Critique - Judge: Mrs G Horrocks

My thanks to the Committee for inviting me to judge at this prestigious show, I greatly enjoyed my first appointment at this level in this breed and thank both my stewards, Carol and Penny and, of course the exhibitors for bringing their beautiful dogs. I was very pleased with the overall quality of the dogs but concerned that there were some very plain heads with shallow stops and a lack of raised brows which give the true "Irish" expression. Whilst most were presented in tip top condition, I confess I was also surprised at the number of wet wipes I had to employ to clean my hands.

Minor Puppy Dog (4 : 1 abs)   1. Jarvis Lowden Toby Larone. promising puppy. fidgetty on the stand but collected when moving. Well balanced with good bone and conformation, neat feet. 2. Northend's Single Malt, close up to 1 and think he will make a very good adult. Nice kind eye, ears set low, plenty of forechest and good spring of rib. Movement very scatty at the moment. 3. McIntyre & Antony's Staratlanta Paddington Bear.

Puppy Dog (4 : 1 abs) Longbottom & Stewart-Ritchie's Gwendariff Unknown Soldier. Lovely puppy, elegant but in no way weedy. Good depth of chest, well angulated rear, good legs and feet. Nicely balanced head and eye shape. Moved well. BPD. 2. Glasper's Esbrown Lord of the Dance at Denetop. A little bigger than 1 but another nice pup. Lovely head and expression, well laid shoulders , deep brisket and good angles. 3. S. Paddington Bear.

Junior Dog (6) 1. Hyslop's Gwendariff Justin Thyme Very close decision between 1 & 2 with winner having slightly more substance. Good topline kept on the move. Nicely balanced head, good neck into fine withers. Good bend of stifle and strong hock to heel. 2. Lucas' Harreds Hassle with Amberlight. Lovely youngster, good forehand, good bone and good feet. In good condition and well presented. Not quite the rear angulation of winner. Cooper’s Gwendariff on a Roll.

Yearling Dog (5) 1. McLarnon’s Gwendariff Nuts about Glenavna. Good overall shape clothed in dark shining coat. Attractive head with good expression. Nicely crested neck into good shoulders. Moved reasonably well. 2. Gracie’s Summergate Rumour Has It. A little heavy in the head for me but with good body properties, deep in brisket and with nicely turned stifle. 3. Mather’s Hazelbeck Dizzy Diamond of Soulglas.

Graduate Dog (7)   1. Hemmings’ Orlanset the Rocker JW. Loved this very well balanced dog, Lovely head and expression, good forehand and deep in brisket, nice rear angles, strong legs and good feet. The whole clad in dark shining coat. Moved well. 2. Macauley’s Caskeys Mischief of Stylersetts JW. NIce sized dog, good topline kept ont he move, lovely refined head, nicely crested neck into fine withers. Well sprung rib, nice bend of stifle, another moving well. 3. Cohen’s Aoibheanne’s Rough Diamond with Shushana JW.

Post Graduate Dog (3) 1. Lucas’ Shandwick Magic Moments via Amberlight Easy winner of this class, everything to like about this dog. Refined but masculine head, good neck into well laid shoulders. Deep chest with plenty of heart/lung room. Well balanced fore and aft. Moved very well. 2. McIntyre’s Staratlanta Huggy Bear, a well boned dog of good size with well sprung rib. A little plain in head and not the shoulders of 1. 3. Laing’s Lord of the Dance.

Limit Dog (11 :1 abs) Spoiled for choice in this class. 1. Holley’s Wynjill Well I Am JW Beautifully balanced dog, lovely refined head , dark eye and low set ears, good in back skull. Deep in brisket with well sprung rib, good bend of stifle and well muscled. Strong hock to heel, kept topline on the move. In the class his movement was fine but on consideration for RCC he did not co-operate with handler. 2.Cuddy’s Aoibheanne Quite the Rebel by Balbriggan JW. Another very good dog close up to 1. Darker coat than winner. Beautiful head with raised brow and sweet expression. Good shoulders and forehand. Deep in rib. Slight tendency to raise tail when moving but didn’t distract from overall quality. 3. Rose-Hay’s Cataluna Red Baron.

Open dog (6) 1. Stockton’s Sh.Ch. Gwendariff Dr. Pepper at Kespas   Beautiful dog so well put together and best mover in class. Lovely elegant head, raised brow, good expression. Racy but strong in body, nicely angulated rear, front feet could be a shade better but otherwise everything to like about this quality dog. DCC/BOB. 2. Bott, Allen & Morgan’s Sh.Ch. Ember Red Hot Chillipepper of Quensha (Imp) another top quality dog, Lovely head, good forehand, well sprung rib, good shoulders and hind quarters. Deep chestnut, shining jacket. Moved with drive RDCC. 3. Loughlin’s Ir.Sh.Ch. Rohanmor It’s All About Alfie Jun.Ch.JD.

Veteran Dog (no entries)

Minor Puppy Bitch (5) 1. Bayne & Randle’s Irish Melody Kiss Her to Bits (Imp) Such a pretty, feminine puppy, loved her general conformation, shoulders, topline and strong hindquarters, the whole clothed in a dark and shining coat. She is wel l schooled, moving true both coming and away. BPIB. 2. Clark’s Staratlanta Blazing Phyre, not the shoulders of 1 but a promising youngster, lovely head and expression. 3. Jarvis’ Lowden Fairy Nuff.

Puppy Bitch. (4) 1. S. Blazing Phyre. 2. Milby & Stewart-Ritchie’s Gwendariff We’ll Rememberu. Very pretty puppy, a little apprehensive in a noisy environment. Well balanced throughout, good deep chest and tight elbows, promising. 3. Bennett & Dixon’s Northamber Sweet as Sugar.

Junior Bitch (6) 1. Henderson’s Sametsuz Mak’n Honey. This youngster gave me a “wow” moment. Beautifully balanced, feminine but with substance. Loveliest of heads, low earset, dark eye and sweet expression. Very collected on the move, coat coming on nicely, On looking at the catalogue, I see I had done her mother well in the past. 2. Nicolson’s Gwendariff On a Tic Ett to Lochindorb, very close up, gorgeous bitch bigger than 1 but balanced. Altogether lovely and I suspect on a ticket to greater things. 3. Wallace’s Gwendariff on a Chat Line.

Yearling Bitch (7 : 2abs) Not the best class overall but winner well deserved her place. 1. Blackshaw’s Lanstara Spring Star. Nicely balanced and well muscled young B. In no way coarse. Pretty head and good eye and expression. Nicely crested neck into good shoulders. 2. Wilson’s Snow Queen (Imp) Darker, smaller b. Not the topline of 1. but attractive head, good front and spring of rib. Would like a little more of her. 3. Davie’s Jonola Secret Love at Lochfrae.

Graduate Bitch. (5) 1. Cameron’s Balnagown Lucrezia. Good firm topline, kept on the move. Nice head and neck, deep chest and good forehand. Well muscled rear angulation. Moved well. 2. Stephenson’s Drumwhaur Sunshine Girl. Feminine, pretty head. Good forehand,elbows well let down and good bend of stifle, slightly wavy coat. 3. Barton’s Bardonhill Wait Until Dark over Bencorragh.

Post Graduate Bitch (11) One of the best classes of the day. 1. Bayne’s Corranroo Rainbow Kisses. Beautifully schooled and turned out. Moved so well with lovely lashing tail action. Everything in balance, good shoulders and rear angulation. Very attractive b.   2. Jarvis’ Lowdon Fairy Footsteps. Good type, attractive head and expression. Lovely rear assembly and a good forehand. Moved well on strong legs and neat feet. 3.Brady’s Amberlight Guinevere.

Limit Bitch (9) Another wow moment, 3 super bitches headed this class. 1. Henderson’s Sametsuz In a Fankle. Just gorgeous. So well put together and presented to perfection. Lovely head, super balance and angulation. Moved with drive. BCC. 2. Howatson’s Riverman Royal Rosa at Vanders JW. I recall seeing this b. as a baby puppy and she’s more than fulfilled her early promise. So pretty with lovely dark eye and good pigmentation. Another so well made she’s hard to fault. Loved her lashing tail action on the move. RBCC 3. Bott & Allen’s Bardonhuill Please Don’t Tease Quensha.

Open Bitch (4). 1. Holley’s Gwendariff Soda Pop to Wynjill. Another pretty b. Lovely head and expression, smaller than her class mates but a lot of dog in a small package. Moved very well. 2. Lucas’ Reddins Frolic Among Amberlight. Close up but of different type. Bigger than winner but balanced throughout. Nice deep chest and lovely hind angulation. Another moving well. 3. Loughlin’s Ir.Sh.Ch. Int.Sh.Ch. Discovery’s Let the Heart Beat for Rohanmor CJW12 Jun.Ch.JD (Imp)

Veteran Bitch (1) Stephenson’s Drumwhaur Summer Song.   Rising 8 but not showing her years. Attractive expression. Nicely made with good depth to brisket and good rear angulation. Nice coat and condition. BV.


Scottish Kennel Club
30 August 2015

Judge: Mrs G Horrocks
Entry:  95 Dogs making 97 Entries

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Winning the Dog Challenge Certificate, his 4th, and Best of Breed
Congratulations to Ken and Pat Stockton with
Sh Ch Gwendariff Dr Pepper At Kespas
Winning her 2nd Challenge Certificate,
Congratulations to Saffie, owned by Magi Henderson
Sametsuz In A Fankle
The Res.Dog CC was awarded to Tom,
owned by Richard Bott, Anthony Allen and Angela Morgan
Sh Ch Ember Red Hot Chilipepper of Quensha (Imp)
The Res.Bitch CC was awarded to Rosie, owned by Jackie Howatson
Riverman Royal Rosa At Vanders JW
Best Puppy Bitch and Best Puppy in Breed was awarded to Harpur,
owned by Graham and Jacque Bayne and Sue Randle
Irish Melody Kiss Her To Bits (Imp)
Best Veteran Bitch and Best Veteran in Breed was awarded to
Kyla, owned by Hilda Stephenson
Drumwhaur Summer Song
Congratulations to all the winners
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