I thoughly enjoyed judging this lovely entry today & thank my stewards Jo-Anne & David for keeping the ring in order and the committee for the invitation. It was pleasing to find many promising youngsters which bodes well for the future of our breed. Mouths were good & I noticed most had a lovely dark eye. I also notice a tendency to leave a lot of hair on the hind legs in front of the stifle on bitches with a wealth of coat, this I think makes them appear to be almost crouching. It made no difference to my decisions on the day as I judge the dogs not the presentation, in fact both the CC & Res CC were groomed like this to some extent but from the ringside & in photos I think it distracts from the overall picture. It was a pleasure to make the final decisions with my co-judge & although we needed the services of the referee on a couple of occassions I think we had a mutual respect & admiration for each of our choices.
Minor puppy ( 5,2abs)
1st Mead & Milligan-Bott’s Thendara Perfect Pursuit, headed a class of three promising baby puppies. Racy in outline with long lean head, straight front, lovely angulations to shoulders & upperarm, well turned stifles & short hocks. Is good in depth of brisket but could carry a little more body to advantage. Moved very well with plenty of drive for a youngster.
2nd Jones Gwendariff Diamonds Will do, pretty head with nice finish to muzzle, straight front with good bone & neat feet. Deep in brisket & well developed hindquarters. Needs to strengthen in topline a touch. Another who moved well.
3rd Begg’s Sumaric Sweet Lit’l Mystery
Puppy ( 9,2abs)
It was my pleasure to judge another promising class of puppies.
1st Hall’s Harreds Lillie, almost 8 months old & entered in this class by mistake but her quality & balance carried her through. Pretty well moulded head with dark eyes under lovely raised brows, giving a quizzical expression. Good strong limbs, crested neck, deep chest, strong well angulated hindquarters & short hocks. Gently sloping topline leads to good croup & well set on tail used to advantage on the move. Moved well here but was understandably tired at the end of the day & pulling away from her handler but still impressed the referee enough to win Best Puppy In Show, against a pleasing dog puppy.
2nd Boutell & Burbridge’s Sangarah Memorial For Ixia ( NAF, TAF) more rangy type with pretty head & dark eyes, excellent neck & shoulders. Straight front with ample bone, maintains a strong topline at all times, good over the croup and in tailset, correct bend of stifle & short hocks. Was a little apprehensive of me going over her rearend, I suspect a “girly” thing & it is a phase that will pass. Moved well.
3rd Naylor’s Nigsett Skyfall.
Junior ( 5,1abs)
1st Corless Swiftlark Illustrious, for ideal I would like her a little longer & leaner in head but she has lovely dark eyes under correctly raised brows. Balanced throughout with strong bone, good feet & pasterns. Has reach of neck, well laid shoulders & good rear angulation. Keeps a strong topline, good tail set & carried well. Movement strong & true. I understand today she won her final points for her Junior Warrant, Congratulations.
2nd Heather’s Sixoaks My Fair Lady, more the head I was seeking, dark expressive eyes. Excellent angulations to shoulders & hindquarters, short hocks, gently sloping topline, deep through the chest. In good coat & condition. Thought she would be my winner but although sound lacked animation today.
3rd Fox & Flinders Kerryfair Heart To Heart.
Although a good class some bitches were going through a difficult stage & lacked confidence.
1st Box Fernstart Hearts Delight JW, lovely balanced bitch with pretty well moulded head with lovely expression. Good reach of neck, excellent gently sloping topline flowed into good tailset. In good coat & condition. Well bent stifles & short hocks used to advantage on the move.
2nd Bott’s Bardonhill Woven In Gold, more substantial but scopy in type which appealed. Beautiful head & expression. Good bone carried through to her pasterns. Good reach of neck flowed into correctly laid shoulders & strong topline. Free active movement with excellent slashing tail. Could lose a little weight to advantage. Entered in three more classes where she just got better & better, a star for the future I think.
3rd Bott, Allen & Morgan’s Quensha Crimes Of Passion.
Maiden ( 11,4 abs)
1st B. Woven In Gold.
2nd Hall’s Glennara Cherry Cola, only a puppy & understandably needing more time to fill out her rangy frame. Pretty head & expression, long & lean with a nice amount of work. Straight front, strong rearend with well turned stifles & short hocks. Good coat coming through. Moved freely.
3rd Pike’s Glenlaine Pink Diamond.
Novice ( 10,2abs)
1st B. Woven In Gold.
2nd G Cherry Cola.
3rd Shepherd’s Glenvarna Cover Girl.
Undergrad ( 4)
1st B. Woven In Gold.
2nd Sturrock’s Forfarian Tickles Yer Fancy, pretty head with dark expressive eyes. Good straight front, pasterns & feet. Excellent reach of neck, well laid back shoulders & good return of upperarm. Well constructed rear quarters. Flowing topline leading to good tailset. By this time the drums had started which unsettled her & she was a little unsure of herself on the stand & carried her tail a bit low at times but recovered well with sympathetic handling.
3rd Sloane’s Gwendariff The Purple Star.
Grad ( 12,2abs)
1st Heppell’s Riverbrue Be Here Now, lovely mature bitch with a lean head & dark eyes. Straight front with good amount of bone. Excels in both shoulder & rear angulation, good short hocks which made her an excellent mover. Well set on tail carried correctly & lovely coat.
2nd Humphreys Riverbrue Flashbax At Henaleas, litter sister & very similar remarks apply, excellent front, shoulders well laid back, good return of upperarm, stifles well bent & short hocks. A little heavier in head than her sister but still attractive. Excellent coat. Moved well, tail set on okay but preferred the carriage of 1st.
3rd Bayne’s Corranroo Rainbow Shimmer.
Post Grad. (16, 1abs)
1st Gutsell’s Riverbrue Angel Child, have watched this one before & thought she was the Cinderella of this highly successful litter. Appeals greatly for type but coat needs attention & trimming, especially her feet, I was told after she hates it but if she is to fulfil her potential it must be tackled. Has a beautiful head with dark eyes under raised brows. Strong bone, excellent reach of neck, well laid shoulders & return of upperarm, well constructed & muscled rear quarters. Flowing topline, good tail set. Moves on a free long stride with good use of her tail.
2nd Humphreys Alolfrana Miss Daisy At Henaleas (AI) JW, on first glance around the ring I thought she would be my winner, so very unlucky to be so unsettled by the drums. She did regain her confidence a little but not enough to match the movement of 1st. She is a pretty bitch with lovely expression, well boned & neat feet, good reach of neck, correctly angulated fore & rear quarters, deep in brisket. Gently sloping topline leads to well set tail. Coat in good order.
3rd Heather’s Sixoaks Leading Lady.
Mid Limit (3,1abs)
1st Edwards Gwendariff Its Numero Uno At Bonhomie, pretty head with good square finish to muzzle, dark eyes & pleasing expression, low set ears. Excellent reach of neck, lay back of shoulders, strong topline, well angulated rear quarters & good tail set. Lovely well conditioned coat. Excellent on the move.
2nd Bougen’s Gwendariff Hot Ticket JW, another pretty bitch, slightly longer & leaner in head, dark eyes, lovely expression, low set ears. Well constructed, although moved well couldn’t quite match the winner on the day.
At lunch I was a little concerned that up until now I had found very worthy class winners but nothing that was ready for the ticket, I need not to have worried as this class & the next were outstanding.
1st Bouttell & Burbridge’s Ixia Rainbow Brite TAF, beautiful head with dark eyes & wistful expression. Feminine throughout without lacking substance. Straight front, neat feet, correct reach of neck, lovely shoulders & upperarm, gently sloping topline, well angulated hindquarters with short hocks. Lovely short well set on tail used on the move. glorious dark shiny coat. Sailed around the ring on a free stride. I wrote in my notes “perfection” and today she pulled out all the stops to win the bitch CC.
2nd Elkins Twoacres Promise Of Spring with Avacet, beautiful long lean head with kind expression. Straight front, neat feet, excellent shoulders & upperarm, firm topline, strong hindquarters. Not a flashy bitch but well put together with no exaggeration. Coat in good order. Moved soundly but lacked the enthusiasm of the winner.
3rd Frampton & Piggin’s Riverbrue Cloudburst Over Strathmead.
All 4 are now very worthy title holders & very little separated them.
1st Crocker’s Riverbrue Gloriana, beautiful lean head with dark eyes & a sweet expression. Excellent bone, neat feet, long arched neck, superb shoulder & upperarm construction, firm topline & good croup, strong hindquarters. In wonderful coat & condition. Very stylish mover. Certainly a very impressive bitch but just preferred the more moderate picture of the ticket winner. Reserve CC.
2nd Stewart’s Gwendariff Come Fly With Me, beautiful head & expression, lovely low set ears, deep in brisket, flowing topline with good tail set. Strong well made hindquarters. Has a lovely style about her & beautifully presented. Today couldn’t quite match Gloriana on the move.
3rd Ciechonska’s Sh Ch Gwendariff Smart Move Back to Aoibheanne.
Again I liked all 3 & it was all “on the day”
1st Blackshaw’s Lanstara Spring Star JW, lovely well moulded head with soft expression, pleased in bone, feet, arched neck, shoulder & upperarm angulation & hindquarters. Good firm topline but a bit rounded over the croup to tailset. In lovely coat & condition. Happy & very sound on the move with superb tail action. Best Veteran In show on referees decision.
2nd Sturrocks Sh Ch Forfarian Hey Sexy Lady JW, very feminine bitch that I like very much but she lacked a bit of coat & condition today. Well made throughout with good forehand, neat feet, good reach of neck, well bent stifles & short hocks. Moved well with drive.
3rd Kassube & French’s Balintyne Just You Just Me By Cararua.
Sp Beginners (4,2abs)
1st S Illustrious,
2nd G. Cover Girl, a little strong in skull but dark eyes & low set ears. Good bone, neat feet, well arched neck, good tailset , well turned stifles & short hocks. Lovely coat. Moved well.
Jane Mugford (judge)