My thanks to my stewards and to all those whose hard work made for a memorable weekend, not forgetting the exhibitors who turned up and made my day.
The entry may have been low by the standards of the past, but I was well pleased with my final line up. First can I say that the vast majority of the exhibits were in good clean condition, and not over prepared – I am not a fan of the sculpted look which finds favour in some quarters. Second, the wide range of type and size is, as usual, quite striking, and is often queried by judges who have come to deerhounds from other breeds, and want to know what is correct! I am not going to comment on type, and I suspect this will still being discussed a hundred years from now, but with regard to size I would make the observation that the standard no longer calls for “as large as possible consistent with quality” but does, probably more by accident than design, set an upper limit with the weight of about 80 lb for bitches and 100 lb for dogs, quoted in our standard. It would have been instructive to have weighed some of the exhibits! My last point is that with some notable exceptions movement coming and going is not very good in general at the moment.
Puppy Dog (Entries 6, Absentees 3)
1st Greyflax Domino To Jamalison (Mr & Mrs Grimshaw)
He has a good head with a dark eye and well folded ears. Coat is harsh, feet well knuckled, well boned and muscled. He is slightly upright in shoulder and straight in pastern. Very well presented and shown, moved very well in profile, a little close behind but this should improve with age.
2nd Killoeter Skye (Dr. S. Sharp)
I liked this dog and it was a pity he was not really behaving himself in the ring! Sturdy well boned and constructed eight month puppy, dark eye, well folded ears, straight legs with tight feet, good front assembly and spring of rib, harsh coat. In hard physical condition. Somewhat long and at that awkward growth stage, being high at the rear at the moment.
3rd Albeirn Oglaigh Na Halba (Ms. H. Patterson)
A curvy dog with a lovely dark eye, good ears, head is a tad strong but he has a nice coat, tight well knuckled feet, properly let down pastern. Movement rather untidy at the moment.
Junior Dog (Entries 3, Absentees 1
1st Isdemus Prince Sense of Beauty (Mr. C. Burns)
A nice big rangy youngster, pleasing head and ears, tight well knuckled feet with proper let down in the pasterns, good angles and width behind and an excellent coat. Needs to deepen in body, slightly upright in shoulder, which may be his age. Moved well in profile, very well handled. One to watch.
2nd Arrochogaidh Bhaidenach (Mr. B. Seamens)
A shapely male with a very nice head, ears well set, excellent coat, somewhat cow hocked behind and not handling well. Shorter coupled than 1 and not really big enough for a male at the moment but he has time to grow.
Yearling Dog (Entries 8, Absentees 4)
I liked all three dogs in this class.
1st Almondbank Lead On McDuff (Mr. & Mrs. McIntyre)
Balanced dog, good head and eye, tightly folded ear. Somewhat straight in upper arm. Straight legs, tight feet, properly let down pasterns, good spring of rib, good topline, which he retained on the move, and just the right amount of angulation behind, with plenty of width and short hocks. Although not cooperating very well with his handler during the classes, one of the few really good movers here today, particularly coming and going. I loved his type, and was pleased to award him Reserve Best Dog.
2nd Ehlaradawn Rune (Mrs. S.E. Barter & Mrs. A.B. Christian)
Taller dog than the winner. Still somewhat raw, and could have done with a little more weight. Good head, well folded ear, dark eye, good front assembly, coat and topline, plenty of angles behind. Movement quite good.
3rd Regalflight Reuben (Mrs. J. Bond)
A much heavier built dog than the other two, a little too heavy for me. Well folded ear, dark eye and good head. A little loose in front movement, profile and rear movement impressive, as he is heavily angulated behind.
Special Beginners Open Dog (Entries 3, Absentees 2)
1st Beardswood Ripley for Calbraidh (Mr. & Mrs J. Faircloth)
A large male, of quite good construction throughout. Nice head and expression but has a little too much stop. Ears rather large but he holds them well. Nice strong bone, tight well knuckled feet. His movement was better than average, which won him the class.
2nd Packway Commanche Moon (Ms. V. Lucas & Mr. C. Dargonne)
A tall rangy dog, nice head, neat ears , a little upright in pastern, strong bone well knuckled feet , well laid shoulder , correct topline and rear angulation. Moved well, but the winner had the edge.
Undergraduate Dog (Entries 4, Absentees 1)
1st Finlas at Claonaiglen (Ms. S. Parsons & Mr. T.A. McKinnon)
Most attractive medium sized 22 month male, pleasing head, dark eyed, well folded small ears, strong neck and well laid shoulder, with good return of upper arm being matched by adequate angulation at the rear. Good spring of rib, legs straight, good feet and an excellent coat. Moved well in profile, slightly close today at the rear and did not give of his best in the challenge.
2nd Hyndsight Run to You (Finnett & Heathcote Miss S.L. & Mr. H.)
Good breed type, pleasing head, well set neatly folded ears, well laid shoulder and good spring of rib, correct outline with good rear angulation and low set hocks. Sound mover, both in profile and coming and going, moving with plenty of width behind. Unfortunately, not an enthusiastic mover today, and tended to lose his outline on the move.
3rd Isdemus Prince Sense of Beauty (Mr. C. Burns)
Post Graduate Dog (Entries 4, Absentees 2)
1st Regalflight Poacher at Leksmoor (Mr. G. & Mrs. A.M. Greenhalgh)
Balanced dog, good head with neat ears, expression a trifle hard, but more head furnishings would change this, very good coat, super feet, well let down pastern, slightly upright in shoulder, well bodied with good spring of rib. Would like a little more rear angulation. Moved OK in profile, the better mover in this class.
2nd Glenmorlich Catch The Wind To Hartvalley (Ms. V. Lucas & Mr. C. Dargonne)
Large curvy dog, good ears dark eye, quite good construction at front and rear, with lovely low set hocks. Not cooperating with handler so did not show to advantage on the move and was hard to assess.
Limit Dog (Entries 5, Absentees 1)
1st Killoeter Ruaig (Mrs. N. Macbean)
A large male, in fact a little too large for my taste, but of excellent proportions with no coarseness. Good head and eye well set neatly folded ear, strong neck leading into excellent shoulders. Legs were straight with good feet, topline nicely arched over the loin with just the right amount of fallaway over the croup. Rear angulation was good; coat was dense and harsh, and shown in hard physical condition.
Very light on his feet and totally true on the move from all angles, the best mover of all the dogs and was a pleasure to watch. Best Dog & BOS. The heat of the day seemed to slow him down and he did not move with the same enthusiasm in the challenge for BIS.
2nd Rosslyn Qonnor (Dr. S. Sharp)
Masculine head, ear not well folded, Reasonable front assembly, a little short in upper arm, well boned, tight feet, good depth of chest and spring of rib, coat very good. Moved well in profile.
3rd Anmialchu Beinn Dearg (Mr. I.J. & Mrs. C.H. Gow)
Large dog, workmanlike, good coat, not cooperating with handler so was unable to assess movement, but looked capable of doing the job he was originally bred for.
Open Dog (Entries 5, Absentees 3)
1st Gentiehun Desert Orchid (Mrs. C. Anderson & Mrs. C. White)
Soundly constructed 4 year old light grey male with good proportions, pleasing head with dark eye, straight front, good feet, well boned with a well laid shoulder, nice topline and well angulated rear. One of the better movers today seriously considered for Reserve Best Dog.
2nd Beardswood Quinlan (Dr. S.A.F. Helps)
Another quality hound, well presented and shown. Good head and ears, slightly harder expression than class winner, shoulder good, straight front, tight feet, rear angulation OK, would prefer shorter hocks. Movement in profile was good but was somewhat close behind coming and going. Quite a close decision between these dogs but preferred the type of the winner
Veteran Dog (Entries 8, Absentees 4)
1st Ch. Pyefleet Rollo
I have to admit this is not my type of dog; however I could not ignore his excellent condition and general fitness which would have put dogs half his age to shame. Well boned, good construction front and rear, expression a little hard and ear could be better folded. Very well presented and shown, lovely coat, best movement in class.
2nd Hearthstane Glen Garrioch
Another eight year old, balanced rather heavy grey dog, good shoulder and rear angulation, a little upright in pastern, good movement coming and going.
3rd Lord Seafield of Hartvalley
Another nice old boy, a nine year old, it was a close decision between this and the second place. Excellent condition for age, well made, moved quite soundly.
Mick Peach (Kilbourne)
I had a super entry of bitches for this very well run show. Thank you to the committee for inviting me and a big thank you to all the exhibitors for their entries. I considered it an absolute privilege.
The show ring was excellent being on the tennis court and weather perfect. Thank you to Chris Arthur, Kerry Llewellyn and her mum and Helga Jansons who worked very hard all day and did a magnificent job of stewarding.
I was looking for soundness and movement, after all this is a running hound and I found it, without exception in my all winners. The majority were fit and well muscled, feet have improved, alas so many lacked forechest. I found only one incorrect bite and for now, light eyes seem it be a thing of the past. Without exception all hounds were clean and temperaments were perfect, I thoroughly enjoyed my day.
PUPPY BITCH 8/5
1st GROGAN`S, ALBAEIRN MARCELLA
A quality puppy, very well balanced and sound on the move. Pleasing head with small ears well set on. Excels in front construction, depth in brisket, well ribbed with length in loin and correct top line with just the right rise over the loin, broad hips with good length from hip to hocks, which are low. Feet need to tighten, harsh jacket, she is sound from all angles, I liked her a lot and will keep an eye on this one.
2nd BARTER & CHRISTIAN`S, EHLARADAWN MOONFLOWER,
Well bodied seven month old with a super head and crisp harsh coat. Strong neck with plenty of reach. Excellent forechest and well sprung ribs, would like a little more length in loin, well bent stifle. Better feet than1st at present. A lot to like about her, move well and well handled.
3rd MILLER`S, LEOCH JINNY
This youngster has a super head and expression with a hazel eye and good pigment, excellent ears, length and reach in neck into well laid shoulder, liked her length in both ribbing and loin, a little flat in top line, adequate angles behind, move well, her first time in the ring I believe so very well done to both dog and handler.
4th EDMOND`S, EHLARADAWN MOONWYTCH
5th MILLER`S, LEOCH JESS
JUNIOR BITCH 8/7
1st HELPS AND DOVE`S, FOXCLIFFE CLASSIC LIBERTY FREEDOM AT BEARSWOOD 9IMP USA)
A young bitch of quality and so much to recommend her. Scores high for her head and soft expression to melt your heart, aqualine nose, pigment is good and ears are small, neat and well positioned, she has reach in her neck into excellent shoulder. Well angulated front construction, balanced with good ribbing and correct in fall away. Showing plenty of drive behind on the move well knuckled feet. Absolutely sound in all directions which won her the class, one to watch.
2nd, CUNNINGHAM`S, CHUILINN BALLAD
I have judged this girl last year as a puppy and she is so full of quality and promise, excels in head, balanced angles both fore and aft, well off for bone and was so close up 1st, however, on the day her rear movement wasn`t as positive as my winner so had to settle for 2nd place, nevertheless another one from the top drawer, both must have a bright future.
3rd, OWEN AND BRODIE`S, WOLFCASTLE CRACKER
Attractive youngster with a lovely feminine head. Dark eye, neat ears, excellent front construction with width and depth giving very true forward action. Ribs carried well back and a good fall away, she has a long stride in profile albeit a little erratic in rear movement at present otherwise able to hold her own in this strong class.
4TH, TAYLOR`S, ORMANSTAR CHERRY BLOSSOM
5th, LEDINGHAM`S, CHUILINN BATHSHEBA AT LEDINGARD.
YEARLING BITCH 5
1st, ROBERTSON`S, CHUILINN BERENGARIA
A nice class, this one was the best on the move, sound coming and going with a long stride in side gait on well knuckled feet, good length in body, I would like a little more spring of rib as she flattens in top line on the move, nice type and well handled.
2nd, RHODE`S, REGALFLIGHT RAFFIA OF LAIRIGEFYNE.
Strong and well bodied bitch of good size, scored for type and initially thought she would be my winner, but on balance just lost out on her rear movement today although excels in front action with an impressive side gait and long stride. Feet well knuckled, great depth in chest and well off for bone. Preferred her top line to first, well muscled and presented in excellent coat.
3RD, GILLIE`S, DORRATOR GARVEY
A lovely type, feminine and showing quality but a slower maturing bitch than first and second, still looking quite a baby, nevertheless held her own in this nice class, she has a super head with a dark eye well pigmented with an aqualine nose, ears are neat and well folded, balanced in construction with adequate length in loin and good top line and tuck up, needs time, promising.
4th, LEDINGHAM`S, CHUILINN BATHSHEBA AT LEDINGARD
5th, LINDSAY`S, CELTICMOON SHADOW MAGIC
SPECIAL BEGINNERS NOVICE 5
1st, CHALMERS, BRYLACH KELPIE
A very shapely two and a half year old, loved her type, exquisite head with a far away expression dark eye and correct ear. Excellent front construction with good lay of shoulder and length in upper arm, held her top line on the move low hocks and good bend of stifle. Not the tallest but very well balanced with good length to height ratio. Her first time in the ring, I`m told, so very well done to both dog and handler, a cracking little bitch , I liked her a lot.
2nd, EDMOND`S, HODDINGREY REDKITE
A promising two year old, very well presented, elegant with a pleasing out line. A little strong in head for my liking, ears were small and well set, preferred front of first, deep in brisket but a little narrow. Moved with a long stride and was well handled.
3rd, LINDSAY`S, CELTICMOON SHADOW MAGIC
Feminine head with correct pigmentation, neat ears, very good lay of shoulder, ribbing carried well back and well sprung. Excellent length in loin, topline ok standing but flattens on the move. Great length from hip to hock, moves with drive and enthusiasm. Very good crisp coat and well shown.
4th, MILLER`S LEOCH JINNY
5th, MILLER`S LEOCH JESS
SPECIAL BEGINNERS OPEN 6/5
1st, LUCAS AND DARGONNE`S, GLENMORLICH NONE SO PRETTY FOR PACKWAY
An attractive 6 year old shown in hard condition she excels in her head which is complete with furnishings, straight front, ex depth in brisket, well ribbed with correct length in loin, flattens her top line on the move. Moving with reach in front action and driving from behind on good feet. Well presented.
2nd, CHALMER`S, BRYLACH ORCHID
A pleasing bitch of excellent type lovely head and expression with hazel eye, her first time in the show ring and she coped very well, on the small side, however, big enough for the standard and not lacking in bone and much to recommend her. Well bodied and moves soundly. She made it round the ring very well but decided to lie down for her critique ! handled gently.
3rd, FAIRCLOTH`S, BEARDSWOOD POESY AT CALBRAIDH
Different type, super head with a far away expression and hazel eye, ear neat and well folded. Fabulous coat, very good depth of chest, straight front but tending to knuckle over slightly. Balanced length to height with good length in body, well turned stifle and strong muscle with a well developed second thigh, moved well with a long stride in profile. Overall a honest not overdone hound. Well presented and handled.
4th, SPRING ARNOLDS, GENTIEHUN ALICE SPRINGS
UNDER GRADUATE BITCH 12/9
1st, FINNETT AND HEATHCOTE`S, HYNDSIGHT RUN TO YOU
Won this class hands down on her soundness. Moving she is a joy to watch, absolutely true from all angles. Pleasing head, dark eye, good pigment and an aqualine nose. Excellent reach and strength in neck with a good lay of shoulder and excellent forechest, deep well sprung rib cage, a little sharp in tuck up, good length in loin and rise is in correct position over loin. Good breadth though hips and nicely angulated behind which she used to her advantage on the move. In the running for top honours in the challenge, but she still has some maturing to do, never the less a hound from the top draw.
2nd, McINTYRE`S, HILLMORTON HAZEL
Another very sound mover, better feet than winner and better forechest than third. Feminine head with a kind eye, well off for bone deep in chest and first class shoulder , well sprung rib cage, top line ok standing , drops it a little when moving, well let down hocks and well bodied. A stylish mover with free easy action, still needs time to mature, well presented.
3rd, ROBERTSON`S, CHUILINN WHISPER
A bitch showing strength and quality, good breed type, well proportioned head with good furnishings, very shapely, showing a flowing outline. Balanced angulation, deep in brisket and held her topline on the move. Good in body length and droop to croup. Sweeping stifle and great length from hip to hock. Long tail carried well. Displayed sound movement but lacking a little enthusiasm, feet could be tighter. Sensitively handled, well presented.
4th, O`BRIEN AND QUINN`S, ARACETA CORDELIA
5th, STUART AND HOLT`S, LAIRIGEFYNE GARRON AT OLLANDSHEART
POST GRADUATE BITCH
1st, O`BRIEN AND QUINN`S, ARACETA DAYDREAM BELIEVER
Only three present in this class and it was no easy job to separate them as they each had their merits and no doubt will change places on another day. However this bitch was the soundest mover today. Her head is feminine with soft faraway expression. pleasingly put together in shoulder and upper arm and a prominent forechest, ribs carried well back and good tuck up, displays balance in angulation and moving with a long stride on low hocks, feet sre not her fortune, stylish in profile but flattens top line when on move. Nice breed type, handler really gets the best from her.
2nd, OWEN AND BRODIE`S, WOLFCASTLE GREYCE
Pleasing head with good pigment, strength and reach in neck, well placed shoulder and good in forechest, still to drop in brisket, better feet and best top line in the class which she maintains on the move. sweeping angles behind, shown in fit condition with a pronounced second thigh, moving a little close behind, but excellent forward moving and in profile a long easy stride on tight feet. In good coat and very well presented.
3rd, KERMACK AND HELP`S, BEARDSWOOD RONA
Lovely quality three year old bitch who is just my type and full of breed quality, superb in head, front well put together with very true forward movement, balanced length in rb and loin, flattens on the move, nicely angled rear construction, low hocks, a very nice bitch who was just out moved on the day.
LIMIT BITCH 14/. 10
1st, MACBEAN`S, KILLOETER RALIA
A first class two and a half year old who was top form today, honest and unexaggerated, with movement a joy to watch and so well balanced. Strong neck into well laid shoulder, prominent forechest well ribbed with length in lion, better top line than second, great breath though hips which she used to their full advantage to power her round the ring with a strong drive action. Well muscled, held her shape at all times. Absolutely true moving, as sound as you like, excellent coat, expertly handled. She put in a tough challenge for the top honors, it was a close decision but today the open bitch would not be denied. So pleased to award her RESERVE BEST BITCH and then she went on to beat her litter brother ( I later found out) for a very worthy RESERVE BEST IN SHOW.
2nd, TAYLOR`S, KILBOURNE PANDORA TO TALYORPECHE
Close up to first and gave her a good run for the top slot and a lot of the previous comments apply to both. A bitch of quality put down to perfection with a lovely dark harsh coat. Good head and expression excellent reach of neck with a correctly placed shoulder, deep in brisket, good length to height ratio. well angled stifle and muscle well developed. a sound mover both fore and aft, just preferred top line and feet of winner, very well presented.
3rd, SMART`S, KESSOCH MARSCO OF GREYSTIEL
Another high quality exhibit who I have admired since I first saw her and she did not disappoint, best head in the class with a hazel eye and soft expression. excellent shoulder and forechest, correct body length and top line, kept it on the move, well angled rear showing strength with her well toned muscle and second thigh. Superb feet, sound moving with a long stride. Super bitch in a very strong class today, nicely handled.
4th, GRIMSHAW`S, LODHAINN BENNBEHEULA TO JAMALISON
5th, O`BRIEN AND QUINN`S, HODDINGREY TERRONA
OPEN BITCH 7 /3
1st, REDMOND AND FRIEND`S, CH/ SHAGIEAD LADY SEA WITH GREYBROWS
A three year old bitch who I have admired from the ring side and today she didn`t disappoint, for quality, substance and soundness look no further, so correct to go over, flowing line yet not exaggerated, free moving, holding her shape at all times on the move with a long ground covering gait, she conveys both power and breed type, excellent muscle tone, super head and neat ears, she fills the eye and in the challenge she never put a foot wrong. She was pushed hard by the limit bitch winner, but would not be denied, BEST BITCH IN SHOW after a "little help" from the referee I was delighted with her very worthy BEST IN SHOW.
2nd, CONSTANTINE`S, GENTIEHUNADELAIDE OF KILEGINY
A bitch of very good type and full of quality, built on smaller lines than first. She has the best of heads, excellent ears, correct and balanced front and rear angles with an excellent forechest, her movement is a joy, so sound and light on her feet with an effortless gait. True fore and aft brought her back in to challenge for reseserve best bitch where she easily held her own but preferred the length in loin and fallaway of my winner, close up and splitting hairs, so much to like, immaculately presented.
3rd,BARTER & CHRISTIAN`S, EHLARADAWN RAINDANCE`S
A fully mature five year old, built on larger lines than second with a superb front construction and great depth in brisket and corresponding angles behind, ribs well sprung, preferred her length of loin to second, top line correct when standing just flattens a little on the move. Excellent breadth though hips with length from hip to hock. A powerful and sound mover who covers a lot of ground, long striding on excellent feet, very well presented.
VETERAN BITCH, 11/ 2
1st, ROBERTSON`S CHUILINN AFRA
Always one of my favourite classes so was disappointed so many were absent, so great full to the two lovely girls here today and a lot of my comments apply to both of them, preferred the top line and length in loin of this eight year old bitch, she has the better shouder, lovely feminine head complete with full furnishings , a dark eye and kind expression. Moves out well and is sound in from all directions. Held her own in the challenge, in full coat which is fabulous to see, very well handled.
2nd, ROBERTSON’S TARTRAVEN ROSAIDH
This bitch is a lovely type and at nine and a half years old is as fit as can be, very pretty head with good pigment, well angulated in front and rear construction, a lot to like about her, well presented and sensitively handled.
NICOLA BAILEY ( GREYFLAX )
1 Burns Isdemus Prince Sense Of Beauty. Good head, neck and top line, still to body up, well bent muscled quarters, moved steady, at the leggy stage, needs to grow into his legs.
2 Chalmers Brylach Orchid. Pleasing head, neck and top line, needs to lengthen in body, nice quarters, moved a little unsettled.
3 Seamens Arrachogaidh Bhaidenach.
Special Coursing/Lure Chasing (9,3)
1 Helps Beardswood Quinlan. Liked his head, good length of neck, well laid shoulder, good front and top line, deep chest, well muscled quarters, good mover.
2 Faircloth's Beardswood Ripley For Calbraidh. Good head and length of neck, good topline, deep chest, good bend of stifle, steady mover, preferred front of winner.
3 Kermack and Helps Beardswood Rona.
1 Constantines brace, good heads, necks and top lines, deep chest, good body condition with good quarters, moved well.
2 Girling's brace, nice heads and length of necks, well bodied with well muscled quarters, steady movers.
3 Lucas and Dargonne's brace.
Team (1) 1 O'Brien and Quinn's team, a nice team, all shown in hard condition and moving well.
Special Breeder's Group (2,1)
1 Helps, good group all complementing one another striding round the ring.
Special Not bred by Exhibitor (16,7)
1 Helps and Dove's Foxcliffe Classic Liberty. 16 month old bitch, liked her a lot, good head and length of neck, good top line, well laid shoulder, good body for age, well bent muscled quarters, good mover.
2 Constantine's Cotherstone Islay Mist Of Kaleginy. Good head and length of neck, good shoulder, well bodied with a good top line, good quarters, would like more body length, steady mover.
3 Faircloth's Beardswood Ripley For Calbraidh.
Special Bred by Exhibitor (9,4)
1 Bond's Regalflight Rueben. Liked his head, neck and shoulder placement, good top line and body, deep chest, well muscled quarters, moved well.
2 Gillie's Dorrator Garvey. Nice head and length of neck, good top line and body, well laid shoulder, well bent stifles, moved well.
3 O'Brien and Quinn's Araceta Daydrean Believer.
Special Rotherwood Stakes (10,6)
1 Helps Beardswood Quinlan. Good head, neck and top line, well laid shoulder, well bodied with good quarters, moved well.
2 Constantine's Gentiehun Adelaide Of Kaleginy. Good head and neck, good shoulder placement, well bodied with good top line, well bent stifles, moved well, preferred side profile movement of winner.
3 O'Brien and Quinn's Hoddingrey Terrona.