happy faces!
Dog line up

Thank you to the Border Union Society for the invitation to judge at their show. I felt privileged to have a super entry, not the biggest entry I have ever had, but oh the quality! I was spoilt for choice in nearly every class, and some very nice dogs went cardless in the post graduate classes in both sexes. Thank you for bringing your dogs under me and for taking my decisions in a sporting fashion. Thanks to my stewards Ella and especially Melvyn, who was my neighbour in the caravan area, for a great job on the paperwork and in the ring. As an overview I thought there was fabulous quality here today, a great divergence of type, only one bad mouth but a few dogs who lacked the confidence or outgoing temperament I was looking for. Presentation ranged from glorious to disappointing, when all is said and done it's a dog show, and this did affect some of the placings. Weight also varied and whilst I understand we all have a different view of the ideal show condition, some were very overweight which I was less inclined to forgive than a more lean but muscled exhibit.

Puppy - Dog Entries: 5 Absentees: 0
1st MELVERLY BUONA NOTTE (MR R J SMITH) BPD & BPIB - stood out in this class, great substance and bone. Pleasing angles in front with good length to upper arm, matching rear angles, good straight front limbs, plenty of forechest, tidy enough feet, neat hocks, held a good topline during his sound movement. Like the balance of his obviously male head. Very mature for his age. Impressed greatly.
2nd TRIMERE TIDAL WAVE (MRS A CORBETT) Totally different style of puppy and not showing the same maturity. A really super head, soft expression, deep flews and well balance muzzle to skull length. Nicely angled front and rear, very neat feet, good topline, moved okay when it came together.
3rd CHELMERESS HAWKSPUR GREEN (MR R F & MRS A L WILSON)
Res ROQFOLLY INTERMEZZO WITH BORDACITY (MS S WATSON)
VHC TRIMERE TURNING POINT AT KERRIJOY (MRS K BRENNAN)

Junior - Dog Entries: 2 Absentees: 1
1st CALVDALE NIGHT COURT (MR & MRS M CALVERT) Greatly impressed with this young male, first thing you notice is his glorious presentation and his conformation does not disappoint. Good front assembly, deep in chest and good shoulder placement with a correct length to his upper arm. Pleasing bend of stifle. Right length of neck, good spring of rib, great bone, super feet, neat hocks - well balanced height to length ratio . Gentle male head with a soft expression, you could enjoy looking at this face all day. Really pleasing male who moved accurately and soundly, considered for top honours.

Novice - Dog Entries: 2 Absentees: 0
1st ANACAPA JUSTJACK (MRS H J & MR G J MERRY & WRIGHT) Pleasing dog with good depth and spring of rib. Good shoulder placement. Well off for bone, pleasing eye and expression, would like a slightly stronger foreface and a higher tail set. Well presented and moved soundly.
2nd ROQFOLLY INTERMEZZO WITH BORDACITY (MS S WATSON) Needs time to come together and mature. Little lighter all through than I was looking for but moved okay.

Post Graduate - Dog Entries: 12 Absentees: 1
a super class where some very nice dogs went unplaced
1st MEADOWDALE CASSAPPLE MANHATTAN JW (MR S & MRS J EYEINGTON) Another exhibit who was beautifully presented making the very most of the raw ingredients, spot on for condition. Very balanced boy with good angles front and rear, pleasing bone, tidy feet, well sprung ribs, good depth, held a strong topline as he moved soundly round the ring carrying a well set on tail perfectly. To nitpick, a little strong in backskull for me.
2nd WATERSWARREN WILLY WONKA (MR P D & MRS V L WARRENER) One of my favourite heads all day. So obviously male but well balanced and not a hint of coarseness. This head with dark well shaped eyes, that you would never tire of looking at, flowed into an elegant neck of perfect length. Very acceptable angles to the front, especially pleasing upper arm, would like a little more rear angle and width to second thigh. Well off for bone, super tidy feet, well sprung ribs and good depth. Sound on the move holding a strong correct topline and beautifully presented. Thought he would be my winner of this class but a little leaner than I like today.
3rd CALVDALE ZERO TO HERO JW SH CM (MR & MRS M CALVERT)
Res DUKEDEL DREAM OF MINE (MR R & MRS R RAWDING)
VHC MELVERLY DESERT STRIKE OVER ACREGATE JW (MISS J TRACZ)

Limit - Dog Entries: 6 Absentees: 0
1st FOREST FRUIT FROM TAMAAM TO BERESFORD (IMP POL) (MRS T E TOPLISS) Never mind the fabulous confirmation, this dog had me when I looked into his eyes! Such a kind and true springer expression. I adored his outgoing happy temperament. Another dog that was well muscled and in tip top condition. Nice depth to his flews and width to his muzzle and this balanced to his skull. His elegant neck leads into fabulous shoulder confirmation - great layback of shoulder and the balance in length of shoulder to upper arm was just what I was looking for. He has super forechest, good depth, well sprung ribs, good body length and rear angles as perfect as the front. Well off for bone. His tail is well set on and used to good effect as he powers round the ring. He was just what I hoped I would find today. My pleasure to award him the CC, which I later found out was his third. Congratulations.
2nd CARLYQUINN CAN'T WAIT JW SHCM (MRS H COKELL) Another very pleasing dog of different type to the winner. Well angled dog, especially in front, nice tidy feet, well off for bone, good depth and ribs. Although very sound in movement, didn't come together on the move like the winner. Sure his day will come. Beautifully presented and in super condition.
3rd ANACAPA PIPERS SONG FOR TINGVELLE (MRS H MERRY)
Res LOCHINDORB CLANSMAN (MR R S & MRS M I NICOLSON)
VHC GAOLACHCARA OGHMA SH CM (MR & MRS STEVENSON)

Open - Dog Entries: 4 Absentees: 0
A super class of dogs, literally spoilt for choice.
1st SH CH MEADOWDALE CHAOS JW SHCM (MR S & MRS J EYEINGTON) Another dog from this kennel who was well muscled and shown in perfect condition and presentation. Excels in front assembly, especially pleasing in upper arm - and the rear angles match a treat. Deep in forechest and body, so well balanced, liked his neck length, his flow, strong straight front, good topline, very sound on the move, unlucky to meet the limit winner on such good form. Loved him. RDCC
2nd SWE/DAN CH SANQUE'S CUT TO THE CHASE (IMP SWE) (MRS T E TOPLISS) Impressive male with a pleasing balanced head - dark eyes as you would expect in a b/w. Well off for bone and substance, nice body length, good ribbing, well angled fore and aft. Very tidy feet and hocks. Moved accurately and with drive.
3rd SH CH MEADOWDALE ALABAMA SLAMMER AT ACREGATE SHCM (MISS J TRACZ)
Res SH CH LOCHINDORB CHIEF O'THE CLAN SH CM (MR R S & MRS M I NICOLSON)

Veteran - Dog Entries: 1 Absentees: 0
1st SH CH TRIMERE TALKING POINT OF ALLENIE JW (MESSRS R P & A C BOTT & ALLEN) This dogs looks in his prime and hard to believe he is now in his veteran years. Super head with the darkest eye, good flow of neck into a very acceptable front assembly. Super neat feet. Lovely topline when stacked. Moved so soundly and stylishly round the ring. A pleasure to go over such a quality boy.