Irish Setter Club of Wales
Championship Show Critique Bitches
28th October 2007
Firstly, I wish to convey my gratitude to each and every Exhibitor for
honouring me with your lovely girls and making my first appointment at this
level, such a special day to remember.
Almost without exception, all the exhibits were beautifully presented, in
gleaming coat condition. In movement, I was looking for that true, easy
drive from strong quarters with a light reaching forward action in front,
gathering the ground effortlessly.
Sadly, some exhibits, whilst exciting to go over, just weren't as true in
movement when viewed from behind, so today, had to pay the price.
Some really good feet were spoilt by nails being too long and some girls I
found carrying too much weight, which does spoil a racy outline.
MINOR PUPPY BITCH ( 12,) (1 absent) A lovely Class of Babies.
1) Hills - LYNGOR LOVE ETERNAL AT SOMERLED
Thought her well grown, clean outline, quite striking for her age. Sweet head, low set ears with long leathers, nicely arched neck leading to attractive topline and tailset. Well ribbed with depth. Good width to quarters. Dark chestnut in coat colour and in great condition. Displayed herself well on the move using her tight well padded feet. Feel she will have much elegance when mature.
2) Townsends - FOLLIDOWN FORGET ME NOT
Pretty young lady, having a different finish to 1) her coat being wavy, with lots of movement.
Head, having lovely dark eye of correct shape and attractive neat finish to foreface. Well constructed, everything in proportion with lovely tailset. Moved well when settled
3) Proctors - SERRULA CHERRY VANILLA.
PUPPY BITCH (8.) (1 absent)
1 ) Risdons - REDDINS ESCENCE OF REDSLEEVES
Much to admire about this young lady, so well put together with a little extra length to her strong loins, she gives an elegant outline. Pretty, balanced head with a super reach to neck and clean topline, leading to correct tailset. Lovely forechest, well ribbed with plenty of heart room. Liked the depth to her underline. She stands on excellent, well padded tight feet, in lovely coat. Carried herself well on the move.
2) Berry and Morris - BRINARA WINTER CHERRY
Close up to winner. Pretty head, well arched neck adding attractiveness to her clean outline. Nicely balanced well boned frame, good width to her well muscled quarters. Her coat type hides nothing, her quality is there to see . In beautiful silky coat condition and moved with purpose.
3) Milligan - Bott and Bott - CORDARRAGH LADYBIRD OF THENDARA
VETERAN BITCH (9) - ( 4 absent)
Always an emotional time, to show in this class and I found, more emotional to Judge. The eldest bringing an easy tear to my eye - All out to enjoy their day.
1) Mugfords - Sh.Ch. LYNWOOD PROMISES PROMISES TO GIMAROCH
Quality Lady, so worthy of her title, presented in lovely coat and in such fit condition. She has strong bone and is so tightly put together. Her construction is balanced, so admired her topline, from her pretty head with soft brow, to her correct tailset. Deep in chest and strong well muscled quarters and short hocks. She carried herself beautifully and happily, showing that Irish character.
2) Kennys - BURRENMIST TARA ROAD
She really really enjoyed her time here and moved so well around the ring. A little different in style to the winner, slightly longer in loin and more substantial in bone and construction. Lovely front assembly, stifles well
bent, good strength to hock joint, in beautiful coat and shown with loving pride.
3) Roberts - POLMENNOR VILLAGE GOSSIP Sh.CM
JUNIOR BITCH - ( 19.) (4 absent)
1) Botts - BARDONHILL DAYS ARE DIAMOND
Headed a lovely line up of young ladies. - Quite smitten with her, liked her type. Nicely balanced head, with almond shaped eye, neat finish to flews, such low set ears, muscular neck being well arched, gently sloping topline, tail well set. Good forechest and straight in front. Deep ribcage, being well sprung, standing with good bone on the best of feet. In super dark coat - moved with verve.
2) Mortimer and Condrons - COVARNEYCOCO
So unlucky to meet the winner, as I have noticed this girl from her first outing and I liked what I saw. Feminine, racy, sleek outline, pretty and balanced head, soft expression in her dark eye. Good angulation, fore and aft giving clean topline and lovely tailset. Silky coat of polished chestnut. She was just a little apprehensive today.
3) Naylor and Morrisons - BARDONHILL SINGING SKIES OVER ANLORY
YEARLING BITCH - ( 15. ) • ( 2 absent)
Two attractive young ladies with similar attributes, both in lovely coat. 1) Mugfords • LYNWOOD FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS J.W
A little shorter coupled than second, but I felt she scored over the second in head shape, with softly raised brow and neat finish to flews and preferred reach of her nicely arched neck. Good front assembly, being tight at elbow, deeply ribbed. Strength in her quarters, lovely tailset earned well on the move.
2) Boutells - IXIA GENEVIEVE
Covered a little more ground than than 1), with slightly stronger body proportions. Well angulated both fore and aft, with good bone. Gave an attractive picture with clean topline and tailset. Has good, well padded feet, moved freely.
3) Bennetts - HEATHCLARE LOOKING AT MAGIC
MAIDEN -(18.) - (8 absent)
1) Botts - BARDONHILL DAYS ARE DIAMOND
2 ) Naylor and Morrisons - BARDONHILL SINGING SKIES OVER ANLORY
Litter sister to winner, so similar in construction, just didn't show herself to advantage in her previous class. In profile, her head is so like her sister, as is her body shape. Presented in gleaming coat. Winner just has that little extra maturity at this stage of development.
3) Gardners - CARNBARGUS CONTEMPLATION
NOVICE (16. ) -( 11 absent)
Botts - BARDONHILL DAYS ARE DIAMOND
Naylor and Morrisons - BARDONHILL SINGING SKIES OVER ANLORY
Gardners - CARNBARGUS CONTEMPLATION
UNDERGRADUATE ( 14.) • ( 4 absent)
Botts - BARDONHILL DAYS ARE DIAMOND
Bennetts - HEATHCLARE LOOKING AT MAGIC
Presents a feminine racy outline standing. Good angulation of upper arm, giving well layed back shoulder, enhancing her free reach to neck and clean topline and tailset.
Balanced head, low set on of ear, has well muscled quarters, super cat-like feet. Carried herself well on the move.
3) Mortimer and Condrons - COVARNEY COCO
GRADUATE BITCH ( 15. ) - ( 2 absent) 1)Wilkins • MARGRETWOODS KITTY CAT J.W.
What a striking young lady, now gaining her maturity and presented in beautiful coat. So appealing to the eye, attractive, balanced haed, such a neat finish to foreface, well defined stop, kind eye, quite alert in expression, long low set to ears. Good length to her strong loins - well constructed, with lovely sweep to stifle, quarters well muscled and short strong hocks. Moved with drive, surely won't be long until she's battling for top honours.
2) Roberts - POLMENNOR FOR PLEASURE
This lady quite impressed me when assessing her qualities. Thought she has much to offerand to admire, so unlucky to meet the winner of this class. She has a quiet elegance about her, appealing head, dark eye with soft expression. Not quite the depth of 1), but balanced outline, nothing overstated, so clean over shoulders and her firm topline leads to well set tail. Presented in beautiful coat and displayed positive motion, so in tune with her handler.
3) Ellis - BRAYVILLE LOVE AFFAIR J.W.
POST GRADUATE BITCH (21.) - ( 6 absent)
- POLMENNOR FOR PLEASURE
- WICKENBERRY GAZELLE
She certainly has that Irish " Joie de Vivre ", absolutely full of that wonderful verve, I usually see when my dogs are out hunting. This was my initial impression by sense, my second impression by touch, didn't disappoint. Liked her size, a compact lady, feminine, but having strength in her construction. Super straight front with prominent sternum, good angulation of shoulder and quarters, well muscled neck. Perhaps a little steeper in croup than some, but didn't allow this to detract. Has the best of feet and moved so well.
3) Eddens - MEADWAY MADDISON
MID LIMIT BITCH ( 13.) • (4 absent)
1) Pollards - GRAYRIGGE MAEVE J.W.
So full of quality, found so much to like and admire. Lovely structure throughout, giving such an appealing racy outline. Nothing overstated, everything just right from her nose to tail tip. Lovely muscle tone, standing on fabulous feet, happily displayed sound,true movement.
2) Hendersons - SAMETSUZ SECRET AFFAIR J.W.
To be honest, before being able to judge her today, I quietly thought she possibly wasn't " my cup of tea" But completely changed my mind after finding what she has to offer. Quite different in type to my other top placings, but under her full coat, which is in wonderful bloom, her good structure is there to be appreciated, with required depth to body and lovely forechest. She has a sweet feminine head, soft brow and dark eye colour. Quite exuberant on the move, which spoilt her impression in motion.
3) Condrons - COVARNEY MISS'B'HAVIN'
LIMIT BITCH (20.) • ( 3 absent)
A lovely class of Ladies, my shortlist was a joy. Any of those placed could take first place on another day. 1st and 2nd was such a close decision, I surprised myself.
1) Pollards - GRAYRIGGE MAIRONA J.W.
Litter sister of previous class winner - what a pair ! Found her so pleasing to assess. Has a classic head when viewed in profile, well defined stop and raised brow with dark, almond shaped eye. Well set ears, feminine, well muscled neck, clean topline and tailset over her correctly angulated structure. Good depth to her well sprung ribs, strong well muscled loin leading to good sweep of stifle and short strong hocks. Carried herself well on the move. Sadly for her today, she had strong competition in the class to follow.
2) Naylor and Morrisons - AN LORY VALPOLICELLA J.W.
Over the years, I have admired the stock of this exhibitor and this lovely mature lady is no exception.
She stands over more ground than 1) - being a little longer in loin, which enhances her beautiful outline, super front and rear assembly, everything in proportion, well muscled, having plenty of substance, short hocks and super feet. A picture on the move with correct tail carriage - just preferred the more elegant racier outline of 1) today.
Watertons * LYNWOOD STRANDS OF SILK
AT SANDSTREAM J.W.
OPEN BITCH (10) • ( 2 absent)
A class so full of quality, I felt overwhelmed by having the honour to judge those present.
1) Hunter and Browns - Sh. Ch. BRAIDMOUNT GEISHA GIRL
Thrilled to find her here today, as, since her puppy hood I have been a secret admirer. She has blossomed into a precious star to be treasured, in beautiful bloom - a picture of health.
She is so balanced throughout and stands naturally in just the right position, having the substance, body proportions, length of loin and bone structure to paint a picture so attractive to the eye.
Her beautiful head carried so well on the move, her movement being so effortless, positive and true drive from the from the rear and in front a soft reach for the ground to be covered.
Delighted to be able to award her the - CC. - And with my co-judge see her go - BIS. May luck always be on her side.
2) Kavanaghs - Sh. Ch. WITHERSDALE IVY
Lovely lady - now in her prime, so deserving of her title. Lovely feminine head, gently raised brow with soft expression, long low set ears. Beautifully constructed with super forechest, has extra length in coupling which enhances her elegance. In full coat of super texture, moved as one with her sympathetic handler. - A well deserved • RCC
Sh. Ch. AMBERWAVE SPANGLE J.W.
SPECIAL BEGINNERS BITCH (8. ) • ( 3 absent)
1) Mitchells - COYARNEY WALTZING MATILDA
Unplaced in the lovely limit class, - built on a taller frame than some, nice arch to neck with good lay back of shoulder, topline enhanced with correct tailset. Nice width to quarters. A little short of feathering on chest, but in lovely coat condition.
Bennetts - HEATHCLARE LOOKING AT MAGIC
SILVAGEM PEARL OF THE ORIENT J.W.
MEMORIAL OPEN CLASS FOR MEMBERS ( 6. ) - ( 3 absent)
- Sh. Ch. WITHERSDALE IVY
Stevensons - LOCHLORIEN MISS
MARPLE COPS ANDLEY
Lady of substance with good depth to body, nice dark eye in her well shaped skull and good finish to flews. Liked her lay back of shoulder, topline and tailset. In lovely coat, a little less weight would improve outline.
JUDGE- RITA PICKERSGILL