SOUTH EASTERN WELSH SPRINGER SPANIEL CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW – 14TH OCTOBER 2018
So pleased to be given the opportunity to judge at this Club’s Championship show again. Always a friendly, well organised event with a great atmosphere. Thank you to everyone involved and in particular, to my stewards for the day, Pam and Sarah.
My thanks also go to the exhibitors who gave me a lovely entry of dogs. It was pleasing to see several young, typical Welsh Springers coming up through the classes. Puppy classes accepted, my main concern was with movement. Some dogs were wide in front and others close either in front or behind, or both! A lack of muscle in the quarters could be a contributing factor in some cases. That said, I was pleased with my final line-up.
BIS was the bitch Thomas & Upton’s Sh Ch Bowdonia Seraphina JW ShCM. I gave this lovely girl her first CC two years ago. Today she moved really well in the challenge and I was in total agreement with my co-judge Thelma Ritchie that the top spot should go her way. We also agreed on all of the following placings. RBIS & BOS was Graham’s Sh Ch Taimere’s Twister Round Nyliram JW ShCM another worthy champion. BPIS was the dog Harrison’s Glenbrows This Is Me. Best Veteran was the dog Barkley’s Sh Ch Cherryheath’s Mr Mischief JW ShCM.
RDCC was Williams’ Isfryn Spot The Difference Trebettyn and RBCC was Waller’s Isfryn Lady Godiva at Fireglow.
Minor Puppy Dog 6 (1)
1. Harrison Glenbrows This Is Me BPIS
Cracking puppy just turned 6 months and so well balanced all through. Gorgeous head and expression, great body, bone and feet. Held his frame on the move and never stopped wagging his tail. Typical of his breeding. BPD and with my co-judge’s agreement, BPIS.
2. Knowles Menstonia Minstrel
Another lovely pup currently going through the leggy stage making him less steady on the move both coming and going. Super head and kindly expression, body developing nicely. In lovely condition. Promising.
3. Leary – Menstonia Meridian of Haslemount
Litter brother to 2 and exactly the same remarks apply although not quite the confidence of his brother. I see the 4th place is yet another litter brother and I’m certain they will all change places many times in the future.
Puppy Dog 3
1. Harrison – Glenbrows This Is me
2. Knowles – Menstonia Minstrel
3. Leary – Menstonia Meteor
Junior Dog 4
1. Worth – Sarabande Lord Of The Dance
Handsome dog with a glorious head. Sturdily built with plenty of rib, good legs and feet. Possibly carrying just a little extra weight today but he was still the best mover in the class. Top line just tends to drop away at the rear when stacked but is correct when relaxed and on the move. In gleaming coat and beautifully turned out as always from this kennel.
2. Buckwell – Killena Ghostrider
Shorter coupled than 1 and also looking a little chunky today. Nice head and expression, good bone and feet. Lovely rich red coat in good condition. Moved well.
3. Mercer – Amblelight Cassiopeia
Really liked his masculine head and gentle expression. Well balanced with good body, bone
and tight feet. A little apprehensive today but moved well.
Yearling Dog 1
1. Graham & Hogstrom – Don’s Statement To Nyliram JW
Loved his gentle expression. Good Welsh head leading to correct length of neck and well laid-back shoulders. Well balanced throughout with correct top line. Still developing. In very good coat and condition and carrying his tail well on the move.
Maiden Dog 4
1. Harrison – Glenbrows This Is me
2. Knowles – Menstonia Minstrel
3. Leary – Menstonia Meteor
Novice Dog 1
1. Knowles – Menstonia Minstrel
Graduate Dog 7
1. Jenkins – Cwmbeili Morgan
Lovely make. Typical Welsh head, good neck and shoulders. Strong through the body with correct rise over the loin. Movement not spot on today but in super coat and condition.
2. Barkley – Cherryheath Mr Mojito
Similar make and shape as 1 and many of the same remarks apply. Very little to separate them. Lovely head and well balanced throughout. Another one not giving his best on the move today but in great coat and with a happy tail.
3. McIlwaine & Reynolds – Glenbrows Van Gogh For Benoveor JW
Another smart dog from this kennel with a good head and kindly expression. Well boned all through with good legs and feet. Moving close fore and aft today. In good coat and condition.
Post Graduate Dog 8 (2)
1. Woodhams – Glynell Jiffy
An eye catcher. Lovely Welsh head and gentle expression. Good body proportions with plenty of substance throughout. Super bone and feet. A happy chap in good coat and well presented. Moved happily with drive.
2. Wren – Llon Derwen Dar At Gwynmarren
Similar head to 1 and a very smart chap. Liked his overall balance, good bone and tidy feet. Settled well on the move with the change of handler. In lovely coat and condition.
3. Monday – Ambika Spirit Of Adventure
Very nice dog. Good make and shape throughout. Just preferred heads of 1 and 2. Moved well.
Mid-limit Dog 7
1. Williams – Isfryn Spot The Difference Trebettyn
Delighted to get the chance to go over this dog again. Loved him as a puppy two years ago and haven’t changed my mind. Typical Welsh with a kind eye and melting expression. He has the right amount of substance and bone, a good front, well made body and correct angulation throughout. Super feet. Presented in full coat and great condition. He drove around the ring with purpose and a very waggy tail. RDCC.
2. Woodhams – Glynell Jiffy
3. Stone – Stedigan All In Good Time For Merrem
Not available for comment
Limit Dog 8 (1)
1. Woodhams – Tobermyn Minstrel Boy
Well balanced dog with substance. Lovely head and expressive eyes. He has a deep chest and strong quarters. Very good bone and angulation and moving happily on tight feet. These three could change places on another day!
2. Worth – Sarabande Man In The Mirror (AI) JW ShCM
Another very smart dog from this kennel. Handsome head and kindly expression. Good ribs and depth of chest. Movement let him down today. In immaculate coat and condition.
3. Brown – Bowdonia Ozzie
Lovely head with correct length of neck into well placed shoulders. Good angulation. In great coat and condition. Moved okay.
Open Dog 6 (2)
1. Harrison - Sh Ch Glenbrows Picture Me Now JW
Super dog hitting all the points required by the breed standard. Presentation faultless. Considered strongly in the challenge and not disgraced at all by just missing out at the end.
2. Ellis & Pilkington Shannara Total Eclipse ShCM
Another lovely Welsh with his breeding stamped all over him. Good body properties. Everything in the right place. Rear movement letting him down today. In super coat and condition.
3. Worth – Sarabande Perfect Storm (AI) ShCM
Super head and eye. Correct length of neck into good shoulders. Deep chest and strong through the loin. Not very animated on the move but in glorious coat and condition.
Champion Dog 1
1. Graham – Sh Ch Taimere’s Twister Round Nyliram JW ShCM
In the best of coats today and showing his socks off. Handsome head with the kindest of expressions, strong neck and correct shoulders. Well sprung ribs, deep chest, and wide hindquarters with correct angulation throughout. Moving with drive and a very lively tail action on the best of legs and feet. Pleased to award him the DCC and with my co-judges agreement BOS and RBIS.
Veteran Dog 5
1. Barkley – Sh Ch Cherryheath’s Mr Mischief JW ShCM
Have always admired him and placed him highly in the past. Still only a young veteran and looking very well on it. His colour maybe fading a bit but he is still a handsome, quality dog with all the attributes that gained him his title. Can still show the youngsters how to move around the ring with purpose and drive.
2. Caldwell & McDowell – Sh Ch Gemill Back To The Future For Cerysan JW ShCM
Just a little older than 1 but another lovely boy with a well-deserved title. Has all the qualities necessary of a typical Welsh Springer. Just pipped by 1 on movement today.
3. Batey – Break The Rules At Pegasett
The most senior of these 3 veterans and still retaining his good looks and coat colour. Well-made dog with a lovely head and gentle expression. Moved quite well on strong legs and tight feet and shown in good condition.
Special Beginners Dog 3
1. Bennett – Helgen Romeo The Lover
Came 4th in Graduate. Very nice boy with a super head. He has a good neck and shoulders, plenty of substance, well boned legs and tight feet. In lovely coat and condition. Best mover in the class.
2. Gough – Julita Rukester
VHC in Post Graduate. Nice youngster, still developing. He has a good head and eye and is well balanced through the body. In good coat and condition. Moved okay. Very happy chap.
3. Leach – Islanza Sprinter
Finer in the head than 1 and 2. Moving well on good legs but feet could be tighter. In lovely coat and condition.
Special Working Dog 1
1. Smith - Isfryn Peeping Tom
Not yet 2 years old and in the best muscular condition of any dog I examined today.
He has a gorgeous head with a melting expression. Great neck, shoulders, ribs and bone. Just wish he were a tad longer in loin to complete the picture. Super coat colour and condition. Moved well on strong legs and tight feet. A credit to this dual purpose breed and his owner.
Special Shooting Dog 2
1. Smith - Isfryn Peeping Tom
2. Wright – Amblelight Solar Flare
Good type, liked his head. Strong lad with well-developed muscle. Balanced but lost his top line when stacked. In good coat and condition.
3. Leach – Islanza Sprinter
Good Citizen Dog Scheme 3
1. Green - Eurion Jasper
Good shape to head with a pleasing expression. Balanced outline and correct angulation throughout. Standing on good legs and tight feet. Moved well.
2. Wright – Amblelight Solar Flare
3. Leach – Islanza Sprinter
Sandra Bell (Judge)
I felt very honoured to judge at this breed championship show, which was by a very friendly and efficient committee.
I would like to thank all the exhibitors for a wonderful entry and my two super stewards Pam Blay and Sarah Pilkington for keeping the ring running smoothly.
All dogs were presented well and I had some tough decisions in some classes, one thing I would like to mention is feet, the breed standard states thick pads, quite a few had no depth, just something to watch in our breeding programmes.
Sandra Bell my co judge and I agreed on all top awards.
BIS Thomas & Uptons, SH CH Bowdonia Seraphina JW ShCM
RBIS & BOS Grahams SH CH Taimeres Twister Round Nyliram JW ShCM
BPIS Harrisons, Glenbrows This Is Me
BVIS Barkleys SH CH Cherryheaths Mr Mischief, JW ShCM
1st Harrisons Glenbrows Temptress, 6 month bitch, very much a baby in her movement at the moment, balanced head, good angulation front and rear, ample neck, best of legs and feet, well down in hock, compact body.
2nd McIlwaine and Reynolds, Beneoveor Cant By me love, 7 months, very close up to 1, typy kind head, slightly taller at moment than 1, good forechest, lay of shoulder, neck and topline, moderate angulation front and back,
3rd Baldrys Llon Llanharran Lleuci
PB 4 1a
1st Knowles, Menstonia Make A Wish, 9 months and needs to have hands on to appreciate her qualities, Balanced head with good eye shape giving a kind expression, ample neck leading into good lay of shoulder, well off for forechest, spring and length of rib,super leg bone, short coupled, strong rear quarters, moved out well with a wagging tail.
2nd Baldrys Llon Llanharran Lleucu, very raw baby at the moment, balanced head, kind dark eye, 3rd in mp, a lot to like about this girl, very raw baby at the moment, balanced head with dark eye and pigmentation, good neck leading to good lay of shoulder, longer cast than 1 at the moment, strong rear quarters, moved true, good feet.
3rd McIlwaine and Reynolds Benoveor Galway Girl.
JB 6 1a
1st Worths, Sarabande Dance To The Rhythm (AI) Kind well balanced head, square muzzle, expressive eye, straight front, fabulous forechest, long clean neck, good lay of shoulder, compact, good angulation front and back, moved out true in super coat and condition.
2nd Westyns, Xena Our Loyal Welsh, lovely 16 month bitch to go over, well balanced head with chiselling, great front assembly, forechest, topline, angulation front and back, good spring and length of rib, everything just flowed, moved well.
3rd Besrs, Amblelight Ophelis
1st Wallers, Isfryn Lady Godiva at Fireglow, just over 18 months, feminine but with substance all through, one of the best heads today, kind expressive well shaped eyes, good stop, well chiselled, strong jaw, well arched neck leading into well laid back shoulders, body to leg ratio balanced, excellent front and rear angulation, strong rear quarters, straight well boned legs and thick padded feet. Arched loin, .good tailset. moved out well driving from the rear. loved her, could not deny her the RCC in good company.
2nd Sarabande Dance To The Rythym
3rd Westyns Xene our loyal Welsh
1ST Knowles, Menstonia Make a Wish
2nd Harrisons, Glenbrows Temptress
3rd Dixons, Stedian Stars In Their Eyes
NOVICE 5 2a
1st Knowles Menstonia Make A Wish
2nd Dixons, Stedigan Stars In Their Eyes,, Good make and shaped bitch, good length and depth of ribs, moved out well in super coat and condition.
3rd baldrys, Llon Llanharran Lleuci
GRADUATE 9 3a
1st Worths, Sarabande Dance To The Rythym (a,i,), 1st as well in junior, great to hear this class win gave her, her last points for her JW
2nd Woodwards Fire N Ice, Typy WSS head, good chiselling, strong muzzle, well off for forechest,
little loose in front today, strong well boned legs, good thick feet, deep long spring of ribs, short coupled, strong rear quarters, moderate bend of stifle, moved out with drive from the rear, with a wagging tail, super temperament.
3rd Barkleys, Cherryheaths Miss Velocity.
POST GRADUATE 12 2a
All first 5 places could change places on another day
1st Connellys, Ambika Tranquil Spirit For Benmorbry, Compact, Symmetrical, Not Leggy, built for endurance and work, quick and active mover displaying push and drive is the breed standards general appearance of a WSS, this bitch fits this description so well. Not the biggest and flashiest of bitches, but a sound honest typy feminine bitch, cracking feet, worthy winner of a strong class.
2nd Jones's Julita Rumours At Trosley, close up to winner, well balanced head, good stop, kind eye, good front assembly, straight front legs good feet, great depth and spring of ribs, strong rear quarters which she used well on the move, happy girl with a wagging tail.
3rd Lucket Roynons, Solva Ortlinde, slighly stronger bitch all through, well balanced head, good forechest, legs and shoulders, broad strong quarters with good second thigh, such a shame she needs a different handler on the move which makes her lose concentration,
MID LIMIT 6 1a
Close decision between first 2
1st Hills Page, Llon Llysiat Hedydd, Balanced head with good chiselling, straight front, moved out well with wagging tail, needs to be gone over to appreciate her virtues
2nd Tews, Pamicks Field Of Dreams, not got her mind on the job in hand today, balanced head, good deep chest, spring and length of rib, well off for bone, balanced leg to body ratio, strong quarters, good tailset.
3rd Bowmans, Amblelight Rose
LIMIT 8 1a
1st Grahams, Ferndel Cover Story About Nyliram JW, balanced head, good chiselling, strong neck leading into good lay of shoulder, well off for forechest, good width over back to quarters, good spring and depth of rib, quick active mover.
2nd Ridges, Stagharth Now I’m Here At Saanu, kind biddable expression, another with good width across back and quarters,, straight front, well boned legs, thick padded feet, strong rear quarters, firm topline, moved well.
3rd Blackfords, Amblelights, Sunglow, very typy WSS, lovely well balanced head, good angulation front and back, good body properties, good legs, great feet, all finished off with a rich red coat.
1st Thomas & Uptons, SH CH Bowdonia Seraphina JW Sh CM, Beautiful bitch from any angle, well shaped and balanced head, kind expressive eye, strong square muzzle, good length of neck leading into well laid shoulders, strong topline, arched muscular loin, straight front, best of legs and feet, deep well sprung ribs, strong rear quarters which enabled her to move around the ring true and wth drive, super coat and condition, and a wagging tail CC & BIS
2nd Thomas's Bowdoia Anastasia JW, close up to winner, proportionate head, kind biddable expression, strong square muzzle, straight front, great leg bone and feet, good width acroos chest, back and rear, deep chest, length and spring of rib, moderate angulation front and back, true with a wagging atil, in good coat and condition.
3rd Madelys, Bahri Flaming Star at Maytag, lovely make and shape of bitch, kind expressive head, moderate angulation both ends, lost out to substance of 1 and 2. happy and merry girl.
Super class, splitting hairs, thank you for giving me the honour of getting my hands on these girls.
1st Thomas' SH CH Bowdonia Moment To Shine, 6 year old, well balanced head, kind expression, dark pigmentation, super in forechest, really fills the hands, once again from this kennel best of straight legs and good thick padded feet. strong neck into well laid shoulders, firm topline, strong rear quarters, stylish mover.
2nd Cocking, Barnaby & Tullys SH CH Bushwacker Gregorys Girl At Highclare, slightly stronger made all through, which is why lost out to 1. Has beautiful flowing lines, kind expressive head with good chiselling, very good forechest, depth, length and spring of rib and angulation, strong rear quarters which she used to have free flowing strong active movement.
3rd Frosts, SH CH Bushwacker Something About Mary, pretty feminine head, good width of body, super coat and condition, strong rear quarters moved out true, best of front extension on the move, straight front legs, would just prefer thicker padded feet. Happy girl, worthy Champion.
Great class, what a pleasure to see and go over.
1st Caldwells Cerysan Purely By Chance, love this lady, 12 1\2 years going on 2 1\2, has nobody told this girl how old she is, what a star, true welshie type, happy active and merry, kind expression, good body properties, straight legs, still the best of feet, moved out true.
2nd Caldwells, Cerysan Pocahontas, daughter to my winner, 9 years old similar remarks apply to 1. lovely kind well balanced head, good body properties, angulation front and back, moved out true coming and going. still lovely rich red coat, happy girl.
3rd Whites, Fiergen Steamy Windows, 7 year old, happy girl, good straight front, great leg bone, depth of chest, front and rear angulation, well let down hocks, moved out well from all angles, good coat and condition.
SPECIAL BEGINNERS 4
1st Wallers, Isfryn Lady Godiva at Fireglow
2nd Coopers, Isfryn Lady Grey at Gilstonia, lovely headed bitch with a soft gentle expression, good length of neck, well laid shoulders, straight well boned legs, good shaped and padded feet straight front, deep ribs, good angulation front and back, not as mature as 1 at moment, moved out true.
3rd Bests, Amblelight Ophelia
SPECIAL WORKING BITCH 4
1st Coopers, Isfryn Lady Grey at Gilstonia
2nd Barkleys, Cherryheaths Miss Chief, 11 years young, old fashioned type, well balanced head kind expression, compact in body with good spring of rib, well boned straight front legs with the best shaped feet with thick pads, moderate angulation front and rear with strong quarters, well let down hocks, in super coat and condition for age.
3rd Smiths Isfryn Hocus Pocus
SPECIAL SHOOTING 3
1st Connolys, Ambika Tranquil Spirit For Benmorbry
2nd Isfryn Hocus Pocus, from a smaller mould than some, balanced head, strong neck, good lay of shoulder, straight front and legs, great feet, short coupled , good depth spring and length of rib, firm topline, ever wagging tail.
3rd whites Fiergen Steamy Windows
GOOD CITIZEN 9
1st Caldwells, , Bowdonia Bellisima For Cerysan, very typy balanced head, strong muzzle, well boned straight legs, good feet, great depth, length and spring of rib, moved out well coming and going and in profile using her strong rear quarters, in super rich red coat and condition, happy girl.
2nd Woodwards, Bowdonia Time To Dream, another very typy bitch, good straight legs and front, thick well padded feet, good spring to ribs, short coupled, moved out well although felt it had been a long day waiting for her turn, seen her sparkle and move with more enthusiasm.
3rd Watsons, Welingerhill Garden Tiger of Hillpark, well balanced head, dark eye, good straight front and legs, short coupled, good angulation front and rear, ever wagging tail, moved OK, strong rear quarters in good condition, unlucky in previous classes with her placings today among strong competition.
I would like to thank the Officers and Committee for inviting me to be Referee and to judging the following classes.
Brace: (4: 0: abs)
1st Caldwell: Lovely pair of Welsh Springers, moved so well
together, didn't put a foot wrong.
2nd Woodward: Moved really well, difficult to choose between 1st and
2nd, I felt that Caldwell had that little extra.
Special Breeders Team:
1st Thomas: These lovely Welsh Springers stood alone in the class,
but what a gorgeous trio, loved their type, shape and
construction, all moved with drive, shown in excellent coat
and condition. Delighted to see one of them went BIS.