Manchester Championship Show
It was a real pleasure to have so many
lovely dogs to go over and I was very happy with those I
placed. The disappointment was that there were a lot of
plain heads, expressionless and totally lacking the
chiselling and raised brows that are so important to a true
Irish expression. My other criticism was too many short,
upright upper arms spoiling the whole front assembly and
leading to a lack of reach on the move.
MPD (10,2). 1 Roffey & Evans Danaway Lancelot. Striking
beautifully balanced baby, just 6 months. Good definition in
head with low-set ears and sweet expression. Good neck and
shoulders with correct topline and tailset. Lovely dark coat
presented in super condition. Moved steadily. I preferred
his size and overall balance to the winner of the puppy
class. BDB. 2 Willis Danaway The Lionheart. Litter brother
to the above but less mature at the moment (not a fault at
this age). Good straight front, neat feet, firm topline and
correct tailset. Not quite the depth of chest yet or work in
the head. Moved out well using his tail. 3 Davis Moyna
Summer Breeze at Corribeg.
PD (13,3). 1 Milligan-Bott & Bott. Scotselaw Detroit Spinner
By Thendara. Pretty puppy with a gorgeous dark, glossy coat
and plenty of it. A small dog but everything in proportion.
Well-chiselled head, soft, dark eye and the sweetest
expression. Small tight feet and good bone. Moved out well
from strong quarters. 2 Pike Redclyst Thomas The Rymer. Good
typical puppy dog with good head and expression and lovely
raised brows. Lovely arched neck of good length leading
smoothly into beautifully laid back shoulders giving a
lovely outline. Needs to steady on the move. 3 M. Summer
Breeze at C.
JD (13,2). Litter brothers in the first two places who are
developing at very different rates. So much to like about
both of them but, at the moment 1 Stocker Kirkavagh Bikala.
I could not believe how this dog has improved. He is a
stylish dog with a racy outline. His head is still
developing and is pleasing and kind. Good front, neat tight
feet , plenty of bone. Excellent neck, shoulders and topline.
He is developing a decent spring of rib with length of
rib-cage and strong well-arched loin. Good angulation in
strong quarters that propelled him round the ring. 2 Bott
Kirkavagh Black Tie Affair at Bardonhill JW. Lovely
well-chiselled head with the most delightful expression. He
also has lovely neck and shoulders; well-sprung ribs and
good forechest. He still seems quite a baby next to his
brother but I prefer the glorious colour and quality of his
coat. A bit flighty on the move. 3 Roberts Cairacaillie Roco.
YD (15,1). A good class with some very nice dogs but the
first stands out. 1 Ciechonska Caskeys Concept at Aoibhanne
JW. A young dog that cannot be ignored he has style and ring
presence. Super head with lots of work in it giving a true
quizzical expression. Good straight front. Good forechest,
good spring of rib and well-ribbed back. Good length and
angulation in upper arm with well laid back shoulders.
Lovely topline and tail set. Strong rugged quarters, short
from hock to heel, that he used well on the move. RCC. 2
Stockton Kespas Infrared JW. A handsome well-balanced dog
with a good head and kind expression. Not quite the
angulation either in shoulders or quarters of one but shown
in superb condition and stylish on the move. 3 Swainston
Glenvarna Sungod JW.
GD (11,3). 1 Frampton The Pearl Fisher of Strathmead JW.
Although a little heavier in head than I choose, he has a
lovely expression with low-set ears, raised brow and kind
eye with plenty of work between the eyes. Good straight
front with forechest. Well off for bone. Tight well-padded
feet. Really good angulation in shoulders. Well sprung ribs
with good depth. Strong arched loin. Good quarters. Moved
out well with correct tail-carriage. 2 Richardson Kirkavagh
Stravinsky. A dog I have always liked but is taking time to
mature (which is no bad thing). Lovely Irish head with lots
of work in it. Dark wistful eyes and gentle, kind
expression. Good front, neck and shoulders and rib-cage.
Good topline. Lovely colour and condition of coat. Needed to
tighten up on the move. 3 Luto Rappaty Bobby Dazzler JW.
PGD (15,1). 1 Smith Reddins Tillerman JW. The stunning
qualities of this dog are his lovely well- chiselled head
and his stylish movement. He has lots of definition in the
head without being overdone lovely muzzle, good stop, lots
of work between the eyes and lovely raised brows, just what
I look for in an Irish head. Lovely neck and shoulders with
shoulders well laid and fine at the withers. The finishing
touch is his lovely dark glossy coat. He moved out so well,
really covering the ground, and with lovely tail carriage. 2
Lorrimer Danaway Destiny. A lovely well-balanced,
unexaggerated dog. Very nice type of head with plenty of
definition. Not quite the quizzical expression of one. Good
bone and tight well-padded feet . Well-muscled dog in good
condition who moved well. 3 Spence Springle Nereus JW Sh.CM.
LD (12,3). 1 Mugford Scotselaw Jackson at Lynwood JW. A very
appealing dog. Lovely head and soft expression. Good front.
Tidy feet. Well-boned. Lovely arched neck of good length
leading smoothly into well-laid shoulders. Super wide
quarters with good angulation. Shown in lovely condition.
Moved with good reach and drive. 2 Hogsflesh Lyngor Prophet
JW. A sound well-balanced dog without exaggeration.
Well-defined head with gentle expression. Good depth and
spring of ribs. Good topline and tailset. Moved soundly. 3
Laidlaw Glencarron MacDuff Sh.CM.
OD (8,3). 1 Richardson Sh Ch Kirkavagh Fidalgo JW. A sound
rugged Irishman who is still improving at 6 years old.
Expressive head with lots of work in it. Dark eye and kind
expression. Good strong topline. Super rib cage with good
spring of rib and depth; with ribs taken well back. Wide,
powerful quarters with well-developed first and second
thighs enabling a strong driving action on the move. CC &
BOB and pleased to see him short-listed in the Group. 2
Lorrimer Sh Ch Karidell Connoisseur. Another lovely Irishman
beautifully presented. Loved his head. Has all the
essentials but not quite the quarters of the winner. 3
Holley Sh Ch Danaway Discreet JW.
VD (7,2). A lovely class of veterans. 1 McDonagh Thendara
Incognito Among Ronzalda. This dog still has a huge zest for
life. Nice size with good bone and shown in good hard
condition. Lovely, expressive head with nice muzzle. Drove
out from good quarters using his tail well. Best Veteran. 2
Hanby Duncarreg Red River at Chantstor. Another with an
attractive head and lovely expression. Nicely proportioned
with good ribs and quarters. Just a little heavy over the
shoulders. Moved happily and with drive. 3 Lorrimer Sh Ch
Danaway By Design.
MPB (14,1). A lovely class of promising babies. 1 Warner
Tamwood Treasure. What a little treasure she is. The
prettiest head with a lovely dark eye and the sweetest
quizzical expression. Good front with forechest. Good bone
and lovely tight padded feet. Super neck and shoulders. Good
width in quarters. Moved out well with lovely tail action.
One I would have liked to take home! 2 Burton Atron Tiffanie
at Redhara. Another lovely baby with a well-chiselled head
and sweet expression. Good front, nice spring of rib and
good quarters. Tight feet. Lovely dark glossy coat. Moved
well. 3 Douthwaite & Wharfe Gracewood Royal Affair.
PB (16,2). 1 Wilkins Margretwoods Kitty Cat. Still only 9
months but rapidly changing from a cuddly puppy to an
elegant young lady. Pretty head with lots of work in it and
melting expression. Super well-arched neck leading smoothly
into well laid back shoulders. Good width throughout. Drove
well on the move with lovely lashing tail. B.P. 2 Bott
Bardonhill Cutie. Not quite the elegance of one but lots to
like. Another pretty head with plenty of work in it.
Well-sprung ribs. Good width of thigh, short from hock to
heel. Shown in lovely condition with gorgeous, gleaming dark
chestnut coat. Moved happily. 3 Ellis Brayville Love Affair.
JB (10,3). 1 Warner Strathmead Snowbunting. Another
beautiful youngster from this exhibitor. Perfectly balanced
with lovely proportions and excellent spring of rib. Pretty
well-chiselled head with raised brow and the sweetest
expression. Well-boned with neat, tight feet. She moved well
from strong quarters with well let down hocks. 2 King
Kirkavagh Bayakoa. A more racy bitch, very pretty and with
lovely elegant neck into well laid shoulders. Rather out of
coat and not quite at her best today. Moved well. 3 Tuite
Rua Coming Up Roses.
YB (19,6). 1 S.Snowbunting. 2 Waterton & Dowle Barleydale
Honeymoon. Loved her pretty feminine head, low set ears,
raised brow, plenty of work in head with good breadth in
muzzle. Good body properties throughout. Moved with drive
and good tail action. 3 Box Fernstart Irish Rhapsody.
GB (17,4). 1 King Kirkavagh Jumilla JW. Lovely youngster in
super coat and condition. Pretty head with lovely eye, long
low ears and a wistful expression. Good front and forechest,
well sprung ribs and good topline. Excellent quarters with
good width of thigh and short and strong from hock to heel.
Presented a lovely balanced picture both standing and on the
move. 2 Hall Glennara Klipspringer JW. A longer cast racier
bitch. Pleasant head with good definition. Good angulation
in upper arm and shoulder. Well sprung ribs taken well back.
Strong loin. Good angulation in quarters. Moved with drive.
3 Davie Lochfrae Tommy Girl JW.
PGB (16,3). 1 Waterton Lynwood Strands of Silk at Sandstream
JW. I loved the elegance of this bitch. Lovely head and eye
with true Irish expression. Lovely arched neck fitting
smoothly into well laid back shoulders. Good length and
angulation in upper arm. Racy outline with good strong
well-muscled quarters and correct tail-set. Moved out well
with drive and lovely lashing tail. 2 Webb Caspians Amity
JW. Another nice typy feminine bitch with a lovely wistful
expression. Good ribcage, strong well-arched loin and good
width in quarters. Neat, tight, well-padded feet. Not very
consistent on the move. 3 Spence Springle Selene.
LB (31,9). 1 Hall Glennara Fleur de Mai JW. A racy elegant
bitch, beautifully made throughout with wide sweeping
quarters that powered her round the ring. Attractive head
with plenty of work in it , low set ears and gentle
expression. Shown in super condition. RCC. 2 Milligan-Bot t&
Bott Lunaline Lady Madonna By Thendara. A very pretty bitch
in beautiful coat and condition, but I was most taken by her
striking movement. She really reached out in front, made
possible by of her good length and angulation in upper arm
matched by well laid back shoulders; and drove from behind
from good quarters. However, I feel she still needs a little
more maturity for top honours. 3 Rance Caspians Modesty.
OB (10,5). A class of five lovely bitches. 1 Warner Danaway
Clara Belle. I was thrilled to see this lovely bitch looking
so good. She is perfectly balanced of lovely size. Very
feminine with the most beautifully chiselled head, raised
brows, melting expressive eyes and good breadth in muzzle.
Lovely length of neck leading smoothly into beautiful
shoulders and a strong, gently sloping topline with correct
tail set. Good width in front and good forechest. Good
quarters. Moved round the ring with strength and grace,
covering the ground well and holding her topline.
Congratulations to her owner for returning her to such
splendid condition so soon after her litter (dam of my minor
puppy bitch winner). Delighted to be able to award her the
CC. 2 Smith Reddins Quiz. Another lovely bitch with a
delightful head and quizzical expression. Excellent neck and
shoulders and good quarters. Moved well with good tail
carriage. 3 Powis Sh Ch Amberwave Spangle JW.
VB (2,1). 1 Stevenson Lochlorien Sunrise. This bitch has
really improved with age. Very sound and drives well from
good quarters looking enthusiastic and happy.
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