• Show Date: 21/01/2022
  • Show Type: Championship Show
  • Judged by: Carol Benson Contact Judge
  • Published Date: 28/07/2023

Manchester Dog Show Society

Breed: Retriever (Golden)



Thank you to the Committee of Manchester Dog Show Society for inviting me to judge and for your kind hospitality.

Thank you also to Joyce and Jean, my two hard-working Stewards who helped keep the ring running efficiently.

This was the first show I have attended since well before the lockdown so it was exciting to see many dogs that were new to me. Quantity may not have been what we used to get but the quality certainly made up for that. So many top-quality dogs bodes well for the future.

Leg length appears to be improving generally and there was no evidence of very overweight dogs so no breed issues to report. There were a small number of untidy mouths and several proud tails. Temperaments were exemplary.

My Co-Judge and I liked both CC winners so decided to let the Referee choose. He selected the Bitch who was short-listed in the Group. Best Puppy was the dog who I was delighted went on to win the Puppy Group.

Class MPD (4 Entries) Abs: 0

1st: WILLIAMS, Berrymeade Kilternan of Busheyhall

Mid gold, 8 months with attractive head and expression. Presented a balanced outline with good front, rear angulation and leg length. Well sprung ribs and short coupled. Level top line and tail carriage. Moved out with style.

2nd: WILLIAMS, Cesarka Sea Shanty

6 months old with mid gold coat, very much a baby with lots of promise. Nicely shaped head, good neck into level top line. Well angled front assembly, short coupled and strong rear with good turn of stifle. Moved soundly.

3rd: WHITE, Blenstone Yankee Doodle

Class PD (5 Entries) Abs: 1

1st: HAINES, Leighsham Tullamore

 So much to like about this 11 month old youngster. Standing and moving he is balanced throughout. Handsome head and gentle expression, good reach of neck into well laid-back shoulders, good return of upper arm, rib cage developing nicely, short couplings with well-muscled rear quarters and good turn of stifle. Level top line and tail set, held on the move which he did with free-flowing strides. BPD, BP & PG1.

2nd: BECK, Simon Basset De Ria Vela for Beinangus (Imp Esp)

Well-presented mid gold who needs time to fill his frame. Attractive head and expression. Good reach of neck, shoulder placement and upper arm. Rear quarters strong with good second thigh. Well ribbed back and short coupled. Straight legs with cat like feet. Moved out with purpose.

3rd: BOLTON, Megarvey Still Game For Shiresmill NAF

Class JD (12 Entries) Abs: 4

1st: ARCHIBALD, Abinvale Firestorm (AI)

 Impressive with loads of promise though very much an adolescent. Large framed with excellent overall proportions. Good head with plenty of neck into excellent front assembly, level top line, ribcage well sprung and short in couplings. Strong, well-muscled rear. Good length of leg with plenty of bone. Accurately covered the ground with good drive and free strides.

2nd: SAVAGE, Weisford Guilty As Sin

Beautifully presented. Mid gold, in excellent hard condition. Attractive head and expression enhanced by black pigmentation. Balanced throughout with level top line and correct tail carriage. Good angles front and rear. Well-sprung ribs and strong in loin. Straight legs and neat feet. Moved out really well with drive.

3rd: POUNDS-LONGHURST, Mossburn Galloping Major

Class YD (10 Entries) Abs: 0

1st: LANE-RIDYARD & LANE, Kulawand Skywalker

Eye catching for his complete balance when stacked. Nothing overdone. Cream, beautifully presented coat. Handsome, well proportioned head, strong neck flowing to well laid-back shoulders, level top line with tail set on and carried correctly. Good rib cage and short coupled. Strong loin and well-muscled rear quarters used to advantage on the move.

2nd: SAVAGE, Weisford Guilty As Sin

3rd: RILEY, Wylloh Lost in Translation

Class GD (5 Entries) Abs: 2

1st: WILLIAMS, Berrymeade Coeur Blimey at Busheyhall

Mid gold in good condition. Well balanced throughout. Liked his head and expression with dark pigment. Good reach to neck into level top line. Pleasing front assembly, good ribcage, and strong rear quarters with good turn of stifle. Well boned straight legs with neat feet. Straight and true on the move.

2nd: PLEVIN, Bowshella Rough Diamond

 Rich gold wavy coat. Attractive head and kind expression. Good reach of neck into level top line. Front and rear assemblies in balance. Well sprung ribcage and short couplings. Correct leg length and neat feet. Steady mover, maintaining his top line and tail carriage.

3rd: SWAINE, Ohanagold Apollo

Class PGD (8 Entries) Abs: 0

1st: HAXTON, Dantassie Double Take

 Caught my eye on first look round. Perfectly balanced with an attractive, light gold coat. Handsome head with kind eye and dark pigment. Good reach to neck and well-placed shoulders with upper arm of equal length to blade. Good spring and length to ribcage. Rear quarters strong, well-turned stifles and straight rear pasterns. Legs of correct length and neat feet. Level top line and tail set. Moved with power and precision.

2nd: TOWERS, HENDERSON & BOLANO, Grey Goose November Rain (Imp Esp)

Beautiful darker gold coat with pale feathering. Slightly longer in body than 1st but so much to like about him. Appealing head and expression with correct eye shape. Good reach of neck into his level top line. Well-constructed front and rear quarters. Strong level top line and well sprung ribcage. Good length of leg and feet. Moved with drive, straight and true.

3rd: SMITH, Thornywait Iluminati at Goldmarker

Class LD (15 Entries) Abs: 2

1st: KIPPS, Cadwst Flash Flame to Wheatcroft,

This dog commands attention and kept drawing my eye. Impressed when going over him. Lovely head and alert, kindly expression. Strong neck with good reach. Super lay back of shoulder and upper arm. Correct fore-chest, depth to chest and spring of rib. Strong through loin. Level top line, tail set on and carried correctly. Strong well-muscled rear quarters. Straight legs of good length with good bone and cat like feet. Really comes into his own on the move. Covering the ground with accurate footfall and long powerful, free strides which just gave him the edge in the Challenge. CC and delighted to hear (subject KC) this win gives him his title.

2nd: CATTERALL & JACKSON, Golmas Guardsman

One I did well for as a puppy and pleased to see he has matured into such a good dog. Gentle though masculine head, correct eye shape and pigment. Excels in reach of neck and fore quarters. Level top line and strong rear quarters. Well sprung ribcage and short strong couplings. Legs straight, well-boned and of good length with neat feet. Moved accurately with good drive.

3rd: ANGELL, Millanza Toy Story JW

Class OD (8 Entries) Abs: 0

1st: GRAINGER, Amilone Flintstone

 Eye catching dog with ring presence. Makes a super outline in profile –balanced and correct. Good dog to go over. Beautiful head and expression with dark pigment, good reach of neck flowing to his level top line. Excellent forehand construction with good lay back of shoulder and return of upper arm. Ribs well sprung and short strong couplings. Rear quarters are well muscled with good bend of stifle. Legs of correct length, straight with good bone and nice feet. Moves with good stride, effortless and light on his feet. RCC.

2nd: DUNBAR, Sh Ch Linirgor Tomich JW

Excellent in outline and pushed the winner hard. Coming back into his beautifully presented, light gold coat. Handsome head and kindly expression. Good reach of neck. Excels in shoulder lay back and return of upper arm. Correct fore-chest and ribbing, short coupled and strong through loin. Well bent stifle with good muscling all through. Perfect top line and tail carriage. Stylish and accurate on the move with great head carriage.

3rd: ARCHIBALD, Sh Ch & Ir Sh Ch Abinvale Levanto

Class VD (4 Entries) Abs: 0

1st: WALDRON-SMITH & LOVEROCK Lovissa Space Dust Sh.CM

Mid gold, in good coat and condition. Loved his head, such a gentle expression and dark pigment as a bonus. Balanced all through with no exaggerations. Good reach of neck, excellent front and rear angles, level top line. In good muscular condition on correct legs and feet, he moved out soundly and with drive.

2nd: BIDDULPH, Dibblesdae The Magic Goes On

In gleaming mid gold, wavy coat. Attractive masculine head with kind eye. Good reach of neck into well laid shoulders and level top line. Strong rear quarters with well-muscled second thigh. Rib cage deep and well ribbed back. He moved steadily with correct footfall

3rd: ETHERINGTON & STOKES, Elkarima's Golden Harlequin Knight JW.

Judge Carol Benson