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Best In Show
Versace Suave Des Chemins Cathares (Imp Fra) ShCM
Reserve Best In Show & Best Opposite Sex
Ozzypool Eternal Flame
Best Puppy In Show
Ozzpool Black Velvet
Best Veteran In Show
Trijem Flies Via Touchstone
Can I just say thank you to all of you who entered under me. I was thrilled with such a lovely entry and then had a wonderful time at the show. Thank you to the officers and committee for their hospitality and to everyone for making Debbie, Roxanne and myself so welcome. It is always nice when you watch your class winners come into the ring and have a “I'm pleased with that line up” feeling however I must say that I felt that the quality of the bitches in the younger classes was much better than in the corresponding dog classes, and after talking to people afterwards this seems to be a view shared by some of the exhibitors. Heads is a particular area that springs to mind. There were a number of younger boys who had more than a 'slight taper'. The bitches on the other hand were a delight. Overall, bites were very good with only 2 exceptions. Front movement is something to watch, too many tend to 'toe in' but rear movements were good and nearly all had what I would call typical profile movement. I was very pleased with the construction of the exhibits with regard to shoulders and rear angulation. Tails obviously still vary a lot but it was good to see a number of correct tail sets and some very good tail carriages.
1st Turnbull & Dowson’s Ozzypool Jacob Black 11month Black tri - Lovely young boy presenting a good outline. Good head proportions with good breadth to the muzzle and correct bite. Lovely angles. Best mover in the class.
2nd Keel’s Impenzie Matchless 6 month Black tri - Another pleasing young man. Super body with good head, lovely angles, good bone and nice feet. A little reserved but when he gets his confidence will be one to watch.
3rd Reeve’s Silvarcea Rag ‘n’ Bone Man
1st Gatenby & Green’s Armatan Fire Blade(ai) 14month old Black tri - Young man with a lovely shape, good bone and feet, super angles. Masculine head with correct proportions. Enjoyed watching him move and nice to see him carrying his tail so well.
2nd Bland’s Abodandy Nika Yaba Daba Doo at Hilandes 17 month Red merle - Different in type to 1. Broad head & squarer shaped body. Good bone and feet. Good movement & in good coat. Natural short bob tail set and carried high.
3rd Turnbull & Dowson’s Ozzypool Jacob Black
1st McFarlane’s Gemthorne Theme for a Dream Red tri - Well up to size, masculine throughout, head in proportion. Good shoulders and rear angles. In good coat. Best mover in this class showing correct tail set and carriage.
2nd Wright’s Rushbottom Razzle Dazzle Blue merle - much smaller and finer than 1. Good front angles but needs to develop behind.
3rd Richard’s Moortime Once in a Blue Moon
Post Graduate Dog (8,1a)
1st Swallow’s Lyveden Castill Chaska Red merle - Lovely young man who didn't grab my attention at first but one I found I kept looking back at. Lovely shape, super head shape and planes. Lovely angles front and rear, good bone, nice feet and a nice amount of coat that is well marked. Gave his runner a hard time but moved better as the class and day progressed. True for and aft with a steady easy stride in profile. Thought him very worthy of Reserve Best Dog
2nd Brown’s Silverdream Aussie’s Marzipan (Imp Hun) Red merle - Another lovely boy, smaller in frame that 1 but in proportion. Lovely head and super ears. Excellent angles fore and aft and good feet. Lovely mover especially behind.
3rd Bland’s Abodandy Nika Yaba Daba Doo at Hilandes
Limit Dog (5,1a)
1st Taylor & Jones’ Shenkiri Rolling Thunder Red merle - Super shape with lovely angles, good bone and feet. Lovely head & expression, super mover and in good coat.
2nd Keel’s Drcal Majestic Prince ShCM PBeg.Ex Black tri - Another lovely dog of good type and shape. Super angles front and rear, good bone, nice feet. Nice head. Slightly smaller than 1 but that takes nothing away. Just lost out to 1's slightly straighter front movement.
3rd Harris & Winfrow’s Allmark Solitaire
Open Dog (4,0a)
1st Simmons’ Versace Suave des Chemin Cathares ShCM (Imp Fra) Blue merle - Heading up a lovely class. Full of type, correct size and proportions, masculine, lovely head proportions, correct ears giving an intelligent expression. Super angles front and rear, lovely bone and feet and a super mover. True fore and aft, steady 'moderate' gait in profile. Just had the presence in the dog challenge to win Best Dog and was pushed hard in the challenge by the bitch but won out for Best Dog & Best In Show
2nd Blackburn, Gatenby & Green’s Ir Ch Armatan Bad Moon Rising (ai) ShCM CW'07 CW'10 Blue merle - Another masculine typey boy. Lovely shape with good conformation, good head, and a nice mover, in good coat. Called in to challenge for RBD and it was very close with the PG winner but the latter just had that little something that takes your eye.
3rd Brown’s Ir Ch Accra Imtheotherone ShCM
Veteran Dog (7,2a)
1st Gibbons Gibband’s Red Admiral Red tri - 10½yrs. What a lovely boy. I remember judging this young man a little over 7 years ago. Beautifully put together with super front and rear assemblies. Preferred the head and ears of my BD & RBD but this 'young' man is a pleasure to watch going round the ring.. Lovely rear and super profile movement. Front not what it used to be but he can still can still out move most of the younger dogs. RBVIS.
2nd Timperon & Reeve’s Am Ch Windfalls Katchmeifyoucan (Imp USA) Black tri - 7½yrs. Lovely outline and well presented. Lovely head and well made throughout. Good coat and colour. Tends to move with a long 'lazy' stride rather than the more typical 'moderate' stride but still a lovely boy.
3rd Gatenby & Green’s Armatan Mon Maitre
1st Wright’s Ozzypool Black Velvet 11month Black tri - What a lovely young lady. Unassuming but all there. Lovely head and expression. Super shape, feminine yet with good bone. Very good angles front and rear. Best of movers, true going and coming and a pleasure to watch in profile. Correct tail set and lovely carriage. Just gave a better shape on the stand than her brother to win Best Puppy In Show
2nd Case’s Silvarcea Rags to Riches 7month Red merle - This young lady took my eye when she came into the ring. Super type and shape. Lovely angles and in good coat for one so young. Movement every bit as good as the winner. Just a little longer in foreface that decided the placings today.
3rd Buecheler’s Lyvenden Pheris Song for Kasaki
1st Wright’s Ozzypool Black Velvet
2nd O’Brien’s Abodandy Nika Jakaroo Boo 15 month Red tri - Another lovely bitch. Pretty head, sweet expression. Super body with good angles. Lovely steady mover. Not the tail set and carriage of 1.
1st Harrison’s Lyveden Castill Cholena 19 month Black tri - Pleasing young bitch. Surprised to find her in Novice. Good overall shape with a lovely head shape. Well made with good angles. Steady mover, true fore and aft with correct tail set and carriage.
2nd Buecheler’s Lyveden Pheris Song for Kasaki Blue merle - Finer that 1 but with a nice body. Good angles, pretty head with good ear set. Lovely mover in profile and rear.
Post Graduate Bitch (6,1a)
1st Challenger’s Lyveden Castill Chandra Red tri - Another quality young bitch who headed up a very promising class. Super typey outline, lovely head with good proportions. Dark rich red coat. Super angles, lovely bone and feet and such a lovely mover, true and typey. Had a look at her for RBB but the OB had the same qualities and maturity.
2nd Child & Cartwright’s Moonstyle Magic Minx Black tri - Another lovely girl. Different in type to 1 but with lots of quality. Lovely head of good shape, super angles and good bone. Nice feet. Lovely true typey mover but tail set and carriage lost her the class.
3rd Venton’s Liskarn Time to Wish at Mistyisle
Limit Bitch (3,1a)
1st Turnbull, Clegram & Dowson’s Ozzypool Eternal Flame Red tri - This young lady has it all. Excels for type and shape and commands attention. Lovely feminine head of correct proportions and shape. Super angles front and rear. Lovely body, true movement and excellent in profile. Kept showing in the challenge to fend off some strong competition to win Best Bitch, Best Opposite Sex & Reserve Best In Show
2nd Storer Javison Silver Belle Blue merle - Another nice young lady. Good head, well made with lovely body shape and angles. Ears and front movement not as good as 1.
Open Bitch (7,2a)
At this point I decided I was being spoilt. Class after class of quality bitches. Very close between my first 2 here.
1st Case’s Trijem Yuletide Christmas Cracker ShCM Blue merle - Judged this lady as a youngster and she has matured nicely. Well put together with good angulation, nice type, lovely shape, good bone and nice feet. Good head proportions and shape with attentive expression. Super mover with correct stride, true fore and aft. Just had the presence and maturity in the challenge to take Reserve Best Bitch
2nd Taylor & Venton’s Shenkiri Dancing Rainbow over Mistyisle Red merle - Another nice bitch Narrower in muzzle than 1 but lovely overall shape. Well put together, lovely mover, particularly in profile.
3rd Dowson’s Allmark Veuve Clicquot at Ozzypool
Veteran Bitch (2,0a)
1st Morley’s Trijem Flies via Touchstone with Shloyan 9½yr Black tri - Super 'young' lady who still knows how to strut her stuff. Lovely shape with correct head, well made throughout with good angulation, good bone and feet. Still has good colour and can move with the best of them Best Veteran In Show
2nd Taylor & Venton’s Moortime Magic of the Moors at Shenkiri ShCM 8 year old Black tri - Different to 1 but still a lovely girl. Pretty feminine head, narrower in muzzle than the winner but has better ears. Well made and very typical profile on the move. True behind but not as good as the winner in front.
Ray McDonald - Judge (Roanjora)