Paignton Championship Dog Show: 3rd August   2019

Breed: Irish Setters

Judge: Nigel Worth

 I thoroughly enjoyed my first appointment judging Irish Setters and was really pleased with my entry. Thank you to the committee for the invitation and the sporting way the exhibitors accepted my placings. In most classes I was spoilt for choice and I’ m sure top placings in several classes will change places on a different day. Presentation on the whole was excellent. I was delighted to see my BOB shortlisted in the Gundog Group.

 Minor Puppy Dog:(1,0)

1st: Jones’ Riverdance of Irish Smiling Eye (Imp). 8 1/2 months and very much a puppy who enjoyed his time in the ring. Despite standing alone a worthy winner. Liked his head and eye. Good length of neck. Correct topline. Lovely bone.well balanced. Movement totally acceptable given his young age.

Puppy Dog (1,0)

1st: Longbottom & Stewart-Ritchie’s Gwendariff Smart Red Jacket. Best Dog Puppy & Best Puppy  in Breed. Another who stood alone but he certainly stood up to his name – a very smart, quality youngster. Lovely outline, balanced throughout and maturing nicely.  Pleasing head and expression, good length of neck. Deep body, well angled rear. correct topline stood and when moving. Well presented. A little erratic initially on the move but when settled moves well enough.

Junior Dog ( 5,1)

1st Edwards’ Gwendariff  Ucantmissme Bonhomie. Felt this dog stood out for type and quality. An outstanding youngster. Liked his head and expression, super length of neck set into well angled shoulders, straightest of fronts. Deep chest, well balanced body. Good rear angulation… no exaggeration. Correct bone and good tailset. Well presented in good coat and condition. Moved really well. Considered him for higher honours. One with a bright future.

2nd Pye,  Milligan-Bott & Bott’s Thendara Marshmallow. Another quality youngster, just preferred head of winner today and not yet the rear movement . otherwise similar comments apply.

3rd Needs’  Covarbey Paco Rabanne.


Yearling Dog ( 3,0)

1st Thendara Marshmallow , 2nd in Junior.

2nd Fauvrelle ‘s  Oakdene Remy Martin (Imp Bel).  Pleasing head, well bodied for age, good bone, well angled rear. Not the movement of winner today.

3rd: Macdonald’s Redclyst Head Full of Dreams.


Graduate Dog ( 6,0)

1st: Danks-Kemish’s   Teleri  Summertime Blues Avec Alolfrana (ai). Another quality dog. Good head. Liked his overall shape and balance. Good length to neck, correct topline. Well off for bone. good front and rear. moved well.

2nd: Rutherford,  Judge & Crocker’s Riverbrue Galliano Fizz To Clonageera. JW. Close decision with winner. Similar comments apply. Will have his day I’m sure. Quality dog who moved well.

3rd: Thendara Marshmallow.


Post Graduate Dog ( 7,0)

1st Jones’ Gwendariff Pink Floyd. This lovley dog was presented to perfection. Loved his outline and so well balanced when stood. Good head, neck and shoulders. Lovely topline. Good front and rear angles.mature body lovely bone. moved really well with drive keeping correct topline. Another in the mix for top honours.

2nd Prangle’s Heathclare American Dollar JW Sh.CM. close decision with 1. Another quality dog. On the day just thought my winner looked slightly more balanced when stacked and more settled on move. However a lovley boy who will do well.

3rd: Condron & Keb’s Gwendariff  D’ya Fancy A Fling With Covarney.


Limit Dog:(13,0)

1st: Danks-Kemish’s Alolfrana Hotter Than U’ Know. CC. I Have liked this dog since seeing him as a youngster and today he didn’t disappoint in any area when I went over him. He is shown in lovely coat and excellent condition. masculine head with good eye and lovley expression. Good neck and shoulders. Straight front, mature body, and good rear angulation. Good flowing outline when stood. Kept his topline and shape on the move. Moved with real drive. just felt the bitch cc winner was on top form today to just pip him for BOB. I am sure his title isn’t too far away.

2nd: Pyw’s Thendara The Watchmaker. Very nice dog unlucky to meet winner in such good form. Not a lot to fault, everything as it should. Not so positive on the move today. Another in lovely coat and condition. mature body with good depth. Well off for bone.

3rd Gracie’s Vistador Diesel In The Dust Summergate Jn Ch (Imp)


Open Dog:(7,0)

1st:  Crocker’s Sh Ch Copper’s War Of The Roses (Swed Imp). Res CC. another class where the top 2 could have changed places.just felt my winner had the slight edge on the move today.  Masculine dog in full coat and lovely condition. would like a little less rear angulation. Well made front. Good neck and shoulders, very mature body. Good bone.

2nd: Longbottom & Stewart-Ritchie’s Sh Ch Gwendariff Unknown Soldier JW. Another masculine dog with pleasing head and expression. Well made and in good coat and condition. very mature body, well balanced throughout. Good neck, shoulders, front and preferred his more moderate angulation. Just lost out on the move today.

3rd Stewart’s Gwendariff Weekend Warrior


Veteran Dog (4,0)

1st: Milligan- Bott & Bott’s Sh Ch Thendara Pot Noodle JW. Have judged this dog before and he did not disappoint today. A lovely dog to go over. Moved well. Pleased to award him best veteran.

2nd: Hyslop’s Gwendariff The Specialist. prefered the head and  overall balance of winner . however moced well and in good condition.

3rd: Macdonald’s Redclyst Kearney


Special Beginners Dog (1,0)

1st: Poole’s Teleri  Summer Nights (ai) placed 4th in earlier graduate class. 2 yr old who has time to mature.  Moved well enough.


Special Beginners Bitch (3,0)

1st: McCabe’s Clonageera Thrift. Feminine head and expression , mature body. Nice outline stood. Moved okay.

2nd: Bougen’s Gwendariff Hot Ticket JW. Similar comments to winner apply. Just preferred movement of winner today.

3rd: Brown’s Baystrider Bluebell.


Minor Puppy Bitch (3,1)

Two very raw yet promising puppies. Not much to separate at this age. both had feminine heads and good outline  when stood. Moved as one would expect from pups of this age. just felt the winner had the edge on balance and movement today.

1st: Lippett’s Clonageera Aurora.

2nd: Borthwick’s Lotushill Scotch And Wry.


Junior Bitch:(5,1)

1st: Rutherford’s Majestyka Indian Summer At Clonageera. Feminine bitch with pleasing head and expression. Maturing nicely.  Good bone and feet. well made throughout. Well made front and well angled rear.  Lovely topline . moved really well

2nd Hadfield’s Covarney Estee Avec Marzanne. A little longer cast than winner but did not detract from her overall balance.  Good length to neck, another with correct topline. Good angles front and back.

3rd Lewis’ Quensha Dream A Dream.


Yearling Bitch (5,0)

1st Milligan-Bott & Bott’s Thendara Crystal Ice JW. Very smart feminine bitch. Loved her head, good neck and shoulders. Straight front, well angled rear. good depth the body. Very mature, in good coat and condition. moved well.

2nd: Roberts’ Jetsetter Cristalle To Polmennor JW (Imp Rus), different type to winner but a lot to like. She gave a good account of herself on the move and looked balanced when stood. Liked her overall balance.

3rd  Covarney Estee Avec Marzanne


Graduate Bitch (6,0)

1st: Edwards’ Gwendariff Its Numero Uno At Bonhomie eyecatching bitch who will have a good future. Lovley head, expression and mature body. Good bone and feet. Wellmade throughout. Another in good coat and condition. moved with style and drive.

2nd: Catling’s Teleri Indian Summer (ai) JW. Another quality bitch who I m sure has a good future ahead of her. Similar comments as winner apply. Not quite as steady in front as winner today which cost her the class.

3rd: Davie’s Lochfrae Nina Simone


Post Grad Bitch:(14,0)

These two bitches headed a strong class and again there wasn’t much to choose between them.  I am sure they will change places on another day. Both had good heads, balanced outlines when stood and good bone and feet. Mature deep chests, with well angled straight fronts and well angled rears. Just had to make a decision and felt winner just had the edge today.

1st: Lewis’ Quensha China Girl At Kristesha.

2nd: Evans & Crocker’s Riverbrue Keepsake

3rd: Danks-Kemish’s Alolfrana Hot Inspiration.


Limit Bitch:(13,3)

1st: Tully’s Gwendariff Lily The Pink. really caught my eye with her quality and ring presence. She is a lovely bitch to go over, still young and will mature into an even better finished article. Moved really well. Just needs her full coat to finish the picture. No hesitation in awarded her a well deserved reserve cc

2nd: Partridge’s Kerrydown Octavia ShCM. Really nice bitch to go over with lots to like. She is completely balanced when stood. Good back and front. Well presented in good condition. just slightly preferred head of winner today

3rd: Hadfield’s Marzanne China in Your Hand


Open Bitch:(9,2)

1st: Armitage’s Sh Ch Gwedariff Coco Nut Cream.  Absolutely loved this bitch to go over. Loved her head, good length to neck. Straight front, well angled rear. lovely mature body with good depth. So well balanced when stood. Coorrect topline, bone and feet. She was presented in immaculate coat and condition. when she moved she flowed round the ring. Really pleased to award her the CC and BOB.

2nd: Crocker’s Sh Ch Riverbrue Gloriana. Unlucky to meet winner on such form. Mature bitch who does not disappoint to go over, very mature and in good condition. moved well.

3rd: Catling’s Sh Ch Shandwick Love In A Mist For Teleri.JW


Veteran Bitch (2,1)

1st: Hunter & Brown’s Sh Ch Int Ch Fairhaven Louise Mountbatten At Braidmount (Swed Imp). stood alone but very worthy winner. In lovely coat and condition. lovley head and expression, well made throughout. A lovely bitch who lost out to the more positive movement and topline of the veteran dog today for best veteran.