I would like to thank City of Birmingham for inviting me to judge the 75th Anniversary Show. My two very efficient stewards did a great job. A lovely entry awaited me and a large ring. I am delighted to say that all dogs were clean and well presented.
I was thrilled with both my dog and bitch challenge. As breeders we must remember that an Irish Setter must be racy, well balanced and full of quality and goodness. Both my CC winners certainly were.


Veteran Dog
Entries: 5 Absentees: 0
1st – Sh Ch Riverwood Kazatchok With Porschet (Imp) JW (Tuite) – I liked this dog. I don’t think I have judged him before. Kind expression, racy outline, well balanced, lovely dark coat, moved soundly.
2nd – Millcroft Chase The Moon To Shanoah (Foster & Walsh) – Another lovely boy. Great outline, moved well keeping his topline and wagging tail. Soft expression, dark eye. Excellent condition.
3rd – Caispern Lorenzo With Shushana JW Sh CM (Cohen)
Minor Puppy Dog
Entries: 3 Absentees: 0
1st – Redclyst Pershing (Henderson, Szwajkowski & Pike) – At six months old, a very well behaved baby, moved soundly for one so young. Soft expression and dark eye. Nicely put together. Good luck with him.
2nd – Gwendariff Meet Me At The Top (Davies & Rose) – Another baby – all the essentials are there, he just needs time to come together.
3rd – Seowns Snoops (Pine)
Puppy Dog
Entries: 1 Absentees: 0
1st – Redclyst Pershing (Henderson, Szwajkowski & Pike)
 Junior Dog
Entries: 8 Absentees: 1
1st – Gwendariff Ucantmissme Bonhomie (Edwards) – At 17 months, I have admired this dog from the ringside and was not disappointed. Very handsome, soft expression, dark eye, oval skull, low set ears. Arched neck set into well laid shoulders. Lovely front, deep in ribs and wide powerful hindquarters. Free flowing movement. Beautifully presented – he certainly caught my eye!
2nd – Grayrigge Mystral Wind With Alanasett (Davis) – Younger boy – another I really liked. So well presented, very appealing expression, kind eye, clean neck and shoulders, deep in rib. Super topline and tail set which he uses on the move.
3rd – Gwendariff Look No Further (Stewart)
Yearling Dog
Entries: 5 Absentees: 0
1st – Kerryfair Love On The Rocks Amberlight JW (Lucas) – Handsome dog with soft expression. Very clean over the neck and shoulders. Lovely racy outline, moved soundly.
2nd – Bardonhill Dont Stop Me Now (Gratton & Bott) – A strong junior class. Lots to like about him, needs time to settle in the ring, soft expression and eye, deep chest and smart outline – promising.
3rd – Redclyst Head Full Of Dreams (MacDonald)
Graduate Dog
Entries: 11 Absentees: 1
1st – Lynwood Hocus Pocus At Settesoli JW (Russell) – I like this boy, full of quality. He has a really lovely head – correct eye colour, raised brows and chiselling. Good front, legs and feet. Deep in the rib, racy topline, wide hindquarters and bend of stifle. Moved soundly.
2nd – Riverbrue Galliano Fizz To Clonageera JW (Rutherford, Judge & Crocker) – This young dog is very handsome and very stylish. I would just like him a little taller. Very sound mover.
3rd – Kerrimere Classique JW (Lorrimer)
Post Graduate Dog
Entries: 11 Absentees: 0
1st – Gwendariff I’m Comin Out JW (Muir & O’Connor) – Just my type – racy. Well balanced, full of breed type. Very handsome, kind eye, correct shape and colour, raised brows giving him a true Irish expression. Good front, fine at point of shoulder, deep chest, well sprung ribs, wide hindquarters, well set tail. Moved soundly. Beautifully presented. Rich chestnut coat – in great condition.
2nd – Heathclare American Dollar JW Sh CM (Prangle) – Soft expression, very sound moving dog. Excellent in construction and balance, nothing exaggerated. Dark gleaming coat. Well handled.
3rd – Redclyst Boris (Pike)
Limit Dog
Entries: 10 Absentees: 0
What a lovely class.
1st – Alolfrana Hotter Than U’know (Danks-Kemish) – This dog really caught my eye today, so well shown and presented by his owner. Very handsome, soft expression and beautifully put together – really held his topline on the move – he is very sound. So much to like.
2nd – Bardonhill Eternal Flame Among Amberlight JW (Lucas) – This dog has a really lovely head, handsome, correct eye colour, low set ears. Great layback of shoulder, deep chest and strong loin. Excellent hindquarters. Moved soundly. So much to like.
3rd – Gwendariff D’ya Think I’m Fab For Kespas JW (Stockton)
Open Dog
Entries: 8 Absentees: 0
I was honoured to judge this wonderful class, just full of quality boys. I really did like them all.
1st – Sh Ch & Ir Sh Ch Gwendariff Whippersnapper JW CW15 (Stewart & Ritchie-Smith) – I have always liked this beautiful dog, he is a credit to his owner breeder. Presented and shown in the most wonderful condition. I cannot believe he is almost 8 years old. Proud to see him go Group 2. Well balanced and full of quality. Soft expression, dark eye of correct shape, low set ears. Arched neck set into fine shoulders, lovely bone and great feet. Deep chest, very straight front, gentle sloping topline, wide powerful hindquarters. Free flowing driving movement. Proud to award him the CC and BOB today.
 2nd – Sh Ch Copper’s War Of Roses (Swed Imp) (Crocker) – This dog has the most beautiful head, he is so handsome, he uses his eyebrows giving him an Irish expression. He is so well balanced and racy in outline. He is moderate in size – excellent hindquarters, moved soundly. Very well presented by his owner. Very close to the 1st. RCC.
3rd – Sh Ch Gwendariff Thyme Bomb At Jacwilins JW (Willis) – Another worthy champion who looked fabulous today.
Good Citizen Dog
Entries: 3 Absentees: 0
1st – Sandstream Just A Breeze With Ralphski (Hoskins) – A nice overall type of dog, soft expression and well constructed. Moved soundly.
2nd – Teleri Summer Nights (ai) (Poole)
3rd – Harreds Trooper (Fitzmaurice)
Veteran Bitch
Entries: 5 Absentees: 1
1st – Sh Ch Thendara Jocasta JW (Gardner) – I have always admired this lovely bitch, a very worthy champion. Soft expression, racy outline, well angled hindquarters. Moved soundly and freely. BV.
2nd – Ch Lynwood Happy As A Lark JW (Mugford) – A lovely bitch full of breed type in wonderful muscular condition. She is so well balanced throughout. Close decision.
3rd – Lochlorien Scully Foxes Andley Sh CM (Stevenson)
Minor Puppy Bitch
Entries: 5 Absentees 0
Lovely class of babies.
1st – Bardonhill Barbie Girl (Bott) – What a promising puppy at just six months. Sweet expression, dark eye, racy in outline, wide hindquarters, lovely thick dark coat, good bone and feet. Moved soundly for one so young. BP – 3rd in a lovely Puppy Gundog Group – congratulations.
2nd – Gwendariff Keep Off Th’grass (Walters) – Another nice puppy, soft expression and full of quality. Very elegant in shape, great topline, excellent bone and feet. Moved soundly.
 3rd – Fernstart Angel’s Kiss (Box) – Made up a trio of lovely puppies. I shall follow their careers with interest. Good luck!
Puppy Bitch
Entries: 2 Absentees: 1
1st – Porschet Christmas Cracker (Tuite) – Pretty girl – long lean head, excellent dark eye, oval skull with low set ears. Racy in outline, good straight front. Moved soundly.
Junior Bitch
Entries: 9 Absentees: 3
1st – Kerryfair Foxy Forever (Chorley-Newton, Chorley & Flinders) – Really like this young bitch, full of quality. Very well balanced and not overdone. Head long and lean, soft dark eye, low set ears. Arch to neck set into well laid shoulders. Deep rib and strong loin, wide hindquarters and short from hock to heel which enabled her to move soundly. Well handled and presented.
2nd – Majestyka Indian Summer At Clonageera (Rutherford) – Another girl I like – very pretty head – so well put together in great coat and muscle condition. Has a gentle slope to her topline, wide hindquarters. Moved soundly.
3rd – Forfarian Soo Lush JW (Sturrock) – Another nice bitch, just short of coat.
Yearling Bitch
Entries: 7 Absentees: 0
1st – Gwendariff Hot Ticket JW (Bougen) – I have admired this girl from the ringside and I think her quite lovely. I think it is her owner’s first show dog and what a good job she is doing. Well handled and beautifully presented. Beautiful head, soft Irish expression, correct front, good bone, arched neck set into fine shoulders, racy in outline. Moved soundly and freely.
2nd – Twoacres Destiny (Kennedy-Sloane) – Caught my eye today, very elegant girl, pretty face, dark eye and well balanced throughout. Dark coat, neat feet. Moved soundly.
3rd – Gwendariff Just The Ticket For Lochindorb (Nicolson)
 Graduate Bitch
Entries: 6 Absentees: 2
1st – Glennara Cilleigne Dervla (Imp) JW (Hall) – Well-made quality bitch. Very Irish expression, plenty of work in her head. Arch to neck, well laid shoulders, racy in outline. Moved soundly.
2nd – Gwendariff Its Numero Uno At Bonhomie JW (Edwards) – Very elegant young lady. Very feminine expression, correct front assembly, well sprung ribs. Strong topline, wide hindquarters. Moved soundly using her tail. Beautifully presented.
3rd – Sixoaks Leading Lady (Heather)
Post Graduate Bitch
Entries: 13 Absentees: 0
1st – Ixia Rainbow Brite (Bouttell, Burbridge & Bouttell) – This girl caught my eye on first look, she is just lovely. Super head and expression, correct dark eye of good shape. Strong neck and fine well laid shoulders. Correct sloping topline and wide hindquarters. Moved freely with drive. Full of quality.
2nd – Fernstart Birdsong (Box) – Another girl that I like. Lovely soft expression, her outline is so correct, full of quality and racy. Wide strong hindquarters. Moved soundly and freely.
3rd – Bardonhill Ice Ice Icicle JW (Bott)
Limit Bitch
Entries: 13 Absentees: 0
1st – Gwendariff Rainbow Goddess at Lochindorb (Nicolson) – What a lovely girl, very much my type. Racy, elegant, full of quality. She has such a pretty head, dark eye, correct shape, arch to neck set into well laid shoulders. Deep rib and racy topline, wide hindquarters, lovely rich colour in great coat and condition. Moved well.
2nd – Lynwood Abracadabra JW (Mugford) – Another I like. She is full of quality, very well balanced and very elegant. Lovely head, kind eye. She is very well made throughout. Moved soundly and freely.
3rd – Sametsuz Mak’n Honey JW (Henderson)
 Open Bitch
Entries: 8 Absentees: 1
1st – Sh Ch Riverbrue Gloriana (Crocker) – I have admired this girl from the ringside. She is full of breed quality and not overdone in any way. Her expression is delightful, dark eye of correct shape, raised brows which she uses giving her that essential Irish expression. Her outline is well put together and strong topline giving her a racy appearance. Strong wide hindquarters. She moved really well using her tail. In wonderful bloom, her coat is rich and dark. Quietly handled. CC.
2nd – Sh Ch Gwendariff Coco Nut Cream (Armitage) – A bitch I really like and was so close up today but decisions have to be made! She is racy, elegant and has a super strong topline. Really pretty head, fine skull, low set ears. Lovely crest to neck, fine shoulders, excellent front assembly. Wide powerful hindquarters. Moved so soundly and freely. Beautifully presented. RCC.
3rd – Bardonhill Afternoon D’lite At Fernstart (Box)
Good Citizen Bitch
Entries: 1 Absentees: 0
1st – Sixoaks Leading Lady (Heather) – Third in the Graduate class. Pretty head, soft expression and nicely put together. In good coat and condition.
Judge – Mrs Jill Holley

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