• Show Date: 29/09/2018
  • Show Type: Open/Limited/Sanction
  • Judged by: Andrea Keepence-Keyte Contact Judge
  • Published Date: 02/11/2020

Stafford & District Canine Society

Stafford and District Canine Society Open Show 29/09/18

Thank you to the committee for inviting me to judge their open show, thanks to my stewards for keeping me on track and organised. Special thanks to all the exhibitors who entered and allowed me the privilege to go over and judge their hounds. There was excellent quality present and the majority were in excellent condition. Sadly a few were either overweight or underweight which may have caused some lower than expected placings on the day. This was my first appointment for Afghans and Ridgebacks so I was delighted to see my Ridgeback BOB go HG1 and my Afghan BOB go HG2 and to top off my day the beagle puppy went HPG2 under Ann Beckett-Bradshaw (Hutaka).


Puppy (0,0)

Junior (4,0) 1. Bartrams & Perry’s Altside Donna Queexote at Chardra Smaller moulded bitch of 14 months, nice frame and top line which was held on the move. Beautifully feminine head without being weak, good jaw and eye shape. Good length of neck into well angulated front. Hip bones prominent and angles behind good. Moved out well with ease and covered the ground.

2. Keates’ Cloudside Sunstrike Completely different to 1 but good quality hound throughout. Of a larger mould and carrying a little weight, in good coat and condition otherwise. Good quality head with adequate jaw, good eye shape and masculine head without being over done. Good length of neck into well laid back shoulders. Springy pasterns and feet visible on the move. Moved out well

Post Graduate (1,0) 1. Keates’ Cloudside Sunstrike

Open (4,0) 1. Milligan-Bott & Bott’s Thendra Love it Like That JW Really quality dog who was turned out in excellent condition, well-muscled throughout and in hard condition. Beautiful head, masculine without being harsh. Correct eye and correct set of ear. Strong jaw, long foreface and slight stop. Good fore and aft, topline maintained on the move, hip bones prominent and wide apart. Springy pasterns and feet visibile on the move. BOB and I was delighted to see him take HG2

2. Reed’s Cloudside the Music Maker ShCM Lots to like about this dog, longer cast and larger than 1 but was also shown in good condition. Lovely coat with correct fine texture on the ribs. Strong masculine head which is well balanced with correct eye shape and pigment, ears set correctly. Good long strong neck into well laid back shoulders. Good fore and aft, moved well and covered the ground with ease. I just felt he was out moved by 1 today and could swap places.


Puppy (1,0) 1. Roderick’s Barterhound Princess Really feminine bitch who gained confidence as she went on. Good bone throughout. Femanine pretty head with correct set leathers. Good dark eye and pigment and beautiful expression. Good level topline and correctly set tail, good angulation fore and aft. Moved out well. BPIB and I was pleased to see he awarded a well deserved HPG2

Post Graduate (2,0) 1. Stoddard’s Poppyville First Eidtion Masculine hound with a good strong male head without being coarse. Good length of neck in to well set shoulders. Good topline which he maintained on the move. |Good strong pasterns into strong feet. Tail set and carriage correct, shown in hard condition. 2. Caney’s Springpine Hot Gossip Nice feminine bitch with a pretty head. Shown in nice condition and well muscled thoughout. Good topline which she maintains on the move, tail set a little low but carried well on the move. A little erratic on the move today.

Open (4,0) 1. Roderick’s Barterhound Gossip Really pretty bitch who was shown in hard condition. Beautiful head, correct set leathers with a dark eye and pigment. Good length of neck into well laid back shoulders, excellent spring of rib and strong loin. Well angulated hind quarters, hocks well let down and parallel. Strong in pasterns into good feet. She moved out without exaggeration, I got the impression she could do a day in the field.

2. Caple’s Tregoniggie Colour of Magic at Morsefield JW ShCM A quality bitch who I have judged before when she was a junior. Really pretty open tri bitch who was also in hard condition. Good length of neck into well set shoulders, level topline which was maintained on the move, tail set correct and carried well on the move. I felt that she was a little unsettled and was just out moved by 1 today.

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Puppy (2,1) 1. Hemstock, Sanjesh & Hemstock’s Patemeliann Wicked Lady Very raw puppy who was sound on the move. Good front and rear angulation, with good turn of stifle. Lovely head which is yet to mature but with plenty of room to grow Junior (2,1) 1. Doughty’s Maanhaar Primo-Creatus Henrietta for Rbiltra (IMP UKR) Really quality bitch in hard condition, not over done in any way, everything was moderate but with a stunning head and expression. Moderate spring of rib, good angulation throughout and moved out really well and with ease. BOB

Post Graduate (2,0) 1. Doughty’s Maanhaar Primo-Creatus Henrietta for Rbiltra (IMP UKR)

2. Hart’s Gunthwaites Cool N’Classie Heavier set bitch than 1, well muscled and in hard condition. Good angulation throughout and moved out well.


Puppy (0)

Junior (1,1)

Post Graduate (5,1) 1. Vaughan’s Shirotae Solo Surprise Nicely shaped and sized bitch of 2 years, in excellent condition. Good topline, length of neck and depth of chest. She had an easy movement which was used to cover the ground well.

2. Morely’s Layways Classic Desgin Different type to 1, Good angulation throughout, nice head and good length of neck. Good feet and pasterns, moved out well.

Open (6,1) My top two in this class were shown in fabulous hard condition, well-muscled throughout. I was splitting hairs between these two hounds. 1. Whitaker-Crosby’s Mulcair Meerkat Marble JW Famanine bitch who was quality throughout. Fantastic condition. Good topline and depth of chest. Good bone, pasterns and feet. Quality mover and I had no hesitation awarding her BOB

2. Morris, Waddel & Mycroft’s Crosscop Let it Shine for Supeta JW Again, excellent condition and ultra feminine. Lovely head, length of neck and overall shape. Moved out well, and when she has matured will push hard for the top spot.

Junior Handling

6-11 years 1. Grace Rutherford I am sure I have judged this young lady before and she has come along leaps and bounds. A really subtle handler who kept a crafty eye on me at all times. Showing work was excellent and she was attentive to her charge at all times. Just sharpen everything up and you’ll be unstoppable. BJH

2. Charlotte Wilson Smart little handler, needs to practice a bit more and work on her shadowing work. Attentive to her charge and had good lines on her pattern work.

12-16 years 1. Charlotte Stooke A quiet handler who, unfortunately for me, lacked in confidence. Kind to her charge at all times, showed teeth well. Did good pattern work and had good lead control. Practice competitive handling and believe in yourself and you should go far.

Adult handling –all absent.

Andrea Keepence-Keyte (Alandobel)