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.
There were 17 specialties – 10 independent and 7 designated – held in 8 states. The shows started in Utah, then went to Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Iowa, Texas, Indiana and Michigan before concluding in Minnesota on the last weekend of the month.
Indiana Collie Club, where the smooths outnumbered the roughs by four, drew the highest entry of Collies during the month of May for Judge Mary Benedict.
The show that garnered the highest number of collies entered at all specialties in May, the largest turnout overall and the highest number of smooths in competition was for judge Mary Benedict at the Indiana Collie Club Saturday morning specialty on May 11, 2019. There were 77 collies entered with 60 exhibited – more smooths than roughs – 32 and 28. The largest total turnout in roughs was judged at Central Iowa Collie Club on May 4 under Heidi Mendez with 29.
May Best of Breed Winners
May was a month that saw eight different collies taking Best of Breed. The lineup of winners included one rough dog, two rough bitches, one smooth bitch, two veteran rough bitches, one rough class bitch and one smooth class dog. There was only one collie this month that was awarded multiple Best of Breed awards: GCH Larkspur Sun, Moon And Stars, who won Best at three specialties.
One Best of Breed awarded to seven collies in May: GCHG Jereco's Simply Irresistible (SB), CH Rainbow's One Sassy Fantasy (Vet RB), Riverrun Galatean Wyndhams Sweet Dream (RB), CH Southland's Song of The South (RB), CH Valley Park Allegation (RD), Markos Top Gun (SD), GCH Bayside Dreamgirl (Vet RB).
Riverrun Galatean Wyndhams Sweet Dream earned Best in Specialty from the classes under judge Marcy Fine at Keystone Collie Club in Erwinna, Pennsylvania.
Rough Collies awarded Best of Variety at the designated specialties: GCH Country Cove Hay And Honey (B), Milas Yankee Pitcher (D), CH Fantasy's Glory Days At Shepherds Mission (B), Southlands I'm In A Southern State of Mind (B), GCHG Scalloway's Lion Hunter (D), GCHB Oak Knolls Secret Flame (D), CH Valley Park Barnstormer (RD)
GCH Country Cove Hay And Honey earned BOV at Central Jersey Collie Club under judge Hector Hector with an entry of 28 roughs.
Milas Yankee Pitcher jumped up to BOV from the classes under judge Melanie Williams at the Keystone Collie Club's designated specialty show. There were 28 roughs shown on the day.
Smooth Collies awarded Best of Variety at the designated specialties: GCH Special Eye On The Mark (D), GCHG Travler's Nissan Rogue, BN, CD, RN, CGC (Vet/D), CH C and J's Undeniable Charm (B), GCH Scalloway's Holding Gold (D), GCH Deep River Aspenwind Autumn Gold (B)
GCHG Travler's Nissan Rogue, BN, CD, RN, CGC earned BOV under judge Melanie Williams at the Keystone Collie Club's designated specialty show. There were 19 smooths including 6 specials and 3 veterans.
At the All-Breeds
The Collie's durability for high achievement at the all-breeds remained strong in May. The month recorded One Reserve Best in Show for the rough bitch, Southland's I'm In A Southern State Of Mind under James Noe at Grand Rapids Kennel Club (the host show for Midwest Collie Club designated specialty).
Collies accrued 36 Herding Group placements, including three Group One awards. The extra large blue ribbon went to the following rough collies: Southland's I'm In A Southern State Of Mind (B) under Jim Frederiksen, GCH Taradells Legendary (D) under Jan Paulk and GCHB Highcroft Debonair (D) under Sulie Greendale-Paveza.
A total of 20 different collies recorded placements in May – 15 roughs and 5 smooths.
Other placements included 12 Group 2s, 16 Group 3s and 5 Group 4s. Of all the placements, the Rough Variety came away with a ribbon 24 times compared to 12 for the Smooth Variety. Three dogs, had three or more placements: GCHG Scalloway's Lion Hunter (R) with eight placements, GCHB Qualteri Lazurite Island Tryst (D) with six and GCHS Travler Sugarnspice Witches Do Come Blue (D) with three.
GCHS Travler Sugarnspice Witches Do Come Blue earned multiple Group Placements in May.
Group placing collies total 20 in May
Roughs placing in the group – 15: GCHB Tallywood Chandelier, RN, CGC (B), Spectrum Arrowhill Dreamcatcher (B), GCHG Scalloway's Lion Hunter (D), GCHB Highcroft Debonair (D), GCH Pleasant Acre Blue Moon (D), GCHB Country Cove Hay And Honey (B), CH Markos All That Glitters (B),CH Sandmoor I'm The Guy (D), Fleur De Lis Jp Double Delight (B), Southland's I'm In A Southern State Of Mind (B), GCH Taradells Legendary (D), Riverrun Galatean Paint The Town (B), GCHB Highcroft St. Germaine Wildfire (D), Kiriko's Rock Star (D), GCHB Heatherfield Legacy Of Love (B),
Spectrum Arrowhill Dreamcatcher earned a Group 3 under Guy Jeavons at Intermountain Kennel Club on May 3, 2019.
Smooths placing in the group – 5: GCHB Zandria 'N Tercan's Kiss My Freckles (B), GCH Scalloway's Holding Gold (D), GCHB Qualteri Lazurite Island Tryst (D), GCHS Travler Sugarnspice Witches Do Come Blue (D), GCH Deep River Aspenwind Autumn Gold (B).
GCHB Zandria 'N Tercan's Kiss My Freckles earned a Group 3 at Olympia Dog Fanciers Association under Eric Liebes. 87 herding dogs were shown on the day.
The largest number of herding dogs shown at a show in which a collie placed was 234 at Grand Rapids Kennel Club in Kalamazoo, Michigan – the same show as the Midwest Collie Club designated specialty on May 25. The award was a Group 1 and it went to the rough bitch, Southland's I'm In A Southern State Of Mind under Judge James Frederiksen. She also went on to a Reserve Best in Show under James Noe in a total show entry of 1333.
GCHG Scalloway's Lion Hunter was awarded eight group placements in May. The most of any collie for the month.
There were two judges that placed both varieties in the group on the same day. Eric Liebes placed rough dog, GCHG Scalloway's Lion Hunter and smooth dog, GCH Scalloway's Holding Gold at Denton Kennel Club, which hosted the Fort Worth Collie Club's designated specialty. And Pamela Bruce placed rough bitch, Riverrun Galatean Paint The Town and smooth dog, GCHS Travler Sugarnspice Witches Do Come Blue at Plainfield Kennel Club.
National Owner-handled Series: Herding Group judges placed collies 28 times in the AKC's National Owner-handled Series. The awards included a NOHS Best in Show for GCHB Heatherfield Legacy Of Love under judge Murrel Purkhiser and six Group 1s, five for the Rough Variety and one for the Smooth Variety. Roughs took 15 of the placements and the Smooths took 13.
GCHB Heatherfield Legacy Of Love is awarded a NOHS Best in Show under judge Murrel Purkhiser at Conewango Valley Kennel Club on May 31.
NOHS Group Placements for May: GCH Capella's Mirabeau Blue Dakota Wynde, GCH Special Eye On The Mark, CH Fantasy's Glory Days At Shepherds' Mission, GCHB Oak Knolls Secret Flame, Mystic Get Your Bling On, GCH Encore Coho's Aesops Perfect Pick, RN, CGC, GCHB Heatherfield Legacy Of Love, GCHS Chrysalis Wyldrose You Dirty Rat, HT, CH Jereco's Frost Bite, CH Sandmoor I'm The Guy, GCH Wild Wind Harley's Flashy Gent, CGCA, TKN, Rainbow's Super Trouper At Wyldrose, CH Sugarnspice Creekwood Ha Cha Cha, Shi-Ban Showin Off, GCH Miholiday Crown Jewel Of Party Paws, CGCU, TKA, GCHS Breezy Acre's In Your Face, Star Country Smallmont Stolen Kiss, CH Wild Wind's Meadowlark Meant For Me, GCH Miholiday's Sunnland She's Really Stellar, CGC, TKN, CH Mello-D's Bad Moon Risin', CH Lisara's Good To The Last Drop
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