It gave me a lot of pleasure to judge a good quality entry (76 dogs, 14 absentees) of this wonderful breed. They have such an aura of calmness & gentle dignity about them that it makes you feel tranquil just being in their company & I find it difficult not to think about all the marvellous old ladies that have made this breed famous when looking at a class & trying to compare old pictures in my mind with present day stock.

Overall I felt the bitches in today’s entry were stronger & more even in quality than the dogs. Feet in many were not compact or well knuckled.

PD (1) 1 Adams’ Ardneish Lonengrin, quality puppy, good head & expression, firm body, deep chest, good reach of neck, lovely coat, went quite well when he concentrated. Still a bit untidy in front action. Charming personality, good potential. BP;

JD (5,1) 1 Barret’s Stranwith Ebenezer, typical male, good length of stride. Could be firmer behind going away. Attractive head, clean outline, good depth of body, well conditioned & handled, harsh jacket; 2 Grimshaw’s Jamalison Winter Blizzard, standing a little slack in feet. Excellent coat texture, in hard muscular condition, good length of head, lovely eyes. Not quite holding his topline on the move. Sired by BOB; 3 Spencer & Rhodes’ Gentom Renown.

PGD (7,2) 1 Peach’s Kilbourne Fire Chief, sound workmanlike young dog, in excellent condition & muscletone, pleasing head, clean neckline, deep chest, strong hindquarters, plenty of drive when moving, shaggy coat; 2 Taylor’s Kilbourne James Dene, masculine head, excellent feet, good outline, in lean condition, very well handled. Close decision.

LD (7,2) Difficult class, a bit mixed. 1 Helps’ Greyfriars Gille of Beardswood, handsome dog, in good form, well proportioned, easy mover, good stride, excellent coat texture & bone. I liked his head, dark kind eyes. Gave CC winner a good run. Sire of the two gorgeous MP girls. RCC; 2 Barter’s Brutus Fraxinus of Ehlaradawn, attractive head, lean & fit, moved & showed OK. A bit of a fidget standing & a little slack in feet; 3 Trotman & Dockree’s Regalflight Prince Quillo of Penherald.

OD (7) Good class. 1 Peach & Phillips’ Wild West Von Der Delmuhle, well balanced & proportioned, quality head, good reach of neck, strong body & quarters, harsh jacket, fit & well muscled, sound active mover, expertly handled, calm steady showman. CC & BOB; 2 Day’s Demerlay Dorian Grey at Celticmoon, nearly 5, happy & cooperative showman, of good size & type, has much to like about him, good bone & body. Tendency to ring tail on the move & not 100% in front; 3 Rhodes & Morton’s Ch Gentom Peacemaker, completed a quality trio.

MPB (1) 1 Helps’ Rosslyn Pippa, 7 months, a pure delight, lovely eyes, taking it all very seriously, good neck, coat texture, bone & feet. For such a baby she went quite well although not 100% coordinated as yet. Promising.

PB (4) 1 Trotman’s Stainlonan Julang of Penherald, 10 months, shapely puppy, feminine head, good reach of neck, excellent quarters, moved well behind. Just a little careless in front action. Sympathetically handled, good coat; 2 Helps’ Rosslyn Pollie, 7 months litter sister to MPB winner & further forward in movement. They made a perfect brace. Lovely face, good outline, feet, bone, long tail, gorgeous baby; 3 Platt’s Charbonnel Fliss.

JB (8,3) 1 Peach’s Kilbourne Teine, excellent flow in movement, fit looking youngster, well muscled quarters, good depth of body & reach of neck, well fitting jacket, well handled; 2 Owen & Brodie’s Wolfcastle Efa, feminine head & outlook, excellent coat texture, clean & well presented, good neckline, looked well going round but a shade close going away; 3 Grimshaw’s Jamalison Winter Gayle.

PGB (13,3) Big class which gave me plenty to think about. It was quite warm in the sun & I took too long with the result that a couple I liked switched off & got fed up. 1 Janson’s Nixophel Crystal Amethyst, quality hound, harsh coat, excellent bone & depth of body, well laid shoulders, used her neck to best advantage, pleasing head, kind expression, moved well & kept going to the end; 2 Quinn & O’Brien’s Kilbourne Fire Crest, big girl in good form, excellent coat & body, moved with plenty of drive. Just lost out at the crucial moment by not holding her topline; 3 Peach’s Brackenland Waltz.

LB (7,2) 1 Reynolds’ Wickwar White Lace, typy quality bitch, good outline & coat texture, feminine head, expressive eyes, neat well carried ears, deep chest, moved well, showmanship could have been a little more animated; 2 Phillips’ Ladygrove Belle Starr, expertly handled to look her best, excellent side gait, good length of head, well coated & conditioned. Sired by my BOB; 3 Grimshaw’s Jamalison Melody.

OB (11,3) What a lovely class to finish the day, lots of quality. 1 Bailey’s Ch Greyflax Waterloo Sunset, lovely girl & the one who stepped up the pace on the move, standing & moving over a lot of ground, well proportioned, typical head, correct tail carriage, ample bone & depth of body, harsh coat. Apparently I gave her a RCC when still a junior. CC; 2 RCC, Owen & Brodie’s Ch Marandike Ebonys Choice to Wolfscastle, most attractive young lady, splendid coat & condition, well balanced, well arched loin, quality head, good expression, fit & well muscled, easy mover. Not quite the power in hindquarters of 1 but a gorgeous bitch that I really liked, worthy champion as was 3 Bailey’s Ch Greyflax A Kind Of Magic, half sister to Waterloo Sunset.