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Forms for consideration for inclusion on the Judges List and a questionnaire for applicants can be downloaded from the Club Downloads page. The next meeting of the Judges Sub-Committee will be on 19th January 2019 (note change of date).


Judges' Profiles for the 2022 and 2023 BCC Championship Show Ballots


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 an 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 Nederlanse (Dutch) Bearded Collie Club Show (2005), Special Klub for Bearded Collie (Sweden) (2006), SCBCC (2007), Three Counties Championship Show (2008) and bitches at Crufts in 2012. He more recently judged at the French Bearded Collie championship show in the Summer of 2013, the Midshires BCC (Bitches), August 2013, the Czech BCC in October 2014 and at the Welsh KC in 2017. Future appointments will be the Scottish Kennel Club in May 2019 and SCBCC (Dogs) in February 2021.

A high proportion of exhibits to who he gave CCs early in their show career have progressed to Champions and one later gained Group 1 status at Crufts, whilst two others, his BOB from the Czech BCC, was in the final Group line up, also at Crufts and his BOB at Welsh KC was in the final line in the Group. He is also particularly proud that his best bitch puppy, when judging at Crufts went onto be a multi CC winner.

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/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.


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 who was runner up puppy in his breed.

I have judged around the UK at Championship & Open shows both in Beardies and breeds from the pastoral/working group including the Pastoral Group itself. Judging appointments have included Norway, Belgium, Sweden, Finland, Canada (National Specialty), USA (Regional Specialty), France and bitches at Crufts in 2013.


Graham Atkins (Snikkles)

I have been involved with Bearded Collies since 1976 . Under the Labooshar affix our second Beardie was purchased from the late Maureen Reader (Tamevalley). CH Tamevalley Folk Lyric at Labooshar became our first Champion. From her first litter she produced Ch Labooshar Lore Lord, . Under the Snikkles affix we campaigned CH Kelham Hot Gossip JW to her title. Her son CH Snikkles Sea Lavender JW in turn sired CH Snikkles Blue Print JW. We have ten dogs entered in the stud book.

I have awarded CCs since 1992 and Judged on numerous occasions in the UK and Europe and a club show in Australia. My happiest and most challenging was judging dogs at Crufts 2009.

I have served on various committees in my time on both breed and General Open Show.

I am looking for a Bearded Collie who could do a days work, is constructionally sound with a happy temperament who enjoys the day with it's owner.

I still enjoy showing/judging Beardies (while the legs hold up!)


Mrs Maureen Betts (Pipadene)

Personal details:
I have owned dogs since 1973 and bought my first bearded collie in 1975. I have bred 11 English Champions also American, Australian, German, Danish and Swedish champions.
I was secretary of South Gloucestershire Dog Training Society for 10 years and have been the ringcraft trainer for that society for over 30 years.

Experience:
I commenced my judging career at open show level in the the early 1980s and having obtained the appropriate numbers in my breed (Bearded Collies), was accepted on to the breed A1 list & 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.
In 2016 I attended The Finnish Lapphund Training Seminar & passed the hands-on A3 Assessment and in 2017 I attended the Shetland Sheepdog Club of Wales Seminar.

Judging appointments:

  • 1996 SWCA Bitches
  • 1997 Bearded Collie Club Sweden Championship Show - both sexes
  • 1998 WELKS - both sexes, Bearded Collie Club Victoria (Australia), BCC France Ch. Show
  • 1999 North England Bearded Collie Club Ch. Show - bitches
  • 2000 American Regional Speciality Michigan BCC
  • 2001 Bearded Collie Club Ch. Show - Dogs, BCC Germany Championship Show
  • 2002 American Regional Speciality North West BCC
  • 2003 Windsor Ch. Show - both sexes, BCC Holland Championship Show
  • 2004 American Bearded Collie National Speciality - Colorado USA
  • 2006 Scottish Kennel Club Ch. Show - both sexes
  • 2008 Bearded Collie Club Slovakia Ch. Show
  • 2009 Bournemouth CA - both sexes
  • 2010 Bearded Collie Club Sweden
  • 2011 Crufts - Bearded Collie bitches
  • 2013 American Regional Speciality National Capital BCC, Bath CA - both sexes
  • 2015 SCBCC Ch. Show Bitches, BCC Holland Championship show
  • 2016 East of England - both sexes
  • 2018 SCCA both sexes
  • 2020 East of England Puppy Groups + BPIS (confirmed), Bournemouth CA (confirmed)

I have also judged Rough Collies,Shelties, Old English Sheepdogs, Border Collies, BSD, GSD, Pyrenean,Great Danes, Samoyeds, Dobermans, Rottweilers, Alaskan Malamutes, Newfoundland, Bull Mastiffs, Leonbergers, Siberian Huskies, German Pinschers, Briards, Welsh Pembroke Corgis, Lancashire Heelers & Finish Lapphunds plus Pastoral, Working groups and Best in Show at Open Shows.


Mrs Sheila Burditt (Mabursh)

We have had Beardies since 1972.

I have judged the breed in the UK & Europe at Championship show level for almost 20 years. Although not in the ring nor around, since moving to Spain, I still have the same enthusiasm in the breed as I did way back then.

When judging I look for confirmation, and sound movement is a must. I ask myself is this exhibit FIT FOR PURPOSE?


Mrs Gill Burfitt (Breaksea)

We came into Beardies in 1977, buying Bevlands Hello Dolly (a daughter of Ch Penhallows Pink Panther and Broadholme Buckaneer) and her sister Bevlands Rose Marie. All Breaksea Beardies are descended from this foundation. Since then we have bred ten UK Breaksea Champions, plus many more CC and RCC winners, also several overseas Champions over in both Europe and the US.

We have won the Orora and Willison Trophies, have been Runner Up in the Tambora Trophy, Top Brood Bitch, and have taken a Beardie to the “Pup of the Year” final.

I have awarded CCs in Beardies for some years now and have also been fortunate to judge them at National club shows in Netherlands, Czech Republic, Sweden, Spain, Denmark and regional shows in the USA.

Beardies have been my focus now for 40+ years and I could not imagine my life without them. I always find it a great pleasure to judge our amazing breed and look forward to each appointment with interest.


Mrs Chris Burscough (Kilfinan)

Together with my husband Tony we have owned and exhibited Bearded Collies since 1987. In that time we have qualified twenty-two Bearded Collies for the KC Stud Book and bred four more for others; seventeen of the twenty-two were home-bred. Six have become UK Champions with one holding a dual UK/Irish title. The Bearded Collies we have owned and shown have won a total of 30 CCs and 25 RCCs to date; our Beardies have also been campaigned in Ireland where they have won a number of CACIBs, and four have achieved Irish titles. We have also bred two Canadian Champions and they have gone on to produce more for their current owner.

I judged my first classes of Bearded Collies in 1994 at Open level and have awarded CCs on four occasions since then, the first time at Birmingham National in 2010. In the same year I was also honoured to be invited to judge the Bearded Collie Club of Germany Speciality show together with the Working Tests. I judged the Bearded Collie Club of Belgium Speciality in 2017. I also award CCs in our other breed, Skye Terriers.

I am always delighted and honoured to be invited to judge Bearded Collies and I always consider each judging appointment as an opportunity to further my knowledge and an opportunity to spend an enjoyable day with our wonderful breed.


Mr Tony Burscough (Kilfinan)

Chris and I have owned and exhibited Bearded Collies since 1987. In that time we have qualified twenty-two Bearded Collies for the KC Stud Book and bred four more for others; seventeen of the twenty-two were home-bred. Six have become UK Champions with one holding a dual UK/Irish title. The Bearded Collies we have owned and shown have won a total of 30 CCs and 25 RCCs to date; our Beardies have also been campaigned in Ireland where they have won a number of CACIBs, and four have achieved Irish titles. We have also bred two Canadian Champions and they have gone on to produce more for their current owner.

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. In addition to Bearded Collies we have owned and bred Skye Terriers since 1990 winning CCs and RCCs and Best Puppy in Breed at Crufts.

In relation to judging I had the privilege of awarding CC's for the first time at Border Union in 2012, and since then have judged at Birmingham National in 2014 and Midshires Bearded Collie Club (Dogs) in 2016. 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.

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)

My first Bearded Collie "Connie" bounced into my life in 1981. This was when my love affair began with our delightful breed. Along with my sister-in-law we started the small kennel of 'Manortonway'. We currently have between us three delightful Beardies. I'm currently showing our brown boy 'Bailey' and our slate girl 'Betsy'.

I started judging in 1986 and first awarded CCs in 1999 and to date have awarded CCs eight times in the UK. I judged in Sweden in 2010, my first appointment abroad, and Bitches at the club show in Finland in 2011 and Dogs for the German Bearded Collie Club in 2012.

I have accomplished two memorable points in my involvement with Beardies, the first being the making-up of our first home bred Champion, my lovely Mel'B, something I will never forget. The other is being invited to judges Bitches at Crufts in 2018 which sadly I could not fulfil due to ill health. I would very much like the opportunity to judge at the BCC Ch Show.


Tina Cant (Darkwater)

I began showing dogs in 1973, having exhibited Cavaliers, Great Danes, Affenpinschers and Whippets with moderate success (I also did obedience and agility).

My first KC Bearded Collie, was Binbusy Grieg in 1986. He was a challenging dog to show due to his ‘sense of humour’; winning 2 CCs and an RCC was a real achievement. Ch Gildenmede Gossamer was my foundation bitch, and like Greg lived a long, healthy life. I was fortunate to have two such sound, typical dogs to start out with. This ‘type’ is in my mind when I judge, looking first and foremost for ease of movement and a sound temperament.

I thoroughly enjoy judging - verifying with the hands what the eye observes. A herding dog must be capable of fulfilling its original purpose (setting aside a show ring coat). Style should never replace function, which must dictate form. Watching a well constructed Bearded Collie move with effortless grace is a pleasure indeed.


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 RCCs. She was the mother of 'Woodacre Wynsome Blue' (4 RCCs) and the first homebred Woodacre champions 'Ch Woodacre Wynter Knight' (7 CCs, 7 RCCs) and 'Ch Woodacre Wynter Star at Gelliland' (3 CCs, 6 RCCs). Other Champions within the Woodacre kennel have followed over the years.

Sue's first judging appointment was in 1983, awarding CCs from 1998. She has judged mainly in the UK including Crufts (Dogs) but 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.


David Cavill FRSA (Toveri)

David Cavill trained as a teacher and taught for over 23 years.

He publishes the weekly publication Our Dogs and owned the magazine Dogs Monthly from 1992 until 2007. He has written three books about dogs with a fourth, Running Your Own Boarding Kennels, now in its fourth revised edition. He founded the Animal Care College in 1980. He writes regularly for Our Dogs and runs the increasingly influential iJD web site (www.ijudgedogs.co.uk).

He is show manager and Chairman of Southern Counties Canine Association.

He judges regularly in Britain and abroad. He is passed to award Challenge Certificates in 29 breeds across four UK groups and passed to judge the Utility, Working and Pastoral Groups as well as Best In Show at Championship Dog Shows.

He has long had an interest in Bearded Collies since providing the pictures for Joe Cartledge’s book on the breed in the 1970s.


Mr Ian Copus (Rallentando)

I purchased my first Beardie in 1979. In 1980 I bought Kimrand Carousel, who became a UK Champion .The Rallentando prefix, has produced Champions in the UK, Canada, USA and Europe. After emigrating to Canada in 1990, I continued to breed, judge and show Beardies. My daughter and I have maintained a small, quality kennel producing Best in Show and Group winning Beardies in the UK, Europe, USA and Canada. In 2017, Ch. Rallentando Rhyme, was the #1 Bearded Collie in Canada.

I began judging in1981 and progressed to Championship level in 1990, judging in the UK, Holland, USA and Australia. In the USA I am also approved to judge Welsh Corgis (Pembroke), Border Collies and Shetland Sheepdogs, Toy, Miniature and Standard Poodles.

I have written several articles which have been published in many countries. I have organized three Canadian National Specialties, and have served on the Board of the BCCC as Vice President and President, and will be Vice President again in the upcoming year. I serve on the BCCA’s Judges’ Education Committee, being an approved mentor and presenter for aspiring judges.


Kathleen Delaney (Arranbrae)

I have owned Beardies since 1979 and bred my first litter in 1983 from our foundation bitch Blumberg Reynardine (Lyric John x Chloe). Bonnie had the sweetest nature, introduced me to showing, winning many firsts and a RCC, We had the pleasure of her company for almost 18 years and she is behind all the Arranbraes.

We have bred at least ten Stud Book qualifiers, four gaining Junior Warrants, with one CC winner and five RCC winners.

I first judged our lovely breed in 1986, and have judged ten times at Open and Club show level. My first time awarding CCs was at Border Union in 2017, which I considered a great honour.


Pam Douglas (Llandona, NZ)

In 1983 I imported my first Bearded Collie who was from two English imports and from that day I developed a major passion that evolved into establishing a very successful kennel of Bearded Collies in New Zealand. I have bred in excess of 110 Champions in New Zealand, Australia and the USA. I bred and showed the first Bearded Collie to win an All Breeds Best In Show, here in New Zealand.

Since starting to judge at Championship Shows I have judged in excess of 17,000 dogs in ten countries including: The BCC of Victoria, BCCs for Dominion Collie Club supported entry of Bearded Collies, Baltimore County KC (USA), The BCC of America Great Lakes Regional Speciality, Bearded Collies for Border Union (UK), and The BCC of Southern California. As I write this my next judging appointment is at The Bearded Collie Club of Finland, early in July 2018.

I am a Life Member ofthe New Zealand Kennel Club.


Karen Edwards (Roxilyn)

I have owned Beardies since 1982, my first being a Beagold Rambler son, Wildan Circus Ringmaster. Barney was a slate boy with a fabulous temperament and became my soulmate for 15 years. Barney used to ‘holiday’ with Tine Leonard (Blumberg) where I saw a beautiful brown boy and decided that one day, I too, would have a brown Beardie. Little did I know that 25 years later I would be bringing home my fifth brown Beardie!

I began showing with Roseollie Taffys Tiffin, a beautiful brown boy with the darkest of eyes. We learnt the ropes together and he did me proud gaining his stud book number many times.

I was persuaded to judge in 2004 and I enjoy judging and take my appointments very seriously as I believe it is our judges who shape our breed, so if we are not true to the standard our beloved breed may change beyond all recognition.


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, 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 different clubs. I have attended Seminars and passed a 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.


Mr Steve Hall (Shenedene)

The first breed I exhibited was Old English Sheepdogs, and then in the early nineteen- seventies we purchased our first Bearded Collie from Derek and Jean Stopforth (Davealex Midnight Mood). I was at one-time Chairman of the Northern Branch of the Bearded Collie Club, on writing an article about having our own Beardie Club in the North; this became The North of England Bearded Collie Club.

I was the inaugural Secretary of The Lancastrian Old English Sheepdog Club for around 18 years, I also have been the Secretary of Blackpool Championship Dog Show for the past 16 years.

With regard to my judging CV I award CCs in around fifty breeds over four groups. Also, I am approved to judge three groups and Best in Show at Championship shows in the UK. I no longer judge abroad but I have judged on every continent.


Margaret Harkin (Claudalla)

I have owned Bearded Collies since 1975 and have many happy memories of my first Beardie, Seykoe Excalibor, who introduced me to the show world. Although only a small Kennel I have owned and bred champions, multiple CC, RCC and JW winners.

My first judging appointment was in 1981 and in 1990 was approved to award CCs in Bearded Collies having now judged sixteen sets of CCs in the breed. The highlight of my judging career was in 2007 when I had the privilege of judging the bitch classes at Crufts, a truly memorable experience. I have also judged in America, Canada, Sweden, Germany and Ireland and was honoured to judge BIS at the EBCA's 25th Anniversary Ch Show in 2017. At Open Show level I have judged Pastoral and Working groups and BIS in 2016.

I have held several roles with the Eastern Bearded Collie Association and am currently President and Secretary of the Judges Sub-Committee having organised several Assessment days over the years. I am on the Kennel Club's list of Evaluators/Assessors and officiated as a breed assessor at the Pastoral Group Judges Development seminar in April 2018.


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.


Fran Kaye - Danfrebek

I have been associated with dogs from childhood with Boxers, Whippets, Curly Coated Retrievers and various Utilities with my Grandparents and Labrador Retrievers, GSD and Border Collies with my Parents. I first owned Rough Collies late 1960s, Shetland Sheepdogs in 1982 and owned my first Smooth Collie in 1992. At present we have Rough Collies, Shetland Sheepdogs and one Lhasa Apso.

I have had a great deal of success with my Rough Collies breeding/owning Champions, CC, RCC and many stud book winners. Dogs bred by me have won well for their owners here becoming Champions and abroad, many winning CACIBs, CAC and becoming International Champions and Champion Reproducers. My other breeds are only shown occasionally.

I became a member of Scunthorpe Canine Association in 1973, became hooked on the show scene and I was voted on to the committee in 1977. In 1981 I was elected Honorary Secretary/Treasurer and held these two positions for ten years, then the Honorary Secretary's position for a further 6 years until I retired from office in 1997. I am presently Honorary Secretary for North Lincs Dog Club and Honorary Treasurer of The Collie Association. I have also served on the committee of two other Rough Collie breed clubs, stewarded at all levels (since 1977) held the position of Chief Steward and Show Manager. I became a Kennel Club Member in 2003.

I first judged in 1982. Since that time I have accumulated a number of classes in various breeds. I first gave CCs in Rough Collies in 1995, Border Collies in 2006, Glen Of Imaal Terrier 2007, Bearded Collie 2009, Smooth Collie 2010,  Welsh Corgi (Pembroke) 2011. I judge the pastoral group at championship level and other groups and BIS at open level and other breeds without CCs at championship level. I have also judged in Southern Ireland and in Europe I have attended the following seminars run by a KC accredited trainer in stewarding, construction and movement and taken and passed the Kennel Club's examination on the requirements of a judge in 1999.

Breed seminars attended include those for Rough Collie, Shetland Sheepdog, Bearded Collie, Smooth Collie, Border Collie, Welsh Pembroke Corgi, Lancashire Heeler, Samoyed, Australian Shepherd Dog,. N. Buhund, PSD, Boxer, Portuguese Water Dog, Alaskan Malamute, Sib Husky, GT Dane, Neapolitan Mastiff, Newfoundland, St Bernard, Leonberger, Glen of Imaal Terrier and a number of seminars dealing with two/three breeds in one day these included Welsh Pem. Corgi, Samoyed, OES, Borzoi, Whippet, Saluki, plus general seminars dealing with health, breeding, hereditary conditions, grooming, etc. I attend the GWP seminar as an observer for Welsh Corgi (Pem), PMD, Lancs Heeler, Shetland Sheepdog.

I  am passed to judge the Pastoral Group at Championship level and passed for Samoyeds and Shetland Sheepdogs 2018 Australian Shepherds and BMD 2019.


Mrs Wendy Knowles (Tonwynde)

Together with my husband Tony we have owned and shown three Bearded Collies, all of whom gained their Stud book numbers. We bought our first Bearded Collie (brown/white) in 1989, which we campaigned and made up to Ch Flosswood Rum Punch. Our other two Beardies Spinningdale Silver Sunset at Tonwynde (blue/white) gained one CC, Haylane High Society at Tonwynde (slate/white) (son of Ch Flosswood Rum Punch) also won well in the ring. Although we no longer own, or show Beardies, having lost two to age and one to a tumour, they will always be our favourite breed, and as such I try to attend as many shows as possible.

I enjoy judging our wonderful breed, and in 2010 gave my first set of CCs at Darlington Championship Dog Show attracting a strong entry, further judging appointments have been Driffield in 2013 where again I had an excellent entry, and the Working & Pastoral Breeds of Scotalnd in 2016. I am pleased to say all of my CC winners have gone on to gain their titles. l shall be judging Beardies at East of England in 2019.

In October 2014 I was invited to judge Bearded Collies at the Ijsselshow International Championship Dog Show in Zwolle, Holland, awarding CAC, CACIB, and my BOB Bearded Collie went on to win Res BIS. I also was asked to judge Best Baby in Show. I continue to steward at my local Championship shows when available.


Cath Moffat (Kyleca)

Dogs and horses have been a big part of my life since I was a young girl, a passionate animal lover! I originally showed gundogs back in the 1980s and then returned to my original equine love showing in-hand and enjoying pony club activities with my young daughter Lyndsay. In 1997 I began searching for a versatile companion who could turn his or her paw to just about anything and very soon fell head over heels with the bearded collie. Our first beardie came from Suzanne Moorhouse of the Willowmead kennel. I was totally hooked. My second beardie, my foundation bitch, came from Pat Jones of the Wellknowe kennel and I bred my first litter from Wellknowe Spring Breeze (Gemma). I was devastated to lose her during a caesarean section whilst she was whelping her eight beautiful puppies. From this litter I kept Jessica (Ch Kyleca Spring Breeze JW).

On accompanying my friend Linda to see a litter sired by her own Ch. Kiltondale McAuley out of Arranbrae Christmas Cracker at Gallus, I fell in love with my handsome gentleman Ryan. He came home from the Gallus kennel in Scotland (Annemarie Glasgow) and was later to become Ch. Gallus Macracker at Kyleca JW. He was the kindest, most laid-back dog I have ever owned and am thankful for his wonderful temperament which he has continued to pass down through subsequent generations, we have his great-grandaughter Daisy (Talraz Comedy Act for Kyleca) who is an absolute delight.

Today I very much concentrate on show management and my judging. I award Challenge Certificates in Bearded Collies, Pyrenean Mountain Dogs and Australian Shepherd Dogs. I have been passed by the UK Kennel Club to award Challenge Certificates in Border Collies (Oct 2018). I have been fortunate enough to judge the BCC of Canada Specialty and also judged Bearded Collies in Germany. Whilst I consider it a privilege to be offered any judging appointment I think it is also so important to assist where you can in the running and stewarding at shows. I am presently Secretary of two canine societies which is hard work to organise but very rewarding too. I always enjoy attending breed specific seminars on other breeds that I show an interest as you never stop learning.


Mr Don Moir (Winaria)

I have owned Beardies since April 1981 and originally never intended to show. However our first Beardie, Dramesk Winter Dusk (Misty), dragged us into it after a visit back to her breeder when she was about four months old. Misty was the foundation of Winaria and indeed our affix is made up of part of her name and part of the name of her daughter from her first litter. In her second litter she produced us the bitch who would go on to become Ch Winaria Wellwisher. Winaria never bred a high number of litters but from those that we did, two further bitches managed to gain their titles (W. Welltravelled and W. Whisperer) making three bitch champions in three successive generations, an accomplishment of which we are very proud.

I was pretty much away from the showing side for ten years until we were down to one dog at the end of 2016. However a chain of circumstances led us to Imke Groenier at the beginning of 2017 and the result was a new puppy in the Winaria house, and of course back on the road and in the ring.

I first judged in 1984 and was approved to award CCs in 1998. I have also given the talk three times on the breed standard at the Bearded Collie Club of Scotland judges education and assessment days. I have also judged in Holland, Sweden, Germany, Czech Republic and Norway. There was also, of course, the small matter of judging bitches at Crufts in 2016, which was a day like no other.


Caroline Nicholson (Shilstone)

I have along with my husband owned Bearded Collies for over 35 years. During that time l have had the pleasure to have not only have shown my dogs but also taken part in many other disciplines. I made up my first bitch in 1985 Ch Potterdale Serenade. From her all the "Shilstone" beardies have decended.

I began judging in 1985, and awarded my first set of CCs in 1999. Since that time l have had the immense pleasure to be invited to judge at club shows in France, Sweden, Slovakia, Holland, as well as judging The European Cup for British and Australian Herding Breeds in Budapest, plus the Bearded Collie Club of Canada Speciality, in addition to judging several club shows here in the UK.

In 2019 I have the honour to judge at The Bearded Collie Club of America Speciality.

In the past few years l have made up a great-great-great-grandson of Ch Potterdale Serenade, namely Ch Shilstone Craftsman, who has not only proved himself in the ring but has recently gained his Kennel Club Good Citizens Gold Award, and is a canine blood donor. Gus is currently trying his paw at Scent detection work which he really seems to enjoy. I would consider it a huge honour to Judge at the BCC Championship Show if the membership were to vote for me.


Cath Parker (Osmart)

I've now been owned by Beardies for over 50 years.These have included CC and RCC winners, stud book entries and one kept purely as a house-dog and companion. In the early years I preferred to own dogs (including Ch Bravo of Bothkennar and Ch Osmart Bonnie Blue Braid) who both ensured their place in the history of the breed. During the years I have owned less than ten Beardies and have bred less than ten litters, which may surprise some of the newer exhibitors, but I have always thought quality more important that quantity. In my younger days I handled many of the resident Osmarts at local and championship shows. Prior to the death of my mother (Jenny Osborne), I tended to be the one left at home to take care of the kennels on show days with my daughter carrying out the majority of the handling. Now we have fewer dogs it is possible for me to be more active, both attending shows with Robynne along with assisting and supporting her in ensuring the future of Osmart.


Mrs Angela Pedder (Caldermist)

Angela has lived with dogs all her life and has owned Bearded Collies for almost 40 years, acquiring her first Beardie “Basil”, aka Calderlin Islay Mist, a “Braid” grandson from Dorothy Lindsay. Angela continued to enjoy her dogs as companions until a friend persuaded her to show her new puppy at a local show. Since then, Angela has either owned or bred numerous KC Stud Book qualifying dogs, three UK Champions, three Irish Champions, several additional CC winners and had numerous Junior Warrant successes. She was an active committee member of the Northern Branch of the Bearded Collie Club for twelve years on behalf of which she co-ordinated the Northern Bearded Collie Training Class and several successful Educational Seminars. Angela awarded her first set of Challenge Certificates in 2010 and has since judged at Championship Show level throughout the UK and in Ireland, Germany and Belgium. She is currently an active member on Blackpool Championship Dog Show Committee where she holds the position of Assistant Chief Steward. Whilst Beardies will always remain her first love, she maintains an interest in the Portuguese breeds – the Podengo, the Estrela Mountain Dog and the Portuguese Water Dog in which she also awards Challenge Certificates. Together with her husband George, Angela currently shares her life with six Beardies and a small family of Podengos. She feels privileged and extremely honoured to be invited to take part in the judging ballot (dogs) for the BCC Championship show.


Mrs L Peirson (Kiltondale)

For 26 years, Bearded Collies have played a big part in my life and in those years I have had the privilege of owning and breeding some super dogs. I started judging in 1995 and it was a great honour to award CCs for the first time at Blackpool in 2006. I have bred 3 Champions over the years, Ch Kiltondale Dignity being the first, followed by her son Mcauley and his daughter Miss Dynamite, also many stud book qualifications with dogs we own and have bred. We have a small kennel with just six Beardies that bring us such happiness with their antics and achievements.

When we start in the world of dog showing, we all have hopes and ambitions and as time goes by we set new targets and, as a judge, I think every dog should be given the same consideration, after all we take the best dog home regardless of what it wins on the day.


Chrissie Pellegrini (Avebury)

My love affair with Beardies began in the early 1980's and I can't imagine my home will ever be without one (or several!) I have bred few litters, only when wanting a puppy, and six of my bitches have qualified for the Stud Book. Serving on the Committee of EBCA for several years in the 1990s, I re-joined in 2012 which I hope has enabled me to give something back to the breed.

My first open show judging appointment was in 1992, and I was finally honoured and privileged to award CCs for the first time at Boston in 2018. Exhibitors and their dogs should be treated with the utmost respect and consideration and I am always grateful to exhibitors for the time and effort they put in to preparing their dogs for the ring and granting me the opportunity of judging their beautiful Beardies with, I hope, care and integrity.


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 the 1970s. Brown Sugar was from Braid ex Ch Edelweiss of Tambora.

I showed two of his grandchildren, both of whom gained RCCs. Another became an American Champion who went BIS all breeds, and another a Swedish, Finnish aqnd Norwegian Champion.

My first Champion was “Disney”, Ch Geliland Star of the Screen, who won the Tambora trophy, and who sired two English and two Irish Champions. When Disney was awarded his second CC under Anne Wilding (Bendale), he went BIS at Scottish Breeds Championship Show under the late Jim Currie.

I showed “Breeze”, Ch Geliland Sea Breeze, a Disney great grandson who, as well as being the top Beardie for both 2007 and 2008 and winning the Tambora trophy, qualified as a PAT dog.

I first judged Beardies in the 1980’s, was approved to award CC’s in 1992 and awarded my first set of CC’s in 1993. For several years I was the Membership Secretary of the Bearded Collie Club, of which I am a Life Member. Besides extensive judging in the UK, I've judged in Holland, Denmark, Finland, Germany, and the USA. In July 2014, I judged the Great Lakes Bearded Collie Club Speciality in Detroit, Michigan USA, and in October 2014, I judged the Bearded Collie Club of Scotland Championship Show.

Outside of dogs one of my hobbies is raising money for charity, and am authorised by Teenage Cancer Trust to hold fundraising events on their behalf.I also work as a volunteer for Wycombe Homeless Connection.


Mrs Janet Steel (Spinningdale)

I have owned Bearded Collies since 1982. In that time I have served on the North of England Committee, of which I was a founder member. I have bred only two litters one from my foundation bitch, Briaridge Blue Rose. From her litter I kept a bitch who became Spinningdale Sunset Song. She had her only litter in 1992; from that litter came 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 2 RCCs.

I began my Judging career in 1986, and have gone on to award CCs in the breed having judged at both General Championship and Breed Club levels.


Ellen Sullivan (Navillus)

I have shared my life with eleven Bearded Collies since 1981.However, in 1998 following a period away from the show ring I got my beautiful Rio and shortly afterwards the Navillus affix (my surname backwards) was born. Navillus now has seven Stud Book numbers to it's name.

I judged my first Exemption Show in 1990 and my first Open Show in 2002. I gave my first set of CCs in 2013, and can honestly say I have learnt something new from every judging appointment I have undertaken ... I have no plans to stop learning any time soon!

I served on the Bearded Collie Club Committee from 2002, and was the Club's Show Secretary and Yearbook Editor for a number of years. I am currently Secretary of a General Show Society.

I would be so honoured to judge either sex at a Breed Championship Show, and thank the members in advance for any votes I receive.


Mr Mick Taylor (Bruernish)

ln partnership with my wife, we owned and showed Bearded Collies for over thirty years; our Bruernish affix was granted in 1982. I first judged Beardies in 1984, 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. I also judge the Pastoral Group. 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 Briards, Old English Sheepdogs, Rough Collies, Shetland Sheepdogs and Bouvier des Flandres. I am currently on the A3 List for several other breeds in the Pastoral Group, and B lists for others ln both the Pastoral and Working Groups. 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 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 was passed to award CCs in 1997 since when I have judged on a regular basis, and in December last year I was invited to judge Beardies at The British Sheepdog Club in Belgium. I also award CCs in Polish Lowland Sheepdogs and consider myself lucky to judge 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 12 wonderful Beardies and it has been a privilege to know them all.


Janet Wood (Pepperjay)

I have owned Beardies since 1982. I had my first show dog Tamevalley Karibou (Pepper) from Maureen Reader in 1987. Pepper went on to achieve her JW and gained one RCC; however, I was devastated when she died at only four years of age. I had already bought Robita's Annies Story at Pepperjay (Lacey) from Gill Shrimpton. She was six months old at the time we lost Pepper and she helped us through one of the saddest times of our lives.

I class myself as one of the most fortunate people in the Beardie world, due to the fact I had Maureen Reader (Tamevalley) as my mentor and friend. I was honoured to show some of Maureen's dogs for her.

I kept a bitch from my only litter and she became Ch Pepperjay Always'n'Forever who died in April 2010 one month short of her fifteenth birthday. I have made up four Champions and nine Stud Book qualifiers. I currently have three Beardies, two of which are being shown - Pattishawl She's A Dream for Pepperjay (Dream) in occasional Veteran and Stakes classes, and Ch Pipadene Visionary Spirit for Pepperjay (Hattie).

I first judged Bearded Collies in 1991 and my first Championship appointment was in 2003. I have given eight sets of tickets and was honoured to have been invited to judge dogs at Crufts in 2016. I have also judged in Belgium, Holland, USA and Sweden.

I believe it is important to put something back into the breed and I served as Chairman of the Midland Branch and was one of the founding members of Midshires Bearded Collie Club and have been a serving committee member since it was formed in 1992.


Robynne Wood (Osmart)

I have been around Beardies my entire life and attended Blackpool Championship Show at the tender age of 3 weeks. I shared my childhood with a brown Beardie called Candy (Osmart Copper's Sugar Candy) and first ventured into the ring at five years old. After serving a 16 year apprenticeship I was given a separate interest in the Osmart affix in 2004 to become a third generation Beardie owner alongside my Grandmother and Mother. I had been the exclusive handler for the affix for over a decade and have now taken over the reins fully after the death of my Grandmother in 2012. The Osmart affix is now celebrating over fifty years involvement with Beardies and I am very proud to continue my family's tradition of judging, showing and breeding. I awarded CCs at Border Union in 2015 making breed history by being the third generation and fourth member of my family to judge at the top level.