Critique - Judge:  Martin Russell (Melmara)

I really enjoyed my day judging the Open Show for the Irish Setter Club of Scotland.  My sincere thanks to the committee and members for voting for me to judge, and thank your exhibitors for such a lovely entry for me to go over.  The venue is in a lovely setting.  The hall is just the right size for a breed club, and the welcome tremendous.  It is a long way for a lot of us, but worth the trip to see a very well run show.   It would have been nice to have a few more of the boys to go over.

PUPPY DOG.  (3, O Ab)

1. MURCHISON’S PAWSWORD PAPERBACK WRITER

  Six month old lad with good bone.  Moved well.  Good neck and  shoulders, lovely coat.

2. MCNEIL & BOYD-MCNEIL’S GWENDARIFF GONNA GO FOR  GOLD

 A racier young man.  He showed a good top line for a youngster, but a little straight behind.

3. KOLBACH’S PAWSWORD PREACHER MAN

JUNIOR DOG (1, O Ab)

1. GREEN’S BRAIDMOUNT LORD DARNLEY

   Lovely 16 month lad who stood alone.  In excellent coat, gentle    expression, good reach of neck, well angulated at front and rear, but a   little short coupled for me.

YEARLING DOG (2, 1 Ab)

1. BRAIDMOUNT LORD DARNLEY

MAIDEN DOG (2, O Ab)

1. BRAIDMOUNT LORD DARNLEY

2. GWENDARIFF GONNA GO FOR GOLD

NOVICE DOG (2, O Ab)

1. BRAIDMOUNT LORD DARNLEY

2. GWENDARIFF GONNA GO FOR GOLD

UNDERGRADUATE DOG (2, 1 Ab)

1. CAMPBELL’S KETTLEHILLS FORGET ME NOT

  3 year old boy, short coupled, dark eye, good expression.  Nice sloping top line down to a good tail set.  He moved well, but was a little straight in front, and I would have liked more neck.

GRADUATE DOG (3, 1 Ab)

1. KETTLEHILL’S FORGET ME NOT

2. OGILVIE’S LOGANRISH POTTER’S WHEEL

 A taller dog than the winner and not as well coated.  He had good rear angulation, but a little straight in front.  Good head and expression.  Nice tight feet.

POST GRADUATE DOG (1, o ab)

1. TUPPER & ROSIE’S STARATLANTA ELLIOTT

 Stood alone, good head and expression with a dark eye.  A well coated boy, slightly longer coat in body.  Good bend of stifle, but he moved a little erratically.

LIMIT  DOG (2, O Ab)

1. VALLANCE’S LYNWOOD HIS GRACE OF CONCENCONE

 Lovely lad.  Masculine head with well pronounced occipital done.  Good reach of neck, well laid shoulders, deep chest good tail set.  Moved well.

2. WILLIAMSON’S KELJARU LOVELY JUBBLY

 A taller and longer coupled dog than 1, but my notes say I preferred his head.  Not in as good a coat as 1 and I am afraid to say he flew his tail on the the move.

OPEN DOG (3, 1 Ab)

1. STURROCK’S FORFARIAN I’M SEXY AN I KNOW IT JW.

 Reserve Best in Show and Best Opposite Sex.  A beautiful young dog, in excellent
coat and condition.  Moved well.  A sweet head and great expression.  Correct length of neck, well set into his shoulders.  Perfect proportions-unfortunate to meet the bitch in the challenge.

2. RICHARDSON’S SH.CH BRABROOK FLASH HARRY AT MONTGREEWAN SH CM

 A lovely lad who is slightly shorted coupled and taller than 1.  Would insist on pulling his head back into his shoulders.  A great masculine head.

PUPPY BITCH 8, 2 Ab

1. NICOLSON’S GWENDARIFF RAINBOW GODDESS AT LOCHINDORB

 An eleven month lady from this well known kennels.  I have stood beside her in the ring and admired her, and a delight to go over.  Mature in fabulous coat, moved well.  Not over exaggerated, but good lay back of shoulders, and well angulated at rear.  Best Puppy in Show.

2. KOLBACH’S PAWSWORD POTPURRI

 A real baby at the start of her career, but with much to like about her.  Sweet head and expression, good depth in body for one so young.  Moved well when she behaved herself.

3. DOW’S SHENANAGIN STOLEN KISS

JUNIOR BITCH (3, O ab)

1. HUNTER & BROWN’S BRAIDMOUNT LADY IN WAITING JW

 I first saw this lady when she was six months, was impressed then and my opinion hasn’t changed.  A beautiful short coupled bitch who is maturing well.  Pleased with her balanced construction with excellent lay of shoulders, good feet and correct tail set, will soon be challenging her illustrious mother.

2. SHENANAGIN STOLEN KISS

 A taller lady than 1 with a steep sloping topline, sweet head and expression, moved well when she behaved herself.

3. SHENANAGIN SNOWFLAKE

YEARLING BITCH (3, O Ab)

1. STEHENSON’S DRUMWHAUR CHEROKEE ROSE

 Unfortunately left her coat at home, but showed herself to be a racey little lady.  Much better confirmation than 2, but I would have liked better rear angulation.

2. CLARK’S STARATLANTA BLAZING PHYRE

 A heavier lady who didn’t allow herself to be showed to her advantage.  Slightly stronger in head than 1.

3. GENTRY’S DRUMWHAUR DAYDREAM

MAIDEN BITCH (2, o Ab)

1. STARATLANTA BLAZING PHYRE

2. DRUMWHAUR DAYDREAM

 This was this little lady’s first show and she needs time to get used to the show ring, and to mature.  A sweet little lady, lovely head, and could move well, but just needs experience.

NOVICE BITCH (4, O Ab)

1. GWENDARIFF RAINBOW GODDESS AT LOCHINDORE

2. LOGIE’S CORRANROO RAINBOW CLIMBER

 Unfortunate to meet the puppy.  A heavier 4 year old lady.  In excellent dark coat, had a mischievous expression.  Moved well, but not as good as 1.

3. STARATLANTA BLAZING PHYRE

UNDERGRADUATE BITCH (2 O Abs)

1. CORRANROO RAINBOW CLIMBER

2. DRUMWHAUR CHEROKEE ROSE

GRADUATE BITCH (5, 1 Ab)

1. DAVIE’S JONOLA SECRET LOVE @ LOCHFRAE

 Short coupled, well angulated bitch.  Excellent reach of neck.  Lovely dark well groomed coat.  Lovely head and good dark eye.  Lovely tail set.

2. WALLACE’S GWENDARIFF PUTTING ON A SHOW

 A taller lady than 1, not so mature, and lacking in the coat and finish of 1.  A little more upright and not so well angulated as 1.

3. WILSON’S COPPER’S SNOWQUEEN (IMP SWB)

POST GRADUATE BITCH (10, 3 Ab)

1. JONOLA SECRET LOVE @ LOCHFRAE

2. RICHARDSON’S MONTGREENAN CHARLEY’S ANGEL

 A taller and shorter coupled bitch than 1.  Well bodied, would prefer a better tail set.  Good coat and unfortunate to meet the graduate winner.

3. WALLACE’S GWENDARIFF ON A CHATLINE

LIMIT BITCH (2 O ab)

1. BORTHWICK’S NORTHAMBER RUNS RIOT AT LOTUSHILL

 A well proportioned lady.  Good reach of neck, well laid back shoulders, good top line.

2. LAIDLAW & GREEN’S GLENCARRON SUMMER LOVIN JW

 A heavier lady and my notes say carrying a little too much weight.  Lovely head, good raised eyebrows, but a little straight in front.

OPEN BITCH (5 2 Ab)

1. HUNTER & BROWN’S SH. CH. INT. CH. FAIRHAVEN LOUISE  MOUNTBATTEN AT BRAIDMOUNT (SWE 1MP)

 I had two super bitches here and it was a difficult decision.  1 is a gorgeous bitch.  Typical beautiful head and raised eyebrows, great reach of neck, well laid back shoulders.  Just in the right proportions.  Well set on tail, moved with ease.  Delighted to make her Best in Show.

2. STURROCK’S SH CH FORFARIAN HEY SEXY LADY JW

 Another beautiful lady.  Great angulation, fore and after.  Moved well with drive.  In fine coat, but unlucky to meet 1.

3. CAMERON’S BALNAGOWN RUBY TUESDAY

VETERAN DOG OR BITCH (9, 3 Abs)

1. HOGSFLESH SH. CH. LYNGOR LIVING WATER JW

 9 ½ year old lady. Well proportioned.  Lovely neck flowing with well laid back shoulders.  Beautiful dark eyes, well bodied. Correct tail set.  Held her head regally as she floated around the ring.

2. WILLIAMSON’S SERRULA SINGSONG AT KELJARU

 At 10 years old not quite the body of 1, but still a lovely lady.

3. CAMERON’S BALNAGOWN BALLROOM BLITZ

 The oldest lady here at 13 ½ years, enjoying herself and not showing her age.

BRED BY EXHIBITOR OPEN (3, 2 Ad)

1. DRUMWHAUR CHEROKEE ROSE

NOT BRED BY EXHIBITOR OPEN (2 Ab)

1. DRUMWHAUR DAYDREAM

SPECIAL BEGINNERS (4 O Ab)

1. STARATLANTA ELLIOTT

2. SHENANAGIN SNOWFLAKE

3. GWENDARRIFF GONNA WINSOME

BRACE (3, 1 Ab)

1. BORTHWICK’S BRACE

 Moved together as a unit, unlike the babes placed second on their first outing, who were more intent on playing than working together – they will get there.

2. KOLBACH’S BRACE

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Puppy Dog (3)
1st    Murchison's PAWSWORD PAPERBACK WRITER
2nd    McNeil & Boyd-McNeil's GWENDARIFF GONNA GO FOR GOLD
3rd    Kolbach's PAWSWORD PREACHER MAN
Junior Dog (1)
1st    Green's BRAIDMOUNT LORD DARNLEY
Yearling Dog (2, 1 absent)
1st    Green's BRAIDMOUNT LORD DARNLEY
Maiden Dog (2)
1st    Green's BRAIDMOUNT LORD DARNLEY
2nd    McNeil & Boyd-McNeil's GWENDARIFF GONNA GO FOR GOLD
Novice Dog (2)
1st    Green's BRAIDMOUNT LORD DARNLEY
2nd    McNeil & Boyd-McNeil's GWENDARIFF GONNA GO FOR GOLD
Undergraduate Dog (2, 1 absent)
1st    Campbell's KETTLEHILLS FORGET ME NOT
Graduate Dog (3, 1 absent)
1st    Campbell's KETTLEHILLS FORGET ME NOT
2nd    Ogilvie's LOGANRISH POTTER'S WHEEL
Post Graduate Dog (1)
1st    Tupper & Rosie's STARATLANTA ELLIOTT
Limit Dog (2)
1st    Vallance's LYNWOOD HIS GRACE OF CONCENCONE
2nd    Williamson's KELJARU LOVELY JUBBLY
Open Dog (3, 1 absent)
1st    Sturrocks' FORFARIAN I'M SEXY AN I KNOW IT  JW
2nd    Richardson's SH.CH. BRABROOK FLASH HARRY AT MONTGREENAN SH.CM
Puppy Bitch (8, 2 absent)
1st    Nicolson's GWENDARIFF RAINBOW GODDESS AT LOCHINDORB
2nd    Kolbach's PAWSWORD POTPOURRI
3rd    Dow's SHENANAGIN STOLEN KISS
Res.    Logie's SHENANAGIN SNOWFLAKE
Junior Bitch (3)
1st    Hunter & Brown's BRAIDMOUNT LADY IN WAITING  JW
2nd    Dow's SHENANAGIN STOLEN KISS
3rd    Logie's SHENANAGIN SNOWFLAKE
Yearling Bitch (3)
1st    Stephenson's DRUMWHAUR CHEROKEE ROSE
2nd    Clark's STARATLANTA BLAZING PHYRE
3rd    Gentry's DRUMWHAUR DAYDREAM
Maiden Bitch (2)
1st    Clark's STARATLANTA BLAZING PHYRE
2nd    Gentry's DRUMWHAUR DAYDREAM
Novice Bitch (4)
1st    Nicolson's GWENDARIFF RAINBOW GODDESS AT LOCHINDORB
2nd    Logie's CORRANROO RAINBOW CLIMBER
3rd    Clark's STARATLANTA BLAZING PHYRE
Res.    Gentry's DRUMWHAUR DAYDREAM
Undergraduate Bitch (2)
1st    Logie's CORRANROO RAINBOW CLIMBER
2nd    Stephenson's DRUMWHAUR CHEROKEE ROSE
Graduate Bitch (5, 1 absent)
1st    Davie's JONOLA SECRET LOVE @ LOCHFRAE
2nd    Wallace's GWENDARIFF PUTTING ON A SHOW
3rd    Wilson's COPPER'S SNOWQUEEN (Imp. Swe.)
Res.    Nicolson's GWENDARIFF ON A TIC ETT TO LOCHINDORB
Post Graduate Bitch (10, 3 absent)
1st    Davie's JONOLA SECRET LOVE @ LOCHFRAE
2nd    Richardson's MONTGREENAN CHARLEY'S ANGEL
3rd    Wallace's GWENDARIFF ON A CHATLINE
Res.    Bowman's KETTLEHILLS SNOWDROP AT BONAHAIRD
Limit Bitch (2)
1st    Borthwick's NORTHAMBER RUNS RIOT AT LOTUSHILL
2nd    Laidlaw & Green's GLENCARRON SUMMER LOVIN JW
Open Bitch (5, 2 absent)
1st    Hunter & Brown's SH.CH. INT.CH. FAIRHAVEN LOUISE MOUNTBATTEN
2nd    Sturrock's SH.CH. FORFARIAN HEY SEXY LADY  JW
3rd    Cameron's BALNAGOWN RUBY TUESDAY
Veteran Dog or Bitch (9, 2 absent)
1st    Hogsflesh's SH.CH. LYNGOR LIVING WATER  JW
2nd    Williamson's SERRULA SINGSONG AT KELJARU
3rd    Cameron's BALNAGOWN BALLROOM BLITZ
Res.    Borthwick's LOTUSHILL MISDEMEANOR
Bred By Exhibitor Open (3,2 absent)
1st    Stephenson's DRUMWHAUR CHEROKEE ROSE
Not Bred By Exhibitor Open (2, 1 absent)
1st    Gentry's DRUMWHAUR DAYDREAM
Special Beginners (4)
1st    Tupper & Rosie's STARATLANTA ELLIOTT
2nd    Logie's SHENANAGIN SNOWFLAKE
3rd    Whitehead's GWENDARIFF GONNA WINSOME
Res.    Gentry's DRUMWHAUR DAYDREAM       
Brace (3, 1 absent)
1st    Borthwick's brace
2nd    Kolbach's brace


BEST DOG:  Sturrocks' FORFARIAN I'M SEXY AN I KNOW IT  JW
RESERVE BEST DOG:     Richardson's SH.CH. BRABROOK FLASH HARRY AT MONTGREENAN SH.CM
BEST PUPPY DOG:  Murchison's PAWSWORD PAPERBACK WRITER
BEST BITCH:  Hunter & Brown's SH.CH. INT.CH. FAIRHAVEN LOUISE MOUNTBATTEN
RESERVE BEST BITCH:  Hogsflesh's SH.CH. LYNGOR LIVING WATER  JW
BEST PUPPY BITCH:  Nicolson's GWENDARIFF RAINBOW GODDESS AT LOCHINDORB
BEST IN SHOW:  Hunter & Brown's SH.CH. INT.CH. FAIRHAVEN LOUISE MOUNTBATTEN
RESEVE BEST IN SHOW:  Sturrocks' FORFARIAN I'M SEXY AN I KNOW IT  JW
BEST OPPOSITE SEX IN SHOW:  Sturrocks' FORFARIAN I'M SEXY AN I KNOW IT  JW   
BEST PUPPY IN SHOW:  Nicolson's GWENDARIFF RAINBOW GODDESS AT LOCHINDORB
BEST VETERAN IN SHOW:   Hogsflesh's SH.CH. LYNGOR LIVING WATER  JW

Thanks to Hilda Stephenson for sending in the results.