Judge: Dogs: Diane Bullen (Fevstone) Bitches: Sally Leslie (Risdene)

Entries: 179 dogs making entry of 212 + 10 NFC

Show Critique:

Judge: Dogs: Diane Bullen (Fevstone)

I would like to thank the Midland Border Terrier Club for inviting me to judge their show and making me feel most welcome. I would also like to thank my Stewards for a sterling job.

A good exhibit entry on the day with couple of them forgetting to remove their carpet slippers judging by their feet, and also a couple that I felt they were impersonating Austin Powers international man of mystery judging by the amount of chest hair left on! But on a more serious note, yet again underweight dogs with some having barely a covering of flesh which was disappointing, some dogs also un-spannable.

Both of the above reflecting in my placing’s. On a more positive note some excellent specimens shown today both in coat, movement and good old fashioned strong otter type heads.

Judge: Bitches: Sally Leslie (Risdene)

Thank you to the Committee and Exhibitors for a super day. It must always be a pleasure and honour to judge at a club show where the depth of quality is clearly high and this was especially appreciated after so many had also made the long journey to Devon the day before.

I’m not going to lecture. After all we are all on the same side and want our breed to thrive. However I think I should mention that movement is not generally true and accurate fore and aft. I did see some strange limb and joint placement. Notwithstanding less than perfect gait I still sought something that did not make me uncomfortable to watch and importantly for me exhibited easy freedom using the whole of the foot and leg assembly to take energy from the ground not jolting or with feet flipping limply but fluid placement with reach and drive. That does not imply exaggeration and wasted energy just simple low to the ground daisy cutting propulsion and economy which is a thing of beauty to behold.

Mouths and jaws generally were pleasing. The small pearly dentition of a while ago were not in evidence and I enjoyed the large teeth that never fail to surprise and please. For this reason I have not felt the need to remark individually.

I never penalise stacked exhibits but I Ioved the preponderance of handler’s free showing. Relaxed, well made examples do stand nicely naturally and it often seems to me that exhibitors know less than their charges when it comes to limb placement and balance.

Coats – I really appreciated those exhibitors who felt able to leave coats in place even though a little past their sell by date. I can happily judge through a good coat which enables me to ascertain texture and quality whereas however neat an outline the lack of any evidence of coat in this working breed must be a negative.

Happily my fellow judge and I agreed on most of the main placings and I did not trouble the Referee as for me the prime consideration for any exhibitor must surely be the CC.

Winners

Best In Show: CH Bandicoot Doc Martin

Reserve Best In Show: Blaisdon Bow Brilliant

Best Opposite Sex: Marsirdan Jemima Puddle

DCC: CH Bandicoot Doc Martin

RDCC: Blaisdon Bow Brilliant

Best Puppy – Dog: Oakyard Outspoken

BCC: Marsirdan Jemima Puddle

RBCC: Alcumlow Bloom

Best Puppy – Bitch: Brankell Countdown To Flegato

Best Puppy: Brankell Countdown To Flegato

Best Opposite Sex

Puppy: Oakyard Outspoken

Best Veteran: CH Cobstoneway Moon River at Clipstone

Results

Minor Puppy – Dog

Entries: 3 Absentees: 0

1st – Oakyard Outspoken (Mr J Parry)

A six and half month red grizzle, typical head with neat ears. Good size puppy with excellent coat and

loose pelt. Moved and showed well for his age. Best puppy dog.

2nd – Brumborder Jump Ship To Rockslade (Miss G Lowe & Mr T Miles)

A six month old blue & tan puppy in beautiful coat, good in front with lovely top line and tailset,moved ok. Just preferred head of 1st

3rd – Reedwater Doc Holliday By Dassett (Mrs S Spafford)

Puppy – Dog

Entries: 5 Absentees: 0

1st – Oxcroft Loganberry (Mr J Price)

Nine month old blue & tan with a typical true otter head and keen expression. Neat ears, good in

shoulder and front, with a flat rib and good hind angulation. A little erratic on the move till settled. A

lovely puppy.

2nd – Achouffe McKay’s Fable (Mrs S McKay)

A ten month old red grizzle with a pin wire jacket. Strong head with a good front, level top line and tail set. Moved well.

3rd – Brankell Big Break For Grindelvald (Mrs M Bailey)

Res – Chorbeck Move To The Music (Mrs H Haughton)

VHC – Onthill Marksman At Ragatam (Miss T Peacock)

Junior – Dog

Entries: 9 Absentees: 1

1st – Hartswelin Veritas With Oatberry (Mrs K Tuffin)

Handy sized dog with a beautiful coat and pelt. Easily spanned, nice head and expression, correct in

front, good layer of shoulder into a level top line. Moved with drive.

2nd – Brookbeech Wild Boy (Mr P Shephard)

Another grizzle in good coat and loose pelt, pleasing in head, easy to span with good hind ngulation.

Showed and moved well.

3rd – Cedarhill Melt In The Mouth (Mrs C Dean)

Res – Achouffe McKay’s Fable (Mrs S McKay)

VHC – Hawcoat Super Trooper (Mrs E J & Miss R C Larner)

Maiden – Dog

Entries: 1 Absentees: 0

1st – Onthill Marksman At Ragatam (Miss T Peacock)

Correct in skull with neat ears, excellent harsh coat and pelt, easy to span with good hind angulation.

Moved ok.

Yearling – Dog

Entries: 5 Absentees: 1

1st – Dassett Last Waltz JW (Mrs S Spafford)

Good sized dog with excellent coat and pelt. Strong head with neat ears and keen expression. Good

dentition easily spanned. Excelled in hind angulation, moved and showed well.

2nd – Mansergh Elevenses At Rhozzum (Mrs M Sharp)

Handy sized dog with a nice head and neat ears. Dense red coat and loose pelt, easily spanned. Lovely top line and tail set, covered the ground well.

3rd – Twigglestone Steps To Heven (Mrs L I Aldous)

Res – Bordergold Rudolph (Mrs A Sutton)

Graduate – Dog

Entries: 9 Absentees: 1

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

Racier type with a strong head, excellent reach of neck and lay of shoulder into a good top line and tail set. Tight red coat with a good underline. Easy to span, moved and showed well.

2nd – Borderby’s Return To Sender For Clipstone (Miss E & Mrs J Jackson)

Smaller type than 1, with a good head and keen expression. Good length of upper arm into well layered shoulders. Deeper in brisket, but easy to span. Lovely bend of stifle, tail coming straight off his back, moved and showed well.

3rd – Broadsmill Horatio Nelson (Mrs L Pinkham)

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

VHC – Billyboy Blue At Chevinor (Mrs H A Metcalfe)

Post Graduate – Dog

Entries: 9 Absentees: 2

1st – Onthill Nighthawk (Mr V J & Mrs M Pearce)

A good blue & tan, correct in front, good head with neat ears, easily spanned with good top line and tail set. Moved with drive and confidence.

2nd – Thornheswin Red Ruffian (Mr J C Dixon)

A smaller type than 1, in excellent harsh coat with loose pelt. Nice head with typical border expression, correct in front with neat feet. Moved and showed well.

3rd – Borderstream Zodiak (Mr & Mrs S Ward)

Res – Eneonith Marbles (Miss J Burrell)

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

Limit – Dog

Entries: 14 Absentees: 2

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

Nice size dog with a beautiful head and strong teeth. I loved his expression. In full coat with loose pelt, level top line and tail set, excelled in hind angulation and moved very positively.

2nd – Chatmoss Bullet Tooth Tony JW (Miss J Hughes & Mr M J L Kendrick)

A lovely coated dog with a strong head, keen expression and correct dentition. Correct in bone with excellent hind angulation which he put to good use as he moved with purpose and drive.

3rd – Bowencloud Busy Bee JW (Mrs S J Ruth)

Res – Oxcroft Jethro (Mr J Price)

VHC – Irton Mountain Dew (Mr D & Mrs A Fryer)

Open – Dog

Entries: 17 Absentees: 3

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

Built on racy lines with a strong head and neat ears. Keen expression, large teeth, with the best coat and loose pelt. In tip top condition. Excelled in front, good reach of neck into excellent lay of shoulder with a level top line and tail set. Easily spanned. Moved effortlessly around the ring with purpose and drive. An excellent showman. Pleased to award him Dog C.C and best of breed.

2nd – Blaisdon Bow Brilliant (Mr J N & Miss A J Thomas)

Another quality dog. A strong true otter type head with good dentition, the best lay of shoulder, narrow in front, neat feet and flat rib. Excellent top line and tail set, correct in underline. Another one who moved with purpose and drive and shown in excellent condition. Pleased to award him RES C.C RES B.O.B

3rd – CH Stineval Napoleon JW (Mr & Mrs A G Horner)

Res – CIB/Nord UCH/ Nordic CH Borderby’s Nitty Gritty (Mrs A C Nilsson)

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

Special Challenge – Dog

Entries: 7 Absentees: 0

1st – Borderstream Zodiak (Mr & Mrs S Ward)

Good strong head with neat ears. Excellent front with correct bone and neat feet. Good top line and tail set, good bend of stifle which he put to good use on the move. Just lacking in coat today, which let him down in the post graduate class.

2nd – Twigglestone Steps To Heven (Mrs L I Aldous)

A light grizzle that was correct in skull with small neat ears. Good top line and tail set with good bend of stifle. Moved and showed well.

3rd – Prince Rainbow Blue (Miss R Bevan)

Res – Mr Emerald Tease Murphy (Mrs A Kennedy)

VHC – Rhozzum Wessex (Mrs F J Matthews)

Veteran – Dog

Entries: 5 Absentees: 1

1st – Hobholt Hi Roller (Mr R G & Mrs E A Wright)

A beautiful headed dog in good coat with thick loose pelt. Excellent top line and tail set with plenty of second thigh. Moved well and was easy to span.

2nd – CH Kgills King Of Swing At Awbrooksky ShCM (Mr & Miss Goddard)

Nice sized dog with a good head and keen expression. In good coat and loose pelt, he excelled in top line and tail set and moved and showed well. Just preferred head of 1.

3rd – CH/AM/CAN CH Cedarhill Beyond the Stars JW (Mrs C Dean)

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

Special Open Working – Dog

Entries: 0 Absentees: 0

Minor Puppy – Bitch

Entries: 11 Absentees: 2

1st – Borderxpress Echo Beach (Mr R Wright)

A super puppy showing in an accomplished way for one so young, really liked her size, make and shape, spannable, feminine and typical in head with nicely shaped eye, head nicely set on good neckline, good in upperarm, balanced throughout, well ribbed back, has a lovely double coat and good pelt, needs to tighten in front but looked good circling the ring

2nd – Twigglestone Serendipite (Mrs L I Aldous)

Another promising puppy who appealed, good skull and muzzle, pleasing eyeset, shape and expression. Scored in neck and shoulder. Correct bone. Well coated and has all the qualities required to finish well.

3rd – Terabyte Up Town Girl (Mr K Green)

Not as outgoing as compatriots and didn’t quite relax to make the best of herself but lots to like and no reason to doubt she will progress satisfactorily

Res – Tojamatt Ann Brandreth (Mr & Mrs D Matthews)

VHC – Blackmine Blue Pearl At Chorbeck (Mrs H Haughton)

Puppy – Bitch

Entries: 12 Absentees: 1

I enjoyed this class with some interesting ones for the future

1st – Brankell Countdown To Flegato (Mrs M Fleming)

BPB and BPIS Lithe and good to handle, pleasing height to length ratios and built on active lines, typy and has all the essentials, stands on good feet, very attractive head although could be a tad neater in ear, easily spanned, well ribbed, good strength behind, just preferred underline to 2,

2nd – Stineval Memphis To Emblehope (Miss D Bladen)

charming puppy, ultra feminine and correct in head and expression, slightly neater in outline than 1, presented in beautiful coat with good pliable skin, carries herself nicely, benefits from well made quarters with second thigh and good tail well set on

3rd – Carrock Curiosity (Ms J Fawcett)

put down in hard, fit condition, appealed generally in construction and for head properties

Res – Reedbeck Firefly (Miss R C Lane)

VHC – Tojamatt Ann Brandreth (Mr & Mrs D Matthews)

Junior – Bitch

Entries: 17 Absentees: 4

Hotly contested class with some very smart individuals who will surely ensure the next generation is safely assured

1st – Howthwaite Gay Dusky (Mr R J & Mrs E A Barrett)

what a cracker, lovely fluid action, I feared she might carry a little too much bone but was happy to find she just needed a little judicious trimming, stands balanced, I loved her head and typical expression, good angulation all through, useful hindquarters and well set tail, lovely dense B/T coat with undercoat, pressed hard for top honours

2nd – Foxfactor Fire Cracker (Mrs K D Stockley)

Another that moves with freedom and muscular propulsion without exaggeration, good size and bone, spannable, nice head, good in body, handles well

3rd – Bandicoot Avenger (Mrs V L K Docwra)

Easy to place highly in this strong class, ticks all the boxes just not quite as forward as class mates

Res – Dandyhow Pandora (Mrs K Irving)

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

Maiden – Bitch

Entries: 7 Absentees: 1

1st – Hawcoat Step in Time (Mrs E J & Miss R C Larner)

Honest and workmanlike individual, good backline, firm and fit, good coat and pelt, had the benefit of maturity over 2

2nd – Blackmine Blue Pearl At Chorbeck (Mrs H Haughton)

very much a baby but has good length of rib and well made quarters, stepped out nicely just needs to continue to develop normally

3rd – Pherlas Bluebell (Mr R M & Mrs H Rowland)

not as outgoing as 1 and 2 and therefore does not make the best of herself as yet tending to stand a little wide at the top with her feet together

Res – Sweet Pearl (Mrs D J Turner)

VHC – Glenorchy Reiver (Ms M Davies)

Yearling – Bitch

Entries: 13 Absentees: 2

Strong class with high quality exhibits filling the places and beyond unfortunately for some that sadly went cardless

1st – Alcumlow Bloom (Mr P, Mrs B & Miss R Barber)

a very engaging and true Border, shapely and well made all through from pleasing length of neck and well laid shoulder to strong quarters, flawlessly presented, lovely skull and foreface, could be a tad neater in ear but does not spoil her typical expression, good bone, spannable, moves like she should in profile from such correct construction RCC

2nd – Ragatam Essence (Miss T Peacock)

Just preferred the forehand of winner but I liked her a lot, very good to handle in super coat and pelt, head and expression answers the standard well, good height to length ratios, fit and active in build generally, strode out well with purpose

3rd – Broadsmill Ha’penny for Holteal (Mrs G Vaughan)

of good size, shape and femininity, nice head with strong muzzle

Res – Bardenfox Queen of the Road (Mr I & Mrs J Broomhead)

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

Graduate – Bitch

Entries: 7 Absentees: 1

1st – Foxfactor Fire Cracker (Mrs K D Stockley)

2nd – Carrickfarm Macey (Mrs M Armstrong)

Built on very nice lines, easily spanned and well conditioned, attractive head properties just rather throwing herself around on the move which sadly spoilt her action

3rd – Southash Hazel Honey (Mr J & Mrs I M Southam)

very useful sort, good body lines, sweet and feminine, not totally enjoying her day which was a shame

Res – Hawcoat Step in Time (Mrs E J & Miss R C Larner)

VHC – Chorbeck Angel Eyes (Mrs H Haughton)

Post Graduate – Bitch

Entries: 15 Absentees: 4

1st – Oxcroft Damson Of Glenorchy (Mrs M Davies)

not really using her tail as I would wish and moved a bit green but despite that she was sound enough and I liked her straight front, narrow, well moulded and filled body with normal angulation, underline and build generally, lovely head properties, with well shaped and expressive eye

2nd – Alcumlow Heather At Sensevalley (Mrs C & Mr D Payne)

not quite as well-knit as winner, combines strength with femininity, deep enough in body but spannable, good back line and tail set, ideal coat and pelt, good head properties but just a little plain in ear

3rd – Thornheswin Old Magic (Mr J C Dixon)

Workmanlike and smart, lots to like about this typical exhibit, keen expression pleased

Res – Foxcourt Amber Spirit Gambler (Ms S P Greenway)

VHC – Rhozzum Whim (Mrs M Sharp)

Limit – Bitch

Entries: 15 Absentees: 6

A good line-up

1st – Marsirdan Jemima Puddle (Mr M Service)

Very lovely and typy bitch to go over, she took my eye on circling the ring reaching out like a good one with corresponding power with economy behind, she tries very hard for her handler and may not relax perfectly but she handles balanced, super otterhead, best of expressions, good neckline, easy to span, well ribbed, firm in loin and good rear assembly the whole producing a pleasing and flowing outline , I wish she was a little tidier in front but her many qualities deserve high regard CC

2nd – Caznray Just A Mystery From Thornheswin (Mr J C Dixon)

Another eye catcher for the right reasons, unfortunate to meet winner, super close correct coat, moved out well with purpose and efficiency, normal, tight and workmanlike all through, good head properties, keen looking and alert, spannable, good body lines, not discounted in the challenge

3rd – Foxpaw Revelation JW (Mrs H Fulker)

another very good example of the breed who scores in head which has developed beautifully just today preferred the length of bone of 1 and 2

Res – Borderxpress Miss Potter (Mr R Wright)

VHC – Gameway Love Of The Chase (Mrs P Clark)

Open – Bitch

Entries: 11 Absentees: 4

filled with lovely representatives of the breed who will doubtless trade places

1st – Bardenfox Tale as Old as Time (Mr I & Mrs J Broomhead)

True Border head and expression coupled with an excellent weather proof proper Border coat and pelt, good height to length ratios, nicely made and has many desirable assets not just as smooth or easy on the move as main winners today

2nd – CH Bandicoot Dragon Glass (Mrs V L K Docwra)

Built on typical lines, just preferred head properties of 1, good sized individual with correct bone, angulation satisfactory, well ribbed, good underline, lots to appreciate

3rd – Mansergh Paint By Numbers (Miss A Roslin Williams)

Easy to handle and like, of ideal size and readily spanned, was just showing the after effects of the dratted estrus interference

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

VHC – Foxfactor Fancy Free (Mrs K Stockley)

Special Challenge – Bitch

Entries: 10 Absentees: 6

1st – Borderxpress Echo Beach (Mr R Wright)

2nd – Twigglestone Serendipite (Mrs L I Aldous)

3rd – Otterpaws Red Red Wine (Mrs J M Dixon)

Workmanlike example, good skull and foreface, pleasing reach of neck and good shoulders, very much a baby and nothing wrong with that

Res – Foxwater Miss Adventure (Mrs J Spence)

Veteran – Bitch

Entries: 10 Absentees: 5

1st – CH Cobstoneway Moon River at Clipstone (Miss E & Mrs J Jackson)

Sound and one of the best movers of the day, has every reason to know her own worth, epitomises the standard, in full, dense coat, typical throughout, just showing her age a little in the challenge

2nd – Carrickfarm Mika ShCM (Mrs V M Armstrong)

Rather unlucky to meet winner as I liked this exhibit a lot, of good size, typy, true and positive mover

3rd – Wings of Speed at Otterpaws (Miss Dixon)

Good example who appealed, in excellent hard coat with proper skin, handles well

Res – CH Nantcoch Ffion JW ShCM (Mrs J M Phillips)

VHC – Intack Lady Eleanor (Mrs F J Matthews)

Special Open Working – Bitch

Entries: 0 Absentees: 0

Judge: Dogs: Diane Bullen (Fevstone) Bitches: Sally Leslie (Risdene)