My thanks to the committee for their most kind invitation and to my stewards for their work. An entry in which I “hands-on” assessed more of the breed than I have judged in the past fourteen years so I am most grateful indeed to all the exhibitors for their kind entry and understanding in allowing me to evaluate your dogs.
1. Martin – Laoirebay Steel Blue Ocean
Head well balanced on this attractive eight and a half months puppy stronger than the bitch with better formed skull which won him the challenge over her together with his wide, full, well pigmented nostrils and distinct clear colours. Typical and pleasing coat on show for a youngster, compact and athletic build with firm, level topline , well boned with close knit feet. Hope he develops some more spring of ribcage and won this class being the soundest mover present on the day. BPD & BP.
2. Knox & Jakins – Terne Des Coris Qalimero At Coolfin (Imp Bel) NAF
Pleasing breed outline on this seven months old carrying more red colouring than the winner, well boned with compact feet, true firm topline, moderately long, strong neck flowing into well placed shoulders. Head needs time but has an attractive round eye shape with lovely dark brown colour giving kind expression, a promising dog.
3. Taylor – Laoirebay Monte Carlo
Litter brother to the winner with good scope to his outline to fill for the future, head more angulated needing time to develop. Well presented with lovely strength of muscle in the hindquarters for his age, rather loose in front pasterns on the move at present where he needs to tighten. Completed three worthy, typical youngsters.
1. Gardner – Alanea Game Reserve With Danwish
This twenty one months sired by winner of veteran headed a good class. Very typical and of a line that I favoured on the day it appears now in writing this report. Head well proportioned and not overdone with intelligent, kind expression. Well boned with well knitted toes and feet with some feathering, excellent topline, well sprung ribcage carried well back and strong across the loins. Wide, powerful well muscled hindquarters, presented in good coat, finely textured, well feathered with lovely body condition. The best mover in the class on the day with good forward reach and effortless rear drive. Awarded reserve BD.
2. Payne – Lovenjoel Prince Charming
Slightly heavier finish to the head compared to the first dog on this two years eight months with the same sire as the winner I note. Strong neck and well placed shoulders, good topline and the best of bone throughout. Head well proportioned but depth of stop at the limit for me, athletic and strongly built, moved well.
3. Owen – Anisbrig Tamdhu
Rising four years old with a balanced head but not the finish and strength of muzzle of the winners. Well angulated throughout but would benefit by carrying a bit more body condition to his advantage in my opinion. Presented in good coat and feather, well muscled hindquarters, strong bone and compact feet. Completed three nicely typical specimens.
1. Barney & Howatson – Sh.Ch. Killarys Grand Venture With Vanders & Romau
At four years of age a dog at his very best, oozing breed type and quality presence with a delightfully masculine head, muzzle full and skull not over exaggerated with correct roundness. Deep bodied with well sprung ribcage reaching well back, wonderful strength across the loins with solid muscle repeated down his wide, long hindquarters to well set hocks. Lovely sweep of topline enhanced by his well rounded body condition with super finely textured and well feathered coat, colours rich and clear with no body ticking. Carried head high and tail set correctly and carried beautifully demonstrating his excellent temperament. Long striding, accurate and powerful mover which no doubt helped get him shortlisted in a competitive gundog group later in the day, BD & BOB.
2. Barry – Sh.Ch. Rustasha Golden Rapper JW
Most worthy champion beautifully mature and well coated and fully feathered at four years three months, solid typical topline but not quite the superior movement of the winner on the day. Excellent front angulation with the best of bone, fore-chest and brisket on display and excellent hindquarter muscling with deep second thighs creating power and thrust behind. A lovely breed typical head with unexaggerated strength and roundness of finish where required, good stop and eyes dark coloured, well shaped and set.
3. Pilmer – Anisbrig Tobermory
Rising four years pushed the second close but has a weaker finish of muzzle and was not as tight in front on the move on the day as those above him. Very typical in all regards with lovely ribcage reaching well back, strength in the pasterns front and rear, excellent bone and topline and hindquarters fully muscled and developed. Lacking in finishing of feathering on the day to the winners. A class of quality dogs.
1. Wade – Sh.Ch. Ballakinnish Malachi At Oldstone
The proud sire of several of my winners today I now see, passing on his considerable attributes to the next generation now himself seven years two months of age. The best head in the class for balance, finish, roundness, strength and breed essence of mischief expression. Stop correctly formed, ears of correct length, well placed along with darkly coloured eyes. An athletic, sturdy dog not the biggest but all in proportion and compact balance. Super bone and tight, well padded feet still at his age, lovely depth of brisket, well ribbed back with powerfully muscled hindquarters, coat nicely feathered and the soundest and strongest mover in the class on the day.
2. Barry – Sh.Ch. Rustasha Rhapsody In Red Sh.CM
Most impressive veteran at seven years of age also featuring winning progeny in the entry today, another exhibit with excellent well muscled body condition on show, deep and well sprung and ribbed back, strongly boned. Well coated and feathered though carrying more red colouring than the first, highly typical overall but not quite the muzzle finish of the winner for me.
3. Walker – Sh.Ch. & Ir.Sh.Ch. Vanders Va Voom Avec Wroxham
Rising ten years of age athletic and well presented in attractive fine coat and feathering with some more pleasing head features for me than the second placed dog. Lovely hazel eye colour and correct shape to rims, correct neck with strength well set into shoulders, deep brisket with ribcage reaching well back. Tended to cross in front somewhat on the move on the day and tail set rather high I considered. Completed a trio of dogs bringing great credit to the breed.
1. Callaghan – Laoirebay Penny Lane
Eight and a half months old litter sister to puppy dog winner attractive outline and colour well defined, strong black pigmentation to nose and eye rims, very well boned for a puppy. Sprung ribcage well ribbed back, firm across the loin for her age, fairly sound mover, needs time to come on and head to develop.
2. Walton – Gallybob Scarletina Bolete
Rising eight months same sire as the winner a heavier built puppy but very well angulated and the soundest mover in the class. Lovely spring of ribcage and super body condition, broad across the loins, muscled hindquarters, good bone and feet. Would not settle in the ring but possesses a well proportioned head with pleasing expression. One full of promise once happy to be stacked.
3. Henson – Ianbro Corellian Calypso At Tatsbro
Another in need of time, a nine months old bitch with pleasing breed outline rather lean in head at present, moderately long neck into well placed shoulders. Strong bone and typical topline, presented in good coat and clear colour. Moved soundly and true when she settled with correct tail set and carriage.
1. Peacock – Spiralwood Summer Rose
Rising fourteen months sired by second in veteran a sturdier build and more mature in head than the second bitch, well boned with strong, slightly sloping pasterns and lovely level, firm topline, broad across the loins, well bent stifles and length of ribcage. The soundest mover in the class.
2. Henson – Ianbro Corellian Calypso At Tatsbro
Did not quite possess the positive and strong movement of the winner in this class.
3. Savage – Saidhbhin Kingdom Peal NAF (Imp)
Seventeen and a half months with sinewy, muscled build, well boned, strong hindquarters with deep second thighs, muscled across the loins. Pleasing eye colour and shape, rather racy overall and tending to move slightly erratically on times on the day.
1. Sherratt – Alanea Holly Fern At Charnborough
Twenty one months litter sister to winner of post graduate dog with much to admire standing, attractive colour balance and coat, well feathered. Well sprung ribcage and good oval bone overall, for me the best head in the class, feminine expression, lovely kind eye and expression, deep bodied, well developed second thighs. Would have won further awards but close front movement failed her on the day for me.
2. Walker – Zendarric It’s A Kind Of Magic Within Wroxham JW
Balanced head, well developed with pleasing dark brown eye colour and shape, strong bone throughout, typical firm topline, though ribcage slightly barrelled for me on this two years three months old bitch. Compact feet, very well muscled hindquarters with broad, strong loin.
3. Newman – Taxus Golden Sage
Rising twenty one months typical and pleasingly balanced outline in profile but front rather wide and appeared constrained in front on the move. Well boned with tight knit feet, dark brown eye colour, rims well shaped, good depth of brisket, strong muscling overall.
1. Callaghan – Corranroo Coco
A three years eight months old quality bitch, another sired by the veteran dog winner, most attractive breed outline carrying herself with poise and grace around the ring, head held high and tail correctly positioned, a little wide moving behind for me on times but easily forgiven on an exhibit of such distinction. Lovely sweep of strong neck into shoulders, well balanced head, kind eyes, correct stop, rounded skull with beautiful proportions. Well sprung ribcage, good depth of chest and well sprung ribcage. I understand she has not always carried the best of coats but today was finely clothed, attractively feathered, moving with free flowing, effortless drive. Deservedly best Bitch.
2. Ward – Sh.Ch. Ballakinnish Mischief Making Copperwhite JW
Not quite the outline for me of the winner on this seven years two months litter sister to winner of veteran dog but nevertheless highly typical. Carrying more bone to advantage than the first bitch and tighter feet, muscled across the loins, well sprung ribcage and solid hindquarters. Reasonably sound and true on the move. Reserve best Bitch.
3. Soper – Caispern Winning Colours
Five and a quarter years old pleasing eye colour and shape, lovely black pigmentation though not quite the muzzle strength of the winners. Good firm, level topline, lovely depth of brisket though more red colouration than those above, well feathered. Loin nicely coupled, ribcage well sprung, I considered her rather short in length of ear.
1. Barry – Sh.Ch. Rustasha Rosa Kim
Seven years old litter sister to second in veteran dog moving well in front though rather close behind for me. A solid, mature, athletically built bitch well up at the shoulder with lovely deep brisket and presented well feathered but with some flecking. Head well balanced and typical for a bitch, pleasing outline with typical topline, good strong, oval bone and compact feet. The best profile mover in the class with flowing effortless reach and drive.
2. Sherratt – Sh.Ch. Casafelice Corma At Charnborough
Rising ten and a half years of age with a better spring and length of rib than the first bitch but not carrying her body condition. Abundant red coloration and would prefer a darker eye colour, strong, oval bone and well knitted feet. Moved acceptably.
3. Chapman – Ballakinnish Moulin Rouge
A beautifully solid bitch seven years two months old litter sister to winner of veteran dog with the best head proportions and expression in the class. Outstanding for quality of bone, compact feet, muscled loin condition and hindquarter strength, spring of ribcage and overall fitness without exaggeration. Well feathered with some slight flecking in the coat, without her usual runner it was practically impossible to accurately assess movement though should the situation have been different she could have won the class. Three notable and very typical bitches.
Judge – Richard Morris (Lascoed)