Glen Association critique

Glen of Imaal Terrier Association Championship Show 27/10/16

Thank you to the Officers and Committee for their kind invitation. I thoroughly enjoyed my day. Thanks too, for my very able steward. Dentition has improved greatly since the last time I judged the breed, credit to the breeders for this. Not only were a majority of good bites, but teeth were of a good size and clean too. I was looking for a strongly built animal, correctly proportioned, muscled and boned and with that unmistakable Glen head and expression.

Veteran (2) 1st Sage’s Jeonty Lola May at Wickholm  8 year old wheaten bitch, between coats but took this place on her better balance and general proportions . 2nd Samuel’s Jeonty Red Clover 10 year old bitch who enjoyed herself! in good coat and satisfactory for breed type.

Junior Dog (2, 1abs) 1st Hardy’s Amhard Lightening Flash juvenile male who displays his qualities on the move better than he does stacked! A promising male, masculine throughout, of good size and type. He moved soundly and was presented in excellent coat. His expression was exactly what I look for in a good Glen male.

Post Graduate Dog    (3) 1st Samuel’s Jeonty Yippe Kiaye young blue of superior type. This male is excellently balanced, has pleasing angles allowing him to move freely. Another good masculine male with pleasing headpiece. 2nd Rogers Kingcottage Boogie on Basil presented in an excellent jacket, acceptable in terms of breed type and size. 3rd Dunning’s Romainville Freddies Choice.

Limit Dog (5, 1 abs) 1st Alstead’s Golden Spurs brindle male of excellent type. Presented in good coat, his took his place on his superior balance and good footfall. His movement in profile is excellent. I particularly appreciated the strong masculine head and excellent expression. I am sure it will not be too long before he joins the top males!  2nd Hardy’s Amhard Justin Thyme Strong male of lower station than the winner. Presented in excellent coat and moved soundly, but he fails to make the best of himself on the move, today lacking in a deal of enthusiasm. 3rd Hannington’s Boviolvella Oscar

Open Dog (5, 2 abs) a really interesting class which was a pleasure to assess. Decisions are made on the day rather than considering what might be in time to come! 1st George & Sullivan’s Ch Romainville Billy Whizz No dog is perfect, but this is a championship dog show, and this male entered the ring and commanded it, shown and presented as a show dog should be. He is for me, ideal for size and strength. He could only be a Glen, those eyes say it all! He possesses strong bone, a masculine head, although I would prefer a more slightly defined stop. His profile movement is a joy to watch, driving of strong quarters he powered around the ring holding his superb outline. Strength, substance and a superb jacket made him an easy CC winner and his stronger rear movement tipped the balance in his favour for BIS over an extremely good bitch CC winner. 2nd Sage’s Romainville Fast n’ Furious at Wickholm blue male of excellent type, surprised he doesn’t have his title. A well proportioned male of good height to length ratio. Pleasing head and good movement, presented in good coat but maybe tidy the fringes on the hocks a little to ensure that his sound movement is clearly evident.Delighted to award him a well deserved ResCC. 3rd Rogers Gleann Dynamo Man at Jeonty

Minor Puppy Bitch (3) 1st George’s Romainville Izzy Wizzy Heading the class of 3 super babies, this is the one I wanted to take home! 6 months on the day, her size and type are just what I was looking for. Pleasing in head & size of teeth, superb angulation fore and aft, sufficient rib and loin development. Clean in outline with excellent neck and shoulder line. Her movement is sound and true and in profile, she drives and reaches to an absolute advantage. Thrilled to be able to award her BPIS and seriously considered higher honours; look forward to seeing her develop more. 2nd Tavenrnor’s Romainville Sky Blue litter sister top above and much of the same comments regarding her breed type and qualities apply. her young handler must persevere  with her for she surely has a great future once she has the hang of the show ring! This puppies crowning glory is her stunning head and expression. 3rd Alstead’s Sigrid Melga at Pantcottage.

Puppy Bitch (3) 1st Sag’es Wickholm Breaking Dawn a well grown wheaten girl who has the potential to make a top class female. Her superior balance and co-ordinated movement made her an easy winner for me today. 2nd Squires Squires Beachat Baratheon pretty brindle bitch, need to body up and develop in the rib. Presently as one would expect, her lack of maturity is emphasising the fact that she is rather too long in the loin. 3rd Bill & Yates Romainville Bobbi Dazzler

Post Graduate Bitch (3) 1st Hardy’s Amhard Jezz Louise took this class on her sound movement. Initial impressions do little justice to the sheer essence of her breed type. She is well proportioned, well boned, superbly angulated, well ribbed back with strong loin and has the best of body coats. In the challenge for the bitch CC I found her most equal to my CC winner and I was delighted to award her the Res CC. 2nd Hall & Salett Bendikes Fidelma    young promising blue girl with a wonderful expression. She is well built with a good quality coat, presented in a little soft condition today which affected her movement . Not quite the angulation of 1. One I would love to trim! 3rd James & O’Brien Amhard Jessie Jay

Limit Bitch (3) 1st Squires Young May Moon I understand she now has her title and I can see why! She took my eye immediately for her perfect size, substance and oh so typical outline. Upon closer examination, I found  her head and expression so wonderful, flowing into well laid shoulder and superior front. Presented and shown to an absolute advantage, her profile movement is a joy to behold, excellent reach and drive. I had no hesitation in awarding her the CC and was delighted to see her in the challenge with my dog CC winner. Res BIS 2nd George & Sullivan’s Romainville Jean Genie another good bitch from this kennel, but today she looked rather immature against 1 and didn’t have the carriage and presence of 1. 3rd Hannington’s Romainville Uptown Girl

Open Bitch (5, 2 abs) 1st George & Garnham’ Romainville Fade to Grey blue bitch presented to an advantage. She took her place today due to her superior coat and condition and the soundest movement of the 3. I would like a little more muscle mass and wish she was a tad more animated, hope she gains her title, but today she couldn’t match the animation and carriage of my top winners. 2nd Rogers Ch Jeonty Me Me Fern I understand why she is a champion! Today she wasn’t in the best of coat, but her lack of coat only served to emphasis her superb breed type, head and maturity of body. Sadly her movement today let her down, she did not move away soundly despite several chances, a shame for if she had, she would of taken the class. 3rd Ashcroft’s Romainville Moira-

Judge Tim Harrison