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Members' Limited Show Judge's Critique

My appreciation goes to the SBTC officers and committee for the opportunity to judge a lovely entry of Border Terriers and to the stewards for their support during the show. Also to the many exhibitors who quite rightly presented their dogs so proudly. I hope they enjoyed their day irrespective of the results, as above all this is a hobby to enjoy with the pets that you love.

It's always good to see new faces exhibiting but I think most would benefit from a few visits to ring craft prior to launching themselves into the ring. This would give them an idea of the typical ring routine and some guidance on preparation of their exhibits. Whilst some concession can be made, lack of ring presence inevitably reflects in some way on their exhibit. Having said all that I can but admire the efforts of a seasoned 2½ year old handler as she moved her much older prized veteran up and down the mat!

I found some dubious dentition, a couple I couldn't span and several only just spannable. Some dogs impressed in the line but disappointed on the move (particularly rear movement) but for a limit show I felt there was plenty of quality and I was particularly delighted with the main contenders. Some classes merited two "firsts" with precious little separating the first two and I was sad to disappoint. Not being first shouldn't reflect badly on any dog it only means that a particular judge preferred another exhibit on the day. Certainly some of the dogs would have been better placed had they moved as well on the day as I've seen them move before.

I'm not of the school that expects to see a final line-up of identical dogs of a particular type. Several exhibits, whilst not of my preferred type, represented the breed standard well and couldn't be denied an appropriate place irrespective of type or the appearance of the final line-up. I looked for a well balanced dog reflecting the aspects of the breed standard, without exaggeration and able to cover the ground smoothly and efficiently and I was pleased to find it in most classes.


Best in Show …………………………. Cedarhill Wish Upon a Star JW (Mrs C E Dean)
Reserve Best in Show ……………… Ploughdown Persephone (Miss C Spencer)
Best Opposite Sex ………………….. Cedarhill Once Upon a Time (Mrs C E Dean)
Best Puppy in Show………………… Blewecout Carpe Horam (Mrs T & Mr M Morgan)
Best Dog……………….……………… Cedarhill Once Upon a Time (Mrs C E Dean)
Best Bitch………..……………………. Cedarhill Wish Upon a Star JW (Mrs C E Dean)
Reserve Best Dog……………………. Foxpaw Brilliant Disguise (Mr P & Mrs H Fulker)
Reserve Best Bitch…………………... Ploughdown Persephone (Miss C Spencer)
Best Dog Puppy………………………. Felfree Shaken Not Stirred (Miss F Freer)
Best Bitch Puppy…………………….. Blewecout Carpe Horam (Mrs T & Mr M Morgan)
Best Veteran…………………………... Rhozzum Keynote with Foxfactor JW (Mr B J & Mrs K D Stockley)
Oldest Veteran………………………... Chesterton Tabasco (Miss F Freer)


My thanks to the officers and committee for the invitation to judge this show, and their hospitality on the day. I thoroughly enjoyed the appointment. All dogs bar one were entire, and all mouths good apart from one level bite and a few forgivable signs of age in the veteran classes. I found some exhibits to be well up to size and difficult to span, but was very pleased with my final line up and main winners. Thank you to the exhibitors for entering and accepting my decisions so sportingly, and to my stewards on the day.


Minor Puppy Dog: 2
1: Dean - Cedarhill Reline The Troops - 7 months grizzle and tan, mature youngster, up to size with attractive head, good shoulder, topline and tailset, well ribbed with good turn of stifle, well off for bone, moved soundly. Shown in good coat and condition. Well presented and handled.
2: Gordon - Tarkatale Just George - 7 months grizzle and tan another mature up to size youngster, similar remarks to the winner but just slightly loose on the move.
Minor Puppy - Dog
Entries: 1 Absentees: 0
1st: Felfree Shaken Not Stirred (Miss F Freer) Blue and tan with good dentition, dark eye, good reach of neck into a narrow body with good lines, well set tail and good angulation, coat has more to come, neat feet if a little down on front pasterns and still has that loose puppy movement but a promising pup. BDP

Puppy - Dog
Entries: 1 Absentees: 0
1st: Sunset Rainbow (Mrs K Torrens and Mr A Madams) Grizzle and tan with dark features, correct teeth, neck a little stuffy, deep in chest, plenty of coat, good angulation but unsettled particularly on the move. Would benefit from some training to enable better presentation.

Junior - Dog
Entries: 2 Absentees: 0
1st: Cedarhill Once Upon a Time (Mrs C E Dean) Not a statue this one, fired up blue and tan, good dentition, nice stop, good reach of neck into well laid back shoulders, narrow with good length of rib, level topline and good tail set, harsh double coat with ticking, plenty of pelt, well muscled with good angulation, animated but moved well on neat thick padded feet. Best Dog, Best Opposite Sex in Show
2nd: Sunset Rainbow (Mrs K Torrens and Mr A Madams)

Maiden - Dog
Entries: 2 Absentees: 0
1st: Sunset Rainbow (Mrs K Torrens and Mr A Madams)
2nd: Amazing Acer (Mr M & Mrs S Park) Grizzle and tan, good bite with big teeth, deep in chest but just able to span, plenty of coat and pelt, unsettled on the move.

Novice - Dog
Entries: 2 Absentees: 0
1st: Cedarhill Once Upon a Time (Mrs C E Dean)
2nd: Amazing Acer (Mr M & Mrs S Park)

Graduate - Dog
Entries: 2 Absentees: 0
1st: Akenside Drummer (Mrs N F Thorpe) Grizzle and tan with good dentition and a pleasing head and expression, good reach of neck into narrow well laid back shoulders, double coat, neat feet, good front and rear angulation, moved out well.
2nd: Renaissance Rhododendron (Miss L E Westland) Grizzle and tan, good bite and teeth, strong head, dark features, just able to span, not a lot of coat today, neat feet, moved OK .

Limit - Dog
Entries: 8 Absentees: 1
1st: Bristoc Rock The Boat At Bluebabel (Mr & Mrs K P & N B Yeates) Grizzle and tan, strong teeth with correct bite, nice stop, pleasing head, appeared a little stuffy in the neck partly due to harsh heavy double coat, plenty of pelt, angulation OK, feet neat, covered the ground well, good all rounder.
2nd: Badgerbeck Prototype (Miss S L Hillman) Blue and tan, well proportioned head, nice level topline and tail set, harsh double coat with ticking, plenty of bone, tight feet, moved well.
3rd: Bortino Red Emperor (Mr D K & Mrs D Martin)
Res: Dandyhow Douglas Fir (Mr T Wrenn & Miss K Langdon)
VHC: Question Master (Miss S Waller)

Open - Dog
Entries: 2 Absentees: 1
1st: Foxpaw Brilliant Disguise (Mr P & Mrs H Fulker) Grizzle and tan with a good strong head, dark eye, good reach of neck, level topline and well set tail, good length of rib, a little upright in front but good rear angulation, plenty of harsh double coat and pelt, well balanced. Reserve Best Dog

Veteran - Dog
Entries: 4 Absentees: 0
1st: Tufterslodge Walnut At Orangebox Sh CM (Mr M & Mrs T Anscombe) 8½ year grizzle and tan, good bite and pleasing head, neck thickening a little and deep in chest but level topline with well set carrot tail, dense harsh coat, good rear angulation, still moving well.
2nd: Blewe of Hullavington Sh CM (Mrs T & Mr M Morgan) 9½ year grizzle and tan, up to size, dentition has suffered with age but still a good head, nice lines, lovely harsh coat and plenty of pelt, neat feet, well muscled and all dog.
3rd: Hoary Morning (Mr T Wrenn & Miss K Langdon)
Res: Rhozzum Mercury At Bramblequest (Mr M & Mrs L Moore)

Minor Puppy - Bitch
Entries: 5 Absentees: 1
1st: Blewecourt Carpe Horam (Mrs T & Mr M Morgan) Excited, full of herself and determined to steal the show, lovely full harsh double coat, loose pelt, good bite, dark eye, neat ears, nice stop, still got puppy lines but carrot tail, good rear angulation, moved well on neat feet. Personality won the day. Best Bitch Puppy and Best Puppy in Show.
2nd: Ianteg Red Rubi (Ms S Ritchie) More reserved than 1 but pressed her hard, well presented and a well deserved place, dark features, otter like head, correct teeth, well set ears, good reach of neck, narrow with good lines and angulation, moved well on neat feet.
3rd: Heatherdrift Harmony at Bluebabel (Mr K P & Mrs N B Yeates)
Res: Felfree Rum Swizzle (Miss F Freer)

Puppy - Bitch
Entries: 8 Absentees: 3
1st: Earthtaw Groundsel In Tufterslodge (Ms J M Woollacott) Blue and tan, well balanced, narrow, nice lines, good bite and head, ribs well back, good angulation, neat feet, moved with drive.
2nd: Benattivo Good News For Barterhound (Mrs B B Roderick) Red, pleasing head with dark features, good reach of neck, would have liked a little more coat and rear angulation.
3rd: Rhozzum Gwenno (Mrs M Sharpe)
Res: Rhozzum Glesni (Mrs M A & Mr C K Wallace)
VHC: Earthtaw Goldfinch (Mrs H S Hooper)

Junior - Bitch
Entries: 5 Absentees: 0
1st: Ploughdown Persephone (Miss C Spencer) Well turned out, balanced, full harsh double coat, plenty of pelt, slightly brown nose and eye, good bite, feminine head, nice reach of neck, narrow front but deep chest, ribs well back, held lovely level topline on the move, well set carrot tail, moved well out and back, neat feet. Easy on the eye and challenged hard but well deserved. Reserve Best Bitch and Reserve Best in Show.
2nd: Chesterton Boutique (Mr A & Mrs W Mooney) Grizzle and tan with nice otter head, good reach of neck, nice lines, plenty of rear angulation, didn't have the coat to match 1.
3rd: Lady Mary of Foxpaw (Mr P & Mrs H Fulker)
Res: Thistlestone Ms Money Penny (Miss J May & Mr S Whisker)
VHC: Badgerbeck Bijou (Miss L M Jenkins)

Maiden - Bitch
Entries: 3 Absentees: 1
1st: Brumberhill Bollinger for Chesterton (Mr A & Mrs W Mooney) Grizzle and tan, well balanced, narrow with good dentition, dark eye, otter head, good reach of neck, straight front, ribs well back, coat not spot on but plenty of pelt, well padded feet.
2nd: Rhozzum Gwenno (Mrs M Sharpe) Grizzle and tan, narrow and rangier than 1 with dark features in a feminine head, good reach of neck, harsh double coat, plenty of pelt, preferred the movement of 1.

Novice Bitch
Entries: 6 Absentees: 0
1st: Brumberhill Bollinger for Chesterton (Mr A & Mrs W Mooney)
2nd: Benattivo Good News For Barterhound (Mrs B B Roderick)
3rd: Ruby Fin Kara Emerald (Mrs S J Channer)
Res: Foxfactor Lavender Blue (Mr B J & Mrs K D Stockley)
VHC: Rhozzum Gwenno (Mrs M Sharpe)

Graduate - Bitch
Entries: 9 Absentees: 2
1st: Bortino Lady Jane (Mr D K & Mrs D Martin) Grizzle and tan, up to size but well presented with lovely clean lines, dark eye, good stop and head, good reach of neck into level topline, close coat with plenty of pelt, neat feet.
2nd: Glebeheath Gold'n Girl (Mr D & Mrs C Nightingale) Grizzle and tan, lively, narrow, well balanced, good head with kind expression, in good coat, plenty of pelt, shown well but preferred movement of 1.
3rd: Orangecastle Zaurak at Foxfactor (Mr B J & Mrs K D Stockley)
Res: Borderxpress Miss Potter (Mr R Wright)
VHC: Lady Mary of Foxpaw (Mr P & Mrs H Fulker)

Limit - Bitch
Entries: 8 Absentees: 1
1st: Ianteg Aurelia (Ms S Ritchie) Grizzle and tan, well presented with pleasing outline, good scissor bite, keen dark eye, nice stop, good reach of neck, a little deep in chest but ribs well back, well muscled, harsh double coat with nice loose pelt, good angulation, moved out well on neat feet.
2nd: Glebeheath Maiden Name At Oakyard (Mr J Parry) Grizzle and tan, well presented, well balanced, narrow, dark features, nice stop, plenty of harsh coat and pelt, level topline, good tail nicely set on, good front and rear angulation, tight feet, just lost out on movement.
3rd: Worker's Playtime (Miss S Waller)
Res: Badgerbeck Prediction (Miss L M Jenkins)
VHC: Orangebox Photo Finsh (Mr M & Mrs T Anscombe)

Open - Bitch
Entries: 8 Absentees: 1
1st: Cedarhill Wish Upon A Star JW (Mrs C E Dean) Well presented, lively, well balanced, in full harsh double coat covering a loose pelt, good dentition and dark eye housed in a strong but feminine head with a good reach of neck flowing smoothly into well laid back shoulders, a lovely level topline and well set carrot tail, narrow but deep enough to house the essential organs, good rear angulation, well muscled, moved purposefully and freely on neat thick padded feet. Best Bitch and Best in Show.
2nd: Earthtaw Elegant (Haydon J & Gibbings V) Grizzle and tan, shown in full harsh coat (hooray!) which made the neck look a little stuffy but underneath was a well constructed bitch with a lovely head and expression, ribs well back, good rear angulation, moved well on small feet with thick pads but preferred topline of 1 .
3rd: Badgerbeck Fiasco (Mr J Roberts)
Res: Foxfactor Cue the Music (Mr B J & Mrs K D Stockley)
VHC: Badgerbeck Backchat at Olderhill (Mrs S Wilson)

Veteran - Bitch
Entries: 6 Absentees: 1
1st: Rhozzum Keynote with Foxfactor JW (Mr B J & Mrs K D Stockley) Blue and tan, 7 years, double coat complete with ticking, lovely head and expression, good reach of neck, nice lines and balance, well muscled, moved well, small feet just a little down on pads. Best Veteran.
2nd: Tyrian Rosebud (Mr T Wrenn & Miss K Langdon) Grizzle and tan, 10 years, pleasing head, double coat, neat feet, still moving OK and looking good.
3rd: Mattedonn Bonnie Beatrix (Mr E D'Arcy-Donnelly)
Res: Tilmoray Tranquility (Mrs M Small)
VHC: Chesterton Tabasco (Miss F Freer)

Special Open Working Dog or Bitch
Entries: 0 Absentees: 0

Brace
Entries: 6 Absentees: 0
1st: Mr B J & Mrs K D Stockley (Grizzles) The grizzles just won the day but really nothing to choose between the first two places, all from the same kennel, well matched, well behaved and synchronised on the move, a pleasure to watch and a credit to their kennel.
2nd: Mr B J & Mrs K D Stockley (B & Ts)
3rd: Ms S Ritchie
Res: Mr P & Mrs H Fulker
VHC: Mr A & Mrs W Mooney

Judge: Bob Wright


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