I had an interesting day judging the wires at Stafford thank you for my lovely entry. I felt that the quality in bitches was far deeper than that of the dogs especially in the lower classes. Many of the exhibits lacked length of ribbing which meant they were long in the loin. Shoulders were on the whole very forward and steep and the upper arms very short which does restrict front movement. Many looked good posed but lost outline on the move with poor hind movement and lack of drive very prevalent. I make no apology for keeping them moving as you really see the true picture. Some also seemed to have an unattractively high tailset and carriage. Overall I found few with correct tight feet with arched toes. Coats and presentation were on the whole good although some could have benefitted from having their teeth cleaned! That said I was very happy with my lineup in both dogs and bitches and pleased with the way exhibitors sportingly took my decisions.
MPD. (2) Matthews Stanegate Shot in the Dark. Compact brindle with more balance. Good head and eye. Could have more ribbing but presented a more complete picture in profile movement. 2. Stanegate Billy the Kid. Litter brother to winner. Slightly longer in body therefore longer in loin. Moved closer behind than winner.
PD. 6(1). 1. Matthews Stanegate Billy the Kid. 2. Robinsons Skyswift Tennessee Honey. Larger dog but with excellent feet. Reasonable front with some pro sternum. Preferred hind drive on winner. 3. Rowes Boloria Aramis.
JD.5(1). Adams Teckegarth Gatling. Presented best overall picture. Nice head and better shoulders and pro sternum than many. Could be more positive in hind movement. 2. Effers Greyhayne Hector. Firmer in topline than 2/3 but loose in elbows. 3. Piles Brynovation Prinz at Molechamber.
PGD.5(1) 1. Howes Kissdachs Bilbao at Bramalodge Neat overall type with lovely coat. Good front with definite pro sternum. 2. Framptons Weinacht Larch at Drakkina. Larger type with less harsh coat. 3. Stockdales Derochaise Monterey at Fenwires.
LD. 4(1) 1.Chambers Cishelvine Just a Kiss with Hototo. Red with excellent coat. Nice tight feet and longer ribbing than many. Lovely head flowing into good neck and prominent pro sternum. Put down to perfection and well handled.2. Cicelane Magnus. Dog with nice type and pushed winner but preferred tight feet and overall quality of 1st..3. Vines Cishelvine Caught Out.
OD. 9(2). 1 McCalmonts Ch Silvae Trader. Put down to perfection and showed to his best advantage. Good honest type with lovely head and better shoulders than many. Moved out with purpose holding topline at all times. CC. 2. Moores Ch Megline Aramis. Another very smart dog with good breed type. Beautiful head and expression flowing into firm topline with long ribbing. Held outline at all times. Today in his underwear but still deserving this placing. Res CC.3. Whartons Ch Greyhayne Hooray Henry.
MPB.4.( 1). 1. Bubbs Wyeknot Dare to Dream. Very raw baby which is how she should be at this age. Good neck and shoulders. Moved true for and aft. Nice type.2. Matthews Wyeknot Come Fly with Me. Litter sister to above and similar remarks apply. Not as settled which made movement harder to assess.3. Bormans Sonic Time to Shine.
PB. 9(2). 1. Rowes Boloria’s Miss Dior.BP. Very sound choc bitch that moved with purpose. Nice type with good ribbing and hind angulation. Not best of coats but had to win on overall quality.2. Phipps Bear Hound at Tufterslodge. More settled than many in this class which gave her the edge. Good topline held on the move.3.Johnsons Pethills Countrylady.
JB. 6(1) Gibsons Allfreys Matilda. Lovely bitch with correct head and good front assembly. Moved soundly fore and aft holding outline at all times. 2. Coverleys Aventine Dolcetto. Another lovely bitch with same attributes as winner. Just lost out as looking less finished but lots of promise for the future.3. Pughe & Frasers Greyhayne Harriet at Bystock.
PGB. 5. 1. Howes Bramalodge Betsy Button.Res CC. Caught my eye on first go round. Nice bitch with good balance and type. Movement sound both fore and aft and really drives in profile movement.2. Clayton Smiths Cairpraval Lilac Wine. Different type with well held topline but not free movement of winner. 3. Vines Cishelvine Caught Kissing.
LB 8(1). Class of very nice bitches.1. Gibsons Allfreys Helena. Lovely type of bitch. When you go over her everything flows nicely. Correct size with outline held at all times and she moves out well both in profile and coming and going. Just would have liked a little more vivacity. 2. Coverleys Aventine Amerala Very smart bitch with super breed type and construction. Just lost out on maturity today but her day will come. 3. McCalmonts Silvae Trade Secret.
OB.9(1). McCalmonts Ch Silvae Tradmark Exuberant bitch who moves round the ring at quite a lick but holds her outline at all times. Put down to perfection as were all from this kennel. Excellent breed type and lovely overall balance , moved with drive and looked as if she could go all day.CC & BOB.2. Vines Cishelvine Just an Enigma. Nicely balanced bitch with lots of breed type and quality. Just felt in challenge she lacked a bit of sparkle that the CC and ResCC winners showed.3. Prior Coopers Silvar Keynote.