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 Cairn Terrier Judge –Yvonne Catto (Birselaw)



DCC & BOB; Bidgegain’s Am Ch Zalazar Walk The Line

 RDCC; Lindborg & Norstrand’s Int Ch Rasken's Respected Billy Joel

 BCC;  Weinberger’s Ch Correnie Crazy For You

RBCC; Robinson’s Cruzo Bannock Belle

Best Puppy;  Wards Vanajam Leading Lady


Photo By Graham Peers

A Very Happy Suzee Bidegain With “Walker”
After Being Awarded  BOB At Crufts


BCC, Ch Correnie Crazy For You, Susan Weinberger, Yvonne Catto, Suzee Bidgegain, DCC & BOB Am Ch Zalazar Walk The Line


Suzee Bidgegain, DCC Am Ch Zalazar Walk The Line, Yvonne Catto, Matts Lindborg & RDCC Int Ch Rasken's Respected Billy Joel

BCC Ch Correnie Crazy For You, Susan Weinberger, Yvonne Catto,  RBCC Cruzo Bannock Belle & Gerry Robinson


Ann Wall, BPD Cloverbrook Ray Of Sunshine At Shearwater,

Yvonne Catto, Gill Ward Vanajam Leading Lady BPB & BPIB


Veteran - Dog  Entries: 8 Abs: 2

1st Ch Uniquecottage Tidy Shoes (Mrs J G Parker-Tucker)

2nd Ch Cannwood Augurey (Mr J T & Mrs C M Roberts)

3rd  Ch Shearwater Cae De Sonhas (Mrs A Wall)

Res  Vanajam Amulet With Maxiveek ( Keeves & Bennett)

Vhc  Chezaku Ferryman (Mr D J & Mrs A C Kippen)


Special Puppy – Dog Entries: 8 Abs: 1

1st Cloverbrook Ray Of Sunshine Over Shearwater (Mrs A Wall)

2nd  Maximal Tinkers Moon (Mrs M Bennett)

3rd  Sharpamatt Prince Of Joy (Mr P W & Mrs S Matthews)

Res  Spirebrooke Dawn Raider (Mr M & Mrs K M Warne)

Vhc  Cairngold Roulette (Mrs M Armitage)


Special Junior - Dog Entries: 8 Abs: 0

1st Noncom Inett Tu Winnit With Carradine ( Inett & Harrison)

2nd  Jaeva Face The Music (Miss H & Mrs K Downie & Tate)

3rd   Landbuck Colour Scheme For Winetta (Mrs J Percy)


Res Landbuck Colour Code (Felters & Rumens)

Vhc  Strathgarten Crackerjack (Mrs C Marshall)


Yearling - Dog Entries: 8 Abs: 1

1st  Am Ch Zalazar Walk The Line  (Ms S Bidegain)

2nd  Spawyche Elizabethan Onyx (Moseley & Inett)

3rd Tweedisle That Guy Johnny (Mr & Mrs G S, Miss L E Peers)

Res Strathinver Such A Star (Mrs N R Newton)

Vhc  Carradine Night Listener At Harkinleigh (King & Leighton)


Post Graduate - Dog Entries: 14 Abs: 0

1st  Rottriver's Lycaste Jason [Atc Aj00574swe] (Mrs M Knoepfli)

2nd  Tweedisle Guy Mannering (Mr & Mrs G S, Miss L E Peers)

3rd  Alfie Lunar Hopper (Mrs J Barney)

Res  Rocasovale Razzle Dazzle (Mrs J Smith)

Vhc  Maximal Between Dreams With Seveek (Mrs J Keeves)


Limit - Dog Entries: 14 Abs: 2

1st   Larchlea Licence To Thrill At Stanedykes (Mr J Pollock)

2nd  Vanajam Pop Idol (Mrs G A Ward)

3rd  Zalazar Un Zipped At Starveren (Dnk Imp) (Mrs M Middlehurst)

Res Fieldron Ive Got News For You (Mr J Watson)

Vhc  Vale Of Atholl's At Long Last (Mr R & Mrs M Goud)


Open - Dog Entries: 18 Abs: 6

1st Int Ch Rasken's Respected Billy Joel (MLindborg & Nordstrand)

2nd Ir Ch Cadagio The Unexpected (Mrs M Hogarty)

3rd Ch Rasken's Romping Playboy (Imp) ( Thomas & Hooton)

Res  Stryveling Robb Ruadh (Mrs F S Cameron)

Vhc  Su Ch Hjohoo's Hjo Got To Have Fun (Miss Theodorsson)


Veteran - Bitch Entries: 1 Abs: 0

1st  Ch Glenchess Night Owl (Mrs Er Mr Swg Short)


Special Puppy - Bitch Entries: 15 Abs: 3

1st Vanajam Leading Lady (Mrs G A Ward)

2nd Brenndarcy Button It Jw (Shannon & Storr)

3rd Strathinver Sheenagh (Mrs N R Newton)

Res Glenrood Warrior Princess (Mrs S E Dolan)

Vhc Anjofra Welcome To La La Land (Mr F & Mrs C Confue)


Special Junior - Bitch Entries: 12 Abs: 1

1st Landbuck Jazz Hands (Felters & Rumens)

2nd Ladyship Cloud Of Joy  (Mrs N Smook Van Koolbergen)

3rd Noncom Minnie The Minx At Carradine ( Inett & Harrison)

Res Larchlea Spirit In The Sky (Mr & Mrs J I Wren)

Vhc  Cannwood Danish Affair (Mr J T & Mrs C M Roberts)


Yearling - Bitch Entries: 11 Abs: 3

1st Hjohoo's Hjour Love Is My Life Jw  (Miss Theodorsson)

2nd Larchlea Light My Fire (Mr & Mrs J I Wren)

3rd Cairngrove Clever Clogs (Chambers & Exton)

Res Cannwood Razz A Ma Tazz (Mr J T & Mrs C M Roberts)

Vhc Davmar Silva Sox (Mrs L F & Mr D Hughes & Winsley)


Post Graduate - Bitch Entries: 12 Abs: 1

1st Honeyhall Hide N Seek (Mrs E B & Mr I L B Shaw)

2nd Cairngold Candlelight (Firth & Jones)

3rd Larchlea Good Vibrations At Correnie (Mrs S J Weinberger)

Res Trumpington's Ricola [Atc Aj00884che] (Mrs M Knoepfli)

Vhc Maridale Space Odyssey (Ms M Hawkes)


Limit - Bitch Entries: 16 Abs: 5

1st Cruzo Bannock Belle (Mrs G M Robinson)

2nd Carradine Sapphire At Spawyche (Mrs W V Moseley)

3rd Castleline Bonnie Jw (Mrs E J A Thompson)

Res  Glenrood Forever Topps (Mrs S E Dolan)

Vhc Glenchess Cut The Mustard (Mrs Er Mr Swg Short)


Open - Bitch Entries: 19 Abs: 3

1st Correnie Crazy For You (Mrs S J Weinberger)

2n Ch Cruzo Cinderella (Mrs G M Robinson)

3rd Cairngold Avin A Paddy ( Firth & Jones)

Res Ch Brenndarcy Be Bop Deluxe (Shannon, Storr & Culliford)

Vhc Razzle Dazzle Glory At Tribannon (Mrs A Waugh)


Good Citizen Dog Scheme - Bitch Entries: 3 Abs: 0


1st Curtisey Joint Venture (Mrs S C Williams)

2nd  Therhyse Olways Moanin (Dr J L Janes)

3rd Little Miss Tonka (Mrs V L Byrne)

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Photographs By Alan & Linda Firth


It was a great honour to judge “my best little pals” at Crufts. It was a wonderful entry, thanks to all the exhibitors, many who had travelled from far distant shores, for making it such an enjoyable experience. Many thanks also to my ring stewards who did their tasks with great efficiency enabling me to finish judging in good time.

The open dog and open bitch classes were very competitive and many top class exhibits went cardless. I thought the challenge line up for both sexes was exceptional.

I was looking for a sound well balanced cairn, typy and with the head and expression that conveys that mischievous wistful look that is so unique to the breed. Bitches had great quality in depth; the same cannot be said of the males. I found some males with very poor heads and some with what I would consider heavy bone. I found a couple of cairns with level bites and some others with very small teeth. Temperaments were excellent and coats were very good with no extremes of presentation. Movement overall I think has improved since the last time I judged in 2005.

The quality of the bitches’ augers well for the future of the breed, my only worry is the lack, in quantity, of suitable stud dogs with equal merit.


Veteran Dog (8, 2a)

1st Parker- Tuckers Ch Uniquecottage Tidy Shoes, d/b 8 yr old, lovely headed male with correct stop and expression, good reach of neck, level topline and good tailset, well balanced and in wonderful coat and condition, sound moving dog and excellent showman.

2nd Robert’s Ch Cannwood Augurey, 7 year old, attractive wheaten in lovely double coat, good head and expression, nice reach of neck, good topline and tailset, good length of leg, moved and showed well.

3rd Wall’s Ch Shearwater Cae De Sonhas, d/b, 10 years old and still moving and showing with enthusiasm, masculine head, well constructed throughout but just a bit short of coat on the day.

Special Puppy Dog (8, 1a)

1st Wall’s Cloverbrook Ray of Sunshine Over Shearwater, 10 months old, wheaten brindle who presents a nice outline standing and on the move, good mouth, nice reach of neck and level topline, well balanced sound puppy who just needs head furnishings to finish the picture, showed steadily.

2nd Bennet’s Maximal Tinkers Moon, 11 months old, quality red brindle with beautiful head and expression, neat ears, well constructed body, good topline and tailset, in good coat, bit rangy at the moment.

3rd Matthews Sharpamatt Prince of Joy, 13 months, red brindle, smaller than 1 & 2 but well balanced, has a good head and expression, in good double coat, moved soundly but would like a little more animation.

Special Junior Dog (8)

1st Inett & Harrison’s Noncom Inett Tu Winnit With Carrradine, 16 month old, striking wheaten brindle with a very good well balanced head and attractive expression, lovely reach of neck and correct shoulders, good topline and tailset, in well presented double coat, up to size but everything in proportion, moved well and showed with animation.

2nd Downie & Tate Jaeva Face The Music, 14 months old, typy dark brindle with a lovely head with keen expression, not a big boy but a well balanced cairn with a stamp of quality about him, nicely bodied and in very good coat, bit distracted today giving his handler a hard time but still very promising.

3rd Percy’s Landbuck Colour Scheme For Winetta, 16 months old, red in well presented coat, good head with keen expression, neat ears and nice reach of neck, level topline and good tailset, nice length of leg, showed steadily and moved soundly.


Yearling Dog (8,1a)

1st Bidegain’s Am Ch Zalazar Walk The Line, 23 months old, red brindle, what a stunning young male, he entered the ring as if he owned it, possesses the most gorgeous head with classic expression, good stop, big teeth, neat well set ears, neck flowed into clean shoulders, level topline and tail bang on top, moved true both ways, coat was presented to perfection but still retained its natural workman-like appearance, held his super outline standing and on the move, great showman, alert, active & agile this male had it all, never put a foot wrong, totally at one with his handler, pleasure to award him the CC & BOB.

2nd Moseley & Inett’s Spawyche Elizabethan Onyx, 23 months old, wheaten brindle with dark points, nicely constructed youngster with lovely head and expression, good neck and well laid back shoulders, level topline and good tailset, well presented coat, moved soundly.

3rd Peers Tweedisle That Guy Johnny, wheaten brindle, 22 months old, happy showman who has a nice head and expression, good neck, topline and tailset, he had good proportions and was in correct coat and condition, moved well.


Post Graduate Dog (14)

1st Knoepfli’s Rottriver’s Lycaste Jason, well balanced showy wheaten, good head with dark points, nice reach of neck and good tailset, level topline, good angulation, won class on sound movement, coat good but slightly overtrimmed presentation.

2nd Peer’s Tweedisle Guy Mannering, dark brindle, lovely head, well furnished, good ear set, well proportioned cairn who was shown in a lovely well presented double coat, moved well and showed with animation, close decision.

3rd Barney’s Alfie Lunar Hopper, wheaten brindle, plainer in head than two above, nicely constructed throughout and was in very good coat, showed and moved ok.


Limit Dog (14,3a)

1st Pollock’s Larchlea Licence To Thrill At Stanedykes, attractive red brindle who had recently gained his title, this 2 year old has the most beautiful masculine head and expression, good eye, lovely mouth with big teeth, excellent reach of neck flowing into well laid back shoulders, level topline and good tailset, well constructed cairn who was in very good coat and condition, moved well back and fore, was giving his handler a hard time today but his overall class and quality still kept him in the reckoning for a ticket.

2nd Ward’s Vanajam Pop Idol, eye catching wheaten with a lovely head and expression good mouth, very good reach of neck flowing into correct shoulders, level topline and correct tailset, good reach of leg, moved well both ways, in very good coat and condition, he has a lovely profile and is a very showy cairn.

3rd Middlehurst’s Zalazar Unzipped At Starveren, well balanced smart red with good head and expression, good mouth, neck, topline and tailset, in excellent coat and condition, very attentive showdog who covers the ground effortlessly.


Open Dog (18,6a)

What a fantastic class of males, many dogs went cardless that I would have been more than happy to have awarded a first place.

1st Lindborg & Nordstrand’s Int Ch Rasken’s Respected Billy Joel, impressive red brindle, I loved him when I judged him in Norway a couple of years ago and he still is an excellent example of an top quality cairn, he possesses the most lovely head and expression, has neat ears, good eye, good mouth, lovely reach of neck, topline and tailset correct, right length of leg, well coated balanced dog who shows with attitude, in challenge just preferred more positive front movement of the ticket winner, RCC.

2nd Hogarty’s Ir Ch Cadagio The Unexpected, dark brindle, another beautifully headed cairn with a truly mischievous expression, good eye, neat ears, well constructed body, in well presented double coat of correct length, moved with verve, showy dog who seems to be so happy in the ring, he oozes quality and it was a close decision between him and Billy Joel.

3rd Thomas Ch Rasken’s Romping Playboy, dark brindle with a most lovely head and typy expression, neat ears, good eye and mouth, good bone, presented in double coat of correct texture, well proportioned male who I would just like to see put a little more effort into his showing but nevertheless a top class dog.


Good Citizens Dog Scheme Dog (0)


Veteran Bitch (1)

1st Short’s Ch Glenchess Night Owl, D/B, very happy 10 year old showgirl with a good head and a very keen expression, well balanced cairn  who was in lovely coat and condition, moved well and with great enthusiasm.


Special Puppy Bitch (15,3a)

1st Wards Vanajam Leading Lady, 13 months old, wheaten, what a gorgeous girl, lovely outline which she holds so well standing or on the move, charming head with typy expression, good mouth, excellent reach of neck, level back and bang on tailset, good bone, accomplished showgirl who moved with such style, she just flowed round the ring, she had reach in front and drive behind, would have been happy to have taken this one home! Best puppy.

2nd Shannon & Storr’s Brenndarcy Button It, 13 months old, another quality puppy, wheaten with good head and expression, well constructed throughout and moved soundly both ways, in good coat and condition, lacked animation today but still a very promising young lady.

3rd Newton’s Strathinver Sheenagh, 1 year old, wheaten with dark points, preferred the heads of 1and 2 but nevertheless a very nice puppy, well balanced with good neck, topline and tailset, moved soundly and was in good coat and condition.


Special Junior Bitch (12,1a)

1st Felters & Rumens Landbuck Jazz Hands, stylish wheaten bitch who really keeps her shape and topline while going round the ring, has good proportions, in excellent coat and condition, was so sound on the move, very smart showgirl, her head just needs to mature to finish the overall picture.

2nd Smook-van Koolbergen’s Ladyship Cloud Of Joy, wheaten with dark points, bigger than one, has a very attractive head with keen expression, excellent reach of neck with clean shoulders, very showy well balanced girl, just felt 1 kept her outline on the move a little better.

3rd Inett & Harrison’s Noncom Minnie The Minx At Carradine, wheaten brindle bitch who has an attractive head with dark points, very showy and sound, in lovely coat and condition, well balanced, very feminine.


Yearling Bitch (11,3a)

1st Theodorsson’s Hjohoo’s Hjour Love Is My Life, what a beautiful red brindle bitch, has a super outgoing personality, typy well balanced head with keen expression, good proportions with nice reach of neck, good topline and tailset, moved effortlessly round the ring, excellent  show girl, alert and attentive, pressed hard in the challenge.

2nd Wren’s Larchlea Light My Fire, wheaten brindle, nicely headed bitch with neat ears and good stop, nice length of neck, good topline and tailset, she has a lovely outline and moved round the ring very soundly, well presented coat of good condition, excellent showgirl.

3rd Chambers & Exton’s Cairngrove Clever Clogs, dark brindle bitch with a very nice head and expression, good dark eye, nicely constructed bitch who was in very good coat and condition, showed well, maturing nicely.


Post Graduate Birch (12,1a)

1st Shaw’s Honeyhall Hide N Seek, beautiful wheaten youngster with a most lovely head and expression, very feminine well balanced girl who has a level topline, good topline and tailset, strong quarters, moved soundly both ways and is a very smart showgirl, she is maturing nicely and should have a very rosy future.

2nd Firth & Jones Cairngold Candlelight, light red in excellent good coat and condition, typy head, with neat ears and dark eye, nicely constructed body, just right amount of bone, held her outline well on the move and showed with enthusiasm, little between these two but I just preferred head of one.

3rd Weinberger’s Larchlea Good Vibrations At Correnie, dark brindle with attractive head, good length of neck, good topline and tailset, was in good coat, moves well both ways but lacks animation and she also needs to fill out and mature to complete the picture.


Limit Bitch (16,5a)

1st Robinson’s Cruzo Bannock Belle, dark brindle who just ooze’s type, well balanced, has to be handled to appreciate the fine qualities of this bitch, lovely head with neat ears, good eye and stop, nice reach of neck set on clean shoulders, level topline and good tailset, honest bitch shown in excellent coat and condition, moved really well, in tip top form, she really sparkled and showed with great animation, I thought she looks a picture, RCC

2nd Moseley’s Carradine Sapphire At Spawyche, wheaten brindle with appealing head and expression, good neck, topline and tailset, nicely bodied, was in good condition and in coat of correct length and texture, moved with verve, I would like her to have a little more length of leg.

3rd Thomson’s Castleline Bonnie, well constructed wheaten bitch with a good head and expression, nice length of neck running into good shoulders, topline and tailset good, presented in heavy double coat of correct texture, showed steadily and moved soundly.


Open Bitch (19,3a)

Super class of quality bitches.

1st Weinberger’s Ch Correnie Crazy For You, wheaten brindle bitch who I have admired since I first saw her as a puppy, on the table she did not disappoint, she owns one of the most  beautiful heads I have seen, melting expression, good mouth, neat ears, excellent reach of neck and well laid back shoulders, good front and bone, moves true both ways and was in very good coat of correct texture, she is a beautifully balanced and unexaggerated cairn whose pure class won her the CC.

2nd Robinson’s Ch Cruzo Cinderella, red brindle, another bitch who is a fine example of the breed, very attractive head and expression with well set on neck, good shoulders, level topline and good tailset and hindquarters, everything is just in the right place and she moved so soundly, in correct coat and showed well.

3rd Firth & Jones Ch Cairngold Avin A Paddy, dark brindle bitch with many fine qualities, attractive head and expression, nicely constructed throughout and moved well both ways, lively shower who was in excellent coat and condition.


Good Citizens Dog Scheme Bitch (3)

1st William’ Curtisey Joint Venture , red brindle with  nice head and expression, neat ears, in very good coat and condition, well handled and showed steadily, best mover in this class.

2nd Janes Therhyse Olways Moanin, red bitch, not quite the head of 1 but had good length of neck and level topline, showed well and was moving quite soundly.

3rd Byrne’s Little Miss Tonka, another red whose head had a very keen expression, well balanced overall, moved well behind but front movement a bit loose.






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