THE GOLDEN RETRIEVER CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW 11/7/2021
Many thanks to the GRC committee for the opportunity to judge this well organised covid safe show. Considering the lack of socialisation possible over the last 16 months, all the young exhibits took the experience in their stride, a testament to their temperament & their owners’ efforts. My only concern was high tail carriage which spoilt the outline on the move of several that I really liked standing. This may not have been a large entry but there was no shortage of quality & I was delighted with all my winners.
VETERAN (4 Entries, 0 Absent)
What a way to start the day with a class of 4 super veterans who really set the benchmark.
1st Saarniit Miss M & Mrs K SH CH/INT CH/MULTI CH LINIRGOR PIED PIPER AT MEIEPERE
Hard to believe this fabulous boy is 9 years old, beautifully presented in rich gleaming gold coat, eager to please, at one with his handler, he had it all. Beautiful head & expression, textbook construction, accurate easy free flowing movement, beautiful head carriage & ring presence, I really couldn’t fault him. Delighted to award him the CC, my co-judge & I loved both CC winners so left the decision up to the referee who awarded him BIS. Many congratulations.
2nd Loverock Mrs MC SH CH THORNYWAIT CRACKERJACK AT LOVISSA
Another fabulous dog & worthy champion, very close up to 1 & contender for top honours. Lovely head & expression, good length of neck flowing into strong level topline, super angulation fore & aft, covered the ground with ease. Beautifully presented & handled to perfection.
3rd Sharp Miss AL & Martin Mr S SH CH GUNHILLS BARNABY RUDGE AT JOMAROSKI
SPECIAL VETERAN (2 Entries, 1 Absent)
1st Goddard Mr B & Mrs AM SONEVE STARGAZER AT GLANSEVERN VW
Very sprightly for his 9.5 years, kind gentle head, balanced all through with a firm level topline & tailset, which he held on the move. Pleasing angles with no exaggeration, sympathetically handled.
MINOR PUPPY DOG (8 Entries, 2 Absent)
1st Loverock Mrs MC & Waldron-Smith Mrs L THORNYWAIT SAVE MY SPACE AT LOVISSA
Loved the balance of this young man, very raw at 7 months, but holds such promise for the future. Beautiful head with dark eye & pigmentation, well placed shoulders with good length of upper arm, long neck flowing into level topline, balanced quarters with short rear pasterns, Just needs time.
2nd Bawden Miss C BALSAMINA BEACHCOMBER AT DARTHILL
Pale boy, beautifully presented & well handled, close up to 1. Pleasing head, level topline, nicely angulated with good width of second thigh, moved well.
3rd Clarkson Mrs F & Low Mr D & Mrs W DRUMKILTY TRISKELION
PUPPY DOG (10 Entries, 3 Absent)
1st Wild Mrs J QUAKERHALL MASTER MARINER AT BLUEWATERS
Quality all through, beautifully presented without a hair out of place. Classic outline, so balanced. Gentle head & expression, excellent reach of neck into level topline & tailset, well angulated without being overdone. Moved well, a worthy BPD.
2nd McGroarty Miss S TAMNIARN MOONLIT SERENADE
Lovely confident happy boy, shown in attractive gold coat. Well constructed all through with a gentle head, level topline & tailset & super angles, moved well. Another that just needs time.
3rd Little Mrs K KING OF SWING QDORE OF LABGOLD TO BLUEBRAES (IMP POL)
JUNIOR DOG (9 Entries, 2 Absent)
1st Lane Mr R & Mrs S & Lane-Ridyard Mrs P KULAWAND SKYWALKER
Beautifully presented pale boy with gorgeous head & expression. Well constructed all through. Short coupled with good reach of neck into level topline, well placed shoulders, strong quarters with short rear pasterns. Accurate mover.
2nd Little Mrs K KING OF SWING QDORE OF LABGOLD TO BLUEBRAES (IMP POL)
Well constructed young man, shown in attractive mid gold coat. Well chiselled head with kind dark eye & good pigment. Balanced all through with good angulation front & rear, good length of neck & level topline. Covered the ground with ease.
3rd Riley Mrs SF WYLLOH LOST IN TRANSLATION
YEARLING DOG (11 Entries, 2 Absent)
1st Simms-Stelling Mrs PA PENBRIDGE PLAY FAST AND LOOSE FOR STVINCENT
Beautifully constructed boy with a large frame to fill, but all there for the future. Trained to perfection with a gorgeous gentle head & expression, good length of neck into firm level topline, well placed shoulders with good length of upper arm placing his forelegs well under his body, balanced rear end. Steady accurate mover.
2nd Williams Miss KJ BERRYMEADE COEUR BLIMEY AT BUSHEYHALL
Close up to 1, delightful happy boy with wagging tail, everything a true golden should be. Attentive to his handler with lovely head & expression, super balanced outline, good bone & feet. Covered the ground effortlessly.
3rd Towers Mrs S & Henderson Mrs M & Bolano Mr JA GREY GOOSE NOVEMBER RAIN (IMP ESP)
NOVICE DOG (18 Entries, 6 Absent)
1st Wild Mrs J QUAKERHALL MASTER MARINER AT BLUEWATER
2nd Little Mrs K KING OF SWING QDORE OF LABGOLD TO BLUEBRAES (IMP POL)
3rd Lane Mr R & Mrs S & Lane-Ridyard Mrs P KULAWAND SKYWALKER
UNDERGRADUATE DOG (8 Entries, 2 Absent)
1st Little Mrs K KING OF SWING QDORE OF LABGOLD TO BLUEBRAES (IMP POL)
2nd Riley Mrs SF WYLLOH LOST IN TRANSLATION
Nicely constructed boy shown in glamorous pale gold coat. Pleasing head with lovely dark pigment, firm topline, well angulated with good width of second thigh & well let down hocks giving plenty of drive on the move.
3rd Gerhold Mrs J NAVILIS NOUVEAU VENU (IMP UA)
GRADUATE DOG (12 Entries, 2 Absent)
1st McGroarty Miss S TAMNIARN TOP O’THE MORNING
Loved the balance of this beautiful boy shown in gleaming rich gold coat. Lovely gentle masculine head, kind expression, super outline & angles, had everything I was looking for. Powered effortlessly round the ring, bit more time & he’ll be troubling the best.
2nd Wickow Mrs G & Mr B & Wred Miss P I’M TERRA ANTYDA NEWTON (IMP EST)
Close up to 1, but not in as good coat, pale boy with stunning outline, super reach of neck angulation & topline. Beautifully presented & well handled, covered the ground with a long stride
3rd Simms-Stelling Mrs PA PENBRIDGE PLAY FAST AND LOOSE FOR STVINCENT
POSTGRADUATE DOG (16 Entries, 6 Absent)
1st Catterall Mr BW & Jackson Mr MT GOLMAS GUARDSMAN JW
Hair splitting decision between these 2 lovely boys. Beautifully presented glamorous mid gold boy with handsome masculine head enhanced by dark pigmentation. Nicely constructed & balanced all through, a good level mover.
2nd Loverock Mrs MC & Waldron-Smith Mrs L THORNYWAIT SPACE COWBOY AT LOVISSA JW
Beautifully presented & handled to perfection, hadn’t quite got the finish of 1 but could easily change places on another day. Lovely head & expression, good flow of neck into level topline & tailset, nicely angulated with no exaggeration. Level accurate mover.
3rd Birkin-Green Mrs S & Gripton Mr JWI & Mrs H SANSUE KEEP THE MAGIC JW
MID LIMIT DOG (9 Entries, 2 Absent)
1st Clarke Mrs VB OUSEVALE TOBERMORY JW
Lovely class with little to separate the winners. Pale boy shown in full beautifully presented full coat. Excels in reach of neck, firm topline that he holds on the move, excellent angles fore & aft, good width of second thigh & short strong rear pasterns. Now in his prime.
2nd Taylor Mr JM & Mrs BM ALIBREN ECCLES AT TANNADICE JW
Not quite the finish of 1, pale boy with pleasing head & lovely dark pigmentation. Well made all through with lovely outline, well presented, good level mover.
3rd Angell Ms BA MILLANZA TOY STORY JW
LIMIT DOG (13 Entries, 5 Absent)
1st Cook Mrs W CALAROSE OVER THE MOON JW
Pale boy with lovely happy attitude. Gentle head, good reach of neck into dead level topline, nicely angulated for & aft, not in full coat. Good level mover
2nd Copley Miss E MONCHIQUE IMPERIAL BEAU AT EMMABE JW
Fine upstanding young man, close up to 1. Lovely masculine head with good pigmentation, short coupled with a super topline & well angulated quarters. Moved well with drive.
3rd Roper Mr I CATNNELS INSIDE STORY FOR BRENSHAM
OPEN DOG (4 Entries, 1 Absent)
1st Cuthill Miss I SH CH MOUSSEGLEN MACLAINE (AI) JW
Only 3 in this class but what a trio, hardest decision of the day.
Have always loved this beautiful boy, judged him as a youngster & he has only improved with age. Now in his prime he is beautiful inside & out, a true golden gentleman. Gentle masculine head, with textbook construction, he’s a picture standing & equally impressive moving out with a long easy stride. Very close decision for top honours, delighted to award him the Res CC
2nd Gerhold Mrs J JAYMARDY INDIGO PACIFIC JW
Beautifully presented pale boy with stunning outline. Pleasing head with dark pigment & kind expression. Well balanced all through with super level topline & good angulation. Moved accurately with plenty of drive.
3rd Trinder Mr A SH CH THORNYWAIT SAN VALENTINO JW ShCM
FIELD TRIAL DOG (0 Entries, 0 Absent)
SPECIAL SHOW GUNDOG /WORKING GUNDOG CERT DOG (3 Entries, 0 Absent)
1st Towers Mrs S & Henderson Mrs M ALIBREN GALILEO TO WESTERVANE
Beautifully constructed pale boy with super elegant outline. Excellent reach of neck into level topline & tailset, well angulated front & rear. Very attentive to his handler, a steady level mover.
2nd Rose Mrs DE & Neil Ms M GILDAS AMORI INFINITI (IMP SWE)
Close up to 1, happy boy with wagging tail, shown in rich gold coat. Lovely head & pigment, super outline, well off for angulation. Beautifully presented & handled, moved well covering the ground with ease.
3rd Phipps-Baker Mrs SE & Baker Mr IR TENFIELD NIGHT OF THUNDER FOR MADDOUSE
SPECIAL WORKING GUNDOG DOG (2 Entries, 0 Absent)
1st Wicklow Mr B & Mrs G & Wred Miss P DANGEROUS GAMES DELLA VAL D’AVETO WITH
GILLBRYAN (IMP ITA)
Lovely smiley boy who moved like a dream, driving from his short strong rear pasterns. Masculine head with super pigment, lovely outline & angles, well presented & handled. With my co-judges agreement Best SWG in Show.
2nd Phipps-Baker Mrs SE & Baker Mr IR TENFIELD NIGHT OF THUNDER FOR MADDOUSE
Nicely presented dark boy, balanced all through with super topline & tailset. Pleasing head with good pigment, well handled.
Christine Ashton (Judge)