Open Show Critique 2017

South of England Irish Setter Club held an open show where BIS was Sandstream Welcome Breeze; RBIS, Riverbrue Altissimo at Aoibheanne; & BP, Ixia Rainbow Brite. 

My thanks to the committee of SOEISC for the invitation to judge, exhibitors for the opportunity to assess their dogs & to my hardworking, efficient stewards. The weather was good allowing judging to take place in a spacious outdoor grass ring providing ample opportunity for the exhibits to get into a good stride; movement did let a lot of very nice exhibits down & they had to pay the price. 

MPD (2) 1 Konakakela Just Jacob, attractive head with pleasing expression, good bone, only 7 months but very collected on the move for his age, reachy neck, balanced with nice outline. 

BPD; 2 Swiftlark Second Thoughts, nice baby but needs time as he is at the rangy stage of development, which is reflected in his movement so he was not quite as together on the move as 1 at the moment. 

PD (1) 1 S Second Thoughts. 

JD (2) 1 Riverbrue Altissimo at Aoibheanne, such an eyecatching, quality youngster with super expression from dark eyes & correct earset in well shaped head, everything fits together correctly giving a balanced outline & he is a joy to go over with his good shoulder placement, well sprung deep ribs, correct topline, powerful hindquarters giving sound, driving movement. Excellent type & great condition, an exciting prospect with a lot of promise. Obviously still has some maturing to do but he impressed me enough to award him BD, RBIS; 2 Covarney Everyone Knows, well presented, appealing youngster with nice head, good shoulder, topline & quarters. 

YD (1) 1 Strathmead Huckleberry, good sized, unexaggerated dog presented in nice condition, good shoulders, decent head & expression. 

ND (1) 1 R Altissimo at A. 

UGD (4) 1 R Altissimo at A; 2 Kerrydown Odds On, mature 3 year old with pleasing head & expression, good bone, went well using his hindquarters to advantage; 3 Gwendariff D’Ya Fancy A Fling with Covarney. 

GD (6) 1 Sandstream Just A Breeze, masculine head, good type, sound front construction, good topline & well angulated quarters, nice coat & condition; 2 Covarney Flapjack, attractive balanced male in good condition, well constructed with strong bone, strong hindquarters used well on the move; 3 Romarne Under Orders. 

PGD (3) 1 Covarney Macaroon, litter brother to second in GD, so unsurprisingly similar remarks apply, soundly constructed, good substance with strong quarters; 2 Harreds Harlie of Blaysdell, pleasing construction, acceptable head; 3 Lindenjo Mallard. 

LD (1) 1 Amblin’s Sweet William, good balanced racy outline, reachy neck, nice lay back of shoulder, good front & quarters, an elegant handsome dog but just lacked any enthusiasm on the move. 

OD (3) 1 Delsanto Snow Storm, pleasing type, strong & balanced construction, in excellent coat & condition, attractive head proportions with appealing expression, strong bone. RBD; 2 Millcroft Chase The Moon to Shanoah, everything in the right place, soft expression, masculine, another who was just not giving his all moving; 3 Lynwood Lark In The Dark. 

VD (3) 1 Landscott Going For Gold, unexaggerated dog, attractive head with nice gentle expression & correct earset, good outline, balanced proportions with correct angulations front & rear, happy & animated on the move. BV; 2 Blaysdell Keiran, another honest dog of good type with pleasant head & good overall balance & construction; 3 Teramour Going For Gold. 

MPB (3) 1 Ixia Rainbow Brite, very attractive balanced puppy, such a sweet quizzical expression from her dark well shaped eye, good reach of neck set into well laid shoulders, correct body length with the right amount of rib & depth for her age, nice bend of stifle, good tailset, so collected & accurate on the move for a baby, all being well will have a promising future. BPB, BP; 2 Swiftlark Second Nature, another nice baby with a lot to offer; 3 Konakakela Jemimah. 

PB (3) 1 I Rainbow Brite; 2 S Second Nature; 3 Heathclare Liberty at Crosswest. 

JB (8) 1 Riverbrue Ophelia at Glennara, litter sister to my BD & she shares many of his qualities, excellent type with good overall balance, appeals in head & expression, nice coat & condition, moves on a nice even stride holding her topline with good tail carriage; 2 Twoacres Promise Of Spring with Avacet, feminine head, well proportioned body, unlucky to meet winner in such good form; 3 Covarney Everlasting Love at Bluebyeyou. 

YB (7) 1 R Ophelia at G; 2 Polmennor Spinning Moons, pretty head with pleasant expression, good front, ribs & quarters for age, but still needs to tighten in movement; 3 Covarney Li’L Diva. MB (5) & NB  (5) 1 R Ophelia at G; T Promise Of Spring with A; 3 C Everlasting Love at B. DB (3) 1 R Ophelia at G; 2 P Spinning Moons. 

UGB (4) 1 R Ophelia at G; 2 P Spinning Moons; Twoacres Grand Cocotte. 

GB (3) Nice class with 3 quality bitches. 1 Sandstream Summer Breeze, lovely for type & elegance, a quality feminine bitch, sound construction is reflected in her movement; 2 Teramor Lady In Red, pushed winner hard & could change places on another day, another type attractive bitch with all the essentials & very nice outline; 3 Swiftlark First Edition. 

PGB (3) 1 Sandstream Welcome Breeze, litter sister to GB winner, eyecatching in outline & body proportions, super head & expression, excellent head proportions with dark eyes, great front angulation correctly balanced by rear, well ribbed, gently sloping topline, in nice coat & well muscled – something that was lacking in some exhibits – when she got into her stride, she moved very well. BB, BIS; 2 Millcroft Bubbling Moon, feminine head & pretty expression, dark eyes, good neck & shoulder, well bent stifle, went well; 3 Lynwood Full Of Grace at Polmennor. 

LB (2) 1 Clonageera Walk In The Sun, substantial bitch yet still elegant, nice head & expression, soundly constructed throughout with plenty of heartroom, in super coat & with impressive muscle development allowing powerful movement; 2 Kerrydown Octavia, attractive head with pleasant expression & low set ears, good shoulder & straight front, reasonable bend of stifle, front movement was OK but could be tidier behind. 

OB (3) 1 Ixia Ever Hopeful, super happy feminine bitch whose tail never stopped, very attractive & in super condition, nice type & quality, lovely head & expression, everything fits together correctly giving an appealing balanced outline, went really well and pushed the PGB winner hard. RBB; 2 Twoacres Luck Be A Lady, another nice bitch with a lot of qualities to admire; 3 Ireleith Conchitta avec Teramour. 

VB (4) 1 Sh Ch Lynwood Kissed By An Angel at Sandstream, I see she is the dam to the BIS and GB winner, lovely head with sweet expression, nice type, very stylish & elegant with a racy outline, good front & rear, pleasing movement, pushed hard for BV but the dog had been rested & just had that bit more sparkle & joie de vivre on the move in the challenge.She is certainly a bitch to be very proud of & has produced some lovely daughters. BVB; 2 Satals Bleau Eyes, a couple of years older than 1 & showing her age a little but a nice quality bitch; 3 Blaysdell Miss Nuala. Brace (5) All were very well matched & moved well together making it difficult to split them into order. 1 Fox’s; 2 Kennedy-Sloane’s; 3 Rodda’s. 


Sunday, May 28, 2017