Open Show Critique – Colin Girling – 25th November 2018

East Anglia Border Terrier Club Open Show 25th November 2018

Venue: Buckden Millennium Centre, Burberry Road, Buckden, Cambs PE19 5UY

Judge: Mr Colin Girling (Benattivo) – Entries: 74 making 102, 5 NFC

Winners

Best In Show: Chatmoss Bullet Tooth Tony JW

Reserve Best In Show: Torryburn Cadenza

Best Dog: Chatmoss Bullet Tooth Tony JW

Reserve Best Dog: Broadsmill Horatio Nelson

Best Puppy – Dog: Stowthorney Wicker Man

Best Bitch: Torryburn Cadenza

Reserve Best Bitch: Onthill La Rock At Grizzledale

Best Puppy – Bitch: Picer Martha Logen

Best Puppy: Picer Martha Logen

Best Veteran: Southash Cherry Bliss at Smurfski

Many thanks for the invitation to judge and for the warm welcome and support received on the day, special mention to my lead steward Robert Brewster. I was pleased that I received such large minor puppy entries in both dogs and bitches; it was lovely to see the youngsters and so many new and enthusiastic exhibitors too. The show represented a first outing for some and I hope the day was enjoyable for both four and two legged beginners. Overall the exhibits were well turned out and in good condition with only a few slightly overweight and some dirty or stained teeth; coats were at both ends of the scale. I really did feel the show had a good sporting atmosphere throughout the day and I thank all those who attended for making it a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Results

Minor Puppy Dog – Entries: 9   Absentees: 2

1st – Southash Blue Jasper (Mr J & Mrs I M Southam)

Seven month old blue and tan with good muzzle, sound straight front, excellent tail set and rear angulation, harsh double jacket, moved out well to take the class.

2nd – Grizzledale King Of War (Mrs M J Medhurst)

Another promising youngster, just needs time for his head to develop, today he moved with drive and purpose.

3rd – Torryburn Schiehallon (Miss J Aldis)

Res – Grizzledale War Cry (Mrs C J Burgess)

VHC – Glen Mara Oh Viedo At Kersfell (Mrs M Sneddon)

Puppy Dog – Entries: 4   Absentees: 1

1st – Stowthorney Wicker Man (Mr R Brewster & Ms J Green)

This fit and athletic young male was shown in excellent coat and condition, liked his dark eye and neat well placed ears, good well laid back rib and topline finished off with nice tail. Pleased to award best puppy dog and reserve best puppy in show, think we will be hearing good things about this boy next year.

2nd – Torryburn Schiehallon (Miss J Aldis)

Nice puppy with good muzzle, a little short on coat today he couldn’t match the winner in striding out.

3rd – Otterwood Sirius (Mr S Joy)

Junior Dog – Entries: 5   Absentees: 1

1st – Broadsmill Horatio Nelson (Mrs L Pinkham)

Another promising youngster with a bright future I am sure, a masculine head with pleasing expression, shown in supper coat and condition he used his good rear angulation and drive to impress enough to win class and secure a well-deserved reserve best dog in show.

2nd – Torryburn Allegro (Miss J Aldis)

A lot to like about this slightly smaller but very well constructed grizzle dog, otter like head and expression a very good feature along with coat and pelt, just needed a bit more drive from behind today.

3rd – Onthill Nighthawk (Mr V J & Mrs M Pearce)

Res – Jrasamuyr Campbell Black (Miss C Khatchikian)

Novice Dog – No Entries

Post Graduate Dog – Entries: 3   Absentees: 1

1st – Fisherbloom All Eyez On Me (Miss G Adams)

Although short on coat today I preferred his head and accurate movement, neat well placed ears and strong muzzle.

2nd – Borderpoint Obsidian (Mr R W & Mrs L H Steel)

Liked his coat and condition and made this a tough decision, a bit of pacing on the move let him down today.

Limit Dog – Entries: 5   Absentees: 1

1st – Chatmoss Bullet Tooth Tony JW (Miss J Hughes & Mr M J L Kendrick)

My Best in Show was in great coat and condition today. I loved his head and reach of neck; he kept his topline at all times and used his strong hind quarters to really impress in the challenge where he won me over.

2nd – Mysulan Going Solo JW (Mrs S J Baxter)

Another super blue and tan border shown well and in good condition, loved his dark eye and head, he is narrow and drove out well, just preferred reach of stride in my winner.

3rd – Glebeheath Smash N’grab At Jordith (Mrs L.M.I & Mr A.M. Jordan-Smith)

Res – Jrasamuyr Campbell Black (Miss C Khatchikian)

Open Dog – Entries: 4   Absentees: 1

1st – Breckgreen Soldier Blue (Mrs. J. Green)

This man was shown in the best of coat and condition, he is fit and athletic and his narrow construction could not be faulted. His strong but not overloaded shoulder and good rear angulation allowed him to move freely with purpose both ways. His head is strong and workman like.

2nd – Tarkaswell Smart Move To Otterwood (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee)

Smart dog with a good head; ear and eye more to my preference but coat going over today. He is slightly wider in front than my winner but none the less on another day my placings may have been reversed if in equal condition.

3rd – Jrasamuyr Codex (Miss C Khatchikian)

Special Beginners Dog – Entries: 2   Absentees: 1

Entries: 2   Absentees: 1

1st – Mr Emerald Tease Murphy (Mrs A Kennedy)

This eight month old puppy stood alone but has super coat and happy active character; his head should mature with time.

Veteran Dog – Entries: 2   Absentees: 1

1st – CH Otterwood Amex JW ShCM (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee)

This 14 year oldest veteran in show was clearly still enjoying his day out and it was clear to see why his handsome head would qualify him for his well-deserved Champion status. Like myself a larger waistline comes with age but a pleasure to see and go over him today.

Special Working Dog or Bitch – Entries: 2   Absentees: 1

1st – CIB CH FR/IT/CRO/SLO Stonechester Question Von Jrasamuyr MFH (Miss C Khatchikian)

Short strong muzzle on this nicely headed grizzle dog, good coat with thinner than expected pelt, liked his shoulder and rear angulation was ok, nice tail but not well placed. Sorry to hear the sad news about the absent bitch entered in this class.

Minor Puppy Bitch – Entries: 11   Absentees: 1

1st – Picer Martha Logen (Mr G & Mrs S Pickering)

Grabbed my attention from the second she entered the ring and her coat was matched by a super thick loose pelt. Her well-proportioned muzzle, excellent dentition, dark eye and neat well placed V shaped ears made for a very pleasing puppy bitch head. Feeling through her deep coat she was in great condition, she moved accurately and very well for one so young. Liked everything about her and she went on to take Best Puppy in Show.

2nd – Awbrooksky Margot Robbie (Mr R & Miss L Goddard)

Liked this young lady a lot too, she also had a good feminine head, a close decision and it will be interesting to watch these two develop and compete next year.

3rd – Ragatam Essence (Miss T Peacock)

Res – Borderella Sunflower Seed (Mrs P South)

VHC – Smurfski Seismic Bliss (Mr J Yore)

Puppy Bitch – Entries: 6   Absentees: 1

The beautiful quality puppies also showed up in this class making my job difficult but fun.

1st – Otterwood Diodem (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee)

Good feminine head and expression with well placed ears, good reach of neck with ribs carried well back to give her the length of body and strength of loin to edge the class. Her rear angulation and drive also helped.

2nd – Ravenside Marsha At Jordith (Mrs L.M.I & Mr A.M. Jordan-Smith)

Very similar comments to winner, she has a beautiful head too, just preferred length of body on winner but I really am ‘splitting hairs’ between these two lovely exhibits.

3rd – Borderella Sunflower Seed (Mrs P South)

Res – Bramblebee Rose Wall (Mrs A J Wall)

VHC – Threaplands Primrose (Ms K Warner)

Junior Bitch – Entries: 7   Absentees: 0

1st – Broadsmill Ha’penny for Holteal (Mrs G Vaughan)

Another one that caught my eye when she entered the ring with her exceptionally good coat and obvious quality. I was not disappointed on the table, where all the right boxes were ticked for shoulder, pelt and overall condition. I wish I had a time machine and could have been judging this girl in a few months’ time as she was fresh out of puppy into junior, making her an ‘in-between conundrum’ for me today. The only thing that held me back from awarding better things was her maturity, I expect her to settle into a very bright future.

2nd – Mysulan Go Easy (Mrs S J Baxter)

Another lovely youngster with many appealing features including super head a great front and harsh double jacket all contained within a great sized package.

3rd – Emblehope Butterball At Leysh (Mrs C Ricks)

Res – Goxfell Reivers Rose (Mrs J Stamp & Mr D Joyce)

VHC – Twigglestone Somethin Else For Lessien (Miss S J Pateman)

Novice Bitch – Entries: 6   Absentees: 0

1st – Otterwood Diodem (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee)

See puppy class for critique

2nd – Ravenside Marsha At Jordith (Mrs L.M.I & Mr A.M. Jordan-Smith)

See puppy class for critique

3rd – Emblehope Butterball At Leysh (Mrs C Ricks)

Res – Borderella Sunflower Seed (Mrs P South)

VHC – Bramblebee Rose Wall (Mrs A J Wall)

Post Graduate Bitch – Entries: 7   Absentees: 2

This was a strong class with tough choices for me all the way down to VHC.

1st – Onthill La Rock At Grizzledale (Mrs M Medhurst)

Loved her size and breed type, feminine head with soft expression, good top line and length of rib with strong loin finished off with super well set tail. Moved with purpose and went on to take reserve best bitch.

2nd – Hartswelin She’s The One (Miss L J Coleman)

Another super bitch also of correct size and much to like, just pipped to second place because of slight loss of topline on the move.

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

Res – Ragatam Chit Chat (Miss T Peacock)

VHC – Bramblebee Rose Wall (Mrs A J Wall)

Limit Bitch – Entries: 7   Absentees: 1

1st – Torryburn Cadenza (Miss J Aldis)

This was my best bitch, where the breed type and size were just to my taste. Broad otter like skull with well-placed neat V shaped ears and dark eye. Good shoulder and harsh double jacket over super thick loose pelt, moved out well coming and going to impress both in this class and the lineup.

2nd – Hattie Hopefull For Bardenfox (Ms C Broomhead)

A lively girl with coat just coming in, good head with nice reach of neck, loved her cat like feet and thick pads, just lacked a bit of drive today.

3rd – Tilmoray Turtle Dove (Mrs M Small)

Res – Borderella Sweet Pea (Mrs P South)

VHC – Bramblebee Rose Wall (Mrs A J Wall)

Open Bitch – Entries: 5   Absentees: 2

1st – Byrewick Valentine (Mr R Brewster & Ms J Green)

Many virtues in this super blue and tan bitch with strong yet feminine head, loved her bodylines and flowing topline held on the move, top quality coat and pelt. Just wanted her to drive out a bit more from behind.

2nd – Jrasamuyr Violette Szabo (Miss C Khatchikian)

Best of this kennels dog’s today nice head, good coat and topline.

3rd – Bramblebee Rose Wall (Mrs A J Wall)

Special Beginners Bitch Entries: 6   Absentees: 1

1st – Ravenside Marsha At Jordith (Mrs L.M.I & Mr A.M. Jordan-Smith)

See Puppy class results for critique

2nd – Emblehope Butterball At Leysh (Mrs C Ricks)

Lovely type with one of the best bitch heads today, narrow through with good rear angulation and drive, unfortunately no coat on which to award higher placings – hope to see her looking at her best in the future.

3rd – Twigglestone Somethin Else For Lessien (Miss S J Pateman)

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

VHC – Threaplands Primrose (Ms K Warner)

Veteran Bitch – Entries: 4   Absentees: 1

1st – Southash Cherry Bliss at Smurfski (Mr J C B Yore)

Lovely size, special lady with super coat looking in great condition from her neat V shaped ears down to her well set carrot like tail.

2nd – Tilmoray Turtle Dove (Mrs M Small)

Larger but well-proportioned lady with stronger head than winner, still performing well and moving nicely.

3rd – Badgerbeck Tree Pipit At Tilmoray JW ShCM (Mrs M Small)