Domarpresentation Ailsa Gill

I obtained my first Beardie in 1976 with a view to showing after watching the ringcraft class held along with the obedience class I took my cross collie to & visiting a show to speak to some Beardie exhibitors. Major Logan put me in touch with Shelagh Walker & from that introduction came Douglasdale Polka Dot (Misty) who arrived the weekend we moved into a house in the country with a large area of ground. I soon realised Misty was not going to be a top show dog & was lucky enough to obtain Dearbolt Lady Emma in 1977. I did have a litter from Misty but it was the litter from Emma to Ch Potterdale Philosopher in 1982 that produced the first Gillaber Champion – Ch Gillaber Highland Lament. 

Hazel Cook who owned Potterdale Rhapsody later shared the Gillaber affix & from only 12 litters we bred a further 8 UK Champions, G Loch An Eilein, G Tillycorthie, G Tomnavoulin, G Drumoak, G Drummond, G Kincorth, G Balnacara, G Benachie & several overseas including Canadian, American & International Champions. We also bred a number of other CC & Res CC winners & made up Ch Potterdale Preclusion & Ch Ramsgrove Homeward Bound To Gillaber & more recently Alan Hosie & I made up Ch Malandex French Xpectation For Gillaber.

Ch G Tillycorthie only sired a few litters but is behind many of the show Beardies today through  two of his sons Ch. Moonhills Does It In Style & Ch G Drummond.

I have been on the BCC Club Scottish Branch committee for over 40yrs including as Chairman. I was also a BCC rescue co-ordinator for over 40yrs. I represented Beardies on Scottish Breeds Club committee for many years.

I first judged in 1986 & first awarded CC’s in 2000. I have judged various Breed Club Ch shows as well as a number of General Ch shows. I was honoured to judge Crufts bitches in 2020. 

I look forward to judging in Sweden in August as this is the first invitation to judge outwith the UK that I decided to accept.


Ailsa Gill


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