Championship Show March 2017 – Critique

East Anglia Border Terrier Club Championship Show – March 19th 2017

Venue: The Burgess Hall, St. Ivo Recreation Centre, Westwood Road, St Ives, Cambs PE27 6WU

Judge: Mrs Jayne Gillam (Orenberg)

Entries: 145 making 159, 2 NFC



What a pleasure it was for me to judge the East Anglian Border Terrier Club Championship Show on Sunday 19th March 2017. Thanks to the EABTC for inviting me to judge and to the exhibitors for the lovely entry and the sporting way in which they accepted my decisions. A really friendly relaxed atmosphere and a good big well lit ring awaited me, along with a good steward in Robert Brewster who did a sterling job keeping everything running smoothly. It certainly was a quality entry and I really enjoyed going over all the dogs and coats and pelts were much improved since the last time I judged. Toplines, shoulders and movement were varied but I was very pleased with my winners on the day, in some classes they would change places on another occasion but I was judging them today as I saw them, and how I interpreted the Breed Standard.





Best In Show: Bandicoot Doc Martin

Reserve Best In Show:   CH Otterbobs Xolana

DCC:   Bandicoot Doc Martin

RDCC:   CH Tythrop Timepiece

Best Puppy – Dog:   Baillieswells Glengyle At Glebeheath

BCC:   CH Otterbobs Xolana

RBCC:   Benattivo Fire Flower JW

Best Puppy – Bitch:   Dowgri Demelza

Best Puppy:   Baillieswells Glengyle At Glebeheath

Best Veteran:   CH Southash Blue Betty Boo Gameway JW


Minor Puppy – Dog

Entries: 5   Absentees: 0

1st –Baillieswells Glengyle At Glebeheath (Mrs J Guvercin)

well presented puppy who showed his head off, glad to award him BP. Good front assembly with the most superb straight forelegs with lovely neat feet and firm pasterns for one so young, good topline in profile movement, lovely tail and excellent coat and pelt. Good head with neat ears and dark eye. Best Dog Puppy & Best Puppy.

2nd –Lockhaugh Linx To Grindelvald (Mrs M Bailey)

a bit immature in comparison to my winner but lots to like, pleasing head, good legs and feet and nice to go over but a tad heavier in the shoulder than one. Liked his rib and nicely angulated hindquarters, moved well.

3rd –Tarkaswell Smart Move To Otterwood (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee)

Liked him a lot, lovely rib and in really good coat and pelt, pulling a bit on the lead which made him crab when moving. Just needs time.

Res –Karison Kroupier (Miss K Johnson)

VHC –Tojamatt Rock Star (Mr G Brunning)


Puppy – Dog

Entries: 7   Absentees: 1

1st –Chorbeck Space Cowboy (Mrs H Haughton)

Mature youngster with a lovely outline, excels in neckline, topline and good tailset, a tad large in ear but overall a pleasing head with dark eye and good teeth. In super coat and a very eye catching rich red colour, moved well particularly off well angulated hindquarters.

2nd –Oakyard Out N’about At Dassett (Mrs S Spafford)

Really nice youngster to go over and in good coat and pelt. Not just as good in topline and tailset as my winner but stood well on good feet, nice head and expression, nice rib.

3rd –Wintergarden Fly’s Finale to Manorcroft (Mr D J Bean)

Very typey youngster with a lovely head, eye and expression and it good thick coat and pelt, shorter cast than my first two, but easy to span, moved well behind but needs to settle in front.

Res –Howthwaite in Voice (Mr R J & Mrs E A Barrett)

VHC –Karison Kustard (Miss K Johnson)


Junior – Dog

Entries: 6   Absentees: 0

1st –Chorbeck Space Cowboy (Mrs H Haughton)

2nd –Tojamatt Moriarty (Mr & Mrs D Matthews)

Lovely type just looked immature against my winner and not as positive on the move. Really pleasing head and expression, neat ears and dark eye with short strong muzzle, good tweedy coat and thick pelt. Lots to like.

3rd –Etterbern Sloane Ranger (Mr L Reynolds & Miss S Marston – Pollock)

Similar type to second placed dog, well presented with good legs and feet, stood well but moved a tad close behind.

Res –Oxcroft Jethro (Mr J Price)

VHC –Beaconpike Darkest Night (Mr S & Mrs K Golding)


Yearling – Dog

Entries: 9   Absentees: 0

1st –Brumberhill Back T’ Future JW (Mr S A Mcpherson)

B&T with a good profile in the stack, narrow across the shoulders and lovely rib and rock solid topline. Moved with drive off well angulated hindquarters, needs to settle in front movement. Stood away in his class but looked immature against his older peers in the challenge.

2nd –Tojamatt Moriarty (Mr & Mrs D Matthews)

3rd –Chatmoss Bullet Tooth Tony JW (Miss J Hughes & Mr M J L Kendrick)

Good feet and legs, moved well and coat in good order, pleasing head and expression.

Res –Hawcoat Mr Fixit (Mrs E J & Miss R C Larner)

VHC –Southash Deputy Sheriff At Smurfski (Mr J Yore)


Post Graduate – Dog

Entries: 4   Absentees: 1

1st –Ridgebow Tracker (Mr N & Mrs A Duxbury)

Strong headed dog, perhaps a tad overdone for me, but dark eyes short strong muzzle and neat ears. Neat outline and retained a good topline on the move, quite a compact dog but was spannable, new fresh coat just starting to come through in a rich red eyecatching colour and a thick pelt, moved well in the rear a tad wide in front.

2nd –Brumborder Willow Balm (Dr M A Mccall & Ms L Britton)

Rangier type than my winner and nicely angulated fore and aft, good in rib, but looked very bare with little top coat, took time to settle on the move, but didn’t show himself to advantage today.

3rd –Breckgreen Soldier Blue (Mrs. J. Green)

Ears a tad on the large side just spoiled the overall head and expression, harder to span than my first and second, but had an amazing blue & tan coat with a very harsh, wiry texture.


Mid Limit – Dog

Entries: 5   Absentees: 0

1st –Chorbeck Chatty Man JW ShCM (Mrs H Haughton)

Very attractive, typey male, nice head and expression, good neck into good shoulders and stood well on neat feet, easy to span and nicely angulated at the rear, would like a better topline as just seems to fall away over the croup, but moved confidently and so well presented as all appear to be from this kennel.

2nd –Alcumlow Parsley (Mr P, Mrs B & Miss R Barber)

A lithe athletic dog with a wonderful, easy to span rib and narrow front and good shoulders, you could imagine he would get anywhere, stood well on neat feet and presented with good depth of coat, would like a bit more masculinity to his head and expression, moved well.

3rd –Stowthorney Mr Tickle JW (Mr R Brewster & Ms J Green)

Actually lots to like about this male, harder to span than my first and second, and completely out of coat, would like to see him in a new jacket, moved well.

Res –Otterwood Caius JW ShCM (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee)

VHC –Shaamit Guarantee (Mrs J O’Shea)


Limit – Dog

Entries: 9   Absentees: 3

1st –Karison Kosta (Miss K Johnson)

Strong headed male with dark eye and keen expression, short strong muzzle with good teeth and bite, nicely placed ears. Lovely to go over, good legs and feet with thick pads. Nicely angulated front and rear and moved well in profile and coming and going. Looks topsize but found him easy to span. Well presented in really good coat and pelt, liked him a lot.

2nd –Howthwaite Grainsgill (Mr R J & Mrs E A Barrett)

another I really liked, preferred the expression of my winner and felt the winners front angulation was a tad better, but he is quality dog who moved well particularly at the rear with short well let down hocks, spannable and well presented in good jacket.

3rd –Ridgebow Rifleman JW (Mr N & Mrs A Duxbury)

Another very well presented male in short tight jacket, not as firm in the fore pasterns as my first and second but moved OK and nice overall type.

Res –Alcumlow Solitaire (Mr P, Mrs B & Miss R Barber)

VHC –Kgills King Of Swing At Awbrooksky (Mr & Miss Goddard)


Open – Dog

Entries: 10   Absentees: 2

1st –Bandicoot Doc Martin (Ms V L K Docwra)

Loved him when he came into the ring, had the Wow factor for me. Looks a real stallion dog and didn’t disappoint when I went over him. Pleasing head and expression, neat ears, dark eye, good teeth. Lovely neck into good shoulders, easily spanned, narrow throughout and felt hard and fit. Moved well off nicely angulated hindquarters, a really hard topcoat and thick pelt completed the picture. Moved and showed well and had a good rapport with his handler. Dog CC & BIS

2nd –CH Tythrop Timepiece (Mrs J L Lee)

one I have judged previously and liked as a younger dog. A slightly smaller dog overall than my winner and a different head type but fits the standard and is so well constructed, lovely shoulders and front assembly, good hindquarters and retains a good neckline, topline and tailset on the move. Well presented in really good coat and pelt and shows himself to advantage. Reserve Dog CC.

3rd –Int CH / Ir CH Ploughdown Plato (Mr E & Dr M Armstrong)

liked him a lot and was unlucky to meet my winners in such cracking form, no disgrace here to be third to them, handles well and moved well, maybe like a slightly lower ear set.

Res –Cedarhill Once Upon a Time (Mrs C Dean)

VHC –Ir CH Barnby Caramel Wafer At Bimandi JW ShCM (Mrs M J Holmes)


Special Beginners – Dog

Entries: 1   Absentees: 0

1st –Brewbrads Tricky Trickster (Miss V Bradley)

Stood alone but deserved his first placing, not a great deal of topcoat but very fit and in good condition, showed well.


Veteran – Dog

Entries: 6   Absentees: 0

1st – CH Cobstoneway River Magic JW ShCM (Miss C Spencer)

A quality dog who could still easily compete with the younger males. Presented in really good order, lovely head, eye and expression, stood well on good feet and legs, moved well.

2nd –CH Rexlands Cock Robin (Mr & Mrs D Matthews)

Very typey dog in thick coat and pelt, easy to span and moved out well once he had settled.

3rd –CH Northborders Mr Pickles JW (Miss J North)

Lovely dog enjoying his day out, not a great deal of top coat in today but showed well and was presented in good order.

Res –Stowthorney Swinging Sam ShCM (Mr R Brewster & Ms J Green)

VHC –Borderella Day Tripper JW ShCM (Mrs P South)



Special Open Working Dog or Bitch

Entries: 2   Absentees: 0

1st  – Croat Ch Stonechester Apostraphe Von Jrasamuyr (Miss C Khatchikian)

typey bitch in super coat and pelt, carrying a bit of weight but was spannable, moved OK.

2nd – CH Fr/It/Slov/Cro Stonechester Question Von Jrasamuyr (Miss C Khatchikian)

topsize male carrying a bit too much weight which made him hard to span, coat past its best today.



Minor Puppy – Bitch

Entries: 9   Absentees: 1

Some lovely puppies in this class who didn’t get placed, but many were just at their first show and found it all a bit daunting, hope they all enjoyed their outing win or loose and gained a bit of experience.

1st –Northborders Twist N’shout (Miss J North)

lovely puppy, loved her neck into good shoulders, narrow front, standing well on neat feet and thick pads, good rib and nicely angulated hindquarters, good tail, pleasing head and expression, moved confidently, retaining a good topline.

2nd –Chorbeck Angel Eyes (Mrs H Haughton)

a more compact type than my winner but lovely to go over, liked her head and expression, neat feet and good legs and nicely angulated front and rear, good coat and pelt and lovely tail. Not as good in topline as my winner on the move today, but that just needs time at this stage.

3rd –Brumberhill Bridesmaid (Mr S A Mcpherson)

I really loved this puppy and thought she would be my class winner , she looked a picture standing and was so well constructed when I went over her, very similar in type to my winner but sadly, she just didn’t like the lines on the matting and her handler had difficulty getting her to move over them. Give her time and a bit more experience.

Res –Lockhaugh Twix (Mr B A Bassett)

VHC –Gameway China Girl (Mrs P Clark)


Puppy – Bitch

Entries: 12   Absentees: 2

1st –Dowgri Demelza (Mr W & Mrs T J Baird)

stood out in this class, lovely typey puppy, looked so balanced, feminine head, dark eye and neat ears, good topline and tailset, and lovely carroty tail, nicely angulated for and aft, looked a picture in profile movement covering the ground well, good depth of coat and thick pelt. Best Puppy Bitch.

2nd –Karison Krumble (Miss K Johnson)

another nice puppy and similar comments apply but not quite the topline and tailset of my winner or the angulation in the hindquarters, but stood well on neat feet and had a lovely jacket.

3rd –Fisherbloom Diaboli At Otterwood (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee)

Blue & Tan with a lovely rib, liked her a lot, longer cast than my first and second and a tad upright in the shoulder, nice neat feet and pasterns, just needs to settle in front movement.

Res –Ridgebow Pendle Witch (Mr N & Mrs A Duxbury)

VHC –Brumberhill Bridesmaid (Mr S A Mcpherson)


Junior – Bitch

Entries: 10   Absentees: 1

1st –Bon Appetit By Tythrop (Mrs J L Lee)

Really nice type with a good front assembly, excellent side gait with long low strides and firm topline in profile movement, lacking much top coat today but what she had was good. Good legs and feet.

2nd –Ridgebow Rusty Rivet (Mr N & Mrs A Duxbury)

eyecatching bright red bitch, in good order, liked her head and expression and good topline on the move, moved well coming and going on lovely neat feet, carroty tail.

3rd –Ploughdown Paloma (Mr E & Dr M Armstrong)

another I liked from this good class, pleasing head and expression with neat ears and dark eye, lovely neckline and topline and lovely tail, easy to span and in good coat and pelt, just had a tendency to stand a bit straighter in the stifle than my first and second, but moved well with drive.

Res –Northborders Lady Mary (Miss J North)

VHC –Tojamatt Make Believe (Mr & Mrs D Matthews)


Yearling – Bitch

Entries: 12   Absentees: 2

1st –Benattivo Fire Flower JW (Mrs S J & Mr C P Girling)

really caught my eye when she came into the ring and stood out for me, loved her profile and long striding side gait, effortlessly covering the ground, nicely put together with a lovely rib, no exaggerations just a lovely balanced bitch, turned out to perfection in the most wonderful coat and pelt. Reserve Bitch CC.

2nd –Charlie’s Copycat Via Otterbobs (Mr J R & Mrs H Gilpin)

strong headed bitch, not the topline of my winner and lacking depth of coat today. Stood well on neat feet and firm pasterns, moved OK.

3rd –Bandicoot Dragon Glass (Mrs V L K Docwra)

another strong headed bitch, well angulated front and rear, but shorter stride and not the topline of my winner.

Res –Hartswelin She’s The One (Miss L J Coleman)

VHC –Tojamatt Make Believe (Mr & Mrs D Matthews)




Post Graduate – Bitch


Entries: 7   Absentees: 2

1st –Brankell Double Or Quits JW (Mr P Brannan & Miss M Kelly)

overall a very balanced bitch with lots to like, neat outline with good topline, tailset and a really good carroty tail, liked her head and expression, a tad heavy across the shoulders but was easy to span, and she moved well. Well presented.

2nd –Howthwaite Gold Dust (Mr R J & Mrs E A Barrett)

B&T bitch, not as typical in the head as my winner nor the topline and tailset, but good in rib and easy to span, super coat and pelt.

3rd –Southash Finding Bliss (Mr J & Mrs I M Southam)

Finding Bliss, pleasing head and a nice sized bitch and spannable, but not the topline of my winner. Lovely legs and feet, lacked depth of coat today.

Res –Awbrooksky Geeteethree (Mr R & Miss L Goddard)

VHC –Glebeheath Gold’n Girl For Knowbury (Mr & Mrs D Nightingale)



Mid Limit – Bitch


Entries: 12   Absentees: 4

1st –Tarkaswell Doctor’s Orders JW (Mrs C E Sansom)

liked this one a lot and stood out in this class, neat front assembly, with straight forelegs, neat feet and firm pasterns, lovely head and expression with neat ears, lovely neckline into shoulder and good hind angulation, well presented in good coat and pelt, moved well.

2nd –Puzzlers Hope Full Hattie At Broadsmill (Mrs E J Pinkham)

Typey B&T bitch, I liked her rib and was easy to span, but not the topline of my winner, her handler made the best of her and her long, ground covering side gait secured her the second place.

3rd –Borderxpress Miss Potter (Mr R Wright)

Liked her a lot in the stack, but didn’t move as well as my first and second, liked her head and was in very good coat and condition.

Res –Tojamatt Debutante For Dowgri ShCM (Mr W & Mrs T J Baird)

VHC –Otterwood Domina Candesco JW (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee)

Limit – Bitch


Entries: 9   Absentees: 2

1st –Smalesmouth Skylark (Mrs J Roberts)

Didn’t have a great deal of top coat except a bit just coming in down her back and on her tail, but her pelt was thick and good undercoat. She won her place with her lovely rib and really good shoulder and front assembly. Lovely neat feet, thick pads and firm pasterns, moved well.

2nd –Ploughdown Persephone (Miss C Spencer)

stronger made bitch throughout than my winner, but was lovely to go over and was spannable, pleasing head and expression, like my winner didn’t have a great deal of coat in today, moved well.

3rd –Bardenfox Pussy Galore JW (Mr K H & Mrs D Moore)

Handy sized, neat looking bitch with a lovely topline, in good coat and condition but was a tad steep in upper arm and shorter in stride than my first and second.

Res –Sulan Strictly Blues Dancin’ (Mrs S J Baxter)

VHC –Withershins Daddies Girl (Mr M J Day)


Open – Bitch

Entries: 9   Absentees: 2

1st –CH Otterbobs Xolana (Mr J R & Mrs H Gilpin)

I really loved her, no exaggerations, just a good honest Border bitch who was the best moving bitch of the day coming and going, with a super ground covering side gait with good reach and drive. Well constructed, good rib and easy to span with pleasing head and expression, presented in superb thick tweedy coat and pelt. Bitch CC.

2nd –CH Cedarhill Wish Upon a Star JW (Mrs C Dean)

Another lovely bitch who was turned out to perfection, super outline in profile movement, good head with short strong muzzle, stood well on small neat feet. A tad heavier over the shoulders than my winner and not so positive in front movement.

3rd –CH Tythrop Turn Back Time (Mrs J L Lee)

handy sized blue & tan, lovely rib and shoulder, not the topline of my winners and not the depth of coat today.

Res –CH Ianteg Red Rubi JW ShCM (Miss S Ritchie)

VHC –Beaconpike In A Storm (Mr S & Mrs K Golding)



Special Beginners – Bitch

Entries: 3   Absentees: 1

1st –Glebeheath Gold’n Girl For Knowbury (Mr & Mrs D Nightingale)

presented in really good coat and pelt, enjoying her day out.

2nd –Badgerbeck Tree Pipit At Tilmoray JW ShCM (Mrs M Small)

Coat not at its best but in good order for nine and a half years.


Veteran – Bitch

Entries: 9   Absentees: 2

1st –CH Southash Blue Betty Boo Gameway JW (Mrs P Clark)

a quality blue & tan who I have judged and given top honours to in the past, a real credit to her owner to present her looking so fit, she has an amazing coat and pelt and a lovely head and expression, looked good standing and on the move, she pushed my Reserve CC winner hard. Best Veteran.

2nd –CH Howthwaite In Violet (Mr R & Mrs E Barrett)

another good blue & tan with a super jacket, looks a tad deep compared with my winner but handles well and was easy to span, moved well and has good legs and feet.

3rd –Int/Am/Can CH Sulan Fancy That (Mrs S J Baxter)

nicely made bitch with a pleasing head, not the topline of my first and second, well presented.

Res –Southash Cherry Bliss at Smurfski (Mr J C B Yore)

VHC –An Cnoc of Baillieswells (Professor A S Milton)