Copyright Gordon Setter Club of Scotland 2018 -
Open Show 2017 : Critique
This has always been a favourite show to attend as an exhibitor and I was honoured to be invited to judge it this year. My thanks to the committee members and both my ring stewards for making me feel at ease throughout the show and keeping me on track with the best of class awards. An excellent entry with top awards as follows; BIS was Warren’s Benbuie Secret Agent JW, RBIS Dank’s Liric Tuxedo Rag, BOS Cauldfield’s Sh Ch Hernwood Black Pearl ShCM, BP Millar’s Yennadon Benriach, and BVIS Dank’s Liric Tuxedo Rag.
Class : Field Trial Dog or Bitch (2)
1: Smith’s Yennadon Fairisle of Clacorick, Bitch 6½ yo. Good confirmation, well muscled, nice tight feet, moved
2: Smith’s Yennadon Carrick of Clacorick, Dog 10 yo. Nice overall picture when stood but showing his age in comparision to 1 when moved out.
Class : Special Vintage Dog or Bitch (3)
1: Smith’s Yennadon Carriock of Clacorick.
2 : McErlearn’s Carrochan Suilvenbeag, Bitch 11yo. Good condition for her age, nice head and feathering on the legs and body.
Class : Veteran Dog (2)
1 : Dank’s Liric Tuxedo Rag, 9 yo. Large framed dog, good strong male head with ears long and flat to skull, good reach of neck leading into well constructed body and heavily feathered coat, presented in good condition, good tight feet and moved around the ring with real drive.
2: Pearce’s Ardnadam Red Kite, 7½ yo. Smaller construction throughout, finer example of male head, good colour with clear tan on feet. Not as positive on the move as 1.
Class : Puppy Dog (2)
1 : Millar’s Yennadon Benriach, 9 mo. Well balanced throughout both stood and when he moved out positively, covering the ring very well. Nice head construction and clear tan. Well presented and handled.
2: Balnakeil Beinn Lair at Lingstubbs, 8 mo. Larger all over than my first with good construction, still needs time to develop. Played his handler up when on the move so difficult to fully assess.
Class : Junior Dog (4)
1 : Wrigley’s Kattendale Canterbury. Brick-
2. : Millar’s Yennadon Benriach.
Class : Yearling dog (4/ 1a)
1 : Sinclair’s Lachmhor Serendipity for Siochial. Well constructed, nice pencilling on tight feet, good tail carriage, moved ok but needed to be more settled when on the move.
2 : Wrigley’s Kattendale Canterbury.
Class : Novice Dog (2)
1 : Millar’s Yennadon Benriach.
2 : Dank’s Kintalis Winter Ice Diamond. Nice construction and good feathering throughout. Handler did very well as he was very erratic on the move.
Class : Graduate Dog (5/ 1a)
1 : Miller’s Rhum Night Legend. Good square picture of a dog when stood, well constructed and moved out well around the ring.
2 : Wrigley’s Kattendale Canterbury.
Class : Post Graduate Dog (4/ 1a)
1 : Warren’s Benbuie Secret Agent JW. What a cracker ! Presented a good square picture of a setter when stood. Beautiful strong male head, good construction throughout, deep forechest and spring of rib, well muscled with second thigh evident. On the move he did not disappoint, covering the ring with real true drive, he just got better and better the more of the ring he covered. In the Best Dog challenge he moved even better than in this class and just couldn’t consider looking any further than him for the BD, then in BIS challenge he just out-
2 : Rand’s Kintalis Love on the Rocks. He was unfortunate to meet my first, as although he is slighter all over he is still a very classy example of a Gordon. Moved out well with a good topline.
1 : MacGregor’s Somerled Glen Urquart. Large dog, good top-
2 : Shield’s Florcott Inchtavannach Lad. Smaller overall than first and was not the easiest of exhibits for his handler to show to best effect. A little to erratic on the move but enjoyed himself !
Class : Limit Dog (2/ 1a)
1 : Green’s Balnakeil Beinn a’Chroin. Good construction and brick-
Class : Open Dog (4/ 2a)
1 : Ness’s Liric Souvenir JW. Long cast, well boned and constructed dog. Well muscled throughout was just a bit stilted at the rear end when on the move.
2 : Tong’s Liric Special Tribute to Kellizlot JW. Smaller example than 1, lighter frame, better tan colour, moved out ok.