure will continue to do so. Her handler really got the best out of her today and she moved out accurately and with style to take the Res CC
3rd - Benattivo Rosina JW (Mrs S J & Mr C P Girling)
Res - Achnagairn Code Name Glebeheath (Mrs J Guvercin)
VHC - Gameway Cappuccino of Withershins ShCM (Mr M J Day)
Entries: 3 Absentees: 0
A trio of quality bitches all deserved of their titles and who doubtless will change places on numerous occasions
1st - Yeomeadow Heather For Tyrian (Mrs K Dean)
Lovely headed and handy sized Blue and tan bitch, spanned with ease and shown in the best of condition. Narrow straight front and good layback of shoulder. Pleased in topline and tailset, racy hindquarters. Standing on the neatest of feet. Finished off with a lovely carroty tail Very typy all through and sound when she deigned to cooperate, sadly in the challenge her exuberance just got the better of her and her handler try as he might just couldn?t get her to settle. My notes read “what a live wire” .A bitch of considerable quality and one destined for the upper house.
2nd - Badgerbeck Fantacy JW (Mr J C Roberts)
Another destined for the upper house. I really like this bitch for her overall type and balance but just wish her owner could have got her more animated as she just didn’t want to be there. Attractive ottery head and good bite nicely arched neck that flows into a firm backline, she has good bone and rib, ideal angulations front and back and sound and steady mover she is one who I have admired previously but today, she was sadly just lacking the sparkle and enthusiasm. I later learnt that she recently finished her season which no doubt contributed to her lack lustre.
3rd - Glebeheath Minnie the Motor At Blewecourt JW (Mr M & Mrs T Morgan)