Firstly I would like to thank the Crufts dog show committee for inviting me to judge the Irish Setter dogs at this prestigious show, the Worlds best dog show. Which for me was a huge honour.

Also thanks to my 2 stewards for keeping my ring running smoothly, which enabled me to finish the judging in good time.

Thank you to the exhibitors for the lovely entry which awaited me, the majority of the dogs were presented in super condition with gleaming coats. My main concern was a lot of the dogs had plain and broad skulls which lacked refiness and the true Irish expression with that solefull look.
plain and broad skulls lacking refineness and that true Irish expression. Movement was very disappointing with alot of the dogs moving very close behind whether this was due to lacking hind muscle, feet were also not good either being flat or on the large size.

Having said that I was very pleased with my final line up, some of the final decsions in a few of the classes were very close.

Both the dog and bitch Cc winners were a credit and true representaives of our lovely breed I liked them both very much.

I would also like to thank Maggie Smith for the super photo's she put on Face Book I'm sure the exhibitors enjoyed seeing them I know I did.


Class          187   VETERAN D                                     Entries:      14     Absentees           1                                                                                        :
1st          932  MISS A JANIK  -  PL CH CORDARRAGH PICASSO PL JR CH CR JR CH
10 years old, lovely type well balanced good coat and showed to perfection. Lovely refined head showing enough stop with correct ear set kind expession, well arched neck leading into well laid shoulders well boned legs straight front and small feet, well sprung ribs and depth good quarters strong topline moved really well using his tail. 
2nd          853  MR & MRS H A M COHEN  -  CAISPERN LORENZO WITH SHUSHANA JW SHCM
Lovely dog good type balanced all through a bit stronger in head than the 1st but has a pleasing expression nice dark eyes correct finish of foreface, moderate neck good shoulders correct front and depth of forechest neat feet, good ribs and depth of chest well bent stifles short hocks which he used on the move striking outline.
3rd         1006  MR K & MISS J PULLEN & ATKIN  -  SH CH HARVANCOURT HARLEM
                   AT JACINGAIL
Another nice dog shown in super condition good type with correct topline refined head with good ear placement lovely expression kind eyes, correct length of neck leading into good shoulders has enough bone straight front neat feet good ribs and depth good stifles and tail set lovely coat moved well.
Res         1042   MRS L & MR V SVOBODOVA & SVOBODA  -  C I E/CZ/MKU CH ABANDINUS ELIMAR DOUBRAVA (ATCAP01548CZE) WW15

Class          188   MIN PUPPY D    
                               Entries:       3     Absentees           1
1st          873  MR P & MRS F DAVIS -   GRAYRIGGE MYSTRAL WIND WITH ALANASETT
9 months old well grown for his age good shape and outline refined head nice eye and expression showing enough stop straight front good feet and depth of chest good front and rear angulation needs to develop all over as he should at this age moved ok                                                                                                                                              :
2nd         1060  MR M J & MRS L C WILLIAMSON  -  BLUESPRINGS PICTURE THIS
Another lovely puppy good type and shape not so mature as 1st nice head and eye expression enough bone straight front and depth of chest ribs need to develop good topline and tail set not so positive on the move.  

Class          189   PUPPY D  
                                     Entries:      10     Absentees           0                                                                                  :
1st          883  MRS S E EDWARDS  -  GWENDARIFF UCAN'TMISSME BONHOMIE
11 months  what a striking puppy from all angles very well balanced lovely outline in super coat at one with his handler, refined head showing enough stop very expressive eyes correct ear set good length of neck leading into well laid shoulders straight front neat feet well sprung ribs and depth well bent stifles lovey tail action moved with drive and purpose. Best Puppy in Breed well done.
2nd         1013  MS R RICHARDSON  -  GWENDARIFF I'M FOOL PROOF
Lovely type and shape good topline would prefer more refinement in the head good expresesion nice dark eyes low set ears moderate length of neck good depth of chest correct front and feet well sprung ribs needs to develop in stifles loose in front and aft movement
3rd         1041  MRS S & MISSES N & J STURROCK  -  FORFARIAN BANG TIDY
Well grown puppy shown in super condition lovely shape and outline would prefer a finer head but nice expressin dark eye and ear set. good length of neck into well laid shoulders and depth of chest correct front neat feet needs to develop more rib and depth tends to carry his tail a bit high moved close behind.
Res          857  MR G T & MRS K E B CONDRON  -  COVARNEY MOSCHINO

Class          190   JUNIOR D    
                                  Entries:       9     Absentees           2                                                                                     :
1st          979   MRS S, MR J & MRS D PYM, BOTT & MILLIGAN-BOTT  -THENDARA MARSHMELLO
Striking young dog giving his handler a hard time lovey type and shape striking outline refined head showing enough stop expressive eyes low set ears correct length of neck into well laid shoulders good straight front and feet well sprung ribs and depth of chest well developed quarters which he used on the move lovely tail action.
2nd          895  MISS T GARDNER  -  DANWISH ON HIGH (AI)
Different type to the 1st well balanced holding good topline`refined head good expression kind dark eyes and ear placement, moderate neck good shoulders front assembly ribs and quarters moved well with drive.
3rd          834  MR R P, MR A C & MRS A H BOTT, ALLEN & MORGAN  -  QUENSHA BACK TO BASICS
Lovely type showed in super condition balanced all through good topline pleasing head with raised brow kind expression, correct neck length and front construction good feet, well sprung ribs and width over the loin moved with drive using his quarters
Res         1050  MS K A TYE  -  BRAIDMOUNT COME TO ME

Class          191   YEARLING D                                    Entries:      20     Absentees           1                                                                                       :
1st          994  MR & MISS NAYLOR & MORRISON  -  ANLORY DUNCAN JW
What a super class with so many young quality dogs, super boy showing a lot of promise striking outline balanced all through good head eyes showing raised brows correct front neat feet, nice reach of neck leading into correct shoulder placement deep well sprung ribs and well muscled quarters  which showed in his movement one of the best movers of the day. Just needs more coat to finish.
2nd          982  MRS D & MR J, MRS A & MR W MILLIGAN-BOTT, BOTT & L  -OAKDENE QUE DU BONHEUR [ATC AU02854BEL]
Another very stiking dog different type to 1st longer cast and rangier, very well balanced super topline shown in super coat refined head and expression showing raised brows good neck shoulders straight front and feet, deep well sprung ribs and strong loin used his quarters with drive on the move.
3rd          823  MRS G M BAILEY  -  DANAWAY DESERT SONG
Unlucky to meet the first 2 smaller dog but everything in the right place good type loved his refined head showing expressive eyes raised brows correct ear set good neck shoulders front and feet well sprung ribs and length of loin good quarters nice tail set which he used on the move.
Res          918  MRS J E HOLLEY  -  WYNJILL SNAP DRAGON

Class          192   UNDERGRAD D                                   Entries:      13     Absentees           2                                                                                   
1st          879  MISS A DUFRAT  -  LYNWOOD LOVE POTION FOR HAVERLEY
Well made dog  balanced striking outline shown in good coat lovely refined head with enough stop to give a soft expression with raised brows, moderate neck leading into correct shoulders straight front neat feet, ribs and quarters in balance with deep chest nice tail set moved well.
2nd          962  MISS A & MRS J MARKHAM  -  GLENLAINE SAMUEL WHISKERS
Lovely type good outline and balance. Stronger head than 1st good front shoulders ribs and quarters in lovely coat moved well
3rd         1047  MISS S & MISS N A TUPPER & ROSIE  -  STARATLANTA SHANKLY'S FIRE a
Another nice dog lovely type shown in good coat refined head with good eye and expression low set ears good neck front shoulders and ribs muscled quarters wich he used on the move strong topline.
Res         1007  MR K & MISS J PULLEN & ATKIN  -  COVARNEY LIL'TIPPLE AT JACINGA

Class          193   GRADUATE D                                    Entries:      13     Absentees                                                                                         :
1st          917  MRS J E HOLLEY  -  WYNJILL WINNER TAKES ALL
Super dog very typey shown and presnted in lovey coat very striking outline balanced all through refined head with lovely soft expression kind dark eyes low set ears, correct neck length leading into well laid shoulders good front and feet well sprung ribs and depth of chest good tail set stifles well let down short hocks which he used on the move.
2nd          861   MR H O & MRS A J HUTCHINGS  -  COVARNEY EVERYONE KNOWS
Lovely dog standing over a lot of ground good type super outline shown in good coat bit strong in head for me, but liked his dark eyes and expression good neck and shoulders straight front and neat feet ribs and quarters balanced short hocks lashing tail action moved well with drive.
3rd          875  MRS L J DEWAR  -  GWENDARIFF HERE I COME
Smaller dog balanced and shown in gleaming coat striking outline refined head with enough stop and raised brows good neck shoulders front and feet, enough rib and depth moved close behind.  
Res          973  MESDAMES I & J MCNEIL & BOYD-MCNEIL  -  GWENDARIFF GONNA GO FOR GOLD AT GLENNLOKHEN

Class          194   POST GRAD D                                   Entries:      10     Absentees           0                                                           :
1st          900  MISS J GREENAN  -  ANLORY AIDAN JW
What a super dog excells in type and quality shown in super condition very striking outline balanced all through lovely head having enough stop nice kind eyes low set ears good reach of neck leading into well laid shoulders good depth of forechest straight front small feet, ample ribs correct tail set and depth of chest adequate quarters moved really well.
2nd          988  MRS L & MRS G MUIR & O'CONNOR  -  GWENDARIFF I'M COMIN  OUT JW
2 lovely dogs unlucky to meet 1st very close decision shown to perfection in full coat, lovely head with kind expression dark eyes low ear set moderate length of neck good shoulders deep forechest straight front neat feet, good spring of rib tail set and quarters short hocks moved really well.
3rd          859  MR G T & MRS K E B CONDRON  -  GWENDARIFF D'YA FANCY A FLING WITH COVARNEY
Smaller dog very nice type shown and handled well, bit strong in head for me he has a dark kind eye and raised brow correct ear set, strong neck good forechest front and feet well laid shoulders good ribs tail set quarters and short hocks moved well.
Res         1032  MR J E & MRS C A SHARMAN & JENNINGS-SHARMAN  -KERRIMERE INDISCREET

Class          195   MID LIMIT D                                   Entries:      14     Absentees         2                                                            :
1st          910  MR & MRS HILL-DECOSTER  -  VICARY'S PART TIME LOVER BELG J CH [ATC AU01729BEL]
An eye catching dog lovey type shown and handled in lovely coat strong topline lovey refined head with expressive eyes low set ears good reach of neck and depth of forechest straight legs neat feet well sprung ribs and depth strong quarters short hocks. Moved well fore and aft with ease
2nd          874  MR P & MRS F DAVIS  -  PAWSWORD PRAIRIE WIND WITH ALANASETT JW
Lovely type striking outline shown in good coat lovely shape good head showing plenty of stop raised brows and soft expression good ear placement neck shoulders depth of forechest ample ribs and depth nice tail set well muscled quarters moved well with style.
3rd          993  MR & MISS NAYLOR & MORRISSON ANLORY KELTIC BLUE SKY JW
Another lovey dog not in his best coat very typey good topline well balanced refined head lovely expression with kind dark eyes low set ears moderate neck well laid shoulders good forechest straight front legs and neat feet, well sprung ribs and depth good strong hindquartes short hocks nice tail set moved really well with drive.   
Res          862  MR & MRS & MR & MISS CONDRON, PULLEN & ATKIN  - COVARNEY FLAPJACK

Class          196   LIMIT D                                       Entries:      18     Absentees           3                                                                                        :
1st          882  MRS S E EDWARDS  -  GWENDARIFF PS I LOVE YOU BONHOMIE JW
What a super class full of quality which gave me a lot to think about, eventually this dog was my first place lovely type oozing in quality shown to perfection in top form super outline standing over plenty of ground posseses a lovey head with no coursness refined skull showing enough stop raised brows and that solefull expression typical for an Irish, low ear set and finsih to foreface. Good reach of neck into well placed shoulders deep forechest straight front assembley neat feet good ribage and depth correct tailset strong quarters short hocks moved around the ring with drive and purpose. Very close decsion for top honours.    
RCc
2nd          983  MRS D & MR J, MRS A & MR W MILLIGAN-BOTT & LAUWERS NUCKY OF MCBIRDY LUXJCH, BENELUX JW
Rangier dog than 1st shown in super condition lovely type good coat and topline refined skull lovely expression with raised brows kind dark eyes correct ear set nicely arched neck leading into well placed shoulders deep forechest straight front neat feet, well ribbed and deep chest strong quarters short hocks nice tail set moved with drive.
3rd          852  MISS E S CIECHONSKA  -  RIVERBRUE ALTISSIMO AT AOIBHEANNE JW
Smaller than the 1st 2 placings but a lovely boy balanced from head to toe super shape gleaming coat flowing topline correct tail set gorgeous refined head with enough stop soft expression kind dark eyes low set ears good reach of neck well laid shoulders and depth of forechest straight front well ribbed strong quarters moved really well.
Res          960  MR K & MRS LR MACAULAY  -  CASKEYS MISCHIEF OF STYLERSETTS JW


Class          197   OPEN D                                        Entries:      20     Absentees           3                                                                                        :
1st          977  MRS D & MR J N MILLIGAN-BOTT & BOTT  -  SH CH THENDARA COMMITTMENT JW                 
Another super quality class could have done with 2 sets of cards 1st pushed the 2nd hard to win the class. A joy to go over everything in the right place standing he looked the part handled to perfection at one with his handler flowing topline in fantastic coat super refined head chisled with enough stop showing that solefull expression from dark kind eyes low ear set strong neck correct well laid shoulders deep forechest good front assembly well sprung ribs giving plenty of heart room strong over the loin well bent stifles short hocks good tail set moved around the ring with ease drive and purpose such a showman.
Dog CC and best of breed on the referees decision
2nd         1037  MR A & MISS D STEWART & RITCHIE-SMITH  -  SH CH/IR SH CH GWENDARIFF WHIPPERSNAPPER JW CW'15
A very close decision handled so well as always shorter coupled than 1st super outline shown in super condition in full coat well balanced from all angles posseses refined head showing raised brows kind eyes and soft expression low set ears good finish to foreface moderate neck leading to correct shoulder placement deep forechest good front neat feet well sprung ribs and depth giving heart room strong quarters short hocks correct tail set moved freely around the ring with drive and flare.
 3rd          984  MRS D & MR J, MRS A & MR W MILLIGAN-BOTT, BOTT & L  - INT/MULTI CH PARIS MATCH THENDARA
A worthy champion as were many in this class, taller dog but everything in the right place handled well showed in super coat and condition lovely chisled head with soft expression kind eyes low set ears strong neck good shoulder placement straight front neat feet well sprung ribs and deep chest strong quarters with good width correct tail set moved with drive.
Res          956  MESDAMES LONGBOTTOM & STEWART-RITCHIE  -  SH CH GWENDARIFF UNKNOWN SOLDIER JW

Class          198   F TRIAL D                                     Entries:       0     Absentees           0

Class          199   WORK GUN D                                    Entries:       2     Absentees           0                                                                                        :
1st         1066  MRS ZIELINSKA  -  INT CH/MULTI CH I'M CJ SZMARAGD MADRA RUA [ATC AS02330POL]
Tall and rangy dog nice shape good topline in full coat lean head lovely expression dark eyes low set ears good neck and shoulder placement well ribbed strong quarters short hocks correct tail set moved.
2nd         1053  J VIKTORIKOVA  -  EARNEST ENTHUSIAST EVERDENE [ATC  AU02336CZE
Smaller dog and finer could do with more weight nice shape in good coat refined head lovely expression dark eyes lacked rib and depth moved close behind.


Class          200   GOOD CIT D                                    Entries:      13     Absentees           0                                                                                        :
1st          921  MISS B HOSKINS  -  SANDSTREAM JUST A BREEZE WITH RALPHSKI  
Nice type in good coat good topline nice head shape soft expression low set ears well laid shoulders good straight front ribs and quarters moved well.
2nd          908  MRS D G HEPPELL  -  DEEVONVILLE SANTANA SHCM
Tall dog in good coat lovely outline correct tail set nice head and expression dark eye deep chest straight front ample ribs good quarters moved well.
3rd         1048  MISS S & MISS N A TUPPER & ROSIE  -  STARATLANTA ELLIOTT
                  SHCM
Similar in type but longer in good coat and condition strong topline correct tail set lovely refined head with soft expression dark eyes good neck and shoulders ample ribs and depth moved well.
Res          848  MISS J M CHILDS  -  TREDURA VAL VERDI

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