• Show Date: 04/08/2023
  • Show Type: Championship Show
  • Judged by: Brenda Hutchison Contact Judge
  • Published Date: 18/09/2023

Paignton & District Fanciers' Association

Breed: Retriever (Flat Coated)


BEST OF BREED : ANDERSON, Sh Ch Feldkirk Dior Of Kazval

Dog CC : HOLMAN, SA Ch Trevena Master Chef at Namtresa (Imp) ZAF

Res Dog CC : JONES, Hightyne Unforgettable At Braemist

Bitch CC : ANDERSON, Sh Ch Feldkirk Dior Of Kazval

Res Bitch CC : ANDERSON, Ms K Kazval Angel in Your Sky Over Feldkirk

Best Puppy : DOUGLAS, Kalexas Upper Class at Greenbayhill

Best Veteran : DAVIS & EGGINTON, Go with the flow Dynamic Faithful (Imp NLD)

Best Special Beginner : WILSON, Hameldowntor Pedro Ximenez

Many thanks to exhibitors for their entries. This was my final judging appointment in the breed in the UK and I was delighted to have some high quality animals to choose from in my final line up. Needless to say it was a thrill to see my BOB take Group 1.

Having said that, there were quite a few animals which were very average. Maybe this is a knock on from the effect of Covid on breeding plans. I found several specimens with loose-fitting elbows which usually resulted in loose front movement. Also some faulty mouths. As an E band breed we should not need to have these in the ring.

Coats were variable, and this cannot be helped, but I wonder why owners whose dogs carry profuse feathering do not stand their dogs in front of a mirror and look at how the length of coat affects their proportions. ‘Raciness without weediness’ can be hard to find in the adult classes, but sometimes taking a couple of inches off the tummy feathering can make all the difference. I was surprised to see experienced handlers who pushed their dogs’ necks back in to the shoulders when baiting. I have no problem with judicious baiting but it should be use to lengthen the neck rather than shorten it. From an examination angle it made assessing shoulder placement more problematic. I also found doggy bitches and bitchy dogs.

Temperaments, however, were excellent and it was lovely to see a ring full of happy flatcoats. Finally I would like to say, don’t just assume that my comments don’t refer to you. Take it as an opportunity for a review, even if you weren’t at the show. It’s so easy to become kennel blind, and we need to be watchful for the sake of the breed.

SBD (1 Entries) Abs: 0 -

1st: WILSON, Hameldowntor Pedro Ximenez - well-balanced racy dog. Masculine head without coarseness. Good neck and shoulders but woulf prefer a slightly tighter elbow. Deep chest and firm topline. Well-muscled hindquarters with correct tailset. Moved accurately and showed happily.

MPD (3 Entries) Abs: 0

1st: LANE-RIDYARD, & LANE, KULAWAND CALLISTO - 6 months baby who coped admirably with being rushed into the ring at the last minute. Settled well and moved with precision for one so young. Very typy head. Lacked the coat and maturity of others here but made up for it in construction, especially depth of chest and tight elbows. One to watch

2nd: HARRIS, Dymexe Outlander at Siancala - very attractive balanced youngster, exuberant. Carrying an extra pound or two. Pleasing head, strong deep body, correct bone and angulation. Moved with drive.

3rd: CLARK,Esined Bright Idea


JD (3 Entries) Abs: 0 Three very different dogs.

1st: BOWEN, Clandrift Bring Me Sunshine - 13 months stylish youngster, balanced both ends, standing and on the move. Best front construction in the class. Very attractive head, alert and responsive. good middle part with depth, and had strong hindquarters enabling him to move with drive.

2nd: EGGINTON, & EGGINTON, & EGGINTON, Pajanbeck Think Of Me ( A.I.) - not an immediate eyecatcher but a good honest type of flatcoat. Typy head, good neck and shoulders, mature body with good topline and strong hindquarters. Sound mover.

3rd: BROWN, & CAMPBELL, Ronevorg Firefly Fantasy

 YD (5 Entries) Abs: 0

1st: DROTTSGARD, Moonstruck This Is The One - upstanding young lad, not overloaded with coat so his good construction showed through. Gentle expression on masculine head. Overall balanced outline, correct construction both ends. Good depth of chest with close-fitting elbows. Lovely bone and front, super feet. moved accurately.

2nd: BROWN, & CAMPBELL, Ronevorg Firefly Fantasy - - got his act together in this class. Very attractive head. Balanced , with correct bone and front but pasterns need to tighten. Firm topline and correct tailset. In excellent coat and condition. Moved with drive.

3rd: BELLAMY, & BELLAMY, Bochilbarley Goblet of Fire JW

PGD (4 Entries) Abs: 0

1st: ANDERSON, Kazval Behind the Mask of Feldkirk - very stylish young dog who showed alertly and moved with drive and accuracy. Typy head, Correct front angulation , bone and front. Good pasterns and feet. Strong midpiece with good depth and well-fitting elbows. Super line from shoulders through topline and into tailset. Well presented

2nd: MAY's Ronevorg Dark Angel at Lussac JW - not making the most of himself today. Masculine head, balanced and well-constructed throughout. Good depth of chest, firm topline and good tailset. Moved soundly and with drive.

3rd: KEARTON, Braemist Bootlegger at Ravenhall

 LD (6 Entries) Abs: 1

1st: JONES, Hightyne Unforgettable At Braemist - worthy winner in this class although carrying a heavy coat which distracted from his outline. Super head, lovely angulation both ends. and good bone, front and feet. Deep mature body with firm topline. Moved with style and drive. RCC.

2nd: H Pedro Ximenez

3rd: ROMEO-DIESTE, Hopevalley Morning Circus

 OD (6 Entries) Abs: 1 Some different types in this class.

1st: HOLMAN, & HOLMAN, SA Ch Trevena Master Chef at Namtresa (Imp) ZAF - this dog has a lovely unexaggerated outline with his balance clearly visible and no surplus coat. Super head, correct angulation both ends, strong bone and good feet. Well-fitting elbows and good forechest. Moved stylishly. CC

2nd: STEVENSON, Sh Ch Plainfire's The Captain Of My Heart Is Steelriver - bigger lad all through with more bone and substance. Upstanding male with good overall balance. Another dog who carries a sensible amount of coat for a working breed, his correct construction was clearly visible. A super mover. Just preferred the size of 1.

3rd: BELLAMY, Sh Ch Woodfinch Masquerade

 VD (6 Entries) Abs: 1 Very pleased to see a class of fit and active veterans.

1st: DAVIS, Pajanbeck Rumour Has It - 10 years lively male in good coat with plenty of substance. Nicely constructed throughout. Very typy head, typical of this kennel. Fitm topline and good tailset on a strong body. Moved very well for age.

2nd: BELLAMY , & BELLAMY, Bochilbarley Blue Moon ai ShCEx - 7 years. Not a big one but has good overall construction and balance. Super topline and correct tailset. Moved with style and drive, and showed alertly.

3rd: FORD, Percuil Dasher FTW

BB (5Entries) Abs: 1

1st: HOLLINGDALE, Aylawbrook Noones Perfect - feminine liver with a very sweet head and expression. Good front construction, correct depth of body, enough bend of stifle. Shown in gleaming liver coat. Moved with drive.

2nd: POWELL, Bonnyhilbrae Love Of Joy JW - pretty girl with a feminine head and appealing outline. good deep chest, firm topline . Moved well.

3rd: MCQUADE, Gemswin River of Dreams

 MPB (6 Entries) Abs: 0

1st: SOUCH, Kenaparkwels Cranberry - very mature 7 month old. Typy feminine head, Correct angulation both ends, good forechest. Showing well at her first show, and moved well. A promising puppy. Very sad that she was terrified in the next class by metal from the tent banging in the high Went well for such a baby..

2nd: JONES, Benvellyn Sequoia - 6 months baby, very confident. Nice make and shape. Sweet expression, good bone front and feet. Body was appropriate for age.

3rd: REYNOLDS, & DUNNETT, Hoedun The Night Before

 PB (5 Entries) Abs: 0

1st: 2213 DOUGLAS, Kalexas Upper Class at Greenbayhill - very pretty typy young lady, shown in good coat and condition. Correct angulation both ends, wel ribbed up, Good bone, front, topline. . Moved with drive.

2nd: K Cranberry

3rd: B Sequoia

 JB (5 Entries) Abs: 1

1st: ARMSTRONG, Bitcon Jelly Bean (ai) - very stylish young lady with good neck and shoulder placement, correct bone, front and feet. deep chest, strong rear. Coat not at its best today. Showed and moved with enthusiasm.

2nd: K Upper Class at Greenbayhill

3rd: EGGINTON, Pajanbeck One Moment In Time AI

YB (5 Entries) Abs: 1

1st: JACKSON, Manteauplat Margaux - typical head and good overall balance. Correct front angulation with good front and bone, Strong body, good back end. Moved OK. Not helped by her handler today.

2nd: MCQUADE, Gemswin River of Dreams - girl who needs more time to develop, but is overall a good shape. Feminine head, very good good front and bone, Strong hindquarters. Moved with drive.

3rd: LEGG, Ruddleberry Phoenix Song

 PGB (12 Entries) Abs: 1

1st: EGGINTON, Pajanbeck Georgy Girl - a very neat girl of ideal size. Typy feminine head, good angulation at both ends. Super bone and front leading to deep body. In good coat. Moved with drive and showed happily.

2nd: BELLAMY, Moontorn Better Half of Me JW - Stylish showgirl with a sweet head. Correct angulation at both ends. Super topline, and good depth of body. Beautifully presented and sympathetically handled, in good coat. Moved with style and drive.

3rd: FORD, Lussac Yawl of Percuil JW

 LB (13 Entries) Abs: 1 a close decision between 1 & 2

1st: ROMEO-DIESTE, Hopevalley Morning Wicked - mature lady with good overall balance, shown in full coat. Typy head, and lovely line of neck into shoulders. Good forechest, bone, front and feet. Good depth of body with strong topline. Moved with drive and showed happily.

2nd: JONES, Braemist Witches Fire - thought she would be my winner but flatcoat mischief won the day! She has a lovely outline, sweet head. Another with a good forechest (an important point whose lack gets overlooked). in construction, everything was in harmony. Moved well and showed when she felt like it!

3rd: THURGOOD, Thurwhitt Madame Cholet-

 OB (6 Entries) Abs: 1

1st: ANDERSON, Sh Ch Feldkirk Dior Of Kazval - I have never laid hands on this girl before. She filled my eye and I was not disappointed on going over her. Totally feminine, completely balanced, with the right amount of coat to complete the picture. Unexaggerated angulation front and rear. Completely at one with her handler and moved with style and grace. BOB and delighted to watch her take G1

2nd: ANDERSON, Kazval Angel in Your Sky Over Feldkirk - one that I had not seen up close previously. Quite different except in her handy size and neat appearance. Another super line of neck into shoulder and topline. Good forechest and well made throughout. Another sound mover. More furnishings would have completed the picture. RCC

3rd: BELLAMY, Moontorn Goddess Of Love.

 VB (7 Entries) Abs: 1

1st: DAVIS, & EGGINTON, Go with the Flow Dynamic Faithful (Imp NLD)- super 9 year old veteran who has really kept her figure. Very well made overall with lovely line of neck to shoulders, good forechest. Went well.

2nd: BRANSCOMBE, Torinmill Gaelic Aurora - 8 years, a little taller and not in such good coat as 1, but also lovely type. Sweet head, good angulation, bone and feet. In hard condition. Moved well

3rd: GALE, Willowswind Nette Lark JW.

Brenda Hutchison (Judge) 18 Sept 2023