Welcome back to Ring Patterns, the Colliesonline.com feature where we re-cap, month by month, the general achievements of the breed at specialties and all-breeds throughout the country. April was a fantastic month for Collies and their dedicated breeders, owners and handlers. Among many of the great wins this month were a Best in Show, a Highest Scoring Dog in Obedience, a Best Owner Handled in Show, and several Best of Breed wins, for multiple collies, at the Specialties.
We will start with the specialties. There were 12 independent specialties and one designated specialty held in five states: New Jersey, Florida, Washington, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. The specialty show that received the highest entry of collies was for Judge Joan Kirkland at Collie Club of Long Island on Saturday, April 8 in Frenchtown, New Jersey. There were 73 collies entered at this show with 54 exhibited – 36 roughs and 18 smooths. The show was held along with three other specialties at the same show site – two for Hunterdon Hills Collie Club and one for Collie Club of Northern New Jersey. Judge Kirkland was approved to judge the breed in December 2003.
The specialty that garnered the highest entry for the month was Collie Club of Long Island on Sunday afternoon, April 8 with Judge Joan Kirkland -- 73 collies entered, 54 exhibited.
Pat Putnam, judged the largest entry, surveying 60 collies – 34 roughs and 26 smooths, at the Friday afternoon Inland Empire Collie Club show on April 3. Inland Empire CC held two same day specialty shows. Judge Putnam is from Washington State and was approved for the breed in July 2006. At the time she was approved for Collies, she was also approved for the following breeds; Alaskan Malamutes, Parson Russell Terriers, Pugs and Shetland Sheepdogs.
April Best of Breed Winners
All told, 11 different Collies were seen taking Best of Breed in April. The lineup of winners included four rough dogs, four rough bitches, one smooth dog, one smooth, veteran dog, and one smooth, veteran bitch. There were only two dogs, both rough, that were awarded two top awards. They were GCHS Ashbury Wild Horses and GCH Whitemoor On Eagle's Wings, PT.
GCH Whitemoor On Eagle's Wings, PT, was one of only two dogs in April that emerged with two top specialty awards.
One Best of Breed awarded to nine collies in April: GCH Tallywood Indulgence, GCHS Aurealis Endeavour, GCHB Overland Red Moon Rising, GCHS Tir Nan' Og Return To Camelot, GCHB Creekwood Lochlomun I'll Be D'amned, GCH Glenshire Peaches And Cream, CH Clarion Crystal Vision, GCH Glenshire You Make Me Smile, GCHP Bandors The Wyching Hour.
GCH Tallywood Indulgence took Best in Specialty under Linda Scanlon at Inland Empire Collie Club on April 13. There were 59 in competition, 33 roughs and 26 smooths. She took a Group 1 (163 herding dogs shown) the following day under Judge Scanlon at Ephrata-Moses Lake KC.
At the all-breeds: On April 29, rough bitch, CH Heatherfield Legacy Of Love took a Best in Show at Fort St. Clair Kennel Club in Eaton, Ohio under Judge Jo Ann Colvin. There were 533 in competition. On April 1 at Greater Miami Dog Club in Florida, Holmhaven Pure Gold Collie topped the Novice B class as Highest Scoring Dog in Regular Classes. There were 19 in competition. On April 14 at Terry-All Kennel Club in Brighton, Colorado, rough dog, GCHB CH Wild Wind's Rev On The Red Line, RN, recorded a Best Owner-Handled in Show under judge Sam Houston McDonald. Other noteworthy awards included a Reserve Best in Show for rough dog, GCH Anjay's Illusion in North Carolina at Western Carolina Dog Fanciers Association under judge Anne Katona and a Reserve Best Owner-Handled in Show for rough dog, GCH Oak Knolls Secret Flame in Wisconsin at Fond du Lac County Kennel Club under judge Carolyn Taylor.
CH Heatherfield Legacy Of Love took a Best in Show at Fort St. Clair Kennel Club in Eaton, Ohio under Judge Jo Ann Colvin. There were 533 dogs in competition.
Collies accrued 25 Herding Group placements, including five Group 1 awards. The Group 1s went to GCH Oak Knolls Secret Flame (Rough D), GCH Tallywood Indulgence (Rough B), GCH Anjay's Illusion (Rough D), Fleur De Lis Jp Just A Way (Rough D), and CH Heatherfield Legacy Of Love. The Group 1 awards came from these judges: Carolyn Herbel, Linda Scanlon, James Noe, Debra Long Gschwender, and Cheryl Paterson. A total of 18 different collies recorded placements in April -- 12 roughs and six smooths.
GCH Anjay's Illusion was awarded Reserve Best In Show under judge Anne Katona, A Group 1 under judge Jim Noe and a Group 4 under judge Sulie Greendale-Paveza.
Other placements included seven Group 2s, four Group 3s and nine Group 4s. Of all the placements, the Rough Variety came away with a ribbon 19 times compared to six for the Smooth Variety.
Group placing collies total 18 in April
Roughs placing in the group -- 12: GCH Oak Knolls Secret Flame (D), GCH Anjay's Illusion (D), CH Valley Park Serendipity At Baldwin Ridge (D), GCH Tallywood Indulgence (B), GCHB Scalloway's Lion Hunter (D), GCH Glenshire Peaches And Cream (B), GCH Moxie Laugh It Off, RN, CA (B), CH Belleville's Mancatcher Annie (B), CH Heatherfield Legacy Of Love (B), GCH Highcroft Debonair (D), Fleur De Lis Jp Just A Way (D), CH Skyview Advantage (D).
CH Skyview Advantage was awarded a Herding Group placement under judge James Frederiksen on April 29 at Lake Mathews Kennel Club.
Smooths placing in the group -- 6: GCHP Bandor's The Wyching Hour (D), GCHB CH 5c's Little Boy Blue (D), GCHS Jereco's Simply Irresistible (B), CH Swan's Grand Jete' Of Tercan (B), GCH Fleur-De-Lis's Day By Day (D), CH Wyldrose Anticipation (B).
CH Swan's Grand Jete' Of Tercan was awarded a Group 2 under judge Sam Houston McDonald at Terry-All Kennel Club in Colorado. There were 140 herding dogs shown at this mid-April show.
For the second month in a row, the largest number of herding dogs shown at a show in which a collie placed was 218. It happened at Atlanta Kennel Club in Perry, Georgia on April 14. The award was a Group 4 and it went to the rough dog, GCHB Scalloway's Lion Hunter. The judge was Peggy Beisel-McIlwaine, who was approved for the breed in January 2006. The only two judges that placed both varieties in the group were Debra Gschwender and Cheryl Patterson.
National Owner-handled Series: Herding Group judges placed collies 23 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 five Group 1s, six for the Rough Variety and one for the Smooth Variety. Roughs took 18 of the placements and smooths took five placements.
GCH Twin City Blu Ridge Frozen Juell took six of the National Owner-handled Series Group placements during the month -- the most of any collie shown in April.
NOHS award winners for April: GCH Twin City Blu Ridge Frozen Juell, Jereco's Serenity Of Norrie Lake, GCH Oak Knolls Secret Flame, CH Decor's Cauz'N A Commotion, Ability's Rising Star Lyra, GCHB Wild Wind's Rev On The Red Line RN, GCHS Windkist 's Ain'T No Rest For The Wicked, RAE2, PT, NA, NAJ, OAP, OJP, OF, XFP, CAA, Scalloway's My One And Only, CH Heatherfield Legacy Of Love, CH Wyldrose Anticipation, GCH Kaigan The Black Pearl, GCHB Breezy Acre's In Your Face, GCHB Tir Nan' Og Brighton The Night Of Willow Fox Farm.
Congratulations to all!