had a lovely if challenging day and I wish to thank my committee and Mrs.
Sheena Maclaine for a well run show. When I accepted the appointment back
in 2001 I had anticipated that I would no longer be on the committee having
served my six years period. How things change and I find myself not only
Chairman of the club but confined to the judging ring with little I could
do to help except keep to reasonable time. But when the club have a committee
and show manager like it has, there is really very little need to worry.
to the dogs I judged. There were some very good quality dogs to go over
and I was pleased with my class winners challenge line up containing all
four colours. They could all walk well, possessed a clean flowing outline,
was sound in construction and gentle in expression.
I was shocked at the faults I found which are definitely on the increase.
Where are the necks? Many were short in neck with some so short their
front movement was erratic and some almost paddled around the ring instead
of walking free and straight. I include some high flying winners who will
obviously pass this problem down to their offspring. I had so many like
this that on occasions I had to compromise somewhat in order to maintain
type. Breeders you need to look at your stock and not become kennel blind;
no amount of holding the ears forward to accentuate the neck on table
inspection will camouflage a short neck. This has got to be a wake up
call for action.
still need watching for size, shape and not so far apart that the head
looks unbalanced. Another practice that’s now common and I feel is bad
is stringing the dog up on a tight lead, it may hold the head up, this
can be trained on a loose lead, but the dog does not feel the ground so
well and sends the fronts on some in all directions.
what is the point in bringing a dog to a large show that costs you a fair
amount of money dirty. The tricolours seemed very well presented, you
need to ensure the white and black contrast to advantage. The whole colours
were generally acceptable but an unacceptable number of blenheims were
not properly bathed or groomed. Such a shame for the dog let alone the
may be a harsh overview but it is only for the good of the breed.
Puppy (22 entries 0 absent)
1 - NEWTON’S TONNEW
A very attractive blen, lovely
shaped head, dark eyes of good shape, nicely arched neck and shoulders,
good bone and well broken coat. Moved freely and with purpose. He just
impressed me the more I handled and looked at him. One definitely to watch.
2 - INGLIS’ CRAIGOWL
A very striking impressive
tri with a well shaped head, lovely eyes and excellent forequarters. Another
who possesses the neck and shoulder placements that gives him the tools
to walk well. Sound in bone with super angulation, nicely conditioned
well broken coat.
3 - ACE’S ASHTELLE
Another nicely shaped tri,
attractive head, good bone, so soundly put together and moved well. Has
plenty to give still but has all the attributes for the future.
Puppy (26, 2 abs)
1 - KORN’S SANDUST
Attractive headed blen, lovely
dark eyes with blackest pigment, lovely bone and so soundly put together,
he glided around the ring with effortless motion. A quality balanced blen
who was quite a handful for his owner. Coat will settle with age but his
other qualities deserved his win. BEST DOG PUPPY
2 - BUTLER’S TAMYSE
Another nice blen, good head,
well but together, plenty of neck and correct shoulders. Lovely rich chestnut
colour. Moved positively around the ring showing for all he’s worth.
3 - KIRKHAM’S MOONSTONE
Quality tri, excelled in body
qualities, well shaped head blackest pigment, nicely boned with plenty
of angulation. Moved well.
Junior (19, 0)
1 - INGLIS’ CRAIGOWL
Stunning headed tri, lovely
soft expression with darkest eyes and deep pigment. Soundly put together
and so well balanced. Plenty of neck profuse coat with tan in all the
right places, moved so well holding a good topline.
2 - LYMER’S LYMREY
Lovely headed blen, softest
expression helped by darkest of eyes and jet black pigment, sound in bone,
profuse coat deep rich chestnut colour, he moved well but ust tired at
3 - BARTON’S CHANTISMERE
CHIPPENDALE AT LORANKA
A very striking attractive
blen, expressive head lovely eyes, plenty of neck let into good shoulders.
Sound in bone and so well balanced throughout, moved free with plenty
of drive. A pity he came against more mature dogs. Has plenty to give
and an exciting prospect.
Novice (17, 3 abs)
Two lovely dogs that could
change places often.
1 - SMITH & ALDOUS’S
A very solidly constructed
Blen, expressive head well cushioned, to be super critical eyes could
have been a shade darker but his other qualities were all there. Darkest
pigment, excellent bone and conformation with plenty of driving action.
He moved the best in the class holding a firm topline and good tail carriage.
2 - RENNARD’S DERANMAR
Pleasing head, dark eyes and
pigment, soundly constructed, deep chestnut colour and nicely broken up
in excellent condition. Another one with good movement using the whole
ring to full effect. A quality Blen of striking appearance.
3 - BAKER’S KEYINGHAM
Finishing a trio a nice Blen
dogs this one was quite a character and possessed so much ring presence.
Nice eyes dark pigment and so sound in bone. Moved well and showed his
Special Graduate (Blen)
1 - EGAN’S ROBROOK
What a quality Blen this boy
is. He looked on the initial walk round a well balanced bog covering the
ring with ease. On table inspection his attributes showed through. Beautiful
expressive head, nicely cushioned of correct shape. Lovely dark eyes and
jettest pigment, soundly put together and moved superbly displaying a
good balanced action.
2 - HOMES’ LEOGEM RONDO
This dog had the most striking
attractive head and I initially thought he was the winner. A classic head,
lovely shape, darkest of eyes of lovely size giving a true melting expression.
Good reach of neck, well sprung ribs, firm loin and moved well. Just thought
winner was finished a shade more but a really cracking good dog.
3 - LAMONT’S ALLEGRA
HUNDERTWASSER VON MOORFIELDS
Another quality boy that made
up a fine trio. Pleasing expressive head with spot, soundness throughout
and moved exceptionally well really driving from his hind legs.
Special Graduate (Tri)
1 - ANDREWS & MARKIE’S
OTUS MORNING MAGICIAN FOR DREWSANKIE
A very compact dog that oozed
quality. Very attractive head of good shape with nice correct ear set
using them to advantage, largest eyes of deepest colour which gave him
the softest expression you could not overlook. The rest of him followed
suit, so well put together, reachy neck and good forequarters and when
moving it was straight and true.
2 - BARWELL’S LUSANJO ROCKET OF CHARLOTTETOWN
Another nice tri, good head
and eyes, blackest pigment, excellent neck and shoulders and nicely broken
coat of good colour. Moved well just needed to be more animated but a
sound solid honest tri boy.
3 - FORRESTER’S HONEYBET
DESIGNED FOR SALBRIE
Pleasing head, lovely eyes
as the other two have and so very important in tricolours, blackest pigment,
nicely boned with good angulation and moved very well. Just preferred
the balance of the first two.
Special Graduate Black
and Tan (14, 1)
1 - STEVEN’S KILNSHENA
A very attractive B/Tan quality
head with lovely melting expression helped by large dark eyes and the
jettest black pigment. Noses were a problem today with some wholecolours
but not this lad. Well constructed, balanced throughout with his coat
in gleaming fullest condition and the brightest of tan. Moved so positively
in all directions.
2 - ARMITT’S BRASINGAMEN
BLACK AS JET
Another attractive B/Tan, and
black as jet was a very apt name to call him, well shaped head with excellent
dark eyes and of course pigment. Sound in make-up and moved around the
ring holding a firm topline. Coat in tip top condition and the brightest
tan in the class completed the picture. Just moved a shade close today.
3 - FORD’S SALLCOTT
CANTATA OF TUPPENLIL
A quality boy that completed
a quality line up, soundly constructed throughout, lovely dark eyes, on
the move he held a good topline and movement was stylish and positive.
A dog with ring presence.
Special Graduate Ruby
1 - LOADES’S ROSIRIUS
A most attractive head not
overdone, good ear set with plenty of feathering, lovely eyes and shape,
nose was slightly off today but so were quite a few, he made up for it
in his other qualities. Super neck, well-sprung ribs and excellent rear
quarters, moved gracefully and true.
2 - SHINNICK’S LEELYN
Classical headed dog, great
eye colour and shape, well-cushioned mussel, so soundly constructed, moved
freely covering the ground with ease holding a spirit level topline. Excellent
colour and coat in beautiful condition as this kennel consistently produces.
3 - COX’S CASIMARI
Pleasant head, nice eyes, well-fringed
face, soundly put together and moved well but his topline could have been
a shade better
Veteran (19, 3)
It was the old boys day today
as the top three placements for their age were a credit to their owners
in both condition and movement.
1 - Name Withheld
Twelve and a half year old
Tri and an old favourite of mine, so pleased to see him looking well enough
to compete, nicely coated and his movement was still a credit to his soundness
that he portrays, straight and positive, and he was really enjoying his
2 - COAKER’S CH HOMERBRENT
year old Blen, in tip top condition, so sound on the table, coat in very
good order and he drove around the ring as if he could of carried on and
on. So positive.
3 - Name Withheld
Ten and a half years old and
really hard to believe, the darkest of eyes, lovely head and in the fullest
coat in great condition, sound as a two year old, moved like a train,
he should teach a few young ones the ropes.
Post Graduate (30,
1 - ROGERSON’S RABYMAR
This B/Tan headed the class
on entry and impressed me with his overall quality in all departments
and his balance. I found nothing better at the end of the table inspections
and after moving them all. So very well balanced he excelled in reach
of neck and shoulder placements, very impressive head, darkest eyes and
such a soft expression not easy to achieve with this colour, good tail
set, coat of good texture and depth, brightest tan, moved and showed well.
2 - KING-SMITH’S ISPAHAN
Very eye-catching exuberant
Blen, classic head with spot, excellent construction, good bone with nice
turn of stifle, coat in very good condition, deep chestnut, moved effortlessly
with verve holding a level topline.
3 - BOARDMAN’S VOLNEY
Blen with lovely well balanced
head, super eye colour and shape, jet pigment, excellent construction
and bone. Moved very well but if he showed a bit more animation this would
help him. A quality Blen.
Mid Limit (22, 6)
This was a very strong class
1 - BUBB’S WANDRIS
A stunning Blen, excellent
head with the loveliest of eyes, dark of good size which enhanced a nicely
proportioned well cushioned head. This gave him the most desirable melting
expression. Superb neck and shoulders, good spring of rib and rear quarters.
Lovely balance attractively marked of deepest chestnut. I was so impressed
with his qualities on the table having all the right attributes to move
well, he did not disappoint it was so positive flowing and true. I loved
his presence he possessed as well, it was a close run thing for the ticket
he just tired somewhat in the challenge but richly deserved his win. I
will watch his progress with interest RES CC
2 - HUGHES’S LORANKA’S
A very attractive quality ruby,
expressive head and the loveliest of eyes, dark lustrous and with well
feathered correctly set ears he used his head qualities to good effect.
Balanced throughout he was soundness itself and drove around the ring,
coat in great condition of the deepest colour.
3 - GOW’S LYNCRAEG
Attractive headed blen, nicely
proportioned and well cushioned, softest expression helped again with
large dark eyes and deepest pigment yet all dog nothing feminine about
him. Sound throughout, moved with drive with a good topline and tail carriage.
Limit (23, 3)
1 - HURLEY’S OWENGARVE
ROYAL RUFUS OF IAHUME
This full of himself ruby just
knew he looked good and has so much ring presence, but then he possessed
all the qualities I look for. Handsome well-proportioned head, superb
dark eyes and he used his ears to good effect making an alert character
but gentle at the same time. Lovely reach of neck, found lacking today,
let into his forequarters, very compact and well balanced, he strode around
the ring showing off his balance and soundness and displaying his level
topline and tail carriage. I considered him for the reserve cc.
2 - ARMITT’S BRASINGAMEN
COEUR DE LION
This blen just grew on me and
was totally focussed on his owner and the job in hand. Attractive head,
great eyes of good size, well feathered ears set correctly which gave
him an attractive look. Good topline, attractively marked with well broken
coat. Moved very well
3 - FORRESTER’S SALBRIE
Another lovely boy who could
help himself more if he had been happier in the ring. The most delicious
of liquid black eyes and pigment, sound in bone lovely deep chestnut coat,
movement was positive.
Special Open under
18lb (6, 0)
One of the weakest classes
today but headed by a real stunner.
1 - LEVY & SEDGWICK’S
It’s not often one comes across
a compact cobby real toy spaniel with everything soundly made and in proportion
but this lad has it all. A most handsome head , lovely shape, the deepest
colour of eyes, large and round and spaced perfectly to create a very
masculine but gentle expression. Superb neck that flows into his withers,
an enjoyment to go over on the table, well-sprung ribs firm loin and excellent
bone and angulation. Standing four square movement was as expected with
the equipment he has, Striding and so very positive. Soundness and balance
personified in this compact showy little dog. He was pushed hard but won
his honour on his balance, expression and polished performance. DOG
CC & RES BEST IN SHOW
2 - SEARLE’S MILKEYN
SHEER DYNAMITE AT STONEPIT
A shame this dog met the winner
for he was another dog that shines quality. Classically framed head with
spot , dark eyes, excellent forequarters and well ribbed up, sound, balanced
he walked freely and true both ways and covered the ring with ease.
3 - JONES’ ROSEINGS
Another blen with nice head,
pleasing shape, darkest eyes and pigment, well broken coat moved satisfactory
but could have been more solid in action, a spot of road work might help.
Special Open Bred by
Exhibitor (10, 1)
1 - KOSTER’S HARANA
This B/Tan impressed me so
much with his overall shape, balance and quality. I have used that word
balance many times in this critique but it is so necessary and requires
a dog to be sound, well muscled, and short coupled to have any chance
of portraying such a quality. This dog has it in abundance. Great head
excellent dark eyes, nicely cushioned face, he just held your attention
when you looked at him. His body was a joy to handle, good neck length
lovely soundness in bone moved with flowing action, a real quality lad.
2 - HUGHES’ CH LORANKA’S
A tri of very high order, Attractive
appearance, lovely shaped head nicely cushioned, darkest of eyes of correct
shape and spacing, well feathered long ear leathers framed a very soft
expressive head. Very good body good neck, plenty of rib space nice bone
and compact in overall shape. He did not walk so well at first but finally
got himself together and produced the goods. A solid honest tri and worthy
3 - DREWETT’S CH JUDYLAND
TOUCH OF MAGIC
Blen in fullest of bloom, very
good flowing shape, his head, lovely neck fore and rear quarters all beautifully
put together to make a fine balance. Walked so positively and true with
perfect tail carriage.
Open (14, 0)
1 - LEVY & SEDGWICK’S
Another excellent ding-dong
sound blen from this kennel. Expressive head, lovely eyes, nicely cushioned
face and good ear set. Excellent neck and shoulder placements, spring
of rib with deepish brisket, well-muscled up and strong rear quarters.
Moved with drive and seemingly without effort. In the challenge I preferred
his kennel mates head qualities.
2 - TOWSE’S CH MILETREE
Very close up to one in choosing
the winner, lovely head , darkest eyes and truly excellent pigment gave
him his charming expression. Soundness throughout and on table inspection.
I enjoyed his construction and muscle tone. Moved with positive drive
and presented in good show condition.
3 - LYMER’S CH LYMREY
Completing a trio of very good
blenheims this lad possesses all what’s looked for, lovely classic head
with the most lustrous dark eyes of super size. Lovely soft expression
and at one with his owner he moved very well solid and driving. Very well
broken wavy coat which looks a real handful to keep in order. A lovely
PAUL FOLLOWS (JUDGE)
would like to thank the Committee for inviting me to judge the Club show;
I enjoyed my day very much. I would also like to thank my stewards for
keeping everything running so efficiently.
Puppy (51 entries, 12 absent)
This was a very large class but
on the whole I didn’t find it that inspiring. I was of course very pleased
with my main winners but there were a lot of very mediocre puppies that
were not of good type, many with bad conformation, and many with no bone
or substance. These are the bitches that will be producing in the future.
Please remember that kennels are based on its bitches so you do need a good
solid foundation bitch to start.
1 - GOODWIN’S LANOLA
This puppy oozes quality, she
took my eye on entering the ring and I was not disappointed when I got my
hands on her. Beautiful head with round dark eye showing no white, good
pigment, good bite. Wonderful neck and shoulders leading to firm level topline
kept standing & moving, well carried tail that wagged happily all the
time. Moved soundly both ways, I was pleased to award her Best Puppy Bitch
and with my co-judges complete agreement, BPIS.
2 - POTTER’S RHEINVELT
READY TO RAVE.
Rich ruby, nice shape well held
topline. Nice round dark eye. Nice front with good bone, moved well.
3 - CARTHY’S ARDGROVE
Puppy (36, 4)
1 - MARTIN’S TITIAN BELLE
Ruby in good coat, nice typical
head with dark eye and dense pigment. Moved well and happily holding a good
topline and tail set. Well boned for size, a nice girl.
2 - WIGGINS’ TRIRAYNE
POLLY TICIAN AT WHYTEPLACE.
Well-broken Blen in good coat.
Looked very shapely standing. Moved well holding her topline.
3 - GOODWIN’S LANOLA
CHA CHA CHA.
Junior (39, 7)
1 - PARKS' KEYINGHAM
Lovely sized bitch with nice
gentle head and expression. Nice round dark eye, good mouth. Lovely bone
for size moved well both ways. Liked her a lot.
2 - MOULDEN’S WHITECROFT
Another pretty Blen, nice soft
head, good pigment. Long ear leathers, well boned with good front. Nice
shape standing & moving moved well.
3 - STANLEY’S STANHOME
Novice (33, 4)
1 - PARKER’S JORDANIC
Richly marked Blen with spot.
Good round dark eyes and dark pigment. Nice neck and shoulders, well held
topline, moved well, nice size.
2 - SAMSON’S BYERMOOR
Very pretty bitch with typical
head and soft expression. Well made, with nice front and good bone. Richly
marked, soft coat. Lost to 1 on maturity and topline not quite as firm on
the move .I liked her.
3 - INMAN-CUNNINGHAM’S
CHAMANIC NIGHT SHIFT.
Special Graduate Blenheim
This was a very nice class.
The first 6 could all change places on another day, I was spoilt for choice.
1 - ANTONIAZZI’S LITTLEMEADS
Well broken bitch with pretty
head, soft expression and black pigment. Lovely shape, very well made with
good neck and shoulders, excellent topline, moved soundly, a nice girl.
2 - TAYLOR’S ROSSCREA
Another nice bitch, close decision.
Similar in shape, well put together, moved well holding a firm topline.
Nice head and eye, this kennel had some very typy bitches entered.
3 - HOMES’ LEOGEM SCHEREAZADE.
Special Graduate Tricolour
1 - ENGEL’S ANGEL’S
PRIDE LOVE ME DO.
This bitch stood out in this
class, lovely make and shape, beautiful typical head with soft expression,
large dark eyes showing no white. Bright tan markings, well laid shoulders
leading to absolutely level topline. Lovely proud head carriage, short listed
in final 4 for bitch CC. My one critism is that she could be slightly more
positive behind but her virtues far outweighed this.
2 - BAYLISS’ MISKHILL
BOUJOLAIS AT CASTLEWYTCH.
Lovely headed bitch with round
dark eyes. Nice cobby body with excellent bone, bright tans, moved well
not as good in topline as 1.
3 - STANLEY’S MUFFITY
ADORABLE ELLESSE OF STANHOME.
Special Graduate Black/Tan
1 - SMITH’S BEAUDALE
Lovely shaped bitch, well presented
in gleaming condition. Excellent topline held moving & standing. Went
soundly around the ring. Mice dark eyes, lovely bright tans.
2 - TAYLOR’S FLORINDALE
TOUCH OF BLACK FOR KEMBLE.
Lovely headed bitch with bright
tans, long ear leathers of good set. Good bone, moved well, preferred her
in head to 1 but she did not hold her topline as well.
3 - FLOWERS ANBERAN
ICED TAZO CHAI.
Special Graduate Ruby
1 - BOARDMAN’S VOLNEY
Nice typical head with gentle
expression, nice round dark eye. Long ear leathers, well used. Richly coloured,
moved soundly around the ring.
2 - CRAGG’S SALLCOTT
Another nice girl with a typical
head, good pigment and eye. Not quite the coat of 1. Moved well holding
her topline. 2 nice girls.
3 - MANN’S TURRETBANK
SAMANTHA AT LYNDABELLE.
Veteran (18, 3)
1 - JONES’ DROLEUS THAT’S
Blen approaching 11 years, looked
good for age, nice head with soft expression, large round dark eyes. Good
bone & front. Happy girl enjoying her day out went well for age.
2 - PAYNE’S MYHOPE FOLLOW
Bouncy B/T, almost 10 yrs. Excellent
topline, sound mover, nice dark eye, didn’t look her age.
3 - Name Withheld
Post Graduate (30,4)
1 - LAMONT’S ALLEGRA
HELENE AT MOORFIELDS.
Very elegant bitch, loved her
shape & outline. Excellent straight front, good bone, clean neck &
shoulders. Well presented in silky coat. Nice head with round dark eye,
2 - JONES’ TIMSAR MISS
This bitch grew on me as the
class went on. Lovely mover, gentle head with dark expressive eyes. Well-broken
coat, happy temperament. Nice bone, well bodied.
3 - BAILLIE’S FYRNROSE
BEE BAW BABBITY JW
Mid-Limit (12, 0)
Three lovely bitches.
1 - WATERS’ KEYINGHAM
Won this class on her lovely
round dark eyes. Lovely head with dense pigmentation. Nice conformation,
excellent shoulder placement. Good front, well boned, moved soundly.
2 - POTTER’ S RAVED ABOUT
HER AT RHEINVELT.
Lovely B/T well presented in
gleaming condition. Short level back, good topline, dark round eyes giving
soft expression. Went well both ways.
3 - LEVY & SEDGWICK’S
PASCAVALE KRYSTLE JW.
Limit (20, 3)
1 - ATTWOOD’S CLENTVIEW SHE’S
Richly marked Blen well balanced
shape. Typical head with dark eyes, lovely long well feathered ear leathers.
Moved smartly around the ring holding a very good topline. Well-boned, nice
front. One of the final four.
2 - ENGEL’S TIMSAR MISSTEEQ.
Took my eye when she came in
the ring. Well-presented Blen, nice topline, looked very good moving around
the ring. Very sound both ways. Sweet head just lost to 1 on a slightly
3 - TOWSE’S MILETREE MIESQUE
Special Open, Not exceeding
18lbs (14, 2)
Close decision between 2 lovely
bitches that ended up with CC & RCC.
1 - HILL & WEBBER’S
CH MONTCOLLY VICTORIA.
Beautiful tri bitch with lovely
gentle typical head. I.e. not too short in muzzle. Large round dark eyes
showing no white. Rich tan markings, good mouth. Nice length of neck leading
into well laid shoulders. Straight front with good bone. Excellent topline
held standing & on the move. Well presented in silky coat, moved very
smartly both ways around the ring, my eye kept coming to her. Was pleased
to award her the bitch CC, and BIS on
the referee Mrs Judy Wright decision.
2 - ACKROYD-GIBSON’S
TORAYLAC DÉJÀ VU.
Very pretty blen bitch. Lovely
soft head with large dark eyes. Well-broken silky coat moved well both ways.
Very nice to handle on the table, well made. I loved them both. Reserve
3 - TOLWORTHY’S SALINAN
Special Open Bred by
Exhibitor (6, 1)
1 - MARTIN’S TITIAN MARIONETTE.
Well-balanced Ruby with good
temperament. Moved & showed well. Nice soft typical head with dark round
eyes, excellent pigment, went well both ways.
2 - ARMITT’S BRASINGAMEN
Nice size, well broken blen.moved
well holding her topline.
3 - ROWARTH’S ROBROOK
LOU LOU JW
Open (10, 0)
1 - LYMER & SCHEIDT’S
LYMREY SWEET DREAM.
Lovely headed blen, huge round
dark eyes showing no white. Good pigmentation well used ears. Happy temperament
moved and showed well holding a good topline. Another in my final 4.
2 - GAMBLE & Name Withheld
LISGARTH PETROUCHKA WITH **.
Nice B/T with bright tans and
round dark eyes. Moved well both ways, but didn’t hold the topline as 1
3 - SHONE’S CH KORRAINES
TRACY JACKSON (JUDGE)