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The 38th Scottish Border Terrier Club Open Show

June 4th 2023 

Judge: Mrs V Atkinson (Raedwulf)

Entries: 65 dogs making 84 entries


BIS,BD, Mr Wildy's Shiftyfox Rogue Agent

RBIS, BOS, BB, Mr Shields & Ms Glen's Liatch Madame Pommery at Wilhome

RBD, Mr & Mrs Golding's Beaconpike Dionysus

RBB, BPB, BPIS, D & A Fryer's Irton Marmalade

BPD, S Todd's White Fur Ye at Todlaws

BV,OV, D & A Fryer's Irton Morse Code



Thank you so much to the society for inviting me to judge this wonderful show. To my steward, Judy Carr, thank you for running my ring so efficiently, especially in the heat. Thanks must go to the ladies for our delicious lunch too. I was presented with some super examples of the breed and there were some tough decisions, especially in the bitches. I do  also think the heat affected the performance of some as the day progressed.  On the whole mouths were good, but a couple of very knotted tails and some dogs I was unable to span, even with generous allowance which would preclude them from fulfilling the breed standard of ‘essentially a working terrier’.  Mrs V Atkinson (Raedwulf)

Minor Puppy - Dog

Entries: 2 Absentees: 1

1st - Otterbobs Mozergh Into Cundytyke (Mr & Mrs Shorthose)

8 month old grizzle and tan pup, nice size for age. Broad across the skull but not as strong in muzzle. Correct scissor bite and dark eye. Front movement a little loose, I’m sure this will improve with maturity. Evidence of second thigh developing. Level top line and well set on tail. Easily spannable and with pliable pelt. A little short in coat but coming through and what was there was of good texture.

Puppy - Dog

Entries: 2 Absentees: 1

1st - Whits Fur Ye At Todlaws (Miss S Todd)

Confident pup presented in coat. Nice head with well placed ear although a tad large at the moment. Dark eye and strong muzzle, correct bite. Balanced dog with well set carroty tail. Very positive movement and easily spanned, would have liked tighter feet but I’m aware this is a pup still developing. BPD

Junior - Dog

Entries: 2 Absentees: 0

1st - Rainsbarrow Thistle (Miss J Young & Mr P McCluskey)

Grizzle and tan dog, moderate width of skull with correct bite. Nice reach of neck leading to acceptable shoulder placement and top line. Strong loin and well-muscled rear, nice bend of stifle enabled plenty of drive. Chest a little deep but spannable and in good coat.

2nd - Whittonglebe Poacher (Mr G & Mrs J Mackenzie)

Excellent head on this dog. Strong muzzle, shallow stop, dark eye and small, well placed ear. Nice shoulder placement but front movement not as positive as my winner. Spannable with slightly shorter rib cage resulting in a longer loin. Coat coming through.

Yearling - Dog

Entries: 4 Absentees: 0

1st - Upend Country Lad At Jacraila (Mrs I Nicol)

Good head on this grizzle and tan dog, all in proportion with correct bite. Straight front, OK for rib and spannable, rear well muscled. Harsh jacket and pliable pelt. Unsettled on the move to begin with but once settled his movement was good and with purpose.

2nd - Ravenside Run To Me At Sandyfaulds (Mr G Grassie)

Similar comments apply as to my winner in this class but this dog didn’t quite have the strength of jaw as my winner and his front movement wasn’t quite as positive.

3rd - Hightarn Nightfall At Roseghyll (Mrs A Johnson)

Res - Lairehope Bijou (Mr P & Mrs K Lothian)

Special Beginners - Dog

Entries: 1 Absentees: 0

1st - Ravenside All In One Night (Mr S J Richardson)

Broad skull with shallow stop and strong jaw. Presented in plenty of coat. Heavier set dog with a lot of bone he was broad across the shoulder and deep in chest I found him difficult to span. He did have a decent tail and good second thigh however he was very nervous and unsettled resulting in erratic movment.

Novice - Dog

Entries: 2 Absentees: 1

1st - Ravenside All In One Night (Mr S J Richardson)

1st SBD However he was more confident with the different handler

Post Graduate - Dog

Entries: 6 Absentees: 0

1st - Shiftyfox Rogue Agent (Mr G Wildey)

Masculine grizzle dog. All in proportion and very easy on the eye, he was balanced with enough bone and tight feet. Presented in harsh coat with thick pliable pelt. Broad skull with strong muzzle and excellent bite with large white teeth and a strong underjaw. He had good reach of neck and excellent shoulder placement. Easily spannable and with strong loin he had a level top line and well set tail. He was in hard condition. Once his handler gained the co-operation of this dog he really powered around the ring. I was very pleased to award him first in this class and BIS.

2nd - Hollexby Travellin Man (Mr P Appleby)

Bigger dog than my winner and deeper in chest but was easy to span. He has a broad skull and correct bite, strong neck and level top line. Plenty of coat and in good condition he moved well with nice rear angulation.

3rd - Elemcella Bar Tender (Mr C Tait)

Res - Kadaredhills Breaking Free (Mrs J Potts)

Limit - Dog

Entries: 1 Absentees: 0

1st - Beaconpike Dionysus (Mr S & Mrs K Golding)

This dog stood alone but was a very worthy winner. A little lacking in coat but that will come. He is in very fit condition and presents a smart picture. A balanced dog with good head and ear, strong neck and straight front, he has tidy tight feet and enough bone. He has lovely rear angulation with a good turn of stifle which gave him drive. He moved straight both ways, I liked him a lot. RBD

Open - Dog

Entries: 3 Absentees: 1

1st - Cedarhill Dish Of The Day For Dexlin (Mr B & Mrs L P Inness)

Very smart and well-presented grizzle and tan dog. In excellent harsh coat with thick pliable pelt. Well-proportioned head, neck and body with good tail carriage. Really on his toes, movement was sound when focused on his handler but sadly this dog was badly distracted by a pup out of the ring.

2nd - Lairehope Starman (Mr P & Mrs K Lothian)

Very strong headed dog with an excellent pelt and loads of coat and bigger all round. Movement was OK

Veteran - Dog

Entries: 4 Absentees: 3

1st - Irton Morse Code JW (Mr & Mrs D Fryer)

All dog! Strong headed dog with good bite, powerful neck and shoulders. In plenty of coat and excellent condition, especially considering his age. This dog is on the bigger size but was actually easy to span. Powerful rear and plenty of drive.

2nd - Blue Duke Of Cumbria At Roseghyll (Mrs A Johnson)

Another excellent dog for his age. All in proportion and another easily spanned. He is very workman like and unexaggerated. Moved true both ways but didn’t quite have the drive of one.

Minor Puppy - Bitch

Entries: 4 Absentees: 0

1st - Irton Marmalade (Mr D & Mrs A Fryer)

Absolutely loved this young pup, so balanced and easy on the eye, everything about her was moderate and consistent for her age. Moderately broad skull with good scissor bite, nice reach of neck and excellent shoulder placement, straight front and tight feet. Good lay back of rib and enough loin. Tail straight off the back and rear muscles developing, movement was economical, purposeful and true. Coat going over but everything else was there. BPB BPIB RBB

2nd - Ravenside Home At Last (Mr M Lowry)

Very smart bitch, different type to my winner. Well put together and stronger all round, she has a good head with strong jaw and correct bite, level top line and good tail carriage. Easily spannable and coat coming through. Movement was good both ways.

3rd - Ravenside Dreamer (Mr A Holland)

Res - Elemcella Las Panteras (Mr C Tait)

Puppy - Bitch

Entries: 1 Absentees: 0

1st - Chadbrook Astrid (Miss J Young & Mr P McCluskey)

Nice type. Coat of good texture. Movement needs to tighten in front, rear movement was OK

Junior - Bitch

Entries: 7 Absentees: 0

1st - Normbar Maggie May (Mrs N Ellis)

Young bitch maturing nicely. Moderate all round she has a nice outline and good reach of neck. Easy to span and good tail placement she was presented in harsh coat. Her movement was good and she covered the ground easily.

2nd - Haystoun Cosmic Dancer At Paleside (Mr D & Mrs D Mitchell)

Blue and tan bitch with a straight front, narrow throughout and a handy size, in good coat with pliable pelt. Good rear movement just preferred the overall picture of my winner.

3rd - Earthwise Andromeda (Mr E Houston)

Res - Whittonglebe Pearl (Mr G & Mrs J Mackenzie)

Yearling - Bitch

Entries: 4 Absentees: 1

1st - Earthwise Andromeda (Mr E Houston)

Carrying a lot of coat this bitch was actually much smaller than she looked. She is good for bone and is spannable. Nice proportioned head with moderate stop she has a correct bite. Movement was straight both ways.

2nd - Alcumlow Show And Tell At Riseburn (Miss C Tutin)

Presented in excellent coat with thick pelt, spannable. Ok in head. Movement was positive both ways and she held her top line on the move but up on the leg, would have liked a bit more bone.

3rd - Carrickfarm Myra (Mrs M Armstrong)

Special Beginners - Bitch

Entries: 4 Absentees: 2

1st - Hollexby Heartbreaker At Tinkletop (Mrs L Templeman)

Finer made bitch. Easily spanned and very narrow. Straighter in stifle movement was straight but lacking in drive.

2nd - Comalegy Leading (Mr G Mason)

Blue and tan heavier made bitch with plenty of bone.

Novice - Bitch

Entries: 8 Absentees: 3

1st - Normbar Maggie May (Mrs N Ellis)

1st Junior Bitch

2nd - Earthwise Andromeda (Mr E Houston)

1st Yearling Bitch

3rd - Etterbern Everglade (Mr L Reynolds & Miss S Marston - Pollock)

Res - Hollexby Heartbreaker At Tinkletop (Mrs L Templeman)

Post Graduate - Bitch

Entries: 7 Absentees: 1

1st - Whittonglebe Keira (Mr G & Mrs J Mackenzie)

Slightly smaller bitch with a super jacket. Easy on the eye with with a strong head, muzzle with correct bite and good ear placement. Very easy to span and with good tail placement she was well muscled and moved out with drive.

2nd - Beaconpike Solstice (Mr S & Mrs K Golding)

Smart, well presented bitch with a super harsh coat. Moderate skull and strong neck, good shoulder placement and straight front another that was very easy to span she has a lovely layback of rib and is narrow throughout. In hard condition she didn’t quite have the drive of my winner.

3rd - Carrickfarm Mhairi At Tinkletop (L C & C Templeman & Comben)

Res - Foxwater Miss Adventure At Dejurra (Mrs A E Pitt)


Limit Bitch

Entries: 5 Absentees: 1

1st - Liatch Madame Pommery at Wilholme JW (Mr D Shields & Ms I Glen)

Beautiful 2 year old grizzle and tan with a super head and shallow stop. Good reach of neck and nice lay back of shoulder, she has a narrow rib and strong loin with tail straight off the back. Plenty of muscle and good turn of stifle she has small tight feet and had a graceful but purposeful movement. RBIS

2nd - Remony Fallen Embers (Mrs B Wakefield)

Another very smart bitch she was balanced and had a good coat, very easy to span and in fit condition she was a little straighter in stifle but moved true. A lot to like about her.

3rd - Kadaredhills Henley Star (Mrs J Potts)

Res - Oakyard Objet D'art at Hollexby (Mr P Appleby)


Open - Bitch

Entries: 6 Absentees: 1

This was the most difficult class to judge.

1st - Sweet Ebony Princess At Liatch (Malcolm, Glen & Knowles)

Super grizzle bitch with strong head and bright eye she has a lovely expression. Broad skull with strong muzzle and very strong under jaw, which was my deciding factor, I liked her a lot. Held her top line on the move with tail carried well. She has good hind quarters and moved well

2nd - Carrock Curiosity JW (Ms J Fawcett).

All the attributes of my winner were also held in this bitch who was in hard fit condition. With the most feminine of heads, harsh coat and great ring presence this was the closest decision of the day.

3rd - Beaconpike River Sky (Mr S & Mrs K Golding)

Res - Carrickfarm Mhairi At Tinkletop (L C & C Templeman & Comben)

Veteran - Bitch

Entries: 6 Absentees: 4

1st - Kadaredhills Henley Star (Mrs J Potts)

Fit 7 year old red bitch in good jacket with thick pelt and easy to span. Good top line and tail set. Economical movement, straight both ways.

2nd - Crosby Dark Duchess At Roseghyll (Mrs A Johnson)

A bit more jacket on this bitch she was a little heavier in bone but still very workmanlike. Acceptable bite and great expression she was spannable and in great condition for her age. Preferred the movement of my winner



A mature pair who were completely in sync with each other in size and movement. They didn’t put a foot out of step and matched each other for pace responding well to their handler, very impressive to watch.


Not quite as matched in size as my winner. They stood well together but couldn’t match the balanced movement of my winner.




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