Report for South Wales Kennel Association Championship Show held at The Royal Welsh Showground on Sunday 7th October 2018
I was honoured and felt very privileged to be asked to judge at SWKA Championship Show, and I should like to thank the officers and committee members for inviting me to judge at CC level for the first time; my excellent stewards for making my task easier; and most especially, thank you to exhibitors for entering their lovely dogs under me, and making it such a memorable day. For me, the 3 distinctive breed characteristics are heads, coats and tails. Coats were still showing the effects of the unusually hot summer, and consequently there was little evidence of otter tails. There appears to be an emergence in the breed of a head type which, whilst not unattractive, is not, for me, a true “lab head”, as the stop, cheeks and flews are more pronounced, often accompanied by a round rather prominent eye; and at the other extreme some exhibits lacked width in the muzzle and were almost snipey. Movement, particularly at the rear, left quite a bit to be desired, with many exhibits moving very close. Despite these considerations, there were some lovely dogs, and I thoroughly enjoyed going over them, quality in some of the bitch classes meant some very nice exhibits being unplaced.
1 Hutchinsons’ Glosmere The Grenadier. A promising baby with attractive head, just right for his age, kind eye of correct colour, excellent pigmentation, good length of neck and well laid back shoulder, pleasing length of leg, and adequate bone. Presents a very nicely balanced profile with good topline. Good double coat, moved and showed very well for a puppy.
2 Prices’ Rowanhol Blue Moon. A sweet yellow baby of just 6 months. Head yet to come but with kind eye of correct shape. Good front angulation, bone and feet. At this stage lacked the coat of the 1st and still needs to tighten in movement.
3 Crellin’s New Horizons Music Man.
1 Harvey-Major’s Linjor Rigsby. 11 month old good sized yellow dog, masculine head with nice eye colour and pigmentation, good reach of neck into well-laid shoulders, excellent depth of brisket, lovely topline and well angulated through the rear with good second thigh, excellent bone, though needs to tighten a touch on the pasterns. Moved very freely covering the ground well.
2 Druggan’s Mafia Lab’s Taboo Webster At Balladoole. Another nice puppy of excellent type. Attractive head with kind expressive eye, and good pigmentation. Well angulated, good strong topline and nice tight feet. Sufficient coat of correct texture. Moved and showed well.
3 Crellin’s New Horizons Music Man.
JD. (9:0) 1 Druggan’s A Sense Of Pleasure’s El Toro At Balladoole (Imp. Deu.). Mature young black dog, particularly pleasing in forehand construction, with good length of neck and well laid back shoulders, well ribbed and deep through brisket, well angulated fore and aft, strong quarters, good level topline and tailset. Excellent bone and feet, good coat of correct harsh texture, and excellent muscle tone, moved and showed very well, and I’m sure will have a bright future.
2 Rawlinson and Balshaws’ Halshimoor Pitch Battle At Shanorrell. Another very nice youngster though of a different type, with lovely head and kind expression, soundly constructed with a particularly good deep well ribbed chest and excellent topline and tailset. Slightly less “together” than 1st. which showed in movement, but another youngster that I’ve no doubt will do well as he matures.
3 Britton’s Llanstinan Louis Lewis Bowstones.
YD. (5:0) 1 Logan’s Madgack Mulberry Minocqua. I really liked this young black dog. He presents such an eye catching profile, so well balanced. He has the most beautiful head, kind expression and good eye colour, good length of neck, well placed shoulders, lovely front, legs and feet, short coupled body with good spring of rib and super topline and tailset, well angulated hind quarters with correct width of thigh and turn of stifle. Shown in good coat, one of the few “otter tails” of the day. Moved very well. Considered for top honours.
2 Litherland’s Oakhouse Oscar Pistorius. Solidly made chocolate dog of very sound type, without any coarseness. Excellent front construction, neck and shoulders, and a good deep barrel chest, masculine head not overdone, well angulated fore and aft, good level topline, correct coat and a strong active mover in good firm muscular condition.
3 McKennas’ Warringah’s Kobble Creek.
1 Britton’s Louis Lewis Bowstones. Young black dog, 3rd in Junior and a lighter framed dog than the first 2 in that class. Kind head and expression and good eye colour. Correct angulation front and rear, level topline kept on the move. Correct double coat, but perhaps not at its best today, which coupled with being a bit at the “in-between stage” at the moment, made him look a shade raw.
2 Bambrooks’ Marshwiggle Shakespeare At Ravoakar JW. Very different type of dog. Good deep chest with excellent spring of rib. Adequate angulation front and rear with good turn of stifle. Moved soundly, if a little lacking in animation.
3 Nielson’s Handsome Cool Water.
1 Braddons’ Trendlewood Born To Run JW. Upstanding, nicely balanced, pale yellow dog. Beautiful head and expression, good eye colour and pigmentation. Especially liked his excellent front construction with good strong neck flowing to well laid back shoulder placement, deep well ribbed chest, firm topline and strong well made quarters. Moved very soundly with good extension and drive. Another I considered for top honours, but felt that today his coat was not at its best.
2 Litherland’s Oakhouse Oh Two. A nice type of black, very typical of this kennel with excellent front construction, good angulation and well placed shoulders. Liked his head, masculine but not coarse with kind eye, deep chest, strong topline and well made quarters. Coat of correct texture. Moved soundly and steadily.
3 Carpanini’s Carpenny Pitch.
1 Williamson’s Sharouns Talk Of The Town JW. Very nice, sound, well balanced sort of dog. Compact, fit, active looking dog with all the essentials. Good head, intelligent eager to please expression, pleasing forehand angulation, with strong neck, and well placed shoulder, excellent firm topline, short coupled with strong quarters, and well developed second thigh. He was in super hard condition, which showed in his driving movement. One of the best movers of the day.
2 Lesley’s Steeleigh Blue Print JW. A lovely black dog of quality, a shade bigger than 1st. and a different type, he presents such an attractive profile, so well balanced, with lovely masculine head, attractive eye, good length of neck, well laid back shoulder and well angulated front, excellent topline and tail, and strong well muscled quarters. Moved well.
3 Maclean’s Afinmore Alain JW ShCM.
1 Maclean’s Afinmore Azufral. A chocolate dog of real quality, at nearly 4 years of age, I believe just coming into his best, as he has really matured into a very eye-catching dog. Presents a beautifully balanced profile, with everything in proportion. Lovely masculine head, attractive expressive eye, strong neck, well laid back shoulder and well angulated front. Excellent topline and tail, and hind quarters well-muscled with a good bend in the stifle. Moved very well with an easy flowing gait and looks well capable of a day’s work on the moor. CC & BOB. Since starting this critique, I have heard that he has now gained not only his 3rd. CC, but also his SGWC. A worthy champion in my opinion. Well done.
2 Heppers’ Sh Ch Mardas All Blacks JW. Another lovely dog of excellent type. I particularly liked his attractive head and gentle eye, lovely neck, shoulders and forehand construction. He has a good deep well ribbed chest and excellent topline, good width of thigh with well let down hocks. He carried a double coat giving a harsh feel and clothing his otter tail. Moved well with ease and purpose. Another worthy champion. RCC.
3 Coodes’ Ch Warringah’s Perth JW ShCM.
VD. (2:0) Two lovely “old boys” in this class, who could both have shown some of the younger dogs how to move.
1 Stewarts’ Sh Ch Streamanda Top Knotch JW. I recall having given this dog a Best of Breed when he was only just in Junior, and most of my remarks at that time still apply. Lovely old fashioned type of dog, with lovely neck and forehand construction, good deep body and strong well angulated quarters, firm topline which he still maintained on the move. Moved soundly both ways and presented himself well.
2 Chapmans’ Killanow Sentinel At Daisypatch. Another nice yellow dog with a good well balanced profile and kind head. Correct front and rear angulation, well sprung ribs and good turn of stifle. Adequate coat of correct texture. Didn’t quite hold his topline as well as 1st, but nonetheless moved soundly.
MPB. (14:2) There were some really lovely puppies in this strong class.
1 Hopkinsons’ Centenalee Meadow Mint At Rocheby. I liked this puppy a lot, and felt she had all the essentials in the making, though still only a baby. Feminine head with good eye shape and colour, and very sweet expression. Excellent angulation front and rear, with well-placed shoulder and level topline, short coupled and balanced, strong well rounded quarters. Good coat and bone. Carrying sufficient weight for me. Moved well and showed like she’d been doing it for years. I’m sure will have a promising future.
2 Druggan’s Balladoole Tell Tale. A rather different type of puppy, though again with very sweet head and sound construction throughout, but a shade rangier at the moment, and not quite as settled in movement as the 1st. Especially liked her old fashioned coat with a good harsh feel and plenty of undercoat.
3 Braddons’ Trendlewood Dunnabbey Ten Out Of Ten.
1 Hopkinsons’ Rocheby Melody. A very promising puppy with such a pretty head and sweet expression. Well presented in good coat and condition, shows like an old hand, presenting a lovely balanced outline, with good reach of neck and well angulated front, deep through the chest, short coupled, excellent topline and tailset, and strong well developed quarters. Best mover in the class. A lovely youngster who should have a bright future. BP.
2 Williamson’s Sidelock Scarlet For Sharouns. Yet another very nice yellow puppy presenting an attractive profile with good angulation front and rear, level topline and well set tail. However, not quite the strength or depth in the loin of the 1st and a bit looser on the move.
3 Peggs’ Jancet Aurora.
JB. (13:3) Another good class.
1 Hodges’ Naiken Dance Rhythm JW. What a super youngster. Had seen her from the ringside but it’s only when going over her that one can truly appreciate her qualities. Wonderful breed type with everything where it should be and not over exaggerated in any way. Shown in good coat of correct texture, and super muscular tone for one so young. I particularly liked her lovely neck and forehand construction, but she is very well put together throughout. Moved with drive covering the ground well. One I considered for top honours, and I have no doubt will do very well in future.
2 Bailiss’ Tissalian Trust Connie. A very nice pale yellow bitch of a different, but nonetheless pleasing, breed type. Pretty head with kind expression, good eye colour and pigmentation. Clean neck into correct front angulation. Good bone and tight feet. Good turn of stifle, and strong quarters used well on the move. Moved well both ways.
3 Lesley’s Steeleigh Miracles Matter
1 Stoker’s Madgack Mimosa. A neat compact black bitch of good breed type. Feminine head and pleasing expression with a good eye and well set ears. A clean reach of neck flowing to correct well placed shoulders and well angulated front. Nice deep chest with good spring of rib. Topline just drops away slightly to a rather low set tail, but it was one of the best otter tails of the day. Moved and showed well.
2 King’s Mikmaqlabs Waits For The Sun. Black bitch of different type, more an old fashioned type. Nice deep bodied bitch with sound conformation and excellent showmanship. Strong neck, well placed shoulders, level topline and good tailset, strong, well made quarters of ample width with well-developed second thigh. In excellent coat and condition. Moved soundly. While I liked both of these very different black bitches, in the end I chose the cleaner outline of the 1st.
3 Wallace’s Tiaja Love In The Sun.
1 Litherland’s Oakhouse Olanthe. Very nice chocolate bitch, so typical of this kennel. Lovely clean outline and beautifully balanced. Sweet feminine head with gentle expression, good reach of neck and well laid back shoulder, deep bodied, good spring of rib, strong quarters used well on the move. Coat of correct texture. Moved well both ways.
2 Evans’ Farnfield Clarity TAF. A cream bitch with the sweetest of heads, kind expressive eye and super pigmentation. Very well put together with excellent angulation fore and aft, well laid back shoulder and strong quarters, good legs and nice tight feet. Correct coat though perhaps not at its best. Moved and showed well.
3 Collins’ Carromer Worth A Glance At Kaspair.
1 Scutcher’s Winsleywood Wild Anise JW ShCM. Smart yellow bitch of nice type who was very balanced in profile. Not a big girl, but enough of her and nicely put together, with good angulation fore and aft, particularly good depth of chest and spring of rib, good well muscled quarters. Stood foresquare on good legs and tight feet. Moved and showed very well.
2 Evans’ Saranden Amahami At Bowsian. Black bitch of very different type. Sweet feminine head, lovely front with well developed forechest. At a time when coats for many of the dogs here today were not at their best, this girl had ample coat, in lovely condition and with an excellent tail. Moved fine when settled.
3 Jones’ Lembas Faith At Serenjar.
1 Williamson’s Sharouns Victoria’s Secret JW. A very nice type of bitch, so well constructed. Strongly made, of a good size, but still very feminine. Shown in good coat of correct texture and super hard condition. Attractive head with eye of good shape and colour, giving kind expression. Good reach of neck and well placed shoulders, deep in the body with good spring of rib, well angulated fore and aft, strong level topline and powerful quarters used very well on the move. Moved positively with lovely forward reach and plenty of drive from her powerful quarters. In the challenge she simply “asked for the award” with her movement. RCC.
2 Gawthorpes’ Waterbrook Pillow Talk. A lovely yellow, slightly smaller than the winner, but very well balanced in outline. Attractive feminine head with nice eye shape and colour. Pleasing front and well angulated quarters. Well presented and moved soundly.
3 Mills’ Lembas Crackling Rosie JW.
1 Mills’ Lembas Go Gentle JW. Lovely type black bitch excelling in coat and tail, and shown in wonderful bloom and excellent hard muscular condition. I loved her beautiful head with good length and width of muzzle, super eye colour and melting expression. I also particularly liked her excellent forehand assembly with lovely length of neck, sloping shoulders, good length of upper arm and plenty of forechest. She is short coupled with deep barrelled chest, strong through the loin with good topline and tail, and has strong wide well muscled hind quarters used well on the move. Moved very well both coming and going. Presented and handled to perfection. Delighted to award her the CC, which I understand (subject to K.C. approval) gives her her title. Another worthy champion, congratulations.
2 Hopkinsons’ Sh Ch Hayley Sun In Their Eyes. This beautiful bitch is another that has quality in abundance in every regard, so well balanced in outline. Such a kind feminine head, with eyes of good shape and colour. Lovely reach of neck and well laid back shoulders. Good deep well ribbed body and strong well angulated quarters. Lovely topline and tailset to finish off the balanced picture. Moved faultlessly both ways, though in the challenge just didn’t quite have the drive of the RCC winner.
3 Carpanini’s Sh Ch Carpenny Portia.
1 Dodd’s Sh Ch Brockburrow Breaking Dawn. A lovely old girl to whom I have awarded a BIS in the past. At that time I was particularly attracted by her lovely head and melting eyes, expressing the true lab temperament of willingness and intelligence, and that remains the same today. She has a clean neck set into well laid back shoulders with good depth to her chest, correct angulation front and rear and strong quarters. Shown in good coat with a super otter tail. Moved soundly, though perhaps just beginning to show her years.
2 Britton’s Sh Ch Martinstide Pastiche Of Bowstones JW. Very nice type of Labrador, nothing flashy or overdone with a beautifully balanced head, good length of muzzle, soft kind gentle eyes and melting expression, good depth of brisket and spring of rib, beautifully constructed throughout, in good coat and condition. Moved very well.
Judge: Jenny Dobson.