• Date: 27/04/2018
  • Show Type: Championship Show
  • Judge: Hector Heathcote Contact Judge
  • Published Date: 05/11/2018

West Of England Ladies Kennel Society

Breed: Deerhound

WELKS 28th April 2018 - DEERHOUND Judge's Critique for publication.

Thank you for the support of my entry, my helpful stewards and for the typically sporting approach of our Deerhound community. Hounds with super temperaments and handlers with good humour always make judging our breed enjoyable.  

Veteran - Dog

Entries: 1 Absentees: 0 

1ST - CH REGALFLIGHT TARLOCH (MRS S BAUMANN)

Exceptional male Deerhound for 8 ½ years old. Masculine head, correct dark eye, well folded ears. Strong well arched neck of good length. Well ribbed, with good depth and well carried back. Adequate fore-chest. Good angulation balanced fore and hind. Always well presented.

Minor Puppy - Dog

Entries: 3 Absentees: 0 

1ST - THEON OF THE STORM (MS L & MRS G STEELE & PINK)

Very shapely light brindle 7 month old male. Well balanced with shapeley outline and good proportions. Nice head, well folded high set ears. Good length, well arched neck. Well angulated front and rear. Short pasterns and tidy feet. Typical profile movement. Needs to tighten coming and going. A promising puppy.  

2ND - COTHERSTONE DALMORE (MS J TAYLOR)

Not the bone or balance of 1, but a well proportioned, 8 month old dog. Dark eye, well pigmented. Balanced angulation but would prefer a little more fore-chest. Good well knuckled feet. Nice profile movement when he settles. Needs to straighten up in front.

3RD - STRANWITH RATAGAN AT STUBBYLEE (MR A, MR N & MRS E DAWSON)

Junior - Dog

Entries: 4 Absentees: 1 

1ST­ - KILBOURNE SHRIKE (MR M J & MRS G M PEACH)

A very promising well grown 13 month old dog. Good outline, balanced and well made throughout. Masculine head, well set on neck. Excellent ribbing, well carried back with long breastbone. Shapley hindquarters, good turn of stifle and width of first thigh. Moved well up and back and typically in profile movement. Very unfortunate to go slightly unlevel in the challenge for best dog.

2ND - GREYHAWKS ROMANIE LACHO WITH TANNANTSIDE (MS L & MR PJ STEELE & TANNANT)

Two days older than winner but clearly a much later maturing dog so not yet such body or development. Shapley in profile especially when he lets himself down on the move. Well proportioned head, long neck, well made forequarters but could be truer in front. Muscular back and hindquarters, drooping croup. Moderate turn of stifle, good width of second thigh and nice broad hock. Feet could be more tidy. Can stride out well, but not yet settled in action up and back.

3RD - KALEGINY ELDRIGG AT GRENDEL (MRS J A METSELAAR-WILLIAMS)

Yearling - Dog

Entries: 2 Absentees: 0 

1ST­ - KILBOURNE LLOYD (MR M J & MRS G M PEACH)

Very well balanced 22 month old dog with pleasing outline and good proportions. Masculine head of good proportions, good pigment and well set tidy ears. A well made front, good bone, short pasterns and tidy feet with well arched toes. Well ribbed back with good top-line and width and length to pelvis. Nice width of first and second thigh. Very positive action in front and behind. Could have been a little more enthusiastic going around, where he presented a typical side gait. Reserve DCC

2ND - KILLOETER TAM DUBH (MRS S CUMMINGS)

Powerfully made dog but not quite the front, fore chest or positive front action of 1. Masculine head. Well laid shoulder and good return of upper arm. Good bone, short pasterns and tidy well shaped feet. Particularly powerful hindquarters with super width of first and second thigh and broad well set low hocks. 

Post Graduate - Dog

Entries: 5 Absentees: 1 

1ST - LUCKHURST PAISLEY (MR A & MRS V LEWIS)

Masculine 2 ½ year dog with harsh dark coat and pleasing outline when he relaxes and settles in his top-line. Masculine head, high set well folded ears. Excellent pigment. Good ribbing. Feet well made. Muscular hindquarters. Good length from hip to hock. The best movement in profile of this class.

2ND - OLLANDSHEART ABRAHAM (MS M & MS K STUART & HOLT)

Nice type. Good head and expression. Tidy ears. Balanced angulation. Good ribbing and top-line. Broad, deep muscular loin. Good sized, well padded feet. Pleasing profile movement

3RD - WOLFSCASTLE MEREDITH (MR K, MISS E & MISS Z OWEN & BRODIE)

Limit - Dog

Entries: 4 Absentees: 1 

1ST - GREYHAWKS ROMANIE DROM (MRS G PINK)

Quality dog of excellent type. I loved his outline and proportions. Substance and bone with curves and lightless of action. He has length of leg with good straight flat bone and depth of chest with correct spring of rib. His drooping croup is wide and carries powerful muscling with a low tail set. He could be slightly truer in front movement but is straight going away and typical in profile movement if occasionally reluctant, which I forgave for DCC but which held him back challenging my best bitch.

2ND - PACKWAY LOXLEY NORTON (MRS S BAUMANN)

A dog I have admired not giving of his best today. Unwillingness to let down spoilt his outline and front movement today. I liked his head and expression, ears, neck, ribbing, hindquarters, first and second thigh and tidy well made feet. Good in coat and condition.

3RD - BEARDSWOOD STRAHAN AT PEOPLETON (MR J, MISS W, MRS H & DR S FRANCIS, BLATCHFORD & HELPS)

Open - Dog

Entries: 4 Absentees: 0 

1ST - KALEGINY THE FORESTER SHCM (MRS K CONSTANTINE)

Shapley mature male of nice type, outline and proportions. Dark eye. Well made forequarters. Good top-line and under-line. Well sprung ribbing. Good straight bone. In excellent muscular condition. Moved true and typically in profile.

2ND - CH RUBEUS HAGRID TO KILBOURNE (MR M J & MRS G M PEACH)

Another quality dog but not quite the masculine scope of 1. Soundly made with pleasing head, tidy ears, well set neck and shapely ribbing. A nicely proportioned sound moving hound.

3RD - GREYFLAX THE JAZZ SINGER TO JAMALISON (MR G J & MRS J A GRIMSHAW)

Minor Puppy - Bitch

Entries: 2 Absentees: 1 

1ST - COTHERSTONE SERENADE AT KALEGINY (MRS K CONSTANTINE)

An immediately striking, balanced, well made bitch of lovely type. She is young, yet settled in the ring and has a certain presence. I loved her proportions and outline, her construction and movement. Typical in profile and moves true even as a minor puppy. With a soft feminine expression, high set well folded fine ears, good sized well knuckled feet and a correct tail to set it all off she is a very promising prospect indeed. Best Puppy. 

Puppy - Bitch

Entries: 3 Absentees: 1  

1ST - KILBOURNE LOUISA CHICK AT KIRJOJAX (MRS J & MR R J WILCE QUINTON & QUINTON)

 Well developed 9 month old bitch showing balance and pleasing outline with good bone and substance. Good length, Balanced angulation. Pleasing head and expression, tidy ears. Well padded feet. Broad, powerful quarters. Moved well up and back.

2ND - KILBOURNE ROSA BUD (MR M J & MRS G M PEACH)

Nice typical bitch not yet with the fore-chest or infill of the winner. Soundly made with pleasing under-line and well arched over the loin. Powerfully built hindquarters. Good feet. Showed less maturity than her winning littermate on the move.

Junior - Bitch

Entries: 3 Absentees: 0 

1ST - KILBOURNE SAFFRON AT EHLARADAWN NAF (MRS S E BARTER)

Well grown raw, muscular, 13 month old bitch with super harsh dark coat. Pleasing outline. Well made with good, straight bone and tidy feet. A promising, well constructed youngster with nice, steady, typical profile movement.

2ND - ORMANSTAR QUEEN OF HEARTS AT KILBOURNE (MR M J & MRS G M PEACH)

Similar age and style of bitch not yet with the same balance or maturity of the winner. Feminine, shapely and soundly made. In good muscle and condition.

3RD - FRITZENS LILLIAN (IMP DEU) NAF TAF (MRS G PINK)

Yearling - Bitch

Entries: 2 Absentees: 1 

1ST - KILBOURNE MARIE CLAIRE AT KIRJOJAX (MRS J & MR R J WILCE QUINTON & QUINTON)

A nice stamp of bitch with good bone and substance. Pleasing outline. Good leg length and overall proportions. Feminine head with soft expression. Dark eye with good pigment. Short pasterns and tidy feet. Movement could be a little tidier.

Post Graduate - Bitch

Entries: 2 Absentees: 0 

1ST - MINERVA MCGONAGALL OF ORMANSTAR (MRS S J TAYLOR)

Soundly made 3 year old bitch of nice proportions. Soft typical expression, tidy ears. Well made forehand, powerful, well muscled loin and croup. Typical profile movement.

2ND - OLLANDSHEART NANCY (MS M & MS K STUART & HOLT)

A 2 year old bitch of curves with pleasing head, good pigment and correct eyes. Powerful drooping quarters, low hocks and tidy feet. Not the top-line and balance of the winner and less settled today on the move. 

Limit - Bitch

Entries: 4 Absentees: 2 

1ST - CLAONAIGLEN COLLUSCA (MR T A & MRS S MCKINNON)

A very soundly made bitch who was a pleasure to go over. Although slightly wide in front she is well made without exaggeration. Well set neck, good shoulders and muscular back. Good depth, spring and length of ribbing. Powerful hindquarters with well developed first and second thigh. Good movement. Reserve BCC

2ND - REGALFLIGHT RACER (MRS J BOND)

Although not the substance or balance of 1 in profile this 4 year old bitch presented a pleasing outline and proportions. She has a lovely head and expression, super ears, excellent ribbing. I liked her light typical profile movement but overall she seemed not to be trying or cooperating with her handler today.

Open - Bitch

Entries: 5 Absentees: 2  

1ST - CH NEROCHE JESKA (MRS J WRAGG)

A very nice, typical, unexaggerated bitch with quality flat bone and just the right amount of substance. She has good balance and proportions giving her a correct outline. Well proportioned head and correct, well set neck. Balanced, well made forehand and hindquarters. She pleased in ribbing, loin and croup. Typical quality movement all round. BCC and BOB

2ND - GREYFLAX LADY SINGS THE BLU'S (MR G & MRS N B BAILEY)

A nice type, this bitch has pleasing proportions, lovely head and expression with super furnishings, tidy high set ears, pleasing neck and shapely, well made hindquarters. Lighter made throughout and not quite the front of 1.

3RD - ENNSAI AT KILLOETER (MR T A & MRS S MCKINNON) 

Hector Heathcote (Judge)