Southern ESS Society Open Show - Judge Paul Osbourne

The Southern English Springer Spaniel Society held an Open Show at their new venue, New Haw in Surrey, which I was honoured to be asked to judge. The weather was kind following a very wet week, and we nearly completed the judging outside only just having to retreat for the Bitch Challenge and Best in Show. I thank all exhibitors for their entries. Overall I was very disappointed by the movement of many of the dogs. The standard calls for “Forelegs swing straight forward from the shoulder, throwing feet well forward in an easy manner. Hocks driving well under body following in line with the body.” In a lot of cases we had fronts with legs swinging out or pinning in, hind movement with hocks almost rubbing together and a pitter patter action with no sign of pushing from the rear to provide the driving movement
which is required. I was however happy with the vast majority of my winners.

MPD - no entires

PD 1 (0)

1. Coles’ Greygoose Travelin Light
Ten and half month liver and white, nice head proportions, although would prefer a little more length in muzzle, sufficient stop, good length of ear, would prefer a little more length in neck, good lay of shoulder ample room for chest development, good length in body, would prefer slightly more bend in stifle and tidier hocks, tight feet, moved ok.

JD 4 (1)

1. Warreners’ Cepen Changing Places With Waterswarren
Liver and white, one day out of puppy, note when looking at the catalogue afterwards he is out of same sire as my puppy winner, pleasing head proportions, deep flews, well developed nostrils, sufficient chiselling beneath the eyes, would prefer a little more stop, adequate length in neck, shoulders well laid, a little short in upper arm, well boned, adequate room for chest development, good length in body, well bent stifles, low tailset, clean hocks which were well let down, nicely balanced dog.
2. Topliss’ Rianlas In The Black at Beresford
Fifteen month old black and white, upstanding young man, preferred the head on this dog, with squarer muzzle and dark eye, again slight lack of stop, straight front, compact body, would have preferred a little more length, nice rear angles, preferred the overall balance of one
3. Wilson Miss Z Shipden Authorized at Zawsping

SYD 4 (1)

1. Warreners’s Beresford Ebay at Waterswarren
Liver & white, another upstanding dog, head markings on this young man are not his fortune, but on closer inspection you find a nicely balanced head, slightly domed, adequate stop, square muzzle with deep flews, good length of neck, would prefer better layback of shoulder, a little long in body but in proportion to height, nice rear angles with clean hocks.
2. Topliss’ Rianlas In The Black at Beresford
3. Coles’ Greygoose Travelin Light

MD 1 (0)

1. Wilson Miss Z Shipden Authorized at Zawsping
Black and white, third in junior, reasonable head of good proportions, dark eye, a little short in length of ear, would prefer more length in neck, nice layback of shoulder, short in upper arm, again would prefer a little more length in body, low set on tail, would prefer better bend of stifle, clean hocks, tight feet, overall a nice tidy dog but didn’t have the animation on the move that I was looking for.

ND 1

1. Topliss’ Rianlas In The Black at Beresford

GD 4 (1)

1. Glass’s Tiversone Prarie Spy at Covina
Liver and white boy, well balanced head, slightly domed, good stop, nice length of muzzle with well developed nostrils, good length and shape of neck, clean shoulders which were correctly angulated, good length of body, again would prefer slightly more bend to stifle, well developed first and second thigh, clean hocks, would have preferred shorter rear pasterns, movement overall the best of these three dogs.
2. Topliss’ Rianlas In The Black at Beresford
3. Allens’ Celgarn Drops of Jupiter

PGD 5 (2)

1. Whitleys’ Shipden Will Hay
Black and white boy with superbly balanced head slightly rounded and broad, correct length of muzzle with deep flews, well developed nostrils, kind dark eye with correct chiselling beneath, good length of ear, correctly shaped neck of adequate length, well laid back shoulders with correct slope, straight front, well boned, deep chest, good spring of rib, adequate rear angulation, clean hocks, short pasterns, moved correctly and won this class with ease. Strongly considered for top honours RBD.
2. Hancock’s Carnmarth Countri Whispers at Hanknight
Liver, White and Tan, not the head of my winner, nice clean neck, reasonable shoulders, would prefer a deeper chest, fair length to body, good rear angles, well developed second thigh, clean hocks well let down.
3. Taubmans’ Meonstoke Make Me Smile

LD 3 (0)

1. Whitleys’ Shipden Will Hay
2. Wrights’ Kingsheath Batista
Black & White, gave his owner a hard time, nicely proportioned head, good length of neck into well laid shoulders, good length of body, good spring of rib, nicely angulated rear end, clean well let down hocks, not the overall balance of my winner at this stage, but time is on his side and I believe there is improvement to come.
3. Reads’ Brailea Better Believe It

OD 3 (2)

1. Savells Petranella Perfick JW
Aptly named liver and white boy, good head proportions of equal length, well developed flews and nostrils, kind correctly shaped eye with decent chiselling beneath, good length of neck into correctly angled and lay back of shoulder, straight front, deep chest, good bone, tight feet, elbows well tucked in, good spring of rib, good length of body, low tail-set, well developed first and second thigh, nice bend of stifle, would have preferred tidier hocks, beautifully presented, moved well. BD & BIS.

VD 5 (1)

1. Walkers’ Graftonbury Navahoe at Dexbenella JW Sh CM
Liver & white who is now seven and a half, could teach the younger generation a thing or two about movement moving true fore and aft, beginning to show his age in head, another dog with a wide blaze which can distract from his correct head proportions, which you have to feel to appreciate, well off for bone, straight front, tight feet, adequate length of neck, pleasing shoulder placement, well laid back and sloping correctly, good body to height proportions, adequate rear angles, clean low set hocks, well muscled. BVIS
2. Williams & Taublic Cobhay Sweet William ShCM
Liver and white, eight and a quarter, good head proportions, correctly shaped dark eye, good neck and shoulders, correct bone, slightly longer in body then one, coat slightly on the blow, adequate rear angles, low set hocks, a dog who I have done well in the past, not quite giving his all here today which gave one the edge. Two really nice dogs that are a credit to their owners.
3. Glass’ Covina Mr McGregor
4. Bailey’s mints delight at Choumert

SBD 7

1. Whitleys’ Shipden Will Hay
2. Warreners’ Cepen Changing Places With Waterswarren
3. Taubmans’ Meonstoke Make Me Smile
4. Warreners’s Beresford Ebay at Waterswarren
5. Wilson Miss Z Shipden Authorized at Zawsping