|Best in Show - Amantra
Reserve Best in Show - Charlesworth Royal Caprice
Best Opposite Sex - Milkeyn Sheer Dynamite at Stonepit
Best Puppy - Stonepit Gala
|Dog Results||Bitch Results|
|Mr H Ogden|
It was a great honour to judge the first Gertie Biddle Memorial Open Show in memory of the West of England's former President, with an inaugural stakes class in her name carrying some £75 in prize money!
This was dog showing at its best with the special atmosphere of a breed club show in the heart of the countryside where both newcomers and old hands rub shoulders and a generous committee provide a groaning raffle table and the food was so delicious. I had felt flattered by an entry of 126 dogs but realised at lunch that it was Peppe the Chef that draws the entry here!
I judged 85 "hands on" with, as one would expect at a Club event, considerable variation in type ranging from tall and long to short-legged and light framed in all manner of combinations. The main problems were roached backs and weak fronts together with lack of muscle tone that showed in a lack-lustre performance on the move without drive from behind; several heads had over-long muzzles and the lustrous dark eye that 'makes' a Cavalier head was a rarity; mouths were good overall but tail carriage caused me problems and many were devoid of coat. I was impressed by the presentation and ring training of so many.
I was looking for a well made, stylish, yet compact toy spaniel with limpid eyes, correct muzzle, enough leg length and with sound, active movement, as the top winners demonstrated.
|Best Dog||Searle’s||Milkeyn Sheer Dynamite at Stonepit|
|Res. Best Dog||Godwin’s||Cavaliegh Designer|
|Best Puppy||Fry & Jackson’s||Amantra Robin Hood|
|Min Puppy||(4 Entries, 1 absent)|
Blenheim , good head and eye, tapered muzzle, good rib, none and feet, level topline, good overall outline, needs to couple up, weak behind.
Trevricia New Orleans
Black & Tan of heavier type, longer in muzzle, good eye, good overall shape and balance, rather loose in front.
|1||Fry & Jackson’s||
Amantra Robin Hood
Blenheim son of Madonna; very mature but he is almost 12 months; stylish youngster built on flowing lines, pleasing head complete with spot, good body lines but can now couple up to advantage and just a little unsure of himself that showed on the move. I suspect he is another that needs more space to show himself off, shows lots of quality and potential. Best Opposite Sex Puppy
Ashtelle Remember Ryan
Close up, quality Tri, lovely head and eye, very mature, heavily marked, good ribs, compact, firm behind with good drive, tendency to lose his topline but am confident that was only temporary, promising young dog.
This stylish Blenheim grew on me as the class progressed, rather long but well constructed, good skull and ears, richly coloured, well ribbed, good neck and shoulders, good bone, moved with freedom and accuracy.
Loved this compact gassy Blenheim, super head type, excellent eye, ideal size, relatively lightly marked; tended to throw himself off balance such was his enthusiasm and completely out of coat, back in coat and on his best behaviour he will hold his own at any level.
|Spec Yearling||(6, 1)|
Blenheim youngster of style, classy outlook., rich chestnut well broken markings, in full, silky coat, excellent eye and muzzle, good rib, exceptionally sound rear, a shade hesitant but am confident he will look the part at this summer’s outdoor shows; lots of promise taking Reserve Best Dog today.
Less mature Blenheim of quality, good eye and ears, shade longer in muzzle, well broken, rich markings, well constructed all through presenting a good challenge to the winner.
Sound, compact Blenheim of 16 months, excellent head just needing to fill under the eye, good size and balance, sell broken markings with spot, just needed to settle to the job in hand.
Trevricia New Orleans
See Minor Puppy
|1||Blackie & Knapp’s||
Janthows Trulli Frentzen
2 year Black & Tan, super head and eye, good ear leathers, firm front, good bone and sound moving, heavier type, rather wavy in coat.
|Post Grad||(5, 2)|
Hurleaze Bristol Blue
Prettiest of toy spaniels, this Blenheim was lovely to handle on the table as each part flowed easily into the next, superior head and eye, with the desired soft expression, good bone, deep ribbed, sound moving, prefer more length of leg.
Cinderlace Country Style
Well balanced Blenheim, again a superb headed dog, balanced and stylish, good rib, close up to the winner but less good in neck and shoulder.
|3||Ace’s||Ashtelle Celtic Legend|
|Spec Lt B/T or R||(4, 1)|
|1||Blackie & Knapp’s||
Downsbank Rufus Again
Handsome Ruby of heavier type, lovely head, eye and pigment, glorious colour, good rib, fabulous ear leather, moved soundly.
Kilnshena Idle Vice
Compact Black & Tan rather lacking confidence, pretty headed dog with excellent topline and good rib.
|3||Griffiths’||Glenelen Miller Magic|
|Spec Lt Bl or Tri||(3, 1)|
Saxonview Sun Light
Compact Tri of nice type, rather rounded in skull but good head type otherwise, well bodied, level, sound if rather lacking in drive.
Lacking body condition, against the above this stylish Blenheim had a correct skull, but was rather long in muzzle, good pigment, less compact not helped by lack of coat on the day.
Milkeyn Sheer Dynamite at Stonepit
Glamour and style in abundance, he takes a strong hold that can detract from the overall performance, especially in the limited ring space of a village hall, but he visibly settled during the day and pleased me enormously with his generous head and eye, well ribbed, level body, richly marked, good neck and shoulders, sound moving with exceptional drive behind maintaining a good flowing outline throughout. Best Opposite Sex
Lovely headed Blenheim, typical of this breeding, shade bigger than the above and not so good in shoulder, level, compact, stylish and sound
|3||Cornaby & Robinson’s||Haydonleigh Jupiter|
|Veteran (D or B)||(12, 5)|
Lehcar To Lady Tatania
8 year old Black & Tan of great class, lovely head, eye and hear leathers, well bodied, compact but elegant, sound active movement.
Rising 10 years, this handsome Tri Dog is beautifully bodies and has the most amazing ears that set of his typical head, of a bigger type he was less good in shoulder than the above.
|3||Cornaby & Robinson’s||Haydonleigh Zeus|
|Bitches||Mr H Ogden|
|Best Bitch||Fry & Jackson’s||Amantra Madonna|
|Res. Best Bitch||Greenall’s||Charlesworth Royal Caprice|
|Best Puppy||Searle’s||Stonepit Gala|
|Min Puppy||(8 Entries, 2 absent)|
Hampered by her owner's broken leg this Blenheim bitch was so good to go over, excellent type and balance, pretty in head, good eye, good in rib, level, sound moving, lovely outline, shows great promise. Reserve Best Puppy In Show
Underknoll Amber Gambler
Closely followed by her litter sister, this typical Blenheim was less mature than the above, but very pleasing with here lovely eye, good basic conformation and so very sound moving.
|3||Walton’s||Underknoll Miss Dior|
One to covet, breathtakingly pretty Blenheim bitch by Ch. Celebration, just needs to grow on along her current lines to make the grade; super head and eye, compact, level, well-broken markings, good bone for size, firm rear and so self-assured. Best Puppy In Show
A raw yet very promising Tri, lovely head and eye, well ribbed, compact, very sound, a quality youngster.
Charlesworth Royal Dazzle
Richly coloured Blenheim, strong head for a bitch, but the features are so good, ideal size, very well constructed, compact, good drive behind, could be a touch firmer in front, very good to go over, one I liked immensely.
Chrisandawn Good Luck Charm for Tregarron
Very nice Blenheim of a heavier type, well broken, good head with flat skull, correct balance of muzzle to skull, well ribbed. Active mover.
|3||Firth’s||Rosscrea Diana Ross|
|Spec Yearling||(8, 3)|
Kilnshena In Delicto
Another pretty Blenheim sired by Ch. Homerbrent Expression, super head and eye, compact yet elegant, well broken Blenheim markings, good ribs, firm rear, went stylishly once she gained her confidence.
|2||Fry & Jackson’s||
Black & Tan of good type, exceptionally pretty head and eye, level, sound moving, another who was a little unsure of her surroundings, one with a good future.
|3||Green’s||Cabbyleyr Pride N Joy|
Charlesworth Royal Glitter
Blenheim litter sister of the Junior winner, super bitch, well broken, good head, eye, neck and shoulder, well broken, good construction, just lacked a little coat on the day.
Well proportioned head, level topline, active mover, would prefer a little more bone, not so good in shoulder as above.
|3||Dowd’s||Chrisandawn Good Luck Charm for Tregarron|
Pretty headed Tri, good eyes and ears, good neck, her body handled so well; a very appealing exhibit.
Attractive, well broken Blenheim, lovely head and pigment, less mature than the above.
|Post Grad||(9, 0)|
|1||Hill & Webber’s||
outstanding heavily marked Tri, lovely to go over as she is so well constructed, beautifully bodied, compact, sound, balanced mover capable of holding her own in the best of company.
Lankcombe Sweet Natasha of Cavalot
Black & Tan of excellent type, level topline, balanced, sound, fabulous ears, but otherwise short of coat today.
|Spec Lt B/T or R||(4, 0)|
Lehcar Crown of Jewels
Ruby daughter of the Veteran winner, good skull and eye, good rib, level, balanced, stylish and sound, a quality exhibit.
Jaudette China Doll of Rubyfield
Longer cast Black & Tan, pretty head, good ears, level topline, rather short of coat.
|3||Griffiths’||Glenelen Ebony Cassandra|
|Spec Lt Bl or Tri||(5, 2)|
Tregarron Summer Kisses
The type of Tri bitch long associated with this kennel, typical head & ears, level, compact, well broken, very feminine, carried tail rather high, short of coat.
Underknoll Spring Days
Pretty headed, well broken Blenheim of a good type, good to handle, just tended to roach on the move.
|3||Green’s||Brymarden Starshine of Cabbyleyr|
|1||Fry & Jackson’s||
Glorious Blenheim bitch of great type, balance and style; lovely head, flowing body lines, well constructed, sound easy movement, of course she has her imperfections, but it is her outstanding virtues that takes the eye and will surely take her through to her title. Best In Show
Charlesworth Royal Caprice
To my amazement I see she is Madonna's half sister, Tanmerack Botticelli having sired a number of the placed exhibits including 3 of the top 5 in the outstanding Open Bitch class. Royal Caprice is a shapely compact Blenheim Bitch of rich colour, correct head shape, good eye and superb ear leathers, sound and active on the move, just not the utterly sweet feminine expression of Madonna, but close up. Reserve Best In Show
|Spec Open Welfare||(18)|
See Open Bitch
|2||Cornaby & Robinson’s||
|3||Rowley’s||Saxonview Sun Light|
|Gertie Biddle Stakes||(24)|
See Open Dog
See Junior Dog
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