TENFIELD BORDER RAMBLER JW

TENFIELD BORDER RAMBLER  J.W.

TENFIELD BORDER RAMBLER J.W.

Tor at 11 years old

Tor at 11 years old

photo by: Photo by Heili Einasto

Tor age 10 years

Tor age 10 years

photo by: Kim Ellis

Owner : TENFIELD
Breed : Golden Retriever
30th September 1997 - 31st December 2012

Sadly Tor had to be given sleep at 15 years and 3 months when his legs finally gave up on him. Bright, cheerful and optimistic to the end, he leaves a huge hole, even more so because there are none of his descendants here at present.

Tor was the 'Kennel Club's Kennel Gazette Top Junior Warrant Winner (All Breeds) 1999' and is the only Golden Retriever ever to be awarded this accolade. This is what the judge, Mr Leonard Pagliero, a top dog person and former Chairman of the Kennel Club had to say about Tor: ""Sixty four dogs had qualified for the final rounds and the semi-finals were judged by Harry Jordan and Zola Rawson. They had an interesting cross-section of breeds to go over and the overall quality of these dogs was encouraging for it clearly indicated that British breeders have not lost their skill and are still producing the best canine stock in the world. This competition is a splendid shop window and the KC and breeders generally have every reason to be proud of it. My co-judges presented me with an interesting final line-up of ten dogs - five selected by each of them. I went through the normal routine of individual examination and movement and narrowed my short list to five. But I had not the slightest hesitation in making my winner Tenfield Border Rambler, a 2 year old Golden Retriever dog. To me he was outstanding and one of the very best of his breed I have seen for a long time. In type, size, proportions and balance he is all I expect a Golden to be. His lovely expression indicated a pleasing steady character and he had an excellent rapport with his handler. In good coat, presented in hard condition, not carrying an ounce of superfluous flesh, his bone was good and his muscles firm. He looked every inch a working gundog which, I learned afterwards, he is. His movement was perfection, reaching out well in front and using his powerful quarters to drive behind and cover a lot of ground. I shall be disappointed if he does not gain his title and do a lot of top winning."

Tor has his Show Gundog Working Certificate and was a valued member of the picking up team for the Royal Artillery Shoot, Larkhill, who awarded him the accolade of best game-finding dog for the 2004/5 season. Not only that, but he also passed both Stages of the Kennel Club's Working Gundog Certificate along with his Junior Warrant winning grandson, becoming two of only a handful of Goldens to achieve this in the original format.

Multi-talented Tor also has his Kennel Club Good Citizen Bronze and Silver Awards and won his class at Crufts in 2004. He appeared a couple of times in Veteran classes winning 2nd in a big Veteran class at the Golden Retriever Club Championship Show in July 2008 and his swansong was being 5th in a class of 24 oldies at Crufts 2009, his final show outing, where he was one of only two 11 year olds showing the youngsters a thing or two about how to move soundly!

He has Open Show Best of Breed, Gundog Group, Best Puppy in Show, Reserve Best Puppy in Show, Gundog Puppy Groups and several Best Puppy awards to his credit, as well as Championship Show firsts in both breed and Stakes classes.

Tor has several progeny working for the charity 'Canine Partners' as assistance dogs, inlcuding 'Xyla' who is such a diva, they kept her as a brood bitch. Xyla produced the first ever Canine Partners litter in 2007. Tor's daughters have given demonstrations at Crufts and at many public events - Yarka bred by us has appeared at Crufts every year.

He produced a CC & Best of Breed winning daughter, Junior Warrant winning son and sired other winning progeny, but best of all, he has many children and granchildren who are adored as family members and have his loving yet clownish personality.

Tor's son in Germany is a popular stud dog and Tor's genes are proving valuable over there. He also has great grandchildren in Sweden, as well as the UK and France.

Tor was 13 years old in September 2010 and still accompanied the other dogs on long walks for another 7 months before old age and osteoarthritis began to take their toll on his front feet. He remained the top dog, respected even by Tamu the Basenji, and remained his clownish self to the end. There will always be a special place in my heart for Tor.

Pedigree

  • Parents
    • ROSSBOURNE JUST JAMIE
    • STANROPH SPRING ROSE AT TENFIELD
  • Grand Parents
    • ROSSBOURNE OCEAN BOY OF SALLYNOOK
    • ROSSBOURNE SPRING LOVE
    • SANSUE CASTALIAN SGWC
    • STANROPH SHERE FANTASY
  • Great Grand Parents
    • ROSSBOURNE TROOPER
    • ROSSBOURNE LIANA
    • AMBERLAND BLACK SABRE JW
    • SH CH ROSSBOURNE IN LOVE
    • SH CH STYAL SHELLEY OF MAUNDALE
    • ROSSBOURNE PARTY PIECE OF SANSUE
    • ROSSBOURNE TROOPER
    • STANROPH SILENT TEARS JW
  • Great Great Grand Parents
    • CH NORTONWOOD CHECKMATE
    • ROSSBOURNE HARVEST GILT
    • MALHAMDALE JASONS FLEECE
    • KINGSBURGH BRYONY ANN
    • CH PINECREST SALVADOR
    • CRAGISLE LANYA
    • GAINEDA THE MAHDI
    • ROSSBOURNE LIANA
    • CH NORTONWOOD FAUNUS
    • CH STYAL SUSILA
    • CH WESTLEY TOPIC OF SANSUE
    • ROSSBOURNE BREEZE
    • CH NORTONWOOD CHECKMATE
    • ROSSBOURNE HARVEST GILT
    • GAINEDA CHICA BEAU OF STANROPH
    • CLEVARLY CLAIRE OF STANROPH
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