Friday, December 9, 2011


GCH CH Tolkien Raintree Mister Baggins

The Bearded Collie, GCH CH Tolkien Raintree Mister Baggins, is now the undisputed leader of the Herding Group, taking the lead in all breed points with consecutive BIS yesterday & today at the Ladies Dog Club show in Providence RI.  

Also vying for Mary Ann Alston’s attention were the English Setter, GCH H Wyndswept’s Encore, the Greyhound, GCH CH GrandCru Clos Erasmus, the Bullmastiff, GCH CH Highpoint‘s Fifth Wheel Don‘t Blink, the Lakeland Terrier, CH Larkspur Acadia Save Me a Spot, the Affenpinscher, GCH CH Banana Joe V Tani Kazari., and the Miniature Poodle, GCH CH Surrey Sugar Baby.

Roy and handler Cliff Steel had lead the Herding Group all year in the number of groups won.  Today’s Group One is their 107th.  Roy is the winningest Beardie in AKC history with 74 career BIS, 26 of which have come this year, four in the last seven days.  Now that’s sprinting to the finish line.


  1. Two of the greatest gentlemen in the ring today,
    Roy & Cliff Steele....take it to the limit Cliff.

  2. Roy and Cliff are writing the Legend of the Beardie. What a beautiful team to watch, history in the making!

  3. I have it on good authority that he's a great dog underneath the coat but for goodness sake stop trimming it.... beardies are a 'no-trim' breed.