South West Whippet Club Open show
16th September 2018
Thank you for the invitation to judge the show- it was an honour and I was thrilled to have such a large and quality entry.
I was looking for an elegant, curvy Whippet with quality, good top and underline and no exaggerations. I found this in my winners but did have to compromise in some classes.
It is alarming that we now have so many Whippets with upright pasterns- I surprised myself by putting some of them up but only when their other qualities appealed to me. I hope it doesn’t become the norm as a running dog needs shock absorbers.
The majority of exhibits had clean and well tended nails and teeth, however a lot of the bitches were carrying too much weight and there were a few who could do with a bath!
These two were 6 month old littermates but at different stages of maturity and development.
JD (5,1a) Nice class.
LD (8,1a) Nice class.
1.Tope’s Falconcrag Class Act for Dewerstone JW ShCM, he really is a class act too- I’ve admired this boy since a puppy so was delighted to get my hands on him. So lovely to go over, full of quality-he has a beautiful head and expression, lovely earset, elegant arched neck into correct shoulders. Straight front with good fill, well sprung pasterns, neat feet, ideal top and underline and a strong hind with good 2nd thigh. In perfect muscular condition, so smooth to go over and in beautiful fine silky coat and skin. A pleasure to watch on the move, reach and drive and accurate footfall in all directions, holding his topline all the way. He is a great showman too, love him! BD, BIS.
2. Neale’s Stormalong Romantic Romeo, Mature br/wh trim dog who is also full of quality. Love his head and handsome expression, long elegant neck, good top and underline, strong hind. In lovely coat and condition. Moved soundly in all directions, just flattens his topline a little on the move.
3. Wayman’s Speymalt See the Stars at Scarletfair
1.Whitehead, Smith & Mixides’ Citycroft Never Forget, red fawn dog of 8 yrs who is full of quality, the sire of my RBIS and grandsire of BPIS and another I’ve always admired. Beautiful head with a soft expression and dark eyes, strong arched neck into smooth shoulders, great front and spring of pastern. Curvy top and underline, strong hind with well developed 2nd thigh, still in fit muscular condition and moved really well. Another I considered strongly for RBD, he just flagged a little in the challenge for best veteran while the bitch was still full of go.
2. Kirtland’s Palmik Starlight Raider, 8 yr old fawn boy who is a size larger than 1st but still a quality dog. Handsome head, long neck into smooth shoulders, good body shape but not in quite as fit condition as 1. Beautiful fine coat. Strong hind. Moves really well, just flattens his topline on the move.
3. Bellamy’s Palmik Celtic Royale
1.Leathart & Skelley’s R. Dalrymple
2. Ryan’s Twiggen Tit for Tat, brindle dog, muscular and certainly fit for purpose, but would like just a little more weight to smooth his outline. Handsome head, long strong neck, well filled front, correct spring of pasterns and strong hind. Moved soundly in all directions.
3. Kenyon’s Bryntreia First Steps
Sp Height D (7)
1.Price’s W. Silver Shadow among Silkdance
2. Trouton’s Runnel Run for Fun
3. Wayman’s Crème Anglaise’s One More Knight at Scarletfair
MPB (6) A class full of lovely babies, but difficult to judge as they were all at different stages of development.
1.Trouton’s Citycroft Grace Kelly of Runnel, I really fell for this delightful little 6 month old, at her first show but you’d never know it- what a little showgirl. Pretty head and expression with dark eyes, long neck, smooth shoulders, well developed front for age with good spring of pastern and neat feet. Curvy top and underline, strong hind with good 2nd thigh. Super fine coat and skin. Moved steadily and with accuracy and poise, very together for her age and just never stopped showing. Couldn’t resist her for BPB, BPIS. Love her!
2. Snelgrove’s Kamasal Starlight Rascal at Huntinghill, 8 mth fawn parti girl, taller and different in type but a very elegant girl with lots of quality. Pretty head, long neck, she is quite upright in front and pasterns at present-hope this settles as she matures. Lovely curvy top and underline with a strong hind. Moved really accurately and soundly in all directions.
3. Whitehead, Smith & Mixides’ Citycroft Ginger Rogers
1.Howgate & Hull’s Palmik Queen of Diamonds, 10 mths br parti girl of a lovely size and balance and a real showgirl. Pretty head with neat ears, arched neck, deep chest, straight front with good fill, well sprung pasterns. Curvy topline, would just like a little more curve to underline. Strong well muscled hind. Super fine coat and skin. Really impressive on the move, with super reach in front and drive from behind. Difficult decision against the Minor puppy- different in type but I loved them both.
2. Davies’ Collooney Black Velvet Pasharif, longer in loin than 1st, a very elegant black girl with the most stunning glossy fine coat. Lovely feminine head and expression, long neck, deep chest with good fill in front, curvy top and underline, strong hindquarters. Lovely muscletone and quality, moved well.
3. Aylett’s Richclass Tyler’s Girl.
1.Wignall’s Crosscop the Wonder of You at Starswift, 13 month old very feminine golden fawn bitch, a picture of elegance and lovely for size and quality. Beautiful refined head and expression, long elegant neck into straight front with enough fill. Would like a little more spring of pastern, neat well arched feet. I loved her curvy topline and she has a really good underline, ideal length and a strong hind with moderate angulation. The most lovely fine coat and skin. She was unsettled at times, looking for her owner, but eventually moved very soundly while holding her topline all the way. RBB
2. Smeath’s Willingwisp Sky Lantern, dark brindle girl and another who is very curvy and feminine. She is a reluctant showgirl and didn’t show to her best advantage. Beautiful head and expression, long neck, sweeping curves to her top and underline. Moved soundly.
3. Jones’ Burnt Sienna Patiently for Chelynna
1.Palmik Queen of Diamonds
2. Whitehead, Smith & Mixides’ Citycroft Ginger Rogers, 3rd in MPB and much more settled here. Just 6 months old, litter sister to my BP but much more immature, a real baby and a little overawed at her first show. Pretty head, long neck, lovely curves to topline and underline, moved well in this class. All legs at the moment but when she develops in body should be very nice.
3. Miluk’s Wiltshire Princess Ruby
1.Crosscop the Wonder of You at Starswift
2. Taylor’s Selinko Sugar Love at Musblaiks, Brindle/white bitch, pretty head, long neck, straight front with good fill and depth of chest, good spring of pasterns, nice curvy outline, fine quality coat and skin. Moved nicely in profile, but moving very wide behind today.
3. Richards’ Dainty Devore
1.Peacock’s Drakesoak Hot Toddy, fawn/wh trim, a classic curvy girl who I really liked but was carrying a little too much weight. Lovely head and expression, elegant neck into straight front with good fill and depth, smooth shoulders, correct spring of pastern, neat feet. Liked her curvy top and underline. Strong moderately angulated hind with good 2nd thigh. Moved well in all directions.
2. Baulch’s Erinnis Mignonette, fawn girl with a beautiful fine coat and skin, pretty head, long neck, straight front with enough fill, strong hind. Moved soundly, just flattened in topline. Not the curves of 1st and another carrying too much weight.
3. Leathart’s Ringmore Galatea
1.Richard’s Jimanica Jolly Japes, red fawn bitch with a beautiful head and expression, dark eyes, long elegant neck into smooth shoulders, good front, depth of chest and fill, correct spring of pastern and neat feet. Strong moderately angulated hind with good 2nd thigh. Fine quality coat. Moved very well in all directions, with good reach and drive.
2. Taylor’s Willingwisp Moment of Hope to Musblaiks, golden fawn with a beautiful quality coat and in lovely condition. Pretty head, elegant neck, good straight front with correct fill, curvy top and underline, strong hind. Moved well.
3. Bridge’s Chesilven Meadow Sweet
LB (9) Difficult class to judge, a wide divergence of type here.
1.Stephen’s Dolce Divine n Delary at Jasteal, brindle bitch with a beautiful head and dark pigment, long neck into straight front with good fill and depth of chest, good spring of pastern, neat feet. Curvy topline but underline spoilt a little by carrying too much weight. Soft close fine coat, very well muscled hind. Moved soundly in all directions, holding topline.
2. Molyneux’s Molvine Queen Elizabeth, fawn girl of a very different type and an old favourite of mine. Lovely quality classic girl with a pretty head, elegant neck, straight front, neat feet. Liked her curves, good top and underline, strong hind. Just a little untidy in front movement today.
3. Davies’ Danluke Dancing
OB (9,3a) Best class of the day, quality right through.
1.Whitehead, Smith & Mixides’ Winter is Coming to Citycroft, gorgeous black/wh trim girl I have admired since a puppy, she is feminine, correct size, racy in outline and of intense quality. Beautiful refined head, long elegant neck into smooth shoulders, straight front with good spring of pastern and neat feet. Sweeping curves to her top and underline, strong well angulated hind with well developed 2nd thigh. Satin fine coat and skin and in perfect fit condition without being over-muscled. Faultless on the move, this girl looks better every time I see her. A classy Whippet. BB, RBIS
2.Boughton-White’s Ipanema Girl on Fire, red fawn bitch who is larger all through but still elegant, and she holds and shows herself so well. Beautiful head and expression, long elegant neck, into lovely front construction, fine coat and skin and in super fit condition. Moved very well in all directions, very close up for RBB.
3. Howgate & Hull’s Palmik Misty Eve
VB (9,2a)A quality class of older ladies.
1.Snelgrove’s Huntinghill Jazzmatazz, 7 year old quality fawn/white girl, a lovely fit veteran in great coat and condition. She is scopey and eyecatching and still a real showgirl. Lovely head and expression, elegant neck, well laid shoulder, smooth curvy topline and she’s kept a great underline, good front with enough fill, would like a touch more spring of pastern, neat feet. Strong well muscled hind, she moved and showed really well in profile and accurate up and down, holding her topline all the way. Kept on showing to take BVISagainst a super veteran dog
2. Neale’s Stormalong Post Haste, nearly 9 year old pale fawn who is curvy, feminine and in lovely coat and body condition. Pretty head, elegant neck, straight front with good fill and depth, good spring of pastern. Curvy outline- another with a great underline. She moved very soundly but without much enthusiasm.
3. Wignall’s Starswift Sunset
1.Bayley’s Collooney Candy Crush, super quality Red fawn bitch with a gorgeous head and expression, long elegant neck, lovely straight front with enough fill and depth, good spring of pastern and neat well arched feet. Would like just a little more curve to topline, she has a lovely sweeping underline though. Strong hind with moderate angulation, she is fit and in lovely condition. She moved really well, with long effortless strides and sound up and down.
2. Logan’s Dawesychoice Moon Light Run, 4th in the quality veteran class, a feminine girl of classic type and in fit condition for nearly 8 years old, with a lovely quality coat and skin. Pretty head on an elegant neck, straight front with enough fill, good top and underline, strong hind. Moved really well.
3. Leathart’s Ringmore Galatea
Sp. Height (12,4a)
1. Bayley’s C Candy Crush
2. Logan’s D Moon Light Run
Memorial Stakes (7,3a)
1.Neale’s R. Starman at Stormalong- holding his tail better in this class!
2. Leathart’s Molvine Zoe, white bitch of lovely outline and quality, very pretty head and expression, elegant neck, curvy top and underline. Well muscled hind with moderate angulation. Lovely fine quality coat and skin. Moved well in profile, she is weak in pasterns hence a little untidy in front movement.
3.Wayman’s Speymalt Northern Star
1.Wayman’s two fawn boys who were perfectly in step, both sound movers and lovely to watch them going round together.
Liz Winstone (judge)