Best In Show Awards

It was an honour and pleasure to be asked to judge the best in show awards for the London Collie Club – a club that I have had a very long association with as an exhibitor and judge. The club always puts on an excellent show and this year was no exception. A garden party atmosphere prevailed as we all sweltered on the hottest day of the year. The dogs were well looked after but some exhibitors looked rather frazzled. I hope that everyone recovered!

The three breed judges sent through some top quality exhibits for me to decide upon and there was not one that displeased me or that deviated markedly from the breed standard.
Best in Show was awarded to Naulls Smooth Collie Ch Wynele Indian Ink. 12 months ago practically to the day I awarded this dog a CC and BoB and he took BIS on that day too. On this occasion I saw nothing to change my high opinion of him. He scored over a very nice Rough bitch for his better movement on the day. Having been judged earlier in the morning he had had time to rest, and this was I think reflected in his superior movement which was free and easy, covering the ground with reach and drive.

RBIS and BOSIS was the delightfully feminine Chantique Déjà Vu, owned and bred by Mr and Mrs Scott and very typical of their glamourous line, with a most beautiful eye and expression and not excessive in stop . Underneath that full coat was a very well-constructed collie. I would perhaps like her with a bit more length of body but overall she is very lovely and deserved this award. When moving she was little close behind and although she stepped out well, the heat was having an impact I felt, especially as she had not long competed in the Rough challenges.

BPIS went to Sewell’s Smooth Collie Wynele Strike it Rich to Lewarne, a half brother to the BIS winner and with very similar attributes. Well-handled to get the most out of him, this confident youngster will I’m sure be taking top honours when mature. He has all the breed essentials and covered the ground so well as his conformation suggested he would, this just swung this award in his favour over a very nice Rough Puppy. A good prospect for the future.

BVIS went to the 10 year old Rough bitch Brooker’s Telforth Sweet Dreams to Corisian who is in outstanding condition for her age. She is well constructed and has a balanced head and lovely expression. In this challenge she was against a very lovely Smooth male, only just into veteran, but her more positive rear movement and better topline won this award for her today.

Bev White(judge)