I would like to extend my thanks for the committee for inviting me to judge. Following a long journey north from the S West of England we were met with warm hospitality and lovely food, especially the shortbread!. Although not numerically strong my entry didn’t lack quality and I was so pleased to see my BOB take BIS under judge M. Rees.
Puppy : 2 (1 absent)
1 Thorpe’s Montreathmint Hot Lips. Stood alone inthe class. 7 mth bitch, up to size for her age and needs time. Pleasing head and expression with good shaped dark eye. Good lay back of shoulder but would prefer more return of upper arm. Level topline which she held on the move. Good bone and feet. Moved soundly when she settled BP
- Graduate 4 (4)
1 Stevenson’s Plainfire’s The Captain of My Heart is Steelriver. Up to size young dog. Well moulded head of correct proportions. Soft expression with correct almond shaped dark eye. Excellent reach of neck which runs smoothly into well laid shoulders. Good depth of chest and well defined brisket. Strong boned but showing no coarseness, best of feet. Correct rear angulation with well set tail that never stopped. Moved soundly covering the ground well.
2 Montegrino Nanny Noggins at Rachanmill. Good size well balanced bitch, sadly not in the best of coat today. Good head and expression. Good bone and feet. Pronounced brisket but not quite the shoulder construction of 1. Well coupled with good rear angulation. Moved ok but lacked drive and enthusiasm.
3 Laird’s Branchalwood Strathearn of Daicheil (AI)
1Laird’s Seaheart Archibald of Daicheil SHCM Quality medium sized, workmanlike dog with no exaggerations. Beautifully moulded one piece head of correct proportions. Well filled under the eyes with clean cheeks. Excellent front construction with correct angulation. Well defined brisket and good depth of chest with elbows sitting well against the brisket. Correct spring of rib with short loin, Strong level topline with well-set tail. This lad just flowed from the tip of his nose to the end of his tail and presented an overall balanced picture. Rear angulation good, well muscled and good width of second thigh. Moved soundly and purposefully covering the ground. Beautifully presented in his coat. Thrilled when he went BIS
2 Stevenson Steelriver Sun Kissed JW Lovely young bitch you looked immature against my winner. Exquisite flatcoat head and expression with glinting eyes that can only mean mischief. Well set ears. Good depth of chest, good bone and feet. Short through the loin with good rear angulation. Rather exuberant on the move but her overall type and balance gained her the 2nd spot.
3 Cullen’s Orkhatos Lucas at Auchinbreck Shcm
1 Blain’s Sh Ch Caci’s Just A Gigolo At Steelriver JW Strong upstanding dog with a beautifully moulded head and the kindest of expressions. Good reach of neck which flowed into a strong level topline with a well set tail which was maintained on the move. Covered the ground well on the move, going straight fore and aft Presented in hard condition but sadly lacking furnishings today