Presenting March 2018 Colliesonline.com Ring Patterns, where we re-cap, month by month, the general achievements of the breed at specialties and all-breeds throughout the country. As everyone knows, 17 is a magical number in March. it's the day of the month when, no matter where you live, things turn green – food, drinks, people. But, not collies. Green is not one of the acceptable colors in the breed. Is it a coincidence that last March there were 17 independent specialty shows? Perhaps. Nevertheless, the magic of those shows was spread across the country in 6 states: Maine, New York, Wisconsin, Missouri, Arizona and Michigan and the National Specialty show held in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The independent specialty show that garnered both the highest number of collies entered and judged was for Brenda Miramon at Collie Club of Maine on Saturday, March 3 in South Portland, Maine. There were 75 collies entered and 64 exhibited, the largest turnout for both varieties – 37 roughs and 27 smooths. Judge Miramon was approved for the breed in July 1995. Entries for this show in 2018 were nearly double from 2017. The Collie Club of Maine added an extra specialty this year holding three specialties instead of two.
The specialty that garnered the highest entry in March was for Collie Club of Maine on Saturday morning, March 3 with Judge Brenda Miramon.
At the Specialties: March saw 13 collies – 4 dogs and 8 bitches, 11 roughs and 2 smooths, awarded Best in Specialty. For the month, only two collies received multiple Best in Specialty awards – one rough dog and one rough bitch. Best of Breed at the 2018 National Specialty in Virginia Beach was won by a smooth bitch. The total number of competitors in conformation at the National Specialty this year was 527 which included 341 roughs and 187 smooths. The last time the National was held in Virginia Beach was 20 years ago. The entry in 1998 included 496 roughs and 191 smooths for a grand total of 687.
March Best of Breed Winners
Two collies with Multiple Best of Breed awards: GCH Overland Red Moon Rising was awarded four BOBs and CH Tokyo Jazz JP Champagne Shower was awarded three.
GCH Overland Red Moon Rising pictured with Judge Hildegarde Morgan, took one of his four Best in Specialty awards at Rochester Collie Club, which had an entry of 65.
11 collies awarded 1 Best of Breed award in March: CH Riverrun Galatean Unleash The Lion, CH Clarion Crystal Vision, GCH Calamist N Clearvu's Cabernet Sauvignon, Sealore's Devine Design, CH Wyndlair Classique Incandescent, CH Taliesin I've Got A Secret!, Morey Hills Superstition, GCHB Blu Ridge Triumph Brighter Than The Sun, CH Gambit's Livin' The Dream, CH Highcroft Debonaire, GCHG Creekwood Miss Behavin'
GCH Calamist N Clearvu's Cabernet Sauvignon took Best in Specialty under Nancy Anstruther at Collie Club of Maine on March 3. She was one of only two smooths to rise to the top spot in March.
At the All-breeds: Collies accrued 18 Group placements, including one Group 1 award. That award went to GCHS Taradells Silent Leader HT under judge James Noe.
Other placements included six Group 2s, seven Group 3s and five Group 4s. Of all the placements, the Rough Variety came away with a ribbon 16 times compared to two for the Smooth Variety.
Eight collies recorded group placements
Tairis Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This took a Group 3 on March 11 at San Antonio KC. There were 78 herding dogs shown on the day.
Six Group-placing roughs: GCH Sylvan Argent Windsong Prizm (B), Snovalley High Flyer NFP CGC TKI (D), GCH Highcroft St. Germaine Wildfire (D), CH Valley Park Serendipity At Baldwin Ridge (D), Tairis Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This (B) GCH Kaigan The Black Pearl (B)
Two Group-placing smooths: GCH Markos Just-n-time-4-showtime, BN, RE, CGC, TKA (D), CH Ceilidh's No Bounds (B),
The largest number of herding dogs shown at a show in which a collie placed was 218 at Delaware County Kennel Club in York, Pennsylvania on March 17. The award was a Group 2 and it went to the rough bitch, CH Milas Look Again. The judge was William Daugherty who was approved for the breed in January 2005.
National Owner-handled Series: Herding Group judges placed collies 21 times in the AKC's National Owner-Handled Series, along with one Best Owner-Handled in Show award and one Reserve Best Owner-Handled in Show. The placements included six Group 1s, five for the Rough Variety and one for the Smooth Variety. Roughs took 17 of the placements and smooths took 4 placements.
NOHS award winners for March: GCH Chrysalis Sterling Inspirations, GCH Gambit's Livin' The Dream, GCH Kaigan The Black Pearl, CH Nehani's Wildwood Queen of The Silver Screen, GCH Oak Knolls Secret Flame, GCH Calavar Moon For The Misbegotten NA NAJ, GCH Highcroft Longview London Fog, CH Heatherfield Legacy Of Love, GCHB Scalloway's Lion Hunter, CH Tercan 'N Zandria's Game Changer, GCH Markos Just-n-time-4-showtime BN RE CGC TKA
Congratulations to all!