Critique - Judges: Dogs: Mrs C Sheldon (Delsanto)

Thanks to the exhibitors for a good numeric entry of dogs and the quality in some classes made decisions very close. Despite weeks of rain and mud, the dogs were generally well turned out. There were a couple with knots in their thick feathering and a few with splayed feet which I put down to lack of roadwork. I thought the floor hindered movement in some dogs as they were clearly uneasy on the slippery surface, especially when cornering. Also, in my opinion, some of the heads were not to the breed standard as were unbalanced with heavier occiputs and shorter muzzles. This is an area that breeders need to take care over or the true Irish expression will be lost. Thanks to my Stewards on the day for their help and to the Committee for a well run show.


1st    Herons Caskeys Maestro   8 month old well balanced typy youngster, appealing head with low set ears & dark eye, good front, deep chest, firm topline for a baby, good tailset, deep mahogany coat of good texture, moved OK

2nd    Hopewell & Kays Berfield Kalif   A raw baby of 6 months with lots of potential. Similar comments apply as 1,  typy with good overall body properties. A kind expression with dark eye and nice finish to foreface. Moved happily

3rd    Full’s Meadway Myles at Teignestuary

PUPPY DOG ( 9, 1 )

1st    Crockers Copper’s War of Roses  A dog with lots of exhuberance and attitude, tail didn’t stop wagging and he enjoyed giving his handler a hard time. Could not be denied his place due to his overall quality with good front and bone, super clean outline, good topline and tailset. Quality coat and feather ing for a youngster. Will do well BPD RBPIS

2nd    Smith’s Carlotties Clever Cookie Another well balanced youngster, not as forward as 1 & not happy with the floor surface so didn’t do himself justice on the move. Good clean outline, lots to like about him, deep chest, good bone, correct angulation, pleasing head & expression.

3rd    McLarnon’s Gwendariff  Paddy Power Glenavana


1st    Milligan-Bott & Lauers Sh Ch/Multi/Int Ch Sumaric Shadow of Mr Jingles   This is a wonderful gentleman of 10 years old. His title says it all, he has travelled the world and is truly world class. He is in fantastic condition, moves so soundly and still put up a good challenge for top awards. He clearly thinks he knows it all and still makes his handler work hard. Fantastic spirit BVD & BVIS

2nd    Cohens Caispern Vilette with Shushana JW Sh CM   8 year old dog, heavier set overall than 1, good body properties and shown in fabulous coat and condition. Moved well.


1st    Sturrocks Forfarian I'm Sexy an I Know It JW  Handsome  young dog with balanced head & dark, kind expression, striking in  outline,  good neck & shoulders, strong topline with well set  tail, true front & quarters, dark mahogany coat, moved well, at one with his handler

2nd    Milligan- Bott & Botts Paris Match Thendara  Liked this dog, nice head with soft expression, well constructed, nice deep chest, good front & feet, has a lot of potential, moved soundly when he chose to as gave his handler a hard time.

3rd    Powis Amberwave Fantabulous


1st    Holleys Wynjill Well I Am   This dog had the qualities I was looking for, overall balance with no exaggeration , good neck & shoulders,  deep chest, balanced  head with  nice shaped eye and low set ears,  steady mover

2nd    Mitchells Suteresett Go The Distance to Staxyll   Nice young boy of good type, super head with correctly shaped eye, obviously a slow  maturer, lots to like about him and everything in the right place.  Movement OK

3rd    Hopewells Anlory Keltic Spirit over Davset


1st    Milligan- Bott & Botts  Paris Match Thendara

2nd    Powis Amberwave Fantabulous   A very well balanced dog, good masculine head, laid  back shoulders , good overall body properties. nice tight feet.  moved well and handled well.

3rd    Edwards Gwendariff The Pink Panther


1st    Milligan- Bott & Botts  Paris Match Thendara
2nd    Powis’s  Amberwave Fantabulous
3rd    Bridgwaters Bardonhill Bertie Bott by Bridgella


1st    Farndells Cordarragh Van Gogh  This is a forward young dog, placed 4th in the big yearling class.  Liked his head & expression,  good bone , nice feet, deep chest, well coated with gorgeous rich chestnut  coat of good quality

2nd    Bridgwaters Bardonhill Bertie Bott by Bridgella   Nice type, handsome young man with  lovely dark eye, good head shape and finish to muzzle.  Has a nice deep chest, good bone & feet, still plenty of maturing in body still to come, just needs time.  

3rd    Axons Brinara Private Eye


1st    Cuddys Aoibheanne Quite The Rebel by Balbriggan JW   Well balanced dog,  deep chest & good front, tight feet, very striking outline with firm topline. Good shaped masculine head with low set ears and nice kind eye.  Dark coat , moved OK

2nd    Mugfords Lynwood Lark in The Dark JW   Smaller dog than 1, typical type from this kennel. No coarseness at all, very refined head, good eye and earset,  deep chest, Good bend of stifle, topline and tailset,  moved OK

3rd    Stockers Kirkavagh Xakala


1st    Burbridge & Bouttells Ixia Josiah at Merryborne  This dog won a lovely class of quality dogs. He is not a big dog, not over done in any way, typy with a balanced head with kind eye and good earset. Good neck into well laid back shoulders, deep chest and strong topline on the move. Lovely coat and was handled well.

2nd    Botts Bardonhill Tom Foolery   Striking dog, close up to winner, good overall body properties with lovely coat and condition. Handsome head and soft expression. Moved well

3rd    Pollards Grayrigge Benedict JW


1st    Decosters Vicary's Keykeeper   A good honest type of dog who won his place on his overall construction and balance, no exaggerations, deep chest,  strong topline and good quarters. Well balanced head, Moved steadily
2nd    Cohens Caispern Lorenzo with Shushana JW ShCM  I thought this would be my winner as he has so much to like about him. Good overall body properties, deep chest, nice neck and shoulders. Moved OK. On the day I thought he was just carrying just a little bit too much weight which affected his topline
3rd    Cuddys Suteresett Royal Ripple with Balbriggan JW

LIMIT DOG (10,1)

1st    Stewart & Ritchie-Smith’s Gwendariff Whippersnapper JW This is a fabulous 2 year old dog with a very  handsome head , dark eye and soft expression. Very well constructed, good strong front & deep chest, well balanced and moved well.  Lovely coat and condition and moved well. Still young and not at his full maturity yet so did well to win this class. Certainly in consideration for RCC

2nd    Gratton’s Bardonhill Floating Moon into Glenlaine JW ShCM.  A glamorous dog,  very well coated,  good front, nice reach of neck into well laid back shoulders. Good length of body adding to his elegance.  Refined head, good ear set and kind eye. Moved steadily.

3rd    Wood’s Reddins Falcon ShCM

OPEN DOG (12,1)

1st    Edden & Crockers  Sh Ch Meadway Morrisey  This was a strong Open class and this boy had to pull out all the stops to win. His movement is a joy to watch as he flows effortlessly round the ring. His head fits the breed standard perfectly, handsome, gentle expression, dark eye, he has the lot. His overall body properties are perfectly put together and he looks a picture when standing. Add his glossy, well conditioned  coat with just the right amount of furnishings and you have the top winning dog. CC BIS

2nd    Ciechonska’s Sh Ch Coppers Champagne on Ice at Aoibheanne JW  This dog oozes type and quality, lovely dark textured mahogany coat, exquisite head and expression  with a glint of mischief, good front & feet,  deep chest, good topline and tailset, sound mover with strong hind quarters, typical Irish nature making his handler work hard for his place amongst strong competition RCC

3rd    Pullen & Atkins Sh Ch Harvancourt Harlem at Jacingail

Chris Sheldon ( Judge)

Midlands Irish Setter Society
Championship Show
16 February 2014

 Judges: Dogs: Mrs C Sheldon (Delsanto)
Bitches: Mrs Z Thorn-Andrews (Drakesleat)
Entry: 256 dogs making 328 entries
DSC 1085a BIS and RBIS
Dog CC & BIS: Edden & Crocker Sh.Ch. Meadway Morrisey
Bitch CC & Res.BIS Weller Suteresett Wispa at Juldeane JW Sh.CM
Photo Kindly supplied by Barbara Gladwish
Other Main Awards:

Res.Dog CC: Ciechonska Sh.Ch. Copper's Champagne on Ice at Aoibheanne JW
Res.Bitch CC: Gisby Suteresett Black Magic
Best Puppy Bitch & BPIS: Drinkwater Brabrook Bippity Boppity
Best Puppy Dog: Crocker Copper's War of Roses
Congratulations to all the Winners

Results and Slideshow on
Midlands Irish Setter Website



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