CRUFTS 2015

Crufts 2015.
Rough Collie Dogs:
Many thanks to the Crufts committee  for the honour of this judging appointment and to the exhibitors for bringing your lovely dogs and taking so much time and effort to present them in such  beautiful condition. I didn’t handle one dirty dog all day and my hands were as clean when I finished as when I started. Please take the same trouble with your dog’s teeth because even in the younger classes I found exhibits whose teeth were in a disgusting state.


Movement is something we need to pay attention to. I had many who looked the winner till asked to move and others who had the outline and shape but were very narrow through the body.


Veteran: 11 (3)
1st. Jackson’s Mysticteam Quick Silver To Sassari. 8 yr old b/m who was the best mover in this class. Lovely shape and outline with good reach of neck. Balanced head of good length with correct eye placement and well used ears. Moved with drive from the rear and extension in front. I remember awarding him 1st place as a junior – it doesn’t seem that long ago and he has kept his quality and promise.
2nd: Licini’s CRO/SLO/INT CH. Cooler Chiupito. This 9yr old tri was in full coat of correct texture and excellent presentation. His good bend of stifle and well let down hocks gave him a powerful drive from the rear. Could not match the shoulder angulation of the winner, having a more upright upper arm and this showed in his front movement. He has a shorter headtype than the winner but it is balanced with correct eye size shape and placement and sweet expression
3rd. Edwards’ Elshajo Armani Moon. At just 7 yrs this tri was the youngest in this class. Good length of head with flat skull, dark eye and well filled foreface and muzzle. Good reach of neck with level topline. He moved with drive from the rear but toes in slightly in his front action. Coat of good texture and well presented.

Minor Puppy: 0

Puppy: 5 (1)
1st. Blake’s Corydon Riffson. This 11mth tri holds much promise. His jet black coat of good texture with rich tan markings and the whitest of white takes the eye. Lean head of good length with dark eye of correct size shape and placement, flat skull, neat ears and sweet but masculine expression. Good reach of neck, depth of chest and length of rib. Just needs to develop his spring of rib to give a little more width between his elbows. Excellent profile movement with a good driving action. Best Puppy Dog. Could not match the maturity in body of the sable bitch puppy when challenging for Best Puppy.
2nd. Tipper’s Tiganlea Too Good To Be Forgotten. 10mth old s/w who has a profuse coat that was beautifully presented. Good length of head with flat skull, dark eyes correctly placed. His wide earset just spoils the balance of his head. He has a good reach of neck, level topline and pleasing outline. Good depth of chest and bend of stifle with good bone and tight well padded feet. He moved with drive but tends to tuck his back feet under him when standing and I never saw his hocks truly perpendicular to the floor. Still needs to tighten in front movement but time is on his side.
3rd. Howard’s Shandlmain Silver Surfer. This b/m had the best conformation in the class and in profile movement he could not be faulted. Beautiful blue colour that was well broken and excellent presentation. Good shoulder angulation, well bent stifle and sits into his hocks. Moves with drive from behind and good length of stride in front. And why was he 3rd? He was totally unsettled and refused to cooperate with his handler and display his many charms to advantage, had he done so 1st place could have been his.

Junior: 14 (2)
1st. Blake’s Corydon The Ringleader. This s/w has the most stunning shape and outline. Good reach of neck with proud head carriage, good shoulder angulation and length of upper arm. Good depth of chest and length of rib with well bent stifle and let down of hock. Moves with drive from the rear and extension in front. Head of good length with correct eye placement and well used ears. Flat skull with good underjaw. This dog has no stop so is wider between the eyes than I would like. But that is the only bit I didn’t like. This dog must have a good future. He is a typical collie who will hold his own in any competition.
2nd. Pembleton’s Riversidesong Wonderful World At Annalee. Loved the type and shape of this s/w .Well balanced head with flat skull, dark eye of correct size shape and placement, neat well used ears and sweet expression. Excellent reach of neck and good length of back with well bent stifle and let down of hock giving a pleasing outline. Moved well with drive from behind. His handler must watch how this dog stands because at times he was too wide in front which cost him the first place. When moving his front action is true. A quality dog.
3rd. Lockyer’s Redola Just In Time For Gataj. Lots to like about this s/w who just needs to have a little self belief. For his type and quality he was another who could have taken the 1st place His head is balanced and of good length with dark eye correctly placed, neat ears and the sweetest of expressions. Good reach of neck with excellent shoulder angulation, level topline, good depth of chest and well bent stifles and let down of hock. Moved with drive but just a little unsettled. When he gets his act together will have a bright future.

Yearling: 23 (4)
A lovely class where I could have given a red card to all those placed. It really was splitting hairs between them.
1st. McEntee’s Imperial Des Beldones At Gerian. This super class was headed by this 23mth old s/w. This dog excels for breed type, shape and outline. Well balanced head, correct eye size shape and placement, neat well used ears giving sweet expression and good underjaw. Good reach of neck and shoulder angulation, good depth of chest and spring of rib. Well developed quarters enabling him to move with drive. Kept his outline standing and moving. A quality dog who must have a big future.
2nd. Randall’s Ladnar Harvey Moon JW. Hot on the heels of the winner was this lovely tricolour. At almost a month younger he is not as mature in body and still needs to develop in spring of rib which reflects in his front movement. He stands and moves a little narrow at the moment but he has plenty of time on his side. That’s the criticism over and as for the rest of him I loved it. Lovely head of good length, dark eye correctly placed, strong underjaw, rounded muzzle, neat well used ears and a cheeky but sweet expression. Good length of neck with correct shoulder angulation, good length of rib and bend of stifle. Rounded bone and tight well padded feet. He moved as his conformation suggested. Definitely a dog who we will hear a lot more of.
3rd. Naslund’s Speedycrown’s Black Sparkler SE VV-14. At only 17mths of age this tri is the baby . Excellent conformation with good shoulder placement, well bent stifle and let down of hock. On the move he floated round the ring covering the ground easily with drive from behind and extension in front. Lean head of good length but still needs to clean in stop. In good coat of correct texture that was well presented.

Post Graduate: 24 (4)
A huge class with a big variation in type and movement. Some very poor movers with weak back ends and a lot of dogs with very dirty teeth. Construction faults you have to live with but there is no excuse for dirty teeth.
1st. Peterson’s Amyfield Legend Of Dazzling Blue. This young b/m won this class on his excellent movement. Very light on his feet he was a joy to watch especially in profile movement where he effortlessly covered the ground with drive from behind and extension in front. Very well made with good shoulder angulation and length of upper arm, well bent stifle and let down of hock. Not the maturity of the second placed dog but had the edge over him on length of stride. Lovely head that is well balanced, well filled foreface, correct eye size, shape and placement and well used ears. An excellent colour blue that is well broken. I could find a place for him in my kennel any day.
2nd. Lund’s Inkspot Des Beldones. A 2yr old tricolour who gave the first a run for his money. Excels for shape and outline. Good bone, legs and well padded feet. His conformation is excellent with good reach of neck, level topline and strong quarters with good bend of stifle and let down of hock. He powered round the ring and I thought he would be my winner but on the final run off round the ring it was obvious that the blue had the longer length of stride. He was in full coat of correct texture and is a jet black colour. Pleasing head pattern with flat skull, well filled muzzle, dark eye of correct size and shape and well used ears. Another quality dog.
3rd. Morey & Aikman’s Welanga Bush Tucker With Brookynut. This 2yr old tricolour is a good size with pleasing outline, good reach of neck and length of back, depth of chest and length of rib, level topline, slight rise to the loin, good shoulder angulation and correct bend of stifle. Still looks to need a little more time as he did not have the maturity in body of the 2nd placed dog. He moved out easily with drive from the rear. Good bone legs and feet. Good length of head but not the sweetness of expression of the two above him .Nevertheless, a quality dog.

Mid Limit: 27 (4)
Some lovely dogs made the final cut but then lost out on movement, especially rear movement although some front movement was suspect and dogs were weaving.
1st. Cronk’s Chelborn More To Tell. 3yr old b/m in full coat of correct texture, presented to perfection and that enhanced his excellent bodylines. This dog moved really well, especially in the final run off. He is a good size with good bone, legs and feet. His head is strong enough but balanced throughout with well filled muzzle, correct eye size, shape and placement and even though he has blue eyes a very sweet expression. Well used ears. Good length of back with well developed chest, well bent stifle and let down of hock. Moved with drive from the rear and good length of stride in front. A top quality dog.
2nd. Scott’s Aniesh Portrait In Blue SHCM. This 5yr old b/m has excellent conformation with correct shoulder angulation and length of upper arm, well bent stifle and let down of hock and moved effortlessly around the ring with drive from behind and extension in front. Balanced head of good length. Flat skull, correct eye placement, good underjaw and well used ears. Good reach of neck and length of back with level topline. It was a pleasure to watch this dog going round the ring. Not carrying a full coat today but he has nothing to hide and what he has is of good texture and was well presented. A lovely dog who just gets better and better.
3rd. Howard’s Darahill Chaos At Sablemyst. This 4yr old s/w exudes quality. He is well grown and so balanced throughout. Lovely head pattern with no extremes. Dark eye with correct placement, neat well used ears, good underjaw and well filled muzzle. Good reach of neck with proud head carriage, level topline with correct rise over the loin and sweep down to the hocks. Well bent stifle with correct let down of hock. He moved freely and with drive although at times he wanted to do it his way and prance around! Good bone, legs and well padded feet. Completed a trio of quality dogs.

Limit :13 (1)
1st. Melvin & Jopson’s Starlenga Street Fighter At Nithview. This 3yr old s/w is not a big boy but oozes presence and has a “look at me” quality. He came into the ring, set himself up and demanded attention. Super showman who is very attentive to his handler and his bright sable coat was presented to perfection. Loved his shape and outline. Excellent length of neck with proud head carriage, level topline and good length of back. Good bend of stifle and let down of hock. He moved freely with drive from the rear. He has a dark eye that is correctly placed, neat ears that he used constantly and whilst his expression could be a little sweeter it didn’t spoil this attractive dog.
2nd. Jeffries & Alexander’s Chantique Hot Toddy At Deorwine. This 5 yr old s/w was not quite as strong in rear movement as the winner but still showed drive from the rear as he has a good bend of stifle and let down of hock. Has a beautifully balanced head with well moulded foreface and rounded muzzle. Dark eye correctly placed. Neat well used ears. Good reach of neck with level topline and good length of back. Presents a good outline standing but just lifts his tail a little when moving. A free easy mover both going and coming and in profile. A happy dog who has a real rapport with his handler. 
3rd.Hawkins’ Brilyn Intoxicated. When I went over this 2yr old s/w I thought he was my winner. Beautiful head of good length with flat skull well filled foreface and rounded muzzle. Dark eye of correct size, shape and placement. Neat ears and the softest of expressions. Good reach of neck and length of body. Level topline, correct rise over the loin and length of croup and well carried tail. He has excellent conformation with good shoulder angulation and length of upper arm, well developed chest and length of rib, good bend of stifle and let down of hock. And then I asked him to move! He so did not want to co operate!  Sinking into himself he moved out and back in a crouching position. He improved a little on the circle round the ring but not enough to truly show what his conformation suggests. My heartbreak dog of the day. A pity as he is such quality.

 

Open: 16 (3)
A good class where standing some dogs looked winners but on the move fell apart.
1st. Coulson’s Coarhabeg Rider In The Sky Over Bluchip JW. This 3 yr old b/m is so well balanced throughout with nothing out of proportion. Beautiful shape and outline with good reach of neck, proud head carriage, level topline, correct rise to the loin and a well carried tail. Balanced head with flat skull, moulded foreface that flows into a rounded muzzle. Correct eye size, shape and placement, good ears correctly set and a sweet but masculine expression. Good depth of chest, spring of rib, length of rib and length of coupling. Well bent stifle and let down of hock. One of the younger dogs in this class but moved so freely and easily. It didn’t matter how many times I moved him his movement was constant. Parallel rear action, slight convergence in front, drive from behind and extension in front keeping his topline at all times. He never showed any sign of tiring. Not carrying the heaviest of coats but this just showed his bodylines to advantage. An easy showman who stood away from his handler and never gave up for a second. He won a strong class and in the challenge for the CC there was nothing that could match his easy flowing movement. It was a pleasure to give this dog the CC at what is the top show in the UK. He deserved it. When it came to Best of Breed he was unfortunate that the bitch CC winner was a sable that I had seen at 13 weeks and thought was to die for and today she looked stunning. But I don’t think this dog’s owners really cared – he had done them proud. Many congratulations.
2nd. Foy & Hawkins’ Beldones Black Illusion. This 4 yr old tricolour was my Best Puppy D when I judged Three Counties and it is good to see he has kept his promise. This is not a big dog but he has excellent breed type with good reach of neck, level topline, good length of back and a well carried tail. Well developed chest with good depth and spring of rib. Excellent bend of stifle and let down of hock. He has a little more stop than the winner but his head is balanced with a dark eye and the sweetest of expressions. A little unsettled  when standing but when asked to move he came into his own and the more he moved the better he was. He covers the ground effortlessly keeping his topline at all times with extension in front and a strong driving action from the rear. Just wish he had the animation of the winner. A pleasure to award him the Res CC.
3rd. Geddes’ Ch.Ingledene Spirit Of Legend JW. At 2 and a half yrs old this dog is maturing well. This dog excels on the move for body shape and outline. Lean head of good length with strong underjaw and well filled muzzle, flat skull, dark eyes and well used ears. I would prefer a little more stop and not so much width between the eyes as his expression looks foreign. Having said that this is a quality dog and having handled him today I can understand how he has been so successful. He is well made with good shoulder angulation and upperarm, good length of back and excellent rear quarters with good width to the loin, well bent stifle and let down of hock. Another easy mover who covered the ring effortlessly. 

Good Citizens: 8
1st. Milligan’s Ch. Alfsden Hallelujah. This 6yr old tricolour looks every inch the champion he is. He is mature, has excellent conformation, has good bone, legs and well padded feet. Presented in excellent condition, his jet black coat fitting his body and showing how well made he is. Good shoulder angulation, well developed ribs, very good bend of stifle and let down of hock. He kept his topline both standing and moving. He moved easily round the ring with a strong powerful drive from the rear and a light easy extension in front. Head of good length with dark eye and strong underjaw.  
2nd. Arrowsmith’s Ch. Saganan Aristotle. This 9 yr old tricolour is another who has excellent conformation. I have judged this dog before and have awarded him a CC so was pleased to get the chance to judge him again. Super shape and outline with good shoulder angulation and length of upperarm, well developed chest with good spring of rib, excellent rear quarters with good bend of stifle and let down of hock. Still has his easy movement but just not quite as powerful as it once was. He had the edge over the winner in front action but could not match his animation. A pleasure to judge this lovely dog.
3rd.Boyle’s Chantique Scrappy Doo For Barrenclough SHCM. Another 9 yr old but this time a s/w. Another quality dog who has good bone, legs and feet. Well developed chest with good depth and length of rib. Balanced head with kind expression, rounded muzzle and well used ears. In good coat of correct texture. Excellent presentation.

Judge: Gwen Beaden.