• Date: 04/08/2018
  • Show Type: Championship Show
  • Judge: Mark Ord Contact Judge
  • Published Date: 05/11/2018

Paignton & District Fanciers' Association

Breed: Afghan Hound

Paignton Ch. Show 5/8/18


Afghan Hound

Thank you to the committee for this invite to judge & to my 2 very efficient stewards. Also thank you to all who entered their hounds under me today, I was thrilled with the entry and have to say was impressed with the quality especially so the depth Paignton Ch. Show 5/8/18


Afghan Hound

Thank you to the committee for this invite to judge & to my 2 very efficient stewards. Also thank you to all who entered their hounds under me today, I was thrilled with the entry and have to say was impressed with the quality especially so the depth of quality was in the bitches. In some classes I was spoilt for choice & had to make some difficult decisions. In some classes I could have even given 1st to some that were unplaced today. That is a very pleasing & positive position for the breed and I have to admit not what I would have thought.

Temperaments are much improved & presentation on the majority was excellent. I think we need to consider size as a number of otherwise nice bitches are just simply way over the standard. Despite the standard being changed in recent times we still have people trimming & stripping out coat, I do not like to see it and it does not look good.

I did not see anything that would concern me with regard to health problems in the breed and found the majority of dogs to be very sound & in good condition. One or two would benefit from more exercise to build up muscle tone. You can have coat & muscle as was proven in many winners today. I do so wish we had more of that look through you expression which is sadly not as often seen the days and breed characteristics like mandarin beards & chiselling on the face.

Puppy D (1) : 1 & B.P.D. McCormack’s Tulak Despicable Me, masculine self/m gold with a profuse coat, good head & expression, strong in neck & has a good front, lovely big feet, in good body for age, when settled moved out with ease, ringed tail which is well set, good rear angulation.

Jun D (9) : 1 French’s Sitana Bijali Toofan at Zalmeerah sh/m gold, lovely size & shape on stack & did not put a foot wrong on the move for one so young, well shaped head, good rib & loin, strong rear & well angulated, ring tail well set & carried, in good coat & nice condition 2 Finch & Hopper”s Sitana Lal Toofan at Zinzani sh/m,loved the head on this boy, good front & body developing well, lovely rich red coat that will be even more impressive when matures, prominent hip bones & well angulated rear, another who moved well fore & aft, ringed tail well set I see are litter brothers & are 2 quality youngsters who will swap places on different days ; 3 Parson’s Joneca Fire Cracker By Shukriya.

Yearling D (5-2abs) : 1 Nisbet & Forrester’s Saxonmill Rebel Rebel at Finix JW, bl/silv masculine in head with good eye & well set neck, excellent top line on stack & when moving, good shoulder & upper arm, plenty of bone & lovely big feet, deep chest & good rib & strong short loin, prominent hip bones, good strong rear & well set ringed tail which is carried correctly on the move, very impressive youngster who for me today is just at that in-between teenager stage with regards to his coat & saddle ; 2 Boydell’s Nightwind You Cant Stop The Beat, this all black male is finer in head than 1 but still has a well balanced skull & fore face, good eye shape & expression, scores in top line & deep in rib, starting to body up & has a correct silky coat & in good condition, moving well but can be a real handful for his owner, enjoying his day out which is important at this young age ; 3 Care’s Nightwind You Are The One.

P. Grad D (7-2abs) : 1 Buttle’s Gilari Redwood Earl At Zarankhan JW, sh/m gold, well balanced in outline & when settled moved out well fore & aft, he has a good head & is strong in jaw, good top line & good depth of chest , fair spring of rib & short strong loin, prominent hip bones & good fall away, strong driving hocks & has a good tail, lovely big feet, silky coat presented to perfection & correct saddle hair ; 2 Newton’s Shimalma Run Runner, red/brindle, most impressive head & look through you expression, lovely mandarin beard under his strong jaw, longest of necks, good depth & well sprung rib, excellent top line, good bend of stifle & low set hocks, big feet firmly on the ground, coat silky & presented to perfection ; 3 O”Neill’s Devanmarn Could It Be Majic At Terstine.

Limit D (14-2abs) : Lovely class. 1 Bloor’s Pashtari Lord Byron, bl/silver, coat silky & presented to perfection, has a good head shape & strong in jaw with good dentition, good length of neck & good body proportions, lovely big feet when he lets you inspect them, well angulated rear & well set & carried ringed tail, moves with reach & drive one for the top when fully mature ; 2 French”s Palameedees Taboo At Zalmeerah bl/m gold, loved the size & shape of this dog, classic head & expression, good shoulder & upper arm, deep in chest & strong in loin, prominent hip bones & well angulated quarters, lovely gleaming silky coat & correct saddle, moved true fore & aft if slightly over exuberant at times, liked very much also ; 3 Dowd”s Thendar Fait Acompli.

Open D (10-1abs) : Some lovely males in this class.1, C.C. & B.O.B. Mather & Semple’s Ir Ch. Cloudside Sundance With Metewand, fully mature s/m pale gold, good length of skull & equal fore face, has good eye & expression, good length of neck leading to correct shoulder & equal in length of upper arm, good depth of chest & perfect strong loin, hip bones & good fall away, strong well angulated quarters, tail ringed & carried correctly because it is well set, not a heavy coat but is silky & has correct well blended saddle, won top honours today because when going over him everything just glides together & fore me has wonderful balance which can be seen when he moves, comes soundly towards you & corresponds going away, lovely reach & drive when in profile, worthy winner of good class of males ; 2 & Res C.C.Virgo & Hick’s Am Ch. Suni Asia Wish Upon A Star By Sumahari brindle similar in size to 1, has good head proportions & nice eye shape, correct length of neck leading to good front proportions, good rib & depth of chest, short & strong in his loin, correct fall away, well set low hocks & well set tail, would prefer more of a ring , has good feet & pads ; silky coat & saddle, well presented & in excellent hard muscular condition, scored today on his sound & true movement, never put a foot wrong, lovely outline on stack & sound movement : 3 Hall’s Ch. Saxon mill Rum Tum Ricochet JW.

Veteran D (1) : 1 Edward’s Fr Ch Agha Djari’s Bonfire Of Vanities A Djasti silver/brindle 8 yr old tall upstanding male, has strong jaw & good headpiece, long neck & still holds a good strong top line, good depth to chest & lovely big feet, well presented silky coat & correct saddle, strong well set rear, would like more of a ring in tail but is well set on & carried, moved out well.

Sp/B D (1) : 1 Mclay’s Cloudside Flash Thunder brindle of nice size, coat is good but a little fly away which did not help his outline when stacked, has a well shaped head & good eye shape, level in top line & good depth of chest, correct rib , prominent hip bones & good angulated rear, moved out with reach in front & soundly behind, ringed tail which is carried correctly.

Minor Puppy B (1) : 1Gilchrist & Maclennan’s Taejon Winx At Khawari sh/m pale gold, very raw & at the gangly stage, has a lovely feminine head, well set & shaped eye, prominent occiput, good length of neck, body developing at this stage, good top line, nice silky coat well presented & handled, ringed tail but a little highly set on, well set low hocks, moved out with ease & confidence.

Puppy B ( 3-1abs) : 1 & B. Puppy. McCormack”s Tulak Never Been Kissed, sh/m gold, well shaped feminine head, profuse monkey whiskers, good length of neck & lovely front, deep in chest & well bodied for age, excellent top line, well set low hocks, ringed tail well set, most lovely youngster in excellent coat & condition ; 2 T Winx At K.

Jun B (4) : 1 Thompson’s Cloudside Sunflower, s/m gold, ultra feminine & of lovely shape & size, loved her head, eye & expression, well set ears, good length of neck leading to super shoulder & corresponding upper arm, body developing well for her age, good rear & excellent tail set & carriage with super ring, correct deep saddle & lovely silky textured coat, moves extremely soundlywith style & ease, quality girl as was 2 Fairburn & Robert’s Cloudside Sunset, litter sister to 1 and has many of her attributes, not as relaxed on stack & a clown on the move but showing great potential for the future, loved her size & shape, excellent head & eye, good shoulder & upper arm, level top line & well set rear, ringed tail correctly set & carried, in lovely coat & condition ; 3 Stevens & Craft’s Joneca Fireblade. 

Yearling B (4) : 1, C.C. & B.O.B. Pascoe”s Popovs Sazerac At Sarakhan JW, sh/m gold with mahogany saddle, ultra feminine correct size & shape, most lovely head shape with correct eye shape & look through you expression, well set ears, long well set neck down to excellent shoulder & upper arm proportions, good size feet, deep chest, short & strongest of loins, pin bones & superb fall away, good angulation from her hip to low set hocks, ringed tail perfectly set & carried correctly when on the move and boy does she move correctly, she has the reach in front, the drive from the rear & covers the ground with the now rare but highly desirable springy easy flowing action. Coat is silky & has the correct saddle hair, all presented to perfection & in hard muscular condition Just what I was hoping to find & delighted to award her top honour, most worthy of her recently gained title ; 2 Parker”s Saxonmill Jean Genie At Khatira JW bl/s another who scores well for size & lovely outline on stack, good head & neck, excellent front, has good rib & loin, well set rear & low set hocks, in excellent coat & condition, well set tail but would like more of a ring in the end, scores very highly for her movement, covers the ground with plenty reach & drive ; 3 Gilbert”s Affietar Glen Magillie.

P. Grad B (10-1abs) : 1 Greenfield”s Pashtari Lady Windamere To Phelezzi, black who scores for her size, has a nice head shape, good neck leading to good front assembly, deep chest & firm strong loin, good fallaway & low set hocks well set, moved with ease fore & aft & has a good tail, in lovely coat & well handled, litter sister to limit d winner ; 2 Virgo’s Drishaun Pandors’s Black Box For Sumahar, bl/tan, favourite of mine for her superb movement, has excellent front reach & strong driving action, in good body & lovely coat condition, ringed tail well set on & carried, excellent top line at all times, could watch her move all day, only wish she was a smaller bitch ; 3 Coates’s Gilari Silken Flame at Bukhara.

Limit B (14-2abs): Superb class, many bitches I could have given top awards to today went unplaced as did not put the effort in on the move but to be fair it was an extremely hot day. 1, & Res C.C. Lockett-Davies’s Bondor A Golden Age Over Rhazmakh JW Sh. C.M. silver/brindle, this b has improved every time I have seen her, now certainly looks the part & deserves her title which she recently gained. Very desirable head & expression, correct length & set of neck leading to first class front proportions, has good feet & pads. Has bodied up correctly & has good rib & loin with excellent top line both on stack & when moving, very good quarters & well set hocks, lovely silky coat & correct saddle which she is in excellent condition, well muscled. Correctly set tail with ring & raised in action, handled & presented to perfection, she moves with plenty reach & drive from her powerful hocks ; 2 Bastow”s Cloudside Flashlight at Karandikar, black, unlucky to meet 1 today in this strong competition, lovely head proportions ,good eye & expression, correct in front & has good body, particularly like her quarters , strong low & well set hocks, has good ringed tail which is well set & carried, has lovely flowing movement but today I thought she was not quite in harmony with her handler, in excellent jet black coat & condition ; 3 Thompson”s Drishaun Black Rose at Gothic JW.

Open B (11-5abs) :Good class. 1, Dowd’s Ch. Saxonmill Lovestruck Luna red/brindle, most worthy of her title, excellent size & most pleasing in outline on stack. Love her head shape & has correct expression, good reach of neck, like her shoulder & upper arm set, in excellent body, deep chest, good rib & firm short loin, prominent hip bones & good fall away, particularly strong quarters, tail well set, in gleaming coat and firm condition, moved with ease around the ring showing her quality virtues ; 2 Adams’s Ch. Zandahar Just Tiger Lilly JW Sh. CM, dark brindle, another very worthy Ch. scores for her well shaped feminine head & good eye, well set ears, deep chest & strong short loin, prominent hip bones & desirable quarters, ringed tail correctly set & carried, has a lovely outline & like her size, moves with ease & precision, expertly presented & handled ; 3 Links”s Ch. Ir Ch Int Ch. Pahlevi Disco Diva At Orashan JW.

Veteran B (2) : 1 & B.V. Hitch”s Ch. Zendushkas Sparkling Rose, bl/silver, bigger than what I desire but has many desirable breed qualities. 9 yr old who has an excellent top line, lovely head shape & good eye, well set ears, has the best of deep chest, right down to her elbow, in profuse silky coat presented to perfection, lovely big feet & has a ringed tail well set on & carried. Was interesting to see again the stubbornness an afghan can & should have when asked to move & does not want to then in next breath she takes of around the ring with sound desirable long easy strides ; 2 Fisher’s Sumahari Flowering Peach Goto Ifmaraf JW, black, smaller more refined than 1 but prefer top line & body of 1. has a well shaped head & good eye, deep chest & short loin, well set hocks & has a good tail, in hard muscular condition & correct silky coat & desirable saddle.


Mark Ord (Judge) Paignton Ch. Show 5/8/18


Afghan Hound

Thank you to the committee for this invite to judge & to my 2 very efficient stewards. Also thank you to all who entered their hounds under me today, I was thrilled with the entry and have to say was impressed with the quality especially so the depth of quality was in the bitches. In some classes I was spoilt for choice & had to make some difficult decisions. In some classes I could have even given 1st to some that were unplaced today. That is a very pleasing & positive position for the breed and I have to admit not what I would have thought.

Temperaments are much improved & presentation on the majority was excellent. I think we need to consider size as a number of otherwise nice bitches are just simply way over the standard. Despite the standard being changed in recent times we still have people trimming & stripping out coat, I do not like to see it and it does not look good.

I did not see anything that would concern me with regard to health problems in the breed and found the majority of dogs to be very sound & in good condition. One or two would benefit from more exercise to build up muscle tone. You can have coat & muscle as was proven in many winners today. I do so wish we had more of that look through you expression which is sadly not as often seen the days and breed characteristics like mandarin beards & chiselling on the face.

Puppy D (1) : 1 & B.P.D. McCormack’s Tulak Despicable Me, masculine self/m gold with a profuse coat, good head & expression, strong in neck & has a good front, lovely big feet, in good body for age, when settled moved out with ease, ringed tail which is well set, good rear angulation.

Jun D (9) : 1 French’s Sitana Bijali Toofan at Zalmeerah sh/m gold, lovely size & shape on stack & did not put a foot wrong on the move for one so young, well shaped head, good rib & loin, strong rear & well angulated, ring tail well set & carried, in good coat & nice condition 2 Finch & Hopper”s Sitana Lal Toofan at Zinzani sh/m,loved the head on this boy, good front & body developing well, lovely rich red coat that will be even more impressive when matures, prominent hip bones & well angulated rear, another who moved well fore & aft, ringed tail well set I see are litter brothers & are 2 quality youngsters who will swap places on different days ; 3 Parson’s Joneca Fire Cracker By Shukriya.

Yearling D (5-2abs) : 1 Nisbet & Forrester’s Saxonmill Rebel Rebel at Finix JW, bl/silv masculine in head with good eye & well set neck, excellent top line on stack & when moving, good shoulder & upper arm, plenty of bone & lovely big feet, deep chest & good rib & strong short loin, prominent hip bones, good strong rear & well set ringed tail which is carried correctly on the move, very impressive youngster who for me today is just at that in-between teenager stage with regards to his coat & saddle ; 2 Boydell’s Nightwind You Cant Stop The Beat, this all black male is finer in head than 1 but still has a well balanced skull & fore face, good eye shape & expression, scores in top line & deep in rib, starting to body up & has a correct silky coat & in good condition, moving well but can be a real handful for his owner, enjoying his day out which is important at this young age ; 3 Care’s Nightwind You Are The One.

P. Grad D (7-2abs) : 1 Buttle’s Gilari Redwood Earl At Zarankhan JW, sh/m gold, well balanced in outline & when settled moved out well fore & aft, he has a good head & is strong in jaw, good top line & good depth of chest , fair spring of rib & short strong loin, prominent hip bones & good fall away, strong driving hocks & has a good tail, lovely big feet, silky coat presented to perfection & correct saddle hair ; 2 Newton’s Shimalma Run Runner, red/brindle, most impressive head & look through you expression, lovely mandarin beard under his strong jaw, longest of necks, good depth & well sprung rib, excellent top line, good bend of stifle & low set hocks, big feet firmly on the ground, coat silky & presented to perfection ; 3 O”Neill’s Devanmarn Could It Be Majic At Terstine.

Limit D (14-2abs) : Lovely class. 1 Bloor’s Pashtari Lord Byron, bl/silver, coat silky & presented to perfection, has a good head shape & strong in jaw with good dentition, good length of neck & good body proportions, lovely big feet when he lets you inspect them, well angulated rear & well set & carried ringed tail, moves with reach & drive one for the top when fully mature ; 2 French”s Palameedees Taboo At Zalmeerah bl/m gold, loved the size & shape of this dog, classic head & expression, good shoulder & upper arm, deep in chest & strong in loin, prominent hip bones & well angulated quarters, lovely gleaming silky coat & correct saddle, moved true fore & aft if slightly over exuberant at times, liked very much also ; 3 Dowd”s Thendar Fait Acompli.

Open D (10-1abs) : Some lovely males in this class.1, C.C. & B.O.B. Mather & Semple’s Ir Ch. Cloudside Sundance With Metewand, fully mature s/m pale gold, good length of skull & equal fore face, has good eye & expression, good length of neck leading to correct shoulder & equal in length of upper arm, good depth of chest & perfect strong loin, hip bones & good fall away, strong well angulated quarters, tail ringed & carried correctly because it is well set, not a heavy coat but is silky & has correct well blended saddle, won top honours today because when going over him everything just glides together & fore me has wonderful balance which can be seen when he moves, comes soundly towards you & corresponds going away, lovely reach & drive when in profile, worthy winner of good class of males ; 2 & Res C.C.Virgo & Hick’s Am Ch. Suni Asia Wish Upon A Star By Sumahari brindle similar in size to 1, has good head proportions & nice eye shape, correct length of neck leading to good front proportions, good rib & depth of chest, short & strong in his loin, correct fall away, well set low hocks & well set tail, would prefer more of a ring , has good feet & pads ; silky coat & saddle, well presented & in excellent hard muscular condition, scored today on his sound & true movement, never put a foot wrong, lovely outline on stack & sound movement : 3 Hall’s Ch. Saxon mill Rum Tum Ricochet JW.

Veteran D (1) : 1 Edward’s Fr Ch Agha Djari’s Bonfire Of Vanities A Djasti silver/brindle 8 yr old tall upstanding male, has strong jaw & good headpiece, long neck & still holds a good strong top line, good depth to chest & lovely big feet, well presented silky coat & correct saddle, strong well set rear, would like more of a ring in tail but is well set on & carried, moved out well.

Sp/B D (1) : 1 Mclay’s Cloudside Flash Thunder brindle of nice size, coat is good but a little fly away which did not help his outline when stacked, has a well shaped head & good eye shape, level in top line & good depth of chest, correct rib , prominent hip bones & good angulated rear, moved out with reach in front & soundly behind, ringed tail which is carried correctly.

Minor Puppy B (1) : 1Gilchrist & Maclennan’s Taejon Winx At Khawari sh/m pale gold, very raw & at the gangly stage, has a lovely feminine head, well set & shaped eye, prominent occiput, good length of neck, body developing at this stage, good top line, nice silky coat well presented & handled, ringed tail but a little highly set on, well set low hocks, moved out with ease & confidence.

Puppy B ( 3-1abs) : 1 & B. Puppy. McCormack”s Tulak Never Been Kissed, sh/m gold, well shaped feminine head, profuse monkey whiskers, good length of neck & lovely front, deep in chest & well bodied for age, excellent top line, well set low hocks, ringed tail well set, most lovely youngster in excellent coat & condition ; 2 T Winx At K.

Jun B (4) : 1 Thompson’s Cloudside Sunflower, s/m gold, ultra feminine & of lovely shape & size, loved her head, eye & expression, well set ears, good length of neck leading to super shoulder & corresponding upper arm, body developing well for her age, good rear & excellent tail set & carriage with super ring, correct deep saddle & lovely silky textured coat, moves extremely soundlywith style & ease, quality girl as was 2 Fairburn & Robert’s Cloudside Sunset, litter sister to 1 and has many of her attributes, not as relaxed on stack & a clown on the move but showing great potential for the future, loved her size & shape, excellent head & eye, good shoulder & upper arm, level top line & well set rear, ringed tail correctly set & carried, in lovely coat & condition ; 3 Stevens & Craft’s Joneca Fireblade. 

Yearling B (4) : 1, C.C. & B.O.B. Pascoe”s Popovs Sazerac At Sarakhan JW, sh/m gold with mahogany saddle, ultra feminine correct size & shape, most lovely head shape with correct eye shape & look through you expression, well set ears, long well set neck down to excellent shoulder & upper arm proportions, good size feet, deep chest, short & strongest of loins, pin bones & superb fall away, good angulation from her hip to low set hocks, ringed tail perfectly set & carried correctly when on the move and boy does she move correctly, she has the reach in front, the drive from the rear & covers the ground with the now rare but highly desirable springy easy flowing action. Coat is silky & has the correct saddle hair, all presented to perfection & in hard muscular condition Just what I was hoping to find & delighted to award her top honour, most worthy of her recently gained title ; 2 Parker”s Saxonmill Jean Genie At Khatira JW bl/s another who scores well for size & lovely outline on stack, good head & neck, excellent front, has good rib & loin, well set rear & low set hocks, in excellent coat & condition, well set tail but would like more of a ring in the end, scores very highly for her movement, covers the ground with plenty reach & drive ; 3 Gilbert”s Affietar Glen Magillie.

P. Grad B (10-1abs) : 1 Greenfield”s Pashtari Lady Windamere To Phelezzi, black who scores for her size, has a nice head shape, good neck leading to good front assembly, deep chest & firm strong loin, good fallaway & low set hocks well set, moved with ease fore & aft & has a good tail, in lovely coat & well handled, litter sister to limit d winner ; 2 Virgo’s Drishaun Pandors’s Black Box For Sumahar, bl/tan, favourite of mine for her superb movement, has excellent front reach & strong driving action, in good body & lovely coat condition, ringed tail well set on & carried, excellent top line at all times, could watch her move all day, only wish she was a smaller bitch ; 3 Coates’s Gilari Silken Flame at Bukhara.

Limit B (14-2abs): Superb class, many bitches I could have given top awards to today went unplaced as did not put the effort in on the move but to be fair it was an extremely hot day. 1, & Res C.C. Lockett-Davies’s Bondor A Golden Age Over Rhazmakh JW Sh. C.M. silver/brindle, this b has improved every time I have seen her, now certainly looks the part & deserves her title which she recently gained. Very desirable head & expression, correct length & set of neck leading to first class front proportions, has good feet & pads. Has bodied up correctly & has good rib & loin with excellent top line both on stack & when moving, very good quarters & well set hocks, lovely silky coat & correct saddle which she is in excellent condition, well muscled. Correctly set tail with ring & raised in action, handled & presented to perfection, she moves with plenty reach & drive from her powerful hocks ; 2 Bastow”s Cloudside Flashlight at Karandikar, black, unlucky to meet 1 today in this strong competition, lovely head proportions ,good eye & expression, correct in front & has good body, particularly like her quarters , strong low & well set hocks, has good ringed tail which is well set & carried, has lovely flowing movement but today I thought she was not quite in harmony with her handler, in excellent jet black coat & condition ; 3 Thompson”s Drishaun Black Rose at Gothic JW.

Open B (11-5abs) :Good class. 1, Dowd’s Ch. Saxonmill Lovestruck Luna red/brindle, most worthy of her title, excellent size & most pleasing in outline on stack. Love her head shape & has correct expression, good reach of neck, like her shoulder & upper arm set, in excellent body, deep chest, good rib & firm short loin, prominent hip bones & good fall away, particularly strong quarters, tail well set, in gleaming coat and firm condition, moved with ease around the ring showing her quality virtues ; 2 Adams’s Ch. Zandahar Just Tiger Lilly JW Sh. CM, dark brindle, another very worthy Ch. scores for her well shaped feminine head & good eye, well set ears, deep chest & strong short loin, prominent hip bones & desirable quarters, ringed tail correctly set & carried, has a lovely outline & like her size, moves with ease & precision, expertly presented & handled ; 3 Links”s Ch. Ir Ch Int Ch. Pahlevi Disco Diva At Orashan JW.

Veteran B (2) : 1 & B.V. Hitch”s Ch. Zendushkas Sparkling Rose, bl/silver, bigger than what I desire but has many desirable breed qualities. 9 yr old who has an excellent top line, lovely head shape & good eye, well set ears, has the best of deep chest, right down to her elbow, in profuse silky coat presented to perfection, lovely big feet & has a ringed tail well set on & carried. Was interesting to see again the stubbornness an afghan can & should have when asked to move & does not want to then in next breath she takes of around the ring with sound desirable long easy strides ; 2 Fisher’s Sumahari Flowering Peach Goto Ifmaraf JW, black, smaller more refined than 1 but prefer top line & body of 1. has a well shaped head & good eye, deep chest & short loin, well set hocks & has a good tail, in hard muscular condition & correct silky coat & desirable saddle.


Mark Ord (Judge) Paignton Ch. Show 5/8/18


Afghan Hound

Thank you to the committee for this invite to judge & to my 2 very efficient stewards. Also thank you to all who entered their hounds under me today, I was thrilled with the entry and have to say was impressed with the quality especially so the depth of quality was in the bitches. In some classes I was spoilt for choice & had to make some difficult decisions. In some classes I could have even given 1st to some that were unplaced today. That is a very pleasing & positive position for the breed and I have to admit not what I would have thought.

Temperaments are much improved & presentation on the majority was excellent. I think we need to consider size as a number of otherwise nice bitches are just simply way over the standard. Despite the standard being changed in recent times we still have people trimming & stripping out coat, I do not like to see it and it does not look good.

I did not see anything that would concern me with regard to health problems in the breed and found the majority of dogs to be very sound & in good condition. One or two would benefit from more exercise to build up muscle tone. You can have coat & muscle as was proven in many winners today. I do so wish we had more of that look through you expression which is sadly not as often seen the days and breed characteristics like mandarin beards & chiselling on the face.

Puppy D (1) : 1 & B.P.D. McCormack’s Tulak Despicable Me, masculine self/m gold with a profuse coat, good head & expression, strong in neck & has a good front, lovely big feet, in good body for age, when settled moved out with ease, ringed tail which is well set, good rear angulation.

Jun D (9) : 1 French’s Sitana Bijali Toofan at Zalmeerah sh/m gold, lovely size & shape on stack & did not put a foot wrong on the move for one so young, well shaped head, good rib & loin, strong rear & well angulated, ring tail well set & carried, in good coat & nice condition 2 Finch & Hopper”s Sitana Lal Toofan at Zinzani sh/m,loved the head on this boy, good front & body developing well, lovely rich red coat that will be even more impressive when matures, prominent hip bones & well angulated rear, another who moved well fore & aft, ringed tail well set I see are litter brothers & are 2 quality youngsters who will swap places on different days ; 3 Parson’s Joneca Fire Cracker By Shukriya.

Yearling D (5-2abs) : 1 Nisbet & Forrester’s Saxonmill Rebel Rebel at Finix JW, bl/silv masculine in head with good eye & well set neck, excellent top line on stack & when moving, good shoulder & upper arm, plenty of bone & lovely big feet, deep chest & good rib & strong short loin, prominent hip bones, good strong rear & well set ringed tail which is carried correctly on the move, very impressive youngster who for me today is just at that in-between teenager stage with regards to his coat & saddle ; 2 Boydell’s Nightwind You Cant Stop The Beat, this all black male is finer in head than 1 but still has a well balanced skull & fore face, good eye shape & expression, scores in top line & deep in rib, starting to body up & has a correct silky coat & in good condition, moving well but can be a real handful for his owner, enjoying his day out which is important at this young age ; 3 Care’s Nightwind You Are The One.

P. Grad D (7-2abs) : 1 Buttle’s Gilari Redwood Earl At Zarankhan JW, sh/m gold, well balanced in outline & when settled moved out well fore & aft, he has a good head & is strong in jaw, good top line & good depth of chest , fair spring of rib & short strong loin, prominent hip bones & good fall away, strong driving hocks & has a good tail, lovely big feet, silky coat presented to perfection & correct saddle hair ; 2 Newton’s Shimalma Run Runner, red/brindle, most impressive head & look through you expression, lovely mandarin beard under his strong jaw, longest of necks, good depth & well sprung rib, excellent top line, good bend of stifle & low set hocks, big feet firmly on the ground, coat silky & presented to perfection ; 3 O”Neill’s Devanmarn Could It Be Majic At Terstine.

Limit D (14-2abs) : Lovely class. 1 Bloor’s Pashtari Lord Byron, bl/silver, coat silky & presented to perfection, has a good head shape & strong in jaw with good dentition, good length of neck & good body proportions, lovely big feet when he lets you inspect them, well angulated rear & well set & carried ringed tail, moves with reach & drive one for the top when fully mature ; 2 French”s Palameedees Taboo At Zalmeerah bl/m gold, loved the size & shape of this dog, classic head & expression, good shoulder & upper arm, deep in chest & strong in loin, prominent hip bones & well angulated quarters, lovely gleaming silky coat & correct saddle, moved true fore & aft if slightly over exuberant at times, liked very much also ; 3 Dowd”s Thendar Fait Acompli.

Open D (10-1abs) : Some lovely males in this class.1, C.C. & B.O.B. Mather & Semple’s Ir Ch. Cloudside Sundance With Metewand, fully mature s/m pale gold, good length of skull & equal fore face, has good eye & expression, good length of neck leading to correct shoulder & equal in length of upper arm, good depth of chest & perfect strong loin, hip bones & good fall away, strong well angulated quarters, tail ringed & carried correctly because it is well set, not a heavy coat but is silky & has correct well blended saddle, won top honours today because when going over him everything just glides together & fore me has wonderful balance which can be seen when he moves, comes soundly towards you & corresponds going away, lovely reach & drive when in profile, worthy winner of good class of males ; 2 & Res C.C.Virgo & Hick’s Am Ch. Suni Asia Wish Upon A Star By Sumahari brindle similar in size to 1, has good head proportions & nice eye shape, correct length of neck leading to good front proportions, good rib & depth of chest, short & strong in his loin, correct fall away, well set low hocks & well set tail, would prefer more of a ring , has good feet & pads ; silky coat & saddle, well presented & in excellent hard muscular condition, scored today on his sound & true movement, never put a foot wrong, lovely outline on stack & sound movement : 3 Hall’s Ch. Saxon mill Rum Tum Ricochet JW.

Veteran D (1) : 1 Edward’s Fr Ch Agha Djari’s Bonfire Of Vanities A Djasti silver/brindle 8 yr old tall upstanding male, has strong jaw & good headpiece, long neck & still holds a good strong top line, good depth to chest & lovely big feet, well presented silky coat & correct saddle, strong well set rear, would like more of a ring in tail but is well set on & carried, moved out well.

Sp/B D (1) : 1 Mclay’s Cloudside Flash Thunder brindle of nice size, coat is good but a little fly away which did not help his outline when stacked, has a well shaped head & good eye shape, level in top line & good depth of chest, correct rib , prominent hip bones & good angulated rear, moved out with reach in front & soundly behind, ringed tail which is carried correctly.

Minor Puppy B (1) : 1Gilchrist & Maclennan’s Taejon Winx At Khawari sh/m pale gold, very raw & at the gangly stage, has a lovely feminine head, well set & shaped eye, prominent occiput, good length of neck, body developing at this stage, good top line, nice silky coat well presented & handled, ringed tail but a little highly set on, well set low hocks, moved out with ease & confidence.

Puppy B ( 3-1abs) : 1 & B. Puppy. McCormack”s Tulak Never Been Kissed, sh/m gold, well shaped feminine head, profuse monkey whiskers, good length of neck & lovely front, deep in chest & well bodied for age, excellent top line, well set low hocks, ringed tail well set, most lovely youngster in excellent coat & condition ; 2 T Winx At K.

Jun B (4) : 1 Thompson’s Cloudside Sunflower, s/m gold, ultra feminine & of lovely shape & size, loved her head, eye & expression, well set ears, good length of neck leading to super shoulder & corresponding upper arm, body developing well for her age, good rear & excellent tail set & carriage with super ring, correct deep saddle & lovely silky textured coat, moves extremely soundlywith style & ease, quality girl as was 2 Fairburn & Robert’s Cloudside Sunset, litter sister to 1 and has many of her attributes, not as relaxed on stack & a clown on the move but showing great potential for the future, loved her size & shape, excellent head & eye, good shoulder & upper arm, level top line & well set rear, ringed tail correctly set & carried, in lovely coat & condition ; 3 Stevens & Craft’s Joneca Fireblade. 

Yearling B (4) : 1, C.C. & B.O.B. Pascoe”s Popovs Sazerac At Sarakhan JW, sh/m gold with mahogany saddle, ultra feminine correct size & shape, most lovely head shape with correct eye shape & look through you expression, well set ears, long well set neck down to excellent shoulder & upper arm proportions, good size feet, deep chest, short & strongest of loins, pin bones & superb fall away, good angulation from her hip to low set hocks, ringed tail perfectly set & carried correctly when on the move and boy does she move correctly, she has the reach in front, the drive from the rear & covers the ground with the now rare but highly desirable springy easy flowing action. Coat is silky & has the correct saddle hair, all presented to perfection & in hard muscular condition Just what I was hoping to find & delighted to award her top honour, most worthy of her recently gained title ; 2 Parker”s Saxonmill Jean Genie At Khatira JW bl/s another who scores well for size & lovely outline on stack, good head & neck, excellent front, has good rib & loin, well set rear & low set hocks, in excellent coat & condition, well set tail but would like more of a ring in the end, scores very highly for her movement, covers the ground with plenty reach & drive ; 3 Gilbert”s Affietar Glen Magillie.

P. Grad B (10-1abs) : 1 Greenfield”s Pashtari Lady Windamere To Phelezzi, black who scores for her size, has a nice head shape, good neck leading to good front assembly, deep chest & firm strong loin, good fallaway & low set hocks well set, moved with ease fore & aft & has a good tail, in lovely coat & well handled, litter sister to limit d winner ; 2 Virgo’s Drishaun Pandors’s Black Box For Sumahar, bl/tan, favourite of mine for her superb movement, has excellent front reach & strong driving action, in good body & lovely coat condition, ringed tail well set on & carried, excellent top line at all times, could watch her move all day, only wish she was a smaller bitch ; 3 Coates’s Gilari Silken Flame at Bukhara.

Limit B (14-2abs): Superb class, many bitches I could have given top awards to today went unplaced as did not put the effort in on the move but to be fair it was an extremely hot day. 1, & Res C.C. Lockett-Davies’s Bondor A Golden Age Over Rhazmakh JW Sh. C.M. silver/brindle, this b has improved every time I have seen her, now certainly looks the part & deserves her title which she recently gained. Very desirable head & expression, correct length & set of neck leading to first class front proportions, has good feet & pads. Has bodied up correctly & has good rib & loin with excellent top line both on stack & when moving, very good quarters & well set hocks, lovely silky coat & correct saddle which she is in excellent condition, well muscled. Correctly set tail with ring & raised in action, handled & presented to perfection, she moves with plenty reach & drive from her powerful hocks ; 2 Bastow”s Cloudside Flashlight at Karandikar, black, unlucky to meet 1 today in this strong competition, lovely head proportions ,good eye & expression, correct in front & has good body, particularly like her quarters , strong low & well set hocks, has good ringed tail which is well set & carried, has lovely flowing movement but today I thought she was not quite in harmony with her handler, in excellent jet black coat & condition ; 3 Thompson”s Drishaun Black Rose at Gothic JW.

Open B (11-5abs) :Good class. 1, Dowd’s Ch. Saxonmill Lovestruck Luna red/brindle, most worthy of her title, excellent size & most pleasing in outline on stack. Love her head shape & has correct expression, good reach of neck, like her shoulder & upper arm set, in excellent body, deep chest, good rib & firm short loin, prominent hip bones & good fall away, particularly strong quarters, tail well set, in gleaming coat and firm condition, moved with ease around the ring showing her quality virtues ; 2 Adams’s Ch. Zandahar Just Tiger Lilly JW Sh. CM, dark brindle, another very worthy Ch. scores for her well shaped feminine head & good eye, well set ears, deep chest & strong short loin, prominent hip bones & desirable quarters, ringed tail correctly set & carried, has a lovely outline & like her size, moves with ease & precision, expertly presented & handled ; 3 Links”s Ch. Ir Ch Int Ch. Pahlevi Disco Diva At Orashan JW.

Veteran B (2) : 1 & B.V. Hitch”s Ch. Zendushkas Sparkling Rose, bl/silver, bigger than what I desire but has many desirable breed qualities. 9 yr old who has an excellent top line, lovely head shape & good eye, well set ears, has the best of deep chest, right down to her elbow, in profuse silky coat presented to perfection, lovely big feet & has a ringed tail well set on & carried. Was interesting to see again the stubbornness an afghan can & should have when asked to move & does not want to then in next breath she takes of around the ring with sound desirable long easy strides ; 2 Fisher’s Sumahari Flowering Peach Goto Ifmaraf JW, black, smaller more refined than 1 but prefer top line & body of 1. has a well shaped head & good eye, deep chest & short loin, well set hocks & has a good tail, in hard muscular condition & correct silky coat & desirable saddle.


Mark Ord (Judge) Paignton Ch. Show 5/8/18


Afghan Hound

Thank you to the committee for this invite to judge & to my 2 very efficient stewards. Also thank you to all who entered their hounds under me today, I was thrilled with the entry and have to say was impressed with the quality especially so the depth of quality was in the bitches. In some classes I was spoilt for choice & had to make some difficult decisions. In some classes I could have even given 1st to some that were unplaced today. That is a very pleasing & positive position for the breed and I have to admit not what I would have thought.

Temperaments are much improved & presentation on the majority was excellent. I think we need to consider size as a number of otherwise nice bitches are just simply way over the standard. Despite the standard being changed in recent times we still have people trimming & stripping out coat, I do not like to see it and it does not look good.

I did not see anything that would concern me with regard to health problems in the breed and found the majority of dogs to be very sound & in good condition. One or two would benefit from more exercise to build up muscle tone. You can have coat & muscle as was proven in many winners today. I do so wish we had more of that look through you expression which is sadly not as often seen the days and breed characteristics like mandarin beards & chiselling on the face.

Puppy D (1) : 1 & B.P.D. McCormack’s Tulak Despicable Me, masculine self/m gold with a profuse coat, good head & expression, strong in neck & has a good front, lovely big feet, in good body for age, when settled moved out with ease, ringed tail which is well set, good rear angulation.

Jun D (9) : 1 French’s Sitana Bijali Toofan at Zalmeerah sh/m gold, lovely size & shape on stack & did not put a foot wrong on the move for one so young, well shaped head, good rib & loin, strong rear & well angulated, ring tail well set & carried, in good coat & nice condition 2 Finch & Hopper”s Sitana Lal Toofan at Zinzani sh/m,loved the head on this boy, good front & body developing well, lovely rich red coat that will be even more impressive when matures, prominent hip bones & well angulated rear, another who moved well fore & aft, ringed tail well set I see are litter brothers & are 2 quality youngsters who will swap places on different days ; 3 Parson’s Joneca Fire Cracker By Shukriya.

Yearling D (5-2abs) : 1 Nisbet & Forrester’s Saxonmill Rebel Rebel at Finix JW, bl/silv masculine in head with good eye & well set neck, excellent top line on stack & when moving, good shoulder & upper arm, plenty of bone & lovely big feet, deep chest & good rib & strong short loin, prominent hip bones, good strong rear & well set ringed tail which is carried correctly on the move, very impressive youngster who for me today is just at that in-between teenager stage with regards to his coat & saddle ; 2 Boydell’s Nightwind You Cant Stop The Beat, this all black male is finer in head than 1 but still has a well balanced skull & fore face, good eye shape & expression, scores in top line & deep in rib, starting to body up & has a correct silky coat & in good condition, moving well but can be a real handful for his owner, enjoying his day out which is important at this young age ; 3 Care’s Nightwind You Are The One.

P. Grad D (7-2abs) : 1 Buttle’s Gilari Redwood Earl At Zarankhan JW, sh/m gold, well balanced in outline & when settled moved out well fore & aft, he has a good head & is strong in jaw, good top line & good depth of chest , fair spring of rib & short strong loin, prominent hip bones & good fall away, strong driving hocks & has a good tail, lovely big feet, silky coat presented to perfection & correct saddle hair ; 2 Newton’s Shimalma Run Runner, red/brindle, most impressive head & look through you expression, lovely mandarin beard under his strong jaw, longest of necks, good depth & well sprung rib, excellent top line, good bend of stifle & low set hocks, big feet firmly on the ground, coat silky & presented to perfection ; 3 O”Neill’s Devanmarn Could It Be Majic At Terstine.

Limit D (14-2abs) : Lovely class. 1 Bloor’s Pashtari Lord Byron, bl/silver, coat silky & presented to perfection, has a good head shape & strong in jaw with good dentition, good length of neck & good body proportions, lovely big feet when he lets you inspect them, well angulated rear & well set & carried ringed tail, moves with reach & drive one for the top when fully mature ; 2 French”s Palameedees Taboo At Zalmeerah bl/m gold, loved the size & shape of this dog, classic head & expression, good shoulder & upper arm, deep in chest & strong in loin, prominent hip bones & well angulated quarters, lovely gleaming silky coat & correct saddle, moved true fore & aft if slightly over exuberant at times, liked very much also ; 3 Dowd”s Thendar Fait Acompli.

Open D (10-1abs) : Some lovely males in this class.1, C.C. & B.O.B. Mather & Semple’s Ir Ch. Cloudside Sundance With Metewand, fully mature s/m pale gold, good length of skull & equal fore face, has good eye & expression, good length of neck leading to correct shoulder & equal in length of upper arm, good depth of chest & perfect strong loin, hip bones & good fall away, strong well angulated quarters, tail ringed & carried correctly because it is well set, not a heavy coat but is silky & has correct well blended saddle, won top honours today because when going over him everything just glides together & fore me has wonderful balance which can be seen when he moves, comes soundly towards you & corresponds going away, lovely reach & drive when in profile, worthy winner of good class of males ; 2 & Res C.C.Virgo & Hick’s Am Ch. Suni Asia Wish Upon A Star By Sumahari brindle similar in size to 1, has good head proportions & nice eye shape, correct length of neck leading to good front proportions, good rib & depth of chest, short & strong in his loin, correct fall away, well set low hocks & well set tail, would prefer more of a ring , has good feet & pads ; silky coat & saddle, well presented & in excellent hard muscular condition, scored today on his sound & true movement, never put a foot wrong, lovely outline on stack & sound movement : 3 Hall’s Ch. Saxon mill Rum Tum Ricochet JW.

Veteran D (1) : 1 Edward’s Fr Ch Agha Djari’s Bonfire Of Vanities A Djasti silver/brindle 8 yr old tall upstanding male, has strong jaw & good headpiece, long neck & still holds a good strong top line, good depth to chest & lovely big feet, well presented silky coat & correct saddle, strong well set rear, would like more of a ring in tail but is well set on & carried, moved out well.

Sp/B D (1) : 1 Mclay’s Cloudside Flash Thunder brindle of nice size, coat is good but a little fly away which did not help his outline when stacked, has a well shaped head & good eye shape, level in top line & good depth of chest, correct rib , prominent hip bones & good angulated rear, moved out with reach in front & soundly behind, ringed tail which is carried correctly.

Minor Puppy B (1) : 1Gilchrist & Maclennan’s Taejon Winx At Khawari sh/m pale gold, very raw & at the gangly stage, has a lovely feminine head, well set & shaped eye, prominent occiput, good length of neck, body developing at this stage, good top line, nice silky coat well presented & handled, ringed tail but a little highly set on, well set low hocks, moved out with ease & confidence.

Puppy B ( 3-1abs) : 1 & B. Puppy. McCormack”s Tulak Never Been Kissed, sh/m gold, well shaped feminine head, profuse monkey whiskers, good length of neck & lovely front, deep in chest & well bodied for age, excellent top line, well set low hocks, ringed tail well set, most lovely youngster in excellent coat & condition ; 2 T Winx At K.

Jun B (4) : 1 Thompson’s Cloudside Sunflower, s/m gold, ultra feminine & of lovely shape & size, loved her head, eye & expression, well set ears, good length of neck leading to super shoulder & corresponding upper arm, body developing well for her age, good rear & excellent tail set & carriage with super ring, correct deep saddle & lovely silky textured coat, moves extremely soundlywith style & ease, quality girl as was 2 Fairburn & Robert’s Cloudside Sunset, litter sister to 1 and has many of her attributes, not as relaxed on stack & a clown on the move but showing great potential for the future, loved her size & shape, excellent head & eye, good shoulder & upper arm, level top line & well set rear, ringed tail correctly set & carried, in lovely coat & condition ; 3 Stevens & Craft’s Joneca Fireblade. 

Yearling B (4) : 1, C.C. & B.O.B. Pascoe”s Popovs Sazerac At Sarakhan JW, sh/m gold with mahogany saddle, ultra feminine correct size & shape, most lovely head shape with correct eye shape & look through you expression, well set ears, long well set neck down to excellent shoulder & upper arm proportions, good size feet, deep chest, short & strongest of loins, pin bones & superb fall away, good angulation from her hip to low set hocks, ringed tail perfectly set & carried correctly when on the move and boy does she move correctly, she has the reach in front, the drive from the rear & covers the ground with the now rare but highly desirable springy easy flowing action. Coat is silky & has the correct saddle hair, all presented to perfection & in hard muscular condition Just what I was hoping to find & delighted to award her top honour, most worthy of her recently gained title ; 2 Parker”s Saxonmill Jean Genie At Khatira JW bl/s another who scores well for size & lovely outline on stack, good head & neck, excellent front, has good rib & loin, well set rear & low set hocks, in excellent coat & condition, well set tail but would like more of a ring in the end, scores very highly for her movement, covers the ground with plenty reach & drive ; 3 Gilbert”s Affietar Glen Magillie.

P. Grad B (10-1abs) : 1 Greenfield”s Pashtari Lady Windamere To Phelezzi, black who scores for her size, has a nice head shape, good neck leading to good front assembly, deep chest & firm strong loin, good fallaway & low set hocks well set, moved with ease fore & aft & has a good tail, in lovely coat & well handled, litter sister to limit d winner ; 2 Virgo’s Drishaun Pandors’s Black Box For Sumahar, bl/tan, favourite of mine for her superb movement, has excellent front reach & strong driving action, in good body & lovely coat condition, ringed tail well set on & carried, excellent top line at all times, could watch her move all day, only wish she was a smaller bitch ; 3 Coates’s Gilari Silken Flame at Bukhara.

Limit B (14-2abs): Superb class, many bitches I could have given top awards to today went unplaced as did not put the effort in on the move but to be fair it was an extremely hot day. 1, & Res C.C. Lockett-Davies’s Bondor A Golden Age Over Rhazmakh JW Sh. C.M. silver/brindle, this b has improved every time I have seen her, now certainly looks the part & deserves her title which she recently gained. Very desirable head & expression, correct length & set of neck leading to first class front proportions, has good feet & pads. Has bodied up correctly & has good rib & loin with excellent top line both on stack & when moving, very good quarters & well set hocks, lovely silky coat & correct saddle which she is in excellent condition, well muscled. Correctly set tail with ring & raised in action, handled & presented to perfection, she moves with plenty reach & drive from her powerful hocks ; 2 Bastow”s Cloudside Flashlight at Karandikar, black, unlucky to meet 1 today in this strong competition, lovely head proportions ,good eye & expression, correct in front & has good body, particularly like her quarters , strong low & well set hocks, has good ringed tail which is well set & carried, has lovely flowing movement but today I thought she was not quite in harmony with her handler, in excellent jet black coat & condition ; 3 Thompson”s Drishaun Black Rose at Gothic JW.

Open B (11-5abs) :Good class. 1, Dowd’s Ch. Saxonmill Lovestruck Luna red/brindle, most worthy of her title, excellent size & most pleasing in outline on stack. Love her head shape & has correct expression, good reach of neck, like her shoulder & upper arm set, in excellent body, deep chest, good rib & firm short loin, prominent hip bones & good fall away, particularly strong quarters, tail well set, in gleaming coat and firm condition, moved with ease around the ring showing her quality virtues ; 2 Adams’s Ch. Zandahar Just Tiger Lilly JW Sh. CM, dark brindle, another very worthy Ch. scores for her well shaped feminine head & good eye, well set ears, deep chest & strong short loin, prominent hip bones & desirable quarters, ringed tail correctly set & carried, has a lovely outline & like her size, moves with ease & precision, expertly presented & handled ; 3 Links”s Ch. Ir Ch Int Ch. Pahlevi Disco Diva At Orashan JW.

Veteran B (2) : 1 & B.V. Hitch”s Ch. Zendushkas Sparkling Rose, bl/silver, bigger than what I desire but has many desirable breed qualities. 9 yr old who has an excellent top line, lovely head shape & good eye, well set ears, has the best of deep chest, right down to her elbow, in profuse silky coat presented to perfection, lovely big feet & has a ringed tail well set on & carried. Was interesting to see again the stubbornness an afghan can & should have when asked to move & does not want to then in next breath she takes of around the ring with sound desirable long easy strides ; 2 Fisher’s Sumahari Flowering Peach Goto Ifmaraf JW, black, smaller more refined than 1 but prefer top line & body of 1. has a well shaped head & good eye, deep chest & short loin, well set hocks & has a good tail, in hard muscular condition & correct silky coat & desirable saddle.


Mark Ord (Judge) Paignton Ch. Show 5/8/18


Afghan Hound

Thank you to the committee for this invite to judge & to my 2 very efficient stewards. Also thank you to all who entered their hounds under me today, I was thrilled with the entry and have to say was impressed with the quality especially so the depth of quality was in the bitches. In some classes I was spoilt for choice & had to make some difficult decisions. In some classes I could have even given 1st to some that were unplaced today. That is a very pleasing & positive position for the breed and I have to admit not what I would have thought.

Temperaments are much improved & presentation on the majority was excellent. I think we need to consider size as a number of otherwise nice bitches are just simply way over the standard. Despite the standard being changed in recent times we still have people trimming & stripping out coat, I do not like to see it and it does not look good.

I did not see anything that would concern me with regard to health problems in the breed and found the majority of dogs to be very sound & in good condition. One or two would benefit from more exercise to build up muscle tone. You can have coat & muscle as was proven in many winners today. I do so wish we had more of that look through you expression which is sadly not as often seen the days and breed characteristics like mandarin beards & chiselling on the face.

Puppy D (1) : 1 & B.P.D. McCormack’s Tulak Despicable Me, masculine self/m gold with a profuse coat, good head & expression, strong in neck & has a good front, lovely big feet, in good body for age, when settled moved out with ease, ringed tail which is well set, good rear angulation.

Jun D (9) : 1 French’s Sitana Bijali Toofan at Zalmeerah sh/m gold, lovely size & shape on stack & did not put a foot wrong on the move for one so young, well shaped head, good rib & loin, strong rear & well angulated, ring tail well set & carried, in good coat & nice condition 2 Finch & Hopper”s Sitana Lal Toofan at Zinzani sh/m,loved the head on this boy, good front & body developing well, lovely rich red coat that will be even more impressive when matures, prominent hip bones & well angulated rear, another who moved well fore & aft, ringed tail well set I see are litter brothers & are 2 quality youngsters who will swap places on different days ; 3 Parson’s Joneca Fire Cracker By Shukriya.

Yearling D (5-2abs) : 1 Nisbet & Forrester’s Saxonmill Rebel Rebel at Finix JW, bl/silv masculine in head with good eye & well set neck, excellent top line on stack & when moving, good shoulder & upper arm, plenty of bone & lovely big feet, deep chest & good rib & strong short loin, prominent hip bones, good strong rear & well set ringed tail which is carried correctly on the move, very impressive youngster who for me today is just at that in-between teenager stage with regards to his coat & saddle ; 2 Boydell’s Nightwind You Cant Stop The Beat, this all black male is finer in head than 1 but still has a well balanced skull & fore face, good eye shape & expression, scores in top line & deep in rib, starting to body up & has a correct silky coat & in good condition, moving well but can be a real handful for his owner, enjoying his day out which is important at this young age ; 3 Care’s Nightwind You Are The One.

P. Grad D (7-2abs) : 1 Buttle’s Gilari Redwood Earl At Zarankhan JW, sh/m gold, well balanced in outline & when settled moved out well fore & aft, he has a good head & is strong in jaw, good top line & good depth of chest , fair spring of rib & short strong loin, prominent hip bones & good fall away, strong driving hocks & has a good tail, lovely big feet, silky coat presented to perfection & correct saddle hair ; 2 Newton’s Shimalma Run Runner, red/brindle, most impressive head & look through you expression, lovely mandarin beard under his strong jaw, longest of necks, good depth & well sprung rib, excellent top line, good bend of stifle & low set hocks, big feet firmly on the ground, coat silky & presented to perfection ; 3 O”Neill’s Devanmarn Could It Be Majic At Terstine.

Limit D (14-2abs) : Lovely class. 1 Bloor’s Pashtari Lord Byron, bl/silver, coat silky & presented to perfection, has a good head shape & strong in jaw with good dentition, good length of neck & good body proportions, lovely big feet when he lets you inspect them, well angulated rear & well set & carried ringed tail, moves with reach & drive one for the top when fully mature ; 2 French”s Palameedees Taboo At Zalmeerah bl/m gold, loved the size & shape of this dog, classic head & expression, good shoulder & upper arm, deep in chest & strong in loin, prominent hip bones & well angulated quarters, lovely gleaming silky coat & correct saddle, moved true fore & aft if slightly over exuberant at times, liked very much also ; 3 Dowd”s Thendar Fait Acompli.

Open D (10-1abs) : Some lovely males in this class.1, C.C. & B.O.B. Mather & Semple’s Ir Ch. Cloudside Sundance With Metewand, fully mature s/m pale gold, good length of skull & equal fore face, has good eye & expression, good length of neck leading to correct shoulder & equal in length of upper arm, good depth of chest & perfect strong loin, hip bones & good fall away, strong well angulated quarters, tail ringed & carried correctly because it is well set, not a heavy coat but is silky & has correct well blended saddle, won top honours today because when going over him everything just glides together & fore me has wonderful balance which can be seen when he moves, comes soundly towards you & corresponds going away, lovely reach & drive when in profile, worthy winner of good class of males ; 2 & Res C.C.Virgo & Hick’s Am Ch. Suni Asia Wish Upon A Star By Sumahari brindle similar in size to 1, has good head proportions & nice eye shape, correct length of neck leading to good front proportions, good rib & depth of chest, short & strong in his loin, correct fall away, well set low hocks & well set tail, would prefer more of a ring , has good feet & pads ; silky coat & saddle, well presented & in excellent hard muscular condition, scored today on his sound & true movement, never put a foot wrong, lovely outline on stack & sound movement : 3 Hall’s Ch. Saxon mill Rum Tum Ricochet JW.

Veteran D (1) : 1 Edward’s Fr Ch Agha Djari’s Bonfire Of Vanities A Djasti silver/brindle 8 yr old tall upstanding male, has strong jaw & good headpiece, long neck & still holds a good strong top line, good depth to chest & lovely big feet, well presented silky coat & correct saddle, strong well set rear, would like more of a ring in tail but is well set on & carried, moved out well.

Sp/B D (1) : 1 Mclay’s Cloudside Flash Thunder brindle of nice size, coat is good but a little fly away which did not help his outline when stacked, has a well shaped head & good eye shape, level in top line & good depth of chest, correct rib , prominent hip bones & good angulated rear, moved out with reach in front & soundly behind, ringed tail which is carried correctly.

Minor Puppy B (1) : 1Gilchrist & Maclennan’s Taejon Winx At Khawari sh/m pale gold, very raw & at the gangly stage, has a lovely feminine head, well set & shaped eye, prominent occiput, good length of neck, body developing at this stage, good top line, nice silky coat well presented & handled, ringed tail but a little highly set on, well set low hocks, moved out with ease & confidence.

Puppy B ( 3-1abs) : 1 & B. Puppy. McCormack”s Tulak Never Been Kissed, sh/m gold, well shaped feminine head, profuse monkey whiskers, good length of neck & lovely front, deep in chest & well bodied for age, excellent top line, well set low hocks, ringed tail well set, most lovely youngster in excellent coat & condition ; 2 T Winx At K.

Jun B (4) : 1 Thompson’s Cloudside Sunflower, s/m gold, ultra feminine & of lovely shape & size, loved her head, eye & expression, well set ears, good length of neck leading to super shoulder & corresponding upper arm, body developing well for her age, good rear & excellent tail set & carriage with super ring, correct deep saddle & lovely silky textured coat, moves extremely soundlywith style & ease, quality girl as was 2 Fairburn & Robert’s Cloudside Sunset, litter sister to 1 and has many of her attributes, not as relaxed on stack & a clown on the move but showing great potential for the future, loved her size & shape, excellent head & eye, good shoulder & upper arm, level top line & well set rear, ringed tail correctly set & carried, in lovely coat & condition ; 3 Stevens & Craft’s Joneca Fireblade. 

Yearling B (4) : 1, C.C. & B.O.B. Pascoe”s Popovs Sazerac At Sarakhan JW, sh/m gold with mahogany saddle, ultra feminine correct size & shape, most lovely head shape with correct eye shape & look through you expression, well set ears, long well set neck down to excellent shoulder & upper arm proportions, good size feet, deep chest, short & strongest of loins, pin bones & superb fall away, good angulation from her hip to low set hocks, ringed tail perfectly set & carried correctly when on the move and boy does she move correctly, she has the reach in front, the drive from the rear & covers the ground with the now rare but highly desirable springy easy flowing action. Coat is silky & has the correct saddle hair, all presented to perfection & in hard muscular condition Just what I was hoping to find & delighted to award her top honour, most worthy of her recently gained title ; 2 Parker”s Saxonmill Jean Genie At Khatira JW bl/s another who scores well for size & lovely outline on stack, good head & neck, excellent front, has good rib & loin, well set rear & low set hocks, in excellent coat & condition, well set tail but would like more of a ring in the end, scores very highly for her movement, covers the ground with plenty reach & drive ; 3 Gilbert”s Affietar Glen Magillie.

P. Grad B (10-1abs) : 1 Greenfield”s Pashtari Lady Windamere To Phelezzi, black who scores for her size, has a nice head shape, good neck leading to good front assembly, deep chest & firm strong loin, good fallaway & low set hocks well set, moved with ease fore & aft & has a good tail, in lovely coat & well handled, litter sister to limit d winner ; 2 Virgo’s Drishaun Pandors’s Black Box For Sumahar, bl/tan, favourite of mine for her superb movement, has excellent front reach & strong driving action, in good body & lovely coat condition, ringed tail well set on & carried, excellent top line at all times, could watch her move all day, only wish she was a smaller bitch ; 3 Coates’s Gilari Silken Flame at Bukhara.

Limit B (14-2abs): Superb class, many bitches I could have given top awards to today went unplaced as did not put the effort in on the move but to be fair it was an extremely hot day. 1, & Res C.C. Lockett-Davies’s Bondor A Golden Age Over Rhazmakh JW Sh. C.M. silver/brindle, this b has improved every time I have seen her, now certainly looks the part & deserves her title which she recently gained. Very desirable head & expression, correct length & set of neck leading to first class front proportions, has good feet & pads. Has bodied up correctly & has good rib & loin with excellent top line both on stack & when moving, very good quarters & well set hocks, lovely silky coat & correct saddle which she is in excellent condition, well muscled. Correctly set tail with ring & raised in action, handled & presented to perfection, she moves with plenty reach & drive from her powerful hocks ; 2 Bastow”s Cloudside Flashlight at Karandikar, black, unlucky to meet 1 today in this strong competition, lovely head proportions ,good eye & expression, correct in front & has good body, particularly like her quarters , strong low & well set hocks, has good ringed tail which is well set & carried, has lovely flowing movement but today I thought she was not quite in harmony with her handler, in excellent jet black coat & condition ; 3 Thompson”s Drishaun Black Rose at Gothic JW.

Open B (11-5abs) :Good class. 1, Dowd’s Ch. Saxonmill Lovestruck Luna red/brindle, most worthy of her title, excellent size & most pleasing in outline on stack. Love her head shape & has correct expression, good reach of neck, like her shoulder & upper arm set, in excellent body, deep chest, good rib & firm short loin, prominent hip bones & good fall away, particularly strong quarters, tail well set, in gleaming coat and firm condition, moved with ease around the ring showing her quality virtues ; 2 Adams’s Ch. Zandahar Just Tiger Lilly JW Sh. CM, dark brindle, another very worthy Ch. scores for her well shaped feminine head & good eye, well set ears, deep chest & strong short loin, prominent hip bones & desirable quarters, ringed tail correctly set & carried, has a lovely outline & like her size, moves with ease & precision, expertly presented & handled ; 3 Links”s Ch. Ir Ch Int Ch. Pahlevi Disco Diva At Orashan JW.

Veteran B (2) : 1 & B.V. Hitch”s Ch. Zendushkas Sparkling Rose, bl/silver, bigger than what I desire but has many desirable breed qualities. 9 yr old who has an excellent top line, lovely head shape & good eye, well set ears, has the best of deep chest, right down to her elbow, in profuse silky coat presented to perfection, lovely big feet & has a ringed tail well set on & carried. Was interesting to see again the stubbornness an afghan can & should have when asked to move & does not want to then in next breath she takes of around the ring with sound desirable long easy strides ; 2 Fisher’s Sumahari Flowering Peach Goto Ifmaraf JW, black, smaller more refined than 1 but prefer top line & body of 1. has a well shaped head & good eye, deep chest & short loin, well set hocks & has a good tail, in hard muscular condition & correct silky coat & desirable saddle.


Mark Ord (Judge) Paignton Ch. Show 5/8/18


Afghan Hound

Thank you to the committee for this invite to judge & to my 2 very efficient stewards. Also thank you to all who entered their hounds under me today, I was thrilled with the entry and have to say was impressed with the quality especially so the depth of quality was in the bitches. In some classes I was spoilt for choice & had to make some difficult decisions. In some classes I could have even given 1st to some that were unplaced today. That is a very pleasing & positive position for the breed and I have to admit not what I would have thought.

Temperaments are much improved & presentation on the majority was excellent. I think we need to consider size as a number of otherwise nice bitches are just simply way over the standard. Despite the standard being changed in recent times we still have people trimming & stripping out coat, I do not like to see it and it does not look good.

I did not see anything that would concern me with regard to health problems in the breed and found the majority of dogs to be very sound & in good condition. One or two would benefit from more exercise to build up muscle tone. You can have coat & muscle as was proven in many winners today. I do so wish we had more of that look through you expression which is sadly not as often seen the days and breed characteristics like mandarin beards & chiselling on the face.

Puppy D (1) : 1 & B.P.D. McCormack’s Tulak Despicable Me, masculine self/m gold with a profuse coat, good head & expression, strong in neck & has a good front, lovely big feet, in good body for age, when settled moved out with ease, ringed tail which is well set, good rear angulation.

Jun D (9) : 1 French’s Sitana Bijali Toofan at Zalmeerah sh/m gold, lovely size & shape on stack & did not put a foot wrong on the move for one so young, well shaped head, good rib & loin, strong rear & well angulated, ring tail well set & carried, in good coat & nice condition 2 Finch & Hopper”s Sitana Lal Toofan at Zinzani sh/m,loved the head on this boy, good front & body developing well, lovely rich red coat that will be even more impressive when matures, prominent hip bones & well angulated rear, another who moved well fore & aft, ringed tail well set I see are litter brothers & are 2 quality youngsters who will swap places on different days ; 3 Parson’s Joneca Fire Cracker By Shukriya.

Yearling D (5-2abs) : 1 Nisbet & Forrester’s Saxonmill Rebel Rebel at Finix JW, bl/silv masculine in head with good eye & well set neck, excellent top line on stack & when moving, good shoulder & upper arm, plenty of bone & lovely big feet, deep chest & good rib & strong short loin, prominent hip bones, good strong rear & well set ringed tail which is carried correctly on the move, very impressive youngster who for me today is just at that in-between teenager stage with regards to his coat & saddle ; 2 Boydell’s Nightwind You Cant Stop The Beat, this all black male is finer in head than 1 but still has a well balanced skull & fore face, good eye shape & expression, scores in top line & deep in rib, starting to body up & has a correct silky coat & in good condition, moving well but can be a real handful for his owner, enjoying his day out which is important at this young age ; 3 Care’s Nightwind You Are The One.

P. Grad D (7-2abs) : 1 Buttle’s Gilari Redwood Earl At Zarankhan JW, sh/m gold, well balanced in outline & when settled moved out well fore & aft, he has a good head & is strong in jaw, good top line & good depth of chest , fair spring of rib & short strong loin, prominent hip bones & good fall away, strong driving hocks & has a good tail, lovely big feet, silky coat presented to perfection & correct saddle hair ; 2 Newton’s Shimalma Run Runner, red/brindle, most impressive head & look through you expression, lovely mandarin beard under his strong jaw, longest of necks, good depth & well sprung rib, excellent top line, good bend of stifle & low set hocks, big feet firmly on the ground, coat silky & presented to perfection ; 3 O”Neill’s Devanmarn Could It Be Majic At Terstine.

Limit D (14-2abs) : Lovely class. 1 Bloor’s Pashtari Lord Byron, bl/silver, coat silky & presented to perfection, has a good head shape & strong in jaw with good dentition, good length of neck & good body proportions, lovely big feet when he lets you inspect them, well angulated rear & well set & carried ringed tail, moves with reach & drive one for the top when fully mature ; 2 French”s Palameedees Taboo At Zalmeerah bl/m gold, loved the size & shape of this dog, classic head & expression, good shoulder & upper arm, deep in chest & strong in loin, prominent hip bones & well angulated quarters, lovely gleaming silky coat & correct saddle, moved true fore & aft if slightly over exuberant at times, liked very much also ; 3 Dowd”s Thendar Fait Acompli.

Open D (10-1abs) : Some lovely males in this class.1, C.C. & B.O.B. Mather & Semple’s Ir Ch. Cloudside Sundance With Metewand, fully mature s/m pale gold, good length of skull & equal fore face, has good eye & expression, good length of neck leading to correct shoulder & equal in length of upper arm, good depth of chest & perfect strong loin, hip bones & good fall away, strong well angulated quarters, tail ringed & carried correctly because it is well set, not a heavy coat but is silky & has correct well blended saddle, won top honours today because when going over him everything just glides together & fore me has wonderful balance which can be seen when he moves, comes soundly towards you & corresponds going away, lovely reach & drive when in profile, worthy winner of good class of males ; 2 & Res C.C.Virgo & Hick’s Am Ch. Suni Asia Wish Upon A Star By Sumahari brindle similar in size to 1, has good head proportions & nice eye shape, correct length of neck leading to good front proportions, good rib & depth of chest, short & strong in his loin, correct fall away, well set low hocks & well set tail, would prefer more of a ring , has good feet & pads ; silky coat & saddle, well presented & in excellent hard muscular condition, scored today on his sound & true movement, never put a foot wrong, lovely outline on stack & sound movement : 3 Hall’s Ch. Saxon mill Rum Tum Ricochet JW.

Veteran D (1) : 1 Edward’s Fr Ch Agha Djari’s Bonfire Of Vanities A Djasti silver/brindle 8 yr old tall upstanding male, has strong jaw & good headpiece, long neck & still holds a good strong top line, good depth to chest & lovely big feet, well presented silky coat & correct saddle, strong well set rear, would like more of a ring in tail but is well set on & carried, moved out well.

Sp/B D (1) : 1 Mclay’s Cloudside Flash Thunder brindle of nice size, coat is good but a little fly away which did not help his outline when stacked, has a well shaped head & good eye shape, level in top line & good depth of chest, correct rib , prominent hip bones & good angulated rear, moved out with reach in front & soundly behind, ringed tail which is carried correctly.

Minor Puppy B (1) : 1Gilchrist & Maclennan’s Taejon Winx At Khawari sh/m pale gold, very raw & at the gangly stage, has a lovely feminine head, well set & shaped eye, prominent occiput, good length of neck, body developing at this stage, good top line, nice silky coat well presented & handled, ringed tail but a little highly set on, well set low hocks, moved out with ease & confidence.

Puppy B ( 3-1abs) : 1 & B. Puppy. McCormack”s Tulak Never Been Kissed, sh/m gold, well shaped feminine head, profuse monkey whiskers, good length of neck & lovely front, deep in chest & well bodied for age, excellent top line, well set low hocks, ringed tail well set, most lovely youngster in excellent coat & condition ; 2 T Winx At K.

Jun B (4) : 1 Thompson’s Cloudside Sunflower, s/m gold, ultra feminine & of lovely shape & size, loved her head, eye & expression, well set ears, good length of neck leading to super shoulder & corresponding upper arm, body developing well for her age, good rear & excellent tail set & carriage with super ring, correct deep saddle & lovely silky textured coat, moves extremely soundlywith style & ease, quality girl as was 2 Fairburn & Robert’s Cloudside Sunset, litter sister to 1 and has many of her attributes, not as relaxed on stack & a clown on the move but showing great potential for the future, loved her size & shape, excellent head & eye, good shoulder & upper arm, level top line & well set rear, ringed tail correctly set & carried, in lovely coat & condition ; 3 Stevens & Craft’s Joneca Fireblade. 

Yearling B (4) : 1, C.C. & B.O.B. Pascoe”s Popovs Sazerac At Sarakhan JW, sh/m gold with mahogany saddle, ultra feminine correct size & shape, most lovely head shape with correct eye shape & look through you expression, well set ears, long well set neck down to excellent shoulder & upper arm proportions, good size feet, deep chest, short & strongest of loins, pin bones & superb fall away, good angulation from her hip to low set hocks, ringed tail perfectly set & carried correctly when on the move and boy does she move correctly, she has the reach in front, the drive from the rear & covers the ground with the now rare but highly desirable springy easy flowing action. Coat is silky & has the correct saddle hair, all presented to perfection & in hard muscular condition Just what I was hoping to find & delighted to award her top honour, most worthy of her recently gained title ; 2 Parker”s Saxonmill Jean Genie At Khatira JW bl/s another who scores well for size & lovely outline on stack, good head & neck, excellent front, has good rib & loin, well set rear & low set hocks, in excellent coat & condition, well set tail but would like more of a ring in the end, scores very highly for her movement, covers the ground with plenty reach & drive ; 3 Gilbert”s Affietar Glen Magillie.

P. Grad B (10-1abs) : 1 Greenfield”s Pashtari Lady Windamere To Phelezzi, black who scores for her size, has a nice head shape, good neck leading to good front assembly, deep chest & firm strong loin, good fallaway & low set hocks well set, moved with ease fore & aft & has a good tail, in lovely coat & well handled, litter sister to limit d winner ; 2 Virgo’s Drishaun Pandors’s Black Box For Sumahar, bl/tan, favourite of mine for her superb movement, has excellent front reach & strong driving action, in good body & lovely coat condition, ringed tail well set on & carried, excellent top line at all times, could watch her move all day, only wish she was a smaller bitch ; 3 Coates’s Gilari Silken Flame at Bukhara.

Limit B (14-2abs): Superb class, many bitches I could have given top awards to today went unplaced as did not put the effort in on the move but to be fair it was an extremely hot day. 1, & Res C.C. Lockett-Davies’s Bondor A Golden Age Over Rhazmakh JW Sh. C.M. silver/brindle, this b has improved every time I have seen her, now certainly looks the part & deserves her title which she recently gained. Very desirable head & expression, correct length & set of neck leading to first class front proportions, has good feet & pads. Has bodied up correctly & has good rib & loin with excellent top line both on stack & when moving, very good quarters & well set hocks, lovely silky coat & correct saddle which she is in excellent condition, well muscled. Correctly set tail with ring & raised in action, handled & presented to perfection, she moves with plenty reach & drive from her powerful hocks ; 2 Bastow”s Cloudside Flashlight at Karandikar, black, unlucky to meet 1 today in this strong competition, lovely head proportions ,good eye & expression, correct in front & has good body, particularly like her quarters , strong low & well set hocks, has good ringed tail which is well set & carried, has lovely flowing movement but today I thought she was not quite in harmony with her handler, in excellent jet black coat & condition ; 3 Thompson”s Drishaun Black Rose at Gothic JW.

Open B (11-5abs) :Good class. 1, Dowd’s Ch. Saxonmill Lovestruck Luna red/brindle, most worthy of her title, excellent size & most pleasing in outline on stack. Love her head shape & has correct expression, good reach of neck, like her shoulder & upper arm set, in excellent body, deep chest, good rib & firm short loin, prominent hip bones & good fall away, particularly strong quarters, tail well set, in gleaming coat and firm condition, moved with ease around the ring showing her quality virtues ; 2 Adams’s Ch. Zandahar Just Tiger Lilly JW Sh. CM, dark brindle, another very worthy Ch. scores for her well shaped feminine head & good eye, well set ears, deep chest & strong short loin, prominent hip bones & desirable quarters, ringed tail correctly set & carried, has a lovely outline & like her size, moves with ease & precision, expertly presented & handled ; 3 Links”s Ch. Ir Ch Int Ch. Pahlevi Disco Diva At Orashan JW.

Veteran B (2) : 1 & B.V. Hitch”s Ch. Zendushkas Sparkling Rose, bl/silver, bigger than what I desire but has many desirable breed qualities. 9 yr old who has an excellent top line, lovely head shape & good eye, well set ears, has the best of deep chest, right down to her elbow, in profuse silky coat presented to perfection, lovely big feet & has a ringed tail well set on & carried. Was interesting to see again the stubbornness an afghan can & should have when asked to move & does not want to then in next breath she takes of around the ring with sound desirable long easy strides ; 2 Fisher’s Sumahari Flowering Peach Goto Ifmaraf JW, black, smaller more refined than 1 but prefer top line & body of 1. has a well shaped head & good eye, deep chest & short loin, well set hocks & has a good tail, in hard muscular condition & correct silky coat & desirable saddle.


Mark Ord (Judge) Paignton Ch. Show 5/8/18


Afghan Hound

Thank you to the committee for this invite to judge & to my 2 very efficient stewards. Also thank you to all who entered their hounds under me today, I was thrilled with the entry and have to say was impressed with the quality especially so the depth of quality was in the bitches. In some classes I was spoilt for choice & had to make some difficult decisions. In some classes I could have even given 1st to some that were unplaced today. That is a very pleasing & positive position for the breed and I have to admit not what I would have thought.

Temperaments are much improved & presentation on the majority was excellent. I think we need to consider size as a number of otherwise nice bitches are just simply way over the standard. Despite the standard being changed in recent times we still have people trimming & stripping out coat, I do not like to see it and it does not look good.

I did not see anything that would concern me with regard to health problems in the breed and found the majority of dogs to be very sound & in good condition. One or two would benefit from more exercise to build up muscle tone. You can have coat & muscle as was proven in many winners today. I do so wish we had more of that look through you expression which is sadly not as often seen the days and breed characteristics like mandarin beards & chiselling on the face.

Puppy D (1) : 1 & B.P.D. McCormack’s Tulak Despicable Me, masculine self/m gold with a profuse coat, good head & expression, strong in neck & has a good front, lovely big feet, in good body for age, when settled moved out with ease, ringed tail which is well set, good rear angulation.

Jun D (9) : 1 French’s Sitana Bijali Toofan at Zalmeerah sh/m gold, lovely size & shape on stack & did not put a foot wrong on the move for one so young, well shaped head, good rib & loin, strong rear & well angulated, ring tail well set & carried, in good coat & nice condition 2 Finch & Hopper”s Sitana Lal Toofan at Zinzani sh/m,loved the head on this boy, good front & body developing well, lovely rich red coat that will be even more impressive when matures, prominent hip bones & well angulated rear, another who moved well fore & aft, ringed tail well set I see are litter brothers & are 2 quality youngsters who will swap places on different days ; 3 Parson’s Joneca Fire Cracker By Shukriya.

Yearling D (5-2abs) : 1 Nisbet & Forrester’s Saxonmill Rebel Rebel at Finix JW, bl/silv masculine in head with good eye & well set neck, excellent top line on stack & when moving, good shoulder & upper arm, plenty of bone & lovely big feet, deep chest & good rib & strong short loin, prominent hip bones, good strong rear & well set ringed tail which is carried correctly on the move, very impressive youngster who for me today is just at that in-between teenager stage with regards to his coat & saddle ; 2 Boydell’s Nightwind You Cant Stop The Beat, this all black male is finer in head than 1 but still has a well balanced skull & fore face, good eye shape & expression, scores in top line & deep in rib, starting to body up & has a correct silky coat & in good condition, moving well but can be a real handful for his owner, enjoying his day out which is important at this young age ; 3 Care’s Nightwind You Are The One.

P. Grad D (7-2abs) : 1 Buttle’s Gilari Redwood Earl At Zarankhan JW, sh/m gold, well balanced in outline & when settled moved out well fore & aft, he has a good head & is strong in jaw, good top line & good depth of chest , fair spring of rib & short strong loin, prominent hip bones & good fall away, strong driving hocks & has a good tail, lovely big feet, silky coat presented to perfection & correct saddle hair ; 2 Newton’s Shimalma Run Runner, red/brindle, most impressive head & look through you expression, lovely mandarin beard under his strong jaw, longest of necks, good depth & well sprung rib, excellent top line, good bend of stifle & low set hocks, big feet firmly on the ground, coat silky & presented to perfection ; 3 O”Neill’s Devanmarn Could It Be Majic At Terstine.

Limit D (14-2abs) : Lovely class. 1 Bloor’s Pashtari Lord Byron, bl/silver, coat silky & presented to perfection, has a good head shape & strong in jaw with good dentition, good length of neck & good body proportions, lovely big feet when he lets you inspect them, well angulated rear & well set & carried ringed tail, moves with reach & drive one for the top when fully mature ; 2 French”s Palameedees Taboo At Zalmeerah bl/m gold, loved the size & shape of this dog, classic head & expression, good shoulder & upper arm, deep in chest & strong in loin, prominent hip bones & well angulated quarters, lovely gleaming silky coat & correct saddle, moved true fore & aft if slightly over exuberant at times, liked very much also ; 3 Dowd”s Thendar Fait Acompli.

Open D (10-1abs) : Some lovely males in this class.1, C.C. & B.O.B. Mather & Semple’s Ir Ch. Cloudside Sundance With Metewand, fully mature s/m pale gold, good length of skull & equal fore face, has good eye & expression, good length of neck leading to correct shoulder & equal in length of upper arm, good depth of chest & perfect strong loin, hip bones & good fall away, strong well angulated quarters, tail ringed & carried correctly because it is well set, not a heavy coat but is silky & has correct well blended saddle, won top honours today because when going over him everything just glides together & fore me has wonderful balance which can be seen when he moves, comes soundly towards you & corresponds going away, lovely reach & drive when in profile, worthy winner of good class of males ; 2 & Res C.C.Virgo & Hick’s Am Ch. Suni Asia Wish Upon A Star By Sumahari brindle similar in size to 1, has good head proportions & nice eye shape, correct length of neck leading to good front proportions, good rib & depth of chest, short & strong in his loin, correct fall away, well set low hocks & well set tail, would prefer more of a ring , has good feet & pads ; silky coat & saddle, well presented & in excellent hard muscular condition, scored today on his sound & true movement, never put a foot wrong, lovely outline on stack & sound movement : 3 Hall’s Ch. Saxon mill Rum Tum Ricochet JW.

Veteran D (1) : 1 Edward’s Fr Ch Agha Djari’s Bonfire Of Vanities A Djasti silver/brindle 8 yr old tall upstanding male, has strong jaw & good headpiece, long neck & still holds a good strong top line, good depth to chest & lovely big feet, well presented silky coat & correct saddle, strong well set rear, would like more of a ring in tail but is well set on & carried, moved out well.

Sp/B D (1) : 1 Mclay’s Cloudside Flash Thunder brindle of nice size, coat is good but a little fly away which did not help his outline when stacked, has a well shaped head & good eye shape, level in top line & good depth of chest, correct rib , prominent hip bones & good angulated rear, moved out with reach in front & soundly behind, ringed tail which is carried correctly.

Minor Puppy B (1) : 1Gilchrist & Maclennan’s Taejon Winx At Khawari sh/m pale gold, very raw & at the gangly stage, has a lovely feminine head, well set & shaped eye, prominent occiput, good length of neck, body developing at this stage, good top line, nice silky coat well presented & handled, ringed tail but a little highly set on, well set low hocks, moved out with ease & confidence.

Puppy B ( 3-1abs) : 1 & B. Puppy. McCormack”s Tulak Never Been Kissed, sh/m gold, well shaped feminine head, profuse monkey whiskers, good length of neck & lovely front, deep in chest & well bodied for age, excellent top line, well set low hocks, ringed tail well set, most lovely youngster in excellent coat & condition ; 2 T Winx At K.

Jun B (4) : 1 Thompson’s Cloudside Sunflower, s/m gold, ultra feminine & of lovely shape & size, loved her head, eye & expression, well set ears, good length of neck leading to super shoulder & corresponding upper arm, body developing well for her age, good rear & excellent tail set & carriage with super ring, correct deep saddle & lovely silky textured coat, moves extremely soundlywith style & ease, quality girl as was 2 Fairburn & Robert’s Cloudside Sunset, litter sister to 1 and has many of her attributes, not as relaxed on stack & a clown on the move but showing great potential for the future, loved her size & shape, excellent head & eye, good shoulder & upper arm, level top line & well set rear, ringed tail correctly set & carried, in lovely coat & condition ; 3 Stevens & Craft’s Joneca Fireblade. 

Yearling B (4) : 1, C.C. & B.O.B. Pascoe”s Popovs Sazerac At Sarakhan JW, sh/m gold with mahogany saddle, ultra feminine correct size & shape, most lovely head shape with correct eye shape & look through you expression, well set ears, long well set neck down to excellent shoulder & upper arm proportions, good size feet, deep chest, short & strongest of loins, pin bones & superb fall away, good angulation from her hip to low set hocks, ringed tail perfectly set & carried correctly when on the move and boy does she move correctly, she has the reach in front, the drive from the rear & covers the ground with the now rare but highly desirable springy easy flowing action. Coat is silky & has the correct saddle hair, all presented to perfection & in hard muscular condition Just what I was hoping to find & delighted to award her top honour, most worthy of her recently gained title ; 2 Parker”s Saxonmill Jean Genie At Khatira JW bl/s another who scores well for size & lovely outline on stack, good head & neck, excellent front, has good rib & loin, well set rear & low set hocks, in excellent coat & condition, well set tail but would like more of a ring in the end, scores very highly for her movement, covers the ground with plenty reach & drive ; 3 Gilbert”s Affietar Glen Magillie.

P. Grad B (10-1abs) : 1 Greenfield”s Pashtari Lady Windamere To Phelezzi, black who scores for her size, has a nice head shape, good neck leading to good front assembly, deep chest & firm strong loin, good fallaway & low set hocks well set, moved with ease fore & aft & has a good tail, in lovely coat & well handled, litter sister to limit d winner ; 2 Virgo’s Drishaun Pandors’s Black Box For Sumahar, bl/tan, favourite of mine for her superb movement, has excellent front reach & strong driving action, in good body & lovely coat condition, ringed tail well set on & carried, excellent top line at all times, could watch her move all day, only wish she was a smaller bitch ; 3 Coates’s Gilari Silken Flame at Bukhara.

Limit B (14-2abs): Superb class, many bitches I could have given top awards to today went unplaced as did not put the effort in on the move but to be fair it was an extremely hot day. 1, & Res C.C. Lockett-Davies’s Bondor A Golden Age Over Rhazmakh JW Sh. C.M. silver/brindle, this b has improved every time I have seen her, now certainly looks the part & deserves her title which she recently gained. Very desirable head & expression, correct length & set of neck leading to first class front proportions, has good feet & pads. Has bodied up correctly & has good rib & loin with excellent top line both on stack & when moving, very good quarters & well set hocks, lovely silky coat & correct saddle which she is in excellent condition, well muscled. Correctly set tail with ring & raised in action, handled & presented to perfection, she moves with plenty reach & drive from her powerful hocks ; 2 Bastow”s Cloudside Flashlight at Karandikar, black, unlucky to meet 1 today in this strong competition, lovely head proportions ,good eye & expression, correct in front & has good body, particularly like her quarters , strong low & well set hocks, has good ringed tail which is well set & carried, has lovely flowing movement but today I thought she was not quite in harmony with her handler, in excellent jet black coat & condition ; 3 Thompson”s Drishaun Black Rose at Gothic JW.

Open B (11-5abs) :Good class. 1, Dowd’s Ch. Saxonmill Lovestruck Luna red/brindle, most worthy of her title, excellent size & most pleasing in outline on stack. Love her head shape & has correct expression, good reach of neck, like her shoulder & upper arm set, in excellent body, deep chest, good rib & firm short loin, prominent hip bones & good fall away, particularly strong quarters, tail well set, in gleaming coat and firm condition, moved with ease around the ring showing her quality virtues ; 2 Adams’s Ch. Zandahar Just Tiger Lilly JW Sh. CM, dark brindle, another very worthy Ch. scores for her well shaped feminine head & good eye, well set ears, deep chest & strong short loin, prominent hip bones & desirable quarters, ringed tail correctly set & carried, has a lovely outline & like her size, moves with ease & precision, expertly presented & handled ; 3 Links”s Ch. Ir Ch Int Ch. Pahlevi Disco Diva At Orashan JW.

Veteran B (2) : 1 & B.V. Hitch”s Ch. Zendushkas Sparkling Rose, bl/silver, bigger than what I desire but has many desirable breed qualities. 9 yr old who has an excellent top line, lovely head shape & good eye, well set ears, has the best of deep chest, right down to her elbow, in profuse silky coat presented to perfection, lovely big feet & has a ringed tail well set on & carried. Was interesting to see again the stubbornness an afghan can & should have when asked to move & does not want to then in next breath she takes of around the ring with sound desirable long easy strides ; 2 Fisher’s Sumahari Flowering Peach Goto Ifmaraf JW, black, smaller more refined than 1 but prefer top line & body of 1. has a well shaped head & good eye, deep chest & short loin, well set hocks & has a good tail, in hard muscular condition & correct silky coat & desirable saddle.


Mark Ord (Judge) Paignton Ch. Show 5/8/18


Afghan Hound

Thank you to the committee for this invite to judge & to my 2 very efficient stewards. Also thank you to all who entered their hounds under me today, I was thrilled with the entry and have to say was impressed with the quality especially so the depth of quality was in the bitches. In some classes I was spoilt for choice & had to make some difficult decisions. In some classes I could have even given 1st to some that were unplaced today. That is a very pleasing & positive position for the breed and I have to admit not what I would have thought.

Temperaments are much improved & presentation on the majority was excellent. I think we need to consider size as a number of otherwise nice bitches are just simply way over the standard. Despite the standard being changed in recent times we still have people trimming & stripping out coat, I do not like to see it and it does not look good.

I did not see anything that would concern me with regard to health problems in the breed and found the majority of dogs to be very sound & in good condition. One or two would benefit from more exercise to build up muscle tone. You can have coat & muscle as was proven in many winners today. I do so wish we had more of that look through you expression which is sadly not as often seen the days and breed characteristics like mandarin beards & chiselling on the face.

Puppy D (1) : 1 & B.P.D. McCormack’s Tulak Despicable Me, masculine self/m gold with a profuse coat, good head & expression, strong in neck & has a good front, lovely big feet, in good body for age, when settled moved out with ease, ringed tail which is well set, good rear angulation.

Jun D (9) : 1 French’s Sitana Bijali Toofan at Zalmeerah sh/m gold, lovely size & shape on stack & did not put a foot wrong on the move for one so young, well shaped head, good rib & loin, strong rear & well angulated, ring tail well set & carried, in good coat & nice condition 2 Finch & Hopper”s Sitana Lal Toofan at Zinzani sh/m,loved the head on this boy, good front & body developing well, lovely rich red coat that will be even more impressive when matures, prominent hip bones & well angulated rear, another who moved well fore & aft, ringed tail well set I see are litter brothers & are 2 quality youngsters who will swap places on different days ; 3 Parson’s Joneca Fire Cracker By Shukriya.

Yearling D (5-2abs) : 1 Nisbet & Forrester’s Saxonmill Rebel Rebel at Finix JW, bl/silv masculine in head with good eye & well set neck, excellent top line on stack & when moving, good shoulder & upper arm, plenty of bone & lovely big feet, deep chest & good rib & strong short loin, prominent hip bones, good strong rear & well set ringed tail which is carried correctly on the move, very impressive youngster who for me today is just at that in-between teenager stage with regards to his coat & saddle ; 2 Boydell’s Nightwind You Cant Stop The Beat, this all black male is finer in head than 1 but still has a well balanced skull & fore face, good eye shape & expression, scores in top line & deep in rib, starting to body up & has a correct silky coat & in good condition, moving well but can be a real handful for his owner, enjoying his day out which is important at this young age ; 3 Care’s Nightwind You Are The One.

P. Grad D (7-2abs) : 1 Buttle’s Gilari Redwood Earl At Zarankhan JW, sh/m gold, well balanced in outline & when settled moved out well fore & aft, he has a good head & is strong in jaw, good top line & good depth of chest , fair spring of rib & short strong loin, prominent hip bones & good fall away, strong driving hocks & has a good tail, lovely big feet, silky coat presented to perfection & correct saddle hair ; 2 Newton’s Shimalma Run Runner, red/brindle, most impressive head & look through you expression, lovely mandarin beard under his strong jaw, longest of necks, good depth & well sprung rib, excellent top line, good bend of stifle & low set hocks, big feet firmly on the ground, coat silky & presented to perfection ; 3 O”Neill’s Devanmarn Could It Be Majic At Terstine.

Limit D (14-2abs) : Lovely class. 1 Bloor’s Pashtari Lord Byron, bl/silver, coat silky & presented to perfection, has a good head shape & strong in jaw with good dentition, good length of neck & good body proportions, lovely big feet when he lets you inspect them, well angulated rear & well set & carried ringed tail, moves with reach & drive one for the top when fully mature ; 2 French”s Palameedees Taboo At Zalmeerah bl/m gold, loved the size & shape of this dog, classic head & expression, good shoulder & upper arm, deep in chest & strong in loin, prominent hip bones & well angulated quarters, lovely gleaming silky coat & correct saddle, moved true fore & aft if slightly over exuberant at times, liked very much also ; 3 Dowd”s Thendar Fait Acompli.

Open D (10-1abs) : Some lovely males in this class.1, C.C. & B.O.B. Mather & Semple’s Ir Ch. Cloudside Sundance With Metewand, fully mature s/m pale gold, good length of skull & equal fore face, has good eye & expression, good length of neck leading to correct shoulder & equal in length of upper arm, good depth of chest & perfect strong loin, hip bones & good fall away, strong well angulated quarters, tail ringed & carried correctly because it is well set, not a heavy coat but is silky & has correct well blended saddle, won top honours today because when going over him everything just glides together & fore me has wonderful balance which can be seen when he moves, comes soundly towards you & corresponds going away, lovely reach & drive when in profile, worthy winner of good class of males ; 2 & Res C.C.Virgo & Hick’s Am Ch. Suni Asia Wish Upon A Star By Sumahari brindle similar in size to 1, has good head proportions & nice eye shape, correct length of neck leading to good front proportions, good rib & depth of chest, short & strong in his loin, correct fall away, well set low hocks & well set tail, would prefer more of a ring , has good feet & pads ; silky coat & saddle, well presented & in excellent hard muscular condition, scored today on his sound & true movement, never put a foot wrong, lovely outline on stack & sound movement : 3 Hall’s Ch. Saxon mill Rum Tum Ricochet JW.

Veteran D (1) : 1 Edward’s Fr Ch Agha Djari’s Bonfire Of Vanities A Djasti silver/brindle 8 yr old tall upstanding male, has strong jaw & good headpiece, long neck & still holds a good strong top line, good depth to chest & lovely big feet, well presented silky coat & correct saddle, strong well set rear, would like more of a ring in tail but is well set on & carried, moved out well.

Sp/B D (1) : 1 Mclay’s Cloudside Flash Thunder brindle of nice size, coat is good but a little fly away which did not help his outline when stacked, has a well shaped head & good eye shape, level in top line & good depth of chest, correct rib , prominent hip bones & good angulated rear, moved out with reach in front & soundly behind, ringed tail which is carried correctly.

Minor Puppy B (1) : 1Gilchrist & Maclennan’s Taejon Winx At Khawari sh/m pale gold, very raw & at the gangly stage, has a lovely feminine head, well set & shaped eye, prominent occiput, good length of neck, body developing at this stage, good top line, nice silky coat well presented & handled, ringed tail but a little highly set on, well set low hocks, moved out with ease & confidence.

Puppy B ( 3-1abs) : 1 & B. Puppy. McCormack”s Tulak Never Been Kissed, sh/m gold, well shaped feminine head, profuse monkey whiskers, good length of neck & lovely front, deep in chest & well bodied for age, excellent top line, well set low hocks, ringed tail well set, most lovely youngster in excellent coat & condition ; 2 T Winx At K.

Jun B (4) : 1 Thompson’s Cloudside Sunflower, s/m gold, ultra feminine & of lovely shape & size, loved her head, eye & expression, well set ears, good length of neck leading to super shoulder & corresponding upper arm, body developing well for her age, good rear & excellent tail set & carriage with super ring, correct deep saddle & lovely silky textured coat, moves extremely soundlywith style & ease, quality girl as was 2 Fairburn & Robert’s Cloudside Sunset, litter sister to 1 and has many of her attributes, not as relaxed on stack & a clown on the move but showing great potential for the future, loved her size & shape, excellent head & eye, good shoulder & upper arm, level top line & well set rear, ringed tail correctly set & carried, in lovely coat & condition ; 3 Stevens & Craft’s Joneca Fireblade. 

Yearling B (4) : 1, C.C. & B.O.B. Pascoe”s Popovs Sazerac At Sarakhan JW, sh/m gold with mahogany saddle, ultra feminine correct size & shape, most lovely head shape with correct eye shape & look through you expression, well set ears, long well set neck down to excellent shoulder & upper arm proportions, good size feet, deep chest, short & strongest of loins, pin bones & superb fall away, good angulation from her hip to low set hocks, ringed tail perfectly set & carried correctly when on the move and boy does she move correctly, she has the reach in front, the drive from the rear & covers the ground with the now rare but highly desirable springy easy flowing action. Coat is silky & has the correct saddle hair, all presented to perfection & in hard muscular condition Just what I was hoping to find & delighted to award her top honour, most worthy of her recently gained title ; 2 Parker”s Saxonmill Jean Genie At Khatira JW bl/s another who scores well for size & lovely outline on stack, good head & neck, excellent front, has good rib & loin, well set rear & low set hocks, in excellent coat & condition, well set tail but would like more of a ring in the end, scores very highly for her movement, covers the ground with plenty reach & drive ; 3 Gilbert”s Affietar Glen Magillie.

P. Grad B (10-1abs) : 1 Greenfield”s Pashtari Lady Windamere To Phelezzi, black who scores for her size, has a nice head shape, good neck leading to good front assembly, deep chest & firm strong loin, good fallaway & low set hocks well set, moved with ease fore & aft & has a good tail, in lovely coat & well handled, litter sister to limit d winner ; 2 Virgo’s Drishaun Pandors’s Black Box For Sumahar, bl/tan, favourite of mine for her superb movement, has excellent front reach & strong driving action, in good body & lovely coat condition, ringed tail well set on & carried, excellent top line at all times, could watch her move all day, only wish she was a smaller bitch ; 3 Coates’s Gilari Silken Flame at Bukhara.

Limit B (14-2abs): Superb class, many bitches I could have given top awards to today went unplaced as did not put the effort in on the move but to be fair it was an extremely hot day. 1, & Res C.C. Lockett-Davies’s Bondor A Golden Age Over Rhazmakh JW Sh. C.M. silver/brindle, this b has improved every time I have seen her, now certainly looks the part & deserves her title which she recently gained. Very desirable head & expression, correct length & set of neck leading to first class front proportions, has good feet & pads. Has bodied up correctly & has good rib & loin with excellent top line both on stack & when moving, very good quarters & well set hocks, lovely silky coat & correct saddle which she is in excellent condition, well muscled. Correctly set tail with ring & raised in action, handled & presented to perfection, she moves with plenty reach & drive from her powerful hocks ; 2 Bastow”s Cloudside Flashlight at Karandikar, black, unlucky to meet 1 today in this strong competition, lovely head proportions ,good eye & expression, correct in front & has good body, particularly like her quarters , strong low & well set hocks, has good ringed tail which is well set & carried, has lovely flowing movement but today I thought she was not quite in harmony with her handler, in excellent jet black coat & condition ; 3 Thompson”s Drishaun Black Rose at Gothic JW.

Open B (11-5abs) :Good class. 1, Dowd’s Ch. Saxonmill Lovestruck Luna red/brindle, most worthy of her title, excellent size & most pleasing in outline on stack. Love her head shape & has correct expression, good reach of neck, like her shoulder & upper arm set, in excellent body, deep chest, good rib & firm short loin, prominent hip bones & good fall away, particularly strong quarters, tail well set, in gleaming coat and firm condition, moved with ease around the ring showing her quality virtues ; 2 Adams’s Ch. Zandahar Just Tiger Lilly JW Sh. CM, dark brindle, another very worthy Ch. scores for her well shaped feminine head & good eye, well set ears, deep chest & strong short loin, prominent hip bones & desirable quarters, ringed tail correctly set & carried, has a lovely outline & like her size, moves with ease & precision, expertly presented & handled ; 3 Links”s Ch. Ir Ch Int Ch. Pahlevi Disco Diva At Orashan JW.

Veteran B (2) : 1 & B.V. Hitch”s Ch. Zendushkas Sparkling Rose, bl/silver, bigger than what I desire but has many desirable breed qualities. 9 yr old who has an excellent top line, lovely head shape & good eye, well set ears, has the best of deep chest, right down to her elbow, in profuse silky coat presented to perfection, lovely big feet & has a ringed tail well set on & carried. Was interesting to see again the stubbornness an afghan can & should have when asked to move & does not want to then in next breath she takes of around the ring with sound desirable long easy strides ; 2 Fisher’s Sumahari Flowering Peach Goto Ifmaraf JW, black, smaller more refined than 1 but prefer top line & body of 1. has a well shaped head & good eye, deep chest & short loin, well set hocks & has a good tail, in hard muscular condition & correct silky coat & desirable saddle.


Mark Ord (Judge) Paignton Ch. Show 5/8/18


Afghan Hound

Thank you to the committee for this invite to judge & to my 2 very efficient stewards. Also thank you to all who entered their hounds under me today, I was thrilled with the entry and have to say was impressed with the quality especially so the depth of quality was in the bitches. In some classes I was spoilt for choice & had to make some difficult decisions. In some classes I could have even given 1st to some that were unplaced today. That is a very pleasing & positive position for the breed and I have to admit not what I would have thought.

Temperaments are much improved & presentation on the majority was excellent. I think we need to consider size as a number of otherwise nice bitches are just simply way over the standard. Despite the standard being changed in recent times we still have people trimming & stripping out coat, I do not like to see it and it does not look good.

I did not see anything that would concern me with regard to health problems in the breed and found the majority of dogs to be very sound & in good condition. One or two would benefit from more exercise to build up muscle tone. You can have coat & muscle as was proven in many winners today. I do so wish we had more of that look through you expression which is sadly not as often seen the days and breed characteristics like mandarin beards & chiselling on the face.

Puppy D (1) : 1 & B.P.D. McCormack’s Tulak Despicable Me, masculine self/m gold with a profuse coat, good head & expression, strong in neck & has a good front, lovely big feet, in good body for age, when settled moved out with ease, ringed tail which is well set, good rear angulation.

Jun D (9) : 1 French’s Sitana Bijali Toofan at Zalmeerah sh/m gold, lovely size & shape on stack & did not put a foot wrong on the move for one so young, well shaped head, good rib & loin, strong rear & well angulated, ring tail well set & carried, in good coat & nice condition 2 Finch & Hopper”s Sitana Lal Toofan at Zinzani sh/m,loved the head on this boy, good front & body developing well, lovely rich red coat that will be even more impressive when matures, prominent hip bones & well angulated rear, another who moved well fore & aft, ringed tail well set I see are litter brothers & are 2 quality youngsters who will swap places on different days ; 3 Parson’s Joneca Fire Cracker By Shukriya.

Yearling D (5-2abs) : 1 Nisbet & Forrester’s Saxonmill Rebel Rebel at Finix JW, bl/silv masculine in head with good eye & well set neck, excellent top line on stack & when moving, good shoulder & upper arm, plenty of bone & lovely big feet, deep chest & good rib & strong short loin, prominent hip bones, good strong rear & well set ringed tail which is carried correctly on the move, very impressive youngster who for me today is just at that in-between teenager stage with regards to his coat & saddle ; 2 Boydell’s Nightwind You Cant Stop The Beat, this all black male is finer in head than 1 but still has a well balanced skull & fore face, good eye shape & expression, scores in top line & deep in rib, starting to body up & has a correct silky coat & in good condition, moving well but can be a real handful for his owner, enjoying his day out which is important at this young age ; 3 Care’s Nightwind You Are The One.

P. Grad D (7-2abs) : 1 Buttle’s Gilari Redwood Earl At Zarankhan JW, sh/m gold, well balanced in outline & when settled moved out well fore & aft, he has a good head & is strong in jaw, good top line & good depth of chest , fair spring of rib & short strong loin, prominent hip bones & good fall away, strong driving hocks & has a good tail, lovely big feet, silky coat presented to perfection & correct saddle hair ; 2 Newton’s Shimalma Run Runner, red/brindle, most impressive head & look through you expression, lovely mandarin beard under his strong jaw, longest of necks, good depth & well sprung rib, excellent top line, good bend of stifle & low set hocks, big feet firmly on the ground, coat silky & presented to perfection ; 3 O”Neill’s Devanmarn Could It Be Majic At Terstine.

Limit D (14-2abs) : Lovely class. 1 Bloor’s Pashtari Lord Byron, bl/silver, coat silky & presented to perfection, has a good head shape & strong in jaw with good dentition, good length of neck & good body proportions, lovely big feet when he lets you inspect them, well angulated rear & well set & carried ringed tail, moves with reach & drive one for the top when fully mature ; 2 French”s Palameedees Taboo At Zalmeerah bl/m gold, loved the size & shape of this dog, classic head & expression, good shoulder & upper arm, deep in chest & strong in loin, prominent hip bones & well angulated quarters, lovely gleaming silky coat & correct saddle, moved true fore & aft if slightly over exuberant at times, liked very much also ; 3 Dowd”s Thendar Fait Acompli.

Open D (10-1abs) : Some lovely males in this class.1, C.C. & B.O.B. Mather & Semple’s Ir Ch. Cloudside Sundance With Metewand, fully mature s/m pale gold, good length of skull & equal fore face, has good eye & expression, good length of neck leading to correct shoulder & equal in length of upper arm, good depth of chest & perfect strong loin, hip bones & good fall away, strong well angulated quarters, tail ringed & carried correctly because it is well set, not a heavy coat but is silky & has correct well blended saddle, won top honours today because when going over him everything just glides together & fore me has wonderful balance which can be seen when he moves, comes soundly towards you & corresponds going away, lovely reach & drive when in profile, worthy winner of good class of males ; 2 & Res C.C.Virgo & Hick’s Am Ch. Suni Asia Wish Upon A Star By Sumahari brindle similar in size to 1, has good head proportions & nice eye shape, correct length of neck leading to good front proportions, good rib & depth of chest, short & strong in his loin, correct fall away, well set low hocks & well set tail, would prefer more of a ring , has good feet & pads ; silky coat & saddle, well presented & in excellent hard muscular condition, scored today on his sound & true movement, never put a foot wrong, lovely outline on stack & sound movement : 3 Hall’s Ch. Saxon mill Rum Tum Ricochet JW.

Veteran D (1) : 1 Edward’s Fr Ch Agha Djari’s Bonfire Of Vanities A Djasti silver/brindle 8 yr old tall upstanding male, has strong jaw & good headpiece, long neck & still holds a good strong top line, good depth to chest & lovely big feet, well presented silky coat & correct saddle, strong well set rear, would like more of a ring in tail but is well set on & carried, moved out well.

Sp/B D (1) : 1 Mclay’s Cloudside Flash Thunder brindle of nice size, coat is good but a little fly away which did not help his outline when stacked, has a well shaped head & good eye shape, level in top line & good depth of chest, correct rib , prominent hip bones & good angulated rear, moved out with reach in front & soundly behind, ringed tail which is carried correctly.

Minor Puppy B (1) : 1Gilchrist & Maclennan’s Taejon Winx At Khawari sh/m pale gold, very raw & at the gangly stage, has a lovely feminine head, well set & shaped eye, prominent occiput, good length of neck, body developing at this stage, good top line, nice silky coat well presented & handled, ringed tail but a little highly set on, well set low hocks, moved out with ease & confidence.

Puppy B ( 3-1abs) : 1 & B. Puppy. McCormack”s Tulak Never Been Kissed, sh/m gold, well shaped feminine head, profuse monkey whiskers, good length of neck & lovely front, deep in chest & well bodied for age, excellent top line, well set low hocks, ringed tail well set, most lovely youngster in excellent coat & condition ; 2 T Winx At K.

Jun B (4) : 1 Thompson’s Cloudside Sunflower, s/m gold, ultra feminine & of lovely shape & size, loved her head, eye & expression, well set ears, good length of neck leading to super shoulder & corresponding upper arm, body developing well for her age, good rear & excellent tail set & carriage with super ring, correct deep saddle & lovely silky textured coat, moves extremely soundlywith style & ease, quality girl as was 2 Fairburn & Robert’s Cloudside Sunset, litter sister to 1 and has many of her attributes, not as relaxed on stack & a clown on the move but showing great potential for the future, loved her size & shape, excellent head & eye, good shoulder & upper arm, level top line & well set rear, ringed tail correctly set & carried, in lovely coat & condition ; 3 Stevens & Craft’s Joneca Fireblade. 

Yearling B (4) : 1, C.C. & B.O.B. Pascoe”s Popovs Sazerac At Sarakhan JW, sh/m gold with mahogany saddle, ultra feminine correct size & shape, most lovely head shape with correct eye shape & look through you expression, well set ears, long well set neck down to excellent shoulder & upper arm proportions, good size feet, deep chest, short & strongest of loins, pin bones & superb fall away, good angulation from her hip to low set hocks, ringed tail perfectly set & carried correctly when on the move and boy does she move correctly, she has the reach in front, the drive from the rear & covers the ground with the now rare but highly desirable springy easy flowing action. Coat is silky & has the correct saddle hair, all presented to perfection & in hard muscular condition Just what I was hoping to find & delighted to award her top honour, most worthy of her recently gained title ; 2 Parker”s Saxonmill Jean Genie At Khatira JW bl/s another who scores well for size & lovely outline on stack, good head & neck, excellent front, has good rib & loin, well set rear & low set hocks, in excellent coat & condition, well set tail but would like more of a ring in the end, scores very highly for her movement, covers the ground with plenty reach & drive ; 3 Gilbert”s Affietar Glen Magillie.

P. Grad B (10-1abs) : 1 Greenfield”s Pashtari Lady Windamere To Phelezzi, black who scores for her size, has a nice head shape, good neck leading to good front assembly, deep chest & firm strong loin, good fallaway & low set hocks well set, moved with ease fore & aft & has a good tail, in lovely coat & well handled, litter sister to limit d winner ; 2 Virgo’s Drishaun Pandors’s Black Box For Sumahar, bl/tan, favourite of mine for her superb movement, has excellent front reach & strong driving action, in good body & lovely coat condition, ringed tail well set on & carried, excellent top line at all times, could watch her move all day, only wish she was a smaller bitch ; 3 Coates’s Gilari Silken Flame at Bukhara.

Limit B (14-2abs): Superb class, many bitches I could have given top awards to today went unplaced as did not put the effort in on the move but to be fair it was an extremely hot day. 1, & Res C.C. Lockett-Davies’s Bondor A Golden Age Over Rhazmakh JW Sh. C.M. silver/brindle, this b has improved every time I have seen her, now certainly looks the part & deserves her title which she recently gained. Very desirable head & expression, correct length & set of neck leading to first class front proportions, has good feet & pads. Has bodied up correctly & has good rib & loin with excellent top line both on stack & when moving, very good quarters & well set hocks, lovely silky coat & correct saddle which she is in excellent condition, well muscled. Correctly set tail with ring & raised in action, handled & presented to perfection, she moves with plenty reach & drive from her powerful hocks ; 2 Bastow”s Cloudside Flashlight at Karandikar, black, unlucky to meet 1 today in this strong competition, lovely head proportions ,good eye & expression, correct in front & has good body, particularly like her quarters , strong low & well set hocks, has good ringed tail which is well set & carried, has lovely flowing movement but today I thought she was not quite in harmony with her handler, in excellent jet black coat & condition ; 3 Thompson”s Drishaun Black Rose at Gothic JW.

Open B (11-5abs) :Good class. 1, Dowd’s Ch. Saxonmill Lovestruck Luna red/brindle, most worthy of her title, excellent size & most pleasing in outline on stack. Love her head shape & has correct expression, good reach of neck, like her shoulder & upper arm set, in excellent body, deep chest, good rib & firm short loin, prominent hip bones & good fall away, particularly strong quarters, tail well set, in gleaming coat and firm condition, moved with ease around the ring showing her quality virtues ; 2 Adams’s Ch. Zandahar Just Tiger Lilly JW Sh. CM, dark brindle, another very worthy Ch. scores for her well shaped feminine head & good eye, well set ears, deep chest & strong short loin, prominent hip bones & desirable quarters, ringed tail correctly set & carried, has a lovely outline & like her size, moves with ease & precision, expertly presented & handled ; 3 Links”s Ch. Ir Ch Int Ch. Pahlevi Disco Diva At Orashan JW.

Veteran B (2) : 1 & B.V. Hitch”s Ch. Zendushkas Sparkling Rose, bl/silver, bigger than what I desire but has many desirable breed qualities. 9 yr old who has an excellent top line, lovely head shape & good eye, well set ears, has the best of deep chest, right down to her elbow, in profuse silky coat presented to perfection, lovely big feet & has a ringed tail well set on & carried. Was interesting to see again the stubbornness an afghan can & should have when asked to move & does not want to then in next breath she takes of around the ring with sound desirable long easy strides ; 2 Fisher’s Sumahari Flowering Peach Goto Ifmaraf JW, black, smaller more refined than 1 but prefer top line & body of 1. has a well shaped head & good eye, deep chest & short loin, well set hocks & has a good tail, in hard muscular condition & correct silky coat & desirable saddle.


Mark Ord (Judge) Paignton Ch. Show 5/8/18


Afghan Hound

Thank you to the committee for this invite to judge & to my 2 very efficient stewards. Also thank you to all who entered their hounds under me today, I was thrilled with the entry and have to say was impressed with the quality especially so the depth of quality was in the bitches. In some classes I was spoilt for choice & had to make some difficult decisions. In some classes I could have even given 1st to some that were unplaced today. That is a very pleasing & positive position for the breed and I have to admit not what I would have thought.

Temperaments are much improved & presentation on the majority was excellent. I think we need to consider size as a number of otherwise nice bitches are just simply way over the standard. Despite the standard being changed in recent times we still have people trimming & stripping out coat, I do not like to see it and it does not look good.

I did not see anything that would concern me with regard to health problems in the breed and found the majority of dogs to be very sound & in good condition. One or two would benefit from more exercise to build up muscle tone. You can have coat & muscle as was proven in many winners today. I do so wish we had more of that look through you expression which is sadly not as often seen the days and breed characteristics like mandarin beards & chiselling on the face.

Puppy D (1) : 1 & B.P.D. McCormack’s Tulak Despicable Me, masculine self/m gold with a profuse coat, good head & expression, strong in neck & has a good front, lovely big feet, in good body for age, when settled moved out with ease, ringed tail which is well set, good rear angulation.

Jun D (9) : 1 French’s Sitana Bijali Toofan at Zalmeerah sh/m gold, lovely size & shape on stack & did not put a foot wrong on the move for one so young, well shaped head, good rib & loin, strong rear & well angulated, ring tail well set & carried, in good coat & nice condition 2 Finch & Hopper”s Sitana Lal Toofan at Zinzani sh/m,loved the head on this boy, good front & body developing well, lovely rich red coat that will be even more impressive when matures, prominent hip bones & well angulated rear, another who moved well fore & aft, ringed tail well set I see are litter brothers & are 2 quality youngsters who will swap places on different days ; 3 Parson’s Joneca Fire Cracker By Shukriya.

Yearling D (5-2abs) : 1 Nisbet & Forrester’s Saxonmill Rebel Rebel at Finix JW, bl/silv masculine in head with good eye & well set neck, excellent top line on stack & when moving, good shoulder & upper arm, plenty of bone & lovely big feet, deep chest & good rib & strong short loin, prominent hip bones, good strong rear & well set ringed tail which is carried correctly on the move, very impressive youngster who for me today is just at that in-between teenager stage with regards to his coat & saddle ; 2 Boydell’s Nightwind You Cant Stop The Beat, this all black male is finer in head than 1 but still has a well balanced skull & fore face, good eye shape & expression, scores in top line & deep in rib, starting to body up & has a correct silky coat & in good condition, moving well but can be a real handful for his owner, enjoying his day out which is important at this young age ; 3 Care’s Nightwind You Are The One.

P. Grad D (7-2abs) : 1 Buttle’s Gilari Redwood Earl At Zarankhan JW, sh/m gold, well balanced in outline & when settled moved out well fore & aft, he has a good head & is strong in jaw, good top line & good depth of chest , fair spring of rib & short strong loin, prominent hip bones & good fall away, strong driving hocks & has a good tail, lovely big feet, silky coat presented to perfection & correct saddle hair ; 2 Newton’s Shimalma Run Runner, red/brindle, most impressive head & look through you expression, lovely mandarin beard under his strong jaw, longest of necks, good depth & well sprung rib, excellent top line, good bend of stifle & low set hocks, big feet firmly on the ground, coat silky & presented to perfection ; 3 O”Neill’s Devanmarn Could It Be Majic At Terstine.

Limit D (14-2abs) : Lovely class. 1 Bloor’s Pashtari Lord Byron, bl/silver, coat silky & presented to perfection, has a good head shape & strong in jaw with good dentition, good length of neck & good body proportions, lovely big feet when he lets you inspect them, well angulated rear & well set & carried ringed tail, moves with reach & drive one for the top when fully mature ; 2 French”s Palameedees Taboo At Zalmeerah bl/m gold, loved the size & shape of this dog, classic head & expression, good shoulder & upper arm, deep in chest & strong in loin, prominent hip bones & well angulated quarters, lovely gleaming silky coat & correct saddle, moved true fore & aft if slightly over exuberant at times, liked very much also ; 3 Dowd”s Thendar Fait Acompli.

Open D (10-1abs) : Some lovely males in this class.1, C.C. & B.O.B. Mather & Semple’s Ir Ch. Cloudside Sundance With Metewand, fully mature s/m pale gold, good length of skull & equal fore face, has good eye & expression, good length of neck leading to correct shoulder & equal in length of upper arm, good depth of chest & perfect strong loin, hip bones & good fall away, strong well angulated quarters, tail ringed & carried correctly because it is well set, not a heavy coat but is silky & has correct well blended saddle, won top honours today because when going over him everything just glides together & fore me has wonderful balance which can be seen when he moves, comes soundly towards you & corresponds going away, lovely reach & drive when in profile, worthy winner of good class of males ; 2 & Res C.C.Virgo & Hick’s Am Ch. Suni Asia Wish Upon A Star By Sumahari brindle similar in size to 1, has good head proportions & nice eye shape, correct length of neck leading to good front proportions, good rib & depth of chest, short & strong in his loin, correct fall away, well set low hocks & well set tail, would prefer more of a ring , has good feet & pads ; silky coat & saddle, well presented & in excellent hard muscular condition, scored today on his sound & true movement, never put a foot wrong, lovely outline on stack & sound movement : 3 Hall’s Ch. Saxon mill Rum Tum Ricochet JW.

Veteran D (1) : 1 Edward’s Fr Ch Agha Djari’s Bonfire Of Vanities A Djasti silver/brindle 8 yr old tall upstanding male, has strong jaw & good headpiece, long neck & still holds a good strong top line, good depth to chest & lovely big feet, well presented silky coat & correct saddle, strong well set rear, would like more of a ring in tail but is well set on & carried, moved out well.

Sp/B D (1) : 1 Mclay’s Cloudside Flash Thunder brindle of nice size, coat is good but a little fly away which did not help his outline when stacked, has a well shaped head & good eye shape, level in top line & good depth of chest, correct rib , prominent hip bones & good angulated rear, moved out with reach in front & soundly behind, ringed tail which is carried correctly.

Minor Puppy B (1) : 1Gilchrist & Maclennan’s Taejon Winx At Khawari sh/m pale gold, very raw & at the gangly stage, has a lovely feminine head, well set & shaped eye, prominent occiput, good length of neck, body developing at this stage, good top line, nice silky coat well presented & handled, ringed tail but a little highly set on, well set low hocks, moved out with ease & confidence.

Puppy B ( 3-1abs) : 1 & B. Puppy. McCormack”s Tulak Never Been Kissed, sh/m gold, well shaped feminine head, profuse monkey whiskers, good length of neck & lovely front, deep in chest & well bodied for age, excellent top line, well set low hocks, ringed tail well set, most lovely youngster in excellent coat & condition ; 2 T Winx At K.

Jun B (4) : 1 Thompson’s Cloudside Sunflower, s/m gold, ultra feminine & of lovely shape & size, loved her head, eye & expression, well set ears, good length of neck leading to super shoulder & corresponding upper arm, body developing well for her age, good rear & excellent tail set & carriage with super ring, correct deep saddle & lovely silky textured coat, moves extremely soundlywith style & ease, quality girl as was 2 Fairburn & Robert’s Cloudside Sunset, litter sister to 1 and has many of her attributes, not as relaxed on stack & a clown on the move but showing great potential for the future, loved her size & shape, excellent head & eye, good shoulder & upper arm, level top line & well set rear, ringed tail correctly set & carried, in lovely coat & condition ; 3 Stevens & Craft’s Joneca Fireblade. 

Yearling B (4) : 1, C.C. & B.O.B. Pascoe”s Popovs Sazerac At Sarakhan JW, sh/m gold with mahogany saddle, ultra feminine correct size & shape, most lovely head shape with correct eye shape & look through you expression, well set ears, long well set neck down to excellent shoulder & upper arm proportions, good size feet, deep chest, short & strongest of loins, pin bones & superb fall away, good angulation from her hip to low set hocks, ringed tail perfectly set & carried correctly when on the move and boy does she move correctly, she has the reach in front, the drive from the rear & covers the ground with the now rare but highly desirable springy easy flowing action. Coat is silky & has the correct saddle hair, all presented to perfection & in hard muscular condition Just what I was hoping to find & delighted to award her top honour, most worthy of her recently gained title ; 2 Parker”s Saxonmill Jean Genie At Khatira JW bl/s another who scores well for size & lovely outline on stack, good head & neck, excellent front, has good rib & loin, well set rear & low set hocks, in excellent coat & condition, well set tail but would like more of a ring in the end, scores very highly for her movement, covers the ground with plenty reach & drive ; 3 Gilbert”s Affietar Glen Magillie.

P. Grad B (10-1abs) : 1 Greenfield”s Pashtari Lady Windamere To Phelezzi, black who scores for her size, has a nice head shape, good neck leading to good front assembly, deep chest & firm strong loin, good fallaway & low set hocks well set, moved with ease fore & aft & has a good tail, in lovely coat & well handled, litter sister to limit d winner ; 2 Virgo’s Drishaun Pandors’s Black Box For Sumahar, bl/tan, favourite of mine for her superb movement, has excellent front reach & strong driving action, in good body & lovely coat condition, ringed tail well set on & carried, excellent top line at all times, could watch her move all day, only wish she was a smaller bitch ; 3 Coates’s Gilari Silken Flame at Bukhara.

Limit B (14-2abs): Superb class, many bitches I could have given top awards to today went unplaced as did not put the effort in on the move but to be fair it was an extremely hot day. 1, & Res C.C. Lockett-Davies’s Bondor A Golden Age Over Rhazmakh JW Sh. C.M. silver/brindle, this b has improved every time I have seen her, now certainly looks the part & deserves her title which she recently gained. Very desirable head & expression, correct length & set of neck leading to first class front proportions, has good feet & pads. Has bodied up correctly & has good rib & loin with excellent top line both on stack & when moving, very good quarters & well set hocks, lovely silky coat & correct saddle which she is in excellent condition, well muscled. Correctly set tail with ring & raised in action, handled & presented to perfection, she moves with plenty reach & drive from her powerful hocks ; 2 Bastow”s Cloudside Flashlight at Karandikar, black, unlucky to meet 1 today in this strong competition, lovely head proportions ,good eye & expression, correct in front & has good body, particularly like her quarters , strong low & well set hocks, has good ringed tail which is well set & carried, has lovely flowing movement but today I thought she was not quite in harmony with her handler, in excellent jet black coat & condition ; 3 Thompson”s Drishaun Black Rose at Gothic JW.

Open B (11-5abs) :Good class. 1, Dowd’s Ch. Saxonmill Lovestruck Luna red/brindle, most worthy of her title, excellent size & most pleasing in outline on stack. Love her head shape & has correct expression, good reach of neck, like her shoulder & upper arm set, in excellent body, deep chest, good rib & firm short loin, prominent hip bones & good fall away, particularly strong quarters, tail well set, in gleaming coat and firm condition, moved with ease around the ring showing her quality virtues ; 2 Adams’s Ch. Zandahar Just Tiger Lilly JW Sh. CM, dark brindle, another very worthy Ch. scores for her well shaped feminine head & good eye, well set ears, deep chest & strong short loin, prominent hip bones & desirable quarters, ringed tail correctly set & carried, has a lovely outline & like her size, moves with ease & precision, expertly presented & handled ; 3 Links”s Ch. Ir Ch Int Ch. Pahlevi Disco Diva At Orashan JW.

Veteran B (2) : 1 & B.V. Hitch”s Ch. Zendushkas Sparkling Rose, bl/silver, bigger than what I desire but has many desirable breed qualities. 9 yr old who has an excellent top line, lovely head shape & good eye, well set ears, has the best of deep chest, right down to her elbow, in profuse silky coat presented to perfection, lovely big feet & has a ringed tail well set on & carried. Was interesting to see again the stubbornness an afghan can & should have when asked to move & does not want to then in next breath she takes of around the ring with sound desirable long easy strides ; 2 Fisher’s Sumahari Flowering Peach Goto Ifmaraf JW, black, smaller more refined than 1 but prefer top line & body of 1. has a well shaped head & good eye, deep chest & short loin, well set hocks & has a good tail, in hard muscular condition & correct silky coat & desirable saddle.


Mark Ord (Judge) Paignton Ch. Show 5/8/18


Afghan Hound

Thank you to the committee for this invite to judge & to my 2 very efficient stewards. Also thank you to all who entered their hounds under me today, I was thrilled with the entry and have to say was impressed with the quality especially so the depth of quality was in the bitches. In some classes I was spoilt for choice & had to make some difficult decisions. In some classes I could have even given 1st to some that were unplaced today. That is a very pleasing & positive position for the breed and I have to admit not what I would have thought.

Temperaments are much improved & presentation on the majority was excellent. I think we need to consider size as a number of otherwise nice bitches are just simply way over the standard. Despite the standard being changed in recent times we still have people trimming & stripping out coat, I do not like to see it and it does not look good.

I did not see anything that would concern me with regard to health problems in the breed and found the majority of dogs to be very sound & in good condition. One or two would benefit from more exercise to build up muscle tone. You can have coat & muscle as was proven in many winners today. I do so wish we had more of that look through you expression which is sadly not as often seen the days and breed characteristics like mandarin beards & chiselling on the face.

Puppy D (1) : 1 & B.P.D. McCormack’s Tulak Despicable Me, masculine self/m gold with a profuse coat, good head & expression, strong in neck & has a good front, lovely big feet, in good body for age, when settled moved out with ease, ringed tail which is well set, good rear angulation.

Jun D (9) : 1 French’s Sitana Bijali Toofan at Zalmeerah sh/m gold, lovely size & shape on stack & did not put a foot wrong on the move for one so young, well shaped head, good rib & loin, strong rear & well angulated, ring tail well set & carried, in good coat & nice condition 2 Finch & Hopper”s Sitana Lal Toofan at Zinzani sh/m,loved the head on this boy, good front & body developing well, lovely rich red coat that will be even more impressive when matures, prominent hip bones & well angulated rear, another who moved well fore & aft, ringed tail well set I see are litter brothers & are 2 quality youngsters who will swap places on different days ; 3 Parson’s Joneca Fire Cracker By Shukriya.

Yearling D (5-2abs) : 1 Nisbet & Forrester’s Saxonmill Rebel Rebel at Finix JW, bl/silv masculine in head with good eye & well set neck, excellent top line on stack & when moving, good shoulder & upper arm, plenty of bone & lovely big feet, deep chest & good rib & strong short loin, prominent hip bones, good strong rear & well set ringed tail which is carried correctly on the move, very impressive youngster who for me today is just at that in-between teenager stage with regards to his coat & saddle ; 2 Boydell’s Nightwind You Cant Stop The Beat, this all black male is finer in head than 1 but still has a well balanced skull & fore face, good eye shape & expression, scores in top line & deep in rib, starting to body up & has a correct silky coat & in good condition, moving well but can be a real handful for his owner, enjoying his day out which is important at this young age ; 3 Care’s Nightwind You Are The One.

P. Grad D (7-2abs) : 1 Buttle’s Gilari Redwood Earl At Zarankhan JW, sh/m gold, well balanced in outline & when settled moved out well fore & aft, he has a good head & is strong in jaw, good top line & good depth of chest , fair spring of rib & short strong loin, prominent hip bones & good fall away, strong driving hocks & has a good tail, lovely big feet, silky coat presented to perfection & correct saddle hair ; 2 Newton’s Shimalma Run Runner, red/brindle, most impressive head & look through you expression, lovely mandarin beard under his strong jaw, longest of necks, good depth & well sprung rib, excellent top line, good bend of stifle & low set hocks, big feet firmly on the ground, coat silky & presented to perfection ; 3 O”Neill’s Devanmarn Could It Be Majic At Terstine.

Limit D (14-2abs) : Lovely class. 1 Bloor’s Pashtari Lord Byron, bl/silver, coat silky & presented to perfection, has a good head shape & strong in jaw with good dentition, good length of neck & good body proportions, lovely big feet when he lets you inspect them, well angulated rear & well set & carried ringed tail, moves with reach & drive one for the top when fully mature ; 2 French”s Palameedees Taboo At Zalmeerah bl/m gold, loved the size & shape of this dog, classic head & expression, good shoulder & upper arm, deep in chest & strong in loin, prominent hip bones & well angulated quarters, lovely gleaming silky coat & correct saddle, moved true fore & aft if slightly over exuberant at times, liked very much also ; 3 Dowd”s Thendar Fait Acompli.

Open D (10-1abs) : Some lovely males in this class.1, C.C. & B.O.B. Mather & Semple’s Ir Ch. Cloudside Sundance With Metewand, fully mature s/m pale gold, good length of skull & equal fore face, has good eye & expression, good length of neck leading to correct shoulder & equal in length of upper arm, good depth of chest & perfect strong loin, hip bones & good fall away, strong well angulated quarters, tail ringed & carried correctly because it is well set, not a heavy coat but is silky & has correct well blended saddle, won top honours today because when going over him everything just glides together & fore me has wonderful balance which can be seen when he moves, comes soundly towards you & corresponds going away, lovely reach & drive when in profile, worthy winner of good class of males ; 2 & Res C.C.Virgo & Hick’s Am Ch. Suni Asia Wish Upon A Star By Sumahari brindle similar in size to 1, has good head proportions & nice eye shape, correct length of neck leading to good front proportions, good rib & depth of chest, short & strong in his loin, correct fall away, well set low hocks & well set tail, would prefer more of a ring , has good feet & pads ; silky coat & saddle, well presented & in excellent hard muscular condition, scored today on his sound & true movement, never put a foot wrong, lovely outline on stack & sound movement : 3 Hall’s Ch. Saxon mill Rum Tum Ricochet JW.

Veteran D (1) : 1 Edward’s Fr Ch Agha Djari’s Bonfire Of Vanities A Djasti silver/brindle 8 yr old tall upstanding male, has strong jaw & good headpiece, long neck & still holds a good strong top line, good depth to chest & lovely big feet, well presented silky coat & correct saddle, strong well set rear, would like more of a ring in tail but is well set on & carried, moved out well.

Sp/B D (1) : 1 Mclay’s Cloudside Flash Thunder brindle of nice size, coat is good but a little fly away which did not help his outline when stacked, has a well shaped head & good eye shape, level in top line & good depth of chest, correct rib , prominent hip bones & good angulated rear, moved out with reach in front & soundly behind, ringed tail which is carried correctly.

Minor Puppy B (1) : 1Gilchrist & Maclennan’s Taejon Winx At Khawari sh/m pale gold, very raw & at the gangly stage, has a lovely feminine head, well set & shaped eye, prominent occiput, good length of neck, body developing at this stage, good top line, nice silky coat well presented & handled, ringed tail but a little highly set on, well set low hocks, moved out with ease & confidence.

Puppy B ( 3-1abs) : 1 & B. Puppy. McCormack”s Tulak Never Been Kissed, sh/m gold, well shaped feminine head, profuse monkey whiskers, good length of neck & lovely front, deep in chest & well bodied for age, excellent top line, well set low hocks, ringed tail well set, most lovely youngster in excellent coat & condition ; 2 T Winx At K.

Jun B (4) : 1 Thompson’s Cloudside Sunflower, s/m gold, ultra feminine & of lovely shape & size, loved her head, eye & expression, well set ears, good length of neck leading to super shoulder & corresponding upper arm, body developing well for her age, good rear & excellent tail set & carriage with super ring, correct deep saddle & lovely silky textured coat, moves extremely soundlywith style & ease, quality girl as was 2 Fairburn & Robert’s Cloudside Sunset, litter sister to 1 and has many of her attributes, not as relaxed on stack & a clown on the move but showing great potential for the future, loved her size & shape, excellent head & eye, good shoulder & upper arm, level top line & well set rear, ringed tail correctly set & carried, in lovely coat & condition ; 3 Stevens & Craft’s Joneca Fireblade. 

Yearling B (4) : 1, C.C. & B.O.B. Pascoe”s Popovs Sazerac At Sarakhan JW, sh/m gold with mahogany saddle, ultra feminine correct size & shape, most lovely head shape with correct eye shape & look through you expression, well set ears, long well set neck down to excellent shoulder & upper arm proportions, good size feet, deep chest, short & strongest of loins, pin bones & superb fall away, good angulation from her hip to low set hocks, ringed tail perfectly set & carried correctly when on the move and boy does she move correctly, she has the reach in front, the drive from the rear & covers the ground with the now rare but highly desirable springy easy flowing action. Coat is silky & has the correct saddle hair, all presented to perfection & in hard muscular condition Just what I was hoping to find & delighted to award her top honour, most worthy of her recently gained title ; 2 Parker”s Saxonmill Jean Genie At Khatira JW bl/s another who scores well for size & lovely outline on stack, good head & neck, excellent front, has good rib & loin, well set rear & low set hocks, in excellent coat & condition, well set tail but would like more of a ring in the end, scores very highly for her movement, covers the ground with plenty reach & drive ; 3 Gilbert”s Affietar Glen Magillie.

P. Grad B (10-1abs) : 1 Greenfield”s Pashtari Lady Windamere To Phelezzi, black who scores for her size, has a nice head shape, good neck leading to good front assembly, deep chest & firm strong loin, good fallaway & low set hocks well set, moved with ease fore & aft & has a good tail, in lovely coat & well handled, litter sister to limit d winner ; 2 Virgo’s Drishaun Pandors’s Black Box For Sumahar, bl/tan, favourite of mine for her superb movement, has excellent front reach & strong driving action, in good body & lovely coat condition, ringed tail well set on & carried, excellent top line at all times, could watch her move all day, only wish she was a smaller bitch ; 3 Coates’s Gilari Silken Flame at Bukhara.

Limit B (14-2abs): Superb class, many bitches I could have given top awards to today went unplaced as did not put the effort in on the move but to be fair it was an extremely hot day. 1, & Res C.C. Lockett-Davies’s Bondor A Golden Age Over Rhazmakh JW Sh. C.M. silver/brindle, this b has improved every time I have seen her, now certainly looks the part & deserves her title which she recently gained. Very desirable head & expression, correct length & set of neck leading to first class front proportions, has good feet & pads. Has bodied up correctly & has good rib & loin with excellent top line both on stack & when moving, very good quarters & well set hocks, lovely silky coat & correct saddle which she is in excellent condition, well muscled. Correctly set tail with ring & raised in action, handled & presented to perfection, she moves with plenty reach & drive from her powerful hocks ; 2 Bastow”s Cloudside Flashlight at Karandikar, black, unlucky to meet 1 today in this strong competition, lovely head proportions ,good eye & expression, correct in front & has good body, particularly like her quarters , strong low & well set hocks, has good ringed tail which is well set & carried, has lovely flowing movement but today I thought she was not quite in harmony with her handler, in excellent jet black coat & condition ; 3 Thompson”s Drishaun Black Rose at Gothic JW.

Open B (11-5abs) :Good class. 1, Dowd’s Ch. Saxonmill Lovestruck Luna red/brindle, most worthy of her title, excellent size & most pleasing in outline on stack. Love her head shape & has correct expression, good reach of neck, like her shoulder & upper arm set, in excellent body, deep chest, good rib & firm short loin, prominent hip bones & good fall away, particularly strong quarters, tail well set, in gleaming coat and firm condition, moved with ease around the ring showing her quality virtues ; 2 Adams’s Ch. Zandahar Just Tiger Lilly JW Sh. CM, dark brindle, another very worthy Ch. scores for her well shaped feminine head & good eye, well set ears, deep chest & strong short loin, prominent hip bones & desirable quarters, ringed tail correctly set & carried, has a lovely outline & like her size, moves with ease & precision, expertly presented & handled ; 3 Links”s Ch. Ir Ch Int Ch. Pahlevi Disco Diva At Orashan JW.

Veteran B (2) : 1 & B.V. Hitch”s Ch. Zendushkas Sparkling Rose, bl/silver, bigger than what I desire but has many desirable breed qualities. 9 yr old who has an excellent top line, lovely head shape & good eye, well set ears, has the best of deep chest, right down to her elbow, in profuse silky coat presented to perfection, lovely big feet & has a ringed tail well set on & carried. Was interesting to see again the stubbornness an afghan can & should have when asked to move & does not want to then in next breath she takes of around the ring with sound desirable long easy strides ; 2 Fisher’s Sumahari Flowering Peach Goto Ifmaraf JW, black, smaller more refined than 1 but prefer top line & body of 1. has a well shaped head & good eye, deep chest & short loin, well set hocks & has a good tail, in hard muscular condition & correct silky coat & desirable saddle.


Mark Ord (Judge) Paignton Ch. Show 5/8/18


Afghan Hound

Thank you to the committee for this invite to judge & to my 2 very efficient stewards. Also thank you to all who entered their hounds under me today, I was thrilled with the entry and have to say was impressed with the quality especially so the depth of quality was in the bitches. In some classes I was spoilt for choice & had to make some difficult decisions. In some classes I could have even given 1st to some that were unplaced today. That is a very pleasing & positive position for the breed and I have to admit not what I would have thought.

Temperaments are much improved & presentation on the majority was excellent. I think we need to consider size as a number of otherwise nice bitches are just simply way over the standard. Despite the standard being changed in recent times we still have people trimming & stripping out coat, I do not like to see it and it does not look good.

I did not see anything that would concern me with regard to health problems in the breed and found the majority of dogs to be very sound & in good condition. One or two would benefit from more exercise to build up muscle tone. You can have coat & muscle as was proven in many winners today. I do so wish we had more of that look through you expression which is sadly not as often seen the days and breed characteristics like mandarin beards & chiselling on the face.

Puppy D (1) : 1 & B.P.D. McCormack’s Tulak Despicable Me, masculine self/m gold with a profuse coat, good head & expression, strong in neck & has a good front, lovely big feet, in good body for age, when settled moved out with ease, ringed tail which is well set, good rear angulation.

Jun D (9) : 1 French’s Sitana Bijali Toofan at Zalmeerah sh/m gold, lovely size & shape on stack & did not put a foot wrong on the move for one so young, well shaped head, good rib & loin, strong rear & well angulated, ring tail well set & carried, in good coat & nice condition 2 Finch & Hopper”s Sitana Lal Toofan at Zinzani sh/m,loved the head on this boy, good front & body developing well, lovely rich red coat that will be even more impressive when matures, prominent hip bones & well angulated rear, another who moved well fore & aft, ringed tail well set I see are litter brothers & are 2 quality youngsters who will swap places on different days ; 3 Parson’s Joneca Fire Cracker By Shukriya.

Yearling D (5-2abs) : 1 Nisbet & Forrester’s Saxonmill Rebel Rebel at Finix JW, bl/silv masculine in head with good eye & well set neck, excellent top line on stack & when moving, good shoulder & upper arm, plenty of bone & lovely big feet, deep chest & good rib & strong short loin, prominent hip bones, good strong rear & well set ringed tail which is carried correctly on the move, very impressive youngster who for me today is just at that in-between teenager stage with regards to his coat & saddle ; 2 Boydell’s Nightwind You Cant Stop The Beat, this all black male is finer in head than 1 but still has a well balanced skull & fore face, good eye shape & expression, scores in top line & deep in rib, starting to body up & has a correct silky coat & in good condition, moving well but can be a real handful for his owner, enjoying his day out which is important at this young age ; 3 Care’s Nightwind You Are The One.

P. Grad D (7-2abs) : 1 Buttle’s Gilari Redwood Earl At Zarankhan JW, sh/m gold, well balanced in outline & when settled moved out well fore & aft, he has a good head & is strong in jaw, good top line & good depth of chest , fair spring of rib & short strong loin, prominent hip bones & good fall away, strong driving hocks & has a good tail, lovely big feet, silky coat presented to perfection & correct saddle hair ; 2 Newton’s Shimalma Run Runner, red/brindle, most impressive head & look through you expression, lovely mandarin beard under his strong jaw, longest of necks, good depth & well sprung rib, excellent top line, good bend of stifle & low set hocks, big feet firmly on the ground, coat silky & presented to perfection ; 3 O”Neill’s Devanmarn Could It Be Majic At Terstine.

Limit D (14-2abs) : Lovely class. 1 Bloor’s Pashtari Lord Byron, bl/silver, coat silky & presented to perfection, has a good head shape & strong in jaw with good dentition, good length of neck & good body proportions, lovely big feet when he lets you inspect them, well angulated rear & well set & carried ringed tail, moves with reach & drive one for the top when fully mature ; 2 French”s Palameedees Taboo At Zalmeerah bl/m gold, loved the size & shape of this dog, classic head & expression, good shoulder & upper arm, deep in chest & strong in loin, prominent hip bones & well angulated quarters, lovely gleaming silky coat & correct saddle, moved true fore & aft if slightly over exuberant at times, liked very much also ; 3 Dowd”s Thendar Fait Acompli.

Open D (10-1abs) : Some lovely males in this class.1, C.C. & B.O.B. Mather & Semple’s Ir Ch. Cloudside Sundance With Metewand, fully mature s/m pale gold, good length of skull & equal fore face, has good eye & expression, good length of neck leading to correct shoulder & equal in length of upper arm, good depth of chest & perfect strong loin, hip bones & good fall away, strong well angulated quarters, tail ringed & carried correctly because it is well set, not a heavy coat but is silky & has correct well blended saddle, won top honours today because when going over him everything just glides together & fore me has wonderful balance which can be seen when he moves, comes soundly towards you & corresponds going away, lovely reach & drive when in profile, worthy winner of good class of males ; 2 & Res C.C.Virgo & Hick’s Am Ch. Suni Asia Wish Upon A Star By Sumahari brindle similar in size to 1, has good head proportions & nice eye shape, correct length of neck leading to good front proportions, good rib & depth of chest, short & strong in his loin, correct fall away, well set low hocks & well set tail, would prefer more of a ring , has good feet & pads ; silky coat & saddle, well presented & in excellent hard muscular condition, scored today on his sound & true movement, never put a foot wrong, lovely outline on stack & sound movement : 3 Hall’s Ch. Saxon mill Rum Tum Ricochet JW.

Veteran D (1) : 1 Edward’s Fr Ch Agha Djari’s Bonfire Of Vanities A Djasti silver/brindle 8 yr old tall upstanding male, has strong jaw & good headpiece, long neck & still holds a good strong top line, good depth to chest & lovely big feet, well presented silky coat & correct saddle, strong well set rear, would like more of a ring in tail but is well set on & carried, moved out well.

Sp/B D (1) : 1 Mclay’s Cloudside Flash Thunder brindle of nice size, coat is good but a little fly away which did not help his outline when stacked, has a well shaped head & good eye shape, level in top line & good depth of chest, correct rib , prominent hip bones & good angulated rear, moved out with reach in front & soundly behind, ringed tail which is carried correctly.

Minor Puppy B (1) : 1Gilchrist & Maclennan’s Taejon Winx At Khawari sh/m pale gold, very raw & at the gangly stage, has a lovely feminine head, well set & shaped eye, prominent occiput, good length of neck, body developing at this stage, good top line, nice silky coat well presented & handled, ringed tail but a little highly set on, well set low hocks, moved out with ease & confidence.

Puppy B ( 3-1abs) : 1 & B. Puppy. McCormack”s Tulak Never Been Kissed, sh/m gold, well shaped feminine head, profuse monkey whiskers, good length of neck & lovely front, deep in chest & well bodied for age, excellent top line, well set low hocks, ringed tail well set, most lovely youngster in excellent coat & condition ; 2 T Winx At K.

Jun B (4) : 1 Thompson’s Cloudside Sunflower, s/m gold, ultra feminine & of lovely shape & size, loved her head, eye & expression, well set ears, good length of neck leading to super shoulder & corresponding upper arm, body developing well for her age, good rear & excellent tail set & carriage with super ring, correct deep saddle & lovely silky textured coat, moves extremely soundlywith style & ease, quality girl as was 2 Fairburn & Robert’s Cloudside Sunset, litter sister to 1 and has many of her attributes, not as relaxed on stack & a clown on the move but showing great potential for the future, loved her size & shape, excellent head & eye, good shoulder & upper arm, level top line & well set rear, ringed tail correctly set & carried, in lovely coat & condition ; 3 Stevens & Craft’s Joneca Fireblade. 

Yearling B (4) : 1, C.C. & B.O.B. Pascoe”s Popovs Sazerac At Sarakhan JW, sh/m gold with mahogany saddle, ultra feminine correct size & shape, most lovely head shape with correct eye shape & look through you expression, well set ears, long well set neck down to excellent shoulder & upper arm proportions, good size feet, deep chest, short & strongest of loins, pin bones & superb fall away, good angulation from her hip to low set hocks, ringed tail perfectly set & carried correctly when on the move and boy does she move correctly, she has the reach in front, the drive from the rear & covers the ground with the now rare but highly desirable springy easy flowing action. Coat is silky & has the correct saddle hair, all presented to perfection & in hard muscular condition Just what I was hoping to find & delighted to award her top honour, most worthy of her recently gained title ; 2 Parker”s Saxonmill Jean Genie At Khatira JW bl/s another who scores well for size & lovely outline on stack, good head & neck, excellent front, has good rib & loin, well set rear & low set hocks, in excellent coat & condition, well set tail but would like more of a ring in the end, scores very highly for her movement, covers the ground with plenty reach & drive ; 3 Gilbert”s Affietar Glen Magillie.

P. Grad B (10-1abs) : 1 Greenfield”s Pashtari Lady Windamere To Phelezzi, black who scores for her size, has a nice head shape, good neck leading to good front assembly, deep chest & firm strong loin, good fallaway & low set hocks well set, moved with ease fore & aft & has a good tail, in lovely coat & well handled, litter sister to limit d winner ; 2 Virgo’s Drishaun Pandors’s Black Box For Sumahar, bl/tan, favourite of mine for her superb movement, has excellent front reach & strong driving action, in good body & lovely coat condition, ringed tail well set on & carried, excellent top line at all times, could watch her move all day, only wish she was a smaller bitch ; 3 Coates’s Gilari Silken Flame at Bukhara.

Limit B (14-2abs): Superb class, many bitches I could have given top awards to today went unplaced as did not put the effort in on the move but to be fair it was an extremely hot day. 1, & Res C.C. Lockett-Davies’s Bondor A Golden Age Over Rhazmakh JW Sh. C.M. silver/brindle, this b has improved every time I have seen her, now certainly looks the part & deserves her title which she recently gained. Very desirable head & expression, correct length & set of neck leading to first class front proportions, has good feet & pads. Has bodied up correctly & has good rib & loin with excellent top line both on stack & when moving, very good quarters & well set hocks, lovely silky coat & correct saddle which she is in excellent condition, well muscled. Correctly set tail with ring & raised in action, handled & presented to perfection, she moves with plenty reach & drive from her powerful hocks ; 2 Bastow”s Cloudside Flashlight at Karandikar, black, unlucky to meet 1 today in this strong competition, lovely head proportions ,good eye & expression, correct in front & has good body, particularly like her quarters , strong low & well set hocks, has good ringed tail which is well set & carried, has lovely flowing movement but today I thought she was not quite in harmony with her handler, in excellent jet black coat & condition ; 3 Thompson”s Drishaun Black Rose at Gothic JW.

Open B (11-5abs) :Good class. 1, Dowd’s Ch. Saxonmill Lovestruck Luna red/brindle, most worthy of her title, excellent size & most pleasing in outline on stack. Love her head shape & has correct expression, good reach of neck, like her shoulder & upper arm set, in excellent body, deep chest, good rib & firm short loin, prominent hip bones & good fall away, particularly strong quarters, tail well set, in gleaming coat and firm condition, moved with ease around the ring showing her quality virtues ; 2 Adams’s Ch. Zandahar Just Tiger Lilly JW Sh. CM, dark brindle, another very worthy Ch. scores for her well shaped feminine head & good eye, well set ears, deep chest & strong short loin, prominent hip bones & desirable quarters, ringed tail correctly set & carried, has a lovely outline & like her size, moves with ease & precision, expertly presented & handled ; 3 Links”s Ch. Ir Ch Int Ch. Pahlevi Disco Diva At Orashan JW.

Veteran B (2) : 1 & B.V. Hitch”s Ch. Zendushkas Sparkling Rose, bl/silver, bigger than what I desire but has many desirable breed qualities. 9 yr old who has an excellent top line, lovely head shape & good eye, well set ears, has the best of deep chest, right down to her elbow, in profuse silky coat presented to perfection, lovely big feet & has a ringed tail well set on & carried. Was interesting to see again the stubbornness an afghan can & should have when asked to move & does not want to then in next breath she takes of around the ring with sound desirable long easy strides ; 2 Fisher’s Sumahari Flowering Peach Goto Ifmaraf JW, black, smaller more refined than 1 but prefer top line & body of 1. has a well shaped head & good eye, deep chest & short loin, well set hocks & has a good tail, in hard muscular condition & correct silky coat & desirable saddle.


Mark Ord (Judge) of quality was in the bitches. In some classes I was spoilt for choice & had to make some difficult decisions. In some classes I could have even given 1st to some that were unplaced today. That is a very pleasing & positive position for the breed and I have to admit not what I would have thought.

Temperaments are much improved & presentation on the majority was excellent. I think we need to consider size as a number of otherwise nice bitches are just simply way over the standard. Despite the standard being changed in recent times we still have people trimming & stripping out coat, I do not like to see it and it does not look good.

I did not see anything that would concern me with regard to health problems in the breed and found the majority of dogs to be very sound & in good condition. One or two would benefit from more exercise to build up muscle tone. You can have coat & muscle as was proven in many winners today. I do so wish we had more of that look through you expression which is sadly not as often seen the days and breed characteristics like mandarin beards & chiselling on the face.

Puppy D (1) : 1 & B.P.D. McCormack’s Tulak Despicable Me, masculine self/m gold with a profuse coat, good head & expression, strong in neck & has a good front, lovely big feet, in good body for age, when settled moved out with ease, ringed tail which is well set, good rear angulation.

Jun D (9) : 1 French’s Sitana Bijali Toofan at Zalmeerah sh/m gold, lovely size & shape on stack & did not put a foot wrong on the move for one so young, well shaped head, good rib & loin, strong rear & well angulated, ring tail well set & carried, in good coat & nice condition 2 Finch & Hopper”s Sitana Lal Toofan at Zinzani sh/m,loved the head on this boy, good front & body developing well, lovely rich red coat that will be even more impressive when matures, prominent hip bones & well angulated rear, another who moved well fore & aft, ringed tail well set I see are litter brothers & are 2 quality youngsters who will swap places on different days ; 3 Parson’s Joneca Fire Cracker By Shukriya.

Yearling D (5-2abs) : 1 Nisbet & Forrester’s Saxonmill Rebel Rebel at Finix JW, bl/silv masculine in head with good eye & well set neck, excellent top line on stack & when moving, good shoulder & upper arm, plenty of bone & lovely big feet, deep chest & good rib & strong short loin, prominent hip bones, good strong rear & well set ringed tail which is carried correctly on the move, very impressive youngster who for me today is just at that in-between teenager stage with regards to his coat & saddle ; 2 Boydell’s Nightwind You Cant Stop The Beat, this all black male is finer in head than 1 but still has a well balanced skull & fore face, good eye shape & expression, scores in top line & deep in rib, starting to body up & has a correct silky coat & in good condition, moving well but can be a real handful for his owner, enjoying his day out which is important at this young age ; 3 Care’s Nightwind You Are The One.

P. Grad D (7-2abs) : 1 Buttle’s Gilari Redwood Earl At Zarankhan JW, sh/m gold, well balanced in outline & when settled moved out well fore & aft, he has a good head & is strong in jaw, good top line & good depth of chest , fair spring of rib & short strong loin, prominent hip bones & good fall away, strong driving hocks & has a good tail, lovely big feet, silky coat presented to perfection & correct saddle hair ; 2 Newton’s Shimalma Run Runner, red/brindle, most impressive head & look through you expression, lovely mandarin beard under his strong jaw, longest of necks, good depth & well sprung rib, excellent top line, good bend of stifle & low set hocks, big feet firmly on the ground, coat silky & presented to perfection ; 3 O”Neill’s Devanmarn Could It Be Majic At Terstine.

Limit D (14-2abs) : Lovely class. 1 Bloor’s Pashtari Lord Byron, bl/silver, coat silky & presented to perfection, has a good head shape & strong in jaw with good dentition, good length of neck & good body proportions, lovely big feet when he lets you inspect them, well angulated rear & well set & carried ringed tail, moves with reach & drive one for the top when fully mature ; 2 French”s Palameedees Taboo At Zalmeerah bl/m gold, loved the size & shape of this dog, classic head & expression, good shoulder & upper arm, deep in chest & strong in loin, prominent hip bones & well angulated quarters, lovely gleaming silky coat & correct saddle, moved true fore & aft if slightly over exuberant at times, liked very much also ; 3 Dowd”s Thendar Fait Acompli.

Open D (10-1abs) : Some lovely males in this class.1, C.C. & B.O.B. Mather & Semple’s Ir Ch. Cloudside Sundance With Metewand, fully mature s/m pale gold, good length of skull & equal fore face, has good eye & expression, good length of neck leading to correct shoulder & equal in length of upper arm, good depth of chest & perfect strong loin, hip bones & good fall away, strong well angulated quarters, tail ringed & carried correctly because it is well set, not a heavy coat but is silky & has correct well blended saddle, won top honours today because when going over him everything just glides together & fore me has wonderful balance which can be seen when he moves, comes soundly towards you & corresponds going away, lovely reach & drive when in profile, worthy winner of good class of males ; 2 & Res C.C.Virgo & Hick’s Am Ch. Suni Asia Wish Upon A Star By Sumahari brindle similar in size to 1, has good head proportions & nice eye shape, correct length of neck leading to good front proportions, good rib & depth of chest, short & strong in his loin, correct fall away, well set low hocks & well set tail, would prefer more of a ring , has good feet & pads ; silky coat & saddle, well presented & in excellent hard muscular condition, scored today on his sound & true movement, never put a foot wrong, lovely outline on stack & sound movement : 3 Hall’s Ch. Saxon mill Rum Tum Ricochet JW.

Veteran D (1) : 1 Edward’s Fr Ch Agha Djari’s Bonfire Of Vanities A Djasti silver/brindle 8 yr old tall upstanding male, has strong jaw & good headpiece, long neck & still holds a good strong top line, good depth to chest & lovely big feet, well presented silky coat & correct saddle, strong well set rear, would like more of a ring in tail but is well set on & carried, moved out well.

Sp/B D (1) : 1 Mclay’s Cloudside Flash Thunder brindle of nice size, coat is good but a little fly away which did not help his outline when stacked, has a well shaped head & good eye shape, level in top line & good depth of chest, correct rib , prominent hip bones & good angulated rear, moved out with reach in front & soundly behind, ringed tail which is carried correctly.

Minor Puppy B (1) : 1Gilchrist & Maclennan’s Taejon Winx At Khawari sh/m pale gold, very raw & at the gangly stage, has a lovely feminine head, well set & shaped eye, prominent occiput, good length of neck, body developing at this stage, good top line, nice silky coat well presented & handled, ringed tail but a little highly set on, well set low hocks, moved out with ease & confidence.

Puppy B ( 3-1abs) : 1 & B. Puppy. McCormack”s Tulak Never Been Kissed, sh/m gold, well shaped feminine head, profuse monkey whiskers, good length of neck & lovely front, deep in chest & well bodied for age, excellent top line, well set low hocks, ringed tail well set, most lovely youngster in excellent coat & condition ; 2 T Winx At K.

Jun B (4) : 1 Thompson’s Cloudside Sunflower, s/m gold, ultra feminine & of lovely shape & size, loved her head, eye & expression, well set ears, good length of neck leading to super shoulder & corresponding upper arm, body developing well for her age, good rear & excellent tail set & carriage with super ring, correct deep saddle & lovely silky textured coat, moves extremely soundlywith style & ease, quality girl as was 2 Fairburn & Robert’s Cloudside Sunset, litter sister to 1 and has many of her attributes, not as relaxed on stack & a clown on the move but showing great potential for the future, loved her size & shape, excellent head & eye, good shoulder & upper arm, level top line & well set rear, ringed tail correctly set & carried, in lovely coat & condition ; 3 Stevens & Craft’s Joneca Fireblade. 

Yearling B (4) : 1, C.C. & B.O.B. Pascoe”s Popovs Sazerac At Sarakhan JW, sh/m gold with mahogany saddle, ultra feminine correct size & shape, most lovely head shape with correct eye shape & look through you expression, well set ears, long well set neck down to excellent shoulder & upper arm proportions, good size feet, deep chest, short & strongest of loins, pin bones & superb fall away, good angulation from her hip to low set hocks, ringed tail perfectly set & carried correctly when on the move and boy does she move correctly, she has the reach in front, the drive from the rear & covers the ground with the now rare but highly desirable springy easy flowing action. Coat is silky & has the correct saddle hair, all presented to perfection & in hard muscular condition Just what I was hoping to find & delighted to award her top honour, most worthy of her recently gained title ; 2 Parker”s Saxonmill Jean Genie At Khatira JW bl/s another who scores well for size & lovely outline on stack, good head & neck, excellent front, has good rib & loin, well set rear & low set hocks, in excellent coat & condition, well set tail but would like more of a ring in the end, scores very highly for her movement, covers the ground with plenty reach & drive ; 3 Gilbert”s Affietar Glen Magillie.

P. Grad B (10-1abs) : 1 Greenfield”s Pashtari Lady Windamere To Phelezzi, black who scores for her size, has a nice head shape, good neck leading to good front assembly, deep chest & firm strong loin, good fallaway & low set hocks well set, moved with ease fore & aft & has a good tail, in lovely coat & well handled, litter sister to limit d winner ; 2 Virgo’s Drishaun Pandors’s Black Box For Sumahar, bl/tan, favourite of mine for her superb movement, has excellent front reach & strong driving action, in good body & lovely coat condition, ringed tail well set on & carried, excellent top line at all times, could watch her move all day, only wish she was a smaller bitch ; 3 Coates’s Gilari Silken Flame at Bukhara.

Limit B (14-2abs): Superb class, many bitches I could have given top awards to today went unplaced as did not put the effort in on the move but to be fair it was an extremely hot day. 1, & Res C.C. Lockett-Davies’s Bondor A Golden Age Over Rhazmakh JW Sh. C.M. silver/brindle, this b has improved every time I have seen her, now certainly looks the part & deserves her title which she recently gained. Very desirable head & expression, correct length & set of neck leading to first class front proportions, has good feet & pads. Has bodied up correctly & has good rib & loin with excellent top line both on stack & when moving, very good quarters & well set hocks, lovely silky coat & correct saddle which she is in excellent condition, well muscled. Correctly set tail with ring & raised in action, handled & presented to perfection, she moves with plenty reach & drive from her powerful hocks ; 2 Bastow”s Cloudside Flashlight at Karandikar, black, unlucky to meet 1 today in this strong competition, lovely head proportions ,good eye & expression, correct in front & has good body, particularly like her quarters , strong low & well set hocks, has good ringed tail which is well set & carried, has lovely flowing movement but today I thought she was not quite in harmony with her handler, in excellent jet black coat & condition ; 3 Thompson”s Drishaun Black Rose at Gothic JW.

Open B (11-5abs) :Good class. 1, Dowd’s Ch. Saxonmill Lovestruck Luna red/brindle, most worthy of her title, excellent size & most pleasing in outline on stack. Love her head shape & has correct expression, good reach of neck, like her shoulder & upper arm set, in excellent body, deep chest, good rib & firm short loin, prominent hip bones & good fall away, particularly strong quarters, tail well set, in gleaming coat and firm condition, moved with ease around the ring showing her quality virtues ; 2 Adams’s Ch. Zandahar Just Tiger Lilly JW Sh. CM, dark brindle, another very worthy Ch. scores for her well shaped feminine head & good eye, well set ears, deep chest & strong short loin, prominent hip bones & desirable quarters, ringed tail correctly set & carried, has a lovely outline & like her size, moves with ease & precision, expertly presented & handled ; 3 Links”s Ch. Ir Ch Int Ch. Pahlevi Disco Diva At Orashan JW.

Veteran B (2) : 1 & B.V. Hitch”s Ch. Zendushkas Sparkling Rose, bl/silver, bigger than what I desire but has many desirable breed qualities. 9 yr old who has an excellent top line, lovely head shape & good eye, well set ears, has the best of deep chest, right down to her elbow, in profuse silky coat presented to perfection, lovely big feet & has a ringed tail well set on & carried. Was interesting to see again the stubbornness an afghan can & should have when asked to move & does not want to then in next breath she takes of around the ring with sound desirable long easy strides ; 2 Fisher’s Sumahari Flowering Peach Goto Ifmaraf JW, black, smaller more refined than 1 but prefer top line & body of 1. has a well shaped head & good eye, deep chest & short loin, well set hocks & has a good tail, in hard muscular condition & correct silky coat & desirable saddle.


Mark Ord (Judge)