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Judge Biographies

TAYLOR Sandra (Bruernish)

Between 1980 and 1982 four Beardies from the Davealex kennel came to share our lives and my love of the breed has endured since then. Our first bitch, Davealex Royle Bianco at Bruernish gained her title in 1985 and was declared Best of Breed at Crufts in 1987 where she was shortlisted in the then Working Group.

Our Bruernish affix was granted in 1982 and we bred our first litter in l989; in all we have bred four litters and qualified seven Beardies for the KC Stud Book. Sadly we were unable to campaign our home bred CC winner to his title due to family health problems.

I first judged in 1984 and was passed to award CCs in 1997 since when I have judged on a regular basis. I also award CCs in Polish Lowland Sheepdogs. I consider myself lucky to also judge other Pastoral breeds, Groups and BIS at Open Show level.

Mick and I have been involved with the breed for well over thirty years, we have co-existed with 12 wonderful Beardies and it has been a privilege to know them all.

THORPE Marilyn (Merrythorpe)

I have owned bearded collies since acquiring a beautiful brown boy in 1975. He was a Tambora’s Percy Brown x Eastryd Larkspur son and my love of beardies started. With family commitments, I showed and bred only when time permitted.
I have owned one top stud dog, Ch. Chriscaro Charlock at Merrythorpe, sire of five Champions, and bred one Top Stud Dog 2011 and 2012, Ch. Merrythorpe Mulberry J.W., sire of six UK Champions.
I bred Merrythorpe Miss Daydream (1CC and 1 RCC Crufts 2011), Merrythorpe Miss Sunshine, her daughter (CC Crufts 2013) and showed three dogs to their Championship status and six beardies to RCC winners.
I would like to thank the Bearded Collie Club of Scotland for inviting me to judge and look forward to my appointment.

WALKER Sheila (Douglasdale)

I have been involved with Bearded Collies for 40 years. My first beardie being Corsecott Shona (Mountain Dew of Tambora x Westernisles Loch Ainneart) born in 1973.

I already had been bitten by the showing bug, having dipped my toes in the water previously with a mini-longhaired dachshund. With Shona we often found ourselves competing against her litter sister (Corsecott Tawny Tanya), a foundation bitch of Liz and Billy Gault. In those days most of us turned up at a show with a few grooming tools, a show lead and a blanket for the dog to lie on beside our chair ….. what a difference these days!

We bred from Shona a few times and produced some nice puppies. Ailsa Gill had her first beardie from one of these litters and Kathleen Delaney got Douglasdale Deerhunter who was a super boy.

I started judging in the late 70’s, when Beardie classes were not as thick on the ground as they are now. The highlight of those early judging appointments was when I judged Beardies at a Scottish Breeds Open Show in the early 80’s …. Approx 100 entries over 8 classes.

I have judged at open shows for BCCS, North of England BCC and Midshires BCC and in 2013 I was delighted to award CC’s for the first time at Border Union Ch. Show.