Darlington Champ Show

Rough Collies

I would like to express my appreciation to the committee of the Society.  It was a pleasure to be at the show.  A huge Thank You to the exhibitors for their entries, and for accepting my decisions with such good grace. Also many Thanks to my steward and his wife for their assistance ringside.  I was so pleased to be able to judge Collies outside on the grass in a very spacious ring – the weather was kind to us. Overall, the quality was good, with some outstanding exhibits.  It was a delight to see the breed so well represented, and when my BOB winner was selected by Mr Jeff Horswell for Best Exhibit in the Pastoral Group, I was overwhelmed.  A truly wonderful end to a special day – both for me, and Collies!

Gael Wilcock

Veteran Dog (2/0)
1st: Miss T Clare’s Bluchip Solar Storm Of Skyeshelm  - 7 year old tricolour, nice size with a pleasing head and expression.  Tail a little short. 
2nd: Miss A Hainie’s Wicani Classic Renaissance – 8 year old sable, attractive colouring, and well coated.  A larger dog than the winner, with a stronger head.  Well balanced, but just too much of him for me.

Minor Puppy Dog (2/1)
1st: Mr & Mrs C L & Mr D G Jones’ Brooklynson Black Diamond with Dancol – attractive 8½ month old tricolour.  Appealing expression, attractive head.  He is lacking in hind angulation currently, and was unsettled in movement, but is a promising youngster. Ultimately, Best Puppy Dog overall.

Puppy Dog (5/3)
1st:  Miss J L Brooker’s Corisian French Connection – sable and white male, not masculine enough for me.  Finer in foreface than I would prefer
2nd:  BOYLE Dr L W Barrenclough Heart of Gold – similar style to the winner, again, in my opinion, not masculine enough. Tail not reaching to the hock joint.

Junior Dog (3/0)
1st: Miss H Brown & Mr R  Jopson’s Lillyway Lattimer At Nithview – tricolour with an attractive head and expression.  Covered the ground when moving, good outline.  Lacking coat today – as per age group.
2nd: Miss L Watt’s Culbrae Red Again – golden sable male, larger dog than the winner, but lacking parallel head planes I was looking for. Could have better hind angulation.
3rd: Dr L W Boyle’s Barrenclough Heart of Gold:

Yearling Dog (6/1)
1st: Miss M J Blake’s Corydon Trump The Lot – I really liked this young dog.  Beautifully presented with a lovely outline, head and expression.  Well coated, and moved effortlessly. His ring presence and performance made him the obvious winner. Sure to have a very promising future.
2nd: Miss M K Benton & Mr & Mrs N Smith’s Brooklynson El Dorado – another very attractive dog.  He pushed the winner hard, but lacked the steady performance of the winner.  Very pleasant head and expression, good outline, lacking coat at the moment, but not surprising at this age.  I expect this young dog will also have a promising future.
3rd:  Dr S B Kestner’s Wicani Chimney Sweeper

Post Graduate Dog (2/0)

1st:  Mrs A Caplan’s Chantique Loverboy Of Whitecraigs – sable and white dog in lovely condition, but a shorter head than I prefer – so wider ear set.
2nd: Mrs A & Mr I Melonie’s Gemheid Autumn Thunder – blue merle.  Good outline, pleasant head pattern, well set ears, which he used, but a bit round in eye, and his tail carriage on the move was most disappointing.

Limit Dog (7/1)
1st: Mrs A Hassock’s Camanna Colour Me Perfect – blue merle dog in outstanding coat, and such a beautiful colour.  Well angulated, with lovely short hocks. His head was a little too strong to my eye. 
2nd: Mrs D & Miss S Vogan’s Lenosann Midnight Rascal – tricolor with a very pleasing head and eye.
Sweet expression, well set ears. Good angulation behind, a larger dog than the winner, but well balanced,
3rd:  Mr & Mrs C L & Mr D G Jones’ Ingledene Dare To Dream with Dancol

Open Dog (8/0)
1st:  Mr G Falletto’s Multi Ch One Extraordinary Blu Di Cambiano – this dog just owned the ring.  Lovely colour, great outline, very pleasing head, eye and expression, lovely neck, effortless movement.  Presented in the best of condition he almost defines the term “impassive dignity”.  Pleased to award him CC and ultimately, BOB.
2nd:  Miss M J Blake’s Ch Corydon The Ringleader – another great representative of the breed.  In lovely condition, well presented and handled, great outline, lovely arch of neck, attentive and alert to handler, true Collie expression. Maybe could have a little more stop, but that is being picky.  A worthy Res CC winner.
3rd:  Mr T & Mrs D Iley’s Jack Black Ileyda

Veteran Bitch (1/0)
1st:  Mrs G M Hull’s Lizmark Gold Nugget  - despite her name, a tricolour.  She has a lovely outline, a sweet head and expression. Moved well for her age. Best Veteran of Breed.

Minor Puppy Bitch (6/2)
1st:  Mrs V Cronk’s Chelborn Wish List  - Sable and white, well coated for age, sweet expression with a good head and eye, moved well. 
2nd:  Mr & Mrs M & A Coulson’s Beldones Joy Of The Night – tricolour and a baby of only just over 6 months.  A little unsettled in movement, but a sweet and appealing head and expression. 
3rd:  Mrs J White’s Mejola Main Attraction

Puppy Bitch (11/3)
1st:  Miss G Beaden & Ms C Arrowsmith’s Saganan Blue Diamond – a very pretty blue merle who dominated the class.  Lovely breed type, sweet head and expression, needs to settle in movement, but could not be denied the class. She asked for the Res CC, and I am sure she will continue to do well. Best Puppy of Breed.
2nd: Ms J Milligan & Mr N Marley’s Ladnar Trust In Me – another blue merle, similar in style to the winner.  Good head profile, nice outline, could be a bit better angulated behind, but still a very promising puppy.
3rd:  Mrs J D Spendelow’s Samhaven Unique To Uffspring

Junior Bitch (6/0)
1st:  Mrs J D Spendelow’s Samhaven Unique To Uffspring – blue merle, but a little bigger, and didn’t have the head qualities of those above her in the class before.  Well coated, and presented.
2nd: Miss S L Wray’s Takhisis Aphrodite – sable bitch in very good condition.  Her head planes could be better, and the head is deep through. 
3rd: Mr & Mrs D Mitchell &  Mrs M Jordan’s Scottlyme Qkissagram For Avonfair

Yearling Bitch (5/2)
1st:  Mrs J Hanson’s Ambartr Plancee At Jards JW – golden sable bitch, good outline and movement which won her the class.  Nice expression on a good head, with correct ear placement.
2nd: Mr Y & Mrs R Kelly’s Tiganlea This Kiss – tricolour, a smaller bitch, with appealing expression.  Lacking a little in hind angulation, which affected her topline. 
3rd: Mrs A & Mr I Melonie’s Wicani License To Thrill

Post Graduate Bitch (14/3)
1st: Mr & Mrs D & S Randall’s Fata Turchina Ladnar Di Cambiano (Imp) – another blue merle, presented in top condition, lovely head and eye, with a very pleasing expression.  Good arch of neck, she moved well, but her topline disappointed me.
2nd:  Mrs S Flower’s Serenlas Obsession – shaded sable bitch, appealing head and expression, very elegant outline, covered the ground effortlessly, but wearing her summer outfit today. 
3rd: Mrs D & Miss S Vogan’s Lenosann Black Cherry

Limit Bitch (9/4) 
1st:  Mrs M A Stevens’ Boughlee Sheza Star – very nice tricolour bitch, beautiful outline, pleasant head and eye, moved well, nicely balanced.  Lacking undercoat, but still with lovely furnishings, she was the easy winner of this class.
2nd:  Mr & Mrs D & S Randall’s Ladnar Inkheart JW – another tricolour, with a very pleasing head and eye and expression. Presented in good condition, but her topline let her down. 
3rd: Mrs L D Jones & Mr J Blackburn’s Erjon Exclusively Special

Open Bitch (8/0)
1st: Mrs L Newman’s Phreelancer Phond Memories – this beautiful sable bitch caught my eye immediately she entered the ring.  Such an elegant outline and lovely breed type, she moved effortlessly.  Lovely head, eye and expression, coat which fitted her outline, beautifully presented, well balanced. Nothing could compete with her for the CC today.
2nd: Miss M Benton’s Brooklynson Jane Russell Of Oakestelle  - another lovely sable bitch, with an outstanding outline.  Her head not as appealing to my eye as the winner, but still more than acceptable.  Unfortunately, her movement on the day was unsettled despite numerous attempts. 
3rd:  Mrs V Cronk’s Chelborn Kiss'n Desire