2009 PRLRC BACK-TO-BACK SPECIALTY ~ JUDGE'S CRITIQUES
2010 BACK-TO-BACK SPECIALTY ~
Critique by Judge, Anthony Allen
Pawcatuck River LRC
BACK-TO-BACK SPECIALTY, 23rd and 24th September 2010
Thank you to all the exhibitors for making my trip to the US so enjoyable. The hospitality we received from our hosts over the three days was exceptional and the organisation superb. It was a great few days and one I will remember for a long time.
In general I was impressed by the quality of the exhibits, however I did feel there was more depth in the bitches than in the dogs. This I consider to be a good thing – a wise old breeder once told me that you can measure the strength of a breed by the depth of quality in the bitches, and I agree with her.
For those of you who watched my judging you will have realised that confirmation and movement are very important to me. When judging I consider the breed characteristics to critical elements but in my view the most important thing is that a Labrador can do the job it was designed to do and ensuing they are made correctly is a paramount factor to me when I judge.
The breed standards for our respective countries were drawn up to facilitate a dog that could work in the field and that was paramount in my mind. I was looking for fit dogs specifically those that covered the ground correctly on the move. Given the excellent sized ring I was able to really assess movement.
With function in mind I wanted to say that some exhibits were carrying far too much weight and I penalised this accordingly. In the show ring excess weight not only spoils the outline of the dog when standing but also detracts on the move. The standard calls for a strong active dog, it does not call for a fat dog. Weight does not equal substance, and it appeared that many exhibitors were trying to give the image of maturity by adding extra pounds. I judge exhibits against the criteria that they should be shown in working condition, well muscled without excess fat and appropriate for their age. Please do look carefully at your dogs as you are doing them no justice by keeping them in this heavy condition.
Some serous faults are creeping in to our breed, short upper arms and straight fronts are of serious concern. The overall front angulation needs to be considered in future breeding programmes. It takes one generation to breed in bad fronts and many to breed them out.
Some dogs were very dirty and shown with their coat in poor condition. Considering the expense incurred exhibiting, my view is that you should present your dog to its best advantage and this sometimes means giving it a bath. Presentation is the only thing that you have 100% control of when showing a dog.
Anthony Allen, Judge
Thursday, 23rd September 2010
Winners bitch TANZY MONSONG SIMPLY AT NICOMA WAY
Puppy 6-9 months
1st CEADARBAR’S NO NEED TO BE MODEST
Six months old and very appealing to my eye. She is well made with a pleasing expression, good reach of neck which was set in to well placed shoulders, just would prefer slightly more return of upper arm but she still has time on her side. Good size for her age, in overall proportion. She has a well turned stifle and well let down hocks, which she used to advantage on the move.
2nd HOLLYRIDGE LBUFF NUTCRACKER SUITE
3rd SOUTHGATES MISS MADERLINE OF IRONWORKS
Puppy 9-12 months
1st BACHBROOKS REVOLUTIONARY GIRL
Nice yellow bitch with a clean outline. She has a pleasing expression, a good reach of neck and a deep forechest. Good well sprung ribs and well made quarters. Movement was good with drive. I would just have preferred slightly less weight to complete the picture.
2nd OAKSHILL CRIMSON N CLOVER
3rd NYCOMA WAY IDGIE’S HEARTSONG
1st WATEROAKS WHITE PEARL
A bitch that I liked when I got my hand on her. She is a pleasing yellow and today was shown in good condition. She has a lovely head and expression, with a super reach of neck, good depth of forechest and well-placed shoulder. Good length of body and good quarters with a sweeping turn of stifle. Movement was adequate.
2nd DOGWOOD COOL MKT RUN
3rd CROSSLOT’S BEEZIE MADDEN
1st CEADARWOOD FULL MOON MADNESS
Well made black bitch, she has a good head and expression, with a clean reach of neck set into well-placed shoulders. Good length of body and rear angulation. Movement was OK
2nd MARMAX LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS
Amateur Owner Handler
1st DANBRIDGE AMERICAN GIRL
A stylish animated yellow, with a pleasing head and expression, good shoulder placement and depth of forechest. Good spring of rib, length of body and well made quarters. Movement was good once she settled. Clean in outline but carrying a little too much weight for my liking.
2nd MARMAX LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS
3rd DARLING HILL LOBUFF THAT’S ALL SHE WROTE
1st SOUTH GATES SWEET ALYSSUM
A beautiful yellow bitch, only seventeen months and very much in proportion for her age. She has a pretty feminine head and expression. Excellent reach of neck and shoulder placement, deep chest and correct spring of rib. Good length of body and rear angulation, clean lines and balanced throughout. Just needs a little more animation on the move to complete the picture.
2nd SEAWINDS BELLADONNA OF ALLEGHENY
3rd DARLING HILL LOBUFF ALL THAT & A BAG OF CHIPS
1st DEVONSHIRES HANKY PANKY AT RIDGECREST
A very deceiving bitch who one could easily miss and today did her best to throw her chances away but much of that was due to the heat. She has a feminine head and expression, a good reach of neck leading in to well placed shoulders. Presented a lovely clean outline with good depth of body and adequate rear angulation. Coat was in good condition. On the move she just came alive and her positive free flowing movement won her this class. Close up for top honours.
2nd LOBUFF HOLLYRIDGE MISS INDEPENDENT
3rd TAMERIC’S DREAM WEAVER AT WILMARK
1stTANZY MOONSONG SIMPLY AT NYCOMA WAY
Wow - what a little star, right up my street. She has the most beautiful head and expression, a lovely clean reach of neck which led in to correct well placed shoulders. She has a good spring of rib and length of loin, excellent rear angulation. Correct amount of bone and standing on neat feat. She was shown today in full coat, in superb condition and carrying the correct amount of weight. Her movement was positive and this carried through to the challenge where she excelled to become winners bitch. One I would have loved to have brought home!
2nd WINSOME MINEFALLS RAGTYME
She is a lovely headed bitch with a beautiful clean reach of neck and deep forehest. She has a good length of body and well made quarters. Today she was shown in good coat and condition but for my liking was carrying an extra pound or two. Overall she presented a balanced picture and moved well around the ring but not quite the verve of one. Reserve winners bitch
3rd BROOK AND RIDGE ISABELLA
Open – yellow
1st CAER BREN JASMINE
Substantial bitch but quality throughout. Well made with a good reach of neck and well placed shoulder, body length OK, with ribs well spring, slightly long through the loin. Powerful quarters with a good bend of stifle and hocks well let down. Movement was good and enough to win this class but didn’t quite have the drive of the others in the challenge. I just felt she carried a shade too much weight today for top honours. I was delighted to see she was winner bitch the following day and thereby gaining her title – congratulations.
2nd DANBRIDGE COVER GIRL
3rd CHUCKLEBROOK MOCKINGBIRD AT GRAMPIAN
1st DUNE DANCERS TALLADEGA
A nicely made chocolate bitch. She has a lovely feminine head and expression, a clean reach of neck that led on to well placed shoulders. Good front angulation, deep bodied with well-sprung ribs and overall length of body. Well made quarters which she used to her advantage. Just lost her top line in the challenge.
2nd CHABLAIS CHOCOLATINE
3rd HIVIEW FUDGY WUDGY AT SKYVIEW
24th September 2010
All Non-regular Classes and Intersex
Veteran Dog 7-10
1st CH RAVENHILLS SIR WINSTON
One who has lasted well, pleasing in outline with a good reach of neck and well placed shoulders. Good length of body with well sprung ribs. Quarters well made. Positive mover.
Veteran Dog 10 years and over
1st CH STONEREST’S DAVY CROCKETT
What a grand old man of 10½ but only the few grey hairs around his muzzle gave this fact away. He presented a lovely balanced picture, masculine head and expression, shoulders well placed, good barrelled chest which led on to well made quarters, sound positive movement, just not quite the sparkle of the youngsters but I forgave that today. Best veteran in show.
1st CEADARWOOD BLAZING BANDIT
Black dog who presented a clean balanced picture. Front angulation ok but I wouldprefer more length of upper arm. Good bone and substance. Correct body proportions and good quarters. Moved OK.
Veteran Bitches 7-10
1st CH DANBRIDGE EMPRESS JOSEPHINE
Classic black bitch, seven years old. She has a lovely feminine head and expression. Good overall front construction and length of body with well barrelled ribs. Just a bit too much weight for my liking but in lovely condition.
Veteran Bitches 10 years and over
1st SEARSHA OF ECHOMOOR
A grand old lady of 11years. She has a lovely clean outline, with a good reach of neck, deep forechest and well-paced shoulders. Good length of body and rear angulation. Movement was positive and driving, which is excellent for one of her age.
6-9 months Puppy Dogs
1st LOBUFF AQUARIUS SARGENT NICHOLAS
Pleasing young man, presenting a balanced picture. He has a masculine head which led on to a clean reach of neck and well placed shoulders. Deep through forechest, correct length of body and well made quarters. Movement was ok once he settled.
2nd SOUTHGATE MAGNUM PI
3rd WATERBERRY BELQUEST HEADLINER
9-12 months Puppy Dog
1st MINEFALLS LO RIDER
Very smart young man with a pleasing head and expression at this stage, just hope it doesn’t go to strong. Clean reach of neck, good front angulations and proportionate length of body. Level top line and well made quarters. Presented a very balanced picture. He moved round the ring like a train, my only criticism is that he is a little proud of his tail. Considered him closely for top honours and I was delighted to be able to award him. Best Puppy
2nd WILMARK LUCKY DICK
3rd HAWK POINT SHAR-JAM MR NOVEMBER
12-18 months Dogs
1st CEADARBOOOK BELLIO REGAZZO
Black male who presented a clean outline, pleasing masculine head and expression, clean powerful reach of neck which led in to well placed shoulders. Good depth of chest with well sprung ribs. Correct body proportions. Quarters well angulated, with a good bend of stifle and well let down hocks won this class with ease. Unfortunately couldn’t get his act together in the challenge.
2nd MISTYFIELD HAKKNEST SOARING WITH THE STARS
3rd CHUCKLEBROOKS CUTYY SARKO’WATEROAK
1st BLACKDUX FUDGE RIPPLE
Young chocolate dog, just over two years. Bit strong in head for my liking and I would like a darker eye. He presented a clean outline, he has good front angulation and length of body, and quarters need to develop a little. Positive mover.
2nd HIGHMEADOWS HOIST THE FLAG
3rd CHABLAIS DOGWORLD GEORGE
Amateur Owner Handler Dogs
1st LIDDLE PIRATE’S DOOLISH BREW
Stood alone in this class, black dog 3½, little heavy for my liking.
1st SHADOWSBROOK’S I AM A DOCTOR
Smart young man with a masculine head and expression, clean reach of neck. Well placed shoulders, correct front angulation and deep in forechest. Good spring of rib, slightly long through the loin, level top line and tail straight off the back. Super quarters with good bend of stifle and well developed second thigh, hocks well let down. Movement was positive and free flowing, he just has a tendency to short step on the odd occasion, however this was a minor point. He was shown today in hard condition and handled to perfection. I was delighted to be able to award him Winners Dog.
2nd ALLEGHENY’S SHADE
3rd ISTHMUS OF SUMLAKES FADE TO BLACK
1st STONECREST CABIN’S MOONRAKER CAPER
Young chap of pleasing type. He has a good head shape and masculine expression. A clean reach of neck and well placed shoulders. A decent length of body with well sprung ribs. Well made quarters with good angulation, just need a little more second thigh, hocks well let down. Movement was sound.
2nd WATEROAKS BALCK DIAMOND IN THE RUFF
3rd TANZY NYCOMA WAY SIMPLY MOONDANCE
Open Black Dogs
1st HYSPIRE GRAND SLAM
Pleasing dog with a kind but masculine expression, he has a clean reach of neck which led in to well placed shoulders and correct front angulation. Adequate depth of forechest and good barrelled ribs. Well made quarters with and ample turn of stifle. To be critical he was carrying too much weight for my liking which showed over his shoulders. Movement was positive in class which gave him the edge.
2nd TULLAMORES MIDNIGHT HOUR
3rd WHITEWING TAIL OF ADVERTURE
Open Yellow Dogs
1st AQUARIUS STONEWALL STUART
Substantial yellow dog, won this class on overall balance and movement. Well made boy, with a masculine head and expression, he has a clean outline, good reach of neck and good front angulation. Proportionate length of body with the correct spring of rib. Quarters well made with a good bend of stifle. Positive mover which won him the class.
2nd SOUTHGATE DEEPWATER BOUY
3rd BUTTONWOOD MCINTOSH
Open Chocolate Dog
1st VENETIAN’S COPY THAT
Chocolate male with a pleasing head and expression, well made through the neck and shoulders and has good front angulation, good depth of chest. Body well proportioned with a good spring of rib but as with the previous class winner carrying too many pounds for my liking. Quarters well made and overall presenting a balanced picture. Movement was sound but he lacked drive.
2nd CHABLAIS CHOCOLATIER
3rd BELQUEST BUCKCHERRY SUNDARE
Best of Breed: CH SALTY’S SURFER GIRL OF TAMPA BAY
A superb class to judge – in my judging career it is rare that I’ve had the opportunity to judge so many excellent exhibits in one class, in fact the only parallel I can draw was judging males at the breed speciality attached to the world show in Sweden in 2007. Today this was a really superb experience and I thank the exhibitors for bringing so many worthy champions toady. I could easily have awarded many more ribbons.
However there can only be one winner and today it was the superb CH SALTY’S SURFER GIRL OF TAMPA BAY. This young bitch caught my eye on my first walk round the ring and she did not disappoint when I put my hands on her. My notes just say “quality throughout”. She has the most beautiful head and expression, a lovely clean reach of neck which led on to correct well placed shoulders. She has a good spring of rib and length of loin, excellent rear angulation. She was shown in full coat and superb condition. Her movement was second to none. She just excelled to win Best of Breed. I loved her, she was everything I wanted in my winner today. Thank you for bringing her and congratulations.
Best Opposite Sex CH WAIFIN’S FLY CABOT TO TORGAT
Select Dog CH BALRION WETHERTOP NOR’WESTER
Select Bitch CH MINEFALL J-LO
Anthony Allen, Judge
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