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 six specialties: California, Florida and Pennsylvania. Two of those were designated and the balance were held independently. Even though the month was short on shows, the wins for Collies were impressive!
The specialty show that received the highest entry of collies was the designated specialty for judge Sally Futh at Central Jersey Collie Club on Saturday, December 7 in Oaks, Pennsylvania. There were 86 collies entered at this show with 50 shown on the day. The entry difference we were told, was due to rumors of a health scare with imported dogs up for adoption at the other end of the show building. Judge Futh awarded her Rough Best of Variety, GCH Priority's Chantilly Lace, Group 1 and this bitch went on to Best in Show at Valley Forge Kennel Club in an entry of 733 dogs.
Sally Futh drew an entry of 86 at the designated, Central Jersey Collie Club in Oaks, Pennsylvania on December 7. The collie she chose as her Best of Variety went on to Best in Show at Valley Forge KC.
Adria Weiner judged the largest entry of collies – 56 collies: 31 roughs and 25 smooths – at the Greater Tampa Bay Collie Club on December 12 in Orlando, Florida. Sally judged the largest rough entry with 36 and the 25 smooth collies shown to Adria were the largest number judged in that variety.
GCH Larkspur Sun, Moon And Stars won both California specialties under judges Misti Labs and Peri Norman on December 1.
December Best of Breed Winners
The lineup of Best of Breed - Best of Variety winners included one rough dog, and three rough bitches. Two rough bitches took home multiple BoB - BoV awards: GCH Larkspur Sun, Moon And Stars and GCH Priority's Chantilly Lace.
Judge Adria Weiner chose CH Cheviot Wynd's Anwell Of Monet as her Best of Breed at Greater Tampa Bay Collie Club on December 12 in Orlando, Florida.
Collies awarded one Best of Variety at the designated specialties: CH Cheviot Wynd's Anwell Of Monet (R/B), GCH Pleasant Acre Blue Moon (R/D)
GCHG Travler Sugarnspice Witches Do Come Blue took the majority of Group placements (six) in December including one of the two Group 1s awarded this month.
At the all-breeds: Collies accrued 20 Herding Group placements, including two Group 1 awards under Judges Sally Futh and James Reynolds, and one Best in Show under Judge Anne Katona. The Smooth Variety took 12 of the placements, roughs were awarded eight. The Best In Show - Group 1 went to the rough bitch, GCH Priority's Chantilly Lace. The other Group 1 went to the smooth dog, GCHG Travler Sugarnspice Witches Do Come Blue.
A total of 10 different collies recorded placements – six roughs, three dogs and three bitches, and four smooths, three dogs and one bitch. Three of the roughs were class dogs. Other placements included 10 Group 2s, five Group 3s and three Group 4s. Of all the placements, the Rough Variety came away with a ribbon eight times compared to 12 for the Smooth Variety.
Group placing collies total 10 in December
Roughs placing in the group – six: GCH Kiriko's Rock Star (D), GCHG Scalloway's Lion Hunter TKN (D), 'Twas The First Mate (D), GCH Priority's Chantilly Lace (B), Valley Park Alleged Affair (B), Tokyo Jazz Jp Bonjour Maxima (B)
Smooths placing in the group – four: GCHG Travler Sugarnspice Witches Do Come Blue (D), GCH Thorndale Locust Hill Gallant Lad (D), GCHS Creekwood Lochlomun I'll Be D'amned (D), GCHB Headline's Flair For The Dramatic (B)
The largest number of herding dogs exhibited at a show in which a collie placed was 616. That was at Central Florida Kennel Club in Orlando on December 12. The award was a Group 2 and it went to the smooth bitch, GCHB Headline's Flair For The Dramatic. The Herding Group judge was Timothy Graham David Thomas from Brisbane, Australia.
There were two judges that placed both varieties in the same group on the same day—Sally Futh and John Reeve-Newson. After judging the variety at the Central Jersey Collie Club designated specialty on December 7, Judge Futh awarded the rough bitch, GGCH Priority's Chantilly Lace Group 1 and the smooth dog, GCHS Creekwood Lochlomun I'll Be D'amned, Group 3. As mentioned earlier, the rough bitch went on to an impressive Best in Show under judge Anne Katona. There were a total of 773 in competition at Valley Forge Kennel Club with 149 herding dogs shown. At Delaware Water Gap, Judge Reeve-Newson placed GCHS Creekwood Lochlomun I'Ll Be D'amned Group 2 and the rough, 'Twas The First Mate, Group 4. These shows were held in Allentown, Pennsylvania on December 15.
National Owner-handled Series: Herding Group judges placed collies eight times in the American Kennel Club's National Owner-handled Series. The placements included four Group 1s, all awarded to the Rough Variety. Smooths took three placements and the roughs took five.
Smooth dog, GCH Scalloway's Holding Gold TKN was one of the seven NOHS award winners for December.
NOHS award winners for December: GCH Scalloway's Holding Gold, TKN, GCHS Breezy Acre's In Your Face, Valley Park Alleged Affair, CH Wild Wind's Shine Bright Like A Diamond FDC, GCHB Highcroft Mar-Jo Daisey, CH Sunnland's Fortunate Memories At Verterra, GCHB Oak Knolls Secret Flame.
Congratulations to all.