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Mr J Andersson (Alistairs)
I live in Sweden, with my wife Nina and out three children and of course our family of Bearded Collies and one Scottie. I got my first Beardie in 1980. In 1987 we had our first litter and we were lucky to achieve our first home bred Champion CH Alias-Alistair from this litter. It was from his name that the Alistairs Kennel was established. We have bred more than 75 Champions to date, 19 of them with international titles. We are immensely proud to have been Top Breeders in Sweden from 1999-2003 and then from 2006 to 2013. I must mention here our wonderful once-in-a-lifetime Beardie 'Multi CH Alistair's Lonesome Cowboy' a truly fabulous boy born in 1996. At the age of two he was a Worldwinner, he won BIS at all breed Ch show and many BOB at Ch Club shows, he was also top winning dog in 1998 and again in 2002. We are so very proud of this boy as at the age of 13 'Kanelen' produced a litter in the UK and his winning offspring there made him Top Sire UK in 2009. I have judged Beardies in all Scandinavian countries, Germany, Holland, Czech Republic, Italy, USA and Canada. I am currently on the A1 list of the UK Bearded Collie Club and had the honour of judging Bearded Collies at the Blackpool Championship Show in 2010. I am also an FCI judge of forty other breeds to date (a list of these can be found on the Alistairs website. I thoroughly enjoy judging this wonderful breed, and look for the total picture and overall balance, type, sound construction and effortless typical Beardie movement. I have been Chairman of the Swedish Bearded Collie Club for a number of years.
Dr David J Anderton (Ardensax)
From a small pool of beardies at Ardensax over 30 years, starting with Padworth Freya, who gained stud book qualification, ambition was fulfilled by breeding Ch Ardensax Angelina.
At his first judging appointments at Open show (1986) and Championship show (The National Working and & Pastoral Breeds (2000)), his Best of Breeds were also Best in Show. He has also awarded Challenge Certificates in bearded collies at the Scottish Kennel Club (2002), Windsor Dog Show (2005), the Nederlandse (Dutch) Bearded Collie Club Show (2005), Special Klub for Bearded Collie (Sweden) (2006), SCBCC (2007), Three Counties Championship Show (2008) and will be judging bitches at Crufts in 2012.
A high proportion of exhibits to whom he gave CCs early in their show career have progressed to Champions and one gained Group 1 status at Crufts.
Dave is a past Chairman of the East Anglian Branch of the Bearded Collie Club.
Mrs Marian Appleby (Diotima)
I've lived with long-haired dogs since I was 11 and discovered Beardies in 1972. Our first Beardie came from John and Betty Meyrick (Nigella) in 1973 and in 1974 we bought a bitch from Tine Bowen (Blumberg). Ch Blumberg Diotima Steel JW became the foundation bitch of Diotima Beardies. From Ella descend all Diotimas and we now have an unbroken line of seven generations of bitch Champions, with Ch Diotima's Heart of Gold being the latest. We bred Ch Diotima Sea Wolf at Ramsgrove, top Beardie 2004, and own Ch Brenriga Gift Wrapped for Diotima JW, top Beardie 2005. Am and UK Ch Diotima Always on My Mind became the sixth Beardie owned/bred by Diotima to win a CC at Crufts.
I first judged in the 1970s, approved to award CCs in 1987. I have also judged in Sweden, Holland, Belgium, Finland, Switzerland, Canada and the USA.
I was Membership Secretary for the Southern Branch of the BCC, then SCBCC Membership Secretary for 11 years from its foundation and Secretary from 1991 -1996.
Mr S Appleby (Diotima)
We got our first Beardie, Nigella Farrier, in 1973. In 1974 we bought Blumberg Diotima Steel from Tine Bowen and Ch Ella became the foundation bitch for Diotima Bearded Collies. From Ella descend all Diotimas including an unbroken line of seven generations of bitch Champions, nine UK Champions, many overseas Champions, a Group winner and the 2004 Top Beardie. I first judged in 1975, was approved to award Challenge Certificates in 1985. Since then I have judged in Sweden, France, Belgium and Norway and both the Canadian and American Specialities. I am founder member of SCBCC, Treasurer for 11 years and subsequently Education Secretary responsible for Judges' Training and the Annual Seminar. In 1999 I was accredited by the Kennel Club to provide training on the KC Show Regulations, Procedures and the Practical Aspects of Judging. I am currently Treasurer of Southern Beardie Aid - a position I have held for 40 years.
Mr Alan Archer (Squirrelsdray)
Along with my wife we have owned Bearded Collies for 32 years. Our first Bearded Collie was Squirrels Dray Toby, bought as a pet and we were persuaded by Sally and Lesley Tomlinson to show him. We started showing him in 1981. We have shown Bearded Collies on a regular basis at all levels, showing dogs and bitches, for 17 years.
We have had four Bearded Collies who gained their stud book numbers, one home bred, and three junior warrants with home bred dogs and one junior warrant with a dog not bred by us. Gaining a Challenge Certificate with a home bred dog, also reserve Best in Show at a club Championship Show. We also have a dog with two Reserve Challenge Certificates
I am on the A1 list for all the Bearded Collie Clubs, the A3 list for Old English Sheepdogs, passed my A2 assessments for Rough Collies and am on several B lists for the Pastoral Group. Included in my CV are many other breeds I have judged.
I have judged Beardies at four Bearded Collie Championship Shows to date, my first being in 2001, plus Best in Show at two Bearded Collie Championship Shows, and have acted as referee at several breed club Championship Shows. At open show level I have judged five Best in Shows to date, and at 89 shows including 30 groups. My judging includes most of the Pastoral breeds. I have also judged many of the Working breeds and quite a few through other groups.
I am a founder member of the Midshires Bearded Collie Club, and have been their treasurer for the last 15 years, also a founder member of the North of England BCC serving on their committee for several years.
I steward regularly at Open and Championship shows including Crufts. Many judges in a variety of breeds ask for me to steward for them. I steward across all groups which keeps me in touch with and also lets me give back to the dog world.
I have judged many other breeds and find this very rewarding and exciting, but Bearded Collies have a special place in my heart.
Mrs Denise Atkins (Labooshar)
I have been in dogs now for 35 years, my first show dog being an Afghan Hound. In 1976 came our first Beardie - Brambledale Blue Star, shortly followed by Tamevalley Folk Lyric, who I campaigned to a Champion. Folk Lyric produced our first homebred Champion - Ch Labooshar Lore Lord who I retired at 3 years old with 5 CCs and 5 RCCs. I also campaigned Tamevalley Lamplighter of Labooshar who won 2 RCCs and produced Champions including Ch Coalacre Lampoon.
We have produced 2 International Champions, 1 English Champion, numerous Stud Book entrants and I have only bred 14 litters in 35 years.
I now own 2 Beardies but have also owned a Lhasa Apso and a Maltese Terrier whowas runner up puppy in his breed.
I have judged widely around the UK at Championship and Open show level both in Beardies and breeds from the pastoral/working group including the Pastoral Group itself. Judging appointments have included Norway, Belgium, Finland, Canada (National Specialty) and USA (Regional Specialty).
Mr Robert Ballantyne (Bustroc)
I owned my first Beardie from 1983, started showing in 1984 and I was hooked and have been showing ever since. Over the years I have made up 4 UK Champions as well as several Stud Book qualifiers and Junior Warrant winners, as well as my lovely dogs being Top Beardies in 1997 - Ch. Potterdale Chancellor - and in 2006/2007 - Ch. Bustroc Drouthie Cronie JW. I first judged our lovely breed in 1988, and first awarded CC's in 2000, I have also been lucky enough to judge our breed abroad on 7 occasions. At present I am Chairman of the Bearded Collie Club (Scottish Branch) and breed representative on the Committee of Scottish Breeds. I always like to think that when I judge I give an honest opinion on the exhibits shown under me.
Mrs Maureen Betts (Pipadene)
My first beardie, Moonglow Magic Charm of Pipadene, came into my life in 1975. This was my foundation bitch and from that time beardies have been a huge part of my life.
I always try to keep quality not quantity to the fore and have bred seven English Champions, American, Australian, German, Danish and Swedish champions plus many CC, Reserve CC and stud book qualifiers.
I commenced my judging career at Open show level in the the early 1980s and having obtained the appropriate numbers in the breed was approved by the Kennel Club to award CCs in 1996. Since that time I have not only awarded CCs in the UK on a regular basis but have judged at many breed club championship shows throughout Europe, America and Australia. I was honoured to judge the American National Specialty in 2004 and believe the pinnacle of my judging career to date has been to judge bitches at Cruft 2011.
I enjoy all aspects of the dog scene, being a regular exhibitor and thoroughly enjoy teaching others the skill of ringcraft. I have been the trainer at my local club for over 25 years.
My love for the beardie was founded on an unexagerated dog, that gentle knight, fit and light of foot, able to cover any terrain and I believe this is the grounding on which I judge.
Ms Paula Brooks (Fraglestone)
I have owned dogs, along with my family since 1972. Owning a Smooth Collie followed by Rough Collies and Cairn Terriers, my introduction to Bearded Collies was in 1988. I have been showing Beardies since 1992 and have successfully qualified 6 Beardies for the Stud Book Register (owned by myself and Steve Grundy). My biggest achievements being Ch. Braddabrook Botzaris at Fraglestone winning BOB at Crufts 1998 and Ch. Fraglestone Foxstar JW gaining her title in 2007. I am currently campaigning a 'Botzaris' Grandson and Great Grandaughter.
I started judging in May 1998 and have judged three Breed Club Open Shows. I awarded CCs for the first time in 2008 and judged Bitches at the Southern Counties Bearded Collie Club Championship Show in 2010. I will be judging Beardies again at Bournemouth Championship show later this year.
I have stewarded on many occasions for many local Societies since 1994. I have been a Committee member of the Bearded Collie Club for the last twelve years mainly taking the role of PR/ Education Officer and in 2004 becoming Vice Chairman. I served on the Committee for the South Wales and West Branch of the Bearded Collie Club for twelve years where I held the position of Secretary & Membership Secretary, initially holding the position of Editor for the Beardie Gossip (Club Magazine). I also served on the Committee for the Barry, Penarth & South Glamorgan Canine Society for 8 years. I was Secretary of this Society for three years but resigned when I relocated to Monmouth.
A huge part of my life is dedicated to the breed as Vice Chairman of the Bearded Collie Club and until quite recently as Secretary for the West of England Branch of the BCC.
Dr Margaret Buckley (Holtend)
I had my first Beardie 35 years ago, Swinford Sky Flyer CDEx UD open: Ch Brambledale Balthazar x Ch Charncroft Country Maid. She is still only 4 generations away from my 3 year old. All Holtend Beardies are directly descended from her, including Pelido Mello Cello of Holtend, and have been bred very much with form and function, type and livability in mind.
I bred my first litter in 1980 and have been judging since 1983. I last judged at SCBCC Championship Show in 2009 [Dogs]. I have judged Working Tests in the Czech Republic and in Germany in which country I have also awarded CACIBs. I have campaigned 2 Beardies to their titles: Ch Holtend Chiffchaff and Ch Ellymore Starlet of Holtend. Denim, Wellknowe Knight Errand currently has two CCs. I qualified my first Beardie in working trials and competed more recently with success in Open and Championship Obedience.
I believe in maintaining the versatile Beardie that can adapt itself to its owner's wishes whether it be in the show, obedience or agility ring, at working trials or as the ultimate companion at home.
I work as a GP specialising in the use of acupuncture for musculoskeletal problems, keeping humans 'fit for function'.
Mrs Sheila Burditt (Mabursh)
Our first Beardie came to live with us in 1972 as a companion and we have enjoyed their company ever since. I began judging in 1982 and have had the honour of assessing our lovely breed on numerous occasions gaining approval to award CCs in 2000.
Malcolm and I have owned 10 Beardies, mostly homebred, from the 7 litters born at Mabursh, we campaigned 1 to Champion, 1CC winner, 1 RCC winner and 5 Stud Book qualifiers.
Founder members of Midshires BCC, I was for many years a committee member and believe in putting something back into the breed that we adore as they give us so much.
I am still exhibiting here in Spain, having gained a CAC recently with our youngster and if not in the ring, showing or judging, you can find me discussing the breed with like minded folks from the sidelines, always willing to learn.
Mrs Gill Burfitt (Breaksea)
I was given my first Beardie in January 1978 as a birthday present, her breeder wanted her to be shown and that got Alan and I hooked.
We went on to breed our own Beardies and to date have bred eight UK Champions, several in the US and others around the world, the top Norwegian Beardie for several years, the first Grand Champion bitch in the Czech Republic and also many others with CCs, RCCs, JWs and Stud Book numbers and dogs doing well in Obedience, Herding and Therapy all around the world.
I judged my first Ch. show in 1999 and since then have awarded CCs in the UK several times and judged Club shows in both the USA and Europe.
Mrs Chris Burscough (Kilfinan)
Tony and I have owned and exhibited Bearded Collies for 22 years. In that time we have qualified 16 for the Stud Book, 11 of which were home- bred. 4 became Champions with 1 holding a dual title. In addition we have bred numerous CACIBs, CC and Res. CC winners, 3 have achieved Irish titles and 1 his Canadian title. I have been privileged to have judged 3 Breed Open Shows and 156 classes of Beardies since 1994. I have also judged classes of Shelties, Belgian Shepherds, PMDs, Skyes, Roughs, OES and Border Collies plus large variety classes at Matches. I am on the A3 lists of the BCC, BCC of Scotland, Midshires, NEBCOL and Eastern BCA, the B list of the Skye Terrier Club and Portuguese Water Dog Club. I enjoy judging, consider it an honour and view it as an opportunity to gain further valuable experience.
Mr Tony Burscough (Kilfinan)
Chris and I have owned and exhibited Bearded Collies since 1987. In that time we have qualified 20 Bearded Collies for the Stud Book, 16 of which were home-bred. 5 have become Champions with 1 holding a dual title. The Bearded Collies we have owned and shown have won a total of 23 CC's and 18 Res CC's to date, our Beardies have also been campaigned in Ireland where they have won a number of CACIB's, and 4 have achieved Irish titles. Our dogs have achieved Best of Breed at Crufts, Group 1 Blackpool Champ Show, winner of Welsh Champions, Welsh Top Puppy, Welsh Top Junior competitions. We have also bred two Bearded Collies that have achieved their Champion titles in Canada. In addition to Bearded Collies we have owned and bred Skye Terriers since 1990 and Chris handled a home bred Skye to achieve 1 CC, 3 RCC's and Best Puppy in Breed at Crufts. We currently live with eleven Bearded Collies and two Skye Terriers. We breed only when we want a puppy for ourselves and have recently bred the sixth generation Kilfinan Bearded Collie. In relation to judging I had the privilege of awarding CC's for the 1st time at Border Union in 2012, and then at Birmingham National in 2014. I have also judged 4 Breed Club Open Shows and 216 classes of Beardies in the UK since 1994. I had the honour of Judging the Sweepstakes classes at the Bearded Collie Club of Club of Canada Speciality in 2007. In 2012 I was honoured to judge the Bearded Collie Club of Germany Speciality show. Outside of Bearded Collies I have also judged classes of Skye Terriers, Portuguese Water Dogs (without CC's at Champ Shows) and a number of Working and Pastoral breeds at Open Shows. I am on the A1 lists of the BCC, SCBCC, BCC of Scotland, Midshires, NEBCOL and Eastern BCC and the B list of the Skye Terrier Club and Portuguese Water Dog Club. I am a committee member of the Eastern Bearded Collie Association and the Rhyl Canine Society. I enjoy judging, consider it an honour but also view it as an opportunity to gain further valuable experience and, hopefully, contribute to maintaining the breeds wonderful character and construction for future generations.
Mr Tony Bush (Manortonway)
It is 30 years ago that David Hyde and I, in partnership, started Natterjack Bearded Collies. From our very first litter we had Ch Natterjack Natashka, a lovely bitch and so true to type. We then had our lovely Molly from the Applebys who became Ch Diotima Blue Kisses to Natterjack, a lovely blue girl whom we have only just lost aged 16 years. She went on to produce the lovely Wilma, Ch Natterjack Just Perfect for Diotima, who herself has produced some lovely Champions owned by the Applebys.
I think it is a shame that people may have forgotten the early beginnings of the Natterjack line but in our partnership we produced numerous champions both here and abroad. I think I am right in saying that all the Natterjack Champions were made up in our partnership. A few years ago I allowed David to retain the Natterjack affix, and I, with my sister-in-law, now have Manortonway and have enjoyed showing our youngsters.
I would deem it an honour to be elected to judge the Club's championship show.
Mrs Sue Carter (Woodacre)
Sue has loved dogs for as long as she can remember, her first dog being a spaniel who lived to the grand ol' age of 17yrs. She has owned and showed Bearded Collies since 1980 and her first Beardie 'Woodland Merle' won the Woodacres their first CC in 1985. In 1988, 'Moonhills Rosy Glow of Woodacre' joined the household, winning 1 CC and 2 RCC's. She was the mother of 'Woodacre Wynsome Blue' (4 RCC's) and the first homebred Woodacre champions 'Ch Woodacre Wynter Knight' (7 CC's, 7 RCC's) and 'Ch Woodacre Wynter Star at Gelliland' (3 CC's, 6 RCC's). The Woodacre team currently comprises of Ch Woodacre Thyme to Beguile JW, Nellbrook Wynter Magic of Woodacre (1 CC, 2 RCC's) and the latest addition, Braemoray Dream Angus of Woodacre JW (1 CC). Sue's first judging appointment was in 1983, awarding CC's in 1998. She has judged mainly in the UK including Crufts (Dogs) and also in the Netherlands and America. Sue has held the position of Treasurer for the Bearded Collie Club since 1991 and feels that it is rewarding to give something back to the breed.
Mrs Frances Chapman-King (Strathcarra)
I owned my first Beardie in 1972, a slate bitch Bisquet Bracora (Jenny) bred by Gill Grattidge; who was a grand-daughter of Westernisles Wishanger Rough Grass on her male line, and Brough and Brown Sugar of Bothkennar on her bitch line. Jenny was exhibited in breed and obedience and in fact won first place in both disciplines at an SKC show in 1973. I first judged the breed in 1976, and I am a founder member of the Bearded Collie Club of Scotland and past Chairman.
I fell in love with Beardies as soon as I met Jim and Margaret Logan at a local show with their team of Beardies. Major Logan was extremely kind and encouraging to me and also let me handle their dogs before I got Jenny. I also recall a particularly proud and nerve wracking (school girl) experience handling Scapafield Carbon Copy [whom I later owned in partnership] to her second CC; SKC at the Kelvin Hall in Glasgow, judge Percy Whittaker, dog CC the fabulous Ch Edenbrough Blue Bracken whom of course won BOB. I was also lucky (without realising) to have Blues, Slates, Red Browns and Fawns in my first litter, so it amuses me when an exhibitor feels it necessary to whisper to me "this was born blue" etc.
I have always retained my love for Beardies, but for personal reasons no longer own any. I am now probably better known for my world famous Dandie Dinmont Terriers having bred some 29 Champions and won some 250 CCs.
Stella Clark (Astrellita)
My first dog show was in 1967 and I was a hairstylist in London until moving to Norfolk in 1973 to run a Boarding and grooming Kennel. From 1993 I then ran a large Quarantine kennel, so I have seen all sides of the dog scene. I have bred many Champions and International Champions.
I first judged at CC level in 1984 awarding CCs in Rough Collies, since then I have judged at over 40 Championship shows. My first Bearded Collie Club show judging appointment was in 1985 and I first awarded CCs in Beardies in 1990.
I award CCs in five Pastoral breeds and 1 working breed and judge the Pastoral Group. I judged Smooth Collies at Crufts 1993, Border Collies in 2009 and have been invited to judge at Crufts again in 2013. I have judged at two World Shows and throughout Europe including Hungary, the Scandinavian and Baltic countries, plus South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Argentina.
I have been on the Committee of the Canine Supporters Charity since 1997 and am Secretary of an all-breeds Canine Society since 1976. I am a founder member of Eastern Bearded Collie Association, where I also serve on the judges' sub-committee and EA Border Collie Club. I am also Vice President of the Smooth Collie Club.
Mr Ian Copus (Rallentando)
I purchased my first Bearded Collie in 1979, and under the Rallentando prefix, I have produced Champions, Best in Show and group winning dogs in England, Canada, USA and Europe. I have judged at Championship level since 1990 and have judged in England, Holland Australia and the USA. including the USA National Specialty in 1999. I have recently been approved to judge Welsh Corgis (Pembroke) and Border Collies in the USA. I have written articles for Bearded Collie magazines, some of which have been reprinted in breed magazines in Australia, Germany and England. I have organized three Canadian National Specialties. I have served on the Board of the Bearded Collie Club of Canada as a Regional Director, Vice President and President and am presently on the Bearded Collie Club of America's Judges Education Committee, in which capacity I have given several presentations to aspiring judges.
Ms Beverley Cuddy (Dearbolt)
I got my first Beardie in 1973, Champion Edenborough Sweet Lady and she was the foundation for the Dearbolt line of Beardies, which did quite well in the ring as well as being much-loved pets.
Together with my late parents, we bred fewer than 10 litters - the last of our homebred dogs dying about five years ago. As a family we became very involved in the Bearded Collie Club, I was Secretary in my 20s and it is my design that is still used as the main BCC logo. (Not many people know that!) I have been the Editor and Publisher of Dogs Today magazine for the past 19 years where Beardies have appeared as often as I could find a space! I have a beautiful Beardie at my side once more, Ramsgrove The Wild Child at Dearbolt, who I was delighted to discover goes back to my very first Beardie.
I haven't judged in the UK for quite a few years but always do take it very seriously, putting soundness and fitness for purpose highest on my list. The more I learn about other breeds, the more I celebrate what we have in this precious and ancient breed. While I no longer actively show, I do think that dog showing plays a major part in selecting which genes in a generation survive and as such I think judging is a very serious and responsible job that needs to performed with altruism and consideration wherever possible.
Mrs K M Evans (Treebeard)
I first started showing Bearded Collies in 1983 and have owned, shown, photographed and lived with them ever since. We have had ten Bearded Collies, plus some to stay/show for friends and several rescue dogs have been guests - all live in the house as part of the family. We have won Champion title, CC, Stud Book Numbers and Junior Warrants. My personal favourite was winning Best in Show at the Bearded Collie Club Show. We breed very occasionally. I have tried to put something back into the breed, working for this and other clubs. I have attended Seminars and passed the Judging Diploma and the Kennel Club's required seminars etc before awarding CCs. I can think of no better way of spending a day than surrounded by this lovely breed, and having the pleasure of assessing their merits when judging is a bonus.
Miss K Farrier (Kayanarra)
I first became involved in dogs during the 1980s, my initial interests being obedience, agility and then showing. I have been owned by Beardies since 1994 and family circumstances have dictated that, sensibly, I cannot keep a lot of dogs. With small numbers I have enjoyed a good level of success in the show ring, campaigning two champions, three JW winners, etc. My current Beardies are all owned in partnership with Peter and Yvonne Fox (Bushblades).
I believe in the true sense of the word 'commitment' and have demonstrated this by serving on the BCC Committee for eleven years. I was Secretary of the North-East branch from 1996 to 2007 and a committee member for two years previously.
I started judging Beardies in 2000, and have enjoyed judging ever since. I first awarded CCs in the breed in 2012.
I believe we all continue to learn about conformation and movement on an ongoing basis. It would be an absolute honour to be voted by members to judge at the BCC Championship Show
Mr R Fletcher (Romalia)
Our first meeting with Beardies, in the flesh, was at Richmond Championship Show in 1970, when it was still held in London. Brambledale Bravado (Ben) arrived a year or so later, shortly to be followed by Charncroft Country Beauty (Kate) who was to become our foundation bitch.
We bred and owned Ch Romalia Rafaelle (Pearl), still the only fawn to be made up in the UK. As well as Champions in 3 colours, we have also bred CC winners in all 4 colours.
I started judging at Match nights in Lincolnshire. Going over 60-70 dogs in no more than 3 hours was a challenge but provided a good grounding. My first Beardie Open show judging was in 1980, and I gave CCs for the first time in 1989 in Scotland. I have judged over 25 breeds and the Working and pastoral Groups at Open shows; 2 Smooth Collie Club Shows at Smooths at Bath; and Beardies in Germany, Switzerland and Sweden plus a Regional Show (a range of Breeds) in Italy. I am judging Dogs at the BCC Championship Show in 2012.
I have served on the committees of the SCBCC, EBCA and currently the BCC - a combined total of over 20 years.
Dr Peter Fox (Bushblades)
I first became involved in Bearded Collies in 1988, when we bought our first Beardie, Beth, as a pet. Then like so many others, we were persuaded to enter one show by the breeder. Of course we got 'hooked' and have shown ever since. Our second Beardie, Orora's Silver Mica was bought with showing in mind and her half sister, Orora's Marcasite, soon followed. All of our Bushblades Beardies descend from these two special girls.
Although we have only bred 13 litters we have bred four Champions, Ch B. Site and Sound (Top Junior 1995), her daughter Ch B. Soundin' Out, Ch B. Tranquil Skies at Kayanarra & her son Ch B Transaction (Top Puppy 2007 & Top Junior 2008). We have also bred five other Beardies that have gained Reserve CCs and two other CC winners.
I started judging Bearded Collies in 1992 and have enjoyed judging ever since, awarding CCs for the first time in 2005. I was honoured to be invited to judge Bitches at the 40th anniversary show of the Netherlands Bearded Collie Club and I have also judged in Germany & Sweden.
Mrs Yvonne Fox (Bushblades)
We got our first Beardie in 1988 as a pet but were persuaded to show her - and got hooked! I started handling our Beardies in 1992, although from the beginning I had watched them being judged and read everything I could about the breed. We have bred five Champions, four bitches (one of whom is also a Dutch Champion) and one Champion dog who was also top Puppy in 2007 and top Junior in 2008, as well as several other RCC winners and two CC winners. I did not start judging at Open shows until 1998 feeling it important to get a thorough grounding in construction and movement and the specifics of the breed, although I had judged at Exemption shows and Match nights prior to that - a great learning experience! I was Secretary of the Bearded Collie Club for 11 years and I have also been Chairman of one of its Branches. I remain as Secretary for the Joint Breed Liaison Committee dedicated to the health, welfare and development of our breed. I first awarded CCs in 2008 and I have also judged in Germany and Sweden. I believe it is a great honour to be asked to judge your breed and I have always enjoyed my judging appointments and the interesting challenges they present.
Mr Bob Gregory (Spotartan)
He first became involved in the dog scene in 1965, and during his showing career, made up many Champions, all home bred, in both Dalmations and Tibetan Terriers.
He began judging in 1974 and first awarded CCs in 1979, since which time he has been approved to award CCs in 30 breeds in the Utility, Working, Pastoral and Hound Groups and now awards and BIS plus the Utility, Pastoral and Working Groups at Championship shows. In 2005 he had the pleasure of judging the Utility Group at Crufts and judged the final of the Pedigree Champion Stakes in 2009.
He has judged at Championship show level in countries including Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Russia, America, South Africa, Asia and all Scandinavia and Europe.
From his records he has judged over 12,000 classes, 63,000 dogs and 190 BIS all breeds, and in what spare time he has, he is a K.C. Accredited trainer in Conformation and Movement and Hands on Assessment, and is the Co-ordinator for the Pastoral Group JDP and is the Chairman of Manchester Dog Show Society.
Mr Steve Hall (Shenedene)
We purchased our first show dog in 1973 which was an Old English Sheepdog, followed shortly after with a Bearded Collie in 1974. I have bred Champions in both breeds.
I judged the Breed at Crufts in 2005 and both Pastoral and Working Group in 2006/2007.
I am approved to award CCs in over 40 breeds plus working and Pastoral Groups and Best in Show at General Championship shows in the UK.
I am approved to award CACIBs to all breeds recognized by the Kennel Club at all International shows under the jurisdiction of the FCI and Best in Show.
I am a past Chairman of the Northern Branch of the Bearded Collie Club and was inspirational in the formation of the North of England Bearded Collie Club.
I have judged regularly throughout every country in Europe, USA, Barbados, Jamaica, Dubai, Trinidad, Africa, Russia, India and Sri Lanka.
Ms Rosie Haywood (Binbusy)
I have owned Beardies for over 35 years and up until my husband, Steve died in May 2000 was very active in the Breeding and Showing of our lovely Breed. I was also Treasurer of the Bearded Collie Club for 13 years.
Together we bred over twenty litters and provided the foundation stock for a number of successful Breeders both in the UK and Abroad. Nowadays I am content to continue with my judging career.
I first judged Beardies in 1982 and gave my first set of tickets at the Welsh KC Show in August 1988 - the same day Ch.Binbusy Cadence was whelping her first litter so not ideal timing! Over the years I have judged many of the major UK Championship Shows and Club Shows and judged the Bitches at Crufts in 2004. I have also judged Beardies many times abroad all over Europe, in the USA and in Australia.
I hope to continue judging both at home and abroad for many years to come as my way of giving something back to the Breed that is very dear to my heart.
Mrs Audrey Hicks (Multan)
My first encounter with a Beardie was in 1960 when I met Keith and his bitch, Jennifer of Multan (one of the Breed's foundation bitches). I became a Beardie owner in 1976 when we bought Nigella Jolyonne. She had one litter, from which came Ch Multan Magikana. My first judging appointment was in 1980 and I first gave tickets in 1998. I joined the Southern Counties Bearded Collie Club in 1977 and served on their Committee from 1980 in various posts, including Show Manager, Membership Secretary and Chairman. I have judged at numerous Championship shows, my most 'interesting' appointment being in 1999 when I was invited to take over at very short notice (1 day) Michael Quinney's entry of 200 at the Richmond Championship show. I had the pleasure of judging the Belgian BCC show in 2008 and judged bitches at the Netherlands BCC show in 2009.
Mr Alan Hood (Bryonyhill)
I have owned Bearded Collies and shown them actively since 1985 when I purchased my first Beardie, Bumbleridges Hoodwinked - a blue male 'Flint' he lived to the ripe old age of 17 years. Since then I have shown actively at both Open and Championship Shows for over 28 years. I have bred fourteen CC winners and sixteen Reserve CC winners along with three UK Champions and fifteen dogs qualified at Stud Book. I have been judging since 2001 and gave tickets for the first time this year at Wndsor Championship Show. I take the honour of judging our breed very seriously and whether judging at Open or Championship shows I judge to the breed standard.
Mr J Horswell (Drakesleat)
Jeff has been going to dog shows from an early age. It all started when his mother (Ann Foxwell) having decided that a Great Dane was the ideal breed for a family pet, and they deciede to go along to a local show. A 'show' Dane followed and the Auldmoor Great Dane kennel has gone on to produce a steady stream of Champions, both in the UK and around the world. Jeff decided to have a Miniature Wire Dachshunds as his own breed. 23 Min Wire Champions have been made up by him, including 3 Crufts BOB winners and 4 Group winners. There has also been a Champion Greyhound and 2 Show Champion Field Spaniels. Jeff first judged in 1982, and first awarded CC's in 1989. Jeff is approved to award Cc's in breeds across all seven UK Groups, along with BIS. He has judged at Crufts several times.
Mr M James (Waterley)
I started showing Old English Sheepdogs some 40 years ago, starting with a dog from a puppy farm! I took this dog to many shows by public transport and he actually had a good pedigree and as a 15-year-old boy I was very exited when my dog qualified for Crufts and I am very excited about judging the breed there in 2016 - it is a dream come true. When I was 17 I went to work in the Netherlands for a very famous kennel .The Reeuwijk kennel was very well known for OES but also had Briards, and Schapendoes - a Dutch herding dog - and also some Shih Tzu's. This was a very good schooling for me in all aspects of pedigree dogs. I handled the dogs all over Europe. Dogs such as Ch. Reuwijks Care for Beauty, Ch Ellenglaze Ladies Choice and Ch Fezziwig Honey Bun to name a few. These dogs are way back in the pedigrees of many top-winning dogs of today around the world. Mrs Backx ?Bennink was my mentor and a great character.
Later I started the Tuckles kennels in partnership with Stuart Mallard who was living in Holland at the time, and again we had many super dogs, winning with several OES and Bouviers and Tibetan Terriers. I lived in the Netherlands for over 10 years and took all their exams to become a judge of several Working and Pastoral breeds including Bearded Collies. I have judged the breed at many all-breed shows and breed club shows all over the world. I have judged the breed at FCI World shows. I discovered the delights of the Tibetan terrier by accident as a friend was breeding them along with her OES, and she had one female that was a lot of trouble so - you guessed it - I ended up with her! At present I only own Tibetan Terriers with my partner Glenn Davies. In the original breed standard Tibetan Terriers were described as miniature OES! So I feel that I still have a small connection to the breed. This breed is the only one that I have at home. I am very involved with the breed club being its Chairman for several years. I am also on the breed Health subcommittee. I have 10 Tibetan Terriers at home; they have such a unique character and definitely still have an air of mystique about them from their Tibetan origins. Which is something I admire in all the Tibetan breeds? We have done very well with our 'Waterley' Tibetan terriers winning many BIS at breed club shows both here in the UK and in Europe. We have also won BOB breed at Crufts several times and once won both best dog and best bitch, it was a great day for us. We have owned the top TT in the UK for the last two years. We have owned and bred several Champions and sent several dogs abroad that have become champions for their new owners. I have judged in many countries in Europe, Scandinavia, and also Australia and New Zealand. I am very pleased to have judged Tibetan Terriers at Crufts in 2013. I am very pleased to be judging Old English Sheepdogs at Crufts in 2016. I only judge breeds that I would really love to own!
Mrs Liz Jay (Talraz)
Our first Beardie 'Razzle' (Rayre's Rhapsody in Blue) arrived in 1979 and was soon joined by 'Tallie' (Deanfield Black Lace of Talraz). Between them they supplied the inspiration for our affix - Talraz - and taught us a lot. Razzle was bright and bouncy and a fun dog to train, introducing us to obedience, basic agility and working trials, and the Beardie Working tests - notably failing her Senior test by a whisker on both attempts (!), whereas Tallie became our first 'proper' show dog and from her descended all our current bunch of Beardies.
Over the years there have been many highs and lows as Mick and I share our lives with this wonderful breed. Showing is endlessly fascinating, and judging too, as the show rings shape the Beardies of the next generation. I have always maintained an interest in the working side, especially the original job of work which is herding, as I would not want to lose sight of the breed's true appeal as an intelligent and sound working companion.
I have judged regularly since the early 1980s and awarded CCs for the first time at Birmingham National in 2002. I have also judged in Germany and France.
Mrs Wendy Knowles (Tonwynde)
In 1989 my husband and I bought our first Bearded Collie dog, he was brown/white and bought as a pet. We were encouraged by friends to show him and the outcome was that Sam became Ch Flosswood Rum Punch. In 1991 Sam sired his first litter and along came Benson, Haylane High Society at Tonwynde. In 1992 we bought our third Bearded Collie dog who was Smokey, Spinningdale Silver Sunset at Tonwynde (1CC). Although we no longer show we do still have a very keen interest in the breed.
I enjoy judging our wonderful breed, and in 2010 gave my first set of CCs at Darlington Championship Dog Show, attracting a strong entry.
When the opportunity arises, I judge other Pastoral breeds, and am currently on the 'B' List for Scottish Border Collies. Stewarding for local Societies and Championship Shows helps keep me in touch with new legislation, and affords me the opportunity to help the Societies in my area.
In 2013, I judged Beardies at Driffield Championship Show, again drawing a good quality entry,then in October 2014 I judged Bearded Collies at the IJsselshow CAC/CACIB show, where my BOB gained Group 1 and Reserve Best In Show. I also had the honour of judging Best Baby in Show in the Main Ring.
Mrs J Lanning (Clausentum)
I have judged Bearded Collies in all the leading shows, in all continents, including Crufts. Club Shows several times. I judge over 70 breeds across all the Groups including Best in Show at Crufts 2005. I am told I am the most senior judge of your breed (?)
Mr S Mallard (Tuckles)
Stuart has had a lifelong interest in all animals and became seriously involved in the dog world in the mid '60s.
His initial involvement was with Old English Sheepdogs in which breed he made up a number of well known champions - he won BIS at the LKA as long ago as 1974 with Ch. Lameda Perfect Pal! His 'Lameda' and latterly 'Tuckles' affixes are known worldwide.
He has also bred and exhibited Schnauzers, Bichon Frise, Beagles, Tibetan Terriers and Bouvier des Flandres making up Champions in four of these breeds.
The first UK Bouvier Champion was made up by Stuart - having won the first CC and BOB on offer at Crufts in 1988, under the late Bobby James.
Stuart lived in the Netherlands for ten years where he continued to breed and show his dogs throughout Europe with great success.
As a trained artist, in more recent years he has devoted his time to his art and this combination of experience is really apparent in his work.
At the time of writing he awards CCs in forty one breeds covering Working, Pastoral, Utility, Hound and Toy groups and is approved to judge the Toy, Utility, Working and Pastoral Groups plus Best in Show. He has judged extensively throughout Europe, Scandinavia, East and South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and the Caribbean. Stuart had the great honour of judging the Pastoral Group at Crufts in 2007 and the Working Group in 2008.
Mr Don Moir (Winaria)
I have owned Beardies since 1981 but originally never intended to show. However, our first Beardie, Dramesk Winter Dusk, dragged us into it after a visit to her breeder when sshe was 4 months old. Misty became the foundation of Winaria (the name incorporates part of her name with that of one of her first litter).Her second litter gave us the bitch which would go on to become Ch Winaria Wellwisher.
We have not bred a high number of litters but from those that we did, two further bitches gained their titles(W. Welltravelled and W. Whisperer) making three bitch champions in three successive generations, an accomplishment of which we are very proud. After Whisperer died prematurely in 2007 our showing days were pretty much at an end and my involvement in showing is now confined to Club business andjudging when invited. I have given the talk on the breed standard at two BCCS judges assessment days. I first judged in 1984 and was approved to award CCs in 1998. I can say that I have enjoyed each occasion immensely. I have also been invited to judge in Holland, Sweden, Germany and the Czech Republic. I look for (and expect) dogs to display smooth, long-reaching movement without discernible effort and this is what attracts me the most to dogs I place highly when judging. I refereed the BCC Championship Show in 2006 and I wwould be very pleased to judge a full entry at this special show.
Mrs D Mottram (Mybeards)
Sheba, my first beardie, was born in 1981 and I began showing a few years later and then progressed to judging. I awarded CC's for the first time in 1996. I have since judged them several times at Championship Shows in the UK, also the Winners Show at Amsterdam, Norwegian Club Show, Czech Club Show, the 'Bundessieger' in Germany, Warsaw International Show, bitches at NEBCC Championship Show in 2008 and BIS for the Eastern Bearded Collie Association in 2013. I enjoyed serving as a committee member of the NEBCC for several years. Because of my involvement with Polish Lowland Sheepdogs I no longer own or show beardies; however I feel very privileged to judge the breed when asked, as they are generally super, sound, healthy exhibits with that added beardie personality and the sportsmanship of the exhibitors always makes for a very pleasant day.
Mrs Sue Nicholls-Ward (Bumbleridge)
I have owned Beardies since 1975, founding the Bumbleridge kennel in 1977 when Brambledale Black Bryony of Bumbleridge joined us. My first litter produced Bumbleridge Buckthorn in 1979. The second litter produced Bumbleridge's Andromeda and Bumbleridge's Moonmaiden who truly planted the Beardie bug.
In the early eighties I served with the Midland branch of the BCC and then eight years as a committee member of the main club as I wanted to give something back to our wonderful breed. For the last 7 years I have been chairman of the BCC.
I have had other breeds, which helps to give width to my knowledge both as a judge and an exhibitor but nothing will ever replace my Beardies. I currently have a Spanish Water Dog and I have judged these at National Gun Dog Championship show in August 2008.
I started my judging career in the early 1980s and first gave CCs in 1991; awarding CCs in both sexes at 6 Championship shows and CCs in a single sex at 4 Championship shows. The highlight of my judging career was in 2003 when that letter arrived from the KC inviting me to judge at Crufts in 2008. I had 154 dogs making an entry of 181; the largest Class being Open dog with 33 entered.
Since the mid 1990's, I have also had the honour of judging at the Bearded Collie Club championship shows in Norway, Germany and twice in Sweden and judged in Spain in 2008.
Mrs S O'Brien (Sammara)
My first 'Beardie' was bought in 1958 on an impulse. She was a very special dog and she was shown in obedience and variety classes at Exemption dog shows, with great success. I became very interested in the breed and in 1962 I visited Mrs Willison (Bothkennar) with my 'Beardie' and Mrs Willison showed me the now legendary Bothkennar Beardies. After University I bought my first pure bred Bearded Collie for the show ring and in 1975 the Sammara Kennel was formed with my husband Willie O'Brien. We have to date owned and bred an Eng. Am. Can. Champion, eleven English Champions and many more overseas Champions, including three UK Top Dogs (Tambora Points Trophy winners) in the breed. We have consistently bred quality Beardies over thirty five years many of which were exported overseas to form the basis of other kennels. We are currently still showing at the highest level and have qualified two of our Beardies for Crufts 2015.
My judging career began in 1977. Initially, I judged at Open Shows and subsequently I was approved to award Challenge Certificates in 1990. I have been invited to be a mentor on several occasions at Judges Training days which are organised by the Breed Clubs. I have awarded Challenge Certificates regularly at General Championship shows and my appointments have included South Wales Kennel Association, National Working and Pastoral Breeds Dog Society, Windsor Dog Show Society, East of England Agricultural Society, Eastern Bearded Collie Association, Richmond Dog Show Society, Boston and District Canine Society and many more that are too numerous to mention. In 2009 I had the honour of judging the bitches at Crufts Dog Show. My judging career has also included many overseas judging appointments. I have judged in numerous European Countries to include, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Germany, Denmark, Czech Republic and I have also judged in America and Canada. I have previously visited The Bearded Collie Club of America Speciality, as an observer and in September 2012 I judged their Speciality in California.
Mrs G O'Connell (Atherleigh)
My first Beardie was born in 1983, a slate daughter of Blumberg de Roos Erasmus. She was quite a challenge after the OES I had shown in the 1970's. I showed her with little success and retired her to have our first litter in 1988. I then had the opportunity to own and make up the beautiful Ch. Potterdale Phorget-me-Not. Also joining us was the lovely slate Potterdale Anastasia of Atherleigh, the foundation of our small kennel. Her daughter, Ch. Atherleigh Over the Rainbow JW, was top brood in 2008 and is the dame of 4 Champions, 2 CC winners and RCC winner. Very few litters have been bred (32 puppies in total) but I am lucky that among them there have been 5 Champions, 2 CC winners, 4 RCC winners and others with Stud Book numbers. I judged my first Open Show in 1993, including 3 Club Shows, awarding CC's for the first time in 2008. I have been privileged to judge in Sweden and Germany and will be judging the Belgium Bearded Collie Club Show in August 2014. Mark and I share our home with 3 Beardies, a daughter and 2 granddaughters of our much missed Lucy (Over the Rainbow).
Mrs Angela Pedder (Caldermist)
Angela has owned Bearded Collies for 30 years having acquired her first Beardie 'Basil' (Calderlin Islay Mist), a 'Braid' grandson from Dorothy Lindsay in 1981. Angela continued to enjoy her dogs as companions until a friend persuaded her to show her new puppy at a local limited show. Since then, Angela has either owned or bred 10 stud book qualifying dogs, a UK Champion, an Irish Champion, 3 additional CC and Reserve CC winners and Junior Warrant winners.
She was an active committee member of the Northern Branch of the Bearded Collie Club for 12 years on behalf of which she coordinated the Northern Bearded Collie training class and several successful educational seminars.
Angela started her judging career in 1999 and awarded her first set of Challenge Certificates in 2010. She has judged Beardies throughout the UK, Ireland and Germany including 4 club shows, most recently the Bearded Collie Club of Deutschland's club show. Whilst Beardies will always remain her first love, she maintains a special interest in two Portuguese breeds - the Podengo and the Water Dog which she also enjoys judging. Together with her husband George, Angela currently shares her life with 5 Beardies and a small family of Podengos.
Mrs L Pierson (Kiltondale)
I first encountered a Beardie when I was 14 years old, this turned out to be Deanfield Autumn Gold owned by Jackie Goulder, our shepherdess where we take our Beardies to do what comes naturally. I got my first Beardie from Bryony Harcourt-Brown when I was 16 and soon became hooked on showing. To date I have made up four Champions in the breed, three owner/bred and one I had to show while he was in this country. At present I have five Beardies, three females and two males and usually breed a litter when we want a puppy to show or if I have families willing to wait for one of our puppies. We have a male from Sweden, who is proving to be a useful boy as he brings down COI and up to now, hip scores too. I started judging in 1994 and in 2006 I awarded CC's for the first time and have now awarded three sets of CC's in the UK and judged overseas on three occasions with appointments in the future. I have judged BIS at Open Show level and find judging other breeds I'm interested in fascinating. There never will be another breed that will compare to a Beardie, to me, the ultimate dog, a friend and wonderful companion.
Hans Erik Pedersen (Shepherdess)
There have been dogs around me since childhood; my parents had different breeds from Saint Bernard to Danish/Swedish Farm dog.
When I established my own family my wife Karen and I decided to have a Bearded Collie(1982) and after a few years we started breeding from them under the prefix Shepherdess, I have not bred a big number of Beardies, only when wanting one myself, the best known dogs we have bred/owned is: Ch. Shilstone Diplomat, Ch Potterdale Phoenix, Ch. Shepherdess Bix Beiderbecke, Ch. Shepherdess Sweet Sue Just You and Ch Ramsgrove Prime Thyme.
In 1994 I was authorized within F.C.I. as judge for Bearded Collies, and have judged them in many places in Europe including Scotland 2005 and at the World Dog Show, 2010, I am now approved for all breeds in F.C.I group 1 and another 14 in group 2, 5 and 9.
Mr Haydn Platts (Camberwick)
I have owned and showed Bearded Collies since 1985. Claire and I have campaigned 2 show dogs to their titles, one of which was homebred. We seldom breed, only three litters in 20 years. I have been involved in the working side of the breed, successful at obedience, pentathlon and qualifying one of our dogs for her senior working test.
My judging career has spanned 18 years, I have judged BIS several times at all breed Open shows and have awarded CCs in Bearded Collies at home and abroad.
I consider myself a good judge of a dog, I appreciate good movement and type. I always aim to be fair, consistent and honest in my appraisal of all exhibits.
Mr Fred Randall (Kimrand)
Having been around dogs all my life, our first Bearded Collie came to us in 1971 from Mary Partridge, Wishanger Freisan Isles (Jasper) was joined not long after by our two original girls.
Our first 'Kimrand' litter was born in the early 1970s from one of our founding bitches - Quicksilver Fluff (Bonnie). Over the years Kimrand kennels have produced ten Champions (two International Champions) with our latest girl gaining her crown in 2006. Our Champion boys have themselves sired Champions.
I have been judging Beardies since the early 1980s and have also judged in Norway and the Netherlands.
I have been honoured to give CCs at Championship shows and also to be able to judge at various Bearded Collie Open and Championship shows over the years.
Mrs Frances Richards (Elemark)
I have owned Beardies since 1978 and first judged the breed at Open Show level in 1990. I judged at Championship show level for the first time in 2006. In June this year I judged dogs at the Finnish Bearded Collie Speciality Show. This was my first judging appointment abroad. I have made up one bitch to Champion and have bred CC, reserve CC, Junior Warrant and Show Certificate of Merit winners in the breed. I have bred only five litters in the 35 years I have owned Beardies, the first being in 1988 and the most recent in 2007. I also owned two Australian Shepherds who have since died at ripe old ages, and had a lot of fun showing in the Import Register classes with them. I also now judge that breed at championship level. I also judge Border Collies at Open Show level including two Club Open Shows. However, I love the Beardie as a Breed above all other. I was founder member of the Eastern Bearded Collie Association and served on the Committee for many years, mostly as Cup Steward, also on the Judges Sub-Committee. I was also on the National Australian Shepherd Association Committee for six years and I am still on their Judges Sub-Committee. I own a horse and with my daughter belong to a distance riding group. If I am not at a dog show at the weekend, I am most likely to be found riding somewhere like Thetford Forest.
Mrs Althea Richardson (Caramac)
I have been a beardie owned human since 1977. Although not compulsory back then, I attended the Judges Training day organised by the Southern Counties Bearded Collie Club.
In 1994 I gave my first CC at a Bearded Collie Club Championship Show, and prior to that year I judge an open show for Southern Counties Bearded Collie Club. My co judge on that occasions was Ian Copus and the entries in those days were nearer the numbers we now get at the average Championship show.
To date I have given CCs in this country eight times and have had the pleasure of judging in Sweden on 2 occasions, Germany on 2 occasions, also America and Canada..
My aim has always been to breed and judge for the beardie as a 'herding dog/working dog'. Yes I do appreciate good presentation and a must is fitness, but I have no time for the exhibit that looks too exaggerated in the many forms we are now seeing.
Mr Geoff Spurrier (Geliland)
I purchased my first Beardie, Tambora's Brown Sugar at Geliland, after seeing Margaret Osborne award Ch Osmart Bonnie Blue Braid BOB at Crufts in 1972. Brown Sugar was bred by Jackie Tidmarsh from Braid ex Ch Edelweiss of Tambora. After having reasonable success in the showring with Brown Sugar, I showed two of his grandchildren, both of whom gained RCCs. Another became an American Champion (Ch Geliland Black Bawbee at Chaniam) who went BIS all breeds, and another a Swedish, Finnish and Norwegian Champion (Ch Geliland Morning Miracle). My first homebred Champion was 'Disney', Ch Geliland Star of the Screen, who sired two English and two Irish Champions. By the age of 3, Disney had won every trophy the Bearded Collie Club had to offer ? Top Puppy (Orora Trophy), Top Junior (Willison Trophy), and Top Dog (Tambora Trophy). When Disney was awarded his second CC under Anne Wilding (Bendale), he went BIS at Scottish Breeds Championship Show under Jum Currie. I have shown Breeze (Ch Geliland Sea Breeze), a Disney great grandson who, as well as having great success in the ring, being the top Beardie in the UK for 2007 and 2008 and winning the Tambora trophy, has also qualified as a Pets as Therapy dog (PAT). I first judged Beardies in the 1980s, was approved to award CCs in 1992 and awarded my first set of CCs in 1993. Besides extensive judging in the UK, I've judged in Holland, Denmark, Finland and Germany. On Friday 4th July, I judged the Great Lakes Bearded Collie Club Speciality in Detroit, Michagan, USA. I have been a full member of the Kennel Club since 1994. I am also a Life Member of the Bearded Collie Club. For a number of years I served as Membership Secretary for the Bearded Collie Club. Outside of dogs one of my hobbies is raising money for charity and I am authorised by Teenage Cancer Trust to hold fundraising events on their behalf. There is now Teen Cancer America, an organisation established to replicate the work here in the UK.
Mrs Janet Steel (Spinningdale)
I have owned Bearded Collies for over thirty years. In that time I have served on the North of England Committee, of which I was founder member. I have bred only two litters once from my foundation bitch, Briaridge Blue Rose. From her litter I kept a bitch who became Spinningdale Sunset Sonata. Both girls were successful in the show ring, with Sunset Sonata still taking awards in her vintage years at the age of 15. Having decided not to continue breeding, I purchased in the year 2000 Menander Starstruck of Spinningdale who gained one CC with Best of Breed and two Reserve CC's. I began my Judging career in 1986, and have gone on to award CC's in the breed having judged at both General Championship, and Breed Club Shows.
Mr Alan Stevens (Whistbrae)
I have owned Bearded Collies since 1978 and have made up 3 UK champions, 2 of which are homebred. In addition to the champions here I have bred dogs that have gained titles in various European countries and several that have been awarded CCs or stud book numbers in the UK. I have awarded CCs in the breed several times, including officiating at the Club championship show, and have also judged the breed in Europe. I am also approved to award CCs in my second breed, Portuguese Water Dogs.
Mrs Viv Stevens (Whistbrae)
I have owned Bearded Collies since 1978 and have previously awarded CCs in the breed on a number of occasions, including the Bearded Collie Club championship show twice. I have also judged dogs at the German Bearded Collie Specialty show in 2006. My second breed, Portuguese Water Dogs, received CC status in 2007 and I have awarded CCs three times, with a fourth appointment at CRUFTS in 2013.
We are not prolific breeders, only breeding when we want a new puppy, but have bred two UK champions, one of whom is a group winner, and numerous CC; RCC and stud book qualified dogs. In addition to UK champions we have bred multi European champions and an International champion. We also made up our foundation bitch, Charncroft Cloverbelle at Whistbrae, to a champion. At the moment we are not showing much due to other commitments. Outside of the show ring I served as a committee member for the Bearded Collie Club for a number of years.
Mr Mick Taylor (Bruernish)
In partnership with my wife, we have owned and shown Beardies for over thirty years, and gained BOB at Cruft's with a Champion bitch in 1987. Our Bruernish affix was granted in 1982, and we bred our first litter in 1989; in all we have bred four litters and qualified seven Beardies for the KC Stud Book. Sadly we were unable to campaign our home bred CC winner to his title due to family health problems. I first judged Beardies in 1984, and awarded CCs for the first time in 1996, and have judged them on a regular basis both here and overseas since then. I am now passed to award CCs in four other Pastoral breeds, (Australian Shepherds, Border Collies, Rough Collies and Polish Lowland Sheepdogs ), and was honoured to judge the latter at Crufts in 2005. It has been my good fortune over the years to have judged most of the other breeds in the Pastoral and Working Groups, both Groups and Best in Show at Open Show level, and have judged Club Shows for both Briards and Old English Sheepdogs. I am currently on 'B' Lists for Briards, Hungarian Pulis, Old English Sheepdogs, Pyrenean Sheepdogs (Long Haired), Shetland Sheepdogs and Bernese Mountain Dogs. I always enjoy judging these, and other breeds in the Pastoral and Working Groups, but Beardies are, and always will be my first love; we have co-existed with twelve wonderful Beardies over the years and it has been a privilege to know them all.
Mrs Sandra Taylor (Bruernish)
Between 1980 and 1982 four Beardies from the Davealex kennel came to share our lives and my love of the breed has endured since then. Our first bitch, Davealex Royle Bianco at Bruernish gained her title in 1985 and was declared Best of Breed at Crufts in 1987 where she was shortlisted in the then Working Group. Our Bruernish affix was granted in 1982 and we bred our first litter in l989; in all we have bred four litters and qualified seven Beardies for the KC Stud Book. Sadly we were unable to campaign our home bred CC winner to his title due to family health problems. I first judged in 1984 and was passed to award CCs in 1997 since when I have judged on a regular basis. I also award CCs in Polish Lowland Sheepdogs. I consider myself lucky to also judge other Pastoral breeds. Groups and BIS at Open Show level. Mick and I have been involved with the breed for well over thirty years, we have co-existed with twelve wonderful Beardies and it has been a privilege to know them all.
Ms Justine Waldron (Snowmead)
In conjunction with my mother I have been involved in Bearded Collies since 1982, having a separate interest in the Snowmead affix. As a partnership our achievements include 16 Junior Warrant winners, 30 dogs bred/owned qualified for the Kennel Club Stud book, 17 dogs bred or owned with CCs or RCCs including 5 Champions, with, Ch Snowmead Sans Faute JW being top puppy in 2001 and top Bearded Collie in 2003 with 17 CCs, 14 BOBs, 13 RCCs and has been BIS at the BCC Ch show, EBCA Ch Show, NEBCC Ch Show and BOS at the BCCS. His mother, Ch J'aime de Chester at Snowmead, was imported under the Bali directive and is a daughter of our Snowmead Superstition. She was top bitch in the breed in 1997 and top brood in 2004. With my mothers untimely death in 2000, I have taken complete responsibility for the Snowmead dogs. We currently share our lives with 10 Beardies at Snowmead ranging in age from 15 years to 2years.
Our first Beardie Penliza's Teasel was Our Dogs/Pedigree Top Sire in 1991, with one of his sons becoming a Champion. We also bred the Our Dogs/Pedigree Top puppy for 1994, bred/own the Our Dogs/Pedigree Top puppy 2001 and bred/own the Dog World/Pedigree Top Dog for 2003 and own the Our Dogs Top brood for 2004.
I have handled numerous dogs for people with success as well as our own dogs, including stud book numbers, Crufts qualifiers and have handled 8 dogs to CCs, campaigning 5 of these to Champions.
My first judging appointment was in 1990, and I have awarded CCs in the UK, Sweden, France and America.
Mr G Woolley (Aratika)
We acquired our first Beardie, Gemma, in 1987 after seeing the Winalot advert with a Beardie jumping a five-bar gate; this was followed by our second Beardie in 1990 - Mybeards Mosaic (Soula) who started our show career. From this point we were hooked. In 1994 we mated Soula and had our first litter and the Aratika kennel was born. We have had the good fortune of winning two junior warrants, five stud book numbers and two RCC's from our lovely dogs. My judging career started in 1999 at Nuneaton C.S. I have Judged two breed club open shows - Midshires and EBCC, progressing up the lists to judge my first Championship Show At East of England in 2013.