- Show Date: 10/06/2022
- Show Type: Championship Show
- Judged by: Mary Fisher Contact Judge
- Published Date: 28/07/2023
Three Counties Agricultural Society
Three Counties Championship Show
June 10th 2022
It was a pleasure to judge my favourite breed, on the grass with the backdrop of the
Malvern Hills on a sunny day. My Ring Stewards, Anne and Barry, were so helpful,
especially when a gust of wind played havoc with my judging book! I shall stick my
neck out and say the quality of the hounds has not deteriorated even if the numbers
have lessened. There were no poor exhibits, but someone has to be last in the line.
Some dogs will have off days when it’s frustrating for both handler and judge. I hope
I gave everyone equal chances to get the best out of their dog on the day.
Minor Puppy Dog - No Entries
Puppy Dog - 1 entry Absent
Junior Dog (2)
1) Gosling - AYOUBKHAN SILK ROAD
s.m. cream age 14 months. Produce of a well matched mating. Very promising
medium size dog who demands attention. Wilful teenager at the moment, but a
pleasure to handle and to watch when he moves. No exaggerations. Sufficient
masculinity in head and expression. Good pigment. Forward gazing in action, firm
fronted, elbows held well, good length of rib cage and spring of rib. Exact balance
everywhere. Ring tail set on correct croup. Large feet with exact foot placement;
spring and drive.
2) Peek-Matar – YANSUKHIM’S SHERBET FIZZ
Black brindle age 12½ months. Has his parents’ outgoing temperament. Tall leggy
lad with pleasing, balanced outline when stacked. Correct skull proportions with dark
well shaped eyes, leading to good length of neck and correct shoulder placement.
He has adequate upper arm but the front movement is still loose at this age. Good
length from hip to hock with potential for drive as he settles more. Tail set OK but tail
itself not ringed as yet.
Yearling Dog (4)
1) Gosling - AYOUBKHAN SILK ROAD
2) Newton – SHIMALMA JABERMEISTER
Shaded masked cream age 21 months. Blessed with classic coat texture and text
book head. So different in type to class winner – a leggy lad with a big stride but
decided today not to make the most of his head carriage when moving which was
disappointing for the judge! On handling, this dog has desired expression, lengthy
neck, deeper chest than 1, strong loin, good fallaway and feathered ring tail. Good
length from hip to hock which corresponds well with front action. Well worth waiting
3) Hills’ and Thornton’s – ABSOLUTE AFGHANS DJIBOUTI OF KARNAK Jw. (imp.
Post Graduate Dog (4)
1) Hopper and Finch – ZANDAHAR XTRAORDINARY ME AT ZINZANI Jw.
Black and brindle age 4 years
Very impressive, heavily coated hound. He has a regal bearing which attracted me to
him. Strong in head for all the right reasons – good underjaw and expression. Very
pleased to find a deep well sprung rib cage with level topline and strong loin carrying
perfect weight. Looks shorter coupled than some I placed today but he has such
satisfying movement, so his proportions must be correct. All finished off with a tight
ring tail and great coat presentation.
2) Shaw – SEOLDIN THE PEACOCK
Shaded masked gold age 2¾ years
Slightly longer cast than 1and with similar powerful, eyecatching movement but
moved closer behind and slightly finer in head than 1. Quite a character. Beautifully
3) McClay – CLOUDSIDE SUNKING
Limit Dog (7 – 2 Absent)
1) James – SYDARA DARJEELING CHAI OF SIMKHAN
Shaded masked red age 2¾ years
An example of Afghan breed points which I appreciated. No flash, but so much that
breeders don’t want to lose when breeding. This willing, happy show dog can move
so correctly, demonstrating power and agility. He carries the correct body weight and
is well muscled. Perfectly presented silken coat with natural saddle. Kindly handled.
Definitely masculine but not heavy in head, with oriental dark eye has chiselling
which we should try to keep. Low set ears, strong neck and level topline, good croup
and well set ring tail. Ribcage nicely sprung and loin strong. His outline is
proportioned correctly for height and length. Well angled fore and rear quarters with
sloping pasterns and big fore feet and low set hocks. Head and tail carriage held
correctly standing and when moving. C.C. Winner
2) Lancashire and O’Donnell – DRISHAUN STAR AMONG LILIES Jw.
Red brindle aged 4 years.
Gleaming condition of coat and body as always from this kennels’ hounds.
Handsome headed rangy boy – loved his eye and expression. Another with good
chest width and depth and well balanced angles. Lost out to winner on lift when
3) Abrey – KARAGEZ TAME THE WORLD
Open Dog (5 – 1 Absent)
1) Bloor – PASHTARI LORD BYRON
Black and tan aged 6 years.
One of several exhibits whose show careers suddenly came to a grinding halt due to
Covid restrictions. I liked him 3 years ago and my opinion of him has not changed,
and maturity suits him. He has such balanced, honest construction. I am familiar with
his sire’s offspring and he is such a good example of the substance and type that is
useful for our breed. Head and chiselling with pride in himself. Good fore chest, deep
rib cage and strong loin. Correct angles front and rear. Ringed tail carried well. Light
on his feet and true in movement. Unlucky to start feeling the heat in the challenge
for C.C. and so deserved the Reserve C.C.
2) Lancashire and O’Donnell – Ch. DRISHAUN FAIR AS A LILY Jw. Shcex Osw
Self masked cream aged 4 years
Delighted to see the success of this dog since I awarded him a first place as a puppy
3 years ago. I’m glad a self masked cream male can be recognised as masculine!
He has an excellent frame to work from. Super expression and attitude.
Pigmentation is pleasing, coat and body condition is perfect. Outline is flowing and
balanced so movement is correspondingly correct in profile and coming and going
3) Gardner – Ch. DRISHAUN SAID TIGER TO LILY
Veteran Dog (1)
Chadwick – SOFICO GRAFFETI
Black masked gold age 7 years.
Presented in great condition and reminiscence of his dam for type. Refined in head
but suiting his elegant construction.
Minor Puppy Bitch - No entries
Puppy Bitch – No entries
Junior Bitch (7 – 1 Absent)
1) Parsons – AYOUBKHAN HONEYSUCKLE TO SHUKRIYA Jw.
Self masked cream of 14 months.
This little madam stacks herself perfectly and that’s when her perfect front angulation
is so easy to see, she also looks good from the front with foot placement and elbows
just so. Fractionally longer in back than her litter brother class winner. Hind
angulation to co-ordinate with front with low set hocks, producing reach, drive and
lift. Her tail is ringed and well set. Very feminine, and she is ‘pretty’, but along with
this her expression and eye shape are exotic with good pigmentation. Her skull is
balanced with enough underjaw. Good neck leading to good shoulder and back line.
2) Gunn and Cannon – KARAGEZ KARTINA MASLOM AT ZUSHKHAN (Imp)
Black and cream aged 18 months.
This bitch was a hot contender for this class. Slightly heavier boned, nice size and
very feminine. Gleaming saddle and pleasing coat texture. Plenty of heart room and
strong loin. Another who could lift and reach well being light on her feet.
3) Kirk-Vickers – GEARDELE TIME TO SHINE AT ISTANI
Yearling Bitch (5 – 1 Absent)
1) Milligan-Bott and Bott – MEDAWLARK ATTITUDE IS KEY THE WONES
THENDARA (Imp Rus)
Black and tan aged 22 months
Very smart, nice size, body frame and substance. Good under jaw. Excellent width of
front and spring of rib. Ringed tail nicely set. Once settled in her stride she is a joy to
2) Tanner and Link – RHAJIKHAN ATHEN OF ALEYAZAR
Brindle aged 19 months – Totally different type to 1. Bigger frame and big
personality. Very pleasing to go over, especially good ribbing and very forceful
3) Collyer-Todd – SHIMALMA KAMORA
Post Graduate Bitch (5 – 1 Absent)
1) Smart – GEZANCOL KISSED BY AN ANGEL
Black and silver aged 2 years 9 months.
Medium sized, well boned bitch with plentiful silky coat. Very pleasing head, being
feminine and correctly proportioned with dark triangular eyes. Reachy neck going to
level topline. Long sloping shoulder scored well in this class. Matched with her front
and rear angulation, her movement is very sound. Good ring tail carried correctly.
2) Lancashire and O’Donnell – DRISHAUN SAY SHE AIN’T GAZON (A.I.) Jw.
Domino aged 4 years who I was pleased to judge again. Such an elegant bitch.
Stunning head and expression with wonderful pigmentation. Sensibly angulated, and
with the sloping pasterns to produce required springy gate. Strong topline, well
ribbed with well set tail. Perfect condition.
3) Hughes – GEZANCOL FALLEN FROM GRACE
Limit Bitch (8 – 1 Absent)
Terrific class of Afghans
1) Rhodes – SHADOWFAX THREEPENNY OPERA Jw.
Domino aged 4 years.
She just has everything I wanted. Her handler allowed her to move at a sensible
pace so her gait could be seen to be correct and at the point of standing this bitch
stacks herself perfectly. Blessed with a silky coat, naturally saddled and beautifully
presented. Carries correct body weight, is well boned and muscled. Another domino
with super pigmentation to enhance her expression. She looked splendid when
representing our breed in the Group ring. C.C. and B.O.B. well done.
2) Hedge – UNSTOPPABLE HAPPY GO LUCKY (AI) (Imp Sweden)
Black and brindle 3 years old who lives up to her name. Compact bitch, with similar
breeding to class winner. Very enthusiastic mover, light as a feather and covering
lots of ground. Very good head qualities – not too broad in back skull and with good
muzzle, underjaw and dark triangular eyes. Good pro sternum. Elbows nicely held to
her side. Balanced angulation and height to length ratio. Finished off with a happy
raised tail. Reserve C.C winner.
3) Lancashire and O’Donnell – DRISHAUN CONSIDER THE LILY Jw.
Open Bitch (4 – 1 Absent; 1 Withdrawn)
1) James – Ch GILARI VERMILLION VENUS Jw.
Red aged 6 years still showing with great enthusiasm. Powerful bitch in great
condition, body, coat and movement. Long strong skull, good shoulder and return of
upper arm, level topline, good croup and sweeping hindquarters. Achieves great
length of stride.
2) O’Donnell – DRISHAUN FAITH IS LIKE A LILY FOR JAVIDAN Jw.
Gold brindle 4 years old. Smaller build than 1. Very attractive head features and
again in beautiful bloom and all over condition. Not quite the thrust in her movement
although she covers the ground well with a pleasing springy gait.
Veteran Bitch (4)
1) Link – Int. Ch. Ned. POPOV’S BORA BORA AT ORASHAN Jw
Shaded masked red aged 8 years. Showed her socks off today. In top condition.
Firm topline, deep chest, free striding action. Eager expression from her lovely head,
Ring tail when on the move. What a career she has been enjoying!
2) Peek-Matar – SLEEPY HOLLOW AT YANSUKHIM (Imp) Jw SHCM
Red brindle 7½ years old. Still taking over the ring in just a few strides. Keen
expression from long skull with dark eyes. Would prefer a bit more stop. Long, strong
neck. Good topline and fallaway. Strong hindquarters. In good muscular condition
following her litter.
3) Adams – ZANDAHAR JUST TIGER LILY Jw SHCM
Mary Fisher - Judge