The fall specialty season reaped an October harvest of 10 specialty shows. Those shows were held in California, Colorado, Kentucky and Nebraska. The highest number of collies entered was at the Collie Club of Kentucky circuit, for Judges Phyllis Autrey and Carl Williford with 65. They also took stock of the largest entry, both of whom surveyed 61 collies – Autrey: 34 smooths, 27 roughs (the month's largest number of that variety) and Williford: 35 smooths (the month's largest number of that variety), 26 roughs. Williford's entry was also notable for the fact that it produced the largest entry of smooths shown at an independent specialty so far this year.
Harvest festival king and queen: The month saw eight collies – seven bitches and one dog – six roughs and two smooths, awarded Best of Breed – with two of those taking multiple wins: CH Overland Ultralight (D) and GCHS Dea Haven's Ice Blue Dream (B).
GCH Overland Ultralight, HIC
October Best of Breed winners ripe for the picking: CH Overland Ultralight, HIC, GCHS Dea Haven's Ice Blue Dream, Country Cove Hay And Honey, CH Tallywood Indulgence, GCH Jerusalem Hills Faith Is The Victory, CH Spectrum Elysium Dreams, GCH Cyndella's I'm A Party Girl, CH Demuir Barefoot Contessa.
CH Spectrum Elysium Dreams
Field of all-breed winners: Collies accrued one Highest Scoring Dog in Regular Classes, one Best in Show, one Reserve Best in Show, 34 Group placements, one Best Owner-handled in Show, one Reserve Best Owner-handled in Show and 39 National Owner-handled Series placements. The High In Trial was awarded to Rough Collie, CH Snovalley Silva Sinkona, VCD1, BN, RE, PT, OA, OAJ, OF. The Best in Show and Reserve Best in Show were both awarded to GCHG Sylvan Argent Hollywood And Vine by Judges Charles Trotter and R.C. Williams, respectively. The Best Owner-handled in Show was awarded to GCH Oak Knolls Secret Flame by Judge Kenneth Berg. Reserve Best Owner-handled in Show was awarded to GCH Dreamhearts Golden Opportunity At Memory Oak by Judge James Frederiksen.
The month's largest number of herding dogs shown at a show in which a collie placed was 171 at Richland Kennel Club on October 1. The award was a Group 4 and the honor went to the smooth collie, GCH Aurealis Ambition. The judge was Harry (Butch) Schulman.
GCH Oak Knolls Secret Flame
CH Snovalley Silva Sinkona, CD, BN, RE, TD, PT, NA, NAJ, NF, VX
Dogtoberfest? Not so fast! Three rough collie bitches were awarded eight Group 1 awards, six of which went to GCHG Sylvan Argent Hollywood And Vine and one each to GCHS Heatherfield Purple Hearts Blumatra and CH Tallywood Indulgence. These were the judges who saw the collie as the top herding dog of the day: Patricia Trotter, Anna Hewson, Lee Brown, Timothy Doxtater, Judith Shurb, Michel Chaloux, Christopher Neale and Nathaniel Horn.
Other placements included 11 Group 2s, 10 Group 3s and 6 Group 4s. Of all the placements, the Rough Variety came away with a ribbon 20 times compared to 14 for the Smooth Variety.
Collies awarded one or more Group placements in October: GCH Aurealis Ambition, GCHS Wild Wind's Don't Stop Believing, CD, RN, NAJ, Nehani's Wildwood Queen of The Silver Screen, GCHG Sylvan Argent Hollywood And Vine, GCHG Bandor's The Wyching Hour, CH Liege's Playing For The Ashes, GCHS Heatherfield Purple Hearts Blumatra, GCH Cyndella's I'm A Party Girl, GCHG Creekwood Miss Behavin', GCHB CH Breezy Acre's In Your Face, GCH Oak Knolls Secret Flame, CH Tallywood Indulgence, GCHS Cyndella's Splitting Image, GCHS Cheviot Monet, GCHB Lachki Dream Out Loud, RN, GCHS Windkist 's Ain't No Rest For The Wicked, RAE, PT, NA, NAJ, OAP, OJP, OF, XFP, CAA, GCHS Highcroft Worth The Wait, GCH Millknock's Firework At Mello-D, RN, HT, NAJ, NF, NFP, CA, GCH Sylvan Argent Pumped Up Kicks, Millknock Mockingbird.
AM/CAN GCH Sylvan Argent Pumped Up Kicks
AKC National Owner-handled Series bountiful for 24 different collies: Herding Group judges placed collies 39 times during the month. The smooths took 18 of those placements compared to 21 for the roughs. There were 11 Group 1 awards – five for the smooths and six for the roughs.
NOHS award winners for October: GCHB Tir Nan' Og Brighton The Night Of Willow Fox Farm, CH Sugarnspice, Creekwood's Lite & Sweet, CH Glenshire Peaches And Cream, GCH Scalloway's The Huntress, GCH Country K Lead With An Ace, BN, RN, THD, CGCA, GCHB CH Alexy Crooked River Midas Touch, GCH Dreamhearts Golden Opportunity At Memory Oak, CH Greyfriar Maleficent, CH Creekwood Lochlomun I'Ll Be D'amned, GCH Kelmar's Best Kept Secret, CGC, Windmark Reigning Gold, GCHS Travler's Zee Journey, BN, RN, CGC, CH Tercan 'N Zandria's Game Changer, GCHB Aurealis Coldplay, GCHB Breezy Acre's In Your Face, Avondale Scandalous, GCH Cyndella's I'M A Party Girl, Highcroft Longview London Fog, GCH Oak Knolls Secret Flame, GCH Scalloway's Lion Hunter, CH Scalloway's You're Gonna Be Golden, GCHS Windkist 's Ain'T No Rest For The Wicked, RAE, PT, NA, NAJ, OAP, OJP, OF, XFP, CAA , GCH Millknock's Firework At Mello-D, HT, RN, CA, NAJ, NF, NFP.
GCH Millknock's Firework At Mello-D, HT, RN, CA, NAJ, NF, NFP