Venue: The National Exhibition Centre,
Judge: Mrs Jayne Gillam (Orenberg)
Entries: 274 for 307
Nor / Du CH Toftahill Game On, Champion subject to K C Confirmation
I was indeed a great pleasure to judge at Crufts, in fact I loved every minute of it, and it really completed the Crufts experience for me having won the Dog CC and Best of Breed a couple of times, a bitch CC and Best Puppy there as an exhibitor in the past. I must thank all the exhibitors for their tremendous support with a record entry of 274 dogs making 307 entries, it was truly an international occasion as Crufts seems to be these days, with dogs and handlers representing I think, ten countries giving me a really good sample of winning dogs from around the world.
You often read in critiques that judges say they didn’t have enough cards to go round, and with the class sizes I had, this was certainly the case, and the only downside of the day for me was that some very tough descisions had to be made with many, many really good dogs leaving the ring without a card. Overall it was an interesting entry with a large variety of sizes and types, but then the standard allows for that as we have quite a wide weight range, no height reference and only the fact that they should be spannable to guide us.I never get too hung up on differing types or kennel types,as I can appreciate them all, providing they fit the standard.
When judging I am looking for a dog fit for function, well constructed, not exagerrated in any way, fits the breed standard, and is capable of doing the job it was originally bred for.I was very pleased with my winners, my Best of Breed winner had it all, well constructed, in fabulous hard, fit condition, moved as though he could follow a horse all day and had a wonderful attitude in the show ring.
I was thrilled to see him put in a faultless performance in the Group ring and winTerrier Group 4. My thanks go to Frank and Roger my very capable stewards who kept everything running smoothly, enabling me to get through the large entry in good time.
Best Of Breed: TG4, Nor / Du CH Toftahill Game On
RDCC: Comberdown Finnegan
Best Puppy: Ploughdown Portia
Entries: 13 Absentees: 3
1st - CH/Nord CH Otterbobs Ninezergh (Mr J R & Mrs H Gilpin)
Strong headed grizzle & Tan, short strong muzzle and big teeth, good neckline into shoulder, super topline and tailset, moved effortlessly around the ring, retaining a very good outline, presented in good thick tweedy coat and pelt.
2nd - Am CH McHenry's Ewok of Endor (Ensor & Giese)
Grizzle & tan with a very pleasing head and expression and nice earset. Easily spanned, good legs and feet, firm pasterns, racy hidquarters, moved well and was unlucky to meet my winner in such good form. Excellent pin wire coat and thick pelt.
3rd - Iacheslei Torus JW (Miss A Harrison)
Another grizzle & tan, well turned out and in good coat and condition, good legs and feet, not quite the topline of my winners on the move.
Res - CH Dandyhow Figaro At Glebeheath JW ShCM (Mrs J Guvercin)
VHC - CH Fehmarn Magic Lantern JW (Mrs J Morton Shaw)
Entries: 14 Absentees: 1
1st - Glebeheath Jump The Gun (Mrs J Guvercin)
Blue & tan youngster, nice size, liked his head and expression, neat feet, moved and showed well, lovely thick coat and pelt and lovely rib. stood well on neat feet with firm pasterns. Pleasing outline standing and on the move.
2nd - Badgerholme Epsom Jet (Mr B Dickinson & Miss T James)
Similar type to my winner, excellent blue & tan coat with thick pelt, good in head but just preferred the expression of my winner, neat ears. well turned stifle and moved with drive.
3rd - Badgerbeck Uncle Fester (Miss L M Jenkins)
Nice headed grizle & tan, with short strong muzzle and big teeth,good feet and legs,really liked the overall type, front needs to tighten.
Res - Alcumlow Solitaire (Mr P, Mrs B & Miss R Barber)
VHC - Riseburn Retro (Miss C Tutin)
Entries: 14 Absentees: 2
1st - Daluce Fight Or Fall For Emblehope (Miss D Bladen)
Really liked this young grizzle & tan for overall type, Pleasing head with good teeth, lovely size, easily spanned and very good in rib, neat front assembly with super neat feet, firm pastens and correct bone. Beautifully shown and turned out in super coat and pelt. Moved well fore and aft.
2nd - Baillieswells Knockando (Mr A Brunner)
Very eveycatching grizzle & tan youngster with a very pleasing head and expression and nice ear set, lovely front assembly, super straight forelegs, stands well on neat feet, pleasing head with keen expression, good topline with short carroty tail,good coat and moved well.
3rd - Daluce Soldier Of Fortune (Mr J & Mrs H M Thomas)
Lots to like about this youngster and very similar in overall type and assets to my winner who I see is his littermate,just needs to strengthen in foreface, which I’m sure he will as he matures. Well presented and good coat and pelt moved well coming and going and good in profile movement.
Res - Hobholt Hallmark (Mr C K & Mrs M A Wallace)
VHC - Ravenside Rumours About Caldewgate (Mr A E Burke)
Entries: 14 Absentees: 4
1st - Comberdown Finnegan (Mr I & Mrs A Higham)
Very typey rich coloured grizzle & tan, mascuine head with short strong muzzle, neat V shaped ears, dark eye and keen expression,easily spanned rib, good legs and feet, good neck and topline and tail set, good outline on the move, presented in good fettle with harsh coat and thick pelt. Reserve Dog CC.
2nd - Keycharm Phantom by Ridgebow JW (Mr N Duxbury)
Another strong headed grizzle and tan, like his expression, nice rib easily spanned, lovely neckline and topline with a really good jacket, moved well.
3rd - Badgerbeck Prototype (Miss S L Hillman)
Narrow fronted blue & tan with good legs and feet, good head proportions but not quite the expression of my winners,spannable rib, strong loin, moved well.
Res - Ottaswell Palamedes (Mr D & Mrs G M Hunt)
VHC - Karison Klaret (Miss K Johnson)
Entries: 12 Absentees: 0
1st - Saygo Of Hassage (Ms E D Rumsam)
Liked the overall type of this richly coloured grizzle & tan, lovely head and expression,big teeth, dark eye and neat well placed ears. Super topline, spannable rib and good tail. Loved him standing and in profile movement, needs to be a bit more positive coming and going.
2nd - Onthill Amaretto (Mr R & Mrs A Ramus)
Another typey grizzle & tan, lots to like about him too, nice sized dog but not just in as good jacket and condition as my winner today. Nice head,and neckline, good topline and tail. Looked balanced in profile
3rd - Secret Attraction (Mr T James)
Lovely headed grizzle and tan, short strong muzzle, keen expression and super neat ears. Not a great deal of coat in today but was spannable and moved well.
Res - Hobholt Hi Roller (Mr R G & Mrs E A Wright)
VHC - Achouffe Murphy Gray At Adrival (Miss Bone)
Entries: 14 Absentees: 0
1st - Saygo Of Hassage (Ms E D Rumsam)
critique from Graduate Dog class.
2nd - Blues Boy At Brackenfell (Mr C Hall & Miss L Ellis)
Topsize grizzle and tan, but easy to span, liked him a lot, nice overall breed type, pleasing head super tweedy, thick coat and pelt, nice profile movement with a level topline retained on the move, good legs and feet.
3rd - Tarkatale Midnight Memory ShCM (Mr C & Mrs J Gordon)
Dark grizzle & tan who disappeared before I could do a critique, fortunately I had photographed him and recall a nice headed dog, in good order, nice legs and feet, nice pofile, moved well.
Res - Fehmarn Highland Encounter (Mrs E J Scott)
VHC - Oatberry Snow Storm (Miss K M Nitarska)
Entries: 15 Absentees: 4
1st - Onthill Fernando (Mr R & Mrs A M Ramus)
Rich coloured grizzle and tan, liked his overall breed type, not exaggerated in any way, good head proprtions and expression, good neck into shoulder, spannable rib, strong loin, racy hindquarters which he used well on the move. Very well presented in thick coat and pelt, lovely short carroty tail.
2nd - Northborders Mr Pickles JW (Miss J North)
Another I liked a lot, blue and tan with a really harsh wiry coat,could easily swap places on another occasion but today just preferred head and expression of my winner. Lovely straight forelegs with firm pasterns down to god neat feet. Well turned stifle, moved well.
3rd - Tufterslodge Ososimple (Ms J M Woollacott)
NIce sized grizzle and tan, lacking in much coat today but earned his place with his good movement. Easy to span, pleasing head and expression,good legs and feet,
Res - Mansergh Song Thrush AW(G) (Mrs V Woolrich)
VHC - Foxpaw Brilliant Disguise (Mr P & Mrs H Fulker)
Entries: 19 Absentees: 4
1st - Lairehope Lord of the Glen At Tweedburn (Mrs C Archibald)
Impressive grizzle and tan in wonderful coat and pelt, neat front assembly and well angulated hindquarters, spannable with a strong loin, firm topline and level croup with a really nice tail. Lovely outline on the move, sound coming and going, moving well off short, low set hocks.
2nd - Olderhill Afortunado (Mrs S Wilson)
LIke this grizzle and tan a lot too,not just the depth of coat as my winner but beautifully presented, lovely head, keen expresson and V shaped ears, nice rib, easily spanned, super topline and tailset, looked great in profile, moved soundly.
3rd - Chorbeck Charlie Chaplin JW (Mrs H Haughton)
His tremendously thick coat and pelt made this grizzle and tan look rather compact, but was a nice dog to go over, neat front assembly and well angulated behind, liked his head and expression, earned his place on his really good movememnt front and rear.
Res - Kosmic Sun over Karison (Miss K Johnson)
VHC - Badgerbeck Beau Geste for Buckwilde (Mrs M Blomfield-Willis)
Entries: 22 Absentees: 6
1st - Nor / Du CH Toftahill Game On (Mrs Bergstedt)
This dog really stood out, even in this class of quality dogs. Quite a small grizzle and tan dog, but masculine and not exagerated in any way. Beautiful head with correct proportions, big teeth and strong underjaw, nice dark eye with a keen expression. The very best of shoulders and ribbed well back, strong loin and well turned stifles. Lovely narrow front assembly with straight forlegs and small neat feet. Hard and fit and very well presented with a good depth of coat, in excellent condition. He never stopped showing and commanded the ring moving effortlessly with long free strides and looked a picture both standing and in profile movement. Dog CC & BOB and pleased to see he went Group 4 in the Terrier Group.
2nd - CH Dandyhow Dr Walter (Mrs K M Irving)
Similar in size to my winner, I really liked this grizzle and tan a lot, lovely head and expression, in the very best of coats and beautifully presented, narrow front assembly with super bone, legs and feet.Easily spanned rib with a strong loin. Level topline and lovely carroty tail. A real contender for the Reserve CC but lacked enthusiasm when I asked him to move again in the challenge.
3rd - CH Foxfactor Pied Piper JW ShCM (Mrs K D Stockley)
Topsized richly coloured grizzle and tan, very typey with a strong head, dark eye and pleasing expression.Lovely neckline and topline, easy to span and in hard fit condition. Well turned stifle which he used to good effect on the move, very well presented in good coat and pelt.
Res - Int/Nor CH Bohunt Sweep The Board (Ms E Winberg)
VHC - D/VDH/KFT/DKU CH Sweeping Slow Fox (Mrs P Berlitz)
Entries: 11 Absentees: 0
1st - CH Hesslemere Hi Karate JW (Mrs C Davis)
Handy sized blue and tan, pleasing head, narrow throughout, well angulated front and rear, moved and showed well. Good depth of coat with harsh texture, easy to span, stood well on neat feet. Lots to like about him.
2nd - Mansergh Song Thrush AW(G) (Mrs V Woolrich)
Another nice sized dog, unlucky to meet winner in such good form, not exagerated in any way, well presented in fine fettle. Easily spanned,nicely angulated fore and aft, moved well.
3rd - CH Otterwood Amex JW ShCM (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee)
Very typey grizzle and tan, not quite in the same coat and condition as my winners but nice dog to go over,easily spanned with nice rib and strong loin. Neat feet.
Res - Otterwood Cyrus JW (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee)
VHC - Intack Red Admiral (Mrs V Waldron)
Entries: 16 Absentees: 2
1st - CH Hollowmoor Coremy (Mrs. A D.Williams)
Lovely headed grizzle & tan, very well constructed, lacking depth of coat today but could not deny her first place, she might be a veteran but she moved well and still has bags of quality.
2nd - Badgerbeck Fantacy JW (Mr J C Roberts)
A bigger grizzle and tan than my winner, but narrow throughout and easy to span. presented in good order, moved well.
3rd - CH Manx Margaid ShCM (Mr B J & Mrs K D Stockley)
lovely eleven year old grizzle and tan in amazingly good shape for her age, retains a good topline and moved and showed well.
Res - Carrickfarm Maddy (Mrs V M Armstrong)
VHC - Rubicon Raincloud ShCM (Mrs G Hyslop)
Entries: 12 Absentees: 1
1st - Ploughdown Portia (Mr & Mrs E Armstrong)
Super blue and tan youngster, nice size and good to go over, nice head with a narrow front with good legs and feet, lovely rib, so easily spanned,racy hindquarters, short strong hocks, which she used well on the move. lovely profile with a level topline which she kept on the move. Turned out in super coat and condition, loved her, no hesitation in awarding her Best Puppy.
2nd - Kgills Tick Tock (Mr K J & Mrs G Bate)
Good coated grizzle and tan, pleasing head with a short strong muzzle, looked balanced on the move, driving off good hindquarters. Needs to tighten a tad in front but well derserved place, showed well.
3rd - Comberdown Thistle (Mr I & Mrs A Higham)
Blue and tan of really good colour, lovely sized youngster and very similar in type to my winner, moved and showed well, in good coat but would have liked a bit more condition on her.
Res - Howthwaite in Vogue (Mr R J & Mrs E A Barrett)
VHC - Ravenside Time Passes (Mr M Lowry)
Entries: 27 Absentees: 1
1st - Manorcroft Rock on Ruby (Mr T & Mrs L Palmer)
This light grizzle and tan caught my eye as she went round the ring, just my sort and a pleasure to go over. Beautiful feminine head with a lovely expression, elegant neck into fabulous shoulders, neat narrow front standing on the best of feet and legs. Ribbed well back into a strong loin, so easy to span she could get anywhere. Well angulated hindquarters which she used well, driving off her low set hocks. Lovely flow from her neck into her level topline and tailset. Well presented in excellent pelt and pin wire coat of good depth. Looked a picture standing and on the move.I absoluteley loved her. Bitch CC.
2nd - Brumberhill Bejewelled (Mr S A Mcpherson)
Another lovely grizzle and tan of very similar size, type and construction to my winner and the same comments apply, super front and rear assembly and presented in excellent coat and condition, moved well in her classes and I thought she would be my Reserve CC winner but the little madam just would not put all in, when it came to the challenge.
3rd - Benattivo Double Flame (Mr C & Mrs S Girling)
Handy sized red, pleasing head with a lovely expression. Shorter in rib than my winners but moved and showed well.
Res - Baillieswells Lochindaal JW (Mrs P Hirn)
VHC - De Kibefa Gin Tonic (Mrs N Doucedame)
Entries: 14 Absentees: 0
1st - Baywillow Blue Design (Mrs M B Reeves)
Nice sized bitch, narrow throughout, lovely rib easily spanned, ribbed well back and and strong loin. Liked her head and expression not overdone in any way. Good neck into shoulders, good topline, lovely tail. Stood well on small neat feet.Super coat and pelt, liked her profile standing and on the move.
2nd - Aus CH Bohunt the Cats Whiskers (Imp) (Mr I & Mrs J Broomhead)
Eyecatching rich grizzle and tan, short strong muzzle and good teeth and well placed ears, shorter and deeper in the rib than my winner but easy to span, looked good in profle with a lovely topline and moved well, had a super thick tweedy coat.
3rd - Feldmaus Von Der Boderranch (Mrs P Berlitz)
Nicely constructed grizzle and tan, although not the depth of coat of my winners she was lovely to go over, neat front with straight forelegs and good feet, Liked her neckline and good topline, expertly handled and moved well.
Res - Hawcoat Forget Me Not (Mrs E J & Miss R C Larner)
VHC - Foxfactor Cue The Music JW (Mrs K D Stockley)
Entries: 15 Absentees: 2
1st - Brumberhill Bejewelled (Mr S A Mcpherson)
Critique as 2nd in Secial Junior Bitch.
2nd - Cedarhill Irrestistable (Mrs C Dean & Mrs G Whyte)
Very smart blue and tan, I liked her a lot, pleasing head,neat front nice legs and feet,nicely angulated fore and aft, looked great in profile and kept her good topline on the move, lovely carroty shaped tail, well presented and handled, in good coat and condition, moved soundly.
3rd - Sulan Look at Me (Mrs S J Baxter)
Not quite the topline of my winners, but this grizzle and tan was a nice size had a pleasing head and expression and was presented in good jacket. Easy to span she had a nice length of rib and moved well.
Res - Lairehope Blueberry Bling (Mr P & Mrs K Lothian)
VHC - Tufterslodge Tiz Only Me at Tarkaswell (Mrs C E Sansom)
Entries: 15 Absentees: 2
1st - Plushcourt Retraced (Mrs C Archibald)
Beautifully presented blue and tan in wonderful coat and super condition, lovely feminine head with neat ears, a tad steep in croup but still lots to like, narrow front and small neat feet, nice rib so easy to span, strong loin, a really nice size and not exagerrated in any way,moved well.
2nd - Beaconpike Night Sky At Brackenfell (Mr C Hall & Miss L Ellis)
Very eyecatching rich red with a strong head and muzzle, neat ears and dark eye but a little full in the eye for me, not the narrowness of my winner but easy to span and looked lovely in the stack and on the move, moving well of well turned hindquarters and low set hocks.
3rd - Mattedonn Bonnie Beatrix (Mr E D'arcy-Donnelly)
A lovely sized grizzle and tan who could get anywhere, not quite the angulation at either end of my winners, but liked her rib,strong loin, pleasing head and expression and was well presented and in good coat and fit condition.
Res - Baywillow Brown Braid JW (Mrs G Hyslop)
VHC - Alcumlow Miss Sixty at Riseburn (Miss C Tutin)
Entries: 23 Absentees: 3
1st - Merumhor Solstice Belle JW (Mr C J & Mrs J H Martin)
Lovely blue and tan bitch to go over, liked her neat front and good angulations front and rear and small neat feet. Liked her head and expression, nothing overdone, easy to span and strong loin. Lovely depth of coat in good order, kept a lovely profile on the move, moved well coming and going.
2nd - Howthwaite Amber Grain (Mr R J Barratt)
Very eyecatching grizzle and tan, bigger throughout than my winner but really loved her super neckline and topline and tailset, straight forelegs and good feet. Looked a bit deep in profile but was spannable and ribbed well back, not the texture of coat of my winner but still a good coat. Moved well front and rear and kept her super topline in profile movement.
3rd - Manx Ballavale (Mrs A M Gregory)
Nice sized grizzle and tan, not quite the topline of my winners, but attractive head and expression, nice bone and feet, moved well.
Res - Alcumlow Starry Night (Mr P, Mrs B & Miss R Barber)
VHC - Fehmarn Far Ranger (Mrs J Morton Shaw)
Entries: 9 Absentees: 2
1st - Chesterton Honeymoon (Mr A J & Mrs W Mooney)
Light coloured grizzle and tan who was lovely to go over and very well constructed. Not the strongest of heads but but adeqate with correct proportions, dark eye and keen expression. well angulated front and rear with good shoulders, narrow throughought and so easy to span with a good rib. Moved well and looked lovely in profile movement, In very good coat, thick pelt and condition.
2nd - Gameway Dragonfly JW (Mrs P Clark)
Nice headed red with a lovely expression and neat well placed ears, not quite the narrowness or as well ribbed back as my winner but lots to like about her, moved well coming and going and presented in good order.
3rd - Rhozzum User Friendly (Mrs M Sharp)
Lots to like about this grizzle and tan, neat front and straight forelegs with firm pasterns and neat feet. Moved OK but not as enthusiastically as my winners and not just in as good coat and condition today.
Res - Thistlestone Jenny Wren ShCM (Miss J & Mr S May & Whisker)
VHC - Karison Koffee (Miss K Johnson)
Entries: 20 Absentees: 4
1st - CH Southash Blue Betty Boo Gameway JW (Mrs P Clark)
A beautifully presented blue and tan with a fantastic harsh coat and thick pelt, loved her head and expression and lovely ear placement,easy to span rib and ribbed well back, strong loin, lovely bone, legs and neat feet, nice angulations both ends which contributes to her really good movement which ultimately secured her the Reserve CC.
2nd - CH Foxyard Better Behave At Emblehope (Miss D Bladen)
Another blue and tan with lots to like, narrow throughout standing well on good legs and feet, very eyecatching in profile movement with a superb neckline, topline lovely tail and tailset. Well angulated hindquarters and low set hocks, coat texture good but not the depth of coat and thick pelt of my winner today.
3rd - CH Howthwaite In Violet (Mr R & Mrs E Barrett)
Blue and tan in sparkling form, no disgrace to be stood third to my winners today as this was a very good class, similar in type to my winners, narrow throughout and super profile
standing and on the move, well presented and moved well.
Res - Am CH Sulan Easy Does It (Mrs S J Baxter)
VHC - Benattivo Faberge JW (Mr C & Mrs S Girling)
Entries: 9 Absentees: 0
1st - Karison Koffee (Miss K Johnson)
Was VHC in Limit bitch. This grizzle and tan was in full thick tweedy coat and pelt, lovely head an expression and neat ears. Nice to go over with nice rib easily spanned and had good legs and small neat feet. Enthusiastic mover showed well and had the loveliest short carroty tail.
2nd - Hesslemere Miss Lemon JW (Mrs C Davis)
This grizzle and tan was a bit plainer in the head than my winner and didn’t have the depth of coat but was good to handle, nicely angulated front and rear, easy to span and moved very well.
3rd - Bramblebee Squiglet (Miss E Clements)
Handy sized grizzle and tan in really good order and coat, moved well, just seemed a bit steeper in the croup than my winners which detracted from her, otherwise good profile.
Res - Othamcourt Snow Bunting At Twigglestone (Mrs L I Aldous)
VHC - Borderella Elsa (Mr F & Mrs H Freeman)