• Show Date: 20/08/2023
  • Show Type: Championship Show
  • Judged by: Lynda Heron Contact Judge
  • Published Date: 06/09/2023

Welsh Kennel Club

Breed: Retriever (Labrador)

What a lovely show this is, the location isn’t easy for some from a travelling point of view but oh so worth it. The Society is to be congratulated on a well run show and for the excellent communications and hospitality . My stewards were the very best, very efficient and kind to everyone. Thank you. What my entry lacked in numbers it made up for in quality my higher classes were excellent in both sexes and I could have happily found a good number of ticket winners in dogs and bitches. In the current financial climate with rising entry fees, plus accommodation costs for many, your entries were appreciated, thank you.

 VD (1 Entries) Abs: 0

1st:  WHITE’S Aladdin Arghishalee (A.I.) A lovely to start the day with a sweet oldie who has such a kind expression, he has a very good double coat, well angulated in front but a little over angulated behind. Kept his topline on the move.

Class 2551 MPD (3 Entries) Abs: 0

A little surprised to find 1 and 2 are litter mates at this stage they struck me as quite different.

1st: JOHNSON'S, Cremino Celebrity sweet baby who showed and moved like a pro. I particularly liked his eye shape and colour which gave him a typical soft expression, he has a very nicely balanced head of good shape. Well made all through. Not the biggest, at the moment, but at just 6 months he has lots of time.

2nd: FINDJAN'S Cremino Capability Rossacre a bigger puppy who has already grown some good clean and well boned legs. He too has all the makings for a good future. Particularly good length of muzzle. Correct amount of hind angulation.

3rd: SMITH'S, Potterzuri Mister Pumbaa of Flyenpyg

Class 2552 PD (2 Entries) Abs: 0

Two very good ones.

1st: HOPKINSON’S Rocheby Squadron Leader Attractive young male everything to like, the kindest of heads, looks at you right! Good angulation both ends, I especially liked his strong topline with strength and width through the loin and hindquarters. His movement was very good. Could only be improved, for me, by being a little less proud of his tail. Notes said “EXCITING” BEST PUPPY

2nd: HARVEY-MAJOR's  Just the Joker in Linjor another quality pup who I’m sure has a very bright future. His virtues for me are his excellent bone, deep ribs of correct shape and his short rear pasterns. Very promising, on the day I just preferred the head on the winner.

Class 2553 JD (7 Entries) Abs: 0

1st: HARRIS’S, Winsleywood Wellington Quality yellow who stood out in this class. Well made, with clean strong neck, excellent topline correct forechest, nice size and good type.

2nd: FARRAR’S, Truffle Trifle a longer cast black whose topline slightly suffers for this if not stood correctly. Ribs have good depth all through, correct front angulation. 

 3rd: ALLEN’S Timouron Olimpio

Class 2554 YD (6 Entries) Abs: 0

1st: HOPKINSON’S, Rocheby Havana lovely, typical and a real Labrador. Good neck into strong topine. Well boned. Compact body. Strong loin and Hindquarters. Moved well.  I notice as I'm doing my critique his sister won her class too and comparing my notes they read almost exactly the same!

2nd: ALLEN’s Timouron Olimpio Yellow feet and pasterns need to tighten good bone good body properties. Muzzle a little too deep

3rd: DAVEY’S Southridge Romeo 

Class 2555 MD (2 Entries) W/D 1

1st: SMITH’S Meadowline Heartbreaker. A nice black out of a smaller mould good angulation at both ends, deep body, kind head.

Class 2556 ND (5 Entries) Abs: 0

1st: CHAPMAN’S, Daisypatch Ostratto Strongly made cream with a kind head with good pigment, decently made with particularly powerful hindquarters. Well boned a little soft in pasterns at the moment. 

2nd: FARRAR, Henissy Truffle Trifle

3rd: SMITH’S Meadowline Heartbreaker

Class 2557 DD (2 Entries) 1 W/D

1st: PRICE’S, Pencw Running Man for Rowanhol This young dog impressed on the move. Well boned with good pasterns and feet. Coat of good texture

Class 2558 GD (3 Entries) Abs: 0

1st: SADLER’S, Talifen Gentleman Jalength I liked the type of this yellow who has just the right length of body. On the day his movement was a little loose.

2nd: PRICE’S, Pencw Running Man for Rowanhol

3rd: LITHERLAND’S, Oakhouse Orlover

Class 2559 PGD (2 Entries) Abs: 0

1st: LITHERLAND’S, Oakhouse Out My Way such a soft expression on this yellow, seemed to have a very gentle character. I liked how when viewed from the front he had just the right amount of width and and his legs, pasterns and feet were nice and straight. Moved and showed to advantage. Such a good size.

2nd: MOODY’s Trendlewood Ebony and Ivory This dog was a bit of an enigma he had good wide hindquarters which looked like he should power around the ring however he was not moving well today, very close behind. He does fallaway over the croup. Excellent double coat. 

Class 2560 LD (4 Entries) Abs: 0

A lovely Class.

1st: BELL’S, Westerluston John Mid yellow with real quality he is balanced and has substance without any hint of coarseness, lovely head and expression, nice amount of leg length, excels in rib shape, strength through loin and strong over his croup. Moved and showed very well. Just had the edge on finish and muscle tone. Res. CC

2nd: FINNEY’S Carpenny Kipling one I have greatly admired before and he was very unlucky to come up against the winner at the top of his form. Lovey typey Black. I really like the scope and style of this dog. Kindest of heads, well made in all departments moved and showed to very well. A case of needing two or even three red cards. 

3rd: COODE’S, Warringah's The Bluff

Class 2561 OD (7 Entries) Abs: 1

1st: JOHNSON’S, Sh Ch Cremino Calabrese well wasn’t I lucky to have the pleasure of judging this dog in great coat and condition. A classy and classic male free from coarseness. He a was in great coat and still retained a clean outline one of the signs of a correct coat. He is very well made. Kind head and expression into a strong neck which blends nicely into his topline. Good length of stride and moved true coming and going. His length of leg adds to his look of being a truly functional Labrador. CC BOB and shortlisted in the group.

2nd:  HARVEY MAJOR, Floki The Jester In Linjor JW Nice young dog head a little strong for me but his other attributes earned him his place in front of another who I admire, balanced and nice and steady on the move.

3rd: DODD’S, Sh Ch Carriegame MOONSHINE

Class 2562 VB (6 Entries) Abs: 2

Two lovely bitches headed this class

1st: HOOPER’S, Tullochmohr Dream Of Me At Balchrist JW Quality bitch, well made and wearing her 9+ years lightly. Good legs and good feet. Her topline wasn’t the tightest on the day but I forgave that. MOved and showed well. BEST VETERAN

2nd: SCUTCHER’S, Winsleywood Wild Anise JW Sh.CM A good bitch who excelled in topline. Like the winner she looks really well for her age. Stood four square and moved well.

3rd: DAVEY’S, Southridge Bramble

Class 2563 MPB (3 Entries) Abs: 0

1st: LAPPER’S, Tomative Annabelle Attractive puppy with the look of quality and promise of things to come. Such a sweet head. Good angulation both ends. The best mover in the class.

2nd: KING’S Linthwaite Mathilda (A.I.) Another sweet puppy who has the sort of head that will (Correctly!) take time. She showed her socks of for her handler.

3rd: WALLACE’S, Mrs J Ann Dreamaker for Tiaja (Imp Dnk)

PB (3 Entries) Abs: 1

1st: MANNING’S, Overmarsh Seventh Hour Very promising. Well grown and of a scopier type. Slight slope to the croup which doesnt bother me at all. Good angulation fore and aft. It was her overall breed type that won her the class.

2nd: WALLACE’S, Dreammaker for Tiaja (Imp Dnk) This puppy has a big slightly fluffy puppy coat which once she loses it will help her outline. I would prefer more angulation in front. I’ll be interested to see if there is a swan underneath that coat.

Junior Bitch (12 Entries) Abs 2

Two lovely bitches headed this class.

1st: COODE’ S Warringah's Pippingarra how exciting is she? Looks classy and has all the essentials to make up.  For me she had a touch more scope than 2nd.  Well angulated at both ends; Well bodied with correct rib shape and depth, substantial and fairly mature for her age she has real quality. Excelled on the move. 

2nd: BRADDON’S, Trendlewood Tiger Lily another exciting youngster who has so much to like. More compact than the winner, another beautiful and well made youngster.

3rd: DAVIS’S, Rochevale Palm Reader

Class 2566 YB (5 Entries) Abs: 1

1st: HOPKINSON’S, Rocheby Hickory out of coat but with lots of brown undercoat on display. So nicely balanced. She has a lovely head, clean neck and good angulation both ends I particularly liked her width of hindquarter. Wonderful outline and type won her the class. Moved a little close behind.

2nd: KING’S, Mrs F Mikmaqlabs Heart's Desire Sweet young yellow, nicely balanced leg length to body depth, slightly old fashioned in type- which I liked. I hope her pasterns tighten a little.

3rd: KENNETT’S, Magnavalleys Moon Dance

Class 2567 MB (4 Entries) Abs: 1


2nd: JOHNSON’S, Claychalk Costa Follis Black, nicely headed youngster with a clean neck into decent shoulders, not the biggest. Showed really nicely.

3rd: FARRAR’S, Hennisy Here We Go Again

Class 2568 NB (4 Entries) Abs: 0

1st: KING’S, Mikmaqlabs Heart's Desire

2nd: FINDJAN’S, MAGNAVALLEYS MOON LIGHT ROSSACRE A real show off really made the best of herself. Moved well. Touch more leg

3rd: JONES’S, Serengoch's Tennessee

Class 2569 DB (1 Entries) Abs: 0

1st: FARRAR’S, Henissy Here We Go Again Chocolate clean neck and good forechest well bodied. Good bone and nice feet.

Class 2570 GB (9 Entries) Abs: 1

1st: BRADDON’S, Trendlewood Shape of You a very attractive bitch with a good head, good angulation at both ends, and a good rib cage and loin. Moved well.

2nd: DAVIS’S, Rochevale Palm Reader 3rd in the strong Junior class Nice type. Good head. Nicely balanced Excels in neck, topline and tailset.

3rd: HOPKINSON’S, Irislav o'revolution at Rocheby(imp ukr)

Class 2571 PGB (8 Entries) Abs: 0

1st: SCUTCHER’S, Mrs A Winsleywood Wild Daisy JW Mid yellow understated, such a kind head and expression, well made and very good body properties. On the move she looked really good with the muscle on her hindquarter visible.Mattriella

2nd: DODD’S, Carriegame Precious Jewel Such a nice black, she has a lovely head with very good eye colour, strong neck into good shoulders Well made and makes the best of herself both standing and showing so nicely for her handler both standing an on the move.

3rd HOWARD'S Mattriella Maybe This TIme for Dakross

Class 2572 LB (10 Entries) Abs: 2

Lovely class headed by two recently crowned and very worthy show champions

1st: EDWARDS, Kimbajak Miss Jazz Swinger JW one I have admired from the ringside, and I certainly wasn’t disappointed when given the opportunity to judge her. For me she is an ideal size and stands over a good amount of ground. Skull of good shape matched by a muzzle of good length width and depth. She has that lovely line from the back of her head to the tip of her tail. Nice amount of leg length to body depth. Good width to hindquarters. At one with her handler moved well.

2nd: MINCHELLA’S, Abbeystead Psion of Haselorhill A bigger type of bitch who has such quality. The kindest of heads she too has a lovely line through the neck and shoulders and a very good length of leg, well bodied and in tip top nick. Very steady on the move with a good length of stride. To be picky she has that old fashioned black back end which looks a little light in todays ring.

3rd: LAPPER, Naiken Evita (A I )

2573 OB (9 Entries) Abs: 4

1st: CARPANINI’S, Sh Ch Carpenny Berry Beautiful black so typical of the breed and of what can expect from this kennel. She is timeless and has breed type in spades. Old fashioned head, into strong neck good body helped by great front angulation. Strong hindquarters. Correct coat texture giving her tail a great shape. Niceley boned. Moved well. CC in good company.

2nd: JONES’S, Sh Ch Hafnau Georgette another lovely bitch who also excels in both breed type and the lovely type one has come to expect from this kennel. Rugged, yet feminine and  retaining quality a hard mix but this bitch shows it can be done. Great ribs, good legs and feet. Excels in coat and tail

3rd: ALLEN’S, Saranden Santee Sioux Timouron