Critique -Dogs- Judge - Peter Armstrong
I was delighted to be invited to dogs again after a 7 year interval and looked forward to seeing how the breed had progressed in that time. Disappointedly the problems I noted then seem to have worsened. Untypical heads with expressionless eyes, no raised eye brows, disappearing forechests, lack of upper arm angulation, spring of rib, depth of chest and finally, incorrect tail carriage to name but a few. All these problems must be addressed accordingly if we are to keep the Irish Setter we know and love.
MINOR PUPPY DOG (14,4 )
1st. Edwards’s Gwendariff PS I Love You. Promising typy puppy possessing an excellent flowing outline. Pleasing head with correct eye shape, good reach of neck. Straight front and ample spring of rib. Well angulated front and rear, correct tailset. Moved well.
2nd. Rutherford’s Devacott Temptation To Clonageera. Close up to 1St but just preferring the head and expression of the winner. Nevertheless having a decent head with good finish to muzzle. Pleasing outline and good sloping topline. Good bend of stifle. Well off for bone. Moved well.
3rd. Torpy’s Fernstart Songwriter.
PUPPY DOG (7,1)
1st. Nicholls’s Romarne Under Orders. Very mature youngster for his age. Scoring with a decent head and soft expression. Well arched neck set well into laid back shoulders. Good angulation front & rear. Super profile with nice sloping topline. Moved very happily and soundly around the ring if sometimes a little proud of his tail. Very promising. Pleased to award him BPD
2nd. Torpy’s Fernstart Songwriter. By comparison to the class winner seemingly very much the baby at just 6 months old. Excellent balanced outline. Pleasing head and kind expression. Correct straight front with well placed shoulders. Ample depth of chest. Adequate topline. Good quarters. Moved well.
3rd. Harris’s Siochanna Celtic Lord Of Konakakela.
1st. Gardner’s Sh.Ch. Riquitta Authentic. Delightful well chiselled head with raised brows and soft expression, good reach of neck, nice deep chest. Balanced stylish outline. Shown and presented in good coat and condition. Even though he is now in the twilight days of his show career he was still able to move with drive around the ring, unlike some of the youngsters.
2nd. Edwards’s Sh.Ch. Gwendariff Rockin Robin JW. Another lovely type if from a bigger mould. Masculine head with kind expression. Nice eye shape and colour. True front with well laid back shoulders. Adequate spring of rib. Super topline which he held on the move. Adequate quarters. Well coated and in super condition. Movement satisfactory.
3rd. Lake’s Caskeys Checkmate
JUNIOR DOG (11,1)
1st. Kniveton’s Hot Sensations Orstone Cowboy. Have watched this youngster with interest for some time and on going over him I was not disappointed. Super type with decent head and kind expression, nice dark eye if perhaps a little loose. Well constructed throughout presenting an elegant stylish outline. Good reach of neck, straight front and deep chest. Good quarters and nice short hocks. Moved soundly and steadily with drive around the ring. Presented in excellent coat.
2nd. Muirs’s Romarne Tattinger JW. Another stylish youngster, excelling in overall outline being perhaps slightly longer cast and preferring the refinement in the head of the winner. Soft expression, correctly shaped eye. Good forechest, correct straight front. Good angulation front and rear. Moved well off strong hindquarters.
3rd. Milligan-Bott & Bott’s Thendara Commitment.
YEARLING DOG (14,5)
A very strong class with some very close difficult decisions being made to separate the first three placings.
1st. Heron’s Caskeys Maestro. Super balanced profile. Well chiseled head with a soft expression and nice dark eye, so typical of this kennel. Good straight front and deep well ribbed chest. Well angulated. Presented in good coat and condition. Moved steadily using the ring to advantage to win the class.
2nd. Macaulay’s Caskeys Mischief Of Stylersetts JW. Pushed extremely hard, very similar in type, possessing a better head but preferring the hind quarter action of the winner to decide the final placing. Good body properties. Excellent profile, well off for bone. Good spring of rib, deep chest. Adequate angulation, strong hindquarters, correct over the croup. Not quite the coat of the winner. Moved okay.
3rd. Cohen’s Aoibheannes’s Rough Diamond With Shushana JW.
MAIDEN DOG (5,1)
1st. Nicholls’s Romarne Under Orders
2nd. Rutherford’s Devacott Temptation To Clonageera
3rd. Torpy’s Bardonhill Jive Talkin.
NOVICE DOG (12,3)
1st. Kniveton’s Hot Sensations Orstone Cowboy
2nd. Nicholls’s Romarne Under Orders
3rd. Rowbottom’s Lanstara Spring Moon.
UNDER-GRADUATE DOG (7,0)
1st. Kniveton’s Hot Sensations Orstone Cowboy.
2nd. Wilkins’s Margretwoods Gobstopper. Good overall type with an excellent profile when stood but disappointedly seemed to lose his topline on the move. Pleasing head and kind expression, would prefer a better finish to the muzzle if being critical. Nice low earset. Good reach of neck. Good front. Well off for bone, good front and rear angulation. Moved soundly.
3rd. Partridge’s Kerrydown One Man
GRADUATE DOG (10,0)
Difficult decisions again required between the first two in this class. Although quite different in type, each excelling in their own virtues.
1st. Mitchell’s Amblin’s Sweet William. Lovely type of dog. Solidly built with a clean balanced outline. Refined head with kind expression. Good reach of neck, deep brisket. True front, firm sloping topline. Well angulated front and rear. Neat feet. Shown in good, if not copious, coat. Without doubt the best mover in the class.
2nd. Heron’s Caskeys Maestro.
3rd. Hogarth’s Redclyst Flash At Halingswood JW.
POST GRADUATE DOG (10,1)
1st. Peters’s Polmennor Funtime ShCm. Caught my eye immediately upon entering the ring. Substantial type scoring in overall style and balance, without any exaggeration. Pleasing head and soft melting expression, however eye could be a little darker to advantage, nice low earset. Good reach of neck. Good front, correct topline, excellent profile. Well off for bone, nice tight feet. Good angulation all round. Moved soundly.
2nd. Farndell’s Cordarragh Van Gogh. Pressed the winner very hard, just losing out on overall balance being slightly longer cast. Good refined head of correct proportions, nice reach of neck flowing into well laid back shoulders. Good spring of rib, nice sloping topline. Adequate angulation, moved well.
3rd. Openshaw’s Alolfran Quickstep To Lavansands.
MID-LIMIT DOG (6,0)
1st. Tuite’s Riverwood Kazatchok With Porschet JW. I have observed this dog with interest since I first saw him in the ring as a baby. Although seemingly capable of higher honours in the past he often was not shown in good hard physical condition nor was he presented to advantage and so inevitably disappointed on many an occasion. However, what a difference when he came under me today. It was obvious that his owner had really worked to get him in the best possible condition, and it was successful, and today was his day. Probably possessing the best head of the day with that very rare soft melting expression and nice dark eye. Long lean balanced head and pleasing expression, low set ears. Lovely reach of neck, flowing into well laid back shoulders. Good straight front, correct topline, excellent balanced profile. Moved soundly with drive around the ring. Presented in super coat and condition. Delighted to award him a well deserved C.C..I understand that this was his all important third !.
2nd. Decoster & Hill-Decosters’s Vicary’s Keykeeper. Another favourite of mine who unfortunately came up against the winner, who today, was on top form. Excellent overall type, possessing a refined head with kind expression. Adequate reach of neck flowing into well angulated shoulders. Good spring of rib, nice firm topline. Super outline, good angulation front and rear, neat feet. Movement a little unsettled but acceptable, but definitely not as positive as I have seen him go in the past.
3rd. Holley’s Wynjill Well I Am JW.
LIMIT DOG (14,0)
Another very strong class with quality in depth. I am sure the first three will no doubt change places on another day.
1st. O’Connor’s Caispern Polonius. Superb overall outline with excellent body proportions. Good masculine head with kind expression with good finish to foreface, good reach of neck, nice deep chest, good angulation. Well off for bone, good powerful hindquarters which he used to advantage. Shown in good coat and condition. Tried desperately hard to throw away this class by giving his handler a very difficult time, who, despite the lack of co-operation, managed to get him to eventually stand and move well with drive.
2nd. Cohen’s Caispern Lorenzo With Shushana JW ShCm. Very similar type who pushed very hard, just losing out in overall balance. Excellent head with soft kind expression. Well laid back shoulders, nice deep chest with good spring of rib. Excellent firm sloping topline and stylish profile. Shown in excellent coat and condition. Unfortunately, again another not co-operating with his handler, his performance, especially on the move, suffering accordingly.
3rd. Wood’s Reddins Falcon ShCm
OPEN DOG (5,1)
1st. Pullen’s Sh.Ch. Harvancourt Harlem At Jacingail. A super class with 1st winning on overall style and proportions, solidly constructed throughout. Classic head and soft expression. Good reach of neck, well sprung ribs. Sweeping topline maintained on the move. Strong loin and quarters. Moved well with drive. First class presentation. Pushed hard in the challenge but could not match the steady, seemingly effortless, fluid movement of the C.C winner. Res.C.C.
2nd. Milligan-Bott & Bott’s Sh.Ch. Thendara Pot Noodle JW. Good masculine head and expression. Excellent well balanced outline, well arched neck, nice deep chest, good croup and tailset. Presented in excellent coat and condition with superior furnishings to 1. Moved adequately around the ring, but could not match the positive action of the winner.
3rd. Hogarth’s Sh.Ch. Avacet Snowdrift..
SPECIAL BEGINNERS DOG (6,0)
1st. Fitzmaurice’s Brinara Independant. Solidly constructed male winning on overall style and proportions. Good masculine head, without coarseness, and possessing a soft expression with good eye shape. Good reach of neck, well sprung ribs. Adequate angulation front and rear. Feet could be tighter. Moved well.
2nd. Vincent & Spencers’s Lynwood What A Lark At Caervista. Excellent well balanced outline. Acceptable head and expression with good dark eye. Well arched neck, nice deep chest, good croup and tailset.
3rd. Tupper & Anthony’s Staratlanta Elliot.
ALAN VANDERBILT MEMORIAL OPEN CLASS FOR MEMBERS(2,0)
1st. Cohen’s Caispern Lorenzo With Shushana JW ShCm.
2nd. McDonagh’s Ronzalda Figaro.
Irish Setter Club of Wales
19 April 2015
Judges: Dogs Mr Peter Armstrong Bitches: Mrs Cheryl Stevenson
Entry: 210 Dogs making 276 Entries
Catalogue Pages - kindly supplied by Viv Blackshaw
Winning the Bitch Challenge Certificate and Best in Show:
Jean Walters with Jodie
Dreamerlis Regal Jodie from Deneil
Winning her first Challenge Certificate and Best in Show
Congratulations to Jodie
owned by Jean Walters
Dreamerlis Regal Jodie from Deneil (L)
Winning the Res.Bitch Challenge Certificate and Res.Best in Show
Sh.Ch. Wynjill Well Known JW (R)
with judge of bitches Cheryl Stevenson
Sh.Ch. Wynjill Well Known JW
owned by Jill Holley
Winning the Dog Challenge Certificate, his third,
congratulations to Casey
owned by Colette Tuite
Sh.Ch. Riverwood Kazatchok with Porchet JW
The Res. Dog CC was awarded to:
Jacque Atkin and Kevin Pullen
Sh.Ch. Harvancourt Harlem at Jacingail
Best Puppy dog and Best Puppy in Show
was awarded to Julie Nicholls with:
Romarne Under Orders
Best Puppy Bitch was owned by Magi Henderson
Sametsuz Mak'n Honey
Best Veteran Bitch and Best Veteran in Show~
belonged to Carolyn Hogsflesh
Sh.Ch. Lyngor Living Water JW
Best Veteran Dog was Tania Gardner's
Sh.Ch. Riqitta Authentic
Sincere thanks to Barbara Gladwish for providing the lovely photographs
and to Laura Kolbach for completing the results for us.
Congratulations to all the Winners