Scottish Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club

Summer Open Show

7th June 2015.

Judge: Mrs Lisa Gamble (Lisgarth)

I was delighted to be asked to judge the Scottish club show. I have a great fondness of Scotland and therefore used the opportunity to enjoy a lovely weekend away with my husband and daughter. I would like to extend my thanks to the committee for the warm welcome and to my stewards who ensured the smooth running of the ring. Not forgetting, the exhibitors who brought their dogs for me to assess and accepted my decisions gracefully. I would also like to apologise to the exhibitors for the delay in my critique. Unfortunately, University has had to take precedence over the last few months. Following my last club show appointment in 2012, I still feel that front assembly and tail carriage’s require attention in general, although I was able to find what I was looking for in my winners.

Veteran Dog. (4, 0).

1st, Gow’s Lyncraeg Dream Angus. Well broken, 10 year old Blenheim. Correct head with large dark eye and good pigment. Nicely cushioned, clean muzzle and correct scissor bite. Compact body with good angulations front and back. Positive movement, driving off well laid down hocks. He held an excellent top line and tail carriage throughout.

2nd Runciman’s Finchlea Gattonside Lad. Blenheim who was slightly larger and longer cast than winner. Moved well holding a good top line.

3rd Kynaston’s Dontonmela Rustic Rowland

Minor Puppy Dog. (1, 0)

1st, Campbell’s Cavilera Colorado. Richly coloured, exuberant, 8 month old Blenheim. Very nice head with good stop, correct bite and good pigment. Good front construction with excellent reach of neck and good lay of shoulder leading into a level top line and tail carriage. Moved well, although I would prefer a better turn of stifle and lay of hock. Overall, a nice looking pup.

Puppy Dog. (4, 0)

1st Gaskell’s Jeilohn Pickles. In profile, this little tri caught my eye on entering the ring. Loved his size and outline. He did not disappoint on the table. Whilst his head needs time to develop, I prefer to see this than a mature head at this age. Dark eye and pigment with correct bite. Good reach of neck, well laid shoulders, good top line, well set tail and well laid down hocks. Therefore, as one would expect, moved with style and drive. Will be interested to see him mature. BPD, BPIS.

2nd Kerr’s Kinvaar Brodick. Nice looking Blenheim who was similar in type to winner. Nice expression, Good size and shape. Just preferred the hind movement of 1.

3rd Gibb – Stuart’s Tanglewood Chase the Ace.

Junior Dog (5, 0)

1st Fraser’s Tingewood Tam O Shanter. Another who caught my eye as soon as he entered the ring. Lovely sized ruby with rich colouring. Skull almost flat between well set ears that he used to his advantage. This always has a “you got me at hello” effect on me! Large dark eye, giving the “Quizzical” expression I so like to see in a ruby boy. Well put together with compact body, well sprung ribs, lovely tail set and excellent turn of stifle. Positive movement fore and aft. I wasn’t surprised when reading the catalogue to see the name of his sire. The apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree! RBD.

2nd Ballantine’s Middleshott King of hearts. Well broken Blenheim. Longer cast than 1. Good head and eye. Moved well

3rd Kerr’s Kinvaar Jump the Gun.

Maiden Dog (3,0)

1st Levitt’s Suesitna Highland Spirit at Kestrelflite. Nice sized, well broken tri colour with good tan markings. Attractive head, with good eye. Good front and rear angulations. Held a level top line on the move but would benefit from some training when standing as tended to dip his back end.

2nd Blair’s Loranka’s Summer Moments at Bellflows. Well broken Blenheim who was up to size for my taste. Moved OK holding a level topline.

3rd Campbell’s Cavilera Charming Charlie

Novice Dog (3, 0)

1st Gaskell’s Jeilohn Pickles. See Puppy Dog

2nd. Campbell’s Cavilera Dot Dot Dash. Tricolour with a wealth of coat. Attractive head with nice eye and well cushioned muzzle. Moved ok in profile but could not match the front angulation of 1.

3rd Blair’s Loranka’s Summer Moments at Bellflows.

Graduate Dog

1st Levitt’s Lyncraeg Glengoyne at Kestrelflite. Well broken Blenheim. Whilst this head type is not generally for me, he could not be denied this class due to his lovely compact, well put together body. Moved soundly around the ring.

2nd Kynaston’s Narayden Fankel. Black and Tan shown in lovely condition with gleaming silky coat. Up to size but with good angulations and therefore moved correctly.

3rd Kerr’s Bonniemadra Trigger Happy at Kinvaar.

Post Graduate Dog (4, 0)

1st Campell and Kerr’s Bentwood Carlos. In profile, this smart looking tricolour catches the eye. Good size and compact shape, wealth of shiny, sleek coat and good angulations throughout. Moved soundly. Whilst his head peace is undeniably sweet, it is little too short in muzzle for my taste, which resulted in him losing out in the challenge. This is very much a personal preference and I have no doubt that on another day, with another judge, he will win top honours.

2nd Fraser’s Costara Ruadh at Lyncraeg. Ruby boy who was longer cast than winner. Soundly built and moved well.

3rd Baillie’s Peakdown Skyfall at Cavallino

SP B/T or Ruby Dog (4,1)

1st Kynaston’s Narayden Fankel (See 2nd in Graduate).

2nd Winning’s Narayden Black Coffee. B/T. Attractive head with good dark eye, well set ears and correct muzzle. Moved OK.

3rd Fraser’s Tingewood Tomintoul.

Limit Dog (7,1)

1st Gibb Stuart’s Chantismere Push My Button. Smart ,richly coloured Blenheim. Correct head with flat skull, good ear set and large dark eyes. Good pigment and correct bite. Nice size and shape, well boned with good reach of neck, well laid shoulders, well sprung rib and level top line leading to correct rear angulations. Moved soundly around the ring , doing all that was asked of him, to demand the class, which was followed by BD, BIS. Well done.

2nd Baillie’s Selkies Heavenly Prince at Fyrnrose. Smaller type Blenheim who I liked for type and movement. Just preferred the expression of the winner.

3rd. Baillie’s Peakdown’s Ryan at Cavallino

Open Dog (1,0)

1st Hargrave’s Cavallino Jaegar. This 15½ year old Black and Tan is something of a local celebrity. Whilst he may no longer be able to compete with the younger dogs, his love of life is evident for all to see. When we are constantly hearing about the health issues within our lovely breed, it was refreshing to see this old chap who moved exuberantly around the ring with an ever wagging tail. His owner and breeder should both be extremely proud! Well done and thank you for entering this delightful old gent!

Special Vintage Dog or bitch (11, 7)

1st Gow’s Rothes Silver Belle at Lyncraeg. My notes say “This 12½ year old blenheim bitch looks fabulous for her age!” Correct head with large dark eye. Lovely, straight, silky coat covering a body that was well put together throughout. Still moved soundly with verve.

2nd Levitts Kestrelflite Magic Moment. Similar remarks to winner. 12½ year old male who was nicely put together and moved well.

Veteran Bitch (3,1)

1st Baillie’s Fyrnrose Mrs Tiggy Winkle JW. Richly coloured Blenheim with correct head, large eyes and pretty expression. Good for size and overall shape in profile. Moved well, driving off well laid down hocks holding a correct tail carriage throughout.

2nd Sloans’ Turretbank Gold Dust . Found this ruby to be similar in type to the winner. Liked her size and shape and accordingly moved well. Found myself to be splitting hairs and so just lost out to 1 on pigment today.

Minor Puppy Bitch (1,0)

1st Mcinally’s Dalvreck Counting Stars. Exquisitely pretty Blenheim of 9 months. Darkest of eye and pigment. Correct length of muzzle with sufficient fill under the eye. Nicely put together throughout but I was particularly impressed with her length of neck, lay of shoulder and turn of stifle. Just needs some time to mature and settle on the move. A nice pup!

Puppy Bitch (3,2)

1st Gaskell’s Jeilohn Honeyberry. This 9 month old was the litter sister to my MPD winner. Pretty expression with correct amount of cushioning and good pigment. Good lay of shoulders and good top line. Slightly longer cast than her brother but subsequently, as is usually the case, moved well with drive.

Junior Bitch (1,0)

1st Blair’s Bellflow’s Kissed by an Angel. This 14 month old bitch still has a lot of maturing to do. Pretty head with correct stop, good ear set and dark eye. Moved exuberantly with an ever wagging tail. Will benefit from both coat and body, but has time on her side.

Maiden Bitch (4,3­)

1st Gaskell’s Jeilohn Honeyberry. (See puppy bitch).

Novice Bitch (1,1)

Graduate Bitch (5,3)

1st Waddington’s Ricksbury Rosebark of Spindlepoint. 18 month old Blenheim. Very pretty head with dark eye and excellent pigment. Good ear set, good fill of muzzle and good dentition. Liked her for size. Excellent front angulation and turn of stifle. Moved well around the ring.

2nd Blairs Jadechar Olympia of Bellflows. Blenheim with correct head, good eye and nice pigment. Moved OK, although difficult to assess as, like me, could do with losing a few pounds!

3rd Beswick’s Jeilohn Lily of Patras.

Post Graduate Bitch(2,1)

1st Scott’s Toscam McKayla. Tricolour who has a pleasing head with correct stop. If I was to be picky, I would prefer a wider blaze but this didn’t distract from her expression as it sometimes can. My notes say “Honest bitch”. Nice size and shape. Loved her angulations through ought. and so moved soundly with drive. She held a level top line and carried her tail correctly. A wealth of shiny coat finished the picture. RBB.

Special B/T or Ruby (4,3)

1st Finlay’s Grajenco Who am I with Marisk. Very pretty ruby of 2 years. Good rich colour. Correct head with good ear set. Large dark eye and soft expression. Good for size with excellent spring of rib and good top line. Moved soundly and vivaciously around the ring. Considered for RBB but lost out as, like many rubies, she would benefit from more coat. Nevertheless …a lovely bitch.

Limit Bitch (2,0)

1st Inglis, Kirschbaum & Vorderstrasse’s Bonitos Campaneros Moulin Rouge at Craigowl (imp). Another Blenheim with a pretty, well cushioned head with excellent dark eye and pigment. Clean muzzle and correct dentition. Good arch of neck leading to a well-made, compact body of good size. Level top line and tail carriage. Moved well and was totally in sync’ with handler. BB.

2nd Waddington’s Spindlepoint Olive. Lovely sized Tri with good dark eye and correct head. Liked her shape, especially her reach of neck and front angulations, Moved with ease.

Open Bitch (4, 2)

1st Scott’s Lorphil Lalibertie. Blenheim bitch with skull almost flat between well set ears that she used to her advantage. Good eye and correct stop and muzzle. Moved elegantly around the ring, due to her well angulated body. Held a level top line throughout.

2nd Gow’s Lochbuie Teazle at Lyncraeg. Similar type to winner and many of the above comments apply. Nice size and moved well. Just carrying a little too much weight over shoulder today.