Ring Patterns: A look back at February 2017

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

February is for valentines and those that love Collie specialties

February boasted a total of 51 specialty shows during the month with shows held across the land in 12 states including Massachusetts, Illinois, Washington, North Carolina, California, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Texas, Wisconsin, Arizona, Georgia and Colorado.

The shows that garnered the highest number of collies entered at a show resulted in a three way tie for Judges Jacqueline Corwin-Keigharn, Ronald McGee and Linda Hash-Davis with 65 at Collie Club of New Hampshire and Central States Collie Club. Roughs were nearly double the entry at Collie Club of New Hampshire and close to two-thirds the entry at Central States.

Jacqueline Corwin-Keigharn, judged the largest entry, surveying 64 collies – 40 roughs and 24 smooths – at the Sunday morning show hosted by Collie Club of New Hampshire on February 19. This show was the fourth of the five-show circuit combined with Collie Club of New England. Judge Corwin-Keigharn was approved for the breed in September 2002.

The Illiana Collie Fancier specialty pulled the largest number of rough collies for Judge Meredith Hector (initial breed - Shelties) with 45 and the largest turnout for the smooth Variety was at Collie Club of Washington for Roxann Heit with 25.

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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

Collies make a match in the Herding Group
15 judges awarded 16 Herding Group placements in the month of February with Jim Frederiksen doubling up on placements, a Group 3 and 4 to the rough variety. The placements included one Group 1 award, five Group 2s, five Group 3s and five Group 4s. The rough variety came away with a ribbon 12 times compared to 4 for the smooth variety. 7 collies total – 4 roughs and 3 smooths were awarded these placements.

Honoring the breed with the only Group 1 award this month was Judge Elizabeth Muthard (initial breed - Siberian Huskies) at Hobbs New Mexico Kennel Club to the rough variety. The month's largest number of herding dogs shown – 257 – at a show in which a collie placed – Conyers Kennel Club of Georgia on February 4. In this case, the honor went to the rough variety. The judge was Nancy Simmons whose initial breed was the Great Dane.

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

Owner-handlers of the smooth variety get the love in February
Herding Group judges placed collies 10 times in the AKC's National Owner-Handled Series, including two Reserve-Best Owner Handled in Shows under William Daugherty and Dana Cline.

The smooth variety came away with a ribbon nine times compared to one for the rough variety.

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Judge (Intial Breed or Country) Variety awarded and placement State Date All Breed Show Award Winner
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