BATH CHAMPIONSHIP – Irish Setters
The weather was perfect and the ring was of ample size to assess movement. Overall I was very pleased with my entry although along the way I did have some concerns about incorrect bites, runny eyes , lack of muscle tone or other indefinable problems which led to poor movement in quite a high percentage of dogs. Some clumsy trimming and ruthless shaving of necks and ears detracted from the beauty of some exhibits. Nearly everyone handled sympathetically . The minority who did not might think what it would be like to change places with the dog some time!
Thanks for the work done by my able steward, Pam Byrne, often in problematic circumstances when a second steward was absent on occasions.
Minor puppy 14 (2 ) … 1. Drinkwater’s Brabrook Shochaloza…..Very striking 9 month old puppy in excellent coat; handsome head with low set ears. I did notice one problem of which the owner is aware and which may resolve itself as his head develops. I therefore gave him the benefit of the doubt due to his tender age and overall qualities in this class. Good depth of brisket and well angulated hindquarters with good tail set. Moved strongly and accurately followed closely by 2. Crocker & Hammick’s Riverbrue Dionysus. Giving away almost two months in age and quite rightly not as mature as 1, but a handsome boy. Straight front with good forechest and croup .Not quite the hind angulation of 1 .Coat coming along well` Moved confidently and true. 3. Magee’s Kirkavagh Tolomeo At Jonromac
Puppy 10 (2) Rose-Hay’s Cataluna Regency Rake Smooth coated well balanced youngster with pleasing head, eyes and earset, Good spring of rib and shoulder angulation. Firm topline Moved with confidence on tight feet. BPB
2., Bain’s Covarney Sweet William by Scotslaw Well coated youngster; darker coat than 1. Not quite the definition in head of the winner. In good condition throughout. Adequate bend of stifle, moved steadily. .
3.. Whitlock’s Viana Red Callum
Junior15 (1) 1. Willis’ Jacwillins Willoughby Beautifully proportioned young dog with kind expression and ear carriage. Not overdone in any way but very sound,. Put down in first class condition, deep brisket, good shoulder placement and strength of loin. Neat feet. Moved steadily, driving from strong hocks.He has a lot of promise for the future. Best mover in class
2 Pike’s Redclyst Vladimir Very pleasing head with good stop and dark nicely shaped eyes. Balanced all through,with good tailset and deep chest. Well bent stifles enabled him to drive well. 3. Prangle’s Heathclare A Chance of Majic
Yearling 14(1) 1. Cuddy’s Balbriggan Royal Rebel JW Have admired him from a distance in the past. A very sound dog with the most beautiful of heads, kind eye and sweet expression. Very pleasing construction with good lay of shoulder, reach of neck, firm topline and correct tailset. He is maturing slowly and steadily and showed his quality on the move with his accurate gait and striking outline.I am sure he has a good future ahead of him
2.. Naylor’s Bardonhill Bardolino Gained his place on his movement. A dark , thick coated dog with striking outline Heavier head than 1 which I did not find so appealing. but nevertheless an attractive dog in other respects.Moved extremely well. Also Res. In Junior.
3. Powis’ Amberwave Breezer
Graduate.17 (4) 1.Watkins’ Brinara Morris Traveller. Loved this one Very appealing 2 year old , attractive head , dark well shaped eye. Good depth of flew and correct earset. Good lay of shoulder, strong topline and tailset. Well presented in good quality coat and plenty of feathering. Moved out well with strength of elegance.
2.Partridge’s Kerrydown Look at Me. Close up. A smaller dog than 1 Nice classic outline with well placed shoulders, well ribbed back and strong in loin. Good depth of chest and in lovely condition. Pleasant head and expression Strode out well. Kindly handled.
3 Coggle’s Kiravagh Jaazeiro of Katach
Post Graduate22 (2) . A great variety of types in this class 1 .Delsanto Isaac JW. A very elegant dog with lovely dark coat and a very striking outline. Good reach of neck with good definition to head; masculine, but without coarseness. Excellent forehand ,strong topline running from well placed shoulders to strong croup and good tailset. Drove strongly from his well muscled hindquarters. Beautifully presented in first class condition .Considered for RCC; only lost out for loss of pigmentation.
2. Lewis’ Tarandell Pascali A different coat texture from 1. Typical male of medium size with pleasing head and good expression. Good shoulder angulation and depth of body, strongly coupled and with powerful hindquarters. His movement was true in both directions which won him is place.
3.Smith’s Caskey’s Checkmate
Limit 20 ((1) A tough class for all concerned both in quality and quantity.
1.Smith’s Reddins Tillerman JW A beautifully balanced dog with a kind expression and almond shaped eyes with good pigment. A lovely head, masculine but not coarse in any way, good length of neck let into well angulated shoulders. Strong loin and hindquarters, well coated. A very pleasing picture standing and on the move. Most unfortunate to come up against the Open winner, but I feel sure his special day is just around the corner. RCC
2. Muir’s Grayrigge Ewan by Romarne JW. It is well known that I like this dog! He has a very strong presence and is notable for his striking outline and excellent tailset. A handsome boy with good construction all through, and moves powerfully from strong hindquarters. Well presented as usual, beautifully coated and in top class condition - a dog to be proud of. With a class of this magnitude, every small detail counts.
3. Meadows’ Gwendariff Moet et Chandon.
Open 9 (1) 1. Ritchie’s Gwendariff Dom Perignon. I do not think there is anything left to say that has not been said about this boy. I was amazed at the effect he had on me! He has amazing ring presence and it is quite magnetic! He has such a gentle expression and classic outline. I particularly liked his length of neck, well placed shoulders and forechest. Deep in brisket and strong in hindquarters, the whole package is one of balance, beauty and power. To see him storm round the ring and maintain his accuracy throughout his performance is a sight to behold.! Congratulations goes to his owner for his condition and presentation; not a hair out of place! It was a pleasure to give him the CC and to see him go BOB and then, still fresh as a daisy to go on the Gundog Group 2.
2. Bailey’s Covarney Monello JW. I have judged him before as a minor puppy and also gave him BP at Championship level. He has matured into a well balanced attractive 6 year old.. Well coated and shown as always, nicely balanced throughout with deep chest . Beautifully proportioned throughout with strong topline and well set tail. Moved steadily and accurately, presenting an appealing profile as he did so.
3. Mugford’s Sh.Ch. Scotselaw Jackson at Lynwood JW
Veteran 9 (3) 1 Lewis-Storey’s Sh Ch Lynwood Pioneer of Seadog 7 year old dog. Medium sized dog with firm topline, well balanced throughout, good sternum and correctly angulated Particuylarly liked his outline and tailset. Moved with purpose and strength.
2. Rose-Hay and Gaul’s Cataluna Nickle ‘n’ Dime. A larger frame than 1 but well balanced. Pleasant head and nicely coated. Moved true with power and determination
3. Weller’s Strathmead April in Paris
Frances Curtis (Judge)