I must apologise for the time taken to do this critique but have had to deal with family matters over December. Thank you for your patience. Many thanks to the Committee for the invitation to judge my breed at this well run and friendly show. Thank you to the exhibitors for a lovely entry of quality dogs. I thoroughly enjoyed my day, my entry and the sporting acceptance of my choices.
Special Yearling (16,1)
What a challenge this class was with dogs from 7 months to 23 months. Would have loved to have split the puppies away .. maybe a thought for the future?
1st Robert’s Jetsetter Cristalle to Polmennor JW (imp Rus) (Reserve Best of Breed)
A lovely bitch I’ve judged and placed well before. Now 23 months she’s continuing to show her earlier promise. Presents a lovely overall shape and was presented well and in good muscle. Pretty balanced head with melting expression, correct ear set and adequate stop. Good length of neck into well laidback shoulders and flowing into an excellent topline. Correct angles front and rear with decent forechest and depth of chest with well sprung ribcage. This girl owned the ring on the move holding her topline and using herself with reach and drive. Reserve Best of Breed.
2nd Fauvrelle’s Oakdene Remy Martin (imp Bel)
A bold young dog slightly heavier in type for me. However, on going over him was very pleased to find a good confirmation throughout which was difficult to fault. Shown in good coat and showed good driving movement. He would have benefitted from a larger ring to get really show off.
3rd Need’s Covarney Paco Rabanne
4th Henderson, Szwajokski & Pike Redclyst Pershing
Rising 10 month old boy who was well presented and sympathetically handled. Pleasing puppy with everything in the right place and moving well for his age. Masculine head with mischievous expression. Enough bone, correct angles and neat feet. Was close between the two pups I had placed in this class but this boy had the topline and tailset for me to award him Best Puppy in Breed on the day.
Post Graduate (3,1)
1st MacDonald’s Redclyst Maximus
2.5 year old dog with lovely overall balance. Very nice masculine head with correct planes, ear set and the irish expression I find pleasing. Good bone and neat feet. Correct front angles and enough stifle allowed him to move well holding his topline on the move. Presented in good muscle and coat condition.
2nd Hadfield’s Staratlanta Get a Wiggle on to Marzanne
A lot of the above comments apply to this young dog as well. A slightly finer type who again moved well. Just needs some more furnishings to add to his maturity.
Open Dog (6) ,1
1st Andrew’s Millcroft Moon Riot
Upstanding, balanced dog who has come on with maturity. Shown in good coat and condition. Masculine with correct and typical head and expression. Nice angulation front and rear. Plenty of bone and neat feet. Moved well in this class but lost out in the challenge as moving slightly close behind and topline not as flowing as the bitch’s.
2nd Pike’s Redclyst Boris
A different finer type of dog but difficult to fault on confirmation. Very good mover. All of the comments on the winner apply to this boy but on the day the overall finish won the day.
3rd Jone’s Hunnicote Handiman
Open Bitch (8, 3)
1st Partridge’s Kerrydown Octavia ShCM
A known winning bitch and having had the pleasure to go over her can understand why. She presents a well- balanced picture with good coat. Feminine head with melting expression from correct unshelled almond shaped eye and nice low earset. Enough length of neck flowing into a gently sloping topline to correct tailset. She has good bone and stands on neat feet. Correct front angles, forechest, depth of well-sprung ribcage and strength over the loin gave this girl the ability to move with drive and forward reach, true going for and aft, and holding her topline well. Pleased to award her Best of Breed and pleased to hear she attained Gundog Group 4.
2nd Andrew’s Millcroft Scarlet Moon
Another pretty bitch with everything where you’d expect it to be. Didn’t have the ‘showiness’ on the move of the winner today.
3rd Coleman’s Devacott Rose Creek