Richmond 2017

BEST OF BREED : 5993 MITCHELL, Mr & Mrs D & PAYNE Mr K Sh Ch Peasblossom Jester
Dog CC : 5993 MITCHELL, Mr & Mrs D & PAYNE Mr K Sh Ch Peasblossom Jester
Res Dog CC : 6026 WHITTOCK Mrs K W Kingsheath William Regal Sh.CM
Bitch CC : 6017 WALKER Mr S P & Mrs W M Dexbenella Derethea JW
Res Bitch CC : 6009 TOPLISS Mrs T E Sh Ch Calvdale Duty Calls
Best Puppy : 5975 EYEINGTON Mr & Mrs S & J Meadowdale Storm Trooper
Best Veteran : 6004 TAUBMAN Mrs K C Peasblossom Geisha At Meonstoke

Richmond line 2017

My thanks to the Officers and Committee of Richmond for their kind invitation to judge, to my stewards for their efficiency, and of course to the exhibitors for the honour of having their entries. I was both humbled and privileged to have a good number of lovely dogs, including several puppies, entered for my opinion. All exhibits were presented in clean condition. Quite a few, particularly bitches, were overweight, which may have contributed to untidy movement on the day. Head shape was more consistent than I have seen previously, and, with one or two exceptions, eye colour was generally good. My interpretation of "raciest in build of all land spaniels" does not allow for a lack of forechest or depth of chest and/or flank, or indeed for long/weak couplings - I was looking for sturdy compact bodies with a strong connection between front and rear ends, and balanced sound construction producing an easy driving gait, as befits a breed that should be fit enough to work all day in the field. In the larger classes inevitably some dogs with virtues that I admire went unplaced. While some of the "styles" of my winners ranged from what some people might describe as "old fashioned" to the "very modern", I was happy that they were all fit for their function. A friendly atmosphere ringside and sporting exhibitors completed my day. In my critique I have not attempted to comment on every element of our breed standard, but have simply highlighted what in my opinion were the principal "merits" and "demerits" that affected my decisions.

Class 1816 VD (2 Entries) Abs: 2

Class 1817 PD (5 Entries) Abs: 0
Pity there was no MP class as it was tough for the younger pups to compete with the more developed older ones, who were also better practised at this showing lark!
1 - Eyeington's Meadowdale Storm Trooper, 9 months B/W, really liked his flowing outline, strongly & symmetrically built, he has a classic well-proportioned & masculine head with dark eye & appealing expression, good length of neck, excelled in front angulation, forechest & bone, compact & deep in body, well-coupled with good depth of flank, hindquarters well let down & has ample bend of stifle, would like to see a tad more width in thigh but should improve with maturity, showed plenty of front extension and rear drive on the move, very promising young male with a happy temperament, hope he doesn't get any taller as there is enough of him for me already, BPD, BPIB, delighted to see him take a well-deserved Gundog Puppy Group 2
2 - Walker's Dexbenella Atticus Finch, 6 months L/W, real baby but showing so much promise in his overall shape & strength, already has a well-balanced head, dark eye & lovely expression, good length & strength of neck flowing into excellent front angulation, plenty of forechest, strong bone, compact body & deep in chest for his age, liked his sturdy thighs & moderate bend of stifle, shorter coupled than 1 at the moment, which to my eye made him look a shade squarer & therefore not quite as balanced, but undoubtedly his body proportions will sort themselves out as he grows, moved happily & with drive, certainly one with potential for a very bright future indeed
3 - Topliss' Mr Moto From Tamaam To Beresford (Imp Pol)
Res: 6018 WALLIS, Mrs P & Mr D & LEVENE Miss A Pendarlow Peter Pan
VHC: 5989 JOLLEY Mrs H Petranella Diamond Star

Class 1818 JD (2 Entries) Abs: 0
1 - Woodbridge's Crackerjanne Court Jester, 17 months L/W, sired by BOB & the genes show in his overall symmetry & compact outline, more refined, racier & a size smaller than 2, which I liked, pleasing & nicely balanced head which is not overdone in any way, kind & gentle expression, sturdy neck of good length, appreciated his excellent front & rear angulation, still "Kevin the teenager" when it comes to strength & depth of body which is nevertheless a very pleasing shape with good topline & well-coupled, strong thighs with correct moderate bend of stifle, his sound construction showed in his effortless movement, one of the few adults today to display accurate footfall combined with extension & drive, obvious outgoing temperament
2 - Shelley's Petranella Kind Of Magic, 12 months L/W, larger size than 1, strong but nicely balanced & pleasing masculine head, would prefer a shade darker eye, good length of neck which was strong, muscular & slightly tapering, not quite the forechest & layback of shoulder of 1, but had good length of upper arm, liked his deep chest & flank, strong over loin, powerful hindquarters with good bend of stifle, not very cooperative with handler when stood & very erratic on the move, feel he would benefit from a bit more ringcraft and maybe losing a couple of pounds in weight, which would help to show off his many virtues

Class 1819 YD (3 Entries) Abs: 0
1 - Topliss' Beresford Black Tie, 21 months B/W, really liked his strong compact outline, masculine & balanced head with plenty of depth to muzzle & slightly rounded skull, strong in neck which was long, excelled in bone, had very good front & rear angulation with moderate bend of stifle, deep in body & short-coupled, excellent strength & width in thigh, moved with drive & animation, correct tail set, but just wish he would use it more on the move, nevertheless a well constructed dog deserving of his win here
2 - Holman's Roqfolly Endeavour For Artycreath, 20 months L/W/T, another with a strong compact outline, more mature than the last time I saw him, & better presented which although should be the icing on the cake does help to show off his virtues, pleasing masculine head, deep in muzzle & strong neck of good length, would prefer a cleaner throat as found him a little excessive in this respect, good front angulation & depth of body, not quite the depth in flank of 1, moderate bend of stifle and good width in thigh, moved with enthusiasm giving his handler quite a hard time, happy temperament
3 - Such's Trimere Ticks The Box At Mujascal

Class 1820 PGD (3 Entries) Abs: 0
1 - Topliss' Lordsett Unforgiven At Beresford (Imp), pleasant surprise to go over this 2 years dark L/W as at first glance he appeared a size larger & rangier than the other two in this class, but once hands-on found he fitted together well, plenty of bone, strong masculine head of balanced proportions & dark enough eye, neck is perhaps a shade long but is strong & muscular, clean in throat, shoulder well laid back, body is deep & of good length, hindquarters are well angulated & well let down, moved with plenty of drive behind, would like to see him use his tail more, preferred his overall balance to 2
2 - Glendinning & Boole's Plaiglen Beaters Btrue, 2 years B/W, appealed for size & compact outline, very strong bone, pleasing head & eye with soft expression, would like a tad more length in muzzle for balance, excelled in front angulation with plenty of forechest, deep in body & short coupled, excellent width of thigh, just feel he could be better let down behind with a bit more length in second thigh & bend of stifle to give better balance & symmetry as he is a little bit short & straight here, unfortunately moving close behind today
3 - R Endeavour for A

Class 1821 LD (9 Entries) Abs: 2
Close decision between first two in this class, liked them both
1 - Shovel's Tiverstone Chorister Boy, mature 6 years B/W that I have admired before, lovely size & compact shape, has a balanced masculine head with the darkest of eyes & kindest of expressions, strong muscular neck, plenty of forechest, deep in chest & flank, strong over loin, well balanced in front & rear angulation, moved with drive on a very easy stride, & today was pleased to see he used his tail on the move, a lovely moderate dog who was in close contention for the RCC, just preferred the overall strength of eventual winner
2 - Brough's Riselawroad No Deal, 3 years L/W, another that pleasantly surprised me to go over, not an immediate eyecatcher when he first came into the ring, but found him to be a good size, compact & symmetrically built, neat & well balanced head, preferred eye colour of 1 but acceptable, strong & long enough in neck, very good spring of rib & depth of body, well angulated front & rear, well let down behind, could never be overlooked on the move with his easy stride & plenty of reach & drive, an "old-fashioned" & "honest" dog in the best sense of those words, and a real pleasure to go over
3 - Jackson's Mompesson Devonshire
Res: 6003 TAUBMAN Mrs K C Meonstoke Hawthorn
VHC: 5977 GATES Ms D C Gunring Ensueno Sh.CM

Class 1822 OD (5 Entries) Abs: 1
1 - Mitchell & Payne's Sh Ch Peasblossom Jester, 5 years L/W/T, mature male to whom I was delighted to award the RCC 3 years ago, today he stood out simply as the best dog on the day, in my opinion a perfect combination of strength, raciness, class & style, clean flowing outline, classic well proportioned head, eye colour & soft expression to melt your heart, excelled in forechest, long & strong neck flows into sound front angulation, strong & deep in body, well sprung ribs, strong couplings & powerful hindquarters, rear angulation is still a tad more than moderate, but he retains good balance overall & uses his rear end to great effect when moving, super-stylish on the move being effortless with plenty of forward reach & drive, would just say that handler today did not need to move him fast to show this off as it comes naturally to him, CC & BOB
2 - Whittock's Kingsheath William Regal ShCM, 4 years L/W/T, another I have judged before & has matured greatly since then, presents a balanced outline overall, good bone, well proportioned & pleasing masculine head, eye could be a shade darker for my preference but acceptable, strong neck of good length with slight arch, has plenty of forechest & good front angulation, deep chest & well sprung ribs, not quite the depth of flank of 1, but has really developed in strength & width of thigh since I saw him last, which gives him much better symmetry, moved very well showing plenty of animation & drive, well-deserved RCC in good company
3 - Jackson's Sh Ch Mompesson Winchester
Res: 6029 WILDSMITH Mrs M & Mr S Trimere Time Trail With Sandiebeck Sh.CM

Class 1823 VB (3 Entries) Abs: 0
Always a pleasure to see the veterans enjoying their day out
1 - Taubman's Peasblossom Geisha At Meonstoke, this 7 years L/W is compact & a good size, well proportioned feminine head with correct strength in muzzle, eye could be more almond-shaped but colour is dark & she has a very kind expression with an irresistible spark of merriment, good length of neck into correct front angulation, deep chest & good spring of rib, short-coupled, adequate bend in stifle, starting to soften a little in topline now & not in her best coat today, but moved with tremendous energy & enthusiasm to take the class & ultimately Best Veteran in Breed
2 - Hughes' Celgarn Next Chapter With Melkami, nicely presented 7 years L/W, a completely different make & shape, heavier in build & longer in body than 1, she has a nicely balanced head with correctly shaped eye & pleasing expression, good front & rear angulation, not as short-coupled as 1, she is strongly made in thigh & well let down behind, could not match 1's enthusiasm & was a bit looser on the move today
3 - Parr's Gunring Hold Out Your Hand For Ashring

Class 1824 PB (3 Entries) Abs: 1
A very close decision between these two quality pups, both exciting prospects for the future, I would happily take both home in an instant
1 - Walker's Beresford Night Nurse At Dexbenella, 6 months B/W, striking compact outline with good balance for her age, well boned throughout, very attractive feminine & well proportioned head with dark eye, liked her length of neck & front angulation, great depth of chest & flank, strong couplings of correct length, moderate bend of stifle, strong thighs, movement was typically bouncy, displaying a confident & happy disposition, just about the steadier of the two & had her feet on the ground long enough to win the class & BPB
2 - Mitchell's Peasblossom Tigerlily, 7 months L/W/T, attractive outline & compact shape with good balance for her age, strong bone, well developed in head & dark enough in eye, good length of neck with slight arch, really liked her well laid shoulders & matching return of upper arm, strong & deep in body & flank with well sprung ribs, well developed hindquarters with moderate bend of stifle & good width of thigh, she decided to play rather than move round the ring, her "straight up & down" being more vertical than horizontal, no denying her outgoing & merry temperament

Class 1825 JB (3 Entries) Abs: 0
1 - Wilson's Zawspring Summer Honey, 13 months B/W, pretty-headed youngster with good length of skull & muzzle, undeniably feminine with dark eye & kind expression, long enough in neck which was strong, good front angulation, particularly liked her balance in depth & length of body, well-coupled, moderate bend of stifle & good width of thigh, as one might expect she is very much at an "in between" teenage stage at the moment, am sure she will come together & strengthen all through as she matures, moved more steadily than 2
2 - Cook's Kingsheath Bayley Of Burnbake, nicely presented 12 months L/W, substantially built with good bone, pleasing head with plenty of depth to muzzle, eye still darkening, good in front angulation & spring of rib, would like a bit more length of neck, shorter couplings & a touch more bend of stifle to give her better balance, good strength in hindquarters, something of a cheeky handful on the move, giving her handler a really hard time with her exuberance before she settled
3 - Osbourne's Petranella Exclusive With Braego

Class 1826 YB (6 Entries) Abs: 1
1 - Corbett's Trimere Ticket Maid, classy 20 months L/W, presented an eye-catching clean flowing outline, compact with a degree of raciness & undoubtedly feminine, well proportioned & pretty head, eyes dark enough with a kind expression, excelled in neck & front assembly, enough depth of chest & flank, good spring of ribs, short coupled, well muscled, strong & correctly angulated hindquarters which she used to power round the ring, liked her a great deal & in strong contention for RCC, giving away a lot in age & at this stage could not match the depth & maturity of the older B/W bitch, but can well appreciate why she has done the winning that she already has
2 - West's Grosbreuil Abricot Regal, 19 months L/W, sturdy & symmetrical in outline, liked her head shape which was well balanced & feminine with a dark eye & kind expression, long & strong neck flowing into well laid shoulders, good forechest & return of upper arm, deep in chest & flank with well sprung ribs, slightly longer coupled than 1, good bend of stifle, not quite the width of thigh of 1 but hindquarters still strong enough & well let down, moved well with drive, one with a lot to offer as she matures
3 - Wildsmith & Brown's Trimere Tickle Me Fancy
Res: 6027 WHITTOCK Mrs K W Peasblossom Roma At Kingsheath
VHC: 5980 HIPGRAVE Mrs L Ternspringer Jazz Singer

Class 1827 PGB (13 Entries) Abs: 1
1 - Jackson's Mompesson Myway, 2 years L/W, stood out in this large class with her balanced & symmetrical outline, solidly made with strong bone & standing foresquare, very well proportioned head & muzzle, dark eye & kind expression, correct length of neck, excelled in forechest & front angulation, compact strong & deep in body, well sprung ribs, short coupled & deep in flank, liked her bend of stifle & powerful hindquarters, moved with great extension & plenty of drive, a quality bitch who could easily have been up for top honours had she not persisted in flicking her hind feet out slightly to the side when going round
2 - Walker's Dexbenella Serendipity, 2 years L/W, such a kind head & expression on this bitch, had a nice touch of raciness about her which I liked, undoubtedly feminine but sturdily built with a pleasing compact outline, good length of neck with correct slight arch & plenty of forechest, balanced front & rear angulation with moderate bend of stifle, deep in chest & flank, well sprung ribs. short coupled, strong level topline, moved well, another whose quality made her an easy selection here, just preferred width of thigh of 1
3 - Wallis & Levene's Petranella The Real Deal
Res: 6024 WEYMAN Mrs J Spuffing Molly's Secret
VHC: 5978 GATES Ms D C Ashring's Maggie May

Class 1828 LB (8 Entries) Abs: 1
1 - Nicholson's Loxbourne Disco Diva At Kingsheath JW, 3 years L/W, feminine bitch with nicely balanced & refined head, excellent reach of neck, liked her front assembly with well laid back shoulder & good return of upper arm, enough forechest, mature & deep body with good length, strong & short in couplings, powerful hindquarters with great width of thigh, my notes say "moved a dream", her gait was accurate & effortless making her an easy winner here, my only criticism is that I would prefer a darker eye to soften her expression, otherwise she is quality through & through
2 - Wilson's Peasblossom Luna At Zawspring, 4 years B/W, more compact than 1 and not as racy in outline, appealed for her "old fashioned" honest appearance, moderate & strongly built all through, well made & balanced head with dark eye, not quite the length of neck & front angulation of 1 but acceptable, liked her strong deep body & flank, well ribbed & short-coupled, well let down hindquarters with good bend of stifle, moved with real energy showing off her happy temperament
3 - Eyeington's Flaming Whirlwind Of Meadowdale JW Ir J Ch
Res: 5988 JACKSON, Mr & Mrs R & F & JACKSON Mr B Mompesson Words
VHC: 5990 LAWLER Mr G H Bordacity Fatima Blush

Class 1829 OB (5 Entries) Abs: 0
What a lovely class to judge & what a dilemma to choose between two stunning bitches to head it
1 - Walker's Dexbenella Derethea JW, 6 years L/W, have to use "old fashioned" in the best possible sense of the words again here, compact & balanced outline on this beautiful feminine bitch, correct size & sturdily built, for me today she simply screamed moderation & honest breed type from the tip of her pretty muzzle to the end of her well-carried tail, well proportioned head with dark eye & melting expression, strong all through body with great depth & balance, strong & long in neck, excelled in front & rear angulation with moderate bend of stifle & strong broad thighs, short coupled, carrying the right amount of weight, she moved round the ring with drive & style, she had to impress to beat a bitch I have admired from afar for a long time, but impress she surely did, had tears in my eyes when I awarded her the CC, her third, every inch a Show Champion, just preferred the exceptional movement of the Dog CC winner for BOB
2 - Topliss' Sh Ch Calvdale Duty Calls, B/W, what a stunning bitch this is, quite different in build to 1 & just as appealing, combines strength & symmetry with a touch of raciness in her outline, she has a beautifully balanced head and expression with the darkest eyes that just melted my heart, long neck, excellent front assembly, strong & deep in body, shade longer in loin than 1, powerful thighs with plenty of bend of stifle, her power showed in her strong driving movement, so pleased to see she used her tail well on the move today, putting the cherry on top of the well-iced cake for me, a worthy Show Champion, delighted finally to have the chance to judge her & then to award her the RCC behind a bitch on top form
3 - Corbett's Sh Ch Trimere Teresa Green
Res: 6025 WEYMAN Mrs J Spuffing Rioja
VHC: 6032 WILLIAMS, Mrs J & TOUBLIC Mrs D Cobhay Dahlia