Championship Show February 3rd 2018
A sincere thank you to the Labrador Retriever Club of Wales for the invitation
to judge dogs at their 2018 Championship Show held at Chepstow and for their
very warm hospitality. The hard working, friendly committee make everyone
welcome and a lovely atmosphere prevailed round the rings all day. I would also
like to thank my competent stewards, Huw Bishop and Liz Peggs who worked
non-stop, allowing me to finish in good time. Lastly, a big thank you to
everyone who entered their dogs under me, it was a privilege to judge such a
super entry. Mr Jean-Louis Blais had a wonderful line up of bitches in the final
challenge and it was a pleasure to be his co-judge. We didn’t need the services
of the referee as we were in complete agreement on all joint decisions.
The quality of dogs since I last judged them in 2011 has improved considerably.
The standard in some classes was so good I was splitting hairs. I found what I
was looking for in all of the classes, that of an active, well balanced dog
built on clean lines with that all important well chiselled head with good
length and depth of muzzle and a melting labrador expression (such an important
feature of the breed) and I felt my final line up reflected this. A few dogs
carried a little too much “condition”, there were one or two round in eye and a
few heads that were too strong for my personal taste. My placings reflected
Minor Puppy – 9 (1)
1 McGillivray’s Antonine Charley Barley.
Lovely dark yellow who was so well balanced for his 6 months. He had a kind,
well moulded head with room for growth (which is how it should be at his age)
good length and depth of muzzle with complimentary eye colour. He is built on
clean lines with a clean reach of neck leading to good lay back of shoulder,
excellent top line, and good spring of rib (even at his young age) with good
tail set and carriage. He had good leg length to body ratio and excelled in bone
leading to good feet. Moved okay once settled. It was a hard decision between 1
and 2 but I just preferred the shorter couplings of 1. BPD & BPIS
2. Rawlinson & Balshaw’s Halshimoor Pitch Battle at Shanorrell
Another very nice puppy, 7 months old and paler in colour, built on slightly
larger lines than 1 but with all the breed essentials. Good head proportions
with very gentle expression and lovely dark eye. Well angulated fore and aft
with well boned legs and firm top line. Moved very positively for such a
youngster. At one with his handler, as are all dogs from this kennel. I’m sure
these two boys will change places many times in the future depending purely on
the judges’ preferences.
3 Stewart’s Streamanda Aramis
Puppy – 7
1 Britton’s Llanstinan Louis Lewis Bowstones
Pleasing well balanced black of 9 months who is built on nice clean lines and
who is just right for his age. He is of a nice size, carrying the right amount
of weight and not overdone in any way. He has the type of head I was looking for
with good eye colour and shape and ample length and depth of muzzle. Short
through the couplings, he held a firm top line with the correct tail set and
carriage. Lovely harsh coat and correct undercoat. Presented himself well and
moved with purpose to win this class.
2 Brown’s Ramsayville Rest My Case
10 month old short coupled,well balanced black of good breed type out of a
smaller mould than 1. Very gentle calm demeanour which showed in his expression.
Decent reach of neck, well boned legs and correct feet. His depth of chest,
spring of rib and quarters were well developed for a youngster. Handled
sympathetically and showed and moved steadily. I preferred the overall size and
scope of 1 and personally would just like more of him all over, nevertheless a
good example of the breed.
3 Davey’s Clanfield Rosy Outlook
Junior – 9 (2)
1 Hodgkiss’ Dinnozo Top Notch Alfie
Really liked this pale yellow boy who won a good Junior class. He presented a
balanced profile and the right amount of maturity for his age. He had a gorgeous
head of good proportions, lovely dark eye and gentle expression. He was well
angulated front and rear with elbows well tucked in. His top line was firm and
he had the correct tail set and carriage and covered the ground well on the
move. The owner was overwhelmed by this class win, but she needs to have more
faith in him as he is a lovely boy and she should go in the ring feeling
confident that she has a nice dog on the end of the lead.
2 Braddon’s Trendlewood Born To Run
Another lovely yellow of good size and scope and it was a close decision between
1 and 2 as I liked them both very much. Masculine head just right for a Junior
dog possessing a dark eye and willing to please look. He was clean through the
neck, well barrelled ribs and deep chest with ample bone and tight feet. Well
let down hocks and good turn of stifle. Handled quietly and calmly. Just felt 1
moved with more drive on the day.
3 Brown’s Ramsayville Rum Punch
Yearling - 7
1 Bailiss’ Tissalian Hi Jack JW
Eye catching pale yellow that has “quality” stamped all over him. He presented a
well balanced outline with excellent length of leg to body ratio. His head has
the melting expression I look for with a lovely dark, correctly shaped eye with
good use of his ears. He is short through the couplings with the correct amount
of bone for his stature. I particularly liked his clean reach of neck, good
angulations back and front with well developed quarters and well let down hocks.
Moved well to cover the ground with ease. He fits my interpretation of the breed
standard and I am grateful to his owner for giving me the opportunity to judge
him. I have watched his career since a puppy and he is maturing just as he
should, nice and steadily. I am sure this is only the beginning for this young
dog as I am confident many more top awards will come his way. Thrilled to give
him his third CC. RBIS. Congratulations.
2 Hodgkiss’ Dinnozo Top Notch Alfie
3 Gaskell’s Sharouns Ventriloquist for Tempaskell JW
Maiden – 8 (2)
1 McGillivray’s Antonine Charley Barley
2 Davey’s Clanfield Bounty
Pale yellow boy who had a pleasing head and expression with good eye colour and
shape, good ear set and carriage. I would like to see a little more width of
skull, but at only 10 months old, he has time on his side. He was well balanced
presenting a clean outline with good reach of neck, ample bone and level top
line and carrying the right amount of weight. Particularly liked his good length
of leg to body ratio. A dog who focussed well on the job in hand and showed
nicely for his handler. Moved with purpose.
3 Britton’s Llanstinan Louis Lewis Bowstones
Novice – 10 (1)
1 Praetzas’ Atticus For Loch Mor
Pleasing yellow of good size and breed type who was reserve in a strong Yearling
class. The more I looked at him the more I appreciated his qualities. I
particularly liked his head which was of good proportion with a gentle and
willing to please expression. He presented a picture of strength without
coarseness. He was well balanced with a clean outline, good reach of neck and
had ample bone and tidy feet. Short coupled with a good depth of chest and
barrel ribs. In hard condition with plenty of coat. Showed, handled and moved
well to win this class.
2 Kings’ Linthwaite Excalibur
Another yellow of good breed type, nothing overdone and maturing nicely.
Presented a well balanced profile with good length of leg to body ratio. He had
a pleasant head and expression, nice dark eye and good ear set. I liked his
clean reach of neck, with no throatiness, ample bone leading to correct feet. I
particularly liked his short couplings. He had a firm top line which he kept on
the move. In good coat. As sometimes happens, he seemed more focussed and
settled in this class (as was 3rd).
3 Wiles’ Mambrinos Morse Code at Richbourne (Imp Nor)
Undergraduate – 6 (2)
1 Autey’s Chadfrith Alcazaba
Compact chocolate boy of nice size. I particularly liked his profile which was
that of a well built, well balanced dog. He had good overall body proportions
with correct leg length to body ratio. He had a lovely kind head and expression
with good eye colour. Well off for bone, he moved out well on tight feet. He had
a good spring of rib with a deep chest and firm top line which he kept on the
move. His coat was of excellent even colour and harsh texture. Just felt he had
the edge overall on presentation and balance.
2 White’s Stourmere’s Special Gift Pour Roboshalee
Yellow of good breed type. Kind head of nice proportions with correct eye shape
and colour and good pigmentation. Nicely balanced boy who was carrying the right
amount of weight. He was well angulated front and rear with decent spring of
rib, good turn of stifle and well let down hocks. In good coat. Moved soundly.
3. O’Dell & Bills’ Vetybonbetty Chocolate Box
Graduate – 4 (1)
1 Carpanini’s Carpenny Pitch
Lovely short coupled black of excellent breed type with a lot of like. He
presented a well balanced, clean outline. Beautiful head and expression. Liked
his good reach of neck leading to straight front, deep through the chest with
good spring of rib. He had a firm top line and correct tail set and carriage.
Lovely harsh coat. Deep through the brisket with strong quarters which he used
to cover the ground well.
2 Harvey-Major & Robin’s My Linjor Des Landes D’eole (Imp Fra) JW
Nice sized chocolate with nothing overdone. I liked his masculine and kind head
which had a lovely kind expression, good eye colour and shape. He had ample bone
and decent feet. Good width of chest, short coupled with well developed
quarters, striding out well. For me, his tail carriage spoils the picture both
going away and in profile.
3 Praetzas’ Loch Mor Budweiser
Post Graduate – 10 (2)
1 Johnson’s Cremino Chilly Pepper
Pale yellow that demands attention and draws your eye with his striking clean,
flowing well balanced outline. A dog you have to “go over” to appreciate. He has
an excellent reach of neck, ample bone for his size with correct feet. His head
was pleasant, I would prefer more work in it, but having said that, I would
rather a head be underdone than overdone. His top line was firm and his tail set
and carriage correct. A lovely example of the breed and certainly looks “fit for
function”. Showed and handled well. His driving movement won him the class.
2. Lesley’s Steeleigh Blue Print JW
Black dog out of a different mould to 1 and built on smaller lines but equally
nice in different ways. Masculine but kind head of good proportions. Good lay
back of shoulder, straight front, good depth of chest. Well off for bone with
well padded feet. He was short coupled, deep through the chest with a good top
line and excellent barrel ribs. In good coat and condition. Well muscled
quarters which enabled him to cover the ground well.
3 Praetzas’ Loch Mor Budweiser
Mid Limit – 12 (2)
1 Williamson’s Sharouns Talk of the Town JW
Lovely short coupled darker yellow of good make and shape. He was well balanced
with a clean reach of neck, straight front, well boned legs leading to a firm
top line with good tail set and carriage. Particularly liked his nicely
proportioned head possessing a nice dark eye and good length and depth of muzzle
giving a kind expression. Excellent spring of rib. He was in hard condition
which showed in his driving movement. Liked this boy a lot and he was short
listed to the final 4 – I was splitting hairs in the challenge and he was very
close up to top honours.
2 McLellan’s Aquarius Herbu Zadora for Saranden (Pol Imp)
Darker yellow, of good size built on clean lines, combined strength without
coarseness. Another dog that you need to get your hands on to appreciate. The
more I looked at him the more I liked him. Masculine but kind head of good
proportions. Presented a balanced outline. Strong through the neck and
shoulders, short coupled with a firm top line and correct tail set and carriage.
In hard condition with well muscled quarters. Moved and showed well.
3 Tooth’s Sandylands Over The Moon to Ludalor JW
Limit – 15 (3)
1 Johnson & Korff’s A Sense of Pleasure’s ZZ Top JW (Imp Deu)
The best class of the day numerically. This black dog had an eye-catching
outline and was difficult to ignore. He was the type of dog I look for with a
flowing outline, built on clean lines from head to tail. Nothing is overdone
which is how it should be. He had a pleasant head of good proportions and a kind
expression. Super reach of neck leading to well laid back shoulders, amply boned
legs and tight feet. Short through the couplings with a good spring of rib,
level top line and correct tail set and carriage. Moved well with drive and
purpose. Calmly handled to advantage to win this strong class.
2 Finney & Callender’s Carpenny Ship To Shore JW
Another striking dog, this time yellow. He is built on a bigger frame to 1 but
still retains his balance. Gentle head and expression (when he decided to use
his ears) with a lovely dark eye. Plenty of bone, firm top line with a good
spring of rib. Well let down hocks with well developed quarters enabling to move
with drive. Has always struck me from the ringside that he is short on coat, but
he is not when you actually get your hands on him. Glad I had the chance to
judge him. Another dog the more I looked at the more I liked.
3 Britton’s Bowstones Pumpkin
Open – 7 (1)
1. Praetzas’ NL/B/Lux/LCD/VDH Ger/NL/B-HR Ch Blacksugar Luis J Ch
Dog with a striking outline that is difficult to get past and such a good
example of the breed. He oozes quality. He combines strength without being
overdone. Of lovely size, so well balanced and built on clean lines. His head is
gorgeous as he has a beautiful melting expression. Strong through the neck and
shoulders with a perfect top line with correctly positioned otter tail. Short
coupled with a good spring of rib and well developed rear. He is such a showman
and at one with his handler he never takes his eyes off him. Showed, as usual,
to perfection to win a strong Open class. So glad I got the chance to judge this
dog. In the final 4 for the CC.
2 Wiles’ Ch Richbourne Londoner JW
Strongly built yellow out of a different mould to 1 but equally as nice in a
different way. It is always difficult when you get two exhibits that are nice in
different ways but are of a completely different type. A balanced dog with a lot
to like about him and a worthy champion. Lovely masculine head of good
proportions with a dark eye and kind expression. Excelled in bone with a strong
neck leading to well angulated front, deep through the chest and couplings with
powerful quarters. Good top line and tail set which he held on the move. In good
coat. Moved well. Close up to 1.
3 McGillivray’s Int Sh Ch/Dutch/Ger Ch Mocnys Knoxville
Special Beginners - 10
1 Rowley’s Treantagh Rainbow Warrior JW
This unexaggerated yellow dog has a beautiful head with a soft melting
expression and a lovely dark eye. Compact profile with a good reach of neck,
well angulated front and rear with good bone and tight feet. A short coupled dog
with a good spring of rib and well muscled quarters. He holds a level top line
and correct tail set and carriage. When moved correctly he covers the ground
with ease. This dog could easily be overlooked, he is not flashy and there is
nothing overdone about him, he is just a quality example of the breed and to me
interprets the standard. His owner doesn’t always get the best of him and needs
to keep him focussed on the job in hand. When she has got him stood correctly,
he has a super profile. I overlooked the lack of handling experience, but I was
not prepared to overlook his qualities. Pleased to award him the RCC and I wish
him every success in the future.
2 Hodgkiss’ Dinnozo’s Top Notch Alfie
3 Felton-Page’s Marshwiggle Mr Carson JW
Special Working – 4 (1)
1 Hodge’s Ch/Ir Sh Ch Meadowleigh Brown Sugar
Fully mature chocolate that was in hard condition. Pleasant head with good
length and depth of muzzle with good eye shape and colour giving a willing to
please expression. Strong neck and shoulders with good angles front and back.
Deep fore chest with just enough leg length to keep him balanced. He holds a
firm top line and has good bone and correct feet. He is of a good solid colour
with the correct harsh coat. Well muscled quarters with good turn of stifle
allowed him to cover the ground well to win this class with some to spare.
2 Findjan’s Rossacre That’ll Do
Yellow who was of good size and type who has a pleasant head and expression
Straight front with ample bone leading to decent feet. Decent angles front and
back with ample depth through the chest and good spring of rib. He was carrying
the right amount of condition and in good coat. Looks fit for function and he
moved with purpose.
3 Finney’s Play On Words
Veteran - 4
1 Finney’s Parbuckle Blue Spruce
7 Year old black presenting a clean cut well balanced outline. Not overdone in
any way, he has a pleasant head with eyes that express a kindly nature.
Excellent sweep of neck with good angles fore and aft. He was short coupled with
nice spring or rib and carrying the right amount of weight. His top line is firm
and his positive, agile movement won him this class.
2 Harvey-Major’s Sh Ch/ARG Ch Tinlands Dumbledore Huaike To Linjor (Imp FCA)
8 Year old yellow built on heavier lines than 1. He is well balanced with a
masculine head and expression. Plenty of bone with a deep chest and good spring
of rib. Well developed second thigh and well let down hocks. Plenty of coat.
3 White’s Whistletyne Strictly Gango Arghishalee
Brace Class – 6 (4) - Judged Jointly
There were two entries in this class, they were both braces of yellows with
little to choose between them. All the exhibits were of a consistent type with
all the main features of the breed. They all had pleasant heads, ample bone with
good spring of rib, and featured the correct coat and tail. They moved soundly
and “at one” with their handlers. They could change places on another day.
1. King’s Linthwaite Cleopatra JW
2. White’s Donacre Wiggle ‘n’ Giggle at Lunparpet
Thank you to the Labrador Retriever Club of Wales for the invitation and great
experience judging at your 2018 Championship Show. The hospitality from the
committee was just great and the atmosphere of the show was wonderful. It was
such a pleasure to see in my ring some exhibitors that I have admired for years
and who have judged my Labradors in America many years ago. Thank you all for
having entered your dogs under me, I did appreciate so much .
I want to thank my two stewards ; they were absolutely helpful and friendly .
It was nice to co-judge with Joan Woodhall . Our joint decisions were easy .
I also want to thank very much Linda Harvey Major who has been for my wife
Madeleine and I a wonderful host. We did have as well after the show a memorable
visit to Carol and David Coode ‘s place. We will never forget . Thank you so
much for your kindness.
Now about the bitches that I judged , the overall quality was fine and in most
of the classes I could find females that I liked very much. I loved the quality
of my classes winners line up and I was very pleased with the last cut of four
exceptional bitches for Best Bitch .
I did appreciate good types , great balances , good heads , strong top lines and
tail sets , good strong rears and most of the time correct coats. Good fronts
were not always consistent which you could see on the stack but also on putting
your hand on and watching how the bitches were reaching on movement. I like to
see front legs well placed under the body with well attached shoulders and nice
fore chest. My winners were all showing those qualities.
Minor Puppy Bitch – 13 (1)
1. Hodge’s Naiken Dance Rhythm .
Such a lovely black baby ! Great balance , shown in beautiful conditions of
weight and coat , lovely Labrador’s head and expression , I liked her front
assembly and correct angles , she is short-coupled with a solid top line ,a
strong back and a tail right off the back . Good movement with plenty of reach
and drive.! Should have a great future!
2. Duval’s Nice to Meet You de la Brie des Étangs
Another beautiful black baby very similar in type and qualities to number one.
It was not easy to decide which one I preferred . This one was just a bit longer
in the couplings but still balanced.
Puppy Bitch – 11 (2)
1. Lewis’ s Ramsayville Rags To Riches At Crammondkirk
Lovely black girl , so very elegant with great balance, beautiful angles front
and rear. She has such a lovely head with great reach of neck, strong top line
and correct tail set. Moves beautifully. She will be at the end my Reserve CC
2. Reynolds’ Carromers Classy Read
Another lovely black girl but with not as much angles in front than the first
Otherwise everything nice and at the right place. Moves well.
Junior Bitch – 22 (6)
1. MCCrory’ s Maedowvillabs Shooting Star
Lovely black full of type and shown in great conditions of weight and coat.
Great balance, lovely angles and beautiful front. Moves well.
2. McLellan’ s Saranden Arapaho
Beautiful chocolate girl with a great balance, a typical head and pleasant
expression. Shoulders well placed with a great front. Lovely reach of neck ,
strong top line and correct tail set. Moves well.
Yearling Bitch – 16 ( 2)
1. Delprat’s Maryland du Val de Quincy
Black full of type with great lines. A bit long in body but should be perfectly
balanced when matured. Otherwise she is absolutely beautiful with her great
pleasant head , lovely reach of neck , strong top line and correct tail set.
Shown in very good coat . Moves very well .
2. Powell’s Seatallan Yellow Archangel
Short coupled-yellow, a little box. So well made with balance in her angles.
Strong top line and correct tail set. A beautiful head as well.
Maiden Bitch – 10 (1)
1. Collins’ Carromer Worth A Glance At Kaspair Naf
A beautiful black winning a class not very strong. She is well made of a classic
type. She has a lovely head , a strong top line and is shown in good condition
of coat. She is a bit narrow at the rear when she moves but she goes around the
ring with drive.
2. King’s Linthwaite Indiana
A substantial yellow girl with lots of bone. Good balance with a strong top line
and a tail right off the back . moves ok.
Novice bitch – 10
1. Lewis’ Ramsayville Rosy Outlook At Crammondkirk
Full sister to my Reserve CC. Strong black with substance and bones. Very well
made with everything at the right place Beautiful head, , great top line and
correct tail set. Has beautiful angles with great turn of stiffle and second
thigh . Shown in very good coat condition she was also a beautiful mover.
2. Shirton’s Woolman Proper Dream Maker
Beautiful yellow girl . Everything is fine except the front where I would like a
bit more angles and shoulders not as high . She has a lot of substance and moves
well with drive.
Undergraduate Bitch – 5 (2)
1. Lesley’ s Steeleigh Final Legacy
Big black girl with plenty of substance and bones. Good balance with well made
front and strong rear. Level top line . A bit overdone in head but still has a
nice expression. Moves well .
2. Dodd’s Eneleon Super Squiffy
Lovely yellow with a nice head. Strong top line and very solid rear. I would
prefer a better front assembly . Moves ok.
Graduate bitch – 10 (1)
1. Powell’s Seatallan Yoshimo
Such a great black girl with type , a great head, lovely reach of neck, strong
top line and correct tail set. A bit tuck-up for now for a desirable underline.
Could improve in front when she moves.
2. Findjan’s Rossacre Xekia
Lighter black girl but so nicely put together. Everything is at the right place
. She has a lovely head , a strong top line and a great coat. Beautiful
angulation front and rear . I love her.
Post Graduate Bitch – 15 (3)
1. Britton’s Bowstone Polka
Dark yellow girl. She has a lot to offer. Substantial bitch with nice bones. She
is very well balanced in her angles, has a short-coupled body, is very well made
with everything at the right place. Pleasant head. Good mover. She will be in my
last cut of four lovely bitches for the CC.
2. McLellan’ s Saranden Rock Your Baby
Big pale yellow girl. A lot to like about her. Not as good in front than the
first one but still has a very good balance. Nice mover.
Mid limit Bitch – 11 ( 3)
1. Carpanini’ s Carpenny Virginia
Pale yellow girl with a beautiful neck , strong top line and correct tail set.
She has beautiful angles front and rear . Lovely head and good overall
condition. Shows and moves very well .
2. Naiken’ s Classic Cliche.
A beautiful chocolate girl so well made with great front and rear . Lovely head
and correct eyes colour . Would prefer a bit shorter in couplings. That bitch
moves like a dream using her beautiful angles.
Limit Bitch – 14 ( 4)
1. Carpanini’s Carpenny Portia
Beautiful black in great coat. Lots of bone and substance. Great angles front
and rear . Beautiful head and expression with a lovely reach of neck , strong
top line and correct tail set and carriage. Could be a tad shorter in the
couplings. Moves very well. That exceptional bitch was in the last four for the
2. Essenhigh & Bishop ‘s Brynlluan Star Turn
Lovely yellow with a lovely front assembly and great forechest. Everything at
the right place. Moves with lots of drive.
Open Bitch – 14 ( 6)
1.Braddon,s , Sh Ch. Trendlewood Silent Knight JW
Beautiful pale yellow girl shown in great conditions of balance and coat. .
Great structure , so well made. She has a beautiful head even if she is not
always ready to put her ears up . You could see how the owner was working hard
to get them up... That bitch has everything that I like. I specially liked her
strong rear and her overall balance. . She was finally my CC bitch and went with
the agreement if my co-judge BIS . Congratulations again to her owner.
2. Coode’s Warringah’s Gurley JW
A beautiful black girl fully mature . Great classic type, great balance ,
beautiful rear and front that we are all looking for. Shown in very good
condition. Was not giving her ears easily. Moves with drive using her beautiful
angles to reach and drive.
Special Beginners Bitch – 5
1.MCCrory ‘s Maedovillabs Shouting Star
Critique already done
2. Lawton’s Maedowline May Lady
Nice yellow girl with a pretty good coat and lovely colour. Well made and good
Special Working Bitch – 6 (3)
1. Findjan’s Rossacre Xekia
Critique already done
2. Coode’s Warringha’s Gulwarra JW
Nice chocolate girl with lovely lines. Shown in great conditions. When she moves
she becomes a star shining so much. Great mover using her beautiful angles to
reach and drive so well. She then shows how she is beautifully made. . I would
like a bit shorter into the couplings.
Veteran Bitch – 7 (4)
1. Faulkner’s Lewisan Look At Me
High quality ten and half years old black girl. Still in great condition She is
so well balanced , has a great head and moves with class. She was our Best
veteran. Congratulations again. You should be proud of your girl.
2. Price’s Sheenaron Merry Astra For Rowanhol
Stronger bitch in gorgeous coat. Short-coupled with well balance front and rear.
Eyes a bit round for me. Moves with drive.
Brace – 6 (4) no critic
1 . King’s Linthwaite Cleopatra
2. White’ s Donacre Wiggle’s At Lunarpet
Jean-Louis Blais , Judge
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