Venue: Newby Hall
Judge: Mr David Hunt (Ottaswell)
Entries: 139 for 136
Thank you to the committee of Darlington Dog Show society for inviting me to judge, with special thanks to my sole steward who worked tirelessly throughout the day to keep both me organised and the ring running smoothly. My appreciation also to the exhibitors for their good entry despite having to face the often long and tiring journey home on a Friday afternoon. Thankfully the weather remained dry for my judging however with a constant strong wind blowing this proved testing for exhibitors handling dogs in full coat.
The ring was large with lots of room for the dogs to move, although the grass could have been cut much shorter. In general all exhibits were in reasonable condition, but as always I was surprised to find 3 dogs with incorrect bites being shown at this level. A working terrier should have coat on the undersides but I was surprised to find some with bellies that had obviously been trimmed/shaved to enhance their underlines. No problem temperaments.
Best Of Breed: CH Bramblebrae Violet at Shiftyfox JW
RDCC: CH Dandyhow Dr Walter
Best Puppy - Dog: Glebeheath Jump The Gun
Best Puppy - Bitch: Dandyhow Sonata
Best Puppy: Dandyhow Sonata
Best Veteran: Kersfell Comet JW
Entries: 1 Absentees: 0
1st - Kersfell Comet JW (Sneddon, Margaret)
9 yr old dark g/tan only just starting to show his age on his strong muzzle. Still has a good bite, nice flat skull and is balanced throughout. I particularly liked his reach of neck and ribs carried well back. In harsh coat and pelt he moved better at the rear than front. BEST VETERAN
Entries: 7 Absentees: 1
1st - Glebeheath Jump The Gun (Mrs J Guvercin)
8 mth blue & tan well grown for his age, with a promising future. His well proportioned head has a large nose, large teeth and well placed eyes. The head is carried on a good soundly constructed front with straightest of legs and best of neat tidy feet. Moved well with elbows well in holding his topline and tail correctly. Well handled as one expects from his owner. Close decision for best puppy in breed. BEST PUPPY DOG
2nd - Cynetkoy's Jimmy Choo (Mr S D Watson & Mrs A S Kenna)
6 Â½ mth g/tan, a smaller type in good double coat who just needs time to develop. Carries a good bite and well positioned ears. Well laid shoulder and easy span but I would prefer his ribs to be carried a little further back. Shown in fit condition particularly his muscular hindquarters. Another who moves better at the rear than front but this should tighten with maturity.
3rd - Joncroft Templar Knight (Mr C Johnston)
Res - Ragatam Poco For Borderbridge (Miss B J Singh)
VHC - Thorneyburn Peace Pipe (Mr M & Mrs A J Carr)
Entries: 7 Absentees: 0
1st - Daluce Fight Or Fall For Emblehope (Miss D Bladen)
Dark g/tan almost a year old. I liked this dog for his useful size. He has a short strong muzzle with large teeth, well placed ears, straight front and neat feet. In prime condition , evident in his hindquarters and firm second thigh which he used to move well both coming and going. Excelled in coat and pelt being tight ,harsh and pliable with thick undercoat.
2nd - Otterwood Cyrus (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee)
10 Â½ mth g/tan, another appealing pup coming together nicely. Good bite carried in strong jaws, nice reach of neck, level topline and well set tail. Narrow throughout, nice rear angulation and muscular rear end. Harsh coat but past its best. Well handled and strode out well. Would prefer a smaller ear.
3rd - Daluce Soldier Of Fortune (Mr J & Mrs H M Thomas)
Res - Hobholt Hallmark (Mr C K & Mrs M A Wallace)
VHC - Stoneygin Chesta Coppapot (Mr G & Mrs D Rayner)
Entries: 5 Absentees: 0
1st - Comberdown Finnegan (Mr I & Mrs A Higham)
13 mth dark g/tan who won here with ease. Catches your eye on entering the ring as he is so alert with keen expression. Strong head, short broad muzzle and dark well shaped eyes. Lovely front, feet and rib shape. Just right for bone. He is deep enough with a good rear assembly and toned muscle used to move well both ways. Good tail/tail set and pressed hard for higher honours.
2nd - Onthill Amaretto (Mr R & Mrs A Ramus)
Good for general size and construction but a finer type all through. Strong muzzle, good bite and depth of skull. Nice forechest, shoulder and length of ribs. Slightly longer cast than the winner he powers well from behind to move truly. Coat and pelt at its best, short well set tail.
3rd - Houndshope Rest Dodd (Mrs M Wanless)
Res - Derwenthow Basil Brightberry (Mrs S E Roberts)
VHC - Glenbucket Jack of Diamonds (Mrs M Anderson)
Entries: 10 Absentees: 0
1st - Fehmarn Highland Encounter (Mrs E J Scott)
A new exhibit to me but impressed as a quality dog. Well proportioned head, nice dark eye, straight narrow front and neat feet. Well angulated front and rear, good ribs and strong loin. Has a harsh coat, good pelt with undercoat, moving well.
2nd - Irton Morse Code JW (Mr & Mrs D Fryer)
A dog I placed well previously. This rich red has a strong head good bite of large teeth and broad skull. Well put together all through with a thick pelt. Spannable but with no coat today which allowed everyone to see his super fit condition and muscle. Moved a fraction wide in front and just too much of him for me.
3rd - Redfox Watchman (Mr & Mrs D B Marr)
Res - Onthill Fernando (Mr R & Mrs A M Ramus)
VHC - Quarryway Tabasco At Dualta (Mr W T & Mrs J L Edwards)
Entries: 12 Absentees: 4
1st - Chorbeck Charlie Chaplin JW (Mrs H Haughton)
Gave this light grizzle high honours at my last appointment and still like him a lot. Lovely head, strong muzzle, correct bite, well set small dark ears. Good front on tight feet, nice body and super topline to a well placed tail. Thick coat and pelt he moved out well and confidently. Unlucky to meet open dogs in top form.
2nd - Cedarhill Beyond the Stars JW (Mrs C Dean)
Has improved a lot since I last judged him, similar type to the winner and by my DCC. Nice head and bite of large teeth, good reach of neck into well placed shoulder with good body lines, topline and tail. Harsh tight coat and pelt, moved well in front but could be more positive behind.
3rd - Chesterton Top Hat And Tails By Kersfell JW (Mrs M Sneddon)
Res - Ravenside Hurricane Run at Ridgebow JW (Mr N & Mrs A Duxbury)
VHC - Okarito Omar (Mr N & Mrs M Yates)
Entries: 12 Absentees: 3
1st - CH Grindelvald In Full Cry JW (Mrs M A Bailey)
A dog I have looked at ringside for some time and he did not disappoint. A worthy champion he looks good from all angles with nothing exaggerated. Best of heads, correct bite and no stop. Lovely neck tapering to good withers. Neat front and feet with good body contours leading to strong well built hind quarters. Coat, pelt and undercoat all there, he moved correctly and with purpose using a long easy stride. Pleased to award him the DCC
2nd - CH Dandyhow Dr Walter (Mrs K M Irving)
Another worthy champion who is hard to fault and fits the standard well. His quality head is all in proportion. Good reach of neck and rib shape, an easy span. Nice top and underlines. Racy hindquarters used to stride out well on a loose lead. Double coat and loose pelt, I just preferred the body length of the winner. RESERVE DOG CC
3rd - Cobstoneway River Magic JW ShCM (Miss C Spencer)
Res - Northborders Mr Pickles JW (Miss J North)
VHC - CH Rexlands Cock Robin (Mr & Mrs D Matthews)
Entries: 1 Absentees: 0
1st - Carrickfarm Maddy (Mrs V M Armstrong)
7 yr old g/tan who is of a cobbier type but well put together. Excellent bite of lovely clean teeth. Nice head with keen expression. Well laid shoulders on a straight front, in good coat and condition, short carrot tail. Moved OK but stands a fraction straight at the rear.
Entries: 15 Absentees: 2
1st - Ploughdown Portia (Mr & Mrs E Armstrong)
What a super young pup this is. A b/tan just 6 months with lots of ticking. Well trained she was a delight to go over with everything as it should be at this age. Nice size, beautiful feminine head and alert expression, nicely set ears. Best of necks, good front, shoulder, rib and rear. Moved well and carried the harshest of puppy coats with a thick pelt. Just lost out on maturity, one to watch.
2nd - Asplands Astrid for Tythrop (Mrs J Lee)
Almost 9 mth g/tan. Another nice type who has a flat skull and good shaped dark eyes. To be critical although she has good depth of muzzle I would prefer more width. Scored highly in body with super front and rear angulation, plus correctly shaped ribs carried well back. A good tail, fit and with coat coming through she moved with drive.
3rd - Merumhor Misguided Angel (Mr C & Mrs J Martin)
Res - Ragatam Puzzle (Miss T J Peacock)
VHC - Kgills Tick Tock (Mr K J & Mrs G Bate)
Entries: 9 Absentees: 2
1st - Dandyhow Sonata (Mrs K M Irving)
A quality 11mth g/tan pup who stood away here. Good in all departments. An ideal size she carries a head all in proportion with neat ears, straightest of fronts, good shoulder placement and firm rear end with good bend of stifle. Nicely ribbed her coat and pelt were at their best â€“ harsh and thick. Moved soundly all ways to win BEST PUPPY BITCH AND BEST PUPPY IN BREED.
2nd - Ridgebow Amberwitch (Mr N Duxbury)
9 mth light g/tan slightly larger but good to go over,Strong muzzle, good bite and depth of skull. Well off for bone she has good angles both front and rear and a nice length of rib and loin. Coat coming through on her lovely loose pelt with well covered undersides. In good muscular condition she moved well both ends. Stands well but lost out by losing her topline when moving in profile.
3rd - Wadesleia Mountain Ringlet (Mrs H A & Mr A Fletcher)
Res - Benattivo Double Flame (Mr C & Mrs S Girling)
VHC - Stineval Karina (Mr & Mrs A G Horner)
Entries: 10 Absentees: 1
1st - Nantcoch Ffion (Mrs J M Phillips)
This bitch appealed for head quality. An attractive feminine head of good proportions, correct bite, dark eye and neat ears. Shorter in leg than some she is of good body size and construction, has a neat front and tidy feet. Correct depth of rib carried well back, strong loin and clean lines to a good tail and set. Easy span, good jacket and moved out well, the best in this class.
2nd - Chorbeck Miss Money Penny by Northborders (Miss J North)
15mth and similar in construction to the winner but a shade larger. Good head, strong jaw and neat feet. Good for bone, deep loin and good condition. used to move around the ring steadily. In harsh double coat and pelt, not the tail set of the winner.
3rd - Foxfactor Cue The Music JW (Mrs K D Stockley)
Res - Chatmoss Chelsea Girl (Mr D J & Mrs P M Lockley)
VHC - Tufterslodge Good Time Rock at Felfree (Miss F Freer)
Entries: 17 Absentees: 3
1st - Baywillow Brown Braid JW (Mrs G Hyslop)
An appealing quality bitch of correct size. Lovely head, large teeth, strong muzzle, dark eye and small ears give a keen expression. Good neck shape flows into withers topline and tailset. Neat feet, good in rib shape and loin. Coat and pelt at their best, she used her fit cit condition to stride out well and true around the ring.
2nd - Manx Ballavale (Mrs A M Gregory)
A handy sized bitch, full of quality who handles well and spans easily. Head of good quality, lovely bite and strong jaws. Particularly liked her well laid shoulder and front angulation. Ribbed well back and thick tail straight off the back end. Thick coat and decent pelt, moving well.
3rd - Picer Gilliflower (Mr G & Mrs S Pickering)
Res - Lady Ann's Joy (Mrs B Pearson)
VHC - Alcumlow Miss Sixty at Riseburn (Miss C Tutin)
Entries: 18 Absentees: 5
As you would expect a strong class that contained many exhibits with good coat and pelts.
1st - Gameway Dragonfly JW (Mrs P Clark)
A quality bitch who stands well and whose handler gets the best out of her. Appealing and feminine her head is strong without being coarse, best of bites, lovely flat skull with small ears carried close. Lovely front and shoulder, good ribs and neat tail. Good for bone her coat was approaching its best. Moved out well both ways. Iâ€™m certain her time will come.
2nd - Tythrop Touch on Wood (Mrs J L Lee)
Close up to the winner she has a good head with large teeth, eyes well placed, and her small dark ears combine to give good expression. Best of fronts, clean narrow and has tight feet. Neck flows well into good topline to the shortest of tails. Good ribs and strong loin with well developed rear end, strong and muscular. Coat harsh with lots of thick undercoat. Strode out well around the ring.
3rd - Benattivo Faberge JW (Mr C & Mrs S Girling)
Res - Howthwaite Amber Grain (Mr R J Barratt)
VHC - Esyntona Ripling Ruby (Mr I Hopper)
Entries: 12 Absentees: 5
1st - CH Bramblebrae Violet at Shiftyfox JW (Mr G Wildey)
A super b/tan bitch with quality all through and difficult to fault. Beautiful head with bite of big teeth, her dark eyes give a keen varminty expression. Just right for bone she is well constructed in front, shoulder, body and rear. In excellent hard condition she drives out from behind with good extension both front and rear. Coat at its best today, harsh and dense with a super loose pelt. Balanced and stands true from every angle. Delighted to award her BCC & BOB, shortlisted in the group.
2nd - CH Foxyard Better Behave At Emblehope (Miss D Bladen)
Another worthy Ch b/tan I have often watched ringside and is so good to handle. Strong short muzzle, scissor bite, neat ears and well placed eyes. Straight narrow front with lovely feet. She has well laid shoulders, good rib shape and excellent hindquarters showing good bend of stifle. In harsh coat she covers the ground well to show off her super topline and profile. She impressed me for quality. RCC
3rd - Picer Grace Darling (Mr G & Mrs S Pickering)
Res - CH Howthwaite In Violet (Mr R & Mrs E Barrett)
VHC - Ir CH Blewecourt Manhattan At Ploughdown (Mr & Mrs E Armstrong)