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Border Driffield 21 Judge's Critique

Border Terrier

KC Breed Standard

Driffield 21 Judge



Judge: Linda Coleman

BEST OF BREED : 3322 MCPHERSON, Mr S Brumberhill Backatcha
Dog CC : 3322 MCPHERSON, Mr S Brumberhill Backatcha
Res Dog CC : 3291 GILPIN, Mr and Mrs J Otterbobs Tolson
Bitch CC : 3270 BARBER, Miss R & BARBER, Mr P & BARBER, Mrs B Alcumlow Bloom JW
Res Bitch CC : 3272 BARRETT, Mr and Mrs R Howthwaite Gay Dusky
Best Puppy : 3340 SANSOM, Mrs C Tarkaswell Highland Fling
Best Veteran : 3297 HALL, Mr C & ELLIS, Miss L Ch Ger NL Ch Ger/NL Ch Brackenfell bok to bach JW


I was extremely pleased with my quality entry on this my first occasion awarding C.C.‘s in the breed and thrilled to see my B.O.B. go 2nd in the group.
I will not mention teeth and bites in my individual critiques as apart from three which were level all exhibits possessed good strong teeth with excellent bites.Very few animals were difficult to span but far too many bitches in the later classes carried too much condition!
As in many other judges comments over the last few years fronts are still a big problem, if a Border does not have a correctly angled upper arm and shoulder it will not be able to follow a horse all day however well angled the hindquarters might be. A lot of dogs feet were not as small and tight as I would like but this may be due to lack of suitable excercise over the extended lockdowns. On the plus side nearly all were presented in double coat.
It was a very tight decision for me for B.O.B. and it could have gone either way but a choice had to be made so the dog won on being more an ideal size.

Veteran - Dog or Bitch Entries: 4 Absentees: 0

1st -CH/Ger/NL CH Brackenfell Bok To Bach JW WW17/18 (Mr C Hall & Miss L Ellis) Red gr male of 9 years our breed record holder still looking good, strong head with dark eyes and keen expression good shoulders neck and hind angulation, correct tail set. Moved steadily coat o.k.

2nd -Dandyhow Friendly Fire at Chevinor ShCM ShCEx (Mrs H A Metcalfe) Gr. built on nice lines, balanced head, would prefer more bone for his size moved o.k.

3rd -Carrickfarm Mika ShCM (Mrs V M Armstrong)

Res -Glebeheath Smash N'grab At Jordith (Mrs L.M.I & Mr A.M. Jordan-Smith)

Puppy - Dog Entries: 10 Absentees: 1

1st -The Joker Let's Rock and Roll to Fevstone (Mrs D Bullen) Although not in the best of coats everything just flowed and it showed in his movement, good tail set, matched angles all round. Strong muzzle which could have been a tad shorter.

2nd -Otterbobs Brimmer (Mr J R & Mrs H Gilpin) Slightly smaller dog but all of a piece, balanced head moved away well but needs to settle in front, not as good in upper arm as 1st

3rd -Otterholme Ulysses (Ms T Jones)

Res -Achouffe Aotearoa Fable (Mrs A Stubbs)

VHC -Elemcella Bar Tender (Mr C Tait)

Junior - Dog Entries: 5 Absentees: 0

1st -Beaconpike Dionysus (Mr S & Mrs K Golding) In super coat, lovely thick tail set on well, balanced head, good angles all round stood on lovely tight feet. Easy mover.

2nd -Micustins Little Tiger (Mr M McNicholas) Also in good coat, balanced head dark eyes moved well, slightly longer tail than 1st.

3rd -Chesterton Merlot (Mr A J & Mrs W Mooney)

Res -Craigshield Bucks Eulogy (Mrs J Blakey)

VHC -Tyneotter Sun Stands Still (Mrs N Anderson & Mrs A Howard)

Yearling - Dog Entries: 3 Absentees: 1

1st -Goldenmill Houdini At Raedwulf (Mr M & Mrs V Atkinson) In lovely double coat, well angled with correct tail set, head o.k. At first glance I thought him a bit short in rib and square but on handling found this to be o.k.

2nd -Craigshield Bucks Eulogy (Mrs J Blakey) Another in good coat, well balanced body,seemed bored with everything and not showing himself to advantage but I think his owner was a newcomer.

Post Graduate - Dog Entries: 11 Absentees: 2

1st -Borderstream Zodiak (Mr & Mrs S Ward) Red gr in good coat nice front good head, ribbed well back moved out well and easily

2nd -Glen Mara Oh Viedo At Kersfell JW (Mrs M Sneddon) Slightly smaller mould good angles all round, nice carroty tail, moved well but coat on the blow.

3rd -Weststar Lone Ranger at Ardenholm (Mrs C Swain)

Res -Brumberhill Beauregard (Mr S A Mcpherson)

VHC -Bordergold Rudolph At Beckholm (Mrs A Sutton)

Limit - Dog Entries: 7 Absentees: 1

1st -Otterbobs Tolson (Mr J R & Mrs H Gilpin) For me stood out in this class. Handy size in super coat and condition. Good angles fore and aft and so easy to span. Likes his head and expression and moved well. Res C.C. and thought he looked well next to my ticket winner, close decision.

2nd -Otterpaws Mountain High (Mr & Mrs G Birrel) Red gr stood on good feet, correct coat, nice hindquarters but not so good in upper arm as 1st but moved out o.k.

3rd -Oxcroft Loganberry (Mr J Price)

Res -Achouffe McKay's Fable of Redesholt (Mrs S McKay)

VHC -Billyboy Blue At Chevinor (Mrs H A Metcalfe)

Open - Dog Entries: 10 Absentees: 1

1st -Brumberhill Backatcha (Mr S A Mcpherson) Gr in lovely pinwire coat, super cndition and well muscled which was lacking in many exhibits today. Well balanced head with good expression, tight feet, front angulation just flowed through neck and topline to the tip of his tail. Moved well and steadily C.C. B.O.B and Group 2. Owner told me later this was his third C.C. well done.

2nd -Yorkpiece Fiery Lucifer (Mrs J L Lee) Blue, another put down to the minute in coat and condition whose tail never stopped wagging. Close up and nothing to dislike just preferred overall picture of 1st

3rd -Kevrah Orion Seeking Orangebox (Mr M & Mrs T Anscombe)

Res -Howthwaite in Voice (Mr R J & Mrs E A Barrett)

VHC -Ir CH Barnby Caramel Wafer At Bimandi JW ShCM (Mrs M J Holmes)

Good Citizen - Dog Entries: 3 Absentees: 0

1st -Otterpaws Muninn (Mr & Mrs G Birrel) Unplaced in open dog. Moved well in good coat, would prefer better feet and a stronger tail

2nd -Dandyhow Friendly Fire at Chevinor ShCM ShCEx (Mrs H A Metcalfe)

3rd -Craigshield Bucks Eulogy (Mrs J Blakey)

Puppy - Bitch Entries: 9 Absentees: 2

1st -Tarkaswell Highland Fling (Mrs C E Sansom) Just 6 months but so very together and self assured. Good angles all round topped off with a feminine balanced head. Moved with confidence B.P.

2nd -Jordith Sapphire Storm (Mrs L.M.I & Mr A.M. Jordan-Smith) Blue also in good coat, game expression close up but 1st moved out better

3rd -Picer Bess Pool (Mr G & Mrs S Pickering)

Res -Otterholme Underground (Ms T Jones)

VHC -Karison Kadbury (Miss K Johnson)

Junior - Bitch Entries: 7 Absentees: 0

1st -Borderrush Magic Bean (Miss A J Hall) Built on nice lines, well balanced good tail set and angles, moved well perhaps a little heavy in ear.

2nd -Emblehope Let's Dance At Redesholt (Mrs S McKay) Blue in lovely coat, super carroty tail and set. Close up

3rd -Beaconpike Solstice (Mr S & Mrs K Golding)

Res -Dottie Pip by Dassett (Mrs S Spafford)

VHC -Mysulan Easy Going With Fryerfold (Mrs S J Stephenson)

Yearling - Bitch Entries: 10 Absentees: 1

1st -Picer Isabel Derby (Mr G & Mrs S Pickering) Dark gr. lovely thick tail and set, good neck, shoulders, and hindquarters. Moved well but could put a bit more into it.

2nd -Caeruleum Fox at Northborders (Miss J North) Blue good coat and feet, lovely neck and front. Moved well, would like a stronger tail

3rd -Tarkaswell High Fidelity (Mrs C E Samsom)

Res -Howthwaite's Resolution (Mr R J & Mrs E A Barrett)

VHC -Borderstream Blue Lady (Mr & Mrs S Ward)

Post Graduate - Bitch Entries: 15 Absentees: 2

1st -Chesterton Notre Dame With Plushcourt (Mr A J & Mrs W Mooney & Mrs B Judge) Red gr in lovely double coat with thick pelt. Balanced head, good neck and shoulders, covered the ground well and easily

2nd -Tarkaswell Sea The Stars (Mrs C E Sansom) Another red gr also in super coat, ribbed well back and moved out well, just a little heavy in ear.

3rd -Alcumlow Portobello Road (Mr P, Mrs B & Miss R Barber)

Res -Totherend Myrna Loy (Mr R G & Mrs E A Wright)

VHC -Otterpaws Red Red Wine (Mrs J M Dixon)

Limit - Bitch Entries: 10 Absentees: 2

With the exception of the first two the others had almost lost their waistlines.

1st -Smalesmouth Cadence (Mrs J Roberts) Narrow all through in lovely pin wire coat.Head has come on, well angulated and moved out really well and happily,had she had tighter feet would have made my top awards harder.

2nd -Zussuri Fiery Lucifer (Mr I Kubik) Blue similar in a lot of ways to my 1st lovely angles had she not found the grass more interesting than moving out it would have made my decision a lot harder.

3rd -Goldenmill Harvest Fantasy (Mr T & Mrs J Willmitt)

Res -Carrock Curiosity JW (Ms J Fawcett)

VHC -Oxcroft Damson Of Glenorchy (Mrs M Davies)

Open - Bitch Entries: 11 Absentees: 3

1st -Alcumlow Bloom JW (Mr P, Mrs B & Miss R Barber) Blue so all of a piece with matching correct angles fore and aft. Lovely balanced feminine head. A tad taller than the rest of the bitches but this did not detract from her balance. Really covered the ground and looked as if she could go all day, such a happy spirited girl pleased to award her her first C.C.

2nd -Howthwaite Gay Dusky (Mr R J & Mrs E A Barrett) Another blue smaller than first similar otherwise, close decision 1st just had that “ look at me “ with attitude! so res.C.C.

3rd -Byrewick Valentine (Mr R Brewster & Ms J Green)

Res -Raedwulf Nocturn (Mr M & Mrs V Atkinson)

VHC -Picer Martha Logen (Mr G & Mrs S Pickering)

Good Citizen - Bitch Entries: 1 Absentees: 0

1st -Otterwood Aura (Miss A J Hall) Blue with good head, nice front and tail unplaced in Yearling as far too fat.

Judge: Linda Coleman

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