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CRITIQUE & PICTURES FROM THE OPEN SHOW SUNDAY 3RD MARCH 2024

Updated: Apr 1

88 DOGS (10 NFC) 93 ENTRIES


Judge : Nicola Foster (Thozow)


Best In Show & Best Bitch: CH Orangebox A New Hope At Itsaso ShCEx

Reserve Best In Show & Best Dog: Dassett Igglepiggle JW

Best Puppy In Show & Best Puppy Bitch: Ragatam Daydreamer

Best Veteran In Show: CH Cobstoneway Love Song JW ShCM

Reserve Best Dog: Botterox Flint

Best Puppy Dog: Ragatam Master Dreamer

Reserve Best Bitch: Olliesorchids Vintage Fizz

Oldest Veteran: Clydebeck Solitaire VW


Best In Show & Best Bitch CH Orangebox A New Hope At Itsaso ShCEx, Judge Nicola Foster (Thozow), Reserve Best In Show & Best Dog: Dassett Igglepiggle JW, Best Puppy In Show & Best Puppy Bitch: Ragatam Daydreamer, Best Veteran In Show: CH Cobstoneway Love Song JW ShCM

Reserve Best Bitch: Olliesorchids Vintage Fizz & Oldest Veteran: Clydebeck Solitaire VW


Best In Show & Best Bitch CH Orangebox A New Hope At Itsaso ShCEx, Reserve Best Bitch Olliesorchids Vintage Fizz & Best Puppy In Show & Best Puppy Bitch Ragatam Daydreamer


Reserve Best In Show & Best Dog Dassett Igglepiggle JW, Reserve Best Dog Botterox Flint & Best Puppy Dog Ragatam Master Dreamer


Judges Critique


It was a great honour to be invited to Judge a Border Terrier Club Open show so I would like to thank the Southern Club for this opportunity. It was a day I had been looking forward too, so I would also like to thank the exhibitors for their entries, allowing me to access their dogs and for accepting my decisions. I was most grateful to my stewards Sian McKay & Marina Fleming who kept the ring running efficiently, and also live streamed the challenges and BIS.


Minor Puppy Dog Entries: 4 Absentees: 1

1st Ragatam Master Dreamer (Miss T J Peacock)

7 month grizzle dog, presented in a harsh double coat. Short well filled muzzle, dark expressive eyes, and neat well placed ears. Straight front, neat tight feet, and a good depth of rib, and is spannable. Free agile movement. BPD

2nd Manorcroft True Statesman At Martifers (Mr M & Mrs J Sharp)

6 month grizzle dog, liked him for size, he has an otter like head with good proportions. Neck well set on with enough length gradually widening into a good lay of shoulder, muscular loin correct tail set. Jacket has a harsh texture. Moved with a free stride.

3rd Beannachd Loch A Nagar (Morgan)


Puppy Dog Entries: 3 Absentees: 1

1st Manorcroft True Statesman At Martifers (Mr M & Mrs J Sharp)

Repeat entry (see Minor Puppy Dog)

2nd Beannachd Loch A Nagar (Morgan)

6 month grizzle dog with a kind expression, straight forelegs with enough width of chest. Moderate length of neck, and is narrow throughout with racy hindquarters. Coat coming on, more ring craft practice required to get the best out of this dog.  Moved ok.


Junior Dog Entries: 7 Absentees: 1

1st Botterox Flint (Miss S L Hillman)

Like this dog for balance and size. He has correct lay of shoulder, enough forechest with front legs placed under body. Keen expression, dark eye and well filled muzzle. Narrow throughout and has a good bend of stifle with hocks well let down. Thick pelt with correct double coat. Moved with drive, keeping his topline. RBD

2nd Bluebabel Border Song (Mr K P & Mrs N B Yates)

This dog has a strong masculine head with a well filled muzzle, correct scissor bite. He has a straight front with tight feet, his neck is muscular and long enough, ribs are carried well back, spannable, and strong in loin. Good tail set, thick pelt and a lovely double coat. Moved well.

3rd Digmoor Turn The Page (Mr M P & Mrs S V Regan)

Res Glenaig Time Is On My Side (Miss J Spencer)

VHC Bealhollow Peter Pan (Mr M Nelson-Tonge)


Yearling Dog Entries: 2 Absentees: 1

1st Bealhollow Peter Pan (Mr M Nelson-Tonge)

Repeat entry (see Junior Dog) He is a little rangier than I prefer, but he is balanced with a good lay of shoulder, level topline, spannable with racy hindquarters. Dark eyes, with a flat broad skull and ears are well set. Nicely presented dog, in correct jacket, moves out well.


Novice Dog Entries: 3 Absentees: 1

1st Glenaig Time Is On My Side (Miss J Spencer)

Correct otter head with dark eye and neat well placed ears, good bite. Straight front with adequate width. Muscular neck, good body depth, short muscular loin, tail thick at base and of moderate length. Moved with a good length of stride.

2nd Roxambor Sun Dance Kid (Mr B J & Mrs A E Read)

Head well proportioned, ears set a little too wide. He has a good length of neck, is spannable, and has muscular hindquarters with hocks low set. Moved ok.


Post Graduate Dog Entries: 2 Absentees: 0

1st Ragatam Eros (Mr M F Gooding & Mrs J Yates)

I like this dog for his overall balance, he has a strong well developed muzzle with a keen expression. Good bone, straight forelegs a well sprung rib, narrow body, muscular loin, moved well flexing from a good bend of stifle. Presented in a harsh double coat with a thick pelt.

2nd Rhozzum Joker (Mrs M Sharp)

His head is of good proportions although his ears are little low set. Neat tight feet with a straight front and enough width of forechest. Good length of neck and carries a level topline with good tail set. Thick pelt and his coat is in good condition. Moved well


Limit Dog Entries: 6 Absentees: 2

1st Dandyhow Postman Pat (Mrs K M Irving)

Liked this dog as he is compact and of a good size. Moderately broad skull, with an intelligent dark eye, and a strong muzzle with slightly full cheeks. Straight front, good length of neck; ribs are well back with enough depth and spannable. He has a good bend of stifle with hocks well let down. Moved with a good stride. Presented in a tidy harsh double coat.

2nd Rockslade Romeo’s Revenge (Mr K Phillips)

Nothing is overstated with this dog with good balance, although lighter in bone than 1. He has a keen expression with moderate v shaped ears and a good bite. Neat tight feet with a straight front and elbows tucked in, narrow throughout, with correct tail set. Moved well.

3rd Botterox Chaos (Miss S Hillman)

Res Fisherbloom Dont Stop Me Now At Louajak (Miss C Gwilliam)


Open Dog Entries: 6 Absentees: 3

1st Dassett Igglepiggle JW (Mrs S Spafford)

One I have judged before and how he has matured. He has the correct otter head with keen expression, well developed muzzle, and ears fold level with skull. Narrow throughout with a good length of neck, ribs carried well back, a muscular topline and racy hindquarters. Pelt thick and pliable and is presented in an immaculate double hard jacket. He is spannable and this is when you notice how balanced he is. He moves effortlessly covering the ground with ease. BD, RBIS.

2nd Cobstoneway Stand By Me JW (Mr R & Mrs J Stevens)

Grizzle and tan with a broad flat skull, good strength in his muzzle with a dark eye and well placed ears. A little weak in pasterns, but has a straight front, a good length of neck into well placed shoulders, enough depth of rib and is narrow throughout. Good bend of stifle with hocks well let down and moves well.

3rd Rock Sam At Raisbeck (Mrs G Hyslop)


Veteran Dog Entries: 1 Absentees: 1


Special Beginners Dog or Bitch Entries: 2 Absentees: 0

1st Howthwaite Gertrude (Mr P Oakman)

2nd Thistlestone Winter's Gold (Miss J & Mr S May & Whisker)


Minor Puppy Bitch Entries: 6 Absentees: 2

1st Ragatam Daydreamer (Miss T J Peacock)

This bitch impressed me with lots to like, she is alert with  a lovely feminine head, V shaped well placed ears, a dark kind eye and a well filled muzzle. She has neat compact feet with moderate length of neck leading into a well laid back shoulder and return of upper arm, giving her enough forechest; ribs are carried well back, a level topline and racy hindquarters. Moved with good reach and drive. BPB, BPIS

2nd Earthtaw Peony (E.Larner, J.Phillips & R.Larner)

Another lovely bitch, understated, she has an otter like head and a pleasing expression. Her front is straight with neat feet and strong pasterns; a good length of neck with good front and rear angulations. Carrying a thick pelt and is presented in a tidy double jacket. Moved freely.

3rd Pipruda Pink Gin (Mr H S & Miss A Speake)

Res Mansergh Final Fling (Miss A Roslin-williams)


Puppy Bitch Entries: 3 Absentees: 1

1st Wreakevalley Flighty Miss (Mr P and Mrs K Oakman)

A grizzle and tan, head of good proportions, ears close to cheeks and set level with the skull.  A moderate length of neck into a level topline, which she holds on the move. Enough depth of rib, with little tuck up. Correct tail, thick at base and of moderate length; hocks well let down, presented well in a harsh double coat.

2nd Raedwulf Moonshine At Tarkaswell (Mrs C E Sansom)

Flat broad skull with V shaped ears, slight stop with a moderate curve. Straight forelegs, strong  pasterns; clean and muscular neck into well laid shoulder, spannable, strong in loin, correct tail set hocks well let down. Moved ok


Junior Bitch Entries: 11 Absentees: 0

1st Wreakevalley Flighty Miss (Mr P and Mrs K Oakman)

Repeat entry (see Puppy Bitch)

2nd Arunmere Artemis (Mrs A Parsons)

This bitch has a feminine head with an expressive dark eye. Muzzle short with a flat skull; straight front medium bone, neck well set on and long enough, a good depth of rib, spannable, adequate bend of stifle, correct tail set. Coat coming along nicely with a thick pliable pelt. Lacked enthusiasm on the move today.

3rd Clydebeck Layla's Gem (Mrs S A & Miss J A Taylor)

Res Morley's Miss Zeva (Miss A Dawson)

VHC Arunmere Nighthawk (Miss J Hughes)


Yearling Bitch Entries: 3 Absentees: 1

1st Thistlestone Winter's Gold (Miss J & Mr S May & Whisker)

Repeat entry (see Special Beginners)

2nd Morley's Miss Zeva (Miss A Dawson)

Repeat entry ( see Junior bitch) This grizzle and tan has a thick movable pelt and excellent jacket. Correct otter like head with dark eye set well. She is narrow throughout, spannable with a good depth of rib carried well back. Strong muscular loin racy hindquarters and hocks well let down. Moved well although a little close behind.


Novice Bitch Entries: 5 Absentees: 2

1st Ragatam Dalwhinnie (Miss T Peacock)

This bitch has a kind expressive eye with a moderate width of skull and ears folded close to cheeks, enough length of neck, clean forequarters, is narrow throughout with ribs carried well back. Hocks are well let down, spannable with a thick pliable pelt, and harsh coat. Moved freely.

2nd Pipruda Pink Gin (Mr H S & Miss A Speake)

Repeat entry (See Minor Puppy bitch 3rd) At just 6 months she has a enough depth of rib, shoulder blades converging at withers, although a little short of upper arm; narrow rangy body, medium bone, and spannable, coat coming on coat coming on nicely with a thick pelt. Moved well

3rd Roxambor Magical Mystery (Mr B J & Mrs A E Read)


Post Graduate Bitch Entries: 7 Absentees: 1

1st Olliesorchids Vintage Fizz (Mr R & Mrs D Symons)

Feminine head with keen expression, this lovely bitch is alert with a straight front with enough width, good length of neck well set onto correct lay of shoulder and return of upper arm giving her enough forechest . Her ribs are well sprung and she is compact in body with muscular racy hindquarters and correct carrot like tail. Excellent harsh double coat. Moved with extension and drive.

2nd Arunmere Annie Oakley (Miss J Hughes)

This grizzle and tan with dark eye, a well filled muzzle and moderately thick ears. Body rangy and narrow throughout; has correct height to body length ratio. Level topline, spannable Carrying a thick pliable pelt, although her coat is a little sparse is of good texture. Moved freely.

3rd Brankell Angeleyes At Nantcoch (Mrs J M Phillips)

Res Howthwaite Gertrude (Mr P Oakman)

VHC Ragatam Isla At Louajak (Miss C Gwilliam)


Limit Bitch Entries: 9 Absentees: 6

1st Fiagai Mara Sunset (Miss A Dawson)

This bitch has an otter type head with strong well filled muzzle and keen expression. Nothing is overdone she has a straight front with enough bone, her body is of good depth and narrow throughout. Muscular hindquarters and stands on small compact feet. She has a thick movable pelt. When she moves you can see she could do a day’s work. 

2nd Glenaig Gleeful (Miss C Spencer)

Presented in a super jacket and thick pliable pelt. She has a dark intelligent eye, v-shaped ears with slightly full cheeks. Straight forelegs, good body depth, ribs carried well back, a heavier type than 1st, she is still narrow throughout with a level topline, hindquarters muscular and racy but slightly cow hocked.

3rd Bluebabel Gypsy Heart (Mr K P & Mrs N B Yeates)


Open Bitch Entries: 8 Absentees: 3

1st CH Orangebox A New Hope At Itsaso ShCEx (Miss L Tanton-Joy)

This grizzle & tan is in excellent condition. Good head proportions with short strong muzzle, dark eye  and correct bite. Straight forelegs placed under body with strong pasterns, good depth of body, ribs well back, spannable, strong in loin, muscular racy hindquarters. Loose thick pliable pelt, beautifully presented harsh double coat. This bitch really draws your attention on the move, with her balance, drive, and effortless  movement.BB, BIS

2nd Tarkaswell Sea The Stars (Mrs C E Sansom)

This bitch has a dark expressive eye, short muzzle, slightly full checks, well-placed ears. A good length of neck, clean well laid shoulder, body deep and narrow with level muscular topline, racy hindquarters, good bend of stifle, hocks well let down. Presented in an excellent jacket with a thick pelt.

3rd Hawcoat Patience (Mrs E J & Miss R C Larner)


Veteran Bitch Entries: 5 Absentees: 3

Both these bitches are in excellent condition, a credit to their owners

1st CH Cobstoneway Love Song JW ShCM (Mrs G Stevens)

This bitch has a typical otter head with her dark eye and well filled muzzle. She has a straight front, good depth of rib well sprung, spannable with a level topline and muscular loin; good bend of stifle and hocks well let down. Correct tail set of moderate length  Moved soundly with good balance.

2nd Clydebeck Solitaire VW (Mrs S & Mr M & Miss J Taylor)

Correct head proportions with moderate sized ears, dark kind eye; medium bone, good fore and rear angulation, ribs carried well back, level topline and correct set on of tail. Carrying a harsh double coat in good condition. Moved well.


Special Open Working Dog or Bitch Entries: 0 Absentees: 0




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