Championship Show - Saturday 2nd February 2013
Dogs - Jacky Lloyd
My thanks to the Club for the invitation and to my two very able stewards for all of their help to keep things running so smoothly. This is a very friendly, well run club that has the exhibitor’s interests at heart with opportunities to gain knowledge in many of the disciplines other than showing.
I was pleased the club has kept the working class to allow competitors to demonstrate the versatility of the breed; and in fact this was a very good class!
Overall I was pleased with my main winners; it was interesting to note that 3 of my final 5 retained for the CC were all sired by the same dog, clearly he is leaving his mark. The overall quality was OK and in fact there were some very good dogs here and several with potential, some I quite liked but were not in top condition on the day or carrying too much weight. Also today, there were far less dogs with length coming through short rib cages and short loins than previously.
Some I had liked from the ring, were disappointing upon going over them – mainly for rear movement; on the positives only one dog was not really happy with me going over him, which did cost him. I like to see dogs move out freely and be allowed to really stretch their heads and necks to allow for assessment for the correct border collie movement. I was pleased that certainly my final few certainly did this.
My main winners were Dog CC Wiltshire & Carter's Sh Ch Caleykiz Mystical Dragon JW – Slider – who I have previously done well for giving him Best Veteran at the Veteran of the Year contest in 2012. He is every inch a Champion in my view, a dog without exaggeration and with a lovely balance and free tireless gait. An excellent example of the breed. His coat and condition today did not seem to have the bloom though of the two bitches and it was this that tipped the balance against him in strong competition for BIS and RBIS.
Res Dog CC was a dog winning I understand his 7th Res CC at just 19 mths old and clearly going places. He again, has beautiful balance and a real tireless side gait. Put down in excellent order and beautifully handled. To be critical I personally would prefer a tad more size but he is difficult to fault and is sure to have a bright future.
I was in total agreement with my co judge, Katrina Rettie for BIS going to Ratcliffe's Sh Ch Altricia Lady Grace by Arrodare JW.
I have long admired this one from the ringside, she is an absolute star. Dark bitch, beautiful construction, movement to die for and so beautifully produced and handled. She absolutely gleamed in her coat with well being and the only thing I don’t like about her is that I don’t own her. A credit to her owner/handler and breeders!
RBIS is a another very dark girl: Wiltshire's Sh Ch Caleykiz Rhythm In Black JW, kennel mate to my Dog CC winner, but I felt today had more of a bloom in her coat than he did which was the deciding factor, as she, like her kennel mate excels on the move.
Best Puppy was decided by the Referee; a really nice young merle bitch beating her kennel mate for the award.
Minor Puppy Dog (7, 1a)
1. ALTRICIA STROLL AWHILE
2. LACEWAY PHOENIX
3. BRANNASDALE LEADING THE WAY TO SANDMONT (IMP ESP)
4. REDCHARISMA TESTAROSSA
5. BORDERBROOK OLYMPIC GOLD
1st very raw B/W MPD at just 6 mths enjoying his first show. So much potential. Clearly at this age there is a lot of maturing and thus change to do but he has an excellent front assembly and a balanced rear and stood on four very good limbs. Head needs to finish. Appears quite ‘scopy’ at the minute, hope he continues to develop along these lines. He took everything in his stride and moved well. Sensitively handled and expertly presented, I will follow his future with interest. Bred in the purple and it shows. I thought he was lovely. BPD.
2nd larger and more mature pup again very nicely handled and presented. B/W alert expression. Kept his topline well on the move for one so young. Preferred the front assembly of the first; needs to settle a little more on the move.
Puppy Dog (7, 1a)
1. LOCHEIL EDGE OF GLORY
2. SIANWORTH HIGHLAND KNIGHT
3. LACEWAY PHOENIX
4. REDCHARISMA TESTAROSSA
5. DARIAN HIGH VELOCITY AT TESHON
1st B/W, good for size and type. Good outline and spacious side gait. Maintained a good outline on the move. Well balanced head and alert and responsive to handler. Not in full bloom coat wise today, very promising.
2nd Tri boy and loved his overall make and shape. Good for size and well balanced on the move. Ears detract slightly from expression. Moved well. Would prefer to see him really stretch his head and neck more; little unsettled and this cost him as I did prefer his overall type to 1.
Junior Dog (8, 1a)
1. CALEYKIZ SMOKE ON THE WATER
2. BEESTING MESEMBA
3. BORDERBROOK FINAL CHAPTER
4. ARRODARE JUST SO
5. KIRKWIND ST JAMES
1st Really nice blue /white dog, and considered at the end of the day. Well balanced head, ears well used, (one slightly heavier). Good make and shape throughout with correct front and balanced rear angulation; lovely moulding to croup, outline well maintained and moved really well, as all dogs from this kennel seem to. Sure to do well as he matures.
2nd Dark dog, smaller than the 1st but loved his make and shape. Excellent for type, lovely side gait and very well balanced both standing and on the move. Good angles, with really good lay back of shoulder and length of upper arm. Good for overall shape. Nicely handled. Slightly overweight for me today. Again, very promising.
Yearling Dog (9, 1a)
1. FAYKEN I AM LEGEND
2. JUPAVIA SEVENTH HEAVEN JW ShCM
3. GOYTRE SMOKIN GUN
4. ACULSIA REMBRANDT WITH KEDOSTEL
5. TAZAEOS TIME WARP
1st Res DCC. A superstar in the making I am sure (and well named to be one!)
2nd Immaculate presentation, better for size than 1st but not so settled on the move today. Good shape and balance and unlucky to meet 1.
Novice Dog (8)
1. CALEYKIZ I'M A FIRESTARTER
2. BORDERBROOK FINAL CHAPTER
3. FYCOEGYN FIELDFARE
4. SIANWORTH HIGHLAND KNIGHT
5. LACEWAY PHOENIX
1st Well, I cant believe this dog is still in Novice! Very dark and reminiscent of his mother, he is a lovely dog and was a clear winner of this class today. Beautiful side gait and outline. Well handled and presented and in my final few at the end of the day. Very nice dog indeed. Litter brother won Junior – what a lovely litter!
2nd was 3rd in Junior and liked him there in a good class, and really unlucky to meet 1st here on such top form. Rangy at the minute, and a little out of coat but a good moving dog, controlled so well by his handler. Good for type, slightly more upright angles than 1.
Graduate Dog (5, 2a)
1. FYCOEGYN FIELDFARE
2. BLACKJACOLIE RUMMY
3. REDCHARISMA THE MERCHANT
1st Workmanlike type of dog, nicely presented. Appeared a little tucked up today; looked as if he would be capable of doing a hard days work.
2nd Good overall shape, would like to see him move out more.
Post Graduate Dog (13, 4a)
1. LITTLETHORN MACLAREN
2. SHELTYSHAM SO ESOTERIC CDex UDex
3. MOSHANTA MIDNIGHT SKY
4. BORDERBROOK THE DAUPHIN
5. SIANWORTH FIRECRACKER
1st Tri. Really nice young dog. Good head, shape and angles throughout. Very well presented but whilst he moved ok and certainly enough to win here, would really like to see him move and stretch out more as he has so much potential.
2nd B/W dog, really liked this young man! Very workmanlike and had the best muscle tone of any here today; which when I found out what he does, figures! Strong head, with prick ears, quite raw still but handled well to demonstrate his driving movement and won a strong working class later.
Limit Dog (12, 2a)
1. JUPAVIA PRINCE OF THIEVES
2. HARBECCA HEAD OVER HEELS
3. ALTRICIA MASTERPIECE AT COLLSHEP
4. FOXBARTON TAITTINGER JW ShCM AW(B)
5. SHELTYSHAM SPRING SPLENDER
1st B/W male excellent presentation and handling. Well balanced head; balanced assembly fore and aft; good overall body shape and outline which he maintained on the move.
2nd Blue tri, strong type with prick ears; very good body shape and lovely outline and side gait. Preferred him for type to 1 but today was very overweight – I do like this dog and would love to see him fitter and moving outside.
Open Dog (12, 1a)
1. LOCHEIL BLACK TIE AFFAIR
2. BORDERTIME TOTAL ECLIPSE AT JANBELL JW
3. BLADE OF BRON YR AUR (IMP HUN)
4. LITTLETHORN SCIROCCO
5. ACULSIA GALAXY CHOC BOX JW
This was a nice class and I was delighted with my final 5.
1st Young B/W dog Liked him for his overall type and shape. He moved as a border collie should; good angles fore and aft. Good for type size and scope. Correct body weight but certainly not in full bloom coat wise today and this did impact on my decisions later in some very tough competition.
2nd Really like this dog, did him well as a puppy and he was so close to winning today, but I thought the first had that slightly better reach, but oh so close. Another carrying slightly too much weight. Lovely type and surprised he has not made up yet.
Veteran Dog (4, 1a)
1. SH CH CALEYKIZ MYSTICAL DRAGON JW
2. SH CH GOYTRE CHANCE OF PARADYSE
3. TRIBBOCH MR DREAM MERCHANT
1st Dog CC
2nd Nice older dog enjoying his day out who moved out well but met a much younger dog in top form.
Special Vintage Veteran Dog (4, 1a)
1. STILLMOOR SIMPLY SPECIAL AT COLLSHEP ShCM
2. LYDEARDLEA JOHN HENRY BLUE OF SANDMONT
3. HALLADOWN ROCK LEGEND
1st An old favourite, b/w prick ears strong dog, movement really does belie his age. Little short coupled but has good angles fore and aft, with good rear action. Well handled.
2nd Different type to 1st longer body length and today not displaying the drive of the first, but retaining some really excellent muscle tone for his age. So well presented, a credit to his owner.
Special Open Working Dog (6, 1a)
1. SHELTYSHAM SO ESOTERIC CDex UDex
2. FOXBARTON TAITTINGER JW ShCM AW(B)
3. BEKWEY MUCHACHO
4. LITTLETHORN COLT AT TOBERMORAY JW SBCHT
5. CORIES LACHAT SBCHT
1st Second in PG.
2nd not presented for write up due to a misunderstanding, but from memory I have judged this dog before; he is a quality dog and he moved better today than last time I judged him. Lovely head and body shape. Excellent condition. A good class.