I would like to thank the committee for inviting me to judge Roughs at their recent open show. I thoroughly enjoyed my day. Thanks must also go to my very efficient stewards Val & Vic & to everyone in the kitchen for the lovely lunch. The sun was shining & the showground was fabulous, with large rings & a spacious grass area with plenty room for tents & cages.
I was very happy with the overall quality of exhibits & so glad to see that we have managed to breed out the weak rear ends & cow hocks. Temperaments were excellent, great to see happy outgoing dogs enjoying their day. Movement on the whole was really good with only a few moving close behind. I did notice that many exhibits had ears which are too heavy & set too wide apart which spoils the alert expression we are looking for. Thank you for allowing me to handle your dogs & being sporting with my decisions.
Veteran Dog (2,1a)
1 Wray’s Takhisis High Voltage, masculine b/m dog who is 9½ years young. He stood foursquare & showed non-stop. He has a wealth of coat which is well marbled & a light colour of blue, & has retained a rich tan colour on his face which makes it hard to believe his age! He has a head of good proportions with a good stop, flat skull, dark, almond shaped eye & well set ears which all combine to give a charming expression. He has a fairly long neck, level topline, well sprung ribs & a deep chest giving him a nice overall shape. His well bent stifles & parallel hocks enable him to power around the ring with drive & precision. He looked a picture in the challenge to take RBD over his younger competitors. BVIS.
Puppy Dog (1) 1 Flint’s Highnol Echos In The Mist for Welanga, another b/m. This boy has a lovely, clear colour of blue which was well broken with rich tan markings. He has a clean, wedge shaped head, dark eye, good stop & a flat skull. He also has small, neat ears which are placed correctly. He presented a beautiful picture standing when something caught his attention, but he was full of mischief which made it hard to assess him at times (I’m sure he’ll settle as he matures). He has a good length of neck & back & very good hindquarters. Plenty of bone & neat feet. Movement should improve as he settles. Another who should continue his winning ways in the future.
Novice Dog (2) 1 Flint’s Highnol Echos In The Mist for Welanga; 2 Knight’s Chesterfield at Nicnigh, s/w came from 3 in MP. Masculine puppy who is maturing well. He has a fair head but I would prefer a more refined stop. He has a good body shape with ample neck. Moved well.
Graduate Dog (5,2) 1 Edwards’ Moonpromises Ever After, handsome tri colour with all the essentials. He has a super body shape, good length of neck, deep chest & well sprung ribs. Correct length of back & well bent stifles, straight legs, neat feet & enough bone & substance. He’s got a lovely coat which is jet black & he stood foursquare showing non-stop. He has a soft, appealing expression from dark eyes, a correct head & well set ears which all combine to give a lovely picture. He moved OK around the ring but his tail was carried too high which spoiled his outline on the move;
Post Graduate Dog (5,1)
1 Cooney’s Jopium Stole My Heart at Lingwell, what a lovely s/w this boy is, he ticks all the boxes! He has such a balanced, clean head with no exaggerations. His eye is the correct size, shape & colour & is set obliquely, flat skull, good stop & a lovely moulded, well filled foreface. His ears are bang on top & he has a true Collie expression. He is the correct size for a male & has super bone & substance & showed non-stop despite the heat. He has the correct body shape, long, arched neck, good topline & rise over the loin, which is great to see as some males tend to drop off at the rump. Good front & rear assembly. He has very well laid shoulders & good length & return of upperarm, well muscled rearquarters, sweeping stifle & short parallel hocks. He was a joy to watch on the move, so true coming & going with reach from the front & driving from behind. His immaculate presentation & gleaming coat completed the picture. My BD today, such a close decision for BOB, nothing between the two;
Limit Dog (5) 1 Scott’s Chantique Simply A Dreamer, upstanding s/w. Masculine head with beautifully moulded muzzle, smooth cheeks & a flat skull. He has an almond shaped, dark eye & good stop. I would prefer his ears to be set on a shade higher, but he used them well. He has a very nice outline standing & on the move & his movement is true coming & going. Very well presented. I just felt he lacked length of feathering on his rear today which would’ve completed the picture;
Open Dog (3) Like the previous class these lads are different in type but both have many qualities.
Veteran Bitch (5,2) 1 Humphrey’s Brilyn Kiss At Midnite to Jamesfair, I really liked this glamourous tri & she pushed the dog hard in the challenge for BV, she certainly showed the youngsters how it’s done! This is the one Collie that I would describe as ‘standing with impassive dignity’ here today. She is an excellent mover, so light on her feet, has a great reach of neck, good length of back & well bent stifle. If being critical I would like her to have a better spring of rib & a little more body weight, which cost her a place in the bitch challenge. Her head proportions are great, well filled muzzle, correctly placed stop, pretty, almond shaped eyes & her ears are bang on top. Her excellent handling & presentation made her a joy to watch;
Minor Puppy Bitch (7,1) This was a lovely class of babies. All 6 puppies present are promising & should mature well. I felt my winner just had the edge today on maturity. 1 Brooker’s Lovely Flower Du Bois Des Amazones for Corisian, very appealing s/w in excellent coat & condition. She has the sweetest of expressions coming from lovely dark almond eyes. Her muzzle is well filled & rounded & she has a clean wedge shaped head, with a good stop. Her ear placement is ok. She is very well boned with a straight front, good bend of stifle & neat, short, parallel hocks. She has a super neck & shoulders, well sprung ribs, & nice topline. Moved out well with true action coming & going with drive from behind. She has a slight roll on the move but I’m sure this will go as she grows. Well deserved BPB, BP, RBPIS;
Puppy Bitch (5) 1 Davis’ Monsolina Follow Your Dreams Rosschell, striking 9 months blue. Very mature for her age. Her shape is eyecatching with her long, arched neck, correct angulation, well sprung ribs & length of back. Her head is nicely balanced with very good ear placement, almond eye & strong underjaw. Her stop is just a touch deep at the moment. She moves very well & has a beautiful clear colour, another lovely puppy who I will follow with interest;
Junior Bitch (4) 1 Wray’s Beldones Duchess Of Dreams, this s/w didn’t jump out at me straight away, but on going over her found her to be very well constructed. Her sweet expression comes from a dark almond eye, moulded foreface & wedge shaped head, with a flat skull and ears on top. Like all my winners, she has a fabulous body shape, well bent stifle & good reach of neck. She moves straight coming & going & has good forward reach. Shown on a loose lead & used her ears constantly. Another who should continue to do well in the future;
Novice Bitch (4) 1 Philpin’s Sassari Snow Shimmer to Tudorlyn; 2 Newton & Paterson’s Collingvale Cassis over Darrahill, tri with a gleaming jet black coat of correct texture. Moved up from reserve in junior. Level topline with good rise over the loin, well bent stifles, & straight hocks. I would prefer more length of neck to give a balanced outline. Moved well.
Graduate Bitch (9,4) 1 Carr’s Rosschell Blue Mojito at Donohill, well what can I say about this pair? What a team! This young handler was calm & quiet & brought the best out in his bitch. This gorgeous b/m stood at the end of her lead & showed her socks off, he moved her at the correct pace & managed to correct her pulling off to the side in the challenge. Her movement is free & true. This girl is such a clear colour of blue which is well broken, she has such a soft but alert expression, balanced head with good stop, dark eye & great ears. I liked her size & shape & she is well boned with good substance. Her coat was gleaming in the sunlight which completed a lovely picture. Pleased to award her RBB;
Post Graduate Bitch (6,2) 1 Blake’s Corydon Blue Fizz, petite b/m. This girl has a super body shape & a fantastic reach of neck. Her topline is level with a very slight rise. She has lovely shoulder placement, good depth & spring of ribs, lovely bend of stifle & short, neat hocks. She moves so true & it’s effortless, as always from this kennel. She has a feminine wedge shaped head with fantastic ear placement & a sweet expression from dark eyes. I would prefer her to have a little more stop & a slightly larger eye. Well presented;
Limit Bitch (5,2) 1 Philpin’s Tudorlyn Little Princess, shaded s/w in great coat & condition & another who would’ve shown all day despite the heat. She presents such a lovely picture standing, using her well set ears constantly. She has a balanced head with moulded foreface, good stop, sweet almond eye & a flat skull. She also has a great length of neck, level topline & good front movement, but moves too closely behind. Still a worthy winner of this class;
Open Bitch (4) 1 Growcott’s Jopium Fascinator, my star of the day! Firstly I must say that this girl has the softest, most appealing expression from wonderful almond, obliquely set eyes. I would describe her as having a ‘true tri colour expression’. Her head is a delight, balanced, moulded & moderate with correct stop, flat skull & is wedge shaped. Her ears are well set & she used them constantly. She has an excellent shoulder & upperarm, good depth of chest & well sprung ribs extending well back. Her rear is muscular and has well bent stifles & short, parallel hocks. She moves well, but was starting to tire in the heat. Her coat is jet black with long featherings & a shawl collar which completed a lovely picture. I couldn’t deny her BB & BOB. Pleased to see she went on to win RBIS;