Bernese News 16th February 2015

 





The Southern BMD Club Open Show
was held on 8th February at the Mole Barn, Leatherhead
Leisure Centre.  The judge was breed specialist judge John McNulty (Bernhaven).  Club secretary
Trish Goodyear informed me that there were 94 exhibits giving 127 entries with 22 absentees.

Best Dog and Best in Show  went to Nicky Cotton's Ch Collansues Snow Patrol.  Rising 5 years old
and bred by Sue Flanagan he is a son of Darius Des Roches Du Mettey of Glanzberg x Collansues
Pacific Angel. 

Taking Best Bitch, Best Puppy and  Reserve Best in Show was June Miles' 10 month old Save
Dallas Kiss For Jaybiem who was bred by Caroline Rush and sired by Ch Jaybiem Innu Endo
JW ShCM x Lujento Black Betty.

Brenda Dadd's Collansues Special Dreamer was awarded Best Veteran.  A 9 year old, he was
bred by Sue Flanagan and sired by Ch Kernow OhSo Special x Collansues Amaretta Rose. 
Congratulations.  The judge's critique can be found further down this column.

After the show Club secretary Trish Goodyear emailed; 
"One thing I would like to mention is the behaviour of some of the exhibitors.  Running a show is
difficult enough especially when you are short staffed.  Co-operation towards our committee
instead of rudeness would be much appreciated, we give our time up for everyone to enjoy
themselves and when some exhibitors are asked to move a van/car when it is obviously
blocking a fire exit would they please do so and if an exhibitor has a problem with our stewards
then would they please speak to the show manager to air their grievances rather than be
disrespectful to the stewards directly."


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The Westminster Kennel Club 139th Annual Dog Show takes place on Monday 16th and
Tuesday 17th of this week at Madison Square Garden.  
Bernese are being judged on Tuesday 17th by Finnish breed specialist Satu Yla-Mononen. 
There are 29 Bernese entered and the results and video footage of the judging will be posted
as usual on the official website  www.westminsterkennelclub.org


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SOUTHERN BMD CLUB OPEN SHOW 8th February 2015

Thanks to the committee for the invitation to judge,and for looking after me so well.  I thoroughly
enjoyed my day with you. Thanks to my stewards Angela and Ellen for ensuring everything ran
smoothly, and to all exhibitors for affording me the opportunity to assess your dogs.

All exhibits were presented in clean condition and dentition on the whole was very good.  I must
say that I  feel that straight stifles are becoming a problem which needs to be addressed, dogs
showing this deficiency are generally poor movers due to a lack of drive from the hindquarters. 

Best in Show was Ch Collansues Snow Patrol, Reserve Best in Show and Best Puppy Save
Dallas Kiss for Jaybiem, Best Veteran Collansues Special Dreamer.

Minor Puppy Dog  (3 entries,1 absentee)
1st Bernsego Jack Vorobey At Pasturegreen
. 8 months, good outline, head developing well.
Good neck and shoulders, even topline.  Decent all round movement, happy puppy.
2nd Tickburn Teddy Bear.  6 months, first time out, still very much a baby.  Could be better
marked, needs time to develop and more schooling.

Puppy Dog  (5, 2)
1st Orlando Bloom At Jaybiem.  
9 months, appealing, sound puppy, pleasing outline, coming
along as expected.  Good head and eye, neck flowing smoothly into shoulder and level topline.
Enough bone for age,liked his front assembly and feet.  Moves well, promising
2nd Pistylluchaf Mobinogion. 11 months, small for age.  Liked his head and eye,good flat skull.
Decent movement, happy lad, needs time to develop.
3rd Waldershelf Fancy Phoenix. 9 months, slightly long cast. Playful boy,especially on the move.

Junior Dog  (7, 4)
Poor class.
1st Majestic Dream. Rising 18 months, of smaller size, well made.  Decent head, flat skull.  In good
coat and condition, won class on movement.
2nd Tickbern Space Cowboy For Alisnobern.16 months. Reasonable head and eye.  Level
topline, rather straight in shoulders.  Erratic movement, close to coming and going.
3rd Collansues Sugar Daddy At Newkasbern.  [Update 17th February - the judge instructed the
critique on this dog be removed
.]

Special Yearling Dog  (6, 2)
1st Vellbern The Rainmaker
.  Rising 2 years, scored well in head, good dark eye.  Well ribbed
with good spring, enough depth to chest, topline could be better.  Developing all round as expected,
liked his all round movement.  
2nd Collanuses Excaliber.  Only one day between1st and 2nd, and they are very similar and
same remarks apply.  This lad has a more level topline but loses out on movement as he toes in
coming to.
3rd Flintas Kalnu Suo.  18 months, finer made, all round honest lad with lots to like, just not enough
of him.  Slightly erratic on the move.
Res Mountain Crystal Don`t Forget Me At Thiesbern.

Maiden Dog  (5, 3)
1st Orlando Bloom at Jaybiem.
2nd Majestic Dream.

Novice Dog  (4, 1)
1st Charmsway Adventurer.
 2 years, appealing head and expression, good dentition and earset.
Solid built boy, well off for muscle and bone, in good hard condition.  Moved well, easy winner.
2nd Collansues Excaliber.
3rd Majestic Dream.


GraduateDog  (2)
1st Collansues Excaliber.
2nd Millenium Star E-Mail Of Happiness At Pasturegreen.
 2 years, would prefer him to be
better developed by this age.  Lacks bone. Reasonable head, topline could be better,adequate
movement.

Post Graduate Dog  (5)
1st Carabaz Satch Boogie.
 3rd birthday yesterday. This lad could easily be overlooked due to
minimal markings, especially on his head, but he has great qualities.  So typy, good outline, scores
well in all aspects of breed standard and he can move.  Liked him a lot.
2nd Collansues Krusty The Clown.  Rising 4.  Solid, robust boy,outgoing character.  Strong
head, good stop, dark eye.  Well ribbed and coupled, level topline, good croup.  Neat cat feet, just
lost to 1st on movement on the day.
3rd Collansues Excaliber.
Res Pasturegreen Irish Cream.
VHC Collansues Secret Bridges.


Limit Dog  (7, 1)
1st Vellbern The Rainmaker.
2nd Glanzberg Day Rider For Jesterbrook.
 3 years, reasonable head, dark eye, flat skull.
Strong neck flows into strong shoulders, slightly sloping topline and a tad high over croup.  
Good front, well off for bone, neat feet.  Decent on the move, close up.
3rd Collansues Mexican Cream.  5 years,rangier type, soundly made though needs more
depth to chest.  Good turn of stifle.  Well marked, OK movement.
Res Harvestbank Daddy Cool.
VHC Tickburn Philagain.


Open Dog  (6, 2)
1st Ch Collansues Snow Patrol.
 Rising 4, stood out in this class.  Strong head,would prefer
better stop, flat skull.  Strong neck and shoulders flow into level topline.  Solid over croup, good
tailset. Well ribbed with good spring, well coupled. Loads of bone, scored in front assembly,
feet and turn of stifle. Strong second thigh, hocks could be better. Moves easily for a lad of his
size, great drive from the rear. Truly fit for purpose, loved him.Best Dog and Best in Show.
2nd Ch Tangyachates Beachcomber.  Rising 6 ,lots to like about this boy.  Liked his outline
if a tad rangy.  Great head with kind eye.  Solidly made all round, in good coat and hard
condition, sound on the move.  Reserve Best Dog.
3rd JaybiemTwmeToyou. Honest all round lad,good outline and breed type, would prefer a
little more of him.  Good, easy mover.
Res Carabaz New Blues.
VHC Sanmarwell Harvey Moon Of Brookbern.


Breeders Dog  (0)

Veteran Dog  (3, 1)
1st Collansues Special Dreamer.
 9 years, slightly narrow in skull.  In great condition for age
and outmoved the majority of exhibits here today.  A pleasure to see him, credit to his owner. 
Congratulations.  Best Veteran.
2nd Greybern Young Dude.  He has in attitude and outlook that belie his 8 years. Well
marked.  Slightly sloping topline, decent mover, in good condition.


Veteran Bitch  (5, 3)
1st Tangyachates Young Dream At Brenodor.
 7 years, appealing head, good neck and
shoulders.  Well rounded over croup.  In good coat and condition, moved well.
2nd Chippis Ebony Ice P-Beg Ex.  9 years, in great condition for age.  Lovely head with
good expression.  Moves OK but slightly wide coming to.

Minor Puppy Dog  (3)
1st Alisnobern Rainbow Diamond.
 8 months, well schooled while retaining puppiness.
Development as expected, good bone.  Appealing head.  Good topline and turn of stifle.
Decent markings and movement.
2nd Millenium Star J`Adore Dior At Pasturegreen.  8 months, liked her head, well defined
stop.  Happy puppy enjoying herself immensely, needs some more schooling for the show
ring.
3rd Lalitabern Dawn.  6 months.  Second time out and reticent to be gone over, she will
require some careful schooling to be shown regularly.  Reasonable movement.

Puppy Bitch  (2)
1st Save Dallas Kiss For Jaybiem.
This girl has star quality.  Superb outline that fills the
eye, oozes breed type.  Rising 10 months, well marked.  Gorgeous head with melting
expression, good stop, flat skull, well set ears.  Good neck and shoulders, level topline.
Scores in front assembly, good feet, adequate bone for age.  Sufficient depth to chest, good
turn of stifle. Very good mover for one so young, loved her.  Everything in place, has great
potential if she develops as expected.  The last puppy to impress me this much was Nelly
Pledge and she done all right.  Best Puppy and reserve Best in Show.
2nd Bernerhof Precious Phoebe.  11 months, liked her outline,scored in head.  Level
topline, in good coat and condition, also a good mover.  Not as well along in development as
1st and not the same instant appeal, however she has a lot to like about her and also has good
future potential.

Junior Bitch  (8, 2)
1st Bernfold Celeb Laila Mo.
 14 months, liked this girl, decent head, scored well in neck,
shoulders and topline and over croup.  Well marked, enough bone.  Good front and cat feet,
would like more turn of stifle,decent mover.
2nd Halesbern Calendar Girl.  14 months, close up, would prefer darker eye.  Good markings,
good spring of rib and well coupled.  Adequate bone, developing well,r easonable movement.
3rd Kohbern Swans Of Samui.  14 months, finer made ,behind 1st and 2nd in development.
Of good type and has everything she needs to challenge in the future.  Good all round on the
move.
Res Floskirk Beach Baby.
VHC Collansues Sugar n Spice.


Special Yearling Bitch  (4)
1st Barinkar Everlasting Love.
 22 months.  Lovely head and expression, good earset.  Liked
her flow of neck into shoulders, level topline, good croup and tailset.  Decent bone, good turn of
stifle.  Sound on the move.
2nd Collansues Mountain Angel.  Rising 2, well made, well muscled girl in good hard condition.
Retaining femininity, minimal markings, scored in head,eye and stop.  Level topline.  Moved out
well in all directions.
3rd Floskirk Beach Baby.  12 months,coming into the in-between stage, just needs time.Moved
much better in this class.
Res Alpine Joy Page Story At Jesterbrook.

Maiden Bitch  (7, 3)
1st Save Dallas Kiss For Jaybiem.
2nd Lalitabern Aticandika.
 3  years, would prefer broader muzzle.  Good, honest girl in good
coat and condition.  Decent mover.
3rd Bernfold Celeb Annabel.  14 months, decent head,needs to develop and needs more
muscle.  OK mover.

Novice Bitch  (4, 1)
1st Alpine Joy Page Story At Jesterbrook.  
19 months, reasonable head, could be broader.
Well bodied, in good condition, adequate mover.
2nd Lalitabern Aticandika.
3rd Chippis Diamond In The Sky.
 Likable girl of 2 years, would be decent if she was not
unfortunately carrying too much weight which causes her to move wide, 

Graduate Bitch  (6, 2)
1st Northmeadow Porsche At Thiesbern.
 Caught my eye immediately and did not
disappoint.  2 1/2 years.  Super outline and breed type.  Admirable head, flat skull, good earset.  
Scored in strong neck and shoulders, level topline, well muscled over croup, good tailset. In
good coat and condition.  Well ribbed and sprung, correct all round with nothing to dislike.
Sound movement topped it off, pleased to award her Reserve Best Bitch.
2nd Collansues Precious Dream. 3 years, finer made and does not need any more weight.
Scored well in all aspects and gained placing with sound all round movement.
3rd Charmsway Apple Of My Eye.  2 years, also at top end of weight scale. Pleasing head
and eye, if a ittle light.  OK mover.
Res Chippis Diamond In The Sky.

Post Graduate Bitch  (3, 2)
1st Chippis Shes A Diamond.
 Rising 3, pleasing girl, a little light in eye.  Well muscled,
good spring of rib, depth to chest and turn of stifle.  In good coat and condition,decent mover.

Limit Bitch  (9, 3)
1st Meadowpark Beach Blend At Tangyachates.
 2 years, of good type, pleasing outline.
Liked her head and expression.  Strong neck and shoulders, topline could be better.  Good over
croup and tailset, well ribbed and sprung, good turn of stifle.  In good condition, great mover
with plenty of reach and drive.
2nd Bernbienaime.Bright Gem At Kohbern.  4 years, finer girl.  Well marked and scored well
in all departments,close up,not quite the movement of 1st.
3rd Collansues Rosebud.  3 years ,not much separating first to third and same remarks apply
as 2nd with only movement on the day deciding the places  .I am sure these three will swap
places frequently.
Res Tickbern Quick Step For Alisnobern.
VHC Berbienaime Bright Button At Nenebern.


Open Bitch  (4, 1)
1st Ch Jaybiem I Kea JW ShCM.
  4 year dog of good type.  Scored in head,eye and
expression.  Well made,girl,  I admired her strength with femininity all round.  In good condition,
capable of doing a days work.  Just felt she was a bit off her game today, especially in the
challenge but her undoubted quality won her the class.
2nd Glamrock Future Legend.  5 years.  Pleasing girl with good all around qualities.  Of good
type with nothing to dislike but seems to lack the presence needed to stand out at this level.
Needs to be worked a little harder to get the best out of her.
3rd Collansues Magical Dream.  Outgoing girl of 5 years, great character.  Good head.
Well ribbed, good depth to chest, needs more turn of stifle.  Decent mover.

Breeders Bitch  (5)
1st Ch Jaybiem I Kea JW ShCM.
2nd Bernfold Celeb Laila Mo.
3rd Collansues Rock Goddess. 
.5 years.  Head and skull could be better, scored in neck,
shoulders and topline.  Well muscled over croup, slightly weak in pasterns.  OK mover.
Res Chippis Shes A Diamond.
VHC Chippis Black Diamond.


Brace  (2, 1)
1st Stelmach & Davis.
5 and 2 years dogs.  Well matched ,moved very well with good
synchronicity.
Judge - John McNulty  (Bernhaven)


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MANCHESTER CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW 17th January 2015

I have one or two concerns about the breed, someone said I should not say but I feel that not
airing my concerns would be pointless of judging the breed in the first place.

Foreleg length is a great concern to me as they are not the right length and in some cases
resemble the front likening to the Newfoundland.  Quite a few need to have more length of leg.

Front pasterns are becoming straight and inflexible, the Standard does say "slightly flexing".

Body lengths in some are too long cast, this is coming from an over-long loin which in turn
does not help the topline, particularly when moving.

Gay tails;  this I feel is creeping in slowly in this breed.

Coat is of varying types, some are harsh and bitty which is certainly not soft and silky.

However I did enjoy myself and do like the breed and the people in it.  So this is not a dig at
anyone but an honest opinion of how I found the breed on the day and hope it is received with
the same honest way it was given. 


Minor Puppy Dog  (6 entries)  
1st Green's Waldershelf Here Comes Erik.  
I loved this dog's leg proportions and total
balance, everything about this dog was balance and style, this is what I saw on the day, particularly
his leg length.  Obviously not covered in coat so you could see what he had on offer.  Good, firm
mover and when stood never stood wrong. Best Puppy and Reserve CC
2nd Green's Bernsego Jack Vorobey At Pasturegreen (Imp).  Another very nice dog of stature
but not quite the presence of winner or length of neck.  Well headed with a good expression. 
Good, firm mover and prespared and presented in very good order.
3rd Hughes' Waldershelf Causing Kaos. 

Puppy Dog  (4)
1st Miles' Orlando Bloom At Jaybiem.
  A very nice dog who has all the correct bodily parts to
succeed but he needs to come together on the move as today he crabbed a little which spoilt an
otherwise excellent performance.  He is a delight to go over with plenty of substance, good bone
and feet.  Presented in very good condition.
2nd Aze's Nathesbern Blake.  At best on side gaiting, looked impressive but a touch close
going away at present, hopefully this should improve with age.  All male headpiece, good
expression, enough neck.  Firm body with good topline.
3rd Game's Chippis Magic Diamond

Junior Dog  (2)
1st  Mair, Hartley-Mair & Dybdall's Meadowpark Dream On.
  Nicely matured male who scores
in head.  Good expression.  Ample neck with good front, would like him to be longer in foreleg. 
Really good bodily condition.  Lovely rear quarters, good on the move.  Nice silky jacket, presented
in very good order.
2nd Blenkinsopp's Mountain Crystal Don't Forget Me At Thiesbern (Imp). Another nice dog
but not quite the maturity or head of winner.  Good ears and neck.  Pleasing forehand, firm backline,
positive mover in both directions.

Post Graduate Dog  (8 entries, 4 absentees)
1st Green's Alpenspirit Pure Pleasure (Imp).  
Lovely balanced dog with excellent length of
forelegs.  Good headed with excellent expression, strong neck.  Ample bone with good feet and 
flexible pasterns. Good body parts, good strong rear, moved out well.  Presented in good order.
2nd Gopal's Collansues Secret Bridges.  Good quality dog who unfortunately is rather gay in
tail carriage.  Nevertheless a nice dog in every respect, pleasing disposition.    Good rear
quarters and good in profile.
3rd Green's Millenium Star Email Of Happiness At Pasturegreen

Limit Dog  (7, 1)
1st King & Bramble's Shirdees Continental JW.
Nice quality dog with lots to like, gives the
impression of strength yet supple on the move.  All male head that leaves nothing to the
imagination.  God bodily parts in the right proportions, good mover.
2nd Mair Hartley-Mair & Dybdall's Meadowpark Vertigo JW.  Vertigo is a medical condition
that leads to a sense of spinning, dizziness and disorientation.  I found none of these conditions in
this dog.  But I did find a lovely dog underneath the quality coat he had.  All male skull with a good
enquiring expression.  Plenty of substance with a good rear, moved out well.  Prepared and
presented in good order.
3rd Scott's Welshbern One Vision at Scobern.

Open Dog  (9, 3)
1st Baldwin's Tjofselinas Z Daimuz At Fortonpark (Imp) JW.
  Well made, upstanding dog of
quality but would have liked a more silky coat texture.  No confusion of his gender, all male
headpiece, good eyes, ample neck.  Firm body with a good topline which he held well throughout. 
Good driving action and a good, reach gait.  Well presented.  CC.
2nd Cooke & Stevens' Tickbern Over The Moon.  Another nice dog.  Not quite as good in neck
as winner nevertheless lots to like about him and a good mover.  Pleasing disposition, good bodily
parts with a firm body and topline, sporting a good quality jacket.
3rd Jefferson's Meadowpark Boysown.

Veteran Dog  (3, 1)
1st Wakeland's Jaybiem Cedar Trees At Bramikdel. 
Quite a nice dog who has a good shape
for his age, he did not look his age on the move.  Very pleasing balance throughout. In extremely
good condition.
2nd Aze's Markeila Prince Kipling.  Dog who is a good size and plenty of substance. 
Pleasing headpiece.  Good forehand.  Strong body parts, good mover but struggled at times. 
Presented in good order.

Minor Puppy Bitch  (6)
1st Green's Millenium Star J'adore Dior At Pasturegreen (Imp).
  A very honest bitch who
pleased in many departments.  Very feminine to view, good head qualities.  Good length of neck. 
Lovely bodily condition for age.  Positive mover in both directions, presented in good clean order.
2nd Robinson's Chippis Diamond Dream.  Another good bitch who also catches your eye for
her obvious qualities.  Not quite as firm behind as winner but still needs time to strengthen up. 
Good head and expression.  Pleasing body. Prepared and presented in good clean order.
3rd Green's Waldershelf All About Edna.

Puppy Bitch  (6, 1)
1st Miles' Save Dallas Kiss For Jaybiem.  
I think this is the best Bernese that you have had, I
did like her a lot and such a firm action when moving both fore and aft.  Very feminine to view and
a delight to go over, nothing to disappoint, everything to compliment.  Presented in good order.
2nd Weston's Bernfawr In Vogue.  Unfortunate to meet such a good specimen today, not
disgraced to stand behind such quality.  Very feminine to view and pleased in most departments. 
Presented in good clean order.
3rd Hundley's Bernfawr Imagination At Calizley

Junior Bitch  (10, 2)
1st Baldwin's Meadowpark Living My Dream At Fortonpark. 
Super adolescent bitch of
real quality with a real zest for life, fresh as a daisy and up on her toes.  Lovely outline with a
silky coat covering, very feminine to view.  Positive mover both ways, prepared and presented
in pristine condition.   Reserve CC.
2nd Mair, Hartley-Mair & Dybdall's Meadowpark Just A Dream.  This bitch is really nice but
needs to stand more steadfast to conquer the competition.  Ultra feminine with a delightful
expression.  Lovely bone and feet.  Good in forehand with a matured body for age.  Good rear
quarters that she showed on the move, as always presented in tip-top form.    
3rd Flanagan's Collansues Sugar'n'Spice.

Post Graduate Bitch  (9)
1st Shopland-Reed's Fleur De Neboa De Meigas.  
Nice quaity bitch who catches your eye
for her balance and stamina.  Good head qualities with good expression.  Mature body and a
firm topline.  Good rear quarters that propelled her around with ease.  Presented in good order.
2nd Watson's Stepdashar Sommer Girl.  Another good bitch to follow the winner, much applies
to this one too, winner just has the edge on movement. 
3rd Mair, Hartley-Mair & Dybdall's Meadowpark One Lover

Limit Bitch  (9, 2)
1st Atherton's Athersbern Peronelle Blush.  
This was without dounbt the happiest Bernese
here today, never stopped wagging her tail.  Good breed type with a nice headpiece.  Put in a
good performance when on the move.  Prepared to win.
2nd Flanagan's Collansues Magical Dream.  Good type bitch with a good head and front. 
Plenty of bone with good feet.  A touch longer cast than winner, moved out well.
3rd Edge's Monalou Dutch Affair JW.

Open Bitch  (6, 1)
1st Mair, Hartley-Mair & Dybdall's Meadowpark Perfect Blend.
  As the name says she is a
perfect blend!  While she is not in full coat at present this sometimes can be an advantage as you
can see a better shape that is not camouflaged by coat.  She is very feminine to view and a delight
to go over.  Really good on the move and quite light footed for a large dog.  Presented to advantage. 
CC and Best of Breed.  
2nd Baldwin's Ch Fortonpark Dutch Delight.  
Unlucky to meet winner in such form today. 
Worthy champion but today had to step to one side, nevertheless she was also a delight to go over
and good on the move.  Prepared and presented in pristine condition.
3rd Flanagan's Collansues Rock Goddess.

Veteran Bitch  (5, 2)
1st Green's Waldershelf Happy Hattie.
A real quality bitch who did not look her age and what
a mover for a veteran.  Really good proportions throughout.  Nice feminine head with a delightful
expression.  Presented in really good condition.  Best Veteran.
2nd King & Bramble's Ch Shirdees Bobbie Dazzler.  A very good bitch who pushed all the way,
just preferred the shorter body proportions of the winner today.  very good on the move and a
pleasure to go over.  Presented in very good bodily condition.
3rd Harris' Vellbern Geisha Girl.
Judge - Steve Hall.


 


 
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