Firstly, please accept my apology for the lateness of this critique, unfortunately I had problems with my PC which crashed and lost my first , almost complete report, leaving me with no option but to start again. Thank you for an excellent entry. I was very pleased to find that most of the exhibits were of a workable size & spannable, had big teeth with good strong muzzles/jaws, all males entire, only 2 very minor tail kinks, and temperaments were excellent. On the down side I had few in good deep double coat and a really thick pelt was hard to find, the true otter head seams to be being replaced by a squarer skull giving more of a teddy bear look not helped by over long moustaches/beards and big bushy eyebrows. Ribs were frequently too short & deep resulting in whippety underlines. Front movement is still a problem due to a lack of balance between front and hind angulation with dogs either having good hindquarters but short steep upper arms or they were correct in front but over angulated behind, this resulted in them either throwing their fronts about coming or dropping their withers in profile in an attempt to balance their stride. There were a handful with crowded incisors or missing a first or second premolar.
h3. Minor Puppy – Dog
Entries: 5 Absentees: 2
1st: Olderhill Afortunado (Mrs S Wilson) pleasing head & expression, good shoulders, front, pasterns & feet, he has a nice level topline both standing and on the move and is nicely angulated behind. His coat & pelt were good and he moved well in all directions for one so young Best Puppy In Show & Res Best Dog.
2nd: Hoathwood Habanero (Mrs S Hales) promising puppy with a keen expression, he is narrow all through, has well laid shoulders and has a straight front, good pasterns and well padded feet. His hindquarters are racy and he was in good coat with a thick pelt, he moved well going and in profile, just slightly puppyish coming.
3rd: Ornagebox Moonlight Bay (Mr J North)
h3. Puppy – Dog
Entries: 5 Absentees: 2
1st: Dandyhow Douglas Fir (Mr T & Miss K Wrenn & Langdon) OK head & expression, nice strength of muzzle & jaw with big teeth. He is a nice size with good bone and narrow through shoulder & rib. His topline is level but the croup a little short & steep giving him a slightly low tail set. He went well going away and in profile but needs to tighten coming. Top coat was harsh with a close undercoat, pelt OK, not yet got any ticking in his blue coat, while I personally prefer plenty of ticking, this is purely cosmetic in a working terrier
2nd: Foxpaw Brilliant Disguise (Mr P & Mrs H Fulker) similar head to 1 but not quite the strength of muzzle & jaw, he has a nice outline standing but upper arm rather steep, he is narrow and has nicely made hindquarters which he used well on the move, a bit loose in front and tended to hunch in profile. He has a good undercoat and there was evidence of a harsh topcoat, pelt could be thicker.
3rd: Plushcourt Philanderer (Mr J Tollett)
h3. Junior – Dog
Entries: 8 Absentees: 3
1st: Rhozzum Valet (Mrs M Sharp) he has the most beautiful head & expression that shouts ?otter? at you, strong muzzle with large nose leather, deep under jaw with punishing canines and very large incisors, his stop is both shallow and wide, nice eye, lovely flat skull of good length to width ratio and a flat occiput that blends perfectly into his neck which is both moderately long and strong. He has the best of shoulders and his upper arm is long and correctly angled, an excellent front with good bone leading to good pasterns and the deepest of feet. His ribs are carried well back and the loin is deep giving the correct underline and making him one of the easiest dogs to span all day, he has a good topline & tail set and is well angled behind, the coat was harsh & dense with a good undercoat, pelt could be thicker. Lovely mover in profile, good reach & drive with a level topline, went soundly up & down but moves very close both ways which cost him later on. He is so well constructed he could easily carry a little more condition & muscle without affecting his spannabilty which could improve his movement. Could have easily taken him home.
2nd: Foxfactor Pied Piper JW ShCM (Mr B J & Mrs K D Stockley) another well constructed dog which was workman like with good bone and big teeth. He has a strong muzzle & jaw, OK in skull, good fore hand, topline, tail set & hindquarters. Straight front, good pasterns and deep pads, fit and well muscled, he moved very well up & down and in profile. He has a close undercoat and his topcoat was harsh but had been picked at and lacked depth, pelt could be thicker. Ribs could be longer which would improve his underline, liked him very much but could not match 1 for expression, narrowness of shoulder or rib shape.
3rd: Earthtaw Coco (Miss J A Haydon & Mr M W V Gibbings)
Res: Benattivo Stitch in Time (Mr C & Mrs S Girling)
VHC: Withershins Del Boy at Oatberry (Mrs K Tuffin)
h3. Maiden – Dog
Entries: 5 Absentees: 3
1st: Cobstoneway Lazy River (Mesdames R & J Squibbs & Barker) strong head, muzzle & jaw, good front, pasterns & feet, he has a pleasing outline but could be longer in rib as he tucks up a little sharply, moved quite well, a bit strong over shoulder.
2nd: Orangebox Moonlight Bay (Mr J North) 3rd in MP, head OK but his ears need to drop as they spoil his expression, muzzle & jaw could be stronger. He is a smaller, lighter boned dog all round and looked immature in this class, he is well balanced and moved soundly, lacks ticking in blue coat and pelt could be thicker.
h3. Novice – Dog
Entries: 3 Absentees: 1
1st: Rhozzum Valet (Mrs M Sharp)
2nd: Foxpaw Brilliant Disguise (Mr P & Mrs H Fulker)
h3. Graduate – Dog
Entries: 9 Absentees: 2
1st: Mingrovia Flintstone Chief at Rubyfin (Mrs S J Channer) a good head & expression which would be improved further by removing the longer hair from muzzle & jaw, correct shoulder and good return of upper arm, well boned front with good pasterns and deeply padded feet. Narrow right through with a good length of rib & strong loin, good topline and underline and well made hindquarters, he moved well and was in good coat & pelt.
2nd: Cobstoneway River Magic JW (Miss C Spencer) strong head, muzzle, jaw & teeth, skull could be slightly longer, excellent well boned straight front with good pasterns and tight feet with deep pads. Level topline and well made hindquarters, could be longer in rib which would improve his underline, he moved well but was a bit short of coat.
3rd: Take It From Here (Mr R J & Mrs D M Warneford)
Res: Hoary Morning (Mr T Wrenn & Miss K Langdon)
VHC: Tufterslodge Harvest Mouse (Ms J M Woollacott)
h3. Limit – Dog
Entries: 8 Absentees: 1
1st: Caznray Double Trouble (Miss C Spencer) he is an old fashioned workmanlike dog of correct size and proportions, strong muzzle & jaw, good otter head free from excessive whisker with shallow stop and lovely flat skull. Correct shoulders with an upper arm of good length that returns well, straight front, good pasterns and neat feet, he has a good length of rib and a deep, strong loin giving a correct underline. Level topline both standing and on the move, good set-on and moderately short stern, thick at the base, racy hindquarters. He moved well and has an ideal coat for work being naturally short & harsh with a close undercoat, pelt OK, to be very critical would prefer him slightly less full in eye and a smaller ear, but still a lovely dog I would be happy to have in my kennel, Best Dog.
2nd: Borderella Day Tripper JW (Mrs P South) good muzzle/jaw & big teeth, a little over done in skull and has slightly too much stop but his eye is keen and expression still pleases. OK in shoulder and although not the upper arm of 1 he is still quite good there, narrow rib of good length, good topline & tail set, over angulated in hindquarters. Moved well going, in profile had a level topline but would prefer to see better drive and for him to flex his hocks more, tended to swing his front about coming which improved at a steadier pace. Good undercoat, harsh topcoat and a thick pelt, carrying a little too much condition, good outline standing and a nice size.
3rd: Bortino High Society (Mr D K & Mrs D Martin)
Res: Hawcoat Blue Bertie (Mrs E J & Miss R C Larner)
VHC: Laurelton Moonlight Cowboy ScHM (Mrs J Cobbledick)
h3. Open – Dog
Entries: 7 Absentees: 1
1st: Onthill Super Trouper (Mr R & Mrs A M Ramus) eye-catching dog, good head with strong muzzle & deep under jaw, furnishings could be sculptured better to show off his keen expression. Good length of neck flows into narrow shoulders which are well laid, his upper arm is long and returns well so he stands with his gun barrel straight fore legs well under him. Ribs narrow and of quite good length and he has good angulation behind, topline tends to fall away slightly when standing but his croup is of good length and the stern is set on correctly and well carried. In good coat with a thick pelt, held a level topline and was sound on the move.
2nd: Foxfactor Hornblower JW ShCM (Mr B J & Mrs K D Stockley) pleasing head & expression, eye could be darker, neat ear, OK in shoulder, upper arm long enough but steep, level topline, correct tail-set, tail moderately short, very good hindquarters, would prefer a smaller chest for his size. He moved very well, coat harsh but could be thicker, pelt OK.
3rd: Dandyhow Beekeeper at Olderhill (Mrs S Wilson)
Res: Bolt Tail Jebba (Mr F & Mrs H Freeman)
VHC: Tulawyn Oberon at Tilmoray (Mrs M Small)
h3. Minor Puppy – Bitch
Entries: 7 Absentees: 2
1st: Benattivo Faberge (Mr C & Mrs S Girling) super puppy, she has a good head with keen expression, correct fore hand, rib, topline & tail set, excellent hindquarters, lovely straight front and tight feet with deep pads, moves very well in all directions holding her topline. Good undercoat & pelt, short of top coat, just hope she doesn?t grow on too much more, Res Best Puppy In Show.
2nd: Tameila Penny Lane by Borderella (Mrs P South) pleasing head & expression, narrow body of correct proportions but not quite the fore hand of first, in very good coat with thick pelt, racy hindquarters. Feet could be better prepared as they looked flat but are not, moved well going & in profile, a little loose coming.
3rd: Southash Hollywood Girl (Mr J & Mrs I M Southam)
Res: Plushcort Rapture (Miss K New)
VHC: Digmoor Antebellum per Tyrian (Prof.S Dean)
h3. Puppy – Bitch
Entries: 12 Absentees: 1
1st: Crewshill Second Glory (Miss J Marriott) rather dour bitch that needs to be handled as she does not immediately grab attention, very good otter head with strong jaws and big teeth, nice length of neck into a correct fore hand, straight front and good feet. Her rib is carried well back with a strong loin and correct topline & underline, good tail & tail-set with racy hindquarters. Very good undercoat & pelt, found evidence of a harsh topcoat, moved well going and holds a lovely outline in profile, tended to fluctuate between moving well and paddling when coming so handler needs to find the right pace for her.
2nd: Dandyhow Ragus Rhapsody (Mrs K M Irving) caught my attention when she entered the ring and thought she would be my winner. Good head with keen expression, well laid shoulder with a long but slightly steep upper arm, straight front & good feet/pasterns, level topline standing and good hindquarters, in very good double coat and a thick pelt, not the rib of first. Moved well going but lost her topline in profile and loose coming, both of which should improve as she matures
3rd: Tyrian Amulet (Mrs K Dean)
Res: Brookbeech Blue Lass (Mr P Shephard)
VHC: Earthtaw Crumble (Miss J A Haydon & Mr M W V Gibbings)
h3. Junior – Bitch
Entries: 10 Absentees: 3
1st: Foxyard Better Behave at Emblehope (Miss D Bladen) super bitch which was fit & athletic and on her toes the whole time, lovely otter head & expression with the correct muzzle/skull ratio, not over done in any way , narrow well laid shoulders, upper arm of good length but could have better return, straight front, correct pasterns and tight feet with deep pads. Good length of rib, strong loin, level topline and correct underline, good stern, set on correctly, very good hindquarters. Harsh topcoat with good undercoat, thick pelt, she moved well up & down and covered the ground well holding her topline in profile, unfortunately didn?t go quite as well in the challenge, Reserve Best In Show.
2nd: Foxyard Devil in Disguise At Pashkym (Mrs S K Lloyd) sister to first and similar remarks apply. Slightly more compact type with stronger, squarer skull, best of forehands with long narrow rib, strong loin, correct topline/underline and racy hindquarters. She was in good coat with thick pelt and moved well. Two very nice bitches who could change places, just preferred the rangy type of first
3rd: Tufterslodge Winter Warmer (Ms J M Woollacott)
Res: Thistlestone Jenny Wren (Miss J & Mr S May & Whisker)
VHC: Brumborder Secretly Found (Dr M A McCall & Ms L Britton
h3. Maiden – Bitch
Entries: 9 Absentees: 2
1st: Foxyard Devil in Disguise At Pashkym (Mrs S K Lloyd)
2nd: Gameway Encore (Mrs P Clark) neat, compact type of bitch with a pleasing head and keen expression, shoulders are narrow and well laid, upper arm OK for length but a little steep, good topline, tail-set & hindquarters, moved very well on her super well padded feet, lovely temperament and a nice dense undercoat, pelt OK, scored in front & pasterns over 3rd.
3rd: Brookbeech Blue Lass (Mr P Shephard)
Res: Luckhurst Lady’s Day (Mr & Mrs A Lewis)
VHC: Brumborder River Breeze (Dr M A McCall & Ms L Britton)
h3. Novice – Bitch
Entries: 12 Absentees: 5
1st: Gameway Encore (Mrs P Clark)
2nd: Tameila Penny Lane by Borderella (Mrs P South)
3rd: Rubyfin Ruby Tuesday (Mrs S J Channer)
Res: Foxfactor Dawn Chorus (Stephens & Crofts)
VHC: Brumborder River Breeze (Dr M A McCall & Ms L Britton)
h3. Graduate – Bitch
Entries: 9 Absentees: 3
1st: Cobstoneway Bayou Sunrise (Mrs G Stevens) strong muzzle & jaw, keen expression but a little over done in skull, narrow through shoulders & ribs and she has a nice outline both standing and on the move, coat & pelt OK, very good mover, could be more feminine.
2nd: Nogard Take Ten (J A, E H & J A Evans) close up to first and was unfortunately in her undercoat, strong muzzle with deep under jaw, skull flat but a little square, good shoulders, narrow rib, good topline and racy quarters. Nice bone & fit with muscle, she moved well on good feet.
3rd: Jenabeck Rose over Foxfactor (Mr B J & Mrs K D Stockley)
Res: Baywillow Pacey Lacey (Mrs M B Reeves)
VHC: Bramblequest Brocade (Moore)
h3. Limit – Bitch
Entries: 15 Absentees: 4
1st: Cobstoneway Moon River Clipstone (Miss E & Mrs J Jackson)workman like bitch, up to size but easily spanned, muzzle strong but could be slightly shorter, deep under jaw and big teeth, flat skull, eye dark but could be less full. Good reach of neck leading to correct forehand, straight front with good pasterns & feet, narrow rib, OK for length, good topline & tail set, strong loin, good angulation behind. Looked very deep in brisket but much of this was coat, she moved very well in all directions, in excellent coat & condition.
2nd: Olderhill Oriana (Mrs S Wilson) pleasing otter head with keen expression, good shoulders with upper arm of correct length, not quite the return of first but still pretty good here, narrow rib, level topline and good hindquarters. Straight front, tight feet, she moved well in all directions, good double coat, pelt OK, a nice pair of bitches.
3rd: Hartswelin Tip Top (Ms L J Godefroid)
Res: Didillybods Forest Sprite (Mr P Shephard)
VHC: Gameway Margarita at Southash (Mr J & Mrs I M Southam)
h3. Open – Bitch
Entries: 9 Absentees: 2
Strong class with little to separate them.
1st: Benattivo Rosina JW (Mr C & Mrs S Girling) feminine bitch of correct size and proportions, refined otter head with short, strong muzzle, shallow stop and flat skull, could be slightly deeper in under-jaw. Lovely reach of neck into narrow, well laid shoulder, upper arm of good length and correctly angled, her ribs are carried well back and the loin is strong giving a correct underline, nicely angled hindquarters. Straight front, good pasterns & tight feet, harsh topcoat and dense undercoat with a thick pelt, her topline tends to fall away slightly when stacked but she is level with very good tail carriage on the move, very sound on the move with balanced strides front and rear showing good reach & drive, and one of the few to flex her hocks. She?s a lovely stamp for hunt work due to her size, athletic/flexible build, and soundness, Best in Show.
2nd: Hartswelin Far Away (Ms L J Godefroid) another very nice bitch with a pleasing otter head & keen expression, well constructed with a good forehand and narrow rib of correct length, loin strong and good underline. Level topline with stern set on correctly and well carried, straight front leading to good pasterns & feet, very good double coat, pelt OK. Stronger in under jaw than first but not quite as racy in hindquarters and so could not match her on the move in profile.
3rd: Lorrivale Lerryn of Olderhill (Mrs S Wilson)
Res: Worker?s Playtime (Miss S Waller)
VHC: Penlumeg Pendant (Mrs B S Harris)
h3. Special Breeders Dog or Bitch
Entries: 2 Absentees: 2
h3. Veteran – Dog or Bitch
Entries: 12 Absentees: 1
1st: Ottaswell Corerespondent (Mr D & Mrs J M Hunt) strong, workmanlike dog, up to size but not too big to do his job. Masculine otter head with broad muzzle, large nose leather, punishing jaws & teeth, shallow stop with good width between the eyes which are dark & keen, skull flat. Neck both long and strong, well angled forequarters, good length of rib, deep loin, well made hindquarters. His front is still perfectly straight with good bone right down to his tight, deeply padded feet, level topline both standing and on the move, croup & tail correct. He moved very well showing a good length of stride, balance and drive, whilst maintaining his outline in profile, sound coming & going. Thick undercoat & pelt, pity he was out of coat and carrying a bit of extra condition.
2nd: Harteswelin Jazz (Ms L J Coleman) feminine head with good strength of muzzle/jaw, keen expression and flat skull, very well constructed with good angulation front & rear. Excellent coat & pelt, good front, feet, topline and rib, she was very sound on the move.
3rd: Asplands Bittersweet of Emblehope (Ms D Bladen)
Res: Magic Milly at Thistlestone (Miss J Whisker & Mr S May)
VHC: Quatford Deep Run (Miss S Waller)
h3. Special Working Dog or Bitch
Entries: 1 Absentees: 0
1st: Newlane Stroller of Earthtaw (Miss J A & Mr M W V Gibbings) nice size dog in hard, fit condition, good head & expression, muzzle could be slightly shorter but strong enough, has a few battle scars but bite still OK, good length of body with level topline, balanced angulation front & rear. A little sprung in rib but still spannable, sound on the move coming & going and holds a level topline in profile, harsh coat, pelt OK.