Champ-Breed Show Critique History
- Championship Show Feb 2016 Judge - Mr Frank Kane Bitches
An entry of 177 at this very friendly and busy show and as English Setters are always a pleasure to judge I had a most enjoyable day judging the bitches with my co judge, Scotsman Gordon Hayburn over from Canada judging the dogs. Linda Harris who was also referee had shown her talents in organising a fantastic raffle table on an Olympic theme. Two large rings and plenty of quality.
Secretary Mrs Sharples and show secretary Anne Green and the team had everything running well.
The weekend was clouded for the English Setter world by the death of Gordon Williams of Bournehouse fame and the show started with a minute's silence with all exhibitors coming into the rings as a mark of respect for a man who has contributed so much to the breed with a dynasty of lovely dogs and also Cocker spaniels; A Crufts Best in Show winning English Setter and Reserve at Crufts with a cocker; that is some achievement. We send our sympathy to Penny in her loss.
My co- judge was in ready agreement that the bitch SH CH SORBUS JUST ANOTHER DAY should be BEST IN SHOW with the reserve CC bitch winner MARIGLEN BEAUTIFUL DAWN taking Reserve with the tricolour dog UPPERWOOD IN THE GROVVE taking Best Opposite Sex after winning his first CC in strong competition.
For Best Puppy we called on the services of the referee as we liked both puppies and stood firm with our choices. Linda chose the orange dog RAVENSETT FIRE'N'ICE over the bitch puppy RACHDALE ELEGANCE and they both look set fair for good futures.
Best veteran was the dog SH CH SORBUS JEDI MASTER-
Many thanks to my stewards Anne Green and Peter Bates.
RACHDALE ELEGANCE - a beautiful orange who stood out for me; everything to like from her beautiful head to her good topline and croup and tail set and her carriage. She can strengthen a little behind yet but she looked a picture of type and quality and I was happy to see her as Best Puppy bitch and trust she will go on to do very well.
2 RACHDALE PAINTED LACE OVER GOLDBIRCH - blue litter sister and another good one with great Setter style and good movement. Not quite as forward in head as her sister or quite the bone but she has lovely balance and topline and was presented in sparkling form
3TATTERSETT CLEVER COOKIE
2 HAWLAWN KALEIDOSCOPE - 9 months tri with very good body shape and movement which won her this place with correct croup and tailset and carriage. Feminine head which needs a little more time and a shade darker eye would enhance. Has a lot of quality
3 QUENSHA SONGBIRD
Veteran -2 lovely bitches
1 PHENSETT SIVER MOON-very stylish blue in full coat and moving well holding a strong topline which won her this close decision. Feminine head and good eye. She could be a little stronger in bone and feet but her reach and forhand and her style took the class
2 SUNSPRAKE SUMMER BREEZE - lovely headed orange in immaculate condition and better in bone and feet than the winner but not the scope in her front angulation and stride. Lovely ribs - I would have been happy with either of these veterans going through.
Junior - an excellent class with the top four very close
1 GILLANCETTE PEBBLES FOR TATTERSETT - Orange of lovely type and proportions. Lovely legs, feet, ribbing topline and croup and absolutely true on the move - quality in head. Just scored in her firmness in topline to win this...and later two more classes and the final cut in the challenge
2 RICHECCA MIDNIGHT MELODY has style and elegance by the ton and such scope on the move with lashing tail. Not quite as firm in topline or elbow as the winner and I think a bigger ring would have suited her. Good head and I slightly preferred her expression to the winner. Pressed hard and another who should do well
3 BOURNEHOUSE SASH OF GOLD AT GOLDBIRCH
Yearling - another class deep in quality bitches
1LAKECASTLE KASUMI AT WISTASTON- classy top sized light tri bitch with great body and fantastic forehand assembly. Her head needs handling to be appreciated. Ultra sound on the move. She could be a little firmer in condition but scored heavily on her finish of chest and body to take this class
2 SKYLARK OF ROSETIMBER- gorgeous orange bitch with great quality in outline and carriage and a beautiful head and expression. Very good on the move and her topline and croup and tail carriage appealed greatly. Can fill out a little in front but she looked a picture and I liked her enormously.
3 SASH OF GOLD AT G
1 H KALEIDOSCOPE
2 ALBADORA SECOND SECRET - Tri of 10 months who was reserve in Puppy class; she has lovely type, outline and movement with a very pretty head. At the moment she lacks rib and body but when these come she should do very well
3MANDYSETT TELL NO ONE
1G PEBBLES AT T
2 B SASH OF GOLD AT GOLDBIRCH - beautifully coated and presented orange who went very stylishly. Very feminine all through and had great appeal in head. I would prefer a touch more bone Won a later class and finished her Junior Warrant
3 ARABIN MIDNIGHT FROST
3 A MIDNIGHT FROST
1B SASH OF GOLD AT B
2 A MIDNIGHT FROST - 13 months blue of excellent outline and scores heavily in quarters which are beautifully angulated with good let down of hock. Quality all through-looks her age but is full of quality
3 BOURNEHOUSE SPRING VIOLET
1SKYLARK OF ROSETIMBER
2 ALBADORA LATE ARRIVAL - excellent tri of very good body, outline and balance with good movement topline and carriage. She has a good head which is a shade heavier than the winner but in no way masculine. On the day lacked body to go higher but I liked her a lot
3 UPPERWOOD GOLDILOCKS
1 CULVERWELL CALAMITY JANE - I was very taken with the balance and outline and movement of this bitch despite her lacking some hair on a leg after an injury. Very good head. Excellent rib and short couplings-she is a very good bitch and had the pull in maturity over
2 S OF ROSETIMBER
3 SHANANDI FORGET ME KNOT
Mid Limit - a disappointing class for toplines
1 JOTUNHEIM VA VA VOOM - stylish and accurate movement and elegant carriage won her this class. 4 year old blue with good head and eye and an excellent forehand. She is a little overangulated behind which just lowers her a little to the ground on the move but she was a good winner of this class and made the cut in the challenge
2 BOURNEHOUSE WATERMUSIC AT SEVERNSETT - 4 years feminine blue with quality in headpiece and is well assembled and sound on the move. I preferred the bone of the winner Scored in rear angulation to take this place
3 LAKECASTLE SAKRA AT WISTASTON
1 MARIGLEN MERCEDES - 3 year old blue in excellent form. Unexaggerated and honest all through and has good movement and a firm topline which won her the class. Could be just a little shorter perhaps for perfect balance but she is well ribbed back with correct croup. Appealled in head and expression
2 QUENSHA SUMMER NIGHTS AT LYNWOOD - This beautiful orange filled my eye when I saw her standing in the line with her outline, angulation and beautiful head and eye-everything I like for type but on the move her topline and croup could have been better and this decided the issue. Moves with scope and accuracy
3 QUENSHA SHADOWS OF THE NIGHT
1 SH CH SORBUS JUST ANOTHER DAY - stood out for me, even in this class full of good bitches- beautiful type all through and great style on the move. Balance and quality with perfect topline and croup and a beautiful head and eye.CC and Best in Show
2 MARIGLEN BEAUTIFUL DAWN - Slightly stronger in type than the winner but retains femininity and has great ribs and couplings and a good croup and tailset which put her here. Scopy mover but her front action not quite as clean as the winner. However I was happy to give her the reserve CC and took Reserve Best in Show.
3 SH CH MARIGLEN ICE CRYSTAL