I was honoured to be asked to judge Irish Setters at this prestigious event, 130 dogs making 177 entries. Irish Setters are for me one of those iconic breeds in the group, with a very good Standard, which goes a long way to describe most of what constitutes good breed type, combined with the general description of racy, should leave one in no doubt about the essence of the breed & its priorities. Most today could fit into this description, but some were a little bit heavy for my taste, the outline of the breed coupled with such a specific colour is unique & here I thought a fair few were a little level in topline & could be darker & richer chestnut. Movement was mixed, but my main winners had technically correct, energetic, movement with good forward reach & some drive, some looked good when standing & then when moving off disappointed. Strength comes from lack of exaggeration, consequently over-angulated hindquarters can lead to weakness. I thought the standard of the dogs today overall was slightly higher than bitches.
As always my priorities were, good type/colour, correct conformation for the intended function, sound breed specific movement, dogs in the peak of good physical appearance & condition, temperamentally sound & finally the wow factor, which I found my main winners had in spades.
Finally, can I thank all the wonderful exhibitors & spectators for their very sporting applause on my placings.
BIS was Crocker & Siddle’s Sh Ch Copper’s War Of Roses; RBIS, Armitage’s Gwendariff Coconut Cream; & BP, Stockton’s Riverbrue Alchemist Amidst Kespas.
MPD (2) Two really nice youngsters which must have a bright future. 1 French’s Zen Power Diervilla, I found this male longer & leaner in head than 2, with a very good stop, pronounced occiput & nice eye. He has a moderate length of neck with good arch, gentle slope to topline, correct width of chest, straight forelegs, good feet, reasonably good body shape, with good bend of stifle, short hocks, moved well & shown in good condition, would like a little more weight over loin. I found him stronger in hind action with more width, when going away than 2 Gracie’s Vistador Diesel In The Dust, nicely bodied youngster, very well put together with a good outline, very good hindquarters with good second thigh, deep ribs with a strong loin, but not quite the length of head of 1 for me, but he has a pronounced occiput, lovely expression, deep stop & good earset, but not quite as clean in throat, he has a good shape to neck, is in great condition & with rich colour.
PD (4) 1 Stockton’s Riverbrue Alchemist Amidst Kespas, an exciting youngster with a really nice outline, maturing well, he exudes good breed type, beautiful length & shape of head, good work in skull, occiput, good earset, longish ears, lovely dark eye, superb reach of neck, correct gentle slope to topline, good tailset, correct ribs & length of loin, good forechest, very good bone & relatively small feet for his size. He has good hind angulation without exaggeration, moved very well. Rich colour. Impressive. BP; 2 Danks-Kemish’s Alolfrana Hotter Than U Know, another super youngster without exaggeration. Classical outline with gorgeous head, clean cut with very good length of muzzle, pleasing eye & expression. Excellent in neck & shoulders, good bone & feet, has the correct length of loin, good bend of stifle, perpendicular hocks, has a nicely sloping topline, good tailset. Another decent mover shown in really good coat & condition. One to watch; 3 Loughlin’s Blazing Bronze Edge of Reason among Rohanmor.
JD (7) 1 Kniveton & Allen’s Quensha Starman Aboard Orstone, typical & racy in outlook, but would like a little more masculinity for me. He has a lovely outline, balanced head, he has a dark eye, nit picking, but would prefer them slightly smaller, he has good low set ears, which frame the head. He has a fairly good length of neck, good shoulders, strong sloping topline, correct tailset. Perfect width of chest for his build, Straight forelegs & has sweeping hindquarters, with short strong rear pasterns. He moved really well & is developing well in body; 2 Roffey’s Gwendariff Lucy’s Legacy, lots to like, scores well in so many attributes indicating good type. I liked his lovely typical outline, another smart racy youngster. Liked his head shape & balance, with decent stop, dark eye, with good earset. Pleasing shoulders, some forechest & with a good bend of stifle, good rear pasterns & nice feet. He has a bit of a tendency to lean back on front legs. On the move he was very energetic, his front movement was good but he did not have the strength in hindquarters of 1. Just a question of time; 3 Chorley-Newton & Chorley’s Pawsword Priceless to Kerryfair.
YD (3) 1 Stockton’s Gwendariff D’Ya Think I’m Fab for Kespas, dark red male, putting in the best movement performance in this class, with a beautiful head, lovely clean backskull, nice work in his head & around eye, pronounced occiput, decent muzzle well squared at end. He has a good earset, longish neck with decent arch, gentle sloping topline, correct tailset, decent bone & feet. I thought him perhaps a shade longer in loin, but his general body shape was pleasing. He has good feathering on legs needs a bit more on his underline to complete the picture, pleasing coat texture. Wow; 2 Greenan’s Anlory Aidan, a very attractive quality male, particularly good when stood, beautiful outline, balanced head & expression, earset good, has a reachy neck, correct topline, tailset, good ribs, very good general conformation, depth of chest, shown in very good condition, coat gleaming. For me not quite the strength in hind movement & crabbed a little too, optimistic that this will improve with maturity. He has good substance, but still has some development in ribs to do; 3 Cox’s Tiroen Too Darn Hot.
MD (5) 1 R Alchemist Amidst Kespas; 2 A Hotter Than U Know; 3 G Lucy’s Legacy.
ND (7) 1 R Alchemist Amidst Kespas; 2 A Hotter Than U Know; 3 Q Starman Aboard Orstone.
UGD (3,1a) 1 Williamson’s Caseys Showstopper, built on finer lines all the way through, though racy, with a balanced long & lean head, reasonable size eye, dark brown. He has a good arch to neck & was cleaner in throat, he has a decent width of chest & straight forelegs. I would have preferred slightly better upper arm angulation, he has quite a lot of tuck up for me though. On the move he lacked a little bit of drive; 2 Pallister’s Penwyn Mississipi Moon, immature, medium size male, with a decent head shape & good expression, he has a moderate long length of neck, but has a bit of a fold of skin over withers, otherwise he has reasonable conformation all round, with a good bend of stifle & short rear pasterns, his deportment on the move was a little disappointing at times & needs time to develop more in body.
GD (7,3) 1 Lucas’ Harreds Hassle with Amberlight, upstanding young male, oozes breed type, very good length of head, lean skull, kind eye. He has good arch to neck, sloping topline, with a good tailset. He has a decent width of chest, correctly boned straight forelegs, with good resilient pasterns & good feet. He has reasonable body shape all through. On the move he lacks a bit of forward reach due to upper arm, but is positive behind & maintains his topline; 2 Longbottom & Stewart-Ritchie’s Gwendariff Unknown Soldier, handsome typy male, but I think I would prefer slightly more length of leg to body depth. He has an elegant reach of neck, correct topline & tailset, good ribs & decent loin, correct width of chest with straight legs & excellent feet. His hindquarters have good angulation, I thought he made a little heavy going on the move today. His coat is a deep chestnut, with a slight wave. I did like his typical head, balanced with a good stop & a fair amount of chiselling, some rise over an oval skull & the square finish to his muzzle enhance his virtues; 3 Roberts & Cormack’s Sangarah Shared Romance with Polmennor.
PGD (11,1) 1 Vallance’s Lynwood His Grace of Concencone, masculine male, built on very good proportionate lines, has a long & relatively lean head with clean backskull, decent muzzle length, with a kind eye & good earset with length of ears. His fairly long clean neck goes into decent shoulders, he has good forechest, his topline is a gentle slope & he has a decent tailset. Well off for bone with good hindquarters. He moves well covering the ground with reach & drive; 2 Kniveton’s Hot Sensations Orstone Cowboy, attractive male, slightly shorter than 1, another very good mover in the class, excellent outline, has a masculine head, dark eye, good length of muzzle, not overdone in any way, good deep ribs, medium length of loin. He has a barely perceptible sloping topline though, which at times looked a bit level & his tailset is slightly on. He has good hindquarters with good bend of stifle, & good second thigh, short strong rear pasterns, he moved very well. His coat is a rich true colour; 3 Naylor & Morrison’s Anlory Keltic Blue Sky.
LD (11,1) 1 Cuddy’s Suteresett Rebel Rouser in Balbriggan, attractive & typy, an honest masculine dog, beautifully presented, rich colouring, with a smart outline, very good head & expression, good stop, square muzzle, good neck with arch into good shoulders, strong topline, good tailset, very good shape to body. Nice spring of rib, good depth of chest, good feet, with good bend of stifle, shown in good coat & super presentation. A really sound mover clean & tidy, looks effortless. Can drive off from short strong rear pasterns. RCC; 2 Tupper & Rosie’s Staratlanta Elliott, a very glamorous male, all Irish Setter with lots of positives. He is shown in really super coat & feathering, shown in first class condition. I liked his head particularly his skull with work & occiput & with a very good expression, I did think he looked a little bit cut away in flews though. I liked his strong neck, good shoulders, forechest with good underline, thought him longer cast than 1 & slightly more level in topline, although his tailset was good. I liked his sweeping hindquarters, good rear pasterns. He moved really well; 3 Mitchell’s Suteresett Go The Distance to Staxyll.
OD (9,4) 1 Crocker & Siddle’s Sh Ch Copper’s War Of Roses, we shouldn’t admit to having favourites but for me he is a ‘no nonsense’, stylish & typy 4 year old male, a picture of strength when moving with a degree of raciness/elegance & a lot of ring presence. Medium sized, of very good proportions, excellent conformation fore & aft & shown in tip top condition, so very well presented, in excellent rich chestnut coat. I thought his head was correct in every way with a gorgeous expression, decent stop & balanced muzzle. On the move he had good rear propulsion, excellent reach & maintained his outline. CC & BIS, academic I know but he sired both my puppy dog & puppy bitch winners. In my opinion the type of male every breed should have to help raise positive perception of a degree of excellence within the breed; 2 Cohen’s Caispern Lorenzo with Shushana, won his place in a strong class on his type & soundness, very nice outline, everything just flows. He has a balanced clean cut head, with good expression & decent shape to muzzle, nice dark eye, good reach of neck, decent shoulders, good slope to topline, strong loin, mature body shape with good hindquarters & moderate length of hocks. Moved quite well during movement phase in the class called him in for the challenge for RCC but had no oomph left; 3 Sturrock’s Sh Ch Forfarian I’m Sexy An I Know It, worthy of mention. A masculine dog, with super outline, lovely type, exudes quality, size, construction, but bitterly disappointed with his lack of movement today.
VD (2) 1 Hogarth’s Sh Ch Avacet Snowdrift, 8 year old male, very good outline, heavier, but balanced, everything flows, a lovely headed dog with good neck, very good shoulders, straight front legs, pasterns could be a tad stronger, excellent body shape, very well presented, with good topline, hindquarters have strength with a good bend of stifle, a very good mover; 2 Wood’s Reddins Falcon, masculine, shortish just over square in shape, with pleasing head, expression & ears, just over medium length of neck with very little arch, has good bone & feet. A little short stepping in front on move & lacked rear angulation consequently did not have rear extension of the winner.
MPB (5,3) 1 McNeil & Boyd-McNeil’s Glennlokhen Deveron, very raw youngster with a degree of elegance, superb head, good length of muzzle, nice dark eye, good earset, fairly long neck with good arch, nice shoulders, straight forelegs & lovely feet, chest just not quite reaching elbows yet, gently sloping topline, tailset good, strong loin, good bend of stifle, strong hocks, moved very well. In lovely condition, rich red. An exciting prospect; 2 Hinslea’s Gwendariff Guess Whos Comin to Northamber, a balanced bitch, more mature, 8 months of age, lovely outline, of good proportions, very good head, neck, shoulders, correct topline & tailset, beautiful body shape, nice spring of rib, nice feet, not quite the hind angulation of 1, but perpendicular hocks, not quite the strength in hindquarters, but will continue to develop into a useful example of the breed.
PB (4,1) 1 Crocker & Siddle’s Riverbrue Gloriana, stunning, stylish bitch of very good proportions & dimensions, lovely type, elegant, with a very good outline, beautiful headed, with good stop, nice shape to muzzle, feminine, correct earset, moderately good length of neck, give the impression of class. She has very good shoulders, lovely shape to body, strong medium length of loin, pleasing bone, strong pasterns & very good smallish feet. Good hindquarters, producing a very good mover. Shown in a rich condition. A real superstar in the making. BPB; 2 Bridgwater & Littlechild’s Blazing Bronze Eye Candy, slightly taller, very elegant, epitome of racy & oh so feminine, long lean head, good shape to muzzle, pronounced occiput, good chiselling round eye, very good expression, longish arched neck, topline not quite as firm as winner, good spring of rib, very good front & moderate hind angulation. Very puppyish on the move, promising though, of a good colour; 3 Hinslea’s Gwendariff Guess Whos Comin to Northamber.
JB (13) 1 Naylor & Morrison’s Anlory Carignan, a bitch of good type, solid build, very good height to length ratios, with very good body shape, strong sloping topline, good tailset with very good all round conformation fore & aft, well muscled hindquarters with short rear pasterns. She has a lovely head & expression, with a good stop & is clean in neck. An excellent mover, shown in excellent condition; 2 Sheldon’s Delsanto Miss Daisy, very feminine & typy bitch, built on slightly finer lines & not quite the topline of winner, definitely racy with a super head shape, pretty, also pleasing shape to neck with plenty of reach, giving a touch of elegance, very good depth of chest, with some forechest, straight forelegs & nice feet. Looks good in profile, just lacks a certain amount of strength in hindquarters compared to 1, has a very outgoing temperament; 3 Bott, Allen & Morgan’s Quensha Tumble And Twirl.
YB (5) 1 Nicolson’s Gwendariff Rainbow Goddess at Lochindorb, stylish elegance with substance, of good colour. Liked her excellent head, good oval skull, dark eye with soft expression, good neck & shoulders, topline & tailset, good forelegs, which could be placed more under her body when stood, she has decent feet, has good turn of stifle in rearquarters, with strong short rear pasterns, She has a good depth of chest with sufficient width, developing well. On the move she is very enthusiastic, with strong driving action, will steady in front, try to be more collected before moving off, easier said than done. Liked her a lot; 2 Roberts’ Polmennor Spinning Moons, placed VHC in a previous class. Quite a nice feminine bitch with a very flowing outline, Longish leg length, compared to depth of body, she has a very nice head, balanced, with pleasing eye, very good neck shape, correct shoulders, in really good condition, rich colour, needs to firm up in hindquarters on the move, but with good second thigh & stifle. Just needs time to develop; 3 Armitage’s Gwendariff D’ya Wanna Kiss.
MB (4,1) 1 D Miss Daisy.
NB (12,3) 1 D Miss Daisy; 2 Q Tumble And Twirl, slightly different type from 1, but quality. Racy without question, long & lean skull with a typical expression, dark brown eyes, gentle slope to stop, arched neck. While she does have a nice outline, but today her front legs were not completely under her & when she leans back her topline can go flat. She does have a well shaped body with best of legs & feet. She has good forward reach & moves quite well but not quite the strength in rear quarters of 1. Still only a youngster with time to continue to develop; 3 Roberts’ Polmennor Spinning Moons.
UGB (9) 1 Q Tumble And Twirl, handled better when stood; 2 P Spinning Moons; 3 Milby & Stewart-Ritchie’s Gwendariff We’ll Remember U.
GB (7,1) 1 Stevenson’s Lochlorien True Detective is Andley, a good size, feminine with a pleasant head of good shape, well moulded skull with good back skull & pleasing expression, correct length of muzzle with depth, she has a medium length of neck, but can stand a little level in topline, she has good deep ribs, with strong loin, very good shape to bone, nice hindquarters with good width of second thigh. Best mover in class; 2 Chorley-Newton & Chorley’s Kerryfair Hattie, another excellent mover, a taller bitch, with a longish lean head, a little bit round in muzzle, but has a nice eye & expression shorter coupled than1, but still needs time to develop more in body shape & underline, her colour was good but her rear feathering was quite pale. She has a moderate turn of stifle, with short rear pasterns. Leans back a little, her front legs could have been more under her body; 3 Nevitt’s Aoibheannes Stay With Me.
PGB (12,2) 1 Wilson’s Copper’s Snowqueen, very nice bitch, pretty headed & racy. However, I would like a slightly more sloping topline, I liked her very good balanced head, gradual slope to her stop. She has a good length of neck, correct forequarters with very good feet. I liked her overall body shape, with good depth of chest, strong loin & angle to croup, with decent undercarriage. I liked her good turn of stifle, coupled with short rear pasterns, delivering sound, qualitative movement. Nice colour; 2 French’s Balintyne Just You Just Me, slightly taller bitch, falls away a bit over croup compared to 1, but in very good condition, sound moving, very nice head & expression with plenty of work around eye, nice shape to skull, good eyes, good shape of muzzle, ears frame the head well. She has quite a narrower front which is correct for her but I would prefer tighter feet, I am sure will develop slightly more spring of rib, she has good perpendicular rear pasterns, but could benefit from more strength in hindquarters on the move today; 3 Naylor & Morrison’s Anlory Corbieres.
LB (11,2) 1 Armitage’s Gwendariff Coconut Cream, exquisite bitch, ‘the total package’ of beautiful type, racy but with correct substance. She is feminine & has a beautiful shape & refinement to her head, lovely length of muzzle, almost aristocratic, with plenty of work & with good back skull, she has a lovely dark brown eye. I liked her moderately long neck adding that touch of class. Strong, firm, sloping topline, good shoulders, very nice flowing body lines. She has lovely bone & feet, good second thigh, short strong rear pasterns, an excellent mover, Shown in really good condition with good deep rich colour. Bitch CC her third, congratulations, & later RBIS; 2 Stevenson’s Lochlorien Scully Foxes Andley, another good one, not quite the movement of 1, she has a very feminine balanced head with a beautiful expression, good work in skull, good reach of neck, but not quite so firm in topline as winner & a shade longer in proportions. She was carrying the right amount of weight over her shapely body. I liked her very good bone & smallish feet, thought she had moderately bent hindquarters, with perpendicular hocks. Shown in lovely coat; 3 Cameron’s Balnagown Lucrezia.
OB (12,2) 1 Gardner’s Thendara Jocasta, I just love this beautiful bitch, everything just flows together, mature, superb head shape with length, has a lovely expression, her good ear length has good set, she has decent stop, good squareness to muzzle. She has an elegant shape to her neck & really good front assembly, a strong topline & correct tailset, a tail which she wags to advantage. I liked her degree of forechest & lovely shape to her body, with medium length of loin. Her forelegs are straight with super tight feet. She moved really well & was shown in beautiful coat & condition. RCC; 2 Bott, Allen & Morgan’s Sh Ch Bardonhill Please Don’t Tease Quensha, a very feminine 5½ year old bitch, with a nicely shaped head & melting expression, but for me not quite the muzzle/skull combination of 1. She has a low earset, which add to her typical look, moderate length of neck with good arch, well constructed all through & carrying just the right amount of weight. I would have preferred a bit more slope to topline. Her movement was technically correct, she covered the ground well, a spirited mover; 3 Sturrock’s Sh Ch Forfarian Hey Sexy Lady.
VB (9,3) 1 Naylor & Morrison’s Sh Ch Bardonhill Singing Skies over Anlory, 10½ year old, in super condition, racy with a touch of elegance & class, long & lean head with soft expression, good shape to skull, ears low set, reachy neck, shoulders good, sloping topline, correct tailset, good width of hindquarters, short rear pasterns, really good mover for age, typy outline. BV; 2 Humphreys’ Sh Ch Henaleas Carry On Flirting, 7 years of age, slightly heavier type than 1 with lots to like, excellent mover, good head with a melting expression, very good neck & shoulders, very good front, well shaped body, with good ribs & strong loin, has good croup & good bend of stifle, tail just off backline was good, shown in a rich red jacket in good bloom. Excellent; 3 Stevenson’s Lochlorien Prime Suspect for Andley.
Joint Irish Setter Clubs
9 April 2017
Judge: Mr Chris Bexon
Bardonhill Slide Show
View at Bardonhill on Smugmug
What a weekend for Arthur
Winning the Dog Challenge Certificate - his 19th and his
second Best in Show in two days:
Sh.Ch. Copper's War of Roses (L)
Congratulations to his owners Blake Crocker and Amelia Siddle
on a wonderful two days
and a new Show Champion:
The Bitch Challenge Certificate, her 3rd, and Reserve Best in Show
was awarded to Elsie, owned by Debs Armitage
Sh.Ch. Gwendariff Coco Nut Cream (R)
This is the second UK Show Champion from this litter - her brother being
Christine McLarnon's Sh.Ch. Nuts Aboutu Glenavna JW who was
awarded his title just 3 weeks ago. Also from the same litter:
1 International Champion , 1 German Champion, 1 Irish Champion and 1 Icelandic Champion
Photo: Laura Kolbach
The Res. Dog CC was awarded to Jim and Sue Cuddy with
Suteresett Rebel Rouser in Balbriggan JW (L)
The Res. Bitch CC was awarded to Marnie
owned by Tania Gardner
Thendara Jocasta JW
Best Puppy Dog and Best Puppy in show was awarded to
Ken and Pat Stocktons Riverbrue Alchemist Amidst Kespas (R)
Best Puppy Bitch was awarded to Blake Crocker and Amelia Siddle's
Riverbrue Gloriana (L)
Best Veteran in Show: Nigel Naylor and Jane Morrison's Sky
Sh.Ch. Bardonhill Singing Skies Over AnloryJW
Catalogue pages HERE kindly supplied by Viv Blackshaw
Photos kindly supplied by Amelia Siddle & Laura Kolbach
Congratulations to all the Winners
More pictures on ISCS Website