Critique - Judge: Michelle Kavanagh (Kupola)


I would like to thank all of the committee who made me most welcome, especially my steward for his patience and the ‘head of catering’ for her delicious cake. Sincere thanks also to all the exhibitors who brought their cherished boys and girls for me to judge. All this, along with the beautiful weather, made my day!

Minor Puppy Dog (2)

1. Tuite’s Riverwood Kazatchok with Porschet

A smart young man who possesses a compact and balanced outline.  I really liked his head, especially his raised brows and super eye shape that showed the desired melting expression alongside that essential glint of wickedness. Low set ears and a good finish to foreface added to his appeal. He had good bone and substance with super depth of chest and spring of rib. Good neck and shoulders, correct gently sloping topline and finish to his croup.  Loved his strong, unexaggerated hindquarters too.  A steady mover for his age with correct tail carriage when striding out. Best Puppy in Show.

2. Gratton’s Bardonhill Moon River Flows Into Glenlaine

Another nice baby who is rangier then 1 and will need more time to develop. I thought he had a lovely racy outline and possessed good breed type. A little plainer in head at the moment when compared to the class winner but still very appealing. He had good bone and body properties with adequate depth of chest, clean over shoulders and good topline. Moved OK.

Puppy Dog (4, 2 abs)

1. Tuite’s Riverwood Kazatchok with Porschet

2. Gratton’s Bardonhill Moon River Flows into Glenlaine

Junior Dog (4, 1 abs)

This class caused me a headache! I liked all three of these quality boys but as always this result was based on an ‘on the day’ assessment and not what might be in a few years time.

1. Mugford’s Lynwood Lark In The Dark

A dog with a very neat, compact and racy outline who was presented in beautiful coat and condition. Pleasant masculine head, long and lean, with lovely dark correctly shaped eyes and good expression. Good neck and shoulders flowing nicely into his topline. Ample bone and depth to brisket, well angulated hindquarters and lovely over croup. His sound and positive movement won him the class today.

2. Ciechonska’s Aoibheanne’s Quite By Design

I loved this dog standing as he has a beautiful balanced outline with nothing exaggerated and great breed type. Masculine and refined in head with good expression. To be critical I would prefer a slightly more raised brow but this didn’t detract from his undoubted handsomeness, and anyway his head is still developing. Soundly constructed throughout with good depth of chest, firm topline, balanced angulation fore and aft and again a great finish to croup. Unfortunately he threw it all away today with his erratic movement.

3.Gisby’s Suteresett Mr Cool

I loved this boy’s head and he was very sound and correct in all aspects. He just needs time to come together as a sum of parts. I think he is full of potential.

Special Yearling Dog (10, 2 abs)

1. Richardson’s Kirkavagh Hernando

A stylish 17th month old boy who has a super balanced and racy outline with a strong, correctly sloping topline and a lovely finish to his croup.  I really liked his head too, which was masculine with a beautiful raised brow and a good finish to his muzzle. He has a good reach of neck flowing into well laid shoulders, good depth to brisket but I would prefer a little more forechest. Presented in lovely coat and condition, he moved well but his beautiful outline was spoilt by his high tail carriage today. I forgave him as most of the class joined him, flying their tails as they moved. I really hope that this was down to the age/stage of the dogs and not a permanent thing!

2. Bouttell and Humphrey’s Ixia Joseph

A quality lad possessing lovely breed type and just out of junior so giving way to a more mature boy today. I liked his balanced unexaggerated outline and his handsome head with a melting expression. He has a straight front, good bone and depth of chest with a prominent sternum. Lovely topline and strong, well angulated hindquarters. Sound on the move.

3. Mugford’s Lynwood Lark In The Dark

Novice Dog (4, 2 abs)

1. Mugford’s Lynwood Lark In The Dark


2. Ciechonska’s Aoibheanne’s Quite By Design

Undergratuate Dog (9, 5 abs)

1. Mugford’s Lynwood Lark In The Dark
Ciechonska’s Aoibheanne’s Quite By Design
Richardson’s Brabrook Flash Harry at Montgreenan

Graduate Dog (8, 6abs)

1. Randle’s Rionore Fire N’ Ice

This boy won this class on his sound and positive movement. He has a compact outline, good arched neck, straight front with ample depth and spring of rib. His head was too overdone for me, strong and broad over the skull and not as refined as I like. He has balanced angulation fore and aft with a good finish over his croup but I would prefer smaller, tighter feet.

2. Vatcher and Jones’ Wynjill Farmers Boy

I liked this boy’s racy outline but his movement let him down today. Preferred his head to 1, it was masculine and refined with a soft, gentle expression. Lovely forechest on this dog but overall I would prefer more body and spring of rib, and a better finish to his croup.


Post Graduate Dog (2, 1 ab)

1.Macpherson’s Kirwilldale Takoda at Rishona

I thought this boy an honest dog of good breed type. Appealing, masculine head with dark eyes and soft expression. He has good body properties, a balanced outline and straight front.  Good front angulation but I would have liked a little more bend of stifle and more of a slope to his topline, which appeared a little level. He had lovely dark coat, although a little wayward for some tastes!  Moved OK.

Limit Dog (7, 1 abs)

A good class headed by three lovely boys – I’m sure their owners will have lots of fun with them in the future and I wish them well.

1.Pullen and Atkin’s Harvancourt Harlem At Jacingail

A quality boy of beautiful and honest type that really appeals to me. He has an impressive outline, balanced and without exaggeration. A very handsome lad with a good head. To be critical I would prefer a slightly darker eye, but this did not detract from his wicked, appealing expression which was in no way hard. Slightly arched, muscular neck flowing into a gently sloping topline, he is solidly constructed yet racy with good depth of chest and spring of rib. Good front assembly and angulation, I loved his strong, unexaggerated hindquarters and great finish to his croup. Presented in good coat and condition. He moved well, fluent and with drive. His tail carriage was a little high but he was showing he was happy so I forgave him this. Pleased to award him Best Dog and Reserve Best in Show.

2.Hogarth’s Avacet Snowdrift

Close up to 1st, I really loved this dog’s head and gorgeous, soft expression which could melt the hardest of hearts. This wasn’t his only attribute, he has a lovely racy outline and was beautifully presented by his owner in great coat and condition. He has a good neck and layback of shoulder, super topline and excellent finish to croup. Well angulated throughout with good strong hindquarters which he used to good effect on the move. Another boy who held his tail slightly higher than his topline on the move today, but as he was showing what a happy boy he was I let it go. Reserve Best Dog.

3.Gratton’s Bardonhill Floating Moon Into Glenlaine

Open Dog (2, 1 abs)

1.Gladwish’s Glenlaine The Best Man                          A nice type of dog, balanced in outline with a good head and pleasing expression.  I liked his depth of chest and well sprung ribs, his flowing topline and finish to croup. He had well bent stifles and I was happy to see that when he moved, his tail was held correctly, creating a lovely picture striding out.

Veteran Dog (3, 2 abs)

1.Richardson’s Cataluna Smart Alec At Montgreenan

What a lovely head this dog has, handsome ,masculine and refined, all enhanced by the soft white dustings that shows he is advancing in years now. Beautiful raised brows, good eye shape, kindest of expressions and a lovely finish to his foreface. He has a racy outline with a good front assembly and good bend of stifle. A little long in his loin, but good body properties.  A happy mover, enjoying his day out today. Best Veteran Dog.

Minor Puppy Bitch (4, 1 abs)

1.Hudson and Posselwhite’s Danaway Look Of Love

What a little poppet, 6 months old with a long, lean, pretty head and sweet expression. I liked her racy outline, good neck, shoulders and topline. She had nice hindquarters which showed a good bend of stifle without being overdone. Not as mature as 2nd, but she moved steadily and true to take the class.

2.Walter’s Dreamerlis Regal Jodie From Deniel

Another nice baby, shorter coupled than 1 but presenting a balanced picture. Attractive head with dark eyes of good shape, she was quite affected by the heat making it harder to assess her expression today. Liked her bone and substance, deep chest and good spring of rib. Moved OK.

3.Parker’s Brackenfield Staffa

Puppy Bitch (6, 3 abs)

1. Wilkins’ Bardonhill Hetty Bayliss Among Margretwoods

A lovely baby who possesses an adorable, feminine head with a soft, melting expression. She is solidly constructed, has a good spring of rib and great front angulation complete with plenty of forechest. Gently sloping  topline, with a good finish over her croup and good neat feet. I would have preferred to see a little more hind angulation to match that of her front, but she is just a baby and hopefully this will come as she matures. She moved out well in all her classes and was Best Puppy Bitch today.

2.Tuite’s Rua Precious Jade At Porschet

Pretty little girl with a good head and expression and lovely low set ears. She has a good neck and shoulders,  pleasing topline, ample bone and good depth of chest and spring of rib. Again I would have liked a little more hind angulation but she has a long way to go before she is a big girl! Moved OK.

3.Harrison’s Lochlorien New Tricks

Junior Bitch (7, 2 abs)

1.Humphrey’s Suteresett Miss Curious About Henaleas  JW

I must admit when I have seen this young lady from the ringside I’d always thought her a little ‘middle of the road’ for my taste, however what a lovely surprise was in store when judging her! She is so sound and great to go over, quality from head to tail and nothing overdone. She has a pretty balanced head with a sweet and plenty of work. Good neck and layback of shoulder, straight front and good depth of chest, excellent forechest and well ribbed back. She is well angulated fore and aft and moved well and true, showing off her lovely balanced outline. I rate her and I am sure she has a bright future ahead of her.

2.Mugford’s Lynwood Happy As A Lark

Another sweet girl who has a racy and balanced outline. I liked her pretty head with lovely raised brows, dark eyes, gentle expression and low set ears. She has a good length of neck and was clean over her shoulders. Not the front angulation or forechest of 1, but I really liked her strong topline, good tailset and well angulated hindquarters. Presented, as always, in lovely condition, she moved true to win over another quality girl that I liked.

3.Parson’s Suteresett Miss Splendid At Bransett

Special Yearling Bitch (6, 1 abs)

1.Heron’s Caskeys Delphine  JW

This delightful young lady possesses perfect balance all through and has excellent breed type. What you see is what you get, as honest as she is lovely, a girl without exaggeration and most correct in every way. She has a very pretty, feminine head which is typical of her breeding and is lovely over the shoulders. She has a gentle sloping topline, a good bend of stifle and beautiful feet. My notes say ‘wish she were mine’ and I do! She just needs more furnishing to complete the picture and then she can start to challenge the big girls.

She moved accurately and true but I just wished that she showed a bit more enthusiasm.

2.Mugford’s Lynwood Happy As A Lark


3.Parson’s Suteresett Miss Splendid At Bransett

Novice Bitch (6, 3 abs)

1.Wilkins’ Bardonhill Hetty Bayliss Among Margaretwoods

2.Mugford’s Lynwood Happy As A Lark

3.Harrison’s Lochlorien New Tricks

Undergraduate Bitch (8, 3 abs)

1. Kennedy-Sloane’s Twoacres Sweet Charity

A nice bitch with a lovely racy outline and presented in beautiful coat and condition. Attractive head with good eye shape and kind expression. She has adequate forechest but I would prefer a little more of her as I found her a tad narrow. I thought she had a good topline and finish to her croup, well bent stifles and  short from hock to heel. She moved well.

2.Mugford’s Lynwood Happy As A Lark


3.Parson’s Suteresett Miss Slendid At Bransett

Graduate Bitch (6, 4 abs)

1.Humphrey’s Henaleas Carry On Flirting

A beautiful, quality bitch, just what I like, elegant and racy but with substance and full of type. She is so well balanced and has a beautiful, slightly arched neck and deep well laid back shoulders. Her well angulated front matched her strong hindquarters with their lovely sweep of stifle and short hocks. She has good bone, a good deep chest and spring of rib, an excellent topline and finish to croup and was well presented in gleaming coat. Her very pretty head with dark eyes and an appealing expression was the icing on the cake. I only wished that she had moved a little more positively in the challenge as she was a contender for top honours today. Another one I could have taken home!

2. Brown’s Harvancourt Heavenly

A pretty headed girl with a sweet expression. I found her to be a little narrow all through and she did not have the depth and substance 1. She was a little long in loin but she had a good topline and was correct over the croup. She had good, well angulated hindquarters and moved soundly. 


Post Graduate Bitch (6, 4 abs)

1.Brown’s Harvancourt Confetti

A bitch with a compact outline, clean over shoulder and with a good topline, although I would have liked a better finish to her croup.  Her head was OK but I would have preferred to see a little more length to her muzzle to give more balance and a slightly darker eye. She has adequate forechest and depth of brisket, good hindquarters and neat feet. She moved soundly to take the class.

2.Graydon’s Follidown Meadow Saffron Of Eringold

I really did prefer this young lady’s head which was attractive and feminine with a good finish to foreface, indeed, I thought she would be my winner but she let herself down on the move today. She had a good neck and shoulders and I liked her topline and good bend of stifle. A rangier bitch who is still relatively young and needs more time.

Limit Bitch (6, 1 abs)

1.Elkin’s Avacet Snowbird

A lovely type of bitch with a clean and balanced outline, showing no exaggerations. She has a refined, pretty head with a soft melting expression. Good shoulders and topline with correct tail set and pleasing hindquarters, she has adequate depth and spring of rib. She was just lacking in furnishings today and I would have preferred a bit more of her, but she moved well to take the class.

2.Fauvrelle’s Hunnicote Bracken Sweetie

A lady who is feminine and racy all through with a good head and gentle expression. She was presented in super coat and condition and looked a picture standing. Well angulated fore and aft, I really liked her strong, well developed hindquarters, gently sloping topline and neat feet. Unfortunately she lost out today as she was not as positive on the move as 1.

3.Morgan’s Pennally Jumeau

Open Bitch (2, 1 abs)

1.Hall’s SH CH Glennara Lehana  JW Sh CM

Wow what a star! A fractionally bigger girl than currently seems to be in vogue at the moment, and a real beauty. Totally feminine and refined, she has body and substance but retains all the elegance and raciness that the standard requires. She has the most beautiful head, finely chiselled with lots of work and a lovely raised brow with dark eyes showing a soft, intelligent expression with an underlying hint of the devil in them. Her outline is beautifully balanced and flows smoothly from her head to her tail. She has good shoulders and depth to chest and is well angulated in front and behind with lovely strong hindquarters that she uses to good effect on the move. She was a picture moving, and had power, reach and drive, something we can’t generally say about how our breed moves these days. She had great tail action too and looked like she could have gone on all day despite the heat. She had everything I was looking for and I was very pleased to award her Best in Show.


Veteran Bitch (5, 1 abs)

1. Fox’s Satlas Bleau Eyes

This lovely lady was completely new to me and I couldn’t understand why I haven’t seen her out more. There is much to like about her, she’s another bitch of good breed type with the correct amount of substance and a balanced, racy outline. I thought her head very pretty with plenty of work, dark, correctly shaped eyes and a soft, wistful expression. She has a good front assembly with a nice forechest and good depth of chest. She was well angulated fore and aft and has a good topline and finish to croup. She was presented in lovely coat and condition and gave a very good account of herself on the move so I was pleased to award her Reserve Best Bitch and Best Veteran in Show.

2.Graydon’s Wyldfire Ceire Of Eringold

A rangier lady than 1, her depth and substance appealed to me. She had a good strong outline and was nicely angulated in front and behind. She had a good head and expression was clean over the shoulder. I liked her topline and spring of rib and thought that she moved soundly.

3.Curtis’s Wyldfire Coleen


Special Beginners (3, 1 abs)

1.Harrison’s Lochlorien New Tricks

A nice enough baby, she lost out on maturity in the earlier classes and she just needs more time to grow into herself. She has a pleasant head with a good eye shape, a good straight front and a good length of neck. I liked her depth of chest and her bone and substance. She moved ok but her handler needs to practice moving her on a looser lead.

2.Brown’s Harvancourt Heavenly


Brace (3, 1 abs)

1.Fox’s brace

A well matched pair of pretty girls, they moved nicely around the ring in unison enjoying the occasion.

2.Brown’s brace

Not as uniform in head type, these girls were of similar size and moved with enthusiasm.

Michelle Kavanagh

Irish Setter Breeders Club
Open Show 22 July 2012

Judge:   Michelle Kavanagh (Kupolas)

Best Bitch & Best in Show: Hall: Sh.Ch. Glennara Lehana JW Sh.CM
Best Dog and Res.Best in Show: - Atkin & Pullen’s Harvancourt Harlem at Jacingail
Best Puppy Dog &  in Show:Tuite: Riverwood Kazatchok with Porschet (Imp Bel)
Best  Puppy Bitch: Wilkins Bardonhill Hetty Bayliss Among Margretwoods JW
Res.Best Dog Hogarth Avacet Snowdrift
Best Veteran Bitch, Res Best Bitch & BVIS: Fox: Satlas Bleau Eyes
Best Veteran Dog: Richardson Cataluna Smart Alec at Montgreenan

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Best Bitch & Best in Show: Hall Sh.Ch. Glennara Lehana JW
Best Dog  RBIS Atkin & Pullen Harvancourt Harlem at Jacingail JW
Best Puppy Dog & Best Puppy in Show Tuite: Riverwood Kazatchok With Porschet
Best Puppy Bitch: Wilkins Bardonhill Hetty Bayliss Among Margretwoods JW
Best Veteran Bitch & BVIS Fox: Satlas Bleau Eyes

Results kindly supplied by Julie Wilkins



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