Critique - Bitches: Mr Leith Lewis
IRISH SETTER (Dogs).
Many thanks to those who chose to bring their Setters under me on this occasion and for their forbearance on such a blisteringly hot day, certainly the hottest I have personally experienced as a judge. Thank you also to my two excellent stewards. Fortunately, the Committee had again provided an in/out tenting facility which provided some respite from the prevailing conditions for both the Handlers and their dogs and my, was it needed! In any event, I made some allowance for the prevailing conditions though the sometimes very high and hooked-over tail carriages could not be overlooked. Such instances detract fully from the breed standard's requirement for tails to be carried "as nearly as possible on a level with or below th-e back!" I was however,
pleased to report today on a near total absence of ill-fitting teeth though was disappointed at the surprising absence of good muscle-tone in some of the middle-order classes!
MPO. (2, 1).
1. Sturrock's Forfarian I'm Sexy An I Know It. Stood alone today but this 8 month old boy well-merited his first place spot anyway!. Having already admired him from the ringside at a previous show I was pleased to get my hands on him today and he did not disappoint! Presented an altogether well-balanced outline both when stacked, and on the move. Pleasing head and foreface, on a lovely sweep of neck into well-laid shoulders. Excellent topline. Good depth and spring of rib. Strong over loin with well- bent stifles and showing good muscle-tone. Tail set on well and used to pleasing effect. Just needs time, but BP today with the agreement of my co-judge, and one to watch I think!
PD. (6, 1).
1. Sturrock's Forfarian I'm Sexy An I Know It.
2. Miller & Wollbraaten'Caemgen's Element Of Truth At Feorlig (Imp Swe).
Close up to my winner whose topline and overall balance I just preferred today. This 10 month boy also owns a masculine head with pleasing, expressive eyes and a well-defined occiput. Responding here to his excellent handler, he moved here with drive and some precision. He owns a deep, well-ribbed chest, good bone and nicely-bent stifles. 3. Axon's Brinara Private Eye.
JO. (6, 1). Close contest between the first two here.
1. Venables Deevonville Conquistador.
Promising youngster with all the essentials and, at 15 months, maturing nicely. Excellent well- sculpted head with pleasing expression and low-set ears. Good length of correct-arched and well-muscled neck into correct lay of shoulder. Satisfactory depth of well-ribbed chest.. Shows excellent balance fore and aft both when stacked and in his positive movement, the latter giving him the decisive edge today in this class. Lightly-textured coat coming along nicely. He used his tail to pleasing effect on the move. Just needs to body up a little more but time is clearly on his side.
2. Holley's Wynjill Well I Am.
Another pleasing specimen, at just twelve months, progressing nicely and, at this stage, a little finer than my winner in both head and build, and not quite matching the precision and drive today of the first-placed youngster but again, a very well-balanced dog showing plenty of promise.
3. Cuddy's Suteresett Rebel Rouser In Balbriggan.
YD. (5). Close contest here between the first two in this class.
1. Venables Deevonville. Conquistador.
2. Gratton's Bardonhill Moon River Flows Into Glenlaine JW. Thought initially that this boy would be my first choice here but his rear movement was somewhat untidy, spoiling an altogether pleasing picture for a boy who, at 19 months, has much to commend him, notably a super, well-balanced outline, good depth, an excellent textured coat and good bone. Hopefully it was just the heat getting to him on the day!
3. Heppell's Deevonville Santana.
NO. (7, 3).
1. Holley's Wynjill Well I Am.
2. Cuddy's Rebel Rouser In Balbriggan. 12 month old well-balanced dog who was placed 3rd in the earlier Junior Class. Good head, neck and shoulder qualities but a little lacking in animation when asked to move today,
3. Heppell's Deevonville Santana.
1. Holley's Wynjill Well I Am.
2. Cuddy's Rebel Rouser In Balbriggan.
3. Davis' Brinara New Statesman At Corribeg.
GO. (12, 1). A very competitive class.
1. Williamson's Keljaru Lovely Jubbly. 2 year old boy new to me who, though not as dark coated as some, met most of the qualities I seek in an Irish Setter. Lovely well-chiselled and clearly masculine head. Good reach of well-muscled and gently arched neck into a good layback of shoulder.. Good body properties and sound construction both fore and aft. Well-settled whether stacked or on the move where his positive and correct use of the tail completed an altogether very pleasing picture..
2. Stocker's Kirkavagh Xakala.
Nice boy, just short of his third birthday and dripping in coat. Another whose type I very much like but, today, he was not showing quite the all-round panache and enthusiasm of my class winner.
3. Luto's Rappatty Excalibur JW.
1. Richardson's Brabrook Flash Harry At Montgreenan.
Unquestionably, the best mover of the day for me, showing total enthusiasm with head held proudly high and showing real drive from
his strong, well-muscled quarters; all fully complimented by that rarity today of a level and lashing tail and such a luxuriant deep rich textured coat for a dog of under 3 years of age. He showed good depth, excellent balance and great muscle-tone. Heat or no heat, he was at one with his young handler - both were clearly out to enjoy themselves and it showed! Delighted to award him the CC, his 2nd I believe.
Kirkavagh Hernando ShCM, I liked the head, shoulders and general good all-round confirmation of this dog.,ln particular its angulation at both front and rear and its overall balance but felt in particular, that he just lacked the sheer vitality of the winner.
3. Griffin's Corriebran Diagem.
Very close contest between two quality dogs I have witnessed at close hand during much of their show careers.
1. Gratton's Bardonhill Floating Moon Into Glenlaine JW, ShCM.
This boy has good upper arm angulation and has really matured in body and coat over the past year or so and, with so little to choose between him and his contemporary my final choice for placings today was influenced by the more positive movement demonstrated by the winner today. A real case of nit-picking though!
2. Wood's Reddins Falcon ShCM. As has been said"
there was very little to choose between this dog and my winner. On balance, I just prefer Falcon's outline but today, but this aspect was more than counter-balanced by Falcon's fractional inability to match the added verve of the winner. So close though!
3. Rose- Hay's Cataluna Wayward Wind.
LO. (9, 1).
1. Millan's Landscot Going For Gold.
Upstanding 5 year-old, whose handler brought the very best out of this now very mature and deep-chested dog. He owns a well-worked head on a good length of slightly arched neck into well-laid shoulders. Good ribbing and depth to chest. Well-muscled quarters, strong across loin, stifles well let down. Good tail fit and used very effectively today.
2. Tapper's Kedalita The Merry Tyler.
7-year old fella overcoming the heat and showing movement today befitting a much younger dog though his tail carriage was a little on the high side. Nicely-worked head with close ear set and well-pronounced occiput. .Good angulation fore and aft, though showing a tendency to fidget when stacked..
3. Cuddy's Suteresett Royal Ripple With Balbriggan Jw.
Class headed by two lovely specimens from the same Anglo-Belgian breeding partnership with the top spot going to the older one.
1. Lauwers, Milligan-Bott & Bott's JCh Thendara
Frozen Asset.. Eye-catching boy presented in lovely condition. He could not be ignored when stacked and initial impressions regarding his quality were quickly confirmed with everything much as it should be, though his tail carriage on the move could have been more on a level with his back. Pleased nevertheless to award him the RCCas his good points far outweighed this weakness ..
2. Lauwers, Milligan-Bott & Bott's Lux Ch
Thendara Satisfaction JW. 2 year-old boy, again beautifully presented but not on the day exhibiting quite the same free -flowing movement as my winner. Again, very well- constructed from the tip of his well-sculpted head, through his pleasing length of gently- arched neck and sound shoulders to his strong hindquarters ..
3. Danks-Kemish's Tiroen Time After Time For Alolfran JW, ShCM ..
Keith Lewis (Judge)
East of England 7 July 2013
Judges: Dogs: Mr Keith Lewis Bitches: Mrs Lynn Morris
Entry 152 Dogs making 206 Entries
Winning her 3rd Challenge Certificate and Best of Breed
Sh.Ch. Fairhaven Louise Mountbatten at Braidmount (R)
owned by Mona hunter & Will Brown
& handled by Mona
Winning his 2nd Challenge Certificate was:
Brabrook Flash Harry at Montgreenan (L)
owned by Mr J, Mrs L & Miss L Richardson
& handled by Linzie Richardson
Best Puppy Dog and Best Puppy in Breed was
Forfarian I'm Sexy An I Know It (L)
owned by Sandra, Nicola and Jenna Sturrock
Best Puppy Bitch
Gwendariff The Catz Wiskers (R)
Owned by Mesdames Longbottom & Stewart-Ritchie
Other Main Awards
Reserve Dog CC: Lauwers, Milligan-Bott & Bott JCH Thendara Frozen Asset
Res.Bitch CC: Mrs J Holley Wynjill Well Known
Congratulations to all the winners
Photos: Ian Newsham Full Results