Ring Patterns: A look back at March 2017

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

Collies lovers strike gold in California – Eureka!

March hosted a total of 22 independent specialty shows in eight states including; Michigan, New York, California, Missouri, Maine, Wisconsin and Arizona. One of those shows was the Collie Club of America National Specialty held in Sacramento.

Since the turn of the century, the National Specialty has been held in California three times. The two previous times were in Southern California – Riverside in 2002 and Pomona in 2011. This year, the the show drew a conformation entry of 380 with 330 collies actually competing (223 roughs shown and 110 Smooths). In 2002, Riverside had a total entry of 472 with 408 collies shown (261 roughs and 147 smooths) and in 2011 Pomona's total conformation entry was 467 with 394 shown (249 roughs and 145 smooths).

3/18/02 Riverside CCA / Total Entry -- 472 / Total Shown 408 / R 261 / S 147
3/27/11 Pomona CCA / Total Entry -- 467 / Total Shown 394 / R 249 / S 145
3/22/17 Sacramento CCA / Total Entry -- 380 / Total Shown 330 / R 223 / S 110

The highest number of collies entered at an independent specialty show in March was at Toledo Collie Club for Judge Larry Willeford with 64. Willeford, also judged the largest entry, surveying 59 collies – 47 roughs and 12 smooths – at the Saturday morning show. This specialty was the first of the four-show circuit combined with Greater Brighton Collie Club. Judge Willeford was approved for the breed in June of 1990.

The Toledo Collie Club specialty also pulled the largest number of rough collies for Judge Willeford with 47 and the largest turnout for the smooth variety was at the Western New York Specialties for Judges Marianne Sullivan and Misti Labs with an entry of 20 at each of their shows.

Click on the show link below to view the specialty results

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 19 Collies awarded Best of Breed this month only four collies – all roughs and two veterans – were awarded multiple Best of Breeds. They were GCH Gambit's Spell I'm Under (VB), GCH Taliesin The Masterplan (D), GCH Tokyo Jazz Jp Champagne Shower (B) and GCHP Wyndlair Cherokee Vindication (VD).

List of Best of Breed winners for the month:
GCH Gambit's Spell I'm Under (Rough/Vet/B) - 2
GCH Taliesin The Masterplan (Rough/D) - 2
GCH Tokyo Jazz Jp Champagne Shower (Rough/B) - 2
GCHP Wyndlair Cherokee Vindication (Vet/Rough/D) - 2
CH Jerusalem Hills Faith Factor (Rough/D) -1
GCHS Highcroft Hush Hush (Rough/Veteran/B) -1
CH Riverrun Galatean Glimmerglass (Rough/B) -1
GCHS Seawhisper Mysterious (Smooth/B) -1
CH Wildwood's At The Stroke of Midnight (Smooth/D) -1
GCH Tir Nan' Og The Legend Of Zelda (Smooth/B) -1
GCHB Clearvu's Timeless Treasure (Smooth/D) -1
GCH Milen's Step Above (Rough/D) -1
GCH Sylvan Argent Pumped Up Kicks (Rough/D) -1
CH Canyon's When Sparks Fly (Rough/B) -1
CH Bravo's Breaking Hearts (Rough/D) -1
GCHS Cheviot Monet (Rough/D) -1
GCHB Fantasy's Sunshine Superman (Smooth/D) -1
Wyndlair Amen Hallelujah (Rough/B) -1
Aurealis Isn't She Lovely (Rough/B) -1

It was March Madness for the rough variety
March tipped off with a spectacular Best in Show award for a Rough Collie Bitch at Baytown Kennel Club under judge D. Bruce Fraser. Following that were five Group 1 awards, six Group 2 awards, seven Group 3 awards and three Group 4 awards for a total of 21 Group placements. The rough variety came away with a ribbon 19 times compared to two for the smooth variety. Ten collies total – eight roughs and two smooths were awarded these placements.

The month's largest number of herding dogs shown – 240 – at a show in which a collie placed – was Heart of America Kennel Club on March 11. In this case, the honor went to the rough variety. The judge was Charles Trotter whose initial breeds were German Shepherd Dogs and Afghan Hounds. He was approved to judge collies in October of 1990.

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

Luck of the Irish? No. Just good owner handling.
Herding Group judges placed collies 18 times in the AKC's National Owner-Handled Series, including two Reserve Best in Shows under Shelley Hennessy and Ann Hearn.

The smooth variety came away with a ribbon 13 times compared to five for the rough variety.

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

Congratulations to all! Thank you for sharing your collies with us.

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