Championship Show

Sunday 21st April

Severn Hall Malvern

Judges

 Mrs J Humphreys (Henaleas) Dogs

Mrs P Stockton (Kespas) Bitches

 

Critiques

Irish Setter Club of Wales. 21 April 2019

Bitches.

This was a memorable week for me, having retired on the Thursday and being rewarded with a lovely entry of Irish setters on the Sunday.

Thanks to the ISCW for the invitation to judge at this friendly, well run show and also to my fab stewards, Brian and Greta Ross - who kept me well organised and entertained all day.

I cannot deny that, of late, I have considered dogs to be of superior quality to the bitches, but I was pleasantly surprised, especially in the lower classes where I found some particularly exciting prospects.

Sadly I still find that rear movement can be an uncomfortable watch, with a good dollop of close, knitting and weaving movement on display. Perhaps some would have been happier off the mat and on grass, but this did affect my decision for several bitches that I otherwise admire.

Return of upper arm also deserves more attention from breeders. The forequarters support the front of the dog and unless the forelegs are well under the body, real forward reach and extension cannot be achieved.

On the plus side, I found only a couple of 'iffy' mouths, temperaments were kind and gentle and the standard of presentation was generally good.

It was apparent how much you all love your dogs - and I do too - we are all blessed to have them in our lives, win or lose. Thank you for bringing them.

Minor puppy (5, 1 abs)

1 Ciechonska' s Gwendariff Smart Move back to Aoibheanne. What a little poppet she is, with the sweetest of heads and expressions and lovely dark eyes. Nicely made throughout with good angulation at both front and rear. A really lush dark coat is already in evidence. Moved soundly with that endearingly lovely baby puppy roll, really using her hocks. I feel sure that if she continues to develop along the same lines, we will see much from her in the future.

2. Naylor and Morrison's Anlory Cometta. A lovely puppy, taller and more substantial than 1. Pleasing head with nicely raised brow and good finish to foreface. Good depth through the ribs and with a good sternum. Well boned with lovely feet which I preferred to those of the winner. Moved nicely with a good stride.

3 Hall's Harreds Sybil.

Puppy (9, 1abs)

The first two puppies took my breath away. Such beautiful babies and such promise of things to come.

1 Holley's Gwendariff Look this Way to Wynjill. For her tender age, this girl has everything. Lovely head already showing chiselling and good planes, dark eye, low ear set, racy outline, appropriate length of neck for her frame, which is beautifully made and balanced and topped off with super rear angulation. Moved well and enthusiastically, using her tail. Loved her. Best puppy bitch and in full agreement with my co-judge, BPIS.

2. Sturrock's Forfarian Soo Lush. Quite different to my winner, but so very close for that first place. Also so pleasing all through. More compact in frame, she has an eye catching outline and is a series of flowing curves, ending in neat feet. Appealing with her pretty head and expression, good through the neck and shoulders, correct return of upper arm, straight front, firm top line which she holds through her light balanced movement. Made her handler work by being a bit of a handful, loved her spirit.

3 Bott's Bardonhill Love of My Life

Veteran (3, 0 abs)

Always one of my favourite classes and I was presented with three superlative mature ladies, all appealing in different ways.

1 Stevenson's Lochlorien Scully Foxes Andley ShCM. Such an honest, unexaggerated bitch with everything in the right place. Correct head proportions with a pleasing amount of stop, low set on of ears, sweet expression. Nice and smooth outline, flowing neatly over her strong neck and shoulders and down to her firm croup. Ultrasound on the move, with a happy wagging tail. Presented in lovely condition.

2 Mugford's Ch Lynwood Happy as a Lark. A different type of bitch to my winner having a longer frame and darker coat. So pretty with endearing flecks of grey to her head and a sweet eye under raised brows. Soundly made all through with great angulation to her hindquarters. Not quite the topline of my winner. Nice to see her active tail action

3 Holley's Sh Ch Gwendariff Soda Pop to Wynjill

Junior (8, 0 abs)

1 Robert's Jetsetter Cristalle to Polmenor JW (Imp Rus). I have admired this young bitch from the ringside and I was pleased to have the opportunity to assess her. Lovely refinement to her head, which is long and lean with a hint of mischief in her dark eyes under her raised brows. Low set ears complete her head and expression. She has a good length of neck fitting smoothly into her torso, which is well ribbed up and she possesses lovely bone, legs and feet. Lots of scope on the move, as has the good bitch who stood 2.

2 Rutherford's Majestyka Indian Summer. Pleasing bitch built on more substantial proportions than my winner. Presented in the highest order, sparkling with a coat in lovely condition. Well bodied with a good ribcage, lovely topline, plenty of bone. Moved freely with good use of her tail.

3 Blackshaw's Lanstara Ruby Slippers.

Yearling (11, 0 abs)

Strong class, headed up by

1 Mugford's Lynwood Abracadabra JW. This young bitch delighted me in all departments, just lovely. She is balanced and proportionate, starting from her classic, beautifully refined head with it's raised brows and delicate chiselling and with lovely finish to her muzzle. Pleasing angles to her fore and rear quarters, with sweeping stifles. Well off for bone. Super topline, with her tail flowing from the most gentle curve to her croup. Her movement was balanced with lovely forward reaching movement, head held high. She was at the forefront of my mind throughout the rest of my judging and I subsequently found little to beat her. Good luck with her. Delighted to award her the RCC.

2 Nicolson's Gwendariff Just the Ticket for Lochindorb. Another admirable young bitch. Striking on the stack with a super outline. Just a little less refinement in head than my winner and slightly rounder in eye, good strength to her neck. She is well ribbed, has good angles, sternum and tail set. Beautifully presented in lovely coat and condition, she is a solid and sound mover. Very unlucky to meet 1 in this class, she has lots of potential.

3 Catling's Teleri Indian summer (AI) JW.

Maiden (7, 0 abs)

1 Forfarian Soo Lush. Rpt

2 Bott's Bardonhill Love of my Life. Pleasing bitch of good proportions. Very pretty head with raised brows, strong neck moving neatly into a sloping topline and correct tail set. Balanced on the move with a gently wagging tail. Would just prefer a tad more in stifle, but she has plenty time on her side.

3Holehan-Green's Loganrish Jacquart

Novice (8, 0 abs)

1 Gwendariff Look This Way to Wynjill. Rpt..

2 Majestyka Indian Summer. Rpt.

3 Forfarian Soo Lush

Undergraduate (5, 2abs)

1 Catling's Teleri Here Comes Summer (AI). This is an attractive young bitch with a smooth outline. Appealing head although I would have just liked a touch more definition in its composition. Good finish to backskull and layback of shoulder. Firm, correct topline leads into nicely angled rear quarters, with good muscle tone. Presented in a coat of lovely condition

2 Corliss's Swifklark Second Nature. Slightly more compact bitch than the winner, with a balanced outline. Her head is well constructed, showing stop and good depth and finish to muzzle. Good front assembly, straight front, good at elbow. A balanced mover.

3 Rollinson's Victoriaview Hippo

Graduate (9, 2 abs)

1 Bouttell, Bouttell and Burbridge's Ixia Rainbow Brite What an attractive young bitch this is. Stands over her ground well with her scopy frame. Attractive, correctly structured head, dark eye and low ear set. Proportionate angles at shoulder and hindquarters. Liked her topline which flowed from her refined head to the tip of her tail. In my opinion she has taken some time to fill her frame, but is now fulfilling her early promise. Moved strongly with forward extension and good width at the rear going away.

2 Hall's Glennara Cilleigne Dervla (IKC) JW. Slightly heavier construction all through and not quite the topline when stacked of my winner today. Nonetheless a very appealing young bitch with lots of breed type and desired attributes. Liked her head which is feminine and has an attractive dark eye. Good angles fore and aft, strong over the loin and in second thigh, she really drove off from her well muscled rear quarters.

3 Bott's Bardonhill Words of Love

Post Graduate (10, 2 abs)

1 Chorley-Newton, Chorley and Flinder's Pawsword. Peppermint for Kerryfair. This is such a delightful bitch all through her compact structure. Most charming, well worked head and expression, expressive eye under raised brows, straight front and well ribbed up. Flows without break from the tip of her nose through to her correctly set tail. Luxurious coat Moved well with propulsion from muscled rear quarters. Just wish there was a tiny bit more of her all through.

2 Williamson's Caskeys Showtime with Bluesprings. Slightly rangier bitch also showing good breed type. Pleasing fore and rear angles combining to form a balanced outline. Feminine head with good planes and attractive chiselling under the eye, kind expression, clean neck, correct topline and well ribbed. One of the better accurate rear movements in this class. Presented in a healthy conditioned coat.

3 Bott's Bardonhill Gingerella

Mid Limit (10, 2 abs)

Both 1 and 2 were attractive, streamlined bitches.

1 Naylor and Morrison's Anlory Amelia Well made all through, with a flowing outline from nose to tail. She has a pretty head with plenty of chiselling, lovely dark, correctly shaped eye. Well angulated hindquarters end in strong pasterns and neat, well padded of feet. Ground covering stylish mover, she went with flow and drive. Won here on her more positive rear action. Regretably she had left her coat at home.

2 Nicholson's Gwendariff Rainbow Goddess at Lochindorb.

This is such an attractive, elegant bitch. Absolutely spot on for construction and outline, with a lovely headpiece to match, with good stop and foreface. Lush dark coat of lovely texture. Thought she would be my winner, but although moving with a good stride at the front, her hind movement was a little erratic today.

3 Armitage's Gwendariff D'Ya Wanna Kiss

Limit (5, 1abs)

1 Mugford's Sangarah Skyline Over Lynwood (IMP HUN) JW. This bitch would have won my award for the best head of the day, absolutely beautiful, oval through the skull, raised brows and with eyes that look into your soul. Good shoulders and showing correct return of upper arm, strong firm topline, lovely bend at the stifle and correct finish to croup. I have admired her throughout her show career, but always thought her just a little diminutive, but somewhere she has changed into the racy elegant bitch presented to me today. A luxurious shiny coat completed the picture. Moved with style as befitting her structure. Close up for top honours

2 Danks-Kemish's Rappatty Starlight over Alofrana JW ShCM. I have watched this girl from a puppy and she has grown into an elegant bitch under the charge of her young owner. Nice lean head and ear set, good neck and rib, great depth to her chest, lovely tight elbows. Presented in fabulous coat and condition. Moved out with enthusiasm, holding her topline, which gained her place here over 3, whom I also admire, but who was most reluctant here today

3 Waterton's Sandstream Welcome Breeze JW ShCM

Open (10, 0 abs)

This was a super class, with great depth in quality. It was my pleasure to judge your lovely girls.

1 Armitage's Sh Ch & IR Sh Ch Gwendariff Coco Nut Cream. There is little I can add to what has already been said about this lovely bitch. She is quality from nose to tail. Well proportioned skull, oval from ear to ear, good finish to foreface, well muscled neck. Correct at the shoulder and upper arm, which supports her great ribbing, good sternum. Great oval bone, neat feet. Topline is spot on, firm both standing and moving, lovely croup and tail set. She comes alive on the move, travelling with great style and propulsion, using her hocks and tail to great effect. Immaculately presented and handled to perfection. I was pleased to award her the CC.

2 Sturrock's Sh Ch Forfarian Hey Sexy Lady JW. I have always appreciated the smooth outline on this bitch. Feminine head, low ear set, strong through a clean neck, sweeping rear quarters, well up on her arched toes, neat feet. Love the flow over her croup into her tail set. Her movement is her forte, so light on her feet with great fluidity and ground covering action. Did well to beat another favourite who was not in her best jacket today. Another close up for top honours.

3 Morris's Sh Ch Thendara Chasing Boys to Sumaric

Special beginners (6, 3 abs)

1 Fox's Kerryfair Special Diamond. Pretty young bitch with an appealing expression, smooth outline, well laid shoulder, good ribbing, happy mover. Feet could be a little tighter. Moved okay.

2 Rollinson's Victoriaview Hippo. This is a more angular bitch, and not so good in return of upper arm as 1. Pleasing head, ear set and through the neck.. Her hindquarters are well turned at the hock and end in neat feet.

She just needs more coat to balance her frame and complete the picture.

3 Davies' Tarendell Wispa's Desire

BOB

As the dog judge had handled the bitch CC winner very recently, I was asked to make the decision for BOB alone. It was a difficult task. Owning the litter brother to the DCC, I obviously admire him tremendously, but my head had to rule my heart. The boy is young and gorgeous, but his very best is undoubtedly yet to come. The bitch is mature and absolutely at the top of her game right now.

It was my pleasure to award BIS to the bitch and RBIS to the dog.

Mrs P Stockton (Kespas)

Irish Setter Dogs

Judge: Julie Humphreys

Firstly, thank you to the committee for the invitation to judge their show and for the very warm welcome I received on the day; my two stewards were wonderful. It was busy day with 3 rings in action and plenty of laughter around the rings going on so think exhibitors were enjoying themselves too.

The boys were well presented and on the whole in good muscular condition. I was looking for sound moving dogs and some exhibits who looked well standing let themselves down in movement, especially when viewed from the rear - although I believe many struggled with the matting and tight corners on the day. I found a few suspect mouths, flat untrimmed feet and hocks and far too many starey, light coloured, round eyes. I loved my class winners line up and even that final decision was very close.

 

MPD (6,1 Abs)

1. Longbottom & Stewart-Richie’s Gwendariff Smart Red Jacket. Delightful, pretty boy, much to admire although still quite raw and, rightfully so, as a baby. Beautiful head and expression, good bone, straight front and good angulation. A flowing topline, well-handled and moved out well with confidence. BPD 2. Hall’s Harreds Stanley. Taller, rangier pup, but again caught my eye, great bone and substance, loved his coat colour and texture. Not so settled in the ring today as first. 3. Holehan-Green’s Loganrish Lets Go Crazy.

PD (12,1) Found this class quite challenging as there were many good ones of varying sizes, shapes and stages of development.

1. Williamson’s Bluesprings Picture This. What a nice, naughty puppy. Rangy, well off for bone, he has the sweetest kind expression, raised brow, arched neck, well ribbed back and good tail action. 2. Davis’ Grayrigge Mystral Wind with Alanasett. Close up, although quite a different make and shape. Handsome head, lovely dark coat, eye-catching in profile both standing and on the move. 3. Stewart-Ritchie’s Gwendariff Look No further.

VD (6,1)

1. Walsh & Foster’s Millcroft Chase The Moon to Shanoah. So happy to see this lovely boy in my ring, having just stepped up into Veteran and looking and going so well. In excellent coat and condition, lovely in profile standing and loved the way he wagged his tail all the time as I went over him. Dark, kind eyes, raised brows, reachy neck, well laid shoulders and return of upper arm, straight front and well up on his pasterns, neat feet, good bone and delighted that he went BVIS at the end of the day in complete agreement with my co-judge. 2. Cohen’s Caispern Lorenzo with Shushana JW. I have always admired this handsome, well-made boy and looking great at 8 years young. Lovely expression and most adoring eyes, good back skull, neck, bone and neat feet, moved soundly 3. Child’s Tredura Clandestine Affair.

JD (6)

1. Edwards’ Gwendariff Ucan’tmissme Bonhomie. What an exciting young man this dog is and already so well known to us all! Striking in profile, both standing and on the move, such clean lines. Correct lean skull, and raised brow, elegant through neck and shoulder, with great return of upper arm, deep at brisket and I loved his fore and rear quarters and lashing tail action, stood on well padded toes. Looked mature in the final line-up. 2. Gardiner’s Danwish On High. Really liked this one too, developing well with a handsome head and expression, kind dark eyes, nice body proportions and spring of rib, strong bone and short hocks. Once settled, he showed well. He needs to drop into his quarters still but a really nice young man. 3. Fauvrelle’s Oakdene Remy Martin.

YD (13) This was a strong class with many I liked unplaced.

1. Russell’s Lynwood Hocus Pocus at Settesoli JW. I have admired this very handsome, well put together boy since I first saw him as a baby; love his make and shape and his free-flowing movement. Expressive eyes and twitching brow, lovely head planes and back skull, arched neck, great depth at brisket and well sprung ribs; he is not exaggerated in any way. For me, one for the future. Delighted to award him the RCC. 2. Danks-Kemish’s Teleri Summertime Blues avec Alolfrana JW. Super young dog, taller than 1, he has lots of ring presence and was well presented. Handsome head, lean skull, moderately long well arched neck, clean in shoulder and strong topline. In hard muscular condition, he moved out well on a good covering ground stride, with great tail action. 3. Gardiner’s Danwish On High.

MD (5)

1. Grayrigge Mystral Wind with Alanasett. 2. Gratton & Bott’s Bardonhill Don’t Stop Me Now. 3. Hemmings’ Orlanset A New Flame.

ND (6)

1. Gratton & Bott’s Bardonhill Don’t Stop Me Now. This naughty boy got better and relaxed more as his classes went on. Loved his make and shape; strong, well put together body and bone, liked his head piece, twinkly eyes and finish to muzzle. Although playing his handler up, he did more than enough here to show me he can move and he is still a puppy. 2. Holehan-Green’s Loganrish Prosecco 3. Bailey’s Danaway Desert Song.

UGD (10,3)

1. Gardner’s Danwish On A High. 2. Hart’s Gwendariff In The Limelight with Gilliegrae JW. Excellent presentation and handled so well; I would prefer a little more of him on the leg, but attractive in profile both moving and standing. Straight front, neat feet, with a well-conditioned dark coat. 3. Savage’s Brabrook Masterpiece at Firefall.

GD (11,4) Really splitting hairs in this class, which is very reassuring to me for our breeds future.

1. Naylor & Morrison’s Anlory Duncan JW. Elegant, handsome dog, both standing and moving, with effortless ground covering movement. Kind expressive eyes, good stop and back skull, strong neck, lay back of shoulder, firm topline good with of quarters and best of croups; best feet of the day. 2. Dewar’s Gwendariff Here I Come. Glad to get a closer look at this boy as admired him many times ringside. Well put together, kind and gentle expression, good ear length and set, clean in throat, good layback of shoulder, well ribbed back, strong muscular condition and wearing his best jacket. Sympathetically shown by his owner to get the most out of him. 3. Boyce’s Forfarian’s Secret Admirer.

PGD (14,2)

1. Boyce’s Forfarian’s Secret Admirer. Not seen this handsome, dark coated boy before and quite smitten with him and he was even better and more at one with owner in this class. Presented a very attractive picture standing and moving. He is well balanced, lovely dark expressive eyes, good skull shape with moderately long and arched neck set into clean shoulders; well angulated front and rear, fabulous neat feet, short hocks. Moved out well, I will be watching his progress. 2. Muir & O’Connor’s Gwendariff I’m coming Out JW. Another very handsome and eye-catching boy. Well-handled and presented in fabulous dark coat and healthy condition. Very similar remarks and close up to 1, clean, reachy neck, deep chested, straight front, fighting his handler but could not be denied his place here. 3. Russell’s Strathmead Huckleberry of Settesoli, another always liked.

MLD (8)

1. Greenan’s Anlory Aidan JW. Always been something about this boy that caught my eye so delighted to put my hands on him. Well made, strong and looks so well standing, in his gleaming, dark coat but for me just needed a bit more furnishings on the day for higher honours.. his day will come. Lovely head piece with kind, dark expressive eyes and raised brow, good return of upper arm, excellent at sternum, deep girth, with lovely wide rugged quarters and tail set. An eye catching, animated mover 2. Cohen’s Aoibheannes Rough Diamond with Shushana JW. Very handsome, elegant boy looking the best I have ever seen him look. The sweetest, kindest expression and good head planes and finish at muzzle, correct neck in to shoulder and firm topline. He seemed to be enjoying his day and moved out well. Lovely feet. 3. Tupper & Rosie’s Staratlanta Elliott SHCM.

LD (11,2)

1. Ciechonska’s – Riverbrue Altissimo at Aoibheanne. He came, he saw, he conquered – yes, I know that old cliché, but so true in this case. Such a handsome and well put together boy… all Irish and quite a handful, but I smiled a lot whilst looking at him which I did quite a lot! Most beautiful head piece, fabulous profile, smiling dark eyes, desired raised brow, good stop and back skull, with great strength through neck and into his well laid shoulders; flowing topline, good rib cage, rugged quarters, short driving hocks and super feet. Such a show off on the move and nearly blew it but his handler did a fabulous job and got him going very well in the end. Could not deny him the CC, his 3rd, many congratulations. 2. Danks-Kemish’s Alolfrana Hotter Than You Know JW. He looked a picture stood, with his flowing lines and dark well-conditioned coat and feathering. Handsome head and kind adoring eyes and raised brow, clean in skull, well arched neck, gently sloping topline, strong quarters; lovely bend of stifle and best tailset. 3. Macaulay’s Caskeys Mischief of Stylersetts JW. A very handsome boy.

OD (5,1)

1. Longbottom & Stewart-Ritchie’s ShCh Gwendariff Unknown Soldier JW. This "well known" boy has the most gorgeous and melting expression, so kissable. The kindest eyes, raised brow, good back skull, moderately long arched neck, excellent forequarters, depth and spring of rib and standing over plenty of ground on his short straight hocks. Shown, as always, in wonderful coat and condition. Always loved him and close up for the RCC. 2. Rowbottom’s ShCh Lanstara Spring Moon. Another well known, much admired boy. As the old saying goes "as sound as a pound". Compact, well put together and giving his all with his owner. Kindly expression and eye, ears well set on, good skull shape, strong arched neck, strong topline and well set on wagging tail, well toned up. 3. Pepers’ VDH Ch Glennlokhen Macallan. A lovely young man, giving away a lot in maturity in this company, as was fourth placed boy.

SBD (8)

1. Poole’s Teleri Summer Nights. This handsome young man also became more at one with owner as his classes went on. He has the kindest, softest expression, lovely raised brow, good stop, flowing lines and so much to admire. Only young and once comes together will be much admired… good luck with him. 2. Savage’s Gwendariff The Ring Master at Firefall. Strong well-made dog, dripping in coat. 3. Fitzmaurice’s Harreds Trooper.

Julie Humphreys (Judge)

 

Referee’s Critique.

 

It was a pleasure and an honour to act as referee for this show. In the event, the decision for Best In Show was made by Mrs Pat Stockton who was judging bitches as Mrs Julie Humphries who judged the dogs stood down from the BIS challenge because she had handled the Bitch CC winner at the Breed Appreciation Day seminar, organised by the ISCW in March 2019. All the remaining decisions made by the 2 judges were unanimous. I was delighted to see two such lovely examples of the breed competing for Best In Show. Many congratulations to Sh.Ch. and Ir. Sh. Ch. Gwendariff Coco Nut Cream on winning the ultimate prize on the day and to Riverbrue Altissimo at Aoibheanne JW on going RBIS and winning his 3rd CC on the day. Congratulations also to Gwendariff Look This Way to Wynjill for winning Best Puppy and to Millcroft Chase the Moon to Shanoah for his Best Veteran win.

 

Brace, (5, 1 absent)

 

In this class, I was looking for a combination of breed quality and the best matched pair and was not disappointed.

 

  1. Stevenson’s, Lochlorien Scully Foxes Andley ShCM. and daughter. Two high quality bitches presented in tip-top condition. Lovely gleaming rich chestnut coats, refined in head with soft expressions. The movement of these two girls was a pleasure to watch from all angles. They moved with drive in perfect synchronisation and in profile they were almost identical in their size, head carriage, top-line and tail carriage.
  2. Child’s, Anlory Tamhill and son. A very well presented and well-matched pair. Pleasing in head with soft expressions. Well-constructed, good bone and body properties. Moved together freely with drive and very well-co-ordinated. Happy boys.
  3. Blackshaw’s, Lanstara Ruby Slippers and her mother.

 

 

Junior Handling

 

The two young handlers in these classes are just at the start of their dog showing careers and they both have a very bright future.

 

JHA 6-11 years (1, 0 absent)

 

  1. Iris Gyedu. A polite young handler who handled her 3 year old dog steadily, without fuss but with confidence and sensitivity. She presented her dog well, despite the fact that his size stretched her reach almost to the limit. She had a good rapport with her dog and controlled him well on the move. She has a very promising future.

 

JHA 11-16 years (1, 0 absent)

 

  1. Georgina Pilkington- Foster. Another polite and promising young handler and at just 11 1/2 years old at the early stages of learning in showing her 19 month old bitch. She clearly had a good relationship with her young bitch and performed the movement patterns correctly, showing good control. She will be able to achieve a better presentation in setting up her dog to stand when she is able to stand up herself to move the dog’s feet into the correct position. I am sure she will learn to develop this skill in time.

 

Lynn Morris, Referee


Irish Setter Club of Wales Southern Open Show April 21st 2019

A very big thank you to this club for asking me to judge their Southern Open show in conjunction with their Championship show was such an honour to be asked. An extremely well run friendly show with a great atmosphere. A big thank you to my 2 stewards Martin and Jane for keeping the ring running smoothly. A massive big thank you to all the exhibitors who brought their lovely exhibits for me to judge. Overall found good quality of dogs and bitches, though movement a big concern and some front feet placement standing at 10 to 2. I found some really heavy and strong heads in some males which spoilt the typical Irish head and expression. Many younger males looked the picture standing but on the move many paid the price, moving very close or knitting behind and some pigeon toed front movement, though I must say much better quality movement in the bitches.

Veteran Dog 4 (0)

1) Williams Alolfran Quickstep to Lavansands Nearly 9 year old male, nice shape good straight front loved his masculine head, clean dark eye, low set ears. Good reach of neck into well placed shoulders, correct gentle slopping top line. Good depth of chest. Well angulated fore and aft. Moved well BVD

2) Cohens Caispen Lorenzo with Shushana JW SHCM 8 years old male, another nice boy, have done him well before. Difficult decision between these 2 just preferred movement on first. Nice shape good clean masculine head though not overdone, nice clean dark eye, again good reach of neck into well laid shoulder placement leading to gentle slopping top line, Good angulations front and rear and in good coat. Moved well

3) Axon Brinara Back in the Running

Puppy Dog 12(3)

1) Davis Grayrigge Mystral Wind with Alanasett 2 nice puppies headed this class. 10 month old male loved his shape and size, good depth of chest. Very nice shaped head clean dark eye, good reach of neck into well placed shoulders. Well angulated front just needs to drop a bit more on rear. Moved well BPD and BPIS

2) Hall Harreds Stanley another nice promising puppy just preferred shape of first. Nice shape shorter cast then first and slight less reach of neck though into good shoulder placement and angulations fore and aft. Good depth of chest and well off for bone. Moved well

3) Davison Bardonhill Don’t Fool Me another nice puppy standing but paid the price on movement today, have seen him move much better and being more together

Junior Dog 6 (0)

1) Edwards Gwendariff Ucan’t miss me Bonhomie Handsome boy, just loved this boy really nice shape. Masculine head with typical Irish expression, nice dark eye. Low set ears, Good front and rear angulations. Good reach of neck into well placed shoulders leading to gentle sloping top line and correct tail set. Moved really well.

2) Richardson Gwendariff I’m Fool Proof Nicely put together boy, moved fairly well just preferred shape of first

3) Gardner Danwish on High

Yearling Dog 8 (2)

1) Dewar Gwendariff Willy Wont He One really nice dog just loved his head gentle expression. Good dark eye well defined stop. Good reach of neck into well placed shoulders. Nice depth of chest and gentle sloping top line in good coat. Well angulated fore and aft. Moved well

2) Russell Lynwood Hocus Pocus of Settesoli Another nice boy difficult decision between these two could change places another day. Loved his shape built well in good coat and moved well. First just a bit more together today.

3) Danks-Kemish Terei Summertime Blues Avec Alolfranna

Undergraduate Dog 9 (4)

Two lovely dogs headed this class though playing up on the move today just lucky as all others were too

1) Hart Gwendariff in the Limelight with Gilliegrae JW Very nice shaped male, nice masculine head but not overdone, good clean dark eye, ample stop ears set on low, good angulations fore and aft, good shoulder placement leading into gentle slopping top line and good tail set. Did play up a bit on the move

2) Tupper & Rosie Staratlanta Shankly’s Fire another nice shape male though slightly bigger in height and slightly stronger head than first. Preferred his top line to first, well angulated front and rear with good turn of stifle. Also played up on movement today.

3) Hadfield Staratlanta Get a Wiggle On to Marazanne

Graduate Dog 9 (4)

1) Kniveton & Allen Quensha Starman aboard Orstone JW Lovely shaped male, loved his head gentle expression with good clean dark eye, ample stop and low set ears. Straight front and well angulated front and rear Good clean top line and tail set. Moved well not as mature as some in this class but won on his movement and shape

2) Boyce Forfarians Secret Admirer Loved this boy too, great shape and slightly stronger head but saving that kept with his shape and size. Good front angulation into well placed shoulders, gentle sloping top line and good tail set just a shame to have met 1st. Moved well

3) Dewar Gwendariff Here I Come

Post Graduate 11(2)

1) Byard,Milligan-Bott, Bott & Lauwers Oakdene Phenomenal with Thendara (Imp Bel) Have admired this boy from the ring side. Just loved his shape and head, good stop, nice clean dark eye, good ear set nice and low, hanging correctly. Good reach of neck into well place shoulders, flowing into gentle sloping top line. Good angulations fore and aft, good turn of stifle, and in plenty of coat. Moved well around the ring and also pulled out the stops in the challenge. Well-presented and handled Pleased to award Best Dog and Reserve BIS

2) Russell Strathmead Huckleberry of Settesoli Another nice dog different type to 1st, Loved his shaped too, good masculine head and plenty of stop. Good clean eye, longer neck than winner but on saying that fitted his shape and body, moved well, just preferred cleaner top line and tail set of winner.

3) Prangle American Dollar

Limit Dog 10 (2)

1) Macaulay Caskeys Mischief of Stylersetts JW Loved this boy, lovely refined head, nice clean dark eye, loved his shape. Straight front, good reach of neck, into well placed shoulders, lovely gentle slopping top line leading to good tail set, correct turn of stifle, standing on nice tight feet. Moved well pleased to ward him RBD

2) Danks-Kemish Alolfrana Hotter Than U’Know A heavier built to winner but still loved his shape and style. Stronger head for me but on saying that fitted with his build and shape. Nice dark eye, straight front, well placed shoulders and gentle top line. Moved well

3) Hemmings Orlanset the Rocker JW

Open Dog 6 (1)

1) Decoster Vicary’s Part Time Lover Handsome boy, masculine but refined head, and nice dark eye. Good shape with deep chest, straight front, well placed shoulders leading into gentle sloping top line, good front angulation well bodied, good tail set and moved well around the ring to win this class

2) Pepers VDH CH Glennokhen Macallan Another nice boy not as mature as first though still got plenty of time on his side as still a youngster. Stronger in head to first, good clean dark eye. Moved well just needs to body up more, come more together and am sure will give others a run for their money.

3) Jones Hunnicote Handyman

Bitches

Overall better quality in the bitches than the dogs which hopefully bodes well for the future of the breed

Veteran Bitch 3 (0)

1) Mugford CH Lynwood Happy as a Lark One lovely 8 year old bitch always admired her from the ring side and was so lovely to eventually get my hands on her. Such a well-made girl everything in the right places. Just loved her shape and size, pretty feminine head with dark eyes, low set ears. Good reach of neck into well placed shoulders leading to gentle sloping top line, good angulations fore and aft, with ample turn of stifle. Lovely tight feet. Moved really well and can still certainly show the youngsters how to move. Such a worthy full champion. Pleased to award her BB BVB BIS and BVIS

2) Stevenson Lochlorien Scully Foxes Andley SHCM Another lovely bitch 7 ½ years old, shame she came up against the first. Nice shape, lovely feminine head with good clean dark eye, nice reach of neck as first good angulations front and back, gentle sloping top line, into good tail set, moved out well too, just preferred overall shape of first.

3) Waterton SH CH Lynwood Kissed by and Angel Another nice bitch nearly 11 ½ years not a good as 1st and 2nd on the moved but she certainly enjoyed her day out today. Another worthy SH CH

Puppy Bitch 11 (4)

3 very nice bitches head this class

1) Sturrock Forfarian Soo Lush One lovely 11month old puppy loved her shape and head very refined and feminine; good reach of neck into well placed shoulders, well angulated fore and aft, straight front. Lovely gentle sloping top line, correct tail set, moved well. Apt name for her

2) Holley Gwendariff Look this way to Wynjill Another lovely 10 month old bitch great shape with a love head same comment s as above, slightly bigger build to first but both could change places on another day

3) Hall Harreds Sybil

Junior 9 (1)

1) Rutherford Majestka Indian Summer Nice bitch just over a year old, pretty head liked her shape, low set ears, and good reach of neck into nicely placed shoulders well angulated, deep chest, in good coat just more together than second moved well.

2) Stewart & Jones Gwendariff Gooseberry Fool Another lovely bitch, again just over a year old loved her shape, very feminine head with lovely expression just slightly finer than first, good reach of neck good front and good angulations fore and aft. Moved well

3) Roberts Jetsetter Cristalle to Polmenor JW (Imp Rus)

Yearling Bitch 11 (1)

This class really gave me a headache with many lovely bitches going card less. The 5 I shortlisted could change places any other day

1) Nicolson Gwendarrif Just the Ticket for Lochindorb One lovely bitch have admired her from the ring side and certainly starting to come into her own. Lovely head and great shape, good reach of neck into good placed shoulders, good angulation front and rear. Nice gentle slopping top line leading to correct tail set. Moved really well in unison with her young handler and getting the best out of her.

2) Edwards Gwendariff Its Numero Uno at Bonhomie Another lovely bitch smaller in statue but really splitting hairs with these two, similar comments as above though would prefer a better tail set. Moved well

3) Mugford Lynwood Abracadabra JW Another lovely shaped bitch difficult decision with these first three gentle expression and also moved really well

Undergraduate Bitch 9 (0)

1) Catling Teleri Her Comes Summer One lovely feminine bitch liked her shape. Nice pretty head good clean dark eye, ears set on low. Good front, nice front angulation into well-made shoulders, gentle slopping top line into good tail set, good rear angulations with ample turn of stifle Move really well.

2) Green Braidmount Dreamed a Dream for Glencarron Another nice pretty bitch just not as mature or finish as first but loved her shape, very pretty head, great gentle slopping top line, good depth of chest, Moved well

3) Rollinson Victoriaview Hippo

Graduate Bitch 8 (2)

3 nice bitches headed this class am sure first and second could change places on another day

1) Bouttell, Bouttell & Burridge Ixia Rainbow Brite This girl took my eye as soon as she entered the ring great shape, lovely feminine head, nice dark eye, ears set on low, excellent reach of neck, good shoulder placement , good angulations fore and aft, lovely gentle slopping top line, moved very well Please to award her RBB

2) Hall Glennara Cilleigne Dervla Loved her shape and head, good reach of neck into well placed shoulders, good angulations, nice gentle slopping top line into good tail set, moved very well.

3) Bott Bardonhill Words of Love

Post Graduate Bitch 8 (3)

3 lovely bitches headed this class all 3 could change places

1) Waterton Sandstream Summer Breeze One lovely shaped bitch, such a pretty feminine head, with good clean dark eye, Good reach of neck into well placed shoulders, straight front with good angulations nice depth of chest, lovely gentle slopping top line, well turned stifle and moved well.

2) Dow Shenanagin Stolen Kisses Another nice bitch different type to first but everything in position, again lovely pretty head and good angulations, ample reach of neck Loved her shape Moved well

3) Bott Bardonhill Gingerella Very nice feminine bitch loved her head and shape moved well, just a same came up against first 2 today

Limit Bitch 8 (0)

1) Danks-Kemish Rapparty Starlight Over Alolfrana larger bitch to what I normally like though on saying that she is it all together. Nice shape pretty head, good reach of neck with good front, nice depth of chest, good shoulder placement into nice gentle slopping top line, well angulated, full of coat moved very well . Close decision between 1st and 2nd

2) Stevenson Lochlorien True Detective is Andley Another lovely bitch I’ve admired for long time and done her well before, good shape Lovely feminine head. Nice angulations fore and aft. Lovely gentle slopping top line Moved well

3) Partridge Kerrydown Octavia SHCM Different type again but another lovely bitch I’ve done well previous and still not changed my mind about her. Well done

Open Bitch 7 (1)

1) Stevenson Lochlorien Scully Foxes Andley SHCM 2nd in Veteran, lovely bitch with nice shape, lovely feminine head with good clean dark eye, nice reach of neck as first good angulations front and back, gentle sloping top line, into good tail set, moved out well too.

2) Hill-Decoster Vicary’s Pearl’s a Singer Lovely feminine bitch loved her shape and well angulated front and rear, good reach of neck, well placed shoulders, nice gentle slopping top line just preferred overall shape and tail set of first. Moved well

3) Gracie & Rutherford IR CH Clonageera Walk With Me to Summergate JW SHCM CJW15

Brace 5 (2)

1) Danks-Kemish Lovely pair matched so well together can certainly see the likeness. Moved well in unison and young handler got the best out of them both

2) Oyendu Another nice pair, though slightly a bit heavier for me but can see they are brother and sister type and breeding. Moved fairly well together

3) Childs

Judge Colin Wheeldon (Colemist)