Midlands Irish Setter Society Championship Show
31st January 2004
Irish Setter ( Dogs)
I was delighted to be able to judge dogs so soon after judging bitches so that I could make comparisons between the sexes. Overall I felt that the bitches still have more quality in depth and consistency of type than the dogs. Quite often it seemed that in many dog classes the quality between the first 3 places and the rest of class seemed vast. Although this also occurred in bitches it did not seem to happen so frequently. Generally movement was still very disappointing with a few incorrect mouths and untypical heads starting to creep in.
MINOR PUPPY DOG (12,4 )
Smith’s Reddins Tiller Man. Promising typy puppy. Pleasing
head with correct eye shape, good reach of neck. Ample
spring of rib. Well angulated front and rear, nice tailset.
Well boned. Moved okay.
PUPPY DOG (21,4)
Holley’s Danaway Discreet. Super type, very mature for his
age. Scoring with a lovely head and soft expression. Well
arched neck set well into laid back shoulders. Good
angulation front & rear. Super in profile with nice
sloping topline. Moved very happily and soundly around the
ring. Very promising. Pleased to see him go BPIS
VETERAN DOG (8,3)
Bott’s Sh.Ch. Shenanagin Some Might Say It’s Bardonhill
JW. Worthy champion who has had many judges praise his
attributes before, but nevertheless I will add mine as well
!!. Delightful well chiselled head with raised brows and
soft expression, good reach of neck, nice deep chest.
Superbly balanced stylish outline. Shown and presented in
beautiful coat and condition. Even though it could be said
that he is now in the twilight days of his show career he
was still able to show the younger ones a thing or two.
moving seemingly effortlessly with drive around the ring.
Well deserved CC and
very pleased to see him
JUNIOR DOG (13,2)
McVey’s Lochfrae Ralph Lauren. Super type with decent head
and kind expression, nice dark eye. Well constructed
throughout presenting a elegant stylish outline. Good reach
of neck, nice straight front and deep chest. Good quarters
and nice short hocks. Moved soundly with drive around the
ring. Presented in excellent coat
SPEC. YEARLING DOG (16,2)
Willet’s Caspians Disraeli JW. A very strong class. Lovely
finely chiseled head with a gentle soft expression, nice
dark eye. Good
straight front and deep well ribbed chest. Well angulated.
Super in profile. Presented in good coat and condition.
Moved steadily using the ring to advantage
MAIDEN DOG (13,5)
Holley’s Danaway Discreet
NOVICE DOG (9,3)
McVey’s Lochfrae Ralph Lauren
UNDER-GRADUATE DOG (13,3)
McVey’s Lochfrae Ralph Lauren
GRADUATE DOG (10,5)
Chorley-Newton & Hardy’s Kerryfair What A Cracker.
Delighted to have to make difficult decisions between the
first two in this class. Although quite different in type,
each excelled with their own virtues. However the head of 1
was the deciding factor in the end, having a very refined
head with kind expression. Good reach of neck, deep brisket.
True front, firm sloping topline. Well angulated front and
rear. Neat feet. Balanced profile. Shown in good coat.
POST GRADUATE DOG (16,5)
Hall’s Harreds Ghillie. Caught my eye immediately upon
entering the ring. Substantial type scoring in overall
balance but with no exaggeration of any kind. Pleasing head
and soft melting expression, nice low earset. Good reach of
neck. Good front, correct topline, excellent profile. Well
off for bone, nice tight feet. Good angulation all round.
Moved soundly if a little at odds at times with his handler.
MID-LIMIT DOG (12,3)
Rodda’s Teramour Happy Go Lucky. Very close decision
between the first two. Long lean balanced head and pleasing
expression, low set ears. Lovely reach of neck, flowing into
well laid back shoulders. Good straight front, correct
topline, excellent balanced profile. Moved soundly with
drive around the ring.
LIMIT DOG (13,4)
Foster’s Shanoah Highly Delighted. Another very strong
class with quality in depth. I am sure the first three will
no doubt change places on another day. Super overall type
with excellent body proportions. Good head and expression,
good reach of neck, nice deep chest, good angulation. Well
off for bone, good powerful quarters, moved well
OPEN DOG (6,2)
Thirwell’s Sh.Ch. Shandwick Amethyst At Ferndell. A super
class with little to separate the winners with 1 winning on
overall style and proportions. Classic head and soft
expression. Solidly constructed throughout. Good reach of
neck, well sprung ribs. Sweeping topline maintained on the
move. Strong loin and quarters. Moved well with drive. First
class presentation. Pushed hard in the challenge but could
not match the steady, seemingly effortless, fluid movement
of the Veteran class winner. Res.C.C.
Peter Armstrong - Judge