Ring Patterns: A look back at April 2017

Ring Patterns -  A month by month look back at the 2017 shows

Collie entries warm up in April

April hosted a total of 12 specialty shows, 11 independent and one designated in five states including: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington, Connecticut and Florida.

The highest number of collies entered at an independent specialty show during the month was at Collie Club of Northern New Jersey for Judge Carmen Leoard with 84. Leonard also judged the largest total entry, surveying 75 collies and the largest Rough Variety with 50 – at the Saturday morning show. This specialty was the third of the four-show circuit combined with Hunterdon Hills Collie Club and Long Island Collie Club. Judge Leonard was approved for the breed in May of 1994.

The largest turnout for the Smooth Variety was at the Hartford-Springfield Collie Club Specialty in Connecticut for Judge Janina Lauren with an entry of 29.

Of the 12 judges selected for the specialties this month, six of them were approved to judge collies this year.

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Judge (initial breed if other than Collies) Specialty Show Total Entry of Collies Total Collies
Rough/Smooth Entry exhibited Date Approved to Judge Collies

Of the nine collies awarded Best of Breed this month only one from the Smooth Variety, the veteran bitch, GCHG Tir Nan' Og The Legend Of Banzai Maguire – was awarded multiple Best of Breeds with three. Of the 11 Best of Breeds awarded, seven of the shows top honors went to either a veteran or a class dog or bitch.

List of Best of Breed winners for the month:

GCHG Tir Nan' Og The Legend Of Banzai Maguire (Smooth/Vet/B) - 3
CH Milas Pitch Black (Rough/D) - 1
GCH Sealore's "A" List (Rough/D) -1
Anjay's Illusion (Rough/Class/D) -1
GCH Creekwood Thornacre Herself The Elf (Smooth/B) - 1
GCH Calibre's Key To the Fortune (Smooth/D) -1
GCH Bayside Dreamgirl (Rough/Veteran/B) - 1
Moonstone Wynhaven's Warrior Princess HT (Smooth/Class/B) -1
Skyview Seduction (Rough/Class/B) -1

April showers bring collie flowers in the Group
April showered collies with 30 Group placements during the month with five Group 1 awards under judges Jan Paulk (German Shepherds), Jim Frederiksen (Collies), Judith Brown (Doberman Pinschers), Harry "Butch" Schulman (Collies) and Linda Riedel (English Springer Spaniels). There were also eight Group 2 awards, six Group 3 awards and eleven Group 4 awards. The rough variety came away with a ribbon 17 times compared to 13 for the Smooth Variety. 17 collies total – ten roughs and seven smooths were awarded these placements.

The month's largest number of herding dogs shown – 150 – at a show in which a collie placed – was Packerland Kennel Club on April 2. In this case, the honor went to the Rough Variety. The judge was Debra Long Gschwender whose initial breed was Bouviers des Flandres . She was approved to judge collies in January of 2004.

Judge Total Shown in Herding Group / Variety awarded and placement State Date All Breed Show Award Winner

Collie Owner-Handlers take two Bests
Herding Group judges placed collies 21 times in the AKC's National Owner-Handled Series, including two Best-Owner Handled in Show for a smooth and a rough under Jim Frederiksen and Paula Hartinger and six Group 1 awards.

The Rough Variety came away with a ribbon 11 times and there were 10 placements for the Smooth Variety.

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Judge Variety awarded and placement State Date All Breed Show Award Winner

Congratulations to all!

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