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Obi, Show Career

Darlington Champ Show, 17 September
1st Post Graduate Dog, RDCC Frank Kane

Yorkshire Collie Champ Show (no CCs), 04 September
1st Post Graduate, RBD, Bill Rogerson ‘A 22 month old Blue Merle dog has a balanced head and ears, although I would have preferred a sweeter eye. Good make and shape and his movement was not bad.’

Leeds Champ Show, 22 July
1st Post Graduate, Penny Sewell ‘Young B/M with rather an open coat and colour could be clearer, but he is a good size and ample bone and well put together. Head ok, nice eye and neat ears well used. Moved soundly.

NWPB Champ Show, 16 July
2nd Post Graduate Dog, Cathy Howard ‘Blue Merle dog of 20 months, of good substance who is well balanced, a good head and eye and well set ears, good length of neck and has excellent front and rear angulation, moved well but was unfortunately unsettled by another dog just prior to entering the ring today. Colour needs to clear but he has time on his side, very promising for the future.

Yorkshire Collie Open Show, 28 May
2nd Post Graduate, Louise Williams

SKC Champ Show, 21 May
2nd Junior Dog, Stuart Mallard ‘Well balanced outline and lovely head and attributes, clean cheeks, pleasing eye and ears just right. Reach to clean gently arched neck into firm shoulders. Good spring of rib and body with substance. Would prefer his b/m coat a little clearer.’

Lancs & Cheshire Collie Champ Show, 1 May
1st Junior, Barry Croft ‘B/M, masculine head, excellent bite, good eye, straight front, correct bone and good feet, tight elbows, deep chest, good topline, could stand a little better behind, but he is sound and moves freely, handler needs to watch how he sets himself up.’

East Anglian Collie Association Open Show, 10 April
2nd Yearling, Jacky Cutler ‘Strongly built sixteen month old blue merle male, masculine head, with well used ears, good forechest, balanced in body and well angulated. Just needs to tighten up all round. Colour could be clearer.’

Mansfield Open Show, 03 April
2nd Junior, Sandra Williams ‘nice merle boy in good condition, good legs and feet standing well on all fours, balanced in construction, firm neck into good shoulders moved well. 1 & 2 could change places on another day.’

Retford Open Show, 20 March
2nd Post Graduate, Tom Johnston

Crufts, 10 March
2nd Junior Dog, Eleanor Kitchen ‘Litter brother to 1st, but just a bit finer all over. A blue of lovely colour, and was well presented and moved soundly enough. At the moment he is a bit of a handful, needs more time.’

British Collie Club Champ Show (2), 05 March
1st Junior Dog, Trevor Hayward ‘Blue merle, Very pleasing head, lovely eye and expression, good well placed ears, nice conformation with good reach of neck, moved ok.

British Collie Club Champ Show (1), 05 March
2nd Junior Dog, Sandra Wigglesworth ‘I liked this dog’s head very much, I was quite inspired by this, which pushed the winner hard plus a rich tan, the only reason was he was a much darker colour than the 1st, as he had quite a lot of sable overtones in his coat, also he carried his tail very high, plus the sable showing through on the merle, which was quite dark in places, together with black patches, such a pity because the head is a very important feature.’

St Helens Open, 20 February
2nd Junior, Sophie Wray-Ramsden ’14-month blue merle dog, didn’t have quite the front of the winner but has a good, balanced outline. Head is clean with a flat skull and nice eye. Moved well.’

Yorkshire Collie Club Open, 13 February
1st PGD/B, BD, RBOB, BOS, Julia Swann ‘A nice breed type dog, he had a lovely temperament and so nice to go over and was in good condition with a weatherproof coat, he was so sturdy and well built, moved well coming and going, head and skull in proportion to size of dog, nice eye shape and strong neck, good front, well padded feet, short nails, well sprung ribbing, firm topline, tail set, correct hind quarter, hocks well let down, my RBOB.’

Isle of Ely Open, 05 February
2nd Junior, Adrian Bicknell ‘Very nice head shape and lines, good ear set and carriage. Correct dark eyes and correct bite. Well muscled arched neck and well placed shoulders. Tight elbows and good depth of chest and rib. Strong topline and strong straight rear. Moved well.’

Lichfield Open, 29 January
3rd Junior, Graham Hill

Manchester Ch, 23 January
1st Junior Dog, John Ritchie ‘medium size male of pleasing overall type and ok for substance, pleasing head with correct head planes, eye shape ok, good ears, moderate neck, balanced front and hind angulation, upper arm a tad steep, body proportions good, long tail, moving soundly out and back and steady side gait, excellent temperament.

Burton-on-Trent Open Show, December
1st Junior, Hazel Allsopp ‘Blue Merle dog lovely in profile head of good proportions eye of good shape and nice expression. Ears of good size and placement. Good length of neck, strong topline good angulation to hindquarters moved well.’

Lancs & Cheshire Collie Ch, October
1st PD, BPIB, BPIS, Derek Smith ‘very mature and well grown blue merle whose colour could be better, he has a pleasing head type with correct stop and good foreface and lovely ears, eyes could be a shade darker, very well constructed with good neck and firm topline, shown in hard, fit condition. Good movement. BPIB and won BPIS under Robin Newhouse, well done.’  (Robin Newhouse BPIS ‘A great youngster with lovely head and muzzle. Correct eye shape and size and well placed ears. Body developing so well and correct for age. Very good on the move.’)

SCCGB Ch (2020), September
2nd Puppy Dog, Birgit Hayward ‘Lovely deep coloured sable and white, excellent well balanced clean head. Lovely dark eye giving a nice expression, well set ears. Good reach of neck, good length of back and croup. Well set tail, but would like a bit more angulation in upper arm. Good bone, nice feet, moved well.’

Birmingham National Ch, September
2nd Puppy Dog, Sheila Beeney ‘Blue Merle litter mate to first. Well proportioned with good length of neck. Not as mature as his brother but an interesting one to watch for the future.’

Darlington Ch, September
2nd Puppy Dog, Mike Vincent ‘Litter brother to first and same remarks apply. This well coloured b/m is also very classy and has the most appealing expression. Well constructed throughout and moved soundly.’

Yorkshire Collie Club Ch (no CCs), September
Reserve Puppy Dog/Bitch, Angela Harvey

SCCGB Open, August
1st Minor Puppy Dog, Best Minor Puppy in Show, Reserve Best Puppy in Show, Darren Clarke ‘Approaching 9 month old blue baby. Quite forward
for his age. Pleases in head, good wedge with a well placed stop and flat skull. Ears of correct size and tipped. Moderate neck. Good layback of shoulder but a bit steep in upperarm. Excellent body shape and proportions. Good quarters. Colour well broken. Moved freely.’

SCCGB Open (SAC classes), August
2nd Puppy, Lisa Tyler Jackson ‘blue merle out of a lighter mould, sound and well constructed with good length of body; good head planes and strong jaw, moved OK. Would prefer a darker eye and while his black markings are well-distributed his background colour is not as clear as I would like.’

SCCGB Ch, August
2nd Minor Puppy Dog, Delia Moores ‘blue merle litter brother to the winner and all the comments above apply (good clean wedge head, flat skull. Well made body with correct angulation front & rear, good bone). Just needs to settle on the move. Look forward to seeing how these two mature.’

Otley Open, July
1st AVNSC Puppy, Pastoral Puppy Group 4, 

Leeds Ch, July
2nd Puppy Dog, Michelle Fort ‘sweet blue baby with lovely outgoing temperament, excellent head and expression, good neck and topline, good length of body and rib, good angulation front and rear, good bone nice feet, moved ok when not having fun.’