Welcome to Ring Patterns for March 2019 – a monthly look back at the general achievements of the breed at specialties and all-breeds throughout the country. March is a heavy weight month for specialties not only in terms of the number held, but also because one of those shows is often the Collie Club of America National Specialty. For 2019, this was the case and Colliesonline.com was there ringside to produce near real-time results for the 20th consecutive year.
The National Specialty is the parent club's most important annual event and this year it took place in Peoria, Illinois with 534 competitors – 362 roughs and 175 smooths in attendance. There were a total of 641 conformation entries. The last time the National was held in Illinois was 1986. The number of collies entered in that show was 968. Of course, the CCA was celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding and to get the pulse of the breed we looked back at the yearbook in 1986, which was dedicated to the memory of former club president and 50-plus-year member, Edwin Myers. Just imagine, he experienced more than half of the club's history, including most of the 20th century. From one of his articles reprinted in that yearbook . . .
"The difference between today's candidates for greatness and our average good Collies is not nearly so great because the general level of quality is high. Much potential for greatness is lost sight of because of the company it keeps. This is one of the finest kinds of "trouble" that any breed can have."
Prior to the 1986 show in Rosemont, Illinois, the previous National that was held in Illinois was in 1963 in Chicago. There was a total entry of 253 roughs and 13 smooths at that show. The 1957 National Specialty was also in Chicago and was significant for the fact that it saw the return of smooths to the show for the first time since 1908 – a 49-year hiatus for the variety.
But now back to 2019 – there were 19 independent specialties held in 7 states: Michigan, Wisconsin, New York, Maine, Arizona, California and Missouri.
The largest turnout for collies was at Toledo Collie Club's Saturday afternoon Specialty for Susan Bertrand. There were 81 collies exhibited at this show – 52 roughs and 29 smooths.
The show that attracted the highest number of collies entered at an independent specialty and also the largest actual turnout was in Michigan for judge Susan Bertrand at the Toledo Collie Club's specialty on March 2, 2019. There were 93 collies entered with 81 exhibited – 52 roughs and 29 smooths. Entries in this range have not been seen for some time at the specialties.
At all specialties for the month roughs out numbered smooths, though at the Arizona shows, it was close with 10 roughs and 8 smooths exhibited.
At the Specialties: The month saw 14 collies take Best in Specialty – 4 dogs and 10 bitches, 11 roughs and 3 smooths, which included 4 veterans (1 dog, 3 bitches) and 1 class bitch. In addition, 6 collies received multiple Best in Specialty awards. See the full list of Best of Breed winners below.
Veteran bitch, CH Mascoma's Luminaria earned breed wins in March under judges Mary Benjamin (pictured) and Marianne Sullivan.
Six collies took multiple Best of Breeds: GCHG Lochlaren Kings Valley Fire Within (Veteran), CH Headline's Flair For The Dramatic, GCH Travler's Kim Possible, GCHS Seawhisper Mysterious (Veteran), CH Mascoma's Luminaria (Veteran), CH Markos Ice Princess
GCH Travler's Kim Possible earned multiple breed wins under judges Marcy Murphy and Jackie Caruso.
Veteran bitch, GCHS Seawhisper Mysterious earned multiple specialty breed wins under John Buddie and Patricia Caldwell.
Eight collies awarded one Best in Specialty show: GCHB Taliesin Fresh Powder O'Paray, Tokyo Jazz Jp All My Loving, GCHB Taliesin The Masterplan, GCH Clarion Crystal Vision, GCH Overland Rough And Tumble, GCHB Shalimar's Double 'L' And Away We Go (Veteran), GCH Gambit's Livin' The Dream, GCH Skyview Advantage
GCH Skyview Advantage earned a Best in Specialty under judge Louise Palarik.
At the all-breeds: 11 Collies – 7 roughs and 4 smooths accrued 13 Group placements including two Herding Group 1 awards for rough dogs – GCHB Highcroft Debonair and GCHG Taradells Silent Leader, HT under judges Allen Odom and Gloria Kerr. Other placements included one Group 2, two Group 3s and eight Group 4s. The only dog this month that had repeat Group placements was GCHS Travler Sugarnspice Witches Do Come Blue with three placements.
The largest number of herding dogs shown at a show in which a collie placed was 211 at Delaware County Kennel Club in York, Pennsylvania. The award was a Group 4 and it went to the smooth dog, GCHS Travler Sugarnspice Witches Do Come Blue. The judge was Linda Clark who was approved to judge collies in May 2017. Her initial breed was Rhodesian Ridgebacks.
GCHS Travler Sugarnspice Witches Do Come Blue, the only collie in March 2019 with multiple Herding Group placements.
There was just one judge, Joyce Vanek that placed both varieties in the same group on the same day. It was at Superstition Kennel Club on March 2 with 168 Herding dogs shown on the day. The rough bitch, CH Markos Ice Princess placed second and the smooth dog, GCHB Qualteri Lazurite Island Tryst, placed fourth. Judge Vanek's initial breed was Old English Sheepdogs. She was approved to judge collies in November 1998.
GCHB Qualteri Lazurite Island Tryst earned a Herding Group 4 under Judge Joyce Vanek in Arizona.
Roughs placing in the Group: GCHB Millknock's Firework At Mello-D, RN, HT, NAJ, NF, NFP, CA (B), CH Markos Ice Princess (B), GCHB Skyview Advantage (D), GCHS Scalloway's Lion Hunter (D), GCHB Highcroft Debonair (D), Ashbury Sharp Objects (B), GCHG Taradells Silent Leader, HT (D)
GCHB Millknock's Firework At Mello-D, RN, HT, NAJ, NF, NFP, CA earned a Group 4 under judge James Noe.
Smooths placing in the Group: GCHB Qualteri Lazurite Island Tryst (D), GCHB Chrysalis Wyldrose You Dirty Rat (D), GCHS Travler Sugarnspice Witches Do Come Blue (D), GCH Zandria 'N Tercan's Kiss My Freckles (B)
GCH Zandria 'N Tercan's Kiss My Freckles (Smooth) earned a Group 3 at Peninsula Dog Fanciers Club in Bremerton, Washington under judge John Wade.
National Owner-handled Series: NOHS Herding Group judges placed collies 17 times during the month. The roughs took home the ribbon 11 times compared to 6 for the smooths.
NOHS award winners for March: CH Barramist's Super Bowl MVP, RN, CGC, GCHB Chrysalis Wyldrose You Dirty Rat, GCH Miholiday Crown Jewel Of Party Paws, CGC, TKI, Commanders Diva In Silk Stockings Of Jjaeds, GCHS Shalimar's Double 'L' And Away We Go, GCH Highcroft Longview London Fog, GCHB Heatherfield Legacy Of Love, CH Mello-D's Shadows And Light, GCHS Breezy Acre's In Your Face, CH Southland's Walkin' In High Cotton, CH Jereco's Frost Bite, Lindy's Dark Of The Moon, GCH CH Wild Wind's Promise A Fast Finish, RN, PT, NJP, CAA, RATO, CGCA, CGCU
CH Mello-D's Shadows And Light earned a NOHS placement under judge Charlotte McGowan in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Obedience Awards: There were two High In Trial awards for the rough collie, Holmhaven Golden Stardust Collie from the Novice B class at Greater Miami Dog Club on March 30 and 31. There were obedience entries of 14 and 13 at these all-breed shows.
Congratulations to all!
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