• Date: 28/05/2018
  • Show Type: Open/Limited/Sanction
  • Judge: Anthony Allen Contact Judge
  • Published Date: 05/11/2018

South Eastern Welsh Springer Spaniel Club

South Eastern Welsh Springer Spaniel Club

28th May 2018

Judge Anthony Allen

I absolutely loved this appointment; there were some lovely dogs for me to go over a super atmosphere with lots of applause to greet my winners. Special thanks to my steward Helen Hankins who kept me on the straight and narrow during the day.

As an outsider looking at the breed the only two general comments I would make are; firstly please watch your fronts. I found a number with short upper arms which gave a rather unbalanced outline and an untidy action as they came towards me. The other concern were that some were long in loin and over angulated behind, while this can look flashy it is not the moderate stifles that the standard calls for. Consequently these dogs did not have the rear drive that is necessary to do their job.

My Best in Show winner came from the open bitch class in SH CH BOWDONIA SERAPHINA JW ShCM who I thought was on top form and just stunning. My Reserve Best in Show went to the second in open the very lovely SH CH JACRANELLA SYMPHONY. Best Opposite Sex in Show was the young dog BOWDONIA ONLY THE BRAVE FOR CERYSAN, who I see carries the same prefix as the BIS winner. Best Puppy in show going to KILLENA ONE NITE LOVE AFFAIR. My Best Veteran in show was the very smart SH CH GEMILL BACK TO THE FUTURE FOR CERYSAN JW ShCM, who it transpired was sire to the Best Dog winner.

Dogs

Veteran

1st SH CH GEMILL BACK TO THE FUTURE FOR CERYSAN JW ShCM

What a smart dog to start the day with, stood out in the class for outline and breed type. He has a super headpiece on him, enhanced by chiselling and lovely eye. Clean through the neck which led into correctly placed shoulders and a decent front assembly. Enough depth to chest, ribs well sprung and back. Quarters are well made with moderate angulation. Best mover in the class with a good action in profile and fore and aft. I shortlisted him down to the last four and I was seriously considering him for top honours but I think he was a little hot and he just lost his shape and top line. A cracking dog from any angle, delighted to award him BEST VETERAN IN SHOW.

2nd BREAK THE RULES AT PEGASETT

Another one who was definitely enjoying his day out. Had good overall balance, masculine in head with a good eye. Not quite the front assembly of the winner, well made in body with ribs well sprung and a firm loin. Gave his hander a bit of a hard time on the move, good in profile but was not as accurate as Back to the Future as he came towards me today.

3rd STEDIGAN PIPERS PIPING FOR MERREM ShCM

Puppy

1st KILLENA GHOSTRIDER

He won this class on his outline and overall construction, more together that the second today. He has a decent head shape and eye giving a masculine expression for his age. Clean through the neck. Has good bone and feet. Well-proportioned through the body and quarters developing nicely. Did enough on the move today to take the class, Best Puppy Dog.

2nd JULITA RHYNE

I liked this boy a lot but he just wouldn’t settle in this class, he subsequently came back in the ring in one of the later classes and was much more together. He had a good overall shape and outline and is clearly well made. He is at that growing stage where some elements grow out of proportion, but once they all catch up with themselves he should finish well. Needs to learn his job on the move. He was very much a playful puppy today and it was great to see him enjoining himself. I am sure he will have plenty of fun as he matures up.

Junior

1st SARABANDE LORD OF THE DANCE

This young man I liked a lot, I thought him very promising for his age. I like his overall shape and size. I found his head very appealing with a good masculine expression, will hopefully finish well. Loved his clean neck in to correctly placed shoulders, with a good return of upper arm. Good width to his front for his age. Legs well boned and super feet. Ribs springing nicely and firm through the loin. Moderate quarters with stifles well bent. Coat super, presented in top class condition. Moved out well with a good action. One for the future in my opinion.

2nd ISFRYN KING LEIR AT BLYTHWAY

Liked this dog on the stack but he wasn’t as good on the move as the winner. Head is masculine with good definition, neck strong and shoulder placement ok, a little short in upper arm. Legs well boned and neat feet. Body well made, good depth to chest for his age, ribs springing well and he has a firm loin. Quarters were well made. Not the fluidity on the move of one and I would have liked him a little tidier as he came towards me.

3rd AMBLELIGHT CASSIOPEIA

Sp: Yearling

1st LLON DERWEN DAR AT GWYNMARREN

I liked the outline and shape on this chap. Scored in overall construction and angulation. Head is masculine and off good proportions, with a pleasing eye. Strong through the neck into a good front, shoulder well laid and a good return of upper arm. On the stack can sometime dip behind the shoulders but on the move his topline was level and he just flows. Body well made with ribs well sprung and a firm loin. Best mover in the class especially in side profile.

2nd ISFRYN KING LEIR AT BLYTHWAY

3rd JULITA RUKESTER

Novice

1st SARABANDE LORD OF THE DANCE

2nd ISFRYN KING LEIR AT BLYTHWAY

3rd AMBLELIGHT LEDA AT HILLPARK

Graduate

1st HELGEN ROMEO THE LOVER

Won this class as he was the most fluid on the move. Head is good and appealing, well-proportioned, I personally wouldn’t want it any stronger. Strong through the neck with a good front assembly. Decent return of upper arm and stands on well boned legs and good feet. Body of good proportions, quarters well made.

2nd CHERRYHEATH’S MR MOJITO

He has a pleasing masculine expression. Neck OK but carrying a bit of weight over his shoulders today, good front angulation, legs well boned and a good depth to chest. Ribs are well sprung. Quarters are well made with moderately bent stifles, would have just liked a better finish to his croup. Not as fluid on the move today, he was rolling a shade and this cost him the class.

3rd EURION JASPER

Post Graduate

1st GLYNELL JIFFY

Another young boy who appealed. I liked him for size, not over done in anyway. I thought him very typical. He has a good head with chiselling and definition. Lovely. Super neck in to shoulders and good angles fore and aft. He has a decent return of upper arm. Good depth of chest, ribs well sprung and a firm loin. Drove off his rear with a good action, lovely to see him enjoying it so much as his tail never stopped wagging.

2nd STEDIGAN ALL IN GOOD TIME FOR MERREM

Four year old boy who was very typy and a lot to like about him. He has a pleasing headpiece which was appealing. Good neck in to shoulders, just a tad heavy over the shoulders. Well boned legs and a good depth to chest about him. Body of good proportions. Rear is well made with a good moderate bend of stifle and correct angles.

3rd SOLVA CAPTAIN VERE

Limit

1st BOWDONIA ONLY THE BRAVE FOR CERYSAN

I really like his overall shape and size. Moderate is stamped through him, nothing overdone here. He has a lovely head on him, balanced and without exaggeration, enhanced by a good eyes shape. Strong neck leading in to well-placed shoulders, good depth to him and ribs well spring. Strong quarters which were well muscled. Just needs a shade more confidence. Very accurate on the move with a clean action and this gave him the class over the second which I liked a lot. In the challenge I thought he just had that balance, elegance and finish that I was looking for. Pleased to award him Best Dog and later Best Opposite Sex in show. Congratulation I wish him well.

2nd SHANNARA TOTAL ECLIPSE

Another very smart dog with a pleasing head and expression, not quite a clean as the winner in outline. Decent front assembly on him, shoulder well placed. Good well boned legs. Ribs well sprung and a firm loin. Quarters well made with a good bend of stifle on him. Moved out well in profile but just a shade untidy behind today as he went away.

3rd SLAPESTONES TIDAL FORCE

Open

1st PAMICKS BELIEVE YOU CAN JW

Smart boy well-made who presents a balanced picture on the stack. Moved well around the ring with a good action. Head balanced. Neck strong which led in to a decent front assembly, correct lay back of shoulder. Ribs well spring and firm through the loin. Good quarters on him with a correct bend of stifle. Liked him a lot of type and shortlisted him down to the final four.

Sp. Beginners

1st HELGEN ROMEO THE LOVER

2nd JULITA RHYNE

3rd AMBLELIGHT SOLAR FLARE

Good Citizens

1st SH CH CHERRYHEATH’S MR MISCHIEF JW ShCM

Smart dog rising seven, very impressive on the stack. He presents a clean outline of balance. Head is masculine, well proportioned and appealing. Strong through the neck into a well assembled front. Good depth to his chest, ribs well spring and firm through the loin. Super quarters with stifles well bent and hocks well let down. Smart on the move with a good action. Held his shape well in the challenge and this gave him the edge. Reserve Best Dog.

2nd EURION JASPER

This chap has a pleasing head, clean in neck and good shoulder placement. Stands on well boned legs. A shade long in loin in body so not as balanced as the winner today. Quarters good with stifles well bent. Sound on the move but a little proud of his tail.

3rd AMBLELIGHT SOLAR FLARE

BITCHES

Veteran

1st CERYSAN PURELY BY CHANCE

Hard to believe this lady was twelve and a half, she looked half that age. Lovely feminine head and expression, only the greyness of her muzzle gave away her age. I liked her head and expression, which reminded me very much of our old champion bitch. Clean neck in to well set shoulders. Stands on good legs with neat feet. Body well made, with ribs well sprung. Quarters well made with good angles. Out moved Guiletta today, but gave way to her kennel mate for BVIS.

2nd SOLVA GUILETTA

Puppy

1st KILLENA ONE NITE LOVE AFFAIR

Nice type of bitch developing in the right direction. Very pretty in head which is coming along, neck in to shoulders good but would like a shade more return of upper arm. Good well boned legs and neat feet. Body growing in proportion and quarters well angulated. Needs to find her feet on the move to complete the picture. I thought her more balanced than her brother was the puppy dog, so therefore she was BEST PUPPY IN SHOW.

Junior

1st SARABANDE DANCE TO THE RHYTHM

This young lady is only 12 months but took my attention as she entered the ring. She has the most superb outline, totally feminine and not a hit of coarseness. I liked her head, overall shape good with a kind eye to give a beautiful expression. Neck clean into a well assembled front with a good lay back of shoulder. Stands on good legs and neat feet. Body developing nicely, good length and overall proportion. Quarters are developing as they should, stifles are moderately bent. Scored in movement with a fluid action and a super side gate. Shortlisted her to the final four in the challenge, in my humble opinion I think she may have a bright future ahead of her.

2nd ISFRYN LADY GODIVA AT FIREGLOW

Another good one here, pleasing headpiece but a tad round in eye. Neck good in to a decent front assembly, shoulders well set. Ribs and loin developing as they should, quarters well made. She has a good overall shape. Good action on the move but lacked enthusiasm today.

3rd ISFRYN LADY GREY

Sp. Yearling

1st HILLPARK QUEEN BEE FOR CERYSAN

Nineteen month old bitch who I thought was very promising. I liked her overall shape, balanced and not overdone in any way. She has a decent front assembly, chest starting to drop as it should. Body of good proportion and quarters developing well. Scored on movement, drove from the rear delivering a fluid action.

2nd JULITA RUMOURS AT TROSLEY

I was splitting hair between this one and the winner, cracking headpiece on her with a lovely eye. Good neck into well placed shoulders. Standing on well boned legs and neat feet. Ribs, good, a shade long in loin. Quarters well made, stifles well bent. Did well on the move with a good action.

3rd ISFRYN LADY GREY

Novice

1st SARABANDE DANCE TO THE RHYTHM

Graduate

1st HILLPARK QUEEN BEE FOR CERYSAN

2nd HINXWOOD FIRE AND ICE

This lady was seventeen months old. I liked her head, very appealing with a feminine expression. Neck into shoulders good with a well made front. Ribs developing as they should, longer in loin than the winner and had very well bent stifles, so not a symmetrical as the winner. On the move she had a good pace but I would have liked to have seen her driving off the rear a little more.

3rd CHERRYHEATH’S MISS VELOCITY JW

Post Graduate

1st PAMICKS FIELD OF DREAMS JW

Beautiful headed bitch, two years old and very stylish. She has the softest of expressions. Strong neck leading in to well-placed shoulders with a decent return of upper arm. Standing on good legs and neat feet. Ribs and loin well proportioned. Strong quarters which were well muscled. She presented with a super clean outline. Fluid on the move with a good action. Pulled her in to the final run off for best bitch. I think if she carries on in this direction she will have a bright future ahead of her.

2nd JACRANELLA SONATA

Another bitch of very good overall type, another with a super head and expression. Well chiselled and a good eye. Strong neck in to shoulders which are well laid back, a tad short in upper arm. Well boned legs and good feet. Stifles well bent and well angulated quarters, well muscled. Not as tidy in front as the winner, nor the drive today.

3rd STAGARTH A KIND OF MAGIC

Limit

1st BOWDONIA ANASTASIA JW

Well made girl with a lot to like about her, top end of the standard size wise but not unbalanced in any way. In this class she excelled on the move with a ground covering action. Pleasing expression with a dark eye. Strong in the neck she has excellent angles fore and aft. Enough depth about her and legs well bone. Ribs well sprung, just a tad long in loin but makes a good shape. Moderately bent stifles and good muscle tone.

2nd WELINGERHILL GARDEN TIGER OF HILLPARK

Another very nice type of bitch who had style about her. Head feminine with a pleasing expression, clean neck in to well-placed shoulders and a good return of upper arm, depth to chest. Ribs well sprung and a firm loin. Quarters well made. Fluid on the move, she just needed a bit more enthusiasm in the final run round to have taken the class.

3rd JACRANELLA SERENADE

Open

Now this was a decision to have to make, two absolutely top flight bitches both on top form.

1st SH CH BOWDOWNIA SERAPHINA JW ShCM

A very elegant bitch who is totally feminine and on form today. Lovely head shape with the right amount of work to give a beautiful feminine expression. Super neck in to well set shoulders, correct return of upper arm to give good front angulation. Ribs well sprung and a muscular loin. Quarters have balanced angles and are well developed with stifles well bent. Came alive on the move with a fluid driving action off the rear and it was this that gave her the class over Symphony. She stood out in the line up and was completely at one with her handler. I was delighted to award her Best Bitch and subsequently Best in Show. I was not surprised to see that she already has her title as she has quality stamped through her.

2nd SH CH JACRANELLA SYMPHONY

Another top flight bitch who really appealed to me and I could easily see she was from top drawer. Another with a super head piece, strong neck in to well set shoulders and a good front assembly. Good depth to brisket and ribs well sprung, loin firm. Well made rear, stifles well bent and hocks well let down. Good action on the move, a shade close behind and didn’t quite have the enthusiasm of the winner today, which cost her the class. Delighted to award her Reserve Best bitch and subsequently Reserve Best in Show. A pleasure to judge, thank you for bringing her today.

Sp Beginners

1st STAGARTH A KIND OF MAGIC

I liked the head on this bitch, feminine with plenty of work about it. Clean in neck into shoulders, would like them a tad further laid back. Body well developed, ribs good but slightly longer in loin, Quarters well developed with a good moderate bend of stifle. She won the class as she was more fluid in action on the move.

2nd ISFRYN LADY GREY

Young bitch of 14 months who was a good third in the strong junior bitch class. She has a good overall shape and size. He head is pleasing, developing in all the right ways. Good front assembly with a decent shoulder placement. Stands on good legs and feet. Body proportions good and quarters are moderate, just need to drop in to them as she matures. Not as good on the move today as those ahead of her, but a nice type of bitch.

Good citizens Dog Scheme

1st WELINGERHILL GARDEN TIGER OF HILLPARK

2nd BOWDONIA TIME TO DREAM

I liked this bitch on the stack, she has a good overall outline just carrying a couple of extra pounds. Well made with good overall construction, decent angles at the front and rear. Good length of neck and body well made, ribs well sprung and a firm loin. Quarters are well developed, stifles well bent. A tad sluggish on the move but had a good action about her.

3rd STAGARTH A KIND OF MAGIC

Sp. Working D/B

1st CHERRYHEATH’S MISS CHIEF JW

Another oldie who belies her age, hard to believe she is 11 years old. She moved round the round the ring like a youngster. I liked her overall shape and size, good neck in to shoulders which were well placed with a good return of upper arm. Ribs well spring and strong through the loin. Balanced proportions. Quarters well angulated. I think she was enjoying her day out, thank you for bringing her.

Sp. New Members D/B

1st TAIHANG SCHEREZADE AT TEASELWOOD

14 month old bitch with lots of type about her, pretty in head with an appealing expression. Good overall shape and size. Well-made front assembly. Body of good proportions. Quarters developing as they should be but need to finish, but she has time on her side. Had a good action on the move.

2nd AMBLELIGHT CASSIOPEIA

This chap was also 14 months old, at that growing stage and not quite as together as the bitch today. Had a good overall shape and size about him with good construction. Head needs to break a little but that will happen as he matures. Had fun on the move, needs a bit of practice to get in to his stride.

Brace

1st CALDWELL & MCDOWELL

These two definitely looked a pair, very similar in type and style. Most importantly they moved out well together with, same pace and good drive.

2nd SUTHERLAND

Another super pair, very similar in style. Not as together on the move as the winners today.