Welcome 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. In December, three states played host to eight specialties: California, Pennsylvania and Florida. Two of those were designated and the balance were held independently.
Hildy Morgan judged the largest entry, examining 75 collies – 49 roughs and 26 smooths – at Central Jersey Collie Club on Saturday, December 8. This show was the first of two designated specialties held in Oaks, Pennsylvania, hosted by Valley Forge Kennel Club. This was the same location as the 2012 Collie Club of America National Specialty. Judge Morgan was approved for the breed in July of 2001.
The 49 rough collies shown under Morgan were the largest number judged in that variety. The largest turnout for the Smooth Variety was 26, shared by Central Jersey Collie Club (Hildy Morgan) and Greater Tampa Bay Collie Club for judges Robette Johns and Patt Caldwell. At the Pennsylvania specialties, smooths comprised 35 percent of the entry compared to Florida where smooths comprised 47 percent of the entry. At the California shows smooths represented only 11 percent of the overall entry.
December Best of Breed Winners
The lineup of Best of Breed / Best of Variety winners included two smooth dogs, one smooth bitch, three rough dogs, and one rough bitch. Two rough dogs took home multiple Best of Breed awards: GCH Lochlaren Kings Valley Fire Within and CH Skyview Advantage.
CH Skyview Advantage was one of two rough dogs awarded multiple Best of Breed wins during the month.
Two collies awarded one Best of Breed award in December: GCH Gambit's Livin' The Dream (R/D), GCH Demuir Heiress At First Light (S/B)
Collies awarded one Best of Variety at the designated specialties: CH Special Eye On The Mark (S/D), CH Lachki Pause And Oneder (R/B), GCHS Creekwood Lochlomun I'll Be D'amned (S/D), GCH Lochlaren Kings Valley Fire Within (R/D)
At the all-breeds: Collies accrued 12 Herding Group placements, including two Group 1 awards under Judges Amy Gau and David Bolus, and one Reserve Best in Show under Judge Guy Jeavons. The Smooth Variety took half of the placements but walked away with the only two Group 1 awards. The Reserve Best In Show went to smooth dog, GCHS Creekwood Lochlomun I'll Be D'amned. The other Group 1 went to the smooth dog, GCH Chrysalis Wyldrose You Dirty Rat.
A total of 10 different collies recorded placements – seven roughs, two dogs and five bitches, and three smooths, both dogs. Other placements included three Group 2s, six Group 3s and one Group 4. Of all the placements, the Rough Variety came away with a ribbon eight times compared to four for the Smooth Variety.
Group placing collies total 10 in December
Roughs placing in the group – seven: CH Fantasy's Just Dream On (B), GCHG Lochlaren Kings Valley Fire Within (D), GCHG Sylvan Argent Hollywood And Vine (B), GCHB Tallywood Chandelier, RN, CGC (B), CH Hillcrest's Celtic Nobleman (D), CH Highcroft Anticipation II (B), CH Lachki Pause And Oneder (B)
Smooths placing in the group – three: GCH Chrysalis Wyldrose You Dirty Rat (D), GCHS Creekwood Lochlomun I'Ll Be D'amned (D), Magnolia's Lakeside Adventure (D)
The largest number of herding dogs exhibited at a show in which a collie placed was 147. That was at Greater Clark County Kennel Club in Ridgefield, Washington on December 9. The award was a Group 3 and it went to the rough bitch, GCHB Tallywood Chandelier, RN, CGC (B). The Herding Group judge was Walter Sommerfelt.
On the first and last day of the circuit in Oaks, Penn., Judges Amy Gau and Glen Stark placed both varieties in the same group on the same day. After judging the breed at the South Jersey Collie Club designated specialty on December 9, Judge Gau awarded the smooth dog, GCHS Creekwood Lochlomun I'll Be D'amned Group 1 and the rough dog, GCHG Lochlaren Kings Valley Fire Within a Group 2. As was mentioned earlier, the smooth dog went onto an impressive Reserve Best in Show under noted Sheltie breeder, Guy Jeavons. There were a total of 727 in competition at Valley Forge Kennel Club with 135 herding dogs shown. Three days earlier in the week, (South Jersey Kennel Club), Judge Stark awarded the smooth dog, GCHS Creekwood Lochlomun I'll Be D'amned Group 2 and the rough bitch, CH Lachki Pause And Oneder a Group 4. There were 99 herding dogs shown at this Thursday all-breed show.
National Owner-handled Series: Herding Group judges placed collies 12 times in the American Kennel Club's National Owner-handled Series. The placements included six Group 1s, two for the Rough Variety and four for the Smooth Variety. Smooths took nine placements and the roughs took three.
NOHS Group Award Placements for December: CH Glenloch Calvin The Lionhearted, ACT1, CGC, Pine Ridge 5c's Sweet Emotion, GCH Scalloway's Holding Gold, GCH Chrysalis Wyldrose You Dirty Rat, CH Sugarnspice Creekwood Ha Cha Cha, GCHS Breezy Acre's In Your Face, GCHS Creekwood Lochlomun I'Ll Be D'amned, CH Romany's Curb Your Enthusiasm, CH Special Eye On The Mark, CH Carealot's Hamish Of Skye, GCHS Tir Nan' Og Brighton The Night Of Willow Fox Farm, FDC
Congratulations to all.