Critique - Judge: Miss Gabrielle Sloane (Ferasheen)

Firstly I would like to say a large thank you to the committee for the invitation to judge at this friendly and exceptionally well run show, and to the Irish Setter Club of Scotland for putting me forward for the appointment. Secondly I would like to say a very big thank you to all the exhibitors for their entries, the quality of all the dogs on the day was truly lovely to see and made for some very difficult decisions. Finally, I would like to say another thank you to my excellent steward Alec who kept everything running so smoothly.

Irish Setter

Class 194 – Irish Setter Puppy

(5 Entries, 1 Absent)

1st       Davies' Lochfrae Kiki Dee


9 month old bitch, sweetest of heads, dark eye with raised brow and beautiful chiselling, giving a gentle yet mischievous expression, long reach of neck set cleanly into well laid back shoulders, excels in return of forearm and forechest, good spring of rib and strong through loin, good turn of stifle and well muscled. Although very much a baby on the move, she showed lovely reach and drive, true action both front and rear with adequate width at the rear, and covered the ground well.

2nd     Borthwick's Lotushill Katsura

A delicate 11 month old bitch, finer built throughout than one, racy in outline, sweet head showing a gentle expression, however I did prefer the finish to foreface of one. Elegant neck set cleanly into nicely angulated forequarters. Not the forechest of one, but nonetheless well ribbed with adequate depth of chest and defined tuck up. Well muscled upper thigh and good turn of stifle but on the move this girl seemed a little unsettled by markings on the floor so wasn't able to show herself to her full potential

3rd      Tupper & Rosie's Staratlanta Shankly's Fire

Res    Davie's Lochfrae Nina Simone


Class 195 – Irish Setter Junior

(7 Entries, 3 Absent)

1st       Sturrock's Forfarian Victoria's Secret

Extremely elegant and ultra feminine 15 month old bitch, very mature for age. Good chiselling, low set ear and dark eye gave a soft but intelligent expression. Beautiful reach of neck into well laid shoulders and adequate forechest. Balanced angulation fore and aft which, combined with her excellent muscle tone, made for an exuberant and free flowing mover with lashing tail. A very promising young bitch whom I will watch with interest.

2nd     Davie's Lochfrae Kiki Dee

          1st in Puppy Class

3rd      Davie's Lochfrae Nina Simone

Res    Boyle's Forfarians Secret Admirer

Class 196 – Irish Setter Graduate

(4 Entries, 1 Absent)

1st       Murchinson's Pawsword Paperback Writer

Substantial and well bodied young man, undeniably masculine throughout. Handsomest of heads, not overdone in anyway, low set ear and dark eye, domed skull with pronounced occiput into strong neck set cleanly into shoulders. Would prefer perhaps a little more forechest but showing a good return of forearm and straight front. Deep chest with good spring of rib into well muscled loin and neat tuck up. Excellent width of upper thigh, good turn of stifle and balanced angulation. Took a           little while to get into stride on the move but once he did he was steady and true, maintaining his topline and showing a good width at the rear.

2nd     Sturrock's Forfarian Victoria's Secret

          1st in Junior

3rd      McNeil & Boyd-McNeils Gwendariff Gonna Go For Gold

Class 197 – Irish Setter Limit

(4 Entries, 2 Absent)

1st       Tupper & Rosie's Staratlanta Elliot ShCM

Fully mature 4 year old dog, perfectly turned out in dripping coat, handsome in head with dark eye, defined brow and neat flews giving a lovely cheeky expression. Straight front with excellent depth of chest, well bodied and strong in topline, well developed hind quarters and good tailset. A very steady and happy mover making the most of the ring

2nd     Hunter's Braidmount Lady In Waiting

2 and a half year old bitch giving away a lot in maturity in this class, but           nonetheless she pushed hard for 1st, pretty head with raised brow and domed skull, strong arched neck cleanly set into lovely shoulder angulation and pronounced sternum. Perhaps a fraction short in ribcage, but still showing a good spring of rib and well-defined tuck up. Shorter coupled and covering less ground than one but still balanced, excellent tailset and showing good rear angulation into the neatest of feet. Moved well showing a positive true action.

Class 198 – Irish Setter Open

(6 Entries, 3 Absent)

An exceptionally strong class of three super quality bitches, I was spoilt for choice!

1st       Sturrock's Int Ch Forfarian You Sexy Thing (TAF)

This bitch caught my eye as soon as she entered the ring and certainly didn't disappoint once I got hands on. Dark eye of correct almond shape giving an alert and inquisitive expression, neat in flew with balanced planes and excellent length of foreface. Striking in outline; well boned but still delicate and perfectly balanced fore and aft, great spring of rib and forechest, well muscled over loin and excellent turn of stifle into short and neat pasterns and tight feet, showing a beautiful topline which she maintained on the move. It is on the move where this bitch really comes into her own, a picture of poise and elegance boasting a beautiful reach and rear extension and driving well. Effortlessly covering the ground and at one with her handler. She was a delight to watch in the much larger group ring where she was deservedly shortlisted in hot competition. Best Of Breed

2nd     Sturrock's Sh Ch Forfarian Hey Sexy Lady JW

Litter sister to one and I was certainly having to split hairs between them. Shown in pristine condition. More chiselling in head and stronger in brow than one, but

still showing such femininity. Beautiful length of neck set into well set shoulders and strong sternum. Excellent width of upper thigh emphasised by the lovely muscle tone in her rear quarters. Just showing a fraction less reach on the move than her sister today, but still such a super quality girl so worthy of her many successes.

3rd      Borthwick's Northamber Runs Riot At Lotushill

Miss Gabrielle Sloane


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