Home     Show Results    Events Index     Contact us


Championship Show February 3rd 2018

Judges' Critiques


Dogs

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 these points.


DOGS

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. Moved soundly.

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

JOAN WOODALL
(Judge)
 



Bitches

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 Bitch

2. Reynolds’ Carromers Classy Read

Another lovely black girl but with not as much angles in front than the first one.
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 CC Bitch.

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 balance.

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
Chablais Labrador Retrievers
Quebec, Canada