Northern Border Terrier Club Open Show

Sunday 1st OctoberJudge: Colin Girling – Benattivo

Dogs: Entries: 80 making 92


Best in Show: Ridgebow Rusty Rivet

Res Best in Show: Ch Lairehope Lord of the Glen at Tweedburn 

BOS: Ch Lairehope Lord of the Glen at Tweedburn 

 Best Puppy in Show: Stineval Kordia

Res Best Puppy in Show: Otterpaws Mountain High 

 Best Veteran in Show: Ch Lairehope Lord of the Glen at Tweedburn 

Best Dog: Ch Lairehope Lord of the Glen at Tweedburn

Res Dog: Ch Karison Kosta

Best Dog Puppy: Otterpaws Mountain High 

 Best Bitch: Ridgebox Rusty Rivet

Res Bitch: Stineval Kordia

Best Bitch Puppy: Stineval Kordia

I had the most enjoyable experience from the first to last minute of my judging day, the Northern hospitality from all was exceptional and I thank the Committee for giving me such a great opportunity. The quality and depth in some classes was a real treat for me to discover on judging ‘up north’ for the first time. Thanks to my stewards who helped keep everything managed practically perfect throughout the day. I enjoyed the lunch and my gift is displayed in pride of place on the mantle. Thank you all for trusting me to take on such a wonderful show.

A couple of untidy mouths, some unclean teeth but bites generally good. Found a dog and a bitch with kinks and there were a few thin pelts. Overall however I found good quality in the majority, good heads and expressions are essential but I especially like to see a dog moving forwards with drive, not pulling but setting off to get somewhere. I believe a working terrier needs good tight feet and thick pads to be able to meet the standard, most feet were good although I observed some long claws which do not help.

Minor Puppy Dog

Entries: 2   Absentees: 1

1st – Otterpaws Mountain High (Mr & Mrs G Birrel) This 8 month old grizzle boy is well constructed for his age with masculine head, good reach of neck, slightly high rump which along with his front movement will improve with age.

Puppy Dog

Entries: 1   Absentees: 1

Junior Dog

Entries: 5   Absentees: 2

A strong class with 3 nice dogs, all of which have strong characteristics that bode well for them and the breed.

1st – Achnagairn Baily Sweet (Mrs M Winder) Dark grizzle and tan jacket on this well presented and shown youngster, I liked his dark eye and strong muzzle. Good reach of neck into well placed shoulder, narrow bodied with good rear angulation, he moved out well coming and going.

2nd – Tojamatt Rhythm N’blues at Raedwulf (Mr M & Mrs V Atkinson) Another turned out in top coat and condition, with lots of good qualities, just preferred reach of neck and flowing movement of my class winner.

3rd – Karison Kustard (Miss K Johnson) Liked the head and expression of this dog.

Maiden Dog

Entries: 1   Absentees: 1

 Novice Dog

Entries: 2   Absentees: 1

1st – Karison Kroupier (Miss K Johnson) Well proportioned 14 month grizzle male who once settled moved out well, coat just coming in.

 Post Graduate Dog

Entries: 8   Absentees: 1

1st – Mysulan Going Solo JW (Mrs S J Baxter) This Blue and Tan male has the most super harsh coat and thick pelt, strong head with well placed ears. Moved with purpose and kept his good topline throughout to take the class.

2nd – Grettacs Music Master (Mrs J Littlefair) In full coat just going over, still lots to like about this dog. His head and expression are particularly noteworthy, preferred the rib of class winner.

3rd – Otterpaws Muninn (Mr & Mrs G Birrel)

Res – Tyneaster Undercover Agent For Vandamere JW (Mr S Pollit)

VHC – Westbound Dan (Mr C Tait)

 Limit Dog

Entries: 8   Absentees: 1

1st – Ridgebow Tracker (Mr N & Mrs A Duxbury) Slightly smaller type shown in full coat, under which he boasts a thick pelt. Short strong muzzle with keen dark eye and neat ears give him a pleasing otter like head. He moved with drive to win the class but for some reason didn’t match this in the challenge?

2nd – Glenbucket Highland Lad (Mrs M J Alexander & N Anderson) Turned out in lovely coat and condition he pushed hard in this class, just pipped on front movement.

3rd – Keebank Charlie’s Diamond (Mrs L Keeffe)

Res – Lairehope Highland Chief Of Tweedburn (Mrs C Archibald)

VHC – Raleniro Second Time Around ShCM (Mr M J & Mrs D A Lorraine & Miss P Thomas)

Open Dog

Entries: 3   Absentees: 0

1st – CH Karison Kosta (Miss K Johnson) Many outstanding features on this grizzle dog including his masculine head, good reach of neck and strong loin a fit and well boned dog who moved with drive and purpose. He has a good pelt but his coat was just coming through so was restricted to reserve best dog today.

2nd – Glenbucket Whisky Mac (Mrs A Howard) Outstanding body lines on another good specimen shown in full coat. Strong dentition and neat well placed ears are also features I noted on the day.

3rd – Ravenside Rumours About Caldewgate (Mr A E Burke)

Minor Puppy Bitch

Entries: 6   Absentees: 1

1st – Picer Beth Chatto (Mr G & Mrs S Pickering) Really rate this super young lady with so much type and quality, she was unlucky to meet a more mature puppy of equal virtue today.  Beautiful head and expression with bodylines to match, harsh double jacket and turned out to perfection. Her rear angulation is spot on allowing her to drive out well and take this class, looking forwards to seeing her develop.

2nd – Nottorg Nostalgia (Mrs A Taylor) Also rate this youngster who matched winner in many departments, just could not compete with head of winner but with time she may develop here too.

3rd – Carrickfarm Macey (Mrs M Armstrong)

Res – Keebank Snow Queen (Mrs L Keeffe)

VHC – Keebank Ice Maiden (Mrs S Morgan)

Puppy Bitch

Entries: 4   Absentees: 2

1st – Stineval Kordia (Mr & Mrs A G Horner) Having thought so highly about the minor puppy, I was pleasantly surprised that another high quality puppy entered the ring. Loved her keen expression and dark eye, her bodyline and super well laid back rib impressed. Her tight cat like feet were the best of the day and she moved with confidence and drive at every stage. Was pleased to credit her overall quality with reserve best bitch as well as best puppy, which was hard won given the quality of the other class winners.

2nd – Kelcraig Demora (Mr R M & Mrs H Rowland) Some good qualities in this puppy too, super rear angulation and coat with super tail set. Could not match the winner for expression.

 Junior Bitch

Entries: 7   Absentees: 1

The girls matched the dogs in another great class of youngsters which gave me a real challenge to ‘split hairs’ to place the top 3.

1st – Karison Krumble (Miss K Johnson) Her fitness and condition was such that she started from a strong position from the moment she entered the ring. Strong but feminine head with appealing expression. Good reach of neck and nice topline just falling away at the rump. To me her hindquarters are the definition of racey, not at all weak, well boned and muscled which would in my opinion allow her to be active all day.

2nd – Ridgebow Pendle Witch (Mr N & Mrs A Duxbury) Blue and Tan bitch with a strong head and muzzle, pleasure to find good rib under super harsh double jacket, narrow through and most carrot like tail well placed, pushed winner very hard.

3rd – Merumhor Blue Jasmine (Mr C & Mrs J Martin) Another quality Blue and Tan bitch which I also liked a lot.

Res – Lynsett Miss Marple (Mr J R & Mrs V Mann)

VHC – Kentixen Mystery (Mr C Tait)

 Maiden Bitch

Entries: 3   Absentees: 0

1st – Nottorg Nostalgia (Mrs A Taylor) See 2nd in Minor Puppy

2nd – Whittonglebe Hazy Mist (Mr G & Mrs J Mackenzie) A bit short in coat today but has nice dark eye and super reach of neck, slightly less well angulated at rear than winner.

3rd – Kelcraig Demora (Mr R M & Mrs H Rowland)

Novice Bitch

Entries: 7   Absentees: 3

1st – Ridgebow Pendle Witch (Mr N & Mrs A Duxbury) See 2nd in Junior

2nd – Beaconpike Northern Lights (Mr P and Mrs A Kennon) A very neat and well balanced bitch with many good qualities, liked her for size and condition slightly weaker in head than my winner.

3rd – Easter Sunshine (Mr C Tait)

Res – Whittonglebe Gem (Mr G & Mrs J Mackenzie)

 Post Graduate Bitch

Entries: 12   Absentees: 5

Had a real battle to place top two in a nice post graduate class which demonstrated the depth of quality present at the show.

1st – Bordurrock Tarot Woman (Mr D R & Mrs E Gillies) The tightest of thick harsh coat and good pelt on this feminine bitch who was not exaggerated in any department. Well placed neat ears held close to her head, liked her shoulder and narrow front moved well coming and going to win the class on front movement.

2nd – Keebank Withy Song (Mrs L Rostron) Another with harsh double jacket and good thick pelt, soft feminine expression, good rib and overall well proportioned with super well set on tail.

3rd – Raleniro New Rose (Mr M J & Mrs D A Lorraine)

Res – Stineval Malizia (Mr A & Mrs C Horner)

VHC – Dexlin Salix (Mr B & Mrs L P Inness)


Limit Bitch

Entries: 7   Absentees: 1

1st – Ridgebow Rusty Rivet (Mr N & Mrs A Duxbury) A real pleasure to go over and discover a well laid back rib under her full but harsh double jacket, slightly longer in body than some she maintained her topline when on the move. Dark nose and eyes completed what was for me a super otter like head which was the best of the day. Tight cat like feet and thick pads are necessary attributes for a day’s activity, whatever the ‘terrier terrain’ and she excelled here too.  This combined with her fitness and condition allowed her to move with drive, never putting a foot wrong, it gave me great pleasure to award her Best in Show.

2nd – Picer Flora Mcivor JW (Mr G & Mrs S Pickering) In super condition this quality bitch also strode out well, personal preference over head and expression were deciding factors in this super class.

3rd – Sulan Strictly Blues Dancin’ (Mrs S J Baxter) A Blue and Tan with lots to like including her super jacket that was one of the best today.

Res – Foxcraig Touch Of Magic For Dexlin (Mr B & Mrs L P Inness)

VHC – Picer Angelica to Nottorg ShCM (Mrs A Taylor)

Open Bitch

Entries: 3   Absentees: 3

Special Beginners Dog or Bitch

Entries: 1   Absentees: 1

 Veteran Dog or Bitch

Entries: 8   Absentees: 2

A mixed class of mature but still strong and active ‘gentle folk’ which made for a great class.

1st – CH Lairehope Lord of the Glen At Tweedburn (Mrs C A Archibald) Was a real pleasure to go over this strong grizzle 8 year old dog in super coat and condition. His masculine head and strong muzzle complemented by neat V shaped ears and dark eye. Good shoulder placement, strongest of loins and super set on tail, his rear angulation and fitness allowed him to stride out, he occasionally lost his outline on the move, but this didn’t detract from his overall outstanding quality for me. Was pleased to award him best Dog, best Veteran and Reserve BIS as well as Best Opposite Sex.

2nd – Int/Am/Can CH Sulan Fancy That (Mrs S J Baxter) Would hardly believe this bitch is 10 years old and she remains a real quality lady, with super head and expression, good topline with well set on tail, preferred the front movement of my winner today buts she pushed him hard in every department.

3rd – Grettacs the Wizard ShCM (Mr B & Mrs L P Inness) I called this dog back into the dog challenge having placed the class winner as top dog, I genuinely like this chap who was slightly unlucky to be in such good company today.

Res – Minx’s Diamond (Mrs N Anderson)

VHC – Seymours Bubble And Squeak

CHILD HANDLING – Judge Mr J Graham 
6-11 age Lucy Johnson- Storey
12-16 age Caitlin Lister – BEST JUNIOR HANDLER

The Northern BTC Champ Show
Saturday 15th July 2017
Judge: Mrs P McLellan (Breconbeds

Best in Show: Bardenfox Pussy Galore JW
Reserve Best in Show: Olympia De Paris Fiery Lucifer
Best Opposite Sex: CH Cobstoneway River Magic

Best Puppy in Show: Keebank Snow Queen
Reserve Best Puppy in Show: Mysulan Mythical Mylo

Best Veteran in Show: CH Cobstoneway River Magic

Dog CC: CH Cobstoneway River Magic
Res Dog CC: Ravenside Rumours About Caldewgate
Best Dog Puppy: Mysulan Mythical Mylo

Bitch CC: Bardenfox Pussy Galore JW
Res Bitch CC: Olympia De Paris Fiery Lucifer
Best Bitch Puppy: Keebank Snow Queen

My thanks to the committee and members for giving me the opportunity to judge this show, with such an excellent entry. However, I’m sorry to say that I was alarmed to see so many dogs that were short in both rib and leg, resulting in short backed and cobby looking dogs with deep briskets. I also observed that some of these same dogs had pleasant enough heads but carried very small teeth.
Movement was a major concern; decent enough dogs to examine but poor fronts on the move spoiled the whole picture – toeing in and/or with incorrect shoulder angulation. Some were really wide in front.
Veteran Dog (8-1)
1st: Spencer’s Ch Cobstoneway River Magic J.W.,ShCM.
Eight years old in superb hard condition. Great head with strong powerful jaw, good reach of neck, clean shoulders and good length of rib. Muscular hind quarters and moved out effortlessly. DCC; BoS.BV.
2nd: Dean’s Ch/AmCan Ch Cedarhill Beyond the Stars JW Re- Import
Another worthy seven year old champion in good hard condition as one would expect from this kennel. Good head and expression, moved out well keeping a good topline. Just preferred the winner’s overall picture.
3rd: Matthews Ch Rexlands Cock Robin
Minor Puppy Dog (6)
1st: Baxter’s Mysulan Mythical Mylo
Quality b/t pup. Nice size, good head & expression. Nice dark eye, neat ears, harsh jacket and thick pelt. Well muscled hindquarters with good bend of stifle. Showed well. BPD.
2nd: Ryan’s Kensteen Boogie Nights
Dark grizzle dog, nice head which will mature. Decent body lines. Just needs time for everything to come together.
3rd: Russell’s Keebank Jack Frost
Puppy Dog (7-2)
1st: Bailey’s Lockhaugh Linx to Grindelvald
Rather a long rangey dog which was short on coat today but good texture indicated that a good coat was coming through. Pleasing in head and expression and he moved out well.
2nd: Ruth’s Bowencloud Busy Bee
Up to size but spannable grizzle dog in good coat. Nice head, good mouth and nice eye. Moved out positively. Needs to mature.
3rd: Johnson’s Karison Kroupier
Junior Dog (10-3)
1st: Spafford’s Oakyard Out’n About at Dasset
Red grizzle dog – lovely type. I liked his head very much. Good mouth, dark eye and neat ears. Super coat and pelt. Lovely cat-like feet with thick pads. His front needs to tighten up – which held him back today.
2nd: Haughton’s Chorbeck Space Cowboy
Grizzle dog in a nice tight jacket and thick pelt. Good for bone. Lovely head and expression. Good bite. Moved out well. Just preferred overall picture of the winner.
3rd: Matthews’ Tojamatt Moriarty
Yearling Dog (3)
1st Chorbeck Space Cowboy
2nd: Tait’s West Bound Dan
Nice type of dog in lovely harsh jacket. Good size with good head, but his wide front let him down.
3rd: Wanless’s Akenside Eventide
Maiden Dog (2-1)
1st: Khatchikian’s Jrasmuyr Codex
Stood alone. Tall rangey dog, heavily built. Strong in head. Mouth OK. Front movement let him down.
Novice Dog  (3-1)
1st: Spafford’s Oakyard Out’n About at Dassett
2nd: Hollingsbee’s Tarkaswell Smart Move to Otterwood
Dark grizzle dog in good harsh jacket. Nicely put together, good in rib. Still only a puppy so has time to develop. Preferred the head of the winner.
Postgraduate Dog (14)
1st: Baxter’s Mysulan Going Solo J.W.
Typey b/t male in good coat order, nice head, good reach of neck and length of rib. Ample bone – moved out well keeping a level topline. Lots to like.
2nd: Archibald’s Lairehope Highland Chief of Tweedburn
Dark grizzle dog with moderately strong head. Nice expression. Good strong jaw. Similar to the winner but preferred the front of the winner.
3rd: Fleming’s Cedarhill Ghost Writer
Mid Limit Dog (5)
1st: Lorraine/Thomas’s Raleniro Second Time Around
Grizzle dog in good harsh jacket. Pleasing in head and body lines. Well muscled quarters. Moved out well.
2nd: Haughton’s Chorbeck Chatty Man J.W ShCM
Similar type to the first. In good hard condition. Covered the ground well on the move. Slightly deeper in brisket to the winner.
3rd: Dixon’s Stineval Pontiac from Thornheswin
Limit Dog (12-3)
1st: Burke’s Ravenside Rumours About Caldewgate
Dark grizzle dog .Liked his head; body proportions and construction. Covered by a good jacket and thick pelt. RDCC.
2nd: Clark’s Gameway McVitie J.W.
Similar remarks apply to this dog. Just preferred the head type of the winner.
3rd: Carr’s Thorneyburn Peacepipe at Wreighaugh
Open Dog (6-1)
1st: Johnson’s Karison Kosta
Up to size grizzle dog in very thick jacket which made him look heavier than he is. Slightly deep in brisket but preferred his body length and front to my 2nd placing.
2nd: Horner’s Ch Stineval Napoleon
Another well known champion who was in tip top condition. Nice for size, pleasing head and expression with well muscled quarters.
3rd: Dean’s Cedarhill Once upon a Time
Special Beginners Dog (2)
1st: Ruth’s Bowencloud Busy Bee.
2nd: Birrell’s Otterpaws Munnin
Smaller type , with adequate bone. Pleasing head. Good coat texture, topline and tailset.
Veteran Bitch (6-1)
1st: Lorraine’s Bubble & Squeak for Raleniro ShCM
Eight years old and carrying her age well. In good coat and pelt. Nice facial expression, moved out well keeping a good topline.
2nd: Baxter’s Int/Am/Can Ch Sulan Fancy That
Ten year old nicely constructed bitch, though she is starting to show her age she strode out well, still keeping a level topline. Preferred the overall picture of the winner.
3rd: Keefe’s Keycharm Miss Muffet.
Minor Puppy Bitch (7-1)
1st: Keeffe’s Keebank Snow Queen
A lovely 6mth old puppy. I liked her very much. Everything was in proportion – size, head, body length….Good harsh jacket and a straight narrow front. Well angulated quarters and she moved out well on thickly padded feet. BPB & BP.
2nd: Horner’s Stineval Kordia
Another nice puppy in good fit condition. Nice head and expression. Good mouth; nice eye and good ear set. Moved well. Preferred the body length of the winner.
3rd: Thomas’s Blaisdon Step in Time
Puppy Bitch (7)
1st: Fraser’s Achnagairn Touch of Class
The name suits this little bitch. Loved her type – lovely head, dark eye, neat ear set; good for bone – unfortunately she was short of coat but what was there was of good texture, so I couldn’t go past her!
2nd: Martin’s Merumhor Blue Jasmine
b/t bitch with a good coat and pelt. Nice head with a dark eye. Very similar to the winner but I preferred the winner’s overall balance.
3rd: Haughton’s Chorbeck Angel Eyes
Junior Bitch (18-4)
1st: Duxbury’s Ridgebow Pendle Witch
B/t bitch in excellent coat condition. Good head, mouth and eye. Held her topline on the move.
Nice front and super tight feet which were few and far between today!
2nd Mann’s Lynsett Miss Marple
Another smart looking bitch. Pleasing in head and expression. Ample bone and length of rib. Harsh jacket and thick pelt. Nice topline and tailset.
3rd: Johnson’s Karison Krumble
Yearling Bitch (8-1)
1st: Metcalfe’s Tojomatt Myth for Chevinor
Won this class on overall type. Nice red grizzle bitch. Super tight coat; lovely head and expression. Good eye, mouth and neat V shaped ears. Moved and showed well.
2nd: Towers & Pearson’s Shiftyfox Fairymist
Dark grizzle – another in great coat condition with a good head and expression. Moved and showed well. Preferred the overall balance of the winner.
3rd: Potts’ Henley Star
Maiden Bitch (7-3)
1st: Horner’s Stineval Kordia
2nd: Heathcote’s Wadesleia Lady Madonna Saxheath
Pleasing type of bitch with nice head, good mouth, dark eye. In good coat, ample bone . Good length of back and showed well.
3rd: Khatchikian’s Jrasuyr Violette Szabo
Novice Bitch (2)
1st: McNicholas’ Micustins Little Helper
Rangey grizzle bitch, pleasing head and good mouth. Nice length of neck and ribcage. Decent topline and tailset. Showed well.
2nd: Alexander’s Glenbucket Mags Lexie
Up to size bitch, rather deep in brisket. Difficult to span and without coat- sadly not her day.
Postgraduate Bitch (19-4)
The disparity of types and sizes in this class made it one of the most difficult classes to judge today.
1st: Fraser’s Achnagairn Prim nProper
Lovely size of grizzle bitch in good hard condition with a harsh jacket, thick pelt and beautiful typey head. Good mouth and eye. Nice length of rib and overall a lovely balanced bitch.
2nd: Horner’s Stineval Malizia
b/t bitch in excellent coat and condition. Nice feminine head and expression. Good bone structure carried on neat feet. Moved out well.
3rd: Fraser’s Achnagairn Tutti Frutti
Mid Limit Bitch (9-2)
1st: Kubik’s Olympia de Paris Fiery Lucifer
Beautifully balanced bitch in pin wire jacket. Lovely otter head, dark expressive eyes; good mouth, strong underjaw. Good reach of neck into well laid shoulders; perfect topline and tailset. Straight parallel front and well muscled hindquarters Moved soundly and true. RBCC. RBiS.
2nd: Brannan/Kelly’s Brankell Double or Quits
Another well presented bitch in good coat order. Lovely feminine head with correct bite, nice eye. Good bone structure and body length. Lots to like about her.
3rd: Pickering’s Picer Flora McIvor J.W.
Limit Bitch (9-2)
1st: Moore’s Bardenfox Pussy Galore J.W.
This bitch had everything I was looking for. She was beautifully balanced and well constructed. A lovely bitch to go over, she had the best of jackets. Super feminine head and expression. Good length of back into well angulated hindquarters. Moved out effortlessly BCC & BiS. I understand this made her up today.
2nd: Hamilton’s Bruadar Girl at Cromlechs
Another lovely bitch with some of the same attributes as the winner. Lots to like about her. Unlucky to meet the winner today.
3rd: Gregory’s Remony Frosted Ivy J.W. Sh CM
Open Bitch (8-3)
1st: Spencer’s Ploughdown Persephone
Attractive, elegant bitch. Good overall balance, nice head, good mouth and eye. Neat earset. Good body length, level topline on the move with good tailset. Moved well.
2nd: Pickering’s Picer Aimee Vilbert J.W.
Similar in type to the winner but a touch deeper in brisket. In good coat condition, ample bone.
Preferred the balance of the winner.
3rd: Sansom’s Ch Tarkaswell Double Agent J.W. Sh CM.
Special Beginners Bitch (5-2)
1st: Dixon’s Wings of Speed at Otterpaws
Nice size of b/t bitch, with a pleasing head. In good coat and neat throughout.
2nd: McNicholas’s Micustins Little Helper
3rd: Axon/Taylor’s Brackenfell Boogaloo
Special Working (1)
1st: Khatchikian’s Stonechester Question Von Jrasmuyr MFH SCTB 437
Large dog with decent coat, strong head and good mouth. Deep in brisket. Movement could be much better.

Joint Border Terrier Club Champ Show

Hosted by The Northern Border Terrier Club
Sun 30th April 2017
Judge: Kathy Wilkinson (Otterkin)

Entries: 197 making 216 entries, plus 5 NFC

Best In Show: CH Southash Blue Betty Boo Gameway JW
Reserve Best in Show: Otterbobs Xolana
Best Opposite Sex: CH Cobstoneway River Magic JW Sh CM
Best Puppy in Show: Karison Krumble
Best Veteran In Show: CH Southash Blue Betty Boo Gameway JW

Dog CC: CH Cobstoneway River Magic JW Sh CM
Res Dog CC: CH Brackenfell Bok To Bach JW
Best Dog Puppy: Karison Krumble

Bitch CC: CH Southash Blue Betty Boo Gameway JW
Res Bitch CC: CH Otterbobs Xolana
Best Bitch Puppy: Karison Krumble

As a novice exhibitor I enjoyed the first round of the Joint shows which I attended in the 1980s and always thought they were very special shows. I could never have imagined then, that one day I would be judging one of these prestigious shows, so thank you to the Northern Border Terrier Club Officers and Committee for hosting this year’s Joint show and to the Club for asking me to judge. Special thanks to the two amazing ring stewards, Graham Richardson and Bob Blackley for all their help on the day and to the two collecting ring stewards Craig Dixon and James Graham. Thanks go also to all the exhibitors for this lovely entry both numerically and in so much depth of quality throughout, making some decisions very hard and making this a very special day for me. In many classes I would happily have given a first place to all five placed and been happy to award a placing to those who sadly had to leave without a card. That is both a judge’s pleasure and pain, as I hate for those I really like to be down the line! Only one wry mouth. There were a couple who were almost level and one with a tooth out of place, which I did not penalise.

All the top winners had excellent dentition. On the whole, coats were excellent with only a small number in their underclothes and they paid the penalty. I will not penalise a lack of coat in a top quality dog, providing what is there is tight and has good undercoat, though when it comes down to the highest awards, or even class placements, this has to tell when so many good dogs abound.

Thank you to Joyce Martin for taking the show photos; as a breed we are very lucky to have Joyce in attendance at so many shows.

There were many classes where the quality was so good, it was splitting hairs and the decisions were very hard, especially in Open Dog and Open Bitch and many times I wished I had more than one first place to give and more than five placements for the class too. Very pleased overall with the quality in depth here.

Bitch CC and Best In Show: Mrs P Clark’s Ch Southash Blue Betty Boo Gameway JW:

So, the best waited today until the very last class to make an appearance in Veteran Bitch. Until I saw her, I had in my mind the outstanding star who had won the previous class as the most likely to be taking this top award, but Betty Boo blew that idea away. I first judged her at the City of Birmingham Ch show in 2009 when she was only 10 months old, but she was an outstanding Border even at that young age (just at the right stage of development for a puppy) and despite giving myself a good talking to in 2009, as I had never awarded a CC to a puppy before, she won the Bitch CC and Best of Breed that day and so was to repeat it here today, now as an 8 and 1/2 year old Veteran. A spine tingling moment for me and no doubt for her owner and for her breeder.

When I judge, for the top awards I want to feel the excitement, of seeing such a good one, in my heart as well as in my head. As I walked around the Veteran bitch class, I was marvelling at how lovely they all were and then, there in the ring, the last one at the end of the line made me pull up sharply. The last one to be gone over on the table in this whole show, was Betty Boo and I melted. She did not disappoint on the table and it was difficult at this moment to maintain my composure as she still has it all and was so beautifully presented in top form. My notes on tape include “She is as perfect now as she was when a puppy.” That otter like head, with those keen dark eyes and good proportions and strong  jaw while at the same time being refined, that workmanlike body, lithe and graceful but purposeful. The best of blue and tan jackets with excellent “ticking” and her thick, pliable  pelt. She is so easy to span now, as she was as a puppy.  From her previous critique, the same comments still apply as she has reached maturity – a lovely straight, narrow front, moving so well both coming and going, moving round the ring like she owned it, which she actually did today. She has the star quality, while being an honest, workmanlike bitch. She has all the necessary essentials for a working terrier, with a good narrow front, lovely shaped rib, carried well back and was easily spanned. She has a good topline and excellent length of body, topped off by a good tail, well set on. Thank you for letting me have the pleasure of going over her again and to see that she fulfilled her early promise, given that I now understand this is her 17th CC – well done!

Reserve Bitch CC and Reserve Best In Show: Mr J R & Mrs H Gilpin’s Ch Otterbobs Xolana:

Another favourite, I have loved this girl since I judged her in 2015 at the Yorks, Lancs and Cheshire BTC Ch show. She was in an exceedingly good class of stars but outshone them today, as she has done before. I would happily award this girl a CC and since I judged her last, I was so pleased to see she has gained her title, one she richly deserves. She is so well balanced and full of breed type, so sound with a beautiful feminine head of the best, she spans so easily, comes to hand so easily and has that extra special something which sets her apart. Her coat was immaculate and she can certainly move well on lovely small, tight, cat like feet. Her type, size, correct bone and balance won through in a very hot Open bitch class, where she gave me chills going over her on the table and watching her move. I was pleased to award her top honours again. Oh for more than one CC to hand out when the quality is as good as this!

Dog CC and Best Opposite Sex: Miss C Spencer’s Ch Cobstoneway River Magic JW ShCM

What a star, belying his age, as did the Best in Show. He powered around the ring on small, tight feet with thick pads and giving true movement fore and aft. Loved the type on this young man, with a head of the best, short, strong muzzle and good ear placement. He has a good length of body, which is where he pipped the Reserve CC winner in the final analysis. He was easily spanned today and has an excellent jacket with a thick pliable pelt. At just over 7 and 1/2 years of age, he is at the peak of his perfection.  Very hard decision between him and the Res Dog CC winner, I just preferred his longer length of body.

Reserve Dog CC: Mr C Hall & Miss L Ellis’ Ch Brackenfell Bok To Bach JW:

Well, what a thrill to judge this boy again today. He gave me chills when he was moving in the triangle. Fabulous head and so well put together. Put down in immaculate order as usual. Good refined otter head with lovely dark eye and keen expression, ears dropping forward close to the cheek and a strong jaw. Quite the showman. Reserve Dog CC, just preferring the length of body of the CC winner.

Best Puppy in show: Miss K Johnson’s Karison Krumble: Lovely dark grizzle coat and a very attractive head with typical and correct 1/3rds to 2/3rds proportions. Real otter head with good dark eye. Nice straight front and she moved beautifully on small tight feet throughout the class and in the challenge for Best Puppy Bitch and eventually Best Puppy in Show. She spans so easily and has a fantastic thick, loose pelt and excellent double jacket. Excellent tail shape and comes straight off the top of her back. She had to go some to beat the others in her excellent class. Bodes so well for the breed for the future that we have so many good young ones coming through.

Minor Puppy – Dog Entries: 7   Absentees: 1

1st – Lockhaugh Linx To Grindelvald (Mrs M Bailey): Lovely make and shape on this young dog. Lovely reach of neck and good level topline, with good shape of tail, well set on. Excellent shape of ribs carried well back and a thick, pliable pelt. He caught my eye as he came in the ring and did not disappoint on the table or when moving, as he moved with confidence and accuracy on small, tight feet. Good otter-like head with dark eye with an excellent keen expression. Best Puppy Dog as he was moving the best of the two dog puppies and Reserve Best Puppy in Show.

2nd – Tarkaswell Smart Move To Otterwood (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee): Another very nice puppy who was moving really well today. Just falls away a little under the eye. He has an excellent thick pelt and a good double coat. Good reach of neck.

3rd – Bowencloud Busy Bee (Mrs S J Ruth): Kind expression with super dark eye on this lovely headed puppy. Perhaps a little well off for bone at this age. Good length of body with lovely tail, well set on. Apart from turning a paw out in the final decision time, he did very well and moved soundly throughout.

Res – Tojamatt Rhythm N’blues at Raedwulf (Mr M & Mrs V Atkinson)

VHC – Karison Kroupier (Miss K Johnson)

Puppy – Dog Entries: 8   Absentees: 1

1st – Baillieswells Glengyle At Glebeheath (Mrs J Guvercin): Beautiful make and shape on this dog. Loved his reach of neck. Such a lovely otter head with a small, dark eye and a good strong muzzle. Ears perhaps a tad big at this stage but hopefully will grow into them. Lovely straight front but was moving a little erratically in the front which cost him higher honours when it came to the decision for Best Puppy Dog. Fantastic coat and pelt. Lovely tail, right off the top of his back, although he has a habit at the moment of holding it to the side when moving, though not when standing. He is well off for bone but spans easily. Ribs carried well back.

2nd – Karison Kustard (Miss K Johnson): Although not carrying much coat at the moment, what was there was tight. Another puppy with a fabulous head and he has a good ear set. Liked his small, neat feet. Good length of body. Good tail, well set on. Good bend of stifle.

3rd – Tojamatt Rhythm N’blues (Mr M & Mrs V Atkinson): Was reserve in Minor Puppy Dog class; he is very much a raw baby but I loved his head. Good straight front. While he has a double coat and I see evidence of undercoat, his topcoat was not as harsh today as those placed above him.

Res – Lynsett Lewis (Mr P Armstrong)

VHC – Karison Red Rock (Miss S Coop)

Junior – Dog Entries: 7   Absentees: 1

1st – Cedarhill Ghost Writer (Mrs M Fleming): Lovely balance on this dog. Although short of coat today, he moved the best in the class. Super otter head, though I would prefer if more of the longer face furnishings on his muzzle were removed (his muzzle is strong enough not to need this extra hair). Good straight front and a lovely topline. Excellent rib shape which gives the pleasing outline when viewed from above and was easily spanned. Pleased to see a lot of the show dogs today also have a pleasant home life, as evidenced in this case by his good hard condition with good muscle tone throughout and on good second thigh.

2nd – Tojamatt Moriarty (Mr & Mrs D Matthews): Really liked this dog; he powered around the ring. Good dark eye, giving an excellent expression on his lovely otter head. Lovely straight front when standing; just failed a little to the first on front movement. Excellent thick double coat.

3rd – Chorbeck Space Cowboy (Mrs H Haughton): Lovely body shape under that heavy coat today. Thick double coat may have made him look heavy from the ringside, but he was easily spanned. Although coat plentiful, it was a little soft as think ready to come out. He was looking a little dour today. Would prefer more fill under the eye, nevertheless a good prospect for the future.

Res – Oxcroft Jethro (Mr J Price)

VHC – Stowthorney Renegade (Mr R Brewster & Ms J Green)

Yearling – Dog Entries: 9   Absentees: 3

1st – Southash Deputy Sheriff At Smurfski (Mr J Yore): Really liked the size and shape of this boy. He was easily spanned and moved very well. Another with a lovely shaped rib when viewed from above and he comes to hand easily. Lovely refined otter head with nice dark eye. Good straight front. Good tail, well set on. On reaching home and reading the catalogue, pleased to see he is out of my Best in Show.

2nd – Hawcoat Mr Fixit (Mrs E J & Miss R C Larner): Loved this blue and tan boy. He was longer cast than the first. He has a slightly lighter eye than I prefer. Moved well. He is so easy to span and has a good bend of stifle.

3rd – Tufterslodge Tea For Two (Ms M V Woollacott): A little shorter coupled and correspondingly a little shorter in the rib than the two above him, but he has a gorgeous otter head and well placed ears, dropping forward close to the cheek and he moved well enough.

Res – Mysulan Going Solo JW (Mrs S J Baxter)

VHC – Lairehope Duke Diamante (Mr P & Mrs K Lothian)

Novice – Dog Entries: 2   Absentees: 0

1st – Baillieswells Glengyle At Glebeheath (Mrs J Guvercin)

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

Graduate – Dog Entries: 6   Absentees: 0

1st – Cedarhill Ghost Writer (Mrs M Fleming): For full report, see his first placing in Junior Dog. While still a young dog, he won this 2nd class for him on his excellent body shape and hind movement. A little loose in front movement in this class, but he has time to improve there.

2nd – Ridgebow Tracker (Mr N & Mrs A Duxbury): Very difficult decision between the first and second here. Loved the rich red coat on this boy. He has a fantastic top coat and excellent thick, pliable pelt, as with all from this kennel. Sadly today he was lacking in undercoat and he was moving a bit erratically behind. He has just the right amount of bone. Loved his head with a varminty expression of the best. Another showing great promise.

3rd – Tyneaster Special Agent at Raedwulf (Mr M & Mrs V Atkinson): Lighter grizzle dog, he was a little deeper in chest than the first two but has the correct amount of bone, not overdone. Falls away a little under the eye, but he has a very kind expression and moved quite well today

Res – Fieldsearch Phantom (Mr D Pearson & Ms A Towers)

VHC – Kirkbyvalley Silent Storm (Mr L Jackson & Miss L M Dugdale )

Post Graduate – Dog Entries: 8   Absentees: 2

1st – Brumborder Willow Balm (Dr M A Mccall): VERY hard decision here between the first and second. Love the type on this dark red grizzle boy. Yes, he tends to move very fast around the ring and could be slowed down to get the most out of him I think. He has a superb head, with a lovely keen, dark eye. Lovely straight front. Good shoulders and excellent topline. Loved his rib shape.

2nd – Southash Deputy Sheriff At Smurfski (Mr J Yore): see my comments when he was first in Yearling dog. Pity to meet such a good dog on top form today and could change places with ease on another day.

3rd – Keebank Charlie’s Diamond (Mrs L Keeffe): Very nice type on this boy, though I would prefer a darker eye. Good double coat and moved well today.

Res – Tyneaster Special Agent at Raedwulf (Mr M & Mrs V Atkinson)

VHC – Breckgreen Soldier Blue (Mr R Brewster & Ms. J. Green)

Mid Limit – Dog Entries: 10   Absentees: 2

1st – Raleniro Second Time Around (Mr M J & Mrs D A Lorraine & Miss P Thomas): Loved the neck on this dog and my notes say what a gorgeous head he has. Lovely dark eyes of correct size. Good strong muzzle. Lovely topline and tailset, he just stood away from all the rest. He was easily spanned and moved well both ways throughout the class.

2nd – Stineval Pontiac From Thornheswin (Mr J C Dixon): Smaller dog all through but liked his head, he has a short strong muzzle and correct 1/3rds to 2/3rds proportions; would just prefer a little more fill under the eye. Good rib and spanned easily.

3rd – Foxpaw Pipps Cross (Mr P & Mrs H Fulker): Smaller dog, very neat all round and so easily spanned. Little lighter in the eye. Good head with ear placement perfect. Moved really well all through the class on small, neat feet.

Res – Stowthorney Mr Tickle JW (Mr R Brewster & Ms J Green)

VHC – Orangebox Dark Energy (Mr M & Mrs T Anscombe)

Limit – Dog Entries: 9   Absentees: 1

A very hard decision right down the line in this class as I liked all five placed very much. These are the highs and lows of judging, when good dogs that a judge really likes, have to be placed and you would prefer five firsts!

1st – Grettacs the Wizard ShCM (Mr B & Mrs L P Inness): Loved the head and neck on this boy. Lovely small, dark eye. Excellent straight front. Just the right amount of bone and a good topline and tailset. Good double coat. He was moving very well both ways.

2nd – Dandyhow Galloping Gourmet JW (Mrs K M Irving): Upstanding dog with a lovely head. Not as thick in coat today as the first. He moved around the ring with a lot of enthusiasm and showed his socks off. Lovely tail, well set on.

3rd – Glenbucket Highland Lad (Mrs M J Alexander & Mrs N Anderson): Lovely type on this dog and another who was moving well. Easily spanned, though a little shorter in rib. Very quiet dog but he has lots of promise. Lovely double jacket and loose, thick pelt. Excellent carroty tail.

Res – Karison Kosta (Miss K Johnson)

VHC – Stineval Basil of Cromlechs ShCM (Miss K Hamilton)

Open – Dog Entries: 9   Absentees: 2

Another very difficult class, with so many stars right down the line. Such a privilege to judge so many good dogs.

1st – CH Brackenfell Bok To Bach JW (Mr C Hall & Miss L Ellis):  For critique, see above

2nd – Cedarhill Once Upon a Time (Mrs C Dean): Really loved this blue and tan dog, who has just the right amount of bone. Such a lovely head with a good dark eye and a short, strong muzzle. Perhaps a little more length of neck would complete the picture, but his excellent jacket and thick pelt are of the best. Lovely thick, short carrot shaped tail.

3rd – CH Bandicoot Doc Martin (Ms V L K Docwra): A dog I have admired from the ringside and who does not disappoint on going over him and watching him move. Such a strong class – any of these three could change places on another day. Fantastic jacket. Just preferred the rib on the first two today. Super head with gorgeous dark eyes, excellent keen expression and ears dropping forward close to the cheek.

Res – Benattivo Betfred (Mr C P & Mrs S J Girling)

VHC – Wadesleia Mr Herriot (Mrs H A & Mr A Fletcher)

Veteran – Dog Entries: 11   Absentees: 2

1st – CH Cobstoneway River Magic JW ShCM (Miss C Spencer): for critique, see above.

2nd – Foxpaw Brilliant Disguise (Mr P & Mrs H Fulker): At just turned seven years old, he was one of the youngsters in this class. Lovely head with dark eye and kind expression. Possessing a good reach of neck and nicely shaped body; he was easy to span and of a good, handy size, he also had a lovely carrot shaped tail right off the top of his back.

3rd – Ruelata Acrobat At Redfox (Mr & Mrs D B Marr): Belying his 11 years, he was in good condition and has a lovely dark eye, with good ear set, dropping forward close to his cheek and a strong muzzle. Moving nicely on neat feet.

Res – CH Rexland’s Cock Robin (Mr D & Mrs A Matthews)

VHC – CH Irton Up Helly Aa (Mr D & Mrs A Fryer)

Special Open Working Dog or Bitch Entries: 3   Absentees: 1

1st – CIB CH IT/FRA/CROA/SLOV/RSM Stonechester Apostrapite Von Jrasamuyr MFH SBTC 438 (Miss C Khatchikian): Nice conformation on this bitch, she was moving well, showing today a relaxed, calm personality. Good otter head with ears dropping forward close to the cheek. Would prefer a darker eye. She was a little difficult to span.

2nd – CIB CH IT, FRA, CROA, SLOV Stonechester  Question Von Jrasamuyr MFH SBTC 437 (Miss C Khatchikian); Very punishing head with varminty expression, though a wry mouth. Moved round the ring with confidence and joie de vivre, though he was a little difficult to span.

Minor Puppy – Bitch Entries: 15   Absentees: 4

1st – Esyntona Whisper (Mr I Hopper): Loved this puppy as soon as she came in the ring. She is very sound and has a sweet, feminine head with lovely dark eyes and an excellent varminty expression which was very appealing, also lovely ears, dropping forward close to the cheek. She stands well balanced on neat feet and the best of legs, with just the right amount of bone and a good bend of stifle, she was moving well for one so young. Lovely thick pelt and good coat. Lovely shaped body and nice short, carrot shaped tail. Very much a baby and just right for her age of just one day shy of 7 months. What a lot of promise she has and I will watch her progress with interest.

2nd – Stineval Kordia (Mr A G & Mrs C Horner): Another very promising puppy with a lovely ottery head and good expression. Good reach of neck and she has good bone, not overdone in any way. Good balanced outline, with her tail right off the top of her back. She is very much a baby and is another one showing great promise for the future.

3rd – Bowencloud The Bee Charmer (Mrs S J Ruth): Another lovely puppy, showing well in a strong class, she moved very well around the ring and caught my eye on the first go-around, though was slightly dipped in the back at times. Lovely dark eye full of keen expression with a good flow-through from the nose to the occiput. Correct amount of bone.

Res – Tarkaswell Smart Thinking (Mrs C E Sansom)

VHC – Merumhor Blue Jasmine (Mr C & Mrs J Martin)

Puppy – Bitch Entries: 10   Absentees: 1

Very hard decision between the first three in this class. What a promising future this breed has with three puppies like this in one class. Loved them all.

1st – Karison Krumble (Miss K Johnson): for critique, see above.

2nd – Achnagairn Touch Of Class (Mrs A Fraser): This lady is a little longer cast than the first. Another with a fantastic coat and pelt. Just preferred the head on the winner, though this puppy has a decent head and is well off for bone; she has a lot to recommend her.

3rd – Oakyard On Song (Mr J Parry): Another pretty head and a good rangy body, she spanned easily and moved well.

Res – Gameway China Girl (Mrs P Clark)

VHC – Totherend Blue Jean Topsy (Mr R G & Mrs E A Wright)

Junior – Bitch Entries: 18   Absentees: 6

1st – Northborders Lady Mary (Miss J North): Blue and tan bitch out of the top drawer took the first prize here. Caught my eye as soon as she came in the ring; what a fantastic mover she is. Lovely balanced body. Gorgeous otter head with small dark eye and keen expression. Lovely straight front. The best of jackets, immaculately turned out. Tail coming straight off the top of the back. Easily spanned with ribs carried well back. My end notes say “A joy to behold; what a lovely bitch”.  Good luck in the future, which I feel sure is bright.

2nd – Foxpaw Revelation JW (Mr P & Mrs H Fulker): I really liked this bitch, she moved very well. She has such a pretty, feminine head. Good ears, dropping forward close to the cheek. Moved very well throughout the class. Was so very easily spanned.

3rd – Ridgebow Pendle Witch (Mr N & Mrs A Duxbury): Have loved this bitch from when I first saw her being shown. She might look heavy from the ringside, but when you span her, the bit that cannot be spanned is ALL PELT, which would slip away from her when she needed to negotiate anywhere underground and be a great asset in any situation. Super double jacket of the best. She has a fantastic otter head with the correct 1/3rds to 2/3rds ratio. Lovely dark eye with keen expression. Lovely straight front too. Maybe just a little too well off for bone. Good bend of stifle and lovely tail, well set on.

Res – Tojamatt Myth for Chevinor (Mrs H A Metcalfe)

VHC – Wadesleia Dear Prudence (Mrs H A & Mr A Fletcher)

Yearling – Bitch Entries: 15   Absentees: 4

Another very hard decision between the first five in this class.

1st – Ridgebow Rusty Rivet (Mr N & Mrs A Duxbury): Took this difficult class with her excellent length of body and her lovely reach of neck, with her beautiful otter-like head with correct ratio again and dark eyes with very alert, varminty expression. Perfect ear set. Good straight front as usual from this kennel.  Lovely body lines. Again, as usual from this kennel, thick, pliable, loose pelt and excellent coat. Not many kennels are so consistent in this type and quality.

2nd – Charlie’s Copycat Via Otterbobs (Mr J R & Mrs H Gilpin): Another very nice bitch, she has a lovely coat and pelt and a super otter head. Could perhaps change places on another day. Very hard decision between these two as so many similar remarks apply.

3rd – Shiftyfox Fairymist (Mr D Pearson & Ms A Towers): Smaller all round and preferred the underjaw on the first two, but she has a lovely otter head with very nice flow through from nose to occiput. Good eyes with varminty expression. Lovely rib shape and she moved really well today throughout the whole class.

Res – Benattivo Fire Flower JW (Mrs C P & Mrs S J Girling)

VHC – Stineval Malizia (Mr A G & Mrs C Horner)

Novice – Bitch Entries: 7   Absentees: 1

1st – Cedarhill Correspondence (Mrs C Dean): A neat little bitch and although small all through, she is well put together and has a lovely reach of neck. Lovely otter head. She has a good tail, well set on and she moved really well on small, tight feet, throughout the class.

2nd – Tarkaswell Smart Thinking (Mrs C E Sansom): Was reserve in Minor Puppy Bitch. A longer cast bitch who was looking well. She has a good reach of neck and a good topline and tailset, though can at times appear to dip her back a little She just falls away a little under the eyes and I would prefer perhaps a little more bone.

3rd – Houndshope Mell Fell (Mr P W & Mrs B Iredale): Unplaced in her previous class. Ears a little big, but still a nice prospect head-wise as she has a really dark eye and a good, strong muzzle in an attractive otter-like head. Good tailset and good bend of stifle.

Res – Fisherbloom Diaboli At Otterwood (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee)

VHC – Brackenfell Boogaloo (J Axon & D Taylor)

Graduate – Bitch Entries: 7   Absentees: 2

1st – Picer Flora McIvor JW (Mr G & Mrs S Pickering): Lovely body shape on this bitch and easily spanned. Moving very well and accurately both fore and aft. Has a lovely otter head with dark eyes with keen expression; would still prefer a smaller ear. Just the right amount of bone, she spans easily and has a thick, pliable pelt and good jacket, topped off with a tailset of the best.

2nd – Otterwood Domina Candesco JW (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee): A more rangy bitch, she was moving very nicely and has a lovely otter head. Another one with a good thick coat and pliable pelt. Tail straight off the top of her back. She is well off for bone.

3rd – Cedarhill Shooting Star (Mrs J Alpe): This bitch is finer all through but very sound and has a very pretty, feminine head with a lovely small, dark eye. Good topline and lovely set on of tail.

Res – Fieldsearch Mandy (Mr D Pearson & Ms A Towers)

VHC – Carrock Caelan (Ms J Fawcett)

Post Graduate – Bitch Entries: 14   Absentees: 5

1st – Cobstoneway Love Song JW ShCM (Mrs G Stevens): Judged her as a puppy and she then won Best Bitch Puppy in show, when she drew my eye as she came in the ring in a very strong class that day. Notes from that previous show could be repeated here as she has not changed and has indeed fulfilled her early promise. My tape notes today start with “I absolutely adore this bitch”. She has everything in the right place and she is SO pretty. Lovely otter head, with dark ears falling forward close to the cheek. Super eye with keen expression and a very strong muzzle. She has a lovely neck and is so well balanced, not overdone in any way. Just the correct amount of bone. Good length of back and super level topline which she keeps on the move and an excellent coat and pelt. Lovely tail, well set on and good hindquarters. She has style and presence and moves effortlessly. Good luck for the future.

2nd – Achnagairn Prim N Proper (Mrs A Fraser): Another lovely bitch, unlucky to meet the first again as I see when looking at my previous placings in an earlier show, she was 2nd behind Love Song the last time too. Dipping a little behind the shoulders today, but nevertheless full of quality. She possesses a lovely thick coat and pelt and a very attractive head. Lovely reach of neck and a super thick, short, carrot shaped tail, well set on. She was easily spanned.

3rd – Brankell Double Or Quits JW (Mr P Brannan & Miss M Kelly): Love this bitch very much but she was short of coat today, which in such a good class of quality bitches, sadly had to make the difference. She has an excellent otter-like head with a very strong muzzle and lovely dark eyes, full of expression. So easily spanned, she moves well on good tight feet and has a lovely reach of neck and good topline and tailset.

Res – Southash Annie Oakley At Smurfski (Mr J Yore)

VHC – Emblehope Cocoa Beach (Ms D Bladen)

Mid Limit – Bitch Entries: 10   Absentees: 2

1st – Bruadar Girl At Cromlechs (Miss K Hamilton): Lovely bitch, she moves around the ring with ease on nice tight feet like she owns it. She has a super head, a lovely dark eye and an excellent straight front. She might look heavy from ringside, but she is easily spanned and has a tremendous thick pelt and coat. Loved her overall shape. Good tail, well set on.

2nd – Totherend Tickety Blue (Mr R G & Mrs E A Wright): Another bitch who could look rather heavy from a distance, which is why it is so important to get close up and personal to them and not ringside judge. I could span her easily and she has the most glorious otter head with a  lovely dark eye. Another one with a good straight front. Last notes on tape say “She’s super”!

3rd – Raleniro Lady Esquire ShCM (Miss P Thomas): On the table was mightily impressed with her pelt. I would hazard there are not many Borders with such a thick, loose pelt. Moving really well today and although she falls away a little under the eyes, she has a nice breed type about her.

Res – Tarkaswell Doctor’s Orders JW ShCM (Mrs C E Sansom)

VHC – Glebeheath Maiden Name At Oakyard (Mr J Parry)

Limit – Bitch: Entries: 7   Absentees: 0

1st – Bardenfox Pussy Galore JW (Mr K H & Mrs D Moore): Very hard struggle here between the first and second. I loved the breed type on the second, but this bitch just pipped her today on overall coat quality and on size. Beautiful refined, feminine otter head with a lovely dark eye. Good straight front. Shown today in an excellent double coat, with her tail going right off the top of the back. Good bend of stifle. Standing on neat feet, she went on to move very well throughout the class.

2nd – Chorbeck Gossip Girl At Blackmine JW (Miss T James & Mrs M Render): On first sight I thought to myself that she reminded me of the older type of Border Terrier being shown when I first started in the breed. Loved her head, which was very strong as well as feminine, with a good, strong muzzle. Another with a lovely straight front. Good shaped rib, easily spanned. Just a bit short of coat today although what was there was harsh and tight. Good bend of stifle.

3rd – Foxcraig Touch Of Magic For Dexlin (Mr B & Mrs L P Inness): Sweet little head on this bitch and although she would benefit from a little more length to her neck, she has a super body and an excellent thick pelt and good coat. Another with a good bend of stifle. Completed the picture with a good carroty tail well set on.

Res – Achnagairn Red Card (Mrs A Fraser)

VHC – Sulan Strictly Blues Dancin’ (Mrs S J Baxter)

Open – Bitch: Entries: 10   Absentees: 4

What a fantastic class this was. Loved all the ones I placed today. Some very close decisions.

1st – CH Otterbobs Xolana (Mr J R & Mrs H Gilpin): My notes say that this Border lady still continues to blow my mind and gives me chills when going over her and watching her move. Ended the tape with “She is just perfect”. She has everything in the right place and consequently is so well balanced. Fabulous otter head. Lovely reach of neck. Lovely topline. Right down to her bend of stifle, she is not overdone in any way, with just the right amount of bone. For full report, see above.

2nd – CH Emblehope Dance and Dance JW (Ms D Bladen): Very close 2nd to the winner. A judge should be so lucky to have such good quality in a class like this, but at the same time, it is sad when they cannot all have a first prize. Lovely blue and tan with a tremendous jacket on her and “ticking” in boatloads. I loved the way she was turned out today, as is usual. Beautiful otter head and a good length of body. She was moving so well today throughout the class on good tight feet. Good set on of tail.  A very worthy Champion.

3rd – Beaconpike Night Sky At Brackenfell (Mr C Hall & Miss L Ellis): A very smart bitch, she has a lovely head and a good reach of neck. Good topline which she kept on the move and correct tailset. She showed very well throughout the class.

Res – Ploughdown Persephone (Miss C Spencer)

VHC – CH Ianteg Red Rubi JW ShCM (Ms S Ritchie)

Veteran – Bitch: Entries: 8   Absentees: 0

1st – CH Southash Blue Betty Boo Gameway JW (Mrs P Clark): At 8 and 1/2 years old, this star took the Best Veteran Bitch, Bitch CC and Best In Show. I had to stop myself being overawed when I saw her standing on the table. There are many lovely Borders, especially today, but not that many that stop you in your tracks as she did. For full report, see above.

2nd – Southash Cherry Bliss at Smurfski (Mr J C B Yore): Was not aware until I read the catalogue when doing my critique that this bitch was bred by the same breeder as the first in the class, as was the winner of Yearling dog, so a little shout out to the breeder/s Mr and Mrs Southam here. Much smaller bitch in stature and a little more shorter coupled, but she had a very feminine otter head with lovely dark eyes and correct 1/3rd to 2/3rds ratio of nose to stop and stop to occiput, with ears dropping forward close to the cheek. She comes to hand easily and spans so well. Moving round the ring on small, tight feet, was pleased to award her 2nd in this class.

3rd – Int/Am/Can CH Sulan Fancy That (Mrs S J Baxter): What a lovely head this bitch has and a good reach of neck. Super thick, loose pelt and a lovely double jacket. Good tail, well set on. Just preferred the movement today of the first two, but nevertheless she is a beautiful bitch.

Res – Diamond Skys (Mrs N Anderson)

VHC – Achnagairn Wild Card (Mrs A Fraser)

Mrs Kathy Wilkinson (Otterkin)

Northern Border Terrier Club Open Show
Sat 15th April 2017
Judge: Stewart Golding (Beaconpike)
Best in Show: Ch Otterbobs Xolana
Res BIS & BOS: Stineval Pontiac from Thornheswin
Best Puppy in Show: Holdenelms Worth the Wait via Ycart
Best Dog: Stineval Pontiac from Thornheswin
Res Best Dog: Stineval Basil of Cromlechs ShCM
Best Dog Puppy: Holdenelms Worth the Wait via Ycart
Best Bitch: Ch Otterbobs xolana
Res Best Bitch: Charlies Copycat via Otterbobs
Best Bitch Puppy: Glenbucket Mags Lexie

Firstly I would like to thank the club for inviting me to judge their open show thank you to my stewards Alan Horner Anna Duxbury and  Graham Richardson for keeping things running smoothly. Thank you to the exhibitors for allowing me to judge their dogs. I thoroughly enjoyed my day and was delighted to judge a show I regularly attend myself. I was very pleased with all my main winners I had some quality dogs to judge on the day my decisions in some classes were made difficult and on another day could easily change places.

Minor Puppy Dog (4)

1st Mr Mark & Mrs Valerie Atkinson, TOJAMATT RHYHM N BLUES –  7 month old an all round nice pup with good otter like head with well set on ears, correct bite, good reach of neck with good shoulders, nice length of body with good double coat and super pelt, tail well set on, just a little unsettled on the move when challenging for best puppy dog.

2ND Mr Kenny McDowell, MCBROCK DENNIS THE MENACE – 7 months old another nice pup with much the same attributes as 1st two very promising puppies just preferred one for size.

3rd – Winhaz The On (Mr J C Dixon)

Res – Mosser Fell Lad (Miss S L Stobart)

Puppy Dog (1)

1st Mr K Fraser & Mrs TJ Butler, HOLDENELMS WORTH THE WAIT VIA YCART – 11months old, OK in head with nice dark eye correct mouth with big teeth, good neck leading into good shoulders with straight narrow front, good length of rib, shown in good coat with good pelt, moved well for one so young which is what won him the Best Puppy in Show.

Junior Dog (2) 1 absent

1st Mrs N Ellis, NORMBAR HUSSAR – Just out of puppy, good head with correct mouth, he is nicely balanced with good outline, good shoulders with good front and nice length of body, signs of a good coat just coming through, moved well.

Maiden Dog (4)

1st Miss MJ Wanless, AKENSIDE EVENTIDE – Nice for type with strong head, good front, evidence of a good coat coming through with super pelt, won this class on his sound movement.

2nd Mr Mark & Mrs Valerie Atkinson, TOJAMATT RHYHM N BLUES – see 1st minor puppy dog

3rd – Tyneaster Dark Agent (Mrs S F Gill)

Res – Mosser Fell Lad (Miss S L Stobart)

Novice Dog (3) 1 absent

1st Mr Mark & Mrs Valerie Atkinson, TOJAMATT RHYHM N BLUES – see 1st minor puppy dog

2nd Mrs S F Gill, TYNEASTER DARK AGENT – Blue and Tan, strong headed dog with a nice expression and keen eye, good length of body and well balanced, move out ok.

Post Graduate Dog (9) 2absent

1st Mr C Dixon, STINEVAL PONTIAC FROM THORNESWIN – This dog caught my eye as soon as he came into the ring, correct head with dark eye and correct bite, good reach of neck, good straight front standing on neat feet with good pads, he has good length of rib, nice carrot shape tail and well set on, easily spanned, correct harsh double jacket, presented well and shown in hard fit condition, he moved effortlessly around the ring, pleased to award him Best Dog.

2nd Mrs C Archibald, LAIREHOPE HIGHLAND CHIEF OF TWEENBURN – Another quality dog with lots to like close decision between him and first, shame he met first today.

3rd – Tyneaster Special Agent (Mrs V Atkinson)

Res – Otterpaws Muninn (Mr & Mrs G Birrel)

VHC – Tyneaster Dark Agent (Mrs S F Gill)

Limit Dog (4) 1 absent

1st Miss K Hamiliton, STINEVAL BASIL OF CROMLECHS – Blue and Tan dog, surprised to hear he is the litter Brother to my best dog, another that caught my eye, he is such a good honest border with good ring presence and comes to hand well, much the same attributes as my best dog, I was splitting hairs shame he met his Brother today was pleased to award him Reserve Best Dog.

2nd Judith Fawcett, CARROCK CARNEGIE – Good headed dog, with excellent front and shoulders, flat rib good length of body, moves out well both ways, excellent pelt but very much out of coat today.

3rd – Glenbucket Highland Lad (Mrs M J Alexander)

Open Dog (3) 1 absent

1st Mr R J & Mrs E A Barrett, HOWTHWAITE GRAINSGILL – Masculine head with short strong muzzle, lovely for breed type, good neck and shoulders with straight front, good length of rib and body, he is nicely balanced, shown in full double jacket which was just getting past its best, sound on the move.

2nd Mr B & Mrs LP Inness, GRETTACS THE WIZARD – One I have judged before as a youngster he still does not disappoint, excels in breed type with the best of heads, good front and shoulders shown in excellent double jacket, unfortunately he was just carrying a little too much condition today.

Minor Puppy Bitch (2)

1st Ian Hopper, ESYNTONA WHISPER – Just 6 months old, lovely for breed type and showing lots of promise for one so young, beautiful feminine head with lovely expression she was enjoying her day in the ring very alert, sound movement shame she was lacking coat today.

2nd Joyce Martin, MERUMOR BLUE JASMINE – 8month old blue and tan, another showing lots of promise, nice head with correct bite, she is nicely balanced with good outline, shown in good coat with good pelt moved well.

Puppy Bitch (5) 2 absent

1st M J Alexander, GLENBUCKET MAGS LEXIE – 11month old, strong but feminine head, good lay of shoulder with straight front with good feet and pads, good length of body, nice carrot shape tail and set on well, she has good rear movement which showed on the move, pleased to award her Best Puppy Bitch.

2nd Mr & Mrs JR Mann, LYNSETT MISS MARPEL – 11months old, ok in head with good reach of neck and good front, good length of body, good pelt but coat just going over.

3rd – Wadesleia Lady Madonna Saxheath (Mrs A Heathcote)

Junior Bitch (5) 1 absent

1st Judith Fawcett, CARROCK CAELAN – Racy bitch with typical head and keen eye and good mouth, good reach of neck with clean shoulders narrow throughout with flat rib, she moves out well both ways excellent pelt just a shame she was very much out of coat that would of finished the picture and cost her in the challenge.

2nd James Graham, THORNHESWIN LITTLE SECRET WITH OBAIRCRE – Another nice bitch, nice for size, she stands on good feet with thick pads, another with racy bodylines, shown in fit condition.

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

Res – Houndshope Mell Fell (Mr P & Mrs B Iredale)

Maiden Bitch (5)

1st PW & B Iredale, HOUNDSHOPE MELL FELL – Nice sweet bitch of nice type, lots to like, showed in the best of coats with super pelt, moved better in this class than her previous one.

2nd Ian Hopper, ESYNTONA WHISPER – see 1st in minor puppy bitch

3rd – Merumhor Blue Jasmine (Mr C & Mrs J Martin)

Res – Micustins Little Helper (Mr M McNicholas)

VHC – Brackenfell Boogaloo (J Axon & D Taylor)

Novice Bitch (5) 1 absent

1st Mrs V I Mason, CATGALLOWS SERENDIPITY – Very typey bitch, with the loveliest of heads really caught my eye, lovely size, she was very much enjoying her day as her tail never stopped wagging. Good lay of shoulder, nicely balanced throughout, easily spanned, excellent coat just coming in, pushed hard when she was called back in to compete for reserve best bitch unfortunately she couldn’t match the main winners on depth of coat.

2nd Ian Hopper, ESYNTONA WHISPER – see 1st in minor puppy bitch

3rd – Micustins Little Helper (Mr M McNicholas)

Res – Wadesleia Lady Madonna Saxheath (Mrs A Heathcote)

Post Graduate Bitch (9) 2 absent

1st Mr & Mrs Gilpin, CHARLIES COPYCAT VIA OTTERBOBS – Strong but feminine bitch with good bone, lovely expression with good bite and big teeth, straight front with good reach of neck, well balanced, she comes to hand well, strong in loin which powered her round the ring, shown in excellent double jacket with super pelt, presented beautifully. Pleased to award her Reserve Best Bitch.

2ND Mrs L Roston, KEEBANK WITHY SONG – Another quality bitch not over done in anyway, nice expression, neat front good in rib with good length of body, she moved freely around the ring.

3rd – Picer Flora Mcivor JW (Mr G & Mrs S Pickering)

Res – Brackenfell Double Dutch (Mrs J Spence)

VHC – Brackenfell I Go To Pieces (Mrs T.J. & Miss C.A. Lister)

Limit Bitch (7) 3 absent

1st Miss K Hamiliton, BRUADAR GIRL AT CROMLECHS – Strong headed bitch with good strength of muzzle, good for bone, neat front with good length of rib, good rear quarters, shown in full double coat,  moves out well.

2ND Mr C Dixon, CAZNRAY JUST A MYSTERY FROM THORNESWIN – A bitch I have admired from ringside and she didn’t disappoint going over her, feminine head with nice expression, clean neck and shoulders with good front, flat rib, good length of body, racy throughout, just lost out to one on lack of coat.

3rd – Howthwaite Gold Dust (Mr R J & Mrs E A Barrett)

Res – Otterpaws Firebird (Miss Dixon)

Open Bitch (7) 3 absent

1st Mr & Mrs Gilpin, CH OTERBOBS XOLANA – Outstanding bitch a real credit to her breeder, correct otter like head with varminty expression correct mouth with big teeth, nicely balanced standing on excellent feet with thick pads, good in rib and easily spanned, shown in the best of jackets with excellent pelt, she moves true both coming and going, a good honest border. Pleased to award her Best Bitch and Best in Show.

2ND Mrs V I Mason, CATGALLOWS SERENDIPITY – see 1st in novice bitch.

3rd – Foxcraig Touch Of Magic For Dexlin (Mr B & Mrs L P Inness)

Res – Vallemoss Drama Queen via Saxheath (Mrs A Heathcote)

Veteran Dog or Bitch (11) 3 absent

What an excellent class and on another day any of these dogs could swap places.

1st Mr G Sugars, FOXCRAIG JESTER – 11 year old dog of outstanding quality just my cup of tea, he is a true border through and through, Excellent head with large teeth still with correct bite, still narrow throughout with good length of body with flat rib, his movement is a dream to watch as he moves effortlessly, he was very much enjoying his day, pleased to award him Best Veteran.

2nd Mr K Fraser & Mrs T J Butler, RAGATAM EQUALIZER VIA YCART – 13 years old dog one I have awarded highly before, he still doesn’t disappoint, he is lovely for breed type, I was splitting hairs between these two outstanding dogs.

3rd – CH Irton Up Helly Aa (Mr D & Mrs A Fryer)

Res – CH Lairehope Lord of the Glen At Tweedburn (Mrs C Archibald)

VHC – Ruelata Acrobat At Redfox (Mr & Mrs D B Marr)