When the sun gets high in the sky, a sure sign of summer is the change of focus from specialties to all-breed shows. In July, collies came away with one Best in Show award, 24 Group placements and 23 National Owner-Handled Series placements. There was also a noteworthy obedience result -- a rare Highest Combined Score in OB and UA/UB in Washington with 31 all-breed dogs competing.
GCHG Sylvan Argent Hollywood And Vine
Two collies were awarded Group 1 in July: GCHG Sylvan Argent Hollywood And Vine and GCHB Overland By Request. Other placements included six Group 2s, four Group 3s, and ten Group 4s. Of all the placements, the Rough Variety came away with a ribbon 15 times compared to 9 for the Smooth Variety.
The pinnacle of Group performance was illustrated in the form of GCHG Sylvan Argent Hollywood And Vine, who was awarded the month's only Best in Show award at Longview Kennel Club under Judge Cindy Meyer. There were 498 herding dogs in competition. Meyers' initial breed was the German Shepherd and she was approved to judge collies in December of 2003. Two collies, both of the Rough Variety, earned four Group 1 awards under Judges Sulie Greendale-Paveza, Sharon Hennessy, Cindy Meyer and Linda Telfair.
Collies awarded one or more Group placements in July: GCHS Highcroft Hush Hush, GCHS Travler's Zee Journey, BN, RN, CGC, GCH CH Lachki Dream Out Loud, RN, Special Storybook Shipwrecked At Sealore, GCHB Overland By Request, GCH Travler's Catching Zzzzz, Clarion Sapphire Skies, GCHG Sylvan Argent Hollywood And Vine, CH Wild Wind's Physical Graffiti, BN, RA, GCHS Taradells Silent Leader, HT, Glenelg's Blu Victory Of Shadaglen, CH Liege's Playing For The Ashes, GCHB 5c's Little Boy Blue, GCH Lochlaren Chestry Keeping The Faith
The month's largest number of herding dogs shown at a show in which a collie placed was 178 at Trinity Valley Kennel Club in Texas on July 8. The award was a Group 1 and the honor went to the rough collie, GCHG Sylvan Argent Hollywood And Vine. The judge was Sulie Greendale-Paveza whose initial breed was the Shetland Sheepdog. Judge Paveza has been judging collies since October 1999.
Herding Group judges placed collies 23 times in the AKC's National Owner-Handled Series. The smooths took 18 of the placements compared to 5 for the roughs. There were four Group 1 awards -- all going to the Smooth Variety for those owner-handlers.
GCHS Windkist's Ain't No Rest For The Wicked,
PT, RAE, CAA, NA, NAJ, OF, OAP, OJP, XFP, CCA VX
Collies awarded Group Placements in the National Owner-Handled Series: GCHS Travler's Zee Journey, BN, RN, CGC, GCH Millknock's Firework At Mello-D, RN, NAJ, NF, NFP, CA, GCHS Windkist's Ain't No Rest For The Wicked, PT, RAE, CAA, NA, NAJ, OF, OAP, OJP, XFP, CCA, VX, CH Travler's Miss Independent, GCH Encore Coho Fisherman's First Mate, RE, PT, Romany's Curb Your Enthusiasm, Foggy Bay Sealoch Star Chaser, BN, RN, CGC, CH Deep River Aspenwind Autumn Gold, GCHB 5c's Little Boy Blue, GCHB Breezy Acre's In Your Face, CH Liege's Playing For The Ashes, CH Wild Wind's Too Good To Be Tru, RN
Silver Cloud's Deserve Victory UD PUTD RA PT NA NAJ
The Highest Combined Score in OB and UA/UB was earned by the rough collie, Silver Cloud's Deserve Victory, UD, PUTD, RA, PT, NA, NAJ at Hurricane Ridge Kennel Club of Washington on July 30. He was also High Combined in Obedience both days at the 2017 Collie Club of America National Specialty in California.
Congratulations to all!