WINDSOR CH 2015. COLLIE ROUGH

 

Firstly my grateful thanks to everyone for this wonderful entry of 144, it was the 2nd highest in the group and one of the highest for a single judge for some time.  However, probably due to the heat and Friday traffic, there were absentees.

I last judged the breed some 6 years ago and have seen changes, some for the better and some not. My winners pleased me and in some classes, dogs that I admire were placed lower than I would have wished but every dog has its day and in the heat, some, including handlers flagged.

Heads are varied, some that are far too deep through in profile and some with very deep stops and short muzzles. Our standard calls for a slight but perceptible stop. Viewed from above it should be a wedge shape and not flare below the eyes and cheeks. Ear carriage is also varied. Ears should be on top of the head, not at eye level and in some cases ears are much too large and heavy thus spoiling expression, which is an important feature of the breed

Size is also becoming an issue especially in males, and some of those up to size do not have all the attributes I am looking for in a collie that meets the breed standard. It was a hot day, but it has been dry and some exhibits were grubby to say the least. Few needed a good brush, I would rather see, and place an out of coat collie than one lumpy and matted just to keep coat in! Also far too many really need to see a Dentist as they have poor dirty teeth. What are you feeding?

 

VETERAN

1. Edward’s ELSAHJO ARMANI MOON, elegant tri just into veteran and easy to see how he has achieved so much in his show career in complete harmony with his handle and very attentive. . Pleasing head of good properties, although I would prefer a slightly better ear set. Good neck and shoulders, good body and rib cage with good length of rib. Ample bone and neat feet. Just fails in rear construction as he does fall away over the loin and needs more coat to cover this. Took this class easily. BVD

2.       Jondahl’s Dk Ch N Ch & World Int Ch SHEPS GONZALES QUE GUAPO. I have admired this dog from ringside over the past few years and today, in the heat, the long trip over from Denmark took its toll as although he moved well, he lacked the drive and positive freedom I have seen before. Good balanced head, but slightly over long in foreface to be correct. Well placed ears which he used well. Good reach of neck flowing into well placed shoulders. Good outline in super coat body and condition.

3. Jackson – MYSTICTEAM QUICK SILVER TO SASSARI

 

MPD (3/2)

1. Telford, GLENBOWDENE VISION OF GOLD although standing alone, this sable just needs a bit more time to mature and strengthen in rear movement. I would prefer a little more length of back but at just 6 months time is very much on his side.

PUPPY (4/1)

1. Jones – ERJON EARLY EDITION. Promising sable in good coat which fitted his body. Well presented with a well balanced head with a good foreface and lovely expression. Well used ears. Good neck and ample bone for his age.  and even with a change of handler moved out with drive. BPD but not settled in the challenge for BPIB and subsequently only just lost out.

2. Abbott – COTSWOLDWAY BRAVE HEARTED, nicely made boy who, for me, just lacks expression and correct head patterns. Good neck and body. Pleasing outline and moved quite well

 

3. Wallis & Maxwell TRENLEY TAVANAGH AT HAMISKS.

 

JUNIOR (9/5)

1. Tipper TIGANLEA TOO GOOD TO BE FORGOTTEN, well made and good size sable in super coat, presented well. Good head and foreface, lovely eye and expression. Well placed ears and showed very well. Liked his overall conformation with nice lay of shoulder and neat feet. Moved well just needs time to come to his best where he should have a good future.

2. JOHDAHL – VDH Eurojsg Wicani Windhover. Well constructed youngster with a balanced head and flat skull. Well placed ears, showed well. Not quite in the body and condition of winner. Liked his overall outline and movement

3. Collins JUMP IN THE FIRE DU BOIS DES AMAZONES AT TRIBURLE

YEARLING (7/0)

1. Geddes INGLEDENE WATER COLOUR. Merle in lovely coat. Correct size and lovely outline. Pleasing head and foreface. Nicely used ears. Lovely reach of neck and well placed shoulder. Good rib and length of back. One who moved out well

2.       TIGANLEA TOO GOOD TO BE FORGOTTEN
3.       JUMP IN THE FIRE DU BOIS DES AMAZONES AT TRIBURLE

 

Novice (2/0)

1.       TIGANLEA TOO GOOD TO BE FORGOTTEN
2.       Stanton CHELBORN JUST DECIDED sable of good size. I would prefer a slightly flatter back skull and better placed ear carriage. Moved well but did not like his tail carriage.

POST GRADUATE (14/3)

1. Barnes – RAVENSKYE IMPERIAL WIZARD nicely made blue, not in the best of coats but had nothing to hide. Handled to perfection by a young lady who will go far. Well balanced head with a flat skull. Nice eye and ear carriage, good neck and shoulders. Moved freely in both directions.

2. Jondahl, CLAREN MCBLACK AUSDEM BOLTENMOOR, tricolour who made the long journey from Germany. Pleasing head but I really would prefer slightly more stop to complete the picture. In good body and coat but just a fraction too long in back
3. Jones ERJON EXCELEBRATION

LIMIT (13)

1. Collins TRIBURLE ZACHARY. This boy came as a most pleasant surprise to me. I have seen him from ringside on many occasions but today, he decided, even in the heat, to turn all his charm on me, and it worked.

Lovely moulded foreface with good dark eye which is correctly placed giving that required expression. Neat ears which he used sparingly but did enough to show off when asked. Ample neck leading to well placed shoulders. In good body,
Good hind angulations and moved very freely and correctly in all directions keeping a balanced outline with correct tail carriage.

Groomed and presented to perfection, stood and just asked to win this class and in the challenge I had no hesitation and awarded him the CC and with it his title

2. Davies, CHELBORN DEPENDABLE. Sable slightly heavier in construction than winner and although he moved well is carrying far too much weight. Good head and foreface but I would prefer higher ear carriage. Another presented well

3. Telford –GLENBOWDENE SHADES OF GOLD

 

OPEN (9/2)

This was a difficult class with many varying types. A collie should be elegant especially in outline. Some were too square

1. Hawkins, BRILYN INTOXICATED, sable who appealed for his conformation and outline. Very pleasing head with lovely foreface but not quite the expression of CC winner. Good neck and shoulders. Showed very well, a close decision between him and the eventual CC winner and today had to settle for a very well deserved RCC in a quality entry

 

2. Coulson COARHABEG RIDER IN THE SKY OVER BLUCHIP, nicely coloured blue of good size but not as settled as he could be and paid the penalty. I would prefer a slightly longer back to complete the picture. Pleasing head of good proportions well used ears. Nice neck and shoulders. Moved well

 

3. Foy – BELDONES BLACK ILLUSION

GOOD CITIZEN (1)

1. Carlyon & Adams TUDORLYN NEW HOPE. Alone, this boy just needs to body up and grow a bit more coat. However, he has a pleasing head and moved quite well

 

VETERAN BITCH (10/2)

This class of lovely ladies included some old friends who have had distinguished careers and all were a credit to their owners.

1. Stevens BOUGHLEE MIDNIGHT SKY, this tricolour improves with age and moves better now than I have seen. Pleasing correct shaped head, good foreface with nice dark eye and correctly placed and used ears. Lovely outline with a good reach of neck which flows into well placed shoulders giving a correct outline. Pushed very hard in the challenge for top honours but took BVIB over a very pleasing male.

 

2. Flower – ATENDUS APRIL MAID IS SERANLAIS, lovely coloured blue in good body. Coat is just lifting but did not impair her outline. Similar in head pattern as winner but it is slightly shorter and not as clean. Lovely expression. Ear carriage could be a little more settled. Good body. Moved well but not as freely as winner and well deserved her place above another favourite of mine

3. McLaughlin CH DERBYPARK COULD IT BE MAGIC AT BRIHOW, well known tri who could not be denied a place in this strong class. For me, although she is stunning in outline, her head properties were not quite what I was looking for as her stop is too pronounced

MINOR PUPPY (/4)

1. Harrison CARIADHAF CLASSIC TOUCH, very promising sable of good proportions for her age. Lovely flat skull and although she took the class, I would prefer a slightly better eye placement. Moved with confidence with good tail carriage.

2, Cronk, CHELBORN SENT WITH A KISS, lovely type of youngster as one expects from this kennel. Nicely made bitch with good proportions. My deciding factor for her place is that at them moment she is not carrying her ears correctly and subsequently her expression is spoilt. Moved easily and very attentive to her handler

3. Tipper TIGNALEA TURNING TRICKS

PUPPY (5/0)

1. Simmons – TRENLEY TANSIN. Well coated sable whose confidence and composure won her not just this class but BPIB as the dog was very unsettled at the end of a long day. Good head, nicely moulded foreface with a sweet expression. Good neck and shoulders. Liked her outline and moved well.

2. Growcott – LILLWAY LOOBYLOU, tricolour who probably would have taken the class if she had not been upset on entering the ring. Her owner took time to re-assure her and eventually she responded to show off a good expression. Nice foreface and ear placement. Not as positive on the move today but I forgave her this under the circumstances

3. Cronk MONSOLINA FORTUNE FELT FOR CHELBORN (IMP)

JUNIOR (8/3)

1. Tame, RAHLISSA LOVE SONG. Easy to see why this little lady has been hitting the headlines in her puppy classes. Very mature sable with a lovely eye and expression. Well moulded foreface and good ear carriage. Loved her shape and outline. Neat feet and moved with drive and confidence.

2. Philpin TUDORLYNN FAIRY DUST, this lady has decided to cast her outfit but well deserved her place on her sound construction. Pleasing, well balanced head. Nice eye. Good shoulders and topline. Another with good movement

3. Stillwell, BELLAWAVE CAUGHT IN A DREAM

YEARLING (8/2)

1. Hawkins, BNRILY GLORY DAYS. What can I say about this little lady as my notes just say stunning. Presented to perfection, this sable has all the head properties I was looking for. Good moulding in her foreface nicely placed stop, flat skull. Good eye and expression coming from well placed ears. Lovely neck and shoulder. Ample bone for her age. Good body, in firm hard condition moved well in both directions and in this strong entry was very pleased to give her, hopefully, the first of many awards in the Reserve CC

2. Jackson – SASSARI SEQUINS – blue of slightly different type but a very sound bitch. I liked her balanced head and ear carriage. Good outline and shape. Moved well but could not match winner in style

3. Flower – SERENLAS OBSESSION

NOVICE (3/0)

1. Burrows, TIGANLEA TINKERBELL.  Well made sable of 2 years and she appealed for her overall type and construction. Pleasing balanced head. Good neck. In full coat but this did not detract from her overall outline. An easy winner of this class

2. Swain – LEXCOLS JEWEL IN THE CROWN, sable not quite in the same league as winner. I would prefer a much flatter skull and tighter ear carriage to improve her expression. Moved quite well

3. Benton – BROOKLYNSON JANE RUSSELL OF OAKASTELLE

POST GRAD (15/3)

 

1. Lockyer GATAJ WELCOME WITH A KISS, lovely blue of good size. Nice foreface with good eye placing, neat small ears which she used well. Good reach of neck flowing into well placed shoulders. Level topline with the required slight rise over the loin. Moved out so easily to win this class, when in full coat should trouble the best

2. Newman, PHREELANCER PHOND MEMORIES. Sable of slightly diffent shape but very pleasing outline and moved well. Liked her clean and balanced head and outline. Basically a very sound honest collie who could work all day.

3. Margetts COLLINGVALE CHARDONNAY

 

LIMIT (15/8)

1. Harrison, CARIADHAF CANDY KISSES. Another blue of good size and shape. Not quite the outline I was looking for as I would like more length in back. Lovely head and expression. Good eye shape. Showed non-stop and moved well.

2. Lockyer – GATAJ WILLOW OF SURPRISES – shaded sable of quality; coat is just about to leave home. Nice head, with a good moulded foreface, good eye and expression. Nice neck and shoulders. Good outline, moved very well. A close decision between two quality bitches

3. Philpin TUDORLYNN LITTLE PRINCESS

OPEN (15/4)

This class was full of quality and mixed types which really gave me some food for thought. One exhibit, which I though would be my winner, just flagged in the heat and refused to show off her qualities.

 

1.  Geddes INGLEDENE ALL DRESSD IN BLUE. Young blue whose outline is so correct and has the movement to match her construction. I liked her clean head but to be totally critical, I really would prefer slightly more stop which would complete the picture. Good foreface, nice ear set. Good neck and shoulders. Correct bone and neat feet. Moved in a very positive manner and took this class, and under strong competion the CC, her second I understand and then BOB.

2. Loader’s CH INGLEDENE LACE N PROMISES, tricolour I have often admired from ringside and today took this place on her construction and movement. I like her head and ear carriage but I would prefer a slightly darker and better placed eye which would improve her expression. Presented in wonderful hard condition

3. Foy Fr Ch Eloise des Beldones

 

GOOD CITIZEN (1/0)

Hall LYNMEAD AMALIE AIM FOR LOVE OVER SAMBREEZE. Although unplaced in an exceptionally strong Open class, this sable has many qualities including a pleasing head and neat ears. Moved very well and deserved her class win

 

Judge Carole A Smedley