The 36th Scottish Border Terrier Club Championship Show
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Which Scottish Border Terrier Club Show??

Judge : Eddie Houston (Earthwise)


I won my first Crufts qualifier at this show 25 years ago and it has always been one of my favourites. It was an honour to be invited to judge and my thanks go to the Scottish Club for their hospitality. Thanks also to my very capable stewards Bill Shorthose and Judy Carr.My sincere thanks to all those who entered and allowed me the privilege of going over their dogs.

Today I found there to be a much greater depth of quality among the bitches with there being many promising puppies and some very nice animals in the upper classes,particularly limit and open. This depth of quality was not apparent in a number of the dog classes although I was pleased with my main winners.

As would be expected there was some diversity in size and type.A number of exhibits of both sexes were up to size- I  have big hands so if I find them difficult to span they are probably too big. I found all males to be entire, no serious mouth faults and one kinked tail.Of most concern was the number of dogs with very poor front movement and the number with atypical heads; some too long in muzzle and a few where the muzzle was too short, the latter giving a rather cat like look. Coats and pelts were generally good and  a few dogs would benefit from more exercise to improve their muscletone.A fairly minor fault, but one which detracts from the overall outline, were the dogs which carried their tails curled over their backs i.e “gay tailed” as opposed to carrying their tails gaily.

Some of these faults are aesthetic but others such as size and soundness are not and we should be mindful that our breed is “essentially a working terrier.” Eddie Houston

Best In Show: Ravenside Helissio

Reserve Best In Show: Howthwaite's Resolution

Best Opposite Sex: Howthwaite's Resolution

DCC: Ravenside Helissio

RDCC: Ch Achouffe McKay's Fable of Redesholt

Best Puppy - Dog: Benattivo Woody At Ploughdown

BCC: Howthwaite's Resolution

RBCC: Emblehope One Wish For Cedarhill

Best Puppy - Bitch: Dassett Upsy Daisy

Best Puppy: Benattivo Woody At Ploughdown

Reserve Best Puppy: Dassett Upsy Daisy

Best Opposite Sex Puppy: Dassett Upsy Daisy


Special Open Dog or Bitch Holding a Working Certificate

Entries: 0   Absentees: 0

Minor Puppy - Dog

Entries: 5   Absentees: 0

1st - Normbar Beretta (Mr P Armstrong) 

Dark grizzle of 8 months.Good all round- correct size, masculine head with strength to foreface,well ribbed back and well balanced.Nice length of rib,tailset good,good for coat and pelt and the best mover in the class.

2nd - Rainsbarrow Thistle (Miss J Young & Mr P McCluskey) 

8 month old grizzle.Strong head, good coat and pelt,good bone.Deeper in body but spannable, moved ok.

3rd - Dassett Igglepiggle (Mrs S Spafford)

Res - Etterbern Ace of Wands (Mr L Reynolds & Miss G Adams)

VHC - Kenzduo Atmosphere Boy (Mr L N & Mrs J Graham)

Puppy - Dog

Entries: 6   Absentees: 0

1st - Benattivo Woody At Ploughdown (Mr E & Dr M Armstrong)

Smart blue of 9 months.Good angulation front and rear giving a well balanced outline. Masculine head developing nicely with flat skull, dark eye and good bite.Well set tail,,moderate bone and moving freely. Enough topcoat to determine  texture, good pelt. Promising youngster. BPD, BPIS.

2nd - Akenside Isosceles (Mrs L Gosling).

9 month old grizzle with super coat and pelt.More compact type with good head and bite, well shaped tail, good bone,neat feet and sound on the move.

3rd - Whittonglebe Poacher (Mr G & Mrs J Mackenzie)

Res - Raedwulf Nightfall (Mr M & Mrs V Atkinson)

VHC - Kenzduo Atmosphere Boy (Mr L N & Mrs J Graham)

Junior - Dog

Entries: 4   Absentees: 0

1st - Stineval Lambert JW (Mr A & Mrs C Horner) .

15 month dark grizzle.Very well presented with a super coat and pelt.Correct size,masculine head,well ribbed back,good tail and feet.Sound on the move.

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

18 month grizzle of good size and type.Masculine head, good coat and pelt, tail well set on.Well balanced and free moving.Close up to first but not quite as good in coat today.

Yearling - Dog

Entries: 5   Absentees: 0

1st - Pipruda Dark Rum at Beckholm (Mrs A Sutton) .

15 month grizzle which scored well for size.Good type of dog with typical head, well ribbed back and well set tail. Balanced outline.Fine for coat and pelt, neat feet and free moving.

2nd - Smurfski Jingle Bells (Mrs A Walker) 

23month blue which also was of good size. Rather more compact outline, typical in head, moderate bone, well set on tail and sound on the move

3rd - Lairehope Bijou (Mr P & Mrs K Lothian)

Res - Ravenside Run To Me (Mr G Grassie)

VHC - Ellenfoot Festive Arrival (Mr A Harker)

Special Beginners - Dog

Entries: 2   Absentees: 0

1st - Hightarn Nightfall At Roseghyll (Mrs A Johnson) 

12 month old blue of good size and balanced outline. Typical in head with correct bite,fine for coat and pelt, free moving. Tail well set on but a touch long.

2nd - Smurfski Jingle Bells (Mrs A Walker)

Novice - Dog

Entries: 1   Absentees: 0

1st - Akenside Graphite (Mrs J Collis) 

3 year old blue with a strong head and correct bite.Dark eye, good expression.Neat feet and moving ok. Not a big dog but not the easiest to span.

Graduate - Dog

Entries: 5   Absentees: 1

1st - Pipruda Dark Rum at Beckholm (Mrs A Sutton)

1st in Yearling

2nd - Raedwulf Daybreak (Mr M & Mrs V Atkinson)

Smart red of 11 months.Good size, well presented and handled.Masculine head with good bite and ear placement,Neat feet.Moved well enough behind but needs to tighten in front.

3rd - Elemcella Bar Tender (Mr C Tait)

Res - Tiedcott Badger Of Borderbridge (Miss B Singh)

Post Graduate - Dog

Entries: 10   Absentees: 3

1st - Shiftyfox Rogue Agent (Mr G Wildey)

Nice red grizzle dog of good size and well balanced.Masculine head, good reach of neck and bodylength. Sound on the move.

2nd - Lairehope L'ile D'or (Mr P & Mrs K Lothian)

Grizzle dog with a strong head and powerful bite. Shorter coupled dog with good bone and sound movement. Very good coat and pelt.

3rd - Kentixen Mint Imperial At Roseghyll (Mrs A Johnson)

Res - Whittonglebe Kaiser (Mr G R Sugars)

VHC - Kadaredhills Breaking Free (Mrs J Potts)

Limit - Dog

Entries: 11   Absentees: 2

1st - Ravenside Helissio (Mr M Lowry)

2 1/2 year old grizzle presented in superb, fit condition.Impressive dog with masculine head, not overdone, with flat skull and good dentition, dark eye and good ear placement. Good reach of neck into well laid shoulder, straight front, good feet. Well ribbed back, level topline,strong loin,racy hindquarters, good tailset.Dense jacket overlying thick pelt.Movement accurate and economical with good drive from the rear.Wouldn’t want him much bigger but spans ok.In tune with his handler, didn’t put a foot wrong.Pleased to award him the CC and BIS.

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

Another good looking grizzle, shade smaller than winner.Well balanced dog with good head and bite.Shown in heavy coat,just going over, pelt good.Free moving.

3rd - Lairehope Starman (Mr P & Mrs K Lothian)

Res - Staynorwood Rambler (Mr G & Mrs C Richardson)

VHC - Tyneotter Sun Stands Still (Mrs N Anderson & Mrs A Howard)

Open - Dog

Entries: 8   Absentees: 3

1st - Ch Achouffe McKay's Fable of Redesholt (Mrs S McKay)

Imposing dark grizzle, 4 years old.All male with strong head,good general construction, super coat and pelt.Beautifully presented, well muscled and striding out well.Eye catching and lots to admire but, for me, top size.Spannable.Reserve CC

2nd - Cedarhill Dish Of The Day For Dexlin (Mr B & Mrs L P Inness).

Another grizzle. Better size and an all round nice dog. Pleasing head with good bite, well balanced, good coat and pelt.Moving well.

3rd - Lynsett Lewis (Mr P Armstrong)

Res - Oakyard Over The Moon (A & L McMilen & Clarke)

VHC - Hollexby Travellin Man (Mr P Appleby)

Veteran - Dog

Entries: 7   Absentees: 3

1st - Mysulan Going Solo JW (Mrs S J Baxter)

7 year old blue shown in fit condition.This dog has improved with age.Correct size. Lovely type of dog-masculine head,good coat and pelt,tail well set on and could show a lot of the youngsters how to move..Responsive to his handler and given serious consideration in the challenge

2nd - Lairehope Highland Chief Of Tweedburn (Mrs C Archibald)

Strong headed grizzle, also 7 years.Good quality coat overlying thick pelt, nice tail. Well balanced dog who was sound and spannable. Handler got the best out of him.

3rd - Blue Duke Of Cumbria At Roseghyll (Mrs A Johnson)

Res - Kalebank Harvester (Mrs S Portsmouth)

Minor Puppy – Bitch

Entries: 10   Absentees: 0 Lovely class of babies who will doubtless change places many times.

1st - Dassett Upsy Daisy (Mrs S Spafford)

Just 6 months.Grizzle. Lovely head and expression.Correct size, well balanced, presented in good depth of coat overlying thick pelt.Neatest of feet.Well handled and moving well enough for one so young. Best Puppy Bitch

2nd - Ragatam Brodie (Miss T J Peacock)

8 month grizzle.Pretty bitch of good size.Feminine head,good coat and pelt,neat feet. Movement needs to tighten but as well constructed that should come with maturity.

3rd - Normbar Maggie May (Mrs N Ellis)

Res - Ragatam Strathisla At Baillieswells (Prof A Milton)

VHC - Etterbern The Empress (Mr L Reynolds & Miss G Adams)

Puppy – Bitch 

Entries: 9   Absentees: 2 Good Class

1st - Howthwaite Gaan Divilish (Mr R J & Mrs E A Barrett).

Just short of 12 months. Nice sized grizzle with feminine head which could develop further. Lovely dark eye.Well constructed,good double coat, plenty of pelt, neat feet.Excelled in movement in her class but unsettled by change of handler in the challenge.

2nd - Picer Mirabel Ostler (Mr G & Mrs S Pickering).

10 month blue of different type.Stronger in head than winner and lovely outline. Good angulation front and rear, moving soundly but not quite the drive of winner.

3rd - Whittonglebe Pearl (Mr G & Mrs J Mackenzie)

Res - Nurisha Run for Home to Comberdown (Mr I & Mrs A Higham)

VHC - Brankell Angeleyes At Nantcoch (Mrs J M Phillips)

Junior - Bitch

Entries: 5   Absentees: 1

1st - Carrickfarm Myra (Mrs M Armstrong)

13 month grizzle. Smart little bitch of good size, feminine head with correct mouth.Good coat and pelt, well set on tail, generally well constructed.Best mover in the class.

2nd - Pipruda Rum Truffle at Loiriston (Dr R & Mrs F Wheatley)

15 month grizzle of good size. Feminine head with correct bite, dark eye.Neat feet, crisp jacket and moving soundly. Carrying a little too much weight.

3rd - Thorneyburn Ursula Uno (Mrs M Wanless)

Res - Lairehope New Beginning For Tyneaster (Mrs S Gill)

Yearling - Bitch

Entries: 9   Absentees: 1

1st - Mysulan Rhapsody In Blue (Mrs S J Baxter)

Very smart blue of 21 months.Nice size, strong but feminine head, good angulation front and rear, nice bodylength.Good coat and pelt, moving well. Considered in the challenge.

2nd - Liatch Madame Pommery at Wilholme (Mr D Shields & Ms I Glen)

very showy grizzle of 21 months.Nice size,well constructed, super coat and pelt.Very sound on the move, expertly handled. Plainer in head than winner and not quite  as good on the move.

3rd - Picer Bess Pool (Mr G & Mrs S Pickering)

Res - Comberdown Copacabana (Mr I & Mrs A Higham)

VHC - Glenbucket Oor Wee Dotty (Mrs M J Alexander)

Special Beginners – Bitch  

Entries: 11   Absentees: 2 Some nice bitches to find in Special Beginners

1st - Carrickfarm Myra (Mrs M Armstrong)

1st in Junior

2nd - Otterpaws Red Red Wine (Mrs J M Dixon) 

4 year old dark grizzle of good size, fit condition.Feminine head,good coat and pelt, easily spanned and moving well.

3rd - Havencroft Emerald (Mrs N A Cummins)

Res - Hollexby Heartbreaker At Tinkletop (Mrs L Templeman)

VHC - Whittonglebe Lots To Like (Mr G & Mrs J Mackenzie)

Novice - Bitch

Entries: 12   Absentees: 1

1st - Pipruda Rum Truffle at Loiriston (Dr R & Mrs F Wheatley)

2nd in Junior

2nd - Akenside Hiccup (Mrs J Collis)    

2 year old grizzle. Typical in head with correct bite,good coat and pelt, well set on tail, neat feet,spans ok and sound on the move.

3rd - Ragatam Strathisla At Baillieswells (Prof A Milton)

Res - Hollexby Heartbreaker At Tinkletop (Mrs L Templeman)

VHC - Cheynonis Once in A Blue Moon (Miss A J Hall)

Graduate - Bitch

Entries: 9   Absentees: 0

1st - Borderrush Magic Bean (Miss A J Hall)

2 year old grizzle.Good headed bitch with a nice dark eye.Up on the leg but narrow enough. Super coat and pelt, tailset good.Balanced outline and best mover in this class.

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

Attractive 2 year old grizzle.Good head, narrow throughout, correct coat not at it’s best.Moved well when settled but not making the most of herself today.

3rd - Otterpaws Lyin Eyes JW (Miss A M Dixon)

Res - Whittonglebe Keira (Mr G & Mrs H Mckenzie)

VHC - Carrickfarm Marnie (Mrs V M Armstrong)

Post Graduate - Bitch

Entries: 9   Absentees: 1

1st - Emblehope One Wish For Cedarhill (Mrs C Dean)

Lovely bitch. 2 year old grizzle of good size.Lovely ottery head with good bite,nice length of neck flowing into well laid shoulder, straight front. Well ribbed back, racy quarters,well set tail.Super coat and pelt and moving well. Reserve CC.

2nd - Raedwulf Mata Hari JW (Mr M & Mrs V Atkinson) 

Strong headed 3 year old grizzle. Excellent coat and pelt, well balanced and sound on the move. Well handled.

3rd - Cedarhill Dolce Latte (Mrs D McLeod)

Res - Borderrush Magic Bean (Miss A J Hall)

VHC - Remony Fallen Embers (Mrs B Wakefield)

Limit - Bitch

Entries: 12   Absentees: 4

1st - Picer Martha Logen (Mr G & Mrs S Pickering)

Another good one.3 ½ year old grizzle.Strong headed bitch,workmanlike, well balanced and shown in a heavy coat of good texture which makes her look deeper than she is.Spans well, free moving.

2nd - Otterwood Diodem JW (Mrs L Armstrong-Rodgers).

4years light grizzle.Leggier bitch, narrow throughout. Feminine head, good general construction, neat feet,short, dense coat and free moving.

3rd - Tyneotter Summer Solstice (Mrs N Anderson & Mrs A Howard)

Res - Emblehope Let's Dance At Redesholt (Mrs S McKay)

VHC - Olliesorchid Dame at Ragatam (Miss T J Peacock)

Open - Bitch

Entries: 15   Absentees: 3

1st - Howthwaite's Resolution (Mr R J & Mrs E A Barrett)

Headed a super class. Quality grizzle, 2 years of age.Ideal size,feminine head with good dark eye and neat ears, dense,harsh coat overlying loose pelt.Well constructed with nice reach of neck, good shoulder, straight front.Well ribbed back,good rear angulation and neat feet.Level topline, good tailset. Narrow throughout. Lovely movement and totally in tune with her handler. Bitch CC.I believe this is her 3rd-well done.

2nd - Picer Isabel Derby (Mr G & Mrs S Pickering) 

Another quality bitch from this kennel.More strongly built dark grizzle with a great head, well constructed and shown in heavy coat of good texture,ample pelt.Spannable and free moving.

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

Res - Remony Cider Sparkle (Mrs A Gregory)

VHC - Carrock Curiosity JW (Ms J Fawcett)

Veteran - Bitch

Entries: 10   Absentees: 5

1st - CH Remony Frosted Ivy JW ShCM (Mrs A Gregory)   

Now 9 years old. I gave this one Best Puppy 8 years ago. Still in great condition and very fit.Lovely feminine head,good construction, neat feet and a great mover.Dense,heavy coat made her look bigger-narrow and easy to span.

2nd - Otterpaws Firebird ShCM (Miss A M Dixon) 

71/2 year old grizzle with feminine head and good mouth.Good for coat and pelt, narrow throughout and sound on the move but couldn’t match the winner.

3rd - Madragorm Ailsa (Mrs L Clarke)

Res - Crosby Dark Duchess At Roseghyll (Mrs A Johnson)

VHC - Kalebank Harvest Festival (Mrs S Portsmouth)


(9,4abs) Best behaved brace class I have judged!

1st-Picer Martha Logen/Picer Isabel Derby 

Two very well matched grizzle bitches.Strong heads, good outlines, full coats and striding out well.

2nd-Raedwulf Mata Hari JW, Raedwulf Nightfall 

Grizzle bitch and dog. Both strong headed, similar outline and moving well.

3rd-Blue Duke of Cumbria at Roseghyll/ Crosby Dark Duchess at Roseghyll

Res-Otterpaws Firebird ShCM/ Otterpaws Lyin’ Eyes JW

VHC-Oakyard Objet D’Art at Hollexby/ Hollexby Travellin Man



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