GLEN OF IMAAL TERRIERS: I would like to thank the Crufts committee for the honour of judging such a prestigious show. Also the exhibitors, some of whom had travelled from Germany, Finland and Ireland. I do feel that the breed has started to lose some of the characteristics valued by breeders who have had the breed for many years. Some dogs have lost the powerful jaw and foreface necessary for them to do the job they were bred for. Also the powerful drive from behind is not so effective if the shoulder and upper arm placement is incorrect as the dog is pushed from behind and cannot reach out in front giving a jarring movement. We are getting some very upright shoulders and short upper arm placements which make the front legs look too short giving an unbalanced look. Whilst the standard calls for ‘a short legged’ dog, extremes in anything are undesirable and my placings reflected this. Mouths are greatly improved and I only found two suspect mouths.I feel that breeders and judges are the custodians of the breed and it is up to us to deal with problems as they appear not to follow a fashion whatever it may be. BOBCh & Int C Brockland Brayhead Lad. Res Dog CC Whites Ch/Ir/Am/Sw/ Ch Abberann Conan. Best Bitch CC Ch Donvaleset Brier. Res Bitch CC Int Ch Spirit of Ireland Ashanti. Best Puppy Amhard Ginger Snap
Veteran 1/ Welch’s Ch & Int Ch Brockland Brayhead Lad 7 year blue male. A dog I have judged before but now fully mature, presented in excellent condition and a credit to his owner. Good head and expression, correct ear set and a strong powerful jaw. He has a correct neck into good shoulders and upper arm. Correct topline and good hindquarter and correct length of leg which makes for a good natural movement and he is sound. He stood well and moved with purpose having a good ring presence. A worthy CC winner and BOB 2/Subans Fin/SE/Dk/Ee/Pl Ch Mimoksen Pohjan Kruunu 9 ½ years male, blue with good head and expression. His mouth was not as good as 1st dog and he was a smaller dog overall. He had good angles all round and moved well, being sound. His coat was not as well grown as 1st dog.
Post Grad 1/Frasers Kirikee C eltic Warrior Blue male of good substance for a young dog of not yet 2 years. Strong head and jaw with correct ear set and correct neck. Good shoulder and upper arm placement with correct topline. Sound with good movement. 2/ Kaskela Abberann Bearnard Nearly two years blue male, of smaller type than one and shorter in body. Good head and expression, neck correct and good angles front and rear. Sound with excellent movement. 3/ Quinn’s Kirikee Ronan O’Gara blue male and brother to 1st dog. I would have considered him for 1st place but he seemed upset by the camera flashes and did not really settle at all especially on the move, but could not be denied his place because of his good construction. Good head and expression slightly longer in body than 1. Correct neck and correct shoulder and upper arm, with good topline and hindquarters. Sound in movement but needs more confidence.
Limit 1/Hadley’s Donvaleset Rebus blue male of 5 years of age. With a little more attention to preparation he should attain top honours as his movement is excellent. He has a good head and expression and correct ear set. Correct neck into good shoulders with good topline and hindquarters. Sound with very good movement. He moves with very positive drive from the hindquarter sadly lacking in some Glens now. 2/ Rogers Jeonty Wannabee Baur 3 years wheaten male. Head is good but not as good as 1st dogs’. The front assembly could be better, his topline is otherwise ok, but with a nick behind the wither which would not be as obvious if he were in full coat. He has good hindquarter but not as positive in movement as 1st. 3/ Whites Abberann Karl 20 months blue male smaller made than the first two dogs. Good head and expression, shoulder a bit forward, topline good, hindquarters good and moved with positive drive behind. Sound.
Open 1/ Whites Ch/Ir/Am/Sw Ch Abberann Conan 6 years blue male. Good broad head with good expression into correct neck and topline. His shoulder is good, but upper arm could be longer and good hindquarters. He does not have such a good front leg as my CC winner which just tipped the balance but otherwise an excellent dog. He is sound with good movement. Well deserved Res CC 2/ Scheinhardt and Engels Int Ch Spirit of Ireland Angel 4 ½ yrs blue male with good head and expression. Correct neck, topline and hindquarters. Correct shoulder sound with good movement but not as good movement as my 1st dog. 3/ Subans Int/Fl/Se/Ee/No Ch Jeonty Flown Finnair 4 years Red wheaten male with good head and shoulder, correct topline and hindquarter Sound with good movement. There was a fourth Int ch in this class and this really was a good class full of quality dogs.
Puppy Bitch 1/Hardy’s Amhard Ginger Snap 9 months red wheaten female. Good head could have a slightly better stop. Good ear carriage, correct shoulder and topline with good hindquarters. Sound moves well when she decides too!! She just needs more experience and was a bit overwhelmed by the proceedings. Best Puppy
Junior 1/ Suttons Bailielands Leanbh Orga 18 months wheaten with good head and expression. Would like to see a stronger depth of jaw, correct ear set. Good shoulder and topline good hindquarters. She is sound and moves well.
Limit 1/Sealeys Grizzlemarsh Cassie 4 ½ years red wheaten bitch with good head and expression. Correct neck and shoulder into good topline, with good hindquarters. Sound with good movement. 2/Baldocks Jeonty Maybe Daisy 3 ½ wheaten bitch. Good head and expression, but not as strong in head as 1st bitch and she is shorter in neck. The shoulder is slightly forward placed. Good body and hindquarters, sound and moves well.
Open 1/ Harleys Ch Donvaleset Brier 4 years red wheaten with good head and expression. Would like a slightly shorter muzzle. Correct neck and good shoulders and hindquarter. She has a good topline and is sound with good movement. Well presented, but in the challenge just lost a bit of her sparkle. CC bitch 2/Coles Int Spirit of Ireland Ashanti. 4 years red wheaten Good head and expression but ear carriage could be better. Good front angles into good topline and hindquarters. Sound with very good movement, well deserved Res CC 3/Whites Ch/Ir Ch Abberann Enya Red wheaten with good head and expression. Correct neck, shoulder good but upper arm a little short which makes the front legs appear shorter. Topline is correct with good hindquarter. Sound and moves out well but the front reach is a little restricted. There were half a dozen good champions in this class which was full of quality
Kathy George (Judge)