What a lovely Breed Show I have been invited to judge. Thank you so much for the invitation, and thank you for entering and bringing your beloved hounds. The day started perfectly, no rain and not too cold. Well, after the lunch break judging continued inside due to not so pleasant weather conditions. Having judged the Sunday classes at the Breed Show nine years ago and the breed at the Hound Association Ch Show I thought that the majority of the exhibits were presented in very good condition, well muscled and on the whole very good coats. Since the Standard no longer refers to ears folded back like the Greyhound, I think we should not ignore that they should be ‘folded back’. I was very pleased to see such strong jaws. Soundness does not have a matching translation in my language, but many know what it means – several exhibits were very narrow behind, some even cow hocked but most of them had good width between the hip bones, fronts were good on the whole, but weak pasterns spoiled some front movement. So I saw many very nice side movements, but coming and going several were anything but sound, which is a shame. Typical kind and friendly deerhound temperament – just the odd slightly shy individual due to the fact that it was their first dog show. So the atmosphere in and around the ring was quiet and relaxed as usual. Thank you to my efficient Stewards who helped make my day very enjoyable.
Class PUPPY DOG: Entries 5 (absent 2)
1st) Foy’s DORRATOR FRANKLIN
Light coloured dog of good size, moderate angulations. Nice head and expression. A bit flat on topline at the moment, good feet. Sound mover.
2nd) Barter & Christian’s EHLARADAWN RUNE
Bit short in body, very nice head with small ears. Nice angulations. Very good coat. Good side movement but a bit close behind.
3rd) McKinnon & Parsons’ FINLAS AT CLAONAIGLEN
Best body, lovely topline, super fore-chest, excellent rear, super coat but sadly just would not move.
JUNIOR DOG: 6 (2)
1st) Taylor’s KILBOURNE BOOGALOO TO ORMANSTAR
Lovely shaped hound with low hocks. Nice head but with ears on the larger size. Excellent forechest with lovely angulations, super topline, lovely feet and good quality coat. Sound, free movement.
2nd) C & E Cartmell’s CUSIDH DRAWING DOWN THE SUN
Very balanced and well proportioned dog. Masculine head and pleasing expression. Moderate angulations. Sound mover and held his topline on the move.
3rd) Pink’s GREYHAWKS ROMANIE DROM
Lovely shape, well developed all over, good size. Moved very well once he got started with lovely, powerful hind quarters. Just a bit shy today.
YEARLING DOG: 11 (1)
1st) Lewis’ LUCKHURST NAIRN
Lovely, balanced and shapely hound. Typical masculine head, lovely topline, very good feet, excellent muscle condition, super coat. Moved well with lots of drive from behind.
2nd) Owen & Brodie’s LUCKHURST NEBO TO WOLFSCASTLE
Lovely, shapely male of medium size. Very balanced. Very good angulations front and rear. Lovely head with good ears, and a very sound mover.
3rd) Faircloth’s BEARDSWOOD RIPLEY FOR CALBRAIDH
A good sized hound, very balanced and moved very well. Excellent coat, eyes could be darker.
SPECIAL BEGINNER NOVICE DOG: 4 (1)
1st) Greenhalgh’s REGALFLIGHT POACHER OF LEKSMOOR
Medium sized, well balanced hound. Very good topline with typical angulations. Very good coat. Moved well, but with little enthusiasm.
2nd) Clarke’s ROSSLYN QURGAN
Very substantial – somewhat overweight - well proportioned hound. Good topline, very good coat, sound mover but would look much better with less weight.
3rd) Wilson’s LAIRIGEFYNE DAVEY
Lighter build example but still very young. Moderate angulations, well presented but reluctant to stride out.
SPECIAL BEGINNER OPEN DOG: 7 (1)
1st) Wilkinson’s SIREADH CHASE
Very balanced hound. Lovely head and expression. Nice body. Very good feet. Moves with ease and very sound.
2nd) Keeling & Merrick’s PEDLARSPATH SHAMAN
Very much like (1). Nice head, good topline and feet. Correct movement.
3rd) Merrick’s PEDLARSPATH SECRET STAR
Rather strong expression. Lovely size and well balanced. A long body and moved well.
UNDERGRADUATE DOG: 8 (1)
1st) Constantine’s GENTIEHUN AYERS ROCK OF KALEGINY
Lovely, shapely hound – very balanced and well angulated. Typical, attractive head. Moves very well with ease and drive.
2nd) PEDLARSPATH SHAMAN
3rd) PEDLARSPATH SECRET STAR
POST GRADUATE DOG: 4 (1)
1st) Taylor’s KILBOURNE USHER TO ORMANSTAR
Very shapely hound without any exaggerations. Lovely topline, pleasing head but ears not his fortune. Excellent coat, moves with ease and lots of drive.
2nd) Schaanning Ling’s BEARDSWOOD QUIVER
Well put together, masculine head with hazel eyes. Excellent ears, super coat. Moves very well and soundly.
3rd) Minton’s CLANARDWOOD SNOW HAWK
Very shapely hound. Coat a bit soft to the touch and I would like to see more pigmentation.
LIMIT DOG: 9 (3)
1st) C & E Cartmell’s CUSIDH HOMECOMING
Very balanced hound, lovely shape all over. Masculine head with lovely high-set ears. Excellent coat. Moves with ease and drive.
2nd) Peach’s NIMLOTH BILBO AT KILBOURNE
Medium sized hound without any exaggerations. Topline begins a little early. Masculine head but ears could be better folded. Moves very soundly with drive.
3rd) Helps’BEARDSWOOD QUINLAN
Balanced hound, high on the leg. Would like to see more arch over the loin. Presented in excellent condition. Moves effortlessly.
OPEN DOG: 7 (0)
1st) Morton & Morgan’s Ch COTHERSTONE SHOT & STEEL
A very balanced male of good size without any exaggeration. Masculine head with dark eyes and very soft expression. Ears could be better folded. Very nice hound to go over. Excellent front assembly with matching rear. Super coat, presented in very good condition. Easy, effortless movement. Overall a very pleasing hound and I had no hesitation in making him my Best Dog. I was delighted he turned out to be my Best in Show winner.
2nd) Hawkins’ KWARICOTT CORELLI
Another handsome male with a lovely long body, with excellent angulations. Strong, masculine head. Very nice shape all over with excellent feet. Moves very well from all angles. Different type to my winner, but so well put together and presented I was pleased to give him Reserve Best Dog.
3rd) Churchill’s LEALLA LEPHIN
Very balanced hound with correct angulations. Typical head and overall body. Very good coat. Would like to see him with more energy on the move.
VETERAN DOG: 8 (5)
1st) Girling’s CH PYEFLEET ROLLO
7 ½ year old with super body all over. Excellent topline, super angulations. Masculine head and expression. Excellent coat. Moves with ease and drive.
2nd) Seymour-Jackson’s GHILTAN HERO
Very shapely 7 ½ year old male with very good angulations, nice curves all over. Excellent coat and also moves with drive and ease.
3rd) Edwards’ BRACKENLAND RAN
7 ¾ year old. Nice, masculine hound with excellent angulations. Carries a bit too much weight. Moves well but not too energetic.
PUPPY BITCH: 5 (3)
1st) Peach’s EHLARADAWN TILLA AT KILBOURNE
Very shapely and sound youngster. Lovely head and expression with super ears. Excellent topline, lovely rear-end and well let down hocks. Moved very well. Best Puppy in Show.
2nd) Phillips’ CHARBONNEL GOBI TO LADYGROVE
Three months younger than (1) above. Very feminine with a sweet head and expression. Nice body and lovely feet. Moves very well.
JUNIOR BITCH: 16 (9)
1st) Peach’s KILBOURNE LIBERTY
Very shapely bitch. Very nice head, dark eyes, super angulations and topline. Neat feet, very good coat. Moves very well from all angles.
2nd) Taylor’s KILBOURNE PANDORA TO TALORPECHE
Very nice youngster with a lovely head, and eyes with medium hazel colour. Good topline and rear end. Strong bone. Good coat. Moved very well.
3rd) Phillips’ CHARBONNEL GRETA AT LADYGROVE
Very pretty girl, youngest in the class. Lovely angulation, level topline. Excellent feet. Moved very well.
YEARLING BITCH: 12 (0)
1st) Aston’s ARDLANCIEN EIRYN TO BALGALED
Lovely, shapely bitch with a pretty head and a dark eye. Lovely front and rear. Excellent coat. Moved very well from all angles.
2nd) Wilbraham’s ARDLANCIEN ELONA
Feminine all over, beautiful expression, super angulations. Just carrying a bit too much weight at the moment. Lovely feet, and very good mover.
3rd) O’Brien & Quinn’s ARACETA DAYDREAM BELIEVER
Lovely shape. Typical head with a hazel eye. On the move has a tendency to pace, and is a little bit close behind at present.
SPECIAL BEGINNER NOVICE BITCH: 8 (0)
1st) ARDLANCIEN EIRYN TO BALGALED (see previous class)
2nd) ARDLANCIEN ELONA (previous class)
3rd) Roberts’ ARDLANCIEN ELFREYA
Another lovely shapely bitch from this litter! Very sound, with lovely quarters. Good feet, super coat and sound on the move.
SPECIAL BEGINNER OPEN BITCH: 6 (1)
1st) Davis’ KILBOURNE NIMBLE AT MARIVON
Lovely, shapely bitch with a feminine head. Good neck and topline. All curves. Very good coat. Moves soundly but rather lazy – perhaps because judging was now on a carpet inside.
2nd) Lucas & Dargonne’s GLENMORLICH NONE SO PRETTY FOR PACKWAY
Lovely outline, sweet head. Very good angulation, and nice natural coat. Moves soundly.
3rd) Merrick’s CLAONAIGLEN SHIEL OF PEDLARSPATH
A well proportioned, typical bitch. Feminine head and expression. Carrying a little bit too much weight but moves well.
UNDERGRADUATE BITCH: 15 (3)
1st) Grimshaw’s LODHAINN BENNBEHEULA TO JAMALISON
Very balanced bitch. Very sound coming and going. Lovely head and expression with good ears, and excellent coat. Could do with move drive on the move.
2nd) Helps & Kermack’s BEARDSWOOD RONA
Very well put together, typical head with not so well folded ears. Long neck and excellent angulations. Moves with long stride but a bit close behind.
3rd) C & E Cartmell’s BRYLACH OVER THE BROOMSTICK WITH CUSIDH
Lovely, typical bitch. Feminine head with long muzzle. Good topline. Excellent coat. Sound mover.
POST GRADUATE BITCH: 8 (3)
1st) Constantine’s GENTIEHUN ADELAINE OF KALEGINY
Very curvy bitch, with a lovely body and good angulations. Low hocks. Head a bit broad in skull. Very good coat. On the move, ever so sound. I liked her very much.
2nd) Helps’ BEARDSWOOD QUINTESSENCE
Very elegant and balanced bitch. Moves with style. Moderate angulations. Presented in excellent condition with a very good coat.
3rd) Ellse’s KILBOURNE UNITY
Very nicely balanced bitch. Typical head, lovely long neck. Good topline. Standing has a tendency to knuckle-over. Super coat. Correct movement.
LIMIT BITCH: 10 (3)
1st) Bailey’s GREYFLAX JUST PEACHY
Lovely and shapely bitch all over. Feminine head with typical, soft and mild expression, nice furnishings. Long neck, super topline and well angulated. Easy movement with good front reach and drive from behind. Just 3 years old and so well presented. I was pleased to award her Best Bitch, and Reserve Best in Show.
2nd) Barret’s STRANWITH ARIADNE
Very shapely bitch. Feminine head but I would prefer more parallel lines (muzzle and skull). Long neck, super angulations, curves all over. Excellent coat. Moves very well.
3rd) Girling’s PYEFLEET SCRUMPIE
Balanced, strong bitch without exaggeration. Typical head with lovely ears, strong neck, long body. Good coat. Moves very soundly.
OPEN BITCH: 14 (4)
1st) Morton & Morgan’s CH COTHERSTONE DUCHENNE
Lovely, very shapely bitch all over. Excellent topline and lovely body. Feminine head and expression. Ears could be better folded. Excellent coat presented in very good condition. Moves very well from all angles. I was happy to award her Reserve Best Bitch.
2nd) Peach’s KILBOURNE WENDELA
Long and curvy bitch, with very nice outline. Feminine head and expression. Very good coat, moves very well.
3rd) McKinnon & Parsons’ CLAONAIGLEN FIONNELIGHE
Classic bitch, very sound. Feminine head and expression with very nice ears. Excellent coat, moves very well with lots of drive from powerful hindquarters.
VETERAN BITCH: 11 (4)
1st) Barret’s STRANWITH MORAG
Ever so well presented Veteran, with a sweet face and small ears. Lovely curves all over. Moves very well, and presented in excellent condition.
2nd) McKinnon & Parsons’ CH CLAONAIGLEN ORRIN
Strong, sound bitch. Very balanced. Excellent coat. Moves very well from all angles.
3rd) Owen & Brodies’ CH MARANDIKE EBONY’S CHOICE
Another strong, well balanced bitch of high quality. Presented in very good condition. Good coat and moves very well.
Judge: Mr Björn Fritz (Germany)