My sincere thanks to the W.E.L.K.S committee for giving me the opportunity to judge my
First Pastoral group at this level. I was not surprised at the quality of the exhibits, as always the pastoral breeds are outstanding both in type and presentation.
After a close examination I selected the following short list, OES,BRIARD,CARDIGAN CORGI,FINNISH LAPPHUND,BORDER COLLIE, SWEDISH VALLHUND,NORWEGIAN BUHUND, and the ASD. My final four after running them a second time were.G1Briard “KELLET & BURROWS “Fostebrie Romantique of Kellbay”Shcm, a five year old fawn bitch, who impressed both standing and on the move, so very feminine in type and constructions, loved her confidence, attitude and profile. Solid top line could not be faulted, splendid fore hand, very roomy chest proportion. Best of rear assembly which gave her the very accurate and steady movement both coming and going. A young handler at the top of her game. G2 OES Mills “Bottom Shaker Easy Lover With Kerjalee”(IMP HUN)D A robust male, full of power and so muscular in construction, best of type, and so well collected. Loved his profile and well balanced head piece. Neck of good length into a superb top line. Good round bone, all angles correct. He had the gait you associate with this breed, running true in all direction. Presentation to best effect by a careful handler. G3 Sh Ch Laceways Photo Finish” owned by Miss H Fawcett a Border Collie, one of which just does not come any better, at four years of age looking his very best. So very good for type, presented in immaculate condition, and so easy on the eye. Movement in particular was excellent so very sound. A black and white, luxury coat gave his just deserts. Delightful. G4 Wiltons “Meddobe Spice’s Endevour. D a 2 year old Swedish Vallhund, a very smart youngster in with the big boys and showing most a clean pair of heels .So very confident on the table, and gave me so much pleasure watching him on the move. Excellent well balanced head, used his ears to best effect, high wither firm well muscled top line, very good angle to shoulders coupled with the elbows well tucked in. Rear assembly word perfect. All my selections came from ticket winning classes and a delight to go over. The pleasure was all mine.
JUDGE CELIA VINES