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. The Fall specialties kicked back into gear in October with seven specialties held in three states: Nebraska, Kentucky and Colorado.
The specialty show that received the highest entry of collies was for Judge Roxann Heit at Collie Club Kentucky on Saturday, October 20 in Shelbyville, Kentucky. There were 56 collies entered at this same-day, afternoon, specialty show. Judge Heit also presided over the largest entry, surveying 49 collies – 27 roughs and 22 smooths. Heit was approved to judge in November 2012.
October Best of Breed Winners
The lineup of Best of Breed winners included one smooth dog, one veteran rough bitch, three rough bitches and one rough dog. There was only one collie, the smooth dog, GCHB Creekwood Lochlomun I'll Be D'amned, awarded multiple Best of Breed awards.
CH Valley Park Allegation was awarded BOB at CC of Colorado under Phyllis Autrey on October 27.
One Best of Breed awarded to five collies in October: GCH Taliesin Fresh Powder O'Paray (Veteran, R/B), GCH Cyndella's Divatude (R/B), GCH Kaigan The Black Pearl (R/B), CH Valley Park Allegation (R/D), GCHB Tapestry Summer Breeze, RN, HIC (R/B)
At the all-breeds: Collies accrued 25 Herding Group placements with three rough collies (one a class bitch) taking the five Group 1s; Highcroft Platinum We're All Mad Here (B), GCHS Scalloway's Lion Hunter (D) and CH Milas Look Again (B). These are the judges who elevated the Collie as the top herding dog of the day: Richard Lashbrook, (initial breed - Miniature Schnauzers) Andrea Georgi (initial breed - Cardigan Welsh Corgis), Patricia Trotter (initial breed -Norwegian Elkhounds), Marjorie Tuff (initial breed - Shetland Sheepdogs) and Michael Canalizo (initial breed - Afghan Hounds).
A total of 15 different collies recorded placements in October – seven roughs and eight smooths. Other placements included seven Group 2s, seven Group 3s and six Group 4s. Of all the placements, the Rough Variety came away with a ribbon 12 times compared to 13 for the Smooth Variety.
Group placing collies total 15 in October
From the classes, Cove Run Travler's Catch My Breath was one of 7 roughs and 15 collies overall to take a Group placement during the month.
Roughs placing in the group – seven: GCHS Scalloway's Lion Hunter (D), GCH Heatherfield Legacy Of Love (B), CH Special Sealore's The Glamorous Life (B), Highcroft Platinum We're All Mad Here (B), CH Milas Look Again (B), Cove Run Travler's Catch My Breath (B), GCH Sylvan Argent Windsong Prizm (B)
Smooths placing in the group – eight: GCHS Cardross Red Dirt Road (D), GCH Qualteri Lazurite Island Tryst (D), GCHS Lachki Dream Out Loud, RN (D), GCHS Travler Sugarnspice Witches Do Come Blue (D), CH Travler's Kim Possible (B), GCH Nirvana's Sunshines Ghost Rider, BN, HSAd, HXAd, FDC, CGC, TKA (D), GCHB Cyndella's I'M A Party Girl (B), GCHB Markos Just-N-Time-4-Showtime, CD, BN, RE, CGC, TKA (D)
GCH Nirvana's Sunshines Ghost Rider, BN, HSAd, HXAd, FDC, CGC, TKA was one of eight smooths who placed in the Herding Group – Group 4 at Riverhead KC under Judge William Usherwood.
The largest number of herding dogs exhibited at a show in which a collie placed was 198. It was at Buckhorn Valley Kennel Club in Greeley, Colorado – the same circuit as the Colorado Specialties at the end of the month. The award was a Group 2 and it went to the smooth bitch, GCHB Cyndella's I'm A Party Girl. The Herding Group judge was Cindy Meyer.
Tom Coen was the only judge this month to place both the rough and smooth in the Group on the same day. It was at Gloucester County Kennel Club in Galloway, New Jersey with a Group 2 for rough bitch, CH Milas Look Again and Group 4 for smooth bitch, CH Travler's Kim Possible.
National Owner-handled Series: Herding Group judges placed collies 34 times in the AKC's National Owner-handled Series along with a Best Owner-handled in Show and Reserve Best Owner-handled in Show awards going to rough bitch, CH Heatherfield Legacy Of Love and a Best Owner-handled in Show for smooth bitch, GCHB Cyndella's I'm A Party Girl. The placements included 10 Group 1s, six for the Rough Variety and four for the Smooth Variety. Smooths took 15 placements and the Roughs took 19.
GCH Heatherfield Legacy Of Love stands out this month with a Best Owner-handled in Show and Reserve Best Owner-handled in Show under judges Susan St. John Brown and Sharol Candace Way.
NOHS award winners for October: GCH Kaigan The Black Pearl, GCHS Windkist 's Ain'T No Rest For The Wicked, RAE2, PT, NA, NAJ, OAP, OJP, OF, XFP, CAA, GCHS Tir Nan' Og Brighton The Night Of Willow Fox Farm, GCH Heatherfield Legacy Of Love, GCHB Creekwood Lochlomun I'Ll Be D'amned, GCHB Breezy Acre's In Your Face, Sunnland's Sweet Fortune At E'Marie's, CH Suburbia's Party Popperz, Sandmoor I'm The Guy, Aspen-Jolis Standing Outside The Fire, Jjaed's Solid Gold, CH Oak Knolls Burning Secret, CD, RE, NAJ, CA, GCH Scalloway's Holding Gold, GCH Special Sealore's The Glamorous Life, CH Gambit's Sunkissed Grand Illusion, GCH Miholiday Crown Jewel Of Party Paws, CGC, TKI, GCHB Cyndella's I'M A Party Girl
Congratulations to all.