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Irish Crufts 24 Judge's Critique




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Crufts 24 Judge

 

 


IRISH CRUFTS 24

Judge: Mrs W Bower

Dog Challenge Certificate 15036 - Multi Ch/nordic Ch Smox His Majesty Ww'23 Sew'23 Fiw'23 (Mrs E G Skålberg)
Reserve Dog Challenge Certificate 15010 - Niddrua Lightning Bolt (Mr & Mrs D A Howarth)
Bitch Challenge Certificate 14990 - Saredon Miss Davidson JW (Ms Davidson)
Reserve Bitch Challenge Certificate 14976 - Ch Norakim Tango of Newguild (Mrs K Bentley)
Best Of Breed 15036 - Multi Ch/nordic Ch Smox His Majesty Ww'23 Sew'23 Fiw'23 (Mrs E G Skålberg)
Best Puppy 14980 - Pinleygreen Irish Star for Montelle (Miss A Bradley)
Best Veteran 14971 - Ch Holbam Celtic Summer ShCM ShCEx (Mr R J & Mrs J A Atkin)

IRISH JUDGE CRUFTS 24

Thank you to Crufts Committee for inviting me to judge at this prestigious show. A special mention to my two Ring Stewards who did an excellent job in keeping everything moving – thank you. I had a lovely entry of 75 with 6 absentees. I was pleased with the overall quality and there were some promising youngsters. Although the breed has slipped below the ‘less than 300 puppies a year registered’ mark it looks in a healthy state to me and there is not too much to worry about. A few general comments. All bites and pads were correct. I am looking for a small, dark eye which gives that penetrating expression. Unfortunately there were a couple of exhibits with light eyes. This needs to be addressed. I look for the ‘terrier temperament’, alert and on their toes all the time, reacting to what is going on around them. Not always present. In some, coats were too short. This makes it difficult to assess whether the coat complies with the Breed Standard. The coat should be harsh, wiry and have a broken appearance. At the base there should be an undercoat of softer hair. On looking back when I last judged the breed I drew attention to this. Presentation and handling was generally of a very good standard.

VD (2)

1. Rundle & Williams Ch Sidewater Sea Fury – good substance but still maintained the typical racy outline. Pleasing head & expression. Shoulders well laid back. Good body and well ribbed back. Moved okay.

2. Delaneys’ Ir Ch Carliams Red Alert, preferred the overall balance and the head of the winner. Nice size and well-presented and handled. Moved okay. Both dogs lacked that bit of sparkle you look for.

PD (4)

1. Thomas & Print Bilarney Hotcross Bun, liked this promising puppy. Correct head proportions with nicely placed ears and small dark eye. Shoulders well laid back, straight front with small feet. Good substance with racy outline. Tail on top. Moved okay but does need to settle – this will come with maturity.

2. Delaneys’ Carliam Atomic, another promising puppy. Good overall balance and substance. Straight front and well ribbed back. Would prefer a little more length of head. Very well presented. Movement could have been better.

3. Bowers Silbraehill Goodomen, there could be a lot to like here but difficult to assess as he needs training.

Junior Dog (5) –

1. Anderson’s Kerrykeel Damhnaic – promising young dog; an easy winner of this class. Correct head proportions with small dark eye and well placed ears giving that keen expression. Had a racy outline without being coarse, which you look for in this breed. Straight front, well ribbed back and good lay back of shoulder. Well-presented, moved okay.

2. Simons Brucephela Quito Berry – balanced with good head proportions and good length of shoulder. Nicely placed ears which he used well, small dark eye, straight front, well ribbed back and in reasonable coat. Movement could have been better.

3. Harte’s Modann Mahogany – balanced with plenty of substance, well-proportioned head, dark eye, correct ears which he could have used to better advantage. Movement could have been better.

PGD (4)

A nice class with the first three all showing promise

1. Howarths’ Niddrua Lightning Bolt – a promising youngster of correct size who was completely at one with his handler. Balanced, racy outline with good substance, correct head proportions with dark eye and well placed ears. Straight front, good reach of neck and lay back of shoulder, well ribbed back, level topline and strong hindquarters. Shown in good coat and well presented. Moved well. RCC

2. Ruffles Holbam Midsummer Kight at Ruffmar (ai)JW – another promising youngster who has many of the attributes of the winner and could change places on another day. Well presented. However he does need to settle – maybe a little more training?

3. Chilvers Apisbold Bumble, this young dog moved and showed very well for his handler. Nice size and of good substance. Racy outline, straight front and well laid back shoulders. Correct head proportions but to be critical would prefer slightly better ear placement. Shown in lovely condition.

Limit Dog (6) – Olivers’ Rufous Gubbeen of Cleeve

– nicely balanced and shown in reasonable coat. Good head proportions giving pleasing expression. Straight front, good lay back of shoulder, correct length of back and strong hindquarters. Moved and showed very well.

2. Flessner Galahad’s Guardian Irish Tango – another quality dog, balanced with straight front, small tight feet, good reach of neck and well ribbed back. Would prefer more coat. Moved okay

3. Brown’s Sujoncla Pawnee Creek at Pitsford – nicely balanced with substance, good head proportions with pleasing expression, straight front and level topline. Moved well.

OD (14)

A lovely class with many quality dogs whom I am sure will change places many times.

1. Skalberg’s Multi Ch/Nordic Ch Smox His Majesty – this dog had everything I look for in an Irish. On his toes and very much at one with his handler. Has substance without being coarse and showing a racy outline. Correct head proportions, dark eye and correctly placed ears. Straight front, small tight feet, shoulders with good lay back and level topline. Strong hindquarters and tail on top. Shown in excellent coat and beautifully presented. Moved very well. CC & BOB Delighted to see him go Group 2.

2. Averis & Ryan’s Holbam Ace of Saredon – pleasing head and expression with small dark eye, good reach of neck and well laid back shoulders. Plenty of substance without being coarse. To be critical would prefer a straighter topline as he dips slightly in the back. In excellent coat and very well presented and handled. Moved well.

3. Grant-Hemmings & Hemmings Ch/Ir Ch Courtington Ten Sovereigns – quality male, very well presented. Well placed ears and dark eye, straight front and strong hindquarters, small tight feet, has substance with pleasing outline. Showed well – just preferred the head proportions of second place.

Good Citizens Dog Scheme Dog (1)

1.Couilliard’s Amberville Cassian Royale, nicely presented and in good coat. Moved well.

VB (7)

1. Atkins’ Ch Holbam Celtic Summer ShCM ShCEx – feminine head with pleasing expression, small dark eye with well place ears. Has substance and a nice outline, strong body and well ribbed back. Well presented in good coat. Moved and showed well. Best Veteran

2. Ruffles Holbam Celtic Whisper at Ruffmar JW ShCM VW – good overall balance with well placed ears, shoulders well laid back, good topline and shown in reasonable coat. Showed steadily.

3. Kuczas’ Int/Jer/pl Ch Brazen Amber Pageant – all credit to her owners, 12 years young and in excellent condition. Pleasing head and expression with well-placed ears, straight front with small tight feet, balanced. Showed and moved well.

PB (3,1)

Two promising puppies

1. Bradley’s Pinleygreen Irish Star for Montelle – feminine head of correct proportions with pleasing expression. Dark eye and well placed ears, good bone, graceful outline, straight front with small feet, level topline and tail on top. Well presented. Best Puppy.

2. Hardman & Howarth’s Bonosue Shooting Star – similar comments apply. On the day just preferred the overall balance of the winner.

JB (8)

1. Flessner’s Galahad’s Guardian Kiss of a Blossom, well-presented and handled. Head of correct proportions giving pleasing expression, ears set well on with small dark eye. Shoulders well laid back, level topline, tail on top and strong hindquarters. Moved well. Pleasing outline and I liked her size.

2. Good’s Originelle Orla, shown in good coat and condition. Pleasing head and expression with well-placed ears and dark eye. Plenty of substance but not coarse and showing a nice balanced outline. Moved and showed well.

3. Lovelace’s Dotsfirth Pearl’s a Singer – nice size and good outline, reachy neck and good layback of shoulder. Coat not at its best. Showed and moved okay.

PGB (9,2)

I. Bradshaw’s Holbam Midsummer Sprite (ai), I liked this bitch, very typical. Lovely clean well balanced head with pleasing expression. Ears well set on with small dark eye. Good bone without being coarse. Racy outline with straight front and strong hindquarters. Well presented.

2. Flessner’s Galahad’s Guardian Kiss of a Blossom – already critiqued

3. Redman’s Holbam Freya – feminine bitch of nice size. Correct head proportions with well-placed ears. Would prefer a smaller eye. Moved and showed well.

Limit Bitch (6,1)

1. Davidson’s Saredon Miss Davidson – caught my eye as soon as she came into the ring. A real show girl, plenty of substance but has that elegant racy outline. Ears set well on with straight front and small compact feet. Good reach of neck leading into well laid back shoulders. Level topline and tail on top. Strong hindquarters. Moved and showed well. On checking my records I see that I judged her as a 7 month old puppy. Commenting then that she was promising but needed to settle. She has certainly done that. Pleased to award her the CC.

2. Atkin’s Holbam Celtic Rose (ai) JW, a pretty feminine bitch who was well presented. Correct head proportions Good reach of neck and shoulders well laid back, straight topline and pleasing outline. Moved and showed well.

3. Kelblova & Kelbi’s Monkey Business Simply Irish – similar comments to second place apply. Just preferred the femininity of second place. Well-presented and moved and showed well.

OB (9,2) –

quality bitches in this class who I am sure will change places with each other on another day

1. Bentley’s Ch Norakim Tango of Newguild – very feminine bitch without being overdone. Had substance but showing that racy outline you look for. Correct head proportions, dark eye and ears set well on. Straight front and strong hindquarters with a level topline and in good coat. Showed steadily and moved well. Pleased to award her RCC.

2. Olivers’ Kerrykeel Aobheann – she was what you look for in an Irish – very typical, racy but with substance, balanced head, dark eye. Good length of neck going into well laid back shoulders, well ribbed back, level topline and in good coat. Showed and moved well.

3. Delaneys’ Swe Ch O’rowanne Epic Enya to Carliams – pretty bitch and of nice size. Substance without being coarse, small tight feet, dark eye, good reach of neck and well laid back shoulders. Well-presented and handled.

Good Citizen Dog Scheme Bitch

1. Lees Ivyblue Crinkles – shown in good order with a nice tight jacket, substance without being coarse. Liked her size. Good head proportions, dark eye and ears set well on. Moved and showed well.

2. Nolcini’s Holbam Celtic Kate ShCM VW – reasonable size and overall balance. Nearly 12 years old and carries her age well but movement not at its best today.

Wendy Bower



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