• Show Date: 14/09/2018
  • Show Type: Championship Show
  • Judged by: Glenway Dymock Contact Judge
  • Published Date: 02/11/2020

Darlington Dog Show Society Ltd

Breed: Best Veteran in Show



Thoroughly enjoyed judging this top flight selection of veterans. In many cases, these dogs are still holding their own at breed level, which says a lot about their enduring vim and vigour. Thank you to Miss Sarah Allsopp, Mr David Guy and their loyal team for a most interesting and enjoyable three days. 

HOUND – 1 Constantine’s Deerhound Gentiehun Adelaide of Kaleginy, lovely 7 years bitch of beautiful type and balance and a feminine head, scored on her particularly free movement, keeping her shape on the go-round. I gather she gained her title on the day; 2 Pyke’s Rhodesian Ridgeback Ch Rozelridge Who The Man, upstanding 7 years dog, masculine expression, very powerful movement; 3 Garratt & Oakey’s Saluki Ch Caryna Meilichia, classical type with very pleasing outline, she still looks the part at nearly 10 as you would expect from this breed; 4 McEvedy, Melbourne & Storton’s Basset Hound Ch Dearduenna Stroganoff at Dereheath, eyecatching dog of nearly 9, plenty of bone and substance, carried stern well.

Also shortlisted were the Hamiltonstövare, Briant’s Sufayre Angels Kiss; Basset Fauve, Leech’s Ch Hibeck Scooby Doo with Soletrader; PBGV, O'Brien’s Caldewriver Despicable Me; and Min Smooth Dachshund, Kent’s Lokmadi Hidden Dragon.

TERRIER – 1 Corcoran’s Stafford Ch/Ir/Int Ch Zakstaff Whats The Story at Molru, typical male of nearly 8 years who combines substance with quality, pleasing head, very sound on the move with plenty of character. Unfortunately couldn’t return for the final, understandable as he comes from across the Irish Sea; 2, Fryer’s WHWT Ch/Multi Ch Hopecharm Prince Harry, eyecatching 7 years dog of super type and beautifully presented, attractive head, stepped out well; 3 Burrage’s Cesky, Vandell Sweet Song of Sametova, made up on the day at 12 years, a tribute to the breed’s lasting qualities, correct outline, so feminine, her showmanship and movement belied her age; 4 SCWT, Pascoe’s Ch Middlebury Shooting Star, 8 years, smart outline, active mover retaining his outline and with good head and tail carriage.

Also shortlisted were the Bedlington, Bannister’s Ch Miteymidgets Hawkers Cove; Cairn, Lamb & Saltmarsh’s Renshaw There And Back Again under Macmoon; Norwich, Smith’s Ch Ragus Takes The Biscuit; and Skye, Parker’s Glorfindel Deacon Brodie.

UTILITY – The short list in this group comprised just four dogs. 1 Furey’s Standard Poodle, Ch Somanic Style By Design at Clanese, very typical 7 years dog with true Poodle character, good to go over with excellent front construction, held himself well on the move; 2 Scarll, & Sykes’ Lhasa Ch Timazinti Liberty, 8 years, so typical and feminine, attractive head, well presented, stylish mover, close up here; 3 Holmes-Leak’s Min Poodle Ch Michandy Great Expectation by Navarre, attractive feminine 9 years bitch with lots of quality, pleasing head, energetic mover; 4 Barrett & Fort’s Dalmatian Ch Shulune Ice Phantom of Dalamanti, 8 years, smart outline, free active mover, keen showman.

WORKING – 1 Myers & Morgan’s Bullmastiff Ch Old Manila's Whisky Mac for Optimus, masculine upstanding 7 years boy, so good to go over, super combination of quality and substance, exceptional forehand with a clean shoulderline, good forechest and straight front, used himself well on the move, great to see a veteran from a big breed looking so well, indeed he won the group on the day just to prove the point; 2 Wolfe’s Alaskan Malamute Ch Hawkeye Polarni Usvit, handsome dog of nearly 8 years with plenty of style, masculine expression, moved soundly with plenty of drive; 3 Ingram’s Dobermann Ch Tronjheim Belladonna from Jojavik, lovely 8 years bitch who has proved her worth as a producer, not surprising with her sound construction and movement; 4 Burrell’s Leonberger Rossnick Quest For A Star, almost 8, masculine outlook and super bone and outline.

Also shortlisted were the Rottweiler, Gibson’s Ch Rottsworth Giorgio Diester; and Siberian Husky, Seward’s Elleonia Midnight Wish.

PASTORAL – 1 Gregory’s Border Collie Sh Ch Tonkory Qu'est Que C'est, nearly 11 years bitch, in amazing form, indeed was BOB today, super type and quality and such an effortless mover, full of personality; 2 Mills’ Hungarian Puli Ch/Dutch Ch Tyngeli Elf Queen at Daugava, 9 years bitch, another in wonderful form and was G2 today, beautiful to go over, super outline and a very typical mover, coat kept in super condition; 3 Freer & Smith’s Samoyed Ch Nikara Diamond Dancer, 8 years dog, such a showman, another from a breed which never seems to age, well made all through and moves accordingly; 4 Gatheral’s Shetland Sheepdog Herds Hallucination, nearly 8 years bitch, so neat and feminine, full of quality, showed beautifully on a loose lead to earn her place in this super line-up.

Also shortlisted were the Bearded Collie, Edwards’ Roxilyn Dark And Delectable; Groenendael, Lawless & Donaldson’s Ch/Ir Ch Revloch Celebrity Status; Smooth Collie, French’s Ch Foxearth Flock Master for Breckamore; and Norwegian Buhund, Cross, Evans, Houston & Stewart’s Ch/Ir Ch Arnscroft Di Di Di Delilah.

TOY – 1 Pearce & Hann’s Japanese Chin Ch Stepheter Wanna Shout for Rakuchin, 9 years bitch, really caught my eye, feminine and dainty, attractive head and expression and so soundly made, looked the part on the move and had such rapport with her handler; 2 Henley’s Italian Greyhound Ch Turigner Thunderbolt, 7 years dog, very typical all through, classical outline, sound mover, masculine and full of quality; 3 Dix’s King Charles Ch Paulian Prudence for Beewye, attractive feminine 8 years bitch, free movement holding her shape, quality head and expression; 4 Walton’s Bichon Manoirs Just Like That at Keunnevek, 8 years dog, stylish, showy and well presented, stepped out smartly.

Also shortlisted were the Longcoat Chihuahua, Jones’ Ch Kushira Coconut Ice; Lowchen, Parrington’s Ch Melcia Alice Springs; Maltese, Welbourn, Dowsett & Tyler’s Ir Ch Zumarnik Hot Pursuit; and ETT, Allsop’s Ch Dumyat Belladonna.

GUNDOG – 1 Ogle & Butler’s Large Munsterlander Ch Raycris Freya, 8 years bitch, beautiful type and balance, every part fits together well, particularly good forehand which was reflected in her sound and fluid movement; 2 Milligan-Bott & Bott’s Irish Setter Sh Ch Thendara Pot Noodle, upstanding handsome 8 years dog, attractive head, impressive on the move with plenty of style; 3 Ross’ Flatcoat Sh Ch Islstrom Torrachilty, 8 years dog, typical outline without exaggeration, pleasing head, real showman; 4 Harrison’s Pointer Sh Ch Millpoint Heat Wave, handsome 7 years dog, pleasing outline, impressed me on the move with his style and drive. Well deserved his place in this strong group.

Also shortlisted were the Italian Spinone, Fleming’s Sh Ch/Norw/Dan/Int Ch Redrue Cherriecola to Chandhally; Weimaraner, MacLaine & Dickson’s Sh Ch/Ir Ch Greyspirit Royal Scot at Trilite; Welsh Springer, Tolladay’s Sh Ch Ferndel Comander of Bethersden; and Irish R/W Setter, Walker’s Sh Ch/Ir Sh Ch Vanders Va Voom avec Wroxham.

BEST VETERAN – My thanks to those who returned to compete in the finale. Only the Stafford was missing, as his owners had had to return to Ireland. I really was spoiled for choice with six super dogs for consideration. BVIS was the powerful-moving Bullmastiff with RBVIS to the feminine & dainty Japanese Chin.