In December, there were 10 specialty shows, 3 designated and 7 independent, in 4 states including California, Pennsylvania, Florida and Ohio. The show that garnered the highest total number of collies entered at a specialty was tied for Judges Harry (Butch) Schulman and Sulie Greendale-Paveza at the Greater Tampa Bay Specialties with 59 entries each. There were also 51 collies in competition at both shows, however, the breakdown of smooths and roughs was slightly different for each specialty. The breakdown of their entries were as follows: Judge Schulman (36 roughs / 15 smooths) Judge Greendale-Paveza (32 roughs / 19 smooths). Judge Schulman presided over the largest Rough entry with 36 and Judge Greendale-Paveza appraised the largest Smooth entry with 19. These specialties were held on a Thursday and Friday in conjunction with the AKC National Championship Dog Show in Orlando, Florida.
Best of Breed / Best of Variety Awards in December:
The month of December saw 12 collies awarded top honors during the month – 6 dogs and 6 bitches. The only winner of multiple BOB or BOV awards was GCHS Aurealis Coldplay, who was honored as Best in Specialty twice.
GCHS Aurealis Coldplay was awarded two Best in Specialty awards in December.
List of December Best of Breed Winners: GCHS Aurealis Coldplay (Rough/D), CH Tallywood Seraphim (Rough/Vet/B), GCH Jerusalem Hills Faith Is The Victory (Rough/Vet/B), GCHB Breezy Acre's I'm A Keeper (Rough/B), Barksdale Aftershock (Rough/Class/D), GCHG Sylvan Argent Hollywood And Vine (Rough/B)
Veteran bitch, GCH Jerusalem Hills Faith Is The Victory was a BIS winner in December.
List of Best of Variety winners at three designated specialties: GCH Ashbury Wild Horses (Rough/D), GCH Creekwood Miss Behavin' (Smooth/B), GCH Sylvan Argent Fireworks (Rough/D), CH Creekwood Lochlomum I'll Be Damned (Smooth/D), GCH Wilshire Cavalier Choice (Rough/D), GCHB 5C's Little Boy Blue (Smooth/D)
At the All-breed shows:
Collies accrued 14 Group placements, including two Group 1 awards. Those Group 1 awards went to two rough collies -- one dog and one bitch: GCHB CH Sealore's "A" List and GCHG Sylvan Argent Hollywood And Vine.
The judges who saw the collie as the top herding dog of the day were: James Frederiksen and Carl Liepmann. Other placements included three Group 2s, three Group 3s and six Group 4s. Of all the placements, the Rough Variety came away with a ribbon 11 times compared to 3 for the Smooth Variety.
Those previously mentioned designated specialties also produced Group success. South Jersey Collie Club, held at Valley Forge Kennel Club in Oaks, Pennsylvania on Sunday, December 10, had a Group 3 for the rough dog, GCH Sylvan Argent Fireworks. The breed judge was Krista Hansen and the Group judge was Eric Ringle. There were 123 herding dogs shown on the day. The number of collies exhibited for Judge Hansen was 35 roughs and 11 smooths. The entry of roughs here was just one short of the Tampa Specialty for Judge Schulman on the following Thursday.
GCHS Highcroft Brilliance In Blue, BN was awarded multiple Group placements in December.
Collies awarded one or more Herding Group placements in December: Riverrun Galatean Up Next, Sassy's Autumn-Sun Accidentally In Love, GCHG Sylvan Argent Hollywood And Vine, GCHS Highcroft Brilliance In Blue, BN, GCHB 5c's Little Boy Blue, CH Marnus Sentimental Journey, GCH Travler's Catching Zzzzz, GCHB Sylvan Argent Pumped Up Kicks, GCH Scalloway's Lion Hunter, GCHB CH Sealore's "A" List, GCHB Lachki Dream Out Loud, RN, GCHS CH Highcroft Worth The Wait
The largest number of herding dogs shown at a show in which a collie placed was 518 at Greater Ocala Dog Club in Florida on December 12. The award was a Group 1 and the honor went to the rough collie, GCHB CH Sealore's "A" List. The judge was James Frederiksen.
National Owner-handled Series: Herding Group judges placed collies 14 times during the month along with one Reserve Best Owner-Handled in Show. The Reserve Best was awarded to GCHB CH Breezy Acre's In Your Face. In the NOHS series, the roughs took eight of those placements compared to six for the smooths. There were two Group 1 awards – all awarded to the Rough Variety.
Autumn-Sun Flapper Girl with breeder-owner handler, Shannon Hayes.
NOHS award winners for November: GCHB Breezy Acre's In Your Face, CH Scalloway's Holding Gold, CH Tercan 'N Zandria's Game Changer, GCH Creekwood Lochlomun I'll Be D'amned, GCHB Alexy Crooked River Midas Touch, GCHS Highcroft Brilliance In Blue, BN, Crosswind Shoot The Moon, Autumn-Sun Flapper Girl, GCHS Travler's Zee Journey, BN, RN, CGC, GCHS Windkist 's Ain'T No Rest For The Wicked, RAE, PT, NA, NAJ, OAP, OJP, OF, XFP, CAA.
Congratulations to all!