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Bearded Collie Club - 2019 Club Shows

Judges' Critiques

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Bearded Collie Club Championship Show - 7th December 2019
Judges' Critiques

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

Breed Classes

Dogs - Judge: Mrs Kim Evans

Thank you to the Bearded Collie Club Committee, stewards, membership, exhibitors and beardies for a very enjoyable day. On the face of it there is a choice of stud dogs out there, hopefully if willing and not all related, to provide plenty of scope for breeders.

Minor Puppy Dog (8, 2 abs)

A mixed class of babies - all excitement and elastic!

1. Kedzierski's Brodaty Special Edition - This dark slate baby was very composed and balanced on the stand and move, good layback, he pushed from his rear carrying a nice head position and tail carriage.
2. Glasgow's Gallus Lucky Ace - A very exuberant puppy. I liked his length and shape, he needs to grow into his rear angulation, there was so much to come, in later classes he decided to show off his good reach which bodes well for the future.
3. Booton's Dychix Reason to Believe - Larger size brown another who needs time to grow into himself and settle.

Puppy Dog (6, 1 abs)

1. Jay's Farmarens Drums of Spring at Talraz - Super puppy lovely breed type, well balanced with pleasing proportions and outline, good balance skull and muzzle, well placed shoulder, better upper arm carried him so well on the move pushed by good hocks, good tail carriage. Good bone, nice size, obviously male there is promise of more to come when he drops into himself. Best Puppy in Show over the well moving baby girl, nice puppies.
2. Atlins & Charles' Snikkles Swashbuckler - Well balanced puppy who moved out at ease covering ground and balanced from all angles, good outline, is well constructed with good front angulation, layback and upper arm he moved out well, nice tail carriage.
3. Wood's Pepperjay Bartholemew - A well made boy with good bone, has good head, depth of chest and length, strong hindquarters. Moved soundly from all angles.

Veteran Dog (10, 3 abs)

Good class of veterans

1. Fooks' Ch Brenriga Wrapped in Gold for Zoesta - Lovely quality boy with excellent overall balance. Strong head with toning eye colour. I liked his front assembly, he has a good length of rib and carries his topline standing and on the move, well muscled and has pushy rear angulation sending him round the ring with positive movement from all angles.
2. Fiedler's Ch Alistairs Ready Made for Malarkey - Lovely type, good head and toning eye colour, he has a balance front and rear which with his turn of stifle give him excellent profile movement, beautifully presented and in good condition.
3. Waldron's Ch Gatsby de Chester at Snowmead - A lovely blue with strong head, a masculinity throughout which leaves one in no doubt, very well balanced with good bone, lovely depth of chest, has strong hindquarters which showed in his movement.

Vintage Dog (5, 1 abs)

All dogs a credit to their owners

1. Richardson's Ch Caramac Change the Beat - 11 years young Brown boy of lovely type and construction with balance front and rear and a lovely length of rib; good shape of chest he kept a lovely topline standing and on the move. Moves at his own pace, tidily from all angles.
2. Martin's Talibee Shining Star - Moving out well this boy shows such enjoyment in his showing, he is in good condition , good head and eye; proper shape and length of rib.
3. Dumbrell's Mojo Magical Mystery for Bethlyntee - Darkest boy with matching eye and strong head; liked the good shape and depth to his chest. Good condition.

Junior Dog (10, 1 abs)

1. Stead & Edwards' Ramsgrove The Great Oopsie - Another dog of lovely type, head and muzzle both strong, nice bone, I especially liked his front assembly which flows smoothly from neck to well laid shoulder. Upper arm is well angulated giving easy stride. He is balanced in angulation front and rear, carried his tail well. Still a junior will only improve with body and mature muscle over his croup– a lovely work in progress.
2. Farmarens Drums of Spring at Talraz
3. Pepperjay Bartholemew

Yearling Dog (5, 1 abs)

1. Strzelczyk's Corimist Sun King - An eye catching dog of good size with nice length to height ratio, his head and expression are good, front assembly is smooth and well angled, chest well shaped and he has strong loin with well shaped rear, moved out very well.
2. Kuz's Duncannas Special Edition at Strufingil - Nice boy with balance front and rear, immature and a little less positive on the move than those in his previous class. Still young he is balanced and moved well from all angles, good proportions and nicely angulated just time needed.
3. Leckenby's Kiltondale Chicago Flame - Nice type less mature boy who was not quite so settled on the move, not reaching so far as he probably could. Good head and nice eye.

Maiden Dog (6, 2 abs)

1. Snikkles Swashbuckler
2. Steer's Gwalltafwyn Rhodd Unigryw - Well made mature dog who moved nicely here, nice head, length of rib and depth of chest
3. Gallus Lucky Ace

Novice Dog (7, 2 abs)

1. Snikkles Swashbuckler
2. Gwalltafwyn Rhodd Unigryw
3. Gallus Lucky Ace

Debutant Dog (4, 1 abs)

1. Snikkles Swashbuckler
2. Gallus Lucky Ace
3. Peart's Kilfinan Mr Moonlight for Talluarchy - Another boy who settled as time went on, nice balance front and rear, good head and lovely white teeth, presenting a good outline.

Graduate Dog (9, 2 abs)

1. Garrity & Tibbett's Potterdale Andante - Well boned and good size male, with a strong balanced head with flat skull, a very balanced dog front and rear with a really good depth of chest and his length of rib maintained a good topline standing and on the move, shoulders are well laid if slightly obscured by the wealth of coat around neck and shoulder. Well muscled and angulated rear which drives him forward positively with a free and easy stride.
2. Maher & Richardson's Snowmead Simply Brilliant at Nadene - A dark slate; his shape now emerging as his junior coat is replaced with a good fitting jacket, has a lovely head and expression, shoulders laid well and angled, he has a good length of rib, moved out around the ring from pushy hocks. Not the maturity of (1).
3. Kedzierski's Brodaty Barleycorn - Brown of good type and size, balanced for himself with a length of rib allowing him to move tidily around the ring.

Post Graduate Dog (9, 3 abs)

1. Salmon's Potterdale Piper - Good sized Slate light footed for such a masculine boy. Lovely outline standing and on the move, profile movement is lovely covers ground well with reach, ready to go up a gear. He has good bone and length of rib giving a firm topline and his head and tail carriage is pleasing. In good condition.
2. Costello's Bradiba’s Brilliant Nugmeg Muffin at Calyklona - Presents a pleasing outline, has good front and nice height to length proportions, moves nicely from all angles. Not so mature as (1).
3. Hinchcliffe's Pretty Bear’s Beautiful Bill at Croftdale - Slightly smaller type with nice proportions, balanced front and rear standing and one the move.

Mid Limit Dog (6, 3 abs)

1. Harcourt-Brown's Orora’s The Emperor - Won here on his balance front and rear on the move when he holds shape and reaches out, not willing to give his best performance.
2. Osborne's Malandex Xpressly Loved - Dark slate with good head; slightly smaller dog who moved well with good topline and nice rear. Not reaching out as maybe he could.
3. Curry's Davenkirk Bromley Main - Nice type matching front and rear enabling him to move soundly for himself, not the extension of (1) and (2). Another in this class who was unsettled.

Limit Dog (13, 3 abs)

1. Nolan's Talraz Nuts in May - Lovely Brown dog who never stopped showing today, lovely head, neck leads well into good shoulder, has good shape and depth to his ribcage, I liked every time I looked at him he was standing presenting a well balanced picture without support, good height to length proportions, his rear is nicely angulated and movement was easy and true from all sides with tail held correctly.
2. Lewry & Lewis's Potterdale Magic Dust - Quality slate who has good head and correct slight arch to neck, he has very good proportions and I like his depth and shape of rib, he moves out well and with balance of reach and drive, not quite so up on his toes as (1). today.
3. Robertson's Arranbrae Laird of Quothquan - Lovely type with correct head and expression. Has a lovely length of back and a length of stride to match, very balanced moved out easily around the ring. Well muscled.

Open Dog (16, 4 abs)

I would have been pleased to have awarded any of those placed in this class the CC – thank you, it was a special class and the quality gave me the luxury of personal preferences.

1. Groenier's Ch Braemoor’s Boundless Joy - I loved the super type and movement of this dog, his moderate neck flows smoothly into his well laid shoulder which is matched with a length upper arm and he has forechest. Rear is balanced and he covered the ground effortlessly maintaining his proportions and his topline. His head and muzzle are balanced. I found him so natural and irresistible. CC winner.
2. Baker & van de Hoef's Ch Malandex Most Xciting - This lovely dog exciting as a puppy, in his prime when I judged him over three years ago, of course he still has all the attributes I loved about him, no exaggeration, lovely head, broad skull soft expression, free and easy mover well made with a lovely depth of chest and forechest. That he is still in his prime is a credit to his construction and his clever and fastidious breeder/owners. Awarded RCC.
3. Pedder's Ch Caldermist Kiss in the Dark - Another lovely champion boy and one can see why, has great ring presence and with such a clean elegant frontline, his neck flowing into super front so difficult to take your eye from him. His non-stop performance today just pipped other super dogs.

Special Open Dog (6, 2 abs)

1. Baker & van de Hoef'sCh Malandex Xclusive Diamond - Lovely type of dog broad skull balanced head with good bone but not overdone in any way, well laid shoulder with a good upper arm return, he has lovely proportions and a well shaped rib cage, a sound rear very smooth action.
2. Needham's Beardmarked’s Utimate Brownie for Oscarlusion - Attractive brown, very clean outline, hands flow over his good neck and well laid shoulder, moves out with good reach showing in profile.
3. Hodgson & McCourt's Malandex Xtremely Brown - A well boned dog, a size up he has good depth of chest and length of ribcage, moved true front and rear covering plenty of ground.

Special Beginner’s Dog (7, ? abs)

1. Bradiba’s Brilliant Nutmeg Muffin at Calkylona 2. Ayrton's Aoibh Ready to Rumba - Was 4th in the Junior Class behind some more mature dogs, nice neck and held his topline, quite a way to go in body still, good shape, sometimes boxes up in time could drop into himself.
3. Bramley's Snikkles Blue Vision - Blue with nice head and eye colour. Balanced in his front and rear angulation and topline maintained on the move, his shape is somewhat obscured by his coat which makes him look heavier in the front.

Special Scottish Bred Dog (2, 0 abs)

1. Arranbrae Laird of Quothquan
2. Duncannas Special Edition at Strufingill

Kim Evans (Judge)


Bitches - Judge: Mrs Yvonne Fox

I was delighted to be voted by the members to judge Bitches at the BCC Ch show. I know how hard the Committee work to produce a show with such a lovely festive atmosphere and I have many fond memories of this event. I had two excellent stewards who kept the ring running smoothly and efficiently – my sincere thanks to them for all their hard work.

Having judged Dogs earlier in the year I was looking forward to judging the Bitches to see how things compared. Whilst there is more strength and depth in the bitch numbers, I still found many upright shoulders, and a fair few with loaded shoulders and accompanied by barrel shaped ribs. There were also some very heavy boned girls that could have been mistaken for dogs – whilst I have no problem with girls that may be a little over the height standard they should still appear feminine! Having said that on the whole I was able to find bitches in each class that pleased me greatly and exhibited the ground covering, balanced action that I look for and I was pleased with my line up for the Challenge - it made for some tough decisions! I was also delighted to hear my Bitch CC winner gained her title on the day and to see her go BIS.

Minor Puppy Bitch (15, 2 abs)

How lovely to see so many youngsters in this class.

1. Whelan & Young’s Corimist Glamour Girl, aptly named 6 month dark slate - but she is not just glamourous, she is also is a beautifully constructed young Beardie. She has a lovely balanced head, good pigment and delightful expression from dark eyes. Good length of neck onto well laid shoulders, correct ribbing and good rear angulation to balance her front, she presents a lovely outline on the stand. So composed for one so young, she moved out with a lovely, balanced action – at the end of the day she was still showing her socks off and I could not resist her charms for BPB
2. Pedder’s Caldermist Dance in the Dark, just 6 months, a very feminine dark slate. Another with a well balanced head and soft expression, well angulated front and rear and correct ribbing. She too moved out well around the ring and took it all in her stride. I thought 1 a little more positive in rear action today but she pushed her hard
3. Newson’s Ramsgrove Russian with Love completed a trio of promising 6 month olds; this young slate also had a lovely head and expression, good front and rear angulation and ribbing. She was very balanced and moved out well. I just thought (1) and (2) had a little more extension today and were a little more precise coming toward but she certainly has time on her side. I will watch the careers of these three young ladies with interest.

Puppy Bitch (10, 2 abs)

1. Edwards’ Roxilyn Take a Bow - a delightful slate puppy so in tune with her handler, she presents a lovely outline standing. Good head with correct eye colour and good strength of jaw with correct pigment. Well angulated front and rear with ribs of good depth and length she moved out easily around the ring with a balanced, scopy action. She should have a promising future
2. Burscough’s Kilfinan Ladybird, Pale slate young lady of nice type with a good head and strength of muzzle. Nicely angulated front and rear, with good depth of chest and length of back coming from good length of rib. She moved out well around the ring with a nice balanced action but I just preferred the reach of (1) today
3. Ramsgrove Russian with Love

Veteran Bitch (17, 6 abs)

1. Griggs & May’s Sengalas Indiana Eclipse for Emazenridge JW ShCM - strongly made slate girl, with a lovely head and dark eyes. Nicely angulated front and rear, and although she was carrying a few extra pounds she moved out freely and with enthusiasm and could not be denied this class
2. Peart’s Talluarchy Angel Wings ShCM - dark slate of lovely type, nice head, good front and rear angulation, good ribs. She moved well but just not quite the extension of (1)
3. Robertson's Kiltondale Liadhich with Quothquan ShCM - dark slate and another of lovely type with appealing head and expression and dark pigment. Good ribbing and nicely angulated front and rear but just not quite moving out with the freedom of (1) and (2) today.

Special Vintage Bitch (9, 4 abs)

Lovely class of older girls whose movement belied their age.

1. Richardson's Ch Caramac C’Mon Ring My Bell - lovely feminine dark slate. Beautiful head and expression, good length of neck onto well laid shoulders, nice length of back, correct ribbing and good rear angulation. She moved out easily around the ring and I was happy to award her BVB
2. Richards' Elemark Guelder Rose ShCM - bigger girl and more strongly made, but still feminine another with good head and expression. I just preferred the layback of shoulder of (1) but she moved out freely around the ring with a good balanced action
3. Groenier's Braemoor's Sugar Syrup - another nice bitch who presents a lovely outline standing and is very feminine. She has a nice head and lovely expression from dark eyes and was in good condition, moving out well, just not quite the extension of (1) and (2).

Junior Bitch (10, 2 abs)

Three very nice youngsters in a strong class

1. Harcourt-Brown's Orora’s The Heroine - this young lady presents a lovely outline on the stand and has a good head with a mischievous expression. She has lovely shoulders, correct ribbing and good rear angulation to match. In her enthusiasm to show off her charms she has a tendency to go too fast but once she settles she shows off her balanced, scopy action that cannot be ignored
2. Robinson's Thingamebob Shes a Star - another very nice bitch, again of lovely type. She has a good head, nice expression and good angulation front and rear. Today I thought 1 had a little more front reach but this girl is an easy and effortless mover that cannot be overlooked
3. Carter's Roseollie Revelare - another one I really liked, good overall proportions, good head and really nice to go over. A little in between coats at the moment and perhaps lacking a little enthusiasm on the move today but she covers the ground well and is well balanced all through.

Yearling Bitch (9, 4 abs)

1. Glasgow's Malandex Xpats Gem at Gallus - this strongly made and well proportioned slate girl has a lovely well balanced head and nice expression, good length of neck onto well angulated shoulders, good ribbing and nicely angulated rear. She moved well with a pleasing balanced and scopy action
2. Patterson's Corimist Over the Rainbow - very feminine and with a lovely head and expression this youngster appealed for type. Good overall proportions and nice front and rear angulation, though with not quite the layback of shoulder of (1) she nonetheless moved out well around the ring with a pleasing balanced action
3. Sewell's Alistair's Designed Just Right for Kemelstowe - glamourous pale slate with a pretty head and in good coat of correct texture, she is beautifully presented and is of good overall proportions. She is nice to go over with everything in the right place but today she just did not move out with quite the enthusiasm and scope of (1) and (2).

Maiden Bitch (5, 1 abs)

1. Kilfinan Ladybird
2. Axford's Roxilyn Blue Diamond at Bramblemead - blue going through the pale stage. Presents a lovely outline and has a feminine head with good pigment and eye colour, good reach of neck and correct ribbing. Nice angulation front and rear and a balanced action, although unplaced in a strong junior class she went well here to gain her place
3. Simpson-Galpin's Kilfinan Lady Madonna - less mature, dark slate girl nice head and expression. Not quite the angulation front and rear as (1) and (2) but nonetheless is nicely balanced for herself and moved well.

Novice Bitch (9, 1 abs)

1. Roxilyn Take a Bow
2. Kilfinan Ladybird
3. Harcourt-Brown's Orora’s Velveteen - well proportioned brown of lovely type, pleasing head and expression she is really nice to go over with good angulation front and rear. She decided she was going to enjoy herself on the move which made it difficult to assess her properly but deserved her place here.

Debutant Bitch (6, 1 abs)

1. Kilfinan Ladybird
2. Jones' Firstprizebears Rio Grande met Clanwillow - dark slate of lovely type, pleasing head and expression and nice ribbing, VHC in a strong junior class, she moved with a nice, balanced action here
3. Roxilyn Blue Diamond at Bramblemead

Graduate Bitch (9, 3 abs)

1. O'Brien's Potterdale Angeleyes at Sammara - feminine pale slate of lovely type and overall proportions. In good coat with a well balanced head and lovely expression from dark eyes, good length of neck onto well laid shoulders, ribs of good depth and length and correct rear angulation to balance front. She moved out well, with a light, balanced action around the ring action and I was pleased to shortlist her in the challenge
2. Dodgson's Nellbrook Dark Illusion at Wreckinroc JW - another one I really liked for type - a darker slate but again so feminine and of good proportions overall with nothing overdone. Appealing head and expression, good ribbing and well angulated front and rear, she moved well and although I thought 1 had a little more forehand reach today she pushed her all the way
3. Jemmett's Philemon Keltic Magic for Westbere - taller girl who is plainly marked she appealed in head and expression with the darkest of eyes and lovely pigment. Good harsh coat, correct ribbing and nicely angulated, she didn’t quite have the extension today of (1) and (2) but she moved with a pleasing balanced action.

Post Graduate Bitch (14, 3 abs)

1. Canty's Bargemon Melba JW - paler slate with coat of good texture, nothing overdone about this girl. Good head with strong muzzle, eye toning nicely with coat, good length of neck onto well laid shoulders, correct depth and length of rib and nicely angulated rear. Balanced, easy mover who covered the ground well from all angles
2. Harkin's Corimist Galway Girl at Claudalla - more glamorous girl but still very well constructed. Lovely feminine type with a pretty, well proportioned head and lovely dark eyes. Another with good ribbing and good angulation front and rear. She also moved well with good ground covering strides and was very close to 1 but I thought today not quite so firm in topline on the move
3. Leighton & Lackenby's Talraz Comedy Act for Kyleca - taller, more strongly made girl with a lovely head, nice eye colour, good shoulder and rear angulation, in good hard condition and nicely balanced on the move. Coat just needs a little more finish but a nice bitch.

Mid Limit Bitch (7, 2 abs)

1. Edwards' Nellbrook Pure Imagination JW - blue of lovely type, sympathetically handled to show off her charms. She presents a lovely outline on the stand, pleasing head proportions with good eye colour, good length of neck onto well laid shoulders, ribs of good depth and length and rear angulation to balance front. Coat of good texture just needs a little more finish now. On the move she covers the ground with easy, balanced movement and I was happy to consider her for the RCC
2. Bowden's Subessan Blaze of Fire - slate I have judged before and still like a lot. Balanced proportions, feminine head with dark eyes good length of neck onto well laid shoulders with good rear angulation to match. Another who is beautifully handled to show off her charms and she also has such a light, reachy, balanced action. Unlucky to meet (1) and what a shame she left her best jacket at home today
3. White's Zoesta Sheer Bliss at Moonhill - loved her for type, nothing overdone in any way. Good proportions on the stand, lovely head and soft expression. She is a nicely balanced bitch on the move and covered the ground well but I just preferred the croup angle of (1) and (2)

Limit Bitch (12, 2 abs)

1. Moir's Braemoor's Fabulous Fennela at Winaria JW slate girl now coming to her best and in good hard condition. There is nothing flashy or overdone in anyway about her – I loved her overall proportions and type, she has a sweet, balanced head, good pigment and nice dark eyes, good length of neck onto well laid shoulders and ribs of good depth and length. Nicely angulated rear to balance front. Her harsh, dark coat completed the picture. She really came into her own on the move when she covered the ground with an easy, balanced action from all angles. She pulled out all the stops in the challenge to take the RCC from some good competition
2. Peirson's Denters Whirlwind Baby JW - another lovely young bitch and she pushed 1 all the way today. Good overall proportions, well balanced head with good pigment and nice dark eyes. Many of the same comments as 1 apply and she too moved well but just lost her topline a little on occasion which cost her 1st place
3. Jay's Talraz May Queen JW - completed a trio of lovely bitches, good head and expression, well set shoulders, good ribbing and nicely angulated rear. She went better the more she moved and covered the ground well but I just preferred the scope of (1) and (2).

Open Bitch (9, 1 abs)

Good depth of quality in this class.

1. Collins' Luna de Chester at Kingswud JW - I loved this feminine slate bitch, in excellent, well textured coat she is in good hard condition. She has a head of beautiful proportions with strength of muzzle, good pigment, nice dark eyes and a most appealing expression. Good length of neck onto excellent shoulders and ribs of good depth and length. Well angulated rear with nice neat hocks. She presents a lovely outline both standing and moving and was sympathetically handled to show off her light, scopy, balanced action, true from all angles. I was delighted to award her the CC and see her go BIS on the referees decision
2. O'Brien's Ch Sammara Little Black Dress - another I really liked, nothing overdone - a beautifully balanced Bearded Collie bitch. She is feminine and has a lovely head and expression, good length of back with good ribbing and excellent front and rear angulation. She moved with a smooth, easy gait and pushed (1) all the way – a very worthy Champion
3. Baker & van de Hoef's Ch Malandex Xquisit Diamond JW - quality brown and another who I liked a lot, a little more strongly made but still elegant. I loved her overall proportions, she has an appealing head with dark eyes and is well angulated front and rear. Another in good hard condition and an easy, scopy mover and worthy Champion.

Special Open Bitch (8, 2 abs)

1. Burford's Heleview Harmony ShCM - slate bitch of good overall proportions, feminine head, lovely expression and good length of neck. Nicely laid shoulders and good rear angulation to match, she really gave her all on the move to cover the ground well with a nice balanced action
2. Edwards' Ch Roxilyn Raises the Roof - very feminine brown girl, pretty head and soft expression, good angulation front and rear and correct ribbing. She too moved out well, just not quite so firm in topline as (1) today
3. Fooks' Moonhill Absolute Bliss at Zoesta - another nice bitch, plainly marked slate, with good angulation front and rear, correct ribbing and in good coat. She moved with a pleasing, balanced action, I just thought (1) and (2) covered a little more ground today.

Special Beginner's Bitch (10, 0 abs)

1. Roxilyn Blue Diamond at Bramblemead
2. Jenkinson's Kiltondale Spring Evening for Ellishar - well presented, taller girl but all in proportion and presents a lovely outline standing. She has a good head and expression and moves out well with balance throughout. Just thought (1) had a little more front extension
3. Perkins' Saskyadu Your So Magical - heavier all through this dark slate has a lovely head and expression and good ribbing. She moved well but not quite with the scope of (2).

Progeny Bitch (3, 2 abs)

Fear's Ceilmear's Challenger - dark slate girl with some very typey offspring, well made all through with dark eyes and good pigment. Moved well together around the ring.

Yvonne Fox (Judge)


Junior Handling - Judge: Glenda O'Connell

Class A 6-11 yrs (No entries)

Class B 12-16 yrs (2 Entries)

1st - Holly Fear. A very competent performance from 16 year old Holly. Her dog was well presented with feet placed in the correct position to show the dogs angulation front and rear and maintain a level top line when stacked. He was moved at the correct speed in good straight lines without obscuring my view. I was very impressed with her attention to detail.

2nd - Elinor Fear. At 13 years of age giving away a little in maturity to big Sister's experience. Elinor handled her dog most sympathetically at all times and was very calm and encouraging showing a good rapport with the dog. She was very attentive to my instructions and moved her dog at the correct speed and also in good straight lines. Just needs to pay more attention to collar positioning on the stand to enhance the front and neck of her dog.

Glenda O'Connell (Judge)