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Judge Biographies

SPURRIER Geoff

Geoff Spurrier (Geliland) – short judging profile

I purchased my first beardie, Tambora’s Brown Sugar at Geliland, after seeing Margaret Osborne award Ch Osmart Bonnie Blue Braid BOB at Crufts in 1972. Brown Sugar was bred by Jackie Tidmarsh from Ch Osmart Bonnie Blue Braid ex Ch Edelweiss of Tambora.

After having reasonable success in the show ring with Brown Sugar, I showed two of his grandchildren, both of whom gained RCCs. Another became an American Champion (Ch Geliland Black Bawbee at Chaniam) who went BIS all breeds, and another a Swedish, Finnish and Norwegian Champion (Ch Geliland Morning Miracle).

My first homebred Champion was “Disney”, Ch Geliland Star of the Screen, who sired two English and two Irish Champions. By the age of 3, Disney had won every trophy the Bearded Collie Club had to offer – Top Puppy (Orora Trophy), Top Junior (Willison Trophy), and Top Dog (Tambora Trophy). When Disney was awarded his second CC under Anne Wilding (Bendale), he went BIS at Scottish Breeds Championship Show under Jim Currie.

I have shown Breeze (Ch Geliland Sea Breeze), a Disney great grandson, who, as well as having great success in the ring, being the top Beardie in the UK for 2007 and 2008 and winning the Tambora trophy, has also qualified as a Pets As Therapy dog (PAT).

I first judged Beardies in the 1980s, was approved to award CCs in 1992 and awarded my first set of CCs in 1993. Besides extensive judging in the UK, I’ve judged in Holland, Denmark, Finland and Germany. I'm judging the Great Lakes Bearded Collie Speciality near Detroit on Friday 4 July this year.

I am also a Life Member of the Bearded Collie Club. I have been a full member of The Kennel Club since 1994. For a number of years I served as Membership Secretary of the Bearded Collie Club.

Outside of dogs one of my hobbies is raising money for charity, and I am authorised by Teenage Cancer Trust to hold fundraising events on their behalf. There is now Teen Cancer America, an organisation established to replicate the work here in the UK.

STEAD Coleen (Clovabrae)

I have now lived with and shown Bearded Collies for 27 years and can't imagine life without them. I have dabbled with obedience and agility but the show ring is where my main interest is. I have been lucky enough to qualify seven Beardies for their Stud Book numbers including two of which are homebred. I have also campaigned three dogs to their UK Champion titles and was lucky enough to have the UK Top winning Bearded Collie of 2014.
I first began judging in 2007 and thoroughly enjoy and learn from each appointment and look forward to judging more in the future.

STEEL, Fiona (Invercoyle)

I have been involved and lived around dogs for most of my life; there has rarely been a period in my life that has not involved dogs.

Allan & I were first owned by a Beardie in 1983 when we came across a dog needing re-homed, turns out she was bred by Liz & Billy Gault (Lochbarra). We took on 2 further re-homes which were also Lochbarra dogs. After this and went on to have our first litter and from one of those bitches who became our foundation in 1989, which when we first got involved in showing. We showed and occasionally judged for many years but eventually taking a break in 1998 due to family and work commitments.

We lost the last of the Invercoyle line in 2010 and were devastated as we had no dogs in our life. We were very fortunate, as a few months later to be offered the privilege to be owned by one of Jenny Osbourne’s (Osmart) last litter bred by Jenny herself (although now the Osmart line continues with her Grandaughter Robynne), we then returned to the show ring with Osmart Belle in Black Satin at Invercoyle. Since then Coney has started another Invercoyle line and her son & daughter also live with us.
I also served on the committee of The Bearded Collie Club of Scotland back in the early 90s as Chairperson, and returned to the same club on the committee in 2010 and still serve as a committee member to this day.

I started judging in 1997 and I am on the B-list of The Bearded collie Club of Scotland, I enjoy judging and see it as an opportunity to continue to learn and hopefully influence this wonderful breed.

My other interest is taking action photography shots of this wonderful breed and love to show the world what they get up to when they are not in the ring!

STEEL, Janet (Spinningdale)

I have owned Bearded Collies for over 30 years. In that time I have served on the North of England Committee, of which I was a founder member.

I have bred only 2 litters, one from my foundation bitch, Briaridge Blue Rose. From her litter I kept a bitch who became Spinningdale Sunset Song. She had her only litter in 1992 and from that litter came Spinningdale Sunset Sonata. Both girls were successful in the show ring with Sunset Sonata still taking awards in her vintage years at the age of 15.

Having decided not to continue breeding, I purchased in the year 2000 Menander Starstruck of Spinningdale who gained 1 CC with Best of Breed and 2 Reserve CCs.

I began my judging career in 1986 and have gone on to award CCs I the breed having judged at both General Championship and Breed club shows.

SULLIVAN Ellen (Navillus)

I’ve had Beardies since 1981 and to date, shared my life with 11 of them, all are much loved family pets first and foremost.

I started showing in 1981 and my affix, Navillus, came after the arrival of my first “showgirl” in 1998 – she became my foundation bitch. She taught me a lot about Beardies and produced 2 out of the current 6 SBN’s I have gained since them. All of my SBN’s are descendents from this lovely girl.

I judges for the first time in 1990 at Companion Show level and judged many shows at this level until I felt confident enough to try an Open Show in 2002. I was passed in 2012 to give CC’s in Bearded Collies, my first appointment being SCCA 2013.

I am an active Committee Member of the BCC since 2002, currently being Show Secretary and Yearbook Editor.

It would be a great honour to judge the Bearded Collie Club Champ Show – a task which I would undertake with pride and integrity.

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