In September we said goodbye to summer but hello to another good month for the breed. Collies accrued 40 Group placements, 1 Best Owner-handled in Show and 28 National Owner-handled Series placements. The only month close to these numbers this year was back in May with 47 Herding Group placements and 26 owner-handled placements.
Group One :: CH Cyndella's Divatude :: Arapahoe Kennel Club :: Judge Fred Bassett :: 103 Herding dogs shown on the day :: September 23, 2017
Five collies, three rough and two smooth, earned 12 Group One awards. Seven of the awards went to the rough, GCHG Sylvan Argent Hollywood And Vine, two to the rough, GCHS Dea Haven's Ice Blue Dream and one each to smooth, GCHS Jereco's Simply Irresistible, rough CH Cyndella's Divatude and Ceilidh's Your Wildest Dreams -- all the way from the 6-9 Smooth Puppy Dog class. These were the judges who saw the collie as the top herding dog of the day: Gloria Kerr, Cindy Meyer, Jacqueline Stacy, Jon Cole, Murrell Purkhiser, John Wade, Glen Stark, Col. Joe Purkhiser, Dorothy Christiansen, Fred Bassett, John Booth and June Penta.
Group One :: GCHS Jereco's Simply Irresistible :: Sheboygan Kennel Club :: Judge Dorothy Christiansen :: 47 Herding Dogs
Other placements included 11 Group 2s, 11 Group 3s and 6 Group 4s. Of all the placements, the Rough Variety came away with a ribbon 24 times compared to 16 for the Smooth Variety.
19 Collies awarded one or more Group placements in September: GCHG Sylvan Argent Hollywood And Vine, GCHB 5c's Little Boy Blue, GCHG Bandor's The Wyching Hour, CH Glenshire Peaches And Cream, CH Cyndella's Divatude, GCHS Wild Wind's Don't Stop Believing, CD, RN, NAJ, GCHB Fantasys Sunshine Superman, CH Sugarnspice Creekwood's Lite And Sweet, GCHS Dea Haven's Ice Blue Dream, GCH Lachki Dream Out, GCHS Windkist's Ain't No Rest For The Wicked, RAE, PT, NA, NAJ, OAP, OJP, OF, XFP, CAA, Ceilidh's Your Wildest Dreams, GCHS Silhouette Galatean Riverrun-Here Comes A Rainbow, GCHS Heatherfield Purple Hearts Blumatra, Tallywood Transilience, GCHS Jereco's Simply Irresistible, Glenshire Rise N' Shine, GCH Travler Sugarnspice Witches Do Come Blue, GCHB Tallywood Chandelier, RN
Group 4 :: GCH Glenshire Peaches And Cream :: Northwestern Connecticut Dog Club : Judge Wendy Wilhauck :: 69 Herding Dogs
Group 4 / OH Group 2 :: Glenshire Rise N' Shine :: Northwestern Connecticut Dog Club :: Judge Sam Houston McDonald :: 55 herding Dogs
The month's largest number of herding dogs shown at a show in which a collie placed was 193 at Richland Kennel Club in Washington on September 30. The award was a Group 4 and the honor went to the rough collie, GCHB Tallywood Chandelier. The judge was Deborah Anthony.
In past features, we have mentioned how seldom it is when a Herding Group judge places both varieties of collies on the same day in the same group. It happened this month at a 4-show circuit in Jackson, Mississippi where on 3 of the 4 days, Judges John Wade, Jacqueline Stacy and Glen Stark all saw the collies as the top herding dogs of the day or very close to it. Stacy and Wade placed the collies first and second, although they swapped the order and Stark placed the collies Group 1 and 3. The awards went to GCHS Dea Haven's Ice Blue Dream and Ceilidh's Your Wildest Dreams.
23 collies awarded Group placements in the National Owner-handled Series: Herding Group judges placed collies 28 times during the month. The smooths took 13 of the placements compared to 15 for the roughs. There were five Group 1 awards -- three for the smooths and two for the rough.
The lone Best Owner-handled in Show was awarded to smooth collie, GCHS Travler's Zee Journey, BN, RN, CGC by Judge James Taylor, on the last day of the month, at the Finger Lakes Kennel Club show in Romulus, New York.
AKC National Owner-handled Series award winners for September: CH Chrysalis Sterling Inspirations, CH Tercan 'N Zandria's Game Changer, GCHB Wild Wind's Rev On The Red Line, RN, Lochlaren Belfair Believe In Me, CH Liege's Playing For The Ashes, CH Cyndella's Divatude, CH Mountainside Beulah Land, CD, PCD, BN, RAE, HSAs, MXP3, MXPB, MJP2, MJPB, OFP, THDX, CH Creekwood Lochlomun I'Ll Be D'amned, 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, Deep River Touch Of Frost, GCH Byluc's Divine Shepherdess PT, Scalloway's Charity Gala, CH Divine's Hurricane Sandy, Sylvan Argent 64 Megabytes, GCH Byluc's Divine Shepherdess, PT, Sunway Need A Rum Punch, CH Scalloway's You're Gonna Be Golden, GCHS Heatherfield Purple Hearts Blumatra, Glenshire Rise N' Shine, CH Nehani's Feel The Fire, GCHB Tir Nan' Og Brighton The Night Of Willow Fox Farm, CH Glenshire Peaches And Cream
OH Group 3 :: CH Mountainside Beulah Land, CD, PCD, BN, RAE, HSAs, MXP3, MXPB, MJP2, MJPB, OFP, THDX :: Mobile Kennel Club :: Judge Jon Cole
As always, Congratulations to all!