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River, Show Career

Riddings Open Show 03 June
1st Open, BoB, Angela Harvey, ‘7 year old tricolour bitch in sparkling black jacket. Excellent outline, her beautiful front angulation was clear to see. Balanced throughout. Feminine head of the type I love, refined and with length. Lovely ear carriage and expression. Very tight on the move, she didn’t put a paw wrong. I was thrilled to discover later that she is a daughter of one of my favourite smooth bitches. BOB, Pastoral Group 3 and Pastoral Veteran Group 1. Well done.’ Pastoral G3, Pastoral Veteran G1, Maureen Bywater

Yorkshire Collie Club Open Show 25 May
2nd Veteran, Sue Hawkins

Lancs & Cheshire Collie Club Champ Show 12 May
2nd Veteran Bitch, Bev White ‘What a lovely bitch this is. She has matured like a fine wine. So very feminine with lovely balance and outline. Sweeping lines. Super reach of neck, correct length of back, good chest and ribbing. Hindquarters are correctly angulated, and she has a long tail. Not the head properties of the winner and with a stop that is a little low, but she has a pleasing expression. Shown in great condition and moved really well.

SCCGB Open Show 1, 04 May
1st Veteran Bitch, Reserve Best Bitch, Best Veteran in Breed, Brenda Piears Best Veteran in Show, Penny Sewell

SCCGB Open Show 2, 04 May
1st Veteran Bitch, Reserve Best Bitch, Best Veteran in Breed, Cath Moffat ‘Feminine tricolour of nearly 8 years, wedge shaped head with strength in muzzle and dark eye, well tipped ears, strong shoulders and good angulation in front and rear, nicely proportioned throughout, sound in top-line, she was well muscled and moved steadily covering the ground well, presented in good coat and condition, RBB, BVB & BV.’

EACA Open Show 2, 14 April
3rd Open Bitch, BViB, RBViS, Marion Withers

EACA Open Show 1, 14 April
2nd Open Bitch, RBoB, BViB, BViS, Di Collino ‘Another attractive tricolour bitch, this one a veteran. Good head with appealing expression, good depth of chest, strong quarters. Moved with good reach and balance. RBOB, BViB, BVIS

Herts & Essex Border CS Open Show, 24 March
1st Open, RBoB, Jo Denton (Brackenhaye) ‘Lovely tri bitch who defies her 7 years and just gets better each time I see her. Very pleasing headpiece giving a sweet expression although ears could be set a little higher. Lovely balanced correct angulation allowing her to move very freely around the ring. Shown in excellent condition. Pushed hard in the line up. RBOB’

Retford Open Show, 17 March
1st Open, BoB, Janina Britton ‘Feminine tricolour bitch of 7 years. Excellent size, shape and body. Best of heads with lovely expression, almond-shape dark brown well placed eyes, ears correct. Good length of neck, well arched and muscular. Good angulations front and aft standing on excellent feet. Correct topline, moved soundly in all directions, well handled, BOB.

British Collie Club Champ Show, 02 March
VHC Veteran Dog or Bitch, Birgit Hayward

Yorkshire Collie Club Open Show, 18 February
1st Veteran Dog/Bitch, Best Bitch, Best of Breed, Best Veteran in Breed, Andrea Richardson, Reserve Best in Show, Best Veteran in Show, Tony Iley

Manchester Champ Show, 19 January
2nd Veteran Bitch, Jeff Luscott ‘Not quite up on her toes but good overall for type, good body and outline, beautiful head and can certainly move.’

Luton Premier Open Show, 31 December
1st Open, Best of Breed, Shelly Skinner (Nikal) ‘7 years Tricolour bitch, firstly I would like to say how has this bitch not got CH in front of her name, she oozes quality, I loved everything about her, sweet eye and expression, flat skull, correct earset which were well used, she showed non stop, very attentive to her handler, well laid shoulders, good spring of rib and depth of chest, shown in lovely condition, moved extremely well. I was pleased to award her a well deserved BOB today, I was delighted to see her win a strong Pastoral Veteran class, well done.‘ 1st AV Pastoral Veteran, Guy Jeavons(Grandgenes)Smooth Collie 7 ½ years, tricolor what a fabulous smooth collie one of the best I’ve judged world wide, can not believe she is not a Champion what a shame. Loved her smooth clean head, dark eye and sweet expression, good reach of neck, well angulated fore and aft, in tip top condition, covered ground with reach and drive, one I would love to own.’

LKA Champ Show, 09 December
2nd Veteran Dog/Bitch, Kevin Young ‘Attractive bitch of pleasing breed type. Good overall shape and balance. Good eye and ear placement. Pleasing angulations. Preferred the head and condition on 1′

British Collie Club Open Show, 02 December
1st Veteran Dog/Bitch, Best Veteran in Breed Keira Martin ‘7-year-old tri-colour. Loved her overall shape. Head is good clean wedge shape, with parallel planes, dark eyes of correct shape and size, giving her an alert expression. Good width of chest, without cloddiness. Good muscle throughout, proved by her powerful driving movement.’BB, RBOB, BVIB, RBVIS‘, Reserve Best Veteran in Show, Geoff Duffield

Collie Association Champ Show (no CCs), 26 November
1st Veteran Dog/Bitch, Best Veteran in Breed Richard Kinsey ‘Strong well toned 7 year old female. Good head proportions and shape being blunt and clean lines. Well set dark almond eyes giving the required expression. Ears set on and used to her
advantage when alert. Strength in jaw with correct dentition.Well arched muscular neck easing into sturdy forehand with good angulation and straight limbs. Deep in chest with ample spring in ribbing. Defined in quarters allowing a smooth and easy stride pattern from all directions. Stands over herself well at rest. BVIB’
, Best Veteran in Show Mrs P Wilkinson ‘Tri colour bitch of 7 years looking well. She had a nice shape, showed and moved well.’

Darlington Champ Show, 17 September
1st Veteran Bitch, Albert Wight ‘a tri of nice size and length/height balance. Pleasing head and expression, scores in reach of neck, level back and well moulded croup. I would like more hind angulation and she toes in when front action viewed. In good coat.

Yorkshire Collie Club Champ Show (no CCs) 3 September
2nd Veteran, Reserve Best of Breed, Reserve Best Veteran in Breed, Emily Bemelmans ‘A very feminine and well-proportioned 7yo tri girl with good balance and moderate bone. Well-sprung rib and correct coat. Lovely sweet expression with correct eye and ear set. Good underjaw, moderate length of neck into well laid back shoulders. Angulation front and back very good with correct topline. Good chest and well muscled. Moved beautifully BB, RBV’

London & Provincial Champ Show, 26 August
2nd Veteran Bitch, Bridgette Bodle ‘an attractive tri girl and another one who is well proportioned and a nice size, she has a lovely neck and topline but I would like to see a little more hind angulation, but despite that she moved out well with a good length of stride

Otley Open Show, 1 August
1st Open, Best of Breed, Tom H Johnston ‘BOB. Head of good length and proportions. Nice eye and well-placed ears of good size. Good muscular neck into well laid shoulder. Good legs and nice bone. Good depth and firm back, tail well set and good stifle. In good harsh coat and moved with good stride fore and aft. Holds a balanced outline.’

Riddings Open Show, 4 June
2nd Open, Denise Rowan ‘7 year old tricolour bitch – Good head qualities, lovely eye shape and placement, correct ear set giving her a lovely sweet expression, well angulated back level and firm with a slight rise over the loins, correct length of tail and her movement was very good smooth and effortless with plenty of drive from behind.

Yorkshire Collie Club Open Show, 27 May
1st Limit, Reserve Best Bitch, Paul Richardson ‘6 year old Tri-colour bitch, nice parallel head planes, very alert, ears a little overly large and just slightly too wide, almond eyes. Strong, well arched neck and good spring of rib, an overall strong front end, topline just a little dippy on the day, nice rise over loins. Well-muscled thighs and good turn of stifle, strong hocks. At this point was the best moving exhibit. Pushed hard for higher honours RBB

SKC Champ Show, 21 May
3rd Limit Bitch, Josh Blackburn

Lancs & Cheshire Champ Show, 14 May
1st Limit Bitch, Anne Smith ‘Although almost a veteran, this tri is in her prime. Correct angulation, good bone and a clean lean head with dark eyes, correct ears and strong underjaw. Good length of ribbing, moved out steadily.’

Yorkshire Collie Club Open Show, 19 February
1st Open, Best Bitch, Best of Breed, Reserve Best in Show, Richard Kinsey (BiS Sue Randall) ‘6 ½ year old tri that ticked most of the boxes on the day. She is well put together in terms of skeletal structure and covered with a toned body to complete the picture. Good head to handle being strong yet retaining her obvious femininity. Ears and eyes set on well giving the required expression. Topline is level and firm thanks to her muscle toning. Covers the ground with fluency and accuracy from any angle. BB & BOB’

Retford Open Show, 19 March
2nd Open, Reserve Best of Breed, Jo White ‘6.5 years tri b. Well put together bitch. Clean skull, dark well set eyes and correct ear placement giving desired feminine expression. Good dentition. Good reach of neck and well laid back shoulder. Good front and rear angulation allowing her to cover the ground with ease. Unfortunate to meet 1 today. RBOB’

Windsor Ch Show, 2 July
Reserve Limit Bitch, Fay Hutchings

WECS Ch Show, 19 June
Reserve Limit Bitch, Bev White

Yorkshire Collie Open Show, 28 May
2nd Open, Reserve Best Bitch, Louise Williams

SCCGB Open Show 2, 14 May
1st Limit Bitch, Abby Lusty ‘5yr old Tricolour. Very balanced bitch who presented a lovely outline. I judged this bitch as a puppy and looking back at my comments then much of the same applies. Her head is still not her fortune, her stop is a bit low and her muzzle could be fuller but it didn’t offend. She is really well made with excellent front and rear, she is in hard condition and she has matured fantastically. Harsh coat of excellent colour. She was my clear winner of this class and would have gone further except for her movement which wasn’t very together today. I know she can go better than that but I have to judge the dog on the day.’

SCCGB Open Show 1, 14 May
2nd Limit Bitch, Reserve Best Bitch, Brian Hull ‘Tri good clean head nice eye and expression, well used ears, good reach of neck, good shoulder angulation and topline, well bent stifle. Moved well. When standing in profile gave the picture of well balanced Smooth Collie. RBB.’

SCCGB Ch (2020), September
VHC LB, Birgit Hayward

Yorkshire Collie Ch, September
3rd LD/B, Angela Harvey

SCCGB Champ Show, August
1st LB, Bitch RCC, Delia Moores ‘tri with clean wedge head, flat skull. Good length of neck & back, well made body with good front & rear angulation. Moved & showed well to win the RCC.’

Matlock Show, February
1st Open, BOB, Pete Simmons ‘3 yrs of age good height to length ratio good in profile when stood, well balanced, pleasing head with a good eye shape giving a sweet expression, good arch of neck into good shoulders well angulated, good straight front with ample bone but not overdone, pleasing depth of chest with a good spring of rib. Good length of loin, topline firm into good hind quarters with a good turn of stifle. Moved effortlessly with good length of stride with good rear drive, in good condition with good muscle tone. BOB.’

Manchester Champ Show, January
Res PGB, Albert Wight

British Collie Club Open Show, December
2nd Open, Josh Blackburn ‘ Tri-colour in lovely condition, pleasing head qualities, good front, good shoulders, pleasing neck, good length of back, nice shape. Moved and showed well. Unlucky to meet 1.’

Grantham Open Show, October
2nd AVNSC Open, Mrs P Lepley ‘Another impressive Smooth Collie with a good head, good neck and shoulders. Angulation correct and she moved well.’
Lancs & Cheshire Collie Open Show
3rd OB, Jan Milligan

Lancs & Cheshire Collie Club Ch Show, May
1st PGB Sandra Wigglesworth ‘similar remarks apply to Midnight Sun.  Longer on the leg and needs more time.’

British Collie Club Champ Show, February
2nd PGB, Michelle Fort ‘2yr tri, smaller than winner but still with in standard, another with good head eye and expression good neck straight front, level topline well angulated in rear, moved soundly.’

Yorkshire Collie Open Show, January
1st PGB,Sophie Wray, ‘I really liked this 2 year old tri bitch. Another with a super outline with a lovely reach of neck and good length of back. Good front and rear angulation, which allowed her to move freely and with reach and drive. Good, rounded bone and neat feet. Loved her eye and expression, clean wedge head with a flat skull and good stop. Well set ears which she used well. Showed non stop. Reserve Best Bitch and Reserve Best of Breed’

Collie Association Ch Show, November
1st PGB,Mrs J Gregory, ‘Tricoloured bitch with lovely head, excellent neck, good shoulder angulation, firm topline. Maturing nicely with a little more body than second. She won this class on her superior front movement.’

SKC Ch Show, May
1st PGB, Ruth Gibson ‘nice Tri bitch of good size and length.  Lovely head with sweet expression only marred by her wide set ears. Lovely dark eye. Good neck which flowed into a correct topline. Good angulation front and rear, moved well.’
Lancs & Cheshire Collie Ch Show
1st PGB, Peter Bailey ‘a tri colour bitch again one in tip top order,coat condition was sparkling jet black with very pleasing tan and white markings her head pattern was good she has a lovely expression body make and shape very sound movement was very good both fwd and rear a nice bitch thank you.’

Collie Association Open Show, April
3rd SpYB, Mr G Gray ‘ 16 months Tri, smaller & lighter in build than 1&2, lovely headpiece, nice dark eye, good mouth, good ears carried well, strong neck into well laid shoulder, a shade steep in upper arm, stood on ample bone and nice oval feet. Level back into well moulded croup, good width of thigh but would prefer more bend of stifle. She needs to settle on the move.’

SCCGB Open Show
3rd PGB, Maxine Mellish

British Collie Ch Show, March
3rd PGB, John Geddes
Crufts Ch Show
2nd PGB, Sara Robertson ‘ Another who needs to settle on the move, good shape and firm topline, head with parallel and straight lines.  Pleasing front and rear.’

Matlock Open Show, February
1st JD/B, RBOB, Angela Harvey ‘Petite tricolour bitch with a pleasing head. Super chin, tight lip line, flat skull,just hope she fills out a little more in muzzle as she matures. Super expression from dark eyes. Nicely angulated, good bone for her size, very attentive to handler.’

Manchester Ch Show, January
1st JB, Fran Kaye ‘ Excellent mover, balanced angulations fore and aft, attractive head, dark eye, pleasing expression, well placed and used ears, good straight front and length of rib flow over croup.’

Bridlington Open Show, December
2nd AVNSC J, Colin Ashmore

Collie Association Ch Show, November
2nd JB, Mrs J Milligan ‘Tri lady feminine expression, balanced head with good neck, dark eye, good ear carriage.  Well angulated throughout, moved well holding topline.’

Lancs & Cheshire Open Show, October
1st JB, RBB, Julia Swann ‘Again a good breed type, lovely head well proportioned with flat skull, correct ear shape and lovely almond eyes, mouth scissor bite, nice clean white teeth, lots to like so well constructed, nice front and good hind quarters strong and  powerful, coat weather proof, tail carried low, she also had a lovely temperament.’

Pollard Open Show, September
3rd Junior AVNSC, Mr K Goodwin
Darlington Ch Show
2nd JB, Michelle Fort ‘ Tri similar type to the winner, another with a good head eye and expression, a good show girl making the most of her body shape, in good condition and moving well.’
City of Birmingham Ch Show
VHC JB, Sue Hewart-Chambers
VHC JB, Stuart Mallard

EACA Ch Show, August
1st JD/B, BPIB, RBB, Mrs A Hodgson ‘Very appealing Tri b, well balanced head with flat skull, pleasing expression, good neck and body shape, harsh tight coat, moved well. BP.’

Leeds Ch Show, July
2nd PB, Mr K R Newhouse ‘ Very pretty head and expression. Body developing well, correct neck. Just needs more ring training.’

London Collie Club Ch Show, June
2nd PB, Eleanor Kitchen ‘Litter sister to puppy dog winner and equally as nice,just unlucky to come up against the first, no doubt they will change places many times. she too was in sparkling form, her tricolour coat gleaming, head developing nicely, ample neck, good body shape and quarters, moved soundly on well boned legs and neat feet.’
British Collie Club Open Show
1st PB, BPB, RBPiB, Ann French ‘feminine tri of 9 months, with the desired sweet expression, beautiful dark eye, correct ear placement, good reach of neck, correct turn of stifle. Well presented. Moves out very well, should have bright future.’

Collie Association Open Show, May
1st SYB, BPIB, BPIS (Bev White), Mr J Smith ‘9 months & this puppy had style. Lovely head & expression, clean front with good shoulder placement, sound body. Good width & depth of chest. She held her shape on the move. Confident on the move. Loved her balanced profile in stance. BPB, BP & later BPIS’
Bev White ‘BPIS went to Russell’s Smooth Collie Koczkodan Serenity.  Very promising feminine bitch.  So well constructed and this showed in the effortless way she moved round the ring.  Should have a bright future.’
Smooth Collie Club Open Show
Res PB, Marianne Benton
Lancs & Cheshire Collie Club Ch Show
2nd PB, Ann Hassock ‘tri bitch, not as mature as 1, however well put together, moved and showed well.’

WELKS Ch Show, April
Res Puppy B, Mr A Wight
Mansfield Open
2nd. AVNSC Puppy, Lynne Salt

Scottish Breeds Ch, March
1st PB, BPIB Mike Vincent, ‘ very smart tri presenting a lovely outline. Correct head with neat dark eye giving the desires expression. Correct ears, super length of neck, well angulated shoulders, lovely topline, deep chest, well ribbed, moved smoothly’ shortlisted for Best Puppy in Show (Val Foss).
British Collie Club Ch
3rd PB, Mr C-P Fricke

Matlock Open Show, February
2nd J, Yvonne McGrath ‘Littermates and similar comments apply to both very well put together puppies, good bone and lovely for type. Well set ears and good fill of muzzle. Just felt the male was more mature and pulled it all together on the day. I will be interested to see how they both develop.’