I wish to begin by thanking the Society for inviting me too judge the Smooths today which I believe is the first time they have been scheduled at this prestigious show. Being a week day, and without CC’s on offer, I was not expecting great numbers, but was more than pleased with the entry of 14, and would like to thank the exhibitors for coming long distance to show quality dogs under me on what turned out to be a very hot day!


Junior Dog (3)

1st: Kinsey’s: Sturtmoor Khaos of Kaswyn – BEST PUPPY.
2nd: Cole’s: Sturtmoor Dream of Kasvelyn.  3rd: Kinsey’s: Sturtmoor Kastiels Wings
It was a privilege to judge these 3 litter brothers who at the tender age of 6 months show much promise for the future, and will no doubt change places often when competing together. All the boys had lovely flat skulls, and long tails, and have time on their side to fill out in rib and body. They all moved fairly well for their age, and it will be interesting to see how they all develop.
I chose Khaos preferring his outline in profile, and was pleased to see he was awarded Pastoral Puppy Group 4. Well done!

Post Grad Dog (0)

Open Dog: (3-1)

1st: Benton & Woods: Oakestelle Vivaldi
This 2 year old tri has come on in leaps and bounds, and is of good breed type. He has a good head, balanced in length with flat skull and strong underjaw. Correct ear carriage and muscular neck. He is all in proportion, masculine without courseness, and stands showing a nice outline in profile, with good length of body, depth of chest, and correct angulations. Sufficient bone and substance with straight front, strong but flexible pasterns and muscular hindquarters. He moved out well with good front reach and powerful rear drive. BEST DOG & BOB.

2nd: Lister’s: Ch Eridor I’m Mr Blu at Newarp (Imp)
Have commented on this blue dog before having judged him for ‘in show’ awards. He has done much for the breed, being a workmanlike dog of good size and colour, with a courteous well-mannered nature. However, he is now into his senior years, and is having to give way to youth.


Junior Bitch (1)

1st: Sturtmoor Kurious Kadence
Tri litter sister to the 3 boys. Smaller bitch with feminine head features, sweet eye and well placed ears, although I would prefer a longer leaner head. Good length of neck and level back with well bent stifles, and long tail. She has a jet black shiny coat, moved well, and also has a friendly nature.




Post Grad Bitch (1)

1st: Peacock’s: Blamorder Back to the Start for Saraneth
At 22 months this tri bitch is in good fit, hearty condition, albeit she is very full of herself!. She is ideal for size, well balanced in length to height. Clean wedge shaped head with well rounded muzzle and almond shaped eye with an alert happy expression. She has good bone and substance with straight front and strong pasterns with well bent stifles and short hocks, is also nicely developed in chest with good spring of rib. Her movement was free and powerful albeit slightly erratic, and would appear smoother if she were to slow down a bit! But one of those Collies that enjoys life which is nice to see. BEST BITCH & BOS.


Open Bitch (6-2)  - This class was complimented with 4 quality bitches.

1st: Benton’s: Alopex Marionette of Oakestelle
Heading the class were mother and daughter, and having judged the first when younger, she is now beginning to look her 6 years of age. Her head is balanced with flat skull, and correct stop with dark almond shaped eyes. Her markings are well broken, but her colour is beginning to fade. Having said that, she is in good trim, and although not big, she is all in proportion for her size, and stands correctly at all times. She is well developed in chest and sprung in rib, although I would still prefer a slightly longer loin. She still moves well with enthusiasm and drive.

2nd: Benton’s: Oakestelle Venus de Milo
Blue daughter of Marionette up against her dam today. Standing alongside her, she looked immature, and rather fine in head, bone and substance, and her movement was a little wide when viewed from the rear. However, she is the most lovely colour blue, the perfect showgirl, and I think in the future once fully matured she will be better than her dam and will trouble the best. It was nice to hear later that this pair won the Brace Stakes – Well Done!


3rd: Kinsey’s: Rycombe Jovial Jasmine of Sturtmoor
Sable and White bitch – Dam to the puppies.

Res: Lister’s: Manordeifi Miss Daisy of Newarp (JW)
Tricolour bitch of 4 years old I have judged before, but I think the heat was affecting her today.