15 - 17th August 2005
bournemouth ch show
Judge - Lauren Vincent
I would like to thank Bournemouth Canine Society for inviting me to judge the JHA classes an appointment I thoroughly enjoyed. I would also like to thank my very kind and efficient stewards. Overall I was very impressed with the standard of the older age group and my final decisions in each of these classes were made very difficult. I would encourage the younger age group to stay around the ring and watch the older and more experienced handlers and learn from them. When I judge handling classes I look for a handler who does not distract my attention away from the dog. I like to see a handler who presents their dog to its best advantage. It is not desirable to be over the top, robotic movements and too much voice control distracts the judge’s attention away from the dog.
1st Day Toys and Hounds
JHA 6-11 years (7,4a)
1. Rebecca Rowe (11) . Rebecca was the only handler to complete her triangle correctly and therefore was my clear winner. She showed the mouth correctly and presented her Dachshund confidently. Her lines were straight. This is important as it enables the judge to see the dog’s movement clearly. My only criticism would be that see needs to encourage her dog a little more to get the most out of her charge. Well done
2. Stephani Le Nouy (9). Stephanie was always encouraging her Dachshund which enable her to move her dog at the correct pace. She made the most of the ring, however I would like to see her work on her pattern work.
3. Shelly Arbon (11)
JHA 12 16 years (12,1a)
1. Emily Thornton (15) Emily is an excellent handler. A gentle handler who managed to get the very best out of her dog. Her pattern work was smooth and accurate. Young handlers who have just started showing should watch Emily and learn from her talents. Very well done.
2. Rebecca Ellrich (12) I was impressed from the start with this young lady. She presented her dog at the right distance from the judge, her pattern work was very good and she made showing a Basset look easy. This 2nd place was well deserved in a tough class.
3. Helen Rishworth (12)
2nd Day Terrier, Pastoral and Working
JHA 6 11 years (15,3a)
1. Ashlie Pike (11) I really enjoyed watching Ashlies handling. She showed her free standing dog really well without being over fussy and it was clear she had a great rapport with her dog, which is vitally important and can make all the difference in the final decisions. She moved her dog at the correct pace and presented her dog perfectly. I feel that Ashlie will have a bright future. Good luck and well done.
2. Page Allen (8) Page showed her Border Terrier very well. She presented the teeth and presented her dog in the correct manner. I would like to see Page get a little more from her dog and to achieve this she needs to direct her encouraging voice at her dog rather than straight ahead of her.
3. Hollie Kavanagh (11)
JHA 12 16 years (18.4a)
1. Jodie Allen (12). This was an excellent class and I believe the hardest to judge of the three days. My first three could change around on a different day. Jodie however looked at one with her dog and they worked really well together. She had a great rapport with her dog which enabled her to get the very best out of her Rottweiller. Keep up the good work. Very well done and good luck in the future.
2. Georgina Ferguson (13) Another handler from the top draw showing a Parsons Russell Terrier. She looked very smart however to complete the overall picture I feel that Georgina needs to work on developing a rapport with this dog. Georgina produced a good triangle however whilst doing so she did not notice her dogs misbehaviour. It is just as important to make sure that you present your dog well on the move as it is to do so on the table.
3. Shannon Thomas (16)
3rd Day Gundogs and Utility
JHA 6 11 years (5, 3a)
1. Lily Warren (11). Lily was always aware of the judge and positioned and presented her Shar Pei correctly. However I could not see her dog’s movement clearly, Lily needs to work on gaining more control over her dog. She should watch some of the more experienced handlers and learn from them.
2. Lauren Rea (11). Lauren presented and stood her Irish Setter brilliantly. I feel that Lauren needs to be more aware of the judge and look at where the judge is facing in order to achieve an accurate triangle. However she had her dog under control at all times and I feel that with a little more practice she has a bright future.
JHA 12-16 years (13,1a)
1. Georgina Ferguson (13) I could not fault Georgina today. She was aware of where I was standing at all times and presented her dog at exactly the right distance away from me in the final presentation. Her lines and triangle were accurate and smooth and she encouraged her dig at all times without being over the top. Well done and good luck in the future.
2. Alexa Goddard (16) Another excellent handler. She is a gentle handler who encourages her dog in a quiet and effective manner that does not distract the judge¹s attention away from the dog. I really liked her handling however my only criticism would be that she touches her dogs head on the corners of the triangle, this is not necessary as it makes the triangle look messy and stops the flow of the dogs movement. You can achieve sharp corners by lead control and using your voice. I know this sounds as if I am being picky but in stiff competition as it was today it can make all the difference. Well done.
3. Joe McDonald (15)
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