My grateful thanks to the committee of the ISBC for the invitation to judge this well run show and to my stewards Cheryl and Adrienne who were first rate. My co-judge, Val Wade, and I were in total agreement for BIS etc. I had a fabulous day judging this wonderful breed and I would like to thank all the exhibitors for entering under me; you all took the best dog home.
MP (4, 1) 1. Longbottom & Stewart-Ritchie’s Gwendariff Smart Red Jacket. What a start to the day to find such an exciting prospect. This 8 mths baby is so very well made with superb balance, a strong outline and such confidence and style. His head is well proportioned with raised brows and exquisite chiselling. He is well angulated with a splendid forehand, excellent depth of chest rather narrow in front but not too narrow as to restrict his front. He has plenty of heart and lung room and I was very pleased with the strength and width of his loin. He has width behind with a good bend of stifle and his toes are well arched. He moves like a baby, all soft and rolly in body but his legs are very well coordinated and his footfall excellent with good forward reach. I had no hesitation in making him BPD and in the challenge for BP my co-judge and I felt he was more together than the bitch. BPIS.
2. Holehan’s Loganrish Lets Go Crazy. A nice puppy. Strongly boned, neat tight feet, balanced head and moves well with a lashing tail.
3. Hall’s Harreds Stanley. Taller and not quite as together as the others with more daylight underneath. He has bone and substance and a pleasing head.
P (6) 1. Williamson’s Bluesprings Picture This. Of good type with a pleasing head showing raised brows and a fairly square finish to muzzle. Straight front, well boned legs, could use more spring of rib and needs to settle on the move. Typical of a young Irish dog.
2. Davison’s Bardonhill You Don’t Fool Me. Slightly plainer in head than the winner but he has a lovely shaped eye. Decent angles, straight front but toes turn out just a tad, usually a growing thing, short coupled, tail well set on.
3. Murchison’s Kerryfair Please Please Me. Gave his handler a hard time but once she was on top of him he put in an acceptable performance and moved well.
J (4) 1. Edward’s Gwendariff Ucantmissme Bonhomie. He has an imposing outline with a good reach of neck and well laid shoulders. His topline slopes gently downwards from his withers and he is elegant and refined whilst maintaining masculinity. At 13 mths old he needs to develop a spring of rib and some width all through but this will come with maturity. I found his head rather plain and it needs to break but again at his age it is quite typical. He is a happy mover and drives from behind keeping a strong topline.
2. Swainston’s Glenvarna Monterey. He is a bit broader in skull than the winner but he has more chiselling. Elegant arched neck flows into clean shoulders, good width behind and uses his tail well. He is a lovely chestnut red colour.
3. Richardsons’ Gwendariff I’m Fool Proof. Not as refined in head as the others and a bit loose in movement. I would like better front angulation and he is rather shelly at present.
Y (9, 1) There were some nice dogs in this class making it a pleasure to judge and with Irish being a slow maturing breed they were at differing stages of development. 1. Rutherford, Judge & Crocker’s Riverbrue Galliano Fizz To Clonageera JW. Racy in outline with plenty of bone and substance. He has strength in neck and loin with depth of chest and well sprung ribs. His forehand is terrific. He has a very appealing head with low set ears and beautifully raised brows. He moves with drive and purpose carrying his head high and with a gently wagging tail. In the challenge he was so like my ticket winner, both standing and moving, that he had to take the Reserve CC; he is simply a less mature version of him.
2. Danks-Kemish’s Teleri Summertime Blues Avec Alolfrana (ai) JW. I like this boy for his racy, balanced and elegant appearance and I love the chiselling under his eyes and on his cheeks. He is well ribbed up and has wide quarters. His coat is in gleaming condition and has depth. Expertly handled.
3. Bott’s Bardonhill Pearly Spencer. Decent sort but doesn’t have the movement of the winners.
M (7, 4) 1. G. Monterey.
2. Harris’ Blazing Bronze Happy Clappy Sings Konakakela (Imp NLD). VHC in Puppy and more settled in this class. He has a balanced head and decent frame but needs to body up.
3. Shepherd’s Casachared Red Rory O’Connor. Cobby dog and proud of his tail on the move. His feet need trimming.
N (8, 2) 1. B. You Don’t Fool Me.
2. G. I’m Fool Proof
3. B.B. Happy Clappy Sings K.
UG (4, 1) 1. Hart’s Gwendariff In The Limelight With Gilliegrae JW Sh CM. Not a big one but there is no height standard; balance is what matters and he most certainly is that. His make and build are very good with an ample turn of stifle and he has an attractive head with a lovely eye shape and low set ears. This is an air scenting breed so I wish he would hold his head up on the move. His coat is very shiny and silky.
2. Savage’s Brabrook Masterpiece At Firefall. Rather coarse at the ears and tends to stand square as he doesn’t have the angulation of the winner. That said he has good sinewy bone, depth of chest and a nice expression.
3. Corless’ Swiftlark Second To None With Magembay. Was reserve in novice, doesn’t have the balance of the others and untidy behind.
Grad (13, 3) 1. Lorrimer’s Kerrimere Classique JW. This dog appeals greatly. He is built on clean lines with a flowing topline; there are no corners or lumps and bumps. He is clearly racy and proportionate with plenty of dog in front. His head is quite lovely with a dark hazel eye and I love how his raised brows move independently giving a kind and quizzical expression. Of all the dogs today, he showed best the demonstrably affectionate nature of the Irish Setter. Every time I went to him he wagged his tail with enthusiasm. Whilst he moves well, I felt that he didn’t hold his shape as well as the top winners.
2. Kniveton & Allen’s Quensha Starman Aboard Orestone. I found him very similar in shape to the winner with great front angulation and a wide bum. His head is handsome and his coat is a lovely colour, flat and shiny; if only he grew some feathering. Lovely mover.
3. Holley’s Wynjill Snapdragon. Doesn’t stand over as much ground as the winners however he is very good in body and has a gently sloping topline. Handsome head.
PG (16, 5) 1. Holley’s Wynjill Winner Takes All JW. This dog has a lovely eye and looked right into my soul. He is striking on the stack with good angulation and balance without being overdone. He has depth of chest and well sprung ribs, wide powerful quarters and uses his hocks to drive from behind.
2. Stockton’s Gwendariff D’ya Think I’m Fab For Kespas JW. Impressive boy with a strong outline and reachy neck. Handsome chiselled head fits cleanly into good neck and shoulders. Good forehand and well muscled quarters. Moves well.
3. Greenan’s Anlory Aidan JW. I liked this one. Well made and standing over plenty of ground with no exaggerations. He just didn’t carry the coat of the winners.
ML (5) 1. Gracie’s Vistador Diesel In The Dust Summergate. He has rather too much flew for my preference and a rather pronounced stop but his skull shape is good with low set ears. He has plenty of bone and substance, depth of chest and spring of rib. His neck is strong and fits cleanly into his shoulders. Strong mover but tends to pick up somewhat in front.
2. Heppell’s Deevonville Santana Sh CM. Broader in skull than the winner and he lacks arch to his neck but it fits cleanly into his well laid shoulders. Straight front, strong back and loin, wide thighs and well developed second thighs. Moved with a good tail action.
3. Tupper’s Staratlanta Elliott Sh CM. A little heavy in head for me but in good coat and condition.
L (7, 2) 1. Danks-Kemish’s Alolfrana Hotter Than U’know. Of good type with a racy outline and good angulation. Has good chiselling to his head, is clean in back skull but I found his eye a little on the round side. He has depth of chest and a pronounced prosternum, is well ribbed back and short and strong in loin. He is all male with a strong topline and moderate sweep of stifle. A bit untidy in front movement but has good drive from behind.
2. Edwards’ Gwendariff PS I Love You Bonhomie JW. Tall dog with a lovely head and expression but to be picky I would like just a little less reach of neck. He has well laid shoulders and good return of upper arm. He is very good over the croup and presented and handled to perfection. Moves well but closer behind than the winner.
3. Jarvis’ Lowerdon Toby Larone. A better dog to go over than he looks from the ringside; he is sound and substantially made with good prosternum and depth.
O (5) A class of 5 Show Champions all very worthy of their titles. 1. Stockton’s Riverbrue Alchemist Amidst Kespas JW. This boy is just lovely on the stack; he exudes quality and is so very well balanced. He certainly gives the impression of speed without loss of substance and there is nothing exaggerated about him. His head is well balanced with low set ears giving the correct skull shape of oval from ear to ear and his muzzle is moderately deep with a fairly square finish. He has a kind dark hazel eye of correct shape under nicely raised brows. His neck is well muscled with a classic slight arch and it fits very cleanly into his well laid shoulders. The length and return of his upper arms place his front legs well under his body. He is well off for bone with clearly visible sinew and stands on small, firm feet. He has plenty of heart and lung room, is well ribbed back and has a strong, muscular loin. Looking at him from behind he has a beautiful flare over his hips and his stifles are well bent with well developed second thighs. His tail is set on just below the level of his back and enhances his clean flowing lines. His coat is of good colour and texture and the amount of feathering just right. Impressive as he is standing, I am even more impressed that he keeps his shape perfectly on the move. He has a long easy stride and moves with his head held high as if to scent the air. He covers a lot of ground with minimum number of steps. CC and RBIS.
2. Longbottom & Stewart-Ritchie’s Gwendariff Unknown Soldier JW. Another quality dog who impresses with his balance and shape having a gently sloping topline and a nice big bum. He has beautiful chiselling below his eyes and a soft gentle expression. I preferred the skull shape of the winner and felt he could have carried a tad more weight. He moves well but doesn’t use his hocks as well as the winner. Beautifully presented.
3. Rowbottom’s Lanstara Spring Moon. A very well made dog with plenty of depth and a good spring of rib. There is nothing flashy about him, he is pleasing in shape and has a handsome head with kind eye.
V (2, 2)
SV (2) 1. Wood’s Reddins Falcon Sh CM. At 10 years old this grand chap had one of the best heads of the day. It is beautifully proportioned and well moulded with soft expressive eyes under quizzically raised brows; his soft greying colour only moves to enhance it. He is a nice size and shape and moves well.
2. Axon’s Brinara Back In The Running. A lovely boy who is finer and leaner in head than the winner. Taller and with more daylight underneath he moves with purpose and drive and carries his tail well.
SB (15) 1. Savage’s Gwendariff The Ringmaster At Firefall. Good type in lovely coat and condition but carrying too much weight. Moves well enough.
2. Hoskins’ Sandstream Just A Breeze With Ralphski. Reserve in PG and not disgraced there. His head is balanced with chiselling and his ears set low to give a lovely shape to his skull. He is well off for bone and carries his ribs well back.
3. Corless’ Swiftlark First Knight. Good depth of brisket and gently sloping topline. Nice head.
I thoroughly enjoyed my day with some very commendable exhibits. I founda few exhibits a little long cast, whilst they need some “engine” room
to cover the ground well when working, this does not need to be overdone. My grateful thanks go to my stewards for keeping everything
running smoothly and also to the exhibitors for their entries.
MPB – (9,1)
1. NAYLOR’S – ANLORY COMETTA. Very nice type, pretty head with lovely
expression. Clean neck fitting into good shoulders. Lovely compact body
shape, sound quarters, good tail set. Moved well and quite positive for
one so young.
2. HALL’S – HARREDS STYBIL. Another very nice baby. Lovely head and
expression, good straight front, shoulders well laid back, good topline
, positive sound quarters. Moved soundly.
3. CIECHONSKA’S – GWENDARIFF SMART MOVE BACK TO AOIBHEANNE.
PB – (9,0)
1. BOTT’S – BARDONHILL LOVE OF MY LIFE. Elegant little bitch. Well
shaped head with good eye and raised brows. Good front, tight feet,
correct body shape, short coupled, positive quarters and good tail set.
2. HOLLEY’S – GWENDARIFF LOOK THIS WAY TO WYNJILL. Very little to choose
between these two. Lovely head shape with melting expression. Good neck
and shoulders, correct topline. Well bent stifles, moving with spirit
3. RUTHERFORD’S – MAJESTYKA INDTAN SUMMER AT CLONAGEERA.
JB – (6,!)
1. WALKER’S – CASACHARED KEEPSAKE FOR TREFAINE. Very drawn to this
little bitch. Lovely head and expression, good positive front with tight
feet, good length of neck fitting into well placed shoulders. Good depth
of chest, well sprung ribs, good topline and correct tail set. Covered
ground well on the move.
2. KENNEDY-SLOANE’S – TWOACRES DESTINY. A good solid sound bitch,
positive in all areas. Pleasing head, good length of neck and well laid
back shoulders. Well sprung ribs, short coupling, well bent stifle.
Moved with positive action and holding toplinr on the move.
3. BLACKSHAW’S – LANSTARA RUBBY SLIPPERS.
YB – 7 (0)
A hard fought class.
1. CATLING’S – TELERI INDIAN SUMMER (ai) JW. A very lovely young lady
destined to go places. Well defined head, good eye shape, enough stop,
nice strength in fore-face. Tight front, balanced body conformation,
positive quarters, good tail set. Topline held well on move. Movement
positive and sound.
2. WALTER’S – BARDONHILL POETRY IN MOTION WITH DENEIL. Very elegant
young lady, I liked her a lot. Pretty head, good eye, correct over
skull. Positive front, good depth of chest, well coupled, correct over
croup with good tail set. Needs to settle on move but nice to see some
3. BOUGEN’S – GWENDARIFF HOT TICKET.
MB – (6,2)
1. KENNEDY-SLOANE’S – TWOACRES DESTINY.
2. BOTT’S – BARDONHILL LOVE OF MY LIFE.
3. HOLLEY’S – GWENDARIFF LOOK THIS WAY TO WYNJILL.
NB – (7,0)
1. KENNEDY-SLOANE’S – TWOACRES DESTINY.
2. BLACKSHAW’S – LANSTARA RUBY SLIPPERS. Good quality bitch with plenty
of substance but with no hint of coarseness. Pleasing head and
expression, correct shoulder placement, deep chest, well sprung ribs,
sound quarters and well bent hocks. Needs to settle on move.
3. BOTT’S – LOVE OF MY LIFE.
UB – (7,1)
1. EVANS’ – TWOACRES SPRING BLOSSOM. A sweet bitch with plenty of
substance. Good bone, tight feet, correct neck and shoulder placement.
Well sprung ribs with good depth of chest, positive quarters and correct
tail set. Moved well.
2. CORLESS’ – SWIFTLARK SECOND NATURE. Another good substantial exhibit.
Pleasing head and expression, dark eye, good depth of foreface. Well
balanced and correct body shape and strong quarters.
3. HILLOCKS’ – JONOLA FIREBIRD.
GB – (9,1)
1. HUMPHREYS’ – CRIMPINGTON FLIRTINI TO HENALEAS JW. I liked this bitch
a lot, she is a lovely shape and doesn’t disappoint when going over her.
Good head shape with arched neck fitting into well laid shoulders,
compact body and good tail set. Flowing movement round ring.
2. BAYNE’S – CORRANROO ONE MORE KISS. Very elegant bitch, big enough for
me. Beautifully presented. Good head shape with kind eye. Well balanced
body shape, well defined angulation. Moved well holding topline.
3. EVANS’ – TWOACRES SPRING BLOSSOM.
PGB – (14,4)
1. TULLY’S – GWENDARIFF LILY THE PINK. Lovely bitch in super condition,
very eye catching. Good shaped head with raised brow, kind eye, good
depth of foreface, clean neck fitting into well laid back shoulders and
good depth of chest. Correct topline held well on the move.
2. HILLOCKS’ – OAKDENE QUINTESSENTIALLY JONOLA (IMP BEL). More
substantial bitch but well balanced throughout. Pleasing head and
expression. Straight front, tight feet,well sprung ribs, positive
quarters and correct tailset. Moved soundly.
3. DOW’S – SHENANAGIN STOLEN KISS.
MLB – (10,3)
1. NAYLOR & MORRISON’S – ANLORY AMELIA. Lovely dark coat, a neat well
balanced exhibit. Good head with gentle eye expression. Tight front,
neat feet. Good line from neck into withers and across topline. Positive
hind quarters. Moved well.
2. ELKINS’ – TWOACRES PROMISE OF SPRING WITH AVACET. A very nice
exhibit. Good head and expression, strong fore quarters, deep chest,
short coupled, correct topline and well bent stifles. Moved with animation.
3. HALL’S – HARREDS HETTIE.
LB – (11,3)
1. DANKS-KEMISH’S – RAPPATTY STAR LIGHT OVER ALOLFRANA, JW. SH CM.
Definitely an eye catcher. Well presented and equally well handled.
Graceful elegant bitch. Long lean head with no hint of snipeyness, clean
neck fitting into well placed shoulders. Lovely deep chest, correct over
loin, good tailset. Well angulated but not to a point but not to a point
of weakness. A pleasure to watch on the move. I was pleased to award her
BITCH CC and she was eventually awarded BOB.
2. MUGFORD’S – SANGARAH SKYLINE OVER LYNWOOD JW. This was a very hard
class, a lot of good bitches, this exhibit being one of them. Very sound
bitch with good all round confirmation. Good head and eye, tight front,
balanced correct body confirmation. Moved with drive covering the ground
3. GISBY’S – SUTERSETT ONCE UPON A DREAM.
OB – (9,0)
1. CROCKER’S – SH CH RIVERBRUE GLORIANA. Elegent bitch with lovely clean
lines. Well chiseled head, good reach of neck, well placed shoulders,
neat compact body and well bent hocks. Moved well
2. BEGG, MILLIGAN-BOTT & BOTT’S – SH CH THENDARA CHASING BOYS TO
SUMARIC. Quality bitch, I’m sure one and two will change places many
times. Correct head shape with gentle expression, good neck and
shoulders, lovely body shape with no exaggeration. Moved soundly with drive.
3. BOTT,ALLEN & MORGAN’S – SH CH QUENSHA TUMBLE AND TWIRL JW.
VB – (6,2)
1. GARDNER’S – SH CH THENDARA JOCASTA JW. Lovely bitch, she has
substance with no hint of coarseness. Lovely head with the required
melting expression. Correct length of neck fitting into well placed
shoulders. Well sprung ribs, deep chest, good positive quarters, correct
angulation in stifle and hocks..Moved with positive flowing gait.
Pleased to award her Reserve Bitch CC.
2. HOLLEY’S – SH CH GWENDARIFF SODA POP TO WYNJILL. What can be said a
worthy SH CH. Good head and eye, compact balanced body shape and strong
positive quarters. Moved soundly.
These older girls are really a credit to the breed.
3. WALTERS’ – DREAMERLIS REGAL JODIE FROM DENEIL.
SVB (10 yrs and over) – (2,0)
A new class to me but not to deter from these two lovely ladies.
1. SLOANE’S – FERNSTART LOVE IN A MIST AT FERASHEEN. This is a lovely
lady,good head and eye, sound conformation and balanced body shape.
Moved with soundness and enjoyment.
2. SHEPHERD’S – BRACKENFIELD FORGETMENOT. What a joy to see this lovely
old lady. Who could not mistake her for a lovely Brackenfield. Her head
and expression along with the grey face brings a lump to the throat..
Showing her age a little but conformation is correct and she can still
SBB – (5,0)
1. FRENCH’S – BALINTYNE JUST YOU JUST ME. Nice type, sweet head and
expression, tight front, good depth of chest, positive quarters and well
bent stifles. Moved soundly.
2. BOUGEN’S – GWENDARIFF HOT TICKET. Racey type, elegant head shape,
correct length of neck fitting into correct shoulder placement. Well
shaped body confirmation. Moved well.
3. STEWART & JONES’ – GWENDARIFF GOOSEBERRY FOOL.
Special Award Classes
Judge: Hannah Bouttell (Ixia)
Thank you to the committee for inviting me to judge at what is, for me, such a prestigious show – a true pleasure and privilege; I really enjoyed judging your lovely dogs – thanks for bringing them.
Special Award Junior Dog or Bitch (7, 4)
1 Blackshaw’s Lanstara Ruby Slippers. Lovely chunky baby, only just out of the puppy class. She had a strong, yet pretty, head which was well chiselled across the brow. Correct length of neck into well placed shoulders, a nicely slightly sloping topline and good tailset. Moved soundly.
2 Berry & Morris’ Quensha What A Girl Wants via Brinara. Although half-sister to 1, a slightly different type. She has a beautifully glossy and well presented coat; just felt she could have given more on the move.
3 Davison’s Bardonhill You Don’t Fool Me. Really lovely lad, full of my kind of type, he coped very well at his first ever show.
Special Award Post Graduate Dog or Bitch (9, 4)
1st Stockton’s Gwendariff D’ya Think I’m Fab for Kespas JW. Handsome young man with good angulation fore and aft, pleasingly balanced and moved with soundness and flare.
2 Bott’s Bardonhill Pearly Spencer. Naughty, naughty handful of a lad, but I did love his personality! As he continues to mature and grow up, I think he will be a beautiful contender for top awards.
3 Hart’s Gwendariff In The Limelight with Gilliegrae. The perfect package; although, for a boy, just a little on the small side for me.
Special Award Challenge Certificate Winners Dog or Bitch (6, 2)
1st Mugford’s Sangarah Skyline over Lynwood JW (IMP). My handwritten scribble of critique from the day of the show just reads ‘to me the epitome of an Irish Setter bitch. Small but perfectly balanced’. Such a pretty head with dark, almond shaped eye that looks into your soul and just the right amount of chiselling and perfectly raised brow to create a melting ‘Irish’ expression. The right amount of angulation fore & aft – nothing overdone or underdone – with a strong topline and tailset, which all together created beautiful, flowing and driving movement.
2 Stockton’s ShCh Riverbrue Alchemist amidst Kespas. Quite different to 1, but admired as much by me for slightly different reasons. Difficult decision to make.
3 Catling’s ShCh Shandwick Love In A Mist for Teleri. Sound and in good condition; a joy to put my hands over her well constructed body.