"Leeds Championship Show Report"
Leeds Championship Show Report 25th July, 2009 Judge; Stevie Allerton Puppy Dog (6,3) 1. Towns & Lay’s Indijazz Midas Touch. A small package but very nicely constructed. Very good front with the correct length of upper arm, which places his elbows well back, allowing for good forward reach. Deep in chest and well muscled, nice harsh coat. His head has plenty of growing to do – he looks like a puppy should at this age. I thought him a very promising boy. BPIB. 2. Rose & Gaffney’s Kavacanne Toff At The Top. A very nice type of dog, presenting a smart outline. He has a kind head. I thought his rear end was better than the winner, but he is very upright in pastern and was knuckling over in front. This cost him 1st place. I hope that this is just a stage in his development, as it is a potentially serious fault for a breed that is required to gallop. 3. Rusk’s Booton Yvandres. Junior Dog (5,2) 1. Chandler’s Stairfoot Sea Biscuit. A strong young dog with a good outline. I liked his general balance, strength of bone, tight feet and harsh coat, and that he was presented in well muscled and fit condition. I did not like his head much, being very short in muzzle, but he moved very well to take the class. 2. Halpin’s Torranpoint Basil. Quite nice in outline when stacked, but sadly it all fell to pieces on the move. I loved this dog’s head, but he is rather long in the coupling and this showed up, dipping badly when he was moving. A pity – I hope he comes together as he matures, as he is a nice type, with a good coat and is well muscled. 3. O’Keefe’s Torranpoint Fennel. Post Grad Dog (10) 1. Stedman’s Indijazz Grand Designer. It was good to judge this dog again, one I have admired since he was a puppy, and I see he has passed on his attributes to his son, the BP. A compact package, absolutely balanced and elegant on the move. He has a lovely head, kind eye and good length of ear, correct angulation at the front balanced by a powerful rear, short coupled, deep chested, he stands on good tight feet, and has a good coat. I like everything about him, I just wish he was an inch bigger all round. Moved effortlessly to take the Res CC. 2. Brook’s Coralbrook Gladiator. Again, a compact dog, short coupled and the correct angles front and back. Stronger built than the winner, with good bone and feet. I liked his head, which is correctly proportioned, and he moves well. Probably not in his best coat today. 3. Fowler’s Valger Midshipman. Limit Dog (9) 1. Carlin, Whiting & Bates’ Valache Brooklyn Dodger Sh.CM (Imp). A dog I’ve long admired, it was a pleasure to get my hands on him again now that he has matured. To me, he is the GSP standard. I love his head and expression and his clean front. He is medium in size, balanced in angulation and is short coupled, with a deep chest. He has a good coat and moves with drive on a good length of stride. Presented in fit, hard condition, a lovely dog to go over and had everything I was looking for today. DCC & BOB. 2. Mercer’s Symondsdean Gamble. Another compact dog, with a decent head and sufficient bone for his size. Good angulation, balanced at both ends, which enables him to move well. Presented in a fit and well muscled condition. My only criticism is that he falls away a bit too much over the croup. 3. Rusk’s Booton Mooncomet. An old favourite, I would just like to shrink him by an inch all round! Open Dog (9,1) 1. Smillie & Hammond’s Sh Ch Oakberrow Xsepshonall at Southmead. Spoilt for choice in this class. The winner is yet another compact, medium size dog, as the breed standard describes. He has a kind head with correct proportions and a good length of ear, good forechest and strength in bone. He has a deep chest and good balance all round, holding a strong topline on the move. A grand type of dog, but I felt he lacked a bit of spark in the challenge on this hot day. 2. Thurm’s Sh Ch Bryburn The Toff JW Sh.CM. A different type of dog, taller and more elegant. Very clean over the front, which placed him higher than some of the others that I liked, but that were too heavy across the shoulder. Lovely head & expression, good bone and feet, correct topline. Nothing overdone at all about this dog, he is just balanced all through and moves well. 3. Whitworth’s Pitwit Star Man. Puppy Bitch (8) 1. Adams’ Isara Kurzhaar Trollope at Katelands. An elegant puppy with sufficient bone for her height. Lovely head with a kind, dark eye, clean front, short coupled, well angulated behind and good width across the hip for a puppy. She has a decent coat on her and she moved really well. Very promising. Sadly, most of the exhibits in this class were far too long in the body, although they felt like quality to go over. My worry is, if they grow in height to match their length, they’re going to be awfully big girls. 2. Rose & Morris’ Kavacanne Toff Act To Follow. This one has no exaggerations at all, although she’s on the biggish side. She has a clean front, well angulated and matched by a good rear end, a good topline and tailset and a good head. Moves well. 3. Lindridge’s Amidala Elara Junior Bitch (5) 1. Drew’s Alcazar Shanghi Surprise. Headed a largely disappointing class. A small package, but everything is nicely put together and in proportion. Sufficient bone for her size, pretty head, dark enough eye. Moved with drive from a powerful rear end. 2. Lindridge’s Amidala Elara. A bigger girl all round, quite substantial. A tad too long, but feels like a quality bitch to go over. I really liked her head and the cleanness over her shoulder. She has loads of bone and a powerful rear end. Should do well as she matures – I will watch her progress with interest. 3. Tudor’s Torranpoint Parsley. Post Grad Bitch (18,4) 1. Wilson’s Indijazz Day Lily. A compact bitch, feminine and elegant but not too fine. Very kind head and expression, good layback of shoulder, short backed but standing over plenty of ground, as the breed standard describes. Well muscled and not carrying too much weight, she moves with power and drive. 2. Trow & Jowsey’s Winterwell Miss Tique. A close call between 1st & 2nd. This one is built on stronger lines, good bone and feet and good width across the hip. Probably a tad too long in body, but moves well, holding her topline. Carrying just the right amount of weight. 3. Cox’s Cushatlaw Honey Pie. Limit Bitch (9,3) 1. Pearson’s Ladyhawk Andromeda Over Tholumi. A really strong class, the first 4 could have swapped places. I ended up nit-picking really, such was the quality, this was one of those times where just a bit of excess weight made the difference. My winner had excellent construction and was not over large, her bone and feet commensurate with her size. She has a feminine head with good length and depth of muzzle and a well constructed forehand, with a good return of upper arm, placing her elbows well back. She is short coupled and has a powerful rear end, moving with drive and forward reach. Seriously considered her for a top award today , but I preferred the coat texture of the CC & Res CC winners. Her day will come. 2. Morton’s Stairfoot Sandgoose JW. I thought at first that this was going to be my winner, but I don’t think her front and topline is quite as good as 1st. A cracking bitch though, with a sweet head, she feels like quality, the whole package presented in a harsh dark jacket. Moved quite well. 3. Harris’ Barleyarch Pixie JW. Open Bitch (8,2) 1. Rose’s Sh Ch & Ned Ch Kavacanne Gift Of The Gab JW. I judged her as a puppy and was impressed. How nice to see her mature into a really good GSP and worthy champion. There is nothing at all exaggerated about her - head correctly proportioned, dark eye, clean front, good legs and feet, deep chest and short coupling. Her excellent front construction and powerful rear end really enables her to move on a long stride. An excellent package all round. BCC. 2. Prior’s Booton Marietta of Whinchat. The more I looked at this bitch the more I liked her. There is nothing exaggerated about her at all, nothing flashy, she’s just a sound, honest example of a GSP bitch. She has the most beautiful head and dark eye, clean front, good bon, cracking coat and really good layback of shoulder. Very similar to the bitch placed 3rd, but I preferred this girls’ topline. She moved so soundly and was not carrying too much weight. I thought she was lovely. Res CC. 3. Joy’s Mannlicher Early Bird.