Brian Rix Ricksbury
I would like to thank the Officers and Committee of Windsor Dog Show, particularly chairman Ona Gore for the wonderful hosting. To be given the opportunity to judge my first group at this level, at what is, the jewel in the crown of Championship Shows, set in the Home Park Windsor, was indeed a great honour. It was a great pity that the Yorkshire terrier missed the opportunity to appear in the group due to late judging.
The group had some quality dogs but it was a day for the up and coming youngest. Having made a shortlist of 8 lovely toy dogs, I decided after one more assessment on the move that the group should go to the outstanding Italian greyhound, Rutter & Wheeler Chrisford Golden Showers. This beautiful Italian greyhound has the potential to be an all breeds best in show winner. I adored her head being long flat and narrow. She has the most delightful expression, neat rose ears, lovely neck and shoulders and the correct hare feet. Very well-muscled and looked a picture with her high stepping actions showing great propulsion.
Group 2 went to the beautifully presented Maltese, Jackson & Egan Ch Benatone Gino D’acampo, ideal size with wonderful pigmentation and gorgeous expression. A sound free moving dog, he was no way impeded by his wonderful coat of the correct texture.
Group 3 the Griffon Bruxellois, Price Ch Marquant Euphoria, again of idea size, lovely head and that mischievous expression I found so appealing. Her body construction was exceptional and she moved and showed so well.
Group 4 was the exciting Bichon Frise, Johns Manoir’s Man For All Seasons, which I note was my best puppy at The National early this year and his owner must have gone home on cloud 9 having collected two CCs on the day with this stunning puppy. He has a gorgeous expression with large dark appealing eyes and those wonderful haloes presented to perfection.
Toy Special Beginners Group
Group 1 Olof Tarnock Rock N Roll Rene, Papillion of good size moving and showing so well. I have judged and admired this dog and still like him very much.
Group 2 Rutherford Yorlanders It’s Zeva At Potbelli, Pug of ideal size well pigmented, coby body with a good eye and expression, showing no obvious signs of breathing difficulties and today was certainly a tester for that in the intense heat.
Group 3 Hancock Szolohegyi Bitanguzo Jett, Coton De Tulear good coat texture, moved and showed well
Group 4 Lane Denique Serenity, smooth coat chihuahua went well for his handler.