Irish Setter Club of Wales Northern Open Show
– 7th February 2015
Best in Show Naylor & Morrison's Bardonhill Singing Skies Over Anlory JW
Reserve Best in Show and Best Opposite Sex Lucas' Kerryfair Gets Lucky Over Amberlight JW
Best Puppy Berry & Morris' Brinara Lowri
Critique – Judge – Jo-Anne Parsons (Bransett)
I would like to thank the committee and exhibitors for such a lovely day at a
very friendly show. Before judging commenced there was a poignant minutes
silence in memory of the club's late President Ivor Gittins.
The quality of dogs that I had to judge was truly exceptional and I had to make
some difficult decisions on the day. The puppy classes where full of quality and
I felt that they could all go on to having great success in the future.
The day finished with the magnificent sight of the exhibitors dogs running and
playing freely around the large field to the back of the hall, I can think of
nothing more beautiful.
Puppy Dog (4)
1st - Naylor and Morrison - Romarne Clark Gable joins Anlory - A 7 month old
puppy who is full of potential, style and already has such a ring presence.
Masculine, handsome head, low set ears, dark eye with a 'cheeky' glint to them.
He has a strong, straight front with plenty of bone and the neatest, tightest
feet. His top line flows into wide, strong hind quarters with short hocks. His
tail never stopped wagging as he drove around the ring, one of the best movers
of the day. BPD
2nd - Rowbottom - Lanstra Spring Moon - a much more mature puppy than 1 who I also
think shows great potential. He has a stunning chiselled head with raised brow and a gentle
expression. Strong front, deep chest and well sprung ribs. Muscled hind
quarters with well bent stifles which he used to advantage on the move. Thick,
straight coat which was in immaculate condition.
3rd - Hyslop - Gwendariff Justin Thyme
Veteran Dog (3,3a)
Junior Dog (3,1a)
1st - Henson - Dazycutter Trick or Treat Tatsbro - A smart young dog showing
plenty of promise. I liked his size, he is balanced and racy with a gentle
expression with no harshness, good reach of arched neck and a good
forehand. Deep chest, correct through the loin and once he settled and decided
to concentrate he moved well.
2nd - Gwynne - Talharon Trip to the Moon - this young man really scared himself
by slipping on the floor when he entered the ring but he recovered well. Still
very raw and needs to body up but it was good to see him move with confidence
after his initial fright.
Yearling Dog (5)
What a lovely class, I had to really split hairs between the first two.
1st - Prangle and Shaw-Rainey - Heathclare Old Glory JW - A young dog who is
very mature and shown in immaculate condition with a luxurious dark chestnut
coat. He has great depth throughout, strong bone, straight limbs and plenty of
depth to his chest and a good spring to his ribs that are carried well back.
Firmly muscled and strong angulation to his hind quarters. He is a stylish, powerful mover and holds his topline well.
2nd - Lucas - Shandwick Magic Moments Via Amberlight - Another smart young man
who I liked very much, a real showman. Extremely handsome, with a kind
expression, oval skull and long, low set ears. Arched neck which flows into a
sloping top line which he does not loose on the move. Will watch him with
interest as he carries on maturing.
3rd - Cohen - Aoibheannes Rough Diamond with Shushana JW
Under Graduate Dog (7)
1st - Prangle and Shaw-Rainey - Heathclare Old Glory JW
2nd- Lucas - Shandwick Magic Moments Via Amberlight
3rd -Fitzmaurice - Brinara Independent
I was interested to find out that the first three in this class all had the same
1st - Mitchell's - Suteresett Go the Distance to Staxyll - I adored this
marvellous young man. He has such a masculine expression that is full of
kindness and intelligence. He didn't stop wagging his tail while I was going
over him and enjoyed every minute of moving with his substitute handler, showing
the true character of this wonderful breed. Strong, muscular neck into fabulous
layback of shoulder and impressive forechest He is free from exaggeration throughout, has a correct flowing top line and powerful hind quarters. Strong bone and
extremely neat, tight feet. I seriously considered him in the final line up.
2nd - Axon - Brinara Private Eye - another cracking young man, I liked him very
much. Wonderfully presented with a dark, straight, gleaming chestnut coat. I
liked his size and balance and like 1 he is very masculine without heaviness or
exaggeration. Strong quarters with good bone, deep chested with well sprung ribs.
3rd - Fitzmaurice - Brinara Independant
Post Graduate Dog (3)
1st - Gilks - Suteresett Mr Uppity - Extremely smart dog, racy, balanced, full
of quality and free from exaggeration. He has a refined, chiselled head, low
set ears and a long, arched neck that flows into his smooth, sloping top line.
Straight front with great depth to his chest, strong, muscular loin and well
angulated hind quarters. He moved well with his head held high and a lashing
tail. I have to compliment his owner on his presentation, he looked fabulous.
2nd - Axon - Brinara Private Eye
3rd - Fitzmaurice - Brinara Independant
Limit Dog (3,1a)
1st - Child's - Tredura Clandestine Affair - Two very different dogs in this
class. This dog has a balanced head with raised brow showing a nice stop.
He is a good size and shape with strong neck, well laid shoulders and good
2nd - Hyslop - Gwendariff The Specialist - striking dog in lovely condition. He
was stronger in skull than 1, very masculine, straight front with neat feet.
Deep chest, sloping top line and good bend to stifles.
Open Dog (6,3a)
What a great class, three dogs on top form, a difficult decision as they were
all full of quality and shown in wonderful condition.
1st - Lucas - Kerryfair Gets Lucky over Amberlight - this dog showed his socks
off today, eye-catching and racy, he has such a kind, gentle expression that
melts your heart. Lovely reach of arched neck, straight front and good depth to
chest. Well muscled hind quarters which he used to drive around the ring with
his head held high and a wagging tail. In tip top condition and handled to
perfection. Pleased to award him Best Dog from a top quality entry of dogs and
2nd - Cohen - Caispern Lorenzo with Shushana JW Sh CM - another wonderful dog, I
thought he looked fantastic today. Masculine, well balanced head with dark eye
and raised brow. Good forechest and spring of ribs, wide, powerful hind quarters,
he moved and showed very well and was in immaculate condition. Thoroughly deserved Reserve Best Dog.
3rd - Axon - Brinara Back in the Running
Puppy Bitch (7,1a)
What a class, all seven puppies showed such potential I was spoilt for choice.
and Morris - Brinara Lowri - 7 months old, I thought she was Berry
beautiful, so feminine and elegant, wonderful refined head with raised brow,
dark eye and long, low set ears. Straight front, sloping shoulders, and well
sprung ribs. She has great hind angulation, short hocks and was very happy on
the move. A rich, dark chestnut coat finished the picture perfectly, one I will
watch with interest in the future.
2nd - Naylor and Morrison - Anlory Corbieres - another stunning puppy, so
balanced, typical mischievous expression, fabulous reach of neck which flows
into her correct shoulders and flowing top line. She powers around the ring
showing amazing drive for one so young and looks a real picture from any angle.
3rd - Waterton - Sandstream Summer Breeze
Veteran Bitch (2)
1st - Prangle - Heathclare Blin-kin Magic - 7 year old bitch in very good
condition, won this class on her positive, driving movement.
She is well muscled and with a deep chestnut, gleaming coat.
Balanced and free from exaggeration, plenty of bone and good depth
and angulation throughout. Interested to discover she was the Dam
of my Yearling Dog winner.
2nd - Russell - Melmara Mezza Luna - Another top quality bitch, classic head,
great length of fore face, raised brow and quizzical expression, so balanced
with sloping top line, well laid back shoulders and good lung room.
Junior Bitch (3,1a)
Two very promising young bitches in this class, was splitting hairs between
1st - Taylor - Danaway Goody Two Shoes - such a pretty bitch, so refined with a
very feminine, balanced, lean head and the desired raised brow. She is elegant
with a flowing top line and shows real promise throughout. At the moment she has
better body and depth of chest than 2 which won her the class. She was also third in
a quality Yearling class.
2nd - Webb - Alolfran Pure Tempation at Redeshka - another very elegant lady,
with much to like. An unexaggerated bitch, she is also very racy and elegant
with a firm top line that she maintained well on the move. She is still a
youngster and I think she will continue her promise as she matures and bodies
Yearling Bitch (5,1a)
1st - Heather - Caskeys Movie Star at Sixoaks JW - I really fell for this young
bitch. She has a wonderful, balanced, classic head, so pretty, with raised
brows creating a chiselled expression, just what I was looking for. A great
depth of chest and well bodied, good bone, with strong fore and rear quarters
and she moved out very well with her substitute handler. She was completely
free from exaggeration and was balanced throughout. I thought she was very
special and was delighted to award her Res Best Bitch.
2nd - Prangle - Heathclare Que Sera Sera - an extremely glamorous young lady
shown in top condition, a real eye catcher. Slightly smaller than 1, another
very pretty bitch with strong bone, arched neck and well laid back shoulders.
Well muscled hind quarters which helped her drive around the ring. She was
immaculately presented with a rich dark chestnut coat, a real beauty.
- Danaway Goody Two Shoes Taylor
Undergraduate Bitch (1,1a)
Graduate Bitch (2)
and Morris - Brinara Vanity Fair JW - a very smart bitch, extremely Berry
balanced and in fabulous condition. She has a muscled arched neck, excellent
forehand, sloping, well laid back shoulders and firm top line. Wide, powerful
hind quarters and small firm feet. She moved like a dream, striding out around
the ring, she looks like she could run all day. A strong contender in my final
2nd - Taylor - Wynjill Well Done - finer bitch than 1, very feminine head and
expression, lovely length of neck and flowing top line, she was just not as
positive on the move as 1.
Post Graduate Bitch (3,1a)
1st - Russell - Melmara Minervois - this bitch has a wonderful, classic
chiselled head with raised brow and dark eye. Strong bone, great depth of
chest and correct angulation fore and aft. She has a correct slightly sloping
top line and has positive, happy movement. She was not in her best coat today.
- Wynjill Well Done Taylor
Limit Bitch (2,2a)
Open Bitch (4,1a)
1st - Naylor and Morrison - Bardonhill Singing Skies over Anlory JW - This bitch
simply took my breath away, I thought she was stunning. She is the epitome of
‘racy, balanced and refined’ and was presented in fabulous condition with a rich chestnut coat.
She has a gentle, classic expression, straight front, good depth of chest and well
sprung ribs. Her top line flows and is gently sloping into her powerful and
well muscled hind quarters which she uses to drive around the ring with a lashing tail.
I could not fault her and was delighted to award her Best Bitch and BIS.
2nd - Brady - Reddins Frolic among Amberlight - another bitch in full bloom and
condition but sadly was not happy on the move today. Larger bitch than 1 but
still balanced and full of quality. Strong, slightly arched neck into deep
sloping shoulders, firm top line, well muscled loin and hind quarters.
3rd - Russell's - Melmara Ruby Tuesday
1st - Russell - a pair of quality 9 year old sisters who were perfectly matched.
They both excel in head, with wonderful gentle expressions. They moved around
the ring in perfect unison, maintaining their top lines with their heads held
and lashing tails.