Judges and winners of the 2005 Smooth Collie of the Year contest: from left to right: Isobel Griffiths with Runner-up Dog Alopex Going Equipped, Craig French handling Pam Hindes’ Chicnoir Quartermaster, Reserve Best Dog, Jeanette McGregor with Best Dog and Smooth Collie of the Year Ch Moon Walker from Misstoff. Judges, Alan Hayden (Rough Collie Specialist), Pat Lister (Smooth Specialist) and Terry Nethercott (All Rounder). Leigh Gibson handling Jeanette MacGregor’s Ch Southcombe Sophisticate at Rowvale, Best Bitch Cheryl Robinson with Reserve Best Bitch Ch Southcombe Sweet As A Nut and Simon Burton with Runner-up Bitch Glencorrie Begorgeous
This year The Smooth Collie Club of Great Britain celebrates its Golden Jubilee, and the first event in the Club’s calendar was the Smooth Collie of the Year Contest writes Honorary Secretary Jeanette MacGregor.
The Contest, now in its 18th year, is so much more than ‘just another dog show’; it is a spectacle and an important social event in the Smooth Collie year. The dogs competing for the title must qualify for the event by winning a CC or reserve CC during the preceding year. A panel of three judges; a Smooth Collie specialist, a Rough Collie specialist and an Allrounder, is selected, and the winning exhibit must have attributes which appeal to all three.
Mrs Pat Lister was our Smooth breed specialist judge. Mr Alan Hayden represented the Rough Collie world and Mr Terry Nethercott cast an allrounder’s eye over the dogs. For the second year the Club hosted a Smooth Collie Puppy of the Year Contest, the judge being the Smooth specialist Mrs Penny Sewell.
The puppies were first to be judged, each having qualified by winning a Best Puppy award at a championship show in 2004. Giving an air of importance and occasion to the event, the exhibits were brought into the hall and announced to the audience while the judge was kept behind closed doors until they were all assembled. Mrs Sewell then judged the puppies but the results were not revealed.
The Dog Challenge followed, with each dog being judged by the three specialist judges. The judges awarded points to each exhibit, which were then added up to select the winner.
The judging of bitches followed the same format. Only then were the final awards revealed. The winners were announced in reverse order, and each was presented with a commemorative rosette and trophy.
The winner of Best Dog and Smooth Collie of the Year 2005 was the tricolour dog Ch Moon Walker from Misstoff. Owned by Mrs MacGregor and bred by Mr & Mrs Hayward & Miss Foulston, this was the fifth time in succession that he has been Best Dog at this event, and the third time he has won the overall title of Smooth Collie of the Year.
Reserve Best Dog was Chicnoir Quarter Master; a sable and white dog bred and owned by Miss Hindes. Quarter Master qualified for the event winning just one reserve CC in 2004 proving, as has been seen many times in previous years, that it is not necessarily the dogs with the highest number of CCs that win in this competition. Any qualified dog, if it has attributes that appeal across the board, can find itself highly placed here, whether it has been widely campaigned or not.
Penny Sewell judged the Smooth Collie of the Year contest and is pictured here with, from left to right: Penny Evans with Res Best Puppy Manordeifi Smart Guy at Southcombe and Jeanette MacGregor with Smooth Collie Puppy of the Year Foxearth Flaunt It for Rowvale
The Runner-up to the Reserve Best Dog was Alopex Going Equipped, owned and bred by Mrs Griffiths. He is a blue merle dog, making it one of each colour in the line-up. Going Equipped and Quarter Master demonstrate how the influences of overseas imports have been used successfully in the breed in the last few years. Quarter Master is sired by a Swedish import; Going Equipped is sired by a Finnish import while his dam is a granddaughter of an American imported bitch. Such a range of bloodlines surely bodes well for the future of this vulnerable native breed.
Next came the bitch awards. Best Bitch was the tricolour Ch Southcombe Sophisticate at Rowvale, owned by Mrs MacGregor and bred by Mrs Evans. She is a daughter of the Best Dog.
Reserve Best Bitch was another bred by Mrs Evans, this time the sable and white Ch Southcombe Sweet as a Nut, owned by Mrs and Miss Robinson.
Runner-up to Reserve Best Bitch was the tricolour Glencorrie Begorgeous, another daughter of Moon Walker, and also a qualifier for the Smooth Puppy contest. She is bred and owned by Mr & Mrs Burton.
The Smooth Collie Puppy of the Year 2005 was Foxearth Flaunt It for Rowvale, a blue merle bitch who gave her owner, Mrs MacGregor, a hat-trick of winners on the day. She was bred by Mr & Mrs Hayward. Reserve to her was the sable and white dog Manordeifi Smart Guy at Southcombe, bred by Miss Moores and owned by Mrs Evans.
After the judging the winners were photographed outside among the spring daffodils, while indoors a busy team of committee transformed the hall from a show-ring to a dining room, and provided a fresh buffet followed by delicious deserts. A beautifully decorated cake commemorating the Golden Jubilee was cut and shared between the members and guests, along with a glass of wine.
The raffle was drawn, and the tables were quickly cleared and the hall arranged for the AGM. Our President, Mrs Ada Bishop, was there to present the points trophies, and our Patron, Mr Peter Fishwick, made a moving speech commemorating the Jubilee and paying tribute to Mrs Bishop’s longstanding commitment to the breed.
The Smooth Collie Club of Great Britain had organised a quite exceptional event, with top Smooth Collies on view in a wonderful warm, relaxed atmosphere. The committee’s efficient teamwork made the SCOTY 2005 an enjoyable and memorable event.
Smooth Collie Club Patron Mr Peter Fishwick, President Mrs Ada Bishop, Chairman Mr Trevor Hayward together with Vice Presidents and Committee Members gather for the cutting of the Golden Jubilee celebration cake