Venue: The Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire WR13 6NW
Judge: Mrs Jane Roberts (Smalesmouth)
Entries: 140 for 174
My first appointment at this level and I would like to thank the officers and committee of WELKS for the invitation. Grateful thanks to my stewards who kept everything moving so efficiently and thanks to all the exhibitors who gave me the privilege of going over their dogs. I thoroughly enjoyed my day and fully appreciated the opportunity to judge some high quality exhibits. Some decisions were difficult and places could change on another day.
On a positive note temperaments were good, as were mouths and feet. On the down side I felt that there were not enough exhibits that moved with drive and there were several with wide fronts – these are faults that would impact on the dog’s ability to work.
Best Of Breed: Tythrop Touch on Wood
RDCC: Badgerbeck Uncle Fester
RBCC: Ploughdown Portia
Best Puppy: Brumberhill Betrothal
Entries: 3 Absentees: 0
1st - CH Hobholt Harrier JW (Mr C K & Mrs M A Wallace)
Rising 7 and a half and still in wonderful condition. Top quality grizzle who presented a balanced outline. Good head properties with strong muzzle and big teeth. Excellent construction with good reach of neck into well laid shoulders. Straight, narrow front with good length to body and ribs carried well back. Spannable. Strong through loin into racy hindquarters. Excellent double jacket and pelt. He excelled in movement as he has a long economical stride and moved true coming and going. DCC.
2nd - Towden Storm Diver At Laurelton (Mrs P & Miss S Moffatt & Zech)
Enjoying his day out. Likeable 8 year old grizzle in good condition. Good head and expression. Although shorter coupled than 1, he presented a pleasing outline and moved out soundly on well angulated hind quarters. Good coat and pelt.
3rd - Bolt Tail Jebba ShCM (Mr F & Mrs H Freeman)
Entries: 5 Absentees: 1
1st - Kersfell Chorister (Mrs M Sneddon)
8 month light grizzle. Still very much a baby. Liked him for size and balance over the others in this class. Promising head with nice shaped dark eye. Good reach of neck into well angulated shoulders. Liked his length of body and rib shape. Easily spanned. Movement was erratic at times but this should improve with maturity. BPD
2nd - Bortino Red Emperor (Mr D K & Mrs D Martin)
Confident grizzle of 7 months. Well grown and more mature than 1. Good head and expression. Narrow bodylines. Good rear angulation. Nice double jacket and decent pelt. Movement was erratic but covered the ground well in profile when settled.
3rd - Breckgreen Blue Steel Ironfield (Mrs L J Mudd)
Res - Cedarhill Stargazer (Miss A Speake & Mr H S Speake)
Entries: 1 Absentees: 0
1st - Cobstoneway Ocean Sunrise (Mrs G Stevens)
Rising 9 months. Blue and tan with masculine head and correct bite. Up to size for his age but I liked his narrow front, shoulder assembly and good length of rib. Moved soundly off really good feet. Well presented with good double jacket.
Entries: 12 Absentees: 4
Two very good young dogs headed this class.
1st - Badgerbeck Uncle Fester (Miss L M Jenkins)
I really liked this masculine 15mnth grizzle and tan dog. Beautifully presented in hard, fit condition. He presented a balanced picture. Very good head with moderate width of skull, strong muzzle and very good set of teeth. I found him to be very well constructed with lovely reach of neck into narrow shoulders. Excellent length and shape to rib so easily spanned. Level top line and tail set. Well angulated hind quarters. Evidence of double jacket and thick pelt. Moved soundly to take this class and RDCC
2nd - Glebeheath Jump The Gun JW (Mrs J Guvercin)
Handy sized 15 months Blue and tan and another quality exhibit. He presented a balanced outline and I thought he excelled in head properties. Good reach of neck into narrow shoulders and straight front. Very good top line, tail set, legs and feet. Harsh double jacket. Covered the ground really well in profile and accurately coming and going.
3rd - Hobholt Hallmark (Mr C K & Mrs M A Wallace)
Res - Badgerholme Epsom Jet (Mr B Dickinson & Miss T James)
VHC - Mansergh Burne Jones (Miss A Roslin Williams)
Entries: 6 Absentees: 1
1st - Hawcoat Lord George (Mrs E J & Miss R C Larner)
Upstanding Light grizzle aged 18 mnths. Full of quality. Really good head with well placed eye and strong jaw. Loved his expression. Very good reach of neck into narrow shoulders. Ribs carried well back. Level topline and tailset. Well angulated hindquarters. He strode out well with a long accurate stride. Considered for top honours.
2nd - Keycharm Phantom by Ridgebow JW (Mr N Duxbury)
Masculine grizzle dog. Well constructed throughout. Strong head with big teeth. Good reach of neck into well angulated shoulders. Good length of rib, level top line into good tail set. Has really good deep feet. Good thick pelt with plenty of undercoat but not much evidence of top coat today. Moved OK but not quite the movement of 1
3rd - Ottaswell Palamedes (Mr D & Mrs G M Hunt)
Res - Earthtaw Dexter (Mr M Gibbings & Miss J Haydon)
VHC - Question Master (Mrs S Waller)
Entries: 10 Absentees: 4
1st - Hobholt Hi Roller (Mr R G & Mrs E A Wright)
Likeable type. Good head and expression. Balanced outline with good shoulders, narrow body, and good topline and tailset. In good coat and condition. Moved out well on a long stride. Preferred length of body over 2.
2nd - Saygo Of Hassage (Ms E D Rumsam)
Fit looking dark grizzle. Well proportioned masculine head with keen expression and strong muzzle. Narrow bodylines with straight front. Racy hindquarters. Shown in full coat with plenty of harsh top coat and a good thick pelt.
3rd - Onthill Amaretto (Mr R & Mrs A Ramus)
Res - Mingrovia Flintstone Chief At Rubyfin (Mrs S J Channer)
VHC - Renaissance Rhododendron (Miss L E Westland)
Entries: 18 Absentees: 3
This was a difficult class to judge with a variety of type and size
1st - Irton Morse Code JW (Mr & Mrs D Fryer)
Red grizzle that won this class on overall balance and shape. Masculine head with strong muzzle and big teeth. Good reach of neck into well angulated shoulders and good length of body. Well angulated hind quarters that he used to advantage on the move. Good feet. Good quality double jacket with crisp top coat. Very fit, he moved well from all angles. Shown on a loose lead â€“ something of a rarity these days.
2nd - Hawcoat Blue Bertie (Mrs E J & Miss R C Larner)
Smaller type to 1 but has lots to offer. Outgoing dark grizzle, with a good shaped head and large teeth. Good reach of neck into straight front. Ribs laid well back into strong loin and well angulated hind quarter. Sports an excellent shaped tail. Very well presented in really good double jacket with thick pelt. Shown to advantage.
3rd - Okarito Omar (Mr N & Mrs M Yates)
Res - Laurelton Moonlight Cowboy ShCM (Mrs J Cobbledick)
VHC - Ravenside Workforce (Mr M Lowry)
Entries: 10 Absentees: 2
1st - Brumberhill Blue Tempest (Mr S A Mcpherson)
Quality 4 year old blue and tan exhibit. Very good otter head. I really liked his overall construction with very good reach of neck into narrow shoulders and straight front. Good length of body. He presented a lovely balanced outline with good front and rear angulation. He moved accurately from all angles but lacked seemed to lose enthusiasm in the challenge.
2nd - CH Grindelvald In Full Cry JW (Mrs M A Bailey)
Rising five and still looking very good. Athletic masculine grizzle and tan with very good head and expression. Well constructed throughout, he presents a balanced picture. In very good condition with a thick pelt and evidence of tight harsh top coat on its way in. Moved very well from all angles. Just preferred the overall balance of 1.
3rd - Solitary Mist (Mr D & Mrs C Hodgson)
Res - CH Foxfactor Pied Piper JW ShCM (Mrs K D Stockley)
VHC - Northborders Mr Pickles JW (Miss J North)
Entries: 4 Absentees: 1
1st - Tarkatale Midnight Memory ShCM (Mr C & Mrs J Gordon)
Two year old dark grizzle in very good condition. Good head and expression. Good length of rib and well angulated hind quarters. Moved well. Very good coat with harsh topcoat.
2nd - Renaissance Rhododendron (Miss L E Westland)
Three year old grizzle. Rangier than 1. Appeals for his overall shape and construction. Good head properties with big teeth. Narrow bodylines. A little unsettled on the move. Not much coat today which is where he lost out to
3rd - Bolt Tail Jebba ShCM (Mr F & Mrs H Freeman)
Entries: 3 Absentees: 1
2 lovely bitches. A credit to their owners
1st - Aurora's Popcorn (Mr E Tart & Miss A E Speake)
7 year old grizzle looking in good form. Lovely feminine head and expression. Has retained a straight front. Narrow bodylines, ribs well laid back. In excellent coat. Moved freely.
2nd - Clipstone Tweed At Bramblequst (Mr M & Mrs L I Moore)
7 and a half. Another bitch in lovely condition. Good head and expression with well placed ears. Not as narrow through the body nor as much coat on the day as 1, but moved soundly from all angles.
Entries: 12 Absentees: 1
This was a lovely class to judge and there were some promising puppies who were unplaced. As one would expected at this age there was varying degrees of maturity and it will be very interesting to see how they develop.
1st - Brumberhill Betrothal (Mr S A Mcpherson)
8 months light grizzle. Really good feminine head with well placed dark eye.
Very well constructed with excellent reach of neck into well laid shoulders. Straight front into narrow bodyline. Ribs laid well back. Level topline into well set on tail of correct shape. Beautifully presented in double jacket with thick pelt. She moved confidently and accurately. Very promising. BPB BPIB
2nd - Twigglestone Elfenor (Mrs L I Aldous)
Just 6 months and behaved impeccably. Lovely head and expression. Nicely balanced for one so young with good reach of neck into well angulated shoulder. Narrow bodylines with ribs carried well back. Excellent hind quarter with well let down hock. Presented in very good coat and pelt with crisp harsh top coat. Moved well.
3rd - Cedarhill Wish Upon a Star (Mrs C Dean)
Res - Mansergh Plusfours (Miss A Roslin-Williams)
VHC - Tarkaswell Double Agent (Mrs C E Samsom)
Entries: 4 Absentees: 0
1st - Rhozzum Vesta (Mrs M Sharp)
11month blue and tan. Rangy bitch with really good head properties and strong muzzle. Balanced outline with good shoulder placement. Straight front. Narrow bodylines with ribs carried well back. Dense coat with thick pelt. Moved well on a long stride.
2nd - Intack Lady Eleanor (Mrs F J Matthews)
Lively 9 month grizzle. Good head and expression. Another built on narrow bodylines with well angulated front and hind quarters. Sporting a good quality double jacket with thick pelt. Moved well.
3rd - Borderella Sweet Pea (Mrs P South)
Res - Thistlestone Jellybean (Mr S Whisker & Miss J May)
Entries: 20 Absentees: 2
A strong class.
1st - Ploughdown Portia (Mr & Mrs E Armstrong)
Very smart blue and tan rising 15 mnths. Beautifully presented. Lovely to go over. Feminine head with strong muzzle and big teeth. Narrow front. Good bone and well padded feet. Ribs well laid back, strong loin and well angulated hind quarters. Very good top line and tail set. Loved her overall shape and balance. Moved very well in profile and coming and going. Quality double coat with thick pliable pelt. RBCC
2nd - Cedarhill Rising Star At Brankell (Mr P Brannan & Miss M Kelly)
Another quality exhibit. 16 month grizzle and tan. Really good head with well placed dark eye giving a lovely expression. Good reach of neck into well placed shoulders. Straight front and narrow bodylines. Well angulated hindquarters which she used to advantage on the move. Very well presented in excellent coat and condition.
3rd - Asplands Astrid for Tythrop (Mrs J Lee)
Res - Chatmoss Rebel Rebel (Mr & Mrs D J & P M Lockley)
VHC - Mansergh Lizzie Siddal (Miss A Roslin Williams)
Entries: 11 Absentees: 4
1st - Ploughdown Placida (Mr & Mrs E Armstrong)
Litter sister to winner of junior. Grizzle bitch who is a rangier type than her sister and less mature. Displays similar attributes with a Good head and expression, excellent reach of neck into well laid shoulders. Narrow bodylines. Beautifully presented in very good coat with thick pliable pelt. Moved well from all angles
2nd - Hawcoat Forget Me Not (Mrs E J & Miss R C Larner)
Close up to 1 and another quality exhibit. Very well presented blue and tan with a lovely feminine head and expression. Strong muzzle and big teeth. Very good front into narrow bodylines with well laid back ribs. Really good double jacket. Moved soundly and accurately from well angulated hind quarters
3rd - Baillieswells Lochindaal JW (Mrs P Hirn)
Res - Kersfell Chorus Girl JW (Mrs M Sneddon)
VHC - Intack Sorrel's Sunbeam (Mrs V Waldren)
Entries: 9 Absentees: 3
1st - Brumberhill Bejewelled (Mr S A Mcpherson)
19 month quality grizzle. Very well constructed with Lovely feminine head. Excellent reach of neck into narrow shoulders. Very good top line and tail set into correct shaped tail. Moved soundly from all angles. Shown in very good dense double coat. I liked this bitch very much and did consider her for higher honours.
2nd - Totherend Blue Loulou (Mr R G & Mrs E A Wright)
Lively two year old blue and tan bitch. Good head properties and big teeth. Very good neck and shoulder. Good length of body and rib. Moved well. Presented in good double jacket
3rd - Foxfactor Cue The Music JW (Mrs K D Stockley)
Res - Tameila Penny Lane By Borderella (Mrs P South)
VHC - Tufterslodge Tiz Only Me at Tarkaswell (Mrs C E Sansom)
Entries: 15 Absentees: 3
1st - Alcumlow Miss Sixty at Riseburn (Miss C Tutin)
Lovely blue and tan who has really good bodylines and balance. Good head and expression. Very good shoulder placement, straight front, ribs carried well back. Easily spanned. Good top line, tail set and racy hindquarters. Presented in double jacket with harsh topcoat. Moved well in profile and coming and going.
2nd - Othamcourt Snow Bunting At Twigglestone (Mrs L I Aldous)
3 year old grizzle with nice head and expression. Strong muzzle and big teeth. I liked her for her overall type and balance. Good shoulder placement, length of body and well angulated hind quarters. Correct shaped tail. Good feet. Presented in really good jacket with excellent pelt. Moved soundly
3rd - Alcumlow Starry Night (Mr P, Mrs B & Miss R Barber)
Res - Olderhill Patience with Badgerlaw (Mrs B Marsh)
VHC - Ravenside Ma Biche At Ridgebow (Mr N Duxbury)
Entries: 10 Absentees: 2
A very good class full of quality
1st - Tythrop Touch on Wood (Mrs J L Lee)
Rising 3 year old elegant grizzle and tan beautifully presented. Feminine head and expression with well placed eye. Big teeth. Excellent reach of neck into well laid shoulder placement. Straight front and good feet. Correct shaped rib that is well laid back so easy to span. Well angulated hind quarters with let down hocks. Very good top line and tailset. Excellent double jacket and a wonderful pliable pelt. She moved very well on a long stride to win this class. BCC from a strong line-up of bitches and BOB
2nd - Rhozzum User Friendly (Mrs M Sharp)
5 year old grizzle bitch who is very well contructed. Really good otter head with strength to jaw. She presents a balanced picture with good angulation to front and rear. Narrow bodylines with ribs carried well back. Very good top line and tail set. In excellent double coat. Moved out very well on a loose lead.
3rd - Bandicoot Serenade (Mr C & Mrs A Kerry)
Res - CH Foxyard Better Behave At Emblehope (Miss D Bladen)
VHC - Chesterton Honeymoon (Mr A J & Mrs W Mooney)
Entries: 2 Absentees: 0
1st - Othamcourt Snow Bunting At Twigglestone (Mrs L I Aldous)
Second in limit bitch
2nd - Intack Sorrel's Sunbeam (Mrs V Waldren)
Nice type. Grizzle with a feminine head and expression. Good reach of neck into straight front and good length of rib. Narrow body into good tail set. Presented in good double coat. Moved well.