Critique - Judge - Michelle Webster

My thanks to the committee for the invitation to judge at their very well run show and to the exhibitors for allowing me the opportunity to judge their lovely dogs, I thoroughly enjoyed my day. Most of the dogs were well presented, though I was surprised to find some who were not. In my opinion, when showing your dog, at any level, they should always be presented in tip top condition.

IRISH SETTERS

BOB Mrs D. Riddell THENDARA CHASING GIRLS AROUND      TRUNORTH ShCM

BP & PG4 Mesdames I.McNeil & J. Boyd-McNeil. GLENNLOKHEN DEVERON

BV Mrs C. Borthwick LOTUSHILL MISDEMEANOR

PUPPY 3

1st& BP & PG4 Mesdames I.McNeil & J. Boyd-McNeil. GLENNLOKHEN DEVERON

Sweet 7 month old bitch puppy, just oozes quality. Caught my eye as she came into the ring & didn't disappoint. Very pretty feminine head, well defined occiput, dark expressive eyes with raised brows, correct ear set. Compact & balanced with excellent body properties, well put together, clean lines throughout. Wonderful neck and shoulders, flowing cleanly into topline. Neat feet. Good angulation. Moved very well especially for such a youngster, jumping up to give me a kiss on her return!. Was really taken with this elegant bitch, I loved her. Delighted to award her BP & hear she won PG4. Will watch her progress with interest, the best is yet to come!

2nd Mr B. I. & Mrs E. Hinslea GWENDARIFF GUESS WHOS COMIN TO NORTHAMBER

Another quality 8 month old bitch. Larger than 1 with a different coat type. However, this didn't distract from her many qualities. Sweet head, so pretty, dark expressive eye, raised brows, correct ear set. Good front, neck & shoulders. Balanced throughout. Neat feet, well muscled, well angulated fore & aft enabling her to move very well. Unlucky to meet 1. Am sure these two girls will change places many times.

3rd Mrs H. Gracie VISTADOR DIESEL IN THE DUST SUMMERGATE (IMP CHE)

JUNIOR 3

1st Mesdames I.McNeil & J. Boyd-McNeil GWENDARIFF GONNA GO FOR GOLD

Very striking, elegant, racy 13 month old male. Caught my eye as he entered the ring & am pleased to say he didn't disappoint. Very much a junior dog, but quality just oozed from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail. Handsome head, dark, mischievious eye, raised brows, well defined occiput & correct ear set. Very balanced with clean lines throughout, arched neck flowed cleanly into topline, which he held on the move. Super neck & layback of shoulder. Good sternum, spring of rib, depth of chest & depth of brisket, good angulation fore & aft, especially for a youngster. Presented in super condition, with a lovely dark, flat coat, just needs more feathering to complete the picture. Moved well, so in tune with his handler, he was a pleasure to watch. Considered him for BOB and would have been delighted to award him RBOB if I'd had one to give!! I loved him, sure this boy has a great future ahead of him, will watch with interest.

2nd Mr & Mrs M. F. Brady PAWSWORD PLAY WITH FIRE JOINS AMBERLIGHT

13 month old bitch. Lovely head with kind expressive eye. Beautifully put together & balanced throughout. Wonderful neck & layback of shoulder, moved well. Good body properties, lovely dark coat, presented in good condition. Loved this girl, who was so unlucky to meet 1.

3rd Mr B. P. McAvoy. PORSCHET SCHEHERAZADE

GRADUATE 4 (1)

1st Mesdames I.McNeil & J. Boyd-McNeil GWENDARIFF GONNA GO FOR GOLD

2nd Mr & Mrs P. Lucas BARDONHILL ETERNAL FLAME AMONG AMBERLIGHT J.W.

Really liked this 2 yr old striking male. Balanced and so well put together. Kind dark eye, lovely masculine head & expressive face, raised brows. Arched neck, flowed smoothly into good shoulder placement. Well sprung ribs & depth of chest, good body properties throughout. Well angulated, moved well, but unlucky to meet 1 who was in such good form.

3rd Mr B. P. McAvoy. PORSCHET SCHEHERAZADE

LIMIT 5 (1)

1st & BOB Mrs D. Riddell THENDARA CHASING GIRLS AROUND TRUNORTH ShCM

4 1/2 year old striking male in his prime. Not surprised to find I liked him so much, as I have always admired his litter sister. Caught my eye entering the ring, he didn't disappoint. Gorgeous masculine expressive head, dark kind eye, good stop, raised brow, giving a hint of Irish mischief. Low set ears, arched neck flowing cleanly into well laid shoulders and correct topline, which he kept on the move. Plenty of forechest, strong body, ribs well sprung, muscular over the loin. Neat arched feet. Sound as a bell, moving with style & enthusiasm, completely at one with his handler, a pleasure to watch. Racy, well balanced and full of quality, he combines elegance with substance. Immaculately presented, shown in full coat, a credit to his owner. Delighted to award him BOB. A shame we don't see him more often.

2nd Mrs C. Borthwick NORTHAMBER RUNS RIOT AT LOTUSHILL

4 1/2 year old pretty headed bitch, who I have always admired. Kind expressive dark eyes. Compact, balanced & well proportioned. Correct ear set, nicely arched neck, good layback of shoulder and good top line. Neat feet, happy mover. A shame she was not in her best coat.

3rd Mr & Mrs M. F. Brady AMBERLIGHT GUINEVERE

4th Ms K. Vallance LYNWOOD HIS GRACE OF CORCENCONE

OPEN 4 (2)

1st Mr & Mrs P. Lucas SHANDWICK MAGIC MOMENTS VIA AMBERLIGHT

I have always liked this handsome 4 year old male, now in his prime, & beautifully presented. Judged him as a youngster, wonderful to see how he has developed and fulfilled his earlier promise. Balanced, well bodied & muscular with dark coat. Masculine head, kind dark eye, expressive face. Good front, depth of brisket & spring of rib. Arched neck flowed cleanly into well laid shoulders. Well angulated fore & aft enabling him to move soundly with enthusiasm. Strong over the loin & well developed thigh. Good tail action. Having watched this boy as a youngster and having often competed against him, it was a pleasure to get up close and personal. Unfortunate to meet the Limit winner.

2nd & BV Mrs C. Borthwick LOTUSHILL MISDEMEANOR

Really liked this 8 year old bitch. Her looks belied her age. Very pretty head, gorgeous dark eye. Well made, balanced throughout. Good angulation fore & aft. Moved soundly & steadily, lashing her tail, she could teach some of the youngsters a thing or two. Thoroughly enjoyed herself, delighted to award her BVIB.

IRISH RED & WHITE SETTERS

OPEN 3 (1)

1st & BOB Mr & Mrs B. Pilmer ANISBRIG TOBERMORY

Striking 2 year old nicely marked male. Gorgeous handsome head, good stop, nice square jaw. Dark eye, correct ear set. Slightly arched muscular neck flowed cleanly into well laid shoulders & topline. Well boned, muscular body, good fore chest, spring of rib, short hocks. Very happy boy who moved well. Pleased to award him BOB.

2nd Mr & Mrs B. Pilmer ANISBRIG KILKERRIN

2 year old bitch, litter sister to winner. Similar remarks apply just not the finish of her brother. Not at all happy, didn't want to co-operate with her handler, but moved well. More work and lots of patience needed.

 

Michelle Webster

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