Berkshire Downs and Chilterns Golden Retriever Club

 

 

 


CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW, 5th November, 2017, The Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh Park.


Angie Cooper's BITCH Critique

A big thank you to everyone involved in the running of this lovely show, and also to my very efficient stewards for keeping everything running smoothly.

A massive thank you to the exhibitors for bringing their lovely bitches under me, making for a very enjoyable day, but at times having to make very  difficult decisions. Some very nice exhibits paid the price for being slightly heavy or lacking in coat on the day in such good company. My only observations of my entry was heads, there were some very untypical heads with high and low ear sets and long muzzles, our breeds beautiful kind expression is to be admired so please donít lose it.

I was very pleased with my winners and in some of the classes, if my  5  placed dogs had left the ring I would have still been able to find a worthy winner from the ones unplaced.

SPECIAL VETERAN BITCH (4, 1 Abs), 3 lovely ladies of a certain age in this class, and all could change places on a different day.
1st Mrs MC Loverock PUTJADE PINK DIAMONDS FOR LOVISSA JW, enjoying her day with happy wagging tail, kind expression, with dark eye and pigment, good reach of neck, level topline, well laid back shoulders, straight front, good width to second thigh and well bent stifles, giving a balanced outline. Moved well. With my co judges agreement Best Special Veteran in Show.
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2nd Mr ML & Mrs HJ Mell SH CH MELOAK TIP TOP JW, similar remarks to the first place, but beaten today on movement
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3rd Mrs AE Falconer SH CH SIATHAM CALAMITY JANE ShCM, Again another worthy champion, today her enthusiasm for the bait was making her loose her topline, but it is lovely to see all three enjoying their day out.
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MINOR PUPPY BITCH (17, 3 Abs) What a fabulous class of minor puppies, many enjoying their first show, and some difficult decisions were to be made on tiny hair splitting points, I am sure many of them  will change places as they grow and develop over the next few months, and there were a few in this class I would gladly have taken home.
1st Mr SD & Mrs TY Williamson SANDTI HITS THE SWEET SPOT, Nice head and expression, with dark eye and pigment, good reach of neck set well on to nicely angulated shoulders, lovely bone, straight front, level topline which she kept on the move, short coupled, good width of second thigh with well bent stifles, Moving very well for one so young which just gave her the edge in this class today.
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2nd Mr BW Catterall GOLMAS GENOVEVA, another lovely minor puppy, with again very similar remarks to the first, the only thing separating them was with the  exuberant wagging of her tail and looking up at her handler she was not moving quite as level as the winner.
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3rd Mr TB & Mrs LG Smith GOLDMARKER LUMINARA, Again another quality minor puppy, really nice to go over,  she was really enjoying her day but her enthusiasm on the move meant she lost out to the other 2 who were more settled, but Iím sure that will come as she matures.
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PUPPY BITCH (19, 4 Abs), Some lovely puppies in this class 
1st Mrs S Jolly KERRIEN SHE'S THE ONE, good sized bitch puppy, nice head and expression, with dark eye and pigment, good reach of neck set on to well laid back should with good length of upper arm, placing her front legs well under her body,  straight front with good bone, and tight feet, level topline, short coupled, Good width to second thigh, clean balanced outline, Moved well and well presented.  Pleased to award her Best Bitch Puppy and then with my co judgeís agreement Best Puppy in show, over a gorgeous minor puppy dog who again I would have been proud to own, and just needs time.
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2nd Mr N & Mrs P Leonard WYNRITA SECRET MAGIC JW, different in type to first place but again another quality puppy, with similar remarks, well angulated front and rear, moved well, and well presented.
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3rd Mr BW Catterall GOLMAS GENOVEVA, (Repeat)

JUNIOR BITCH (9, 3 Abs) 
1st Miss P & Mrs S Hill TAMNIARN FORGET ME NOT SANDAULA JW, Pretty mid gold bitch, clean balanced outline, straight front with good bone and tight feet, good reach of neck set on well laid back shoulders, nicely angulated front and rear, level topline, short coupled. Moved well.
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2nd Mrs LJ Harding EVENINGHILL MAD AS A HATTER, Happy wagging girl, nice dark eye and good pigment, balanced outline, straight front, level topline, short coupled.
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3rd Mr M, Mrs A & Mr M Jackson SNOWYOAK MYSTIQUE, pretty pale gold bitch, good pigment, straight front, level topline, short coupled.
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YEARLING BITCH (6, 3 Abs) 
1st Mrs FM Clarkson DRUMKILTY JEMIMA PUDDLEDUG, a lot to like about this bitch, kind expression, good reach of neck,  well laid back shoulders with good length of upper arm,  straight front, with good bone and tight feet, short coupled, level topline, good width of second thigh, clean balanced outline, moved well when at correct speed but had a tendency to move wide behind at a slower speed.
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2nd Mr PJ & Mrs P Drury BENCOE HONKY TONK WOMAN JW, Again another with a lot to like about her, similar remarks as first but today her lead was spoiling her outline, making her neck look as though it did not flow into her shoulders
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3rd Mrs E Smith XANTHOS SOLSTICE AT LUCASTES, Kind expression, good reach of neck,  well laid back shoulders, short coupled, level topline on the move but when top and tailed she was forcing her head forward which spoilt her outline and made her look long.
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MAIDEN BITCH (14, 6 Abs) 
1st Mrs HVG Morss DESIDERIO PASO DOBLE, Pretty mid gold bitch, with dark eye and pigment, just 12 months old, straight front with good bone and tight feet, good reach of neck set on well laid back should with good length of upper arm, level topline, short coupled, good width of second thigh with well bent stifles, clean balanced outline, moved well, well presented with wagging tail.
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2nd Mr SD & Mrs TY Williamson SANDTI HITS THE SWEET SPOT (Repeat)
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3rd Mrs LJ Harding EVENINGHILL MAD AS A HATTER (Repeat)
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NOVICE BITCH (18, 3 Abs) 
1st Mrs S Jolly KERRIEN SHE'S THE ONE (Repeat)
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2nd Mr SD & Mrs TY Williamson SANDTI HITS THE SWEET SPOT (Repeat)

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3rd Mrs LJ Harding EVENINGHILL MAD AS A HATTER (Repeat)

UNDERGRADUATE BITCH (4, 2 Abs) 
1st Mrs L Wedge RIVERSCHARM DEVONA ROSE, Kind expression with dark eye and pigment, straight front with tight feet, good reach of neck, level topline, moved well but today had decided to leave her cloths at home.
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2nd Mr P & Mrs T Kinchella HONEYMILL SAFFRON ANGEL, mid gold bitch, dark eye  and pigment, good reach of neck , level topline, short coupled.
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GRADUATE BITCH (7, 0 ) 
1st Ms MJ Healey THORNYWAIT JILLAROO FOR MARSABIT, Pretty gold bitch with kind expression, good bone with tight feet, nice reach of neck set onto well laid back shoulders, well sprung ribs, level topline, short coupled, good width of second thigh with well bent stifles. Well presented.
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2nd Miss S Russell ROSINANTE CLASSIQUE JW, similar to the first place but was over stretching herself, spoiling her outline, moved well when settled.
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3rd Mrs J Griggs MULFIELD IMPERIAL TOPAZ,  larger framed bitch than the two in front of her, but balanced and similar in outline, just preferred head type of first 2
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POSTGRADUATE BITCH (19, 5 Abs), The first three in this class were all very nice,  and  just splitting hairs to separate them today.
1st Mr A Trinder & Mrs SM Zubair THORNYWAIT CIDER WITH ROSIE, Lovely bitch shown with wagging tail, Clean balanced outline, Nice head with dark eye and pigment, Good reach of neck flowing nicely into well laid back shoulders with good length of upper arm, straight front with good bone, well sprung ribs, level topline, short coupled, good width to second thigh and well bent stifles. Well presented.
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2nd Mr AR & Mrs JH Ewart BEAUPIPPIN DIAMOND DAWN JW, Again a nice balanced bitch with clean outline and similar remarks to the first place, but I preferred the head of my winner
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3rd Mr PD & Mrs JL Seamons MESSANO INCOGNITO, again nice outline,  loved her mischievous expression, but on the day she lacked coat.
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MID LIMIT BITCH (16, 4 Abs), I was very pleased with my entry through the classes but this was my class of the day, I would be very proud to own any of these three bitches, and was spoilt for choice throughout this class 
1st Mrs FM Clarkson DRUMKILTY HIBERNIA JW, lovely  feminine head with nice dark eye, good reach of neck flowing nicely into well laid back shoulders with good length of upper arm placing her feet well under her body, straight front with good bone and tight feet, well sprung ribs, short coupled, good width of second thigh and well bent stifles, it was a pleasure to watch her move round the ring, true fore and aft and keeping her level topline and clean outline as she went round the ring. Well presented. Was pleased to award her the CC and then with my co judges agreement as we liked both our CC winners, we asked the Referee to decide, and she went BIS.
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2nd Mr D & Mrs S Towers ALIBREN TIGGY WIGGY JW, again very close decisions in this class, and again similar remarks to the first place winner, my only comment is that I would not like to see her any heavier,  was pleased to award her the Reserve CC.
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3rd Mrs J Jackson-Haines LEIGHSHAM SOCIETY SPICE, very close up to the 2 in front of her but today just felt that today they had the edge on movement.
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LIMIT BITCH (10, 3 Abs) Again 3 very nice girls heading this class, and they could change places on another day.
1st Miss R Turner AUPA DOLCETTO DI AMILONE (IMP ESP) JW, Good head with nice expression, good reach of neck set onto well laid back shoulders, good length of upper arm, good bone with straight front and tight feet, level topline, short coupled, good width to second thigh, nice angulation front and rear, clean balanced outline, she edged in front of the other 2 today on her movement.
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2nd Mr N & Mrs P Leonard WYNRITA HOCUS POCUS, another beautiful bitch, with similar remarks to the winner, although when baiting care must be taken as she reaches up she loses her topline
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3rd Mrs LJ Hennessy PANDREFT FOLK SINGER AT RITZILYN JW, well made bitch with a lot to like but for me today sheís was slightly heavy which made her  lose  her topline on the move, as Iíve said previously just tiny things separating the positions in some very nice bitches.
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OPEN BITCH (12, 3 Abs) , Lovely class with some today paying the penalty of lack of coat and finish.
1st Mrs J Griggs MULFIELD PEACH BLOSSOM JW ShCM, Nicely balanced bitch, shown in good coat, feminine head, good reach of neck, straight front with good bone, nicely angulated front and rear, level topline, short coupled, good width to second thigh. Moved well. Well presented.
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2nd Miss M & Mrs J Grady SH CH THORNYWAIT MY GIRL AT GLENRIOCH, have admired this bitch from the ringside, was disappointed today as she was starting to drop her coat and did not quite have the finish of one, lovely to go over and moved well. Well presented.
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3rd Mrs A Smyth SH CH KADAKA KUPCAKE JW ShCM, Another bitch of quality that I have admired from ringside, again nice to go over, but the first 2 had the edge on movement today.
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SPECIAL WORKING GUNDOG BITCH (4, 1 Abs) 
1st Mrs HVG Morss XANTHOS GIVENCHY JW, Kind expression with dark eye and pigment, good length of neck, straight front, well laid back should and good width of second thigh. Moved well. Well presented.
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2nd Mr M & Mrs I Wheeldon THORNYWAIT PICTURE THIS FOR CATNNELS, Nice bitch well up for size, feminine head, good reach of neck, level topline, short coupled, unfortunately another who had decided to leave her clothes behind.
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3rd Mrs SH Pounds-Longhurst BRODENE TEMPESTIVITY TO MOSSBURN, Happy girl enjoying her day, feminine head, good reach of neck, straight front, level topline, short coupled, good width to second thigh with well bent stifles.

Angie Cooper.

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