I would firstly like to extend my great thanks to the HWVA committee for the honour of inviting me to judge their Open Show and for the smooth running of the event on the day. Special mention must go to my steward and to the catering, both of whom kept the day flowing so very well. The venue was excellent and spacious, and, most importantly, allowed for the creation of a large ring which afforded good opportunity to enable the dogs to show their movement to advantage.
I must also extend equal thanks to all of the exhibitors who entered under me and who accepted my decisions on the day with such good grace. I was delighted with the quality of the entry and to have many high-quality exhibits to choose between.
I was seeking soundness of construction and motion. In particular, the correct height to length ratio (a number of exhibits were taller at the withers than they were long, which inevitably results in restricted movement) along with balanced angulation front to rear, devoid of exaggeration, allowing for an economic and accurate action. I was also looking for sufficient substance to allow for the key HPR functions for which the breed was developed.
1 Hosokter Tompa
A cracking start to the day. At just 6 months and 1 day old this moderately sized, mid-russet youngster was at his debut show. Extremely raw, his inexperience and excitement in the ring made him often rather wayward and bouncy on the move, however, when he did manage to keep all four paws on the floor he tracked perfectly straight and true. His construction is to die for and is matched with absolutely bags of substance and bone throughout – an exceptional width of upper thigh leading to a beautiful bend of stifle and legs held dead straight from his hocks to feet, coupled with a prominent forechest and well-layed and muscled shoulders, though, in common with most of the breed, he is just a touch short in upper arm. Terrific depth and spring of rib, exceptionally so for his age, and his chest has good length too. A pleasing neck leads to an ironing-board straight top-line, whilst super-tight feet and a well-proportioned head and lively expression complete the picture. When stacked he presented excellent balance and stood absolutely straight and true both front and back. His coat is only just beginning to come through… IF it develops correctly then he should have a very bright future and I will await with great interest to see how he matures. Even as he is his quality could not be denied today and I was pleased to award him BPD and then BPIS.
1Tragus Huggy Bear
A top-size 10-month youngster with terrific temperament – happy, enthusiastic and confident in the ring. Of very different type to the MPD, with a coat of pale golden sand which is profuse but of good texture. He has the most beautiful head with a truly melting expression and has a very good front assembly with a prominent forechest and good length of upper arm leading to a correctly placed shoulder. Ribs are very deep and already well-sprung and are also extended well back but he has a rather steep croup and is weak-hocked which shows particularly in his movement where his topline is erratic and pasterns also loose. Hopefully, he will grow into himself as he matures and builds further muscle tone to support his joints.
Junior Dog (3,1)
1 Zoldmali Szeles Morganna (Imp)
A 13-month-old boy, medium-sized and with a deep russet coat that is tight, harsh and full-body covering. I would prefer more facial furnishings to give a softer expression, but these may well develop with maturity. Overall, though, he is a most excellent exemplar of the breed, well proportioned throughout, very clearly masculine and presented in really top, muscular condition. Extremely well balanced, moderate angulation front and back, just as is called for, with a nice length of upper-arm and correctly placed shoulder and a perfect neckline leading to an equally perfect top-line, held both when stacked and on the move. He has adequate depth and good length of rib and the correct tail-set and croup, plus pleasingly tight feet. The total picture is one of balance and strength and he can only improve further as he matures. In profile, he has a strikingly effortless, ground-covering gait with a good daisy-cutter action and equal and matching reach and drive. I strongly considered him for BD, but, when viewed head-on he was unfortunately rather wide at the elbow and as a result was toeing in at the front feet, which cost him the very top honours today, but was pleased to award him RBD.
2 Zoldmali Misi
Slightly taller, deep russet boy of 17 months, of pleasing type with a coat of good texture that is not yet full-covering but which should continue to develop with time. Excellent facial furnishings, with prominent beard and eyebrows, provides for an appealing expression, though he is a touch long in muzzle. Very balanced angulation front and back allowed for an even, tidy gait and reasonably accurate tracking coming and going, with a level topline maintained well both on the move and in the stack. He has good width of thigh and well-set tail, but is rather too moderate in stifle and upright in his front construction with vertical pasterns and under-angulation of arm to shoulder, which limits his extension and drive respectively.
1 Moricroft Akos
This 17-month moderate-sized, deep russet boy displayed a lovely temperament and was confident and more than happy to show himself off in the ring. Very appealing for type with an excellent head – correctly proportioned, blunt in muzzle and slightly domed in skull, masculine but not coarse and with furnishings developing well, indeed his whole coat is of excellent texture and good coverage, including across the skull. Super top-line and good tail-set with the correct moderate croup and good pasterns. His chest still needs to drop, but this will improve with maturity. I would like more length of neck and, although his angulations are balanced, they are more moderate than I would like to see. In movement he was rather close both front and back and crabbed coming and going.
2 Indriel Legolas Greenleaf
A larger sized, 2-year old boy who I understand was at his first show and both he and his owner must be complimented for performing so well in the ring today where he really was a very contented boy. I see that he is half-brother to my Puppy Dog winner, and very similar comments apply. He has a profuse but well-textured coat of golden sand with a beautiful, very well-furnished head and absolutely melting expression. Very good, prominent forechest and pleasing in pasterns and front construction in general, with good length, depth and spring of rib giving very substantial heartroom. However, he has a very steep croup and extremely low tail-set which gives him a sloping top-line on the move that detracts from his overall picture.
1 Fassfields Fame and Fortune
A 2-1/2-year-old medium-tall, mid-russet boy whom I liked very much. He has a very good coat, coarse, tight and full body-covering, though I would prefer just a touch more facial furnishings. Well-balanced, with correct pasterns and reasonable and equivalent, well-matched front and rear angulation. Could do with more depth of chest although his ribs are carried well back to a strong loin. His tail-set is a whisker high and I’d prefer more width of upper thigh, but where he really excelled was in movement where he proved to be the best of all of the males here today, consistantly straight and true coming and going with an excellent profile action, level top-line and matching reach and drive – really pleasing to watch in motion, in fact. Well handled and presented and that excellent movement meant that I considered him for RBD but the overall strengths of the JD pipped him on the day.
2 Auchinner Fionn
A 2-1/2-year-old, moderate-sized, dark-russet boy, nicely proportioned throughout, of generally good substance and so nice for type. A superb head with a blunt muzzle, moderate stop and refined skull, not over-wide and with well-set ears. He also had one of the best coats of the day, providing him with total body coverage, paired with equally good facial furnishings. Chest reaching to elbows and adequate in length, fair strength of neck and good topline leading to a good croup. His angulation is similar to 1, being moderate but matched front to rear and, like 1, I would prefer more width of upper-thigh and he is also a touch short-coupled. He lost out in this class when on the move where he didn’t demonstrate the tidiness and precision of 1, and both crabbed and was close behind.
3 Indriel Legolas Greenleaf
1 Sh Ch Tragus Fox Appeal
A well-known and worthy Show Champion, medium sized and dark gold, and just 1 day shy of his second birthday. Expertly handled and presented to perfection, he is immediately impressive and commands attention with his ring-presence. He has a super coat, full body-covering and harsh in texture, is broad in muzzle and moderate in skull, with a powerful neck flowing into a good top-line, excellent croup and correct tail-set. He has good and evenly matched angulation with shoulders layed well-back and good bend of stifle; hocks are well let-down and pasterns are correctly sloping plus he has good, tight feet, whilst his chest is outstanding, particularly for his age, with ribs deep, long and well-sprung leading into a powerful loin, though I would prefer him a touch longer in body. In the stack he was absolutely solid, dead straight and true front to back, a picture of real substance, and devoid of any weakness. On the move, he was powerful in profile but tracked erratically coming and going with uneven footfall. I was pleased to award him BD and he came within a hairs-breadth of RBIS, but I just prefered the proportions and more precise tracking displayed by the bitch today.
2 Zoldmali Misi
1 Fassfields Like a Barones
Very pretty, super-feminine medium-russet 7-month old girl. Well proportioned and developing nicely for her age. Her coat has good coverage, is of reasonable texture and will doubtless develop further with maturity. An appealing head with excellent furnishings already in place, a good neck and fair top-line when stacked. She has good length or rib although chest needs to drop, as can be the case at this age. Angulation is moderate and well-balanced front to back with sufficient bend of stifle and length and return of arm, although she too upright in her pasterns. She really excels on the move where her balance shows to full effect giving her a good front action with matching reach and rear drive as well as excellent profile-carriage, with a level top-line – in short: tidy, efficient and effortless, exactly as required by the breed. She is a touch fine, but at just 7 months she obviously has time on her side and masses of development to come. A nice prospect for the future and I was pleased to award her BPB today.
2 Fassfields Pride Rock
Litter sister to 1, and these two girls are very much variations on a theme. At 7 months this girl has a marginally tighter and harsher coat than her sister, is slightly longer and taller in body and straighter in upper arm, with the same upright pasterns, but she has a super, dead-level top line, readily maintained at all times on the stack and in motion, and such a pretty head and neck. Her easy-flowing movement was also easily the match for her sister in profile and perhaps even more accurate coming and going with pretty-much flawless footfall – a joy to see! She just lost out to her sister today on account of her substance and depth of chest & strength of loin, all of which still have much development to come, but, at such a very young age, she could easily end up bettering her sister as she matures.
3 Vynesbrook Caribbean Red
Two very different young bitches, with utterly different strengths and weakness, lead to a tough choice in this class.
1 Fassfields Like a Baroness
2 Tragus Honey Bee
A 10-month-old, girl, deep russet in colour with one of the best coats of the day, short, tight, harsh, and full-body covering. When she first came in the ring she immediately looked like the obvious winner of this class, presenting great maturity of development and substance for her age with excellent proportions and just fabulous for type as well as being ideally sized for a bitch. When stacked there is also little not to like about her – a pretty, feminine and refined head with great eye pigmentation, strong neck, solid topline, perfect croup and tail-set and she impressed greatly with her strength of loin and length of rib. She is a little too upright in upper arm but her pasterns are good, feet tight and shoulder well-layed, together with a fair bend of stifle and decent width of thigh. Unfortunately, she was let down today by her gait, having a high-stepping, hackneyed front movement with loose pasterns – such a shame, and I do hope that maturity and added muscle tone settles her.
3 Fassfields Pride Rock
1 Vynesbrook Caribbean Red
Another pretty young girl, 8 months old with a golden sand coat of good texture. A very feminine head, well proportioned with gently domed skull and appealing furnishings developing beautifully. A shade larger than the other puppy bitches here today, but still of very pleasing and moderate size. She has a nice forechest and good lay of shoulder with super feet but is short in upper-arm and too upright in the pastern. Her topline is not always consistent at the moment but she has a very good upper-thigh/croup/tail-set combination. She has good depth of chest for her age, but I would prefer more length of rib. I would also like her longer in body and this is reflected in her movement which was somewhat hampered.
1 Holstan Wirestone From Morganna
This very nice class was headed up by this medium-sized, 2-year-old dark-russet bitch who has the perfect height to length ratio and is so well-balanced throughout. Her coat is of good texture and adequate coverage, although I would like more facial furnishings, but, as ever, these are still a work in progress at this age. In common with many others, she is too upright in the pastern, but she has the correct moderate and well-matched angulation front and back and a super, level topline. She moved absolutely beautifully (my note says: “the best moving dog so far!”) displaying reach and drive in equal measure with lovely, tight & accurate footfall coming and going and a superb carriage in profile. Classy & eye-catching, I strongly considered her for RBB, but she just lost out on maturity to a more fully developed bitch today.
2 Bardontop Plum Duff
Another whom I liked enormously, this 2-year old, mid-russet girl pleased in so many ways. My favourite head of the day, without question, beautifully proportioned, with superb furnishings and prominent, but not over-done beard & eyebrows, all giving a wonderful expression and the classic outline that is such a key element of the breed – I wish there were more like this! Beautiful for type she is also a perfect size for a bitch with substance and femininity balanced in equal measure and an excellent coat texture. Angulation is moderate and balanced, a little short in upper arm but well-layed in the shoulder, with fair depth and length of rib and a nice, moderate tuck-up in the loin, although, again, pasterns are too upright. She lost this class purely on her movement where, although pleasing in profile, she was, unfortunately, very close behind coming and going.
3 Leiborschy Maia Do Ones Best
Just two bitches present in the class, but they also proved to be my top two dogs in the show.
1 Leiborschy Give A Tuppence With Swnydwr
This is what I was looking for. Just 22 months old, this top-sized, deep-russet bitch immediately caught my eye when she entered the ring with a structure and body-proportions that were peerless. Shown in hard condition, with excellent muscle-tone she simply exudes strength from every angle whilst remaining obviously feminine. She had the best front assembly on display at the show, with a superb forechest decent length of upper arm and powerful, well-layed shoulder plus a great neck leading smoothly into a totally level topline with the correct moderate croup and tail-set. She also had the deepest chest of the day, reaching below the elbow, with ribs well-sprung and carried well-back into an elegant, moderate tuck-up married to a really powerful loin. Her rear assembly is equally good, with fabulous width of thigh and superb bend of stifle, not over-done or over-extended, but allowing her full freedom of rear extension. All of this structural strength showed through when on the move, where she had excellent reach and drive with an unfussy, elegant and precise gait. Though at this age, her coat is still developing, she has good body coverage and a harsh coat texture. I hope she will also develop further facial furnishings to soften and complete the picture as she continues to mature. I was delighted to award her BB and BIS.
2 Lanokk Violeska
Another extremely nice girl, 2 1/2 years old and maturing well. She is smaller cast and is perhaps the optimal size for a bitch. She sports an excellent, super-harsh, full-body-covering mid-russet coat, certainly one of the best of the day, with a well-proportioned head, perhaps slighly broad in skull, but attractively furnished with prominent eyebrows and beard, full of character and expression. Although she doesn’t quite have the angulations of 1 she has both the balance and proportions that I was seeking, coupled with correct pasterns, and strong, straight hocks. When stacked she was absolutely straight and true front and back, and she showed and stood better each time she was called back to the ring. An excellent depth of chest and good length or rib, with a pleasing, moderately tucked-up loin completed the picture. Overall, masses of substance without any coarseness or excess. She moved well with a good driving rear action, and clean, even footfall, although her profile action is marred by a tail-carriage which is far too high but which I feel unjustly distracts from her other qualities. I was pleased to award her RBB and then, in a very tough call against the BD, RBIS.
Limit Bitch (3,1)
1 Tragus Apricot Beauty Of Carlequin
One who I have admired from the ring-side on many occasions, a quality, 4-year-old dark-gold bitch of perfect, moderate size. She has a coat of good texture and perfect, full-body coverage with lovely proportions throughout, a prominent forechest, good and matching angulation front and rear, an excellent ribcage and pleasing, moderate tuck-up. When stacked she is eye-catching and absolutely looks the part from every angle, with a good neck and level topline, correct pasterns and tail-set all completing that picture. On the move, she drives well but unfortunately was weak-hocked which prevented her from progressing any further today.
2 Fassfields Queen Jamillia
A moderately sized, 5-year-old bitch of completely different type to 1, dark russet with considerably fewer furnishings but, although her coat is rather too sparse, it is of good harsh texture. A good topline leads to a moderate croup and tail-set, all of which are pleasing though I would like more depth of chest, to match her age and maturity. She is more moderate throughout than 1, but remains balanced and showed a good gait in profile with excellent carriage, though was a little untidy coming and going.
Open Bitch (3,2)
1 Vynesbrook Savanna
A 4-1/2-year-old petite golden sand bitch whom I last judged when she was a puppy and am pleased to see how she has matured. She is the picture of femininity with a super head, gently rounded skull and blunt muzzle all complimented by excellent furnishings, giving a gentle, kindly expression. Her coat, overall, is now excellent in both texture and coverage and she pleases in body, with sufficient depth and excellent length of rib coupled with a slight tuck-up and strong loin. Feet are excellent and tight. A fair bend of stifle but would prefer more length and angle of upper-arm to point of shoulder. She does not always maintain her topline when stacked but has a strong croup and well-set tail. On the move, she was a little close both at front and back.
Veteran Bitch (1)
1 Kenmillix Sparta Of Eurotas At Goldpaw
At just shy of 11 years old, it was a real delight to see this girl thoroughly enjoying her day and displaying real enthusiasm, wagging her way all around the ring. She is mid-russet in colour with a good and still fully pigmented coat and showed-off what was superb dentition for any age of dog. A gentle expression is complemented by a dark eye and nicely set ears. She has a good deep chest, though would prefer more length of rib, and she moved well for age.
HWVA Open Show 1/10/2017 – Special Awards Classes Critiques
My thanks to the HWVA for inviting me to judge for them, to Rachel and Neil for the catering and to Sarah for her very efficient stewarding. Most importantly, a big thank you to all the exhibitors who entered their dogs under me, it was a privilege to judge them.
I thought the quality of the dogs entered under me was very high. From the dogs I judged today, I feel like we are starting to see definite improvements in the front constructions of the breed. Although the breed standard allows for quite some variability in coats, all mine were decent today, with no extremes. I found the sizes of the dogs I judged today pleasing. I was really glad to find the temperament of the dogs in the ring really good, all were happy to be gone over with no obvious sign of nerves and I loved it when some of them wagged for me! I would like to see many eyes a touch darker although I don’t think the hall lighting helped and a lot of the feet a little tighter.
Special Award Junior Dog or Bitch (3)
A lovely class of youngsters.
1st: Zoldmali Szeles Morganna – As the oldest in this class this dog understandably stood out as being the most mature and “together” and shown to his advantage. He had a very typey, moderately broad, slightly rounded head which was masculine without being too strong. Nice oval eye shape, good med. earset and scissor bite. He had a straight front stacked, with good length of upper arm and well laid shoulders. He had nice length to his body and great substance of bone. Moderate rear angulation. His coat was a good harsh wire. He moved fluidly although arguably slightly wide behind on this surface. A lovely robust dog of good type.
2nd: Vynesbrook Caribbean Red – Less mature than 1 but as a youngster I don’t think this is a bad thing. Good head shape and proportions. Broad enough, creating a square appearance, without losing femininity. Good facial furnishings and a gentle expression when she relaxed. Good oval eye shape, scissor bite. She had moderate angulation front and rear with nicely laid back shoulders. Although she hunched a little initially as she got going and relaxed, both moving and stacked, she showed off her good length of body which just needs to fill out over time. Tail set good. Nice wire coat. Would like a little more bone for ideal. Good movement when she got going. I look forward to seeing how she matures.
3rd: Fassfields Pride Rock – Another youngster who is again a little raw but has the basics to be a lovely bitch when she matures. She also had a good head shape, which was broad but still feminine. Her eye shape was oval and she had a kind expression. Med earset, scissor bite. Straight front and rear with fair lay of shoulder. Her length: height ratio was good, with a level topline, her body just needs to deepen and fill out as she matures. She has really super, tight, tidy feet. Good wire coat. Her movement was good and ground covering, slightly close behind today but I suspect that will change as her body strengthens up.
Special Award Post Graduate Dog or Bitch (5)
This was a really difficult class to judge with there being little to choose between the dogs and points about all of them.
1st: Bardantop Plum Duff – Moderately broad, slightly rounded head. Oval eyes with tight lids. Medium set ears and scissor bite. Moderate, well matched angulation front and rear with nicely laid shoulders and well let down hocks. Great length of body, more obvious when she settled. Correct tail set. Good wire coat. This bitch stood out by her movement which was flowing and super ground covering when viewed in profile. Her strong, fluid action is just what the standard calls for in order for the dog to do a days work!
2nd: Lanokk Violeska – Good headshape with a “striking square” appearance. Scissor bite. She had the required moderate angulation front and rear and a good front with well laid back shoulders. Her body shape was great – good length and depth with her ribs carried well back. She had just the right substance of bone and a good wire coat. Her movement was ground covering and fluid with her profile on the move only spoilt a little by her tail being carried a little high. Another quality girl, I am sure capable of a good days work.
3rd: Leiborschy Mai Do Ones Best – Headshape not quite as typical as those in front of her. Med set ears and scissor bite. Moderate angulation and straight in the front and rear with shoulders fairly laid back. Great length of body with ribs carried well back shown to advantage on the move and when relaxed. Good tight wire coat over her body.
I would like to mention my Res who had a really typey head and a good, tight wire coat developing and my VHC who had really good substance of bone and a really gentle expression.
Special Award Open Dog or Bitch (3, 2a)
1st: Vynesbrook Savanna – Headshape moderately broad and rounded. Oval eyes. Medium set ears and scissor bite. Moderate length of neck. Moderate angulation front and rear. Body of good length and topline level when on the move. Good wire coat and facial furnishings. Fluid movement just let down a little by slightly flat feet which didn’t give the spring for maximum drive.