• Date: 28/06/2018
  • Show Type: Championship Show
  • Judge: Becky Johnson Contact Judge
  • Published Date: 05/11/2018

Windsor Dog Show Society

Breed: Retriever (Flat Coated)

My sincere thanks to the Officers and Committee for their generous invitation and the hospitality throughout. My special thanks to my extremely efficient stewards, George and Sharon Rose who kept the ring running efficiently at all times.


I have to say that this was the most difficult of appointments that I have undertaken. I seriously fear for the future of the breed. Although not a numerically large entry I would have wished for more quality in depth than was present. I am aware that a certain “element” of exhibitors would not have entered for varying reasons but taking that aside it can not be denied that the breed lacks quality in depth. 


On a positive note the heads were good - very few untypical. Bites remain a concern - I mentioned this the last time I judged. The standard is quite clear in that it requires a scissor bite. I found rather too many that were level. Short upper arms seem to have been the norm for the last decade - this does not mean it is acceptable. The shoulder blade and upper arm should be of equal length and meet at an approximate angle of 90 degrees. Ribcages were of great concern today. The first four fore ribs should be flat, leading to a gradual spring and then tapering towards the loin. Many exhibits today lacked any spring whatsoever and were too narrow through the body. There were also far to many exhibits with long loins. The loin should be short and square. If I can get more than a hand span in this space then it is too long. I did not penalise lack of coat heavily as I have always believed that coat is cosmetic and will grow - however in some of the more stronger classes it was also a factor.


Movement - it was an extremely hot day but we did have the benefit of the in and out tents so the dogs were able to keep out of the sunshine. I was concerned that despite this many struggled to go across the ring and back and then one circuit round. Even in that heat a fit dog should be able to cover that short distance.  


My top winners were excellent and and a credit to their owners and breeders. Remember it is the dog on the day - past form is just as it is - in the past. I judged them as I saw them before me and my placings reflected this. Thank you all for your entry and the opportunity of judging your dogs.





VD (4 Entries) Abs: 0 

1st: READING Miss J Sastrugi Beautiful Sunrise At Sabarka. Hard to believe he is now a veteran! For me he is exactly the right size and well balanced all through. Excels in head with correct skull to muzzle proportions, moderate stop, flat cheeks and a laughing expression. Small well set on ears. Neck of medium length leading through to well laid shoulders and corresponding return of upper arm. Elbows tight to brisket. Level topline. Well ribbed back leading to short loin. Just slopes slightly off in croup and I would prefer a little less rear angulation. Excellent bone and feet. Moved well with drive.

2nd: GALE Mrs T & Miss C Willowswind Whispering Elm JW Sh.CM. Heavier in build than my winner. Excellent head shape, correctly proportioned with correct eye colour and soft expression. Strong, slightly arched neck with correct lay of shoulder and return of upper arm. Deep chest with elbows tight to brisket. To be picky I would like a little more length of rib and a little less length in loin. Slopes fractionally too much in croup. Well made hindquarters with good width of second thigh. Moved well both fore and aft and in profile.

3rd: BROADBENT Mr & Mrs B & G Hallbent October Toccata Sh.CM 


MPD (1 Entries) Abs: 1 


PD (3 Entries) Abs: 0 

1st: WALKER Miss H S Lizzlog Granny Won't Like It. This puppy is plenty tall enough for me but having said that he is well balanced and not course in any way. Excellent head shape, with flat skull and clean cheeks. Clean neck leading to well laid shoulder. I would like a little more length and return to the upper arm. Good depth and length of rib cage. Loin is of optimum length. Level topline. A little short in croup. Correct bend of stifle with good width of second thigh. Good bone and excellent feet. Shown in excellent coat and condition. The best mover in the class.

2nd: OSBORNE-BROWN Mr & Mrs A & H & Miss M Perrymel Days Of Thunder. I preferred the size of this puppy and he presents a good outline however he was not as “together” as the winner on the day. Pleasing head - could have a fraction more length of muzzle and his eyes could be slightly tighter. Excellent layback of shoulder and correct return of upper arm. Correct rib to loin proportions. A little weak in topline at the moment. Well made hindquarters with correct bend of stifle and well let down hocks. Moved steadily - not quite the precision of the winner today

3rd: DUNLOP Mrs A Brihensol Foxrock Stream 


JD (3 Entries) Abs: 0 

1st: SMITHERMAN, Miss G & ROBERTS Dr L Seaheart Crian At Gloi. Easy winner of this class. Excellent overall balance. Head of correct proportions, skull and muzzle of equal length, dark eye with soft expression. Clean cheeks and strong jaw. Clean, slightly arched neck leading to well laid shoulder and correct return of upper arm. I would like a little more width of chest, however his elbows are tight to the brisket. Good length of ribcage with short loin. Level topline. Fractionally short in croup. Excellent hindquarters with good width of second thigh. Moved parallel both fore and aft - just kicks back slightly when viewed in profile.  

2nd: REYNOLDS Mrs B Telurn Can't Touch This. Heavier all through than the winner and lacked the raciness that I was looking for. Good head shape - with dark eye and kind expression. Strong neck leading to well laid shoulder and correct return of upper arm. Good spring of rib. Slopes a little too much in croup and is fractionally high in hock. Tended to roll somewhat on the move.

3rd: TAPPIN Mrs S J Blacktoft Born Of Ice (ai) 


YD (4 Entries) Abs: 0 

1st: TROTTER Mr & Mrs I Lussac Vill I An JW. Up to size but well balanced throughout. His head is of the correct proportions - with skull and muzzle of equal length and well filled beneath the eyes. Clean neck with well laid shoulder and return of upper arm. Elbows tight to the brisket. Could have a little more spring of rib. Short loin. Well made hind quarters - fractionally high in hock. Excellent bone - strong pasterns and the best of feet. Movement accurate both fore and aft and shows excellent side gait when viewed in profile. Although not in his best coat today his other obvious merits won his this class.

2nd: BILTON Mrs M Lizzlog Master Of Coin. Well balanced dog who was carrying too much weight today. Well shaped head with moderate stop and good fill in beneath the eyes. Neck of medium length leading to well laid shoulder and correct length of upper arm. Elbows tight to brisket. Correct length and spring of ribcage. I would like a little more bend of stifle and more definition of second thigh. Excellent bone and the best of feet. Moved well but not the foreword extension of the winner.

3rd: HARRIS Mr S & Mrs J Everblack Aladale 



ND (2 Entries) Abs: 0 

1st: SMITHERMAN, Miss G & ROBERTS Dr L Seaheart Crian At Gloi (1st Junior)

2nd: REYNOLDS Mrs B Telurn Can't Touch This (2nd Junior)



PGD (11 Entries) Abs: 0 

1st: MULLINS Mrs P M & Mr M Seaheart Byron. The first thing one notices about this dog is that he is well balanced, the correct size, workmanlike and totally free from exaggeration. Excellent head shape of correct proportions, well proportioned, clean cheeks, moderate stop and strong jaw. Correct eye shape and colour and small ears close to the head. Clean neck, free from throatiness, leading to correct lay of shoulder and corresponding return of upper arm. His chest is of the correct width and depth and his elbows are correctly placed. He has the correct spring of rib and a short square loin. Level topline leading to correctly set tail. Well made hindquarters with good width of second thigh. Excellent bone, strong pasterns and tight, well padded feet. He moved accurately both fore and aft showing drive from his hindquarters with his head carried just above the level of his back. In tip top coat and condition. Although occasionally tended to lose concentration due to the nervousness of his handler - he had all the attributes that I was looking for to win both the class and the DCC. To his handler I would say - believe in him - he is lovely and in my opinion would be a worthy title holder.

2nd: BOERMANS Mr E Cuillinoir Wayfarer Njk Bjk. Another workmanlike dog of the correct size and well balanced all through. His head is pleasing but his eye is fractionally small. Clean neck, free from throatiness. Well laid shoulder - however I would like a little more angulation of the upper arm. Correct rib to loin proportions but would like a little more spring of rib as he was somewhat “tubular” in body shape when viewed from above. Excellent topline and tailset. Well made hindquarters. Moved out well with good drive.

3rd: BELLAMY Mrs P Bochilbarley Blue Moon (ai) 


LD (9 Entries) Abs: 1 

1st: REYNOLDS Mrs B Wiccanssage Hugo's Dream JW. Another workmanlike dog of good overall balance and free from exaggerations. He presents a good outline both stacked and on the move. Typical head of correct proportions. Clean neck leading to well laid shoulder. I would like a little more angulation of the upper arm. Correct rib to loin proportions. Level topline which was held both on the stack and whilst moving. Strong, well muscled hindquarters. Excellent bone and feet. Coat of good quality. Moved with drive - just slightly out at elbow when coming in towards but good in profile. RCC.

2nd: JONES Miss L S Blacktoft American Smooth At Braemist JW. Well balanced all through and as my winner is totally free from exaggerations. He has a classic head, correct fill in beneath the eyes, moderate stop and small correctly set ears. I preferred his forehand construction to that of the winner however today he appeared weak in topline both standing and on the move which was the deciding factor for me. Strong well made hindquarters. Correct bone and feet. In excellent coat and condition. 

3rd: MILLBANK Mr R A & Mrs M Kvicksans Eye Of The Storm Of Larksdown 


OD (5 Entries) Abs: 1 

1st: GALE, Mrs & Miss T & C & CREASY Mr R Willowswind Orions Stars. Well balanced all through. Medium sized and the most workmanlike dog in the class. Pleasing head and soft expression. I would like a little more refinement in back skull. Clean neck, free from throatiness. Well laid shoulder. I would like a little more angulation to the upper arm. Level topline. Correct spring of rib with short loin. Well made hindquarters with good width of second thigh and well let down hocks. Moved the best in this class.

2nd: WARRINGTON Miss D A Sh Ch Woodavens Water Archer JW. Heavier in build than the winner and I would prefer more raciness all through. I preferred his head to that of the winner. Scores in forehand construction with good width and depth of chest and elbows close to the brisket. Not holding his top line as well as the winner. Correct spring of rib with short loin and well made hindquarters. In profuse coat. Moved with drive but not the accuracy of the winner.  

3rd: BOERMANS Mr E Brightmoor Too Much Information Ned.kamp. Jw Njk 


GCD (1 Entries) Abs: 0 

1st: FAUNCH Mrs E E Clandrift Scout For Stars At Morrieland. Slightly longer cast than would be my ideal. Pleasing head with soft expression. Clean neck free from throatiness. Reasonable layback of shoulder. I would like a little more angulation in upper arm. Adequate spring of rib. Loin is longer than I would prefer. Well made hindquarters. Moved out freely.  


SBD (1 Entries) Abs: 0 

1st: BILTON Mrs M Lizzlog Master Of Coin (2nd in Yearling).  


VB (4 Entries) Abs: 0 

1st: ROSS Mr R & Mrs S M Sh Ch Islstrom Torrachilty JW. Very worthy title holder whose looks belie her years! Well balanced and workmanlike all through. Typical head of correct proportions, moderate stop, correct fill in beneath the eyes and strong jaw. Neck of correct length leading to well laid shoulder and return of upper arm. Just dipping slightly behind the withers. Well ribbed back with short loin. Well made hindquarters with good width of second thigh and well let down hocks. Excellent bone and the best of feet. Presented in tip top condition. Moved out soundly and well - just a fraction close behind. Pushed hard for the RCC but couldn’t quite match the hind movement of the open winner but very worthy Best Veteran. 

2nd: COLSON, Mr E W & Mrs P J & COLSON Miss N E Windyhollows Winnipeg. Very well balanced bitch, workmanlike and free from exaggeration. Pleasing head and expression. Well laid shoulder. Not quite the angulation of upper arm as the winner. Correct spring of rib with short loin and level topline. Well made hindquarters - a fraction high in hock. Not the coat and condition of winner. Moved soundly with good drive.  

3rd: OXFORD Mrs S Taranbeck Sorrel Timeless 


MPB (1 Entries) Abs: 0 

1st: STAFF Mrs C A Bonnyhilbrae Lasting Joy. Promising puppy with good overall balance. Pleasing head with correct skull to muzzle proportions. Good length of neck leading to well laid shoulder and return of upper arm. Correct spring of rib and short loin. Topline held well both stack and whilst moving. I would like a little more bone all through but this should come. Moved well both fore and aft and in profile. 


PB (4 Entries) Abs: 1 

1st: PERRING Mrs J Bumblyn Jasmin At Gadfly. I loved this puppy. Workmanlike and of the type that I look for. No exaggerations - just true to type. She is of the correct size and well balanced all through. Her head is correctly proportioned with good fill in beneath the eyes which have a soft expression. Clean neck leading to well laid shoulder and corresponding length of upper arm. Correct width and depth of chest for her age. She has the correct spring of rib and a short loin. Level topline leading through to correct tail set. Scores in hindquarters with well let down hocks and good width of second thigh. Well off for bone with excellent feet. Moved with great confidence and was totally unphased by a change of handler in the challenge. BP and delighted to hear that she was short listed in the Puppy Group. Well done!

2nd: WALKER Miss H S Lizzlog Brewing Bettie. Well made all through - a size larger than I would prefer. Excellent head shape and soft expression. Well laid shoulder and corresponding return of upper arm. Well ribbed back. Level topline and correct tail set. Well made hindquarters with upper and lower thigh of equal length - fractionally high in hock. Moved with good drive.

3rd: BELLAMY Mrs P Bochilbarley Blue Savannah 

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JB (7 Entries) Abs: 0 

1st: SMITHERMAN Miss G & Mr P Seaheart Cecilia. Quality young bitch. Well balanced all through. Excellent head with correct skull to muzzle proportions. Moderate stop and good fill in beneath the eyes. Clean neck leading to good lay of shoulder and corresponding return of upper arm. Good depth and width of chest with elbows tight to the brisket. Correct spring of rib with short loin. Level topline held both on the stack and when moving. Well made hindquarters - I would like a little more width of second thigh. Hocks well let down and set square with excellent bone and feet. Moved well both fore and aft and in profile. Just needs time to trouble the best.

2nd: JONES Mr & Mrs B Blacktoft Sapphire Ice At Benvellyn (ai). Well made and workmanlike. Pleasing head of correct proportions. A little full in eye. Reasonable length of neck but a little upright in shoulder which makes her appear stuffy in forequarters and I would like a little more length of upper arm. Excellent rib to loin proportions and good depth of chest. Correct bone and tight feet. Moved well - just not quite forward extension of the winner.

3rd: EGGINTON Mr & Mrs P A Pajanbeck Angels On My Side 


YB (12 Entries) Abs: 0 

1st: SMITHERMAN Miss G & Mr P Seaheart Cecilia - 1st Junior

2nd: MAY Mrs S Lussac Vintage Lace. Workmanlike bitch of the correct size and good overall balance. Pleasing head of correct proportions and soft expression. Good layback of shoulder. I would like a little more angulation of upper arm. Correct spring of rib with short loin. Level topline with well set on tail. Strong, well muscled hindquarters. Ideally could benefit from a little more width of second thigh and fractionally more bone all through. Moved well both fore and aft and with good extension when viewed in profile.

3rd: GRAHAM Mrs A J Bitcon Secret With Nyliram JW 


NB (6 Entries) Abs: 0 

1st: SMITHERMAN Miss G & Mr P Seaheart Cecilia 

2nd: EGGINTON Mr & Mrs P A Pajanbeck Angels On My Side. Very well made all through. Although she is still very raw she is classical in type and construction. Excels in head - totally true to type - correct skull to muzzle proportions, with good fill in beneath the eyes and moderate stop. Clean neck, well laid shoulder and corresponding return of upper arm. Level topline. Correct spring of rib leading to short loin. A little steep in croup. Well muscled hindquarters with good width of second thigh. Excellent bone all though and tight feet - just needs to gain more confidence.

3rd: BELLAMY Miss A Moontorn Goddess Of Love 


PGB (21 Entries) Abs: 5 

1st: GALE Mrs T & Miss C Willowswind Nette Lark JW. I loved her as a 6 month old puppy and she has come on exactly as I would want. Medium size, workmanlike and totally free from exaggeration. Classic head of correct proportions. Her eyes never stopped laughing. Small ears set close. Clean neck leading to clean neck and well laid shoulder. To be picky I would like a fraction more return of upper arm. Good depth of chest with elbows tight to the brisket. Correct spring of rib leading through to loin that is short and square. Excels in her hindquarters - well muscled with good width of second thigh and well let down hocks. Moved well. Sadly in the challenge she didn’t move with the same freedom and paid the price.

2nd: HUTCHISON Mr & Mrs D G & B M Quills Mint Julep With Waverton JW (Swed Imp) (ai). Another quality bitch of the correct size and well balanced all through. Excellent head shape with soft expression. Excels in her forehand construction. Elbows tight to the brisket and forelegs well under the body. Level topline. Well ribbed back with short loin. To be picky she is a little short in croup and I would like a little less angulation in her hindquarters. Accurate movement both fore and aft with good open side gait when viewed in profile - totally at one with her handler - moved and shown on a loose lead.

3rd: WALKER Mrs L Lizzlog Chicago Showgirl 


LB (9 Entries) Abs: 2 

1st: GILCHRIST Ms I Seaheart Bryony with Ardmhor. Straight out of the top drawer and the reincarnation of her famous Grandmother - Ch Levelmoor Lanosa of Seaheart - what a legacy she has left through her progeny. She is beautifully balanced all through, workmanlike and totally free from exaggeration. Excellent head - of good length, correct fill in beneath the eyes which are of the correct shape and colour. Small, well set ears. Clean, slightly arched neck leading through to excellent lay of shoulder and corresponding return of upper arm with elbows tight to the brisket and forelegs placed well under the body. Her ribcage is correctly sprung and carried well back leading to short loin and strong hindquarters. Excellent, quality bone leading to tight well padded feet. On the move she was accurate both fore and aft and with an excellent length of stride when viewed in profile. Presented to perfection - in gleaming coat and condition - a credit to both her owner and to her breeder who got the very best out of her today. I had no hesitation in awarding her her first CC and BOB. Another who would be a worthy title holder.

2nd: EGGINTON Mr & Mrs P A Pajanbeck Heaven Can Wait. Another very workmanlike bitch displaying the correct outline for the breed. Medium size and no exaggerations. Excels in her head - very reminiscent of the Riversflight line. Well laid back shoulder and corresponding return of upper arm. Elbows close to brisket with excellent bone all through. Level topline. I would like a little more length of rib and fractionally less length in loin. Strongly made hindquarters - and in very hard condition. Not in her best dress today but her construction was there for all to see. Moved to advantage on a good even stride.

3rd: ROSS Mr R & Mrs S M Islstrom Onora JW 


OB (8 Entries) Abs: 1 

1st: MAY Mrs S Lussac Tassle. Absolutely no frills on this bitch. She is workmanlike through and through. Up to size but beautifully balanced all through. Her head is of the correct shape when viewed from the side and above with plenty of fill in beneath the eyes. I would like a slightly darker eye. Well laid shoulder with corresponding length of upper arm. Good width and depth of chest leading through to a correctly sprung ribcage and short square loin. Slopes of a fraction in croup however her hindquarters are well muscled with good width of second thigh and well let down hocks which are set square to the ground. Quality bone throughout with well padded feet. Her coat is the true Flatcoat jacket which we rarely see nowadays with excellent undercoat. Moved strongly with good drive maintaining her topline throughout. A well deserved RCC.

2nd: HUTCHISON Mr & Mrs D G & B M Casblaidd Queen Bee At Waverton JW. Another bitch who is well made and very workmanlike. No doubt at all that she can easily do the job for which she was bred. Well balanced all through. Head of correct proportions with correct eye colour. Well laid shoulder with corresponding return of upper arm. Deep chest with elbows close to brisket. Well ribbed back with short loin leading to strong, well made hindquarters which are well muscled and have good width of second thigh. Moved with drive - not quite as tidy for and aft as the winner.

3rd: GILCHRIST Ms I Gloi Dubh Erin with Ardmhor 



GCB (2 Entries) Abs: 0 

1st: EGGINTON Mr & Mrs P A Pajanbeck Angels On My Side (2nd Novice)

2nd: GOODMAN Mr & Mrs G Blacklake Isabella. Taller and longer cast than the winner. Head of the correct shape and proportions with dark eye and soft expression. Reasonable layback of shoulder. I would prefer more angulation of upper arm. Well made hindquarters with correct bone throughout. Moved soundly.


SBB (2 Entries) Abs: 0 

1st: BELLAMY Miss A Moontorn Goddess Of Love. Good overall balance. Typical head of correct proportions and soft expression. Reasonable layback of shoulder and return of upper arm. Level topline, held standing and on the move. Good spring of rib. A little long in loin for my preference. Well made hindquarters. Moved freely with good drive - handled to advantage.

2nd: SIMONS Mr D C & Mrs G M Rainesgift Royal Mint I Coedylan. Well balanced all through with pleasing head and expression. A little lacking in forequarter angulation. Correct rib to loin proportions. Well made hindquarters with moderately bent stifles. Not quite the drive on the move as the winner.


Becky A Johnson