IRISH COLLIE CLUB  BREED CH. SHOW.
BALMORAL PARK LISBURN IRELAND.
SATURDAY 26th SEPTEMBER 2015.
ROUGH COLLIES.

First may I start, by thanking all the officers and committee of the ICC for their kindness and welcome. The evening out we all shared, was made special by the company present and by the “crack” as they say here.


Also a big thanks to Belfast Dog Show Society for allowing me to share their facilities on the day.


Secondly the new shared venue was really grand, the outside ring was liken to a billiard table, was well cut, and a super big ring, parking also was alongside the ring, amenities were well placed to the indoors if needed, and toilets, nearby, of the highest standard, judges having their own.


I would say to anyone from the mainland come and enjoy the hospitality and this lovely venue.


Rings were big, and well cut, and parking adjacent to the ring, indoors also was well prepared for inclement weather if needed. Also with big rings and amass with chairs.


I would endorse anyone who is thinking about a trip to this lovely Venue and Country, to come and enjoy a truly Irish welcome that alone is worth the trip.

ROUGH COLLIE DOGS;

CLASS 1 MPD; NO ENRTY.

CLASS 2 PD; (3 ENTRIES 3 JUDGED)


1st    M. MacNALLY; S/W   Just 10 Months Old = COPAMAGE SUPREMACY
Lovely turned out youngster, happy and willing to show. He has a nice, well formed, head for his age, a nice expression, gentle, and well set oblique eye. Good ears, and used them, firm front and rear nothing out of place, or exaggerated, he has enough neck, top line good, on  the move, he was balanced covering the ground well. As he settles more, he will do better and show off his attributes.  BPD.


2nd    MELVIN & JOPSON; S/W 9 Month Old = LEEAMANWAY RIVER AT NITHVIEW,
This little chap was very unsettled, but so much to like about him, very similar to the winner, needs to mature so typical of a 9 month old. Has a gentle eye with a soft expression, nice head planes, body well balanced which showed in his movement, when he did get going.

CLASS 3 JD; (1 ENTRY)


1st   G. CARMICHAEL; TRI 10 Months Old= KICHRENAN KELTIC BRIER.
Of good size for his age. Good solid black, this boy tried hard to please, but moved well and did his best, he has a head that needs to mature, very dark eye, enough neck falling into good placed shoulders, nice out line when he moved well, covered the whole of the ring.

CLASS 4 YD; NO ENTRY

CLASS 5 PGD; (4 ENTRIES 4 JUDGED)

1st   Ms. G. BEADON.  Golden .S/W almost 2.½ years old, = ANGELFIELD HEAVEN CAN WAIT
Not an easy class to judge, due to the diversity and variety of the exhibits, several shapes and sizes.
This young man is extremely attractive, a lovely colour, correct head planes, with a lovely oblique eye Dentition correct , nice in front, giving good depth of chest, his length of leg correct to body ratio,  tight feet, firm top line, which he held on the move, out line was spoiled  at times by his tail flying tail.
I would have liked a tad tighter ears. He covered the ring well striding out with purpose.


2nd Mr. M. Collins.  S/W = ROWLANS GORGEOUS GAEL.
Another nice boy, with a pleasing head and eye, and good ear placement, could have used them more.
Lost out on his movement, the winner out moved him, but he is sound.

CLASS.  6.  LD; (2 ENTRIES 1 ABSENT)

1st MELVIN & JOPSON.  S/W 4 year old STARLENGA STREET FIGHTER AT NITHVEIW Sh. CM
Standing alone,  did more than enough to earn his Stud Book number, even though he was not my type.,
His movement needs to improve, head planes good, correct dentition, front and length of leg to his body ratio was good. Enough bend of stifle, firm top line with slight rise over croup well placed tail, in good coat, presented well, went round the full length and width of the ring.


CLASS   7.  OD; (7 ENTRIES  1 ABSENT 6 JUDGED)

1st SMEDLEY, MR. MRS. J W. & C A.   ATENDUS ERASURE
3.½ year old. Heavenly Shaded Sable, Elegant and impassive when standing, turned out to perfection in full harsh coat, which gleamed in the sun light, and his whites whiter than white, making an impressive picture. Handsome headed dog, with correct balanced equal planes, slight perceivable stop, well filled in foreface, rounded muzzle all male this lad with not an ounce of coarseness anywhere. Ears well placed and last third tipped, not heavy, which he used to his advantage, dark oblique eye, with a real sweet expression, eyes oblique and well placed, and correct dentition, dark pigment (as you would expect with a shaded sable). Well rounded muzzle and ample under jaw, well arched nape of neck, running into super ,well laid back shoulders, correct front , with a lovely reach of forearm,  nice round bone, tightest of feet, well arched, length of leg correct to his body ratio. Well ribbed, good underline, nicely coupled through the loin good bend of stifle, top line was firm with a slight rise over the croup, and a  well placed tail, parallel hocks, not knocking or too wide, which came up clean from the ground as he drove round the ring,  with drive and power.
This boy I would take home in an instant, if he were offered. What show stopper.
DCC, BOB and BIS.


2nd   MR L KELLY.  CLOWNS COME OVER TO BALLAHANNA.
2.½ Year old, another glorious Shaded Sable, very similar to the winner, was a little bit heavier set,  he showed and moved just as well, carrying the same attributes as the winner, just a matter of personal preference. I liked this boy, and they will change places as they meet in their careers, what a decision, I just felt the winner had the hedge on the day, it was clear to see his handler struggled, and I  understood  later, that he had a very painful knee.
RDCC.

CLASS 8 VD; (1 ENTRY 1 ABSENT. )

JUNIOR HANDLING; 1 ENTRY
1st.   MR. JAKE WALSH.  I believe him to be 10 or 11 years old. Handling his blue merle, covering the whole of the ring when asked, standing and placing his Rough Collie with aplomb, we spoke of his aims, of breeding and mating his stock, also what he considered to be taboo mating’s ie, colour choices, he gave me all the right reasons for not mating merle to merle. His hopes for the RC future, which may have surprised many a breeder, he would put many a breeder to shame with his knowledge, I hope he genuinely stays with our breed, he is the Rough Collies  future, we need youngsters of this quality to enhance our breed, What a super young man you are Jake, I was proud to meet you and  to talk to you on an equal basis, I know it’s a bit nerve racking but I assure you,  you have nothing to fear, you gave a good account of yourself,  you should be swelling with pride for yourself, if it was a case of yes’s I would give you 5 big fat yes’s as Simon says. A very big well done.

 

ROUGH COLLIE BITCHES.

CLASS 9 MPB.  (1 ENTRY 1 JUDGED)

1st;   MR. T. CONWAY.    RIVERSIDE SONG C’EST LA VIE.
Just made it as a MP. Lovely  S/W  baby, feminine, little excited, as baby’s often are, nice head and planes,  full dentition,  Ears good, dark eye, both well set, slight stop  and under jaw, has plenty, spring of rib and well let down stifle for her age,  tail set nicely, very sound from the front to the rear, moved very well. Standing was a nice shape and well balanced. Has to mature of course, held her top line on the move, handler did well with her.  She is a very promising young lady .BPB, BPIS.  Well earned.

CLASS 10   PB. (3 ENTRIES 3 JUDGED)

1st;    MR. MRS. M. MAGILL.  CAMANNA CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE FOR BELTRA.

Lovely clear B/M Good size, showing well, has nice head properties, with a nice eye and expression, correct teeth and scissor bite. Used ears well, Ample neck and shoulders , very balanced with good top line, rise over croup, well set tail, sound coming and going , moved well, promising.


2nd;   A CARMICHAEL.  KILCHRENAN KELTIC MIST.
B/M Bigger than I like but a good colour, a nice type . Good head and dark eye, nice expression , used  ears well,  Front straight, round bone, well sprung ribs, nice bend of stifle, made a nice shape in profile, moved out well keeping her top line as she moved.

CLASS  11;  JB. (3 ENTRIES 3 JUDGED)

1st;   MRS V CRONK.  CHELBORN KISS ‘N’ DESIRE.
Very feminine S/W bitch,  who just out moved, and out showed the class, every inch a winner. Lovely head, with a well placed eye and sweet expression, correct stop, muzzle well rounded, correct dentition and bite, plenty of bone good feet, made a balanced shape as she stood and showed. Held her top line, as she drove round the ring. I will watch her progress with interest, if she matures on, her future will be bright.


2nd;   P.E.CORNEY.  APATITE SKYES AT YENROC.
Very nicely coloured b/m head of good planes and correct stop, nice oblique eye giving a sweet expression, scissor bite, nice heart room, good round bone, good feet held her shape on the move, covering the ground easy.

CLASS 12; YB.   P.E.CORNEY. APATITE SKYES AT YENROC.
See Notes from previous class. JB.

CLASS 13;   PGB.  (1 ENTRY 1 ABSENT)

CLASS 14; LB.   (8 ENTRIES  1 ABSENT )

1st;   M.  & M. DAVIES.    TIGANLEA SILVER TRINKET AT SABIHA.
A very strong class with lots of quality, nice class to win. Lovely B/m well broken in colour,  very nice head, good parallel equal planes, correct stop, nice dark oblique eye sweet expression, correct scissor bite, well placed ears used well, nice under jaw, good length of leg, neat feet. Nice neck and good lay of shoulder, ample heart room, profile making a good shape as she moved round the ring strongly and was sound.


2nd;     MRS. A. KELLY.   ROWLANDS ABBIE THE BEAUTIFUL LASS.
Another nice S/W bitch, slightly smaller than the winner, but never the lass held her own in a strong class. Head pleased me, everything correct using her ears well correctly set so was her dark eye and she was sweet, her planes were good, slight stop and filled muzzle. Good front legs and bone.  Good length of neck and good shoulders, good lines in profile, showed and moved soundly.

CLASS 15; OB.  (9 ENTRIES 2 ABSENT 7 JUDGED)


1st;    P.E. CORNEY        YENROC FLUER DI’ E’ COSSE
Really lovely made shaded sable bitch, standing made a good outline. This girl out moved the whole class, of a type I like, not a big girl but so well made. Nice head, feminine, all planes correct, rounded muzzle and plenty of under jaw, well placed ears, lovely dark eye and sweet in expression.  Very balanced both standing and when moving, lovely neck  and shoulders good straight legs, well let down stifles,  good top line on the move going round the ring with drive. What a nice class! RBCC.


2nd;    MR. MRS. M. MAGILL. IR. CH. CAMANNA COLOURED CONFETIE AT BELTRA Jun Ch. Sh. CM.
Another nice B/M bitch, many attributes of the winner my type, nice out line on the move, so balanced,  did not use her ears as the winner did and was beaten on the day, by an inform strongly moving bitch.

CLASS 16; VB.  (5 ENTRIES 2 ABSENT 3 JUDGED)

1st;    MR G FRANCIS.  IR CH ILEYDA GOLD LACE OF PEBLU.
What a beautiful shaded sable, I have long admired, but never had the pleasure of judging her. Not seeing her in the ring often enough. A Classic Collie, we should all be aiming for, turned out immaculately. The picture of her standing so elegant and passive, the dignity she oozes, took my breath away, the picture she made will remain with me for a very long time, if not forever. In full coat glinting like bronze in the sun, coat harsh in texture and again her whites gleaming. Her head is classic, she has  a lovely oblique dark eye, parallel planes were equal, perceivable stop, conical shape, viewed from above, lovely foreface, scissor bite and good under jaw. Super nape of neck running into well laid back shoulders, good heart room, nice round bone of good length to her body ratio, without coarseness. Plenty spring of rib, giving a good underline and well let down stifles. Form top line, nice rise over her croup, well set tail, which she never lifted, nicely coupled in the loin. Neat parallel hocks, showing her pads as she drove round the large ring, she is so sound. Her top line is firm which she never lost standing or moving.  
BCC. BOS. BVIS.

2nd;   A. DREWERY.     BRIKAZIE NO BLING NEEDED FOR ELSHADENE
This lady left her coat at home, but could not match the winner, for movement .She had a nice head good well set eye and ears, she was sweet in expression,  of good shape,   She moved and showed well for her hander.

Many thanks to all of you that entrusted me with your entries, but I would like to make a few comments I noticed while judging. I was amazed at the number of dogs with dirty teeth. Also the vast variation in type, in our standard there is only one type which we should aim for, while conceding we do not all see, as each other, the overall numbers and majority should see things in a similar fashion. We all have one aim, to breed a sound, well moving dog, balanced and fit, for
whatever purpose. 

Lastly, though not having the worst of colours in the Merles today, they should be blue, not grey. We are the custodians of the rough collie, and as keepers our aims should all be, the same, to breed strong, healthy, dogs of good temperament, which are sound and beautiful and fit for any purpose, function, is a loose word. We should have the best in the world, they are our breed.


The dog down the road or nearest, is NOT good enough, ANYTHING will not do, and is no excuse with the knowledge and advice at our finger tips, it is out there for us to use. The “Few” know this, fashion is not always right or good, neither is change, if we do not need to change—improve yes but not create another type that does not fit our standard, I have often heard, I cannot find the right dog, they are no longer there, I found four beauties here today, they are there but you have to look, travel and choose the right dog for your bitch, to attain what I have had the pleasure to judge here at ICC.

Judge; Joan Fryer-Clark.  (Vonarkle)