• Date: 10/06/2018
  • Show Type: Open/Limited/Sanction
  • Judge: John Shaw Contact Judge
  • Published Date: 07/04/2019

Golden Retriever Club Of Scotland

Golden Retriever Club of Scotland  10th June 2018


I would like to thank the Committee and Members for inviting me to judge at this Breed Open Show and for their warm, friendly and generous hospitality which matched the weather and the lovely venue. I would also like to thank the exhibitors for such an excellent entry. With the exception of one dog, due to a certified medical operation, all the exhibits had correct bites. All my top placed dogs were certainly fit for purpose but certainly a number of dogs were carrying a little too much weight for my liking. A number of dogs were disadvantaged by the handlers’ lack of skill. This show appears to buck the trend for low entries at Breed Open Shows, nationally. They are such great social events and opportunities to learn. I wish to particularly thank my Stewards, one a first timer, for their sterling work.

Veteran Dog (5, 1 abs) 1. McAleeses Lochtaymor The Plainsman at Glormhorcu. Best Veteran Dog.  A nice symmetrical and balanced 7 year old pale dog. Well chiselled head set on a good length of neck. Well laid back shoulders with close fitting elbows. Short coupled and balanced in body. Good second thighs . Nice cat-like feet. Moved straight and true with a free long stride. 2. Greigs’ Nedlezah Stay My Charmer at Cranngary. ShCM. A well presented 10 year old golden dog with many of the qualities of the first placed dog but lost out on movement. 3. Becks Bluebraes Scooby Doo.

Minor Puppy Dog (2, 1 abs) 1. Neilson’s Thornywait Chase the Ace to Ponfeigh. A mid-gold 8 month old puppy that shows promise. Symmetrical even at this stage of development. A nice balanced head with a kindly expression. Set on a good length of neck. Well laid back shoulders with a good depth of rib. Good angulation in rear quarters with well let down hocks. Moved well.

Puppy Dog (5) 1.McDonald’s Lamancha Magical Moments. Best Puppy Dog & Best Puppy. This 11 month pale dog shone out in a good class. Symmetrical and balanced with a good length of neck. Lovely head, well chiselled and balanced. Well bone with good angulations all round. Deep in rib and short coupled. Good cat-like feet. He moved round the ring with power, drive and a long free stride. 2.Greig’s Largymore Linger in the Mind at Cranngary. Another quality 10 month old pale puppy. There was very little to choose between him and first place, possessing similar qualities. Lost out on movement, but certainly one to watch in the future. 3. Neilson’s Thornywait Chase the Ace to Ponfeigh.

Junior Dog (3) 1. Lamancha Magical Moments. 2.Trotter’s Baricia Let It Shine. This 15 month old pale dog certainly challenged for first place. He is well balanced with a nice head set on good length of neck. Well laid back shoulders with close fitting elbows. Good cat-like feet. Moved well around the ring.  3. Grady’s Glenrioch  Georgeous George.

Special Yearling Dog (3) 1. McShane’s Rigerin Gonnae No Dae That. A balanced and symmetrical, 20 month old,  mid gold dog. Good head set on a good length of neck. Good front and well laid back shoulders. Balanced and well sprung with a level top line. Good second thighs and well bent stifles. Moved with drive. 2. Grady’s Glenrioch  Georgeous George. A quality 20 month old golden dog. Symmetrical  with a good balanced head set on a good length of neck. Short coupled with a level top line. Well bent stifles . Moved with drive. Showed better second time round. 3. Hutchinson’s Cardrona Chutzpah.

Maiden Dog (2) 1. Webster’s Tashsheen Peppermint. A 9 month old mid gold puppy. Quite a bit of maturing still to go but shows promise. Symmetrical and balanced. A nice well chiselled head set on a good length of neck. Well laid back shoulders. Short coupled with good second thigh.  2. Hutchinson’s Cardrona Chutzpah. A 20 month mid gold dog. Nice balanced head set on a good length of neck. Close fitting elbows and good depth of rib. Nice cat like feet.

Novice Dog (4) 1. Largymore Linger in the Mind at Cranngary. 2. Tashsheen Peppermint.  3.  Glenrioch  Georgeous George.

Undergraduate Dog (2) 1. Rigerin Gonnae No Dae That. 2. Tashsheen Peppermint.

Graduate Dog (2.1 abs) 1. MacKenzie’s Tullochmohr Here We Go Again. A lovely three and a half year old pale dog. Despite that he was on his own in this class he would have still stood out. Balanced and symmetrical with a well chiselled and balanced head set on a good length of neck. Good strong front with well laid back shoulders. Short coupled with good depth of rib and level top line. Good second thighs and well let down hocks. Tail set on level with back. Moved with power and drive. Very much a contender for honours.

Post Graduate Dog (7, 2 abs) 1. McAleeses Lochtaymor Conquistador for Glormhorcu. A mid gold 3 year old. Balanced and symmetrical. A well chiselled and balanced head set on a very good length of neck. Well laid back shoulders and good depth of rib. Well bent stifles and good second thighs. Lovely cat like feet. Moved with power and drive with a good long free stride. 2. Barron & Jenkins’ Rannaleroch Abhainn Don. Another nice golden 3 year old. Nice head with a reasonable length of neck. Strong front and good shoulder angulations. Deep through heart. Good bend of stifle. Cat like feet. Strode out on the move. 3. Gray’s Moloko Cookie Monster at Knockothie.

Limit Dog (7, 2 abs) 1. Greig’s Nedlezah Take A Chance On Me at Cranngary. JW. Res Best Dog. This 4 year old, mid gold boy stood out in his class. Lovely symmetrical outline. Really pleasant balanced head set on a good length of neck. Well laid back in shoulders with a good depth of chest. Level top line which was held on the move. Good second thighs and bend of stifle. Moved with power and drive with a long free stride. Pushed hard for best dog.  2. Gray’s Knockithie Fairway. Not to every ones tastes, this rich golden 5 year old dog also stood out. Symmetrical and balanced.  A more traditional head but well chiselled and balanced. Good length of neck. Good front and close fitting elbows. Hocks well let down. Moved with real power and drive. Immaculately turned out.   3. Beck’s Bluebraes Baltimore Jack. JW.

Open Dog (3, 1 abs) 1.MacDonald’s Lamancha Just Meant To Be. JW. Best Dog & Best in Show.  This 4 year old pale dog owned the ring from the moment he walked in. A symmetrical, balanced dog with a level top line. A balanced and well chiselled head set on a good length of neck. Forelegs straight and with good bone and well laid back shoulders. Short coupled, deep through heart with good deep ribs. Good second thighs and bend of stifle. Handled to perfection when on the move.  Despite a change of handler for the BIS challenge his character and style shone through  today. He possessed many of the same attributes as the first place dog, balanced, symmetrical with a good head . Well laid back shoulders and deep through the heart. Level top line and well bent stifles. Lost out on movement.

Veteran Bitch (5, 2 abs) 1.Gray’s Knockothie Daisy Dunnit. Best Veteran Bitch & Best Veteran. A handsome 9 year old golden bitch, in fine condition. Showed like a bitch half her age. Balanced and  symmetrical  with a level top line. A lovely female head, well chiselled and set on a good clean and muscular  length of neck. Well laid back shoulders, good depth of rib and short coupled. Good second thighs and bend of stifle. Tail carried level with back. Moved with drive and power and with a long free stride. Fully deserved her awards. 2. Lang’s Alibren Polly Flinders At Lanercoste. Again a quality 8 year old mid gold bitch. Nicely balanced and symmetrical with a level top line. Lovely feminine head set on a good length of neck. Well laid back shoulders. Deep through the heart. Lost out on movement. 3. Little’s Bluebraes Boozy Suzy. JW.

Minor Puppy Bitch (4, 1 abs) 1.Dickson’s Moloko Miss Magoo At Glynafton. Mid gold, 8 month puppy bitch. Symmetrical  with an immature balanced head. Well laid back shoulders. Level top line and short coupled. Catlike feet. Moved with a free long stride.  2.Little’s Bluebraes Jacobite Lass. 7 month, mid gold puppy. A lot of growing to do but shows promise. Nice head set on good length of neck. Close fitting elbows and good deep ribs. Lost out on movement. 3. Mc Dougall’s Rigerin Merrie Melodies At Torcarhian.

 Puppy Bitch (7) A strong class of puppies  1. Brown’s Leynosk Glitter N’Gold. Best Puppy Bitch. A lovely 11 month old pale bitch. Symmetrical with a well chiselled, balanced head set on a clean muscular neck. Well laid back shoulders. Deep in rib, short coupled with a level top line. Tail set on and carried level with back. Moved with power and drive. 2. Gourlay’s Corrievern Strip The Willow. An 11 month mid gold puppy. Symmetrical with a balanced head and good length of neck. Shoulders well laid back. Deep through heart. Good bend of stifle. Moved well. 3. Dickson’s Moloko Miss Magoo At Glynafton.

Junior Bitch (4, 2abs) 1.Bradley’s Ceilcaesar Calendar Girl. 13 month , pale bitch. Balanced and symmetrical with a well chiselled head set on a good length of neck. Forelegs straight and with good bone and well laid back shoulders. Short coupled with a good depth of rib. Moved straight and true in front and rear.  2.Maguire’s Suarike Modern Love. 17 month mid gold bitch. Nice balanced head. Shoulders well laid back. Well bent stifles. Let down by movement.

 Special Yearling Bitch (9, 1 abs)A strong class of young ladies.  1.Youngson’s Linigor Teachers Pet At Treeveville. JW. Res Best Bitch. This 20 month pale bitch stood out. A beautiful balanced and symmetrical outline with a balanced and well chiselled head set on a good length of clean and muscular neck. Short coupled and deep through the heart with a perfect level top line. Good angulations front and rear with good second thighs and well bent stifles. Round, cat like feet. Moved with power and drive and a long free stride. Close challenger for BB. 2. Gray’s Knockothie Goody Two Shoes. A lovely 23 month old golden bitch. Symmetrical , balanced and a level mover. Good length of neck. Shoulders well laid back. Deep through the heart. Hocks well let down and round cat like feet. Moved well.  3.Lang’s Fenpinque Ice Maiden At Lanercoste.

Maiden Bitch  (4) 1. Leynosk Glitter N’Gold.  2. Moloko Miss Magoo At Glynafton. 3. King’s Camyr Highland Cathedral.


Novice Bitch (6, 2 abs)  1. Leynosk Glitter N’Gold.  2. Moloko Miss Magoo At Glynafton. 3. King’s Camyr Highland Cathedral .

 Undergraduate Bitch (5, 1 abs) 1. Maguire’s Glenrioch Starlight In Suarike. 19 month, pale bitch. Symmetrical. Nice balanced head set on good length of neck. Good second thighs and well bent stifles. Round cat like feet. Moved with drive.  2. Leynosk Glitter N’Gold.  3. Bradley’s Ceilcaesar Calendar Girl.

Graduate Bitch (5, 1 abs) 1. McDonald Lamancha Keep A Secret. JW. Best Bitch, Best Opp. Sex & Res Best in Show. Another outstanding dog from this kennel. She stood out in the class and the line up. A pale/mid gold 2 year old birthday girl. Symmetrical and balanced with a level top line and level tail set. A well chiselled and balanced head set on clean and muscular neck. Good front and well laid back shoulders. Close fitting elbows  and deep ribs. Good second thighs and well bent stifles and straight when viewed from the rear. Lovely round cat like feet.  Moved with power, drive and elegance. Immaculately turned out.

 2.Cuthill’s Mousseglen Macaria. A 26 month old golden bitch. She had most of the same attributes as the first placed bitch and on another day would take the honours. Lost out on movement. 3. Grady’s Glenrioch Sengalicious.

 Post Graduate Bitch (6, 1 abs) 1. Cockburn’s Corrievern Bonnie Heather. A lovely, almost 3 year old, golden bitch. Symmetrical and balanced with a lovely balanced head and good length of neck. Forelegs straight and with good bone. Short coupled, deep in rib and a level top line. Moved with power and drive. 2.Williamson’s Dawnryan Krystal Kitsch. A pale two and half year old bitch. Symmetrical with a nice balanced head set on a good length of neck. Close fitting elbows and good depth of rib. Moved with power and drive. 3.Ponsford’s Glenrioch New Beginnings For Libertygold. JW.

 Limit Bitch (4, 1 abs) 1. Williamson’s Thornywait Atomic Betty for Sandti. Three and half year old pale bitch. Symmetrical and balanced with a nice balanced head. Forelegs straight and with good bone and well laid back shoulders. Level topline and deep in rib. Good second thighs and bend of stifle. Moved with power and drive with a long , free stride. 2. Cockburn’s Bluebraes The Star Gazer at Corrievern. 5 year old golden bitch. Symmetrical and balanced with a well chiselled , balanced head set on a good length of neck. Close fitting elbows and deep through the heart. Good level top line. Moved with a long free stride.  3.Bradley’s Kellywillow Lady Mary At Ceilcaesar.

Open Bitch (8,3 abs) A strong class of ladies. 1. Cuthill’s Mousseglen Mariska. Four and half year old golden bitch. Symmetrical and balanced with a well chiselled and balanced head set on a good length of clean, muscular neck. Level top line with tail carried level with back. Short coupled with deep ribs and well bent stifles. Moved with power and drive and a free long stride.   2. Brown’s Fenpinque Glitterspelle. A pale 5 year old bitch.  Symmetrical with a nice balanced head and good length of neck. Well laid back shoulders and deep through the heart. Moved with power and drive. 3. Williamson’s Ritzlyn Barbie Cue At Dawnryan.

Brace (3) 1. McAleese’s  Brace. A lovely matched pair of mid gold dogs. Handled well together both on the stand and on the move.    2. Williamson’s Brace. Again a nice pair of dogs but not as matched as first place, one mid gold and one pale. Moved  and showed well together. 3. Bradley’s Brace.


Judge   John S Shaw