LANCS & CHESHIRE Judge: Miss Frances A Nelson (USA)



'I was thrilled by the honor of judging the Lancashire-Cheshire English Springer Spaniel Club’s Championship Show, its Silver Anniversary, on Sunday 6 April. Not all, but many English Springers in the US are losing elements of breed type in head properties, proportion, movement, and breed character. In the Country of Origin, however, there is no mistaking an English Springer. The breed maintains its unique type characteristics – this is a credit to the breed’s caretakers in the UK. Proper type elements must be encouraged, preserved and protected throughout the world, and there are countries where type is at risk most notably my own. My general impression of the dogs, I hope, will be of interest to those who exhibited and those who take time to read these remarks. I found the dogs – as already mentioned – typical English Springers but would like to remind exhibitors that our breed should be shown in proper working condition. Those who won top placements can be sure that I found their dogs to be not only beautifully breed typical but in proper condition as well. I would like to offer my deepest appreciation to the Lancashire-Cheshire club officers, committee, and members who went out of their way to make me feel “at home.” I had a wonderful day.'

1. Downwards' Reubens Time To Reflect
Pleasant, well balanced lad with good feet and strong pasterns and a well constructed second thigh. Happily moving out. Best Puppy Dog and Best Puppy.
2. Warreners' Cepen Changing Places with Waterswarren
Long sweeping stifle on this young man; a more elegant, somewhat longer cast puppy than #1.

PUPPY DOG (3, 1a)
1. Downwards' Reubens Time To Reflect
2. Topliss' Rianlas In The Black at Beresfford
Short coupled well boned b/w with lovely full foreface; not as well proportioned generally as #1 at this stage of growth.

JUNIOR DOG (6, 1a)
1. Calverts' Calvdale Torchwood
Mature youngster with lovely head proportions, well ribbed with elbows close to the body and presented in hard muscular condition.
2. Wests' Gleadsbury Whatadazzler
Nice young lad with a longer loin than #1 and somewhat less mature throughout. He possessed a very nice correct croup and tailset/carriage and plenty of foreface.
3. Delantys' Dingdarlin Mr Blue Sky
4. Tracz' Meadowdale Basil
5. Jenkinsons' Eastriding Boss In Motion

1. Bashforths' Alanea Warrior of Jorobaden
lovely tricolor with an elegant blend of long neck into a well constructed frontpiece. Showed strong back under the hand and while moving. I would prefer to see this nice dog in better condition.
2. Miller & Fennells' Graftonbury Phoenix
Here too was a very typical Springer with great bone, solidly constructed. The difference between #1 and #2 in this class was simply a matter of personal taste; the 2nd place dog was almost too much for me in terms of his heavy bone and somewhat more exaggerated bend of stifle but a lovely dog overall.
3. Donaldsons' Donarden Star Attraction
4. Tracz' Meadowdale Basil

MAIDEN DOG (3 , 2a)
1. Topliss' Rianlas In The Black at Beresford

NOVICE DOG (6, 2a)
1. Warreners' Cepen Changing Places with Waterswarren
2. Wests' Gleadsbury Whatadazzler
3. Delantys' Dingdarlin Mr Blue Sky
4. Topliss' Rianlas In The Black at Beresford

1. Topliss' Rianlas In The Black at Beresford
2. Wrights' Anacapa Whiskey Mac
Big black tri dog with deep broad skull; very moderate angles both front and rear.

1. Lockharts' Chetruda Just Joey
A moderate, quite refined liver tri in good condition and reasonably short coupled.
2. Whitleys' Shipden Will Hay
another that I would prefer to see in working condition as he showed a rolling back while gaiting. He’s a big b/w lad so typical in outline, a striking dog. His lack of conditioning cost him the higher placement on the day as I liked him so much.

1. Gregorys' Arcadio Atom Ic
a sound, well constructed dog not too long in loin and in good condition; a very attractive head and expression on this dog. Somewhat short in upper arm.
2. Youngs' Shelcasrie Flash ShCM
an old fashioned lad with heavy bone and good substance; shorter in loin than most. Nice tight feet.
3. Ison & McDonalds' Alanea Oliver Twist
4. Whitleys' Shipden Will Hay
5. Nivens Cavdale Above Suspicion

1. Roses' Rosannoch Eihwaz JW
Very interesting and glamorous dog requiring hands-on and careful looks as he presents optical illusions. Short coupled, artfully presented. Shorter upper arm with more angle behind, his rear quarters can drive more than his front can propel. When he is put in hard condition he will do some significant winning.
2. Downwards' Reubens Silent Reflection JW
Another very handsome masculine dog of great dignity and presence; lovely head properties – balance of skull and muzzle, foreface, expression all what you want to see. Good strong back. Not as strong in second thigh and also a somewhat short upper arm; again I would so like to see this dog with a bit less coat and a bit more muscle throughout.
3. Thompsons' Colenda Curtis Steiger
4. Gunns' Cleavehill Northern Light
5. Adams' Beresford By Chance over Latrigg

OPEN DOG (8, 3a)
1. Calverts' Sh Ch Calvdale Softly Softly JW
A pleasure to examine this lovely dog in his full maturity. Excellent breed type throughout; head properties are mostly what we want to see with lovely eye shape, placement, color, and expression; beautiful front on this dog and tight elbows well fitted to his body and a deep ribcage. Short coupled; hard back; powerful second thighs. In absolute tip-top condition and ready for a day in the field. I particularly admire his proper size and no suggestion of exaggeration in any piece of him. Perhaps one of the finest breed-typical English Springers I have seen in almost 40 years in the breed, he was richly deserving of the Dog CC and Best in Show on this day.
2. Palmers' Roandew Dez Diddit JW ShCM
Strong, well-boned, substantial dog with superior bone, strong pasterns, and beautiful deep pads and tight feet. The details of this dog are his strength; long reach of upper arm, powerful, well muscled rear, beautiful tricolor accents, correct coat texture (an important breed detail) and lovely expression. Competed strongly for first in this excellent class and lost on a somewhat longer loin and slightly soft coat texture. Reserve Dog CC.
3. Jacksons' Mompesson Pickpocket
4. Smiths' Nobhill Walk On Top at Melverly
5. Camerons' Donarden Touch Of Tan

1. Warrerners' Cepen Changing Places with Waterswarren
2. Bashforths' Alanea Warrior of Jorobaden
3. Delantys' Dingdarlin Mr Blue Sky
4. Tracz' Meadowdale Basil
5. Whitleys' Shipden Will Hay

1. Jacksons' Sh Ch Mompesson Royal Destiny
I so admire the proper size of this dog and the details of breed type he possesses. Lovely bone, pleasing and balanced angles, beautiful, well-conditioned rear with strong, muscular second thigh, solid back and dynamic showmanship and presentation. He is what the Americans call “tucked up,” which means that his ribcage is not deep throughout. Lovely strong running gear on this dog; deep pads.
2. Geddes' Debanza Brigadier
A big, rangier, very honest Springer, different in style from #1 but plenty of quality; I particularly admired his rock-hard condition and was confident that he could (and probably does) find, flush, and retrieve game.

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