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Bearded Collie Club Open Show - 1st April 2017 - Judges Critiques

Scroll down for the judge's comments on the Junior Handling classes.

Judge's Report - Breed Classes

It is an honour to be asked to officiate at a club show for a favourite breed and I was delighted to be invited to judge the Bearded Collie Club Open Show. This year saw the introduction of an innovative concept, a Champion Dog and a Champion Bitch class, thanks to a generous donation from Stephen & Marian Appleby. I was privileged to be the first to benefit from this which afforded me the opportunity of assessing several Champions of both sexes…………a unique experience for judges who aspire to award Challenge Certificates in the future.

The breed standard is quite specific in respect of certain characteristics: a Beardie should be longer than it is high in an approximate proportion of 5 to 4; its gait should be long-reaching; its coat must not be trimmed in any way. I found several exhibits with short legs, square in shape, who appeared very busy going nowhere due to the fact that they had short upper arms and some very obviously, and badly, trimmed. Having owned several breeds which are either tidied or trimmed I am very familiar with the art of trimming and can accept, albeit reluctantly, the desire to have tidy feet when dogs do not regularly encounter concrete-type surfaces. I cannot, however, condone hocks and other parts of the body which have been hacked away and so one or two paid a dear price for this practice.

There appeared to be more quality in bitches than dogs and this has been the case for some time, in my opinion. Presentation was of a high standard, although some would benefit from a little less product in their preparation. Temperaments were sound, as they should be in this lovely breed. I would like to thank exhibitors for the sporting way in which my decisions were received and commend my stewards for their pleasant attitude and efficient way of working which ensured I had an enjoyable and memorable day. I spent several pleasant hours researching the various connections between several of my winners when I was able to study my catalogue in detail.

Dogs

Minor Puppy Dog No entries

Puppy Dog 2 entries 0 absent

  • 1   McErlane's Pretty Bear Amazing Sense (Imp DEU)
    Impressive youngster who took the eye as he entered the ring. Lovely expression, soundly made with good front and overall body proportions. Well off for bone. Coat of good texture. He moved out well with good front extension. Best Puppy Dog.
  • 2   Wright's Dychix Silas Marner
    Good head with appealing expression. Not quite as together as 1 at this stage. Good front and rear. Movement was reasonable when he settled down but just needs some time.

Junior Dog 6 entries 1 absent

  • 1   Ritchie's Cheryshd For Eternity
    Good head and expression. Good front, chest just beginning to drop into place, with complimentary rear angulation. Substantial boy with strong bone and well- muscled. Coat very harsh. Moved out with drive.
  • 2   Pickup's Pipadene Whiskey Mac
    Pleasing in head with attractive expression. Good front and rear. Not as solidly-built as 1. Moved well.
  • 3   McErlane's Pretty Bear Amazing Sense (Imp DEU)

Yearling Dog 3 entries 2 absent

  • 1   Pickup's Pipadene Whiskey Mac

Maiden Dog 2 entries 0 absent

  • 1   Ritchie's Cheryshd For Eternity
  • 2   McErlane's Pretty Bear Amazing Sense (Imp DEU)

Novice Dog 3 entries 0 absent

  • 1   Ritchie's Cheryshd For Eternity
  • 2   McErlane's Pretty Bear Amazing Sense (Imp DEU)
  • 3   Wright's Dychix Silas Marner

Graduate Dog 5 entries 2 absent

  • 1   Waldron's Snowmead Super Sleuth
    Good head with flat skull. Dark eye and lovely expression. Good front with deep chest. Well-made dog with good rear angulation. Harsh coat, presented in excellent condition. Moved well but would have preferred to see him reach out more in front, as his construction would support him doing so.
  • 2   Bailey's Talraz Nuts In May
    Pleasing in head with soft expression. Good front and rear quarters. Good coat texture. Moved well both coming and going.
  • 3   Holden & Hackwood's Proamore Wondrous Theodore

Post Graduate Dog 2 entries 0 absent

  • 1   Needham's Beardmarked's Ultimate Brownie For Oscarlusion (Imp SWE)
    Filled the eye when he came in. My notes say ”dognap him”. I was not disappointed when I went over him. All male. Strong in head with soft expression. Good front with deep chest and prominent sternum. Sturdily-made, well off for bone with excellent muscle-tone. Strong hocks. Harsh coat. Presented in excellent condition. Moved around the ring covering the ground effortlessly. He deserved Reserve Best Dog and pushed hard for Best Dog.
  • 2   Baker & Van De Hoef's Malandex Xclusive Diamond JW
    An impressive lad. Good head and lovely expression. Good front with complimentary rear quarters. Harsh jacket in excellent condition. Moved and handled well but could not match the performance given by 1.

Limit Dog 5 entries 2 absent

  • 1   Jay's In Vogue Island High Society At Talraz (Imp FRA)
    Strong head with flat skull. Soft expression. Good overall body proportions with strong front and good rear angulation. In excellent muscle-tone. Harsh coat. Moved around the ring very well.
  • 2   Griffiths' Nellbrook It's A Mystery At Whizzbomb
    Another good dog with masculine head, soft expression. Good front and pleasing overall body proportions. Sound rear. Moved out wel.
  • 3   Harrison's Malandex Xceptional Love At Anfranjo

Open Dog 5 entries 2 absent

  • 1   Betts' Pipadene Vision Of Destiny
    Good head, flat skull and lovely expression. Good front with deep chest. Soundly made with good rear angulation. In excellent jacket, presented well. Moved out freely but was initially unsettled and I would have liked to see him move more enthusiastically.
  • 2   Salmon's Ramsgrove Gandalf ShCM
    Good head, eye and expression. Good in front and rear, slightly longer-cast than 1. Moved well.
  • 3   Maher & Richardson’s Nadene Huntsman

Bred By Exhibitor Dog 3 entries 2 absent

  • 1   Nicholls-Ward's Ch Bumbleridge’s Naughty ‘N’ Nice JW ShCM
    Masculine boy with strong head and superb expression. Strongly-constructed. Deep chest with good rear. Presented in excellent condition. His movement was a joy to behold as he is so impressive in front extension. Can still show the youngsters a thing or two. Could not believe his age as he totally belies it!

Not Bred By Exhibitor 3 entries 1 absent

  • 1   Griffiths' Nellbrook It’s A Mystery At Whizzbomb
  • 2   Harrison's Malandex Xceptional Love At Anfranjo
    Good head and expression. Good front and rear. A real ‘bouncing beardie’ who was clearly enjoying his day out and could move well, when he chose to concentrate, which was not a lot!

Special Beginners Dog No entries

Veteran Dog 9 entries 4 absent

  • 1   Sewell's Ch Malandex Xactly Right For Kemelstowe JW
    I was drawn to this boy. He is most impressive in outline. Good, strong head. Lovely expression. Lovely front wth deep chest. Super rear quarters. Dripping in coat. In superb condition throughout. Moved around the ring as if he owned it. A real credit to his owner. He could not be denied Best Dog and it was such a pity that he had to encounter such a lovely bitch in the competition for Best In Show. He really pushed hard but had to settle for Reserve Best In Show and Best Veteran In Show.
  • 2   Nicholls-Ward's Ch Bumbleridge’s Naughty ‘N’ Nice JW ShCM

Bitches

Minor Puppy Bitch 2 entries 1 absent

  • 1   Hall's Alcheringa Perfect Choice
    Sweet baby girl who stood alone. Lovely head with darkest of eyes. Good front & rear construction. She moved out well and behaved so good for one so young.

Puppy Bitch 12 entries 2 absent

  • 1   Pedder's Alistair's Zenith Star Above Caldermist (Imp SWE)
    What a sweetie! Chocolate box looks with a body to match! Good head with dark eye. Good front and rear with excellent bone. Lovely coat, presented in impeccable condition. Moved with lots of self-assurance for one so young. I could not take my eyes off her. Best Puppy Bitch and, ultimately, Best Puppy In Show.
  • 2   Fiedler's Malandex Xpressly Made For Malarkey
    Different type to 1 but so much to like about her. Good head with lovely expression. Nicely made front and rear. Excellent jacket. Moved out well. Just had the edge over her sister today.
  • 3   Woolley's Malandex Xpressly Sweet With Aratika
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Junior Bitch 5 entries 0 absent

  • 1   Salter's Irisaddition Effie Trinket
    Lovely youngster with a good head and dark eye with typical expression. Good front and rear angulation to match. Harsh coat. Moved out well both coming and going away and held her topline impeccably.
  • 2   Styles' Ragellie Solitaire
    Similar comments apply as 1. She had a lovely expression. Good front and rear quarters ensured that her movement was as expected. Harsh coat.
  • 3   Betts' Pipadene Whiskey and Lace JW

Yearling Bitch 3 entries 3 absent

Maiden Bitch 5 entries 2 absent

  • 1   Fiedler's Malandex Xpressly Made For Malarkey
  • 2   Shield's Malandex Xpressly Chosen
    Good head and expression. Slightly shorter in body than I would prefer. Moved well.
  • 3   Ritchie's Cheryshd Dream Come True

Novice Bitch 7 entries 0 absent

  • 1   Pedder's Alistair's Zenith Star Above Caldermist (Imp SWE)
  • 2   Fiedler's Malandex Xpressly Made For Malarkey
  • 3   Woolley's Malandex Xpressly Sweet With Aratika

Graduate Bitch 4 entries 1 absent

  • 1   Wallis's Bargemon Tosca JW
    Nice head with flat skull and dark eye giving sweet expression. Good front with complimentary rear angulation. Harsh jacket. Moved out well, holding her topline perfectly all the way.
  • 2   Evans' Saskyadu As If By Magic
    Good head, eye and expression. Nice front and rear. Slightly longer cast than 1. Harsh jacket. Another one who moved out well and kept her topiline.
  • 3   Burford's Heleview Harmony

Post Graduate Bitch 6 entries 1 absent

  • 1   Baker & Van De Hoef's Malandex Xquisit Diamond JW
    A lot to like about this bitch. Lovely head and expression. Good front with correct rear angulation. Superb muscle tone. Her coat was presented in impeccable condition. Flowed around the ring. She was one of 3 in contention for Reserve Best Bitch.
  • 2   Griggs' Malandex Diamond Xpression For Emazenridge
    My notes say “ so similar overall! ” and therefore I was not overly surprised to find that she is a litter sister to 1. She was shaded out by her sister today and I am sure they will change places regularly in the future.
  • 3   Bowden's Subessen Blaze Of Fire

Limit Bitch 5 entries 1 absent

  • 1   Harkin & Thorpe's Merrythorpe Miss Scarlett At Claudalla
    Very impressive bitch who demanded attention. Lovely head with super expression. Good front, deep chest and rear to match. Harsh jacket superbly presented. Her movement was just as expected from her construction, her topline was rigid. She was another of my 3 who pressed hard for Reserve Best Bitch.
  • 2   Paterson's Pipadene Upper Crust For Winterlyn
    Another lovely bitch with super expression. Good front and rear quarters. Harsh jacket. She was another whose movement was really good and her topline never waivered.
  • 3   Ayrton's Braddabrook Forget Me Not At Aoibh

Open Bitch 7 entries 0 absent

  • 1   Mr W & Mrs S M O’Brien Sammara Little Black Dress
    Absolutely stunning bitch who captivated me as soon as she came into the ring. Lovely head with a dark eye and melting expression. Good deep chest and superb rear angulation. Her beautiful coat was put down to perfection. She was simply “fleet of foot” which is as my ideal Beardie moves in my fantasy textbook. She could have gone on effortlessly all day. In outline I could not fault her and she certainly deserved Best Bitch. In the challenge later she continued to pull out all the stops and put in an impeccable performance which resulted in her being my Best In Show.
  • 2   Betts' Pipadene Vusa Amakhosi JW
    Another very impressive exhibit. She too has a lovely head with a typical expression. Well-constructed both in front and rear. She has a good harsh coat which was very well presented. Her movement also impressed me but I could not take my eye off 1. She could not, however, be denied Reserve Best Bitch as she moved so consistently well in the challenge. It was a close decision between her and the dog for Reserve Best in Show.
  • 3   Griggs & May's Sengalas Indiana Eclipse For Emazenridge JW ShCM

Bred By Exhibitor Bitch 4 entries 1 absent

  • 1   Evans' Saskyadu As If By Magic
  • 2   Burford's Heleview Harmony
  • 3   Hough's Seacharmzed Razamataz

Not Bred By Exhibitor Bitch 2 entries 0 absent

  • 1   Wood's Pipadene Visionary Spirit For PepperJay JW
    Good head with typical expression. Good front and nice rear angulation. Harsh jacket. Moved well.
  • 2   Woolley's Malandex Xpressly Sweet With Aratika
    Good head with sweet expression. Good front and rear. She was clearly getting tired at this stage but still moved well.

Special Beginners Bitch No entries

Veteran Bitch 5 entries 1 absent

  • 1   Wood's Pattishawl She's A Dream For Pepperjay
    Lovely head, eye & expression. Good pigment for her colour. Good front & rear quarters. Good coat. Moved out well. Reserve Best Veteran In Show.
  • 2   Jay's Talraz Honey Trap JW
    Good head, lovely expression. Good in front & rear. Moved well.
  • 3   Woolley's Aratika Spirit Maid

Special Working Bitch No entries

Special Champion Classes

Special Champion Dog 6 entries 2 absent

  • 1   Fiedler's Ch Alistair's Ready Made For Malarkey JW (Imp SWE)
    What a dog! Stood out for me in the initial line up. Strong in head with super expression. Excellent deep chest, lovely rear angulation. Harsh coat presented in great condition. So well-muscled, strong hocks and simply flowed effortlessly around the ring, front extension very noticeable. His movement sealed it for me.
  • 2   Baker & Van De Hoef's Ch Malandex Most Xciting JW
    So aptly named. Masculine in appearance. Lovely head with typical expression. Nothing to find fault with his wonderful construction. Presented in top condition. Moved out so well.
  • 3   Bowden's Ch Subessen Echoes Of Power JW

Special Champion Bitch 8 entries 4 absent

  • 1   Sewell's Ch Pretty Bear Real Special Lady For Kemelstowe (Imp DEU)
    Lovely feminine bitch. Good head and expression. Constructed well with just that extra length so desirable in bitches. In excellent jacket, so well presented. Moved around the ring gracefully.
  • 2   Jay's Ch Talraz Fleur De Lys JW
    Another pretty bitch. Good front and rear quarters. Harsh coat. In super condition. Her movement was also lovely to watch.
  • 3   Wilding's Ch Bendale Sweet Georgia Brown

Judge: Stuart Band (Essandsee)



Judge's Report - Junior Handling

To judge the Junior Handling class was a real pleasure. The two young ladies entered in the 6-11 yrs class were professional, smart, extremely respectful of each other and their dogs and were simply a joy to watch. They both used the matting well and kept to clean straight lines. I was certainly impressed and from the number of exhibitors watching and clapping, I think they were too! Their families should be very proud.

I understand the young man absent from the 12-16yrs class was due to his father being poorly. May I take this opportunity to wish his Dad a speedy recovery.

Clas A: 6-11 years 3 entries (2,1)

  • 1   Isobel Khawaja
    Isabel is 10 yrs old, she is a confident youngster who has obviously been involved in the show ring for a while. She was very aware of the Judge’s presence and handled herself and a mature adult male Bearded Collie in a calm and sympathetic manner. Voice control was good with clear commands. Isobel moved her dog at a sensible speed with a loose lead. I was also pleased to award her the Trophy for Best Junior Handler.
  • 2   Alice Gray
    Alice is 7 years old and was giving Isobel a run for her money. She listened well to all instructions and she impressed me most when running behind Isobel in the ring keeping good distance from her fellow handler. She constantly encouraged her Bearded Collie and moved at a steady pace on a loose lead.

Class B: 12-16 yrs 1 entry (1,1)


Judge: Paula Brooks (Fraglestone)