Critique - Judges: Dogs: Mrs Eve Gardner

I judged this show in 1981 when it was held, I think for the only time, at Three Counties Showground. By sheer coincidence, Mrs. Valerie Foss was my co-judge then and it was fun to judge with her again. We agreed that Pot Noodle should be Best in Show, but I did admire her lovely bitch CC winner Shandwick Love In A Mist For Teleri and was happy for her to be Reserve Best in Show.

What has changed since 1981? As I have had the good fortune to have judged some of the great and important Irish, I would say that the good dogs are as good as ever they were, but there is not the depth of quality now. As a Breed, Irish Setters have always had a bit of a reputation when it comes to movement, and I have never been able to understand how Irish Setters that look the part and are physically fit, seem to fall apart on the move. This has not changed. However, coats and presentation have. I dislike curly coats that seem to have become acceptable. This is not just a personal preference but it is the Standard that calls for the coat to be flat and as free as possible from curl or wave, making it the crowning glory of the Breed.


Minor Puppy: 11

1.) Jarvis’ Lowdon Toby Larone. Made him an easy winner here. Well balanced head with a sweet expression. Fit and well muscled with everything in the right place, his movement was a joy to see. Really liked him and thought him most promising.

2.) Lucas’ Bardonhill Eternal Flame Among Amberlight. A month younger than the winner, but very mature. Terrific body for his age with a promising dark coat. Sweet head and expression. Moved OK.

3.) Williamson’s Caskeys Show Stopper.

Puppy: 9

1.) Longbottom & Stewart-Ritchie’s Gwendariff Unknown Soldier. Another easy winner of his class with a striking outline and good finish over his croup. Appealed in head and expression but really came into his own on the move with his effortless daisy cutting action. Handler is inclined to overstretch him when standing, which he does not need. Best Puppy Dog and, with my co-judge’s agreement Best Puppy in Show.

2.) Torpy’s Fernstart Songwriter. Very handsome and in lovely coat and condition. Nice head with sweet expression. Another good mover, neat and precise.

3.) Childs’ Tredura Val Verdi.

Junior: 8 (2)

1.) Lucas’ Harreds Hassle with Amberlight. Nice size and appealed for his Irish type, so difficult to put into words! Shown in good dark coat. Liked his refined head and kind expression but hope he will tighten up in front. Also won Novice Dog and gained his Junior Warrant.

2.) Edwards’ Gwendariff PS I Love You Bonhomie JW. Taller than the winner, with a striking outline. Shown in excellent coat and condition. For me, he could do with more refinement in head.

3.) Naylor & Morrison’s Romarne Clark Gable Joins Anlory.

Yearling: 8 (1)

1.) Muir’s Romarne Taittinger JW. Easy winner of his class. Correctly made and shown in lovely, dark coat. Strode out well, using his tail correctly. Expertly handled to show off his many qualities. Should go far.

2.) Torpy’s Bardonhill Jive Talking. Smaller dog with a typical head and sweet expression. Liked his good outline, well held on the move. Excellent dark body coat with paler feathering.

3.) Stevens’ Follybrook Millenium Star.

Special Beginners: 13 (1)

1.) Wigfull & Hartley’s Anlory Gamekeeper. Handsome, dark coated dog with a good topline and finish over his croup. Nice head and expression. Very typical. Eventually, he moved well with plenty of enthusiasm.

2.) Stevens’ Follybrook Millenium Star. Rather a different type to the winner. Smaller and lighter in colour. Moved freely, covering his ground. Used his tail but did not have the winner’s finish over his croup.

3.) Torpy’s Fernstart Songwriter. Just lost out on maturity.

Maiden: 8

1.) Jarvis’ Lowdon Toby Larone.

2.) Bailey’s Danaway Dallas. Looking at his breeding, I am not surprised that I liked this one with his lovely head and expression. Handsome, mature dog shown in beautiful coat. A pity that he was rather overweight.

3.) Childs’ Tredura Verdi.

Novice: 11

1.) Harreds Hassle with Amberlight.

2.) Naylor & Morrison’s Romarne Clark Gable Joins Anlory. Smart dog with a clean outline, well held on the move. Good dark coat and lots to like but would prefer neater feet.

3.) Fernstart Songwriter.

Undergraduate: 10 (1)

1.) Partridge’s Kerrydown One Man. What you see is what you get! Unexaggerated with an excellent, firm topline. Balanced head with typical, kind expression. Good dark coat and free movement.

2.) Anlory Gamekeeper.

3.) Wood’s Danaway Goodness Me.

Graduate: 5

1.) Lorrimer’s Danaway Distinguished. Handsome dog with lots of scope with his clean, flowing outline. A bit of a handful at times but moved freely and with great enthusiasm.

2.) Powis’ Amberwave Fantabulous JW. Preferred his colour to the winner’s and was close up. Stronger in head but with a nice expression. Another good mover.

3.) Cohen’s Aoibheanne’s Rough Diamond with Shushanna JW.

Post Grad.: 14 (2)

Good dogs always seem to be in the same class!

1.) Mitchell’s Amblin’s Sweet William. New one to me and really liked him. Such a well balanced dog. Typical head with a sweet expression. Nice size and outline with a good finish over his croup. His beautiful dark coat was presented to perfection and as it should be.

2.)Macaulay’s Caskeys Mischief of Stylersetts JW. Almost a year younger than the winner and unlucky to come up against him here. A lovely racy dog, shown in excellent coat and hard muscular condition. Moved really well. Should go very far.

3.) Edwards’ Gwendariff the Pink Panther of Bonhomie.

Minor Limit: 4

1.) Partridge’s Kerrydown Night Hawk. Honest type, free from any exaggeration. Shown in excellent dark coat of correct texture and quantity. Head and expression appealed and won his place on his excellent movement.

2.) Bardonhill Moon River Flows into Glenlaine JW. Really liked his head and expression but he did not co-operate with his handler on the move. Preferred the winner’s coat.

3.) Cataluna Some Like It Hot.

Mid Limit: 3

1.) Cuddy’s Suteresett Royal Ripple With Balbriggan. Handsome and very Irish. Nice outline. Typical head and expression. Lush dark coat but rather wavy.

2.) Weir’s Deevonville El Condor Passa. Tall, upstanding dog with a pleasant head and expression. Shown in excellent coat and condition.

3.) Stocker’s Kirkavagh Xakala.

Limit: 8 (1)

Three dogs of different type but all with beautiful heads.

1.) Cohen’s Caispern Lorenzo with Shushana JW. Beautiful type with his appealing head and typical expression. Dark coat, but a bit unruly. Attractive size and outline. Very jolly on the move, striding out with great drive and enthusiasm.

2.) Hill-Decoster’s Vicary’s Keykeeper. Another nice type with a beautiful head. Racy and elegant and at first inspection I thought he would be my winner but could not match the one above on the move today. Coat not his fortune.

3.) Gardner’s Mayfred Mr Moondance JW.

Open: 5 (1)

1.) Milligan-Bott and Bott’s Sh.Ch. Thendara Pot Noodle. I have seen him from the ringside before and thought he was a lovely dog. However, getting my hands on him, I found him to be even better than that! Impressed by his clean outline, with everything flowing from his refined head with that exceptionally sweet expression to his wide quarters and good finish over his croup. In perfect muscular condition enabling him to stride out well, using his tail correctly. His splendid coat was immaculately presented and I had no hesitation to award him the CC and with my co-judge’s full agreement he went on to Best in Show. It was a pleasure to judge him.

2.) Tuite’s Sh.Ch. Riverwood Kazatchock with Porschet JW (Imp. Bel.) Another handsome dog. Rather different and out of a slightly smaller mould than the winner. Liked his rugged outline, well held on the move and he was shown in good dark coat. His head is balanced and quite correct but, for me, he did not quite have the winner’s sweet expression.

3.) Cox’s JSY Ch. Tiroen Too Hot To Handle JW.

Veteran: 5

1.) Edwards’ Sh.Ch. Gwendariff Rockin Robin JW. First met him when he was about 8 weeks old and thought him most promising then. Now, he is over 8 years old and I have not changed my mind about him. Has retained his lovely shape and outline and his beautifully refined head with a sweet expression. In hard condition and in beautiful coat, he moved extremely well. Loved him, and his few grey whiskers only seemed to enhance him. Delighted to award him the Res. CC.

2.) Gardner’s Sh.Ch,. Riqitta Authentic. Another great ambassador for the lasting qualities of our Breed. Very handsome and eye catching with his clean outline, making it is easy to see why he has been so successful. Very Irish and a bit unlucky to have come up against one of my favourites today.

3.) Rodda’s Teramour Going For Gold.

Field Trial: 2

1.) Wigfull & Hartley’s Anlory Gamekeeper. Having successfully competed in his show classes, it was good to see that he is more than just a pretty face!

2.) Foy’s Dunroon Porthos. Did his best in this very strange environment! Probably would have been happier out on the moors.  

Eve Gardner.      

Irish Setter Association England
3 October 2015

Judges: Dogs: Mrs Eve Gardner  Bitches: Mrs Valerie Foss
Entry:  Dogs 82 making 129 Entries  Bitches: 98 making 140 Entries
Total 190 Exhibits making 275 Entries

Bardonhill Slide Show

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Slideshow photographs kindly supplied by Laura Kolbach and Barbara Gladwish
Winning the Dog Challenge Certificate and Best in Show
Congratulations to Noodle, owned by Dee Milligan-Bott & Jeremy Bott
Sh.Ch. Thendara Pot Noodle JW
Winning the Bitch Challenge Certificate, her second,
Best Opposite Sex and Reserve Best in Show
Congratulations to Paddy Catling with Willow
Shandwick Love in a Mist for Teleri
The Res.Dog CC & Best Veteran in Show was awarded to Sue Edwards  boy
Sh.Ch. Gwendariff Rockin Robin JW
The Res.Bitch CC was Paula Lucas with Cally
Reddins Frolic Among Amberlight
Best Puppy Dog and Best Puppy in Show
was awarded to  Squaddie
owned by Ruth Longbottom and Diane Stewart-Ritchie
Gwendariff Unknown Soldier
Best Puppy Bitch was Diane Stewart-Ritchie with Smartie
Aoibheanne Smart Move Gwendariff
Congratulations to All The Winners

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