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Championship Show Judge's Critique

Championship Show.
Saturday 6th June 2015
Judge: Stewart McPherson

My thanks, to the Club, for the invitation to judge their Club Show and the hospitality shown to Peter and myself. Thanks, also, to my Stewards, Wendy Mooney and Denise Townsend, who valiantly coped with the paperwork in the, at times, rather blustery conditions, keeping everything going smoothly! Thank you to the exhibitors, also, who entered for my opinion. The grass, in the ring, wasn't exactly "bowling green", so it certainly sorted out the good from the bad, on the move!

As is usual, from me, not an "everything in the garden is rosy" preamble! After 35 years, living and breathing Border Terriers, I tell it, as I see it!

As with my last appointment, Crufts, it is just over a 3 year gap, since I judged the Breed in the UK. I had obviously made my point, last time, that I wouldn't pass the excessively broad skull, almost caricature like, that had become popular, despite the Standard asking for "Head like that of an Otter. Moderately broad in skull", as there were none I thought overdone, on the day. I think, the problem lies, possibly, that the Standard doesn't specify, as I was taught, that it refers to English River Otter, some people, mistakenly thinking the commoner headed Sea Otter, or deeper stopped Asian Short Clawed Otter is being referred to. There is a big difference between the three! Not helped by critiques, apparently, praising "broad" skulls, which, to me, sends out the wrong signals!

At Crufts, I had thought the breed had turned a corner, with regard to forehands ie. shoulder and upper arm construction…….how wrong was I?!!! I think I had the full range of faults today, upright shoulders, short upper arm, out at the elbow, sometimes all on the same exhibit! The widest part of a Border Terrier, "Essentially a working Terrier", bred to go to ground, shouldn't be the elbows, this fault usually being because the forehand isn't set on the body correctly, being too far forward, due to a short, steep upper arm, usually, although not always, accompanied by an upright shoulder. These faults also affect that other line from the Standard "Capable of following a horse", as, due to the incorrect angles, the movement is no longer efficient, being restricted to a shorter, hackneyed, step in profile, almost as though they are walking on hot coals, due to the foreleg not reaching full extension. It may look ok, coming and going, being accurate, as the shorter stride means there is less room for error, but the lack of a ground covering stride would mean the dog working twice as hard on the move, doing its job, soon becoming exhausted. This was brought home to me, discussing the stamina of various dogs with a friend, his son exercising their two Border Terrier champions chasing after him, on horseback, around a field. The accurate mover, with the shorter stride was soon exhausted, having had to work twice as hard, whereas the more angulated one, with the longer, ground covering stride, was up for more! Like, usually breeds like, good forehands being bred for. They don't appear as if by magic! I am well aware that these faults are seemingly being passed by Judges, not just in the UK, at the very highest level, but that doesn't mean that they are either correct or desirable and they are very difficult to breed out. I'm left wondering, having read a number of critiques, then having seen, or judged the dogs being praised, are the Seminars failing to educate the correct mechanics of economical movement, or are people just not seeing the movement faults, as long as its trots up and down, with its head and tail up, showing nicely for the Judge! Conversely, as ever, hind movement was pretty good.

It was interesting to note that those I have rewarded in the past, with the correct forehands and narrow fronts, at Crufts and previous engagements, came back, having retained their virtues and have also passed the same, narrow, lithe bodylines on to the next generation. If they are made right, they last right! A working Terrier, whose front is going, or has gone, by the time it is reaching maturity, is neither use nor ornament and is a liability to itself and its owner.

I would like to think, from ring side, that it was obvious that I was looking for Borders with a pattern of moderation and workmanlike construction, with sound, free, scopey movement, who also had quality and style. It wasn't always easy, in some classes, but I thought my final line ups, in both sexes, demonstrated my priorities.

On the whole, coats and pelts were good, as always my opinion being that coats are transient. I don't expect them to be aimed specifically, time wise, for me, as I am more concerned with correct construction, but it is "the icing on the cake." As long as there was evidence of the correct textures, no one was unduly marked down, until it came to the top honours.

Most were spannable, although very few were easily spannable, slightly worrying, as my hands have a big span! This isn't just a UK problem!

Mouths were all acceptable, a few with the odd broken tooth, which is only to be expected in a working Terrier and certainly wouldn't be penalised by me.


Minor Puppy - Dog
Entries: 3 Absentees: 0
1st - Howthwaite Dreams (Mr R J & Mrs E A Barrett) Grizzle and Tan. Just over 8 months. Tall, narrow youngster, who must not grow on. Typical head and expression. Super neck, shoulder, front and feet. Good top line and tail set. Good in rib and hindquarters. Very sound mover, presented in excellent coat on a good pelt. BPD. In the challenge for Best Puppy, just preferred the more elegant lines of his litter sister.
2nd - Baywillow Blueprint (Mrs M B Reeves) Blue and Tan. Just over 6 ˝ months. Typical head and expression. Good in neck and shoulder. Not quite the narrow front of 1st. Good top line and tail set. Hindquarters ok. Sound enough on the move.
3rd - Chatmoss Porthos (Mr & Mrs D J & P M Lockley) Grizzle and Tan. Just over 8 months, but the real baby of the class. Good head and expression. Good neck and shoulder. Straight front and good feet. Excellent top line and tail set. Good hindquarters and hind movement, just needing to tighten in front, which I'm sure will come in time.

Puppy - Dog
Entries: 6 Absentees: 0
1st - Stowthorney Mr Tickle (Mr R Brewster & Ms J Green) Grizzle and Tan. 9 ˝ months. Excellent head and expression. Good neck, shoulder, front and feet, top line and tail set and hindquarters. Short of coat, but evidence of harshness, this just telling against him in the challenge for BPD. Thought him the best mover in the class, holding his outline on the move. Like the MP, hope he doesn't grow on.
2nd - Alcumlow Parsley (Mr P, Mrs B & Miss R Barber) Grizzle and tan. Just over 10 months. Typical head and expression. Good neck, shoulder, front and feet. Excellent coat and pelt. Lovely, narrow, bodylines. Good hindquarters. Sound on the move, but just losing his top line, at times. Just needs time.
3rd - Onthill Aramis (Mr R & Mrs A Ramus) Blue and Tan. 11 ˝ months. Typical head and expression. Good in neck and shoulder, but not quite the narrow front of the first two, due to a shorter upper arm. Good top line and hindquarters. Moved out well behind, but just a shade wide in front.
Res - Hemlockstone Nimrod (Mr R H & Miss J A Bryan & Pounder)
VHC - Ravenside Raise Your Glass (Mr M Lowry)

Junior - Dog (Not a good class for movement!)
Entries: 6 Absentees: 1
1st - Tythrop Trademarqued (Mrs J Lee) Quite a light coloured Grizzle and Tan. Just short of 14 months. Beautiful, otter head and expression. Excellent neck, shoulder, front and feet. Good rib, carried back and easily spanned. Good hindquarters. Presented in excellent order, with a super coat and pelt. Very good in front movement. Still just needs to strengthen a little behind, on the move, but stood away here. Has an air of class about him, reminded me of some of the early Foxwyn dogs.
2nd - Keebank Charlie's Diamond (Mrs L Kettle) Grizzle and Tan. Just short of 16 months. Typical head and expression. Nice type of dog, with similar bodylines to 1st and most of the comments apply. Not so good in forehand, due to a shorter upper arm, giving a wider front and a shorter stride in profile movement. Good coat and pelt.
3rd - Raleniro Second Time Around (Mr M J & Mrs D A Lorraine & Miss P Thomas) Grizzle and Tan. 17 months. Head and expression ok. Not the layback of shoulder of the first two, combined with a short upper arm, affecting his front movement. Good hindquarters, which he used well on the move. Presented in good order.
Res - Kersfell Cool River (Mrs M Sneddon)
VHC - Colourbox Flint Knapper Over Swingwing (Mrs L A Fordham)

Yearling - Dog
Entries: 5 Absentees: 0
1st - Crazy Train Pilgrim to Chatmoss JW ShCM (IMP SWE) (Mr & Mrs D J & P M Lockley) Grizzle and Tan. Just over 18 months. Super head and expression. Excellent neck, shoulder, front and feet. Good rib, carried well back. Easily spanned. Excellent top line and tail set. Good tail, well carried. Exceptionally good coat and pelt. Lovely, narrow bodylines. Beautifully presented and in excellent condition. Yes, he could perhaps have a shade more angulation to his hindquarters, but they are "racy" and he used them to full advantage, powering around the ring, freely and accurately, keeping his outline, not bothered by the longish grass. Delighted to award him his first CC. Sired by my Crufts BOB, ex my Crufts Best Puppy! Heard, afterwards, his litter sister went BIS at the Swedish Arets, today, as well! Congratulations!
2nd - Ploughdown Plato (Mr E & Dr M Armstrong) Blue and Tan. 17 months. Much larger stamp of dog than 1st. Head and expression ok. Not the super, narrow front of 1st. Good top line and tail set. Good hindquarters. Good coat and pelt. Well presented. Moves ok behind, but just came towards me a shade wide.
3rd - Breckgreen Soldier Blue (Mrs. J. Green) Blue and Tan. Just over 20 months. Typical head and expression. Similar remarks as the 2nd. Just not as easy to span. Super coat and pelt. Another who moved better behind than in front.
Res - Raleniro Second Time Around (Mr M J & Mrs D A Lorraine & Miss P Thomas)
VHC - Colourbox Flint Knapper Over Swingwing (Mrs L A Fordham)

Novice - Dog
Entries: 6 Absentees: 2
1st - Tythrop Trademarqued (Mrs J Lee) Scored, here, for size and coat.
2nd - Stowthorney Mr Tickle (Mr R Brewster & Ms J Green)
3rd - Foxfactor Scotts Briar (Mr G Horton & Ms G E Green) Grizzle and Tan. Typical head and expression. Good neck and shoulder. Straight front, but just a shade wider than 1st and 2nd. Good top line and tail set. Good coat and pelt. Moved well behind, but shade wide in front.
Res - Tangalooma Shooting Star (Mrs J Healy)

Post Graduate - Dog
Entries: 12 Absentees: 3
1st - Pebbledyke Pouvoir (Mr K L Foster) Grizzle and tan. Typical head and expression. Good neck, shoulder, front and feet. Handy size, easily spanned, with good rib. Excellent top line and tail set. Good tail. Lovely, narrow, bodylines. Good coat and pelt. Sound, free mover.
2nd - Mansergh Burne Jones (Miss A Roslin Williams) Grizzle and Tan. Very similar comments to the winner. Super, narrow body, which I'm sure could get anywhere, with super coat and pelt. Just didn't quite stride out on the move as well as the 1st, but close up.
3rd - Badgerbeck Morgan At Southash (Mr J & Mrs I M Southam) Grizzle and Tan.Typical head and expression. Well constructed. Super coat and pelt. Excellent top line and tail set. Just not quite so narrow as 1st and 2nd, or as easy to span.
Res - Clipstone Starshine (Miss E & Mrs J Jackson)
VHC - Kersfell Cool River (Mrs M Sneddon)

Mid Limit - Dog
Entries: 7 Absentees: 1
1st - Tythrop Timepiece (Mrs J L Lee) Blue and Tan of super colour. Typical head and expression. Excellent neck, shoulder, front and feet. Super topline and tail set. Good tail. Excellent, easily spanned, rib. Good hindquarters. Superb coat and pelt, beautifully presented. Lovely narrow bodylines. Could get anywhere. Best mover in the class, being free and easy. Thought he would be my CC winner, but didn't go quite as well in the challenge, whereas the Yearling dog rose to the occasion and just got better. Res CC.
2nd - Stowthorney Swinging Sam (Mr R Brewster & Ms J Green) Grizzle and tan. Typical head and expression. Not quite the shoulder and forehand construction of 1st, which showed in his side profile movement. Good top line and tail set. Super coat and pelt. Good hindquarters, which he used well, on the move.
3rd - Borderella Day Tripper JW ShCM (Mrs P South) Grizzle and Tan. Typical head and expression. Good neck and shoulder. Straight front, but just a shade wider than 1st and 2nd. Good top line and tail set. Good coat. Sound enough on the move, although a little dour and unenthusiastic.
Res - Badgerbeck Prototype (Miss S L Hillman)
VHC - Question Master (Mrs S Waller)

Limit - Dog
Entries: 12 Absentees: 3
1st - Howthwaite Grainsgill (Mr R J & Mrs E A Barrett Rich coloured, Grizzle and Tan. Have to confess, I've never really noticed him before, but he certainly needs handling to appreciate his many qualities. Excellent head and expression. Excellent neck, shoulder, front and feet, top line and tail set. Good rib, easily spanned. Super coat and pelt. Good hinquarers, which he knew how to use. Sound, free mover and a happy showman. Liked him a lot.
2nd - Hawcoat Lord George (Mrs E J & Miss R C Larner) Lighter grizzle and Tan. Typical head and expression. Good neck, shoulder, front and feet, top line and tail set. Good rib. Spanned ok. Not quite in such a deep, double coat as 1st and just moving a shade closer behind, but a close decision.
3rd - Grettacs the Wizard ShCM (Mr B & Mrs L P Inness) Rich coloured Grizzle and Tan. Excellent head and expression. Straight front, but not quite the forehand construction of 1st and 2nd, being a shade short in upper arm, giving a shorter stride on the move. Good hindquarters, which he used well. Excellent coat and pelt.
Res - Ycart Earth Stopper (Mr K K & Mrs T J Fraser & Butler)
VHC - Comitis California (Mr T and Mrs L Palmer)

Open - Dog
Entries: 5 Absentees: 2
1st - Ottaswell Palamedes (Mr D & Mrs G M Hunt) Light Grizzle and Tan. Excellent head and expression. Good neck, shoulder, front and feet, top line and tail set. Narrow bodylines. Good rib, easily spanned. Super coat and pelt. Sound, free mover. Put up a good show in the challenge for the CC. Not easily overlooked, I'm sure he'll get his third!
2nd - CH Olderhill Afortunado (Mrs S Wilson) Light Grizzle and Tan. Typical head and expression. Good neck, shoulder, front and feet. Excellent top line and tail set. My Res CC winner when I judged at Crufts '12. He just wasn't quite in the coat of the 1st, or moving quite so well behind. A real showman, on a loose lead.
3rd - Alcumlow Solitaire (Mr P, Mrs B & Miss R Barber) Grizzle and Tan. Typical head and expression. Good neck, shoulder, front and feet, top line and tail set. Good hindquarters, Excellent coat and pelt. Sound mover. Just looked a bit "up in the air", at the moment, for balance, compared to 1st and 2nd.

Veteran - Dog
Entries: 4 Absentees: 1
1st - CH Ethlencoral Pip of Ottaswell JW (Mr D & Mrs G M Hunt) Grizzle and Tan. Just over 7 years. The third time I have judged him. The first time he won Minor Puppy, the second, hunting for his third CC, he insisted on throwing his front round, on the move. Pleased he gained his crown. Today, he was on form! Typical head and expression. Good neck, shoulder, front and feet. Good top line and tail set. Good hindquarters. Excellent coat and pelt. Sound, free mover. Sire of the Open winner, another on 2 CC's.
2nd - StBedehounds Frank in Sense of Raleniro ShCM (Mr M J & Mrs D A Lorraine) Blue and Tan of good colour. Coming up to 7 ˝. Typical head and expression. OK neck, shoulder and top line. Good coat and pelt. Shade shorter coupled, all through, than the 1st. Movement was ok.
3rd - Hoary Morning (Mr T Wrenn & Miss K Langdon) Grizzle and Tan. Coming up to 10 years. Giving a lot away, age wise, to 1st and 2nd. Typical head and expression. Not quite their neck and shoulders. Good coat and pelt. Good hindquarters, moving well behind.

Special Garw Open Working Dog or Bitch
Entries: 5 Absentees: 2
1st - CH Badgerbeck Uncle Fester (Miss L M Jenkins) Grizzle and Tan. Excellent head and expression. Good neck, shoulder, front and feet. Excellent top line and tail set. Good rib and hindquarters. In excellent muscular condition, but sadly, totally out of coat, although evidence of harshness on his tail. Very sound, free mover.
2nd - CIB, IR CH, NL CH, Chatmoss Rebel Rebel MFH, AMW 13, CW 14 & 15, BWNL 14 (Mr & Mrs D J & P M Lockley) Grizzle and Tan. Typical head and expression. Good neck and shoulder. Straight front, good feet. Excellent top line and tail set. Super hindquarters, she used well, powering around the ring, soundly and freely. In better coat than 1st, but just not quite as good in front coming towards me.
3rd - CH Blue Tutu Via Ycart (Mr K K Fraser & Mrs T J Butler) Blue and Tan. Just over 9 years and giving a lot away in age, to 1st and 2nd. In full, double coat, of good texture and colour. Typical head and expression. Good neck, shoulder, front and feet. Excellent top line and tail set. Good tail. Movement was sound enough.

Minor Puppy - Bitch
Entries: 15 Absentees: 2
1st - Howthwaite Gold Dust (Mr R J & Mrs E A Barrett) Blue and Tan. Just over 8 months, litter sister to the winner of MPD. Typical, feminine head and expression. Excellent neck, shoulder, front and feet, top line and tail set. Good rib. Lovely, narrow bodylines. Good hindquarters. Excellent coat and pelt. Sound, free mover. Thought her very promising and delighted to award her BPB and BPIS.
2nd - Bardenfox Pussy Galore (Mr K H & Mrs D Moore) Grizzle and Tan. 8 months. Excellent head and expression. Good neck and shoulder. Straight front, just not quite so narrow as the 1st, being a shade shorter in upper arm. Good rib, top line and tail set. Good hindquarters. Excellent coat and pelt. Moved very well behind.
3rd - Cobstoneway Love Song (Mrs G Stevens) Grizzle and Tan. 6 ˝ months. Typical head and expression. Good neck and shoulder. Straight front, good feet. Touch short in upper arm. Good top line and tail set. Good hindquarters. Excellent coat and pelt. Sound mover.
Res - Comitis Cleopatra (Mr T & Mrs L Palmer)
VHC - Chatmoss Lady De Winter (Mr & Mrs D J & P M Lockley)

Puppy - Bitch
Entries: 8 Absentees: 1
1st - Stowthorney Miss Chief By Northborders (Miss J North) Grizzle and Tan. 9 ˝ months, litter sister to the PD winner. Typical head and expression. Excellent neck, shoulder. Front and feet. Short of coat, but evidence of harshness. Good hindquarters. A bit "up at the bum" , at the moment. Hope she levels off, with maturity. Tall, elegant pup, who won here on movement and forehand.
2nd - Stowthorney Make A Memory (Mr C & Mrs F Bryant) Blue and Tan, litter sister to 1st. Typical head and expression. Not quite the neck, shoulder and front of her sister, being a shade wider through. Good hindquarters, which she used very well. Good coat and pelt.
3rd - Ianteg Red Rubi (Miss S Richie) Grizzle and Tan. Just short of 10 months. Typical head and expression. Neck ok, but a shade upright in shoulder and short in upper arm, which affected her side profile movement, lacking the reach of 1st and 2nd. Straight front. Good top line and tail set. Good coat and pelt. Moved well behind.
Res - Heatherdrift Harmony At Bluebabel (Mr K P & Mrs N B Yates)
VHC - Diva Top Marked at Meerdyke (Mrs C Dobereiner)

Junior - Bitch
Entries: 16 Absentees: 3
1st - Tythrop Touchstone Light grizzle and tan, litter sister to the 1st in JD. For me, the "star of the show". Stood away here, for class and quality. Nowhere, I'd alter her. Loved her! Typical, feminine, otter head and expression. Excellent neck, shoulder, front and feet. Easily spanned rib, with excellent top line and under line. Good tail and tail set. Good hindquarters. Lithe, narrow bodylines, she could get anywhere, if needed. Beautifully balanced, she kept her outline as she powered round the ring, her handler having a job to keep up! Good coat and pelt. Presentation was faultless. A real show girl too! Delighted to award her her 2nd CC, going on to BIS. Good luck for her third! Out of my Crufts Res CC winner.
2nd - Argentail Titania by Onthill (Mr R & Mrs A Ramus) Grizzle and Tan. 13 ˝ months. Typical head and expression. Good neck, shoulder, front and feet, top line and tail set. Good hindquarters. Narrow bodylines. Good coat and pelt. Super mover. No "flash or frills" with her, the more I looked, the more I liked her. Very, sound, honest bitch.
3rd - Lynsett Bold Spirit (Mrs L McFarlane) Grizzle and Tan. Real baby here, being just over 12 months, only emphasised by being short of coat. Typical head and expression. Excellent neck, shoulder, front and feet, top line and tail set. Easily spanned. Good hindquarters. Still a shade puppyish in movement. Just needs time to grow up a little.
Res - Sulan Strictly Blues Dancin' (Mrs S J Baxter)
VHC - Picer Aimee Vilbert (Mr G & Mrs S Pickering)

Yearling - Bitch
Entries: 11 Absentees: 4
1st - Smalesmouth Skylark (Mrs J Roberts) Light Grizzle and Tan. Rising 2 year old. Excellent, feminine, otter head and expression. Super neck, shoulder, front and feet. Excellent rib, easily spanned. Good topline and tail set. Excellent hindquarters. Very stylish, free, accurate mover. She fair powered round the ring, holding her outline, on the move. Has a touch of class about her. Stood away in this class. Not easily discounted, in the challenge, she was in my final four for consideration.
2nd - Foxfactor Lavender Blue (Mr B & Mrs K Stockley) Blue and Tan. Just over 21 months. Typical head and expression. Good neck, but not quite the shoulder and upper arm of the 1st. Good top line and tail set. In good coat. Sound enough on the move.
3rd - Annesuz Incognito (Mrs S Marwood) Grizzle and Tan. 19 months. Typical head and expression. Good neck and shoulder, front and feet, top line and tail set. Excellent hindquarters. Exceptionally good coat and pelt. Just disappointed on the move, as she was a shade lethargic, moving well behind, but throwing her front a little.
Res - Emblehope Songcraft (Mrs E Ramsay)
VHC - Bimandi's Bellissima (Mr V J Pearce)

Novice - Bitch
Entries: 10 Absentees: 2
1st - Chesterton Boutique (Mr A J & Mrs W Mooney) Grizzle and Tan. Just over 16 months. Typical head and expression. Good neck, shoulder, front and feet. Good rib, top line and tail set. Easily spanned. Lovely, narrow bodylines. In a super double coat. Sound, free mover.
2nd - Argentail Titania by Onthill (Mr R & Mrs A Ramus)
3rd - Foxfactor Lavender Blue (Mr B & Mrs K Stockley)
Res - Lynsett Bold Spirit (Mrs L McFarlane)
VHC - Rhozzum Gwenno (Mrs M Sharp)

Post Graduate - Bitch
Entries: 18 Absentees: 6
1st - Mansergh Plusfours (Miss A Roslin-Williams) Grizzle and Tan. Typical head and expression. Good neck, shoulder, front and feet. Good rib, easily spanned. Excellent top line and tail set. Good tail. Good hindquarters. Good coat and pelt. Real showgirl. Moved out well, in the class, but just throwing her front, a little, in the challenge.
2nd - Baillieswells Stronachie (Professor A S Milton) Grizzle and Tan. Super head and expression. Good neck, shoulder, front and feet. Excellent coat and pelt. Not quite the superb top line of the 1st. Hindquarters ok. Good tail. Sound on the move.
3rd - Keycharm Miss Muffet (Mrs L Keeffe) Grizzle and Tan. Typical head and expression. Straight front. Narrow bodylines. Good top line and tail set. Good coat and pelt. Sound, free mover.
Res - Clydebeck English Rose (Mr R & Mrs S & Miss M Taylor)
VHC - Manorcroft Spin a Wish (Mr K L Foster)

Mid Limit - Bitch
Entries: 20 Absentees: 7
1st - Tythrop Turn Back Time (Mrs J L Lee) Blue and Tan. Litter sister to the winner of MLD. Same beautifully coloured blue as him. Excellent, feminine, head and expression. Excellent neck, shoulder, front and feet. Good rib, easily spanned. Superb top line and tail set. Super tail. Excellent hindquarters. Superb coat and pelt. Beautifully presented. Real showgirl, she kept her outline, on the move. In the challenge, with a different handler, she really pulled out all the stops, showing on a loose lead, winning the Res CC and Res BIS.
2nd - Smalesmouth Skype (Mrs J Roberts) Blue and Tan. Tall, elegant, racy bitch. Typical head and expression. Excellent neck, shoulder, front and feet, top line and tail set. Easily spanned. Good hindquarters. Good coat and pelt. Sound, free mover. Litter sister to 1st in YB.
3rd - Badgerbeck Prada (Miss L M Jenkins) Grizzle and Tan. Typical head and expression, although not quite so feminine as 1st and 2nd. Excellent neck and shoulder, top line and tail set. Good, straight front. Super hindquarters. Excellent coat and pelt. Sound, but not quite so free moving as 1st and 2nd.
Res - Olderhill Malvena (Mrs S Wilson)
VHC - Mansergh Lizzie Siddal (Miss A Roslin Williams)

Limit - Bitch
Entries: 9 Absentees: 4
1st - Baywillow Brown Braid JW (Mrs G Hyslop) Grizzle and Tan. Gave her a 1st when I judged at Crufts. Excellent head and expression. Super neck, shoulder, front and feet. Good top line and tail set. Super tail. Easily spanned. Good hindquarters. Super coat and pelt presented in pristine order. Sound, free mover.
2nd - Smalesmouth Maylady (Mrs J Roberts) Blue and Tan. Another class winner from Crufts '12 and dam of 1st in YB and 2nd in MLB, she shares the same sire as the 1st. She has certainly passed on her qualities and wonderfully sound, free movement. Very like her Blue daughter, the same comments apply.
3rd - Mcbrock Miss Amelia (Mr & Mrs J R Mann) Grizzle and Tan. Not quite the head of the winners, being a shade longer in muzzle. Skull ok. Straight, narrow front, with good feet. Good neck and shoulder, but just a touch short in upper arm. Excellent top line and tail set. Good hindquarters. Super coat and pelt. Moved very well behind, just not quite the reach of 1st and 2nd, in profile.
Res - Foxcraig Touch Of Magic For Dexlin (Mr B & Mrs L P Inness)
VHC - Gameway Blue Charm At Southash (Mr J & Mrs I M Southam)

Open - Bitch
Entries: 10 Absentees: 5
1st - CH Manorcroft Rock on Ruby (Mr T & Mrs L Palmer) Light Grizzle and Tan. Classy bitch. Super head and expression. Excellent neck, shoulder, front and feet. Good rib, easily spanned. Excellent top line and tail set. Good hindquarters. Presented in super order. Good coat and pelt. Sound, free mover. Felt she scored over 2nd in upper arm and side profile movement. Close up, in the challenge, she was in my final four.
2nd - CH Ploughdown Placida (Mr & Mrs E Armstrong) Grizzle and Tan. Excellent head and expression. Good neck, shoulder, top line and tail set. Straight front, with good feet, just not quite so narrow as 1st. Good hindquarters. Super coat and pelt. Well presented, in good order. Sound mover.
3rd - Howthwaite in Vogue (Mr R J & Mrs E A Barrett) Grizzle and Tan. Typical head and expression. Excellent neck, shoulder, front and feet. Good top line and tail set. Good tail and hindquarters. Super coat and pelt. Sound, free mover.
Res - Badgerbeck Ballerina (Mr J C Roberts)
VHC - Jamespaw Cockle Shell Bay by Chorbeck (Mrs H Haughton)

Veteran - Bitch
Entries: 15 Absentees: 5
1st - Int/Am/Can CH Sulan Fancy That (Mrs S J Baxter) Grizzle and Tan. Just over 8, but you would hardly know it! Time is being very kind! Real showgirl, who loves every minute in the ring. Typical head and expression. Good neck, shoulder, front and feet. Good top line and tail set. Super tail. Excellent coat and pelt. Sound, free movement.
2nd - Rhozzum User Friendly (Mrs M Sharp) Grizzle and tan. Another who won her class at Crufts, under me. Just over 7. Superb head and expression. Excellent neck, shoulder, front and feet. Good hindquarters. Super coat and pelt. A shade longer cast than 1st, she moved freely, but didn't hold her top line quite so well on the move.
3rd - Baywillow Canape At Smalesmouth (Mrs J Roberts) Grizzle and Tan. Just over 9. Another who has done well under me, in the past. Has certainly passed her qualities down the generations, her daughter and granddaughters doing well today. Typical head and expression. Good neck, shoulder, front and feet. Excellent top line and tail set. Good coat and pelt. Sound, free movement, belying her age.
Res - Rhozzum Keynote With Foxfactor JW (Mr B J & Mrs K D Stockley)
VHC - Worker's Playtime (Miss S Waller)

Stewart McPherson (Judge)


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