Critique - Judges: Bitches: Mrs Sue Oakley (Caspians)

Introduction

The opinions expressed below I stress are only my own, for what they are worth. I might have taken some liberties. I no longer have Irish at home, only a rescue lurcher and my (now only 4) Salukis. To begin with a perspective from the period when Caspians began in 1973.

At the Association’s Ch Sh in 1978, Norman Morrish had a record class entry of 50 in Junior Bitch (won by Mrs “Cataluna” Rose-Hay with a Carnbargus, taking RCC. We won Jnr dog, from only 23.) Exhibits included the Hartsbourne/ Brackenfields, the Cornevons and the Wendovers, the followers of each, and all sorts in between with a big range in quality. Since 1966 younger exhibitors had been coming into the breed in increasing numbers. By 1980, 38 new kennels had been founded that were to continue to contribute through to today. We were the baby-boomers, and enthusiasm was high. I think we all profited by learning from our mentors who gave generously. Weekly local Open Shows were well supported all over the country, come rain or shine, and invitations to judge could come relatively soon. We gained much shared experience, knocking each other into shape. In this way I think we gradually came to appreciate the same ideals, to which witness the dominance of two stud dogs over a virtually consecutive period of 22 years, each breaking the previous record with ease. My two top winners today trace their ancestry through quite separate paths to achieve what I saw as remarkably similar results.

Top achiever of the baby boom kennels is Caskeys, from1966. They have exceeded all others in consistent production of title-holders, and in 2004 unforgettably created “Concept”, to celebrate 38 years. (Surprisingly he is so far the only one of such note from a litter of 12 dogs and 2 bitches.) His potential at baby stage was only obvious to Ms Ciechonska, who must take credit for her insight. His lovely dam, for once not of Caskeys’ breeding, they acquired from Dunnygask, rightly believing she would complement their lines.

Despite having narrowed, the base of bloodlines left is still trustworthy and useful, and that’s no accident but because they were built on such a strong foundation. For this we are indebted to the “Wendover/ Watendlath nick” which resulted from a joint long-term plan based on strong healthy stock. Both determined to retrieve the qualities they were forced to sacrifice to the disaster of PRA; it took 5 generations. By 8 generations they had produced a host of beautiful stock. Perhaps the most significant was ShCh Wendover Jeeves, “Bonnie”, whom Jimmy and J adored, especially loving his beautiful head. Bonnie has founded a dynasty; he was so prepotent, full of quality and free of exaggeration, his persistent type improved each line he touched. The father and son Night Fever and Intrepid bear testimony to him, as does the heart-breakingly unwilling and unlucky Wendover Treasurer. No other lines can compare for influence.

The Irish Setter standard calls for a rugged dog, which at the same time must be racy. This means it must be in hard condition with ample substance of muscle and strong but not heavy bone, racily built giving an impression of potential speed. In character “racy” interprets as of high mettle; quick-witted, keen and up for love and mischief as well as game-finding. As Joe Braddon observed in 1973, there is no place here for “billowing” coat; imagine the hinderance to their work on wet thorny moorland in freezing Irish rain. Aesthetically, feathering beginning much higher than from above the armpit obscures the sheer beauty of the gleaming spring of rib for which the breed is rightly renowned. It is a breed of curvature, a pent-up spring.

Regarding movement, since the conformation is that of a “galloper” and definitely not of a trotter, the trot as demanded by the show ring is an unnatural gait and should be judged only in so far as it demonstrates a sound galloper. Then the trot is a gait governed by economy of effort, reserving energy for speed when the gallop is employed. Neither impulsion, a long stride, nor a flying trot are natural features of the trot because all waste energy. It saddens me to witness these being revered. They are only good for the Big Ring, where, as crowd-pleasers, they are too often a mistaken requirement of nearly all the gundog judges. It was not so when Mary and Colette Tuite’s Ch Astley’s Portia of Rua took Crufts in 1981 (June Coates, Ernie Froggat and RM “Bobby”James). She looked the Full Champion she was; no glamorous featherings in the way, no exaggerations at all. Good to see Colette at Crufts today.

Ironically at this “premier” dog show now, the breed judge with a large entry must work at a faster pace than at any other show. Decisions have to be made quickly, and for me, only when I saw a potentially rugged and racy animal could I afford to give further consideration. Recognising these qualities is a matter of instinct; they are not found by analysis. Only later could I examine in greater detail with the catalogue, the why and how I had found as I did.

For my ideal head pictures speak louder than words, so for all charachteristics see the portrait of ShCh Wendover Country Maid in the SEISC ShChs Insert 1983, page 9. (reproduced below)
Wendover Country Maid GurneyI think she’s beautiful. To better show the qualities of flat almost parallel cheeks, broad “square” muzzle, tight flew and visible chin, balanced weights of foreface and skull, an ideal stop and expressive brow see the front view of Jeeves in the Wendover advertisement, 1994 ISAE Review. (reproduced below)
Wendover Jeeves Oakley
The skull is a flattened oval from ear to ear. A slight depression behind the eye, (a concave at the temple) is a fault when caused by a bulging cheekbone, but a virtue if it follows from the supraorbital process of a well-sculpted brow. This was a particular feature of ShCh Cornevon Stargem, from Troilus, and one he passed on. Such fine chiselling results from a thin skin, when bone, blood vessels, sinews and tendons are apparent beneath, and also evident when ear-leathers, aided by refined cartiledge at the skull, can hang flat against the face and neck like heavy silk.

Note the obvious oblique set to Jeeves’ eye, isn’t the expression beautiful? This is a highly refined bone structure, distinctively stamped on his descendants. I take issue here with the “revised” breed standard. With words at a premium and so much else in real need of elucidation, it is beyond me that eye-set is targeted, and so destructively. While it still says “brain-room”, (for greater intelligence?) in the 21st century, and I know it doesn’t want big skulls; the priorities are odd.

So much has been written trying to describe the ideal head. From my studies of relevant writings by WJR and LCJ and Janice Roberts, I make a brief summary of the basic proportions, as follows. Of course, it’s an approximation. Skull length (occipital (strictly, parietal) crest to browbone) to be 1 ½ times width (inside cheekbones). Muzzle length (brow to nostril) equal to skull, in parallel profile, set down about 1” at stop, with expressive eyebrow tufts giving the junction an almost vertical appearance. Muzzle section to be squareish, (as broad as high) throughout, jawbone and nasal bone to be almost parallel. Seen from the front, cheekbones to be flat against skull, profile from ear-leather to chin flat and almost parallel throughout, mouth finished with scissor bite, flews fitting tight and close to jaws, with triangle of chin apparent between. Does that about cover it? Detail can be added. (“Almost parallel” recognises a natural slight taper from back skull to chin.) (The supraorbital process and nasal bone incline towards each other to meet at the “stop”, which is naturally a slope of greater or lesser degree.) My reference for anatomical terminology above is Janice Roberts’ “The Irish Setter”, my drawings of the skull Figures 4a and 4b.

Feathering, coat “as flat and free from wave” etc. is an anachronism. We have long known (since Wendover Game etc.?) that “break” in coat is inescapably associated with attributes of certain desirable lines which are now embedded in the breed. The charachteristic will feature to a greater or lesser degree in all that stock and I do not need to cite ShCh Caskeys Concept at Aoibheanne to prove the point. During their own lifetimes neither Mr James, Mr Rasbridge nor Janice Roberts endorsed this dictum; it’s about time that something was done.

On comformation, the significance of the shoulder seems to be poorly understood. As a strong tail-set is the rudder, so a strong neck-set controls the front, they work together. With optimum lay- back and inclination towards the spine the scapula presents both the maximum area for neck-muscle attachment and the most productive angulation with the humerus. The function of the spine is rarely mentioned although it is fundamental to the functions of both shoulder and pelvis. In the dog (unlike the horse) the spine is flexible, at the gallop enabling the stride of a Greyhound to equal that of a horse.

The dynamics are clearly demonstrated by the conformation of the Greyhound, the ultimate agile speed galloper. (The Saluki is built both for speed and endurance.) In action, the extremes of spinal function are obvious. The combination is powered by muscle, the pull and thrust stresses on the vertebrae being indicated by the spinous processes which change direction at the anticline. Here lies the Holy Grail, the 11th of the thirteen thoracic vertebra which bear the thirteen pairs of ribs. This is the central point of balance with no mystery about it but explained by function. I’ve never seen this proposition stated before, but that I have proved it to my own satisfaction is all I can say.

Above the anticline the spinal bone profile dips to permit a hinge-action. There is a bridge of muscle across it which develops according to the fitness and function of the dog. This may explain Mr Rasbridge’s dislike seeing this dip on an Irish Setter (“unthrifty”) (but mistakenly then he thought that the dip could be an hereditary fault). Together with Janice Roberts’ book again, Figure 3, my primary reference used throughout is Prof. Curtis M. Brown’s “Dog Locomotion and Gait Analysis” publ. Hoflin Publishing Co., Colorado, 1986. I do not believe that it has been surpassed for accuracy and clear presentation, but unfortunately is hard to come by now. It dispels many myths by demonstrating scientific proof of all his conclusions. Robert Cole did many of the illustrations.

It’s 7 years since we last exhibited, and as I remember it there was generally a spirit of good sportsmanship, the winner always congratulated and not expected to boast. Losers took it good grace and looked to the next time. I just get the feeling that now there is an element of partisanship. It’s supposed to be fun, but the rules of the game are serious and can always bear repeating. Respect the right of every individual to their own opinion; remain always open to argument; change is only effected by education and debate; be modest in victory and magnanimous in defeat, and, it’s not the winning but the taking part that counts.  

Critique

CRUFTS 2014   IRISH SETTER BITCHES (190 dogs making 206 entries)

My apologies for the delay in submitting this report, and any inconvenience it may have caused. It was the accompanying introduction that took so long; I thought it would help to explain my decisions rather than keep repeating things here

The invitation to judge at Crufts came as a complete surprise, and I am sincerely grateful to all who made it possible. It turned out to be a wonderful day thanks to a lovely entry which was a joy to have the priviledge of judging. It is certainly the best of my experience, much appreciated since it is also to be the last. I am so indebted to Emma Darby, who kindly volunteered to drive me and look after me through the day. She could compare us with the Whippet entry, which was about the same size; I gather the ringside there was rather more expressive than ours, cheering all the winners loudly. I noticed little since our hall was so noisy all the time and I was busy. We always used to applaud well, as I remember it. Mr Gerald King, Chairman of Crufts Committee, surprised me with a visit to my ring to give a personal welcome, a most kind gesture which meant a lot to me and I thank him for such thoughtfulness. It was a pleasure to officiate alongside Irene Munro taking the Dogs; we are contemporaries and have shared experiences over the years. My congratulations to Mr Crocker who had a superb day winning both Best Puppy, and in partnership with Mrs Edden, Best Of Breed. Well done all for this, and for placing G.4 in the Big Ring.

VETERAN 22 (6)

1 Gardner’s Carnbargus Contemplation. I liked her for her verve. In top hard condition and built the way she should be with everything in balance. Not a big one, she is very neat and agile. Quality throughout, keen quizzical expression and good brows, nicely chiselled foreface and correct lip. Moved positively and lightly with ease.

2 Waterton’s Lynwood Strands of Silk at Sandstream. An irresistible youngster of 12 years and enjoying every minute of her time in the spotlight. I don’t doubt she enjoys everything with the same enthusiasm, a glorious Irish character with a glint in her eye and a sort of gay abandon. She’s seen it all before but never tires. Fit and in glowing condition, well balanced, beautiful feminine head and flowing action. Her strong tail never stopped.

3 Griffin’s Corriebran Pure Gem. Her beautiful body appealed; excellent ribs and forehand, with substance and shown in glowing coat, lots of curves to enjoy. Compact strong loin, moderate bend of stifle, you can see her strength which she used in her steady true movement Attractive head with gentle wistful expression.

4 Fox’s Satlas Bleu Eyes.

SP. PUPPY 15 (2)

This class of 8-15 month youngsters seemed much more mixed than the usual 6-12 month range.

1 Ciechonska’s Aoibheanne’s Rough and Tumble. Just my sort of tomboy in promising wavy soft puppy coat and not much hiding the frame so her correct construction was easy to see. She’s very racy and full of spirit, perfect for her age. Strong bone carrying good muscle in all the right places, I loved her dam so she bodes well for the future. Moved with enthusiasm.

2 Gurney’s Danaway Desiree. A different sort of charachter altogether, suave with an air of sophistication and the poise of a lady. Her gleaming coat beautifully groomed, she has perfect balance and proportion and flowing curves and the structure is strong. Her head has more refined chiselling than first but is deeper in flew. Moved effortlessly carrying herself well.

3 Prangle’s Que Sera Sera. The baby of the class at just 8 months, she did not seem too overawed at all. She was being modest and all the more appealing for that, a very gentle girl. She has everything as it should be, in perfect proportion; her shoulder and body particularly good with lovely spring of rib and short loin. There is work to come in her neat head, she has a lovely skull with very low set silky ear adding to her appeal.

4 Pike’s Redclyst Aura.

SP JUNR 12 (3)

1 Sturrock’s Forfarian Hey Sexy Lady JW. I can say she was curvaceous again, appropriately. A lovely, upstanding frame strongly made with model neck and shoulder, excellent muscle to neck with correct slight arch at the crest, and flowing seamlessly into good shoulder. Nothing exaggerated about her, in perfect balance both standing and on the move.

2 Horsthuis’ Kerryfair My Girl. Preferred in head, with irresistable Irish expression, alert and mischievous with expressive brows. Lovely skull well-finished at the back and gently domed giving a low ear set. Well made throughout with flowing lines, carried herself well. She needs time, shows a lot of promise. I loved her dam, 5 years ago.

3 Rose-Hay’s Carrue Shower of Rain at Cataluna. A strong bitch with lots of substance and in gleaming coat. Thought her spring of rib excellent, strong loin and good quarters and tail-set, nice broad croup. Appealing head, well-chiselled foreface, low-set silky ears. Moved soundly using her tail to advantage.

4 Pike’s Orlanset Sarah at Glenury.

YEARLING 23 (2)

An excellent class with many quality exhibits, most promising for the future.

1 Holley’s Wynjill Well Known. She filled my eye the moment I saw her here, there is something inexplicable that is compelling. Sometimes the magic comes together and makes star quality, which she has. Immaculately presented with minimum fuss by her handler, whom I remember showing Sh Ch Cornevon Woodsprite when we were both learning. It is an art she has perfected, she is one with her charge, as it should be. This bitch has everything to go to the top.

2 Donnelly’s Millcroft Whispering Moon. A different type of lady, more racy and longer cast, not diminished by standing behind 1st today. I could see her more in the field, and believe she has since won her Qualifying Certificate, many congratulations. Nice angulation, well-sprung ribs and excellent croup, rugged and strong, all very neatly made. Not quite the work in head of first, good skull. Good action on the move, keeping steady top-line.

3 Mazzuca’s Monnalisa degli Angeli Rossi ATC. Travelled from Italy and I’m so glad she did for she was beautiful to see. Not surprisingly she was finding the great noise in the hall, which was dreadfully loud, a bit of a challenge but she bravely carried on, all credit to her. Excellent bone, lovely forelegs, appealed throughout. Her coat though good was not in top condition today, I would like to see her then and imagine she will trouble the best. Interested to see her sire is UK bred, (by the exhibitor now happening to stand behind her) and has won his Int Sh Ch title, well done all.

4 Muir’s Romarne One Night Only JW.

UNDERGRAD. 23 (2)

1 Walter’s Dreamerlis Regal Jodie from Deneil. Won this rather mixed class on her lovely type and proportion and her very pretty face, with an appealing wistful expression and low-set ear carrying herself proudly . Beautiful over the neck and shoulder, all flowing into well-sprung rib, compact loin and broad croup, another one with the curves of beauty. Her coat has some figure which I like to see. Presented in gleaming condition, moved well and true.

2 Carr’s Bardonhill Daisy Hookum. Not in her best coat today she took this place on her lovely type and quality. Very well made throughout, again with excellent neck and shoulder and good natural carriage, although I felt she could do with more confidence in the ring to show it at her best. Lovely balanced conformation, well-muscled, no exaggerations, good neat head, quizzical Irish expression, moved soundly.

3 Smith’s Reddins Garbo. I’m sorry but my tape ran out here so from memory; I loved her substance and strength of construction, all presented to advantage by her glowing rich coat. She is quality throughout, of the consistent type one expects from this kennel, free of any exaggeration. As expected, she moved soundly carrying herself steadily and level, effortlessly.

4 Griffin’s Danaway Lovesong for Corriebran JW.

GRADUATE 16 (2)

Four JW winners in this class, and each was placed. (The system must be working.)

1 Mugford’s Lynwood Happy as a Lark JW. In this class of many pleasing bitches she won on her excellent head and beautiful flowing outline. The balance of muzzle to soft flat-domed skull is perfect, with lots of detail and lovely yearning Irish eyes. Excellent neck and shoulder, good substance to body and hard-muscled loin, broad croup, strong tail-set. Moved like a worker, with purpose and enthusiasm. Well presented as always by this wise, quiet handler.

2 Sheldon’s Delsanto Snow Belle JW. Another high-class bitch, not quite the work in head of first. Again excellent body properties, substance and conformation, with strong bone and lovely pasterns (which I particularly noted) with neat feet. Good croup and tail-set as above, showing great strength both standing and on the move.

3 Hall’s Currowhill Tickle Pink with Glennara JW. Good in proportion and balance, and another excellent mover. Very appealing head with mischievous expressive eyes, correct dome to skull, foreface in balance with neat flew and well defined brow. Excellent muscle to quarters, good breadth to first thigh and well-bent stifle. Again good strong neck well-set smoothly into good shoulders.

4 Wilkin’s Bardonhill Hetty Bayliss Among Margretwoods JW.

POSTGRAD 17 (4)

1 Heron’s Caskey’s Delphine JW. Nicely proving to me the point made in the introduction re. consistence. Just what I would look for from this kennel, she fills my eye. She won on her substance combined with raciness, beautiful ribcage, loin and quarters, strong-set neck and tail, yet very neat and quick; if there is an ideal size, she is it. Or thereabouts. As to be expected she has a beautiful head, feminine, balanced, well-chiselled, in perfect proportion to the rest, not too large. She flows with voluptuous curves from head to tail. Amazing pasterns, I noted, too.

2 Holley’s Gwendariff Soda Pop to Wynjill. Of beautiful proportion again but here in a leaner build with particular elegance. Lovely sweeping lines from neck to shoulder, lovely bone and feet, smooth silky coat in gleaming condition, she looks honed like an athlete. Good head with soft expression and well-defined brow, but a little deeper than first in skull and muzzle. Powerful balanced quarters, she was a picture when moving.

3 Gardner’s Carnbargus Confetti JW. Not to discriminate, this breeder too makes the point above (re Caskeys), having consistently produced quality from Carnbargus’ foundation at around the same time of mid-sixties. This is another lovely bitch who fulfils all the requirements with no exaggeration anywhere and all in balance. Lovely head with fine chiselling, gentle soft expression, low-set ear. Strong loin neatly tucked up, strong croup, moved like she could go all day and still be fresh.

4 Kavanagh’s Withersdale Telling Tales.

MID LIMIT 26 (4)

1 Humphrey’s Heneleas Carry On Flirting JW. The more I saw of this bitch the more excited I felt, she took me back to those lovely late Wendovers like a time warp. So feminine, rugged and racy, with a quickness in all her movements and a yearning, far-seeing expression. She met all the requirements in conformation and hard substance, yet so light on her feet. Delighted to award her the Reserve CC today as a virtual matching pair to my eventual winner. I hope she continues her success with her most empathetic handler to whom she gives her best.

2 Pollard’s Grayrigge Rosalind JW. Unlucky to meet the first today but no less a beautiful bitch with everything about her correct and pleasing. She did not have that sparkle today when I feel she would make more of her obvious quality and soundness. Beautiful gentle head and expression, flowing outline, wonderful forechest, excellent spring of rib, muscular loin and quarters, loved her pasterns, moved well.

3 Lorrimer’s Oakchase Alexis (AI) I discovered this was another time-warp, when I saw her sire was the great Intrepid which is wonderful. I liked her for her obvious aristocratic quality and refinement. More finely built than the two before, flowing lines from tip of nose to tip of tail. Beautiful straight forelegs and strong pasterns, lovely chiselled foreface, low-set ear, excellent set of neck into shoulder, moved with elegance.

4 Gisby’s Suteresett Black Magic

LIMIT 18 (3)

A tough class to sort out, with hot competition and some excellent movers.

1 Holley’s Gwendariff What A Wynjill JW. I adore her head, so full of work, such an expressive face and expression so alert. Her movement was faultless, true to her conformation. A strong frame, well balanced, bone strong and straight, with particularly good quarters with broad croup and thighs. Flowing set of neck to shoulder, neat tight well-padded feet on strong pasterns, her coat gleaming like silk.

2 Muir’s Romarne Savannah JW. This too is a beautiful bitch of a more rugged type, more compact with very strong, well-defined muscled loin and a good tuck-up making for a curvaceous underline to complement her flowing top-line. Her coat was beautiful with a particular sparkle to it, just right, not excessive in length or feather. She really enjoyed moving, which she did with aplomb, head held high and attentive to her expert handler. I believe she is sister to the Int Sh Ch sire mentioned above so I can understand his honours.

3 Smith’s Reddins Keppel. It was a very close decision between her and 4th but she took the call on her glowing presentation and excellent ribs. I wish she had been carrying a little less weight but she was certainly blooming with health. Excellent substance with strength in loin and croup and power from correct angulation fore and aft as she showed on the move.

4 Kolbach’s Copper’s Wine and Roses (Imp Swe) deserves a mention, she was so racy and appealing, and also I found, the dam of the lovely Best Puppy today so, very well done both ladies.

OPEN 24 (5)

10 Sh Chs here, and lots of quality to see it felt mean only having 5 awards to give and I apologise to those who left cardless; it was wonderful to see you all together.

1 Mugford’s ShCh Lynwood Started With A Kiss. Such a joy to see her here, I had thought most highly of her 5 years ago and she has fulfilled her promise and beyond. She filled my eye today, in gleaming condition and presented to perfection. I could not fault her, she is everything I could wish for both in conformation and character, the picture of my ideal. I think her the ultimate in rugged and racy, as it should be seen in a bitch who is utterly feminine. Her head is exquisite, expression full of personality and completely attentive. It was my pleasure to award her the CC. I rooted for her for Best of Breed which in my opinion she deserved but it was not to be. A slashing male on top form is tough competition for any lady but she did all I could have asked.

2 Walsh’s ShCh Millcroft Ballad Of The Moon JW. Another who had really impressed me at ISAE and how she has come on. She is longer cast than above but all is balanced and the energy and substance just flow from tip to tail. She has an adorable expression but her head is not so full of work as 1st although in keeping with her elegance. As expected her movement was effortless and she carried herself proudly and true.

3 Hunter’s and Brown’s ShCh/Int Ch Fairhaven Louise Mountbatten At Braidmount (Imp Swe) Again full of quality quite outstanding for her angulation, hard condition excellent muscle and glowing coat, full of verve on the move. I understand that she has taken the world by storm since her debut only last year and her accolades I’m sure were all richly deserved. It was a joy to see her here and there is no disgrace in this placing in such illustrious company. Her head and her neck placement had to give way to those above her for which I am sorry.

4 Stewart’s and Ritchie-Smith’s ShCh/ Ir ShCh Gwedariff Fizzy Pop. She took 2nd in Yearling for me at ISAE, behind today’s star, and I still think her beautiful, it was a pleasure to see her again.

FIELD TRIAL 0

WORKING GD 4 (0)

I don’t know how you’re supposed to judge this classification, to what degree does ability to work count? And how can I tell in the show-ring? I otherwise only judge beauty as a natural consequence of perceived working function, but here I feel a balance should reflect the respect due to the entrants’ real achievements. Here they are proven “Fit for Purpose”. I think maybe the “Purpose” of today’s Irish Setter should be defined by the KC.. Otherwise, what value the declaration I am invited to sign, whether or not I consider what I have seen today meets that high-profile requirement?

1 Duhant-Ketelaers’ Idgie of McBirdy (ATC). Come from Belgium, she is a lovely bitch, feminine and balanced throughout, with the elegance of flowing lines on sound conformation, with no exaggerations. Not the sharpness of quality I expect in the show classes but nothing to fault, to have skill along with beauty is to her great credit.

2 Jambrina’s and Sanchez’s Gib/Esp Ch Greta de Villajambrina (ATC). From Spain, I see with interest that her sire is a Westerhuy’s full Ch.. This girl was really on her toes, and encouraged to show her keenness by her handler which she certainly did. This response can’t help but appeal, but I’m not sure if it is called for in these circumstances. However I had to recognise it as pleasing, she tried so hard. Bet she’s a live-wire in the field. In top condition, well-made with substance and muscle where it should be, gleaming coat, sound conformation. Not as feminine as first, especially in head, but great personality.

3 Kolbach’s Int/Multi Ch Copper’s Music And Paws (ATC) This is the one I would have longed to take home, of all I saw today. Over twice the age of both above, at 9 years she has the vibrancy of a Junior. So enjoying herself, oblivious of the audience she had eyes only for her handler for whom she was ready to do anything asked. I loved everything about her, her head is so pretty, and that expression just captivating. She is a worthy Copper’s representative, delighted to find that they are multi-purpose too. And her sire is a Lynwood!

4 Murphy’s Clannrua Loughowel. Well done on taking part, a nice b. just unlucky to meet above.

GOOD CITIZEN 6 (0)

Always a pleasure to see this dedication from the owners.

1 Roberts’ Lynwood Theme Song for Polmennor. From VHC in Veteran she’s a b. I like a lot with all the basic qualities, flowing outline with balanced conformation, ribs well-sprung, well-muscled neck, well-set. Her head has quality work, with appealing expression.

2 Roberts’ Polmennor for Pleasure. Half-sister to first and similar, less strong in hindquarters but I thought better in balance. Again a pretty head, with good brows.

3 Heather’s Caskeys Movie Star at Sixoaks. Was astounded to find a 9 month puppy here, what a little star she is. Full of life, well-balanced with nice depth to body, great condition, good bone and angulation. Foreface needs to develop more to balance skull, otherwise attractive in work and expression, and clearly intelligent. Well done her owner.

4 Borthwick’s Lotushill Misdemeanor.

Sue Oakley


 

Crufts
9 March 2014

Judges: Dogs Mrs Irene Munro (Fetteresk)  Bitches: Mrs Sue Oakley (Caspians)
Entry: 186 Dogs (213 entries) + 190 Bitches (207 entries)
Total Exhibits Entered = 376  making 420 entries

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Congratulations to:
Dog Challenge Certificate & Best of Breed & Gundog Group 4:
Jan Edden & Blake Crocker's  Sh.Ch. Meadway Morrisey
Bitch Challenge Certificate: Roger & Jane Mugford's  Sh.Ch. Lynwood Started With a Kiss JW
Res.Dog CC: Eva Ciechonska Sh.Ch. Copper's Champagne on Ice at Aoibheanne JW
Res.Bitch CC:Paul & Julie Humphreys  Henaleas Carry on Flirting JW
Best Puppy Dog & Best Puppy in Breed: Blake Crocker's Copper's War of Roses
Best Puppy Bitch:Eva Ciechonska Aoibheanne's Rough N Tumble
Best Veteran Dog: Dee Milligan-Bott,Jeremy Bott, Willem & Aleks Lauwers
Sh.Ch./Multi/Int Ch. Sumaric Shadow of Mr Jingles
Best Veteran Bitch: Eve Gardner's Carnbargus Contemplation JW
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Redeshka Arresting Sight
to 1st  place in the YKC handling (12-16yrs) out of 12 entries
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 Glenlaine The Bridegroom of Valasarch
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