Border Terrier Club Shows

Open Show, 25th February, Jedburgh

Judge: Mr Ian Higham (Comberdown)

Entries: 132 for 176


Judge Ian Higham with the winners from left: Karison Klaret, Bramblebrae Violet at Shiftyfox & Ch Otterbobs Riggindale

BIS, CH Otterbobs Riggindale JW (Mr J R & Mrs H Gilpin)

BD, CH Otterbobs Riggindale JW (Mr J R & Mrs H Gilpin)

RBD, Ravenside Workforce (Mr M Lowry) 

BPD, BP, Karison Klaret (Miss K J Johnson) 

BB, RBIS, BOS, Bramblebrae Violet at Shiftyfox JW (Mr G Wildey) 

RBB, Manx Ballavale (Mrs A M Gregory)

BPB, BOSPIS, Otterbobs Umber (Mr J R & Mrs H Gilpin)

I had been looking forward immensely to judging my first breed club open show in the UK. I sincerely thank the officers and membership for inviting me and most importantly, I would thank those exhibitors who attended and valued my integrity and opinion enough to give me the opportunity of going over their dogs. 

I was looking for Borders that had all the good breed type points as laid out in our standard, combined with the correct physical construction to be able to cover the rough hilly ground of the region from which the breed originated. I thoroughly went through the entry to find these attributes, and judged with these thoughts in mind right down to my 4th placings. 

I am pleased to be able to say that I had no dirty oily coats, or smelly dogs and that every dog had clean white teeth. This is all down to good housekeeping (or dog keeping) and I must commend you all on these points.

However, I was very disappointed to find that three exhibitors presented me with dogs, which had kinked bumpy tails.

I only found one tooth problem and that was a set of badly twisted lower incisors, which were slightly obstructing a scissor bite, but unfortunately, I was further disappointed to find dogs with weak muzzles and no strength to the underjaw. A Border needs to be able to force home an attack on its advesary and to do so must use his//her strong jaws and big teeth. This part of the borders anatomy is of immense importance to its function. I would consider this a fault, which would seriously interfere with a terrier’s ability to work. 

I found a variety of movement problems. Some had stilted rear movement, with feet in underneath the dog and lacking propulsion. One dog that crabbed. Dogs with fronts toeing in, some more so than others, and some with wide front movement, or flicking one, or other foot. 

Ultimately, there were some very good examples of our breed, that possessed all, or most, of the qualities I was searching for. Some of these did not get top awards on the day, but nevertheless had enough breed type and quality of movement to forge ahead and have a promising future I am sure. 

Minor Puppy – Dog Entries: 5 Absentees: 2 

1st: Karison Klaret (Miss K J Johnson)  Nice sized grizzle and tan puppy of 7 months with a lovely border head. Good muzzle and correct bite. Correct shaped ears and has dark pleasing eyes. Good reach of neck and narrow body with ribs well back and was easily spanned. He had a superb harsh coat for one so young. Level top line and correct shaped tail, which is set on just right. Enough bone and small tight feet. This one had a buzz to him today. Showed himself off to advantage. Took BPIS with his showiness and excellent coat.

2nd: Braemen’s Lucas (Wilson) Typical border head. Good muzzle and teeth. He had a good coat and moved out well enough. A larger, stronger puppy than first.

3rd: Lairehope Starman (NAF) (Lothian) 

Puppy – Dog Entries: 5 Absentees: 1 

1st: Lairehope Viking Spark (NAF) (Lothian) Eight-month-old grizzle and tan with a superb strong head and good muzzle. Correct bite. He had a decent coat. Plenty of substance with this puppy. Sturdy, with good bone but not overdone. Spannable. He looked to be correct when in motion. A promising young dog. I would hope he does not grow on too much more.

2nd: Karison Kranberrie (Miss K Johnson) A finer built puppy than first. He has a very nice outline. Was easily spanned with ribs well back and strong loin. Moved well enough.

3rd: Remony Runrig (Mrs A E Gregory) 

Res: Houndshope Rest Dodd (M Wanless) 

Junior – Dog Entries: 11 Absentees: 3 This was a good class of young dogs.

1st: Irton Morse Code (Mr & Mrs D Fryer) Grizzle dog, 15 months of age. He was presented in a superb full coat, which made him look big but he was easily spanned. He has an impressive border head and nice dark eyes and correct ears. I could both see and feel the strength in this dogs jaws and this came with big white teeth. If I were a fox, I would seriously hate to meet this boy. He moved out well on straight strong well-boned legs and good feet with thick pads.

2nd: Fehmarn Highland Encounter (Mrs E J Scott) He scored well in movement. Presented in good coat. Easily spanned. Nice length of body with good top line and tail set.

3rd: Joncroft Ghillie Dhu (M Johnston) 

Res: Merumhor Midwinter JW (Mr G & Mrs H Mckenzie) 

Special Beginners – Dog Entries: 5 Absentees: 1 

1st: Merumhor Midwinter JW (Mr G & Mrs H Mckenzie) 14-month-old blue and tan. Reserve from the junior class. Coat coming on. Nice outline. He has a good head and enough reach of neck. Correct bite. In fit condition. Moved with good drive from the rear.

2nd: Otterston Top Brass (Dakers) This one went better after I asked the handler to move him a little more quickly for me and to try to keep his head up. He has a good head and nice reach of neck. Easily spanned and he came to hand well.

3rd: Kalebank Harvester (Mrs S Portsmouth) 

Res: Okarito Rafael (Carr)

Maiden – Dog Entries: 5 Absentees: 0 

1st: Karison Klaret (Miss K J Johnson) 

2nd: Foxthorn McVicar (Mr R F & Mrs S Taylor) Grizzle and tan. This dog moved well enough. He was balanced and was spannable. Correct top line and tail set. Did not have the coat of the puppy and lacked strength to his muzzle.

3rd: Oughterside Red Saturn (Rooney) 

Res: Kalebank Harvester (Mrs S Portsmouth) 

Novice – Dog Entries: 6 Absentees: 2 

1st: Karison Kranberrie (Miss K Johnson) 

2nd: Joncroft Ghillie Dhu (M Johnston) Grizzle and tan of 13 months. Pleasing head with correct shaped ears, which are placed well. Enough reach of neck leading to a good top line. He is spannable and moves well. He had sufficient enough coat to assess.

3rd: Otterston Top Brass (Dakers) 

Res: Remony Runrig (Mrs A E Gregory) 

Post Graduate – Dog Entries: 12 Absentees: 3 

1st: Glenbucket Rooney (Mr & Mrs P & K Lothian) Grizzle and tan dog. Two years and ten months of age. He has a very good head with pleasing, dark, well placed eyes and correct shaped ears. Nice white teeth with scissor bite. He moved out well. He has a level topline, which was held on the move. Covered with a good harsh coat and dense undercoat. He has correct pelt of thick skin.

2nd: Terset’s Blue Flame (Mrs P Jackman) Blue and tan sporting a nice coat with ticking. When settled he moved well enough. Correct body, deep and narrow with ribs well back. He was easily spanned. I did like this dog but he did not have the head of first.

3rd: Roxess a Touch of Magic (Mr & Mrs J T Todd) 

Res: Oughterside Mintys Pride (Scott) 

Limit – Dog Entries: 5 Absentees: 1 

1st: Ravenside Workforce (Mr M Lowry) 19 months of age. A grizzle and tan dog, with otter-like head. Correct bite and strong muzzle. He has a good reach of neck, coming to a well-angulated front assembly. Narrow, with a good length of body. Deep in chest with ribs extending well back and a strong loin. He was easily spanned and came to hand well. He had a tight wiry harsh coat. On the move, this dog could not be faulted today. RESERVE BEST DOG.

2nd: Foxcraig Magic Max at Tyneaster (Mrs S F Gill) Another one with a superb grizzle and tan coat. A real tweedy job. Nice outline and narrow. Easily spanned. He was in good fettle and well muscled, showing a second thigh. He was good for bone, had nice small feet with thick pads and he moved well with good drive from his rear.

3rd: Terset’s Blue Flame (Mrs P Jackman) 

Res: Vallemoss Voodoo At Roxess ShCM (Mr J T & Mrs N Todd) 

Open – Dog Entries: 6 Absentees: 1 

1st: CH Otterbobs Riggindale JW (Mr J R & Mrs H Gilpin) Four-year-old grizzle and tan dog. Lovely masculine border head with broad skull. Strong muzzle and good teeth with scissor bite. Correct front angulation with well laid back shoulder blade. From the front he is narrow and he has straight legs with enough bone. He was prepared and trimmed up to perfection with a tight pin wire coat just coming in nicely. Just the right amount of hair left on his tail, legs and feet to make everything fit together entirely. He has a flat top line and his tail is set high, coming straight of the end of his back and he carries it just right. He was fit and well toned and he had a good bend of stifle. With such construction, it was no surprise to see him move effortlessly, with exuberance and drive. He was so eye-catching here today. He carries his ribs well back. He has a deep enough chest and was spannable with strong loin and I found two good handfuls of thick pelt. BEST DOG AND BEST IN SHOW.

2nd: Terset’s Blue Flame (Mrs P Jackman) 

3rd: Remony Blue Diamond at Loiriston (Dr R & Mrs F Wheatley) 

Res: Minx’s Diamond (Mrs M Anderson) 

Minor Puppy – Bitch Entries: 7 Absentees: 4 

1st: Croftbarn Duffy (Mason) Seven-month-old grizzle and tan. She is a nice size for her age. Presented in a very good coat. Easily spanned and she moved well both ways.

2nd: Brumborder Dillicar at Shiftyfox (Wildey) Very nice grizzle and tan puppy bitch. In profile she looks a picture. Narrow right through and racy. She has a level topline and nice tail carriage. Preferred the front movement of first.

3rd: Glebeheath Goodnite Vienna at Flutorum (Castel)

Puppy – Bitch Entries: 7 Absentees: 1 

1st: Otterbobs Umber (Mr J R & Mrs H Gilpin) Grizzle and tan of 10 months of age. She has a very good head which was strong yet feminine. Her mouth was correct. Good tight harsh coat. Very pleasing outline. Easily spanned with ribs well back. Good for bone. Moved well. Just pipped at the post for best puppy in show. A very good prospect. BEST PUPPY BITCH, RBPIS AND BOSPIS.

2nd: Croftbarn Duffy (Mason) 

3rd: Grindelvald Over the Moon at Hemlockstone (Mr R H & Miss J A Bryan & Pounder)

Res: Croalchapel Corundum (Douglas) 

Junior – Bitch Entries: 13 Absentees: 5 

1st: Manx Ballavale (Mrs A M Gregory) I actually thought I might have already gone over my winner of this class until I came to this little bitch. This 17-month-old grizzle has a lovely feminine head, well-placed ears and a super keen expression from her dark eyes. She was well presented and has an excellent front assembly. She has a perfect bite and was easily spanned. Good topline and tailset. New coat coming in nicely. She moved really well and with zest. Only beaten in the final line up by the coat of the best bitch. She is one I will watch out for. RESERVE BEST BITCH AND BEST JUNIOR.

2nd: Irton Enigma (Mr D & Mrs A Fryer) A stronger bitch than the winner and like her brother from the junior dog class she came with an excellent full coat. She has a lovely head, a good muzzle and a nice set of teeth. Nothing to complain about with this bitch. Just beaten today in the class by the super movement and outgoingness of the winner.

3rd: Bentpath Ruby (Henderson) 

Res: Oughterside Magic Sky (Mr R W Scott)

Special Beginners – Bitch Entries: 11 Absentees: 4 

1st: Merumhor Solstice Belle (Mr C J & Mrs J H Martin) Blue and tan. Unplaced in the junior bitch class. Presented in a good harsh coat. She has a nice head and strong muzzle with correct mouth. She is a handy size and has good rear movement.

2nd: Roxess as if by Magic (Mr J T & Mrs N Todd) Grizzle with a nice head. She is a good-sized bitch and easily spanned. Moved well from behind. Did not have the coat of first.

3rd: Achnagairn Wild Card (Mrs A Fraser) 

Res: Lairehope Georgianna (Campbell) 

Maiden – Bitch Entries: 6 Absentees: 3 

1st: Earthwise Galadriel (Mr E Houston) Nine and a half month old grizzle and tan. Unplaced in puppy bitch class. Presented in her undergarments today. She moved well. Nice head and muzzle with good teeth. Easily spanned and level topline with correct tail set.

2nd: Lairehope Georgianna (Campbell) Was reserve from the class before. She was exhibited adequately by her young handler, who moved her well. She portrays a nice outline in profile. Another with no coat today.

3rd: Glebeheath Goodnite Vienna at Flutorum (Castel) 

Novice – Bitch Entries: 8 Absentees: 4 

1st: Earthwise Galadriel (Mr E Houston) 

2nd: Merumhor Suzy Snowflake at Lexmar (Mr C J & Mrs J H Martin & Mrs A & Mr M Hayes) Good decent blue and tan coat with nice ticking. Correct body and spannable. Good reach of neck. Not to heavy in bone. Beaten on movement of first today.

3rd: Lairehope Georgianna (Campbell) 

Res: Asplands Riddle Me Wry (Mrs F M Colton) 

Post Graduate – Bitch Entries: 19 Absentees: 5 

1st: Cedarhill Legally Blonde (Mrs L Gosling) A very nice blue and tan bitch of 20 months. Superb weather resistant coat on this one. She has an appealing feminine head, good muzzle and lovely teeth with correct bite. Enough reach to her neck leading to a narrow front. Good for bone and she has small feet with thick hard pads. Easily spanned. Both when standing and on the go, she keeps a good outline and carries her tail to advantage. I cannot fault this bitch’s movement. Another very good example.

2nd: Picer Gilliflower (Mr G A & Mrs S Pickering) Blue and tan. Larger bitch then first but still spannable. She moved well enough with good drive from the rear. However, she did not have the coat of first.

3rd: Tyneaster Ancnoc Dara (Mrs S F Gill) 

Res: Carrickfarm Mika (Mrs V M Armstrong) 

Limit – Bitch Entries: 13 Absentees: 3 

1st: Bramblebrae Violet at Shiftyfox JW (Mr G Wildey) My notes begin with “A class act.” This little lady had everything I would ask for. Her head was strong enough. Good reach of neck. Well constructed quarters. Just about right in bone and tight feet. A pin wire blue and tan coat, with dense undercoat. She has thick skin. Her mouth shows a perfect bite. She was hard and fit. Comes to hand well and balanced. Lovely in profile and a level top line with nice tail. She was another that was faultless on the move. Just about right in every department with nothing overdone. BEST BITCH, RESERVE BEST IN SHOW AND BEST OPPOSITE SEX.

2nd: Karison Koffee (Miss K Johnson) Grizzle with nice feminine head. Another one sporting a smashing coat. She was well ribbed back and easily spanned. She performed well for her handler and moved with drive.

3rd: Stineval Santina (Mr & Mrs A Horner) 

Res: Joncroft Diawl Bach (Mr & Mrs Johnston) 

Open – Bitch Entries: 9 Absentees: 1 

1st: CH Howthwaite in Violet (Mr R and Mrs E Barrett) Strong blue and tan with good coat. She is a larger type but is spannable. Nice head, expression and good mouth. Looks the picture in profile. She was in good fettle. Moved correctly both front and rear and with drive.

2nd: Picer Grace Darling (Mr G & Mrs S Pickering) Grizzle. Another very attractive head on this bitch. Good muzzle and teeth. She was spannable. Strong loin. Good tailset. She moved ok, but did not have the coat of first today.

3rd: Rexlands Golden Plover by Karison JW (Miss K & Mrs D Johnson & Pearson) 

Res: Tividale Maple (Mrs J Allison) 

Special Open Dog or Bitch Holding a Working Certificate Entries: 0 Absentees: 0 

Veteran – Dog/Bitch Entries: 15 Absentees: 12 

1st: Red Velvet Lady at Tyneaster ShCM (Mrs S F Gill) Seven and a half year old, still with good teeth and correct bite. She was in fit strong condition. Correct ribs and spannable. Presented to me with a good coat. Moved well.

2nd: Holmston Fairtrader for Flutorum (Mr E & Mrs J Castel) Grizzle and tan dog (although my marked up catalogue reads bitch). The oldest veteran today at nine years. Nice senior, still in fit condition. Spannable and has pleasing outline. Moved well but did not have the coat of the class winner.

3rd: Kalebank Royal Attraction (Mr & Mrs Portsmouth)

Brace Entries: 3 Absentees: 1 

1st: Johnson Complementary grizzle pair. Both with great coats. They matched well for size and balance and moved in unison.

2nd: Scott

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