• Date: 22/06/2018
  • Show Type: Championship Show
  • Judge: Becky Johnson Contact Judge
  • Published Date: 05/11/2018

Blackpool & District Canine Society

Breed: Spaniel (Field)

FIELD SPANIELS


My first time awarding CCs in this lovely breed and I was thrilled with both the size of my entry and the quality in depth. Thank you all so much for your entries. I thoroughly enjoyed my day in your ring. I felt that both my final line ups would have justified more than one CC per sex. Just a small concern and that is on bites. I found 5 incorrect bites which in an entry of just over 30 was a little worrying. The highlight of the day was learning that the Best Puppy was later awarded 2nd in the Puppy Group. Very well done to her owner/breeder.


JD (2)


1st MacBain & Brewer - Nautica N’Fecimus Ain’t No Fool (imp USA). Well balanced all through with correct height to length ratio. Head lean with chiselling beneath the eyes and correct dentition. Long neck leading to well laid shoulder and return of upper arm. Good depth of chest, level topline and correct set. Strong hindquarters with well turned stifles. Movement accurate both fore and aft with good open side gait in profile. Coat in excellent condition.


2nd Wheeler - Sonnetend Careless Whisper. Not as forward in development as the winner. Head of correct proportions with moderate stop and lean cheeks. Well laid shoulder and return of upper arm. Correct rib to loin proportions. Not quite as positive on the move as the winner.


PG (4)


1st Haynes - Nadavin Wensley. Good overall balance. Head of correct proportions - skull to muzzle with lean cheeks and chiselling beneath the eyes. Good length of neck leading to correct layback of shoulder. I would like a little more return of upper arm. Deep chest with correct rib to loin proportions. Well made hindquarters with good width of second thigh and well let down hocks. Moved on a steady even stride.


2nd Murray - Nadavin Wallace. Litter brother to the winner. Balanced outline. Not quite the refinement in head as the winner and I would like a fractionally tighter eye. Well laid shoulder and return of upper arm. Level topline leading through to strong, muscular hindquarters. Moved well with good rear drive.


3rd Fowkes & Mills - Sonnetend Moonlight Drive


LD (2)


1st Davies - Elbert Let’s Dance At Benbreac. A very honest, no nonsense dog with no frills and totally free from exaggeration. The more I looked at him the more I was drawn to him. Excellent shape in profile. Long, lean head with no coarseness and well chiselled beneath the eyes. Good length of neck leading to well laid shoulder and corresponding return of upper arm. Deep chest with elbows close to the brisket. Rib and loin of correct proportions. Well made hindquarters - could just have a little more width of second thigh. Excellent bone. So sound and positive on the move. Rose to the occasion in the challenge to win the RCC - his best is yet to come.


2nd Menzies & Henderson - Nadavin Ualan At Vrackie. Well balanced outline. Typical head with skull and muzzle of equal length and showing the desired leanness beneath the eyes. Good layback of shoulder. Would prefer a little more length in upper arm. Rib and loin of correct proportions. Strong well made hindquarters. Well off for bone with well padded feet. Not as settled on the move as my winner today.


OD (9)

This was the class of the day - quality down the line and beyond. It was a true pleasure to judge and there was very little between the top dogs.  


1st Menzies & Henderson - Sh Ch Nadavin Quany At Vrackie. Not a dog that I have seen or judged before but he caught my eye on the first walk round and then continued to impress me. Beautifully balanced all through with the correct height to length ratio. He has the noblest of heads - of correct length with a slight stop and correctly pronounced occiput bone. He has slightly raised eyebrows and good chiselling beneath the eyes. Long, clean neck free from throatiness leading to excellent layback of shoulder and return of upper arm placing his front legs well under the body. Deep chest with moderately sprung ribcage. Strong hindquarters with good width of second thigh and well let down hocks. On the move he showed a lovely unhurried gait whilst driving from the rear. At nearly 9 years old he showed no sign of slowing down - truly fit for purpose. CC & BOB


2nd Fowkes - Sh Ch Sonnetend Finishing Touch At Shirmal. Close up to the winner and on another day could change places. Excellent overall balance. True head of correct proportions, dark eye and soft expression. Neck long leading to good lay of shoulder and correct length of upper arm. Correct rib to loin proportions leading through to strong, well muscled hindquarters. Good bone and feet. Moved well - just not quite the accuracy of the CC winner going away, but another very worthy titleholder


3rd Holgate - Sh Ch Ewtor McEwan At Nadavin JW ShCM. Completed a fabulous trio of dogs - at nearly 10 years old he can still hold his own in top company.


JB (3)


1st Osborn - Elgert Gold Dust. I thought this puppy was absolutely stunning. She is beautifully balanced and of the correct height to length ratio. Her head has the correct skull to muzzle proportions with a slight stop and correctly pronounced occiput. Lean beneath the eyes with the desired chiselling. Good length of slightly arched neck leading to excellent layback of shoulder and return of upper arm placing her forelegs well under the body. Level topline with correct rib to loin proportions. Strong, well made hindquarters with good width of second thigh. Quality bone and the best of feet. On the move she was accurate both fore and aft and drove positively from her hindquarters. I was very tempted to award her higher honours but in the challenge her immaturity paid the price. Best Junior, Best Puppy and Puppy Group 2.


2nd Moss - Ewtor Bellini. Another quality puppy. Not quite as forward in development as the winner. Excellent head showing correct length and chiselling beneath the eyes. Well laid back shoulder with corresponding return of upper arm. Moderately sprung ribcage. Well made hindquarters with good width of second thigh. Not as positive on the move as the winner.


3rd McVitty - Sonnetend Faith


PG (4)


1st Holgate - Nadavin Wenhaver JW. I thought this bitch was stunning. For me she ticked all the boxes. On the stack she presents a totally balanced outline with the correct height to length ratio. Her head is of the correct proportions - lean, flat cheeks with good chiselling and slightly raised eyebrows - all giving a look of aristocracy. Her neck is of good length and free from throatiness leading to copybook forehand construction. Deep chest with the elbows tight to the brisket. Moderately sprung ribcage and strong level topline. Strong well made hindquarters with good width of second thigh and well let down hocks set square to the ground. On the move she was accurate both fore and aft - despite trying to give her handler a hard time and in profile she displayed an unhurried stride whilst driving well from the rear. Delighted to award her her first CC


2nd Moore - Elgert China Girl for Gadhelic. Another top quality bitch who just lost out on coat today. Excellent overall balance. Head of correct proportions with moderate stop and good chiselling. Long neck leading to well laid shoulder. To be picky I would like a fraction more length of upper arm. Deep chest leading to correct ribcage. Strong topline and well muscled hindquarters. Excellent bone and feet. Moved well with plenty of rear drive.


3rd Spence - Sonnetend Picture This At Cabharan


LB (4, 1)


1st Osborn - Elgert Lady Sta’dust. Beautifully balanced all through with correct height to length ratio. Quality head with slight stop and well defined occiput. Long, clean neck leading to well laid back shoulders and corresponding return of upper arm. Her chest is deep and of the correct width leading to a moderately sprung ribcage. Strong hindquarters - to be picky she her hocks could be a fraction lower. On the move she is accurate both fore and aft and presents a long, unhurried but driving stride when viewed in profile. Presented in excellent coat and condition - RCC


2nd Smith - Ewtor Affinity For Flyenpyg. JW ShCM. Not quite the length of body of the winner and I would like a little more bone. Correct head shape with lean cheeks and good chiselling. Well laid shoulder and moderately sprung ribcage with correct length of loin. Level topline and correct tailset. Well muscled hindquarters. Moved steadily. Not in her best coat today.


3rd Wheeler - Tayowen Touch of Elixir 






OB (4)


1st Osborn - Sh Ch Reedmace Sweetbriar Floss For Elgert JW ShCM (Imp Nld). On another day I would have probably given this bitch the CC as I love her - but it would be fair to say that her coat was not at its absolute best. In fact this class gave me the biggest dilemma of the day as I love both bitches. Superb outline of correct height to length ratio. Her head just conveys noble breeding lean and of the correct proportions with the slightly raised eyebrows and well chiselled. Long, muscular neck leading to well placed shoulders and straight forelegs well under the body. Deep chest with moderate spring of rib. Strong well made hindquarters with good width of second thigh and hocks set square to the ground. Despite the fact that her coat was not at its best I felt that her rear movement was slightly better going away but there was little between her and 2nd


2nd Holgate - Sh Ch Nadavin Thistledown JW. So close to the winner and on another day I would probably switch them round. Stunning outline when viewed in profile. As with the winner her head conveys noble breeding with the desired leanness and chiselling. Long neck leading to well placed shoulders. If I were to be ultra picky she could have a fractionally longer upper arm. Her chest is deep and her rib and loin are of the correct proportions. Strongly made hindquarters with moderate bend of stifle and quality flat bone. Moved on a good stride with powerful drive from the rear.  


3rd Taylor’s Sh Ch Tayowen Touch of Elegance


Becky A Johnson