Open Show Dog Of The Year 10

Worcester & Malvern CS 10
Yorks & Eastern Counties Airedale T. C. 10

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The National Terrier Club’s ch show has not only long been a Mecca for terrier people, but also for all serious dog folk & I was pleased to find that this is still the case here. The atmosphere is so good throughout & a dedicated crowd remains to watch the best in show.

It is also a club for good ideas & I think the one they have developed in recent years, the ‘open show dog of the year’ competition, is really excellent. To qualify the dogs have to have won BIS at a terrier group open show during the previous year. Champions can take part & there were several present this year.

It is a special event held under a separate Kennel Club licence & has its own catalogue, but the officials are all the National Terrier’s own experts. I must add that it is not often one finds such expertise mixed with natural kindness & good humour.

It was a great honour to judge this year’s event in the same large, green carpeted ring that was later to be used for best in show.

Chairman Max King, Judge Ferelith Somerfield, Owner Mrs Deacon - Maureen Micklethwaite

First my winner was the super Dandie Dinmont, Ch/Am Ch Pennywise Burning Ambition for Cassencarrie, bred in the US & owned in the UK by Mrs Deacon. He is a steady, charismatic mustard, made on excellent sound lines & moves & shows to perfection. His head is very good with lovely eyes & nose & his coat fits the Standard. He was also in lovely condition.

Second was the homebred Border T, Ch Comberdown Ciara, who I understand comes from Ireland. She is feminine with good head & is made on good racy lines, being particularly good in hindquarters & hind movement, I liked her tail & its set & carriage, her good legs & feet, she is spannable with good pelt & was in excellent condition.

Third was the Australian, Silhill Limited Edition at Wyeafon, nice to see a slightly smaller Aussie so well proportioned with good head, eye & ears, he has a good neck, shoulders, topline & tailset & is a splendid mover & showman.

Fourth was the Kerry Blue bitch, Cranmoss Millie, she has a good head, eye & ears which she used well, pleasing front, legs & feet, nice hindquarters, moved & showed well. Perhaps she could be a little shorter coupled, but her movement, attitude & sparkling coat condition carried her through.

I also shortlisted the WHWT, Ch Lynnsto Mastercard & the Irish, Terrijay Special Brew.



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