Sep 24th 2021 – The Midland Border Terrier Club 2020 Championship Show

Judge: (Dogs) Anne Gregory (Remony) (Bitches) Liz Wright (Totherend)

Entries: 176 for 203 plus 7 NFC.


Best In Show: CH Yorkpiece Fiery Lucifer

Reserve Best In Show: Otterbobs Duchess

Best Opposite Sex: Otterbobs Duchess

DCC: CH Yorkpiece Fiery Lucifer

RDCC: Otterbobs Tolson

Best Puppy – Dog: The Joker Let’s Rock and Roll to Fevstone

BCC: Otterbobs Duchess

RBCC: Southash Lavender Blue At Oatberry

Best Puppy – Bitch: Tarkaswell Highland Fling

Best Puppy: Tarkaswell Highland Fling

Best Opposite Sex Puppy: The Joker Let’s Rock and Roll to Fevstone

Best Veteran: Byrewick Valentine

Best Veteran – Dog: Bristoc Rock The Boat at Bluebabel

Best Veteran – Bitch: Byrewick Valentine


A most enjoyable day judging dogs at this show and I would like to thank the Club for inviting me to do so.  Thanks also to my two stewards, John and John, who kept things moving along in a professional and efficient manner.  Thanks also to the exhibitors for their support and allowing me the privilege of going over their dogs.

Mouths, on the whole, were good and I found only one suspect mouth.  There were plenty of typical otter heads but evidence also of stops that were too deep and muzzles that were too short, which is not typical of an otter head.

Movement in some dogs was less than desirable with a few crossing in front, toeing in or flicking wrists.  Rear movement was somewhat better but side movement showed some dogs short stepping.  I also found some flat, slack feet and loose pasterns, which could well have been improved with proper exercise, and some feet could have been tidied up to better effect.

Generally coats and pelts were harsh and thick but, in some classes, lack of coat was the deciding factor in final placements.

My main concern today was size and weight.  Some dogs were very difficult to span, were too heavy and did not come to hand well.   This must be addressed to ensure Borders remain fit for the purpose they were intended.

I was pleased with my final line-up and my co judge and I whole heartedly agreed when it came to the final awards.


My thanks to the Midland Border Terrier Club for offering this my first judging appointment at championship level. I had a really enjoyable day and must thank exhibitors for their wonderful entry and allowing me the opportunity to go over their dogs. Huge thanks also to my two stewards, John & John, who kept everything running smoothly.

I was really pleased with the quality of exhibits, unfortunately this meant some good dogs went unplaced.

Coats were at various stages, all acceptable, but I personally prefer more than less. Some of the exhibits would have benefitted from a tidy up, especially feet. Front movement could have been better, a few upright shoulders and over-angulated rear ends. Overall size was OK, but a few were over weight which made them unspannable.

Really pleased with my final line up and final awards.


Minor Puppy – Dog

Entries: 5   Absentees: 0

1st –       Arunmere Midnight Cowboy (Mrs A J Parsons)

g/t  Masculine head, with strong muzzle and big teeth, easily spanned, narrow body, presented in a harsh jacket, over a thick pelt, stood on straight front legs with neat feet, well muscled hind quarters,  moved well.

2nd –      Ragatam Eros (Miss T Peacock)

g/t  More up on the leg than 1, has a good otter type head, straight front with good feet, racy narrow body with good length of rib, easily spanned, good harsh jacket,  well muscled hind quarters, today was not quite so positive in front as 1.

3rd –      Awbrooksky Never Back Down (Mr R & Miss L Goddard)

Res –      Foxwater Captain Scarlet (Mrs J Spence)

VHC –     Keebank Double Up (Mrs D Rogers)

Puppy – Dog

Entries: 6   Absentees: 2

1st –       The Joker Let’s Rock and Roll to Fevstone (Mrs D Bullen)

BPD g/t  Masculine head of good proportions, strong jaw with a good bite and large teeth, well laid back rib, narrow throughout, spans easily,  tight pin wire coat, moved well.

2nd –      Otterholme Ulysses (Ms T Jones)

g/t  Otter type head with good bite and large teeth, narrow body with good length of rib, presented in a harsh coat over a thick pelt, moved soundly.

3rd –      Raedwulf Alchemy at Vandamere (Miss J Singh)

Res –      Bertie Boy Of The Bay (Mrs L Holland)

Junior – Dog

Entries: 11   Absentees: 3

1st –       Ycart In with Hounds (Mr K K & Mrs T J Fraser & Butler)

Upstanding red, dog with a lovely otter head of good proportions, strong jaw, good bite with large teeth, stood on straight front legs with good feet, good front and rear construction, well laid back rib, level topline with well set on tail, sporting a tight, harsh coat, well muscled hindquarters, he moved out soundly.

2nd –      Otterbobs Brimmer (Mr J R & Mrs H Gilpin)g/t  Handy size, masculine head of good type,  dark eye, good expression, stood on a straight front with good feet,  good angulations fore and aft, level top line with nice carrot tail, presented in a super harsh jacket, moved o.k

3rd –      Beaconpike Dionysus (Mr S & Mrs K Golding)

Res –      Mysulan Easy Street (Mrs V Hall)

VHC –     Lairehope L’ile D’or (Mr P & Mrs K Lothian)

Yearling – Dog

Entries: 5   Absentees: 1

1st –       Howthwaite Sylvester (Mr P Armstrong)

g/t Up to size but spannable, decent head with good dentition, stood on neat feet,  narrow body with good length of rib, level topline, presented in a super thick coat and pelt, moved soundly.

2nd –      Goldenmill Houdini At Raedwulf (Mr M & Mrs V Atkinson)

g/t Masculine head with keen expression, handy size, good front and rear angulation, neat feet, harsh jacket, a bit unsettled on the table, moved a tad close behind.

3rd –      Bowencloud Storm Spirit (Mrs S Ruth)

Res –     Glenaig Last Man Out (Miss C Spencer)

Novice – Dog

Entries: 1  Absentees: 0

1st –       Glenorchy Rooney (Mrs M Davies)

b/t Lovely otter type head with good bite and large teeth, perhaps a shade heavy in ear, good length of rib, with good topline and tail set, harsh coat over a good pelt, moved o.k

Graduate – Dog

Entries: 3   Absentees: 1

1st –       Weststar Lone Ranger at Ardenholm (Mrs C Swain)

b/t  Head of good proportions with good dentition, straight forelegs with good feet, narrow body, well ribbed back with good topline and tailset,  harsh jacket, well muscled hindquarters, moved well.

2nd –      Fisherbloom Dont Stop Me Now At Louajak (Miss G William)

g/t  Up to size, strong otter type head with nice expression, nice reach of neck into well laid shoulders,  good front and rear angulations, good body length, harsh coat, moved well.

Post Graduate – Dog

Entries: 9   Absentees: 3

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

g/t typical, handy sized with a lovely otter type head, moderate throughout,  easily spanned, well angulated front and rear, neat feet, narrow body with good layback of rib, good topline and tail set, thick, harsh coat and pelt, moved out well.

2nd –      Keebank Just In Time (Mrs L Keeffe)

g/t strong masculine head, a little deep in stop,  good in rib and topline, thick harsh coat, thick pelt, well muscled rear,  feet could have been tighter, moved soundly.

3rd –      Rodzina Lone Ranger (Mrs R Mitchell)

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

VHC –     Bordergold Rudolph At Beckholm (Mrs A Sutton)

Limit – Dog

Entries: 11   Absentees: 0

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

Res CC g/t dog of handy size, masculine head with good expression and strong muzzle, stands on good feet, narrow body, easily spanned, good length of rib, level topline, well muscled quarters, presented in an excellent tight, harsh jacket, moved well

2nd –      Thistlestone Glenfiddich (Mr S Whisker & Miss J May)

g/t close decision between 1 and 2, good head of balanced proportions, straight front with neat feet, spans easily,  well ribbed back, narrow throughout with good front and rear construction, presented in a lovely harsh coat over a good pelt, moved  out soundly.

3rd –      Northborders Marlon Brando JW (Miss J North)

Res –      Oxcroft Loganberry (Mr J Price)

VHC –     Knowecrag Tam O’shanter By Irton (Mr D & Mrs A Fryer)

Open – Dog

Entries: 13   Absentees: 6

1st –       CH Yorkpiece Fiery Lucifer (Mrs J L Lee)      

CC and BIS Liked this b/t boy for size and breed type.   Nothing exaggerated, he has a lovely otter head of moderate proportions, dark eye with keen expression, good depth of muzzle, good reach of neck into well placed shoulders, narrow body, easily spanned and covered in a thick harsh coat with plenty of ticking, level topline, which he kept on the move, and good set on of tail, well muscled hindquarters which he used to move round the ring with drive. Keen and active, he was still on his toes at the end of a very long day. My co judge and I had no hesitation in awarding him BIS

2nd –      Oxcroft Jethro (Mr J Price)

g/t masculine, otter type head, with dark eye and good expression,  good in shoulder  angulation, stood on straight front legs with good feet,  narrow body with well laid back rib, level topline with well set on tail, well angulated rear, moved well.

3rd –      Howthwaite in Voice (Mr R J & Mrs E A Barrett)

Res –      CH Stowthorney Wicker Man JW (Mr R Brewster & Ms J Green)

VHC       Chatmoss Bullet Tooth Tony JW (Miss J Hughes)

Special Challenge – Dog

Entries: 4   Absentees: 0

1st –       Weststar Lone Ranger at Ardenholm (Mrs C Swain)

2nd –      Foxwater Captain Scarlet (Mrs J Spence)

g/t up to size, masculine, well made head,  good forelegs and feet, good length of rib, well constructed rear, harsh coat, moved o.k

3rd –      Cedarhill Stargazer JW ShCM (Miss A Speake & Mr H S Speake)

Res –      Bertie Boy Of The Bay (Mrs L Holland)

Veteran – Dog

Entries: 3   Absentees: 0

1st –       Bristoc Rock The Boat at Bluebabel (Mr K P & Mrs N B Yates)

9 years old g/t, pleasing head of good type and proportions, good in shoulder, narrow body with good length of rib, excellent thick coat and pelt, good in rear angulation, moved freely and soundly.

2nd –      Glebeheath Smash N’grab At Jordith (Mrs L.M.I & Mr A.M. Jordan-Smith)

7 1/2 years old, handy sized g/t, smaller dog than winner, balanced head, with dark eye and keen expression, easily spanned, narrow body, moved well.

3rd –      Cedarhill Stargazer JW ShCM (Miss A Speake & Mr H S Speake)

Special Open Working – Dog

Entries: 0   Absentees: 0

Minor Puppy – Bitch

Entries: 14   Absentees: 2

What a lovely class to start off the day – wish I had more places.

1st -Tarkaswell Highland Fling (Mrs C E Sansom)  Smart feminine bitch with good head, straight front, narrow with good ribs. Tight feet, thick pads, coat and pelt good..  Strode out well with drive from behind,  maintaining a nice outline  . BPB, BPIS

2nd -Foxwater Destiny Angel at Chorbeck (Mrs H Haughton)  Another feminine bitch, shown in great coat and pelt. Good size, with a nice expression. Good for rib and moved well.

3rd -Mysulan Rhapsody In Blue (Mrs S J Baxter)

Res -Holteal Halfpenny Worth (Mrs G Vaughan)

VHC -Glenbucket Oor Wee Dotty (Mrs M J Alexander)

Puppy – Bitch

Entries: 9   Absentees: 1

1st -Foxfactor Happy Go Lucky (Mrs K D Stockley)  Smart racy bitch, shown with a lovely double coat and thick pelt. Good head with large teeth. Confident.  She moved well.

2nd -Picer Bess Pool (Mr G & Mrs S Pickering) Smaller bitch than my winner, well presented,  good body lines,  easy span, good movement, but not so much coat today.

3rd -Emblehope One Wish For Cedarhill (Mrs C Dean)

Res -Thistlemead First Dance (Mrs P M Heeley)

VHC -Raedwulf Mata Hari (Mr M & Mrs V Atkinson)

Junior – Bitch

Entries: 13   Absentees: 4

1st -Beaconpike Solstice (Mr S & Mrs K Golding) Racy bitch, good for size and well balanced, good reach of neck, nice ribs, tail and tailset, shown with thick coat and pelt, best mover in the class. 

2nd -Mysulan Easy Going With Fryerfold (Mrs S J Stephenson)  Another nice bitch with a lovely head and expression. Shown in harsh blue and tan coat. Outline and topline good, she moved well, but preferred the front movement of my winner.

3rd -Tojamatt Seamstress (Mr & Mrs D Matthews)

Res -Ycart In To Deep (Mr K K & Mrs T J Fraser & Butler)

VHC -Fiagai Mara Sunset (Miss A Dawson)

Yearling – Bitch

Entries: 13   Absentees: 3

1st -Howthwaite’s Resolution (Mr R J & Mrs E A Barrett)  Narrow racy bitch, good head,  dark eyes and ears, big teeth.  Neat feet, well padded and up on toes. Shown in best of coat and pelt, carrot tail well set, best mover in the class.  Looked well in final line up and considered for top honours.

2nd -Tarkaswell High Fidelity (Mrs C E Samsom)  Not so much coat as my winner, but lovely head with dark eyes and keen expression  , narrow body, good ribs,  fit and racy with good movement.

3rd -Otterwood Aura (Miss A J Hall)

Res -Cedarhill Dolce Latte (Mrs D McLeod)

VHC -Goldenmill Illusion at Vandamere (Miss J Singh)

Novice – Bitch

Entries: 14   Absentees: 2

1st -Southash Lavender Blue At Oatberry (Mrs K Tuffin)  Beautiful blue and tan with thick coat and pelt.  Good head, large teeth. A well balanced bitch, good profile, topline and tailset . She moved well when settled, with reach and drive,  neat feet and up on her toes. RCC 

2nd -Ragatam Elegant (Miss T Peacock)  Elegant  – as her name suggests.  Shown in the best of coats, narrow rib and good mover.

3rd -Emblehope One Wish For Cedarhill (Mrs C Dean)

Res -Mansergh Paint The Dream (Miss A Roslin Williams)

VHC -Thistlemead First Dance (Mrs P M Heeley)

Graduate – Bitch

Entries: 10   Absentees: 4

1st -Foxfactor Happy Go Lucky (Mrs K D Stockley)  see PB

2nd -Olliesorchid Dame at Ragatam (Miss T J Peacock)  Liked her outline. Feminine head, with straight front, good bone, neat feet. Harsh coat coming through on back, more coat on tail would complete the picture.

3rd -Mysulan Go Easy (Mrs S J Baxter)

Res -Otterwood Nemesis Del Sextonmagic (Mrs G P Maskell)

VHC -Pipruda Creme Caramel For Weirbrook (Miss C Worsfold)

Post Graduate – Bitch

Entries: 18   Absentees: 3

1st -Tarkaswell Sea The Stars (Mrs C E Sansom)  Racy, fit  and balanced with lovely head and expression. Stands well on tight feet, with straight narrow front. Good topline and tailset, moved very well.

2nd -Bandicoot Avenger (Ms V Docwra)  Well balanced bitch with good head , liked expression. Fit and alert. Short harsh coat, lots to like, moved ok.

3rd -Blaisdon Stir of Echos (Mr J N & Miss A J Thomas)

Res -Keebank Snow Queen (Mrs L Keeffe)

VHC -Borderxpress Echo Beach (Mr R Wright)

Limit – Bitch

Entries: 16   Absentees: 3

1st -Reedbeck Kittyhawk Of Arunmere (Miss J Hughes)  Caught my eye in the ring. Liked her outline, type, balance. Nice head, narrow body, harsh coat, thick loose pelt. Moved well.

2nd -Picer Isabel Derby (Mr G & Mrs S Pickering)  Well presented, with plenty of muscle. Nice body lines with good head, bone, feet and thick carrot tail.

3rd -Beaconpike River Sky (Mr S & Mrs K Golding)

Res -Otterwood Diodem JW (Mrs L Armstrong-Rodgers)

VHC -Blackmine Blue Pearl At Chorbeck JW (Mrs H Haughton)

Open – Bitch

Entries: 13   Absentees: 6

1st -Otterbobs Duchess (Mr J R & Mrs H Gilpin)  Well balanced bitch with a lovely head and expression. Stood on neat tight feet, straight front, good reach of neck , narrow through body and a level topline. Thick harsh coat and loose pelt, carrot tail. No exaggerations. Moved out well with drive from behind. CC, RBOB, BOS

2nd -Howthwaite Gay Dusky (Mr R J & Mrs E A Barrett)  Different type to winner, but much to like, racy,  narrow and moved well.  Alert and full of life.

3rd -CH Ravenside Marsha At Jordith JW (Mrs L.M.I & Mr A.M. Jordan-Smith)

Res -Alcumlow Bloom JW (Mr P, Mrs B & Miss R Barber)

VHC -CH Ragatam Essence JW (Miss T Peacock)

Special Challenge – Bitch

Entries: 6   Absentees: 1

1st -Otterwood Nemesis Del Sextonmagic (Mrs G P Maskell)  Smart bitch of good size , liked her  head, alert expression, good reach of neck, narrow and spannable. Nice coat and pelt, moved ok

2nd -Thistlemead Harmony JW (Mrs P M Heeley)  Heavier built bitch, but smart with good head and expression. Nice in profile, good tail well set..

3rd -Eatontern Divine Rapture (Mr A Heath)

Res -Ianteg Pink Porche (Miss D R L Davies)

VHC -Rhozzum Hebe At Stenigot (Mrs Bell)

Veteran – Bitch

Entries: 6   Absentees: 2

1st -Byrewick Valentine (Mr R Brewster & Ms J Green)  7 yr old blue and tan, shown in best of coats and pelt. Typical feminine head and good expression. Narrow and easy span, good topline, moved well.  BVIS

2nd -Carrickfarm Mika ShCM (Mrs V M Armstrong)  12 years young!  Narrow and easily spanned, nice head and expression, with good muzzle  . Well presented and handled. Moved really well for her age.

3rd– Ch Nantcoch Ffion JW ShCM  (Mrs J M Phillips)

Res -Clydebeck Solitaire (Mrs S & Mr M & Miss J Taylor)

Special Open Working – Bitch

Entries: 0   Absentees: 0