Collie Association Open Show (Show 2) 10 July 22

My thanks to the Collie Association for the invitation to take over this judging appointment at very short notice from Mrs D Rowan – I do hope that all is well with her.  It was a very hot day but the show was exceptionally well run and the hospitality was fantastic.  The rings were of a good size to ensure the dogs could be moved

As I stated when I judged previously there is a tendency for tails to be too short – they should at least reach the hock as a minimum - some struggled to do this – the effect is that it detracts from the elegance and overall shape of our lovely breed – with some tails being carried almost over the back

Vetran Dog (1.1)

Puppy dog (2.1) Constella Hazy Cosmic Jive 10mth old Tri dog who was enjoying his day out.  His head handles ok, he has the correct shape dark eyes with well placed ears, good reach of neck – correct length to height ratio.  He unfortunately was rather unsettled and has a tendency to pace so difficult to assess his movement

Special Yearling (0.O)

Post Graduate (0.0)

Open Dog (2.0) 1. Ch/Multi Ch  Winter is Coming to Tentola 6yr old Blue Merle masculine dog.  Balanced clean head , well filled muzzle , good under jaw and correct bite.  He is a little full in eye.  He has a good reach of neck, correct front and rear angulation.  Good bone.  Tight feet.  Overall pleasing outline.  He moved soundly and positively with drive. RBOB and RBIS
2. Manordeifi Bow Regard 5yo Sable – well marked.  Clean head with nice eye and soft expression.  Good bone.  Correct height to length ratio.  Unfortunately he was not enjoying the heat and his movement suffered as a result of this.

Puppy Bitch (1.1)

Special Yearling bitch (3.1)1  Shandlmains Sofistikate  20mth old tri bitch.  Head handles well with correct ear placement, well used.  I would have preferred a darker eye a little less full.  She was beautifully presented.  Good reach of neck , correct length of back.  She has good bone..  Overall in profile pleasing.  She moved out well with drive
2 Blamorder High Hopes for Manordefi 13mth old tri bitch with rich tan markings, with a lovely dark correct shaped eye,  good expression.  1st had a better head pattern.  She was suffering from the heat and her movement suffered as a result .  I would have preferred tighter feet.

Post Graduate bitch (2.0) 1 Breckamore Blessings at Wystry  Pretty, feminine 2yo tri bitch – presented in excellent condition with good harsh coat. She has a classic collie outline good reach of neck, correct length of back with slight rise over croup sweeping to tail – carried correctly.  Good depth of chest.  Correct bone.  Her head handles well, correct placed ears used to advantage.  Moved well.  Handled to advantage. 
2. Manordefi Rose Blossom 22mth old feminine sable bitch, unlucky to come against 1., she has a sweet expression with correct shape dark eye, her ears could be tighter set.  Good bone.  Correct length to height ratio.  This young lady was unfortunately not enjoying the heat and her movement suffered as the result of this.

Open bitch (3.1)Brackenhaye Heatbreaker at Shandlemain (3.2) Feminine Tri bitch 2yo, presented in excellent condition.  Her head is clean and handles well, ears used to advantage.  Good harsh coat.  Correct bone.   Correct reach of neck, into well angulated shoulders,  correct length of back to height.  She moved out well with drive.  She has a classic collie outline.  Pleased to award her BOB with her going BIS.  Congratulations.

Claire Norman