• Date: 17/02/2019
  • Show Type: Championship Show
  • Judge: Anne Falconer Contact Judge
  • Published Date: 07/04/2019

Golden Retriever Club Of Wales

Breed: Retriever (Golden)

GRC of Wales Ch Show 17th February 2019


Golden retriever dogs



A lovely entry with some quality dogs. However I feel there are too many dog with very short muzzles, a fault that affects their ‘fitness for function’ as they are required to pick up game and one or two would have had a job to pick a small hen pheasant, let alone anything bigger. All too often this was accompanied by an incorrect hard expression. Several dogs had good layback of shoulder, straight upper arms and were over angulated behind leading to a flashy dog so untypical of the breed. On the plus side I found almost no overweight dogs and length of leg is improving. There were, however, several with mouth faults and crooked teeth. 



VETERAN DOG (8 Entries, 0 Absent) Lovely class full of quality dogs


1st Brown Mr MR & Mrs S GUNMARSH TAMARIND STAR OVER IPCRESS 


Lovely head with a very gentle expression, Well constructed and balanced golden, sound mover, level topline strong quarters with a good turn of stifle. Very well presented and handled. Hard to believe he is a veteran.



‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ 2nd Ellis Ms K TENFIELD COMMANDER IN CHIEF JW


Another quality golden who excelled on the move. Liked his head and expression so typical of the breed. Has a level topline with good quarters and stifles well let down hocks which showed in his movement



‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ 3rd Johnson Mr M & Mrs H & Miss L DEVONIVY DIAMOND CUT BY NIALLGOLD


An old favourite of mine. I love his overall quality and balance, correct front angulation and hind angulation which showed in his long striding movement. Today I would have preferred him to carry a fraction less weight



‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ MINOR PUPPY DOG (6 Entries, 1 Absent) 

1st Sillence Mr R & Mrs M FIZOENA CIDER ICE WITH CANINA


Lovely puppy, so full of quality. So well balanced and exactly right for his age,. He has the most lovely head and expression, good length of neck set into well laid back shoulders, straight front leg

Level topline and good bone with tight feet, good turn of stifle and straight hocks. Best puppy dog and in agreement with my co-judge Best puppy in show



‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ 2nd Swatton Mrs AB & Mr GM SUNTIDE MORRIS MINOR


This puppy has an very nice outline and good angulation with in front and behind, excellent topline with strong hindquarters and a good turn of stifle He moved soundly and with some enthusiasm. Preferred head and expression of 1




‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍3rd Kinchella Mr P & Mrs T HONEYMILL ELDER WARRIOR


This dog gradually relaxed and settled during the class and looked better and better as time went on!. Pleasing head and expression good length of neck with good shoulder placement, slightly longer than 1 and 2 but still full of quality. He has good bone and substance so necessary in a male‍‍‍‍.‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ 




PUPPY DOG (6 Entries, 0 Absent) 

1st Sillence Mr R & Mrs M FIZOENA CIDER ICE WITH CANINA



‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ (2nd Towers Mrs S & Henderson Mrs M CARNAVAL DORADO PIRATE SOUL (IMP ESP)



Another quality puppy with and attractive outline, pleasing head and expression, good layback of shoulder and angulation of upper arm, level topline. At present still a real baby and needs to grow on and strengthen a little in front but full of promise



‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ (3rd Jones Mrs VE & Athey Mrs BE NINELL JEFFERSON



‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍This is a well grown and quite mature puppy, Loved his head and melting expression, excellent topline which he kept on the move, strong quarters and a very good turn of stifle but not overdone in any way.



JUNIOR DOG (12 Entries, 2 Absent) 

1st Birkin-Green Mrs S & Gripton Mrs H SANSUE KEEP THE MAGIC


Lovely young dog , so full of quality and so well balanced throughout. He is a very sound mover as his conformation would suggest, very nice head and expression correct length of muzzle, strong neck leading into well laid back shoulders, level topline, good turn of stifle. One to watch in the future. Delighted to award him first in 4 classes .Too immature for top honours today but feel sure his day will come


‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ 2nd Vernon Mr MP & Mrs DJ GRACELEIGH POPEYE


Another lovely quality dog, very masculine and has the most lovely outline. Beautifully presented and handled, excels in topline, quarters and turn of stifle, good bone .He is carrying the right amount of weight. Close up to 1 and won yearling as well



‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ 3rd White Mr AGO & Mrs DS NINELL INDIANA JONES OF ALANDIAGOLD

‍‍‍‍‍‍ This dog appealed for his overall quality, super head and a very gentle expression, correct length of muzzle. good length of neck set into well laid back shoulders. Level topline which he maintained on the move, between coats today

YEARLING DOG (14 Entries, 0 Absent) 

1st Vernon Mr MP & Mrs DJ GRACELEIGH POPEYE

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2nd Pastusiak Miss K PRINCE CHARMING QDORE OF LABGOLD [ATC POL]


Quality dog who was shown to perfection, very animated and shown in lovely coat and condition. Very nice head and expression, Correct front angulation but he is slightly overangulated behind which spoiled his outline and cost him the class. Level top line and strong hindquarters




‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ 3rd McDonald Miss M LAMANCHA MAGICAL MOMENTS JW


This dog has a very nice outline and was beautifully presented and handled. He was one of many who needed a little more length of muzzle. He has a level top line, strong quarters and good bone and feet but stood and moved a little wide in front. He is full of quality and has enough substance for a dog


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MAIDEN DOG (6 Entries, 2 Absent) 

1st Birkin-Green Mrs S & Gripton Mrs H SANSUE KEEP THE MAGIC


‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ 2nd Walaszkowski-Caines Mrs MJ SOMERSETGOLD JONAGOLD



Very nice head and expression, very typical of the breed. He is short coupled and well balanced throughout. Good length of neck flowing into correct layback of shoulder and of the few with good upper arm. I would like to see a little more bone and substance for a male. Movement was good and he was very well presented and handled

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3rd Joy Mrs M CHALEUR UNDERSTUDY FOR SHARDANELL (AI) (IMP AUST)


Standing and from a distance this dog looked lovely, super outline with excellent angulation both in front and behind. Sadly for me his head is not balanced being too short in muzzle and for me lacking the soft gentle expression which is one of the characteristics of the breed. He is still young and I hope he grows on a little. He was very well presented and handled and he moved soundly

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NOVICE DOG (8 Entries, 2 Absent) 

1st Birkin-Green Mrs S & Gripton Mrs H SANSUE KEEP THE MAGIC




‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ 2nd Keene Mr JC & Mrs EM SHINEHILL SNOW PATROL



On the move this dog looks really lovely from the side, good extension and a ground covering movement, but today was not moving well behind and was not standing with level top line at times, even though it was level on the move. I feel he may look better stood free rather than stacked‍‍‍‍‍. Vey nice head and expression‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍and good front construction‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍



‍ 3rd Joy Mrs M CHALEUR UNDERSTUDY FOR SHARDANELL (AI) (IMP AUST)

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UNDERGRADUATE DOG (10 Entries, 1 Absent) 

1st Birkin-Green Mrs S & Gripton Mrs H SANSUE KEEP THE MAGIC

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2nd Vernon Mr MP & Mrs DJ GRACELEIGH POPEYE


‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ 3rd Keene Mr JC & Mrs EM SHINEHILL SNOW PATROL

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GRADUATE DOG (13 Entries, 5 Absent) 

1st Rix Mr DJ GOWERGOLD ENDEAVOUR



Headed a trio of quality goldens. He is so well balanced throughout, pleasing head and expression, good length of neck leading into well laid back shoulders, level top line which he kept on the move, good turn of stifle straight hocks, moved soundly. He is full of quality

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‍ 2nd Brown Mr MR & Mrs S CAILLOCH MAKAR VIA IPCRESS JW


Another very nice dog and another who is full of quality. He is similar in outline to 1 but preferred the top line of 1. Lovely head and expression, good neck and lay back of shoulder deep short coupled body and a very sound mover. Shown in excellent coat 



‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ 3rd Jenkins Mr H TREBELL TRIUMPHANT OF WITHYOAK JW


Caught my eye when I first walked round the ring, lovely head and expression, level top line strong quarters with a good turn of stifle . Short coupled body, well ribbed back and good turn of stifle. Today he was carrying little too much weight on his shoulders but overall a lovely dog

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POSTGRADUATE DOG (10 Entries, 1 Absent) 

1st Giltsoff Mrs V ENDELLION SPINNAKER



This dog has so much quality. He has the most lovely head and expression, Liked his correct front angular and level top line. Good turn of stifle, correct amount of bone, straight front and a sound mover. I would like him slightly shorter coupled but a quality golden who deserved his win here today

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2nd Jackson Mrs A MAVISTAN NEARCO AT SWANAVON


Another quality dog , pleasing out line and was shown in lovely coat and condition, Good bone and feet. Like so many today he needs a little more length of muzzle to balance his head. Lovely out line and a very true mover in front, behind and from the side



‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ 3rd Millington Mrs J CARNEVAL OF GOLDEN DUCK (IMP SRB) 


Love the outline on this dog, Very nice head and expression with a dark eye. Balanced throughout and shown in lovely coat. I feel he still needs to mature a little more as he need more spring of rib but very promising for the future

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MID LIMIT DOG (10 Entries, 4 Absent) The best class of the day with all 6 being quality dogs with only vey small difference between them


1st Bolton Mr RC & Mrs J STANROPH SUPER STRAVEGANTE AT SHIRESMILL (IMP ESP) JW

 Such a quality dog shown in excellent coat and condition, very balanced head with a soft expression, correct length of neck to balance his length of back and length of leg, Good front and hind angulation , deep body short coupled level top line. So balanced throughout and well constucted which enables him to move freely with a long stride. Handler tends to stand him a little wide in front which he isn’t. This dog says ‘golden retriever’I was pleased to award him his first CC. Reserve Best in show and best opposite sex in show


‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ 2nd Wedge Mrs L RIVERSCHARM MR MCGREGOR JW


Another favourite of mine and was close up to 1. Lovely head and soft expression, well balanced head with correct length of muzzle, long neck with good shoulder placement, level top line strong quarter which he used on the move. He is a sound mover and has lovely breed type. Today he was carrying a little bit of weight on his shoulders and which was a shame. Close up for the reserve CC

3rd Towers and Henderson ALIBREN GALILIEO TO WESTERVANE JW‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍


Another dog I have admired from the ring side and was not disappointed going over him. He is so well constructed and balanced, level top line strong quarters good drive in movement. I preferred the heads of the 2 above ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍. 



LIMIT DOG (14 Entries, 2 Absent) 



1st McDonald Miss M LAMANCHA JUST MEANT TO BE JW ShCM


Lovely quality dog shown in such hard condition. He was beautifully presented and handled which only showed off his correct construction and movement, He ,again, is so well balanced throughout, excels in top line . I would prefer slightly darker eye but his head is well balanced and his expression still soft. Very pleased to award him the reserve CC



‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ 2nd Vicars Mrs M & Miss CJ CATCOMBE CALICO AT PEERSBROOK JW


A great pity this dog was out of coat today. He again is a typical golden with lovely breed type,. Gentle head and expression, so well balanced all through, straight front good bone and feet, very sound mover and shown in hard condition I


3rd Bradwell Mrs J & Mr DM BEAMSLEY PADDINGTON BEAR



A dog I have placed previously and still like him very much. He has the most lovely head and expression, so typical of the breed , long neck leading into well placed shoulders, good turn of stifle and moved freely

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OPEN DOG (7 Entries, 2 Absent) 

1st Archibald Mr FP, Mrs E & Miss E SH CH/IR SH CH ABINVALE LEVANTO Won this class with ease. Good sized dog who is all male Very well balanced and constructed which showed in his movement which was accurate and more enthusiastic in the class than in the challenge. Very nice head with a soft expression shown and handled well.

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2nd Sillence Mr R & Mrs M MEDHAMBRIDGE BARTLEY OF CANINA



Such a shame this dog was so out of coat as he looks immature beside the males in full coat. He has the most lovely head and expression and he moves very soundly which gave him his place today. He looked shallow in body due to total lack of coat but still has good spring of rib and is well ribbed back.



‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ (3rd Johnson Mr M & Mrs H & Miss L DEVONIVY DIAMOND CUT BY NIALLGOLD

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SPECIAL OPEN DOG (3 Entries, 1 Absent) 

1st Williams Miss KJ CATCOMBE COUNTRY TZAR OF BUSHEYHALL ShCM


Fit, well balanced dog who is full of quality. Liked his construction and his overall balance. To me he is a little strong in skull but this expression is still gentle, super top line which he kept on the move, good front and hind angulation and a sound mover

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2nd Wooden Mr KT & Mrs P SALAKO SMOOTH OPERATOR


Another quality dog who is very well balanced. I loved his head and expression, so typical of the breed , he has good bone a level topping and he moved soundly

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Anne Falconer(Judge)