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Judge's Critique - Dogs

Open Breed Show - 5th October 2008

Thank you to the Officers & Committee of the Midlands Border Collie Club for their hospitality that I received, also a very big thank you to my two stewards who ran my ring very efficiently; also to the exhibitors who entered under me. I was very pleased with the quality of the dogs exhibited under me, especially in Post Grad, Limit & Open classes, was really splitting hairs in these classes.
Presentation on the whole was excellent, thank you.

BIS with the full co-operation of my co-Judge (Richard Lucas) was the dog Altricia A Classic Touch, RBIS & BVIS was Sh Ch Bridacre Bronte, BP was Tonkory Qu'est Que C’est

Judge: Fiona Sutherland

Minor Puppy Dog (6, 1a)
1. Tranter's Beesting Just Make Believe
6mths, a real baby, dark eyes, giving a kind expression, good reach of neck, good depth of bone, correct bite, held top line well on the move, moved well for a baby. RBPD.
2. Wilkinson's Altricia My Spot On
6mth old dog, lovely head and expression, good reach of neck, lovely shape, good depth of bone, just needs to settle.
3. Holmes' Tonkory Right On At Raylisa (NAF)

Puppy Dog (7, 1a)
1. Atkin's Aculsia Starquest
10½ mth old dog of medium size, lovely head and expression, prick ears used to his advantage, good reach of neck onto well laid back shoulders, good bone, firm top line held well on move, moved soundly in all directions. BPD & RPPIS.
2. Fergeson-Blakeley's Laceway Willie Wonka
10mths old dog of medium size, nice head and expression good reach of neck, good bone, moved well. Tends to have a gay tail.
3. Gregory's Tonkory Quinntessential

Junior Dog (5, 1a)
1. Beaumont's Borderbeau Highfalutin
12mth old dog of medium size, lovely head and expression, correct bite, good reach of neck onto well laid back shoulders, good bone, firm top line held well on the move, lovely shape, well set tail, sound coming and going, moved with drive.
2. Brown's Dorvale Star Trecker of Borderbeck
16mths old dog, dark eyes, prick ears used well, good bone, firm top line held well on move, moved well.
3. Beddows' Borderpride Eternal Touch

Novice Dog (6, 3a)
1. Atkin's Aculsia Starquest
2. Balhatchet's Astfirst Aramis
10mth old dog of medium size, dark eyes giving pleasing expression, good reach of neck, good bone, nice shape, firm top line held well on move, moved well but need to control his happy tail.
3. Hrycyk's Cookvale Code Black

Post Graduate Dog (16, 3a)
1. Spencer's Littlethorn Colt at Tobermory
19mths old dog I have done well for as a puppy, maturing nicely, medium size, handsome head, with dark eyes giving a kind expression, semi erect ears, short muzzle, good reach of neck, well laid back shoulders, good depth of bone, firm top line that was held well on the move, sound movement coming and going, good reach, moved with drive.
2. Beaumont's Borderbeau Emporio Armani
Almost 2 years of age this is another boy who is maturing nicely, lovely head and expression, good reach of neck set on to well laid back shoulders, lovely shape, firm topline held well on the move, pushed hard for 1st place, these dogs could easily change place on another day.
3. Grant's Rogansrock Krafty Kid

Limit Dog (16, 4a)
1. Wilkinson's Altricia A Classic Touch
2 year old dog, this boy really caught my eye when he entered the ring and did not disappoint, lovely masculine head giving pleasing expression, dark eyes, lovely reach of neck, well laid back shoulders good depth of bone, lovely shape, level top line held well on move, sound movement coming and going, lovely side gait, moved with real drive and purpose, a joy to watch. Very well handled and presented to get the best from him. Was delighted to award him BD & BIS, with my co-judge's agreement.
Thank you for bring him under me.
2. Lavington's Locheil Black Label for Sandmont JW
2 year old dog, darker than 1 but this does not detract from the quality of this boy, lovely head and expression, good reach of neck, well laid back shoulders, lovely shape, moved very well was unlucky to meet 1 today. Well handled and presented.
3. Mann's Borderpride Classic Affair

Open Dog (12, 3a)
1. Beaumont & Gregory's Tonkory Illusion
3 year dog of medium size, lovely masculine head with kind expression, good reach of neck, well laid back shoulders, good depth of bone, lovely shape, moved with good reach and drive. Well handled and presented. Unlucky to meet my BD today, a worthy Sh Ch. Thank you for bring him under me. (Ed. Not Sh Ch in the catalogue although has now achieved title)
2. Winup & Paipala's Rogansrock Baht'at
3¾ year old tri Boy of medium size that I have done well for in past, masculine head, dark eyes giving kind expression, semi erect ears, short muzzle, good reach of neck, well laid back shoulders, firm topline held well on move. Moved well with good reach and drive. Unlucky to meet 1.
3. Wiltshire & Carter’s Sh Ch Caleykiz Mystical Dragon JW

Special Open Dog AOC (5)
1. Lavington's Lydeardlea John Henry Blue of Sandmont
8 year old bl/w of medium size, Lovely head and expression, erect ears used well, well laid back shoulder, good bone, firm top line held well on the move. Sound movement in all directions, moved with drive.
2. Mercer's Starside Xander
3¾ year bl/w dog of medium size, lovely head and expression nice shape, good reach of neck, moved well.
3. Winup & Paipala's Starside Marbled Ice Over Rogansrock

Special Open Working Dog (3)
1. Mockford's Snowmere Tarn JW AW (ISDS)
10 year old tri boy, masculine head, dark eyes giving pleasing expression, lovely shape, good firm topline held well on the move. Moved will good reach and drive, does not show any signs of age slowing him down.
2. Howard's Shepwood Evening Rain
8 year old dog of medium size, nice head and expression, good reach of neck, firm top line held well on the move, just not the movement of 1.
3. Green's Sealight Roscoe

Veteran Dog (5)
1. Young's Stillmoor Simply Special at Collshep ShCM
8 year old dog of medium size, stole my heart when he entered the ring, lovely head and expression, erect ears sensitive in use, good reach of neck, well laid back shoulders, lovely shape, good firm top line held well on move, moved with good drive & extension. Was delighted to award him BVD & RBVIS.
2. Large, Harlow, Baylis & Woods' Sh Ch/Am Ch Borderfame I Am I Said (imp USA)
9 year old b/w dog of medium size. Dark eyes giving pleasing expression, good reach of neck, well laid back shoulders, good firm topline held well on the move. Just preferred the overall package of 1.
3. Tunnicliff's Sh Ch Littlethorn Galaxy

Vintage Veteran Dog (6, 1a)
1. Mockford's Snowmere Tarn JW AW (ISDS)
2. Collier's Clan-Abby NZ-Dougs Storm At Borderbreeze (imp)
10 year b/w dog of medium size, dark eyes giving pleasing Expression, good reach of neck, well laidback shoulders, moved well.
3. Moss' Dorvale Damon Hill

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