Welcome to Ring Patterns for April 2019 – a monthly look back at the general achievements of the breed at specialties and all-breeds throughout the country. April hosted 13 specialty shows – 12 independent and 1 designated hosted by Harrisburg Kennel Club.
The specialties were held in five states: four of those shows were in Connecticut, four in New Jersey, two in Florida, two in Washington and one in Pennsylvania.
The Connecticut shows on Saturday April 20th for judges Deborah Falk and Kim Schive drew the largest entries of the month.
The show that garnered the highest number of collies entered at an independent specialty was in Connecticut for judge Deborah Falk at the Tri County Collie Breeders Association's (TCBA) Saturday morning specialty on April 20, 2019. This was the first of a four-show circuit. There were 79 collies entered with 65 exhibited – 43 roughs and 22 smooths.
The largest total turnout and smooth entry was for Judge Kim Schive at the April 20th TCBA specialty afternoon show. There were 77 collies entered with 66 exhibited – 43 roughs and 23 smooths. Judges Falk and Schive tied for the largest turnout for the Rough Variety with 43 roughs at the TCBA shows.
At the Specialties: The month saw 10 different collies take Best of Breed or Best of Variety – 6 dogs and 4 bitches, 7 roughs and 3 smooths, which included 1 rough class dog and 1 rough class bitch. In addition, only 1 collie received multiple Best in Specialty awards. See the full list of Best of Breed winners below.
Rough Dog, CH Pleasant Acre Blue Moon was awarded five Best in Specialty Awards this month under judges Deborah Falk, Kim Schive, Sulie Greendale Paveza, Grace Kosub and Sandra Wrenn.
One collie took multiple Best of Breeds: CH Pleasant Acre Blue Moon
Nine collies awarded one Best of Breed / Best of Variety Award: CH Aurealis Play For Keeps (R), GCHP Bandor's The Wyching Hour (S), GCHB Taliesin The Masterplan (R), GCH Clarion Crystal Vision (R), GCH Sylvan Argent Windsong Prizm (R), Barksdale Sunnland Swipe Right (R), Tercan 'N Zandria's Honeytree Heartlight (S), and BOV award winners: CH Conewago Seabreeze Stir It Up (R) and GCH Rob Mar's Winning Cadenza (S).
Tercan 'N Zandria's Honeytree Heartlight takes Best of Breed from the Bred-by class at Inland Empire Collie Club under Judge Pat Jung.
At the all-breeds: Best in Show was awarded to the rough bitch, GCH Larkspur Sun, Moon And Stars by James Frederiksen at Maury County Kennel Club of Tennessee. There were 583 competitors at this show.
GCH Larkspur Sun, Moon And Stars takes this months only Best in Show award.
A total of 16 Collies – 13 roughs and 3 smooths – accrued 17 Group placements including two Herding Group 1 awards for rough bitches – GCH Larkspur Sun, Moon And Stars and Tercan 'N Zandria's Honeytree Heartlight under Judges Jim Noe and Steve Keating. Other placements included four Group 2s, five Group 3s and six Group 4s. Roughs came away with placements 14 times and smooths 3. The only collie this month that had repeat Group placements was Tercan 'N Zandria's Honeytree Heartlight.
The largest number of herding dogs shown at a show in which a collie placed was 144 at Ephrata-Moses Lake Kennel Club in Washington under Judge Steve Keating. This time both collies placed – Group One went to the rough bitch, Tercan 'N Zandria's Honeytree Heartlight and Group two went to the smooth bitch, GCH Zandria 'N Tercan's Kiss My Freckles. Judge Keating also judged the breed.
Keating was the only judge that placed both varieties in the same group on the same day – he did it twice. Besides Ephrata-Moses Lake Kennel Club on April 13 as mentioned above, the other show in which both collies placed was at Maury County Kennel Club of Tennessee where the smooth dog, GCHS CH Windkist 's Ain'T No Rest For The Wicked, RAE2, PT, NA, NAJ, OAP, OJP, OF, XFP, CAA, placed third and the rough bitch, Southland's Song Of The South placed fourth. There were 102 herding dogs at this show. Judge Keating's initital breed was Pekingese. He was approved to judge collies in July 2013.
Roughs placing in the Group: GCHB Highcroft St. Germaine Wildfire (D), Sunny Sky's Always Dreaming (B), GCHB Valley Park Serendipity At Baldwin Ridge (D), Markos All That Glitters (B), Blackpoint's Royalty Blue (B), Tercan 'N Zandria's Honeytree Heartlight (B), GCHG Scalloway's Lion Hunter (D), CH Overland Ka-Zes Wild Heart (B), GCH Pleasant Acre Blue Moon (D), CH Valley Park Barnstormer (D), Southland's Song Of The South (B), GCH Country Cove Hay And Honey (B), GCH Larkspur Sun, Moon And Stars (B)
CH Overland Ka-Zes Wild Heart earned Group 2 at Fond du Lac County Kennel Club under Judge Terry DePietro. There were 65 herding dogs in the competition.
Smooths placing in the Group: GCH Zandria 'N Tercan's Kiss My Freckles (B), GCH GCH Capella's Mirabeau Blue Dakota Wynde (B), GCHS Windkist 's Ain'T No Rest For The Wicked, RAE2, PT, NA, NAJ, OAP, OJP, OF, XFP, CAA (D)
GCH Capella's Mirabeau Blue Dakota Wynde was one of three smooths who took a Group placement this month. It was a Group 3 under Steve Keating at D'Arbonne Kennel Club in Louisiana.
National Owner-handled Series: NOHS Herding Group judges placed collies 14 times during the month. The roughs took 9 of those placements compared to 5 for the smooths. There were two Group 1 awards.
NOHS award winners for April: CH Sugarnspice Creekwood Ha Cha Cha, Overland BC Master Craftsman, GCHB Heatherfield Legacy Of Love, GCHB Cyndella's I'm A Party Girl, Star Country Smallmont Stolen Kiss, CH Jereco's Frost Bite, Mello-D's Bad Moon Risin', CH Highcroft Modern Muse, Milen's Classy Sassy Girl, GCHS Breezy Acre's In Your Face, CH Fantasy's Glory Days At Shepherds' Mission.
Congratulations to all!
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