WEST OF ENGLAND COLLIE SOCIETY OPEN SHOW - SUNDAY, 2 APRIL 2023
ROUGH COLLIE CRITIQUE
I would like to thank the Officers and Committee of this very well run and friendly show for inviting me to judge, as well as all exhibitors for bringing their dogs under me and for their good sportsmanship for my placings on the day. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and had some beautiful dogs to go over. Thank you also to my ring steward who did an excellent job in keeping the ring and me in good order. Overall I found the bitches to be of better quality than the dogs. Bites were good but dissapointingly I found a lot of teeth to be quite dirty (which is a health hazard especially as the dog gets older) and even some quite knotty coats. Many lack the beautiful rise over the loin, there are short tails, some almost square dogs with short backs and coats which lack the required texture. The standard has not changed, yet many roughs nowadays are quite a departure from what the breed should be. This is a working breed and few nowadays could work the Highland hills all day and still have energy. That said, there were some really lovely examples of the breed at the show and all were a joy to go over.
Veteran Dog 2/0
1st - Patman's Pick Pocket Via Samhaven - 9 year old well presented sable/white of nice type, nice head with well placed dark eye, neat well used ears, coat of correct texture, good bone, correct tail set, held topline well on the move in all directions.
2nd - Scamp's Aaronwell Ayebeecee at Marketdene - tri just under 8 years old, nice dark eye and expression, pleasing head, did not want to use his ears today, good outline and movement.
Minor Puppy Dog 0/0
Puppy Dog 3/0
1st - Collins' Triburle Blue Bolero - 11 months blue boy of good size, took my eye as soon as he entered the ring, harmonious outline, good coat of excellent texture, rich tan, colour just needs to clear, nicely proportioned head with well placed eye and correct stop, lovely masculine expression, flat skull, well moulded muzzle and good underjaw, neat well used ears, good length of neck and good topline, good depth of chest, slight rise over loin that I look for, well carried tail to hocks which were well let down, good bone, moved effortlessly round the ring with handler, I will watch him with interest as I am sure he is destined for a bright future. BPD, BPIB,BPIS, RBD, RBOB,
2nd - Lockyer's Gataj Turn Back Time - 10 months beautifully presented sable and white baby, groomed to perfection, well held neat ears which he used all the time, pleasing head, well let down hocks, well laid back shoulder, held topline well on the move, moved well in all directions, neat feet and showed non stop for one so young.
3rd - Morey's Brookynut Storm's Gift
Junior Dog 4/2
1st - Hawkins' Serenlas Black Magic - tri boy of nice size just under 18 months, nicely balanced head with flat skull and nicely placed dark eye, well placed ears which he used, nice length of back and good topline, jet black coat of good texture, striking in his rich tan and gleaming white collar, well laid back shoulder, good hocks, a little exhuberant on the move at first but settled after, liked this boy very much.
2nd - Bolt & Cronk's Revdvicki's Raffles at Chelborn - 12 months old tri boy a little smaller than (1), pleasing head with nice dark eye and good expression, a little unsure about using his ears today, nice reach of neck leading into well held topline, good tailset and good length of tail, a little unsettled.
Special Yearling Dog 2/0
1st - Tilley's Ingledene Dark Moon Risin - 20 months old tri boy of good size, nice head with flat skull, dark well placed eye, beautifully clean teeth, nice ear set and he used them well, good length of back, good angulations front and rear, good length of well set tail, good bone, correct coat texture, a little erratic on movement at first but settled when moved a second time.
2nd - Melonie's Atirakan Snow Slides On High - 19 months tri boy of good size, pleasing head and nicely placed dark eye, good reach of neck, level topline, well set on tail with good length, just starting to lose a little coat, a little unsettled on the move, with time to mature will be a lovely dog.
Novice Dog 2/0
1st - Collins' Triburle Blue Bolero
2nd - Lockyer's Gataj Turn Back Time
Graduate Dog 2/0
1st - Bolt & Hollywood's Amalie A Chance To Shine - almost 2 and a half, golden sable of nice type, in good coat and well presented, nice head with good dark eye, sweet expression, well set ears which were used well, good angulations front and rear, moved fine.
2nd - Melonie's Atirakan Snow Slides On High
Post Graduate Dog 4/1
1st - Gautrey's Lillyway Landwind - 3 years old sable/white boy of nice type who presented a lovely balanced outline with good length of back, head of good proportions, flat skull, dark eye well placed, good stop, well placed ears which he used, nice reach of neck and topline held well on the move, well let down hocks, coat of good texture and well presented.
2nd - Hogg's Brookynut Storm's Legacy - sable/white boy just coming up to 7 years, good coat of correct texture and fitting the dog, flat skull, well set dark eye but stop just a fraction too much for me, well set ears, good topline, tail set good, quite exhuberant today and unsettled on the move but stood well.
3rd - Melonie's Wicani The Maker's Mark
Limit Dog 3/0
1st - Growcott's Lillyway Legacy - 3 years old tri boy, litter brother to 1st PGD with similar qualities but little smaller, nice head properties, good ear placement and he used them, flat skull and good head planes, good stop, dark almond eye giving pleasing expression, balanced body and good movement, back just a fraction shorter than his litter brother, coat of good texture and fitted the dog.
2nd - Lockyer's Gataj Out Of The Woods JW - 2 years old golden sable boy, well coated and beautifully presented, good length of head, flat skull, nice ear carriage and he used them non-stop, dark eye although would prefer just a fraction larger, good reach of neck, well let down hocks and neat feet, excellent movement, a real showman.
3rd - Melonie's Wicani The Maker's Mark
Open Dog 5/1
1st - Benton's Ch Brooklynson El Dorado ShCEx - I judged this boy some years ago and he has matured into a lovely classic collie with plenty of bone and substance. At 6 years of age he presents a very harmonious outline, suited up in a good sable/white coat with beautiful full white collar, the coat fitting him perfectly. Classic head with good planes, dark eye and kind expression, well placed ears which he used, good reach of neck flowing into level topline with good length of back and that beautiful rise over the loin I love and well set on tail perfectly carried. Well let down chest and laid back shoulder, excellent spring of rib, good angulations front and rear, well let down hock and neat feet. Plenty of drive and he moved effortlessly and in tune round the ring with his very capable handler who certainly got the best out of him on the day. All the attributes to enable him to work all day and do the job the breed was bred to do. He was excellently presented and had everything I was looking for, I was pleased to award him BD and BOB. I was delighted to see him go on to take BIS under the referee's decision. BD, BOB, BIS
2nd - Scamp's Aaronwell Aybeecee at Marketdene
3rd - Melonie's Wicani The Maker's Mark
Veteran Bitch 6/2
1st - Randall's Ch Ladnar Inkheart JW - glamorous 7 year old tri girl who oozed quality and was of lovely make and shape, does not look her age, she was in peak condition with gleaming coat of correct texture which fitted her perfectly, pleasing head with flat skull and good planes, good stop, darkest of eyes, nicely set ears which were well used, good reach of neck nicely set off by full white collar, kept her topline at all times, again I found that lovely rise over the loin, well set on long and luxurious tail, well balanced front and rear, good lay of shoulder, good turn of stifle and well let down hocks, powered round the ring with excellent movement and there is no doubt she could do a day's work, I just would have liked a fraction more of her. RBB, BV, BVIB and BVIS
2nd - Benton's Ch Brooklynson Jane Russell of Oakestelle - 8 year old sable/white girl, taller than (1), elegant bitch who again belies her age, good stop, flat skull, nice ear carriage, good head planes, good stop, nicely moulded foreface, well placed eye giving kind expression, excellent reach of neck leading into level topline held at all times, good length of back, well balanced throughout and presenting harmonious outline, good bone, very elegant and feminine, beautifully presented and handled, she could certainly move and with the free flowing movement of the rough completely in tune with her handler.
3rd - Skinner's Samhaven Time Is Money With Nikal
Res - Legge's Gataj Something About You At Kalzan
Minor Puppy Bitch 2/1
1st - Rae's Gataj Majestic Hope - 8 months old golden sable girl, well coated and well balanced front and rear, head of good proportions, flat skull, nice dark eye, ears well set, good reach of neck, would like a little more length of back, moved well, very pretty and feminine girl.
Puppy Bitch 5/1
1st - Morey's Brookynut Gem Stone - 9 months sable/white girl, very pretty and feminine, nice head with good planes, dark well placed eye, ears carried well, good coat of correct texture and well presented, good length of back, neat feet, a little unsettled on the move first but she soon got over it. BPB
2nd - Lockyer's Gataj Someone You Loved - Pretty 10 months old sable/white girl, flat skull with good head planes, dark eye but would have prefered a little bigger, ears well set and used well as others from this kennel, good reach of neck, neat feet, plentiful coat of softer texture, well presented, moved well.
3rd Tame's Gataj Time After Time at Rahlissa
Res - Scamp's Aaronwell Allure In Black
Junior Bitch 6/0
1st - Collins' Truburle Seren Dlos - super 16 month blue bitch who greatly appealed for size and shape, well constructed and balanced front and rear, well balanced head with dark well placed eye, sweet expression, flat skull, good ear carriage, lovely reach of neck leading down into excellent topline held at all times, good turn of stifle and well let down hocks, this girl could really move and I am sure is another who could do a day's work. Her lovely coat fitted her to perfection, colour needs to clear but will be a beautful clear blue and has just the right amount of darker splashes through it, rich tan markings, good texture to coat and a lovely full white collar completes the picture. Lovely young bitch who I will follow with interest in the future. BB
2nd - Flower's Serenlas Pumpkin Spice - 2 yrs and 4 months shaded sable girl who is absolutely beautiful in make and type and a very typey bitch, unlucky to meet (1) on the day but these two for me could change places any other day. This very feminine girl has a beautiful outline, wonderful construction and great movement. Her head is balanced with good planes, flat skull, correct ear placement and carriage and a dark almond eye well placed to give a sweet collie expression. Excellent underjaw. Well laid back shoulder, lovely reach of neck flowing into good topline held well and well set on tail. Excellent front construction, good length of back, good bone, there is nothing overdone about this bitch and she moved well for her handler. This was a very hard decison between these two but the drive of (1) in movement made the decision for me on the day.
3rd - Howard's Serenlas Angel of Casatentola
Res - Melonie's Atirakin Time Tide Sea Queen
VHC - Ware's Millubie Essence Of Magic at Wassail (Imp SER) NAF TAF
Special Yearling Bitch 4/0
1st - Collins' Triburle Seren Dlos
2nd - Growcott's Lillyway Lemon Breeze - 22 months tri girl, smaller than (1) but of very nice quality, gleaming black coat with rich tan, good texture and fitted her outline perfectly, well constructed front, good angulations, nice reach of neck and well held topline, good bone, well let down hock, tail set good, moved well, nice feminine bitch who presented good overall picture.
3rd - Mills' Amalie Loves To Shimmy
Res - Primmer's Riverside Song Paloma Nera (Imp Rom)
Novice Bitch 7/1
1st - Flower's Serenlas Chloe - 12 months tri bitch of very nice quality, good coat of correct texture which fitted her outline perfectly, rich tan markings and full white collar giving overall glamorous picture, flat skull, good head planes, dark eye nicely set loved her expression, well set ears, good reach of neck, good topline, well constructed, good tail set and to hock. Another nice one from this kennel and I note she is a daughter of my BOB.
2nd - Melonie's Atirakin Time Tide Sea Queen - 12 months sable/white bitch of classic type, this girl will take her time to mature but watch her when she does, however, she needs to settle on movement to show her to her best advantage. Her size and make appealed to me very much. Lovely head of good proportions with flat skull, dark eye beautifully placed giving sweet expression, well set ears, good length of back and lovely rise over the loin, well balanced and well angulated, well set on tail, good reach of neck and well held topline.
3rd - Scamp's Aaronwell Allure In Black
Res - Rae's Gataj Majestic Hope
VHC - Mills' Amalie Loves To Shimmy
Graduate Bitch 2/0
1st - Mills' Samhaven Super Natural at Willowcombe - blue merle girl just coming up to 2 years of age, well constructed and well balanced body, good angulations, moved well, nice head with good planes, dark eye, used ears well, well arched neck, rise over loin, well set on tail, moved well, coat of good texture but some sable flecks on body.
2nd - Legge's Kalzan Love Young Dream - 4 year old merle girl with pleasing outline, flat skull, dark eye well placed, nice expression, would like just a fraction less stop, nicely set ears used well, neck flowed nicely into level topline held well, good length of back, well angulated front and rear, moved well in all directions and in tune with her handler, good coat of correct texture.
Post Graduate Bitch 6/0
1st - Larkin's Rahlissa Toffee Cake For Denora - 2 and a half year old golden sable/white bitch of nice construction and make, pleasing head with well placed dark eye giving sweet expression, nicely moulded foreface, ears well placed and used, profuse coat which was very well presented, good front, good angulations, good tail carriage, moved well in unison with handler.
2nd - McDade's Lyndale Illusion of Love - 4 year old sable/white girl, again a nicely constructed and well balanced bitch , movement a little erratic to start with but soon settled, flat skull and good head planes, dark eye, sweet expression, well set ears, nice each of neck and well held topline, good tail set, plenty of drive from rear on well let down hocks, good coat well presented. I note this bitch shares the sire of (1) in this class and her dam was the winner of OB.
3rd - Legge's Kalzan Love You Inside Out
Res - Patman's Riverside Song Ice Cream Girl (Imp ROM)
VHC - Ware's Golden Gates Evolution In Blue At Wassail (Imp UKR) NAF TAF
Limit Bitch 7/2
1st - Ware's Wassail Call The Midwife - Feminine well angulated and balanced sable/white bitch of just under 3 years of age, I liked her head which had good proportions, good head planes and dark eye, nice, sweet expression, ears used well, excellent coat of good texture, well set on tail, held topline well and moved on neat feet. Good bend of stifle and well let down hocks. Very pretty girl, I found her charming.
2nd - Lockyer's Gataj Good Time Girl - 2 years 3 months, golden sable girl presenting a very pretty picture, balanced throughout, well laid back shoulder, good reach of neck, head handled well, nicely set good dark eye, used her ears all the time, level topline, nice rise over loin, coat beautifully groomed and presented as all from this kennel but coat lacked texture, moved in harmony with her handler and showed non stop.
3rd Melonie's Atirakin Time Tide Sea Queen
Res - Wells' Amalie Just Annie at Terelimon
VHC - Legge's Kalzan Can't Stop Loving You
Open Bitch 7/1
1st - McDade's Beldones Sweet Illusion With Lyndale - dam of my 2nd in PGB, 7 years old sable/white bitch, beautifully balanced and well angulated, overall picture of her is very harmonious and her lovely well textured coat set off with a sparkling white collar. Lovely head well proportioned, dark almond eye, sweet expression, well carried ears, lovely reach of neck flowing into well laid back shoulder with level topline and good tail set, well let down hocks, moved with drive round the ring.
2nd - Patman's Samhaven Sound Effects - 5 year old sable/white girl, pleasing head with good stop, ears used well, enough neck, held topline well, nice rise over loin, good tailset, well presented and moved well, coat of good texture.
3rd - Scamp's Stregato The Maleficent at Marketdene
Res - Growcott's Lillyway Lemonade Blush
VHC - Ware's Kind Of Magic Della Buca Delle Fate At Wassail (Imp ITA)