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BEST OF BREED : EYEINGTON Mr & Mrs S & J Meadowdale Storm Trooper
Dog CC : EYEINGTON Mr & Mrs S & J Meadowdale Storm Trooper
Res Dog CC : WALKER Mr S P & Mrs W M Dexbenella Atticus Finch
Bitch CC : TOPLISS Mrs T E Beresford Night Class
Res Bitch CC : TOPLISS Mrs T E Lordsett Uptown Girl At Beresford (Imp)
Best Puppy : SMITH Mr R J Melverly Lil Dancer
Best Veteran : AINSLEY, Miss L & NICKLIN Mr L Carlyquinn Candy Kisses TAF

Judge: Mrs J Mitchell (CLICK HERE FOR BITCHES)

I was thrilled to be invited to judge at Windsor Championship Show, the first time with CC’s in many years. It is a favourite of mine, not only because it is my local but because the organisation and facilities are second to none. I must thank my stewards, Linda and Chris Pack who kept things running smoothly and efficiently allowing us to finish in plenty of time for the SESSS Open Show to start.
The day turned out to be an absolute scorcher! I was therefore very grateful to every exhibitor who had entered and turned up to show their dogs in what were incredibly hot conditions. Some coped better with the heat than others, perhaps on a cooler day some decisions may have been different. That said I was delighted with my main winners and many more besides. Whilst doom and gloom is often the order of the day I was given reason to feel optimistic with well filled puppy and junior classes, a limit bitch class to die for and a bitch line-up that I adored.
I feel I should mention, however, that I found very few beautiful heads in this entry. I do not consider myself a head and expression fanatic but there were an awful lot of weak muzzles, round, or more often, light eyes and plenty lacking in the fluting and chiselling so essential to the breed’s expression. Movement is ‘my thing’ and there is nothing better in my eyes to see a springer move with that typical, easy and ground-covering action. It is simply a joy to behold and is becoming a rarity. Finally, that ‘old chestnut’ - temperament. There were a large number of dogs, as many as half I would say, moving with their tails down. I don’t believe it was due to timidity more that they just weren’t happy to be there. The heat, of course, may have played a part, but I would like to see far more of the ‘merry active’ and ‘friendly happy disposition’ described in the Breed standard.

Class VD/B (4 Entries) Abs: 1
1st: AINSLEY, Miss L & NICKLIN Mr L Carlyquinn Candy Kisses TAF
How I loved this beautiful bitch! She has a classic head – so balanced in skull and foreface with correct eye, good square muzzle, well chiselled and with the sweetest expression. A head you could look at all day! Super length of neck and great bone and feet. I could wish for slightly better forehand angulation but she carries a level toplinethat she holds well on the move with excellent tail carriage. Liked her rear angulation with moderately bent stifles. In lovely condition and beautifully presented. Moved well and soundly although lacking a bit of enthusiasm in the heat. Couldn’t hold that against her. Best Veteran In Breed.
2nd: WHITTOCK Mrs K W Merrywater Minstrel At Kingsheath Sh.CM
A lovely veteran boy who belies his years without a grey hair in sight and another turned out in immaculate condition. He has a refined male head without coarseness. Lovely dark eyes as you might expect on a black and white, of correct almond shape giving the softest expression. He has enough bone and good forechest. Lovely and clean through the neck and shoulders. Super moderate boy who carries himself beautifully on the move, sound as a pound and covering the ground well. Perhaps he could be just a bit more masculine all through but a quality male who showed some of the youngsters how it is done.
3rd: HANCOCK Mrs L Hanknight Jiggles Jinny

Class MPD (4 Entries) Abs: 1
1st: ISON, Miss A E & MCDONALD Mr I Kennair Cullinan Diamond
Eight month old black and white puppy who is most definitely a work in progress. He has a handsome, masculine head with good depth of muzzle. Dark eyes of correct shape and a kind expression. Super length of neck and well placed shoulders. Liked his topline and he has a moderate outline with good bone and tight feet for a baby. A total handful stacked and on the move but saw enough to place him 1st over his litter brother. A raw but promising youngster with plenty of time to get his act together.
2nd: GREEN Mr K & Mrs C Kennair Diamond Geezer
Liver and white brother to 1st and at a different stage of development. I think they call it a ‘legs and wings’ stage so he is rather more upstanding and rangy at this moment. Pleasant head with good eye shape although would prefer more strength in foreface and for his eye colour to darken. Like his brother he has good bone and feet. A little more together than 1 on the move but he is slightly roaching in topline and in that respect I preferred his brother for the top spot in this class.
3rd: HOLMAN Mrs C Roqfolly Jumpin Jack Flash NAF TAF

Class PD (1 Entries) Abs: 0
1st: ISON, Miss A E & MCDONALD Mr I Kennair Rough Diamond
Black tri boy, liver brother to those in the previous class. Not the head of his black and white brother, being fairly strong in back skull and weak in foreface. Presents a compact and moderate outline and another with good bone and tight feet. Deep chested and with a good turn of stifle. A tad narrow all through but covered the ground well with an easy stride when he got going.

Class: JD (6 Entries) Abs: 0
1st: EASTWOOD, Ms D & TRUEMAN Mr S Eastfalla Next Step
Headed what I thought was a good class of promising young males. This 15-month old liver and white youngster was presented in superb order. An honest, old-fashioned style of dog, being ultra moderate in outline without excess. I liked his head which was well proportioned and refined. His eyes are of the correct shape although needing to darken a shade. Correct size and compact. Such a well-bodied youngster with excellent fill to his frame and the best forechest of the day. Well sprung ribs that extended back into a muscular loin. Lovely legs and well padded feet. Did enough on the move maintaining a level topline and with correct set on and carriage of tail.
2nd: WIMSHURST Mrs A Kingsheath Regal Gold
One of the babies in this class at just over 12 months. Liked him very much and it was a close decision between him and 1. Flashier youngster of the right size who was immaculately turned out. Super masculine head with fairly broad skull and corresponding deep and square muzzle that I appreciated. Eyes were of good shape but again, need to darken slightly. Good length of neck and well constructed forehand. Plenty of bone for his size and stage of development. Has a wonderful rear that I preferred, with lovely bend to stifle and short hocks. Moves out happily, with correct tail carriage and firm topline. More weight and body condition would be to his advantage which was the deciding factor.
3rd: JENKINSON Mrs K Eastriding Royal Mayfair
Res: GRAY Mr & Mrs N & S Trimere Time Tracker
VHC: KEELY Mr & Mrs M & K Alhambian Bon Scott

Class PGD (5 Entries) Abs: 1
1st: TERNENT Mr G R & Mrs A Hunterheck Turn Back Time
Beautiful black and white male of correct size who won this class with a bit to spare. Possesses the most glorious head and expression, well proportioned with no hint of coarseness about it. He looks at you in such a kind way. Good neck and depth of chest. Well laid shoulders and he is balanced in angulations with good length of upper arm and equally well angled rear. Compact outline with good spring of rib although I would prefer his ribs to extend slightly further back. Just lovely bone and the tightest feet. Turned out in full coat that was really well presented. Covers the ground well particularly in profile and is sound carrying his tail happily. In the heat, I felt he lacked a bit of positivity and power going away and this was the decider today but he is a super dog that I liked very much.
2nd: KEIGHLEY Mr J C & Mrs S J Pendarlow Denahi
Liver and white male took his place in this class on his super, ground-covering movement. His head is weak in foreface with eyes that needs to darken.Compact and of good size. Angulation is balanced and pleasing. He has enough bone but I would like more depth as he looks quite shallow all through. Presented very well and sympathetically handled.
3rd: MORGANS Mrs N J Kennair Dreaming On A Star
Res: HOLMAN Mrs C Roqfolly Endeavour for Artycreath

Class LD (5 Entries) Abs: 0
1st: EYEINGTON Mr & Mrs S & J Meadowdale Storm Trooper
Two year old black and white male of lovely Springer type that impressed for both style and outline. Well-chiselled, masculine head with good skull shape and corresponding length and depth of muzzle. He has the darkest eyes and the gentlest of expressions. Strong and reachy neck, well angulated shoulder and enough return of upper arm to provide him with super forward reach. Deep chested and well ribbed back with correctly muscled loin. Lovely bone and so well balanced with ample substance all through. Flows from head to tail with a firm, level topline and a tail that is set on and carried beautifully. An excellent, strongly-made rear assembly. Presented as always from this kennel in superb condition and handled to bring out the very best in him. Simply the best movement of the day, covering the ground with that easy, effortless gait that we want to see. Ideally I would like him a size smaller however his virtues are many and on this performance he could not be denied the CC, his first, and Best of Breed. I am sure the next two will not be too far away.
2nd: WALKER Mr S P & Mrs W M Dexbenella Atticus Finch
Another quality two year old out of a slightly more compact mould than 1. Loved his head which was refined, balanced and so kind in expression. Strong, slightly arched neck and text book forehand construction with excellent shoulder and corresponding length and angle to upper arm. Deep in brisket with tight elbows and he stands on well boned legs and super feet. Well sprung ribs and short loin. Great fill to his frame and very much the finished article in terms of body development. Super rear angulations with broad thighs and well let down stifles. In lovely coat and condition. Moved really well with reach and drive, his happy temperament shining through. Certainly gave 1 a run for his money whose topline, particularly on the move, I ultimately preferred. Nevertheless he is a super dog who I’m glad I had the opportunity to judge. RCC.
3rd: TAUBMAN Mrs K C Meonstoke Hawthorn
Res: WHITWORTH Mrs Freworth Polar Express
VHC: DAVIS Mrs S J Madisarmar Big Apple

Class OD (4 Entries) Abs: 0
1st: TOPLISS Mrs T E Sh Ch Beresford Night Train
Classy liver and white two year old who was both eye-catching and stylish. Masculine head that was beautifully moulded with plenty of work. Correct in eye shape although they could darken still a fraction. Very well off for bone with super, well padded feet.. Beautiful neck into shoulders that were well laid with enough upper arm. Short-coupled with good spring of rib. Loved him for size. Plenty of rear angulation with nice short hocks and substance to thighs. Tail well set on and carried confidently. Presented in great coat condition with lovely feathering. He is sound and precise on the move, but I would prefer a firmer topline as he does have a tendency to roll somewhat. That said, I liked him very much.
2nd: SMITH Mr R J Sh Ch Melverly Top Geezer
Another well-constructed male from the top drawer and another that presents a smart, compact and typical outline with good proportions. He possesses a super head, masculine but refined with ultra kind expression. Liked his muscular neck, depth of chest and his deep and well developed middle piece. Stands on great, well boned legs with compact feet. Beautifully made rear assembly with good width of second thigh, well bent stifles and low set hocks. In well muscled condition and in good coat. Covered the ground well holding a better topline than 1 but not quite as positive going away and his tail was down, could have been the heat but this was the decider in this class today.
3rd: WHITTOCK Mrs K W Kingsheath William Regal Shcm Sh.CM
Res: GLENDINNING, Ms F & BOOLE Mrs E Plaiglen Beaters Btrue

Class GCD/B (2 Entries) Abs: 0
1st: 5689 SANDERS Mr P Meonstoke Angelica
Liver and white bitch with good angulations fore and aft. Her head is feminine and well worked but her eyes are round and light. Liked her length of neck, depth of chest and she has excellent bone and substance. Moved okay.
2nd: 5671 HOLMAN Mrs C Roqfolly Endeavour for Artycreath
Upstanding liver and white male who was put together well. Masculine head with a kind expression and correct eye shape. Lovely forechest and well filled frame. Little bit straight in stifle and was roaching in topline. Owner struggled with moving him today because of an injury. A pity.

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