YSSC DOG REPORT
Yorkshire Shetland Sheepdog Club Open Show 11/2/18
Dogs Judging Critique by Miranda Blake (Corydon)
I had a really enjoyable day judging this beautiful breed. Many thanks to the officers and committee of the club for inviting me; to my hard working ring steward Michael; to the exhibitors for accepting my judgements in good sport; and finally to the dogs who did everything their handlers asked of them. I was really pleased with the quality of my main winners, and I think cutting the final line-up to my favourite five showed the audience and exhibitors what I was looking for. I must say that good presentation really stood out –some dogs would have looked so much better for a bath, careful foot trimming and teeth cleaning.
Minor Puppy (3,0)
1st: Mottram’s LANTEAGUE GOLD SOVEREIGN AT LOCHKAREN. This 8 month old was a joy to discover, and one of my stars of the day. Oozing quality and balance throughout, I loved his correctly-balanced and moulded head, his oblique, dark almond eyes and alert ears. He was maturely coated and grown for his age, with excellent angulation all through, maintaining his topline on the move. Pleased to ward him BPD and RBD. He was BPIS on the Referee’s decision.
2nd: Miles’ MILESEND MORELLO. Sweet 6 ½ month tri baby. I really liked his correct ears and alert expression. His body was as I would expect for his age. He moved a tad close behind, and was a little unsure.
3rd: Jacob’s WILLOWTHORN DREAM GAZER.
1st: LANTEAGUE GOLD SOVEREIGN AT LOCHKAREN.
2nd: Pattinson’s KYLEBURN ROMULUS. Striking tri with lovely elegant lines. Very fit, with excellent muscling for a youngster, and this showed in his light and effortless movement. He just did not quite have the moulding of foreface of the winner.
3rd: Walker’s TOORALIE’S NEVER SAY NEVER.
1st: KYLEBURN ROMULUS
2nd: WILLOWTHORN DREAM GAZER: 7 month s/w, professionally piloted by his smart young mistress. He was a little high over the loin, which was causing him to crab on the move. His head was balanced, but a touch heavy in back skull for my taste.
1st: Johnson’s TOORALIE’S MAJOR TOM OF LEISHANNA. This very happy tri had a lovely correct coat, but he was a little too fat which caused him to roll at the shoulders on the move. I would prefer more refinement in head.
2nd: Bostock’s JAELIS MYSTIQUE CLEAR SKIES. Pretty little blue boy with a lovely colour, pretty head and correct coat type, but he was far too narrow in body and fine boned, with no testicles apparent.
JAELIS MYSTIQUE CLEAR SKIES.
Yearling (5,0) A lovely quality class of promising youngsters.
1st: Miles’ KEYCHARM HEAVEN SENT OF MILESEND. I really liked this sable’s head and expression – super dark almond eyes and lovely balance and moulding. He moved nicely, especially from the rear, but I found him a touch short in back.
2nd: Chatterley’s SILVER COIN. This b/m was well balanced in head, with better construction that the class winner, but he just had too much black in his colour for my taste.
3rd: Woolley’s PEPPERHILL IN THE MOMENT AT VALJON.
1st: PEPPERHILL IN THE MOMENT AT VALJON. I liked this tri’s elegance, substance and jet black, beautifully-presented coat. I found his head a little two piece, but his dark eyes and correct ears gave him a super expression.
2nd: Forster’s MILESEND BLUE RAIDER AT LOWICK. Very smart b/m, whose bicolour eyes did not detract from his expression, as they were correctly shaped and placed. He just moved rather wide in front.
3rd: Pattinson’s KYLEBURN EVERLASTING DREAM.
Post Graduate (5,3)
1st: Bywater’s TACHNAMADRA HE’S GOT THE LOOK. Very well-named tri boy whose quality shone out. Very well-balanced all through, with a perfectly-presented correctly-fitting jet black coat. Super neat well arched feet, correct angulation and bone leading to effortless ground covering movement. Super quality head with the moulding and expression I was hoping to find in a mature male. Top this off with professional handling and showmanship, and here was my BD. RBIS on the Referee’s decision.
2nd: Varnom’s MILESEND SEA CAPTAIN. Upstanding shaded s/w who I found a little long in hock and light in ear.
1st: Gatheral’s HERDS HUMPHREY JW. This top quality s/w made the cut into my final five in the BD line up. Super masculine head with filled foreface, excellent eye, ears and expression. Well balanced all through, and a sound mover to boot, with super strong hocks. Just needed a bit more sparkle.
2nd: Linford’s HILLHENRY THUNDERSTORM JW. I loved this tri’s eye and melting, dreamy expression. Super bodyshape, coat and movement. Just preferred the more filled foreface of the class winner.
3rd: Wither’s STANYDALE SHOT IN THE DARK JW.
1st: Saunders’ CHALMOOR SHADES OF GOLD AT FERNFREY JW. This s/w had a lovely masculine head, with a beautifully moulded foreface. Unfortunately his heavy ears did not enhance his expression, in spite of his handler’s best efforts. However, his bodyshape, coat and movement were all top notch.
2nd: Miles’ LAVIKA TIME WILL TELL AT MILESEND. This well-balanced s/w had a lovely eye and expression, but his ears suffered from the direct opposite issue to the class winner. I was not too keen on his tail which was prone to lifting on the move.
1st: Saunders’ DUNBRAE BOND’S WISH OF GOLD FOR FERNFREY. This 7 ½ yo s/w also made it to the Final Five. I really loved his substance and elegance, and what a beautiful masculine head. Super flat skull and cheeks – a pleasure to handle. Gorgeous eye and expression. In the line up he moved better than in the class, as his handler was able to go that bit faster to get the most out of him. I just wished he was older – as I found him too grey in muzzle for his age. BVD.
2nd: Rule’s EDGLONIAN LET’S ROCK AT BLEATARN. 9 yo shaded s/w in superb condition – wonderful gleaming coat. I loved his strong hocks and he powered round the ring. Not the quality in head of the class winner, but a real credit to his owner’s care.
3rd: Pattinson’s KYLEBURN ACIS.
Special Beginners (5,0)
1st: Tinkers’ HILLHENRY WINTER STORM OVER RIGGSBECK. Upstanding, masculine b/m with correct colour and a few black patches. Correct bodyshape and angulation, correct balanced head and pleasing expression. Excellent showman. I just found him a tad heavy all through.
2nd: Dixon’s TACHNAMADRA TOFFEE APPLE. I found this elegant lad’s head a little small for his body. However, he was presented beautifully and handled very well. I found him a little overlong and weak in rear pastern.
3rd: Varnom’s MILESEND MORNING TIME.
Breeders Open Dog – Bred by Exhibitor (1,0)
1st: SILVER COIN.
Special Open Dog – Not bred by Exhibitor (3,2)
1st: TACHNAMADRA TOFFEE APPLE.
Special Open Dog Sable and White (3,0)
1st: Fransham’s JONTYGRAY GILT EDGED FOR FRANMEAD JW. This lovely s/w was the last of the Final Five in the Best Dog challenge. Top quality head, with excellent ears and a wonderful expression. He moved very soundly, but to be critical, I would like a touch more length of neck. A lovely male.
2nd: EDGLONIAN LET’S ROCK AT BLEATARN.
3rd: TACHNAMADRA TOFFEE APPLE.
Special Open Tricolour, Black & White, Black and Tan (2,0)
1st: PEPPERHILL IN THE MOMENT AT VALJON.
2nd: TOORALIE’S MAJOR TOM OF LEISHANNA.
Special Open Blue Merle (2,1)
1st: Edwards’ CASTLEROSE SPIRITMASTER JW ShCM. 6 yo elegant, masculine b/m. A little long on the hock, but he moved very lightly on his feet. Excellent coat type and presentation. His colour is going dark with age, as many blues do. I liked his head type, alert ears and excellent showmanship.