SKC 2012 critique

Glen of Imaal Terrier

Many thanks to the committee of SKC for their hospitality & the two very capable stewards for making my day enjoyable. My two CC winners were the best movers of the day. Thank you to all exhibitors for your support on this my first appointment awarding CCs.

PGD: 1) Kirikee Ronan O’Gara. Nice head & eye, excellent bite & correct ear shape, good lay of shoulders, deep chest with plenty of heart room, good topline, correct front feet position, a nice lad that will trouble the rest as he matures. I like this boy a lot but today movement let him down a little as he needed time to settle. 2) Jeonty Highland Boy. Good head & eye, good mouth, level topline, deep chest, correct tailset, well presented, just preferred front of first.

LD: 1) Amhard Freebooter. Brindle boy with good mouth, expressive eyes, good neck & shoulders, correct front, correct position of front feet, good angulations front & rear, harsh coat, moved with drive.

OD: 1) Amhard Damson Sauce. Brindle, correct bite, strong jaw, eyes of good colour, correct ear carriage, correct front with good feet, strong neck, good lay of shoulders. Correct length to upper arm. Good length to height ratio, nice turn of stifle, well muscled, good topline & tailset, correct coat texture. Moved with drive fore & aft. Nicely presented. Was pleased to award him his first CC. Well done. I didn’t realise till after the judging that this boy has several Res CCs under his belt. 2) Multi Champion Abberann Conan. Well presented dog with good bite, strong foreface with good width of skull, correct ear set, strong neck, deep chest, level topline to a correct set on tail. Well muscled, in good coat, just preferred the side gait movement of first on the day. Res CC. 3) Abberann Karl. Young dog that has to mature for this class but has lots of promise. Good head & bite with correct ear placement, strong neck leading into well placed shoulders, deep chest, good topline with correct tail set, good angulation, moved well with drive.

JB: 1) Amhard Ginger Snap. Wheaten with good bite, good eye colour, typical young Glen expression, she used her ears which were the correct size & shape. Good neck & shoulder placement, deep chest, level topline & good tail set, neat feet with good turn out, nice rear angulation, moved with drive. Res CC & BP.

PGB: 1) Bailielands Leanbh Orga (Jun Ch). Wheaten of 20 months. Nice bitch with good bite, strong jaw, pleasing head & eye, good width to skull, deep chest with plenty of heart room, nice lay of shoulder, good angulation, moved well with good driving action. 2) Amhard Ginger Galore. Wheaten with pretty head, a little longer in muzzle than her litter sister, nice dark eye, correct ear set & placement, good topline & tailset, moved well.

OB: 1) Ir/Ch Abberann Ennya. Wheaten I have admired from being a youngster & not disappointed going over her, loads of ring presence. Good bite, expressive eyes, good width of skull, correct ears, well muscled neck leading onto good shoulders, good front, deep chest, good topline, good turn of stifle, well off for bone, very powerful girl which shows in her movement, a rear driving action made her movement look effortless as she floated around the ring. Shown well, only criticism was her coat, I have seen her in better jacket but it didn’t stop her being awarded the CC & BOB. 2) Ir Ch Abberann Eilish at Kirikee. Correct mouth, nice head piece, appealing dark eyes, nice front & feet, strong neck, good lay of shoulders, deep chest, correct topline, well off for bone, presented in lovely coat & condition but her movement was very unsettled today. 3) Amhard Extra Spice. Good mouth, dark eye, correct front, shoulder & topline, good tailset, good coat texture. Movement okay. 


What a weekend!

SKC and judge Don Harley (awarding CCs for the first time) gave BOB to Ir/Ch Abberann Ennya with Dog CC to Amhard Damson Sauce (his 1st). The 2 Reserves were Amhard Ginger Snap & Multi Champion Abberann Conan.

In America GCH Finnabair Song O’My Heart took a Group 3 at Clarksville KC and GCH Coleraine’s Mandalay Royalty, in a 3 day cluster, took 3 Group placements with the last one being a Gp 2 at Long Island KC. In Finland Gleann Nollaig was Best In Show at the Haijaa Group Show.

The big show of the past week was the World Show in Austria. World Winner was Ahadiel of the Beskyd Gate and Junior World Winner was McCormac Rathnait Kilraghts. Finally Finnabair Winston O’Reilley RN BN showed the brains of the Glen of Imaal Terrier with a new working title from an ASCA trial…and being Winston it is on his own blog.

What a set of results-congratulations everybody!!!

Catch up time.

Birmingham National (under judge Fran Kaye) saw Best of Breed Glen of Imaal Terrier awarded to Kirikee Ronan O’Gara-his first big award–and BOS to Romainville Lily. Romainville Billy Whizz continued his National Terrier win with Best Puppy was Rserve Best Dog. Tampere International Show in Finland had Gleann Ode Best of Breed and Gleann Vagabond BOS. Over in Ireland Ch Abberann Karl was BOB at South Tipperary and Ir/Ch Abberann Ennya was BOB at Fermoy International. Well done everybody

Glen of Imaal Terrier results were…

…..a double brother-sister affair.

An interesting judging session from Harry O’Donoghue. His Dog and Bitch CCs, both getting their second from him, were Homer & Rosie (Multi Ch Abberann Conan & Ch/Ir Ch Abberann Ennya) and the Reserves were Barney & Tierney (Ch/Int Ch Brockland Brayhead Lad & Brockland Belle Bregorrey). Those placings indicate how much the critique is being looked forward to as anybody with any knowledge at all of Glens will know that there is two distinct types of the breed there with two different forms of coat presentation. We do like judges that cause a raised eyebrow!

What’s a few days between friends?

The Glen Association Championship Show had, for the first time, a breed person officiating. Jane Withers had her first Glen of Imaal Terrier back in 1981 yet was only awarding Challenge Certificates for the first time; a sign that everything comes to those who wait! Best In Show was awarded to Ch/Bel Ch Brockland Brayhead Lad with Multi Ch Abberann Homer in Reserve. Ch/Ir Ch Abberann Ennya took the honours in the bitches with Ch Jeonty Fern Grass Reserve.

For the pedigree buffs it was an interesting piece of judging. Homer and Ennya (brother and sister) are from a half brother/sister mating with the common parent being Jeonty Tinker Boy Murphy at Brockland. Murphy was by Gingers Fashion By Malsville, a dog imported from Germany. Barney and Fern are closely related as their respective sires are brothers-both being great grandsons of “Terence” and their respective dams have him as a sire and a grandsire. Even the Best Veteran, Brockland Merrylegs For Bregorrey, fits the family as she is sister to the dam of Barney (Brayhead Lad) so lists Terence as her daddio!